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  • Guest Post: Flipping the Classroom for a New Approach to Learning

    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families
    Beth B.
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:47 pm
    This is a guest post by Amy Hunt, site administrator and assistant principal of California Connections Academy @ Ripon..   The idea of a flipped classroom, while a foreign concept to some, is gaining traction in education with its implications to improve learning outcomes.   Photo Credit: California Connections Academy @ Ripon Teachers and students throughout America are trying out this model in a range of settings – from brick and mortar classrooms, to homeschooling, and online school. Even families with children who are not currently learning in this way can find ways to…
  • We Just Went from a Glass of Wine to a Bottle of Jack Daniels

    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom
    Jessica Gottlieb
    18 Jul 2015 | 6:49 pm
    Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com Filed under: The sky is not falling The post We Just Went from a Glass of Wine to a Bottle of Jack Daniels appeared first on Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom.
  • A PSA - Parental Service Announcement

    Brain Soup For The Dysfunctional Soul
    Shannon akaMonty
    17 Jul 2015 | 12:54 pm
    You know, my parents never told me about RHPS. Not once was it mentioned in our house - I had to learn about it the hard way, on the streets. In fact, the very first time I really even heard of RHPS was from a church friend when I was IN COLLEGE.COLLEGE, PEOPLE.I felt so...Amish.I've never felt so alone in my life as that long ago midnight when I went for my first viewing.I decided right then and there that my kids would never suffer from RHPS deficiency! Their lullabies were Hot Patootie, Bless My Soul and Touch-a Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me. We Time Warped our way through toddlerhood. My…
  • #JulyCreativeChallenge – Complete!

    Karen Andrews - learning through life and creativity
    Karen Andrews
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    July was long. July was busy. Hard. And still I managed to finish the #JulyCreativeChallenge – I honestly don’t know how, especially when I put everything together. There’s a lot! Of course, there’s a fluctuation of quality in the micro poems: I can spot a few I like as is, a few I’d like to expand, and some that are frankly a bit of a fail. That’s pretty standard. I also firmed up a few opinions or hunches as to what people seem to like and respond to, and if using this medium is even the best choice. For example, for every positive comment I think there…
  • seeing the possibilities again

    Adventures in Babywearing
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:51 pm
    It's August time and even though we have several more weeks of summer vacation, a hint of fall arrived this weekend with cooler temps and another has month passed. Ivy and I headed up to Coos Bay for grocery shopping and new shoes on Saturday morning (there is literally no place in Bandon to buy shoes for her, except maybe the drug store might have flip-flops, but that's all she's been wearing anyway until I could get her proper shoes that don't have flapping soles.) We invited friends over for the day and had quite a spread- a full on veggie feast with grilled portabella & veggie…
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    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families

  • Guest Post: Flipping the Classroom for a New Approach to Learning

    Beth B.
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:47 pm
    This is a guest post by Amy Hunt, site administrator and assistant principal of California Connections Academy @ Ripon..   The idea of a flipped classroom, while a foreign concept to some, is gaining traction in education with its implications to improve learning outcomes.   Photo Credit: California Connections Academy @ Ripon Teachers and students throughout America are trying out this model in a range of settings – from brick and mortar classrooms, to homeschooling, and online school. Even families with children who are not currently learning in this way can find ways to…
  • Tune in: @Curious Conversation on How to Raise an Adult #Parenting

    Beth B.
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:12 pm
      Now that my boys are teens, I realize one of the biggest challenges of parenting is not raising an child, instead it is raising an adult. Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult, has a common sense approach to this challenge. This Thursday,July 23 at 6:30 PM PT Julie will share insights about how to prepare kids to be their best selves and raise them to be happy, healthy and successful adults. Best yet, anyone can tune in for free at Curious.com, RSVP to the VIRTUAL CONVERSATION. HERE :“Curious Conversation” with Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult,…
  • TechMamas Startup Preview: Enjoy Personal Commerce Platform

    Beth B.
    8 Jul 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Disclosure: This is a press post. Check bottom of the post for Giveaway.   Many industries have recently been disrupted with new technology and products including transportation, food delivery,  beauty services and manufacturing. One area that is ripe for disruption is assistance with purchasing and installing technology. Consumers have a wide selection of sophisticated technology available to them complemented by extensive product documentation and videos. While 90% of consumers start and finish purchases online, many customer returns consist of products that have never been used. That…
 
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • We Just Went from a Glass of Wine to a Bottle of Jack Daniels

    Jessica Gottlieb
    18 Jul 2015 | 6:49 pm
    Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com Filed under: The sky is not falling The post We Just Went from a Glass of Wine to a Bottle of Jack Daniels appeared first on Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom.
  • The New American Marriage

    Jessica Gottlieb
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Today the Supreme Court of the United States affirmed the rights of gay Americans to marry. This morning there was a celebration of rainbows and love and shortly thereafter politicians and quasi religious leaders began with hateful horrible statements. I need to remind you why gay marriage matters. I need to remind you that your gay children are at a much higher risk for depression and suicide. You’re worried about teaching them to cross the street? How about making sure they don’t throw themselves in front of a train. A society that acknowledges that same sex love is of equal…
  • If You Want to Change Your Life You Should Fire Your Friends

    Jessica Gottlieb
    20 May 2015 | 7:57 pm
    I’m done blogging. I’m not blogging again. Blogging is not my job and to every email pitching something that all the mommies will always love I simply reply, “I’m not a blogger anymore please take me off your list.” That felt really great. I like the idea of not being on every publicist’s email list. My peers have stopped blogging. Most of the women I worked with at Momversation have shuttered their sites. PhD In Parenting is no more and I’m not even sure what’s happening with other large sites. Most have been sold or are dying slow deaths. At…
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    Brain Soup For The Dysfunctional Soul

  • A PSA - Parental Service Announcement

    Shannon akaMonty
    17 Jul 2015 | 12:54 pm
    You know, my parents never told me about RHPS. Not once was it mentioned in our house - I had to learn about it the hard way, on the streets. In fact, the very first time I really even heard of RHPS was from a church friend when I was IN COLLEGE.COLLEGE, PEOPLE.I felt so...Amish.I've never felt so alone in my life as that long ago midnight when I went for my first viewing.I decided right then and there that my kids would never suffer from RHPS deficiency! Their lullabies were Hot Patootie, Bless My Soul and Touch-a Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me. We Time Warped our way through toddlerhood. My…
  • #WINNING and a boudoir photo

    Shannon akaMonty
    10 Jul 2015 | 1:21 pm
    SEXY, right? The month of June may have been a 3-ring shit circus, utterly disappointing and frustrating in any number of ways, but there was one supernova-bright spot: I WON ALL OF THE BOOKS.Two I won from random drawings on goodreads.com (and THANK YOU, GOODREADS!), one from a random drawing by the author, and one just because I asked for an ARC and the new-to-me author was kind enough to send me one for review.I guess I can't say "if it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all" anymore.Let me just re-express to you how much I LOVE GETTING ADVANCE COPIES.Firstly, it means I am…
  • Big Ol' Mess of Crap

    Shannon akaMonty
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:14 am
    I noticed someone came here from Blogcatalog.com...I didn't even know that was still a thing! I used to be a member but I sort of forgot about it when my blogging started to wither on the vine (DAMN YOU TWITTER & FACEBOOK!). Anyone else still use that place? I just visited and now everything says "Pin It" and "Share." Someone came to be from Blogshares this week as well -- I never figured out how to make that work, exactly. I would never cut it on Wall Street.I liked it better when we just had a button on our sidebars and we went blog-hopping.Speaking of blog-hopping, remember how we'd…
 
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    Karen Andrews - learning through life and creativity

  • #JulyCreativeChallenge – Complete!

    Karen Andrews
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    July was long. July was busy. Hard. And still I managed to finish the #JulyCreativeChallenge – I honestly don’t know how, especially when I put everything together. There’s a lot! Of course, there’s a fluctuation of quality in the micro poems: I can spot a few I like as is, a few I’d like to expand, and some that are frankly a bit of a fail. That’s pretty standard. I also firmed up a few opinions or hunches as to what people seem to like and respond to, and if using this medium is even the best choice. For example, for every positive comment I think there…
  • A Family Guide to Eating in Europe (In Pictures)

    Karen Andrews
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Europe is famous for its cuisine. This fame comes in many guises, including the “oh my goodness, how delicious, we are never leaving” way to the “why does everyone make such a big deal about it, I could make something better at home” complaint. To be honest, we experienced both ends of the spectrum. What follows isn’t as much as a detailed guide to eating – although I’ll cover some tips – but a pictorial representation of some of our more memorable moments (both good and bad). Italy = Options for Picky Eaters As I’ve mentioned before,…
  • Friday Celebrations #8

    Karen Andrews
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:04 am
    In all honesty, I don’t feel like celebrating. If you read yesterday’s post, you’ll know why. I’ve sat down to try and work these few days and my thoughts vaporise like frost in the morning sunshine. But as I stepped outside my door this morning to take the kids to school I looked up and snapped the above photograph from my driveway. After a nasty few days of wind and cloud, it was nice to see blue skies again. Then the thought crossed my mind, you should celebrate that, even if it’s a small thing – maybe especially the small things. Like Keira coming third…
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    Adventures in Babywearing

  • seeing the possibilities again

    2 Aug 2015 | 10:51 pm
    It's August time and even though we have several more weeks of summer vacation, a hint of fall arrived this weekend with cooler temps and another has month passed. Ivy and I headed up to Coos Bay for grocery shopping and new shoes on Saturday morning (there is literally no place in Bandon to buy shoes for her, except maybe the drug store might have flip-flops, but that's all she's been wearing anyway until I could get her proper shoes that don't have flapping soles.) We invited friends over for the day and had quite a spread- a full on veggie feast with grilled portabella & veggie…
  • curled up

    31 Jul 2015 | 11:43 pm
    We went to a puppet show at the library and it was super cheesy but cute with a good message and Gray and Ivy enjoyed it. We played at the park for a long time after it was over and it was nice to chat with friends. It's these moments that I forget that we're moving. I am glad it's not always on my mind and that it doesn't prevent me from being involved while we're still here. And I'm also not hit with sadness after times like these, because for many people here it's not their last stop either. Our paths could cross again someday. If the past three years have taught us anything, you just…
  • the right thing

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:36 pm
    I posted this pic on my mom's FB today for her birthday. It was taken eight years ago during her bday celebration in Chicago.Today was library story time for Ivy and I went to the grocery store- twice- which is not all that unusual for me. I hosted book club here for the first time and only two people showed up- including me.We read The Turner House (I loved it) and then spent the whole time talking about our news feeds and #BlackLivesMatter and how with each year, each week, it's just more unbelievably heartbreaking. We are ready to do the work and need to figure out just what that work is…
 
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    The Bloggess

  • Where’s Rory?

    thebloggess
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:02 pm
    So.  Next month my new book comes out and if you read here often enough you’re already familiar with Rory, the gloriously ecstatic and somewhat terrifying taxidermied road-kill raccoon who graces the cover. When you read the book you’ll learn all about Rory, and also more about how my anxiety disorder makes it hard to leave the house at times.  These things seem unrelated but when my publisher first started making cardboard standees to send to book sellers I mentioned how nice it was that all of these cardboard raccoons were traveling so bravely around the world as my…
  • And that’s why I don’t trust science.

    thebloggess
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:54 pm
    People always say that every snowflakes is unique, but I’m not sure if I believe it because really who’s checking? Probably somebody just looked at a few dozen snowflakes and said, “Fuck, these things all look slightly different” and then just shrugged and wrote down that “no two snowflakes are alike” because he was cold and ready to go inside and watch Doctor Who.  And even if someone called him on it and was all, “Ten points off because you didn’t show your work” then he’d be like, “IT MELTED, ASSHOLE” and no one…
  • How fucking old am I?

    thebloggess
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:17 am
    A friend of mine gave me a high school graduation picture of her daughter and it was lovely but you wouldn’t have known it was a graduation picture if it didn’t have that written at the bottom of the picture, and I was like, “Do they not wear fur coats in graduation pictures any more?” and then she looked at me like I was insane. Is this not a thing any more?  Was it ever a thing?  Because every girl I knew in high school wore a fur stole in her graduation photo.  And in retrospect it was a little weird because you’d have to take off your bra an hour…
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    So Close

  • Why you should not feel sorry for my husband

    Tertia
    19 Jul 2015 | 5:49 am
    People (who haven't met my husband) often say things to me like "Wow, I can't believe the things you say about your husband on Facebook, my husband would kill me!" and things along those lines.  And by "things" they mean me putting a post up on FB saying "my husband is being a giant PITA, I might have to kill him" etc. I think they feel sorry for my husband.  I think they imagine he is a timid mouse who is beaten down by his bossy wife who rules the roost.  That he is a sensitive soul who is surely hurt, or offended or fearful at what I write.  The…
 
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    Pregnancy Stories By Age

  • No problems at 44

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:49 am
    I had a beautiful baby boy, who is now 6 months old, when I was 44 years old.I had no real problems, since even our older bodies are still quite capable. It is only now-a-days that we have the choices previous generations didn't have, such as deciding when to stop getting pregnant.Stock Photo credit: Bare chested boy - 19 days old, by Jessica Merz, on FlickrSome rights reservedTODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:It Starts with the Egg:How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVFby Rebecca Fett-- Whether you are trying to conceive…
  • Granma had baby at 46

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    My grandmother gave birth to my auntie when she was 46 years old.And that happened over 40 years ago! I am firmly convinced you will be fine.Stock Photo credit: David Alexander,by Alex Barth, on FlickrSome rights reservedTODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:From Infertility to Baby:Your Guide to the Best Kept Secrets of 2015by Jan Klein, Bridgette Lewinsky, Brian Andrews-- Infertility is a serious condition that affects many lives of couples wishing so desperately to get pregnant. The journey to overcome infertility has many stumbling blocks but it is also speckled with hope every step of the…
  • Healthy baby at 52, hoping for a 2nd

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:01 pm
    I know someone who got pregnant at 52 years old, and she had a healthy baby.She is trying for another one now, and she is 54 years old.Good luck and best wishes to you!Stock Photo credit: Mud Puddle Girl,by Anita Peppers, on MorguefileSome rights reservedTODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:Managing The Stress Of Infertility:How To Balance Your Emotions, Get The Support You Need, And Deal With Painful Social Situations When You're Trying To Become Pregnantby Carol Fulwiler Jones MA-- Are You In Treatment For Infertility?Do you get upset when you attend baby showers or go to malls full of baby strollers…
 
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    Stories of Pregnancy and Birth over 40 years old

  • Quadruplet pregnancy at 51

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    18 Jul 2015 | 10:29 am
    A quadruplet pregnancy occurred in a woman 51 years of age following oocyte donation and embryo transfer.Successful pregnancy occurred following two previously unsuccessful attempts.The patient underwent a selective reduction of her pregnancy to two fetuses at approximately 13 weeks gestational age.Her pregnancy continued uneventfully and she underwent the delivery of two viable infants at 38 weeks gestational age by Caesarean section.This case represents the first quadruplet pregnancy to be established in a woman of 50 years of age or older. It illustrates both the benefits and risks of…
  • Woman gives birth at 56: Is this selfish?

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:10 am
    Twenty-six years after the birth of her first child, a Toronto mom has her fourth child at 56. Emma Waverman explores the controversial story.Toronto mom Tessa* had always wanted at least four children. The former lawyer already had three kids when her marriage ended in 2001.Now, at 56, her dream is complete—two months ago she gave birth to her fourth child.This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on TodaysParent.comRead more: Woman gives birth at 56: Is this selfish?Originally posted on February 11, 2015.Photo credit: Maya spent some quality time with her feet today.by Sam Leibowitz , on…
  • A triumph of spirit over an antiquated womb

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    PLEASE don't call me an older mother. Call me an old mother, if you don't mind.I fell pregnant with my first child on the cusp of 50, a good half-hour after midnight in biological terms, and after 10 years of trying to conceive.Of course, the verb is ironic: a woman doesn't fall pregnant in her late 40's, she achieves pregnancy.As with any achievement, there are hardships and sacrifices along the way, but while a man undertaking a do-or-die challenge is praised for heroism and determination to succeed against the odds, old mothers are merely accused of selfishness.This Pregnancy Over 40 story…
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    My Frugal Baby Tips

  • Child Safety: Tumbling Bookcases

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Bolt your dressers, bookshelves, or any other tip-able furniture to the wall. Secure to the floor or wall with L-braces, or to the wall with hook and eye - available at any hardware store.From the photo: This is why we have small bookcases or hidden wall supports.Goodness knows, if the supports were technically able to be lower, she'd probably sabotage them. Thanks to Teresa for this Frugal Baby Tip!Photo credit: Exployment Now, on FlickrSome rights reservedShopping Suggestions:• Battalion Corner Brace• Stanley Hardware Hook and Eye Latches• Mommy's Helper Tip Resistant Furniture Safety…
  • Frugal Toys: Make-Your-Own Beach and Sand-box Toys

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
    Recycle your 1 litre and 4 litre (quart and gallon) plastic bottles - into sand toys!Clean them out well, and using a craft knife - cut your 4 litre (gallon) bottle all around about 15 cm (6") from the bottom.Poke a couple of holes on opposite sides near the top - attach a short rope handle and you have your sand pail.Photo credit: Manue@PrettyKiku, on FlickrSome rights reservedThe remaining piece becomes your funnel.You can cut another 4 litre (gallon) bottle about 5 cm (2") high and poke the bottom full of holes for a sieve.Cut the bottom off your 1 litre (quart) bottle. Then cut a long…
  • Frugal Tip: Easy Sliding

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:32 am
    Rub some waxed paper over the metal runners of your baby's high-chair tray a few times, and the tray will slide on and off much easier.Rub the metal runners on your baby's crib with wax paper as well, and you will be able to raise and lower the crib sides noiselessly.Rub zippers on baby's clothing with wax paper for easier zipping. Thanks to Charlene for this Frugal Baby Tip!Photo credit: dolanh, on FlickrSome rights reservedShopping Suggestions:• Waxtex Wax Paper Roll• Shurhold Snap-Stick Tube• McNett Zip Tech Semi-Solid Zipper Lubricant• Star brite Snap and Zipper Lubricant with…
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    Mommies With Style

  • Back to School with @CVS_Extra Gold Emblem’s Abound #CVSHealthierSummer

    Whitney
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Maaaan, how is it August already? This summer is whizzing by faster than a ride on Amtrak’s Acela. It’s about that time that we need to start thinking about back to school. Gulp! I have to admit, I’ve really been enjoying having my boys home this summer and I’ll definitely miss them when they are back to school in the fall. On my list for August is clothes shopping for my kids, school supply shopping and of course towards the end of the month, stocking back up on snacks for school and for lunches. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of CVS’s Gold…
  • $100 Stella & Dot #Giveaway: My Favorites from Stella & Dot’s Newly Launched Fall Line #FashionFriday

    Whitney
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    It’s humid and hot outside, so it’s hard to believe that FALL is around the corner. And my favorite part of fall? The fashion! So it’s perfect timing that Stella & Dot just launched their brand-new, gorgeous Fall line last week. My friendJenThomas has been a Stylist and leader in the Philly area for over 5 years and always gives me insider scoop on what’s going to be a best-seller. So I’m excited to share with YOU some of her favorites, PLUS — a giveaway! Read more below for details on how to enter and win!! Classic meets edge with this new City Slim…
  • Join Me Today 4 the @OfficeDepot Twitter Party – $750 in Gift Card Prizes! #GearUpForSchool

    Whitney
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:08 am
    This summer is FLYING BACK at lightning speed. I love having my boys home with me and I’ll admit that love that we don’t have to battle with homework! But the clock is ticking and back to school season is already upon us. I’m sure you guys have already seen all the school items out at your local store. Office Depot has everything you could need for your kids and more – from elementary school aged school supplies upto some great products for college aged kids and their dorm room. I’m helping to co-host a Twitter party today at 1 with some awesome bloggers to talk…
 
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    Kids Activities Blog

  • Ants on a Log

    Chris
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    We would never encourage our kids to play with their food but they may not be able to resist with this snack. Ants on a log has been around for many generations. There’s a good chance your grandparents enjoyed this healthy snack a time or two! What makes this one so popular is that it’s so easy and it has many potential variations. For this recipe we used the traditional ingredients: -Celery -Peanut Butter -Raisins -Cream Cheese ** **not one of the traditional ingredients but yummy just the same! Here’s a look at how easy it is for your kids to put together for an easy,…
  • Easy Preschool Caterpillar Craft

    Erin F
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    This Easy Preschool Caterpillar Craft is so simple and one of my childhood favorites.  This craft was able to be done almost completely without adult “interference” by my (just about) 3 year old. What You Need For This Easy Preschool Caterpillar Craft: egg carton (the cardboard kind is easier to decorate) 1 carton = 2 caterpillars pipe cleaner (1/2 per caterpillar) paint, markers or stickers to decorate googly eyes Cut egg carton length wise so you get one long bumpy caterpillar body.  I found it easiest to cut using a combo of sharp serrated knife and scissors. Paint or colour…
  • Portable Felt Activity Binder

    Jodi Durr
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    This portable felt activity binder is perfect to make and have on hand for travel, doctor appointments, car rides or just to have laying around the house. It would also fit in well with our group of ideas titled “11 Sleepy-Time Activities with Felt.” This activity works on shapes, colors, hand-eye coordination, memory, creativity and matching. I’ve made it easy for you by providing free printables and helpful affiliate links.  This portable felt activity binder or “busy book” was inspired by this portable activity kit by Mama Papa Bubba. What You Need To Make…
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    Fluid Pudding

  • Shiver and say the words of every lie you’ve heard.

    fluidpudding
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:51 am
    As I mentioned yesterday, I saw a chiropractor on Thursday, July 16th. She was all, “You’re a DISASTER.” And I was all, “You don’t even KNOW me.” And she went, “Do you know what I call people like you?” And I go, “A disaster?” And she was like, “Yes! And also? A TURTLEHEAD.” And *I* was like, “Well, you haven’t seen anything yet, because in two days I’m going to ride a horse for the first time in my life! And that’s probably not the best idea!” On Saturday, July 18th, Harper and I met half…
  • I can see August from here.

    fluidpudding
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:43 am
    A few weeks back, Jeff updated my WordPress to the latest version. (I’m hoping that’s the most boring sentence I write today.) As a result? I don’t even want to come over here to figure out the changes that have happened since 2009 (when I last updated my software). Because I suppose it’s time to adapt (which will involve listening to something other than Ben Folds in my car and figuring out what needs to be considered in the category: New Phone Plan), here I sit. The next few days will be spent catching you up on my adventures. (Please know that you and I probably use…
  • The watchman said, “The morning cometh, and also the night, and Harper and Scout can keep their names.”

    fluidpudding
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:15 pm
    When I was a senior in high school, our English teacher handed out a list of books. He asked us to look the list over because we would be voting on a book to read and to study as a class. The list held the exact books you would think it would hold: 1984. The Great Gatsby. Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Jane Eyre. To Kill a Mockingbird. Because I wanted to read To Kill a Mockingbird, I decided to fight for it in the only way a socially awkward college-prep student COULD fight: Wear a cute outfit, sound somewhat knowledgeable, and make everyone believe the book is full of sex. When it came…
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    Momo Fali's

  • Extremes

    Momo Fali
    8 Jul 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Every single day I think about writing, but there are a lot of things I can’t share right now; things that are too painful, too wonderful, too much of one extreme or another which affect not only me, but people I love. It’s been almost a year since my life was turned upside down, but there are still a lot of things left undone. A few days ago I went out and bought an old-fashioned, spiral notebook and some pens so I can write again. That way, I can get rid of anything I don’t want to be seen. Even though it’s easy to delete my entries on the computer, there is…
  • May’s a Jerk and Steak is Life

    Momo Fali
    28 May 2015 | 2:10 pm
    I have no explanation for my absence other than the fact that May is kind of a jerk. It rolled in with me crossing a half marathon off my life-list on a beautiful morning, then the sun appeared and flowers bloomed, there were weekend getaways, fresh air, laughter, and friends started coming out of their homes like spring-struck zombies carrying grilled hamburgers and coolers of beer. See? May is a jerk because it makes all the other months look bad. There are a lot of things going on my life that I can’t discuss here; like, my bangs for instance. We really shouldn’t talk about my…
  • Cracking up and Unbreakable

    Momo Fali
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:23 pm
    There is something I need. I need it as much as water, air, food, clothing, shelter, coffee and beer. If I am to be a functioning member of society, I need laughter. For a while, I didn’t have much laughter in my life. The reason I know about that ‘functioning’ thing I mentioned is because I was barely doing it. I kind of floundered through my days. And, we’re not talking about lightly-seared or grilled flounder, but stuffed. With potatoes. And, chorizo. Heavy. With a side of squash. But, slowly, light began to creep in and now there is laughter every day and I’m…
 
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    Tammy Gibson | A Mom in Red High Heels

  • What to Wear in Your Business Videos

    Tammy Gibson
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
    When creating your informational videos for your business, it’s just you and your camera ( and maybe a camera operator). You may be tempted to not give your outfit a second thought before hitting record but you need to. When you post a video online, it is representing you and your brand. Instead, take a few moments to think about what you are wearing, how your makeup and hair look and the backdrop of your video. Dress in colors that contrast, but compliment, your back drop. If you are on a white wall, wear vibrant or dark colors. If you are on a darker back drop, definitely go bright so you…
  • The Secret to Standing Out and Looking Like a Leader

    Tammy Gibson
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:59 pm
    The secret to standing out and looking like a leader is your personal style. Personal style is more than just the clothing hanging in your closet. It includes your personal appearance, non-verbal communication and mindset. It is a reflection of your inner confidence and is how you present yourself to the world. Don’t stop reading. Hear me out. For many of you, I know it is hard to see that your style and personal appearance can actually make a difference in your success. For some of you, you already know that appearance is important.  As an entrepreneur, you want your style to be ON…
  • Express Yourself In Honor of Cecil the Lion

    Tammy Gibson
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    This post is dedicated to the honor of Cecil the Lion. May his tragic death be a reminder that life is short and we don’t know when our final day will come. He was a fierce and beautiful creature, one to be respected and admired. As a woman who understands that her wardrobe is a way of expressing, not only her personality, but her beliefs as well, these lion t-shirts and jewelry are a great way to share with the world the wild beauty of lions and your support for protecting them. Lion apparel: Chaser LA Lion Face Muscle Crop Top Bejeweled Ombre Lion Tank Sleeveless Cotton Jersey Lion…
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  • Why Giving, Along Side of Getting, Is The NEW Way To CELEBRATE

    ModernMom Staff
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:08 pm
    It seems that things have changed as far as celebrations are concerned. No longer are many of us comfortable with all of the trappings of the birthday party of our youth. Of course, some parts of the formula remain in tact: friends, family, games, decorations and, of course, cake. However, the gifting part seems to have room for improvement. And, with our pint-sized people demonstrating in countless ways how capable they are, why not encourage them to do something extra special at the time of their birthday? Doing away with gifts is not the answer. There is room, though, for giving more…
  • Parenting Kids Through Divorce

    Leslie Morgan Steiner
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:54 pm
    2015 is proving to be the summer of the shocking celebrity divorce. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, Khloe and Lamar. Kourtney and Scott Disick. Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale. A celebrity divorce, like a celebrity marriage, is indisputably different from the average me-and-you divorce.  The dollar signs have several more zeroes after them. The spotlight of fame and ensuing tabloid gossip aggravate an already painful personal situation. The kids have ridiculously sexy nannies. But watching celebs break up in full view of millions begs many questions about…
  • Easy Play Dough Recipe

    ModernMom Staff
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:31 am
    Making play dough is one great way to keep kids busy on those seemingly endless summer days! This easy play dough recipe can be made using hot water (instead of the stove) and contains all edible ingredients. Best of all, the ingredients are inexpensive, and more than one batch can be made if you want to make more than one color! Supplies Bowl Spoon 1 package of powdered drink mix 1 1/4 cups white flour 1/4 cup table salt 1 1/2 tbsp. vegetable oil 1 cup boiling water Cloth Airtight container Teakettle   Directions Fill a teakettle halfway with water and bring to a boil. The water may…
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  • Going Through The Motions

    Christina
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    I didn’t expect to take such a long hiatus between posts, and I can’t even put a lot of blame on being too busy. I have a few posts started and in various stages of completion, and yet I haven’t been able to click publish for any of them. Truth is, I’m depressed. Or at least, I think I am. I’ve battled depression before, but it’s hard to remember exactly how it felt many years ago. I remember a lot of sadness – sadness without any cause – when I was depressed before. This time, though, it’s very little sadness and more of a quietly growing…
  • Summer’s Here, and Cedar Point Is Waiting For You

    Christina
    3 Jun 2015 | 7:56 am
    Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary one-night stay and park tickets by Cedar Point. All of the fun was an easy joint endeavor. Can you feel it? Summer is finally here. I can practically hear the Phineas and Ferb song “Summer (Where Do We Begin)” right now. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, go take a listen.) I’m looking forward to the slower pace, no homework, and more travel just as much as the kids are. Of course, here in Ohio, one of the first signs of summer is our amusement parks opening for the season. My family loves to go to Cedar Point…
  • Runs in the Family

    Christina
    7 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    Part of my motivation to run more was the hope that I’d inspire the kids to want to join in on the activity. When we registered for the Princess Half Marathon weekend races, we signed Cordy and Mira up for the one mile race for kids. We expected to see Cordy cross the finish line first, with Mira further behind. But we were shocked when Mira was the first one sprinting across the finish line in under eleven and a half minutes, with Cordy following about a minute later. Mira quickly recovered from the dash and declared she wanted to try longer distances. I went looking for a 5k that…
 
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  • Family Reunion Day 2, or Possibly 3: Teenagers sleep through breakfast buffet, wake up hungry

    Suburban Kamikaze
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:59 am
    Greetings from the Kamikaze Family Reunion 2015, where we have taken over a beachfront hotel on the Florida Gulf Coast and stuffed it with children, all of whom are potty trained and growing like mildew on a pile of wet beach towels.  In other milestones, some of them are not even children any more - old enough to toss them the car keys and send them on an emergency grocery run for more red wine and breakfast cereal. There are 25 or 26 of us here - we have not been able to agree on an exact number. Our mistake was in setting the little ones loose on the beach before attempting…
  • Snowy spring renews age-old weather debate

    Suburban Kamikaze
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:26 am
    People are always asking me, "Suburban, we know that you are a creature of the tropics trapped in a frozen wasteland of deep-dish pizza eating people who mispronounce their vowel sounds, but if you were to move back to South Florida, wouldn't you miss the change of seasons?"  Spring in the Heartland: Leave your hats and gloves behind. It's an interesting question, and one that we in the Kamikaze Weather-Related Complaint Department have given some thought to.  First, the deep-dish pizza contingent, while obviously wrong, does not have as big a slice of the demographic as commonly…
  • 8 Worries Moms of Teenage Girls Can Cross off the list

    Suburban Kamikaze
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:38 am
      8. Are we getting enough sprinkle cupcakes in our diet? 7. Do we have enough nail polish to get us through to the end of time? 6. Am I doing enough for the Victoria's Secret shareholders? 5.  Where should I look for that expensive new scarf/sweater/bracelet that has gone missing? 4.  How can I be sure there is enough drama in my life? 3. How will I ever keep up with the stuff that Taylor Swift did this week? 2. Where can I find someone willing to give me the unvarnished truth about my appearance? 1. What if something I did, or said, or wore was stupid? How would I know?
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    28 Jul 2015 | 6:42 am
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  • vacation

    Daphne
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:46 am
    in case my posting remotely hasn’t worked here is a review of the high points of most vacations. 1) grinding anxiety before I leave.  I am a careful packer, not as much as my mom who can pack in a … Continue reading → The post vacation appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
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    Daphne
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:44 am
    So, I’m on a family trip right now. Thor is watching my house and I’m going to try to upload remotely, but not sure if it will work.  So, here is a playlist of some of my favorite coolmom videos. … Continue reading → The post Best of…. appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
  • Home Ec

    Daphne
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:39 am
    One of the funnest parts of shooting my show is getting friends and family in on the action.  Today my first cousin, once removed Kelsie joined me. The subject was cooking healthy, cheap and easy for college, but then it … Continue reading → The post Home Ec appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
 
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  • Odds and Ends

    whoorl
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:48 am
    1. This is probably the best article I’ve read on meditation. Hits the nail on the head. 2. Dude. I think I’m ready to transition back to flared jeans. #seventiesforevah The skinny trend is on the way out, hallelujah. 3. Okay, these notes from neighbors regarding loud sex are pretty hilarious. 4. It’s amazing how many women are miseducated about pelvic pain and issues…I was happy to see this covered in GOOP. 5. Identical twins separated at birth find each other online. So sweet. 6. Friends, you better learn these slang terms. I mean, “on fleek” is…
  • My 5 Favorite Bright Lipsticks

    whoorl
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:34 am
    Hey, did you know today is International Lipstick Day? I do think that’s cause for celebration around these parts! Across my social media accounts, the number one question asked of me is “what lip color are you wearing?” Well, since switching over to a clean beauty routine, I only use two brands, Bite Beauty and Beautycounter. (I have a few safe-ish MAC and NARS lip colors tucked away in a drawer, but I rarely wear them anymore.) So, two brands. Simple enough, right? Bite Beauty is my absolute go-to for vibrant, rich lipsticks, and I swear I get compliments on their colors…
  • Whoorl Turns 10!

    whoorl
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Could it be? Why, yes. This here blog is turning 10 years old. (Feel free to read my first post. Simply riveting.) Now, in my opinion, blog years are something like dog years, except 1 year of blog life equals 4 years of human life. So, according to my deft calculations, I HAVE BEEN BLOGGING MY ENTIRE LIFE. And quite frankly, it seems like that. I mean, apparently my main goal in life in 2005 was to drink wine and discuss music…that was until I found out I was pregnant with this little guy. (Wito! We love you, absent-minded professor! Do you remember this little ditty? Well, that…
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  • Why We Waited on Kindergarten

    Melanie
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    If you’ve been out shopping the past few weeks, then you know it is officially the back to school season. Unless you’ve been to a craft store, in which case it is officially Halloween. As I gear up to send my own little ones back to school, I’m reminded of their first days of school. […] The post Why We Waited on Kindergarten appeared first on Simply Being Mommy.
  • Live-stream on The Cube

    Crystal
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:11 am
    The last several years as a blogger I’ve wanted to create more video content. The problem is I get so overwhelmed with all the editing after doing all the filming. Creating videos is hard work and takes many hours, especially when you haven’t mastered the editing programs. And since I never feel like I’ll be […] The post Live-stream on The Cube appeared first on Simply Being Mommy.
  • I Want to See the States

    Melanie
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of US Cellular. The opinions and text are all mine. I want to see the states — all of them. Growing up, we pretty much ruled the family road trip. We saw the western national parks, traveled along the southern states to visit my brother […] The post I Want to See the States appeared first on Simply Being Mommy.
 
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  • The Skin I’m In

    lavagal
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:33 pm
    I’ve been hesitant to share this because of the infamous Facebook happy birthday syndrome. I don’t want everyone to go OMYGOSH! If you were to think positive thoughts, pray to your holy entities, or burn a swatch of herbs and dance naked on sacred stones in the light of the full moon to signify to the universe that healing vibes should come my way, then please do. Use your bandwidth to save the world, OK? I don’t know how long this mole had been behind my right knee, but about two months ago I noticed it. I was holding up my leg doing a stretch and felt it when I…
  • Offering hope

    lavagal
    9 Jun 2015 | 1:26 pm
    I have added some information at the end of this entry about the ClearPlan Easy Fertility Monitor, which truly made a difference in our lives. It took a long time to write this because every time I started, I crumbled. After 10 years (four years ago), confident my daughters would survive, I finally could write it. Cathartic. Conceiving children is not all that easy. Planets have to line up, eggs have to be primed, sperm has to be energetic, a uterus has to be hospitable. Then, DNA takes over. For me, three out of five times the DNA was a disaster. It’s discouraging. It’s a…
  • Ironman Honu Triathlon 70.3 2015, the download

    lavagal
    2 Jun 2015 | 1:26 am
    A beautiful place. For six months or more, people like me train for an Ironman 70.3 triathlon somewhere on this planet. On Saturday, May 30, 2015, I participated in the Ironman Honu Triathlon 70.3 on Hawaii Island. It was my third time. My first race was the fastest. Is it because I was younger? I feel like I’m in better shape now. I had a different and heavier bike back then, and that bike leg was my fastest. I’m happy that this year I beat last year’s time and that I made it across the finish line with 11 minutes to spare. Each year it had been my goal to finish under…
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    28 Jul 2015 | 6:42 am
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    28 Jul 2015 | 6:40 am
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    28 Jul 2015 | 6:37 am
    This cake is a lemon lover’s dream. It has the perfect amount of lemon flavor, so it won’t be too overpowering. Best of all, the cake is beautiful…
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  • 4 Cool Soups for Hot Summer Days

    Fred Lee
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    After a long and snowy winter, summer is a welcome change in season for just about everyone: it's a chance to stow away the hats and coats and trade them in for a pair of shorts and some flip flops.As July merges into August, however, the heat can begin to wear a person down, making it difficult to enjoy a lot of activities with the exception of cooling off in the water. One area that suffers for me is eating, and I love eating. It's just that on sweltering hot days, the idea of hot and heavy meals just doesn't appeal to me; it's best to save the soups and stews for a cold winter day.Your…
  • Join Us Today 8/4 at 2 p.m. EST on Twitter for a #pschat about Back to School

    Nancy Flanders
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    We’re talking about Back to School! Join us at 2 p.m. EST today for a fun conversation, and you could win a $10 Amazon gift card. Just follow @parentingsquad and #pschat to participate!Which extracurricular activities will your kids be doing in the fall?How do you ensure your children get the best grades possible?How do you feel about how your child’s school handles discipline?Channel: News & CommentaryTipsEducationLearning ToolsPre SchoolK-8High SchoolTags: back to schoolfirst day of school
  • 10 Things You Need to Know About Children With Food Allergies (From a Mom Who Knows!)

    Autumn Jones
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Moms with children who have fatal food allergies can decipher a label faster than you can say "processed with peanuts." It's a world I do not know personally, only by proximity. My children do not have food allergies, but many of their friends do. When these friends are in my home, I try my best to make sure they are safe. But I realized that to really understand what it takes to be considerate of a child with food allergies, I needed to go to the guru: The Mom Who Knows. I reached out to my friend whose son lives with many food allergies, mostly related to nuts. Here is what she wants…
 
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  • The One in Which I Am Unpopular

    Carmen Staicer
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
    My husband and I went to the movies last night.  We don't go all that often, but quasi regularly. So, maybe every other month or so. And we chose to go to the theater with the recliners, so two tickets knocked us back close to $25. Not super awful, but, hi, back to school is looming.  I chose the back row - I ALWAYS choose the back row. We sat down, and about five minutes later, in came a group of teens, probably 15-18. They were goofing around, like kids do, and sat in our row. Almost immediately, they started horsing around, throwing popcorn, flicking their straws full of soda on…
  • And We Have a Garden! And It's DELICIOUS!

    Carmen Staicer
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:52 pm
    I plant a garden every year. I plant tomatoes (there is just about nothing I love more than a homegrown tomato in the summer - except coffee, but I digress...), various herbs, peppers, and something new - last year it was eggplant, this year, beans. Always, though, always with the tomatoes. I'm a tried and true lover of Celebrity - I think that they have the best flavor - but also always choose a few Mortgage Lifters and this year, I added one Roma and one Cherokee Purple.  Aren't those pretty? Last year, and the year before, I made tomato jam. It's yummy and delicious - and…
  • My Favorite and My Best

    Carmen Staicer
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:46 am
    So, this past week, I went to New York City for work. I love everything about the city - everything. And that makes me sound like a country bumpkin, an okie from the sticks - and I don't care. I love everything about the city - the noise, the heat, the dirt, the homeless (well, no, that I don't love), the food, the view, the sheer number of people and all of the tourist groveling. Even the rude doesn't bother me - although, hey, I'm looking at you, deli worker who wouldn't sell me more than four bagels to take home - WHO can survive on just four bagels? I work for…
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  • Stop Punching Women In The Face

    Stefanie Wilder Taylor
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:33 pm
    It doesn’t seem controversial to say that if you’re a man you can’t just go around punching women in the face, right?  This statement should be like, Life 101. And yes, I should make it known that I am speaking as someone who has been punched in the face by a male person on more than one occasion. Once when I was about sixteen, I threw a cup of soda on a guy’s lap who was being mean to my friend. He retaliated by going all aggro, pouring an entire pitcher over my head and then hauling off and punching me in the mouth so hard I needed stitches. Another time, while…
  • 9 Things My 10 year-old Can Do Better Than Me

    Stefanie Wilder Taylor
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    9. Take a compliment – If you tell my daughter she has nice eyes she’ll say “Thank you” and move on with her day. Tell me I have nice eyes and I will start with, “Oh, that’s just because I have mascara on from last night because I’m so lazy I couldn’t even be bothered to wash off my make-up!” and end next Tuesday. 8. Play basketball –My kid actually enjoys organized sports. I think she’s adopted. 7. Update my Instagram account –Until recently, I didn’t even realize I still had one. Now thanks to her constant updates because, “Mom, it’s illegal for me to have my…
  • Elizabeth D.’s Story

    Stefanie Wilder Taylor
    3 Feb 2014 | 9:12 am
    Elizabeth D.’s Story Ninety-one afternoons ago, I went to a happy hour that changed my life. Leading up to it, it was clear that I wanted a change. Sick of the lonely bottles of wine, I switched to vodka so that I wouldn’t see my own empties in the recycle bin. As we raised our girls, I never hid my drink or even tried to control it. But now, the situation had crossed into very sad. Despite my huge career, I was now a very buzzed drunk who would zone out every single evening. Back at happy hour, I poured down vodka with abandon at an upscale bar with old friends and colleagues. We…
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  • It’s Not As Bad As My Imagination Tells Me It’s Going To Be

    SusieJ
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:55 am
    His “box” from college is sitting in the basement, waiting for us to pack him up and take him back. The same box we loaded last fall.  The box has sat “untouched” since he came home last May. He no longer needs that scrub brush with the soap inside to wash out his water bottle, the lamp that clips onto the side of his bed, the bulletin board, the lock for his computer…He’s home now. The days are getting shorter, and soon it will be time to load him up again, and take him back. Sometimes, I remember that day, the first time he went to college, and I…
  • Red Clover For Hot Flashes: And Bone Loss

    SusieJ
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:53 am
    I knew it was hot outside, but why was I suddenly radiating heat?   They came in a flash.  Three days earlier I was fighting was seemed to be my lifelong battle of Menorrhagia, and the next day, it seemed, I was swelling with heat, emanating from my very core. The heat is a sickening-I’m-going-to-be-sick, or maybe I’m pregnant, or I have the flu, kind of heat. Sleep was intermittent, as I tried to cope with the unbearable heat, the chill from the leftover sweat when the heat subsided. I called friends and learned they had been silently suffering, melting, away for years.
  • Basil Salt: The Convenient, Tasty Way To Preserve Your Basil

    SusieJ
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:50 am
    With a just a few pulses of your coffee grinder, you can turn Basil preserved in Salt, Susiej: Salt Preserved Basil into Basil Salt. And by all means, please read this: Related posts:Three Simple, Effective Ways to Wash ProduceT...Is Santa Real?T...Making Toys With Salt DoughM...Keeping Track of the Marshmallows In My PantryT...The Plastic Bag of Water Really Does Keep Flies Away&...Vintage Button Bobby Pins For MomS...
 
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    28 Jul 2015 | 6:42 am
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    28 Jul 2015 | 6:40 am
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    28 Jul 2015 | 6:37 am
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  • We *heart* The Places You’ll Feed!

    Heather Flett
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:54 am
    In honor of World Breastfeeding Week — yes, it’s a thing! — we want to celebrate feeding babies by sharing this silly, fantastic, creative, laugh-til-you-spray-milk book: The Places You’ll Feed! In a house or with a mouse? In a supply closet or the front seat of a minivan with your legs squished by the steering wheel? Dang, author Lauren Hirshfield Belden makes it look so easy with her Dr. Suess style illustrations and artful rhymes about nursing and pumping! Somehow she managed to capture the universal truths all set to a bedtime-story rhythm. Check out these…
  • Set up a backyard festival

    Whitney Moss
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:27 am
    When Julian was a toddler, entertaining him in the afternoon was best done outside. Inside he was totally crabby from about 3 to 6 pm. I discovered outdoor toys and activities that kept him busy, and was lazy enough to just put them all in the backyard at once so that he could roam from activity to activity over the course of an hour. It worked so well that I have invited other people to bring their babies over to enjoy our backyard festival. Here are the ingredients I rely on for backyard play. The key to the party is water. I have had enormous success entertaining a little dude as young as…
  • Putting the kibosh on the Me, Me, Me Epidemic

    Heather Flett
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:33 pm
    After listening to a webinar with parenting coach Amy McCready in which she was suggesting what we might say when our children are devastated by the consequences of their actions, Whitney and I both joked that we were going get tattoos that read, “I’m confident you’ll make a better choice next time” so that we could remember to use that line. Spent so much time not putting pajamas on that we only had a 30-second back-scratching session? I’m confident you’ll make a better choice next time. Though I’ve never met her in person, I completely trust Amy and…
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  • Summer Beach Stop Motion

    30 Jul 2015 | 4:48 pm
    What do you do when your daughter asks you to take a ton of photos and videos at the beach (166 to be exact)?  Make a stop motion video of course!Who can resist stop motion of triple back walkovers?After doing a search for "summer beach stop motion", I found this super fun video of "happy Zappos clothes". Zappos.com: Summer Beach Stop Motion from Chris "Gonzo" Gonzalez on Vimeo.Hope you're having a fun summer! --- Thanks for reading this feed. Please stop by to comment :).
  • Apple Picking in Cider Donut Heaven

    11 Jun 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Every year, we make it a tradition to go apple picking at our local orchard in town.  After all, it's the only way to be a proper "New Englanda" living in the outer suburbs of Boston.Doug said that Dova is getting way too big to pick up for the apples up high.But nothing beats a walk through the apple orchard, with the crisp fall air and glimpses of foliage.As usual, Dova loved picking out pumpkins.And Adam hauled them to the car.This year in the store, we also picked up some fresh brussel sprouts to Adam's dismay.But what really caught our eyes and noses were the fresh cider donuts…
  • Neighborhood Adventure on Bikes

    3 Jun 2015 | 10:51 am
    When I asked the kids to honor me with a bike ride a while ago, it was met with a lot of rolled eyes and complaints of a boring time to come. Sure biking can be boring if you always take the same roads, but this time it would be more of an adventure. Instead of heading out of our dead end street into the neighborhood, we headed towards the dead end and into the woods.After clearing the heavily wooded portion of the trail at the end of our street, we happened upon an abandoned house. With an abandoned garage and abandoned mailbox.Spooky! We looked around a bit and saw lots of old rusted…
 
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  • Wanna Play 3v3 with the Top U.S. Goal Scorer of All Time, Landon Donovan?

    Ray
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:46 pm
    What soccer fan doesn’t remember Landon Donovan’s game winning goal with seconds left in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa? He’s had so many… 57, the most all-time for an American. Now he – and two... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Real California Milk

    Christine
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:10 pm
    It comes as no surprise to me that California, my home state, is the country’s leading producer of milk, ice cream, butter, nonfat dry milk, and whey protein concentrate. In fact, there are over... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • Fun in the Sun :: Summer Must-Haves for Mom AND Kids

    Christine
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:14 pm
    I don’t know about you, but I feel like this summer is flying by! We have been spending loads of time in the sun, which makes most of our days pretty lazy, and it’s been fabulous! Our... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
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  • Top 5 Beaches for NYC Families

    Bethany Braun
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Summertime means beach time, but while there are lots of shores near and even in NYC, some are more family-friendly than others. After packing up all your gear and schlepping the kids by car, train, bus or ferry, the last thing you want to find out is that your chosen beach has no bathroom or that bathing suits are optional. Skip the guesswork with our roundup of the top five beaches for NYC families, including detailed info on attractions, food, bathrooms and hidden costs. All are within 90 minutes of Manhattan by car but they're easily accessible via public transportation, too. Read More
  • Favorite Summer Weekend Getaways for NYC Families

    Stephanie Ogozalek
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    There's still plenty of time this summer to sneak away from the sticky city heat for a little weekend trip. A relaxing family jaunt to coastal Maine, a mountain town in Vermont, the sun and sand at the Jersey shore are all great getaways when you're looking to skip town. We've rounded up five of our favorite family weekend destinations for summertime fun. Read More
  • Free Outdoor Family Movies This August in NYC

    Raven Snook
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Free outdoor flicks play practically every night in August somewhere in New York City, but not all are family-friendly. So who has the time to peruse all those different movie calendars to pick out the kid-pleasing titles? We do. Behold: More than 50 FREE outdoor movies this August, most rated G or PG (with a couple of PG-13 titles for the tweens in your life), organized by date. All you need to do is carve out time in your busy, NYC summer schedule, and pack a blanket and snacks. Read More
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  • It’s Flex it Friday again!

    workoutmommy
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:37 am
    I’ve managed to get some great workouts this week despite having the kids all around me.  (anyone else think summer break is about a month too long!?)   I put together bits and pieces of different workouts from Pipehitter and focused on intensity. My little guys love to watch…..and sometimes join in. My oldest is a good sport and always happy to flex with me,  even when I ask him to do “hulk smash”!   And this is my fit mommy friend who texted me for a park date meet-up to run hill sprints. I just LOVE friends like that, don’t you?  It was HOT, but…
  • No one ever said it would be easy.

    workoutmommy
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:22 am
    I fully admit that I sometimes look at my friends and think  “you have it so easy”.  Whether it’s because they only have one child, or their parents are still alive and play an active role in their life, or perhaps it is because they have a great job they love that pays the bills.  I know I should not think this way,  but many times I do. :/ The truth is, we all have our own hurdles and struggles. No one is spared from sadness or disappointment in life and the key factor in our happiness is our reaction to these struggles. Does my life sometimes suck?  Absolutely.
  • Retail therapy at Dick’s Sporting Goods

    workoutmommy
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:35 pm
    **This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and DICK’s Sporting Goods. All opinions are my own.** I posted this on my Facebook page the other day—–can you relate? There is something magically uplifting about new workout clothes, so when Dick’s Sporting Goods asked me if I wanted to go shopping in their new revamped women’s department,  I grabbed my car keys!  I honestly felt like a kid being let loose in a candy store! I noticed right away the lighting was brighter and it drew my attention to all the wonderful clothes on the racks. There is also a lot more space…
 
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    All & Sundry

  • Salvation and chance, AA and God

    Linda
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:31 pm
    A few weeks ago we were hiking along the Rogue river with the kids and Dylan tripped over a rock and went flying headfirst off the trail, straight down the steep bank, where his body managed to get turned around and he slid backwards before grabbing ahold of the trunk of a small tree while I screamed “Hang on!” and JB scrambled down to help him. He was covered in scrapes and bruises afterwards, oozing blood from various body parts as we shakily finished out the last stretch to the trailhead, but oh man, it could have been so much worse. The trail itself isn’t difficult — you see young…
  • New arrivals

    Linda
    9 Jun 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Remember Tiny Cat? She looked like this a week ago: I thought she seemed pretty uncomfortable (girrrrrl, I feel you), which makes sense because this is what happened last Friday: It’s been pretty amazing to watch her take care of business: One kitten was much smaller and more fragile than the others. I was hopeful when I saw him battling his way through his bigger siblings to latch on … but I found him this morning, slipped away to the great cat beyond. Poor little guy. Still, there are five thriving furballs to care for, and TC’s doing an amazing job. Man, we humans think…
  • Way deep down

    Linda
    1 Jun 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else. — David Foster Wallace I think it was about halfway through my rehab stay when I started getting resentful about the message I kept hearing. The message went something like this: 1) You have a chronic, progressive disease for which there is no cure. 2) The only way to manage this disease is to pray to a magical sky-daddy who will exert mystical forces upon your life which you will breathlessly describe as “God shots.” 3) Not a believer? Well, good luck with the inevitable…
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  • LeapFrog at Blogger Bash #bbnyc

    Renee Ross
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:11 am
    My son is 8 years old and for the entirety of his life we have been a LeapFrog family. We started with a Leap Reader Jr, progressed to a Leap Reader and have just about every version of the Leap Pad and of course we watched many of the learning DVDs. I was thrilled to learn that LeapFrog was a sponsor of Blogger Bash 2015 and made sure to stop by their booth at the Sweet Suite. I am such a fan of their educational tools. The Leap Pad 3 has kept my son busy during our travels, he took his first solo trip this winter and it kept him entertained the entire time. This year a new version of the…
  • S'mores and summer fun in the backyard!

    Renee Ross
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:31 am
    Summer time is fun time. Although my summer is quickly coming to an end (school starts next week), I have had a ball entertaining the kids, family and friends with activities both inside and outside of the home. My favorite thing to do is simply hanging out in the backyard enjoying the weather and catching up with friends and loved ones over food and drinks. I have used the grill this year more than I can ever remember and have become a true grill master! If you like grilling too, you can’t go wrong with the Weber Jumbo Joe charcoal grill ($68.00) available at Walmart.For the kids, I’ve…
  • Back to School Style!

    Renee Ross
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    It might be hard to believe for most people around the country but here in Atlanta, school will begin in less than 2 weeks! It is bittersweet for me, I have enjoyed spending time with my son and being the head counselor for camp mom. With just a few days to go I am getting in a few more fun activities and adventures, today was the Bronx Zoo, tomorrow we are headed to Times Square for The Ride and he will have one final week of Camp Grandma before we depart. Summer is fun time for us but we are counting down the days until school starts. This year is a bit different because my son has always…
 
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  • Google Fonts: Free Typefaces for Your Site

    Payton Swick
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:50 am
    We’re really happy to announce that we’ve added over 30 free Google Fonts to your Theme Customizer. Even better, you don’t need any upgrades to access them; these fonts are free for everyone. Go to WordPress.com → Customize to see the new Fonts section in the sidebar. From there you can browse and preview typefaces like Gentium Book Basic, Libre Baskerville, Merriweather, and Ubuntu. When you select a font, you’ll immediately see your site in the preview with that font applied. For most font choices, you can also change the size and style of the text. Click to view…
  • WordPressers Making a Splash

    Ben Huberman
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    We read hundreds of blogs and websites every day, from up-and-coming voices and established pros alike. We love visiting those sites on WordPress.com, but it’s just as rewarding to see other platforms embrace the work of writers, journalists, and artists who regularly publish here, introducing it to new audiences. Here’s a selection of WordPress.com bloggers who recently made a splash. A mathematician at work Terry Tao is a veteran blogger, publishing prolifically on his site since 2007. He also happens to be a Fields Medal recipient and one of the leading mathematicians…
  • August in Blogging U: Blogging 101

    Michelle W.
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Have you just started blogging (welcome!), or are you looking to breathe new life into a blogging habit that’s fallen by the wayside? Blogging U. is a great way to get on track, with bite-size assignments, a supportive community, and staff to support you. This August, we’re offering Blogging 101— and registration is now open! Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — August 3 – 21 Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size blogging assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get a new assignment to help you publish a post, customize your…
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  • Design Inspiration from At Home

    Bridgette Duplantis
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:27 pm
    As the Experimental Mommy, it should come as no surprise that this Biology loving, math solving, computer coding woman does not have an artistic bone in her body. Enter Pinterest. This platform has been a godsend when I am trying to be creative with things such as meals, kid crafts or decorating. However, many Pins are deceiving! They look so easy and convince this science geek that she should totally redecorate the living room and change the motifs of both kids rooms. News flash: these projects are not always as easy as they seem. When I tackle a big project and finally admit that I am far…
  • Getting Closer to Our Scholastic #SummerReading Goal!

    Bridgette Duplantis
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:03 pm
    This post was written by the Experimental Mommy in partnership with Scholastic. All opinions remain 100% mine. So, this is it. The very last week of summer. Can you hear the collective tears of my kids? Our summer has been full of fun and even a few learning opportunities so none of us are ready to see it go. But I am happy to report that my girls have kept up their reading skills through the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.   My oldest has become hooked on Harry Potter (yes, I know we are late to the game on this one) and I love watching her get excited about turning every page. Not…
  • Celebrating 41 with #DennysDiners

    Bridgette Duplantis
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:49 pm
    This post was written by the Experimental Mommy in partnership with Denny’s Restaurants. All opinions remain 100% my own. After surviving topping the metaphorical “hill” when I turned 40, this birthday seemed like a breeze. Turning the Big 4-0 was such a big deal, that I was looking forward to a more relaxed way to greet 41. I requested a low key, family focused, offline, relaxed, go-with-the-flow kind of day and I am so happy that my message was heard loud and clear. After sleeping in a bit, I headed to my favorite day spa for a full body massage which can only be described…
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    Balancing Motherhood

  • 15 Marvelous Muffin Recipes

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:43 pm
    Muffins don’t last long in my house. I bake them and they are gone in about two days — if I’m lucky! I love to have them on hand for breakfast. The kids love them sent to school for their snack too. When I’m ahead of the game I made two (or three!) batches of muffins […] The post 15 Marvelous Muffin Recipes appeared first on Balancing Motherhood.
  • Simple No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Oh my gosh. These are so good. I mean, I can’t even tell you how good they are. And they are easy. Good and easy. That’s a winner in my book. My family LOVED these. This batch makes a lot of little squares so I planned on bringing them over to a friend’s house for […] The post Simple No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars appeared first on Balancing Motherhood.
  • Refreshing and Simple Vodka Cocktails

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:09 pm
    There are three drinks in this photo. I will neither confirm nor deny drinking all three of these simple and refreshing vodka cocktails. Did I say there were delicious? Well, they are. So easy to make, that even a non-mix-master can make these and still look like a rock star bartender. Here are the links […] The post Refreshing and Simple Vodka Cocktails appeared first on Balancing Motherhood.
 
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  • Wait. . . when does school start?

    Kristin Brandt
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:27 am
    I was feeling pretty smug as I sat down last night to start filling out the back to school forms – smug, because they are not due tomorrow, but instead in a few weeks. Smug, because we’ve been working our way through the summer reading, I know where the back-to-school supply lists are, the annual physicals are scheduled for later this week and and a planned trip for supply shopping is on the calendar for the same day. Smug, until I realized we had a major problem . . . our son’s first day of school is one week earlier than I thought it was. Normally not an issue except we had…
  • Challenges and cracked ribs

    Kristin Brandt
    15 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Recently, my husband and I took our cyclocross bikes to explore the over 10 miles of single track available at Dryer Park Road in Victor, New York. Feeling a little cocky after successfully navigating the mountain bike trails (including surviving a black diamond trail called “Juicy Bacon”) I turned my bike towards the bicycle skills area. It was here I ran into trouble – hitting the top of a buried tractor tire I stalled and tipped over, landing on my side and knocking the wind out of myself. Almost two weeks later my ribs are severely bruised (or cracked) making sleeping and…
  • Sophie Says: I 💖 Lacrosse

    Kristin Brandt
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Just finished my first season of the best sport in the world! Lacrosse! It was the best sport I have ever played. My favorite position has to be goalie. Next year I have to play again, also next year I will be in a U-13 Lacrosse team. It is going to be so fun! I recommend lacrosse to all young girls and all girls who love to play sports like I do. Play happy.
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    Hormone-Colored Days

  • My Knees Went Weak When I Read the Email

    17 Jul 2015 | 2:28 pm
    My heart is still pounding and my knees are still weak from the email that landed in my inbox this morning. It should have gone directly to my son, but it came to me first. Sh*t's gettin' real y'all."We are now taking applications for the 2016-17 freshman class..."*Gulp*I thought August 1st marked the start of what I shall call Application Season. Apparently that's the date for most schools, but not this one. I tried not to bug my senior (too much) about working on his essay for the Common App, a common application that is accepted by more than 500 colleges and universities. Many schools…
  • What's Happening in My World

    22 Jun 2015 | 9:58 am
    Every now and then this blog starts to feel like a ghost town. Let me assure you I haven't gone offline, I'm just putting my words elsewhere. Well, this didn't involve a lot of words, but it did take several months of planning with a fabulous team at the Skokie Library--I co-hosted a Teen Appathon!Inspired by my friend Debi Pfitzenmaier and her San Antonio Code Jam, I've tossed about the idea of some kind of youth coding event or challenge for a few years. Chicago already has a vibrant Scratch Day program, mostly geared at middle school students. I wanted something for a slightly old…
  • Don Quixote by the Royal Ballet at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre

    16 Jun 2015 | 9:35 am
    photo credit: ROH / Johan Persson, 2013"I am Don Quixote; the man of La Mancha," is the refrain I recall from the musical of the same name back when my high school performed it in the 1980s. That was the all-singing all-dancing version. This week I'm headed to see the all-dancing version performed by the Royal Ballet, accompanied by live music performed by Chicago Sinfonietta at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. My husband and I will be guests of the Auditorium Theatre.Performance June 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 PM with a 2PM matinee of the 21st. Tickets begin at $32.On Saturday, June 20, there…
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    Mile High Mamas

  • So Far Away: When Children Fly

    Guest Blogger
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:59 am
    Who do you most admire? My answer to that question used to be a fairly predictable list of assorted literary and historical figures, with a liberal bent towards those who made the world better for their fellow man. Lately, however, I’ve been re-thinking my choices and Susanna Fontanarossa has soared to the top of my list. Who is this Susanna you may ask? I’m not surprised you’ve never heard of her. Up until today, I hadn’t either. Susanna, the person I most admire, was the mother of Christopher Columbus. She may seem like an odd choice, compared to, say, Martin Luther King Jr. or…
  • Denver Deal: Free Days, Melt, Green Dry Cleaning and More

    Gretchen
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:17 pm
    I’m on the hunt for great deals with all the back-to-school stuff. Do you know of them? Are the deals really that amazing if you have to drive from one place to another to get those 10-cent notebooks and 20-cent box of pencils? Sometimes it is just easier to buy it in one place. I come by my deals quite naturally –my mom used to tell my sister and I that we could get an outfit or two before school started and were then promised another later. She said that is was because then we would really know what the popular colors/outfits/looks were for the year. This actually makes a ton of…
  • My Daughter’s First 14er: A Beginner’s Guide to Climbing Colorado’s Rooftop

    Amber Johnson
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:56 am
    My 11-year-old daughter Hadley has always been a strong hiker but I was surprised when she announced she wanted a climb a 14er this summer. I was a bit worried about her readiness but mostly about my own. I’ve “bagged” a dozen of Colorado’s  54 peaks that rise 14,000+ feet above sea level but it has been several years since my last climb.  In the interim, I’ve grown dazzlingly wiser, impressively slower and more cognizant of my own mortality because, if you’ve ever climbed a 14er, you know there are moments when you feel…
 
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  • The Hilarity That Is Motherhood

    Susan
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:12 am
    Yesterday morning, I met with some other moms about starting a preschool moms group at our parish.  Our fearless leader is a veteran mom with kids in high school and up.  The other two were young moms of young children.  And then there was me.  A mixture.  Honestly, I was only there because I’ve been in a similar group before and the hope is that I might provide some guidance.  Haha. I have to say, that the meeting was like a time travel experience for me.  A look at the past and a glimpse into the future. As our children played on the playground and the baby sat beside me in…
  • SHE’S Here!

    Susan
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:40 am
    I had one dream in 9 months that it was a girl, but dismissed it. Maria, too, had a “girl” dream, just the other day. But, we didn’t have our hopes up. Not in our boy-heavy world. Boy or girl, we all already loved and couldn’t wait to meet this baby! But… I really wanted Maria to have a sister. Brothers are awesome. But every girl that has a sister is better off for having one. Or two! (Or more.) And, here is Maria’s! Welcome me to the world, Faith Danielle.    
  • Closer

    Susan
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:35 pm
    It won’t be long now before we get to meet the newest H.  I thought for sure that he or she would have made an appearance by now.  I think, though, that maybe the kids have scared this one into staying inside as long as possible! We have had a few glances along the way.  Here is a pic from just a few weeks ago. What do you think?  Boy or girl? Here’s an outside view: Either way, we’re ready.    
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    Queen of Spain Blog

  • Final for Journalism take 2

    Queen of Spain
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:32 pm
  • All I Want is a Garden

    Queen of Spain
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Denial, anger, … acceptance? Or is there one between there? Meh. I’m somewhere between denial and anger as my CDiff has returned despite the over 90% success rate of the transplant I underwent before the 4th of July. We will try another tried a second one, upping my chances to 98%, but that one failed as well. Leaving me in this hospital for 17 days and counting. 17 days of wondering why me. 17 days of worrying. 17 days of continued bad news and frustration and stress. Here is the thing…all I want to do is plant my tomatoes and veggies. This has been the first summer in 10…
  • Final Project Journalism 203

    Queen of Spain
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:07 am
    Enjoy my story on the California drought!
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  • Can You Trick Your Family Into Eating More Raw Food?

    Diane Kidman
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Now, there’s a loaded question: CAN you trick your family into eating more raw food? Personally, I’m not into hiding spinach in the cupcakes. But I’m not above making sure that the raw vegan stuff I’m eating is as appealing to the rest of the family as possible. Take, for instance, salad. I know what you’re thinking: Isn’t that about the most boring raw food one could conceive of? I beg to differ. A salad is something that can easily be added to the table as a side dish. But throw in unexpected goodies, and everyone will be digging in and asking for…
  • Raw Food and the Reluctant Eater

    Diane Kidman
    18 Jul 2015 | 7:25 pm
    By the time I’d finished writing the book “Smoothie Power! Recipes for Weight Loss, Vitality, and the Occasional Superpower” a few years ago, my eating habits had changed drastically. I had started the recipe book by stuffing myself with smoothies in an effort to create as many recipes as I could, as fast as I could. What resulted was a pretty major shift in my health, something that took me totally by surprise. By the time the book was published, i was eating an 80- 90% raw food diet. (That means raw fruits, vegetables, and nuts – not raw meat. That would be icky.) I…
  • Peet’s Coffee Connoisseur Sampler Gift – The Perfect Addition to the Holidays!

    Diane Kidman
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    Today is a big day of Christmas preparations for me, so I started the morning off with a nice boost: some Peet’s Coffee from my Connoisseur Sampler Gift set. Being a bit of a coffee snob, I love Peet’s and have talked about them before. But it’s been a long while since I’ve indulged. Peet’s sent me a beautiful Holiday gift set to review, and I have to say it felt like Christmas came early! The set comes in a beautiful box (I’m keeping it for the storage of some treasures) and includes four delicious bags of ground coffee. The first one I tried is their…
 
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  • It was Mama. In the Bathroom. With the scissors.

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:18 pm
    This week on Mom.me, I wrote about my haircut. Which was the result of an anxiety attack at the dinner table NBD. About a month ago, after a particularly challenging day/week/month, I got up in the middle of dinner, went to the bathroom, locked the door, and cut my hair off...I had toyed with the idea of cutting my hair for months. Years, even, but every time I entertained the idea aloud, my kids were adamant that I COULD NOT CHANGE MY HAIR DON'T DO IT MOM PLEASE DON'T.Don't change, Mom. This is how we like you.Copy that.It came up again, recently when I was trimming Revi's bangs and…
  • "Find the Right Book"

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:31 pm
    I was recently introduced to Sarah, a local educator and author of the new book Spell Shaper, which she wrote specifically with kids with learning differences/dyslexia in mind. GGC: Let's talk Spell Shaper. Can you tell me a little bit about your book and how it came to be?Sarah: I had been teaching in the middle and upper elementary grades (2 to 5) for several years in some wonderful schools where parents were just as passionate as we teachers were about encouraging their children to love literature.  Of course, our children don't always develop according to all our plans, do…
  • Notes from NYC: Things We Did and Saw

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:19 pm
    I had all kinds of plans for us in the city. We were going to do The Natural History Museum and The Met, Central Park (Belvedere Castle and The Shakespeare Garden), The 9/11 Memorial Ponds, The Highline (we had big plans to walk the entire thing. HA!)I wanted to hit up the The New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn, revisit Top of the Rock, which was the crowd favorite last time we were in NYC as a family. Archer remembered the view fondly but Fable did not. Fable was 2 1/2 then and I was entering my 2nd trimester with The Twisters. (Bo coined the term "Twister" on this trip…
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    Motherhood is the New MBA

  • Introducing Ndingui Moussavou

    12 Jul 2015 | 4:58 am
    January of this year I was just launching Category6, when I heard Ndingui Moussavou speak at my Rotary Club. I'm typically a big skeptic when it comes to inspirational speakers. Ndingui (he goes by Guy-Francis to make it easy on most Americans) captivated me. He has this wonderfully delicious French-African accent. He starts talking about his childhood in Gabon, Africa and the audience is
  • view from side stage

    21 Apr 2013 | 6:26 am
    Last week I spoke at the Shelton PUD. The presentation was brought to the community by Hood Canal Communications, Peninsula Federal Credit Union, and Our Community Credit Union. I met so many wonderful people. And isn't the PUD facility gorgeous? I like Shelton. This is the photo I snapped before I took the stage.
  • Chinese Book Cover

    12 Jul 2012 | 6:30 pm
    I finally have the artwork for the Chinese edition of my book! Front Page Back Page
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    Surrender, Dorothy

  • The Little Black Cat Had Surgery

    Rita Arens
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:24 am
    Kizzy has had an extremely tough week. I'm going to write about the whole thing on BlogHer and will add a link here when I do. The good news is he is recuperating and so far hasn't had complications and can take the cone off hopefully Monday.
 
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    True Mom Confessions

  • Top 10 Favorite Things About Flying with Small Children

    admin
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:50 am
    It’s that time of year- family vacation time! Here are some of our very FAVORITE things about flying with small kids… 1. Eating, licking, and touching EVERYTHING 2. Leaking sippy cups (even the “no leak” ones. Making a truly spill proof sippy cup would apparently require breaking some rules of physics) 3. Screaming- particularly when waiting in line to board, and right about the time in the flight that everyone around you has decided to take a nap (see #6). 4. Pooping. But only when the “fasten seat belt” sign is on and potty breaks/diaper changes are not…
  • There’s Nothing Wrong with Saying “NO”

    admin
    10 Jul 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Be around a family with children for five minutes and you’re bound to hear the word “no”. We all know kids ask a lot of questions. Half of the time they are asking for something. And half of that time they are asking for something ridiculous or something we don’t think they need. If you do not give them the answer they were hoping for, you could have a massive breakdown on your hands. Kids will beg, plead, scream, and even demand to get what they want. They dread to hear their parent(s) say “no”. It can feel like the end of the world to them. Based on a typical child’s reaction…
  • BPA-and-BPS-What You Need to Know For Your Kid’s Health

    admin
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Walk in to any supermarket or store and you’ll see “BPA-Free” on almost all plastics. Why? Because in 2008, the media had a frenzy over harmful chemicals found in plastics. BPA (Bisphenol A) was now a dangerous chemical leaking into our everyday plates, cups, tupperware, and especially our baby bottles. Numerous studies over a couple of decades proved that the chemical mirrored the estrogen hormone, which can affect the reproductive system and/or brain activity. This became especially dangerous for young children who are still growing and developing. But did anyone think…
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  • Working families in Memphis tell CCC writing fellow their questions for GOP debate

    Marisol Bello
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:52 am
    By Wendi Thomas Center for Community Change Writing Fellow Ten Republican presidential candidates will take the stage in Cleveland Thursday for the GOP’s first televised primary debate. When they do, many voters in Memphis, the nation’s poorest large metro area, will be listening for solutions to the issues that matter most in their community. Tami Sawyer, a local organizer in the Black Lives Matter movement, wants to know the candidates’ plans for reinvestment in inner-city communities. Ella Collins, a home health care worker, is looking for a commitment to creating good jobs with…
  • Why are the Girl Scouts Partnering with Barbie?

    Carolyn Llewellyn
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:11 am
    A few years ago I surprised myself by getting involved with my daughter's Daisy Girl Scout troop. What began as an hour of volunteering blossomed into co-leading of a delightful group of girls. I was happy that my daughter joined the Girl Scouts. The organization's progressive policies had impressed me, especially in contrast to The Boy Scouts.  Daughter's troop planting a garden for our local food pantry My feelings changed drastically a year ago last spring, when I learned of the Girl Scouts' partnership with Mattel Toy’s Barbie line. I could not believe the news, which still makes me…
  • My Story: I'm a Grandmother and a GenderAvenger

    GenderAvenger
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:03 pm
    by Bea O'Rourke  I'm getting ready to celebrate August 15th, 2015, the 95th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Women finally got the right to vote thanks to those early GenderAvengers who rejected complacency, pushed hard, and risked all for equal places at our society's tables. It has been worth it. It just makes sense. Now, at almost seventy-eight years of age with four adult children (three daughters and a son) and nine grandchildren (five granddaughters and four grandsons), it just makes sense to support the mission of GenderAvenger. In high school, I attended an all-girls academy.
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    This Full House

  • Everyone has a story, here's yours!

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    25 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    I'm headed to Chicagoland to visit my sistuh-from-anuh-thuh-muh-thuh, Melisa (YAY!) so my husband dropped me at the airport a little early before going into work, today. Ticketing Agent: I'm sorry, but you can't check in any earlier than 4 hours before your departure. Fiiiiiiine, I was waaaaay earlier, but it's okay. Garth (NHRN): Maybe you can see if there is an earlier flight you can get on. The thing is, here's the thing: This particular flight has first come first served sort of seating and I had a pretty good boarding spot. Me: I don't mind, I'll just watch all...
  • Don't Break My Heart...My Icky, Sticky Heart...

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    22 May 2015 | 6:05 pm
    It's been about 6 weeks since my "episode" and yes, I just "air-quoted" the word "episode", because I've had all the tests done to me, since the "episode", and I'm WAY MORE comfortable telling you about my "episode", because hypertensive heart disease sounds so...you know...icky. I mean, not as icky as a sticky heart valve...like the one I got, too...but I've been assured that it is more common than I thought...and who knew...there's a bunch of us walking around with one or more sticky heart valves...[fist bump]...ain't midlife grand, YO! I like to stir craisins into my oatmeal, how about...
  • They Say Humor Helps Your Heart, Mine Is Cry-Laughing!

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:40 pm
    It's been a week since I've been home from the hospital and, well, did you know that laughter lowers blood pressure? Good thing, too -- now that high blood pressure and I have a history, dammit. She fainted while visiting her grandfather in the hospital a few years ago, so we've never been allowed to even mention the word and refer to it as "The place where really sick people go". Long story short (you're welcome!): I haven't been feeling very well for quite a while and waited until "Holy crap!" and "MY CHEST HURTS!" oh, and by the way...
 
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    and baby makes 6!

  • Mia, in her natural habitat

    Jody
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
    San Diego, Oaxaca, Mexico.
  • A letter to my FIM…peeling back the layers

    Jody
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    I really hate the initials FIL.  They stand for father-in-law, and I don’t really feel that they represent how I feel about you. The word “Law” represents what is recognized in court, so I prefer Father-In-Marriage. Why?  Because God sanctified my … Continue reading →
  • Wild Bill

    Jody
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:04 am
    I have never had the opportunity to see my husband surf waves like this. When he went to Costa Rica for a week this past January, I was jealous.  Not because of the great folks he was with, but because … Continue reading →
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    Woulda Coulda Shoulda

  • As my denial comes to an end

    Mir
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:40 am
    I don’t know if you know this, but APPARENTLY simply refusing to think about the realities of having a child applying to college/graduating/getting out of Dodge doesn’t stop it from happening. We are gearing up to start Chickadee’s senior year and I have many, many feels. SO MANY FEELS. But I have to pretend I […]
  • I’m just stroking his ego, really

    Mir
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:46 pm
    I view myself as a strong, independent woman. I was fine being single. I don’t NEED Otto, you understand. I just WANT him. I like having him around, because he’s cute and funny and my rotten children often do not laugh at my lame jokes. But I could totally manage without him if I had […]
  • Christmas in July?

    Mir
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:58 am
    Every Christmas, Otto makes his family’s traditional Christmas cake, which is actually a recipe that yields TWO bundt cakes. If we have company or are up north visiting, both cakes are consumed. If we’re down here with just us four, one cake gets eaten and the other one gets wrapped and put into the freezer […]
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  • What to Wear: Bold Style for Brunch

    heather@glamaLIFE.com (Heather Schuck)
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:08 pm
    The post What to Wear: Bold Style for Brunch appeared first on Glamajama.
  • Baby Glam on Sale at Sears for Back to School Shopping

    heather@glamaLIFE.com (Heather Schuck)
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
      Baby Glam on sale at Sears just in time  for Back to School shopping. View the sale here: http://ow.ly/zN5xH   The post Baby Glam on Sale at Sears for Back to School Shopping appeared first on Glamajama.
  • GO BOLD: One Last Splash, Summer Fashion for Girls

    heather@glamaLIFE.com (Heather Schuck)
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Soprano fluorescent t shirt nordstrom.com Accessory Collective pink infinity scarf nordstrom.com Keds Champion K keds.com Neon Jegging Girls joesjeans.com Back to school is sneaking up, but there’s still time to enjoy the bold colors of summer. Our summer fashion for girls picks include bold yellow Joe’s Jeans. The post GO BOLD: One Last Splash, Summer Fashion for Girls appeared first on Glamajama.
 
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    amalah . com

  • A Zah Interlude

    amalah
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:03 am
    Okay, let's take a brief break from MOVEAPALOOZA 2015 and get back to what's really important. Self-indulgent photo essays about my kids.   Ezra's been working his way through his Pretend Soup cookbook for a couple years now, but just recently became quite taken with the recipe for Bright Pink Fruit Dip.  But he didn't just want to make it any old time. He wanted to make it for company. For guests.  And so he waited. Every week he'd ask if any guests were coming to our house, and unfortunately once the moving stuff kicked into high gear the answer was…
  • The Search for the Yellow House

    amalah
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    The first thing you do when looking for a new house, of course, is to write down all the features you want. And then divide these into categories of "must haves" and "would be nice." It's important to be realistic here, and recognize that it's unlikely that any house will have everything on your list, and be prepared to compromise. As an example, our original list was probably something like this: MUST HAVES: 1) Single family 2) 4-5 bedrooms, with a spot for an office 3) 2-car garage 4) On a cul de sac 5) Private yard 6) Space for a garden 7) How about a pool? 8)…
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    The Domestic Diva

  • Four Outdoor Essentials for Families

    The Domestic Diva
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:45 pm
    (sponsored post) Picnics, parks, and playdates, summer is filled with all kinds of outdoor activities. My family and I love to go to various outdoor events during the year, not just summer, from firework shows to family movie nights at the park but being outdoors can pose some challenges. It’s important to know what to […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • Spark Your Kids Back to School Style

    The Domestic Diva
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:16 pm
    (sponsored post) I can not even wrap my head around the fact that (home)school for us will be starting back in less than 3 weeks. Three weeks, are you kidding me? I just got used to the idea of summer and now it’s time to start getting back into the daily routine of “busy”. While […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • Plan your Kid’s Themed Birthday Party with Walmart Bakery Custom Character Cakes

    The Domestic Diva
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:07 pm
    (sponsored post) Kid’s birthday parties are usually centered around their favorite character of the moment. I know with my boys they usually want a character cake of some kind for their birthday. Planning a party can be stressful. I know that when it comes to planning a party, I want to keep it as simple […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
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    Home Ec 101

  • Buffalo Chicken Dip

    Heather Solos
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:03 pm
     Heather says: Buffalo chicken dip is a favorite around here. It’s also ridiculously simple and worth knowing how to make in case you’re ever invited to a sportsball  potluck type event. Go team go. I’ve had buffalo chicken on the brain recently and I was poking around Plain Chicken -a client from my day job and remembered that I’ve been meaning to make this recipe for Home Ec 101. I go with the classic Frank’s Red Hot Sauce recipe, but there are two import things to remember. 1. Use Bobbie’s Blue Cheese Dressing  2. Ignore everything about the oven. You…
  • Laundry Lessons: Colors Bright and Whites White

    Heather Solos
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:10 am
    Dear Home-Ec 101, It seems lately my whites or mostly whites have been coming out dingy and faded. I don’t want to use bleach on them because a lot of them have colored sections as well. What can I do to keep the whites sparkling without taking effecting the rest of the color on these garments? And what can I do to prevent the dinginess before it starts? Thank You, Dingy Darling Heather says: You are absolutely right to not reach for regular chlorine bleach. When concerned about preserving color, oxygen bleach is your go to, not chlorine. Both chlorine and oxygen bleach work through the…
  • How to Clean Air Vents / Registers That Cannot Easily Be Removed

    Heather Solos
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Hello – When our house was built, the builder sealed all the air vents leading from the HVAC systems out into the house with something resembling the sealer around the top of the baseboards. I have never lived in a house where I could not remove those vents, clean them and them put them back up. Removing the vents by breaking the seal is going to make a big mess I can tell. Is there any way to clean those vents myself without removing them? Thanks for your help. Signed, Dustin in Denver Heather says: The good thing about the air register situation in your house is that it is newer…
 
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    the Disney Driven Life

  • Story Time Favorites With NDK 8-4-15

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
      **Disclaimer – I received these books for review purposes from the Disney Book Group. All opinions are my own. Story time is always a favorite in this Neurotic Disney home. NDK (Neurotic Disney Kid) is old enough to read, but not too old to still be read to! Books are wonderful on so many levels. We keep them everywhere – even in the car! Disney Books are a great way to keep Disney at home. Disney Book Group was kind enough to send these books for NDK approval – be sure to look for the NDK Review after the description of each book! Time to wrap up those summer reading…
  • UNIQLO Launches ‘MAGIC FOR ALL’ Celebrating Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
      Unique initiative combines the fantasy, magic and adventure of Disney, Marvel and Star Wars with UNIQLO LifeWear Tokyo, Japan – UNIQLO announces MAGIC FOR ALL, a global collaboration with Disney Consumer Products. The unique initiative will add a touch of Disney enchantment, Marvel action, Star Wars adventure and Pixar creativity to everyday UNIQLO LifeWear fashions as well as introducing innovative new products, pop-up displays, and in-store and online customer experiences. “We want to help everyone’s dreams come true,” said Tadashi Yanai, Chairman, President and CEO of Fast…
  • Disney’s “DESCENDANTS” Waves Magic Ratings Wand for Disney Channel

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
      Disney Channel/Bob D’Amico Disney’s “Descendants,” a modern-day, coming-of-age adventure about the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains, delivered an enchanting 6.6 million Total Viewers, including 3.0 million Kids 2-11 with its television premiere, Friday, July 31, (8:00 p.m., ET/PT), on Disney Channel, and posted 1.4 million record-setting views on the WATCH Disney Channel app since Friday, July 24. Its soundtrack (also released Friday, July 31 on Walt Disney Records) is currently at #1 on the iTunes soundtrack chart and #2 on…
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • Jessica Alba responds to Honest Sunscreen backlash

    Stacy-Ann Gooden
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:14 pm
    by Stacy-Ann Gooden posted in Mom Stories Jessica Alba and her Honest team are offering up a response after customers took to social media claiming that they got sunburned from using the Honest Sunscreen. According to the company’s website, the sunscreen is safe and eco-friendly. It’s “naturally derived, unscented, broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) SPF... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Unlimited maternity & paternity leave? Netflix's big move

    Sara McGinnis
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:59 pm
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Mom Stories Netflix is on its way from being a big hit with parents to being outright adored. The company that brings on-demand cartoons and movies to our families has decided to look out for the parents they employ, with plans to offer maternity and paternity leave that sounds almost... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Zooey Deschanel has a baby - and a wedding!

    Carolyn Robertson
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:07 pm
    by Carolyn Robertson posted in Celebrities Congratulations - times two - to actress Zooey Deschanel! According to reports, the 35-year-old New Girl star is both a new mom and a newlywed. Zooey's rep has confirmed that she and her fiancé Jacob Pechenik are the very proud parents of "a beautiful healthy baby girl" who was... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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    Stimeyland

  • A Visual Tour of Summer Thus Far

    Stimey
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Stimeyland Has Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/Stimeyland (Click here to get to the subscription page.) Once you clicked the above and are on the new subscription page, just click how you want to subscribe at the top right. I know this is SO obnoxious. I'm sorry. Please subscribe!! I promise lots of funny new embarrassing stories and heart-string pulling posts if you do! Please? OR! Visit www.stimeyland.com and subscribe by email from the sidebar. http://feeds.feedblitz.com/stimeyland
  • Disaster Struck! Running Edition

    Stimey
    12 Jul 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Stimeyland Has Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/Stimeyland (Click here to get to the subscription page.) Once you clicked the above and are on the new subscription page, just click how you want to subscribe at the top right. I know this is SO obnoxious. I'm sorry. Please subscribe!! I promise lots of funny new embarrassing stories and heart-string pulling posts if you do! Please? OR! Visit www.stimeyland.com and subscribe by email from the sidebar. http://feeds.feedblitz.com/stimeyland
  • Disaster Strikes! Rain/Snake Edition

    Stimey
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Stimeyland Has Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/Stimeyland (Click here to get to the subscription page.) Once you clicked the above and are on the new subscription page, just click how you want to subscribe at the top right. I know this is SO obnoxious. I'm sorry. Please subscribe!! I promise lots of funny new embarrassing stories and heart-string pulling posts if you do! Please? OR! Visit www.stimeyland.com and subscribe by email from the sidebar. http://feeds.feedblitz.com/stimeyland
 
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    Mom in the City

  • KidzVuz Event – Back to School Highlights

    Kimberly
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:24 pm
    I have mentioned KidzVuz, the super safe video review site for kids that was co-founded by my friends Nancy and Rebecca, several times in the past. Not only do Nancy and Rebecca know how to create a wonderful site for kids, but they also throw great events for bloggers! Sean and I were lucky enough […] The post KidzVuz Event – Back to School Highlights appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • YouTube Kids App: 6 Reasons to Try It

    Kimberly
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:12 pm
    Do you have young kids (ages 5 and under) in your home? If so, definitely check out the YouTube Kids app because it contains a variety of kid-friendly content. I was introduced to the app at a YouTube event at the YouTube Space in downtown Manhattan a couple of weeks ago. (On a side note, I […] The post YouTube Kids App: 6 Reasons to Try It appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Getting Gorgeous 2015 Highlights

    Kimberly
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:21 pm
    I attended several great blogging-related events last week. The most beauty-focused one was Getting Gorgeous 2015 that was hosted by Audrey and Vera. I jotted down my thoughts about the event on the subway train ride home. Below are the highlights: One thing that I loved about the event is that several of the sponsors […] The post Getting Gorgeous 2015 Highlights appeared first on Mom in the City.
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    Smiley Cat: Christian Watson's Web Design Blog

  • Be Inspired By These Quotes On Creativity and Design

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:34 pm
    I really enjoyed reading through this collection of quotes on creativity and design. A selection of my favorites are below. My next goal is to start introducing them into my everyday working conversations.On the importance of design: The details are not the details. They make the design. — Charles Eames Y'all talk about UX like it’s just another feature. For a user, it literally is the product. Full stop. Everything else is inside baseball. — Startup L. Jackson Twitter account If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. — Henry Ford On the…
  • Time for a New Adventure

    15 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    It's been very quiet on the Smiley Cat blog so far in 2015. The reason? I have been looking for a new job, which has occupied most of my free time in-front of the computer. The good news is that I have accepted a position based in Bangkok, Thailand. How about that for a change of scene from Austin, Texas?My wife and I (well, mainly my wife) had been thinking about a move abroad for some time (although you could argue that being British I am already living abroad). We decided upon South East Asia and after that it was up to me to find a job that would get us out there. After several months of…
  • My Top Web Apps and Software of 2014

    1 Jan 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Two years ago I posted about my best apps and software of 2012, and so I thought I would revisit my list to see what has changed in 2014.I won't go over in detail the software that I am still using from my previous list. Suffice to say, I am still using almost all the apps on a regular, if not daily, basis. Here's what I have added to my core toolbox in 2014. LastPass What's it for: Password management I was probably using LastPass back in 2012 too, but I thought I would call it out as is it so essential to my online life. I rely on its Firefox and Chrome browser extensions to manage my many…
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    Mombian

  • LGBTQ-Inclusive Sex Ed Book for Kids Affirms and Empowers

    Dana
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:02 am
    (Originally published in my Mombian newspaper column last week. I encourage readers also to read “Can We Adapt Sex Ed For The New LGBT-Inclusive America?” from ThinkProgress yesterday. It doesn’t mention the book below, but discusses the context that makes the book necessary—and outlines some of the hurdles involved in bringing such material to classrooms.) Sex is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU (Seven Stories Press) continues a groundbreaking, LGBTQ-inclusive series for young people on human sexuality—and should have many cheering at its…
  • Happy Birthday, Harry!

    Dana
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    The only thing that would make me like the Harry Potter series more than I do would be if Professor McGonagall and Madame Hooch, the Quidditch coach, were an item. Alas, that’s the butterbeer talking, I’m afraid. I’m having an extra today in honor of Harry Potter’s 35th birthday (and author J.K. Rowling’s 50th birthday as well). I’m a proud Potterhead, not only because the series is a feat of imagination rarely equaled, but because I love the heart behind the story. I’m not the only one. The series’ message of social justice and triumph…
  • A Fully Legal Family Vacation

    Dana
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
    (Originally published as my Mombian newspaper column.) It seemed fitting that the day after marriage equality became law across the United States, my family and I went on vacation to Maine and Canada. As we bumped down the unpaved road to our first campground, I reflected that when we’d last been in the Maine, in 2009, the state was in the middle of a referendum battle over marriage equality. Equality lost, and the future looked bleak, as the blow came only half a year after a similar loss in California. It wasn’t until a second Maine referendum in 2012 that marriage equality came at last…
 
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    fromtheparkbench

  • Tyrese Gibson’s, Black Rose has Bloomed

    bstapleton1
    18 Jul 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Occasionally, even a notable singer such as Tyrese Gibson, will deliver a music album so revolutionary, it is difficult not to consider any other being more, well-crafted. The release of the double album, Black Rose, a derivative of a documentary, a book and a testament to the laughter, the tears, the pain, and the sacrifice […]
  • U.S. Pro Sports Shifting to More Sustain

    bstapleton1
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:17 pm
    U.S. Pro Sports Shifting to More Sustainable Game Day Food – Leading professional sports venues that serve all major leagues are now promoting more sustainable food options to fans, according to a new report by the Green Sports Alliance (GSA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). “Champions of Game Day Food” features 20 venues […]
  • 5 Ways to Prep for a Heat Wave – It’s n

    bstapleton1
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:17 pm
    5 Ways to Prep for a Heat Wave – It’s no fun to watch your electric bill climb along with the temperature in the summer months. Not only is summer expensive, but it’s also a major energy drain, and that’s not good for the environment. Still, saving green doesn’t have to mean roasting in the […]
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    Confessions of a Pioneer Woman | Ree Drummond

  • Precious Time

    Ree
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:08 am
    (Alex and me in Colorado, July 2015) Alex had her wisdom teeth removed last week, just a few days after we returned from Colorado. It’s something she needed to do before college, and since she still has a couple of weeks before she leaves, this was the time to do it. I was ill prepared for two things during the course of the whole experience. One was the procedure itself. For some reason, I had in my head that this would a long, drawn out ordeal that took at least a couple of hours in the oral surgeon’s office. In fact, after I said goodbye to Alex following our consultation with…
  • Hiking with Marlboro Man

    Ree
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:14 am
    Marlboro Man and I went on a hike up the mountain when we were in Vail last week. I took this same hike last summer, only it was with my sister-in-law Missy and our kids. You can read about it here. I pretty much thought I would die on the mountain. Hiking up the mountain with Marlboro Man this summer was much, much different. Here’s why: 1. Last summer, while hiking with Missy and the kids, we did not have enough water. We planned badly, and were out of water with a good hour to spare. I was gravely traumatized by this, so this year, I wasn’t going to make that same mistake. As…
  • Back from the Mountains

    Ree
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:09 am
    We’re back on the ranch after our family trip to Colorado, and I feel renewed, refreshed, regenerated, reacquainted, reawakened, rebuilt, renovated, and remarkably rested. Part of that is due to the mountain air, part of it is due to the altitude sending my body into high-efficiency mode, part of it is due to the moments of quiet reflection I had on the mountain (in between my gasping breaths)…but most of it is because it was so blessedly wonderful to have concentrated family time after the busy summer we’ve all had, and before Alex leaves for college in three weeks, three…
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    Design Mom

  • The Treehouse: A New Mattress for the Guest Loft

    Design Mom
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Photos and text by Gabrielle. The post is sponsored by Leesa — get $75 off your purchase. Find the code below! As I mentioned yesterday, we have lots of company this week, so we wanted to freshen up the guest space. We don’t have a dedicated guest room, but we have a double bed that we keep in the loft in our family office, specifically for guests. But the mattress on the bed came with the house. It’s an old, worn out, beast of a mattress and we promised ourselves we would update it before our guests arrived this month. So we did! We ordered a new mattress from a company called…
  • Living With Kids: Callie Moon

    Design Mom
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Have you ever thought about what your decor style says about you and your family? When guests walk through your front door, what do you think they can instantly sense about you? Is the first impression you make modern and clean, with any trace of a childhood hidden in a sleek cabinet system… or the basement? Perhaps guests sigh when they walk in, instantly craving whatever peaceful design you’ve got going. Or maybe you’re sporty and just can’t escape a home decor accessorized by the sticks and balls and cleats and — oh my, watch your step — more balls! Maybe you…
  • Paper Anniversary, China Anniversary, Coral Anniversary

    Design Mom
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:52 pm
    By Gabrielle. Best confetti ever from Oh Happy Day Shop. This is going to be a fun week at the Blair house! Our nephew, Josh Sabey and his wife Sarah Perkins (creators of everyword), arrived this morning to help us do some building — way up in the tree tops! We have two goals for the week: 1) install a zipline, and 2) build a rope bridge. So awesome!! Oh. And more Sabey helpers are coming tomorrow! Ben’s sister Lisa and her husband Mark, and our nephew Matt too. I can’t wait! The Sabeys are one of the best families in the world and we try to copy their parenting skills as much…
 
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    The Vintage Mama

  • A Poem About A Summer Romance: A Tune So Blue

    Lydia Hernandez
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:36 pm
    I heard a tune A tune so blue My wistful heart It ached for you.   Reminiscing of the day So innocent, with hearts ablaze Whispers, kisses, promises made Bodies swaying like ocean waves   A lifetime of love In a single day For we knew our blue sky Would soon turn grey   Our […]
  • Bee Sugared

    Lydia Hernandez
    27 May 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Editors Note: This post is brought to you by Bee Sugared A Fresher Way to Feel For Men and Women It’s been a year full of personal revelations…the most recent which came to me just these past few weeks. Feeling pretty for the sake of feeling pretty. Now stay with me here, because it’s not […]
  • Moving Toward Amazing

    Lydia Hernandez
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:27 am
    You have a spark. A drive. A unique calling. You feel like moving toward something. Something amazing. A million amazing things. Some little, some big. You want to make a difference. To be a better version of yourself. Not just for you, but for your children, your grandchildren and everyone who’s lives could potentially be […]
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    Dutch Blitz

  • Down To The Wire

    angella
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:03 pm
    It’s been quite the process to get our house ready to live in. We knew it would be, and budgeted for it, but we keep hitting road blocks and I’m in the verge of turning into an enormous green rage monster. (Hashtag HulkSmash.) We’ve done everything the remediation guy told us to do. We had the professional cleaners and air scrubbers in and they spent a week doing their job. We had the electrician in, who pulled a ticket to get the power turned on so that the cleaners could use electricity. We had the City turn the water on so the cleaners could clean and…there…
  • Remediation Of A Former Grow-Op

    angella
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:59 pm
    We are still very excited that we won our house in a sealed court bid by $111.20 (ONE HUNDED AND ELEVEN DOLLARS AND TWENTY CENTS). We knew that there would be a lot of work to be done to get it to the point where we could even begin to live in it and/or start renovating. All services to the house had been shut off, and there are steps to go through in order to make the house livable and to get an occupancy permit. 1. Hire a remediation professional. The guy we hired took a sample of the air (Spore count), and sent it to a lab. When he got the results he then gave us a list of things to have…
  • Happy Campers

    angella
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Growing up on the north coast, our youth group would go to a week-long summer camp, starting at the age of 13. I still have many fond memories from that time, and know that camp is such a great experience for people of all ages. Four years ago, Matthew texted me to tell me that Graham could go to camp that summer. This seemed odd to me because he was only EIGHT. Matthew then told me that Graham could have gone the year before, as the youngest age that goes is those ending second grade and are eight or turning eight. We broached the subject with Graham who did not hesitate to say YES. He went…
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    Boss Sanders

  • WRITING DOWN MEMORIES: The beginnings

    bosssanders
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Over the past …well, always…I’ve collected so many thoughts and memories, that they swirl like a violent hurricane when I put pen to paper, to write.  A mentor suggested that I write down all of the memories.  Here’s a tiny piece… I was born in the mid-80′s and was a cute little kid – if, by cute, you mean a baby Richard Simmons girl-child.  Although, to be fair, I didn’t begin that way.  My mother, either out of contempt or affection (I’m still not sure which) gave us matching afros for a few years.  I remember sitting (squirming) in…
  • 12 Movies for Family Movie Night

    bosssanders
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:16 am
    We LOVE movies in this house…and it’s a CHEAP form of entertainment for families of ALL sizes!  My kids have seen a lot of the newer movies, but there are still a lot of older movies we don’t want to miss.  Here are 10 we’ll be watching the remainder of this year! 1.  Jumanji 2.  Matilda (they’ve seen this, but have requested we put it BACK on the list!) 3.  Bambi 4.  The Goonies 5.  Miracle on 34th Street 6.  Old Yeller 7.  Freaky Friday 8.  A Christmas Story 9.  Holes 10.  Bright Eyes 11.  Honey, I shrunk the kids! 12.  Mrs. Doubtfire What are…
  • Why Is Music So Important?

    bosssanders
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    Please welcome our guest poster, Amy Allen!  Amy Allen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a certified Harmony Road Music teacher and opened her own authorized Harmony Road Music Education Center in Western KY.  Amy has spent many years serving others through her gift of music. In the last 30 years that I have been teaching music to children, I have seen the ebb and flow of school funding for music programs and instruction nationally. Early on, music programs in our schools were seen as fluff and considered to be extracurricular activities. As a result, when communities saw…
 
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    Virtual Coach

  • @barbling: Salesforce, Brand Networks, Hootsuite among the first to support Instagram’s Ads API http://buff.ly/1IiyIL3

    4 Aug 2015 | 2:11 pm
    This Just In! Salesforce, Brand Networks, Hootsuite among the first to support Instagram’s Ads API http://buff.ly/1IiyIL3 Explore the Original Source (Ask yourself – how can you apply this update to your own business?) Hey there! Glad you could stop by… did you know you’re viewing only a portion of the free timely updates available? Join us at Our Authority Marketing Community to get the full range of goodness that’s waiting for you!
  • @barbling: Hootsuite rolls out scheduling for Instagram posts, sort of http://buff.ly/1IEBCa5

    4 Aug 2015 | 10:16 am
    This Just In! Hootsuite rolls out scheduling for Instagram posts, sort of http://buff.ly/1IEBCa5 Explore the Original Source (Ask yourself – how can you apply this update to your own business?) Hey there! Glad you could stop by… did you know you’re viewing only a portion of the free timely updates available? Join us at Our Authority Marketing Community to get the full range of goodness that’s waiting for you!
  • @barbling: Ranting and Ravings http://buff.ly/1ePQxGH

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:45 am
    This Just In! Ranting and Ravings http://buff.ly/1ePQxGH Explore the Original Source (Ask yourself – how can you apply this update to your own business?) Hey there! Glad you could stop by… did you know you’re viewing only a portion of the free timely updates available? Join us at Our Authority Marketing Community to get the full range of goodness that’s waiting for you!
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  • Half Way Through Summer. Are You Ready for ‘Back to School’?

    Kerry Sauriol
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:16 pm
    I realize it is in the middle of the summer holidays, but that is it….we are in the MIDDLE of the summer holidays and that means that it is that much closer to getting these now feral children organized and ready for school in the fall.  Civilization has pretty much crumbled around here.  It is the reason I got a part time job….to be around order and adults and not the hot sweaty yelling that seems to be summer at the House Crunch.   The only thing stopping Tara from looking and acting like this: Was the fact that I managed to enroll her in a few weeks of day camp at the local…
  • Kids Just #WannaPlay

    Kerry Sauriol
    19 Jul 2015 | 10:44 am
    There are many reasons we are still renting our rundown little townhome in Vancouver.  One big reason is the luxury of raising a family in a space that is cut-off from busy roads, is filled with green space and lets the kids run wild.  My social media feeds are filled with articles about how important play is not only for their physical fitness, but their mental health too.  Watching my kids spend their summers running wild, I know I am doing something right when it comes to  my parenting choices. This long hot summer has actually made this harder for the kids.  It has actually been TOO…
  • Now You Are Six

    Kerry Sauriol
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:09 am
    The baby of the family turns 6 today.  She is lying snoozling on the couch beside me at the moment and I will soon have her up for another day at Day Camp. I think many people think Tara was a happy surprise or something, not knowing that becoming pregnant  with her was a painful act of ‘moving on’ after we lost our little Scott at just 25 weeks.   The 5 year age gap between her and Caity seems to say ‘?’…but we know different.   But what she was and is, has always been….was pure joy. Sure she was yet another babe who refused to sleep.   Sure, I lay…
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    Cheaper Than Therapy

  • For Now, We Dance

    ali
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:29 am
    I moved into my new home this weekend. MY HOME! Everything went really smoothly, except for Bell deciding to just not show up to install our phone/internet/tv during the 6-hour window that they had given us and now they won’t be coming until tomorrow (maybe…eeep!) and they did offer us a $35 for our pain and suffering but my lovely husband told them to keep their lousy hush money and shove it where the internet doesn’t shine, which, apparently, is my house right now (I would have taken the $35 dollars and bought 7 cold brew iced coffees, but no one asked me) where I…
  • Why Is Busy Bad?

    ali
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    I am actually extremely busy these days [Okay, sidebar, I know people hate the word busy, but why? When did being busy become a bad thing? I’m not complaining about it (“Look at me, I’m such a martyr, I’m so busy, get me to my Betty Draper fainting couch!“), I’m not saying it as a virtue (“Look at how busy I am, I’m so awesome!” Um, nope) I’m not trying to play the busy olympics; I’m not any busier than you, I’m just saying it. I’m busy. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just a thing. It’s  thing that…
  • I’m So Excciiiiiiiited —Jessie Spano. Also Me.

    ali
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Hey, so remember when I went to see a movie last week and there was no one in the theater and yet a dude still came and sat down exactly next to me and ate nachos and texted and manspreaded? It seems to be a theme with me. Last night I was meeting my friend at Starbucks and I was super excited to score the big comfy seats so I sat down in one and waited for her to join me in the seat across. Only a man came and plopped his heiney down in her seat. Across from me. And set his drink down on the table in front of me. HAS HE NEVER BEEN TO STARBUCKS? I am exactly 15 sleeps away from moving into my…
 
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  • We Do Not Naturally Separate Into A Stark Political Dichotomy.

    Zoot
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:05 am
    (If you’re patient, this will eventually discuss the VA Accountability Act of 2015 which is IMPORTANT and not getting much attention so stick around if you can.) I have a theory. See – I have a LOT of moderate friends. I have Christian friends who vote Republican but support marriage equality and are a little fiscally liberal as they support programs like Free Lunch and WIC. I have friends who vote Democrat but are a little fiscally conservative as they’re not necessarily on board with TANF or Section 8 housing. I have staunchly Republican friends who support gun control or…
  • It seems we all ate weird stuff as kids.

    Zoot
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:09 am
    So, recycling is not necessarily an efficient way to try to combat the excessive amount of waste we produce as a planet. Driving the trucks and powering the machinery still relies heavily on fossil fuels. Hopefully one day we’ll have a more efficient fuel system, but until then we recycle to primarily keep things out of landfills. And – theoretically – cause less things to need to be produced from scratch, but we produce so much CRAP on this planet that gets thrown away, recycling is not really making a dent in that. But we do it anyway because – again – if we…
  • I’m Pro-Choice and I Support Planned Parenthood…Can We Still Be Friends?

    Zoot
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:39 pm
    A good friend of mine posted this on Facebook today: I do think it is important we let folks know our position on an issue. That doesn’t have to include efforts to bring them around to our way of thinking or countering every point they try to make to support theirs. Sometimes the best thing is to let them, and more importantly, others, know that we differ and we believe, and will act differently. Breaking one’s silence is sometimes hard but very powerful. And while I discuss a lot of political views openly around these parts, I’ve never really discussed my support of…
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  • Beaute Louboutin Lipstick

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Christian Louboutin will be expanding his Beaute Louboutin line of nail polishes by adding three shades of lipstick. I guess he needed something to offer in his Beaute Louboutin boutique other than polish.The Louboutin Charme packaging is just as stunning as the nail polish bottle. The Beaute Louboutin lipstick tube can be worn as a pendant. I want to see what other colors he will be offering other than red, because I don't wear bright red lipstick.And off topic. How do you sell out of $50 nail polish? I went to his website to buy a bottle of Scarabee I and it was actually sold out. And it's…
  • Photography by The Descendants

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Australia is home to what may be the ultimate children's photographers. The Descendants are bringing their editorial experience to children's photography. They offer elaborate sets, wardrobe styling by a professional styling, a choice of printing of fine art paper or canvas, and the option to have your print framed by a professional framer who specializes in fine art.On August 20th The Descendants will be photographing on a The Princess and the Pea set. The scene includes a beautiful antique bed, lush fabric mattresses and even a giant pea. Prices range from $950-$1800 Australian dollars, and…
  • My Week In Photos

    31 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Here are some random photos I took this week. It was a busy week getting ready to send my youngest back to school.Koi PondStanding in line to get his student ID card. Does your kid's high school get everyone organized before school starts?I remember when he was a freshman & he wouldn't leave my side during roundup. Now my only purpose is to drive.Had them keep the dentist's office open during lunch so that he could have a private appointment. What happened to doors that close? Preppy mom style. JCrew and Hermes and lots of orange.
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  • 7 Back-to-School Organization Ideas

    Melissa Hillier
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    Each year after the 4th of July we begin to see back-to-school supplies hit the shelves and sales galore. There’s something about a box of crayons for a quarter that gets me to the store each week! {Surely, I’m not alone.} But, with back-to-school season arriving, the daunting task of keeping all of the important paperwork, homework and artwork organized. Not to mention the need for a family calendar so that everyone makes it to their extra-curricular activities on time. Today I’ve found 7 Back-to-School Organization Ideas that are sure to put you at the head of the class!
  • Baby Shower Centerpieces You Can Make Yourself!

    AngEngland
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:45 am
    Baby showers are so much fun! And one of the best parts is getting the chance to decorate. These baby shower centerpieces are so much fun and you can switch up the accessory pieces or colors based on the theme and colors of the shower. Baby Shower Centerpieces That Double as Gifts! You have to love a centerpiece that the mom-to-be can take home and keep as a lovely gift. These adorable centerpieces are perfect for a baby shower because the gift is built right in! 1. Baby Stacker Rings – This simple sewing craft is an adorable baby shower centerpiece, and a gift that infants can play…
  • 7 Healthy Back-to-School Lunch Ideas

    Melissa Hillier
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:05 am
    In our house the new school year begins in August.  This means the first week of August leaves me little time to buy back-to-school supplies, clothes, AND go grocery shopping for lunches. Like all parents, I want my kids to have a successful school year. If that’s going to happen they’re going to need healthy lunches to keep their brains fueled throughout the school day. Fresh fruits and veggies along with a filling sandwich or wrap is always the base of my kids lunches. Add in a sweet treat and a bottle of water and they have a healthy, nutritious lunch. Today I have 7…
 
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  • Amazing Vintage Photos of Laundry in New York City from the 1930s

    John VE
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Line drying has largely disappeared from New York as so many traditions of the lower classes in the name of social progress. Industrialized laundries with delivery and drop off were introduced as a convenience service to the middle class at the turn-of-the-century. Electric dryers were developed in the 1930s, but did not become marketable until the late 40s and early 50s. Soon, New Yorkers began to haul their laundry (as most do now) in swollen bags down the narrow passages and steep stairwells of their buildings through the street to laundromats lined with self-service machines and coin…
  • Beautiful Colorized Portraits of 7 Greatest Writers of the 19th Century as You've Never Seen Them Before

    John VE
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:44 am
    When most of us picture the past we imagine it in black and white. Hardly surprising when you consider the history of color photography. Although the first color photograph was taken way back in 1861 by Thomas Sutton, it wasn't until the 1970s that color snaps became everyday. Below are 7 great writers from yesteryear whose photos now look like they could have been taken yesterday.Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, circa 1920.Hans Christian Andersen, circa 1870.Victor Hugo, circa 1880.H.G. Wells, circa 1920.See more »
  • Indignant woman, Paris, 1948

    John VE
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    Photo by Robert Doisneau.
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  • In Bloom

    Leslie
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Remember my hostas? Look at them now!
  • Fun with semi-permanent hair dye!

    Leslie
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Pink! Purple! Pink and purple! Blue! What? Wait. No. Julia’s hair is just too dark. We gave her a few streaks, but the blue was nearly imperceptible to the naked eye and couldn’t not be caught on camera at all. So instead, we lightened her tips and colored it salmon. We’ll give the blue another try later.
  • Old Timey Baseball

    Leslie
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Dave crossed an item off his bucket list at the Cy Young Days Festival last weekend when he got to play in a vintage base ball game. The local youth recreation league coaches teamed up to play the Ohio Village Muffins. They played using a lemon peel ball. And according to the rules of 1860 base ball. It was pretty fun to watch.
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    Daily Plate of Crazy

  • Oops! Don’t Leave the House Without…

    D. A. Wolf
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:05 am
    Don’t leave the house without your keys. (Especially if the door locks behind you.) Don’t leave the house without your driver’s license. (Especially if you’re cruising through the neighborhood speed trap.) Don’t leave the house without washing your hair. (Especially if you’re going shopping where you might run into someone you know.) That last one? I was kicking myself on a recent “just Java jaunt” to the store, when I was (woefully, pitifully miserably) out of coffee. Say Hello to First Impressions Now… I didn’t forget anything in…
  • Midlife Makeover: “Dress Your Age”

    D. A. Wolf
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    “Dress your age!” Have you been on the receiving end of that remark? Have you said or thought those words about someone you know? Maybe you’ve heard or used this variation: “That isn’t age appropriate.” How many of us wonder if the “dress your age” rules we once grew up with still apply, and if so, exactly what that means and when? I have mixed feelings on the “dress your age” issue, as I don’t think it’s cut and dry, just as issues of style are both personal and contextual. I’ve known women who rock a highly…
  • The Pros and Cons of Expecting the Best

    D. A. Wolf
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:28 am
    “Expect the best, plan for the worst.” It’s an expression I like, especially in business. Yet while I see logic in these words, I don’t find them to be motivating counsel. If anything, I’m more likely to be wary of expecting the best. And while that sounds like a negative attitude, as it turns out, it may be anything but. When our expectations are unrealistically high, we set ourselves up for failure or disappointment, and we may bring others along for our downward ride. Then again, when expectations are low, we may find ourselves pleasantly surprised by smaller…
 
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    Born Just Right

  • Get a chance to meet people developing the future

    Jen Lee Reeves
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:18 am
    I’ve written about the fantastic ideas and developments coming from the open source group, eNABLE. It’s an international group of makers developing prosthetics using 3D printers and other ingenious methods to make prosthetics more affordable and accessible. It’s redefining prosthetics and the expectations of what is possible for people in the limb difference world. So recently, the U.S. Veteran’s Administration launched an Innovation Challenge – a three-city tour encouraging makers across the country to develop prosthetics and assistive devices that could benefit…
  • A whole new arm experience

    Jen Lee Reeves
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:55 am
    Jordan has focused a lot of her prosthetic use on specific tasks – mainly activities like biking and kayaking. Her new joy with her new activity arm is using a scooter all over the place. But the biggest reason we use prosthetics is to help her body do more bi-manual motions – gross and fine motor. An activity arm can offer some of those movements, but it’s focused on specific tasks. It doesn’t have an elbow or offer Jordan a ton of reasons to move both of her arms equally. That’s how her “elbow arm” comes into the picture. Before now, the arm has…
  • The gift of building new arms

    Jen Lee Reeves
    15 Jul 2015 | 4:48 am
    Jordan and I are in the middle of our seventh round of prosthetic building. It’s nowhere close to as emotionally exhausting as it used to be. We don’t work with a company that is close to home because no one near us has the intense knowledge of upper limb technology as our prosthetist, Dave Rotter. We’ve worked with him at Scheck & Siress since Jordan was a couple of months away from three years old. Can you believe the size change from five years ago? This round of building is interesting. We have followed an every 18-month cycle of building arms for Jordan but I…
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    The Art of Simple

  • Armchair traveling: 10 books to take you places

    Tsh Oxenreider
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:57 pm
    In the heat of the summer, as my family and I switch gears a bit from suitcase living and transition in to a slightly more permanent dwelling, I’m transitioning a bit of my mental and work focus as well: book writing. My next book has been percolating for a year now, and I collected stories, thoughts, and research during our year of travel. And just like most of life ebbs and flows in seasons, so, too, does my writing life. There are times when I’m full-force here on the blog, and other times, I take a step back (normally I take a blog break for 4-6 weeks every summer, but I skipped that…
  • Cuppa reads

    Tsh Oxenreider
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    We’re in Oregon right now, and after a bit of time in Texas, it’s downright weird—it’s hotter up here than it is in the Lone Star State. How’s your summer faring these days? (If you get my personal newsletter, the email from this past week explains in a bit more detail our family’s current plans.) On to the reads! • I love neighborhood tiny libraries, “inspired by Andrew Carnegie’s famous support of public libraries and borrowing from the ‘take a book, leave a book’ model commonly found in coffee shops and hotels.” Love this…
  • Self-care that satisfies

    Nina Nelson
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    A few years ago, self-care was pretty much nonexistent for me. Time to myself was a rare occurrence and was pretty much all or nothing. When it was over I felt hungry for more – it was like I couldn’t get enough and I began to resent my family for being so demanding of my time. Sound familiar? Luckily, over time, I became aware of the fact that I require consistent self-care. Crazy, right? I found that by meeting my needs on a regular basis, (like, every day) and enjoying life’s simple pleasures, I became a far more patient, loving, and understanding person. One aspect of…
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    We are THAT Family

  • 5 Ways To Change America From The Dinner Table

    Kristen
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:02 pm
    We were on the 3rd hour of the trip and somehow the youngest convinced the other two to watch a scratched version of Shrek the Third on the DVD player in the backseat. As we drove, my husband looked over at me and said, “Why do we own this movie?” I shrugged and pointed to the old album of discs we keep in the car for moments of travel desperation. At one point, I guess we were both tuning in because we heard our soon-to-be third grader ask why one of the princesses was a man dressed like a woman with heavy stubble. “Because someone thought it would be funny,” a…
  • Our Top 15 Family Movie Night Picks

    Kristen
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:40 am
    I let my kids have pajama and movie days regularly. Because summer. But with two teens and a third grader, sometimes it’s challenging to find a suitable movie that everyone can enjoy. I can only do so many cartoons. That’s why I love a good family movie night at our house. Even though it often involves compromise, it’s a good excuse to spend time together. My kids love piling in my bed with extra blankets and plenty of popcorn. And if there’s popcorn involved, I’m there. I don’t know about you, but I’m always filtering, double-checking and monitoring…
  • This School Year’s Game Plan for Screen Time

    Kristen
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Guest Post by my friend Arlene Pellicane {Scroll down for a great giveaway!} When you walk into a cell phone store, you have a dizzying array of plans to choose from. In the same way you choose a cellular plan to suit your family’s needs, you need a digital plan for screen use in your home. How much time per day is allowed? Which shows, games, and social networks are approved? Without a working plan, your child’s time will erode into mindless screen time and entertainment that usually runs counter to everything you are trying to instill as a mother. Maybe you are unhappy with how screen…
 
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    San Diego Momma

  • My Netflixes of the Month

    debawriter
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:13 pm
    I’ve been all over the Netflix this past month. I mean, ALL OVER. No genre has been safe. Documentary? I’m coming for you. Lifetime movie from 2011? Lock your doors. Teeny-bopper spookfest? Ding dong!   I don’t know what July was all about for me. Schizophrenia, maybe. Or inability to make decisions. Or super-ability to make many decisions. Whatever the reason, much Netflixes (Netflixi?) were had by my eyeballs.   Here’s what I watched:     1) An Honest Liar Does anyone remember James Randi? A former magician, he used to debunk paranormal phenomena,…
  • PROMPTuesday #239: Fear Itself

    debawriter
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:45 am
    I pack robotically. Put shampoo in small bottles, stack underwear, throw toiletries in a carry-on. The whole time I’m thinking I won’t be back to return everything to its rightful place. A sharp ache has plagued my stomach since I booked my flight to New York, and it won’t leave until I’ve taken off and landed safely both times (please God let me live).   Upon taking my aisle seat, I’ll clutch my mom’s rosary and picture, as I do. I’ll recite 100 prayers 100 times, often not stopping until I’m back on solid ground. I’ll rock back and…
  • PROMPTuesday #238: I Survived…

    debawriter
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Upon looking back on one’s life, one might marvel at how he (or she) survived certain events. For instance, one’s 46-year-old self may wonder why his (or her) 18-year-old version got into a Tijuana stranger’s car at 2AM in a drunken bid to get back to the U.S. before curfew. Or a person may rethink walking down a dead-end alley near Chicago’s Cabrini Green in 1996’s pitch black, heading straight toward the voices of ne’er-do-well youth wielding baseball bats.   That same person could possibly NOW be baffled at his (or her) extreme willingness to stay platonically in a…
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    Karen Cheng's Fashion and Life

  • Rock Collections from the Helena and Aurora Range

    admin
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:29 pm
    We recently went camping in a very remote part of the West Australian bush. We were about 100kms away from the closest town and literally surrounded by hundreds of kilometres of bushland and not much else. Once we set up camp, there wasn’t much to do except hike, walk, make a fire and look at the scenery. We camped with our friends (another couple) and their kids, so in total there were 4 adults and 6 kids, aged between 14 and 6. I was a little nervous that the kids would wander off and get lost. But they were great. They entertained themselves really well. They collected firewood, made…
  • I need a tropical island pronto!

    admin
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Wheeee I’ll be jumping on a jet plane for a girl’s trip soon!! No kids, no husband… HELLO tropical island!! I’m bouncing with excitement, daydreaming of the warm weather and currently obsessed with the following: A White Romper (more rompers here) Forget the floaty, patterned, summer dress… a white romper is the new summer staple! Cool and chic, the romper nods to casual resort wear on warm balmy nights by the pool. Bring. It. On. Yumi Kim Jet Set Romper Club Monaco Zandu Romper LIV Allie Cutout Romper Nude Heeled Sandals from Schutz Needing some pretty nude…
  • Mini Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes

    admin
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:55 am
    I’ve been baking again! I recently made some gluten-free (flourless) mini chocolate cupcakes and topped them with crushed Oreo icing and a mini Oreo biscuit. I used my gluten-free chocolate cake recipe because it’s one of the best and yummiest cake recipes I know. The cupcake was – not surprisingly – moist and delicious. It was a bit like a light, soft, cakey brownie. I reduced the amount of sugar in them since I was going to put an icing topping on them, so they tasted lovely. I made 16 mini cupcakes for my girlfriend’s birthday party and they were a HIT! They…
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    The Chronicles of a SAHM

  • Coffee-n-Cream Popscicles!

    Cynthia Wheeler
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:18 pm
    I'm not going to lie...it's hot. I'm a winter runner, and I'll be the first to admit it. Running in the heat, it gets to me. While I love my one cup of coffee in the morning, some days after a long run, I just can't do it. BUT...I've got these Popsicle molds... Where's the harm in trying coffee Popsicles? Oh. My. Yum! That just hits the spot, and it could not be easier to make. It's easy peasy, all you need is heavy cream, your favorite coffee and sugar to taste. Mix a little sugar in with cream and pour into bottom of Popsicle molds and freeze. Mix cream, 3 cups of coffee and sugar to taste.
  • Dragons Race to the Edge #StreamTeam

    Cynthia Wheeler
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Summer is in full swing in Chicago, and it's getting HOT. After camps all morning, everyone is ready to get in some AC and chill a bit. We are LOVING Netflix's new series Dragons: Race to the Edge! It's all the fun and fantasy from the original two movies packed into all new adventures. All of your favorite dragons and characters are back, with some really fun new ones.What I love about this show is that it encourages my kids to dream. There's nothing I would rather see than my kids playing out their own adventures when the TV is turned off. It's a magical thing. Although I must warn the…
  • One Lucky Elephant #StreamTeam

    Cynthia Wheeler
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Shortly after my Maggie was born, one of my good friends stopped by to see the new baby. She popped in at the hospital store and picked out a cute pink elephant for her. That one little pink elephant has touched a chord with my daughter that has grown ever since.Cut to 10 years later and almost 40 stuffed elephants and me wondering how you help our girl explore this passion for elephants. We don't have any elephants in Chicago. She didn't see her first live elephant until she was 5. We had to fly all the way down to Disney to see them. Now that summer break has finally started, we've been…
 
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    What's That Smell?

  • The 10 Best X-Files Episodes Ever

    Kimberly Grabinski
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:27 pm
    On January 24, 2016 the best show ever to air on television is returning with brand new episodes. And I can’t wait. The X-Files is, was and will always be my most favorite show ever. It started right after I had heard an interview with the former head of behavioral sciences of the FBI and […] The post The 10 Best X-Files Episodes Ever appeared first on What's That Smell?.
  • Eye Spy Road Trip Snack Hunt Travel Game

    Kimberly Grabinski
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:01 pm
    If your kids are anything like mine, the second you mention “road trip” they start charging their electronic devices to prepare for the trip. And if you are anything like me you decide that since you survived car rides without video games, they can too. But you have to give them something to do, otherwise […] The post Eye Spy Road Trip Snack Hunt Travel Game appeared first on What's That Smell?.
  • Modernized Healthcare is Here: Amwell

    Nina Say
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:19 pm
    I participated in the Amwell blog program as a member of One2One Network. I received compensation but all opinions are my own. Have you ever noticed how inconvenient visiting the doctor’s office is? First there’s the scheduling of appointments, in which the requested time is never available, no matter how obscure the hour. Then is […] The post Modernized Healthcare is Here: Amwell appeared first on What's That Smell?.
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  • Interview with Later Mom: Author Gail Sheehy – and Book Giveaway: by Robin Gorman Newman

    Robin Gorman Newman
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Gail Sheehy, 77, is the author of seventeen books, including the classic New York Times bestseller Passages, named one of the ten most influential books of our times by the Library of Congress. A multiple award-winning literary journalist, she was one of the original contributors to New York magazine and has been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984. A popular lecturer, Sheehy was named AARP’s Ambassador of Caregiving in 2009.I had the opportunity to chat with Ms. Sheehy, and she was every bit the candid and inspiring force I anticipated. Robin: You have two children, and how…
  • Meet Later Mom: Actress/Author/Artist/Philanthropist Jane Seymour

    Robin Gorman Newman
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Actress, producer, artist, designer, philanthropist, and mother of six, Jane Seymour, 64, is a multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winner, known for her roles in Live and Let Die, Somewhere in Time, East of Eden, and the acclaimed television drama Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Her love of art has led her to great success as a painter in watercolors and oils. In 2008, Jane partnered with Kay Jewelers to design a special jewelry collection called “Open Hearts by Jane Seymour.” In 2010, Jane launched the Open Hearts Foundation, which works to empower people to turn their personal adversity into…
  • Gift Ideas for your Child’s Graduation

    Robin Gorman Newman
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Whether your child is graduating Kindergarten or college, thinking of the perfect gift can seem overwhelming. However, with a little imagination and lots of sentiment, you can give your child something that they’ll always appreciate and love. Books If your graduate is from the younger set, books celebrating their youthful milestones can help them on their journey to the next grade level. If you want to motivate them even more, you can have their teacher sign it at the end of the year. Remembering to do this after every grade level will provide them with an assortment of encouraging notes to…
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    The Motherhood

  • HelloFresh Helps Spice Things Up in the Kitchen

    The Motherhood
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Motherhood recently had the opportunity to work with HelloFresh, a meal delivery service that brings chef- and nutritionist-designed recipes and fresh, pre-measured ingredients to your doorstep each week. We asked five stellar influencers to put the service to the test and create summertime meals that minimize time in the kitchen (each meal takes about 30 minutes to make) and maximize time spent socializing. Read on for highlights from their experiences. Want to give HelloFresh a try? Enter promo code 40MTH at checkout or click on this link to get 40 percent off of your first delivery…
  • Blogger Spotlight Series: Lori, A Day in Motherhood

    The Motherhood
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    When asked how she would use social media if she could make a difference in just one way, Lori said she would “make every mother feel like she had a friend who supports her, especially on her hardest day.” And that’s just one of the many reasons we love Lori, who blogs at A Day in Motherhood, and we know you will too! Read on to learn what advice she gives new bloggers, how she likes to spend her summer and her dream dinner party guest. Give Lori a shout out at @LoMargie.     Check out the most recent blogger spotlights from The Motherhood here. The post Blogger…
  • Blogust 2015 is Here!

    Emily
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    The Motherhood is excited to announce that Blogust 2015 kicks off today! Blogust is a month-long social media relay involving more than 50 of North America’s most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life Champions. Also joining this year are Anne Geddes, one of the world’s most well-known photographers, and actress Jo Frost (Supernanny, Family Matters, Extreme Parental Guidance). For the month of August, two to three bloggers will post each weekday. For every “like”, comment and social media share their posts receive during the month, Project…
 
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    Twinfatuation

  • The Age of Reason

    Cheryl Lage
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:32 am
    She's 13, nearly 14. She's keen on developing her own opinions, and speaking out when she sees injustice. The Westboro Baptist Church---after a litany of far-less palatable declarations---exhorts their callers to "Get a Bible. Read the words. Obey your God," on their pre-recorded message. Our girl did that very thing. So proud of her for her response, articulated with respect. If there is anything I imagine God truly hates, rudeness and hatred for others must top His list.   
  • Way Back When-esday - Wee with Webkinz

    Cheryl Lage
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Dateline: July 2007Twins' Age: 5Looking back at my tiny cuties on computer oh-so-long ago warms my heart this mid-week.Did you realize Twinfatuation was the originating host of Way Back When-esday?We've been looking back with love since 2007... so please join in, play along!Dive into those digital files and share a photo find on your blog and/or on our the new Twinfatuation Facebook Community Page...and encourage your fellow moms of multiples to do the same!  
  • Twinshot Tuesday - Car Kids

    Cheryl Lage
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:42 am
    What?!?!  Teen twins with BOTH faces visible this week?!?!?Suppose the secret to full-facial exposure may be allowing the photographed to be the photographer.Such is this week's age and stage revealing Twinshot!Parenting twins or more? Everyday is an adventure, and worth capturing----at least once a week. Play along with Twinshot Tuesday on Twinfatuation's New Facebook Community Page!
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    The Mom Crowd

  • Special Offers from Thomas & Friends

    Tara
    10 Jul 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Do you have a Thomas & Friends fan at home? If so, Click Here to sign up for the Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway newsletter to be notified of special sales, offers and coupons. It’s Free to join. Go here to Thomas & Friends (Or click on the picture above) to get started.
  • Save Money This Holiday

    EJ
    18 Nov 2013 | 1:48 am
    Tis the season to start looking for places to save some money. With all of the holidays coming up, traveling expenses, families getting together and gifts to give out, it all starts adding up fast, sometimes too fast. This year get the jump on all the holidays. Whether you’re looking for the best deals on turkeys and cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, awesome gifts to meet everyone’s Christmas lists or maybe it’s just time to update the cabinets in your kitchen and shutters on your windows. Right now is a great time to start searching for those discount coupon codes online,…
  • DIY Bowling Game

    Michelle
    11 Nov 2013 | 8:00 am
    As fall begins, many families are facing colder weather. This means we all need new ways to entertain the children inside on these cold or wet days.  Art activities are fantastic, but sometimes it is fun to be able to get some gross motor movement in! An easy indoor activity is bowling! Using items you have on hand, you should be able to have a set quickly. A hallway works the best for the bowling lane so that there is confined area to roll the ball in. Make sure you get any items off the floor that would get in the way of the game! Where to Begin: The first step will be to find bottles to…
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    Recent Articles

  • Sea Salt Chocolate Covered Pretzels

    28 Jul 2015 | 6:42 am
    These are the perfect bake sale treat when you are short on time. They take only minutes to prepare and the kids can even help. Try white chocolate to…
  • Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

    28 Jul 2015 | 6:40 am
    These cookies are a classic treat that will win over even the most die-hard chocolate chip lovers. The oatmeal gives them the perfect texture and raisins…
  • Iced Lemon Loaf

    28 Jul 2015 | 6:37 am
    This cake is a lemon lover’s dream. It has the perfect amount of lemon flavor, so it won’t be too overpowering. Best of all, the cake is beautiful…
 
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • No More Frizz with Remington PROtect Straightener

    Monica
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:27 am
    Humidity is one of the worst things to have to deal with when it comes to your hair. My hair is almost always up and in a ponytail or a haphazard bun during the hot days of the year, mostly because if it isn’t, it is a big mess. Once in a while I leave it down, but it usually looks a bit dry and still a little rough because of the heat, chlorine and other factors of the season. I was sent a new hair straightener from Remington called the TStudio PROtect Flat Iron to try out, and while I don’t usually use a straightening iron because my hair is pretty flat, this one has changed my…
  • Walmart Offers Even More Opportunities for Employees

    Monica
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:50 pm
    Walmart is turning it’s focus towards giving their employees even more opportunities! As a Walmart Mom, we often get insights into the company that much of the general public doesn’t always get to see. This is one of the reasons why I love being a part of this particular program. It is awesome to know more in depth about the companies that I support. This post is all about some of the amazing opportunities that Walmart is bringing to the table for their employees.   A core driver of Sam Walton’s vision was exceeding customers’ expectations through an inspired, dedicated…
  • Tips To Cool Off Your Summer with Big Savings at Walmart

    Monica
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Summer is in full swing which means lots of outdoor activities! From exploring the local area or friends and family gatherings to all those DIY projects that you absolutely have to get done, there are a lot of ways to spend your time outdoors. This Summer has been a particularly hot one, so this has led to quite a few creative ways to cool off after being in the sun all day. Here are a few ways we like to chill out after a long, hot day! 1. I’ve stocked up on the 32oz Insulated Party Cups! These are big enough that I can sit and enjoy a drink before I have to get up again.
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    Kaiser Mommy

  • What do I call this?

    Dawn
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Family legend has it that sometime in the spring of 1948, my grandfather was found in his shop beating a piece of metal with a hammer. He was beating some KKK emblem into something unrecognizable so no one would be able to own this thing of his father’s with pride. Missouri is a difficult place for race. It has been described as a home of covert racism rather than overt racism. (This from a black man from the DEEP SOUTH. Guess which he would rather deal with?) People not from here who think they know anything about Ferguson … I tend to think they are wrong … it’s…
  • This little place of mine …

    Dawn
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    I’m gonna let it shine… I’m grateful for this place. I haven’t told anyone I’m writing, haven’t posted on Facebook links to these posts, even pretty sure the feed is busted and not going to people who have given a damn in the last eight years. But I’m grateful at the end of the day to have this place I created for myself and to come back to it. I’m grateful that I can pour out all the thoughts that keep me up at night and even if they don’t make a lot of sense to anyone else, I eventually get the thoughts out of my head, into words and I…
  • Hole around my heart?

    Dawn
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    There is something wrong near my heart and I don’t understand it. When I try to relax, especially when I need to go to sleep, there is this space around my heart that makes me feel uncomfortable. Like if I could massage it and get blood flowing to it would help. I don’t know what is wrong. I can’t stretch it, I can’t breathe it, I can’t fix it. It’s uncomfortable. It almost hurts. I’m drunk right now. I drank an overly large glass of wine, hoping it would help. It did not. The gap around my heart is still there. And now my face is flaming and hot.
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    A Cowboy's Wife

  • Cheesy Jalapeño Sausage Bacon Wraps

    A Cowboy's Wife
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    The post is sponsored by VELVEETA®. All opinions are my own.  I’m pretty sure my husband would grill every day if he could.  After a morning of work on the ranch, he came home craving sausage.  I suggested kicking it up a notch by adding some VELVEETA® Jalapeño, jalapeños, and bacon!  I do believe I saw him drooling!  He got the grill going and in no time we had these mouthwatering jalapeño sausage wraps, cocooned in bacon with a grilled tortilla! You can do this any way you want but we cut a sliver out of the middle of a sausage and stuffed it with VELVEETA® Jalapeño and…
  • Grilling like a Pro with Char-Broil

    A Cowboy's Wife
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:19 pm
    This post brought to you by Char-Broil. The content and opinions expressed below are that of http://acowboyswife.com/. I’ve been sharing several grilling ideas with you all lately but we couldn’t have done any of them without the incredibly buff Char-Broil Commercial Series™ 3 Burner Gas Grill. I feel a Tim Allen grunt coming on y’all! Me and my husband had the wonderful opportunity to review this bad boy and despite a 3 hour assembly, we can say, without a doubt, that it was worth every second! This grill rocks! As soon as the Char-Broil gas grill arrived, my cowboy immediately…
  • Cheesy Cowboy Taters (that’s potatoes for you city folk)

    A Cowboy's Wife
    13 Jul 2015 | 11:55 am
    This post is sponsored by VELVEETA®. All opinions are my own. I don’t know if y’all know this, but my cowboy is pretty darn fantastic, and cute to boot!  When I’m running short on menu ideas, he always has something brewing in that ol’ brain of his and when things happen, he steps up and ropes the task in and just fixes everything.   He is a true cowboy, and he’s all mine.  Here lately, things have come up that have thrown me off schedule with a whole lotta to-do’s on my list, like these cheesy cowboy taters, but my cowboy rode in and saved the day…
 
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    Rancid Raves

  • 10 Things I Love About You

    9 Jul 2015 | 7:12 am
    Now that I have children who are online AND can read, they can read my blog.  I love showing them past posts I have written and I am so so grateful that I spent the time and energy maintaining this spot.   The other day, Anjali declared "Well, are you going to write my birthday post this year?  You wrote one when I was 6, but not when I was 7!".Baby girl, here you go. 10 Things I Love About You1. I love that you are curious and inquisitive.  Sometimes, the constant questions wear me down, but I promise I will always try to find the answers. Also, I fully support your…
  • Summary

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Tomorrow, Celeste (aka Average Jane) and I are heading to San Jose for BlogHer 14.  We both attended the first one in 05 and have attended many more after that (although, I missed 07, 12, and 13).  BlogHer 05 appealed to me because I was 7 months pregnant with my oldest child at the time and I saw the conference as a fun trip to take with Celeste before I became shackled with the duties of a parenthood.  Little did I know that BlogHer would end up launching some amazing friendships and connections for me over the next 9 years.Anyway, I'm stealing Celeste's idea of "getting to…
  • Here.

    25 Jun 2014 | 5:21 pm
    I could go into details as to why I have not written for so long.  Most of the details are boring and simply boil down to “Kelli is too damn lazy.”  It is odd that I did not share much from 2013 because Manoj and I realized some long-held dreams and it was truly an inspiring year for us.   We sold our stock in Manoj’s business, did so many house projects that my head spun, and I ventured out into freelancing full-time.  I even picked up two new hobbies that I had wanted to try for a long, long time – photography and sewing.  Although truthfully, the…
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    Mamanista!

  • Liquid Oxygen for All Natural Skincare

    Debbie
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    Disclosure- I received the below in order to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own and honest. Many people think acne is just for teenagers, but so many adults have it as well. As an adult, I still get bouts of acne now and again, and I can’t stand the way that I look or feel during those times.  I have tried many things, and am always relived when my skin clears up. I just tried a new product I really like- let me tell you about the all-natural skincare line Liquid Oxygen and what it can do for your skin.    Liquid Oxygen, an oxygenated skincare line, was designed to be…
  • NeckNapperz For Your Upcoming Travel Plans

    Debbie
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Disclosure- I received the below in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own and honest. For those of you who love to travel, this is a product for you. New NeckNapperz are great for roadtrips, planes, trains- or even for your child’s own bed. These neck pillows transform from plush toy into a plush neck pillow and back again, which makes them great for dual uses. Kids are easily bored, as we all know, and being able to entertain themselves while you wait to board the plane or snuggle up with in the car, then use it when they are ready to nap is doubly-useful. Because…
  • 16 Jun 2015 | 8:36 pm

    Mamanista
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:36 pm
    Shelters and rescues are the best places to go when you are looking for a pet.  Did you know that June is adopt-a-cat month?  Yes! That’s a thing! It’s true.  And why not? Shelter pets deserve their day in the sun. Garfield, the famous comic-strip and TV show celebrity cat, was adopted by his human, Jon.  He will also be one of the stars of the Twitter chat with @Shelterpets on June 19 at 3 pm EST- use the hashtag #GarfieldChat to follow along and chat with us. We encourage you to head to your local shelter when you are ready to make a lifetime commitment to a…
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    5 Minutes for Mom

  • Join the Countdown Kick Off to the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics #WannaPlayChat #RoadtoRio

    Susan
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Did you realize that the Rio 2016 Games are just over a year away? Canada’s Olympic team is preparing for next year’s Games in Rio, and are setting their goals on how they want to train on the #RoadtoRio. Does your family enjoy watching the Olympics? Will you and your family do anything special to get ready for the 2016 Olympics? A great idea to get kids excited about watching the games is to try a new summer Olympic sport or host a mini backyard Olympics. I think my girls will be most excited to watch the gymnastics. While neither Julia nor Sophia are super athletic and haven’t…
  • Whistler Blackcomb is a Perfect Family Travel Destination

    Susan
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:05 am
    Whistler Blackcomb in beautiful British Columbia, Canada must be on your family travel bucket list. And if you’re local to BC, Canada or to Washington State, USA, you want to make sure you visit these mountains in each different season. I grew up skiing on Whistler and watching the village grow from only a few restaurants to the world class resort it is now. But since I had kids, I stopped skiing and snowboarding, and hadn’t been to Whistler Blackcomb for 10 years! Thanks to the mountain’s PR team for reminding me and treating my family and I to a complimentary night stay in…
  • Maybe in another life, I would have…

    Elizabeth
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Last month, I read Maybe In Another Life, (check out my review here), and I haven’t been able to stop wondering how my life might be different if I had made different choices. The basic premise is this: Hannah, aged 29, moves back to LA and goes out with friends to celebrate her return. Her ex-boyfriend invites her home and she decides yes or no. And the story splits in two, following the ramifications of each decision. In one, they fall madly in love again; in  the other, she gets hit by a car and falls madly in love with someone else. In both plot-lines, she can’t imagine a…
 
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    Busy Zen Life

  • Games to play on your long runs

    Sherry Osborne
    19 Jul 2015 | 6:13 pm
    For the most part, I don’t need a whole lot of motivation when I’m running. I am a big fan of listening to good tunes while I run. Between songs with the right BPM (Beats Per Minute) and just being able to enjoy the view as I pound the pavement and trails, I’m usually fine. Also, I’m not actively training for any races so when I go out for a run I’m just doing it for the sheer enjoyment of moving and I don’t have a set distance that I absolutely need to get through. However, if you are training for something specific and following a training plan you may…
  • 12 Weird things runners do

    Sherry Osborne
    28 May 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Almost every single time I go out for a run, I find myself thinking about all the fairly weird things that runners do that your average person most likely doesn’t do. It’s not because runners are any less sane than people who do not find pleasure in getting up at the crack of dawn just for the chance to get a finisher’s medal and a free carton of chocolate milk (though some people may argue that point), we just do things that you don’t see out on the streets by people who are simply out there to get from point A to point B. 12 Weird Things That Runners Do Such as what,…
  • A few of my favourite things!

    Sherry Osborne
    20 May 2015 | 11:36 am
    I found a fun “Favourites” survey over at Carrots ‘N’Cake and couldn’t resist. One of my favourite things is filling out surveys exactly like this! This one comes from the current issue of Health and were originally answered by Tracey Anderson, fitness star extraordinaire. Here we go! Song that amps me up to workout: This is impossible to answer with just one song. I have a few songs that always get me moving, especially if I’m out for a run. One of the obvious ones is “Eye of the Tiger” and yes, that is really on my running playlist. Also,…
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    An Island Life

  • Nexcare Waterproof Bandages

    Kailani
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:13 am
    If you have young children then I’m positive you have a stash of bandages in every size, shape and color. What is it with bandages that makes a child feel better the instant it’s applied? My problem is that we haven’t really found any bandages that could withstand the amount of time my children spend in the water. So when the Nexcare Brand asked if we wanted to give their waterproof bandages a try I figured . . . why not? Since my youngest loves bandages and is at the pool pretty much every day I knew she would be the perfect kid to try it out. The result? Nexcare Waterproof…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Waiting For The Perfect Wave

    Kailani
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:11 am
  • Turning 50

    Kailani
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:23 am
    All my life people have been telling me that I look young for my age. I guess that’s why it never really hit me that in less than a week I will be turning 50 . . . until now. I remember being happy when I turned 30. Back then I was dedicated to my job and felt fortunate that I was actually doing something with my college degree. Turning 40 wasn’t a big deal either. I felt like I was right where I was supposed to be . . . married with 2 amazing daughters. But now 50 is right around the corner and all of a sudden I’m not so sure I like it. Here I am . . . a single mom to 3…
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    Burgh Baby

  • We Shall Call Him George

    burghbaby
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Mila is not going to be the rule follower that her big sister is, so she had to find some other way to compete for Favorite Daughter. She decided to go for being a baby as long as possible. It's a good strategy. Between her refusal to walk, the change in car seat standards that leaves her rear-facing, her blatant AWWWW HELL NO when it comes to weaning, and a few of her mannerisms, she's been managing to stretch out that baby phase just a little bit further than her sister did. It's glorious, really. But it's coming to an end. Any second now, Mila is going to wake up and be a full-blown…
  • Zoodle Spaghetti

    burghbaby
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:01 pm
    One thing got in the way of another, and the next thing you know, it was late June before I planted my vegetable seeds this year. Better late than never, right? It's really no big deal because I will soon have zucchini and beans and carrots and such. For now, my neighbors are throwing zucchini around like confetti because ZOMG EVERYONE GREW ZUCCHINI THIS YEAR.  I mean, I have gone through at least 10 or 15 happy little squash even without picking a single one out of my own garden. That means there has been lots of baking, but also lots of zoodles have started to happen. I know I'm late…
  • Obsessed

    burghbaby
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
 
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    Cowgirl Yoga

  • Cowgirl Yoga on CNN

    1 Aug 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Dog days of summer already? Here in SW Montana, we had snow in the mountains earlier this week. Yep, SNOW.  I just love that it snowed in July. Anything can happen here, anytime of the year - it's a beautiful reminder of the power of Mother Nature.In June, Mother Nature opted for low drama when we had CNN visit us on our LUXE Cowgirl Yoga retreat, to interview me for their passion to portfolio series. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect setting. I'm thrilled that our first tv feature captured what Cowgirl Yoga is all about. Hope you enjoy! Also check out their follow up article to…
  • Horses & Humans - meaningful to behold

    19 Jul 2015 | 1:49 pm
    We celebrated our second year of B-LUXE Cowgirl Yoga at the B Bar Ranch with near perfect weather, open hearts, intense horse-human connection, and as usual some stunning photography that captured these magical Montana moments. I am always amazed by the coming together of energy that creates this experience we share on retreat. It's palpable.Our Montana Yoga Photographer has a hashtag he uses, #meaningfultobehold. I'm sure you'll agree that these images fit the bill (more on his blog). Yeehaw & Namaste.
  • Yoga & Hiking

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:39 pm
    On the trail to Blue Lake, Crazy MountainsKicked off hiking season in high gear this past weekend, and I'm feeling a little badass about it. Hiking is hard. Especially in the mountains. But it's rewards are rich, not the least of which is a huge feeling of accomplishment. Our hike included 9 miles round trip in the remote Crazy Mountains, an altitude gain of over 2,000 feet, and navigating some serious snow fields and tons of rocks. I enjoy not only the physical challenge, but also the psychological one - having those moments of "I can't do this" and then proving myself wrong. And since I'm…
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    The Green Mom Review™

  • Non-Toxic Air Beds (Updated)

    Janet
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    These days, when you need an extra bed, you’re more likely to pull out an air mattress than a sofa sleeper and for camping, the inflatable air mattress is apt to be found on most packing lists. The problem, however, is that these days they are almost universally made with PVC, which outgasses harmful fumes long after that telltale “new mattress smell” has dissipated and can contain lead. A few years ago, those of us who objected to breathing in toxic fumes may have had little recourse other than to forgo the luxury of an air mattress and lump it—but we now have options:…
  • Is Plastic Killing Your Sex Drive?

    Janet
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    Warnings about the danger of phthalates in plastics are once again in the news by way of a study recently presented by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. This time researchers have found a link between soft plastics such as those found in raincoats, rubber duckies, shower curtains and air mattresses* (PVC) and a reduced sex drive in women. The primary reason for this is due to phthalates, which are already known to be endocrine disruptors that reduce testosterone levels in men, women and children and are associated with overall reproductive toxicity. However, the findings that…
  • Rockin’ Green

    Janet
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    What:  Rockin’ Green Laundry Detergent Features:  Rockin’ Green is a line of eco-friendly laundry detergents and cleaning products, particularly for those with sensitive skin. The laundry detergents are free of harsh chemicals and extra gentle on the skin, but they’re still super effective and get the job done well. However, there are other factors besides detergents that affect how well your laundry gets clean. Water type is a huge consideration and Rockin’ Green has a formula for your water type. Green Factor:  Biodegradable and made from recycled materials, recyclable…
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    Mom Knows It All.

  • Pet Owners Can Now Find Natural Balance At PetSmart! #PetSmartStory

    valmg
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:45 pm
    This post is sponsored by PetSmart, and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word the word about the launch of Natural Balance products at PetSmart, but Mom Knows It All shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. PetSmart is not responsible for the content of this article. When I brought Dobby home I did a fair amount of reading on different dog foods before I decided which one we were going to feed. In recent months I made the decision to change foods again. I knew when I made the decision to change his food that I wanted to…
  • REVIEW – Philips Avent Cups – Toddler Cups of the Past Have Nothing on These

    Becky
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:20 am
    The product(s) featured in this post was provided to me free of cost to me. This post has not been monetarily compensated. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own. Philips Avent is the number one brand recommended by moms worldwide, and I can definitely see why. They are now introducing a NEW range of Toddler Cups. The cups provide a solution for every stage of development. They have four stages that have a variety of drinking options. They are also meant to teach new skills at each level. Stage 1 This is the first step in learning to drink. With…
 
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • Restaurant Fundraiser! – A Step-By-Step Guide

    Devon Reeser
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Make the most of restaurant fundraiser opportunities by being prepared and focusing your marketing efforts to take advantage of online resources! Thousands of restaurants across the country actively support nonprofits by offering percentage of sales fundraising opportunities. For example, Chuck E. Cheese’s has given more than $10 million to schools by giving back 15% of sales to schools on particular days in local communities.  Here is a step-by-step guide to 1) find the best venues for your particular size nonprofit or group and 2) advertise your fundraiser with little time and cost to…
  • Checkout Charity: Good For Small Local Nonprofits?

    Cari Mostert
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Checkout charity – or point-of-sale fundraising – is big business for national nonprofits. But the question here is: Can this type of fundraiser work for smaller, local organizations? Stores everywhere are getting involved, restaurants too and even local utility companies. After all, what harm is there in asking for a dollar or two to support a worthy cause? A cashier requesting your checkout change while you’re at the cash register is hardly going to break-the-bank. Point-of-sale fundraising, or “checkout charity,” has become a popular fundraising approach for…
  • Checklist: Attracting Corporate Sponsors for Your Event

    Devon Reeser
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    More checklists here and here. Use this checklist as a guide to help you create a strategy when planning for attracting corporate sponsors for your event: 1. Enlist board member or volunteer fundraising support You need help! Form a committee immediately of a few dedicated board members, staff, and volunteers to plan and fundraise for your event. 2. Start planning early Define a budget. Use realistic line items based on your event from last year or from a model of another nonprofit’s similar event if your event is new. Give yourself at least six months, better yet a year, to start…
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  • Mission Impossible Rogue Nation

    Victoria
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:52 am
    I’ve been a parent for 12 years now. And while that means I have over a decade of experience kissing booboos and checking for monsters under my kids’ beds; it also means I can think quickly on my feet. My eight year old telling me the night before a project is due that he needs to start it? Pull out the glue gun! My daughter forgetting to mention she volunteered me to make three loaves of banana bread for the bake sale the next day? Time to mush some bananas! My four year old not wanting to take a bath before dinner? Superhero soap to the rescue! When it comes to my children, nothing is…
  • Summer of UMIGO

    Victoria
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
    When school finally ended on Friday, I turned off the alarms set on my phone and looked forward to a slower pace for two months. Unfortunately, summer vacation for many children can mean a summer slide for learning. I know what my children have planned for the summer so keeping up come September won’t be an issue but for some kids across the country it will be. That is why UMIGO — a collection of free stories, music videos and games for early elementary age children is such a great resource. It helps children develop the math skills they need for effective reasoning and…
  • Odd Mom Out

    Victoria
    8 Jun 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Throughout the winter my favorite local diner was closed pretty much every Tuesday I wanted to have an apricot filled crepe because the cast of Odd Mom Out on Bravo was inside filming. At first I was all “WHYYYY?!” but then when I found out Odd Mom Out was a scripted series based on Jill Kargaman being an Upper East Side mom, I stopped being all cranky. And took a shot of wheatgrass and placenta. (I kid, of course. Because I too am so an Odd Mom Out on the Upper East Side.) The series starts airing tonight and I was given the opportunity to make some Mom-osas and watch the…
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  • How To Make A French 75

    Jenny On the Spot
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    One of my favorite-of-all-time mixed drinks is the French 75. Hitherhencetofore this video: How To Make A French 75. It’s a sparkling wine mixed drink with gin and lemon and well… I am fairly picky about my mixed drinks. There are few cocktails I truly love – I find the potential sweetness of most is […] How To Make A French 75 is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post How To Make A French 75 appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • The Washington Dairy Farm – Where Cow is Queen and… How To Make Honey Butter

    Jenny On the Spot
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    I had a unique opportunity recently… I got to visit a dairy farm! *This post is sponsored by Washington Dairy. All opinion and experience are my very own. The Washington Dairy Products Commission celebrates the contribution of local dairy farm families. By producing wholesome and nutritious dairy products while also caring for their cows and land, […] The Washington Dairy Farm – Where Cow is Queen and… How To Make Honey Butter is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post The Washington Dairy Farm – Where Cow is Queen and… How To Make Honey Butter…
  • Horizon Organics: Feed the Imagination

    Jenny On the Spot
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Summertime. Snacks. During the summer there is a lot of feeding that goes on… feeding the tummies AND the imaginations. In fact, during the school year too. Which – HOW IS SUMMER ALMOST OVER?! I digress… Feed the imagination. The best part of summer is also the most challenging – free time. As much as […] Horizon Organics: Feed the Imagination is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post Horizon Organics: Feed the Imagination appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
 
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  • Staying Organized as a Virtual Assistant with the Erin Condren Life Planner – Giveaway

    Alyssa
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:01 am
    When you work from home as a virtual assistant you tend to have a lot on your plate.  So how do you balance it all?  The constant laundry, dishes, client work, phone calls, errands, the list goes on and on literally.  There are a variety of options for keeping up with it all and while I tend to use a handful of resources to keep up with my busy schedule, hands down one of my favorites is my Erin Condren Life Planner. I had my eye on this particular planner for years before I actually took the plunge and ordered one.  I was not disappointed.  This planner is amazing!  Plus, Erin Condren…
  • Teaching My Children – Life’s Lessons

    Alyssa
    15 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    There are a great number of lessons I want to teach my children throughout their lives.  Depending upon the lesson that I wish to teach her I will likely use a different method of teaching.  For example, when my daughter was younger, she asked repeatedly to learn to tie her shoes.  This is something she had attempted many times but gave up on sometime during the process.  So we finally sat down on the couch as I helped her over and over to do the rabbit ears and slip the loop through and pull.  In this lesson, I had to repeat each step and allow her to practice, praising her along the…
  • Weekend Ramblings

    Alyssa
    13 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    I really enjoy this world online that we call the blogosphere.  I have met so many amazing people and follow and read so many seriously influential blog posts.  Many of the bloggers who I read encourage me, challenge me and even convict me on a regular basis.  I thought I would start something new and share each weekend the posts of the week that I discovered that meant something to me in hopes that they might mean something to you too. This Weekend’s Ramblings Internet Terms and Acronyms Parents MUST Know – As a parent in this century it is important to be a step ahead of your…
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  • Kristen's Custom Creations Sizzling Summer Sale

    Kristen Andrews
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:18 pm
    New in the shop the Best Day Ever Key chain. Please enjoy 20% off your entire purchase by entering code:  SIZZLE20Offer expires 8/2/15 and not valid on prior purchases or with any other offers. Shop at Kristen's Custom Creations. Kristen's Custom Creations specializes in jewelry that tells a story.....your story.
  • I love you to the moon and back hand stamped jewelry

    Kristen Andrews
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:22 am
    The I love you to the moon and back hand stamped collection. Featuring keychains, bracelets and necklaces.  Perfect for Mom, Dad, Grandma or anyone that you want to show how much you love them.  All created in sterling silver, handmade with the finest materials.  You can shop the entire collection at Kristen's Custom Creations. 
  • Minions Party Ideas

    Kristen Andrews
    11 Jul 2015 | 5:16 am
    Does your family love the Minions as much as mine does.  We are so excited to see the new movie.  Why not have a pre-movie party Minion style.  You can find so many adorable ideas over at Skip to my Lou.  Aren't these Twinkie Minions adorable?   Enjoy!
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  • Back to School Apple Cupcakes Recipe

    Stefanie Fauquet
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:06 pm
    Can you believe back to school season is almost here? For some, school is already in session! We’re still getting ready and have a lot left on the BTS to-do list, including a ton of shopping. But even with all of the back to school madness, I couldn’t resist sneaking in a sweet treat to get my […] The post Back to School Apple Cupcakes Recipe appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Homemade French Vanilla Macarons Recipe

    Stefanie Fauquet
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:11 pm
    I’m not sure when or how my daughter and I got hooked on French Macarons, but it’s safe to say we’re officially obsessed. There’s just something special about the bite-sized confection, and any time we see a bakery with the colorful treats on display we have to stop in. But as you may know, these meringue-based sweets can be painfully expensive. […] The post Homemade French Vanilla Macarons Recipe appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Share a Moment with NESCAFÉ® Clásico™

    Stefanie Fauquet
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    Since I started working from home, the one thing I really miss is the interaction with people, face-to-face. Even my lunch breaks now are spent solo, or with my husband — which was great for awhile, but I still crave the watercooler gossip and mindless chit-chat that I used to have with friends and colleagues. Most days I […] The post Share a Moment with NESCAFÉ® Clásico™ appeared first on Mommy Musings.
 
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  • Doctor Who wouldn't be Doctor Who without his Tardis {The making of my Tardis}

    Supermom
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    We are HUGE MEGA fans of Doctor Who, my husband longer than myself, so I had to make him something perfect for Christmas of 2013.  It was a total surprise so I could only work on it when he was at work or when he went to bed.  I would patiently wait for him to go to bed each night {alone} so I could stay up for HOURS working on the Tardis.  At one point it was getting upset that I never went to bed with him.  I wish I had kept count of the hours spent on making the Tardis.  {dammit}His very own Tardis.  {Which is over a foot tall.}Here's a pattern that I created…
  • Growth Chart Art{A beautiful review.}

    Supermom
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Before I went on vacation I opened a box from Growth Chart Art and was in shock because of what was inside - these two beautiful works of art that chart the progress of your child's growth.  You don’t have to use the wall anymore to mark how tall the kids are or be sad when you move thinking you cannot take those memories with you.  Sadly this is never a tradition that I took part in really.The Adventures of Supermom® was sent a beautiful Owl Wood Ruler Growth Chart for Boys and Girls and a beautiful Tree of Life Wooden Ruler Growth Chart for Girls - Flower Blossom and they are…
  • What happened to the A-Team?

    Supermom
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Besides death????  I'm kidding, the show isn't that ancient!  Actually only one of the main characters has died but he was my favorite of the bunch.  George Peppard I miss you!!!!!!I was {and still am} a huge A-Team fan!!!  Who wasn't while growing up in the 80's?  It was totally awesome seeing Hannible, Faceman, B.A. and Crazy Murdock help the good guys and make sure the bad guys were punished.  Robin Hood all over again with SEVERAL Maid Merians.  I can remember all of B.A.'s jewelry and breaking out Murdock from mental hospitals and Faceman picking up all…
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  • Book Review: One of Everything by Donna Carol Voss

    Kim Tracy Prince
    19 Jul 2015 | 7:20 pm
    Did you ever have that one friend, boss, coworker, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc. who was so amazing to you that you got involved in the thing he or she was most passionate about? That passion for a religion, a product, or a way of life emanated from that person so strongly, and you were so vulnerable, so lonely, so in need of something in common that would make you feel like you belonged. Donna Carol Voss did, many times, and her willingness to succumb to the gravitational pull of others stemmed from an insecurity created in an emotionless family when she was a child. So goes her memoir, One of…
  • Book Review: Above Us Only Sky by Michele Young-Stone

    Kim Tracy Prince
    12 Jul 2015 | 12:20 pm
    I’m currently reading All the Light We Cannot See, the now-famous book about two young people in Europe during World War II. Writer Anthony Boerr has already mastered the art of taking me there. I remarked to my mother over the top of the book: “That must have been a terrifying time to be alive.” I knew the subject matter of the book and so I’ve avoided reading it and others like it until I just surrendered to the peer pressure of a fellow writer who cited the beautiful language. Every sentence is a masterpiece, she said. And yes, she was right. All these books about…
  • Secrets of the Lost Caves – Q&A With Author Cheryl Potter

    Kim Tracy Prince
    9 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    The second book in The Potluck Yarn Trilogy is out and I had the pleasure of reading a review copy and getting a Q&A opportunity with author Cheryl Potter, who created this series as a YA adventure. She lives in Vermont and runs a yarn shop while also writing novels. In the first book, The Broken Circle, a group of witches comes together after many years of separation to plan what they will do to battle a great evil that threatens the peace of their lands. In this book they have dispersed throughout the lands with their magic garments on a quest to visit the spirits of the old world.
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  • When the worries go away

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:37 am
    Max is sleeping like he usually does: On his side, one hand resting on a shoulder, the other curled beneath a pillow. There is no greater special needs parent therapy for me than watching him at rest. He looks even younger than he does when he is awake, his cheeks puffed up. The years of Little Max come back to me. Watching the kids sleep is the closest I come to going back in time and seeing them once more when they were little.Asleep, Max's body is relaxed; often when he's awake, his fingers and arms tighten, the cerebral palsy doing its thing. Gently, I'll pick up one his hands and…
  • Americans still don't get why the word "retard" hurts

    3 Aug 2015 | 3:35 am
    Like many parents of kids with intellectual disability, over the years I've repeatedly explained why the words "retard" and "retarded" are offensive to people with ID and those who love them. My friends and family understand. Strangers in social media, not so much. It's not just the expected haters, but the people who take the freedom-of-speech stand and those who just. don't. get. it.That's become painfully clear, once again, with the recently released Shriver Report Snapshot: Insight into Intellectual Disabilities in the 21st Century, which surveyed 2,021 adults ages 18-plus in the United…
  • The Special Needs Blogger Weekend Link-up: Ready!

    31 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    What to do if you're new hereThis is a place to share a recent favorite post you've written, or read. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of this post. Where it says "Your name" put the name of the blog followed by the title of the post you want to share (or just the name of the post, if there's no room—you get 80 characters).Like this: Loving the little things: the gift Max hasWhere it says "Your URL" put the direct link to the post.Click "Enter." Leave a comment if you want to say more. Go check out some great posts. 
 
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  • Mysterious Ways

    Marinka
    8 Jul 2015 | 12:23 pm
    I bought new sandals, wedges, the day that my son graduated from middle school last month. They were on sale, although from an upscale store and I spent more on them than I normally would, but they were comfortable and had secure black straps that flattered my Cinderella’s step-sister foot and I thought, “why not?” I know there are plenty of women who love all things shoes—wearing them, looking at them, buying them, but I’m just not part of that tribe. I tend to get a pair, wear it out and move on to the next one, until the season changes and then I start all over again with the…
  • A Scene in Front of a Fountain

    Marinka
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:18 pm
    A while back, Papa was telling me about an argument that he had with Mama. “We had real scene in front of fountain,” he told me, in Russian, which I am indicating by writing in English but nonetheless leaving out all the articles, so you can feel the Russianness. Let me know how that’s working out for you. “What’s a scene in front of a fountain?” I asked, also in Russian, but as written in English with articles, because I apparently can’t help myself. And Papa explained that in many operatic and theatrical productions, there is a where a young couple…
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  • True Gazpacho For One

    chefdruck
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:26 pm
    I lived in Barcelona during my junior year in college and that beautiful city by the sea has a special place in my heart. It was the first place that I pretended to be a grown up, staying out all night dancing at discotheques, seeing dawn bloom while sipping coffee on Las Ramblas. The tomatoes are my most vibrant food memory of my time there. Even their rubbed juice and flesh on the inside of sandwich bread demanded to be noticed. Last week’s New York Times Dining section gazpacho recipe brought the magic of Spanish tomatoes back with a vengeance. I had to make it… immediately. If…
  • A Real Corn Boil on the Farm

    chefdruck
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:12 pm
    My sister Jessica and her daughters come to visit us every summer from California. For a week, we enjoy the miss and you’ll blink it Chicago summertime, spending lazy days at the pool, and showing these California girl that the Midwest is not the worst place in the world to live. This year, their visit coincided with a generous invitation by Katie Pratt to come to her farm and see a real corn boil. All the children, whether from California or Chicago, were thrilled for their farm adventure. Katie and Andy Pratt When I first moved to the Midwest, I was mesmerized by the oceans of corn…
  • a Blueberry Lemon Ice Worthy of Pinkalicious

    chefdruck
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:53 am
    We are a dairy loving family through and through. Our fridge shelves and lined with yogurts, butters, and cheese. Dairy is my go to comfort food, and the same goes for most of my children. But when Sophie was born, we discovered that she was lactose-intolerant, we had to make some attitude adjustments. The hardest thing to give up was homemade ice cream. Like hand-rolled pasta, homemade ice cream is well worth the hassle. Just churned by the ice cream maker, and even after a few days in the fridge, nothing beats its creaminess and texture. It’s one of those things that is so much…
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  • Forest Holidays: Family time in Blackwood Forest

    Susanna
    12 Jul 2015 | 12:56 am
        Dusk: Our Forest Holidays cabin in #BlackwoodForest #familytravel #travel #England #uk #Hampshire @forestholidays A photo posted by Susanna Scott (@amodernmother) on Jun 27, 2015 at 1:27pm PDT   Visits to my mother-in-law’s home in Burnside in Scotland always include long day excursions, visiting quaint towns in the Scottish countryside. On one particular trip to Calendar, after the […] The post Forest Holidays: Family time in Blackwood Forest appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • Summer must-do: Giffords Circus

    Susanna
    13 Jun 2015 | 2:09 am
      The Sunday Telegraph calls it “the nation’s most glamorous troupe”. I can only describe it a cross between a village green circus, Britain’s Got Talent and Cirque de Soleil. For years, those in the know religiously booked their tickets for Giffords Circus, an intimate, independent circus that mainly entertained those in the Cotswolds. The troupe has widened its […] The post Summer must-do: Giffords Circus appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • West Isle of Wight: What to do and where to stay

    Susanna
    6 Jun 2015 | 5:58 am
      There’s something about going to an Island that is exciting and exotic. The Isle of Wight is just two hours from where we live in the Thames Valley and once you get to the crossing at Lymington in the New Forest (by far the nicer place to catch the ferry) that carefree-leave-everything-behind holiday feeling sets in. A short […] The post West Isle of Wight: What to do and where to stay appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
 
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  • Breastfeeding Woes As Told By MEN | Double Leche | MomCave

    Jennifer Weedon Palazzo
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:23 pm
    PLEASE SUBSCRIBE! http://goo.gl/QSV97mSEE ALL THE EPISODES: http://goo.gl/QYB7lg"Awkward and Funny Moments in Breastfeeding"--What if MEN breastfed? In this silly (yet oddly touching video) real men recount breastfeeding stories from real moms. From the laughing (and sometimes lactating) mamas of MomCaveTV.com.Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MomCaveTVhttp://www.twitter.com/Double_LecheLike us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MomCaveTVPin with Us: http://www.pinterest.com/MomCaveTVOur blog/giveaways: http://www.MomCaveTV.comDouble Leche is a sketch comedy format web…
  • Pancake Adventures: What Should We Try Next!?

    Chynna Schneider
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Oh my goodness, I feel like I haven’t blogged in forever!… Wow it’s been 2 weeks!!! So many things have been unfolding and I’ve been super excited yet way too all over the place! I have some great offers on the table with different brands and a whole new chapter in blogging is beginning for me, I can’t wait to share more and more with you! Any who, TODAY I need your help! I absolutely love pancakes and in my family I am known as “The Pancake Queen.” I discovered that when my parents were young little love birds and expecting me, there was a point where they ate pancakes like…
  • মেঘের উপর শহর (The town up on the cloud)

    Shahana Shafiuddin
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
    [English version has given below] দার্জিলিং শহরটা খুব সম্ভবত: ৬০০০ফুট উঁচুতে অবস্থিত। তার আগে ছোট ছোট আরো ২টা শহর পার হতে হয়। এই শহর গুলোও পাহাড়ের উপর। মাঝে মাঝে মেঘ এসে ঘরে, রাস্তায় ঘিরে ফেলে, আবার চলে যায়। রাস্তার পার ঘেষে বাড়ি। আপনার মনে হবে একতলা…
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  • MEMORIES, MUSIC AND IRVING BERLIN

    20 Jul 2015 | 6:06 am
    You name it, I've seen many outstanding plays in my day - comedies, dramas and musicals.There were times when I couldn't afford the price of a "good seat" but for the price of $2.00, climbed those stairs at the theatre and sat in the second balcony, it didn't matter as long as I got to see the show!Still going to the theatre every chance I get! As soon as I was notified that tickets were available to see "Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin" my friend and I signed up. It's a good thing because the tickets that Brooksby had were sold out pronto.Hershey Felder in "Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin"…
  • A FOURTH OF JULY MANICURE

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:17 pm
    It was time for my son to have his Mercedes-Benz serviced and invited me to take advantage of Mercedes-Benz of Burlington's complimentary manicure, "while you wait, have your nails done."A few months ago I had the pleasure of that experience and didn't hesitate to say, "yes."When I walked into the salon I noticed very attractive and clever red, white and blue decorations.The manicurist explained that the colors were chosen in recognition  of the upcoming holiday.In keeping with the theme of the holiday she suggested I choose from a shade of blue- light blue, medium or deep blue!
  • Sharing Yiddish at Brooksby Village Over Dinner with Friends

    5 Jun 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Here at Brooksby Village there are many residents that lead groups on a variety of subjects.For example there's Calligraphy, Art, a Writers group, a book club, foreign films, a knitting group and even a Style Workshop. Whatever your interest is, you'll find it here!I'm not through yet, there's a Spanish Conversation Group, a French Conversation Group, and for the past year there is a Yiddish Conversation Group dinner which I lead.I stress the fact that I am not a teacher. I'm there to encourage the people to speak Yiddish, even if it's half English and half Yiddish, it gets the mind…
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  • Bikinis For Everyone!

    Desiree Fawn
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:44 am
    This summer marked the first time I’d ever worn a bikini in my entire life and it was life-changing. I feel comfortable, I feel sexy, and I feel like I can hit the beach or the pool without a care in the world! If you’re keen to try out a bikini — or you’re just in the market for a new one — here are eight different two-piece bathing suits for all sorts of body types. Rock it, girlfriend! You’re gorgeous!This is the exact bathing suit I’ve been rockin’ all summer and I can’t get enough of it! The bottoms having a bit of ruching and they…
  • Sand Dollar Beach Keepsake Necklace

    Allison
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:42 pm
    I am currently on a working vacation. Basically what that means is I spend the day fishing far out on the bay of the Gulf of Mexico or hang out on a beach and do a little crafting in between. My set up is not what I am used to. I have no tools and have to purchase everything for each project I do as I go along which means I’m trying to keep those purchases to a minimum. In the end I’m finding that my projects are becoming less expensive and simpler. But that doesn’t seem to be making them less in any other way.Take this necklace I made. I busted out a Kumihimo wheel which I…
  • Cool Coloring Book For Adults

    Desiree Fawn
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
    Coloring was a fave passtime of mine when I was a child and to this day I’m happy to sit down with my daughter to color away with crayons, pencil crayons, markers, pastels — you name it. I’m told that this new trend in adult coloring books is perfect for anyone needing to relax and just mellow out — which I’m thinking is just about all parents, so let’s give it a go!These coloring books for adults are so gorgeous! When you’re finish your masterpiece, you ought to frame a few for your art wall. Just lovely!Dream Catcher: A Soul Bird’s…
 
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  • A Bride At Last By Melissa Jagears | Book Review

    Jendi
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:09 am
    A Bride at Last is another in the Unexpected Brides series, but it reads fine as a stand alone novel. I recognized some character’s names from previous books, but don’t remember much about them because it’s been a while since I read those books. The hero and heroine both go through some big changes throughout the course of the story. I think it’s a bit unusual to have both of the main characters so very flawed and struggling, but the author makes it work. They have a whole lot to deal with. The heroine, Kate, is definitely plucky, a hard-worker, determined,…
  • Beyond The Ashes By Karen Barnett | Book Review

    Jendi
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:47 am
    Beyond the Ashes is a continuation of The Golden Gate Chronicles; and while it will make sense as a stand alone book, I highly recommend that you read the first in the series before this one. It makes this one more enjoyable. I actually liked this one better than Out of the Ruins: The Golden Gate Chronicles – Book 1. There are so many heart wrenching things that happen in the first one due to her sister’s illness and the fire. This story is after the fire during the rebuilding of San Francisco in 1906. Ruby, the heroine, has lost her first husband and is weary of her life in her…
  • The Midwife’s Tale by Delia Parr | Book Review

    Jendi
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:10 am
    As soon as I started reading I knew that Delia Parr had stuck to her normal style for The Midwife’s Tale (At Home in Trinity Book #1) and it would not be a cliche story. Her stories seem more like a biography and more true to what would actually happen than a cute guy/girl meet etc. etc. The heroine is the midwife Martha Cade and the story starts right in the middle of a birth. The author obviously researched historical midwifery. Reading about what they did was interesting. Then the author pulled in the conflict between doctors and midwifes and made it even more interesting. Overall,…
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  • I had never considered myself a Spoonie..

    Beckie Tetrault
    19 Jul 2015 | 3:05 pm
    To me Spoonies were always people who suffered far worse than I did. I just have migraines. Sure, in between those migraines I get episodes of auras, and yeah, it takes a day or so to recover from a migraine. Oh yeah, I get 3 or 4 a month, and when I am not actively having a migraine I often am impaired by the medication I take daily to ward off migraines. And, of course, when I have a migraine, I am incapacitated for a day or more. But I didn't believe that was enough for me to qualify as a Spoonie. They REALLY suffer.. Today I woke up with another migraine, and I was laying in the…
  • Dani is joining the world of blogging

    Beckie Tetrault
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:04 pm
    If you are reading this on a reader, stop by my post and leave me a comment!
  • ASMR, Migraines and Me

    Beckie Tetrault
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:29 pm
    For the last 20 or so years, I have suffered from debilitating migraines. Each migraine sufferer is different, and my particular migraines usually include vomiting, light sensitivity and brain fogginess. Now I am on a daily medication now to keep them under control, and it is working great, but still a few sneak through, usually because of my bad decision making (a concert, dehydration AND whiskey shots on the same day?). Now anyone who knows me, knows I HATE quiet. I always have a fan, the tv, music or an audiobook going, sometimes more than one. But the problem when I have a migraine is, I…
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    Resourceful Mommy

  • CVS #LoveYourSkin August Twitter Party

    Shannan Powell
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:37 am
    Summer is upon us and there is no better time for you to love your skin! CVS wants to help you do just that and has developed a great series of videos sharing some fabulous summer skincare tips. Visit the LoveYourSkin page to check out these videos for some great expert advice! Watch and earn a coupon for $1 off 2 participating Dove, Vaseline, and Simple Skincare products. We hope you’ll join in on Tuesday, 8/11 at 8 PM ET as we chat with Dr. Mona Gohara, Associate Clinical Professor at Yale School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology and Jeannine Morris, beauty and wellness reporter.
  • 8 Reasons Why Christians Hurt People

    Amy
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:05 pm
    1. They aren’t Christ, they’re Christ followers. Okay, so that’s the most obvious, simplest reason, which I needed to get out of the way before we could continue. For all of the tossing about of the term “Christ-like,” the design of Christianity is that there is one Christ, one Savior, sent to provide us with the grace we need precisely because we are the opposite of Christ-like. And yet most Christians will tell you that they’re striving to live like Christ or at the very least striving to strive, hoping to get there, aware of the fact that as…
  • Walt Disney World #WDWBigFun Twitter Party

    Shannan Powell
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Summer is in full swing and parents everywhere are planning trips, arranging activities, and doing their best to make sure their children have a safe and happy summer. Walt Disney World Resort always has plenty of options for keeping tweens and teens happy and engaged during family getaways! We’ll be chatting about the best that Walt Disney World Resort has to offer for tweens and older kids, learning about great events and new additions coming soon, and sharing lots of fun information about the parks and resorts! Join us for a fun night of sharing our favorite ways of having summer fun…
 
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  • Paper craft inspiration for pre-school children

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:49 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Paper craft inspiration for pre-school children Card, child-safe scissors and a dollop of inspiration – and even if you’re struggling with the last part, there’s plenty of that here. Pre-school children have the fine motor skills and curiosity to be able to complete simple paper craft activities. Head over to an online supplier such as Hope Education for your essentials, round […]        
  • Sweet Banana Honey Waffle Granola Mix

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: Sweet Banana Honey Waffle Granola Mix Mornings can be a little rough at our house, especially when school starts. The kids do not like to get up early enough to have breakfast but they will get up to have some of this Sweet Banana Honey Waffle Granola mix! I know.. it sounds a little strange… but give it a try! With […]        
  • Julep $10 off $30 Purchase at Julep!

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:44 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Julep $10 off $30 Purchase at Julep! Great news! The popular Julep $10 off $30 or more deal at Julep.com is back! This is a very popular deal that you’ll want to take advantage of. Take $10 off orders of $30 or more at Julep.com with code 10OFFYAY     Offer expires on 8/7/15 at 11:59pm PT. Promotional code 10OFFYAY must be […]        
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  • Free Magazine Subscriptions: Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens + More!

    HipMamasPlace
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:47 pm
      These free magazine subscriptions are still available, if you missed them last time! No strings attached and you will never receive a bill. FREE one-year subscription to Family Circle magazine FREE one-year subscription to Better Homes and Gardens FREE 12-issue subscription to Parents magazine FREE subscription to Men’s Journal magazine FREE subscription to Field & Stream magazine The post Free Magazine Subscriptions: Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens + More! appeared first on Hip Mama's Place.
  • Flirty Aprons: Women’s Marilyn Venetian Rose Apron, Only $9.99 Shipped (3 Days Only!)

    HipMamasPlace
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:19 pm
      Today through August 6th only, you can score this super cute Women’s Marilyn Venetian Rose Apron for just $9.99 (regularly $27.95) at Flirty Aprons! Plus, shipping is FREE and no promo code is needed! To score this deal, select the FREE Standard Mail shipping option at checkout. Also, be sure to only have this item in your cart or you will be charged a shipping fee. While you’re on the Flirty Aprons site, also check out today’s Daily Deal: The Lindy – Women’s 3 Button Solid Red Apron with Leopard Ties  is just $8 – regularly $29.95! Note that you will pay a…
  • OfficeMax/Depot: 25% Off Coupon & Free Calendar During Teacher Appreciation Days

    HipMamasPlace
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:19 pm
      For all you teachers out there, you might be glad to know that starting today, August 1st through August 4th, Office Depot/OfficeMax stores will be hosting Teacher Appreciation Days. All teachers will score a coupon for 25% off qualifying purchases available at your local store valid 8/1-8/4 AND 8/29-9/1.  Offer excludes technology, consumer electronic products and accessories, media and software products, HP ink & toner and Epson ink. To get in on this deal, you will need to sign up for the free Office Depot/OfficeMax Rewards program if you’re not a member yet.  You will…
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  • I stripped my hair- here is what happened.

    trisha haas
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    So I have been dying my hair for oh, about 23 years, and along the way a LOT of accidents have happened. Like the time I dyed it “Herbal Essence Rasberry” and it ended up hot pink, which I, in my 16-year-old wisdom, decided would just go back blonde if I dyed it blonde over […]
  • Princess Party Hats (Ice Cream Treat)

    trisha haas
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:47 pm
    Looking for an easy idea for a princess party?  Try these princess hats on for size! So adorable to look at but super tasty to eat! And because they only take a few moments to whip up, you won’t really need a special occasion to make the princesses in your life feel special. I have […]
  • 5 Apple After School Snack Recipes

    trisha haas
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:57 pm
    SCHOOL IS HEADING BACK TO SESSION! YAY! That means two things: a cleaner house in the morning and starving kids in the afternoon. I don’t know about your kids, but the minute, no the SECOND mine walk through the door, even often before I hear the slam, “I’m HUNGRY” comes echoing down the hall. Long days, […]
 
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  • They Coulda’ Been Great: May-June 2015

    Kate
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Had to take the blog offline for a couple of months – but now that we’re back up and running… Here is a DOUBLE “They Coulda’ Been Great” for May-June! (What is this? All answers are HERE.)   May 1 5:10 p.m. Just got this birthday card and I LOVE it! 5:21 p.m. One birthday cake candle for “First Wife.” (Of course I am!) — with Cathy McCarthy Trocchia and Diane Cooper Gould May 3 9:47 a.m. Told the kids that I’ll be gone all day for my show (Listen to Your Mother DC) and Oliver keeps referring to it as my “Magic Act.”…
  • Listen to Your Mother DC 2015 Videos are LIVE!

    Kate
    11 Jul 2015 | 6:27 am
    Every year, I sit on stage and listen to brave people tell personal stories about motherhood. And every year, I sit at the center of the stage directly behind the microphone. So every year I literally “listen” to these people tell their stories, as I cannot see actually see their faces as they speak. Not that they don’t all have wonderfully expressive backsides… But it’s always a treat for me to watch our show videos and actually SEE what audience did as they listened to all the stories unfold. I won’t can’t all of the videos – but here is…
  • They Coulda’ Been Great: April 2015

    Kate
    8 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Maybe it was all of the Listen to Your Mother Show madness (DON’T worry – I will not include all one million posts related to that here) but April was a blur. Good thing I have Facebook to remind me of what I actually did last month…here are the highlights! (What is this? All answers are HERE.) April 2 1:37 p.m. Perfect day to vacuum the car. April 3 7:43 p.m. You know what’s really fun? Trying to do a new exercise video while your eight year old son watches: “Wow – you’re really sweaty.” “Why does it look so easy for them and you’re…
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  • $200 Disney Gift Card Giveaway Ends 8/17

    Donna Chaffins
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    If you have kids (or maybe even if you don’t), Disney is a big part of your world. Because, quite frankly, who doesn’t love Disney, whether you’re young or young at heart? I’ve joined up with Oh My Gosh Beck to bring you the chance to win a great prize in this newest giveaway: Giveaway Details Prize: $200 Disney Gift Card Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck! Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 8/17 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email. Enter on the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway Are you a…
  • Coffee Lovers – Keurig B60 Giveaway Ends 8/17

    Donna Chaffins
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:56 am
    I say all the time that the best gift my husband ever gave me was my Keurig. It’s really true in many ways. Without a doubt the most used gift. I would be crazy without it for sure. So I’m thrilled to join some fellow bloggers to bring you a chance to share in my love of all things COFFEE & KEUIG…. We’re giving away one Keurig B60 Special Edition Brewing System to one lucky winner – and it could be YOU! The Special Edition Brewing System is our mid-luxury home brewing system that offers a blend of styling and convenient features. The Special Edition features…
  • $100 Amazon Gift Card Instagram Blast Ends 8/7

    Donna Chaffins
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    It’s been awhile since I’ve taken part in an Amazon Blast, but since school will be starting back soon, I thought it would be a great time to join some awesome bloggers to bring YOU a chance to win an Amazon gift card, and hopefully help you out with your back to school shopping. Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Instagram blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe. Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here. Entry-Form The post $100 Amazon Gift Card Instagram Blast…
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    STYLEMOM

  • New York-Based Emerging Designer Launches Debut Collection

    Tayelor Kennedy
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:51 am
    I’m a dress girl.  The little black, red, white or navy are year round staples in my closet.  I love dresses because you can go classic, city chic or trendy.  Dresses work in any setting or weather. I prefer them over skirts and shorts in the summer, as they are easy to accessorize and I always feel neat. New designer, Olga Pastyrnak has created the perfect dress collection. The 2016 Collection is simple and versatile, and made with high-quality fabrics that...
  • Caress Forever Collection

    Tayelor Kennedy
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Why shouldn’t your body wash have the same touch-activation as your mobile device?  Thanks to Unilever’s latest personal care concept — now it does.  The Caress Forever Collection of body washes features the world’s first fragrance touch technology, which releases bursts of perfume with every touch of skin for up to 12 hours after a shower. “Fragrance is emotion brought to Life. The Caress Forever Collection evokes love, passion, sensuality, and elegance.” – Loc Dong ABOUT OUR CARESS MASTER PERFUMER...
  • Summer Skincare Tips from Jan Marini

    Tayelor Kennedy
    15 Jun 2015 | 1:54 pm
      Jan Marini, CEO of Jan Marini Skin Research, is a pioneer in the professional        skincare arena. She has more than three decades of experience researching and developing new and innovative skincare technologies.  Below are three of her top beauty tips to help keep skin protected and youthful during the summer months.                  Protect Your Hair   Sun exposure breaks down the Disulfide bonds in hair, causing color fading (think of that $200 color service), brittleness and breakage. Remember,...
 
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  • How to Cook with Beet Greens + a Recipe for Beet Green Omelet {Podcast #272}

    Meal Makeover Moms
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:51 am
    Don’t toss those greens! The next time you roast up a bunch of beets, go ahead and trim, wash, and sauté the mild-flavored greens and use them in this nutrient rich, protein-packed Beet Green Omelet.Tune in to this week’s Cooking with the Moms radio podcast to hear all about the nutritional benefits of beets and how to roast them as well as our newest recipes for Beet and Strawberry Smoothies, Turkey Beetballs, and this Beet Green Omelet.Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to our show on iTunes.Links discussed on podcast: – How to make the perfect omelet – video on YouTube.
  • How to Roast Beets + a Recipe for Turkey Beetballs and Spaghetti

    Meal Makeover Moms
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:22 am
    We dig beets.This hearty root vegetable is good for your heart, helps athletes run faster and longer, and it’s also versatile, so you can add them to everything from smoothies and salads to these turkey meatballs.Roasting beets brings out their natural sweetness, which makes for a truly family-friendly side dish. Read on for tips on how to roast beets to perfection and how to “weave” them into hearty meatballs.How to Roast Beets– Preheat the oven to 400°F.– Trim the stalk and root ends of the beets. Reserve the leaves for later use (we’ll tell you more…
  • A Summer Recipe for Strawberry and Beet Smoothies

    Meal Makeover Moms
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:51 pm
    Quench your family’s summertime thirst with this nutrient-rich fruit and vegetable Strawberry and Beet Smoothie. It’s made with berry juice, strawberries, banana, chia seeds, and roasted beets.We don’t believe in “sneaking” vegetables into kids’ foods, but we do believe that “weaving” health-enhancing ingredients into everyday recipes is a good thing. For this naturally-sweet smoothie, we tossed half a roasted beet into the blender for an extra burst of fiber, vitamin C, and nitrates, a plant compound that boosts running performance.Quench…
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  • Gearing Up for Back to School Lunches

    Felicia
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    This house has been so busy this summer. I’ve worked a majority of the summer which is unusual for me and the boys have been playing in the dirt, swimming in the pool and heading to the park whenever we get the chance. Because we have been so busy, it seems as if the summer has flown right past us. I for one am sad about it. I know they boys are a little sad to. So, here I am finding myself trying to gear up for all things back to school. Let’s be honest here, I am no super mom. I am just like you (unless you are super mom). I start with the best intentions when it comes to school…
  • How To Make Time for Outdoor Play Everyday

    Felicia
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The summer may be coming to an end, but we are not ready to give up the outdoor play!  I mean, we live in such a beautiful place why would we want to?  We are so blessed to live on lots of acres that my grandfather worked very hard to earn for our family.  There are fields, a lovely creek and lots of woods to explore.  I grew up here and I am thankful my own boys have the opportunity to explore this same land.  With that said, here’s how to make time for outdoor play every day no matter where you live! CREATE A ROUTINE Kids are such creatures of routine.  Really, they need a…
  • Dragons: Race to the Edge on Netflix!

    Felicia
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:50 pm
    How many of you have watched the How to Train Your Dragon movies?  Our boys are just now at the age where both of them can really enjoy them.  So, when Netflix told us that they would have an entire series we were super excited! If you are looking for fun ways to celebrate why not throw a little Dragon party for your Dragon fans!  It’s easy to do.  Just grab a few chips, some labels and markers in order to create your Dragon Scales and Dragon Claws.  For even more fun set up a creative photo booth and make your own dragon tails, scales and horns.  Have the kids take turns…
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    ROCK AND DROOL

  • 30 Back-To-School Online Sales and Coupon Codes

    melissa
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:55 am
    As bummed as I am to admit it (and a little excited, too), it’s time to start thinking about the kids going back to school. With the whole back-to-school thing comes a lot of shopping. New clothes, backpacks, school supplies and way too much more. It’s an expensive endeavor for one kid and when you add a few more kids going back to school, it can be downright financially overwhelming. So, with all of you (and me) in mind, here are some great sales going on at Kohl’s, Target, Macy’s, K-Mart..some of them ending on August 8th..so hurry!! I know I’m about to start…
  • Tips for Beating Writer’s Block

    melissa
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:35 am
    I haven’t written, pretty much, all summer. It’s not easy to get things done on the computer when the family is standing around waiting for me. So, I’ve kind of put writing off to the side, knowing it will be there waiting for me when September comes around and everyone goes back to school. The biggest problem, however, is the horrible writer’s block that the lack of writing is causing. I mean, it’s even difficult to write my name down on a piece of paper, that’s how blocked I’ve become from the lack of use. Writer’s block happens to everyone.
  • 7 FREE Ways to Research Your Family Tree

    melissa
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:38 am
    It is so rewarding to research your own family history and learn a bit about the people who came before you. There are many resources available these days that make it easier to do this type of research. Though some of those resources can be quite pricey, there are many ways to research your family’s history for free. I know that some of my family came from Lithuania while the rest came from Russia. Where they scattered to, aside from the US and South America is beyond me. I recently learned, before my mother died, her mothers side of the family had their own village in Lithuania and…
 
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  • The Perfect Lasagne

    Laura-Kim
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:19 am
    I have been trying to master lasagne for years. It either comes out too dry or the cheese sauce curdles but I think I have finally mastered it. When David makes it he doesn’t mix the cheese into the sauce, so I did that and it seems to work. So instead of adding the cheese to the milk you add it to the layers and then it melts into the milk while baking. I also used a homemade stock so it was jam packed with veggies and is a little bit thicker than if you use a stock cube. I used a bit more than the 500ml in the recipe but I cooked the mince for ages, adding more stock as it had…
  • Things I have learnt from blogging

    Laura-Kim
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:33 am
    I have been blogging for so long I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t sharing our stories for the world to read. I started at time when blogging was new in SA, the community was small but growing fast. I was one of those bloggers that I think writes hate. I couldn’t write. If I read some of those old posts I want to cringe a little, I think what carried me through was the fact that I was sharing stories from my dating experiences and there were a few weird interesting stories. (I do think I have gotten better though). I have been super lucky to have not have first hand…
  • Three reasons I prefer parenting older kids

    Laura-Kim
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    I am not a baby mom. I have never felt comfortable with a newborn, even after doing it four times. I felt totally out of my depth, I felt I knew what I was doing and I generally flailed around until they started communicating with me (and pooping in the toilet). I am enjoying the older two a lot more now and finally feel like I can actually do this parenting thing, even though it is seldom that I feel like I know what I am doing but I do feel like I am getting more right at the moment. I can now honestly say that I prefer parenting older kids, here’s why; You can TALK to them. I can now…
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  • Music Monday: Three Doors Down- Duck and Run

    Erin McAllister
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:35 pm
    In honor of going to see 3 Doors Down tomorrow at Pier Six, one of my favorite songs by them, Duck and Run!Disclaimer. Yes, that amazon link is an affiliate link. So if you buy the song or album through that link a percentage of the sale goes to buying my kids stuff. You get the song, I get a few cents towards kid stuff. Win Win. :)
  • Free Family Summer Camp at Bass Pro Shops

    Erin McAllister
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    FREE Family Summer Camp at Bass Pro Shops from June 27-July 26. Free Catch & Release pond with photo downloadFree Shooting ArcadeFree Casting ChallengeFree BB Shooting RangeFree CraftsFree Workshops (archery, bird watching, fishing, camping, kayaking and more!)Free lanyard and free pin for each completed workshopCheck your local store or this link for more information!
  • Build a Minions Scooter at Home Depot Kids Workshop July 4th

    Erin McAllister
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Build a Minions Scooter at your local Home Depot Kids Workshop July 4th at 9am!For more information and to register visit: http://workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/kids-workshops
 
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  • May I Have This (Senior Year) Dance?

    Mir Kamin
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:39 am
    It started with a simple question, a few months ago: “Are you going to leave the parental controls on my laptop when I go to college?” I couldn’t stop laughing. She was serious. And why not? In her world, for her whole life, I have erected barriers in her way while she has schemed to get through, around, and over them. One of the “joys” (the quotes here, you understand, come with meaningful eyebrows) of raising a child with ADHD is the almost total lack of impulse control… necessitating, in our case, rules upon rules upon rules. My youngest can be told…
  • Help! We’re Moving & Driving Each Other Crazy!

    Amalah
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:55 am
    Hi Amy, My husband and I have two kids, ages 2 and 4 months. Next month we’re moving an hour away to be closer to his parents and his job. Since you’re about to be going through the same thing I thought you might have some insight into how to go about this process. I’m all about planning and working diligently over the next month to pack things up we don’t use much and organize so that when the day comes all we really need to do is load up our stuff and go. My 2 year old is having a ball helping me pack a box a day and is super excited to go to his new house with a…
  • Frustrated No More (Except With Ourselves)

    Amalah
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:40 am
    The all-powerful Amalah, I wanted to follow up on the wonderful advice you and commenters gave to help us get through the surprising onset of severe emotions in reaction to daily challenges with our oldest son. Your advice, and one commenters in particular ended up magically flipping the switch (I realize with kids, there is almost never a “this solved the problem!” moment, but we were lucky enough to have one). You recommended a quiet area as a tent or fort, and emphasizing it’s not a punishment but rather a place to feel all the emotions, at daycare. A commenter, a…
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  • Eyeglasses for $29.99 at JCPenny - Back to School

    31 Jul 2015 | 7:24 am
    I received a JCPenney gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. At the end of last year I got a letter from the school nurse requesting my littlest girl get checked for glasses.  Little LaLa has some issues with reading and we always assumed it was a learning issue not a sight issue, however after watching her read,
  • Water World Colorado Opens a new ride: Warp Speed

    13 Jul 2015 | 9:37 am
    My kids and I went to Water World at the beginning of the summer for a fun kick off weekend for us. I can promise you that nothing else will wear out a group of elementary school kids and their family better than water slides, wave pool fun and sunburn! Nothing. While we were there we saw a new ride being built. Now it is done and it looks AMAZING! Warp Speed is a first generation interactive
  • Wordless Wednesday - My first grandchild!

    8 Jul 2015 | 10:13 am
    This is part of the Wordless Wednesday Series
 
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  • Meet The World’s First Smart Fragrance Dispenser

    Jennifer Shusterman
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:44 pm
    I have an obsession with fragrances. I want my home to smell inviting when you walk in the door. I’ve tried so many different types of air fresheners, and I can’t really say I’ve fallen in love with any of them. Automatic battery operated dispensers work well until the batteries die, but I’m not a fan of constantly changing batteries. You wouldn’t believe how many toys, remotes, etc, have found a home in the closet because I continuously forget to purchase batteries. Candles and wax melts might smell nice, but both can create hazards. We had to make an…
  • Enjoy a #Sweetsummersnack with Yoplait & Win $15 Paypal Cash

    Jennifer Shusterman
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:01 pm
    We’re big yogurt lovers around here. My girls would eat Yoplait yogurt for breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday if I would let them! I can’t let them do that, but I do take advantage of their yogurt obsession to make healthy Summer treats on the regular. One of our favorite treats to eat by the pool are yogurt, fruit, and granola parfaits. My girls love parfaits because they get to help make them and fill them with their favorites. It’s a fun activity we can do as a family and a healthy snack all in one! My 5 year old likes to layer 2 kinds of yogurt, 2 kinds of fruit, and…
  • Valuable Lessons for Children From “Zen Pig”

    Jennifer Shusterman
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:41 pm
    I received a copy of Zen Pig free of charge. Affiliate link included. We live in a world full of selfishness and materialism, so it may seem like a battle sometimes to teach our children how to be compassionate and gratuitous people.  The critically-acclaimed children’s book, “Zen Pig”, is a great resource to help teach our children those valuable lessons. The illustrations, provided by Mark’s wife, Amy Lynn Brown, are simple yet beautiful. The book flows very well, and although it is a short read, is chock full of character lessons that are great for both children…
  • Lounge by the Pool with Aurorae Aqua

    Jennifer Shusterman
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:28 am
    I received free product from Aurorae in exchange for my unbiased review. Affiliate links are included, and any purchase made from them will compensate me. We have spent a majority of our Summer weekends soaking up the sun and enjoying the pool. My kids are like fish and would live in the water if I would let them! When the warm weather moved in I realized I didn’t have enough beach towels for everyone. I picked up a few cheap beach towels at a local dollar store thinking they would last us through the Summer months. Boy was I wrong! After a couple washes they began to fray around the…
  • Celebrate National Vacation Rental Month with These Fun Facts & Enter to Win a Vacation

    Jennifer Shusterman
    9 Jul 2015 | 6:05 am
    July is National Vacation Rental Month, and in honor of that I want to share some fun facts about vacation rentals and their benefits. According to a recent study conducted by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, it’s less stressful to stay in a vacation rental compared to other types of lodgings. In fact, 92% of the more than 11,000 people who participated in the study said they preferred vacation rentals because of the flexibility, peace of mind, and cost savings. I find this to be an interesting result of the study particularly because our family always prefers finding a vacation rental house…
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  • Not That Mom Anymore

    Amber
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Everyone tells you that kids grow quickly. Too quickly. Blink your eyes and they’re different people. What they don’t tell you is how you change right along with them, and how quickly you forget everything that came before. I don’t mean that you literally forget everything your kids have done up until this point. That obviously isn’t true. But you do forget, mostly, all the little day-to-day realities of life with younger children. Even things that seemed to be life-and-death, and you were tremendously worried about, fade from your mind as they’re replaced with…
  • Silenced

    Amber
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:37 pm
    I’ve been feeling silenced lately. For one thing, I’m going to start full-time school to become a teacher in September. Which is neither here nor there, I suppose, except that I am feeling more conscious about what I publish. Of course, I have always written blog posts assuming that anyone could be reading them. Family. Friends. Colleagues. My boss. But teaching adds a new dynamic. (Side note – if you’re a teacher how do you deal with your online presence? I’d love to hear.) For another thing, my kids are getting big. So. Freaking. Big. Every day they’re a…
  • Where my Yogurt Comes From

    Amber
    1 Jun 2015 | 4:13 pm
    True story: I am shopping with my kids when they spot the Olympic organic yogurt and ask for some. I suggest we try another kind of yogurt that is on sale, because I am cheap like that. They will not hear it. I buy the yogurt. They eat it. All goes well. Olympic Dairy got its start here in the Vancouver area in 1979, and today it has a 66% market share for organic yogurt sold in British Columbia. I buy it because my kids like it, and because I like going organic when I can. However, I didn’t know anything about it – including those fun facts at the beginning of this paragraph…
  • Poem of the Month: The Poetry of the Universe

    Amber
    21 May 2015 | 11:59 am
    For the past few months I have been writing poetry. While I’m churning them out at a slightly slower rate than a couple of months ago, I’m still writing weekly. Many of them are not fit for public consumption, but I have written enough that are and I’d like to share some of them. And so, a blog series is born. These aren’t my most personal poems, but I do enjoy each of them. And now, here is this month’s poem, inspired by my love of math. The Poetry of the Universe My favourite number changes Sometimes it’s 16 Sometimes it’s 36 Usually it’s 96 Because…
  • Sometimes You Just Have to Try Something

    Amber
    18 May 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Sometimes you have to step out of your shell and try something new. This happened to me yesterday when my husband and I were enjoying a kid-free afternoon in a very trendy neighbourhood. I came across the Commercial Drive Licorice Parlour, which I have visited before because I am a licorice lover. This time, however, I was brought up short by a sign outside advertising ‘snorting chocolate’. Now, I am a chocolate lover as much as a licorice lover, if not even more so, but I was puzzled. And intrigued. And puzzled. How, and more importantly why, would one snort chocolate? Once I was…
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    Genny Heikka

  • When you don’t feel good about your body: 5 things to remember

    Genny
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:09 pm
    In my work with moms and women, I’ve had countless conversations about how we often struggle with our self-image. We look in the mirror and instead of appreciating our unique qualities, the negative self-talk begins. As someone who has struggled too, I know how it is to battle these feelings, and even obsessions. But there are things we can do to develop an attitude of love and respect for our bodies, instead of criticism. So the next time you aren’t feeling good about your body, remember: Your body has been good to you. Be thankful. Even if you aren’t in perfect health, there are…
  • What to remember when you’re facing change (and why it’s a beautiful certainty)

    Genny
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:25 pm
      A friend asked me recently how we did it – how we moved our two teenagers across states like that with one going into 8th grade and one going into 10th. How did we make it look so easy? she wondered. It wasn’t easy, I promised her. There were tears and unknowns and excruciating goodbyes. But in all of that, there was God. So there was peace. That’s not to say I didn’t have any fears; I did. How I felt this time last year is still fresh in my mind — the what-ifs looming as we left our friends and family in California to move to Idaho. But I was…
  • What will you do with your 168 hours?

    Genny
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:03 pm
    “We all have 168 hours in a week and one life to live.” I look at those words written by Jessica Turner at Ann Voskamp’s blog and I pause. 168 hours. When you say a week, it sounds like a week – routine and packed with this, that and the other thing. But when you break it into hours? An hour is the blink of an eye. And there, the question looms in front of me as if I’d never considered how I was going to spend my time: What are you going to do with your hours?  With this hour? I look at the clock. It’s 7:39. What would change if I lived my life in hours?  Just a couple…
  • What’s hiding under your tent? (and the secret I kept for 33 years)

    Genny
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:33 am
    What’s hiding under your tent? That was the question that spurred me to finally share a secret I had kept for 33 years (that I can actually laugh about now). But before I get into that, let me back up a bit. I recently read Brene Brown’s NYT Bestseller Daring Greatly in a book club with over twenty women. It was a powerful experience of coming together with others from different viewpoints and in different phases of life. Yet we had so much in common. And through the connections that were built, I was reminded of the importance of being vulnerable, and the doors that open when…
  • Do you have the Courage to Be You?

    Genny
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Do you have the courage to be you? That is the question my friend Jenny Williamson asks readers in her new book, and it’s a question that changed her life and set her on a journey of discovering her, “water-walking, giant-slaying, history-making destiny.” I’m so excited to share Jenny’s book with you today. If you’ve been around here a while, you’ve heard me talk about her and the non-profit she started–Courage Worldwide–many times. She’s an amazing woman and it’s an amazing organization that has changed the lives of many…
 
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  • I’m never guessing my bra size again. My new bra is heaven except better.

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    Super big thanks to Wacoal for sponsoring this post and finally getting me a bra that fits right. I rode the escalator up to the fourth floor lingerie department at Hudson’s Bay and was awash in memories. The last time I’d gone to a large department store for a bra was when my mother took ... [Read more...]The post I’m never guessing my bra size again. My new bra is heaven except better. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • How to eat out with kids. I’m sorry.

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:57 am
    So who’s right, the restaurant owner who yelled at a toddler or the parents who let her “fuss” for over 40 minutes? I don’t know; probably neither of them. I’ve been in both positions and I’ve probably fallen short of ideal behavior as both a restaurant employee and as a parent. Let’s look back at that ... [Read more...]The post How to eat out with kids. I’m sorry. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • On not blogging and hating the internet and coming crawling back anyway

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    I long ago made it a rule not to blog about not blogging. No more posts that start off with an apology for having been away, follow with a litany of excuses and end in a heap of empty promises, I said to myself. God. What kind of abject narcissist thinks people have been stopping ... [Read more...]The post On not blogging and hating the internet and coming crawling back anyway appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • “They make it easier to keep track….”

    Ron Rosenhead
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:37 am
    I had an interesting conversation last week with someone who had used our project management templates. This person had seen the templates, downloaded the templates and used them. She was really pleased with them and wanted to feedback that: ….it makes it easier to keep track of the project I can protect myself and the project team We can measure … Read More >Related Posts:Project management templates – are they worth while doing?The case of the missing project managerHow much project management information do you share?Practical project management training – it…
  • My 10 golden rules for effective project delivery

    Ron Rosenhead
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:37 am
    I was running a project management course when someone said to me: ‘Ron, what are your golden rule for effective project delivery?’ What a great question. I picked up a marker pen and wrote the following on a flip chart. Here are my golden rules which should help you deliver more effectively. If it’s a ‘big’ project then it’s a … Read More >Related Posts:Save yourself time and money on your projects. How …?Project managers need to cope with uncertainty. What are…How to say no without saying no!Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your…
  • Self Development? Me?…sorry, I’m too busy for that

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:11 am
    Be honest, when was the last time you took time out from your project to really focus on yourself? I ask this as I speak with many project managers who are very busy, so busy they barely return phone calls, their calendars are fully committed to the project(s) or there is little space in their day/week for anything else. As … Read More >Related Posts:So, how good are you?What do you need to change to be more effective?Project Management Training: Classroom vs mobileGood project management skills are not enoughWho are your good project management role models?
 
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  • Young People Are Warned About the Dangers of Drugs

    4 Aug 2015 | 2:17 am
    In every single school system in the United States, young people are warned about the dangers of using illegal drugs. There are programs like the D.A.R.E. program that is designed to help young people understand the dangers of illegal drugs. However, there is just a sense of glamour that is attached to using drugs. Done people often find themselves drawn to this supposed glamour that is associated with the legal jug use. And so as a result, they find themselves addicted to drugs like cocaine. Eventually they get into a position where they need the help of a cocaine possession lawyer in new…
  • Money Is No Guarantee of Happiness

    4 Aug 2015 | 1:14 am
    Many people are working very hard to become rich and famous. For some reason they just think that if they were rich and famous they would be a lot happier than they are right now. What they don’t realize is that this is just not the case. Money does not make you happy. You can see this when you look at the amount of rich people who end up going to jail for cocaine possession. Just look here in Bergen County. Bergen County is a relatively affluent place in the United States, and yet we have a very busy bergen county cocaine possession attorney. 
  • People Are Just Looking for An Escape

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:12 am
    A lot of people who are living in this world right now feel at their life has no purpose. They go to work every single day, and they basically do a job that they hate. They come home to a family that does not really appreciate them, and whom they do not really care about. They see very little purpose in life, and they feel as if they have a very slim hope for the future. With a situation like this it is very little wonder why so many people have chosen to turn to drugs. It’s a really sad state of affairs but there are a lot of people especially here in New Jersey who are addicted to…
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  • A Summer filled with Adventures, Netflix #StreamTeam

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:25 am
    Our summer break has been filled with adventures big and small.  We've gone into the city to see a show, we've attended multiple camps, we've spent hours in the pool, we've gone rock climbing, and bungee jumped, played mini golf, and watched some epic adventures for some inspiration on Netflix as well.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • Our Summer Day Camp Adventure with the Boy Scouts #Sponsored

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:02 am
    A few weeks ago the twins and I were invited to attend a Boy Scouts summer camp so that we could share our experiences.  I learned that there are a variety of different Boy Scouts camps taking place across the country, each offering a varying range of summer adventures.  Day & overnight camp activities can include hiking, archery, sling shots, obstacle courses, swimming, arts & crafts, field sports, roasting marshmallows, or other themed-oriented fun.  We attended a cub scout twilight camp organized by the Rainbow Council.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 -…
  • Nature Connects: Art with LEGO bricks by Sean Kenney opens at Morton Arboretum Today #NatureConnectsTMA

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:25 am
    Last evening the twins, my husband, and I attended the media preview for the Morton Arboretum's latest temporary exhibit, Nature Connects: Art with LEGO bricks by Sean Kenney.  As a special treat, the artist himself was there to introduce himself, answer questions, and sign copies of one of his children's model building books.  Sean Kenney also took the time to personally walk with us in the rain through 4 of his 13 pieces on display throughout the Arboretum’s east side landscapes.  Rain or shine, Sean Kenney's brick sculptures displayed within the natural landscapes of…
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  • Summer vacation essay

    Kristy
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:07 pm
    Oh hai Internet. How you been? My kids go to year-round school, which means their summer break is only a few weeks long. Well, today is the first day of school (!!!) so I have a quiet moment to myself while the baby naps to finally get a blog post written. I really wish I could manage my time better so I could blog more regularly and tell you about the minutia of my days. There have been so many little moments that would have made wonderful blogs, but now the sheer volume of things I want to go over has grown to critical mass and I am forced to pick and choose and give you highlights. Here we…
  • Brecken’s 7th Birthday Party

    Kristy
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:19 am
      Brecken’s birthday party went off without a hitch! Actually, that’s not true – there were a few hitches, but I’m pretty awesome at fixing hitches, so it all turned out just right. We are an invite-the-whole-class-so-noone-is-left-out kind of family. Half the class was too cool to have an email listed on the class directory (Come on, parents – no one wants to spam your stupid email account. We just want to invite your kid to a party.) so instead of just making a simple evite I had to make thirty physical invitations to hand out. You know how I love me a…
  • How to make a Death Star piñata

    Kristy
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:45 pm
    When I decided we should have a Death Star piñata at Brecken’s party I took to the internets to get inspiration. There were two kinds of Death Star piñatas; amazing works of art that looked like they must have taken a thousand man hours to make, and sad, crappy piñatas eagerly awaiting the sweet release of being beaten to death. I decided to make one that fell comfortably in the middle. I didn’t have time to deal with the pain in the ass of making a piñata from scratch this time around, so I bought a naked, pre-made piñata from a piñata store. (It doesn’t have to be…
 
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  • Wrapping Up a Homeschool School-year and Grading the Teacher

    Heather
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    So the summer has begun. I officially quit adding to the weekly assignment list spiral over a week ago and we are in our first 2 month summer break in a long while. We have homeschooled year round by necessity for the past few years because of distractions (two of them who are 6 and 4 currently), medical issues, and other problems. I would say that 90% of the time, the year won’t turn out the way you plan it… but about that often, something else will happen that wows you into the realization that God was the one re-directing your steps. In his heart a man plans his course, but the…
  • Swapping Books Instead of Buying Them – Just Pay Postage!

    Heather
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    I’m sure that you’ve probably heard of Paperback Swap by now, but I just had to share about it in case you haven’t. I love swapping books and finding things that our local libraries don’t carry. Ever notice how hard it is to find good books that are recommended by your history curriculum these days? It’s like the public library is actually trying to erase the memory of them. I know it’s not just me thinking it. I love a good book. I love the way an old book smells. I love seeing my kids reading books. Despite all the newest technology, I just can’t…
  • Are Texas Home School Coalition Conventions for You?

    Heather
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:06 pm
    It’s summer. Well, at least for most of us. We have maybe two weeks left of tidying up and tying loose homeschool ends and we are DONE with 11th grade for my teens, Kindergarten for the 6 year old, and Preschool for my littlest guy. I’m in purge mode, research mode, curriculum buying mode, class scheduling mode, organize mode, transcript mode, and CONVENTION MODE. You might wonder why I listed convention there if you’ve never been to a good convention before, but let me explain. Ever since I started homeschooling in 2001, I have been going to a convention – almost…
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    Zensible Mama

  • Culture Buzz: In What Language Do You Think In Your Head?

    Maricris G
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:50 am
    The Thinker / Photo: WikiCommonEnglish is not my first language. Not a shocker there. But it is for some people who couldn't tell - and I will tell you, I've got a few many fooled without meaning to. Tap on my shoulder. "heck, got you fooled!" I can't help it. I was born and raised in Asia but I'm pretty fluent with the language and I can gab my way through a conversation without sounding soooo foreign and soooo fresh off the boat - which most "judgmental", ignorant, people think I am- just by looking at me. Tough. "Do you know English?". "Can you speak in English?" Right. Of course…
  • TechTalk: How To Get Rid of Your Cable And Dish For Good - Survive It and Save Tons of Money!

    Maricris G
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:30 pm
    With the rising cost of cable TV and satellite dishes, I'm sure the sound of saving thousands of dollars sounds very appealing to you right now. As to date, we have saved approximately $3,312 derived from a $69/month subscription fee in the course of 4 years. Money that went to more important stuffs like food and other essential necessities. How did we pull this off?We simply gave up our satellite dish - our money whore. Do you have one of these suckers? For us, there was no sense keeping it since we don't watch a lot of TV shows nor pay-per-view movies. If there was anything essential…
  • 5 Ah!-mazing Reasons Why Carowinds is One of My Top Family Destinations to Beat the Heat This Summer

    Maricris G
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Aerial view of Carowinds / Photo: +Maricris G I can't believe the heatwave upon heatwave Charlotte is currently experiencing. It's unreal but there's no denying it - the heat is quite real alright! It's so hot out here, I almost want to live in the water just to escape it! Now that I think about it, I guess I could, some way, somehow. I could go to the beach but the closest one is at least 3 hours away and that would only give me at least a week to enjoy it. Or, I can always go to my community's pool, but nah. It's too small and pretty crowded most of the time, there's just no way…
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    The Pranamama

  • Tasting Wine – The Basics

    Mama
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Learning the right way to taste wine is essential for developing a deeper appreciation for the drink and its makers. The wine may give out several different aromas, but the taste is always limited to being sweet, salty, bitter and sour. Basically, it’s the amalgamation of taste and smell that lets you truly discern the […]
  • A Concise Guide On Yoga

    Mama
    12 Jul 2015 | 11:53 pm
    Yoga is a mental, spiritual and physical discipline that can be traced back 5000 years ago in India. In modern practice, the word is interpreted to refer to the union of the body, mind and spirit. This is achieved through meditation. Sometimes, it may be necessary to get the body ready for meditation by building […]
  • Useful Information On Pest Control

    Mama
    8 Jun 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Pests are a homeowner’s worst nightmare. They crawl around the house and sometimes on human body causing skin irritation, itching, and even infections. Thus, it is important to know the common pests that can invade the home, their appearance, and how to prevent and control their invasion. Ants are the most common pests one can […]
 
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  • Happy, Happy

    Jules
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    The results are in! Nico does not have Mast Cell Activation Disorder! The blood work came back and showed he is allergic to pine nuts. How a pine nut got into a kitchen that swears is nut-free is a mystery I can’t investigate from California. Even the “pesto” they use from the manufacturer is supposedly nut-free. I called Morningstar, the maker of the veggie burger he ate, and they assured me there were no nuts of any kind in that burger (I gave them the lot number). Then they offered me coupons for free product. “I think I’m going to pass,” I said. Our…
  • Before You Start, Visualize Your Destination

    Jules
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Difficult, daunting, dull–those are just some of the D-words that came to mind when I attempted to visualize my destination as instructed by Marie Kondo in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. You don’t want to know all the D-words I was muttering while putting together this post. What I really wanted to do is to jump in and start tossing. I’ve become rather adept at discarding over the last few years! I’ve had my break; I’m ready to get back into the game. Alas, Kondo says I must identify my house goals before I toss out anything. What do you hope to gain…
  • Prep Work is Boring

    Jules
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    I found the book in a purse under our bed. I emptied out my purse some time at the end of the school year (except for the book, obviously) and left it on the bed in my rush out the door. My deflated purse slipped between the footboard and the mattress, fell to the ground, and didn’t appear again until this weekend when we moved the furniture around in the bedroom. Funny that I remember this now. You never know how you lost an item until you’ve find it again. Only then does your memory kick in, the cruel mistress. I can now say I’ve read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up…
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  • New Way to Print Coupons and Chance to Win an HP Printer!

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    Do you love Coupons & would like to print them from your Android mobile phone? Are you frustrated that it is so hard to print coupons? Then you are the perfect candidate for this beta program. Qples and HP have created an easy way to print coupons directly from your phone. The app is ready for testing and you are invited to be the first to give it a whirl! All you need is an Android phone
  • Summer Travel with First Aid Shot Therapy & Safeway Gift Card Giveaway

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:59 pm
    One of our family's favorite summer activities is traveling. We love to visit different places, where we can explore and discover fun things to do. When preparing to travel with kids, parents tend to think primarily of what their kids will need during the trip. But today I would like you to focus on what YOU need for yourself and share with you some of my top summer travel essentials, including
  • Icon Wireless Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones Giveaway (ARV $379) {Off to School We Go Giveaway Hop} #off2school

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Welcome to the 3rd Annual "Off to School We Go!" Giveaway Hop hosted by Heather from Mommy's Favorite Things and Michelle from Mama's Baby Cupcakes. We would like to help check a few items off your back-to-school shopping list by giving you multiple chances to win some essential school supplies. Each participating blog is offering a prize valued at least $25. My Giveaway I'm very excited
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  • Where you can find me now!

    Megan Tietz
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:53 pm
    Thank you for finding me here in my long-time home on the web. Thing is, I don't live here anymore. You can now find me every single Friday on my podcast, Sorta Awesome. Find us in iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to your favorite shows. Thanks!
  • just a few last words

    Megan Tietz
    1 Jan 2015 | 11:41 am
    Well then. December 31st has come and gone, and yet here I am with a new post. I'm pushing back my own deadline, a choice that I am sure is no surprise to you. When I asked for ideas on what to blog about in the closing days of SortaCrunchy, I had no idea the upheaval that December would bring. I have to avoid specifics in order to protect the privacy of people that I love, but just know that a person who is very dear to me underwent a painful personal crisis and the reverberating effect on my life was unexpectedly huge. And because I am such a F-E-E-L-E-R type (like, seriously, the F in ENFP…
  • How To Survive Holiday Shopping When You Are Highly Sensitive (guest post from Doña Bumgarner)

    Megan Tietz
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    photo credit: See-ming Lee 李思明 SML via photopin cc Amazon sent me an email in October with the headline “The countdown to Black Friday.” I deleted it. I did not want to think about Black Friday before Halloween. I do not, actually, want to think about gift shopping at all.  Last week I took my daughter to Toys’R’Us for a set of knee and elbow pads before we took her scooter to the park and just walking through the store left me with an elevated heart rate and a headache. At the end of every other aisle there was a video screen running a product demo on loop. Character-branded…
 
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  • Summer Food Fun: Fruttare Fruit Bars + Banana Dolphin Recipe!

    Melanie Edwards
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:21 am
    I’ve always been a fan of fruity frozen treats and now I get to share that fun with my own kids! We are partial to tropical flavors in our house, but really, all kinds of fruit flavors are welcome when we’re talking about fruit bars. So, it was a no-brainer for us to attend a local Fruttare Fruit Farm event to learn more about their delicious fruit bars made with real fruit, including sustainably farmed strawberries, coconuts, bananas, and limes. Check out the fun we had with Fruttare and how these refreshing fruit bars can add to your summer fun! At the Fruttare Fruit Farm event,…
  • 5 Tips for Hosting a Large Family Gathering in Your Backyard This Summer!

    Melanie Edwards
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:33 pm
    I’ve mentioned that our family enjoys getting together for various occasions and that we don’t shy away from large family gatherings. It’s always fun to see extended family and friends, catch up, and reminisce. With a big gathering also comes the planning and hosting to ensure your guests have a great time, all while keeping your sanity. After planning several of my own family gatherings, I’ve learned a few tricks that will help you host a wonderfully fun party! Check out these simple tips to make your family gatherings easier this summer using products you can easily…
  • Starting Our Back to School Shopping with Affordable Back to School Clothes!

    Melanie Edwards
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:32 pm
    It’s hard to believe, but it’s already time to start talking back to school shopping! With a little over 4 weeks before my kids’ first day of school, it’s time for this mami to start thinking about back to school clothes, supplies, and preparations. One good thing about having a 4th grader and pre-Kindergartener is that they’re not (yet) picky about their back to school clothes. That doesn’t mean they don’t have a style of their own, though; even my 4-year-old has his preferred look! Luckily, with the help of affordable prices at my local Walmart, I…
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  • Will You Join Me At Proverbs 31 Today? We’re Talking About Showing Up For A Hurting Friend

    Natalie Snapp
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:16 am
    It’s not always easy to know what to say. Or do. Or how to react. Or when to just listen. Or when to exhibit righteous anger. Or you name it. When a friend or a family member is hurting, when they’re wading through a pain that seems unfathomable or a grief so thick it’s exhausting to even formulate a sentence, sometimes we can flee the scene rather than be a first responder. My mom is an expert at this sort of thing . . . She has a friend who lost a son in a tragic drowning accident at the age of three back in the 1970’s. Most of the people her friend knows shy away…
  • What Is The Global Leadership Summit? (And How To Win A Ticket)

    Natalie Snapp
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Have you heard about Global Leadership Summit? No? Read on until the end because you might want to register to win a ticket to the Lafayette, Indiana area satellite location. If you aren’t local to Lafayette, read-on anyway because there is definitely a host site near you. Founded by the Willow Creek Association (WCA) in 1992, they exist to help Christians grow their leadership to maximize Kingdom impact. According to the Global Leadership Summit website, they are committed to a singular idea: that inspired, encouraged and equipped Christian leaders create thriving local churches that…
  • Getting Past The Pretty Front Porch (Join me @ Women of Faith)

    Natalie Snapp
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:03 pm
    I interrupt this unofficial writing sabbatical to share a post I wrote recently for Women of Faith – and yes, I’m super honored they invited me to do so. I mean, super. So many of us feel like we have to put-on a beautiful front. We have to maintain an image of perfection – of course,  our house is always this picked-up and we didn’t just stress our entire family out for two days before hosting a gathering. Of course our marriage is great – we never fight or argue over the toilet seat. Of course our children eat organic and local. Of course. But the truth is . .
 
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  • Setting Loving Limits for Our Children (and Seeing Them Through) by @HelpMeSara

    Sara Dimerman
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    As adults, we live with limits every day. When we drive, we are required to follow specific speed limits. If we don’t conform to this, there may be consequences such as being given a speeding ticket and having to pay a fine. We are required to drop off and pick up our children at day care or school at prescribed times. If we push those limits, there may be consequences for this too. An internet resource dedicated to responsible gambling uses the slogan “Know your limit. Play within it” as a way of reminding people to pre plan how much they have or want to spend before…
  • Feel the Burn: Part 2 of the Lots of Legs Series by @DPEverybodyFit

    Dana Pieper
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Put your lower body to the test with this series! This week you will find 4 exercises that you will repeat on each side 3 times. Your quads, hamstrings, glutes and core will be screaming for mercy! The sculpting benefits are not the only reason to push through this sequence. This series will up your calorie burn! This one is definitely a lower body workout you won’t want to miss!  
  • Finding your Passion in Business and Life by Janice Weinstein

    Janice Weinstein
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    How many of us can honestly say that we’re “passionate” about our business or chosen profession? If I’m honest with myself, I can admit to feeling “passionate” for a fleeting moment at the beginning of a project. Then somehow I derail opportunities to experience that passion due to the list of “should haves, would haves and could haves” that clog my brain. While I’m passionate about my career and job, I don’t always experience that passion on a regular basis. To have passion, we need to re-connect with the experiences that matter most to us. The most successful people are…
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    Eccentric Eclectic Woman

  • Baby Strong Workout: Mom & Baby Exercise Cards on Kickstarter

    Finamoon
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Okay moms…can you relate to this? New moms may have every intention to hit the gym, attend a class, go for a run, or pop in a DVD and workout at home...but things don't always work out this way with a new baby. When we heard about this new mom invention launching on Kickstarter, we just had to share with you! Baby Strong Workout is the solution for every new mom to feel good again...all you need is mom + baby! Make sure to scroll below to help spread the word about Baby Strong in two simple steps. Baby Strong Workout is a fun, effective and inexpensive workout option that helps moms of all…
  • Heirloom Audio Productions: With Lee in Virginia Audio Theater CD Review

    Finamoon
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:49 pm
    My family had the privilege of listening to With Lee in Virginia from Heirloom Audio Productions for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. This is a Schoolhouse Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.My family and I love audio books! We love to listen to them while: I am multitasking, we have a long drive ahead of us, or there is cruddy weather and we are stuck inside. My family usually enjoys them better if they are fun and adventuresome. I believe they are better than movies because audio books require more imagination…
  • Pizza Ranch Living Hope Album Review and Giveaway

    Finamoon
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:26 pm
    I received this CD free from FlyBy Promotions to facilitate this review and another free to giveaway below to my readers.I just heard about a place to go and eat some really good pizza called the Pizza Ranch. I haven't tried their food yet because they are unfortunately not local to me, but everyone I have talked to that has eaten there has liked their food and service. Now I wish there was one of these restaurants closer to me so that I might be able to try them out. Here is a little bit more about them...About Pizza Ranch:Adrie Groeneweg had a dream that started in Hull, IA, in 1981, when…
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  • Monday Questions: GET TO KNOW ME BETTER! 30 QUESTIONS ANSWERED!

    Audrey McClelland
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:29 am
    Monday Questions: GET TO KNOW ME BETTER! 30 QUESTIONS ANSWERED! OK… it’s Monday. It’s the beginning of the week, let’s have some FUN! I found 30 questions online and I thought it would be fun to answer them and TAG someone else to answer them, too… ahem, Vera Sweeney! Are you ready!!?? ANSWER THEM AND TAG ME ON YOUTUBE!! 1. What’s your middle name? 2. How did you find out you were pregnant with your 1st? 3. What did you want to be when you were little? 4. Major in College? 5. Shoe Size? 6. Favorite Ice Cream flavor? 7. Hair up or hair down? 8. Go to item in…
  • Daily Video: Why Do We Drive Everywhere??

    Audrey McClelland
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    My Sunday Daily is LIVE! I’m playing MAJOR catch up right now! Victoria’s sleeping, so this is my time to do what I can!! We drove home yesterday from Washington D.C. and the kids asked a very simple and very honest questions, “Why do we drive everywhere?” Well – honestly, flying is crazy expensive. But – I wish we could do it because driving, even though it DOES bond us – it’s a long time in the car! Enjoy our little adventure home! The post Daily Video: Why Do We Drive Everywhere?? appeared first on Mom Generations - Mom Fashion and Beauty -…
  • Daily Video: Cracking Crabs with 21 KIDS!

    Audrey McClelland
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:31 am
    Holy moly! DC was tons of fun! We toured more of DC on Saturday morning!! AND we had our CRAB FEST on Saturday afternoon at Matt’s aunt’s house and it was a total BLAST! The kids got to meet their cousins… which was amazing seeing that there were 16 of them! Here’s my daily video! The post Daily Video: Cracking Crabs with 21 KIDS! appeared first on Mom Generations - Mom Fashion and Beauty - Creating a Stylish Life for Moms.
 
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    The Survival Mom

  • Canning Basics: How to Can Peaches and Nectarines

    Beth Buck
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    I’ve canned a lot of things this year that I had never tried before: cherry preserves and salsa, for starters. But sometimes it’s good to go back to the basics and can a simple batch of no-frills, just-plain, regular fruit. For me, that means peaches. I love canning peaches. I was very pleased and fortunate to have received in the mail a box of peaches and nectarines, in hopes that I would wax erudite about the satisfaction one can get from canning them. Peaches were the very first fruit I ever canned. My grandmother was the one who taught me, back in 2005 when I had newly…
  • Stocking Up on Dried Milk: A Tutorial

    The Survival Mom
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:04 am
    Many dehydrated and freeze-dried foods are easy to add to our food storage pantries because we know what to expect when we buy them. There’s no big surprise when you open a can of dehydrated onions or freeze-dried strawberries. However, when it comes to dried milk, there are lots of confusing options. Which are best for drinking? Baking? What about the so-called “milk alternatives”? Having dry milk on hand is extremely handy whenever I run low on regular milk. Back in the day when my kids were drinking cold milk by the gallon, having a back-up ready to go was a life-saver.
  • 52 Weeks Savings Plan: August Deals Bring Summer To a Close

    Sarah Anne Carter
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:31 am
    August is full of summer activities and back to school preparations, but it lacks any major holidays. That doesn’t mean this month will lack in deals and sales, though. The main focus is back-to-school deals but before doing any shopping this month, check if your state and/or city is offering any tax-free shopping days to help with back-to-school shopping. August discounts and bargains in the food department Items used for packing school lunches will go on sale this month, like juice boxes, individual snack bags and sliced cheese. You should also see cereal, yogurt, chips, granola bars,…
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  • soap experiments: easy backyard summer fun

    amy mascott
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
          Friends–now that swim and dive season is over, we’re doing a whole lot more free bird play, lazy mornings, and long afternoons at the pool. It’s been great, and I am so thankful. But each and every day we try to do something where there’s some sneaky learning involved. Something a little more focused or directed. Something that allows my crew to use their brains and let their imaginations run wild. One day last week, we had the pleasure of having some pals over, so we rocked out some early morning soap experiments. So fun. And we used materials we…
  • learn to make cookies or cupcakes: online courses from Craftsy

    amy mascott
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:30 pm
      I never would have imagined these courses could be quite so fun, but they are. This summer, Maddy, Owen, Cora, and I have been exploring the crazy insane range of online classes that Craftsy offers. We love them. The videos are clear, they’re comprehensive, and they’re fun. Online classes are a super idea for the summer–or any time–and the format of many of the courses really works well for upper elementary aged children.   So one of the things I’m going to surprise the kids with next week is a bunch of fun new classes to take: we’re going to learn…
  • birdwatching math puzzles: super challenging and tricky

    amy mascott
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    This summer as we usually do, I’m trying each week to include some new and exciting math fun. In the form of puzzles or chocolate challenges or number games or just a new spin on old school problem-solving, any way we can pull in Especially this year we’ve loved the challenging puzzles created by Erich Friedman. These puzzles, you guys, are tough. This week we tried the Birdwatching Puzzles. Here’s the skinny. . . Birdwatching Math Puzzles–Super Challenging and Tricky:  The goal with these mazey puzzles is to move from the left side of the puzzle to the right,…
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    Unmotherly Insights

  • Secret Porn

    gettrich
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:42 am
      I resent Victoria Secret. I really do. I didn’t used to. I mean all the time I was single and even when my kids were little I enjoyed voyeuristically paging through my VS catalogues and imagining myself lounging in soft silk pajamas or underdressed in a matching fuchsia lace bra and panties. But suddenly the catalogue looks very different to me and I’m not sure what to do about it. Yesterday I went to the mailbox to pick up the usual suspects; bills, bills, and more bills. I admit I haven’t looked through the catalogue in years. As a working parent it’s hard to find the time to…
  • Back in the Closet!

    gettrich
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:59 pm
      Dear Friends, (and as I must confront the reality before me), non-friends, I wish to sincerely apologize for causing any of you pain. The fact that my “Coming out of the Closet” offended, angered and deeply hurt you truly saddens me beyond measure. I am broken hearted to read some of the vitriolic responses to my piece which I’d hoped would have been received altogether differently. First of all, let me clarify that I do not in any real way believe that men (hetero and homo-sexual alike) are in any way inferior to women. Nor do I actually believe that all men are insensitive,…
  • Out of the Closet

    gettrich
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    I need to get this off my chest. I’m not a bigot. I have friends and loved ones from all walks of life. I embrace people from a multitude of races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and gender identities. But here’s the thing, I kind of want my kids to be heterosexual. There I said it. The most politically incorrect thing a person can say today; and on the heels of the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on gay marriage. Is there something wrong with me? I think there’s a value to heterosexual relationships. I really do. I think that learning to live with and love a man is the most…
 
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    The Shopping Mama

  • Trendy & Tropical: The Palm-Leaf Print

    Lauren Barth
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    I’m totally on board with the whole tropical trend that’s happening in fashion right now. Pineapples, flamingos, palm leaves—you name it, I’ll wear it. And I’ll dress my kids in matching styles too. I spotted this Hawaiian-inspired baby outfit at Carter’s, and, of course, little P had to have it. First and foremost, it’s practical. We’re in the midst of a serious (Hawaiian-inspired?) heat wave here in the NY metropolitan area, so my perpetually sweaty little love-bug requires outfits that are easy, breezy, lightweight, and comfortable. The fact that it features a palm print?
  • French Toast: Quality School Uniforms for Less

    Kate
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    “Style” may not be the first word that comes to mind when thinking about school uniforms, but when putting together the style spread for our Back-to-School Guide, I knew I wanted to include uniforms. School uniforms continue to grow in popularity and many public schools now have clothing policies in place, so it makes sense for us to share our favorite in the Guide and on the blog. French Toast provided an assortment of uniforms and we were really impressed with the quality for an incredibly reasonable price point. We like the clothes so much, in fact, that even though…
  • Kids in The Kitchen: Shop Your Local Farmer’s Market (and Recipe!)

    Catherine
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:59 am
    National Farmer’s Market Week is August 2nd to 8th, and we celebrated early with a trip to our local Farmer’s Market with the kids. Today, we’re sharing how much we love our Farmer’s Market, as well as a yummy and fresh recipe, made with our Farmer’s Market goodies! I’m just going to go ahead and warn you that this post contains a lot of beautiful photos from my local Heirloom Farmer’s Market, the Rillito Park Farmer’s Market in Tucson, Arizona. I love our trips to the farmer’s market and I especially love getting the kids involved in…
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  • The Good, the Bad, and the Crutches

    31 Jul 2015 | 11:21 am
    So yesterday was my "three week follow up" at the ortho surgeon's office.Good news: I can "ease off" the crutches. Which in my world means throw those bitches to the curb. I'm done trying to go "non-weight bearing." Buh-bye.Other good news: I can drive again. As long as it doesn't hurt. Well, guess what? It freaking HURTS like a mother. But, I'm going to drive. Because I'm sick of being driven around like a 42-year-old Miss Daisy. I'll limit how much I drive.Meh news: I'm stuck in this damn walking boot for another four weeks. Maybe six weeks. Maybe longer. Who knows.Also, I have to do 4-6…
  • Would You Like a Glass of Water?

    28 Jul 2015 | 7:27 am
    So last night I'm doing my "normal" Monday night television routine - which means I was watching the amazing trainwreck known at 'The Bachelorette. (Don't judge, I know it is mindless television but it's an addiction).Anyway, at about 9 p.m. (just as soon-to-be-rejected bachelor Nick wants to show Kaitlyn the gift he has for her in the bedroom!!!!) the local news breaks into the show for BREAKING NEWS.Now, in the summer in Toledo BREAKING NEWS at 9 p.m. can mean one of two things: severe weather or water crisis.Remember last August when we couldn't drink or bathe in the city's water supply…
  • Grumpy

    21 Jul 2015 | 7:14 am
    Yes, I'm grumpy.I'm irritable.I'm annoyed.I've been on these stupid crutches and wearing this ridiculous walking boot since July 9. I will be stuck with them until July 30.That is NINE MORE DAYS.Nine more days of no driving. Of asking people to take me places. Of sending my husband to the grocery store.Nine more days of being annoyed.I have no idea if this whole walking-boot-crutches-non-weight-bearing nonsense is working. I'm still having pain in my ankle. It's not as swollen as it was, but it still hurts.And NO. I'm not doing 100 percent non-weight bearing 100 percent of the time. Because I…
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    The MamaZone

  • Win a PAPER TOWNS Movie Prize Pack

    Anitra Elmore
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:14 am
    The release of Paper Towns is almost here and it’s time for a giveaway! In case you haven’t heard of the upcoming movie, it’s a 20th Century Fox film, adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green (The Fault in Our Stars). Check out the “About” section for more details, then scroll down for your chance to win. About Paper Towns Paper Towns stars Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Halston Sage, Justice Smith and was directed by Jake Schreier. “Paper Towns is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic…
  • PAPER TOWNS In Theaters July 24, 2015

    Anitra Elmore
    10 Jul 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Paper Towns is a new release from 20th Century Fox adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green (The Fault in Our Stars). The film hits theaters on July 24th and I’m here with a sneak peek (plus a chance to win real soon!). About Paper Towns “Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green (“The Fault in Our Stars”), Paper Towns is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly…
  • A Better Viewing Experience with Samsung SUHD TV at Best Buy

    Anitra Elmore
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Wow. That was our response when we walked into the Home Theater department at Best Buy and saw the new SUHD television from Samsung. It was hard to believe how clear and vibrant the colors were and I was absolutely blown away by this new 4k technology. We watched an exclusive clip from the upcoming Jurassic World movie and it was a perfect way to experience the Samsung SUHD TV for the first time. You can grab a sneak peek too, when you visit the Samsung Entertainment Experience Shops inside Best Buy. Get there before June 13th, though and find out more about it…
 
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    Dear Crissy

  • Ever wonder what your dog is really thinking?

    Crissy Page
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:52 am
    In the coming months I’ll be partnering with Mars Petcare, the makers of Jojo’s favorite food—Nutro. Because Nutro is all about honesty (and natural goodness), it made me think about what Jojo honestly thinks about his life and what he might say to me if he could speak my language. It’s easy to assume that our dogs have very simple thought processes. Pet me, feed me, walk me, etc. I have to admit, though, when I look into Jojo’s enormous and incredibly photogenic brown eyes I swear I can see more… One of the best things about Jojo is how well he gets along…
  • Join me + designer David Bromstad @bromco for the @Coffee_mate #InspiredStart #Sweeps Twitter Party on 8/4

    Crissy Page
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    This post is sponsored by NESTLE Coffee-mate. Please see full disclose at the bottom of the post. I am incredibly excited to share that I’ll be co-hosting a truly inspiring Twitter Party on Tuesday, August 4th, from 8:30-9:30 p.m. EST with Coffee-mate and celebrity designer and artist, David Bromstad! It’s funny, because I find that with each passing year I love my quiet mornings more. I savor the serenity I feel during those hushed moments while everyone else is still sleeping. Each beautiful new day is so full of potential. Each day is a blank canvas. I treasure my morning…
  • Back to school with Sears

    Crissy Page
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:31 am
    This post is sponsored by Sears. It’s the same thing every year. Summer arrives with a splash and before you know it, it’s time for new clothes, new shoes, backpacks, pencils and notebooks. Back-to-school time always sneaks up on me, but this year I’m ready! I like to take my kids shopping for their back-to-school gear separately. It cuts down on the chaos and when you add lunch at your child’s favorite restaurant to the equation it makes the whole day really fun. Earlier this week I took Evan to Sears to pick up a few new items for school. He’s going to be a big…
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    Child Mode

  • How UGO Wallet Helped Me Collect More Rewards Points

    Nadia Carriere
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:17 am
    I love purses, I really do. In fact, I used to collect handbags…until I became a mother. Handbags were replaced by diaper bags and now my pocket holds my debit and credit card most days (if... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • Today! Aden + Anais Announces New Baby Layette

    Brandi
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:09 pm
    The beloved baby swaddle and bedding company, aden + anais, has announced today the launch of their new baby clothing collection! Parents everywhere can rejoice knowing that their babies can now be... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • Disney Dream Debuts New Experiences Onboard – Fall 2015

    Nadia Carriere
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:14 pm
    In case you missed it, Disney Cruise Lines has debuted new experiences onboard for the Fall 2015 season and they look AMAZING!  What can you expect?  Star Wars Area  A... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
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    One Bored Mommy Blogspot

  • Summer Vacation

    Courtney Clipperton
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
    It's time!  Yay!We are headed out for a long anticipated vacation...So while we are gone...please enjoy your summer moments to the fullest too...and we'll be back soon!I was not paid to post this feature!  I was not compensated in any way by posting this blog post!
  • #StarWarsCereal Your Favorite General Mills Cereal And Star Wars... @GeneralMills

    Courtney Clipperton
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:06 pm
    STAR WARS return to the big screen, in a big way this winter!This year, one of the biggest movies will be hitting the big screen and our oldest son is so excited about it!  We've watched the trailers and talked about the other movies and now we just have to wait for "THE FORCE" to arrive!  Though he may not be the very first in line for the premier...he will definitely be desperate (and probably begging us) to see it as soon as it's in the theater.All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by…
  • How Our Garden Grows - Come See...

    Courtney Clipperton
    30 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Gardening requires time & patience!Gardening requires consistency! Gardening requires a passion!Gardening requires love and TLC!Gardening requires maintenance and care!This post is of my own free opinion!  I was not offered any sponsorship or compensation by posting my honest opinions and thoughts about gardening or parenting!Gardening is a lot like parenting!  As I watch our back patio garden grow and flourish, I always correlate it to parenting.  If you take the time, apply patience, provide lots of love, some tender loving care and maintenance too (sometimes this is…
 
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    HomeToHeather

  • BBQ Adventures in Calgary

    Heather
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:06 pm
    I wished to #EatMoreBBQ so I opened the lid to our decrepit propane grill and promptly closed it shut again. We finished last year’s summer with no bbqing on the deck because the holes in the burners were so large we basically had a huge fireball to grill over. There was so much rust and we had already replaced the grills once – they needed replacing again. “We’re buying a new bbq this year,” I said. “I think we need to, I don’t want to go all summer without one,” my husband agreed. We wandered through some big box stores just to gander at…
  • Natural Ways to Keep Your Home Bug Free

    Heather
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:33 am
    By Alicia of Homey Improvements Summer is often the time of bug invasions. Everything from accidentally letting birds nest near your home to leaving the door open a bit too long is bound to bring some in. Some people don’t mind finding a few bugs crawling around, but it can send others running for the hills. If you want to keep all the bugs as far away as possible, you can make use of a few all-natural, non-toxic options. Ants Hate Vinegar You might not love the smell of vinegar, but neither do ants. There are actually triple benefits to using vinegar to keep ants away, as long as you can…
  • Hit the road for one of these festivals 

    Heather
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    Action-packed rodeo fun in Bonnyville There will be chucks, chili bulls and beer at this year’s Bonnyville Chuckwagon Championships. This is not your average small-town rodeo because the event attracts all the big cowboy names. Be sure to step outside the infield to take advantage of all of the other fun things going on, like the chili cookoff, the Kids Zone and pancake breakfasts. Good times in Lac La Biche Better have your comfiest shoes on for this a jam-packed weekend of events in Lac La Biche. It’s a double-header with a fishing derby and a pow wow. But that’s not all. A baseball…
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  • day designer {giveaway!}

    hollywood housewife
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:29 am
    This giveaway was not sponsored or perked. I love being organized, and yet summertime at our house is delightfully UNorganized. That's fun for exactly the amount of weeks it takes to reach August and then I hit a crazy wall and want everything back in its scheduled place. Thankfully, planner designers seem to know this about us (or they realize that many people coincide their planning brains with the start of the calendar school year, whatever), and some of the best planners have an August start. Enter the Day Designer by Whitney English, the planner I've been eyeing for ages. I typically use…
  • their eyes were watching god

    hollywood housewife
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:24 pm
    We inadvertently took July off from the Read Great Books literature challenge, for no reason other than the summer is busy, everyone has their own pile of books to read, and I felt sure that most of us were peeking at (or abstaining from) Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman after we read and discussed To Kill A Mockingbird last month. But now that it's been a few weeks, let's get back to it. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston was published in 1937 and is now regarded as one of the most important works for both African-American literature and women's literature.
  • friday links - zoo edition

    hollywood housewife
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Me and this giraffe? We had an understanding.  This week on the HH facebook page, I overshared about my hormones, got excited about Elizabeth Gilbert's new podcast (which in turn makes me excited about her new book), and bragged on Sorta Awesome. Speaking of Sorta Awesome, we've launched a LISTENER SURVEY to find out who our listeners are and how we can make the show even more awesome. If you're a Sorta Awesome listener (even just an occasional one!), we'd love it if you could take 5 quick minutes and fill this out. If you're not a Sorta Awesome listener, but really like to answer…
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    The Mom Maven

  • TobyMac-This is Not a Test Review and Giveaway

    cindy
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    I received one or more of the products or services mentioned for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.I have been a TobyMac fan for a long time. My first dcTalk concert was at the Thanksgiving Celebration at Robarts Arena in 1990! Toby and I were both much younger then, as was the Christian Rap/Hip Hop genre of music. While I am no longer Toby’s target demographic, he is still one of my favorite Christian artists. His new project “This is Not a Test” officially hits…
  • Turn it Up Tuesday 98

    cindy
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Anyone have a boat I could borrow? It has been raining here in west central Florida for almost 3 weeks! I am not talking about the afternoon storm we usually get around 3-4pm that lasts less than an hour. I am talking all day, heavy rains, flooding rains. We saw the sun and blue sky one afternoon last week and everyone went crazy taking pics and putting them on Facebook. I woke up to thunder and heavy rain at 5:30 this morning. When I checked my weather app at 7:25am this is what I saw. To make matters worse, both of my boys had to be out on the roads this morning. Aaron is driving a truck…
  • Garden Grill to add Breakfast and Lunch

    cindy
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Before Walt Disney World went through some major menu changes several years ago, Garden Grill Restaurant at Epcot’s The Land Pavilion, was a family favorite. We would often dine there 1-2 times a year, including as part of the Candlelight Dining Package. After the menu changes, this restaurant was one that fell off the top of our preferred dining experiences. More changes have come to the menus since those original changes and this fall, some major changes are coming to the Garden Grill Restaurant…breakfast and lunch to be exact. Beginning Nov. 8, 2015, you can enjoy Character dining all…
 
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  • Coping With Your Emotions While Trying to Conceive

    Jen
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:56 am
    Last month, I shared with you; I have decided that I wanted to add to our family and about some of the ways; I’m trying to successfully conceive with products like Astroglide Trying To Conceive™. Astroglide TTC supplements the body’s natural lubrication and creates a more sperm-friendly environment for conception than traditional lubricants. While others […] The post Coping With Your Emotions While Trying to Conceive appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • Sweeping Saturday 7/25/2015

    Jen
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours! The post Sweeping Saturday 7/25/2015 appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • 8 Perfect Weekend Getaways plus Coca-Cola “On the Road” Giveaway

    Jen
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Thanks to my friends at Coca-Cola 
for sponsoring this conversation with an “On the Road” prize pack full of summer road trip essentials for one lucky reader.   I think anyone can vouch for the fact that no matter how great of a life you may have, we all need a break sometimes! A break […] The post 8 Perfect Weekend Getaways plus Coca-Cola “On the Road” Giveaway appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
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  • FLASHBACK - Episode 080: Worry

    Heather and Kate
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:25 am
    SINCE WE ARE WORKING ON FIXING OUR TECH PROBLEMS, WE'RE POSTING A FLASHBACK THIS WEEK: Heather and Kate discuss faking kids out with meds and sickness in general, get leadership biz buzzed with Alli P., power nap on worry and wrap with Nodelman.  Enjoy and thanks for listening!
  • Non Episode - Kate Loses It

    Heather and Kate
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:49 am
    Hey Naptimers - Unfortunately technology has gotten the best of us so we are taking a few weeks off to get things together...but before we do...hear this hilarious short taping of Kate gone mad. 
  • Episode 169: Cleaning Lady

    Heather and Kate
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:07 am
    Heather and Kate disucss remorseful kids and their NJ vacation, get biz buzzed with Alli P., power nap on choosing cleaning peeps and wrap with a bearded Nodelman. Enjoy and thanks for listening!
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  • Sisters

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:26 pm
    This morning, Corinne and I were watching one of her favorite YouTube people, Rosanna Pansino. If you have never watched "Ro," I highly recommend her videos. Very adorable, totally kid friendly, and since my kid loves baking/cooking, it's right up her alley as most of Ro's videos are of cool cakes and such. Today, though, we were watching video after video of Ro and her sister Molly (Aka, Mo). Ro and Mo are hysterical together! Similar personalities that are really complimentary towards the other without taking life too seriously; as far as YouTube personalities go, these are definitely…
  • You cannot live in Tahiti and Italy at the same time

    24 Jul 2015 | 2:35 pm
    I never used to indulge in regrets. They're a waste of precious time and completely illogical. Why think about what you cannot change? And, if you COULD change something which you regret, what unforeseen adverse effects would that one difference bring about in your life? I've seen The Butterfly Effect; I am quite aware of the ripples caused by the smallest of moments.This month has been... difficult. Why? Why, exactly. That is the question, to which there is no answer. I live a life full of love and privilege. It isn't without an enormous sense of guilty self-indulgence that I am allowing…
  • Today

    22 Jul 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Knowing that my hormones are responsible for the crash doesn't make the impact any less painful. Kind of like knowing that the reason you got a sunburn was because you ran out of sunscreen. It still burns.And so I am trudging through today, in this small but very significant portion of my life (approximately 6.7% of my procreative years. Yes, I did the math). I am plodding and plummeting and climbing back up and wondering why I can't just bring the dirty dishes to the sink, even though I didn't make them messy, so why didn't those who used them do it? In the midst of a full-on brain rant over…
 
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    Traveling Mom

  • 8 Safety Tips to Deal With Extreme Weather During Summer Fun

    Eden Pontz, Discovery TravelingMom
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Country fairs, traveling circuses, local festivals, carnivals and concerts are all part of summertime fun. But when the weather turns nasty quickly, fun time can turn dangerous in a flash. That’s what happened in a small New England town after a circus tent collapsed killing two people and injuring others during a powerful storm. Here are 8 safety tips to help you avoid a life-threatening extreme weather situation. Learn Safety Tips Before You Need them Photo Credit: Graphic Stock Despite weather forecasts alerting people in the area of Lancaster, New Hampshire, to an oncoming thunderstorm,…
  • August 10 #TMOM Twitter Party – The World of Cultural Travel

    Mary Dixon Lebeau, EastCoast TravelingMom
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Let’s face it – there’s more to Paris than the Eiffel Tower, and more to London than Big Ben. How do people really live in Peru and Equador? What does real Chinese food taste like? And what’s daily life like in New Orleans – beyond the Mardi Gras? If you’re interested in diving deeper and learning how others really live, you are longing for a cultural travel experience – and that’s what we’re talking about at our next #TMOM Twitter party. Historical walking tour of Krakow, Poland. Photo by Sarah Ricks, Philadelphia TMOM. Sometimes we travel just to see what we…
  • Renting a Beach House in St. Augustine, Florida

    Scotty Reiss, Driving TravelingMom
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:28 pm
    The most perfect beach in the world might also be the most accessible and convenient on the East Coast: St. Augustine Beach. And the best way to experience all this fun, historic area has to offer is by renting a beach house. Here’s what you need to know. The view of the beach from our rental house in St. Augustine Beach. We paid about $5,000 for the week in a house that sleeps 12; photo: Scotty Reiss My family has vacationed in St. Augustine Beach, Florida, for longer than I’d like to admit. We love St. Augustine. The beach is world class – wide, white and drivable (yes, you can…
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  • Happy Hot Dogs {A Kid Friendly Dinner Idea}

    Lisa Thompson
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:50 pm
      With kids heading back to school, life is busier than ever for most families!  And while we’d all like to cook fabulous gourmet meals every night, sometimes, that’s just not a reality!  To top it off, half the time, my kiddos aren’t a fan of my “gourmet meals”.  If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for Kid Friendly Dinner Ideas. Today I thought I’d share one of my favorite Kid Friendly Dinner Ideas: Happy Hot Dogs!  These are hot dog people that I create that turn a boring dinner of hot dogs into a fabulously fun…
  • Hot Back to School Deals on Amazon

    Lisa Thompson
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:51 am
      We are in back to school countdown mode!  We have one daughter starting back to school next week and the other kids start back at the end of August!  I still need to tackle our back to school clothing shopping but I’ve purchased most of the school supplies my kids need. If you’re looking to tackle your back to school lists without leaving home, you need to check out some of the great deals on Amazon.  To help you out, I’ve put together this list of great Back to School Deals from Amazon.  I’ll be posting new Back to School deals each week as we get closer…
  • Office Supply Store Back to School Deals {8/2 – 8/8}

    Lisa Thompson
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
      I love office supplies, so back-to-school time is like Christmas for me!  There are so many awesome deals to be had!  Plus, with 4 kids, I try to take advantage of as many deals as I can so that my back-to-school shopping doesn’t break the bank! Here are the top Back To School office supply store deals for 8/2 – 8/8. Office Depot OfficeMax Deals Extreme Deals Free PC Tune Up All High Sierra Backpacks: 50% off ALL School Backpacks: 30% off Office Depot Brand Composition Books: $0.10 Limit 3 per household BIC Round Stic Grip Ballpoint Pens, 12-PK: $0.50 Limit 3 per household…
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  • Mysterious Ways

    Marinka
    8 Jul 2015 | 12:23 pm
    I bought new sandals, wedges, the day that my son graduated from middle school last month. They were on sale, although from an upscale store and I spent more on them than I normally would, but they were comfortable and had secure black straps that flattered my Cinderella’s step-sister foot and I thought, “why not?” I know there are plenty of women who love all things shoes—wearing them, looking at them, buying them, but I’m just not part of that tribe. I tend to get a pair, wear it out and move on to the next one, until the season changes and then I start all over again with the…
  • A Scene in Front of a Fountain

    Marinka
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:18 pm
    A while back, Papa was telling me about an argument that he had with Mama. “We had real scene in front of fountain,” he told me, in Russian, which I am indicating by writing in English but nonetheless leaving out all the articles, so you can feel the Russianness. Let me know how that’s working out for you. “What’s a scene in front of a fountain?” I asked, also in Russian, but as written in English with articles, because I apparently can’t help myself. And Papa explained that in many operatic and theatrical productions, there is a where a young couple…
 
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    Hanging By a Thread

  • On Educating My Kids

    Hanging By a Thread
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:07 pm
    OK. So, this is a lesson I've had to learn over and over: Never say Never and God clearly has a sense of humor. A few Nevers that God found funny: I'm Never going to drive a minivan. My car is NEVER going to be messy and filthy. Our kids...
  • Be a Tree

    Hanging By a Thread
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Be a Tree Develop deep, strong roots in the soil, grounding yourself and providing a solid foundation on which to grow. Be a Tree Stand straight and tall without apology or regret, being sure and confident in yourself and your actions. Be a Tree Shelter those in need of warmth...
  • No Words

    Hanging By a Thread
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:01 pm
    * I can't find the right words. Each one seems flimsy and hollow. All of them are inadequate. None of them can hold the depth of the heart and soul, the enormity of the pain, the everlasting gaping hole. There simply are no words. What do you say to a...
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    My Home Sweet Home - decorated with family, faith, & photoshop

  • August 2015 Desktop Calendar!

    Dawn Camp
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:56 am
    I love to watch the bees swarm my Rose of Sharon at this time of year, although they’re a challenge to photograph. You see, the bee buries itself head-first in the flower and rolls around, covering its body with pollen. When he turns toward you—the moment when you could get a good image—he’s ready to fly away to the next bloom. It requires patience and a willingness to forget that your hands are too close to those busy bees! I took this photo in my yard yesterday too; it cracks me up. Look closely and you’ll see how the bee points menacingly at the nearby wasp, partially…
  • Redefining the Sacred Harp

    Dawn Camp
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:14 pm
    My children and I attend an annual singing school in muggy June at a wooded campground in Alabama. We’re familiar with terms like solfège; can follow our line in four part harmony; and know whether to seat ourselves among the sopranos, altos, tenors, or basses. (I’m an alto.) My parents provided the entertainment when we visited friends as a child. My mother, a voice major, accompanied my daddy, who played guitar and once had a recording contract. Musically, I stayed in their shadow and never trusted my voice, although I’m sure I provided much entertainment the year I…
  • Shhh! It’s DaySpring’s $5 Secret Sale!

    Dawn Camp
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    DaySpring has a $5 Secret Sale going on until this Sunday, August 2, which includes tableware, baby gifts, books, journals, mugs, and t-shirts. These deals are crazy good! Daily Grace – Grace for Today – Teapot Daily Grace – Grace for Today – Butter Dish Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep – Teddy Bear Prayer Plush Faith, Hope & Love – Inspirational Journal Holley Gerth – Opening the Door to Your God-Sized Dream Tsh Oxenreider – Notes from a Blue Bike Lisa-Jo Baker – Surprised by Motherhood Bless This Home – Wooden Doorstop This sale…
 
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    Rage Against the Minivan

  • QOES: How often do you shave your legs?

    4 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Women, and men for that matter, can have very strong opinions about shaving. What to shave. When to shave. How far up to shave. Waxing vs. razors.Some people are year-round shavers. Some are seasonal.SourceI actually shave every single day. No matter what. For me it's not a vanity thing. It's a sensory thing. I don't like the feeling of my legs touching stubble. Prickly hair against my jeans? No thank you. It makes me feel gross. Doesn't even matter where I am or what I'm doing. Camping, in the depths of Africa - I will shave every single day. I'm weird like that.I use a regular razor. (This…
  • On blue hair and saying yes

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    Over the summer I tend to take an “anything goes” approach to my kids’ hair and let them choose a fun color. I’ve been doing this since India was in kindergarten, when she started begging for blue hair. I let her do a few streaks, and she was thrilled. This summer, they both wanted to do color again. India wanted pink tips and Karis wanted some blue. We used Jerome Russell’s Punky Colour in Flamingo Pink and Turquoise.  I’m sure there is a more professional way to color the tips, but we used the “lay down on a trashbag” approach. You can pin that if you want. I tend to be…
  • What I want you to know about deciding to stop infertility treatments

    3 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. Today’s guest post is by Michelle.I was never the type of woman who dreamed of being married or wanting children. I had been molested as a child, and getting through that therapy and coming out on the other side was such an accomplishment, I didn't want to assume other good things were going to come my…
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    Mommy Nani Booboo

  • Netflix Rocks and Donald Trump Doesn’t

    Jenni Chiu
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:44 pm
    I’m back with another episode of Talking about What You’re Talking About this week on my YouTube Channel. Check out the recap of my social chatter… and perhaps see me eat my shoulder.    
  • Converse, Jon Snow, and Daisies – What You’re Talking About

    Jenni Chiu
    25 Jul 2015 | 10:07 am
    I love the feeds that I’ve curated on Facebook and Twitter. I don’t need to watch The View (Is that still on?)… I just look at my Facebook feed to see what’s on people’s minds and what they find interesting/cool/shocking/awful/ridiculous enough to share. So here’s some of what my social media streams were excited about […]
  • F*ck That – A Guided Meditation That Finally Works For Me

    Jenni Chiu
    8 Jul 2015 | 2:56 pm
      My husband has turned into a meditation pusher, and while I like to tell myself I don’t need it, my panic attacks, insomnia, and intense left eye twitch tell a different story. I’m also the the guided meditation type – I need someone to lead me. If I’m left to my own devices, I […]
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    Miscellaneous Mom

  • It’s Not My Story to Tell

    justheather
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:02 pm
    With the teen’s permission, I am finally able and ready to share the very long story of my silent struggle in parenting our firstborn. I haven’t been able to share this part of my life because most of it is not my story to tell, but in her newfound efforts at honesty and authenticity, she has asked me to put it out there. So, here we go… Our teen has suffered from depression and anxiety for several years. She has chosen a variety of unsafe outlets during that time, including eating disorders, unhealthy relationships, and self-harm. After years of unsuccessful treatment, she…
  • Lovin’ as Currency and an Indy McDonald’s Giveaway

    FairyTaleMom
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:28 am
    Maybe you saw the McDonald’s Super Bowl commercial asking customers to pay for their order with Lovin. Long before McDonald’s had the idea, we have been paying with Lovin here in Fairy Tale Land. A conversation often goes something like this: Princess: Can you hand me the (any random object) Me: It will cost you. Princess: ((exaggerated eye roll) Fine. How many? Me: Uhmmm, 8 Princess: ((gives me 8 kisses)) ((giggles)) We’ve been at this for a long time. She asks for random things; I ask for kisses. Everyone wins, right? Well, it’s kind of the same at McDonald’s…
  • 9 Care Packages You Should Send to College

    justheather
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    I remember how exciting it was to receive mail at college. Let’s face it, I still get really excited when I find mail that isn’t a bill. There’s just something about knowing someone took the time to send something personal. So, we’re already planning out the care packages we are shipping to school all year — it’s been an important part of keeping the younger kids connected. There are 4 different sizes of flat-rate shipping boxes for priority mail — a flat envelope, a small, DVD-shaped box (isn’t that convenient), medium boxes, and large boxes.
 
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    Chasing Supermom

  • Roadtrippin’ with Flipz – #RoadTripFLIPZ

    Bekki
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:23 pm
    I received this product for free from Smiley360 in exchange for my honest review. You can join Smiley360 here! My family and I hit the road on our first-ever cross-country trip this past month. We spent two weeks on the road, covering 12 states in 13 days. We were able to experience so much of our amazingly beautiful country as a family. From the natural beauty of Yellowstone to the quiet simplicity of Ohio’s Amish country, we saw it all. We defied gravity on some crazy coasters at Cedar Point, paused at some of the stops on the historic Oregon Trail, and visited Mt. Rushmore. It…
  • Magic Desktop 9.1 – It’s Like Windows for Kids!

    Bekki
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:56 am
    How many times has your child gone to use your computer, and a wave of panic has washed over you? You worry that he’ll delete the file you’ve been working on. You worry she’ll find an inappropriate video or website. As parents, we want to protect our children from harmful internet content while at the same time protecting our computer from our child! Magic Desktop not only features the internet’s safest browser and some of the strongest parental controls, but was designed specifically for kids. With a variety of product “built-ins” and the ability to let…
  • Easy Grilled Salsa Chicken

    Bekki
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:16 am
    I’m not even going to lie – I like easy meals. We’re a busy family and always have a lot going on. Even with careful meal planning, I don’t always have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. And frankly, in the summer – I just don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen….and the last thing I want to do is turn my oven on! Bleh! Up until about a year ago, my husband was always the one who did the grilling. I loved having him be my own personal grill-master, but hated having to wait on him to get home from work to begin preparing dinner. I wanted…
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    The Mom Writes

  • Don’t Do These 5 Things When Working from Home

    The Mom Writes
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:26 am
    Working from home is undoubtedly one of the best things to have happened to me. It is a lifestyle that suits my personality and my professional ambitions perfectly while allowing me to manage our home and raise our daughter just the way I envisioned. … Read full post The Mom Writes
  • A Happy Birthday Post: 36 Things You May Not Know About Me AND One Reason for You to Celebrate Too

    The Mom Writes
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:44 am
    It’s my birthday today!!! That’s Mayank and me at my birthday lunch date!!:) And as I turn 36 years old, I thought it will be fun to share 36 things you may not know about me. … Read full post The Mom Writes
  • Productivity and the Work-at-Home Parent: How to Sleep Well and Do More

    Mayank Malik
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:45 am
        One of the biggest productivity challenges for a work at home parent is to strike the right work-life balance. It might seem odd to some who haven’t seen work at home parents from close quarters because most people believe that it should be easier to strike that balance if you are working from home. … Read full post The Mom Writes
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  • Because a A Life is a Life No Matter How Small…

    Jennifer Murray
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:20 am
    Today marks what would have been #5′s first birthday. A day that could have been filled with messy cake hands, squeals of delight, playing with boxes, and a crowded room singing “Happy Birthday”. But it was not to be. Brad and I talked a little about it today for the first time in a while. Our hearts have mended, but the scar remains. We talked about how good of big brothers these boys could have been and how we still miss that life that we were given for such a short while. It simply just isn’t something you get over or learn to forget. In fact, I don’t want to.
  • The Dog Days of Summer

    Jennifer Murray
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:06 pm
    We’re fully enjoying the Dog Days of Summer the last few weeks. What’s the BEST way to enjoy the benefits of a dog without the full-time responsibility? Have awesome dog-neighbors and family! Currently we’re all falling hard for this Mini-Golden Doodle puppy, Jada. We’re watching her just for today while our neighbors are out. She’s on a 3 hour rotation similar to what our newborns were on when they came home from the hospital, but she makes you absolutely MELT. We have a bad case of Puppy Love. And then there’s our next door doggie, Bugsy, who we get to…
  • Why You Should Runaway With Your Husband

    Jennifer Murray
    9 Jul 2015 | 12:37 am
    Hello, Lovlies. How’s your summer shaping up?  Are you getting some time in to soak it up and kick back a little? I sure hope so! I absolutely LOVE summer. It’s my favorite season by far. I love the warmth, having the boys home, all the fun get-togethers, being outdoors, and pretty much everything single dag-gone-thing about it. Perhaps it’s because when you survive Indiana winters summer is all the more glorious. Another thing I adore about summer? My in-laws take the boys for 4 nights.  I owe them forever. Not only is it a break for us from the parenting duties,…
 
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    As Mom Sees It

  • Shut Up! Princess Diaries 3 Might Actually Be A Thing

    Mom
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:48 am
    You can pretend to look away when your kids watch it on television. You can even ‘accidentally’ DVR it when no one is looking. I know you love the Princess Diaries movies. I know, because I love them, too. So, when Twitter is all a-buzz about a possible Princess Diaries 3, then you can bet […] The post Shut Up! Princess Diaries 3 Might Actually Be A Thing appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • Make Your Next Cookout Easier: Easy DIY Custom Cutting Board Tray

    Mom
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:41 am
    Don’t fret – cookout season is NOT over. In fact, we grill well through winter because we love the taste of the food and the fun of being outside with our family.  If your family loves to cook out like ours, you’ll love this super simple craft that is cheap and requires very few tools. […] The post Make Your Next Cookout Easier: Easy DIY Custom Cutting Board Tray appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • How To Help Your Kids Be #ConfidentKids: Confessions From A Former Bedwetter

    Mom
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:57 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ConfidentKids #CollectiveBias I was a bedwetter until I was like, 7-years-old. It was humiliating. I couldn’t stay the night at friends’ houses. Those not in my immediate family didn’t know, so I wouldn’t stay at their houses. And, […] The post How To Help Your Kids Be #ConfidentKids: Confessions From A Former Bedwetter appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
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    The Thrifty Mommy

  • Tremendous Savings At Belk

    The Thrifty Mommy
    8 Jul 2015 | 8:26 am
    Belk is my go-to store for savings on clothing and home decor. Just a few months ago I purchased a new king sized quilt and shams for less than I would have paid at a discount store. And in my opinion, the quality is significantly better. A few days ago I was in Belk again. There were so many deals that I spent a few hours in there perusing the racks and shelves. I ended up with a heaping cart full of shoes and clothes. I was so excited to get these shoes.   I can’t find my receipt so I don’t know the exact totals, but that is approximately $550 in shoes for less than $150! I…
  • Wordy Wednesday: Cape Lookout Lighthouse

    The Thrifty Mommy
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    Sorry this is a day late. I meant to post yesterday but got busy doing other things. Saturday we had the privilege of visiting Cape Lookout Lighthouse. This is the first time we were able to go onto the island. The last time we went there signs were posted about the government shutdown. I’m not sure why it’s taken us so long to make it back out there. It’s a nice place to visit and I hope we can spend more time there exploring soon. I can’t imagine what life must have been like on the island in the 1800s. Sounds like a lonely yet beautiful place to be. I hope you enjoy…
  • Easy Ice Cream Cake

    The Thrifty Mommy
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    About two years ago, my son went to a birthday party and there was an ice cream cake. Based upon the serving platter, we could tell that it was homemade. We tried to figure out how it was made. It looked like it might be ice cream and graham crackers. We were curious and so we asked the host about the cake. Her response was so simple — It’s just ice cream sandwiches and Magic Shell. And from that moment on, our birthday cakes have been the easy ice cream cake.     You simply layer the cake – a row of ice cream sandwiches, a layer of Magic Shell spread over the top,…
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    The Mom Around Town

  • International Travel with P and H

    Paige Dunn
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:17 am
    Since I was a little girl I have had a dream of taking my kids to France every summer so the language and culture would be a part of them. Now that Pemberley is two and Hayden five I thought maybe I would give it a go. I have been speaking French to them since they were in my tummy. They understand pretty well but don’t speak much of it. My plan was to plop them on the beach with French kids and draw it out of them. I was very, very worried about the flight. Two-and-a-half-hour plane trips with Pemberley can sometimes feel like an international trip. How on earth were we actually going to…
  • Saying Goodbye to Bear

    Paige Dunn
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:30 pm
    I am thinking about all the wonderful father figures in my life this weekend and decided to repost this article from several years ago: a tribute to my amazing father-in-law: My father-in-law Keith Thomson passed away last week. To give you all a little perspective on who he was, imagine James Bond in his seventies. Now imagine 007 when he is around his family; the secret-agent-man side goes away and you are left with this incredibly charming, handsome, thoughtful, and very very wise man. I believe the word “gentleman” may have derived from someone watching Keith. When we were together he…
  • Tart Cherry | So Healthy—So Yummy

    Paige Dunn
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:15 pm
    On my latest shopping trip, I stumbled upon tart cherry juice concentrate. I grabbed it to add to smoothies for a new taste. Little did I know I had just picked up something that would benefit the health of my family by a lot. I added it to my smoothie this morning, and it made it taste like a milkshake. I add a ton of things to my smoothies, including beets and kale. They taste pretty good normally but not “oooh, so yummy” good. I also added some to H’s milk, and he loved it. So, what does the tart cherry juice do for you? It is a great sleep aid for children and adults because it…
 
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    Mommy Posh

  • Staying Fit And Active In Your 40’s #MitoQ

    Mommy Posh
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:27 am
    Being able to keep up with two active kids can be a daunting task…from dropping them off to after school clubs or to playdates can be a bit overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be so hard..and here’s why. Here’s how I see it. You’re busy. You’ve got kids. You’ve got a job. You’ve got […]
  • Relay Click Connect Jogger (Review)

    Mommy Posh
    10 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    As an active mom I am always on the hunt for accessories that are able to make my errand runs, playground visits and even workouts a breeze, especially with kids in tow.  So when I had the opportunity to try out the Relay™ Click Connect™ Travel System I just knew that this was an immediate […]
  • Review: CitySights NY Twilight Cruise Tour

    Mommy Posh
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    If it’s your first time exploring New York, one of the easiest ways to get familiar with the iconic landmarks of the city is to take a guided tour and that’s where CitySights NY can help. Last week I had the opportunity to hop on the CitySights NY Twilight Cruise (90-minutes) and took in the sights of […]
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    Raising Rockstar

  • Rockstarism #375 – The Meaning Of “Snarky”

    Aileen
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:31 pm
    #375 You knew someone would ask me for an example, didn’t you Me: (Reading something random) D’you… by any chance know what a texture pack is? Rockstar: <Not looking up> Yeah… Me: Well? What - Rockstar: A texture pack is something that changes what everything looks like in a game. Me: Dude. Rockstar: <Still not looking up> Whart… Me: How do you know that. Rockstar: Everyone knows that. Me: I didn’t know that. Rockstar: Everyone. Knows that. Me: Snob. Where did you learn that? Coding camp? School? Rockstar: <rolls eyes> No. Me: One of…
  • That Unspoken Covenant Between Like-Minded Mummies

    Aileen
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:32 am
    Move over, Ladies Who Lunch – here’s Mummies* Who Lunch… (Figure of speech, no disrespect meant to Daddies…) No-brainer alert: Parenting’s hard. You’d think it’s the baby phase that’s tough (it is, in a different way) but as you fast approach tween-hood, it starts to get hard (again) for a different reason. And so the Unspoken Covenant Between Like-Minded Mummies states that Thou Shalt Do Thou Best When Faceth With A Kid Not Thou Ownst Because Of Karma. Parenting has such high stakes you hope someday if it is your kid another person is in…
  • Rockstarism #374/ Miss-speak #56 – A Thing That Sets These Two Apart

    Aileen
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:55 am
    #374/#56 Playing with foam and water guns one day… Rockstar: HAH! Your guns are empty! I saved so much of my ammunition! BWAHAHAHA Prepare to – OW! Hey! Hey!NO! Naughty! You’re lucky I don’t – I’m a Blue Belt ok!! Stoppit! Muumuuuuu-uuum!!!!!! (Miss starts swatting Rockstar with the empty foam gun. Then she throws her emptied-out guns at him. Calmly but swiftly and determinedly she then starts picking them up so she can throw them again.) Me (trying not to laugh): STOP. No throwing stuff. Just - Miss: <cheerfully> Ok, Mummy. <Pounces on an…
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    Telecommuting Mommies

  • Blogging Income Report- June Update

    Alaina Forbes
    10 Jul 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Welcome to my blogging income report for June. To check out the other income reports to see where we started from and what we have been working on you can find those here: The Unsuccessful Blogger’s Income Reports. Last month I shared what I have been working on to increase blog revenue. This month there is not a lot I have done in that area. In fact the month of June was downright crazy busy around here. Those of you who follow the blog closely probably noticed that I only posted four blog posts for the whole month. I have been trying to post about four a week lately so that is a huge…
  • Weekly Work at Home Job Leads

    Alaina Forbes
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:40 pm
    Here are this week’s work at home job leads. Click on the links to visit and apply to each job opening. Thank you for being patient while I have been on vacation! Social Media Jockey Social Media Marketing Specialist Baby Center Community Moderator Digital Marketing Bloggers Pet Blogger Health Blogger Williams-Sonoma Customer Care Rep Shopify Customer Sucess Guru William Grant & Sons Brand Ambassador American Express Travel Counselor NexRep Virtual Receptionists Enterprise Rent-A-Car Escalation Support Trainee You can also visit my Work at Home Company Directory for a list of companies…
  • The Unsuccessful Blogger’s Income Report: May Update

    Alaina Forbes
    1 Jun 2015 | 8:56 pm
    Welcome to my blogger income report for May. To check out the other income reports to see where we started from and what we have been working on you can find those here: The Unsuccessful Blogger’s Income Report. Last month I shared what I have been working on to increase blog revenue. This month there is not a lot I have done in that area. I have been focusing more on tweaking my blog by doing the following: I reformatted my menu making the blog, hopefully more user friendly and easier to maneuver. I went back through ALL of my posts and recategorized everything. That is no small task, let…
 
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  • Jimmy Dean Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick {GIVEAWAY} #FindMoreFun

    Stacie
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:56 am
    My kids love pancakes on a stick. In fact they love pancakes period but put them on a stick and my kids will rush to eat them every day. I’m working with Jimmy Dean and they have a great breakfast product called Pancakes and Sausage on a Stick! In fact, when I went to the store to purchase them, my son picked them out all on his own without even knowing that is what I ... The post Jimmy Dean Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick {GIVEAWAY} #FindMoreFun appeared first on Divine Lifestyle.
  • 5 Tips for Healthier Skin

    Stacie
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:35 pm
    My skin care routine is extremely important to me. As a fair skinned woman who has had her share of sunburns and sun exposure, I realized in my 20’s that I needed to be taking much better care of my skin. Here are 5 tips for healthier skin: Drink water. I drink a lot of water and I always carry a water bottle with me. Proper hydration means clearer skin so get in your water ... The post 5 Tips for Healthier Skin appeared first on Divine Lifestyle.
  • Celebrate Summer with this Hershey’s Milk Chocolate S’more Parfait Recipe #HersheysSummer

    Stacie
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Celebrate Summer with this Hershey’s S’more Parfait Recipe Want to Celebrate Summer with this Hershey’s S’more Parfait Recipe? I am thrilled to share with you how my family celebrates one of our favorite things: CHOCOLATE. My entire family loves chocolate and one of our favorite things to do this summer is to make S’mores. This time we have a fun twist on a traditional favorite because let’s face, S’mores are not always easy to make ... The post Celebrate Summer with this Hershey’s Milk Chocolate S’more Parfait Recipe #HersheysSummer…
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  • Shaun the Sheep Movie Giveaway

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:31 am
    {I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Lionsgate. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.} We love Shaun the Sheep, and this cute little fellow has his own movie now that will be released on August 5 nationwide! Check out the trailer. I assume you know the animated TV shows and movies made with claymation animation by the creators who also made Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit. If you don’t, your kids will know who Shaun is and beg you to go see the movie. I love these comedies for two reasons: they are family friendly…
  • Wordless Wednesday: More Pictures Of Our Germany Trip

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:28 am
    My alarm clock is no match for my need for sleep. I set it last night in case I’d fall asleep with Landon when I got him to bed. The plan was to get up and write my Wordless Wednesday post. Well, I woke up this morning instead, so you’re getting the post a bit later than usual :) These are pictures of our second trip to my friend Karen’s farm in Germany. Many of you have expressed that you enjoy seeing pictures of our tip, so here are some more. Our Germany Trip After visiting Karen, her husband Jens, my godson Thore, and their younger son Thilo for one night, and the three…
  • “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” Link Party #76 – American Flag

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Welcome to “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” link party No. 76! If you found an amazing deal lately, a vintage or thrifty find, then I’d love you to link up. You might get featured next week! After a few weeks of not shopping for thrifty things, I was literally thrilled when I saw a sign for a big local tag sale I’ve been to for several years. After dropping off Landon at camp on Friday, I grabbed a coffee and was one of the first ones to show up. I’m glad I was! It’s hard to say which find I like more. I bought this 9×5 feet cotton American flag for $15. I…
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  • When “relaxing” is one of the goals: my New Month’s Resolutions for August 2015

    Elisa
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:23 pm
    It’s August! And I’m on vacation, thank goodness. But that doesn’t mean that I won’t set any goals for the month — au contraire my friend, with my youngest returning to school just mid-month and my oldest starting school in England at the very beginning of next month, I’d better get the most out of my vacation and recharge my batteries, because once we get back, I’ll have to hit the ground running! But first, let’s quickly look at last month’s goals: 1. Get the pantry decluttered and organized.  Nope. There was way too much going on, and…
  • The best travel Instagrams of the week

    Elisa
    18 Jul 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Instagram is the perfect “living vicariously” app. You can enjoy fabulous fashion, inspiring interiors, delicious-looking food and amazing destinations from afar, while sitting on your sofa or inhaling lunch at your desk (breathe, friend! And chew slowly.) For a passionate traveler with a busy life and a family, Instagram is the travel equivalent of a tapas-dinner: lots of delicious morsels, which will give you enough satisfaction to move on, but will likely keep you thinking about one especially delicious bite you’d love to make a whole meal out of. I could be on the…
  • Summer footwear

    Elisa
    15 Jul 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Boy, it’s been a hot summer in Switzerland! The hottest in history, by all accounts. When it’s this hot, the last thing I want to do is dress in something even remotely uncomfortable, no matter how awesome. So I have pretty much set my heels aside for the past two weeks, and I have broken my shopping embargo in search of a comfortable everyday summer shoe. It should go without saying that my love for flat sandals still goes on, especially when paired with a cute maxi dress. 1  ♦  2  ♦  3   ♦  4   ♦  5 But alas, I do already own a cute pair of studded gladiators…
 
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  • San Antonio

    Mom of 12
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:59 pm
    I called this day San Antonio even though all we did was get up this morning, check out of the hotel and stop at a WalMart. It was a travel day and it was a long one. We got out of San Antonio about 10:00 and we only made a few stops, one at a rest area for lunch and twice at gas stations. The kids were tired and a little cranky. So were the adults... But we made the almost 7-hour drive safely
  • Austin

    Mom of 12
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:20 pm
    We stayed in San Antonio last night and then we got up early this morning to see the Alamo. We hadn't planned to see it until tomorrow, but Teach and Craig wanted a chance to see it before they took off today. And I mean that literally. We had originally planned to have Teach and Drama Queen drive back home yesterday through Denver and drop Craig on their way. Then Prima Donna broke her leg and
  • Houston

    Mom of 12
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Crafty and Curly at the Zoo Baby Doll at the Museum It was a crazy busy day in Houston! We started our morning by gathering up and checking out of the hotel. I still had one more batch of laundry to dry, so we were waiting on that before we could hit the road. Our first stop was the Downtown Aquarium. It was part of our City Passes and the kids didn't want to miss it even though we had it
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  • 5 Minutes For Mom: Kids Bedding and a Giveaway

    Tonya Staab
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:18 am
    Want a peek inside the kids' bedrooms that we've been decorating? We've been making over two of the bedrooms this past week and I'm sharing a few photos of both bedrooms over at 5 Minutes For Mom with thanks to BrylaneHome. We also have a fantastic giveaway going on where you can win a gorgeous ruffled sheet set, and I'm sharing a discount code that's valid until the end of the month, so I hope you'll head on over to check it out. 
  • MyPrintly: Disney’s Aurora Printables and Party Ideas

    Tonya Staab
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:01 pm
    If you love Disney as much as I do then you need to check out the new series of blog posts over at MyPrintly where we are sharing fabulous party ideas, free printables and more for your favorite Disney Princesses. This is mine. I'm sharing easy party ideas for the perfect Sleeping Beauty party including pink and blue cupcakes and a free printable to make a beautiful princess crown. Head on over to MyPrintly for all of the details and to download the free crown printable.
  • An Educational Adventure with Wild Wonders

    Tonya Staab
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:42 am
    For the longest time Marisol has talked about wanting to be a vet when she's older ... or work with animals ... or be a hairdresser. The possibilities at this age are endless, but she truly is the most kindhearted little girl and has such a love for animals big and small. She never forgets to feed her fish, reminds me if the tank needs to be cleaned, and is happiest when she's laying on the floor surrounded by our four-legged pets. So I surprised her with a Jr Zoologist Camp at Wild Wonders this summer, where kids work in small groups with biologists, life scientists, animal…
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  • Sleeveless blazers add polish to your warm-weather wardrobe

    Courtney Strimel
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    For work or casual days, nothing polishes up an ensemble more than a great blazer. With temperatures soaring, though, no one wants to add sleeves. Perfect for these sweltering summer days, sleeveless blazers are a great way to go. Pair them with practically anything–dress, skirt, jeans, pants or even shorts. And anything you buy now will work perfectly well into fall and winter with simple tees and blouses underneath. Left to right: Sleeveless Ponte Blazer, $69, asos.com Double-Breasted Long Vest, $110, bananarepublic.com Tolipa Sleeveless Longline Blazer, $60, missguided.com The post…
  • Fall 2015 trend forecast calls for plaid

    Christine Fox
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Every season comes with “it” pattern and this fall it’s all about plaid. From flats to midi skirts, you’ll find a plaid pattern that you love in classic colors like red and green or mod plaid in black and white. From left to right: Kenneth Cole New York Drop Shoulder Plaid Wool Coat, $198, at nordstrom.com Plaid Midi Skirt, $29.94, at oldnavy.com Dolman Sleeve Plaid Shirt, $24.94, at oldnavy.com Glen Plaid Cap-Sleeve Dress, $198, at jcrew.com Double Plaid Infinity Scarf, $34.50, at loft.com The post Fall 2015 trend forecast calls for plaid appeared first on…
  • Go back to school with Toms Standup Backpacks

    Courtney Strimel
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    My tiny kindergartner had been in school exactly two days before a 12-year-old began bullying her on the bus last year. Since the school wouldn’t do anything, I took matters into my own hands by making sure I was available to shuttle her to and from school myself. Unfortunately, many bullying fixes aren’t this easy, which is why I appreciate the supportive services of No Bully and Crisis Text Line. It’s also why I love the idea of Toms Standup Backpacks. True to the company’s charitable model, for every backpack purchased, Toms will support No Bully and Crisis Text…
 
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  • Enter to win the $100 Amazon.com Instagram Blast!

    31 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Instagram blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe. Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here. Entry-Form
  • Enter our Can-It-Forward Giveaway: Learn to Can in Your Own Kitchen!

    31 Jul 2015 | 8:21 pm
    Canning was always something I remember my grandmother and mother doing growing up. I always thought it was much more complicated than it is, however.  And while some recipes are a bit more involved, and pressure canning can take some practice, using a boiling water bath to preserve acidic foods is one of the most convenient and economical way to store up foods for your family for months ahead.
  • Baby Growing Up? Meeting Those Milestones -- for Less!

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:35 pm
    I cannot believe how fast baby Manny is growing. Our last little guy is going to be 2 years old very soon, and while I'm missing the tiny baby months, I'm also very proud of all the new things he's doing!  We recently went to a well baby visit, and the doctor and I discussed his new milestones and all the ways that I -- as a parent -- can support his new developmental goals! One of the ways that
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  • International Cat Day

    Stacie
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    August 8th is International Cat Day! As a mom of three beautiful cats, I will be celebrating with Princess, Misty and Reggie. I love these three crazy fur babies. Did you know that Canadians own more cats than dogs? 37% of Canadians own one or more cats while 32% own a dog. Both types of… [read more] The post International Cat Day appeared first on Simply Stacie.
  • What NOT to do with your Coupons

    Stacie
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Coupons are one of the best ways to save on your grocery and household expenses, but they’re also a cause for overspending. It’s way too easy to see a “deal” that you just have to have (because you have a coupon for that item) and pick it up. Sometimes it doesn’t matter that you don’t really… [read more] The post What NOT to do with your Coupons appeared first on Simply Stacie.
  • Nature’s Path Qi’a Superfood Snack Bars + #OnMyPath #Qia Giveaway

    Stacie
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    I’ve lost about 50 lbs since the start of the year. I’m back into my groove and eating healthy and am almost at my goal. It feels great! One thing I’ve learned is to always keep healthy snacks readily available. If you are starving and there is nothing but junk food in your home, of… [read more] The post Nature’s Path Qi’a Superfood Snack Bars + #OnMyPath #Qia Giveaway appeared first on Simply Stacie.
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  • Ultimate Back to School Combo Review & Giveaway

    Andrea
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Press Sample One thing that is absolutely necessary for me to start my kids’ school year on the right track is personalized labels.  We recently had the opportunity to review the Ultimate Back to School Combo Pack from Mabel’s Labels. Ultimate Back to School Combo Pack Start the school year off right! This best-selling combo includes all the durable, waterproof labels needed to keep your things out of the lost and found. Perfect for backpacks, lunch containers, clothes, pencil cases and so much more, these labels are a must have on your back-to-school shopping list! 40 Mini…
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie Giveaway #ShauntheSheep, #IC, #ad

    Andrea
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:52 am
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Lionsgate. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Every since my boys were toddlers they have been avid fans of Shaun the Sheep.  At first I will admit that I didn’t understand the fascination, since they have always loved the loud action cartoons, and these shows have very little talking involved.  Once I sat down and watched an entire episode with my boys, the physical comedic aspect came very clear.  This truly is claymation at its finest.  We just introduced our 3 year old…
  • #BackToSchool PlanetBox Review

    Angela
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Press Sample School is coming back in session and everyone is rushing to buy the newest lunchbox, clothes, folders, and everything in between. The bad part of that is that every other kid is going to have the exact same lunchbox. Nothing stands out. Then there is the squashed sandwich, spilled drink or melted chocolate. PlanetBox fixes all of that. I was initially interested in this brand because my oldest dislikes any of her food touching.  I thought this was the best idea for her. Plus its more flat and could fit it her backpack without being broken, if she had her hands full. She…
 
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  • Save Money on Drinking Water | PUR Review

    Samantha Gregory
    8 Jul 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Have you seen the news about bottled water lately? It’s kind of scary right? It was at the time I got the Vox Box PUR water filter system to review. I was literally at the grocery store that day and forgot to pick up bottled water. Then I remembered that I have a PUR system so I don’t need to buy water. The thought of saving money made my day. I have the water filtering system and have used it for about three weeks. All I can say is WOW!! What a difference in taste, convenience, and amount of trash. I don’t have to have ice cold water anymore to cover up the taste of unfiltered water.
  • Facing Father’s Day without a Dad

    Samantha Gregory
    19 Jun 2015 | 10:58 am
    By Tiffany Papageorge, author of My Yellow Balloon If you’ve ever had the experience of being involved in a Father’s Day-themed activity, craft, or discussion as someone without a father, you know that it can bring up big, painful feelings. In fact, the whole holiday can bring up very difficult feelings for those who don’t have the traditional father-child experience. Whatever your relationship was or is with your father, whether they are alive and not present or they have died, there is a very real hole in our hearts where they used to be. I want you to know that there are many, many…
  • Get Paid Great Money to be a Dog Sitter

    Samantha Gregory
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Make extra money as a dog sitter with Rover.com. If you love dogs you can make money as a dog sitter in your home or theirs. Rated positively by Yelp and the Animal Humane society Earn  $2,000-$5,000/month From the website:   Great Income Rover sitters earn $25-$60 per night for each dog they watch, and can easily earn $2,000-$5,000/month. Plus, we’ll handle all the billing and payments for you. You’re in Control You set your schedule. You choose your rates. Watch dogs in your home or in your client’s home–whichever you prefer. Tools for Success Launch your…
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  • Football, Fashion and Fitness with the St. Louis Lady Rams

    Danielle
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:18 am
    I sat on the beach watching my small people toss the football back and forth with my husband during our vacation last year and FINALLY decided I was tired of being a spectator. I have spent so many hours sitting and watching them play, confident that my un-athleticism had permanently delegated me to the sidelines, but at that moment, something shifted. It isn’t my family that has kept me out of play, but rather, my fear of getting in the game. Knowing me as many of you do, it may be hard to believe that within 30 minutes – and with some one-on-one coaching that included…
  • Sleep Away Camp. I Survived.

    Danielle
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:56 am
    Dear Sweet Camper~ We have survived. Sleep Away camp ends tomorrow. Ok, fine…Let’s just go right ahead and amend that. I have survived. All reports indicate you are having a marvelous time. I’m the one sitting at my computer hitting refresh, refresh, refresh obsessively on the Camp website hoping to catch a glimpse of your sweet face. And then worrying about the intensity of the look on your face…. why aren’t you smiling? Are you having fun? Are you cold, wet, tired? Did I adequately prepare you for time away? You’d think I had never been away from my…
  • Why the World Still Needs Fiction

    Kelli Stuart
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:23 am
    I sat across the table from her and gave the pitch. I’ve been doing this a long time, so I had it down pat. I gave her the background for the story, my passion for the characters, and a brief synopsis of the plot. When I finished, she narrowed her eyes as she carefully chose her words. “I like your passion,” she began, “and it’s clear you’ve done a lot of research. I’m willing to look at the first few pages, but I don’t want you to get your hopes up. I rarely take on fiction manuscripts because fiction is just such a tough sell.” And my…
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  • Systematically Organize Your Photos

    christine satterfield
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:03 am
    We spent some time decluttering our digital photos yesterday. But getting your photos off your phone and camera are just the beginning. Today, let’s spend a few minutes systematically organizing your photos from yesterday. If you jumped ahead, go back to an older album. Ready? Let’s go! Supplies Needed: iPhoto / dropboxexternal hardrive your mad organizational skills Instructions: Start with one photo and systematically work though the batch. Make sure your photos are in a descriptive folder. Maybe something like year, month, event. Name the photos to something other than…
  • How to House Train a Puppy #Furgiveness

    christine satterfield
    25 Jul 2015 | 7:52 pm
    Just like potty training a toddler, house training a puppy takes work. Some understand quickly while others take time. House training a puppy will take work upfront, but it will be well worth when your furry family member can let you know on his/her own that it’s time to go outside. How long will it take to house train a puppy? Fully house training a puppy can take 4-6 months, but some puppies may take up to a year. Taking the time to be consistent during this time will be well worth it over the life of your pup. When should you begin house training a puppy? Start to early and they…
  • How to KEEP a Toilet Clean

    christine satterfield
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:48 am
    I’ve mentioned about 14 katrillion times (give or take a few) that my least favorite cleaning chore is cleaning the toilet. So anything that can reduce the amount of times a toilet needs to be cleaned is a winner in my book! I was recently asked to try out 2000 Flushes and I have to tell you that I was pleasantly surprised; especially since cleaning the toilet a not-so-pleasant task. Now, this is a sponsored post, but keep reading because after testing 2000 Flushes, I’ve found that this product is a VERY simple (and inexpensive) solution to keep your toilet clean. You may not be…
 
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  • Death by Teenager: Driver's Ed and Clenched Hands

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Ummmm my hands have been aching lately. So painful that I've been worried I was getting inflamed again from all my paleo cheats or arthritis or wrist cancer. I was about to diagnose with Dr Google when it hit me.I have a child learning to drive.Parallel parking where she came a scream-from-me-close-to-ramming-a-Mercedes yesterday made me realize my hands were clenched for the entire hour!Ding Ding Ding!!Killing me slowly, you are PB!XOXOX,Mommy
  • DIY Teen Girl Cycle Survival Kit: Studying & Swimming with Periods #CycleSurvival #ad #CollectiveBias

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CycleSurvival #CollectiveBias One for school and one for swim practice When it comes to that time of the month, preparing my daughter is one way to make it less stressful, especially when headed back to school. Awww isn't she cute?So cute I created a PMS Cycle Survival Kit for my baby girl.  You heard me! An Aunt Flo SURVIVAL KIT! I am super proud of her for her full load of honors and IB courses this coming fall. She also swims both high school and club practice back-to-back…
  • On Parental Learning Curves: Fruit Tray on Fleek

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    12 Jun 2015 | 6:34 pm
    Fruit tray on fleek, my friends!! #parentinglearningcurvesarereal Yeah I went simple for end of year picnic for kid #3. Kid #1? I would meticulously carved watermelon baskets and have a dozen exotic fruits like star fruit that kids wouldn't even eat. Arranged to spell out kids' names. Hours and hours... desperate housewife style. Kid #2? A little simpler. Maybe rainbow fruit kabobs arranged on fancy party platters. What I have learned? Kids don't even notice -- only parents are impressed. And by kid #3? I could not care less if I impressed any parents. It's not a competition.
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  • CPP Pension Clawback for military workers: Unconstitutional? Unforgivable?

    Christine Blythe
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:19 am
    Is the CPP Pension Clawback for military workers unconstitutional and unforgivable?   I can’t say any of this better than was written in a petition to correct this injustice on the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pensioners are at risk of being scammed: but ongoing for 20 years?

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    3 Aug 2015 | 9:51 am
    There is no doubt that pensioners are at risk of being scammed and whenever a fraudster believes that they have made contact with a pensioner who is happy to provide them with money, they will raise... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 3 lists that actually work for a cleaner more organized home.

    Christine Blythe
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:57 am
    Is your home getting away from you? …When was the last time you saw your sink free of dishes? …Or all your laundry was finally done and folded and put away? Using the following 3 lists... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Canada: The Best Bras, Lingerie and Sleepwear for Moms

    SavvyMom.ca
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    As mothers, we encounter a wide spectrum of lingerie needs. From maternity and nursing bras to comfortably sexy sleep and loungewear, here’s how to keep the curves happy while looking pretty darn hot, if we do say so ourselves. Because that complicated garter set from our 20s? That ain’t gonna cut it anymore.
  • Toronto: Toronto: The Savvy Guide to August

    SavvyMom.ca
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    August is here, and we’re in the dog days of summer now. Our Savvy Guide to August in Toronto is here to help you rock the second half of summer while (slowly) making the shift to back-to-school season.
  • Victoria: Victoria: The Savvy Guide to August

    SavvyMom.ca
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    August is here, and we’re in the dog days of summer now. Our Savvy Guide to August in Victoria is here to help you rock the second half of summer while (slowly) making the shift to back-to-school season.
 
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  • New Girls Character Pajamas Are IN!

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Does she flip for all things Frozen? Perhaps she dreams of having her very own army of Despicable Me minions? Whatever the case may be, CookiesKids.com is here to make bedtime a little sweeter. Between our nightgowns, 2-piece pajamas, and mix-and-match pajama sets, girls are sure to find something comfy and emblazoned with her favorite characters. Finding the perfect pajamas is a simple way to make bedtime a little bit easier (check out our guide to establishing a sleep schedule for more tips). Treat your girl to cute and colorful character pajamas: A flowy sleeveless cut and breathable poly…
  • Overcoming Fear of the Dark

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:50 am
    Fear of the dark is among the most common phobias for kids and adults alike, but the fact that it’s common doesn’t make it any easier for your little one to overcome. By helping your child face their fear of the dark you can give them valuable experience in conquering other fears and phobias down the road. This post shows how.  It’s important that you respect and empathize with your child’s fear, but don’t play into it. By checking under their bed for monsters in the shadows, you validate the idea that there could be something there. If your child insists, let them know there are…
  • Best Back-to-School Backpacks

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:28 am
    The back-to-school season is rapidly approaching. This means new classes, new friends, and maybe even a new school for youngsters – plus a whole lot of shopping for mom and dad! CookiesKids.com is here to help you save on everything from school uniforms to the latest fashion. The first thing on most back-to-school shopping lists is a good backpack, and whether your child is entering grade school or grad school, we’ve got your back! Check out some of our favorite backpacks:This J World backpack has room for laptops, textbooks, and more while the silent wheels and metallic frame make…
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  • #BBNYC Blogger Bash 2015 and Me

    joey fortman
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    I have barely shared on this little place of the inter webs in MONTHS.  And I have to come clean with you.  Oh how I've missed you!!!! Tracy panase, winner of the big buddha award. lol love this lady! This year has been filled with a lot of changes. Good, Bad, and ugly I suppose.  Changes that really have taught me a lot about myself, life & what I really want to be when I grow up.  (We all think that about growing up, right?)  After 20 years of chasing a dream in radio, I was forced to SLOW DOWN and make Motherhood work for me when my oldest was…
  • Calendula by Boiron Available at Target

    joey fortman
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:21 am
    Through this process of Blogger Bash, a conference that I am coproducing next week - I've gotten to meet some really amazing brands along the way.  One just so happens to be in my own town!  Boiron has been a staple in my life for years.  I remember being introduced to them when I was told to pick up Arnica Montana to help out with the aches and pains from a procedure I had to get done.  Then I knew this brand was totally legit!  TOTALLY awesome!Boiron is of course a France based company but Newtown Square, PA is their US based office & I got the chance to…
  • TJ Maxx Kids Art Contest

    joey fortman
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Hudson is a LOVER of ice cream!  Thanks for the fun TJ Maxx! One of my favorite stores of all time is having some fun with a Kids Art Contest!  TJ Maxx & the "Maxx Kids Art Contest" is going on now through July 7th and YOUR kid could win $250 savings bond & a chance to have their artwork on products sold at TJ Maxx benefiting Save the Children from TJ Maxx!Here's what you do.  If your kid is 14 & under, go visit www.tjmaxx.com/artcontest.  Download the the contest info and get your kid coloring!  "What is your favorite thing in the whole world?"…
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    The Megalomaniac Mommy

  • Get Organized for Back-to-School with Mabel’s Labels + Giveaway – Ends 8/18

    Anne
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:13 am
    We officially have less than 1 month until my kids head back to school. With that said, we will be spending most of the next month prepping for their first day back (as well as having some end of summer fun….shhhh….they don’t know).  This fall, Alex (formally known as Alexander) will be headed off to 2nd grade [...] The post Get Organized for Back-to-School with Mabel’s Labels + Giveaway – Ends 8/18 appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie Hits the Big Screen + Giveaway – Ends 8/13

    Anne
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:07 pm
    Since Alexander got his iPad mini from Santa this past Christmas, he has become quite the video watcher on YouTube. He has become such a fan of different shows that I had to create a YouTube account just for him because I was sick of mine updating with his history, suggestions and subscriptions. Now, a [...] The post Shaun the Sheep Movie Hits the Big Screen + Giveaway – Ends 8/13 appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Stay Untangled with Tweedz

    Anne
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:53 pm
    With Alexander in elementary school now, I am amazed at how much things have changed since Zack and Libby were his age. He may only be going into the 2nd grade but he is now required to have many of the same things my high schoolers need, including headphones or ear buds. Last year we [...] The post Stay Untangled with Tweedz appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
 
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    Rich Single Momma

  • Save Money on Drinking Water | PUR Review

    Samantha Gregory
    8 Jul 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Have you seen the news about bottled water lately? It’s kind of scary right? It was at the time I got the Vox Box PUR water filter system to review. I was literally at the grocery store that day and forgot to pick up bottled water. Then I remembered that I have a PUR system so I don’t need to buy water. The thought of saving money made my day. I have the water filtering system and have used it for about three weeks. All I can say is WOW!! What a difference in taste, convenience, and amount of trash. I don’t have to have ice cold water anymore to cover up the taste of unfiltered water.
  • Facing Father’s Day without a Dad

    Samantha Gregory
    19 Jun 2015 | 10:58 am
    By Tiffany Papageorge, author of My Yellow Balloon If you’ve ever had the experience of being involved in a Father’s Day-themed activity, craft, or discussion as someone without a father, you know that it can bring up big, painful feelings. In fact, the whole holiday can bring up very difficult feelings for those who don’t have the traditional father-child experience. Whatever your relationship was or is with your father, whether they are alive and not present or they have died, there is a very real hole in our hearts where they used to be. I want you to know that there are many, many…
  • Get Paid Great Money to be a Dog Sitter

    Samantha Gregory
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Make extra money as a dog sitter with Rover.com. If you love dogs you can make money as a dog sitter in your home or theirs. Rated positively by Yelp and the Animal Humane society Earn  $2,000-$5,000/month From the website:   Great Income Rover sitters earn $25-$60 per night for each dog they watch, and can easily earn $2,000-$5,000/month. Plus, we’ll handle all the billing and payments for you. You’re in Control You set your schedule. You choose your rates. Watch dogs in your home or in your client’s home–whichever you prefer. Tools for Success Launch your…
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    Wifely Steps

  • What is love?

    Toni
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:10 am
    Love is the aroma of coffee beans at daybreak, the sizzling of bacon for breakfast, the packing of sandwiches into The Incredibles lunch boxes, the driving to school to let the little ones off. Read more... The post What is love? appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • How to Cook One Pot Lasagna

    Toni
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
    Lasagna. Who doesn't love lasagna?! It's hands down one of my most favorite pasta dishes ever. On my birthday, I decided to stay home. There was an option to have food delivered or to eat out, but I was craving, craving, craving home-cooked food. I was also craving lasagna. Here's the thing though -- I'm not very fond of using our oven, and a typical lasagna requires baking. As a believer of one-pot meals, I knew that one pot lasagna can be achieved!!! And yup, it was an achievement unlocked indeed. Here's what you'll need for a quick and easy, one-pot lasagna. Read more... The post How…
  • Love All You Can: A Birthday Reflection

    Toni
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:35 am
    Love wide. Love long. Love high. Love deep. It's fitting. I was trying to figure out what lessons and reflections I'd ponder on as I turned 38. Every thought always went back to love. Read more... The post Love All You Can: A Birthday Reflection appeared first on Wifely Steps.
 
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    Making Time for Mommy

  • This Weekend I Broke Lots Of My “Mom Rules”

    Alicia Marie
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:08 am
    I’m proud to announce that I am partnering with Similac in their “Sisterhood of Motherhood” #UniteMonday campaign. I love that this campaign aims to unite moms and am happy to share my stories in hopes that you all will share yours, too because we are all alike more than we are different! So this weekend Sinisa came home after being out of town for work since June 22nd with only a two day visit in that whole time (while I was attending a conference). I was literally counting down the minutes until his arrival because I was ready to have him home. Not only did I miss him but…
  • The Doctor Is Just A Click Away

    Alicia Marie
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:05 pm
    DISCLOSURE:  This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network.  However, all opinions are 100% my own. The internet is an amazing place. It gives me an outlet to be creative and earn a living, it lets me connect with friends and family near and far, and it lets me do a lot of other things from the comfort of my home. One thing I’ve recently discovered I can do online is visit the doctor! No more scheduling appointments, driving to the office or sitting in waiting rooms. I never realized how badly this would come in handy until Jacob came home from a day at camp and…
  • Fun Drawing Contest For Kids

    Alicia Marie
    10 Jul 2015 | 1:34 pm
    This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. Do you have a little artist at home? If so, you will love this art contest that T.J.Maxx is hosting! To maximize what matters most, they are asking children to participate in an in-store art contest asking children to answer the following question with an illustration: “What do you like most in the whole world?” Entrants will have a chance to win one (of 25) $250 savings bond AND for their artwork to be featured on future fundraising products that will support organizations like Save the Children that help children in need reach…
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    CoffeeJitters

  • Caring for the Skin You’re In: Cancer, Cellulitis and The Lymphedema Treatment Act

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:48 am
    Right now, I’m sitting in the heat, with this hot computer on my lap, and every fan in the house aimed at me while I try to type with just my left hand. My right hand is out of commission and elevated on a pile of pillows. This scenario is not conducive to getting much writing done – or to adequately being there for the 6-year-old. On days like this, I’m the yell-at-the-kid-from-the-couch mom, rather than the walk-across-the-room-and-address-the-situation-appropriately mom.  The heat doesn’t help with that either. Nor does the pain. What’s going on with my arm?
  • Hot Air and Self-Care

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:53 pm
    The air is thick, weighty; at times it feels oppressive. This Alaskan girl is not ideally suited for this kind of heatwave. But I know there are some creatures perfectly suited to the warm air. I’ve decided the best way to deal with this heat is to set aside all the little chores I’ve been stewing over. This is not the time for cleaning out closets or rearranging furniture. There’s no need for meals that require firing up the oven. All this hot air is a reminder that sometimes I need to prioritize self-care over all the other projects I’ve got lined up. A few extra…
  • Breakfast and Legos

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:24 am
    The summer heat chased us from the apartment early; we were left wandering, in search of breakfast and air conditioning. What we found were legos. Lots and lots of legos. We discovered a new cafe/kids play area dedicated entirely to legos – big duplos for the littles downstairs, and upstairs massive amounts of regular legos. The lego table is in the center of the room, with tables for the parents around the outside. It’s called Wunderkind, if you’re interested, and in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle. Wifi, coffee, air conditioning, snacks (with many healthy options),…
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    dude mom

  • Dude Dates: A Visit to Arena Stage, DC

    DudeMom
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:57 am
    Mothering three Dudes has its challenges. I think mothering any amount of kids, regardless of sex has its challenges of course, but you know, I can only speak on what I live. When we started having children, I really wanted my kids to be closer together in age. My goal was to get in and out of the baby making game as quickly as possible. Not because I don’t enjoy babies, just that I liked the idea of clump parenting (totally made up word), which I imagine is a great way to categorize parenting kids that are all in similar stages of life. Like babyhood, and toddlerhood, and elementary…
  • Summer to Fall Dresses & The Best Target Haul Ever

    DudeMom
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:15 am
    I spent over an hour at Target this week looking for a dress. I wound up spending under $10 on my entire shopping trip which was both exciting and also frustrating… Go me! And, um, grrrr. Now, I get that maybe Target isn’t the best place to purchase a dress, but I have had luck finding cute dresses there in the past and I am at a point where I am getting desperate. I have all of these events to go to over the next couple of months and, because summer made me fat I’ve put on a couple of pounds this summer, it has become virtually impossible to zip up any of the dresses I currently own.
  • The Best YouTube Channels By Moms

    DudeMom
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    Probably many of you know about my quest to become a better YouTuber. I’m struggling because I can’t seem to get into the routine of doing video (mostly because it’s summer and I can’t get into the routine of wearing a daily bra and I don’t think you want to know me that well) so, in the meantime, I’ve decided to do a little research to determine what actually makes someone a good YouTuber. I want to make videos about things you guys want to watch. I want them to be useful and informative and engaging and cool. So, I’ve been doing my research. Watching tons of videos…
 
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    La Jolla Mom

  • 4 Awesome Back-to-School Looks for Girls at Justice

    La Jolla Mom
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:45 pm
    She didn’t inherit it from me, but my daughter is excellent when it comes to accessorizing. One head-to-toe outfit gets more mileage than separates ever will. Over the last year, she’s become a loyal fan of Justice because they always seem to have hats, infinity scarves, handbags, shoes and other accessories that match cute clothing in season. Her loyalty to the brand extends far beyond this. If there’s a girls’ birthday party, the gift must be from Justice. If she needs dance wear or volleyball gear, it’s one of the first places we go. Her friends all shop…
  • What It’s Like to Journey into Sunny Jim Sea Cave

    La Jolla Mom
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:23 am
    Inside a small wood-shingled building on La Jolla’s oceanfront Coast Blvd lies a beach-themed gift shop and access to one of La Jolla’s coolest attractions. In fact, tourists who wander into Sunny Jim’s Cave Store to browse might just be surprised by the dark tunnel leading down to Sunny Jim cave—the only sea cave in California that is accessible by land. This particular sea cave has an interesting story. A German engineer and philosopher called Gustav Schulz arrived in La Jolla from his native land of Germany, to enjoy his golden years. But his fascination with the sea…
  • This Is How You Spend 48 Epic Hours at Four Seasons Hampshire

    La Jolla Mom
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:14 pm
    On hindsight, spending two days in Hampshire was certainly not enough. It’s simply beautiful—especially in summer—and the expansive fields, wildlife and country lifestyle are a dream for kids. We used Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, England as our base and couldn’t imagine staying anywhere else. The centuries-old estate is a steeped in history, serving a variety of purposes until Four Seasons lovingly restored it to a classically-styled house with modern hotel comforts. It’s one of the most special properties I’ve ever been to and felt like we were in a modernized…
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    MamarazziKnowsBest.com

  • Franklin Celebrates 47 Years With The Peanuts

    Suzette Valle
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:40 am
    On Friday, July 31, Franklin celebrates 47 years with The Peanuts as  it’s first African-American character! The Peanuts will soon be hitting a 3D screen near you in Fox’s new film “The Peanuts Movie.” To celebrate the date Franklin Armstrong first appeared in The Peanuts as the first African-American character who joined the gang, I’d […] The post Franklin Celebrates 47 Years With The Peanuts appeared first on MamarazziKnowsBest.com.
  • I’ll Be a Speaker at Entertainment New Media Network Conference 2015

    Suzette Valle
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Excited doesn’t describe how I feel about being invited to be a speaker on a panel at this year’s Entertainment New Media Network Conference in Los Angeles, California, September 9-13. Just imagining myself surrounded by like-minded bloggers, writers, authors, media experts, and special guests from the entertainment industry fills me with inspiration! What is the […] The post I’ll Be a Speaker at Entertainment New Media Network Conference 2015 appeared first on MamarazziKnowsBest.com.
  • Family 4 Pack Giveaway for Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus

    Suzette Valle
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:32 pm
    The winner is Jennifer Wilson! Congratulations, Jennifer! An email has been sent with instructions to claim your tickets. Thank you to everyone for participating in this giveaway. “Who wants to go to the circus?” Asking your family if they’d like to go see one of the most traditional forms of family entertainment is sure to […] The post Family 4 Pack Giveaway for Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus appeared first on MamarazziKnowsBest.com.
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  • School’s out for summer

    Wendy McAuliffe
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:27 pm
    I’ve heard many of my parent friends say that the summer holidays are when they “get their children back”. The final few weeks of the summer term are so busy with sports day, summer fêtes, music showcases, prize-giving, school reports and school trips, that it’s an achievement (and relief), to make it through to the […]
  • PK Green night lamp up for review

    Wendy McAuliffe
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:23 pm
    When it comes to putting little ones to bed, breastfeeding is the most wonderful thing mother nature ever invented (at least that’s been my experience). I know the ‘experts’ say you should never feed a baby to sleep, but I did, with both of my children. It always seemed the easiest and most natural way to […]
  • Storytelling Challenge: The Magic Socks

    Wendy McAuliffe
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Today is National Tell a Story Day. To mark the occasion, Room to Grow asked several bloggers to take part in their Storytelling Challenge. Each of us were asked to come up with a story theme, including a character, setting and object, which would be passed to the blogger we had been paired with. Likewise, we would receive from them […]
 
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    Amanda Magee

  • Discovering Gratitude

    amandamagee
    16 Jul 2015 | 3:03 am
    The coffee canister has been empty for days. As important as coffee is to us in the morning, neither of us has made an attempt to refill the container. Over the winter I inadvertently bought a bag of decaf; it’s been in the freezer ever since. Tuesday we had a big meeting and I sprinkled enough from the decaf bag to make two cups of coffee. Sean looked at the coffee maker with confusion, not understanding why the machine chirped it was done so soon. “I only had enough for two cups,” I said to explain. He nodded and went about pouring a cup. It felt less cruel to let him…
  • Is It Harder Being an Adult Than a Kid?

    amandamagee
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:03 am
    “So, is it hard? Do you want to cry when you put us on the bus?” her face was titled against the car window toward where the bus would eventually emerge. Her tone was mostly kidding, with the slightest, wistful undercurrent. I stared at her profile. Her pert nose exactly as it looked the day she was born more than 11 years earlier. Round cheeks and curly lashes framing eyes that are a mirror image of her dad’s. I’d braided her hair after a bath the night before. She had said to me in the bathroom that morning, “Should I keep my hair in the braid or take it out?”   “Keep it…
  • Be One More

    amandamagee
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:17 am
    The other day I was sitting in our backyard soaking up the sound of the leaves  in the wind, the rustle like water to my ears. Blades of grass danced with beads of water from the soaking I’d given them. I looked at the yellow blossoms popping along the cucumber vines, the soil rich with coffee grounds and molasses water. Pink chive blossoms bobbed in the wind from their perch in the whiskey barrel, along with the cilantro and mint I’d planted. Then something caught my eye, a little blossom that I hadn’t planted, a volunteer, my mom would call it. It had sprung from the…
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    Chair design and ideas

  • Accent Chair with Arms

    Bagoes tambunan
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:14 am
    Accent chair with arms – Accent Chair can make or break a space. A general rule of thumb to accent pieces is more or less advanced; Accent Chair features should complement the room and serve as alternative seating. Accent Chair styles are as varied as their interiors graced they are available in a variety of [...]
  • Pub Table with Chairs Furniture

    Bagoes tambunan
    25 Jul 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Pub table with chairs – Pub table, also called a table, bar measuring approximately 42 inches tall. When choosing a Chair to coordinate with high chairs, pub table seats must measure 10 to 12 inches less than the height of the tabletop. Probably every pub table width or length but the size approximately 42 inches [...]
  • Adventure Gatlinburg Chair Lift

    Bagoes tambunan
    25 Jul 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Gatlinburg chair lift – If you are tired of Gatlinburg’s many miniature golf courses and shopping centers, there is a lot more manly activities in town Tennessee who are just outside the boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains. Sample the local brews, participating in several extreme sports or walking more relaxed to get the full [...]
 
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    Marketing Mama

  • 5 tips to pump more breastmilk

    Missy
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    Going back to work with a new baby at home means breastfeeding moms start thinking about pumping. And many moms ask themselves or friends, “How can I pump more breastmilk?” After nursing two babies, I learned some tricks and found my groove, and I know you can, too! Here are some tips I have after pumping at work for two babies – my favorite is #3, most people don’t know about this one! 1. Focus – Focus on pumping, not work. Don’t work or talk on the phone when pumping, especially in the beginning. Every time I tried to think about anything important during…
  • a week with no food allergies

    Missy
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    Last week we bought an ice cream cake for the first time in many years. Last week I went up north with my boyfriend and his kids (my kids were at their Dad’s house). We stayed in a cabin by a lake. And it was the strangest thing – I didn’t have to worry about food allergies for an entire week! I almost feel guilty talking about it now, how much I enjoyed being carefree for a week, after living so carefully for so many years. We could eat and cook anything we wanted in the cabin. This included trail mix, eggs for breakfast and peanut butter sandwiches, foods that we…
  • shopping for allergy-friendly food at Whole Foods Market

    Missy
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:34 pm
    I’ve been playing around with Periscope, the new live streaming app you can get on iphone and droid smartphones. I encourage everyone to download it and check it out (and follow me there!). Recently, while grocery shopping, I thought I’d try live streaming to see if anyone was interested in hearing and seeing the types of foods I buy. Interestingly, there were people who joined throughout the entire 20 minutes or so and a few folks who asked questions. I saved a copy of my “scope” here and uploaded to YouTube. Feel free to watch it here to see what types of products we…
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    A Daily Dose of Toni

  • EXCLUSIVE: Disney’s Descendants Review, Premieres TONIGHT (7/31) #Descendantsevent #Antmanevent

    Toni Patton
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    **This post is part of a Disney adventure I was invited on. All opinions are my own…oh and aside from the first photo (which is mine), thank you to Disney for the awesome photos featured in this post** Tonight on the Disney channel, you will get to meet some new characters who you will likely Read More »» The post EXCLUSIVE: Disney’s Descendants Review, Premieres TONIGHT (7/31) #Descendantsevent #Antmanevent appeared first on A Daily Dose of Toni. This is just a bit of what I had to say, to hear it all come on over and read the rest of the post....
  • Go On A Dragon Adventure With “Dragons: Race to the Edge” On Netflix #StreamTeam #Ad

    Toni Patton
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Go on a Dragon adventure together, as a family, with Dragons: Race To The Edge now on Netflix! We LOVED the Dragons movies, so you can imagine we were super excited to see a whole series arrive on Netflix! Get ready as Hiccup and Toothless go on new adventures in the new Netflix original series. Read More »» The post Go On A Dragon Adventure With “Dragons: Race to the Edge” On Netflix #StreamTeam #Ad appeared first on A Daily Dose of Toni. This is just a bit of what I had to say, to hear it all come on over and read the rest of the post....
  • Behind the Scenes of Disney’s BUNK’D!

    Toni Patton
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    **Let me preface this post by saying all the photos featured in this post are provided by Disney, thanks to a lightening storm and me not being home to unplug my iMac I am unable to get it to power up (cue HUGE tears), so I can’t show you the fun photos of me with Read More »» The post Behind the Scenes of Disney’s BUNK’D! appeared first on A Daily Dose of Toni. This is just a bit of what I had to say, to hear it all come on over and read the rest of the post....
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    Little Creek Life

  • Bald Faced Hornets - An Early Winter

    Athalia Whitworth
    18 Jul 2015 | 8:55 pm
    I woke this morning to find our resident hornets were busy moving into the adjacent bird house. My plans for spending time with the children in the sandbox situated below it were wiped out almost as soon as I had made them. I was ticked.I steamed in self-righteous indignation: How could they? I went to a lot of trouble to make it clear that this was the wrong place to construct their high-density complex. The zone was clearly marked for children and not for insects, particularly not insects with quick-tempers and heavy artillery. My Mama Bear rose from deep within my chest, my eyes narrowed,…
  • Bald Faced Hornets: Catch and Release

    Athalia Whitworth
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:08 pm
    I checked off another item on my to-do list tonight. Normally that would be a very satisfying feeling, but right now I just feel shaky. And maybe confused.Not long ago, Blueberry excitedly informed me that she and Mountain Man found hornets building a nest. It was just barely visible in a gourd bird house, but watching closely you could see the hornets darting in and out, busily constructing their papery nest in the hollow meant for birds, just above the children's sandbox. Mountain Man went to get some spray. I stopped him. I want to move them, I said. I will wait until dark, then cut…
  • Fun Lunches

    Athalia Whitworth
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:31 pm
    In recent weeks, I have been making "fun lunches" again, as Blueberry likes to call them. Bento boxes are magical in our house, inspiring us to look for cheery bits of loveliness peppered in the day. To read more of the Daily Drift, visit http://www.LittleCreekLife.com
 
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    Biz Mommy L.A.

  • What’s for Dinner? OpenTaste Makes Healthy Meal Choices Easier

    Tisha Berg
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s been another long and exhausting day. Errands are run, school’s over, everybody’s picked up. Play-dates, activities, homework and maybe the laundry (on a good day) are finally done. Even after all that, though, you’re not finished. As always, the looming question of what to make for dinner remains. If you’re anything like me (and you’re not the efficient type who cooks all of her family’s meals for the coming week on Sunday afternoons), then your next move is to swiftly go about executing one of four choices: Ordering/eating out Scraping…
  • SoapClub.com’s Kona Coffee Soap Keeps Beards Soft and Smells Yummy!

    Tisha Berg
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:59 pm
    I purchased this soap as a gift for my husband, since he loves scented soaps and he was also trying cut down on caffeine. I knew that he missed drinking his beloved morning mocha latte, so I figured this would give him a daily treat of at least waking up and “smelling the coffee.” He loved the soap more than I thought he would and he uses it every day. I love how mild it is, very gentle on the skin. Plus, of course, the smell is heavenly! It really smells like you’ve just walked into a coffeehouse. And with my husbands full beard that he’s been wearing these days, he…
  • L.A. Parent’s 35th Birthday Bash @ Farmer’s Market Plaza

    Tisha Berg
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:44 am
    Hosted by ‘Today in LA’ co-anchors Whit Johnson and Daniella Guzman. Featuring appearances by ‘Extra’ host Mario Lopez and Disney’s Skai Jackson. There will be music, dancing, crafts, entertainment, information booths and a giant birthday cake. The first 200 people to arrive and sign up for L.A. Parent’s free weekly e-newsletter will receive goody bags! (while supplies last). In the spirit of birthday celebrations, L.A. Parent is asking visitors to bring new toys and books to be given as presents to children staying at the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House,…
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    Keeping the Glass Half Full

  • Analyze This

    samanthamcgarry
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:25 pm
    People tell me I’m creative. Sure, I’ve created two awesome kids and I can create stuff that people read with my words. We all know that, when it comes to culinary creativity, I am utterly hopeless  Also I torture plants rather than nurture them. But get this. Two things I am good at – and enjoy – are deconstructively constructive. Weeding. And removing wall paper. Go analyze that. #165944466 / gettyimages.com
  • I Really Miss Being Pregnant

    samanthamcgarry
    10 Jul 2015 | 6:50 am
    Really, I do. I miss being amazed at what was happening to my body. I’d seen so many family and friends experience it and I had so desperately wanted this. When my turn finally came – not without its own set of struggles and heartache – I was equally thrilled and terrified. Could my body actually do this? How would it feel? Was I capable of growing life inside me? Fortunately the answer was yes, twice over. Every day, I was enthralled and amazed at how my body knew what it was doing, cultivating these balls of cells into bones, limbs, organs – life.
  • Words

    samanthamcgarry
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:59 am
    “I don’t like swimming,” said the little boy, five years-old. “It’s too hard. And I have to do it every day at camp.” “If you do it every day, then you’ll get better at it and then it won’t be so hard,” I responded. “Hmmmm,” he remarked, twitching his little nose, dubiously. “Here’s the thing,” I said. The boy looked at me, both curious but doubtful of the grown-up advice he was about to receive. I fully expected an eye-roll, selective listening or to be outright dismissed. “If you believe in…
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  • Highlights of July 2015

    Dominique
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:22 am
    You're readingHighlights of July 2015 by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook An orange hibiscus As we enter into the 2nd half of 2015 it’s time to recap how the 1st half of 2015 went so far for me. In July I was extremely busy as I started attending night classes once a week, signed up for online French lessons and was busy promoting Mary Kay products on top of all the things I had to do on a daily basis. Even though my daily time table is packed to the brim it and it is more exhausting on…
  • Random Eats

    Dominique
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:21 pm
    You're readingRandom Eats by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Ham Quiche and green tea It has been a while since I last posted photos of what I have been eating. This month I had the opportunity to meet up with a few of my old friends. It was nice visiting a new cafe with my ex-colleague P last month. We went to a cafe at a newly opened university.  The Ham Quiche didn’t really taste that good and I doubt I will be visiting that cafe anytime soon. Black Ramen We ate black broth  Ramen…
  • Identifying the Gap between P4 and P5 Maths

    Dominique
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:25 pm
    You're readingIdentifying the Gap between P4 and P5 Maths by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook The mathematics exam format Mathematics has always been one of the subjects which the Monkey boy does not have major difficulties in. He has  always been strong in this subject and achieves  between 80-90 for most of his Math’s papers. However as his move from one level to another there is in an increase in the depth of each topic which he would have to master and maintaining good grades…
 
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  • The Importance of Mummy “Me-Time”

    Sandra
    11 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    I have three gorgeous kids. I love spending time with them. I do. They make me laugh, they make me giggle, they amuse me with their cute antics, and I thank God daily for my three healthy, beautiful babies. They also frustrate me, irritate me, and have a knack of bringing out the “nagger” in me. When I was still working full-time, I missed having time with the kids. And now that I am at home the whole day (and night with them), I got to admit… I miss being alone. You know, I would be able to go to the bathroom without a little boy knocking on the door, screeching, “But…
  • Marriage Equality – And Being A Christian Parent

    Sandra
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:08 pm
    The U.S. Supreme Court has made a history-changing ruling, legalising same-sex marriages. I am a Christian. I came to church when I was 18, met my husband, had my 3 kids, had a career, made lifelong friends… all within the compounds of the church. The church, God, worship, the teaching, the values have all shaped my life, my outlook on life and my value system. And yes, that’s my wedding bouquet! So much has been talked about this topic. And emotions are running high, and sometimes some reactions are so ill-balanced, it gives me a perpetual frown while reading it. Like the…
  • The 5 Love Languages for Children

    Sandra
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Three kids. So alike in many ways. And so different in many ways as well. And if there’s anything that parenthood teaches you, it’s that you can expect the unexpected with them! If you’ve picked up a copy of Dr. Gary Chapman’s book series on The 5 Love Languages, there’s one in particular for children, and it is definitely helpful in knowing how to love them. After all, it’s one thing to love your kids, it’s another for them to KNOW that you love them, and so knowing the primary and secondary love languages of your children makes it easier for you to…
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  • TOO HOT: How Far Would YOU Go For Your Passion?

    Lisa
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Barr Girlfriends — ‘Hope you’re having a fab summer … a little beach, a little breathing, and whole lot of love & laughter with your family, your peeps, and of course, enjoying your Alone Time. This is not my usual blog about Parenting/Marriage/Suburban Drama … but it is, indeed, the other side of my writing and I wanted to share. Check out my award-winning debut novel Fugitive Colors that goes on sale today on Amazon for $1.99. It’s a ONE WEEK ONLY deal, running  July 21 – July 27. Your support would mean the world to me to help kick…
  • My Daughter/My Selfie: And There She Goes …

    Lisa
    25 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr Many years ago I wrote an article for a newspaper about how studies have shown that the two most difficult times to “let go” of your children are sending them off to kindergarten AND sending them off to college. Back then, I was on the kindergarten side of the spectrum. And now … (somebody bring me a box of tissues). Yes, there I go again. Immediate tears like an actress at an audition, only I’m not acting. I’m feeling every damn thing. My eldest daughter Noa (the first of my three teenage daughters) is graduating high school this week and heading…
  • Teen Survival: 4 Things I Would Tell My Younger (High School) Self

    Lisa
    17 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Marisa Houser There have been countless times when I have cried and cried over fights with friends, been an outright bitch to my family (because I was more focused on what I had going on), changed my looks to be like someone/something I’m not, and much, much more. The dilemmas, not only in high school, but in young adult life, can seem so earth-shattering that it is hard to actually listen to the advice given to us in the midst of whatever situation we may be in. But, there are some things that no one had ever told me while I was experiencing all the ups and downs of high school. And…
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  • Summertime Fun: 4 Backyard Activities the Whole Family Can Enjoy

    Crystal
    10 Jul 2015 | 10:55 am
    excited happy kid boy jumping in pool, water fun School’s out for the summer, and all around the country moms are busy coming up with activities to keep our kids happy and active. One great way to do this? Get everyone outside for some family fun time. Although there are plenty of traditional games from which to choose like bocce ball, badminton and Marco Polo, you can also add your own twist to things. You and your kids will all love these backyard activities: Grass Twister Most kids adore playing Twister. To play the game outside, take some of their water-based paints and enlist their…
  • Preventing Your Child’s Identity Theft: It’s a Necessary Step

    Crystal
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:59 am
    Over 13 million people had their identity stolen in some form in 2013, according to a report by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Of those, a growing number of victims are children. A report from the Carnegie Mellon University indicates 4,311 or 10.2 percent of children had someone else using their Social Security number. These numbers have likely grown since the 2011 report. Identity theft is a real concern that parents need to take action to prevent. There are several steps you can take: Discuss Identity Theft While Children A key starting point is to discuss identity theft…
  • Spark Your Kids’ Love of Nature With These Fun Outdoor Activities

    Crystal
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:22 am
    Is your child suffering from nature-deficit disorder? With the advent of the digital age, many of us — adults and children alike — are losing our connection with nature and the wonderful experiences that go with it. If your family could be described as a crew of “indoors enthusiasts,” it’s time to reconnect with Mother Nature and go on an outdoor family adventure. Into the Woods A family weekend camping trip will teach the kids about the wonders of the earth plus how to work together, follow directions and learn lessons of survival. Expel the everyday distractions of TV,…
 
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  • Your Golf Carts Reflect Your Club Professionalism

    L
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Image courtesy of tungphoto at FreeDigitalPhotos.netMaintaining a golf course can be quite expensive when you consider the man hours and the products that go into maintaining different kinds of grass. The club itself needs to have the most attractive appearance as well if you want to keep patrons coming back to play. Even the carts themselves can demonstrate your level of professionalism. Nothing upsets a golfer more than to be in the middle of a course only to have the cart malfunction.Regular Maintenance is KeyThe club cars need to have a regular routine for maintenance in order to keep…
  • Re-New White Effect by Perwoll Liquid Detergent

    L
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:08 am
    Personally, I never thought of using liquid detergents. It's just that ever since, I have become accustomed to buying and using powdered detergents. However, one thing made me realize that some habits are meant to be broken – and I'm sure glad I took the chance! Since I discovered the re-new white effects that Perwoll Brilliant White liquid detergent offers, I knew that this fascination with the brand is bound to last for years. Hello, Grayish White Clothes!I'm a full-time mom, and maintaining my son's uniform's immaculate white glow is a MAJOR challenge. Seriously, I used to spend so much…
  • Stay Fresh and Clean with Pure 'N Fresh Cologne

    L
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:36 am
    Everyone's quite psyched about summer break – basking in the white sands, taking a refreshing swim, and just spending quality time with family and friends. With the summer months only a few days away, it is not surprising that most teens are caught daydreaming about going on a vacation to their dream places. However, before you hit the vacation mode, there are a few other things to think about. Completing school requirements and getting all prepped up for graduation are just some things you need to worry about – and these are enough to raise your stress levels!Keep Calm and Stay…
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  • Sisters > food

    Daphne
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:17 am
    Truett came home from school starving yesterday, like “Quick, is there any food?? I’m super hungry, I need to eat 2 bowls of noodles!!” Me: Why are you starving? Didn’t you eat during recess? Tru: I only had 40 cents left so I just had some biscuits. Me: *sigh* Were you buying stuff from the book shop again? We need to talk about this. Tru: I got this princess sticker book for Kirsten. I didn’t get her a birthday present so I wanted to give her a surprise today. Then I didn’t have money left to eat. But never mind, I know that she will surely love it so…
  • Happy Birthday, Theo!!

    Daphne
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:23 pm
    Birthday season continues with baby Theo turning 1 last week. We celebrated by getting him his favourite food in the whole world. Uh huh, cake. Most kids are fascinated by the candles and the singing and the attention, but this baby is all about the cake. He’ll have his cake and eat it. Which is exactly what he did. And then he had another cake and ate that too. His entire life right now can be summed up by a very discerning equation: Cake = happiness and all the good things in the world. This boy knows what’s what. Hey baby Theo, It’s your first birthday time capsule,…
  • Meet the Mozz Squad

    Daphne
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:47 am
    So here’s a secret: getting rid of dengue is best done as a team. Sure, it’s possible to do it alone, but then where’s the fun in that? Besides, having back up is always better than not having back up – they can help to double check all the areas in case we miss a spot. With that, I’d like to introduce you to the members of this small but effective dengue fighting team. We call them the Mozz Squad. Alpha One Also known as Mission Commander. Leads the team on regular search and destroy operations. First in, last out, does not leave until the mission is…
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    Etiquette Blog Modern Manners And Tips

  • Quiz: You Think You Are Kind? Prove It!

    Elena Neitlich
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:33 am
    People believe that they are kind to others however the world is filled with miserable, nasty and selfish behavior that is anything but kind. Do you contribute to the nastiness or are you spreading loving kindness to those around you. Take this quiz to find out! The post Quiz: You Think You Are Kind? Prove It! appeared first on Etiquette Blog Modern Manners And Tips.
  • An Open Letter to the Celebrity Chefs on Food Network

    Elena Neitlich
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:01 am
    Dear Food Network Celebrity Chefs, You give hours of entertainment to me, now it is time to give the gift of table manners to you! Please consider using these helpful etiquette training tips to improve your table manners. Your viewers will thank you! The post An Open Letter to the Celebrity Chefs on Food Network appeared first on Etiquette Blog Modern Manners And Tips.
  • Brain Picking is Impolite

    Elena Neitlich
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Brain picking might seem innocent enough but it isn't polite to pick someone's brain for free. This informative animated etiquette training video shows the polite way to obtain valuable information from a specialist. The post Brain Picking is Impolite appeared first on Etiquette Blog Modern Manners And Tips.
 
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  • Open letter to working mothers stop feeling guilty

    Bril
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:07 pm
      Dear Working Mother, It is difficult to stay away from your children at work and consistently tell yourself that you are doing your very best for them. But believe it that your children will turn out just fine. Really. If you are like most working moms you probably don’t feel that way. You may feel that you are constantly struggling to find time for your children and something or the other is always left undone. Be it spending time with your children amid stringent deadlines or living up to promises you made to them. And to top it all, there is your extended family who make demands…
  • True Confessions Of A Stay At Home Mother

    Bril
    25 Jul 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Every stay at home mother has a few confessions that she would rather keep to herself. But bring in anonymity and there are some surprising (and funny) revelations! We spoke to some to stay at home mothers to children of varying ages and came up with some gems that will have you smiling, if not rolling with laughter. So, here goes! The nights that my husband is away on tours, I sleep with a hammer under the bed and my neighbor’s phone number on speed dial, in case somebody broke in and I had time only to press one number. Sometimes when I switch on the TV, it is set to Disney Junior…
  • Parents Need Imagination to Understand Children

    Bril
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:35 am
    Take a look at this video, and I will explain why we need imagination to understand children. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_hGQuTjI3U —————————————————————————————————————————————– Have you seen the video? If you postponed seeing the video, saying ‘let me read the rest of the stuff first’ you lack the curiosity required to deal with children. Nor do you have the patience. You would like to follow your own rules, not withstanding what is required. You would prefer to see everything through your…
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    Nourishing Joy

  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #134

    Kresha Faber
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:28 am
    Welcome to Thank Goodness It’s Monday, a weekly blog carnival celebrating natural, joyful living. The TGIM link carnival happens every Monday here at Nourishing Joy and it’s where we share stories of gratitude and joy and link up recipes, tips, and tricks for living natural, intentional, nourished lives. You’ll find posts here on so many topics: cooking from scratch, natural housekeeping, gardening and animal husbandry, frugal tips and tricks, stories of joy and gratitude, answers to prayer, homeschooling, herbal remedies, meal planning, thoughtful parenting… what do…
  • How to Preserve Pretty Much Anything

    Kresha Faber
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:48 am
        Every year about this time, I suddenly feel like I’m drowning in zucchini, peaches, and whatever other bounty shows up in our garden / farmer’s market / neighbor’s yard. Yet the problem is, when 20 pounds of cherries suddenly show up at my door, the inevitable question is: what can I do with them? So, to help answer that question and give us all a bit of seasonal inspiration, I wrote a two-part post over at Keeper of the Home specifically to take a closer look at how to preserve pretty much anything. Yup – that includes meat, vegetables, dairy, eggs,…
  • Homemade Vitamin C Powder

    Kresha Faber
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:51 pm
    Years ago, I posted my recipe for Homemade Chewable Gummy Vitamins, which I later updated to include homemade Vitamin C gummies for when you’re really wanting to boost your immune system. What I realized, however, is that I never posted my all-natural homemade Vitamin C powder to go with it! I mean, I mention using Vitamin C powder in that recipe, but who wants synthetic Vitamin C mixed with sweetener when you can easily make your own natural version? (Well, don’t think tooooooo highly of me here – I’ve used Emergen-C and other synthetic Vitamin C sources just as often…
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  • Back to School Promo Codes with Groupon

    Katie
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:43 am
    Before you start your back to school shopping, don’t miss out on the back to school promo codes for some of your favorite shops! I used to clip coupons. Let’s be honest, I used to do a lot of things before I decided to work full time and be a mom with three kids.  I simply don’t have time to clip coupons, read a newspaper, or shower daily for that matter. Now?  I do a heckuva lot of online shopping.   Anything to avoid loading the three kids into the van and hoping that no one needs to poop, pee, eat, throw up, or have a meltdown before the scavenger hunt is complete.
  • Motivation Monday Linky Party 152

    Katie
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Hey party people, welcome back! Did you get a chance to link up last week? In case you missed out on the fun you can find all the details here. It’s hard to believe it’s already August, and school will be starting soon! Have you started your back to school shopping? Any lunch box recipes that your kids are sure to love? Let’s make it another great week and thanks as always for sharing your ideas and keeping me motivated week after week. Follow the Motivation Monday Hosts Barb of A Life in Balance Facebook | G+ | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter Mitzi of Written Reality…
  • Star Wars Rebels Party Ideas

    Katie
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:43 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BDayOnBudget #CollectiveBias Host a fabulous birthday party or turn a boring rainy day into a day the kids will remember with these Star Wars Rebels party ideas! It’s true.  I’m a bad party planner.  No matter what, no matter how much I try, birthday parties go something like this:  Three days before a child’s birthday I send out a desperate text to anyone we know with or without kids with an invitation.  To a week night party.  Somewhere.  Maybe our backyard,…
 
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  • 25 Delicious Breakfast Recipes with Blueberries

    Jenn
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
    One of my absolute favorite things during the summer months is blueberries! They are so sweet and juicy and add amazing flavor to any recipe. Here is a terrific collection of breakfast recipes featuring blueberries as a main ingredient. Oooh, I can’t wait to make them all. How about you? 25 Delicious Breakfast Recipes with Blueberries 1. Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars | Source: Delightful E Made 2. Banana Blueberry Muesli – Overnight Oats | Source: Typically Simple 3. Blueberry Pancake Bites | Source: Cincy Shopper 4. Vanilla Pancakes with Blueberry Compote | Source: Just Us Four 5.
  • How to Think More Positively and Live Longer

    Jenn
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:32 am
    Do people with a positive outlook live longer? Research suggests that they do. People with a positive attitude about their lives live an average of 7.5 years longer than people who are neutral or negative thinkers. A study at the Mayo clinic revealed that having an optimistic outlook improves your immunity too. Even if you are prone to more pessimistic thinking, you can learn to think more positively. Here are some tips: Become Aware of Your Thoughts It’s important to recognize when you are having negative thoughts to take the first steps toward thinking in a more positive way. Stop…
  • Ropes Course & More at Northern Lights Rock and Ice in Essex, Vermont

    Jenn
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:01 am
    Northern Lights hosted our visit. All opinions are our own. We LOVED it!! Last month, my daughter and I had the opportunity to take on the ropes course, giant swing, and climbing wall at Northern Lights Rock and Ice in beautiful Essex, Vermont. While my daughter is only 9, she is a ropes course veteran. We’ve traversed courses in Canada, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. While these courses were all fun, my daughter says Northern Lights Rock and Ice is her favorite. This is the first time we’ve taken on a ropes course without my husband. This made my daughter quite nervous. She…
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  • 25 Great Reasons To Breastfeed Your Baby

    Michelle
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    We’ve all heard that ‘breast is best’ for infant feeding, but what sets breastfeeding apart? Nursing is the normal way to feed a baby, but it’s so much more than just food. It’s perfect nutrition along with comfort, warmth, touch and connection all in one. Beyond the embodied experience of holding your baby to your […]
  • Top 10 Items You Need When You Have 2 Or More Kids In Diapers

    Jessica
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Having two or more children still in diapers can be quite the challenge. From trying to go out in public with them to finding ways to save your sanity at home, it’s hard to navigate this world when you have three little ones in tow. You may feel a bit apprehensive going out without a […]
  • Canola Oil Vs Olive And Coconut Oil

    Natty
    19 Jul 2015 | 10:40 pm
    Until about a hundred years ago, most of the vegetable oils that we see every day at the grocery store didn’t even exist: the only fats used for cooking were butter, lard and sometimes olive or coconut oil, depending on the region. Sunflower oil or soybean oil didn’t exist, because there wasn’t the technology to […]
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  • First-Time-at-Sleepover-Camp Blues

    LaurieU
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:30 pm
    While a good portion of the country is already gearing up for “back to school”—I hear there are some that get started in mid-August—we are still in the throes of summer over here, with a good month and change to go. And this summer, I’m dealing with something I’ve never had to face before. My son is at sleepover camp, and I am bereft. It certainly wasn’t my idea to send him. I was hoping he wouldn’t even know there WAS such a thing as sleepover camp, and if that failed I was hoping he’d think it sounded awful. It sounds pretty awful to me: Cabins and mosquito…
  • No Way!

    MOM2Three
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:55 am
    The post No Way! appeared first on Great Moments In Parenting.
  • Can I Have a Popsicle?

    teachparents
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
    When my foster daughter was about four we were in a super store at the cashier. She reached into my purse, pulled out a tampon and holding it high in the air, yelled, “Hey Mom, can I have this popsicle?” Good thing other shoppers have a good sense of humor and children of their own. Photo: Eden, Janine and Jim The post Can I Have a Popsicle? appeared first on Great Moments In Parenting.
 
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  • YouTube Content Not Rated

    Shivani Cotter
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
    YouTube Content Not Rated Dear YouTube, My kids love you, and can learn a lot from you, so why don’t you make it easier for parents and rate your content where it’s easy to decipher? Anyone with kids who use media probably understands my dilemma. Kids LOVE YouTube, and why not? It’s got everything from music, Minecraft, Shopkins, funny animals, and kids trying to be stars on it. Google almost anything and there will be a YouTube video available. Even some of the most educational pieces are found on YouTube. But… there is one major problem with it… Nothing is…
  • When You Parent Differently

    Shivani Cotter
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:18 pm
    When You Parent Differently “What is done in love is done well.” – Vincent Van Gogh This post is not getting me brownie points with anyone that’s for sure. It’s so hard when you don’t agree with someone else’s parenting. It’s even harder when your kids really want to play with their kids. So what do you do when it’s not the kids fault? It’s tragic! I don’t want to take it out on a child. I don’t want to tell my children that I don’t want them playing with certain kids, but I also don’t want to feed them sorry…
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  • 10 Darling Beach Themed Baby Shower Decoration Ideas

    Vicki Dean
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    The soothing blues, whites and grays of the ocean surf. The outdoor boardwalk cafes. The seashells, sea horses and sand dollars. What’s not to love about the beach? If you are planning a baby shower we guarantee that the fun and creative ideas for a beach themed baby shower are endless. So grab your sun tan lotion and your surfboard and bring the beach to your next event. We have gathered some cool beach themed baby shower decoration ideas that are sure to wow all of your party guests and give the mommy-to-be have a day she will never forget.  1. “Catch of the day” Welcome Sign Set the…
  • 5 Money Saving Wedding Reception Decorations

    Oubly
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Weddings are beautiful, fun, memorable… and some would say expensive as well. If the ring on your finger is making you scratch your head at how you’re going to afford the wedding of your dreams, we have three little budget-saving letters for you: DIY. Do-it-yourself wedding decorations can also be beautiful, fun, and memorable. All it takes is a little elbow grease and imagination to make the decorations for which you would otherwise pay hundreds—maybe even thousands—of dollars. We’ve put together a few sample ideas of how you can create a stunning wedding reception decorations.
  • Lets Get Crafty: 10 Cute DIY Baby Shower Centerpieces

    Vicki Dean
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Are you planning a baby shower? Well, then it is likely that you are finding out that the fun and festive baby shower themes to choose from are endless. Everything from an extravagant April showers theme with tables adorned with crystals to a whimsical ducky themed baby shower with the rubber fellas splashed all over your party space. No matter what theme you and the expectant mommy choose the baby shower centerpieces can really set the tone for the entire event, so choose wisely. But don’t worry party planner, it isn’t necessary to go out and spend a ton of money on some extravagant…
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  • The Quiet Child

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:55 pm
    I watch him out there with the other kids. I watch as his brother and sister talk, play, run and immerse themselves in the social atmosphere. I watch as he sits quietly. I watch as he stoops down and starts to dig in the dirt. I watch as he swings and I watch as he listens.This boy, so quiet, so introspective - oh how I love him. He looks up to his brother with only the admiration that a little brother can have for an older brother. He wants to be just like him. The thing is, he's not. They are so very different, so very very different. They compliment one another. The world tells us to be…
  • Marriage is NOT Important

    17 Jul 2015 | 11:27 am
    When my husband and I were dealing with issues in our marriage we decided that we needed counseling. When we checked into what our insurance covered we discovered that while it did cover individual counseling, it did not cover marriage counseling. It covered counseling for families, it didn't cover counseling for couples. I was floored.(photo credit)When I read about it, one of the answers to this issue was as follows:"The problem is that relationship conflict is not considered to be a problem that therapy is "medically necessary" to treat. This means that in order to use your benefits,…
  • Photographing Souls

    16 Jul 2015 | 8:17 am
    Sometimes, just sometimes we're able to catch something on film that we see every day. Those things that we love so immensely, so deeply. And so, when we are able to catch it in a photo it touches you in a way that you cannot possibly describe. Here are a couple photos I wanted to share... "When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!" - Ted GrantOh, how I love these souls.
 
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    Living on Love and Cents

  • Indoor Beach Party For Kids

    Joel Brummett
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:22 pm
    This easy indoor beach party for kids has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DipYourWay #CollectiveBias  Summer is coming to a close! Can you believe it? Vacations are wrapping up and back to school shopping is beginning. That means we need to fit in some serious parties and fun before the school bell rings! For fun, I decided The post Indoor Beach Party For Kids appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • A Dad’s Guide To Getting Ready For Back To School With A DIY Kid Friendly Pantry

    Joel Brummett
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:37 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AHugeSale #CollectiveBias Ok dads it is almost that time! Time to stock up the kitchen and office for all the things you need when the kids are heading back to school. I am going to make it super easy for you with this dads guide to getting ready for back The post A Dad’s Guide To Getting Ready For Back To School With A DIY Kid Friendly Pantry appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • Easy All Natural Homemade Guacamole

    Heather Brummett
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:52 am
    Are you craving a delicious crunchy and spicy snack? I have been craving something crunchy but am trying to stick to my healthy weight loss diet. I ended up making this easy all natural guacamole. I paired it with Melba Toast Crackers and Blueberry Iced Tea. It was the perfect healthy snack that helped my craving for a snack. There are so many guacamole recipes The post Easy All Natural Homemade Guacamole appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
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    Change-Diapers.com

  • Cloth Diaper Giveaway Roundup for 7/31/15

    Maria Moser
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Cloth Diaper Giveaway Roundup Every Friday I publish a fresh cloth diaper giveaway roundup. Subscribe to our RSS Feed or subscribe via email. If you’d like me to list your cloth diaper, accessory, baby wearing (etc.) giveaway next week, please complete my giveaway submission form. Giveaways that require the winner to pay anything, including shipping, […] The post Cloth Diaper Giveaway Roundup for 7/31/15 appeared first on Change-Diapers.com, Kids & Cloth Diapers & Going Green.       
  • Thirsties Newborn Package Winner Announcement

    Maria Moser
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This giveaway had 226 entrants and 1503 entries. The winner is Jennifer W. Congratulations! I’m sending you an email so you can claim your prize. The post Thirsties Newborn Package Winner Announcement appeared first on Change-Diapers.com, Kids & Cloth Diapers & Going Green.       
  • New Pediped Styles & School Fundraising Program

    Maria Moser
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Pediped & Back to School Pediped has debuted great new fall styles in Originals®, Grip ‘n’ Go™ and Flex®. Many of these back to school styles are available in larger sizes up to 38 (US Youth 6). Keep your eye out for great Winter styles later this year as well. From Mary Janes, sneaks, special […] The post New Pediped Styles & School Fundraising Program appeared first on Change-Diapers.com, Kids & Cloth Diapers & Going Green.       
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    Kinsa Health Bytes

  • 6 Time-Saving Apps for Busy Parents

    Stephanie Briones
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Wouldn’t it be great if there were a couple more hours each day? 24 hours just doesn’t seem to be enough. Luckily we can take advantage of these great apps that help busy moms and dads carve out more time in the day and make life a bit less hectic. Shyp This app almost, Read More
  • 5 Tips for a Healthy Family Vacation

    Stephanie Briones
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:05 am
    Some of my worst sicknesses or injuries as a child happened on our family vacations. There was the time we discovered I was allergic to penicillin and broke out in a horrible rash or when I got stung by a jellyfish. I’ve had fevers, rashes, infections- you name it. As parents, we can’t prepare, Read More
  • Support As A Feature

    Kinsa Team
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:50 am
    Ah, support. To most people, there’s nothing worse than having to contact support, even for a product that you love. Long reply times, robotic responses, and near-verbatim regurgitations of the Terms Of Service (that you totally read all of before tapping I agree, right?) have become so commonplace that many would rather eat their, Read More
 
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    AppleGreen Cottage

  • 10 fun kids OUTDOOR play activities

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    It's summertime, so what better way to spend family time than outside! Here are 10 ideas for fun outdoor play activities for kids. None of them will break the bank, and they provide great ways to have fun as a family. Have a look!Read more »
  • Baby girl

    23 Jul 2015 | 10:22 am
    New beginnings... It's a girl :)
  • Top 10 Free TUTORIALS you'll really love

    15 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Dear readers of AppleGreen Cottage, THANK YOU. I cannot believe it even myself, but it looks you've been bearing with me for a whole YEAR now!!! Congrats to your patience ;)Now, let's see what things were popular and which things…well not so much! I'm showing them in three (somehow overlapping) categories - kids activities, sewing and DIY - have a look!So here they are in order from 1 to 10 - have a look!Read more »
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    Mommy Bloggers Philippines

  • Samsung ActivDualWash – Mom’s Wonder Washing Machine

    Lanie
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Samsung Digital Appliances had recently introduced a new washing machine which can be the answer to the harshest problems when we wash our clothes : backaches, uncleaned and sometimes damaged clothes. How? Check out these innovative features: 1. Dedicated Sink, Washboard and Water Jet To lessen the frequent squatting and bending, it features a dedicated sink, washboard, and water jet, at a convenient place for pre-treating, eliminating the need for moms to work in a squatting position. This reduces back pain as much as 43 percent*. This configuration also provides on-demand water supply,…
  • Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil’s Perfect Choice – Donita Rose

    Lanie
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:55 am
    Everybody knows how important it is to have a healthy-lifestyle, but good moms know that all of these can only start with healthy cooking. Any good recipe will go senseless if you don’t have the right ingredients (healthy ingredients) and a healthy cooking oil to cook them. Why Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil (JHMCO)? Canola Oil is one of the healthiest cooking oils because it has the lowest saturated fat (BAD FAT) content compared to other cooking oils, and also boasts of high monounsaturated fat (GOOD FAT) content. Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil has oleic acid, omega 3 and omega 6…
  • Explore Your Feelings with Disney Pixar’s Inside Out

    Lanie
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:31 pm
    Have you ever wondered why you feel the way you do? This is the question that Disney and Pixar intend to answer in their newest animated film, Inside Out. The film follows Riley, an 11-year old hockey-loving girl whose life turns upside-down when her family moves to San Francisco. Riley’s emotions—Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger—try to guide her through this difficult phase in her life. Photo credit (1st photo) from www.underthemaskonline.com Inside Out has been earning rave reviews since its mid-June release in the USA, and the critics’ consensus is that Disney Pixar has…
 
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    Swallow, My Sunshine

  • Erased

    Debi
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Between July 1, 2010 and April 10, 2011, I prepared over 800 meals that excluded some combination of dairy, egg, soy, nuts, and wheat. Over 800 times, I checked and double-checked against the current list in my head. What is she allowed to have today?, I asked myself as the restrictions lifted, one by one. […] The post Erased appeared first on Swallow, My Sunshine.
  • Happy Thoughts

    Debi
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:45 pm
    My daughter Sammi, for all the challenges she’s faced in her life so far, has always been able to embrace tiny moments of happiness. In part, I think it is because of a practice we started with her older sister before Sammi was even born; we call it “your happy thoughts.” Here’s how it started: […] The post Happy Thoughts appeared first on Swallow, My Sunshine.
  • Waking Up to the Pill Cutter

    Debi
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:29 pm
    It was the summer of 2011 when, with no swallowed steroids and a totally unrestricted diet, my daughter Sammi was declared to be “in remission” from eosinophilic esophagitis, the disease with which she had been diagnosed almost exactly a year prior. Though we had turned our lives upside down to follow the prescribed elimination diet […] The post Waking Up to the Pill Cutter appeared first on Swallow, My Sunshine.
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    I Heart Arts n Crafts

  • Paper Plate Dinosaur Kids Craft

    Jackie Cravener
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:10 pm
     Today we are creating our own paper plate dinosaur using bubble wrap and paper towel rolls! My son and I are always looking for new ways to play with dinosaurs, the options with this craft are endless. You can make whichever dinosaur you’d like but we ended up choosing a Brachiosaurus for this project (Tyrannosaurus is on our to-do list!). Paper Plate Dinosaur Kids Craft This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy. Supplies: Paper Plate Paint Googly Eyes Bubble Wrap Paper Towel Roll Scissors Glue Card Stock or Construction Paper Directions: First pick the…
  • 15 Make Ahead Back-To-School Breakfast Recipes

    Jackie Cravener
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Mornings before school are always a bit hectic, especially the first few weeks while your kids and you are adjusting to a new schedule. To make sure that I make it out the door in time while saving my sanity I like to have everything ready the night before, including breakfast! I love easy recipes that you can prep one night a week and make enough to last the family all week long. Here’s a list of some easy and delicious recipe ideas that you can make ahead so you’re not rushing on those busy mornings. 25 Make Ahead Breakfast Recipes For Back To School Click on the links below for…
  • 2 Ingredient Neon Bath Paint Recipe

    Jackie Cravener
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:05 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sterling for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Sometimes when you have more than one child, it can be hard finding any activities that both of your kids can do together. One activity that is fun and most kids of all ages love is bath time! Because my daughter is one there’s not a whole lot of crafts that she can help her brother with, who is 3. So when it comes to bath time I’m always looking for ways to make it more fun. One of our favorite bath time activities is painting, I have two different recipes that are safe for babies…
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    Real Mom Life

  • Valuing Motherhood: Becoming a stay-at-home mom

    Christine
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Sometimes God has to get my attention through a whack on the side of the head. For me, that whack came in the form of our one biological daughter, who was born seventeen months after our first daughter.  We had two babies drinking from bottles and wearing diapers.  The oldest was barely walking and the new baby had colic.  We knew we had been blessed, but sometimes in these early months, we felt too blessed. Some women adjust splendidly to the rigors of being a working mom.  I did not.  I tried to have it all, but it felt like I had nothing.  My family was suffering.  (I don’t…
  • Marriage communication help: You have to change!

    Christine
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:39 am
    Have you looked at someone in your life and uttered those words?                          Maybe it’s the spouse whose irritating ways are grating on you. Or it’s the child whose behavior has become unmanageable. It’s so easy to look at them and proclaim, “You need to change!” I’m at an interesting point in marriage and parenting and are admitting we may need help with our marriage communication.  We’re getting older and the kids are nearly grown. Without the chaos and distraction of the intense season of parenting, those traits, attitudes and behaviors are…
  • Special Needs: When Homeschooling Does Not Go Smoothly

    Christine
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:36 am
      Does homeschooling always go smoothly? Something was very wrong.  Despite two years of intensive phonics, my daughter still laboriously sounded out each letter, often mistaking one for another.  By the time she reached the end of a sentence, she was so exhausted from her effort that she did not remember the point of the passage.  She would read, for example, the word “ball” in the second line and could not remember the same word in the fourth line.  I could not have imagined a journey into the world of special needs. Yet, there were many wonderful, positive aspects of her…
 
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    The Alchemist's Heart » Alchemy for Moms | The Alchemist's Heart

  • Inviting Aphrodite: How To Easily Woo Your Inner Goddess (Part Two)

    Christy Harvey
    17 Jul 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Ready for more yumminess? There is an art and a science to inviting Aphrodite into our lives, and I am excited to share  these incredibly effective ways to connect with and embrace your Inner Goddess so your brilliant light can shine. These jewels are based on Kisses from your True Self – simple practices designed to inspire a deeper relationship with the wisest part of you. The best part is that each kiss is GUARANTEED to take 3 minutes or less – although you have total freedom to enjoy the goodness as long as you like. Here is Part Two of Inviting Aphrodite – 15 Ways to…
  • Essential Daily Alchemy Is Here For The First Time

    Christy Harvey
    11 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Announcing Essential Daily Alchemy to help your life feel better fast! Imagine being energetically held, cared for & supported every day, and the difference this can make now.  Are you frustrated that you don’t have someone who truly believes in you and your ability to create a life you love? Are you tired of not having the support you need to move beyond surviving into thriving? I am an alchemist at heart, and I have a solution that came two weeks ago because of a client very much like you. She wrote me, as so many have over the years, with a crucial request: “Please…
  • Inviting Aphrodite: 15 Ways to Absolutely Thrive Now (Part One)

    Christy Harvey
    10 Jul 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Finding Your Inner Goddess Ask any woman whether she’s happy with what she looks like or if she’s completely happy with her life and you’ll likely get a resounding “no.” Ask that same woman, “When was the last time you did something really nice for yourself?” and you’ll likely get silence. After a few moments, she might come back with, “Well there was that day a few months ago when I had the flu and I slept in until 6:00 am.” Sound familiar? It’s sad, really. Why can’t we as women take a day off or do something nice for ourselves? Mary E. Pritchard, PhD of Awakening…
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    Mom in the City: Best of NYC for Families

  • KidzVuz Event – Back to School Highlights

    Kimberly
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:24 pm
    I have mentioned KidzVuz, the super safe video review site for kids that was co-founded by my friends Nancy and Rebecca, several times in the past. Not only do Nancy and Rebecca know how to create a wonderful site for kids, but they also throw great events for bloggers! Sean and I were lucky enough […] The post KidzVuz Event – Back to School Highlights appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • YouTube Kids App: 6 Reasons to Try It

    Kimberly
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:12 pm
    Do you have young kids (ages 5 and under) in your home? If so, definitely check out the YouTube Kids app because it contains a variety of kid-friendly content. I was introduced to the app at a YouTube event at the YouTube Space in downtown Manhattan a couple of weeks ago. (On a side note, I […] The post YouTube Kids App: 6 Reasons to Try It appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Getting Gorgeous 2015 Highlights

    Kimberly
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:21 pm
    I attended several great blogging-related events last week. The most beauty-focused one was Getting Gorgeous 2015 that was hosted by Audrey and Vera. I jotted down my thoughts about the event on the subway train ride home. Below are the highlights: One thing that I loved about the event is that several of the sponsors […] The post Getting Gorgeous 2015 Highlights appeared first on Mom in the City.
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    In Wealth & Health

  • 10 Salad Ingredients to Create a Restaurant Worthy Salad

    Jessa Nowak
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Have you ever had a gourmet salad that blew your mind? Likely, it wasn’t created in your kitchen. We tend to do last minute prep, throwing lettuce in a bowl then tossing it with bottled dressing. Maybe on a good day, a tomato or cucumber will find it’s way in.  Prepare to end your boring salad routine without much extra fuss. Learn what salad ingredients create perfect balance to quickly and easily create a restaurant worthy salad at home. With this method, most of the add-ins don’t require prep, so it’s quick and easy to add a ton of…
  • Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps with Honey Garlic Glaze

    Jessa Nowak
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:07 pm
    Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps   Meatless Monday is a godsend, especially after a weekend full of heavier foods. These Asian inspired vegetarian lettuce wraps provide the right amount of carbs to fill you up while remaining super light and tasty. Take a look, you’ll want to be sure to add this one to your recipe box.     Balance Makes Perfect The balance in this dish is what makes it superb. Opposing flavors jive together creating a sweet and savory taste with warm and cool mouth-feel sensations. The tempeh and garbanzo beans provide a meat-like substance without having to…
  • Frozen Snickers Chocolate Bars

    Jessa Nowak
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Every once in a while, it’s fun to make a sinful dessert. I reserve the right to create delectable treats for special occasions. This past Father’s day, I decided it was time to do something a little different. And so the Frozen Snickers Chocolate Bar recipe was created.  Remember, a healthy, sustainable lifestyle can include any food. ENJOY! Inspiration for these sweet and salty bars came from the recipe developed by Imperial Powdered Sugar found here.    A Great Dessert Varies Texture & Flavor A truly satisfying dessert must have the perfect balance…
 
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    Yeah...So That Just Happened...

  • disgusting ice cream challenge!

    Meg
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:50 pm
    The post disgusting ice cream challenge! appeared first on Yeah...So That Just Happened....
  • Why I’m choosing joy

    Meg
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:14 am
    Update: here is a video explaining it all! So, my kids are making me vlog.  Perhaps you’ve seen our YouTube channel, and thought to yourself that I am truly insane for taking on such a personal, time consuming, endeavor. Let me assure you, that I did resist. Putting your life out there for the world […] The post Why I’m choosing joy appeared first on Yeah...So That Just Happened....
  • LOLZ ALL AROUND

    Meg
    18 Jul 2015 | 9:26 am
    I’m feeling very writer-blocking lately.  The kids and I are having a great summer, and I’m loving vlogging.   It’s a fun way to record our daily lives, and also a way for me to get up and doing stuff, since it’s so easy to sit in front of a screen all day, but that […] The post LOLZ ALL AROUND appeared first on Yeah...So That Just Happened....
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    Rubber Shoes in Hell

  • Dryer Lint Cake And Other Projects

    Michelle
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:59 am
    Four days without work flash by at a different rate of speed. It’s like weekend speed, but on steroids. Four […]
  • Not Fade Away

    Michelle
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:55 am
    You know what is hard? Life. Life is hard and brutal and pain filled. No one gets a pass. We […]
  • Sex, Lies and Scrapbooking

    Michelle
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:25 am
    Just kidding about the sex. There’s no sex. Not here at least. Middle Sister scrapbooks, or at least she used […]
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    FlusteredMom.com - Quest for Wellness

  • Proven Way to Create Blissful Children: Mindfulness

    4 Aug 2015 | 8:16 am
    Tweet Teaching children mindfulness is one of the greatest gifts you can give your kids. What are the Benefits of Mindfulness? If you want to instill every tool your child needs to be successful, then mindfulness is essential to teach.  There is ample research available documenting dramatic benefits of mindfulness.  Mindfulness has a lifelong impact on an individual’s mind, body and soul.  Research and personal reports consistently document the joy, bliss and contentment achieved by those who practice mindfulness.  Why Kids Should Learn Mindfulness Have you ever…
  • That Sugar Film is an Eye-opening Documentary - Must See!

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Tweet This morning, I had the opportunity to preview That Sugar Film.  This eye-opening documentary follows actor Damon Gameau’s provocative health experiment.  It will be available OnDemand and on iTunes tomorrow, July 31st.    For 60 days, Damon commits to eating a diet consisting of “healthy” and “low-fat” foods.  His caloric intake and exercise routine remained the same.  The only thing changed, were the types of foods he ingested.  This entertaining film illustrates the astonishing amount of sugar hidden in foods…
  • 12 Easy Tips for an Invigorating & Healthy Vacation

    28 Jul 2015 | 6:09 am
    Follow Tweet Keep Your Family Healthy While Traveling No one wants to start vacation with a cold or the flu.  Changes in routines and exposure to foreign germs can make you sick.  A week in a hotel taking care of sick kids is not relaxing.  Follow these 12 tips to keep your family healthy while traveling. 1.      Rest.  Maintain your sleep schedule.  This can be difficult when traveling in different time zones.  Jet lag and poor sleep will wreak havoc on your immune system. If possible, try not to change your schedule too much. If you…
 
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    The Spew

  • THE USELESS SHIT LIST #245

    Diana Davis
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    I recently got into an unmarked car with a strange man who picked me up on the side of the road in one of New Jersey’s most notoriously dangerous cities. The police call this behavior unsafe and irresponsible. The general … Continue reading →
  • Getting Published Is Like Finding That Dorito With all the Cheese

    Diana Davis
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:51 am
    Occasionally my posts get republished on other sites and it’s an awesome thrill for me for two reasons: 1.) It means that at least a few people are actually reading my blog and 2.) It means that someone likes it enough … Continue reading →
  • THE USELESS SHIT LIST (#244)

    Diana Davis
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:09 am
    Happy Friday Bitches! Here’s this week’s list of useless shit that will make you moderately more interesting at parties. You’re welcome. 1. The Bubble Lizard. I want one. That’s not true. Lizards are just tiny dinosaurs and dinosaurs hate humans. I saw Jurassic Park. 2. … Continue reading →
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    The Eyes of a Boy

  • How to Get the Best Stitch Fix Clothes

    theeyesofaboyblog@gmail.com
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:22 pm
    When I first decided to start Stitch Fix about 7 months ago, I did it on a whim and had no real expectations of what I was going to receive in my monthly deliveries from my new personal stylist. Now, as I await the arrival of my next box of Stitch Fix clothes, I’ve realized there’s some great tips and tricks to get the best clothes from your Stitch Fix stylist. Your stylist wants to make you happy, and wants you to love your clothes! They draw a lot of inspiration for what they’re going to send you from what YOU tell them. So, that’s they main key. You’ve got to…
  • Homemade Pizza – Taco Style

    theeyesofaboyblog@gmail.com
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:28 pm
    You know those nights when you just want to make something quick for dinner, that isn’t super unhealthy, that your kids will actually eat? There’s way too many of those night around here at our house. The other night I threw together a quick Taco Pizza, and I was thrilled and (not gonna lie) a little shocked that my boys ate it! Woohoo, total Mom Win! Although, I could probably cover an old shoe in enough cheese and they would eat that, too. This homemade pizza is not very difficult to make, and you can grab some pre-made pizza dough at the grocery store to cut down on prep time.
  • Simple Homemade Bruschetta Recipe

    theeyesofaboyblog@gmail.com
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:02 pm
     I am of Italian descent. I love to eat, and I love to eat delicious Italian food. Homemade bruschetta is such a simple dish to make, but there’s just something so good about it. The combination of the flavors of cheese and tomato and garlic just make your tastebuds do a little dance inside your mouth! I recently whipped up a batch of super yummy homemade bread. You can get that recipe here. When the bread came out of the oven, I decided to turn some of it into homemade bruschetta! It was absolutely delish. This bruschetta recipe is perfect to throw together as a quick homemade…
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    The Screenwriter's Wife

  • How to Keep Going When Your Marriage Is Hard. Really, Really Hard. Part 2

    The Screenwriter's Wife
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:35 am
    This is Part 2 of a two-part post. CLICK HERE to read part one, When Marriage Is Hard. Really, Really Hard. In Part 1, I talk about the personal struggles of being in an unhappy marriage. This Part Two will will offer practical advice and suggestions for how to keep going when you’re in a difficult place in your marriage. A Quick Note About Marriage Counseling: Counseling is often the go-to advice for struggling marriages and I absolutely do think that counseling can be a great thing and give a couples a chance to speak freely and really dive into the truth of their convoluted…
  • When Marriage Is Hard. Really, Really Hard. Part 1.

    The Screenwriter's Wife
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:31 am
    The other day in my facebook news feed I saw a reader question posed from a website I follow. The gist went something like this: “My husband and I have been married for 6 years but I can’t even remember the last time I felt like I liked him. He’s nothing like the guy I thought I married. He’s mean to me and I’m mostly unhappy. I sometimes think about leaving but don’t because I think it’s important for our 18 mo. old son to grow up with both his mother and father. I want my marriage to work, but I’m tired of getting nothing back. I’m not…
  • A Leap of Faith, a Life Re-focus, a Guy With Ebola, and the book Called For Life

    The Screenwriter's Wife
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:18 am
    (Though it will likely be the 24th by the time this posts, right now, it is still the evening of July 23, 2015.) On July 22, 2014, I took a leap of faith on a new job. The leap meant more than just a new job opportunity though, it was also a first step into an unknown future, requiring a willingness to say, “I don’t know what’s going to happen here – but I’m doing it anyway.” KP was uncertain, was even against it somewhat, but I knew it was right and forced him to take the chance with me. Little did I know, halfway around the world and seemingly completely…
 
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