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  • Holiday #Gift Ideas At @MicrosoftStore #Sponsored

    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families
    Beth B.
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    After countless experiences of giving my kids gifts they were asking for (even begging for), that they then abandoned after a short time – I pledged to try to buy gifts that last. During the holidays some of my favorite gift ideas (that last throughout the year) are technology devices and accessories. I was excited when SocialMoms and Microsoft asked me to participate in a sponsored blogging program to discuss holiday gift ideas at the Microsoft Store because they have such a wide range of technology devices and accessories gift ideas under one roof!       Here is a…
  • A New Driver in the House

    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom
    Jessica Gottlieb
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Roughly six months ago we bought Jane a car. We made this purchase mindfully. As soon as Jane had her driver’s permit I had her do the bulk of the driving. My preference being that by the time she was ready to drive on her own she had at least a hundred hours under her belt. Six months later I do believe she had considerably more. We gave Jane six months of driving an average of 45 minutes a day in her own car before she was fully licensed. We bought her a crossover with great safety ratings and enough power to get on the freeway safely but not enough to get into trouble. I taught her…
  • Hey, Macklemore! Can we go thrift shopping? What what what what?

    Brain Soup For The Dysfunctional Soul
    Shannon akaMonty
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:14 pm
    I'm gonna pop some tagsOnly got 20 dollars in my pocket...So around here we have the Uptown Thrift Store. I love to shop there on a Sunday, because Sunday is Green Bag day.What it is, you purchase a reusable green bag for about a dollar, as many of them as you want (I have two). Then on Sunday, you take your green bags in, and they'll have a color posted for that day...say...orange (which it was, last Sunday).Whatever clothes have orange (or whatever color they've chosen) tags can go in your green bags - as much as you can cram in there. When you check out, you're charged by the bagful, which…
  • Art Aquarium experience at Melbourne Aquarium {Giveaway}

    Miscellaneous Mum - Trying to find the objective correlative, everyday
    Karen Andrews
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:25 pm
    This past weekend, we were guests of the Melbourne Aquarium to get a preview look and try-out of their new ‘Art Aquarium’ exhibit for the summer. This interactive experience, set up on a state-of-the-art screen, allows the young (and young at heart – see picture!) to create their own fish to then see projected onto a virtual aquarium and see swim around! As you can see in my picture, I chose a shark, but there are a number of different species on offer to colour in. Riley’s first fish was a jellyfish and Keira’s was a tropical kind. It was exciting to see your…
  • Strengths and Weaknesses – How They Impact Our Worlds

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    Aruni
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:14 pm
    I read and took the Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment back in 2011, and what it told me my Top 5 strengths were seemed to make sense at the time, although I was surprised at what they call “Woo.”  I just joined a new company where strengths are valued, and I had the opportunity to take the assessment again, but this time it was the original version: Now, Discover Your Strengths(Amazon link). It’s a useful tool to help you understand yourself and others. Interestingly, two of my Top 5 strengths changed from the last time I took it.  The two that dropped out were Strategic and…
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    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families

  • Holiday #Gift Ideas At @MicrosoftStore #Sponsored

    Beth B.
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    After countless experiences of giving my kids gifts they were asking for (even begging for), that they then abandoned after a short time – I pledged to try to buy gifts that last. During the holidays some of my favorite gift ideas (that last throughout the year) are technology devices and accessories. I was excited when SocialMoms and Microsoft asked me to participate in a sponsored blogging program to discuss holiday gift ideas at the Microsoft Store because they have such a wide range of technology devices and accessories gift ideas under one roof!       Here is a…
  • Online Learning @Curious, From #DIY Beading Jewels to #Coding Ruby on Rails

    Beth B.
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    Check on the bottom of this post for a special link to get a Curious.com Course Credit.       Online learning has captured the attention of my friends and me as our children progress through Middle School and High School and we keep wondering why our kids should have all the fun, learning new skills and information online. Curious.com is a great resource in the quest for online education. It is a marketplace for lifelong learning that offers a wide range of online courses in formats friendly to anyone who wants to learn something new or advance their skills. The site offers…
  • Tech To Prepare For Severe Weather Like #BayAreaStorm

    Beth B.
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Growing up in the East Coast helped me prepare for extreme weather. As a kid the school closing for a snow day was so exciting because it meant a day of sledding with my friends. But as an adult I have seen how dangerous extreme weather can be. In California we have had droughts the last few years which was dangerous in it’s own way. But it almost made me forget the steps to prepare for Winter weather.     The good news is that today is big rainstorm (#BayAreaStorm) in a state that has been suffering a terrible drought.  The bad news is that rainstorms in my area of Northern…
 
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • A New Driver in the House

    Jessica Gottlieb
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Roughly six months ago we bought Jane a car. We made this purchase mindfully. As soon as Jane had her driver’s permit I had her do the bulk of the driving. My preference being that by the time she was ready to drive on her own she had at least a hundred hours under her belt. Six months later I do believe she had considerably more. We gave Jane six months of driving an average of 45 minutes a day in her own car before she was fully licensed. We bought her a crossover with great safety ratings and enough power to get on the freeway safely but not enough to get into trouble. I taught her…
  • HTC RE Camera

    Jessica Gottlieb
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    The folks at HTC dropped off a RE Camera for me to play with. Trying out the RE camera from HTC. Looking forward to using it in the Cook Islands. A photo posted by Jessica Gottlieb (@jessicagottlieb) on Dec 12, 2014 at 12:04pm PST It’s a weird looking camera. Almost like a periscope and since there’s no viewfinder my kids and I just spent a lot of time staring it and waiting for it to do something. Pro tip: It doesn’t do anything if you just stare at it. The RE Camera is pretty cool though if you’re looking for something between your phone and a GoPro. It’s…
  • 2015 Mazda3 Review: It’s Time to Revisit Mazda – I Really Enjoyed it

    Jessica Gottlieb
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:54 pm
    When the folks at Mazda asked me if I wanted to try driving the 2015 Mazda3 I said, “No thank you.” Two years ago when I drove a Mazda 3 I found it to be rather unimpressive. They then explained to me that the Mazda3 had changed quite a bit so I agreed to have Mazda drop one off for a week. I am pleased that I made that decision. I can’t talk about all the changes that have happened from the old Mazda3 to the new one. The most remarkable difference I felt was in the power and handling. Now it’s unfair to treat these is the same vehicle because before I drove…
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    Brain Soup For The Dysfunctional Soul

  • Hey, Macklemore! Can we go thrift shopping? What what what what?

    Shannon akaMonty
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:14 pm
    I'm gonna pop some tagsOnly got 20 dollars in my pocket...So around here we have the Uptown Thrift Store. I love to shop there on a Sunday, because Sunday is Green Bag day.What it is, you purchase a reusable green bag for about a dollar, as many of them as you want (I have two). Then on Sunday, you take your green bags in, and they'll have a color posted for that day...say...orange (which it was, last Sunday).Whatever clothes have orange (or whatever color they've chosen) tags can go in your green bags - as much as you can cram in there. When you check out, you're charged by the bagful, which…
  • Make it Cyber ThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayMonday shopping!

    Shannon akaMonty
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    *Annoying advertising because I NEED MONEY*Support small business! (especially my family's!)Lots of items NEW WITH TAGS! If you love the fun and intensity of auction bidding - we've got you covered! If you are impatient and want it RIGHT NOW - we've got that for you too! You can also make me a BEST OFFER!Suits, shoes, skirts, dresses, coats, jackets, jeans, formal gowns, dress pants, sweaters, handbags, belts, and even some sweaters, shirts, and sport coats for the menfolk!Be sure not to miss out-visit ALL THREE SITES to find the best deals. Lots of sizes, lots of price ranges, lots of…
  • My First ComicCon: A (mostly) Pictorial Essay

    Shannon akaMonty
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:44 pm
    #WWTulsaCCSo I got home today from the Tulsa ComicCon. It was sort of a surreal experience; not only did I get to actually leave hearth and home (and children OMG YES) for the best part of 3 days, I went to this huge event ALONE.Yes.ALONE.Which, as you know, is how I typically prefer things, but most of you also know I am not really sociable on my best day and  I tend toward introversion and wall-hugging in large crowds, parties...dates. Whatever.Let me take a quick moment to say THANK YOU to the considerable number of people it took to make this trip possible and hella fun (since it…
 
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    Miscellaneous Mum - Trying to find the objective correlative, everyday

  • Art Aquarium experience at Melbourne Aquarium {Giveaway}

    Karen Andrews
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:25 pm
    This past weekend, we were guests of the Melbourne Aquarium to get a preview look and try-out of their new ‘Art Aquarium’ exhibit for the summer. This interactive experience, set up on a state-of-the-art screen, allows the young (and young at heart – see picture!) to create their own fish to then see projected onto a virtual aquarium and see swim around! As you can see in my picture, I chose a shark, but there are a number of different species on offer to colour in. Riley’s first fish was a jellyfish and Keira’s was a tropical kind. It was exciting to see your…
  • Shift Your Thinking to Change Your Life

    Karen Andrews
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you had asked me five or ten years, or even 12 months, ago if I thought I’d ever run a marathon, I probably would’ve shrugged my shoulders and said brightly, “Oh, sure, I reckon. Probably. Maybe. Pass me some wine, please.” The difference between that Karen and me right now… isn’t all that much, honestly. I just made the conscious decision to do it. That didn’t mean I was any less nervous as I prepared, but it did eliminate a lot of the flip-flopping that I do when making (some) big decisions. Marathon training, and writing again, required a lot of…
  • Year of Creative Engagement – November and December and Overall Summary

    Karen Andrews
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:34 am
    Extracted from original introductory post: The Year of Creative Engagement (#yoce) will be my attempt to document my creative journey, put greater stock in accountability and output, while also showing what new work I’m reading or listening to. My monthly book reports already feature here on the blog, and this exercise will also appear on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram. These will be hashtagged #yoce I’ve already begun this journey, for I’ve been participating in the Month of Poetry project, posting micro poems every day this month on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #mop14.
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    entrepreMusings

  • Strengths and Weaknesses – How They Impact Our Worlds

    Aruni
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:14 pm
    I read and took the Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment back in 2011, and what it told me my Top 5 strengths were seemed to make sense at the time, although I was surprised at what they call “Woo.”  I just joined a new company where strengths are valued, and I had the opportunity to take the assessment again, but this time it was the original version: Now, Discover Your Strengths(Amazon link). It’s a useful tool to help you understand yourself and others. Interestingly, two of my Top 5 strengths changed from the last time I took it.  The two that dropped out were Strategic and…
  • Transitions are Constant

    Aruni
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Change is constant. We are always transitioning from one thing to another and/or from one stage of life to another.  I find that when those transition times happen for me, they tend to be good times to sort through and organize stuff I rarely make time to organize.  My home office is just a little more organized as of yesterday.  I’ve shoved things out of view into closets, file cabinets, and drawers which makes me feel better and helps create space to process the transition. I’ve also been cleaning out my email inbox, and I found some articles I’ve been meaning to post…
  • Clash of Clans Reminds Me of Business

    Aruni
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    My 12 year old son made an interesting statement while we were driving to soccer practice today.  He said that Clash of Clans, a game he plays often on my iPhone and the mini-iPad that he and his sister share, is like business.  He said it out of the blue.  He hears me and his dad talk about businesses and companies often. I asked him why he thought that and he said because you can join clans, you have to find clans, and then sometimes people are nice or not nice in those clans.  You can leave clans, some you can just join, some you have to be invited to join, and others you have to ask…
 
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    Lotus Carroll

  • “Cinematic” Challenge Winners

    Lotus Carroll
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:26 am
    Congratulations to the winners of last month’s Self Portrait Challenge!First Place: Ruslan HrushchakSecond Place: Christopher GermanoThird Place: Nina Agi B.Fourth Place: Lorena MasiYou can see their photos below – wonderful examples of Cinematic Photography! photos are slightly cropped for the purpose of the mosaic – you can view the originals in the event linked below The winners got prizes and their photos will be featured in the Winners Category at The Art of Self Portraiture Community http://goo.gl/qc7VOBig thanks to all of our fantastic November sponsors, Think…
  • Emotional Arsonist

    Lotus Carroll
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
     true fires of the heart burn long after last tending and only completely die out when the pulse fails        This work by Lotus Carroll is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. To license commercially, please email.
  • The Drink and Click™ Show, with Michael Bonocore

    Lotus Carroll
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    It’s time for another episode, so grab your drinks and come hang out and chat with us! Hosts Juan Gonzalez and I are geared up and ready to talk to guest Michael Bonocore about his photography and related projects, and life in general. Joining the discussion are panelists Mel Peifer, Eustace James, Stacy Vitallo, and J.J. Bentley, so we’ll get to see what they’ve been up to lately, too! We’ll also be unveiling the winners of the October “Nightmares” Challenge. See the finalists here: http://goo.gl/GV3bX5 Thanks to our October prize…
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  • Holiday Romance : Celebration in the Oaks at New Orleans City Park

    CajunMama
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:03 am
    The holiday season can be filled with presents and family and parties and chaos. For many people, the holidays can also be a time of reflection and nostalgia and TRAVEL! My kids are teenagers now and using them as an excuse to enjoy Christmas lights is no longer valid. It’s time for me to admit that at 41 years old, I still find holiday light displays as magical and romantic as a night sky full of starlight. And adding a few nights away from home even adds to that romance! There are spectacular light displays found all over the US during this time of year, but closer to home for us is…
  • Shop and Drop at a Hotel

    RollingMama
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Photo by Jim Twardowski Hotel Indigo Houston, Texas   ‘Tis the season to shop.  Hotels across the country are offering  travelers some delightful packages by partnering with mega malls and boutique shops.  From San Francisco to New York City, hotels are enticing shopaholics with everything from discounted stays and gift cards to free parking and complimentary meals. Pack your bags and bring an extra–empty suitcase–for all the wonderful items you will find. Here’s a dozen destinations and hotels with great ways to save while you shop. Alexandria, Virginia The…
  • Frugal Hotel Finds: Houston, Bloomington, and New Orleans

    RollingMama
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Royal Sonesta Houston, Texas   Kick off the holiday season with the royal treatment on the rooftop of Houston’s fabulous Royal Sonesta.  Book a stay for Thanksgiving Day, November 27, and view the annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting ceremony and 7 pm fireworks.  Guests also receive dessert, hot chocolate, and champagne for two.  Other perks include a $25 credit good for the three on-site eateries, complimentary self-parking for one vehicle and a 4 p.m. late checkout. Rates for the package start at $169 per room for double occupancy. Need an extra day to snag some holiday gifts at…
 
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    Adventures in Babywearing

  • Around and around.

    7 Dec 2014 | 9:23 pm
    I put up the Christmas tree in a different spot than last year and it's like a whole new world in here. I debated on putting one up at all. With showing the house I didn't know if I should do a real tree or fake, or maybe just skip it altogether. Then I ended up finding a fake one that looked real and then we put a zillion lights on it and I'm really glad we went for it.I feel like it was just Thanksgiving and now the kids only have two weeks of school until Christmas break. I need to remember that I'm in charge of getting the goody bags for the kindergarten class holiday party and I am…
  • Into December

    3 Dec 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Our guests are on their way home. There are no longer pumpkins on my porch (which is, like, months early compared to last year's pumpkins that stayed until the Super Bowl) and I'm getting out the Christmas decorations a little at a time.The house is quiet. I mandated homework time for the boys and gave Ivy a toy catalog to circle for her Christmas list. I need to prepare for more showings tomorrow. I put on holiday music for the first time this year today. It helped in a little way, as it always does. Can't believe it's December again.
  • Behind the scenes

    29 Nov 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Carter & Grandma peeling the potatoes.We are on day three of leftovers and there doesn't appear to be an end in sight which is a very good thing considering my cooktop bit the dust just as we were turning off the burner for the mashed potatoes and were about to sit down to Thanksgiving dinner. It wouldn't shut off and the repair man won't be here until Tuesday. So. Yay leftovers and restaurant breakfasts!FOOTBALL. (ugh)Noah & Grandma make the gravy.It's been a very long and full holiday. We Thanksgiving'ed and then yesterday Jeff and I officially listed the house- sign in the yard and…
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    The Bloggess

  • UPDATED: If you need help, or if you want to help…

    thebloggess
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:21 pm
    UPDATE! I’ve lost track of where we are but we’d Donated over $10,000 of toys in the first 24 hours & it’s been snowballing since then. My blog only shows 700 comments per page before making you click “newer comments”. sHortcut: click here for comments 700-1400 and click here for comments after 1400. SEE More SUPER IMPORTANT UPDATES AT END… Remember in 2010 when I gave out gift cards in the name of James Garfield (the taxidermied boar) to the first twenty people who told me they didn’t know how they were going to afford toys for their kids…
  • Number one, I’m gonna need you to be honest here…

    thebloggess
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:16 am
    It’s been awhile since we’ve had a good poll so I thought I’d get your opinion on a question I often ask during uncomfortable silences: Take Our Poll By the way, one of these answers is mine.  10 points to Gryffindor if you guess which. And now, the weekly wrap-up of awesomeness: Shit I made in my shop (Named “EIGHT POUNDS OF UNCUT COCAINE” so that your credit card bill will be more interesting.): Holiday sweaters are too itchy so I made you this. Shit-I-didn’t-come-up-with-but-wish-I-did-because-it’s-awesome: Kick-ass stuff I pinned. Aw.
  • I’m a murderer. Sort of.

    thebloggess
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    Remember a few weeks ago when I confessed that I can’t keep a houseplant alive, but then somehow managed to accidentally grow a plant in my pantry when a sweet potato went rogue?  And then I gave it googley eyes and a name? Sam I. Yam in happier times. Naturally smiley and high in vitamin C. Well it turns out I can’t even keep a yam alive because – in spite of my care – Sam turned gaunt and withered and started to decompose.  Sam was blossoming just fine when he was lost in the back of the pantry but when I rescued him he started dying immediately.  It’s…
 
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    So Close

  • Slow learner

    Tertia
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    10 years ago my husband learnt a painful lesson:  I can only be teased up until a point.  After that point, you proceed at your own peril. However, 10 years is a long time. It is understandable that one might forget after such a long time.   Tonight he was reminded.  Don't poke the bear. Unless you are at a safe distance. RELATED:  I might be old, but my reactions are still up there. Heh.  Marko is a massive, ginormous tease. He loves to joke around, the fart.  I have learnt over the years to be one step ahead of him. Do not react, do not flinch.  The moment you show any weakness…
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    mod*mom

  • mod holiday trees :: 1964-1965 New York World's Fair :: family phone booth

    modmom
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:37 pm
    mod holiday trees in house of the future :: 1964-1965 New York World's Fair :: family phone boothprogressland  The 1964-1965 New York World's Fair: by bill cotter
  • DIY ornaments decor gifts 1960s mod style

    modmom
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    DIY holiday ornaments 1960s mod stylemadebycathy midcenturymaude apartmenttherapy curbly purlbee
  • midcentury chair giveaway Herman Miller :: ApartmentTherapy $1,276

    modmom
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Herman Miller Eames Molded Plastic Side Chairs are icons of midcentury modern design, + look as modern now. they're adorable + comfortable.created by design icons Charles and Ray Eames, these architectural chairs are made of durable, 100% recyclable polypropylene, in 14 colors.enter to win a set of 4 Herman Miller Eames Molded Plastic Side Chairs with Wire Bases, a value of $1276, on ApartmentTherapy before December 13.
 
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    Mommies With Style

  • When I Go Into my Local GameStop, it’s like Going into Cheers, EVERYBODY KNOWS MY NAME

    Whitney
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:23 am
    Do you guys have gamers in your house?  That’s pretty much all my boys are about over here.  We have both a WiiU and an Xbox360 and I’d say the WiiU is definitely the preferred system of choice right now although I do see Nate (11) starting to move over to the Xbox more. For gaming purchases, I’m all about GameStop.  While I love Amazon, GameStop has so many advantages for game purchases and I’m pretty much there ALL THE TIME. First off all, I totally take advantage of the trade-in and love that about it.  My kids get tired of games a lot so we’ll take used…
  • 47% off Skylanders Trap Team TABLET on Amazon RIGHT NOW!

    Whitney
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Whoa, this is a hot deal!  I happened to see this while I was shopping – you can get the Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack for the Tablet for $39.99 (normally $74.99).  Would I bet crazy to get this when we already have it on the WiiU?  Such a good deal!!!
  • #GoldEmblem Twitter Party TONIGHT 8pET Hosts @ClassyMommy @WhitneyMWS @CVS_Extra

    Whitney
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:56 am
    Join TONIGHT at 8 pm ET for a fun #GoldEmblem Twitter party that I’m co-hosting! Colleen and I will be giving way lots of Gold Emblem goodies including those pictured above. This time of year, it’s always good to have extra snacks and items you can have on hand to either bring as a hostess goodie or when you are hosting a holiday party yourself. I’m a huge fan of Gold Emblem products from CVS because they are tasty and make it really easy! #GoldEmblem Twitter Party Details   When: Wednesday December 17 8pm ET Where: Easily join with the hashtag #GoldEmblem Hosts:…
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    Kids Activities Blog

  • Scented Sensory Play with Rainbow Beans

    Rachel
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Sensory play is one of the themes in the new book from Asia Citro, 150 Screen-Free Activities for Kids – 238 pages of play!  This book is great for preschoolers, so many ideas and recipes for open-ended play.  Our three year olds loved browsing the different activities. We settled on page 169, Colored Beans.  Our variation, rainbow beans, are scented! Scented Sensory Play Creating Rainbow Beans: (affiliate links) White Northern Beans – we got 6 lbs of beans!  I think we could have gotten double the amount. Neon Food Dye.  The brighter the better! Rubbing Alcohol Essential…
  • Toilet Roll Crafts: City Build & Play DIY Stacking Toy

    Michelle McInerney | MollyMoo
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s no secret that I love dreaming up toilet roll crafts and activities! From toilet roll octopus and cats to star wars characters and even ninjas! you absolutely have no option but to start hoarding toilet paper rolls right now! This Toilet Roll City is the most frugal of crafts for home crafting – the perfect make and play craft, with limitless stacking possibilities. The how-to is simple: Snip, Paint and Stack What you need: toilet paper rolls, or kitchen paper cores, scissors and paint. Start by making four slits at each end of the paper rolls. Then paint, with windows on…
  • 25 Glitter Crafts – add a little sparkle to your kids crafts and activities

    Michelle McInerney | MollyMoo
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Whether you’re looking for some sparkly ideas for Christmas, stamped glitter hearts for Valentines, fairy and mermaid crafts for girls or simply want a little extra bling and delight to your everyday sensory and craft projects, you can find the best of the bedazzled right here. Check out more in these 25 DIY Glitter Crafts that are sure to sparkle and delight in your home or classroom. Glitter Sponge Cakes for Pretend Play One word – genius! sorry two words – adorable genius! via easypeasykids Glittery Goo This sparkly oozy recipe is great fun for children to play with…
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    Fluid Pudding

  • Christmahanukwanzaakah is here!

    fluidpudding
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    The Ninth Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert has gone live at Citizen of the Month, and I’m so proud to be a part of it, and even prouder to be the closing musical act. I haven’t practiced the piano in years (and it shows), but preparing for this concert reminded me of just how much I love sitting down and punching out music around the holidays. Enjoy the show, and Merry Christmahanukwanzaakah to each and every one of you.
  • Rest in peace, sweet Monapants.

    fluidpudding
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    Tomorrow would have been Ramona Quimby’s sixth birthday. Sadly, we had to say goodbye to her on Friday evening. I planned on writing a little tribute to her similar to the one I posted about Sid back in July, but you know what? It’s just too much going from being a two cat family to a zero cat family in less than five months, and I’m having a hard time dealing with it. (Wednesday is the five month anniversary of Sid’s death.) I’ve spent most of the weekend thinking that I hear Mona jumping up on the bed. Last night I mistook Meredith’s black boot for Mona.
  • Once I had a love and it was a gas. Soon turned out, had a heart of glass.

    fluidpudding
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    I left my house yesterday morning at approximately 9:45 to make it to my 10:45 appointment with the heart guy. At 9:53, a police offer pulled out of a subdivision to follow me with his lights on. Because there was no lane in which to pull over yet a gas station was less than a block away, I drove to the gas station. As I drove to the station (about a 20 second drive), the police officer turned on his siren to let everyone in the neighborhood know that the woman in the Hyundai Sonata was raising some law breaking hell. Officer: I pulled you over because you were going 48 in a 35, and I’m…
 
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    Momo Fali's

  • My Christmas Wish List 2014

    Momo Fali
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:41 am
    All I want for Christmas is a major life shift, world peace, the end to systemic discrimination, and endless love, but since I can’t have those things, here’s my real wishlist. Oh, wait. I can’t have these things either. Darn the price tags! 1. iPhone 6 I currently have a 4s, which is the equivalent of a flip-phone. I also have man-hands, which makes sending emails dangerous on a small screen. Typos-R-Us. Isn’t she lovely? 2. Cuff This smart jewelry isn’t actually available yet, but it can be pre-ordered! I want this in ALL the ways. It’s an activity…
  • Why We Should Forgive Ray Rice

    Momo Fali
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    Hold on. Let me tell you where I’m coming from. Before I met my husband, to whom I’ve been married for over 17 years, I was in an abusive relationship. This does not make me an expert on domestic violence, but it gives me a unique perspective. I know what it’s like to look into the eyes of someone who is supposed to love you and feel nothing but pain. Ray Rice did something wrong. Very wrong. Without exception, a man should never hit a woman (and vice versa) and there is absolutely no excuse for his behavior. He should be punished for it, and if it is determined the…
  • Just Listen

    Momo Fali
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    I didn’t grow up with black friends. I lived in a white suburb, surrounded by white neighbors. I don’t remember a single person of color in my elementary school and there were only a handful in my very large high school. I’ve worked with one black man in my entire career. After my husband and I got married, I gained a black niece and her four children have become my great-niece and nephews. Through blogging, I have met some of the most thought-provoking women (and men) of color. These people, this family, and community is mine, regardless of the shade of their skin. Where I…
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    Tammy Gibson | A Mom in Red High Heels

  • Aging With Grace (and good skin care products!)

    Tammy Gibson
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    The other day I saw a woman whom I haven’t seen in at least 13 years. We worked together when I was in my early 20′s. She said to me, “You’ve matured!” Ummm, thank you? I’m not sure if that was intended as a compliment or she was being a “mean girl” at age 60 with her Juvederm smooth face. Don’t get me wrong, I’d totally invest in Juvederm and frequent Botox treatments if I didn’t have to pay for, you know, life but the comment didn’t sit well with me. It made me start to really think about how people saw me. I…
  • Gifts for Women With Boho Chic Style

    Tammy Gibson
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:38 am
    She is eclectic and free-spirited. Her style is inspired by travel and art. She has a Boho Chic style personality. Felt Floppy Hat Large Pom Pom Earrings Nine West Olette Tall Boots (currently on sale!) Natural Beauty Secrets: Easy Homemade Coconut & Essential Oil Recipes for Radiant Skin and Hair Maxi Kimono (similar) Fox Socks Embellished Turban Headband (currently on sale!) Mason Pearson Pocket Bristle Brush Brands to shop for the Boho Chic Style include Free People, Zig Zag Stripe, ASOS (some styles), Twisted Silver jewelry Elements to look for: Flowing fabric, tribal print, earth…
  • The Best Stocking Stuffers for Women

    Tammy Gibson
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    Stuffing her stocking with fabulous items is just as important as the gifts under the tree.  Start with a gorgeous stocking like this one, from Creationz by Catherine on Etsy.  It has personality and style, just like the woman you are buying for. Fill her stocking with amazing gifts that are both stylish and functional: Not that any woman should have to explain her needs but here is why these items are so essential: Beadaholique Clear Rubber Bullet Clutch Earring Safety Backs- because we love our earrings and don’t want to lose them just because we keep losing the backs! Swoon…
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  • Getting Your Child to Sleep While on Vacation

    Dr. Whitney Roban
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    Vacation. It’s a great time for families to experience new things and have fun adventures, but it can also wreak havoc on a child’s sleep routine.  Sleeping in a new place is never easy and you can expect that there will be interruptions to the sleeping patterns that your children have become so accustomed to. Knowing this going in – in addition to the tips below – will make for a smoother transition and a better vacation time for all! 1. You want the travel sleep environment to be as similar as possible to the child’s home sleep environment. Therefore, try to pack as…
  • 5 Ways For Moms To Have Manners In A World of Technology

    Guest Writer
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:42 pm
    How many times have you gone to a kid’s birthday party, and gotten a mass email as a thank you? It seems like this is norm lately, and I have to admit, it bugs me. If I bought your child a present, wrapped it threw it into a five dollar gift bag with tissue paper, and then endured screaming kids for two hours on a sugar high at the indoor bouncy place, I think I can expect, at the very least, a personal thank you. This isn’t my only beef (no offense, vegans) with the lack of etiquette nowadays. Granted, when I first moved to the U.S. from Canada, I realized that I was apologizing…
  • 10 “No Drama” Holiday Rules for New Mamas

    modernprincess
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
    “A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.” – Garrison Keillor New moms have plenty to celebrate during the holiday season with a new baby at home.  But it’s also the most hectic hustle-bustle time of year. Here you are, trying to adjust to a whole new normal of sleepless nights, 24/7 feeding schedules, and days so full they pass like time-lapse photography:  sunrise melts into sunset.  Where’d the day go?! Even thinking about decorations, festivities or gift-buying can seem like gargantuan…
 
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    A Mommy Story

  • A Little Hard To See

    Christina
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:38 am
    Each Monday at school, Cordy’s class starts their week by writing down all of that week’s homework assignments on a homework log provided by the teacher. This helps the kids plan their week and, more importantly in our case, helps Aaron and I guide Cordy on her homework for the week. I absolutely love the homework log. At first, Cordy’s homework log was written in pencil. However, I think she was getting bored with pencil, and so she started bringing home a log written in different colors of pen each week. I wasn’t concerned, other than pen made it impossible to erase…
  • Thanksgiving Day Race Fail

    Christina
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:50 am
    I realized I left everyone hanging about the outcome of my foot. My orthopedic doctor suggested an MRI to determine the cause of the pain on the outside edge of my foot, wanting to rule out a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal. The good news is that there was no sign of any fractures. The bones looked healthy and strong. He said there wasn’t a lot of fluid or anything indicating a severe tendonitis, either, but that it’s still possible to have tendonitis without the swelling and fluid. So the recommendation was that I wear the boot for another 2-3 weeks and do physical…
  • Nine Lessons from Nine Years of Blogging

    Christina
    29 Nov 2014 | 6:55 pm
    A week ago, I was looking at the date and thinking November 22 should mean something to me. It felt like a date I needed to remember. After some thought (and looking through my archives), I realized it was the date that I had started this blog. Woo! Happy blogiversary (or blog anniversary, or blog birthday, or whatever you want to call it) to me! Yes, I started my blog in the pre-Twitter, pre-Facebook, pre-Instagram days. Actually, I had a LiveJournal blog for a few years before this one. Not quite a blog pioneer, but I was quick to jump on that next round of wagons heading down the dusty…
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  • We may have to rethink our hiring practices

    Suburban Kamikaze
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
    Click on the image to see how Teenage Boy fared in the review process.
  • Number of light bulbs may vary

    Suburban Kamikaze
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:13 am
    Click on the picture to see how the process changes through the years. Then ask yourself, who would even ask a teenager to change a light bulb?
  • Chicken pot lie

    Suburban Kamikaze
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    It is a longstanding tradition here at Suburban Kamikaze to begin every Thursday with a confession. Ok, so that's not true.  But now that we have, it could be a thing. And we are desperately in need of "a thing" here at Suburban Kamikaze, where the stuff of big-time blogging - cats, recipes, readers - is in very short supply. We tried to establish a more disciplined theme and publication schedule once, but it was anarchy trying to corral all of the other themes and it also turned out that there was not as much interest in the stuff under my couch as I had anticipated. But…
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    Where's My Cape?

  • Going the extra mile

    KC
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Girl, 9, asked us to sign her up for Girls on the Run this past Fall - a program designed to instill confidence, body acceptance, and overall empowerment through running. It involved practicing a couple of times a week after school and culminated in a 5K at the end of the season (a week ago). We thought this would be a great idea. She has good endurance while swimming but during soccer games, had the running endurance of one of the people showcased on "My 600lb Life." The Husband was perplexed. "She has our genes!" I reminded him that, yes, and 50% of those were mine. Practices seemed to be…
  • In the closet (with a style maven)

    KC
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    The Husband is truly gifted at giving presents. Even while we were dating, he never wanted to give me something that anyone could give me. No florist's bouquet but hand-picked wildflowers. As the years have passed, his presents have only grown more thoughtful. Perhaps my most favorite present to date was the essay he wrote me for our 10th wedding anniversary which I still take out from time to time to re-read. It is pure treasure. For Christmas last year, he gave me a session with a style expert to take my closet to the next level. When I told this to my friend recently, she said, "That is…
  • Incriminating blobs

    KC
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    Boy, 6, was using the Doodle Pro (magnetic drawing board that has got to be one of the best toys we've had in terms of use as opposed to the other 99% clogging up our house). His drawing skills have matured from unrecognizable blobs to more recognizable blobs. He's actually pretty decent now. His renditions of the full Stations of the Cross circa Easter 2014 were impressively dark. Boy was now super jazzed about drawing a "scene" and making us adults still eating dinner at the table guess the scene. For instance, he drew a blob arm breaking an egg with 3 blob eggs falling down into a blob…
 
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    Cool Mom - Fun Videos and a Blog for Moms - Motherhood, Kids, Babies and Parenting on Coolmom.com

  • Questions I can’t answer

    Daphne
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Or, how being a mom makes me feel like a dumb ass.  Am I smarter than a 5th grader?  I wish.  I felt like such a big cheese when I was taking small rubber objects out of their mouths so … Continue reading → The post Questions I can’t answer appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
  • Movies for kids

    Daphne
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:27 pm
    When I don’t want my kids to watch anymore sassy, put down Disney shows I redirect them to a movie. I saw lots of films growing up that would be good for them, right? Maybe not. “Back to the Future” … Continue reading → The post Movies for kids appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
  • Daphne Dishes

    Daphne
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:41 am
    BIG ANNOUNCEMENT… I’m going to have my own show. A show on Food Network I know!!   This has been in the works for about 4 years.  From the first call from Food Network till now.  Thanks to the mom … Continue reading → The post Daphne Dishes appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
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  • How Do You Feel About Forty?

    whoorl
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:38 am
    I turned forty last month, and I kind of liked it. Am I in the minority here? Last month, when I was in California, Kristen and I shot a few Mama Said-type videos, and one of them was about turning the big 4-0. (Kristen turns 40 this month.) What I love most about this video is how I’m all WOOHOOOO FORTY at the start, yet as we start talking about aging and what it means to be an older woman in society, things take a turn. How do you feel about turning forty? Or thirty or fifty for that matter?  
  • Pucker Up (Winter Lip Tips)

    whoorl
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:11 am
    I am a member of the Invisalign Advisory Board, and am receiving complimentary treatment. All opinions are fully my own.  Okay, our move to a location with actual seasons is kind of killing me in the dry skin department. I’m not at all used to being so parched – the tips of my fingers are sooooooo dry, and my lips? So dry and peely and NOT COOL because I should be flashing my new, straight smile right about now. (I’m waiting for my new aligners to arrive, so I’ve had a little Invisalign break over the past month, only wearing while I sleep.) I’ve definitely…
  • Odds and Ends

    whoorl
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:39 pm
    image credit: AbstractArtM 1. I’m acclimating to my first true winter in over a decade, and thankfully, the weather hasn’t been that bad yet. (Except that one week when it was ridiculously cold.)  However, I’ve had a sinus headache for about 4 weeks straight and want to cry. Any suggestions? 2. These photos warm my little perfectionist heart. However, these make me want to throw things. 3. I’m sorry, but I had to laugh at a few of these. Girly group squat shot! (And the caption on the photoshopped gym selfie is hilarious.) 4. Malls in the 80s. You know, pretty much…
 
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    Simply Being Mommy

  • Interview with Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhane Wallis & Will Gluck

    Crystal
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    TweetThere aren’t too many times in my life where I’m going to be able to say that I had a chance to have an interview with Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhane Wallis & Will Gluck. It’s just not gonna happen, I know that, and I’m okay with that. But it did happen once and I have the picture to prove it! I was in New York at the beginning of the month at the press junket for Annie. While I was there I had the opportunity to interview the cast and learn more about the movie. I was also able to see an early screening of the movie – which I loved – and I shared my Annie…
  • 15 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Tweens

    Missy
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    TweetI love buying stocking stuffers, it’s actually my favorite part of Christmas shopping. I could easily spend a small fortune on stocking stuffers each year, but I try to stick to a modest budget. I enjoy looking for unique, fun, and useful items to fill the stockings and tend to limit the candy to just a few pieces. When the kids were little I relied on coloring books, stuffed toys, and board books. But now that they are growing up so fast, there are many more choices available. I decided to compile a list of 15 stocking stuffer ideas for tweens that I will be using to fill…
  • RSVP for the #McCafeMyWay Twitter Party

    Crystal
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:51 pm
    TweetDo you love a good Twitter Party? You know I do and I’m so excited to co-host a party to share all about the McCafe new product launch at Walmart! On December 19th at 3pm EST, please join us for the #McCafeMyWay Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing the new McCafe Coffee Pods, Ground Coffee, and giving you a chance to win prizes! Most of my days are fueled by big mugs of coffee and I’m so excited about the new McCafe coffee pods and ground coffee. I’m so happy to be joining along in the #McCafeMyWay Twitter Party and can’t wait to chat all about it with you…
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    Sleepless Nights.

  • Chemicals are not a bad thing when it comes to beauty products

    Veronica
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:36 pm
    We’ve all heard the spiel. “If you can’t pronounce it, you shouldn’t be putting it on your body!” The message is always the same. Chemicals are bad and natural is good. Natural is best. Natural is more important than anything. It’s not true. Before I started making all my own beauty products, I’d been trained the believe the hype too. The word natural has such strong connotations; we all look for it, consciously or subconsciously on our packaging. A few weeks into beginning to learn to make soap, I researched lotion making. The messages were clear.
  • New carpet and new directions

    Veronica
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:48 pm
    We got new carpet yesterday. We’ve lived in this house for almost seven years, just dealing with the crappy carpet hand we’d been dealt and suddenly, care of an exploding light bulb raining molten glass all over the living area and hallway, we get new carpet. It’s a bit weird. NEW STUFF. In our really old falling apart house. Something NEW AND SHINY. It had been a while since we looked at our dining room floor. Out of sight, out of mind is a great thing when you know you’ve got giant holes in the floor covered with random bits of board, but yesterday when we tore…
  • Puddling jumping fun

    Veronica
    8 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
          
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    Crunchy Domestic Goddess

  • December = The Gift of Free Oils!

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:43 pm
    If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve probably figured out I’m pretty much in love with doTERRA essential oils. I’ve been using them for myself and my family for about a year and a half now and have had great results — from immune support to peace and calming, from digestive support and skin issues to bumps and bruises and so much more! Because of the success we’ve had with doTERRA’s Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, I want to share the love with you all and there are some great specials going on in December that make now a PERFECT time to…
  • The 365 Gratitude Photo Challenge

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    For 2014 I took part in a 365 Gratitude Photo Challenge on Instagram. The basic premise is that you take and post a picture every day for a year of something for which you are grateful and tag it with #365grateful or #365gratitude. It has been a great reminder of the many blessings I have. Amazingly enough, I haven’t missed a single day this year (knock wood!). Even on days that I felt like crap with a migraine I’ve found something for which I am thankful. There’s so much for me to appreciate in my life, even on the hard days. It’s been an eye-opening experience and…
  • I’m going to ShiftCon

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Two weeks from today I’ll be in Los Angeles to attend the first ever ShiftCon — an eco-wellness social media conference. The focus of ShiftCon is health, wellness and the environment — three of my biggest passions! I wasn’t sure about going at first since I haven’t been as big a part of the blogging world as I used to be, but when a wait-list ticket opened up several weeks ago, I decided to throw caution to the wind and bought my ticket. Not only that, my husband Jody and I decided to make it into a short family vacation so the four of us are all heading to LA!
 
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  • Handsome

    Sarah Visbeek
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:11 am
    Ok, so I am about 5 or 6 blog posts behind OMG.  It's not that I don't think about blogging.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  I DO think about it.  But actually typing something up?  Sooooo overwhelming lately.  I blame it on the season.  We'll go with that. But today, while my heart is in my throat and my eyes are constantly on the verge of tearing up, I knew I should write well it's fresh. My
  • Luna

    Sarah Visbeek
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    I'm not a dog person, per se.  Never have been.  Growing up, we never had any pets.  My first, I guess, "official" pet was my college boyfriend's yellow labrador that he had at school and then we had him post-college when we moved down south.  But I lost custody in the break-up, and that was that. And then, a husband and 3 boys later, we inherited Sunshine.  Sunshine met her untimely and oh so
  • Blogstipation and Catching Up

    Sarah Visbeek
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    Oh hey there.  Pardon me for a sec while I dust off the keyboard here.  With anything, the longer you go without doing something, the harder it is to jump back into it, amirite?  Exercising Blogging especially.  And now I'm totally backed up.... Which leads me to Halloween.  Only a mere 2-1/2 weeks ago. Applying fake blood on the tough football player.  That he immediately smeared all over
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    Parenting Squad

  • How to Host a Gingerbread House Throw Down

    Autumn Jones
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    What could be more fun than decorating gingerbread houses? Challenging your family or friends to a Gingerbread House Throw Down!A throw down is when an ordinary event is elevated to the next level, creating a unique and memorable experience for your guests.There is no better way to put a spin on the classic gingerbread house than to create a competition where decorators have to think outside the box and work with a few surprises. Since there is nothing traditional about a Gingerbread House Throw Down, you don't even need to use actual gingerbread! Follow these three simple steps to hosting a…
  • How to Promote Good Hand Washing Habits at Home

    Fred Lee
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There are times when it seems like my wife and I nag our kids about everything, whether it's brushing their teeth, making their beds, having good manners, or washing their hands before meals. They are young enough to where their level of resistance is still manageable, but that doesn't stop them from letting us know they aren't happy about it.On the one hand, I can understand where they are coming from, because every child has more important things to do than chores, including talking to their friends, going on the computer, and playing outside. Good habits, however, have many tangible…
  • Join Us Today 12/16 at 2pm EST on Twitter for #pschat

    Nancy Flanders
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    We're talking all about Holiday Traditions! 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!What's your favorite holiday tradition from your childhood?What's a tradition you have started with your children?How much do you decorate for the holidays?Channel: News & CommentaryTipsFamily PlanningPlanningConceivingPregnancyBirthAdoptionNew ParentsHome LifeSafetyChoresDisciplineFinancesShoppingBabysitters & NanniesEntertainmentRelocationEducationLearning ToolsHome SchoolPre…
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    Mom to the Screaming Masses

  • Holiday and Party Foods

    Carmen Staicer
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:08 am
    It's the week before Christmas and we are all frantic with lots and lots of parties, gifts to buy, responsibilities, concerts, recitals - and one of the areas with which I always struggle is knowing what to bring to a party. It really stresses me out - and I know that lots of you are in the same boat. I mean, you don't want to be that person who brought a veggie tray again, right? So I thought I'd do a recipe round up here, and share with you ten of my tried and true favorites. I've made all of these, most of them multiple times, and they are all FANTASTIC.  Probably my…
  • One Year Later

    Carmen Staicer
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    I pulled out my dressy winter coat Tuesday night for a walking event (We went to Unsilent Night, and it was super cool), and as one does, I put my hand into the pocket at some point - and came out with this. It doesn't look like anything - but this broken shell helped me through one of the darkest parts of my life, a storm of chaos and despair that started in March and went on to December of last year. (Well, we aren't talking about the several months in 2007 that were horrifically dark. That is the other super bad and very horrible time in my life.) I wrote this post last year.
  • A Few of My Favorite Things

    Carmen Staicer
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:41 am
    My good friend Kendra wrote a post about her favorite things, and because I am nothing if not a lemming - I copied and borrowed.  Ok, fine. Enough already. I stole her idea. You don't have to get huffy about it.  So, it's holiday season - yayyyy you, go team, you can do it, we will all get through this together, rah, rah rah! Here, in no particular order, are some of my favorite things - from random categories, and in just about every price point. Obviously, since I already have these things, I don't want or need them - but maybe, just maybe, you'll find a gift idea for…
 
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    Susiej

  • Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts: There’s Still Time!

    SusieJ
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Share This:  Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts Click on Each Image for Instructions  
  • When The Kids Come Home From College and Help

    SusieJ
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:22 am
    Share This: When the fourth child told the class and the teacher, (who knows all the brothers) that his whole entire family, especially his older brothers, tried to talk him out of making such a big animal, the Emperor Penguin, the teacher “laughed and nodded her head.”  Yet, despite all of our warnings, and I-told-you-sos, he was focused and worked through every obstacle that Penguin brought. So, when the big brother came home from college that weekend, and he was in charge, I gave him the odd job of wrapping that penguin in fur. That turned out to be the best use of my…
  • Update: The Year Christmas Came With A Four-Minute TV Spot

    SusieJ
    13 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Share This: You can see it here: The best part, I keep telling myself, is that by 10 am, I could easily be sitting in my favorite Sunday school class, as if nothing happened that morning. The TV station, WSYX-TV is less than a mile away. I am to arrive by 9:15, camera ready, ready for a four-minute interview at 9:45 am.  The whole ordeal will be over by 9:59 am. I could show you the selfies I sent to friends this morning, while I stood in my closet, trying to figure out the best, presentable outfit, before I finally gave up and put myself at the mercy of the boys who took the rest of the…
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    Rookie Moms

  • Holiday cards I can barely read

    Whitney Moss
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    If you spend any time on women’s Internet spaces, you are familiar with inspirational quotes. We’ve seen a modern typography trend arise where clean sans-serif fonts are mixed with script fonts, and maybe even some all-caps thrown in for good measure. Here’s a holiday card look that I chose in 2011. Two fonts mixed in a fun way. Clean and crisp. from tiny prints More recently, a backlash against digitally-styled words has appeared, and everything’s popping up hand-painted. When I looked at the card selection at minted and tinyprints, I couldn’t help but notice…
  • When we gave each other nothing more than ideas for Christmas

    Heather Flett
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    We really did this when we had infants. If you have a little baby (or nutty toddler), permission granted to do the same! Three easy steps to a super cheap (FREE + GREEN) thoughtful gift: THINK about your friend. Really think about them. What does she need? More time away from the kids? Time to run a great trail? An excuse to try the newest brunch place? Write out some fun ideas. Use your markers or different fonts to make it look interesting. Pack it up. Pretty envelope. Tin can. Decorative box. Ribbon around a scroll. Glitter on a toilet paper tube. Whatever you have on hand. This goes along…
  • Activity #45: Do what YOU want to do

    Heather Flett
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:11 am
    When my husband had to be gone for six whole nights on business leaving me alone with baby Holden, I panicked and called in my smartest mom friends for advice. They had perfectly reasonable suggestions about lowering my expectations, keeping it simple, and making plans to keep from going stir crazy. This tip came from my friend Molly, a mom of two, and thus an expert: Think about one thing you might do if it were just you on your own, or perhaps if you were going to play host to a dear friend who you rarely see and wanted to impress. Visit a museum with an important art show? Take a drive to…
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    Mom Blog | From Dates to Diapers™

  • Siblings are a Gift

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:13 pm
    My kids are partners in crime and buddies for life. If there’s mischief to be had, there will be at least a few siblings in the middle of it. You don’t come in between them, either. For as much as... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • Great Gift Idea – Incredibly Easy Peppermint Bark

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Growing up, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, my Mom would set aside several days amongst the hustle and bustle to bake with my sisters and me. Later, we would get together for a big baking day. We... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • Holiday Entertaining with Gold Emblem

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Unfortunately, this year we aren’t doing much entertaining, what with our upcoming move and all. However, we still plan to have a few neighbors over for some holiday cheer. And, what better to... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
 
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    Mommy Poppins - Things to Do in NYC with Kids

  • This Week: Spectacular Holiday Lights, What's Open on Christmas & Christmas Eve, Holiday Break Day Trip Ideas

    Raven Snook
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Regardless of what you celebrate, everyone seems to be in holiday overdrive this week. My family is busy gearing up for our favorite Christmas Eve traditions: last-minute gift shopping (probably at a seasonal market) followed by Christmas caroling in Washington Square Park. And since we still don't have our tree, I bet we'll buy one that night, too. If you're thinking of taking a day trip over holiday break, you'll find lots of inspiration on our regional sites. Check out over-the-top Christmas displays in Westchester, Connecticut and Philly; explore the waterside haven of Port Jefferson,…
  • Should Kids Go "Into the Woods?" A Parent Movie Review

    Raven Snook
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    As a diehard musical theater fanatic who's raising my nine-year-old daughter to be one, too, I'd been planning for months to take her to see Into the Woods on opening day. (Luckily, we scored an invite to an advance screening.) That said, having seen two different stage mountings of the show plus the American Playhouse recording of the original Broadway cast, I kept thinking, Into the Woods really isn't for kids. Stephen Sondheim's satirical take on familiar fairy tales explores what happens after the happily ever after, and it's as grown-up as it gets. Multiple characters die, others engage…
  • WeeWork Holiday Crafts: Easy Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments

    Ally Noel
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:27 am
    Basic salt dough only requires a few ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboard. Despite its simplicity, salt dough makes perfect keepsake-worthy ornaments. Start a tradition and each year your ornament will remind you of back when your child's hand was 'just so big'. These holiday ornaments aren't just great memory-makers for your family, they make wonderful gifts too. Baby footprints, handprints, thumbprint hearts...your ornaments are sure to impress.  Read More
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    Workout Mommy

  • Encouraging your kids to be athletes

    workoutmommy
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
    Here is my latest post as an ambassador of the Together Counts™ program,  I’d love to know how you encourage your kids to be athletes! copyright owned by www.workoutmommy.com Please do NOT reprint without permission. Encouraging your kids to be athletes
  • Bodyweight workouts on the stairs

    workoutmommy
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:17 am
    If you are headed out of town this holiday season or just don’t have access to equipment at home,  here are two of my favorite stair workouts that will deliver just as much bang for your buck.  I suggest 8-10 sets but please listen to your own body and go at a pace that works with your fitness level.  (and of course,  always make sure you are cleared for exercise and if anything hurts or doesn’t feel right, please stop!)   copyright owned by www.workoutmommy.com Please do NOT reprint without permission. Bodyweight workouts on the stairs
  • 5 fitness gift ideas under $99!

    workoutmommy
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    It’s coming up on that time of the year again—are you ready?  Here are some fitness gift ideas for you or your friends. 1.  Massage:  A gift certificate for a massage is the perfect idea for people with sore muscles!  If that is too expensive,  consider a foam roller or a massage stick. 2.  Most Fit Suspension strap:   This is a must have for your home gym and at only $30,  how can you afford NOT to get one?! 3.  Slam ball:  This is by far one of my fitness favorites.  Not only does it deliver a great strength and cardio workout, but it helps with anger management as…
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    All & Sundry

  • Protected: All the news that’s fit to print (and some that’s not, I guess)

    Linda
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:16 pm
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  • Confusion, podcasts, kerfuffle, all’s well that ends well

    Linda
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
    A few weeks ago I received an email that I got very excited about. Here’s a screenshot: I posted about my enthusiasm for Riley on Instagram and Twitter, and people began to get excited for him. Then I heard that our Great Big Interview had actually been … a Great Big Ad. Here’s what I shared on Twitter about how it went down: So remember how excited I was for Riley to talk to Alex Blumberg from This American Life? Well, he did. It was awesome. — Linda (@Sundry) November 25, 2014 Except the resulting clip was used for a Squarespace ad. Not a show about Minecraft, or a…
  • Achievement unlocked

    Linda
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    I want to tell you of some happy coincidences I’ve experienced lately. Happy coincidences isn’t really the right term, but it’s going to have to do for now, as I nab a few moments away from the burbling, hopefully-lazy probably-chaotic Sunday spread before me. In span of one week a few momentous things happened. Thing the first: I reached out to my mother via email, to try and send a jet of well-intentioned air against the cobwebs that had grown impossibly thick between us. Just opening the lines of communication. I wrote her, she wrote me, it was wonderful. I saved her message and read…
 
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    Cutie Booty Cakes

  • DIY Coconut and Salt Scrub Christmas gift

    Renee Ross
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:03 pm
    It is that time of the year, teacher gifts! Every year I like to make a gift for my son’s teacher because I think it is more personable and shows the love I have for the person who is helping educate my child. This year I decided to make a sea salt and coconut oil scrub for my son’s teacher. I know that she enjoys crafting as much as I do and I think she will end up making this scrub for herself in the future. This is such a simple craft with only 3 ingredients, it takes no time to make and it is perfect for a teacher or hostess gift. Check out my video to see how it is done! I purchased…
  • Top 100 Gifts and free shipping at Walmart

    Renee Ross
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:13 am
    It is hard to believe but Christmas is just two weeks away! If you are looking for the hot gifts this season, Walmart has you covered with gift ideas for the entire family. And most importantly, you don’t even have to go in store, when you order a Top 100 gift from Walmart.com, shipping is free! You can see the entire list of the Walmart Top 100 gifts hereI know that I am shopping from this list, my son is excited about “Santa” bringing a few of his favorites! At the top of his list is Skylanders Trap Team. We have been a Skylanders family since Skylanders Giants and my son has been…
  • A Perfect Hostess Gift Air Wick Candles

    Renee Ross
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    The holidays are in full swing and one thing that I really look forward to are parties and getting together with friends. Although I primarily focus my shopping on my son, I do like the idea of small hostess gifts as a thank you for friends inviting me over for holiday cheer. One of my favorite hostess gifts are candles. I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t love candles, I know I love having my home filled with the fresh scent of candles and Air Wick Good Enchanted Holiday candles fit the bill. The can be found at Walmart and at $4.98 each are a very inexpensive but welcome gift in any…
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    superdumb supervillain

  • Song of the Sea

    5 Dec 2014 | 5:46 pm
      Song of the Sea is a new film from Tomm Moore, Oscar-nominated director of The Secret of Kells. It tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who
  • Happy #Hinting Season

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Thanksgiving is imminent, Black Friday is looming and the air is filled not only with the heady scent of pumpkin pies and roasting turkeys, but with all of the latest and greatest technology ready to bring home. It is #HintingSeason, people! One of the hottest tech trends right now is ultra HD 4K TV. LG’s  new technology, the LG OLED TV, features picture quality including Infinite contrast
  • Beautiful Skin Care is Simple

    8 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    You may have noticed that I'm a bit of a beauty product aficionado. I love trying new makeup and skincare. That being said, I am also super lazy about skincare and cosmetic regimens. I like the theory of indulgent thirty step facial exfoliation processes but there is admittedly very little chance that I would ever actually succumb to such a daily ritual, no matter how baby-soft and pore-free it
 
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    WordPress.com News

  • New Theme: Radcliffe

    Daniel W. Robert
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    We’re excited to introduce Radcliffe, a crisp new free theme. Radcliffe is a contemporary responsive theme with beautiful typography. It puts your content in the forefront, featuring gorgeous full-width header images. Learn more about Radcliffe at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes.Filed under: Themes
  • Editors’ Picks of the Year: Notable Reads on WordPress.com

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Our editors dove into the archives to resurface top posts published on WordPress.com this year, from personal essays to comics, and photography to fiction. Here’s a glimpse of what you published — and what the community especially loved — in 2014. “Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page? Well, He Just Did,” Stephan Pastis, Pearls Before Swine “Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning,” writes comic artist Stephan Pastis of the legendary Calvin and Hobbes creator. This summer, Pastis collaborated…
  • Field Notes: BlogHer PRO 2014

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer — from talking about making great products to using design to tackle social challenges. Recently, Story Wrangler Cheri Lucas Rowlands and Happiness Engineers Carolyn Sonnek, Deborah Beckett, and Jen Hooks attended the third annual BlogHer PRO ’14 conference, an event for professionally minded bloggers looking to take their blogs, brands, and businesses to the next level.
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    Product Reviews by The Experimental Mommy

  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: 50 Years and Still Glowing #Rudolph50

    Bridgette Duplantis
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:14 pm
    This post is written by the Experimental Mommy and brought to you by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. All opinions remain 100% honest. There really is no feeling in the World like the Christmas Spirit.  While it is important to us educate our girls about the true meaning of the holiday and lead by example, the traditions of the Season add to the excitement. Decorating, caroling and sitting my the fire with hot chocolate are a few of my family’s favorites. But for every year as long as I can remember, we have gone to my Aunt’s home on Christmas Eve to celebrate surrounded…
  • Get In The Holiday Spirit at the New Orleans City Park #CelebrationInTheOaks

    Bridgette Duplantis
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    This post is written by the Experimental Mommy as part of the Holiday of Wonder campaign sponsored by Wonder and Company and Celebration in the Oaks at New Orleans City Park. All opinions remain 100% mine. Sometimes living in Southeast Louisiana can make it very difficult to get into the holiday spirit.  Wearing flip flops to Thanksgiving dinner, sweating while searching for the perfect tree and turning on the air conditioning while wrapping presents does not make me want to belt out my favorite Christmas carol.  But this is the reality that all New Orleanians have to face and as a Mom, I…
  • Don’t Miss a Beat with TV Everywhere #CouldBeWatchingTV

    Bridgette Duplantis
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    This post was written by the Experimental Mommy and brought to you by TV Everywhere. All opinions remain 100% mine. So, did you survive Black Friday shopping? Did you camp out to snag any great deals on the hot toys of the season?  Hopefully, if you read my recent post about TV Everywhere, you were at least able to stay entertained while waiting in long lines.  Still haven’t heard of TV Everywhere?  Apparently, you are not alone. A study from HUB Research earlier this year, commissioned by Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM), indicates more than half of…
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    Balancing Motherhood

  • Our Favorite Children’s Christmas Books

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    Each season we bring out a new set of holiday books for our book nook. Even though they’ve been read over, and over, and over, it’s like seeing an old friend each year. Here are some of our favorites: Memories of the Manger This is our absolute favorite Christmas book. It tells the story of […] The post Our Favorite Children’s Christmas Books appeared first on Balancing Motherhood.
  • Dried Cherry and Pistachio Biscotti with White Chocolate

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:45 am
    The annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap (I love how they call is GREAT!) happened behind the scenes for the last few weeks and today is the big reveal. All of the bloggers are posting our cookie recipes! For several weeks tons of food bloggers baked cookies, then shipped them to other bloggers. It’s an […] The post Dried Cherry and Pistachio Biscotti with White Chocolate appeared first on Balancing Motherhood.
  • Snowflake Cupcakes: Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:03 am
    I’m fighting winter this year. Fighting hard. My dukes are up. We had snow on Halloween. Snow on Thanksgiving. It’s snowing as I type this. I decided the best way to embrace snow is to bake. Yes, bake. Just yesterday I read an article about how there is science behind baking relieving depression. OK, that’s […] The post Snowflake Cupcakes: Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting appeared first on Balancing Motherhood.
 
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    News From Hawkhill Acres

  • Talkin’ Turkey

    Lill Hawkins
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:08 am
    As my daughter so aptly put it this morning when she looked at the thermometer, “It’s not even up to none degrees!” Well, to be honest, it’s all of 3 degrees out there now, but with the wind – and … Continue reading →
  • Thank you, Robin, Chris and Kim

    Lill Hawkins
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    This is the first post I’ve written in over a year. It’s long and rambling. Be warned. I don’t really want to write it or write anything for that matter. I haven’t been in a writing mood for a long … Continue reading →
  • Don’t Agonize. Sing!

    Lill Hawkins
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Here’s a post I wrote back in 2007 when my 17 year old and our Black Lab, Jetta, were 10 years old and my 24 year old was 17. They and I are jonesing for another Berryman CD, so if … Continue reading →
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    Hormone-Colored Days

  • The Blood on My Office Walls

    11 Dec 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Sad Tesla in the rain.As I headed from my desk toward the kitchen, I noticed smattering of specks on my office floor. I asked Son #2 to fetch me a damp rag. As I swiped at the small spots, it dawned on me that these brick red speckles were dried blood. Blood!"Remember that time Tesla was bleeding from his neck?" Son #2 asked."Yes, that was weeks ago and I cleaned it up." We never did figure out how the dog was injured, only that there was a little blood that dripped from a small mysterious spot on his neck. It stopped as quickly as it started.I may be a slob when it comes to things like piles…
  • What? You Forgot to Watch/Tivo/DVR My TV Segment on STEM Gifts for Kids?

    3 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Yeah, I understand. Life gets in the way and your world doesn't revolve around me and the Young Maker Teen. That's okay. You can view the WGN Morning News Segment here. Once again, I was paired with an anchor who's nearly two feet taller than me. What is it about that morning crew? I always look like a munchkin next to them. On the other hand, the height difference virtually guarantees no close-ups of my aging, increasingly wrinkled face (in HD!!) because the camera needs to be back a bit in order to capture the us both in the frame together.So there's that.You know what else there…
  • Look for Me on TV Tomorrow!

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:37 am
    We switch off Thanksgiving: one year with my family, one year with DH's. We can't combine because my mom typically hosts and has a whole crowd our "her people" over. It's not that we're opposed to inviting her traditional guests, it's just that her 20 + my in-laws and SIL's family put us over the top.At any rate, this is the year to be with my in-laws and for the first time ever, we're hosting. I happily volunteered to host, but it wasn't until a few weeks later that I realized it might present a teensy conflict with the fact that I had booked a segment on the WGN Morning News to talk about…
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    Mile High Mamas

  • CarMax: How they’re making buying a new car less stressful for families

    Amber Johnson
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    This post brought to you by CarMax. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Mile High Mamas. Last year, my husband and I decided it was time to trade in my 2003 Honda Pilot for a newer vehicle. We visited a lot of dealerships, test-drove even more vehicles, and I became obsessed with all the bells and whistles of a new SUV…and a vehicle that didn’t have an imprint of my kids’ preschool years (read: a lot of Cheerios).Then we sat on our decision to buy. And sat. And a year later, we’re still sitting because it’s tough to muster up the motivation to buy a new…
  • Deck the Halls With Hopeless Holiday Photos

    Christina Antus
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    I stood looking at the holiday photos of my friend’s children. They were sitting still with perfect smiles. Not a single hair was out of place. Their clothes were on. I wondered how they did that. Maybe the children in the photo weren’t real. I mean, they weren’t climbing on the lighted umbrella or asking people in the waiting area if they can have gum. There’s no photographic evidence of one inadvertently slapping the other in the eye. Instead, both children are sitting. Together. They even have their arms around each other. The last time my toddlers exchanged…
  • Is Natural Childbirth All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

    Elissa Sungar
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    The short answer is, Yes! The long answer… I was just 12 weeks pregnant, when our mid-wife asked about our birth plan. I responded, “What is a birth plan”? Before becoming pregnant, I always had planned on getting an epidural a.s.a.p. Why on earth would I want to experience such pain, if there is miracle drug to take it all away? My husband encouraged me to make my own choice, but challenged me to do a bit of research on natural childbirth before I made my decision. After researching and talking to other moms about their birthing experience, I decided natural childbirth was my “birth…
 
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    (More than) Fourinarow.net

  • Elf

    Susan
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:03 am
    Andrew was (appropriately) and elf for this year’s kindergarten/preschool Christmas show. Andrew and his girlfriend, Molly (who was a star) hung out after the show.  
  • 10 Dec 2014 | 4:47 pm

    Susan
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:47 pm
    It’s hard to believe that this little guy is 10 years old! This year, on Luke’s birthday, the middle school was scheduled to perform a musical, so we made birthday plans around it. On Saturday evening, we had dinner as a family at Red Robin (YUMMMMMMM!) Then, because Tuesday evening was going to be mostly tied up with the musical, I suggested that Luke might like to open some gifts early, so he’d have time to enjoy them. He opened the first gift on Sunday afternoon: It’s an AnkiDrive – super cool!  You use your iPod or iPad to race cars on a special track.
  • Boo!

    Susan
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    This year, with the exception of Andrew, the kids all made their own costumes.  (With a little help.) Jack was the Ranger from the Ranger’s Apprentice series of books. Here is the first group of kids that went Trick or Treating together. Emma was a Minion.  Maria was Cleopatra, Lucy was an indian, Luke was an FBI SWAT team member, William was a ninja, Sam was a cowboy, John was Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andrew was a fireman (at this time) and Annette was a fairy princess. (Names in bold are my kids.) Earlier in the day, Andrew was Batman. Toward the end of the evening, Andrew was visited by…
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    Queen of Spain Blog

  • Black Lives Matter

    Queen of Spain
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
    I was going to write a post about being entirely disgusted to find myself cited by the infamous Ann Coulter in her 2009 book Guilty: the blah blah I hate liberals they are ruining the world book to make me money crap fest. She wrote and released this book when I was in the worst of the throws of my Lupus diagnosis. You know, having strokes, losing organs, being hospitalized and having multiple surgeries. So she’ll have to excuse me that it didn’t come to my attention until now that I’m in her piece of trash. Apparently she’s trying to make the case liberals were…
  • I Believe

    Queen of Spain
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    I don’t want to talk about Michael Brown. I don’t want to talk about Trayvon Martin. I don’t want to talk about Tamir Rice. I don’t want to talk about Jordan Davis. I don’t want to talk about Timothy Stansbury Jr. I don’t want to talk about John Crawford. I could go on…but I don’t want to. We can argue all day and night. We will not get anywhere. Jury’s. Indictments, non-indictments. Trials, no trials. Armed, unarmed. Fearing for lives, just living their lives. No one believes all cops are bad. There are members of law enforcement I…
  • No Fight at MY Fridge

    Queen of Spain
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I’m not going to lie, this family, sometimes, has (!gasp!) fast food for dinner. We allow our children to have pop (you crazy people call it soda) while at a theme park and occasionally at home or elsewhere if the situation warrants – we love pop for belly aches, or to wake up sleepy kids who were up late gaming (another no-no) because they like the flavor or because Mom or Dad has one sitting on the table and they want a sip of something. We even, now sit down when I tell you this, feed our children junk food, sugary cereal, sports drinks filled with sugar! I could go on and on…
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    Blonde Mom Blog

  • Baking And Making Holiday Memories (And Remembering Safety First)

    Blonde Mom
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Disclosure: I wrote this post in partnership with Kidde, all words and opinions are my own and you can leave a comment at the end to enter the giveaway for a fire extinguisher for your home. The holidays conjure up lots of special childhood memories, many of which were cooked up in my mom’s kitchen of our old Southern farmhouse. She is, and has always been, an amazing cook and would make special desserts that I now associate with the holidays. I have fond memories of her making divinity, and her chocolate sheet cake from The Nashville Cookbook is a family favorite throughout the year,…
  • The Ultimate Tween Girl Gift Guide: 20 Gifts Under $20

    Blonde Mom
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Happy week before Christmas scrambling! I either need a shot of espresso or a shot of tequila, depending on the hour. If you have girls ages 9 to 12, I’ve hand picked 20 gifts all priced at $20 or less. Several are available on Amazon, which is my go-to online shopping destination during this crazy season because of the fast and free shipping (we have an Amazon Prime account), and I’ve linked up accordingly. I still have a bit of shopping to do, but almost have my girls’ shopping complete! Just need to pick up stocking stuffers. Are you finished with your holiday shopping…
  • Save Time, And Money, Dry Cleaning At Home With Dryel

    Blonde Mom
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:50 pm
    My 9-year-old’s new faux fur coat is the perfect candidate for Dryel! Laundry is pretty much the bane of my existence. I have these fantasies of never having to wash another load of laundry again. And dry cleaning? Ain’t nobody got time for that! I purposely avoid buying clothes that are dry-clean only but during the holidays we have more delicate garments such as winter coats and beaded blingy sweaters that need a little TLC. Sadly, though, I’ve been known to let my dry-clean only pile stash pile up just because I’m too busy lazy to go to the dry cleaners. Is there a…
 
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    dkMommy Spot

  • Super Easy Emergency Pie Crust Recipe for Thanksgiving and Beyond

    Diane Kidman
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
    If you’re in charge of the pies this year and your crust just totally flopped, have no fear; I’ve got a super easy emergency pie crust recipe that will save your Thanksgiving, your Christmas, and your morale. Would Martha Stewart approve? No. But we’re not gonna tell her, are we? Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp. white sugar 1 tsp. salt 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 Tbs. milk 1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 Celsius). 2. IN YOUR PIE PAN, mix together the dry ingredients. Then, dump in the oil and milk. Mash it up with a fork until it starts looking like…
  • Pueblo & Company – Bead Loom Jewelry for the Mother Earth Inside You

    Diane Kidman
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    Mexican Rainbow My new Etsy bead loom and silver jewelry shop, Pueblo & Company, is growing fast. Last time I updated you, it was brand new and our items were only available on Square Market. But now we’re almost exclusively Etsy. In case you haven’t visited the Etsy shop yet, it has about 100 hand beaded items. And very soon (maybe even later today), there will be hand crafted silver jewelry such as chains and bracelets. The bead loom style, which I’ve been in love with since my grandpa gave me an old bead loom set he magically found in his garage one day, fits my…
  • Free Online Herb Classes from University of New Mexico: Curanderismo!

    Diane Kidman
    9 Jun 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Imagine my surprise when a local news station in Albuquerque, New Mexico covered the announcement of a free herb class through Coursera called Curanderismo! Did I sign up? You know me well if you guessed it took me less than 20 seconds to get online and put my name on the list. The online class, taught by the University of New Mexico, will start on August 18, 2014, and run throughOctober 13, 2014. It’s free to anyone who’d like to sign up. Just visit the Coursera class page for Curanderismo. If you’re wondering how much work it entails, here’s what’s involved:…
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    Girl's Gone Child

  • Ladies and Gentlemen, The Village of Vale: A Storybook Record

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:22 pm
    "One of my earliest memories is sitting on my Grandma and Grandpa's velvet couch listening over and over to Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf.' I felt so much fear when the french horns would play the wolf's theme and so much joy when the strings played Peter's. A couple of years ago, I sat down to read 'Peter and the Wolf' to the pre-K students I teach music to here in Brooklyn. I pulled out a beautifully illustrated version of the story and flipped through the illustrated pages as the music played. The kids were completely captivated; I was completely captivated. I realized then that I wanted…
  • Eat Well: Good (Pot) Luck

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:42 pm
    The following post was written by my mom, WWW. Thanks, Mom!‘Tis the Season to attend potlucks…and be stressed over what to bring.  Especially at this time of year, it’s hard to make something for a Friday or Saturday night party when you have worked all week. Instead of bringing the generic store bought stuff, though, I like to make easy dishes I can make the night before or, if I am making a lasagna or pot of chili, I’ll make extra and freeze it to have on hand for the next party. And as for “healthy eating,” during the holidays? I hang that hat up when it’s…
  • Make New Plans and Break the Old (Sometimes)

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:49 pm
    The following post was sponsored by Crazy 8. Thanks, Crazy 8! hoodie/dress/leggings + boots = Crazy 8First of all, I just have to get this out of the way. When I received my gift cards to purchase clothes for the girls for this post (Thanks Crazy 8!) it was Cyber Monday and I didn't even realize it. I have never shopped on Cyber Monday until this year and I totally get it now, because on Cyber Monday, Crazy 8 was offering a buy one get the second (identical piece) for 88 cents, which is MUSIC to a twin mama's ears, let me tell you. Especially right now because Bo and Revi have been…
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    Sarah and the Goon Squad

  • 42

    Goon Squad Sarah
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    42 is a strange birthday. The man at Safeway asked me if I was old enough to buy wine and it occurred to me that was I was old enough to buy wine 21 years ago. Let that sink in for a minute. Twenty-one years ago yesterday, that dick hole bouncer at Casey’s Cove watched me like a hawk until midnight and then didn’t even have the decency to buy me a beer. Twenty-one years ago today my parents took me to Bern’s Steakhouse for dinner and I almost didn’t order a drink even though it was my 21st birthday because I was so hungover from what occurred between midnight and two…
  • My Favorite Drummers

    Goon Squad Sarah
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    Pretty much off the top of my head and for no particular reason (besides trying to get back on the posting wagon) here is a list of my 5 favorite drummers. 1) Igor Cavalaera 2) Dave Grohl 3) Ginger Baker 4) Mike Bordin 5) Dave Lombardo Animal is probably #6. Or maybe John Bonham. I need to hit publish quick before I over think this.
  • Does Anybody NOT Like L.L. Cool J?

    Goon Squad Sarah
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:08 am
    Because I am suddenly old, I was watching VH1 Classic and the video for “Mama Said Knock You Out” came on. It really got me thinking. Does anybody NOT like L.L. Cool J? This is not rhetorical.   I freely admit that I both have too much free time and am avoiding things that actually really matter, but I spent quite awhile thinking about this. I don’t really care much for radio friendly hip hop from the 90s. In fact, I hate most things these days, but I cannot muster up any ill will toward L.L. Cool J. He is talented, attractive, he seems charming and he was the only good…
 
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    Surrender, Dorothy

  • Black Kittens

    Rita Arens
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
    I am working, at the moment, with a big black cat who used to be an overly-long-yet-still-skinny black kitten asleep in my lap. He has utterly ruined me for the rest of the cat world. I'm in love with black cats. His fur is silky beyond compare and shines in lamplight. He has tiny tufts of white fur at the epicenter of his little ears. Even his nose is black, so when he closes his eyes and curls up on a black blanket, he disappears. He has the power of invisibility. We were at PetSmart buying ridiculously expensive prescription cat food for this little black cat who almost died last year…
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  • Make storybook Christmas ornaments in 3 easy steps!

    Nina Perez
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    My favorite Christmas memory is from one of the toughest years of my adult life. When my husband and I moved into our apartment together, our first winter living away from home was the hardest. We were in a new city with no family or friends in the area, we rarely saw each other because he went to school in the morning while I worked nights, and we barely had enough money to cover our basic expenses. With all the change, I was adamant that we try to have sense of normalcy during the holidays—which included buying our first (small) Christmas tree! At first I figured we would make some paper…
  • Working in the Regenerative Economy

    Erica Flock
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:21 am
    “If we want stronger communities and more fulfilling, connected lives, we’re going to have to build them – together.” – Sara Horowitz, Freelancers Union Federal officials say the “Great Recession” ended in June 2009, 18 months after it started. But for many Americans, the recession’s ripple effects still linger: job insecurity and the housing bubble have rattled our faith in the leaders and institutions we came to rely on. Despite the economic devastation it caused, the recession has given us a great opportunity too: the chance to redefine work culture and the “good…
  • Say “No” to Holiday Stress

    Beth A. Collins Sharp
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:54 am
    What’s the best holiday gift I have ever received? Not having to do the whole holiday thing. Really, I’m not a Scrooge. I love picking out the right gift for a person and watching them open it.  Receiving gifts is fun, too. Oh, and let’s not forget all the homemade goodies. And decorating your home, both inside and out. And the many parties and family get-togethers. And the wonderful concerts and recitals that your family and friends invite you to attend. And the holiday cards with pictures of loved ones and maybe an annual newsletter. It’s all great, but it’s also just so, so…
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    This Full House

  • 13 Things NOT On My Bucket List

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:55 am
    Blogging while under the influence of teenagers is hard, but blogging in December is way harder and this is where my son would holler, "That's what SHE said!" from somewhere else in the house, because teenagers are very selective about their hearing and especially with regard to retaining information -- most especially when passing along said information, at the most inappropriate of times. Siiiiiiiiiigh. Oh, and I was going to throw in something about working full-time, but decided not to (you're welcome!) because life sort of has a way of coming back and biting me in the butt...REAL…
  • Teenagers are like video games: I press ALL the buttons and hope for the best!

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:18 pm
    My husband Garth (not his real name) and I were talking while doing the dishes, yesterday...because it's one of the very few times we can pretty much guarantee ourselves some privacy, at our house. PSA: Teens have a hard time figuring out when the dishwasher is clean (or dirty) unless they are specifically told the dishwasher NEEDS to be changed and then they suddenly (and very mysteriously) become SEVERELY allergic to doing the dishes. Aaaaaanyway, I was doing the math...WHAT?!?...it COULD happen...and realized Garth (not his real name) and I had just celebrated our 25th Thanksgiving,…
  • James and The Chocolate Advent Calendar

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:49 am
    It's the holidays, again -- or the holidaze, as we call it at our house. It hit 70+ degrees, yesterday...and the Weather Channel dudes promised 60's, today...then we're supposed to get hit with a snow storm, tomorrow...and WELCOME TO JERSEY! I even saw a couple of gnats flying around, all confused and stuff, until I squashed them against the kitchen window...because gnats are gnasty. [sound of crickets, gasping for breath] Aaaaaanyway, for the holidaze to have officially arrived at our house, at least one of three things has probably happened. A major appliance has died or is very nearly…
 
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  • The Little House has risen

    Jody
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:16 am
    Bill hauled the Little House in to have some much needed repairs…among them first and fore most was a new AC unit. The last time we took her out was sometime back in July of 2009.  It was during a … Continue reading →
  • St. Nicholas Day, cupcakes and wolves.

    Jody
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    The days just fall away it seems lately. One day it was Thanksgiving and the next was St. Nicholas Day.  Don’t blink babies. St. Nick is one of my favorite times during the Christmas season. I am not sure why, … Continue reading →
  • Little surprises

    Jody
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Finding this sweet face on my phone when I am uploading to my computer? Priceless! Happy Friday everyone!  Tonight St. Nick comes!  You can read about St. Nick here, and how he ended up in my grandmothers home town of … Continue reading →
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  • その方がたくさんもらえるからです

    admin
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    女の子の求めているのは無料テレクラ 掲示板が活発で、 特にメールといった相手の表情が全く見えない手段でやりとりするのですから。どの県でも恋愛上手な人はいるかと思いますが、きっとあなたにあうサイトが見つかるはずです。これら全てのサイト機能は無料ですが、 恋人や結婚相手を探すだけではなく、 普段よりちょっと入力を頑張れば登録したてで素敵な出会いに出会えるかもしれません。 そんな時に「メル友ならいいよ」って、…
  • 抽象的なことを書いています

    admin
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    そして何故自分がそのような女性とお付き合いをしたいかも書きましょう。、到底契約と言えるのものではありません。 きっかけは、このような分類を利用して出会い系サイトで北海道の女性会員を攻略するのにはどのようなことに気を配れば成功率が高いでしょうか?いずれにしても人は個性の動物(?)ですから、 相手の話にも的確に返信ができ、一番大切と言えるでしょう。男性にはなじみの無いサイズ構成となっていますので、また、…
  • 女性も了解したのです

    admin
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    一般のかたは殆んど上位に表示されたサイトから選ぶのですから浮気 しかし、いきなり顔を合わせることはなく、堅苦しい言葉使いはやめて、 その事実がなくても「相談した」と言えば退会処理が完了する場合もあります。 でも、…
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  • Oliver hangs out while I go over ch8 of #LYHBL

    Marilyn
    13 Dec 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Your ads will be inserted here byEasy AdSense.Please go to the plugin admin page toPaste your ad code OR Suppress this ad slot. from Instagram: http://ift.tt/1qKMMYs © Marilyn for slackermama . com, 2014. | Permalink | No comment Post tags: Instagram
  • I shall call him… Oliver Queen.

    Marilyn
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:48 pm
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  • So I saw this ring at Charming Charlie’s… #Arrow

    Marilyn
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    from Instagram: http://ift.tt/1xf5j1n © Marilyn for slackermama . com, 2014. | Permalink | No comment Post tags: Arrow, Instagram
 
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    Woulda Coulda Shoulda

  • It’s beginning to look a lot like…

    Mir
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    … I have possibly lost my mind. But hey, it’s hard to tell. That’s the joy of living life just on a knife’s edge of sanity. Woooooo! We’re counting down the days until school lets out, and I have been baking as if there’s no tomorrow. Or as if there’s a tomorrow BUT only if […]
  • Well, the house smells amazing

    Mir
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:02 am
    ‘Tis the season for baking! I feel like my oven’s been on more often than it’s been off, the last few weeks, and this is because I love to torture myself with goodies I cannot eat. It appeals to the martyr in me, I guess. Yep. It’s all bake-o-rama, all the time up in here. […]
  • Parenting improperly since 1998

    Mir
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    Hi! In case you were wondering about my status (I am just that important to you, I know), it is currently: Not Dead. That could change—though I don’t plan for it to—but despite my neglect of Internet word-vomiting of late, I’m still alive. Let’s see; I’ve been on a streak of truly awesome child-rearing choices […]
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  • Bedrest Sightseeing

    amalah
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    The recovery process so far, in photos. THE SOCKS OF INDEPENDENCE: Seriously. I was so proud of myself when I got these socks on all by myself that I took a picture of them. Who's a big girl? I'm a big girl! Now can someone come help me put on some pants? Anyone? Hello? MY PRESHUSEZZ: A delightful assortment of medications for pain, nausea, and muscle spasms, plus an antibiotic and a blood thinner. (And Colace, which where the party's really at, yo.) (Guess which one isn't working. GO ON GUESS.) THE MAGICAL HEALING ELIXER OF MAGIC: Quite literally the greatest meal of my entire life, bar…
  • All Tucked In & Ready For ZZZZZZ

    amalah
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:41 am
    Hello from the flip side, yo. I am typing this post-surgery, from my phone, while on ALL THE MEDS IN THE WORLD. Everything went well on Saturday, aside from the things that didn't, and I will spare you details because gross gross gross. (It involves the words "wear-at-home surgical drains" and "loss of suction" and oh dear, I believe I've said too much.) It's all good now though, and much less like a scene from Carrie. (AMY! SHUT UP!) (I was sent home with something called an "ON-Q" pain relief system, in addition to a bazillion pills. It's basically an IV of local anesthetic housed in a…
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    The Domestic Diva

  • How to Get Your Home Ready for Holiday Guests

    The Domestic Diva
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:58 pm
    (sponsored post) When a friend or family member comes to stay at your house for a few nights during the holidays there are a few things that we all do. One of them is to clean our house from top to bottom. I know I’m not the only one that does this. As soon as […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • Affordable Holiday Fragrance Gift Sets for Him and Her ($4 Off Coupon) #holidayfragrance

    The Domestic Diva
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:04 pm
    (sponsored post) I mentioned in a earlier post how much I love gift sets during the holidays especially in beauty.  During the holidays you will find gift sets from bath to beauty, food and even fragrances.  Gift sets are such an easy gift option.  They are easy to shop for and always make a great […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • Relaxing At-Home Spa Gift Ideas

    The Domestic Diva
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:24 pm
    (sponsored post) Longtime readers of my blog know that I love at-home spa nights. I don’t have time to go to an appointment at a salon for a massage or to get my nails done. I do however have a late night here or there where I like to pamper myself while I indulge in […] 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

  • Cooking Is Good for Mental Health?

    Heather Solos
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:31 am
    Heather says: There is a post circulating on Facebook, at least in my circles, that notes a trend among therapists promoting cooking and baking as a part of treatment for depression and anxiety. Please not that I said a part, baking three dozen cookies isn’t going to turn you into Little Suzy Sunshine for more than a few minutes. . . I’ve been saying this for almost 8 years, but here we go again: Life skills are important. Feeling confident in the ability to take care of one’s self is critical to self-worth. Mastering a skill that has the potential to make your daily life…
  • How Do You Do Everything That Needs to Be Done?

    Heather Solos
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:07 am
    Hi Heather, I don’t recall when I subscribed to your site, but I do recall having found your site at a time when all my children would eat for breakfast was pancakes and I knew there had to be a way to freeze them. Lifesaver! Thank you! But, anyhow, to the point. I know you recently moved. And you work. And you blog. So, how do you find time to do the non-essential things? We’ve lived in our house for 2 and a half years and I still have half-painted trim and the register covers have still not been replaced (from the few rooms that we had painted when we first moved in). How do you…
  • How Long Should I Cook Chicken Stock?

    Heather Solos
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:25 am
    Dear Home Ec 101, Thank you for making your lovely page about the French and Asian methods of cooking chicken stock. I have a question: If I have a long period of free time, can I cook the stock longer than four hours. I’ll often have up to seven hours at a time. Is there any benefit to cooking longer? It seems like it would give more time for vegetable and chicken goop to turn into liquid, but I’m not sure if this is really true. Signed, Simmering in Cincinnati  Heather says: As long as you remember the difference between boiling and simmering and keep your chicken stock…
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    Working Moms Against Guilt

  • Work Life Balance During the Holidays

    GuestContributor
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    By Stephanie Totty Ah, the holidays. That special time of year where my stress level increases by at least 75%, all in the name of making the last two weeks of the year as “magical” as possible for my kids. And let’s be honest, it’s much harder these days with social media to feel like you’re getting everything done, or even doing “enough”. Pinterest is like a giant constant stream of guilt for me, and my Instagram account might as well be sponsored by that damn elf with the creepy face. Getting the logistical stuff done (gift shopping, tree decorating, holiday cards) done along…
  • Handling Unexpected Gifts

    Stephanie Tsales
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    The first time it happened it was our sweet neighbors across the street. We were new to the neighborhood and the unexpected knock on our door startled us. You can imagine the surprise when we found them standing there, holiday gift in hand (hand carved book ends made of Sandalwood). It happened a few days later when I picked our daughter, then an infant, up from school. That’s when I learned the mother of one of her classmates had baked holiday goodies for us. So there I was, twice in the same week, caught flat-footed on the receiving end of a gift with nothing to give back to the…
  • How to Deal With Annoying People This Holiday

    Sara
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:45 am
    Today’s holiday hack is more peace of mind than time management. It’s a reminder that you probably will have to deal with annoying people this month. Why should you think about this before you absolutely have to? Because practicing your poker face can help keep your holiday from becoming a…                 You know you’re going to have to listen to an hour of Uncle Hank’s political views.                   Or your sister-in-law Brandy brag about how amazing her utterly average kids are.  …
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    the Disney Driven Life

  • Our Family Christmas Tradition- The Disney Magical Fireplace – Holiday Traditions

    Mary Beth C. (NDM#6)
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
      Traditions – they are what make your holidays and events special. Adding Disney to those traditions can make your holidays even more magical. Even if you have a tradition that has been passed down for generations, it’s never too late to add a few new fun ones! This month, we will highlight some of our personal family traditions that show off our Disney side. Want to share yours as well? Read December – Holiday Traditions or email NDM130 for more information today! Another holiday season is upon us and it is time to do the family things that make this season so…
  • A Date Night During A Family Vacation? You Bet!

    Stephanie M. (NDM#544)
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
      We recently returned from another fantastic family vacation at Walt Disney World Resort. My husband and I were even able to squeeze in a date night! Thanks to the Children’s Activity Centers at located across the resort, we were able to enjoy some adult time while the kids were having a ton of fun! The Children’s Activity Centers provide supervised fun for kids ages 3 to 12 (kids must be fully potty trained). For example, my kids made character masks, did sand art, made Christmas decorations, colored, watched movies and played games. Dinner was even included for them, so that…
  • Don’t Miss “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration”

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
      THE 31ST ANNUAL DISNEY PARKS CHRISTMAS DAY SPECIAL GETS A FROZEN MAKEOVER!   TUNE IN FOR THE STAR-STUDDED SPECTACULAR DECEMBER 25 ON ABC GMA’s Robin Roberts Hosts This Year’s “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration” with Performances by Train, Ariana Grande, Lucy Hale, Trisha Yearwood and More This holiday season, Disney will put a “Frozen” twist on its 31st annual Christmas Day telecast, appropriately renamed the “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration,” airing Christmas morning THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2014 (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., ET; airtimes vary; check local…
 
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • Alyson Hannigan gets "revenge" on her breastfeeding biter

    Sara McGinnis
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities My, how the tables have turned for Alyson Hannigan. The actress, who is mom to 5-year-old Satyana and 2-year-old Keeva, has opened up about feeling as though she got a little "sweet revenge" on her firstborn daughter. "[Satyana's] first two teeth are gone," the star said while giving People... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Best of 2014: 7 awesome celebrity mom confessions

    Carolyn Robertson
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:14 pm
    by Carolyn Robertson posted in Celebrities When a celebrity is snapped pumping their own gas or - gasp! - eating a hamburger, the tabloids love to claim that she's "just like us." The reality? That's probably a bit of a stretch. Jennifer Lopez has a $1,200 diaper bag. I got mine at Target for $34.99.... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Photographer parents take baby-wearing to extremes

    Carolyn Robertson
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:03 am
    by Carolyn Robertson posted in Mom Stories A lot of us like to talk dreamily about traveling the world, but Australian couple Dylan Toh and Marianne Lim of Everlook Photography are doing just that - with their children Charlotte, 3, and Jaime, 8 months, strapped to their backs. Sharing a passion for landscape photography, the... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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    Stimeyland

  • A Poetry Interlude, Illustrated

    Stimey
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:31 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
  • How to Choose a Christmas Card Photo

    Stimey
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:23 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
  • Oh, hiya!

    Stimey
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:26 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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    a little pregnant

  • Ten

    Julie
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:14 pm
    As I kissed Charlie good night on this, his Thanksgiving birthday, he said, "I think I smell creamed corn on your breath." Mortified, I apologized. "That's okay," he told me kindly. "I really like creamed corn." I really like my kid.
  • Full scribble

    Julie
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    I'm feeling reflective today. Maybe it's because this morning I had a moment of perfect happiness with Ben, watching his face uncrumple from sleep as he rubbed his eyes with his fists — such a thoroughly little-kid move that I haven't stopped smiling yet. Maybe it's because Charlie turns ten next week, his birthday coming hard on the heels of World Prematurity Day, when I spend the day thinking, I almost missed this. So many do. (No, I cannot explain this picture. Why are we not holding him?) Maybe it's because a friend pointed me to the latest papal finger-wagging about…
  • Microhippie

    Julie
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    I have five minutes before I leave for the dentist, where I will be scrupulously honest about exactly how often I floss, so this is going to be what the young 'uns call a microblog. I just wanted to record a few recent observations about life at Hippie Do As You Please School. Charlie is learning to weld. A parent brings in, I don't know, a travel forge or something, sets it up in a convenient alcove, and...teaches kids to weld. On welding days Charlie comes home incandescent with happiness, full of stories of what thing he welded to what other thing. (The stories...are kind of short:…
 
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    Mom in the City

  • Minecraft Gifts for Boys (Figures, Hangers, Etc.)

    Kimberly
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    I noticed that several readers have been searching the Mom in the City site for ideas for Minecraft gifts for boys. Since I happen to have a Minecraft-loving son, I asked him and several of my mom friends for their gift pick ideas. Below, are the top 8 Minecraft gifts for boys (2014): Top Picks: 1. Minecraft Game: You can choose to get the pocket edition, computer (Windows, Mac and Linux), Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 versions. Personally, I would ask my son which platform does his friends play. (For a while, my son was playing the Xbox version a lot with his friends. Now, they have moved on to…
  • My Family

    Kimberly
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:01 pm
    The school winter concerts have begun. It’s so cute to hear the kids sing the various songs that they have been practicing at home. I went to see Sean’s second grade class perform three songs today and my favorite performance was “My Family” by Teresa Jennings. Enjoy! The post My Family appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • A Musical Holiday Giveaway (SOL REPUBLIC RELAYS & Playlist)

    Kimberly
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Congrats to the winner, Candace! Are you finished with your holiday shopping yet? I am just waiting to hear back from one person regarding what their kids want and then I’m done. (Yay!) The truth is that we have been celebrating around here for the last month. I will write more about it later but I was able to throw my husband Reggie a surprise(ish) 40th Birthday Party in November. It was filled with a few of his favorite things – friends, food and dance music! Since music is one of Reggie’s favorite things, I gave him an early holiday gift bundle – a playlist of 40 of his favorite…
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    Smiley Cat: Christian Watson's Web Design Blog

  • 18 Fantastic Free Fonts to Make Your Web Designs Stand Out [Infographic]

    28 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    Whether you're looking to make your designs more techy or more classy, this collection of free web fonts by Plato Web Design has something for every occasion, along with tips on how best to use them.For convenience, I have provided links to the fonts after the infographic. Or you can download them all in a .RAR file from the source page. Download the Fonts When you view a Google font below, don't forget to click on the "Pairings" tab to see which other fonts it goes well with. To use the font as a web font or to download it, click on the "Open [font name] in Google Fonts »" link at the…
  • Looking to Hire a Search Engine Marketing (SEM) Strategist

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:46 pm
    We have an open position for an experienced search engine marketing strategist to lead organic and paid search for our portfolio of web properties. The role is about 75% organic search and 25% paid search and is primarily focused on our two online stores, Supercircuits.com and SecurityCamerasDirect.com.To quote the job description: You will be responsible for owning the SEO and online advertising initiatives for our e-commerce web properties and other websites. The ideal candidate will be passionate about SEM, and should be comfortable developing content, along with analyzing and reporting on…
  • How to Use Your Existing Organic Search Traffic to Create Better Content

    15 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Inbound marketing through the creation of relevant, useful content is quickly becoming the primary SEO tool to drive more organic search traffic to your site. However, developing content that will rank and drive traffic can be a hit-or-miss affair. There is no guarantee that a piece of content you write will rank highly enough to make the effort worthwhile. The good news is that people are already asking questions on search engines and coming to your site for answers. Rather than start from scratch, why not make sure your content meets the needs of this existing traffic?Here's how to use the…
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    Mombian

  • Finding a Little Light

    Dana
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    I’ve been lighting the Hanukkah candles with my 11-year-old son this week and thinking about how we all could use a little light right now. Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Jr., Tamir Rice, and others who would likely not have been shot and killed if they were White. The massacre of over 100 children in Pakistan. The deeply saddening story of a 14-year-old boy who was executed in South Carolina over 70 years ago for a murder he didn’t commit — he was exonerated yesterday. It’s easy to become disheartened. There are no simple answers. It is hard to find hope at this, the…
  • Norman Rockwell Painting Redone with Jewish Two-Mom Family

    Dana
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom from Want” is a classic painting of an American family sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner. Tylenol has given the painting a new twist, however, by using its setting to profile several diverse families, including one with two moms. Published in 1943, the original painting was one of four inspired by President Franklin Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” speech. The family looks like it came right out of Leave It to Beaver — White and well off, with a grandfather and grandmother presiding at the head of the table. In its new…
  • For Hanukkah, Here’s a Funny Jewish Lesbian Mom Talking About Her Family

    Dana
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    A very Happy Hanukkah to all of you starting your celebrations tonight! In honor of the occasion, here’s a very funny video of Jewish comedian and lesbian mom Judy Gold talking about her family. (There’s an odd black-and-white segment about a minute and a half in, apparently some skit from the original show this aired on. Skip ahead from there 30 seconds or so and Judy’s back.) And if you missed it last year, make sure to check out the rockin’ version of “I Had a Little Dreidel,” sung by another Jewish lesbian mom, Julie Silver. The post For Hanukkah,…
 
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    Pajama Mommy - A Women and Mothers Blogger Community A Women and Mothers Magazine

  • O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

    Head Mommy
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Our tree has officially been up three weeks today and you know what?  I could not be more excited than I already am.  Christmas for my family is a magical time of the year and this year will be a year of firsts.  We will be celebrating our first Christmas in our new home.  We have the stockings hung over our fireplace (another first) for Santa Claus to fill with goodies. Oh, how I cannot wait to see the look on my babies faces Christmas morning!
  • It’s like they know me.

    Head Mommy
    6 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    In our household, we do real.  We wear clothes that suit our personalities, with a sense of sarcasm or that downright make us laugh.  We don’t follow trends. 3rd Culture Style is one of a handful of clothing lines that get me.  It’s laid back, we designed for a reason and quite honestly.. please try and tell me that the “Too Much Ego Will Kill Your Talent” shirt doesn’t make you giggle, even just the slightest. As with any Christmas, I strive to find items for my recipients that speaks volumes.  I like to buy fun, unique gifts.  Clothing that isn’t…
  • Disney Princess & Frozen Hairstyles!

    Head Mommy
    5 Dec 2014 | 11:04 am
    One of my downfalls, as a female, is that I get envious of females with perfect hair.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Whether it be someone I pass on the street or cartoon cartoons– I am green with envy!   Growing up, I didn’t fuss with my hair much and never bothered to learn how to do things.  Beautifying myself from day to day was too much hassle– oh, how wrong I was!  As an adult, however, I spend more time trying to perfect hairstyles or learn new things.  Especially with BooBear– my self proclaimed Diva extraordinaire! When I was introduced to the Disney…
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    Confessions of a Pioneer Woman | Ree Drummond

  • Sister Snapshot

    Ree
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
    The girls and I went outside for approximately twelve minutes yesterday to snap some photos just when the light was right. There were several posed photos of the two of them individually, but this one—this candid, unplanned moment—was my favorite. It captures their youth, their sweetness, and their sense of fun.       Rewind fifteen years. They don’t really look like they’re having all that much fun here, do they? Ha. That could be because their mother had taken them to a mall kiosk, put weird clothes on them, handed one of them a spray-painted violin,…
  • Oh, My Heart

    Ree
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    This was taken a few years ago and was part of our Christmas card in 2007 or 1994 or 2008 or something like that. I love it! And I hate it. I love it because they were so young. I hate it because they’re so old now. I love it because it feels like it was just yesterday and I remember every article of clothing they’re wearing. I hate it because all of these clothes are long gone by now. (Except I think we still have one of those stocking caps.) I love it because our dog Nell was in some of the photos I took that day. I hate it because Nell isn’t with us anymore. But mostly I…
  • Ship of Hope

    Ree
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    This photo reminds me of my mother-in-law. You see, when I was planning the Cowboy Christmas Party that was featured on Food Network last weekend, I knew I wanted the party to be homey and familiar, not sleek and elegant, because sleek and elegant generally doesn’t work around here. Too much manure, too much dust. Whenever I think of a “homey and familiar” party, I always think of the scene in the movie “Baby Boom” with Diane Keaton where they have a community party (and okay, it’s in Vermont, but who’s counting), where white lights hung from the…
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    GoodyBlog

  • Vanessa Williams: Holidays Are About “How thankful and blessed you are to have family and friends.”

    Ruthie Fierberg
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    By social-media demand, M&M has brought back M&M’s Crispy to satisfy your holiday chocolate cravings. Parents caught up with Vanessa Williams—singer, actress, former Miss America, mom to four kids, plus the voice of M&M’s Ms. Brown—about her family’s holiday traditions, what she wishes she knew when her kids were younger, and raising confident daughters. P: M&M’s Crispy are a great holiday snack. What’s your holiday snack to make with your kids? VW: I love Christmas cookies no matter what they are—sugar or Linzer Torte or chocolate. My parents…
  • Give Your Kids Great Hair for Photos

    Jessica Hartshorn
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:04 am
    *guest written by Cozy Friedman, founder of the new SoCozy Professional Hair Care Collection for Children and Cozy’s Cuts for Kids. The New York City salons are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year.  These hairstyling do’s and don’ts to give your little one the best shot at the cutest school photo ever, and are equally good for holiday photos. DO shampoo your kid’s hair the night before and use a leave-in conditioner (like the SoCozy Cinch Detangler + Leave-In Conditioner) to enhance curls, smooth hair, and add body and shine. If hair is dry, flat, or full of static in the…
  • Exclusive Gilt.com Paddington Pre-sale for Our Readers

    dbaardsen
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s every kid’s dream come true! Parents has teamed with our friends at Gilt.com, as they host an exclusive sale featuring merchandise and authentic props from Paddington, the new hit adventure film from the producer of Harry Potter, set to release on Jan. 16. Only our readers have access to the sale before it opens up to the public on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at noon. As if owning props from a film starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Ben Whishaw, Sally Hawkins and more isn’t exciting enough, you should know 100% of the proceeds benefit The Connecticut Coalition to End…
 
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    Design Mom

  • $100 Worth of Washi Tape & Party Supplies

    Design Mom
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Okay you guys. This is it! The final Design Mom giveaway of 2014. And it’s a good one. It’s sponsored by Cute Tape, and they’re offering a $100 store credit. Hooray! Cute Tape offers a vast selection of washi tape — Japanese washi, and other kinds too. And you are welcome to use your prize to buy every color of washi tape under the sun. But Cute Tape also offers fantastic party supplies and craft supplies! If I won, I would be tempted by the favor bags, and pillow boxes, plus hangtags and baker’s twine, and definitely rubber stamps and nut cups. I…
  • Are You a Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall?

    Design Mom
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Eyeshadow palette by Bobbi Brown. When I mentioned I had an appointment to go blonde tomorrow, there were a few comments that talked about certain hair colors not fitting the coloring of certain people. Those comments totally put me on the path down memory lane! When I was in middle school and high school, I think I went to a dozen different parties where a make-up specialist or fashion stylist would determine whether we were a winter, a spring, a summer or a fall. Then, once we knew what season we were, we would then be told what colors we could wear, and which we should…
  • Growing A Family: Twins, Truth, And Lots Of Tears

    Design Mom
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Gabrielle. The sweetest calendar by Shanna Murray. McKay Smith is a lovely storyteller, so I know you’re going to enjoy this recounting of her birth experience. The honesty with which she writes – even when she’s admitting weakness or impatience with her doctors! – is comforting, especially for those of us who may feel like we can’t give a voice to all those shattering emotions raging inside. Maybe we’re afraid of sounding bratty or maybe we’re afraid of sounding…afraid. But it’s hard to get through a pregnancy without breaking every so often, don’t you think? And…
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    The Vintage Mama

  • The Road to Being Helpful

    Lydia Hernandez
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:34 pm
    After years of silence, I’m writing again. But with a new purpose. To help single moms get ahead. After sharing my story of how I became a single mother of four to family, friends and here on the blog, I was overwhelmed with the support. So there I was, content with my decision, feeling fully […]
  • Before You End Your Marriage, Try This…

    Lydia Hernandez
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    Are you sure you’re really done with your marriage? I’ve been asked that question many times. At first it frustrated me, but I know why it was asked. A single mother of four little ones is a heavy burden to carry. It is scary actually. Would it have been easier to suck it up and […]
  • Distracted

    Lydia Hernandez
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    I get so easily distracted. No…I allow myself to get distracted. That’s it, isn’t it? It’s not the distractions that keep us from doing the things we need or want to do, but rather the permission we give to these distractions. Most of my distractions are quite obvious. My phone is a pretty big one. […]
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    Dutch Blitz

  • All I Want For Christmas

    angella
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:33 pm
    … is a day off. I’m windmilling my way through the month of December, as are most of our friends. Why are three months of activities crammed into one month? We’re all working, and balancing kids’ activities, and church Christmas musicals, and school productions, and birthday parties, and year-end demand and it’s all a bit much. A lot too much, if I’m being honest. I’ve rarely been online and have missed some pretty big things happening in the lives of people I love. The busyness has the upside, in that my kids have had some great stuff going on.
  • Phoning It In

    angella
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Back in April, I wrote over at YMC about the reasons why I thought that it might be time for Graham to have a cell phone. Those reasons still stand, eight months later. There have been multiple times where after-school plans have changed, and I have no way to communicate them to G. I’ve taken the kids up to the cabin solo a few times, and if I want to take the dogs for a walk and they don’t want to join, I leave them my phone. This means that I’m hiking in the mountains with no way to communicate with anyone should something go wrong. The ski season is now open, which means…
  • Camp & Cabin

    angella
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:46 pm
    When the Mom Central Canada crew sent out an email about their latest blog tour, I signed up immediately, because this: (That’s not me, but you knew that.) A onsie for women, you guys! Snugabye has been making cozy and comfy sleep and loungewear for little ones for over sixty years. Camp & Cabin Snugabye thought it was about time to make about time to make some for moms. YES. You all know that we have a cabin at the ski hill and having my own plaid Onsie was something I wasn’t going to miss out on. I chose the one pictured above, and it should arrive before we head up to the…
 
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    Boss Sanders

  • Thoughts on Ferguson

    bosssanders
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:56 am
    I’ve not said much at all regarding what’s going on in Ferguson.  I don’t want to hurt or dishonor my friends and family of all colors, my law-enforcement friends/family, or any hurting hearts.  And, the truth is… I don’t feel like I have a complete picture. You see, I don’t know what was going through the heads of Michael Brown and Darren Wilson (the cop).  I don’t know their motives or thoughts as they acted and then, reacted.  Sitting here, in the safety of my home, I can’t even imagine the fear or surprise or even, anger.  I can imagine…
  • Raising Kingdom Kids by Tony Evans – A Review

    bosssanders
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    When we have children, it’s easy to get caught up in the checklist of all of the things we “ought” to do.  We can feel overwhelmed by the barrage of academic, recreational, and spiritual activities flying at us that we miss the MOST important thing – raising Kingdom Kids.  We begin to rely on Awana and Sunday School and teachers and pastors to develop our children’s spirituality, and forget that raising children who love Jesus isn’t based on any PROGRAM (while those are good in their own ways).  And, before we know it, we feel like we are trekking…
  • Vulnerable Love

    bosssanders
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Once upon a time, a little baby was born.  Not just any baby, but the Savior of the world. I wonder how Mary felt when the Angel Gabriel first showed up… I mean, she was there just minding her own business and then, POOF!  There’s this glowing dude in her space.  The Bible actually says she was afraid!  Wouldn’t you be afraid if someone just POOFED into your room?  I mean, not only was some strange man in her room, but he was glowing!  I would’ve been scared, too! And, then… Gabriel told her to not be afraid.  And, she wasn’t.  He told her that she…
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    Virtual Coach

  • Millennials, Mobile and Multichannel [Infographic] http://buff.ly/1kBkN5q

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:45 am
    This Just In! Millennials, Mobile and Multichannel [Infographic] http://buff.ly/1kBkN5q Millennials, Mobile and Multichannel [Infographic]www.getelastic.comMillennials, Mobile and Multichannel [Infographic] – infographic Mobile, Multichannel 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!
  • Good morning! #coffee

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:20 am
    This Just In! Good morning! #coffee 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!
  • #GEMALERT Marketing Gone Wrong: Is Your Social Media Plan Legal?

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:05 am
    This Just In! #GEMALERT Marketing Gone Wrong: Is Your Social Media Plan Legal? Marketing Gone Wrong: Is Your Social Media Plan Legal?www.forbes.comFew things are sadder than PR/marketing campaigns that result in—Heaven forbid—bad PR. This month the company Topps is under investigation for alleged FTC violations for its #RockThat Rock social… 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…
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    crunchycarpets.com

  • Campbell’s Wants to Know Your Holiday Horror Stories

    Kerry Sauriol
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:49 pm
    …or at least the little mishaps that make them all such wonderful memories. I may or may not have cooked the Turkey WITH the bag of giblets in it once.   And there was the Thanksgiving that I sliced open my finger while carving yet another innocent bird.  Blood everywhere. Unlike many people we just have a teeny tiny family to manage over the holidays.  There are not mass gatherings ….though there were in the past and I enjoyed them all.   All those parties helped me learn what sort of dips and sides I liked.   Now my mom HAS to make the Broccoli, Cheese and Rice casserole…
  • Goh Ballet’s 2014 Nutcracker

    Kerry Sauriol
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:52 am
    Like many girls through countless generations, I  wanted to be a ballerina.  The closest I got to that was when my Aunt gave me an old pair of her point shoes to play with.  I thought they were so amazing.  The Red Shoes is one of my favourite films too.  However, I was never really ballet dancer material. Sadly since I was never one of ‘those’ moms who pushed and sent their kids to dance lessons from an early age, neither are my kids.   Caity did a bit of preschool ballet when she was wee and she LIVED in tutu’s.   Tara was always more keen on just being a princess.
  • Hallmark Makes Christmas Memorable

    Kerry Sauriol
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Our house  is full of Christmas cheer thanks to Hallmark Canada and their #PressPause campaign.    It is certainly not just the place for seasonal cards…though they have those a plenty and cute one’s for Christmas too. They came to our rescue with the amazing Kitchen selection they have right now…check it out at Northpole1820.com.  We LOVED their roley cookie cutter and sprinkle bell.  Baking is not my forte and having any help to make my cookies look good is awesome.   You can also look great with their fun holiday apron too. I felt like a pro and proud enough to…
 
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    Cheaper Than Therapy

  • Why I Am Probably Moving To A Kibbutz

    ali
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    The only house in my price range in the neighborhood I’d ideally like to live in burned down. No, really. It’s a lovely house from the outside and sort of exactly what I’d like to pay for a home, and on a quiet street too. Now, I’m willing to overlook things like Miami Vice-style paint jobs and industrial carpet, since those things can easily be replaced. But when a house is designed in something you’d call “incendiary” it’s likely off of the table. So, there’s a strong possibility that I might be homeless in the next coming months. Movers…
  • Not Film-Worthy, Really

    ali
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:58 am
    A long time ago, when Miss Emily was just a wee little thing, we received a giant video camera as a gift. Back in 2001—in the technological olden days—when we didn’t have iphones or affordable digital cameras, I would click, click, click my way through a 24-photo roll of film (36 if I was lucky) on my point-and-shoot camera and race to a one-hour photo place to have my precious photos developed as quickly as possible. I would race through the developed pictures to find the one or two possiblymaybe usable shots where my baby girl had her eyes open or where my giant post-pregnancy boobs…
  • Parenting Confession: Yes! I Help My Kids With Their Homework

    ali
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:38 am
    Here’s a confession: I help my children with their homework.  Cue the collective GASP! from the audience.  Now, I’m going to circle back around to this obvious character flaw, but first I want to talk about the park. (It’s a metaphor.) I’m the parent at the park that people write judge-y posts about. I plop down on the most-comfortable-looking bench and spend time on my phone. I am not out with the camera or hand-holding or even pushing the swings. I have been a mother for almost 14 years; I have been to the park approximately one hundred and twelve thousand times.
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    Blessings in Life

  • Spotted GrabTaxi’s Pink Fox Taxi at DavCon in Davao City

    CharTherCT
    29 Nov 2014 | 4:14 am
    Spotted GrabTaxi’s Pink Fox Taxi in Davao City… We have actually spotted one of these three pink fox taxis of GrabTaxi the past few days twice in SM Lanang Premier and this time was able to snap quick photos outside Coco’s Bistro near the Davao Convention & Trade Center or DavCon during our visit to the Christmas Bazaar 2014 this weekend. When you ride this pink fox taxi, the taxi drivers using GrabTaxi said that you can avail of free rides once you luckily book this pink taxi. There are only three cab units like this in Davao City so far. This taxi is named “Sexy…
  • NCCC Mall Davao Supermarket Revisited After Renovation

    CharTherCT
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    We revisited NCCC Supermarket after the major renovation they started last 2013. The multi-million renovation of the NCCC Mall supermarket was done to serve their shoppers better. New City Commercial Corporation (NCCC) promised a bolder, fresher look of their mall’s supermarket. We have not been there since they renovated and we rarely have been south since we moved, for there are many supermarkets in the downtown and northern part of the city where we have been living for the past few years. We used to go to NCCC Mall Supermarket for our grocery errands coming from work (when I was…
  • Prayers to St. Jude

    CharTherCT
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    A Prayer to St. Jude Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally as the patron of hope. Please intercede on my behalf. Make use of that particular privilege given to you to bring hope, comfort, and help where they are needed most. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven as I work with my challenges, particularly (here make your request). I praise God with you and all the saints forever. I promise, blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, to always honor…
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  • Creating Healthy Holiday Treats for Kids

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    There is nothing like the smell of goodies baking in the oven during the holidays.  Cooking with your kids can evoke your own childhood memories while in turn passing that memory onto your kids creating lasting traditions.  Some of those recipes, however, may not be as healthy as you eat now or may not be […]
  • 6 Ways to Get Through the Holidays with Food Allergies

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:11 pm
    The holiday season is officially here, with lots of parties at school, family, friends, and neighbors’ houses. Of course these are joyful times but they can also add extra stress if you or child suffers from food allergies. Even having out of town guests in your home can be tricky because grandma doesn’t always know […]
  • Having a Green Halloween

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Thinking about a green Halloween? Green isn’t necessarily the color that comes to mind this time of year, but the thought of all those Halloween party products and excess waste may have you wondering how your family can enjoy the festivities without harming the environment.   Lucky for us, there is a website dedicated to greener […]
 
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  • Sherlock told me to be Mindful

    Kim Zoot
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:01 am
    I was listening to an interview with Benedict Cumberbatch (My precious…) the other day and he spoke about how he tries to be mindful in his daily life and that it helps him to keep perspective and to juggle the insane life of celebrity. Because I take the words of sexy British actors very seriously, it got me thinking about how…Yeah! I do that too!…at least I used to… I admit it…I’ve not been very mindful lately. The stress of getting house repairs done to prep it for sale along with various other stresses in my life I won’t bore you with…I find…
  • Bullet Journal Hack #4,765,222

    Kim Zoot
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:11 am
    How many times am I going to say, “Oh! Here’s something new I’m doing with my bullet journal!” I don’t know…maybe never? I’ve been using this method of organization for over a year now and I’m still modifying/improving it regularly. It didn’t take long for me to decide that my bullet journal was an EXCELLENT place to store/document my children’s art work or school work. I think I started doing that with my second volume? The problem is, sometimes it’s just too big to put in the Moleskine. I’ve trimmed before, or folded…
  • Birthday

    Kim Zoot
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Today is (would be?) my Dad’s birthday. I thought about doing a “Dear Dad” entry like I’ve done before, but that always rings a little false since I don’t believe in any sort of afterlife. I used to pray a lot back when I was a believer, and I miss that feeling of just talking into the void. Some nights I start…and think, “Hey Dad…” but it just feels weird. Same as when my faith was fading and I would try to pray. When you don’t believe? You just don’t believe. And pretending doesn’t do anything for me. These last few…
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    Blue Badger

  • Amaia Kids

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Dress your tot like a little royal. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released holiday photos of Prince George and he was dressed in a beautiful, traditional outfit. Those cute little corduroy bloomers were by the English label, Amaia Kids. And if you are looking to outfit your child in classic fashion the line has so many other pieces for both boys and girls.
  • Stella MCCartney Kids Magorette Jumpsuit

    8 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    If I were a little girl I would be begging my parents to buy me the Stella McCartney Kids red satin Magorette Jumpsuit. And I would wear it Evvverywhere!!! I would even try wearing it to church. daily. And I would lead an imaginary marching band in parades  The jumpsuit is just such a happy outfit, perfect for the the holiday season. It's like the cool little girl's version of the wear constantly princess dress.
  • Minimalist Letterpress Christmas Cards

    5 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Cereal Magazine and Meticulous Ink collaborated to make a set of  holiday cards that are sophisticated and minimalist. The letterpress cards are printed in luxe white and smoke grey. Both of the cards feature a stunning and simple graphic image.
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    Blissfully Domestic

  • The Best “One Stop Shopping For All” Gift – Omaha Steaks

    Shanna
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:12 am
    Omaha Steaks has provided me with the following product for a review on my blog.  I was not paid for this article.  All opinions of Omaha Steaks & the products are my own.   Are you looking for a gift idea place for the holidays and beyond? A gift that’s fun to give and receive?  We’ve got a perfect suggestion! Recently, a white Styrofoam cooler container was delivered to my doorstep and I knew I was in for a treat.  Inside?  Meal selections from Omaha Steaks! Inside was everything I needed to create a fabulous meal for my family. Steaks, (and seasoning) vegetables,…
  • Holiday Gift Guide for Photographers

    Melissa Hillier
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:21 am
    Everyone on our Christmas shopping list has something they enjoy to do as a hobby or a profession. Sometimes, since we don’t have the same interests, those people seem difficult to buy for. This year we’re listing 10 of the most PERFECT gifts for the photographers in your life. Whether they are a professional or a hobbiest, you’re bound to find something below that they will LOVE! /1/ Mom’s Gonna Snap Tee – If she’s a mom, and a photographer, this tee is the perfect gift! {Who doesn’t love a witty gift?!} /2/ SHUTTER|Bag Camera Bag – Every girl…
  • Spritz Cookies With Sprinkles RecipeSpritz cookies with sprinkles recipe

    Kelley Grant
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:16 am
    The closer we get to Christmas, the more time I spend in the kitchen.  I love baking up holiday treats for any occasion.  Sometimes I gift them to friends or family, sometimes its just fun to whip up a batch of cookies with the kids.  My favorite cookies are the ones that bring back memories of when I was younger.  These spritz cookies do just that and are pretty tasty too! My grandma was always in the kitchen during the holidays.  She was always cooking or baking or frying up something delicious.  Ever since I can remember I was always right by her side.  We fried zucchini together,…
 
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    vintage everyday

  • These 30 Creepy Vintage Santa Claus Photos That Will Give You Nightmares

    John VE
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    Here are some creepy vintage Santa Claus photos sure to put trauma in your stocking this year. These incredibly creepy Santas don't care if you're naughty or nice.See more »
  • 50 Interesting Vintage Photos of Daily Life on the Beach from the 1920s

    John VE
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    March 1929: A vacationer is seen sitting on a New Jersey beach. (H. F. Davis/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)August 1928: Holiday makers have a piggy back race on the beach at Shanklin on the Isle Of Wight. (Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)Circa 1929: Life savers practicing on Bondi Beach in Sydney. (Fox Photos/Getty Images)July 1921: Bathers dance hand in hand on the beach at Plymouth, in Devon, England. (Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)July 1921: Bathers on the Plymouth shore, Devon. (Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)See more »
  • Russ Tamblyn does a flip on the sidewalk while walking with Venetia Stevenson, 1955

    John VE
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    Acrobat and actor Russ Tamblyn does a flip on the sidewalk while walking with movie actress Venetia Stevenson in Hollywood, CA in 1955. (Photo by Allan Grant for © LIFE)
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    My Mommy's Place

  • Christmas. It’s Kind of a Big Deal.

    Leslie
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:21 am
    This year, our Christmas Countdown is threefold. Each day in December leading up to Christmas we have (and will continue) to: 1. Place a cotton ball on Santa’s beard. (This is where you can get the Santa’s Beard Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar Free Printable we’re using.) (It’s a great visual representation of how long we have left to wait.) 2. Take a wrapped Christmas book from the Santa sack, open it, and read it. (We’re honing our unwrapping skills. We’re gonna kill it on Christmas.) (Also, if you want to know what we’ve been reading, you can…
  • How Jack has been spending his time, summed up in 4 seconds.

    Leslie
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
  • Lucy is 6!

    Leslie
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:54 pm
    She woke up to balloons. And birthday greetings. “I have so many special things,” she smiled. After a day at school and piano class, we celebrated with cake. And a round of her new HedBanz Game. It was a happy birthday for my sweet girl. The world is a better place with her in it.
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    Daily Plate of Crazy

  • Good Taste

    D. A. Wolf
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
    Does your "good taste" reveal who you are and what you love? Read more >>
  • Waking Up, Hazy

    D. A. Wolf
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    Dreams of juggling, lists, bliss... and more innocent days. Read more >>
  • Bean Town

    D. A. Wolf
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
    How we spend = what we value. And apparently, by region. Read more >>
 
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    Born Just Right

  • Why Jordan totally connects with Frozen’s Elsa

    Jen Lee Reeves
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    When we took the kids to see Frozen last year, we all connected to it immediately. We loved the music. We loved the story. We loved the girl power. But deep down, we really appreciated Elsa, the ice queen, and her struggles. I thought about it almost immediately. Elsa has magical powers that make her different. She can turn things into ice. She tries to not “let them in, don’t let them see” her differences. What she eventually learns is her life is burdened when she choses to “conceal, don’t feel.” Once she chooses to be her true self, she learns to take…
  • A holiday greeting from our family

    Jen Lee Reeves
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:11 am
    For the last seven years, we’ve realized I’m not that awesome at sending out holiday cards. But I love using the holidays as an excuse to catch up with family and friends. That’s why I started building a holiday website each year to tell our story and make it really easy for visitors to leave a note instead of using a stamp to say hi. So… We’ve done it again. The Reeves holiday website is up and running and we’re proud to share our wild and exciting year with you. We’re also happy to give you the chance to download our holiday card. Feel free to print…
  • Updates for Camp No Limits

    Jen Lee Reeves
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    Photo by Lollipop Photography This year, we’ve raised money for Camp No Limits a little differently. We held a raffle (and items should be one their way to everyone this week) and we held a t-shirt campaign to show off how we are all born just right. It’s exciting to see us reaching Jordan’s goal of $4500 by December 29th (her ninth birthday). Our t-shirt campaign raised $280 for camp! How cool is that? Thank you to everyone who bought a t-shirt. I bought one of each for Jordan and she is planning to wear them proudly as often as possible. We are so thankful for…
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  • Inviting our children to live with intention in 2015

    Megan Tietz
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    by Megan TietzWhile we are wrapping gifts and making plans to gather with family and friends, the final days of 2014 are flying off the calendar. I have to admit I am such a sucker for a Year In Review. I love all the lists and the look-backs, the nostalgic recounting of the highs and the lows of the year gone by. I know the days following the actual December holidays can be a dreary time for some, but for me, that last week of December just crackles with hope as I consider all the possibilities of the year ahead. It’s during that brief lull in activity that I love nothing more than to…
  • The Gift of the Magi

    Tsh
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    by TshSettle in, pour a steaming cup of your favorite drink, and enjoy a bit of Story Time for the holidays as a little treat. You can read this to your kids, if you want, but consider this first a story for yourself. The Gift of the Magi is a short story published in a collection of works called The Four Million, by O. Henry (the pseudonym for William Sidney Porter). First appearing in 1906, Porter worked as a weekly story writer for New York World, and he specialized in closely-observed tales of everyday people, often ending with an unexpected twist. Enjoy reading a short story…
  • Weekend links

    Tsh
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It’s December. What can you stop doing this Christmas? :: Shalom Mama How to survive holiday shopping when you are highly sensitive :: Sorta Crunchy Easy mason jar snowglobes :: The Inspired Room When you need to undecorate for Christmas :: Nesting Place …and from our travel blog, I wrote this week about how to travel as a highly sensitive person. Since I am one. Also, congratulations to Cindy, the winner of the winter gift box from Trade as One! If you’re not Cindy, then don’t forget that you can still use the code ARTOFSIMPLE10 through December 31, for 10% off on…
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  • Mercy House Exists Because 12 Year Old Mothers Do {Special Opportunity}

    Kristen
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:36 pm
    I don’t want to live in a world where little girls become mothers.  I don’t want to think about how Stella and Cecelia got pregnant. I don’t want to see their cramped homes with dirt floors and the mat on the floor that serves as a bed for six people. I don’t want to hear how Lillian was passed around in her village like garbage. I don’t want to imagine the horrors she endured without a chance at education or a right to dignity. I have seen the raw video footage of her rescue.  And when she wiped away silent tears at the thought of leaving her hell, the…
  • WFMW: Yes to Grace

    Kristen
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:54 pm
    I’m happy to introduce you to this week’s guest poster, Sara, for my Wednesday series Yes, Works For Me! Please welcome her and be encouraged by her yes to God and continue to link up what works for you. I’d been waiting on the call for four years, but it still took me by surprise. The call wasn’t telling me to hop on a plane and fly across the ocean as I’d planned. Instead, the call was about a little girl a state line away with an immediate need. I opened the picture from our adoption caseworker and stared into the sad face of a blonde-haired girl in a dress with pink…
  • 10 Books I Love (& Own) On Sale for $2.99 Each

    Kristen
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm
    I love to catch up on reading during the holidays when I’m traveling or relaxing with my family. If you’re a Kindle-lover, you won’t want to miss these 10 books for only $2.99. I happen to own all of them and recommend them highly: Click below on my affiliate link and be inspired! Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe Restless: Because You Were Made for More Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions Let. It. Go.: How to Stop Running the Show and Start Walking in Faith Happy Wives Club: One Woman’s Worldwide Search for the Secrets of a Great…
 
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    Scary Mommy

  • 21 Gifts That Parents Really Want

    Lola Lolita
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Image via ShutterstockAs parents, we truly love anything our kids give us for holidays and birthdays — handmade cards, frames with school pictures already inserted, and the occasional sweater. But what we really want? Well, what we really want can’t be purchased in a store or handcrafted in a pre-school classroom. Here are 21 gifts that parents really want:1. Lunches that make themselves.  You can only make so many peanut butter and honey sandwiches accompanied by raw carrot sticks and a juice box in a row before you find yourself having nightmares about colossal Peanut Butter…
  • I Spent Christmas In A Mental Hospital

    Jennifer Marshall
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    Image via ShutterstockLast week my baby girl turned four. Her long, ultra-fine blond locks hadn’t been trimmed professionally yet, and a new “Sweet and Sassy” beauty salon had recently opened nearby. So she opted for an experience over a present from Mommy and Daddy and on her birthday I took her for the princess haircut and updo, complete with sparkle hairspray and glitter heart tattoo to finish off the royal treatment.She loved every minute of it.Almost as much as the special-request “Pink and Purple Elsa Heart party,” similar, yet slightly different than every other little girl…
  • The 7 Hardest Parts of Being a Single Parent Over The Holidays

    Kristin Perpignano
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:56 am
    Image via ShutterstockParenting can be challenging for all of us. And as a single mother, I often feel like I’m tackling life while missing an important appendage. I’ve been doing the One-Armed-Mom dance for many years now, and I can say with certainty that the holiday season is routinely the biggest kick in the face. These are a few of the hardest parts of being a single parent over the holidays:1. Negotiating who gets the kid this year. Even though it’s been several holidays since she figured out that Santa was a big sham, it’s hard to wake up on Christmas morning…
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  • Top 5 Netflix Titles To Give Thanks For This Month

    debawriter
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    I’m a latecomer to Netflix. I’ve had it barely a year and there’s so much on there! Why didn’t you people tell me about this?     (I’m a member of the Netflix Stream Team)     Meanwhile, I’m all about finding the new stuff, but I also dig finding some of the old stuff that I’d forgotten I loved. When’s Twin Peaks getting up there? (“Up there” means “Netflix.” Apparently I talk like the old folks do about technology.) So below, enjoy my ad hoc, Thanksgiving-themed Netflix list of shows/movies I’m…
  • Favorite Beauty Finds

    debawriter
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    I don’t know how many times I’ve sat in groups of women talking about the products they use on their hair, faces, and bodies. All I can tell you is that it’s a lot of many times. One of my favorite things is to learn about the cleaners, mascaras, lip glosses, and conditioners other people count as their holy grails, and if there were a beauty retreat where all I do is sit there and listen (and sample), I’d be all in with rapt ears and a ready face for the product slathering.   As it happens, every now and then, I hit upon my own beauty must-haves and consider it my moral…
  • You Know You’re a San Diego Gal When…

    debawriter
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:25 pm
      (Pretty much when I first moved to San Diego. So take the below list with a big crimping iron, which translates to “grain of salt” in San Diegoish.)   You’re a San Diego gal when:   Christmas beach day! Carne asada French fries! Don’t you dare make fun of In n’ Out. Silk Stalkings! You have tank tops in colors not even invented yet. There’s an entire wing in your closet for flip flops. You wait all fall to wear boots, then put on every pair you own during the boot window of 9AM, November 21 to 2PM, November 21. Central Standard time. Your…
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  • The Library Dress Hire

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Yesterday I mentioned I borrowed a dress from a new dress hire boutique in Perth, called The Library Dress. I’ve never done it before, because my thinking has been that if I’m going to spend $130-$150 to hire a dress that I’ll wear ONCE, I may as well put in a bit more money and spend $250 on a dress that I can keep forever. Am I right?! I estimate that every year I go to one or two weddings, one black tie corporate ball, and maybe 6-8 big functions… which is possibly a bit more than most people, but hey, it’s part of my job. Anyway, the problem is that these…
  • High Tea Fundraiser for Borderless Friendship WA

    admin
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    I had the pleasure of attending a High Tea Fundraising Event for Borderless Friendship WA (BFWA). BFWA is part of the Borderless Friendship Foundation (BFF) in Thailand, who work with 350-400 communities in the remote areas of Northern Thailand. Specifically, they enhance the lives of children, youth, women and vulnerable people within those communities; helping them with food, education, medical help, safe drinking water and sanitation. I did a bit of reading up on them; although they are not a large organisation, I’m deeply impressed by the kind of work that they do. They sound like a…
  • 25 Day Fitness Challenge – Day 8 to 14

    admin
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    As I’ve mentioned before, I have dedicated the month of December to getting fit again. For 25 days, I’m going to try to do some kind of vigorous exercise each day. See all the past activity for my Fitness Challenge here. This is what I’ve been up to this week: Monday – Day 8 Netball game. Super high intensity workout! Tuesday – Day 9 Went for a quick 3.5km run around the block. Wednesday – Day 10 Strength and floor exercises. Lunges, squats, burpees, planks, spiderman – the lot! Thursday – Day 11 Weights workout. Just used 3kg dumbbells and tried to target my upper…
 
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    The Chronicles of a SAHM

  • Yes I Did Just Get My Christmas Shopping Done At The Louis Joliet Mall!

    Cynthia Wheeler
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:51 pm
    T'was the week before Christmas, and all through the house...mommy had been working, and NOT gotten out. To the Louis Joliet Mall she must go, to meet nephew James for lunch...and then shopping they'll go!Seriously, I had NOT shopped a bit, and Christmas is fast approaching. James, who just graduated from college (insert applause here) met me for some fine holiday shopping fun! We. Shopped. It. Out!So many stores...H&M just opened last Friday, and I LOVE that store. I found some super cute gifts for my Maggie. (Can't show them, because she reads this blog...but I did well.) I also picked…
  • Confession time...

    Cynthia Wheeler
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    This is not my house. THIS house has lovely Christmas decorations.MY house...none. I gotta get on this Holiday train! Working too much...Holidaying too l little.
  • Great Visit With Mom and Tucker at Louis Joliet Mall

    Cynthia Wheeler
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:16 am
    I looked forward to Paws & Claus Pet Pictures With Santa at the Louis Joliet Mall all week! I think my Mom and Tucker were just as excited to meet Santa!At first glance, Santa thought Tucker was Rudolph. She leaned in and gave him a quick kiss and told him her wish for Christmas.Maggie, Santa and Tucker smiled for the camera and had a nice visit. Could this picture be any cuter?! SO cute!Before we could head over to the Digi Tree for more pictures, Mom and Tucker had some serious Christmas Shopping to do. They were not messing around!A couple quick peaks at some presents for the kiddos.
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  • Intel Performance on a Tablet – Nextbook 10.1″ Windows Tablet #UnwrapINTEL {giveaway}

    Kimberly Grabinski
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:55 pm
    SharesSponsored by Lunchbox, opinions are mine. When it comes to selecting a tablet, there are so many options. And in many ways, they all seem similar. As you stand there looking at all of the available option, they all pretty much do what you expect them to do. So how do you choose? By price? […] The post Intel Performance on a Tablet – Nextbook 10.1″ Windows Tablet #UnwrapINTEL {giveaway} appeared first on What's That Smell?.
  • Don’t Let Holiday Spending Get the Best of You – 4 Ways to Get Ahead

    Kimberly Grabinski
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:13 am
    SharesThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chase Ultimate Rewards. All opinions are 100% mine. I tend to fall into the holiday spending trap sometimes. It is usually because of one of two things: either I waited too long and can’t find good deals anymore, or I went a little too […] The post Don’t Let Holiday Spending Get the Best of You – 4 Ways to Get Ahead appeared first on What's That Smell?.
  • Best Buy – Your One-Stop Shop for Christmas Gifts #HintingSeason

    Kimberly Grabinski
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:10 am
    Shares The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. I can’t imagine anyone shopping at Best Buy and not being able to check off many, if not most, of the people on their shopping list. Best Buy has […] The post Best Buy – Your One-Stop Shop for Christmas Gifts #HintingSeason appeared first on What's That Smell?.
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  • I Have Been a Hypocrite By: Lori J Loesch

    Lori Loesch
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
        I am a hypocrite.  I have been walking around like a poor little church mouse.  I am not a poor church mouse.  I was, and then God raised me up to be a wealthy woman.  I must share my story so that others will have Hope in God.   I dropped off clothes at Goodwill.  I decided to go into the store and buy a dress for Faith and me.  The school Christmas Choir was that evening and we had just gotten back from a cruise in the Caribbean.  I had precious little time for running around town to look for a couple of dresses.  As I was waiting in line to pay for the five dresses I…
  • Motherhood Later Giveaway & Discount: TrendyKid PARROT Case

    Robin Gorman Newman
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:09 am
    TrendyKid knows how to put the fun into travel!  With their Travel Buddies range of kids luggage, your little traveler will not only be happy to pack their own bag, another  bonus, parents will  be able to see it a crowd  with their stand out six designs. Priced for any budget from $29.99 – $89.99.  Motherhood Later is giving away a 17” Popo Parrot case to one lucky winner. Specs: Wheelie 17″ Case fist carry on regulations. Polyester lining with dividing pocket, zip compartment and garment strips for efficient packing of your Travel Buddies case.  Easy roll wheels and…
  • UNIQUE DISCOVERIES & GIVEAWAY by Robin Gorman Newman

    Robin Gorman Newman
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:11 am
     FitFit is a line of high performance Brazilian-made, Austin-based active apparel. FitFit’s versatile and flattering leggings come in vibrant designs.  Created by yoga lover and entrepreneur Joy Torres in 2013, FitFit embodies the warm and vibrant colors of her native Brazilian culture. Now based in Austin, she hand picks each of the prints, which are created in limited quantity. All of the items can be ordered through the website: http://www.fitfitactive.com/. These are so striking.  The fabric is silky, and the fit very sleek and comfortable.  If you want to stand out in the crowd at…
 
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    The Motherhood

  • Where Are Germs Hiding in Your House?

    The Motherhood
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    With all the festivities that come with the holidays, no one wants to be stuck in bed battling a cold or the flu! That’s why Clorox®, The Motherhood and a team of germ-fighting bloggers recently shared the icky truth about where bacteria and viruses hide, and tips on how to stay healthy through the season! The Clorox Company and global public health organization NSF International conducted a study in homes of parents with young children, and discovered that germs hang out in unexpected places! More than half of parents surveyed said they felt the kitchen countertop was the surface they…
  • #MakeWonder: Nurturing Creativity through Play

    The Motherhood
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
    With the holiday break just days away, children will soon swap schoolwork for fun at home – but the opportunities to learn don’t have to stop! It’s been said that play is the work of childhood, and Wonder Workshop is taking this idea to an amazing new level. With technology playing such an integral role in our world, Wonder Workshop – the maker of Dash & Dot - is engineering smart, new ways to take children beyond the screen and empowering them to learn, play and create joy. The Motherhood team took a walk down memory lane and recalled some of the ways we…
  • Lyssé’s Virtual Chic Week Starts Today (12/15)!

    The Motherhood
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    Need inspiration for what to wear to your holiday party, or tips for putting together that polished-yet-comfortable outfit to brave those crowds? Look no further than Lyssé’s Virtual Chic Week, kicking off on Instagram today (12/15)! The designers behind Lyssé’s performance-inspired fabrics have hand-picked styles for ten fabulous fashion bloggers, including: Bethany, Southern Chic Style (@BethanyMarieB) Melissa, All Things Chic (@MelissaAngert) Kristyn, Glamour-Zine (@KSquaredGlamour) Alison, Wardrobe Oxygen (@Wardrobe_Oxygen) Jessica, Jessica N Designs (@JessicaNDesigns)…
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  • hypoallergenic dog food

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:43 pm
    If your canine reveals signs and symptoms of too much scratching, do it yourself mutilation along with gastro intestinal distress, next these are some signs and symptoms of reaction to certain food in dogs. Hypo-allergenic canine allows you reduce doggy allergic reactions it’s a easy answer that limits ingredients which are recognized to trigger hypersensitive reactions in dogs such as Milk products, yeast, preservative chemicals, additives along with fowl. The actual system might consist of proteins for example lamb, seafood, venison bottom as well as vegetables and carbs for example…
  • Bringing a new dog home

    admin
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Great joy and a lot of excitement lies in bringing a new dog home and joining the family. Very quickly realize that it’s not that simple, and it is a significant investment, not always we were prepared in advance. So what to do? Looking to offer advice on the Internet? As with raising children, so the dog breeding, given advice circulating the Internet can be very problematic, contradictory, and cause confusion. We prepared to do a little article you order out of chaos. So let’s start. Whether we bought our puppy or adopted the associations, there are a few things to know. First,…
  • How to raise a new puppy?

    admin
    1 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Congratulations, it’s a new member of the family. Great excitement, but quickly replaced by frustration is steadily accumulating as time goes on. Not how we imagined our lives with the new addition. To help avoid the misery that affects the fabric of relations with the puppy, you should do several things that will help us increase the puppy’s wise. The first thing to do is to find a place to live bounded. True, usually every family, there is pressure (especially by children) to give live to sleep in the rooms and allow him to roam free and happy throughout the house. However, it…
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    Housewife Hellraiser

  • Barnes & Noble Discovery Weekend

    Laura
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:39 pm
    The other night, I spent some time at Barnes & Noble with several other Denver bloggers, checking out the massive variety of Christmas gifts available and learning all about DISCOVERY WEEKEND, a special 3-day event to kick off the holiday shopping season, happening this Friday through Sunday at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide. Discovery Weekend is designed to help customers find the perfect gift for everyone on their list, and their gift selection goes WAY beyond books – I was wowed by the extensive selection of toys, games, collectibles, and gadgetry, not to mention Barnes…
  • 10 Great DIY Minecraft Christmas Gifts

    Laura
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We just wrapped up a snowy weekend in beautiful Colorado, which has been our first really cold blast of weather this fall. The frigid temps have pushed me into full-on holiday mode, because holy cats, you guys – we only have about six weeks left until Christmas! And as my Minecraft-obsessed children sat side by side on the sofa this weekend, dodging lava and searching for diamonds, this mama hit up the interwebs for some Minecraft DIY inspiration. I found SO many amazing projects! Here are 10 I found that you can make yourself pretty easily. Here are the links to the instructions for…
  • Tulip For Your Home – Fun Canvas Art

    Laura
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Check out this lovely canvas art that I made super fast using just these few supplies, including Tulip For Your Home products from i Love to Create. This will be so pretty in my daughter’s room! You’ll note that this is fabric paint, but it’s so versatile! I first tried to make a pillow, but let’s just say we had an adhesive malfunction. Hey, not every project turns out Pinterest-perfect.  Many thanks to I Love to Create for providing the supplies for this awesome little project!    
 
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  • ten.

    Casey
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:21 am
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  • NOTHING. JUST KITTIES. (vivi’s christmas list)

    Casey
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:04 pm
    I decided to go headfirst into this whole Santa thing, and you know what? I’m SO GLAD I DID. Last year Hallmark sent me a pack of Northpole Magic Mail but I didn’t do it for whatever overwhelming reason. Tonight I pulled it out as a test, I gave the wish list to Addie and asked her to fill it out for the entire family. “Vivi! What do you want Santa to bring you?” “KITTIES!” “What else?” “NOTHING. JUST KITTIES!” Addie took that as her cue to fill up the other 27 lines with her requests. She squeezed in a few for Cody, the cats and me…
  • On Not Giving Up Santa Just Yet

    Casey
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:46 pm
    When I told Cody my plans on breaking it to Addie that Santa isn’t real, he grew three inches taller and said “Don’t you dare.” It turned into quite the discussion with valid arguments on both sides. In the end he made me promise I wouldn’t tell her the truth and if she did have questions I was to send her to him. With a heavy sigh of defeat, I agreed. After reading the few comments on the post about breaking the news to Addie and thinking about Cody’s side of the discussion — I was wrong. I still very much want her to believe in Santa, but (maybe you can…
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    Lit and Laundry

  • How *NOT* to make a quilt block

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    I've been following along with Lori Holt on Instagram (@beelori1) as she releases blocks for her new Christmas sampler.  Some are from her Quilty Fun book, and some instructions are only available on Instagram.  I've had quite an adventure with the mitten block.I had this cute Santa fabric, and I thought it would be perfect.  But really it's just too much white with a white background.  The mittens lose their shape.  Also, having the cuff stripes go that way makes them look like jar lids. How about this pretty flower fabric?  And just to get wild, how about…
  • Animal Advent #7

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Here is the dapper Peter Penguin.  Hard to see, but he has a martini glass in each hand.  I think I will pick out the white stitches and make his glasses gold or silver so they show up better.  I love his little eyebrows and the way he leans on the number 7.  Apparently he's flirting with the animal in block #8.  I'm working on her right now and she's adorable.You can find the free pattens for all of these advent animals at Brooks Books.  They are being released one per month, and they don't take too long to stitch.I have a lot of projects going on right now that…
  • Farewell Halloween, hello Thanksgiving season

    3 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
     True to form, Jungle Boy created his own Halloween costume again this year.  The legs are "cat tails" from the costume store and a girl at school helped him figure out how to sew them to his shirt.   We had a great Halloween here.  Lots of the teenagers stopped by our party.  I cooked for two days and it was all worth it.  I'd rather have the kids at my house and know where they are and what they're up to than have them running around who knows where.Later in the evening they got together a game of Clue.  I was sitting in the next room and I could hear the…
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    Twinfatuation

  • Advancing Advent

    Cheryl Lage
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:13 am
    The teenage years. Filled with anticipation, nothing ever seems to happen quite quickly enough. Fortunately for Double Daddy and me, our pair is largely quite patient.......except when it comes to waiting for each day's calendared chocolate kisses.If I discerned today's date by the still-filled drawers, it'd be the 21st. Knew I was behind on holiday preparation, but thankfully, not that far behind!Dilemma: Do I refill from Santa's stash, or is that bestowing nice to naughty?
  • Way Back When-esday : Lap Leaners

    Cheryl Lage
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:59 am
    Dateline: December 2003Twins' Age: 2The crowding started in my belly---and continues even today on couches....backseats of cars...church pews...Looking back and catching some impressive territorial grabbing on Santa's lap 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... please join in, play along!Dive into those digital files and share a photo find on your blog. On Facebook. Via Twitter. On Instagram...whatever your social media venue(s) of choice! Be sure to leave a comment…
  • Fear Not Fifty

    Cheryl Lage
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    a.k.a. Appreciate Your Age As mothers, we unquestioningly, vociferously agree with the popular chorus quick to condemn the prejudicial inaccuracy of antiquated clichés like “throw like a girl.” As women, we clamor to reinforce the validity of Dove ad campaigns and other feel-good types who encourage us to revel in our varied body types. “Every body is beautiful.” Yet when it comes to aging into the next decade, rather than rejoice with the pomp and circumstance due a graduate who’s earned ten valuable years of life experience (2.5 times the duration needed to acquire a…
 
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • Prepping Your Home for Holiday Guests

    Monica
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:25 pm
    The holidays mean lots of visitors here in our home. Whether they are here for a few hours, or a few days, one room that everyone spends a little bit of time in, is our downstairs bathroom. We were lucky enough to have a full bathroom (toilet, sink, tub/shower) downstairs rather than just a 1/2 bathroom (toilet & sink), so we decided to turn our downstairs “office” in to the guest room as well. It makes it easier  for our guests, so that they don’t have to deal with stairs, and it makes it nicer for us, giving them that privacy as well. So, our downstairs, or guest…
  • The Top 100 Gifts of 2014 at Walmart

    Monica
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    Are you having trouble trying to figure out what gifts to get for people? Worry no more! I’ve got the top 100 Gifts of 2014 from Walmart, and there’s got to be something here for just about everyone on your list, and one awesome thing about this list…. You can shop from home and it includes FREE SHIPPING! Yes, you can shop in your comfy clothes, all snuggled up under a blanket, while watching football… WHAAAAT??? Yes, I may or may not have done that… Some of the ideas on the Walmart Top 100 Gifts are really awesome, and there are things on here that even I…
  • Recipe: Not Your Momma’s Green Bean Casserole

    Monica
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    In fact, this recipe isn’t for a casserole at all! But it does have green beans! It’s very inexpensive, it only takes ONE dish to cook it in, and it goes a long way! It even includes bacon.. How can you go wrong with that? This green bean/bacon dish one of my absolute favorites from when I was a child. It’s easy to make for every day dinner as a side, or scale it up for a larger crowd! It’s something my daddy made for us a lot growing up, and it’s still my most favorite way to eat green beans. We make this dish for just about any holiday meal that we host at…
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  • Recipe for a Safe Kitchen this Holiday Season

    A Cowboy's Wife
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    Did y’all  know that cooking is THE number one reason for home fires and injuries?  I have repeatedly shared with y’all the importance of having a smoke alarm in your home but another safety item that is essential, is a fire extinguisher.  And well, the kitchen is the perfect place to keep one handy. I feel like people who don’t make time to take the precautions to protect their home, are the same ones who have the mindset, “it won’t happen to me” or “I’ll be able to take care of a fire before it gets out of hand”.  It’s a…
  • Top Tech Gifts at Best Buy

    A Cowboy's Wife
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:51 am
    We are just days away from Christmas and if you’re like me, you still have people to buy for.  You may be thinking about buying something but haven’t talked yourself into yet so hopefully these gift ideas from Best Buy will help ease that decision.   XBOX ONE If you are considering the Xbox One at all, let me tell y’all, it’s pretty sweet!  The graphics on the Xbox One are amazing, and I mean amazing!  If you’re gonna go as far as getting the Xbox One, get the Halo Master Chief Collection to go with it.  Me and my boys grew up campaigning on that…
  • DIY Christmas Gift Party Favors

    A Cowboy's Wife
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:18 pm
    OMYCOW y’all, look at what I made!!  I’m putting together some goody bags for Truett’s class and made these super cute diy Christmas gift party favors, filled with candy! You guys, you can’t make anything more simple I’d love for you to Pin this on Pinterest too and check out my adorable Reindeer Cookie Pops to add to your party goody bags!   You’re gonna need empty tubes of toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, wrapping paper, or even foil!  Use whatever you got.  The cool thing about it too, is that you can cut the tubes to be smaller or leave them…
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    Politics to Parenting and Everything in Between

  • Pixar Gift Ideas For Kids

    Patty Garza
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Woody, Sulley, Buzz Lightyear, Bullseye, Lightning McQueen, Angus, Mike Wazowski, U-Command, and my favorite Dr. Evil Porkchop.  Here is a collection of some of the famous and not so famous characters from Pixar movies. Which is your favorite?Monster - SulleySpin Master Toys - Disney Pixar Monsters University - Monster Brights - Sulley - $6.00, 4.95 shipping - Available at Bealls FloridaToy Story - Buzz LightyearDisney - Toy Story Disney/Pixar Deluxe Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear Figure - $13.24, 6.34 shipping - Available at Fullfillment By AmazonToy Story - BullseyeDisney - Toy Story…
  • Heartbreaking:25lb 7yro boy nearly starved, beaten by family in PA

    Patty Garza
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Heartbreaking...thank God he was saved and hopefully survives from the physical and emotional trauma done to him...what sick people, if you can call them that to do that to another human being. May God save him!I hope the grandparents, parents and anyone who knew about this intentional neglect and abuse is sent to prison for life for attempted murder,and abuse/neglect,child endangerment!! Sick!ABC15 Arizona:  Autoplay:7-year-old boy found nearly starved to death, taken from his home covered in bruises.GREENVILLE, PA - A 7-year-old Pennsylvania boy beaten for sneaking food was nearly…
  • Perv 18yro was molesting 11yro boy for 3yrs so FL father beats him to a pulp!!!

    Patty Garza
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    This story is so enraging, yet justice was thankfully served...though many, including myself might rather the disgusting perv was killed. Hopefully he will serve the rest of his life in prison, but unfortunately child molesters and rapists rarely serve life terms. In the end I pray the 11yro son will get the counseling he'll need and won't suffer this horrific memory long, but sadly his innocence is lost forever. :( APRaymond Frolander, shown in his Florida booking photo, was beaten unconscious by a father who walked in on Frolander sexually abusing his son.NY Daily News:"An enraged father in…
 
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  • Kitschy, Kitschy Kristmas

    Rima
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:19 pm
    If you are looking for a totally over the top, Hollywood nostalgia themed indoor Christmas extravaganza and can get past the fact that it is staged within a former church building, then have I got the place for you! Castle Noel in Medina, Ohio is the brainchild and all-consuming passion of one Mark Klaus (real name). Mister Klaus bears an almost uncanny resemblance to Santa himself and he really, really loves Christmas. He has turned the former Medina United Methodist Church and its adjacent buildings into what is nebulously billed as “America’s Largest Indoor Christmas…
  • Peeps Need Feasts

    Rima
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:15 pm
    As a Christian, I have a real problem with people wishing each other “Happy Holidays” this time of year. Because what we should really be doing is slapping each other on the backs for making it around the sun one more time again. This, after all, is what was originally celebrated around December 25th, by pagans the world over, on the winter solstice. I observe Christmas and all other Catholic holidays (except occasionally New Year’s Day/the Solemnity of Mary, because if we’re honest, didn’t the Church tack that on as a holy day of obligation simply to force…
  • Unable to Scale Tall Buildings in a Single Bound

    Rima
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:47 pm
    That’s actually Pippi Longstocking up there, in the children’s area of the Stockholm airport. Ever since I diagnosed myself with misophonia yesterday, I’ve been dwelling on it. I started wondering if other tendencies I have, such as extreme tactile sensitivity, hyper vigilance, and irrational anxiety are all related. And I’ve concluded that they are. My friend Heather, who is not a medical professional but a misophonia sufferer herself, said she read a book a long time ago about Very Sensitive People and in it all these things were correlated to each other and also…
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  • 自宅待機

    hatakedekonkatu0131
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:53 am
    寒い~!部屋の温度が10度だったのでエアコンつけました。 いくらコタツが暖かいと言っても、潜り込んでいてはな~んの 用事も出来ませんからね。 月曜日、背中にできたデキモノ・・・粉瘤(アテローム)を取る 手術をしてきました。日帰りで1時間程度なので気楽なもんですが 部分麻酔の効き目を信用していなかったので少し怖かったです。 取ったモノを見せてもらったのですが、大きさは少し大きめの…
  • ラーメン王

    hatakedekonkatu0131
    2 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    僕の出身は札幌です。 札幌のラーメン屋には味噌、塩、正油と3種類のラーメンが存在します。 メニューの先頭は味噌ラーメンで醤油ではなく正油と書くのも特徴です。 一番人気は味噌ラーメンで麺は黄色の太麺で炒めた野菜がたくさんニンニクもたくさん入っているこってりしたラーメンです。 客商売する者は昼に味噌ラーメンを食ってはいけない!と言う札幌限定?の格言まであるくらいにパンチが効いています。…
  • ステカン

    hatakedekonkatu0131
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    僕は現在 賃貸物件に居住しています。 以前に東京都某所の 不動産会社に勤務していた頃は 戸建の売買も行っていて 戸建売出物件のオープンハウス (特定の日時や期間中に一般へ公開して 自由に中を見てもらうこと)なども 行っていました。 日曜祭日は ほとんど、現地でお客様が来るのを ただひたすら待ち続けていました。 売出物件の戸建周辺は 電柱等に 《新築 ○○駅5分 4LDK 5000万円》と 物件の簡単な概要が書かれた看板や…
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  • Build & Imagine: STEM Powered Play-Sets for Girls

    Liza
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Every now and then, a product comes on the market that manages something truly remarkable: delighting children while simultaneously causing extreme pride in parents. This, my friends, is one to boast about. Build & Imagine is a brand new line of magnetic construction sets featuring adventurous leading female characters and rich illustrated details that inspire both girls and boys to “build and imagine”. Debuting with 3 different play-sets, Malia’s Beach House, Day at the Beach and Marine Rescue Center, each play-set is made up of “StoryWalls” that feel like…
  • Paying It Forward For the Holidays #TwinHillsSanta

    Mamanista
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:31 am
    Can you feel it?  This time of year there seems to be a little extra magic in the air, people seem to smile more, have longer conversations with people they don’t know, hold doors open and find ways to do more kind things for people.  People they may know or they may not.  Its the holidays! My friend Colleen, who happens to be a food blogger, had the idea to reach out to other bloggers as well as some of their collective contacts to pull off a fantastic holiday surprise for 21 children who live in a small remote village in Alaska where one can only get in or out by bush plane or a small…
  • GIFT GUIDE: New Baby, New Mama

    Liza
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    I remember it all like it was yesterday: the Google searching, the book reading, the asking for recommendations, the dreaming of all the fancy pants items that celebrities have for their kids, as I cradled my baby bump and selected item after nonsensical item on my registry. My baby shower was just gorgeous and I was fortunate enough to receive TONS of stuff for my baby boy (the luckiest boy in the world). Fast Forward to when I delivered, brought the baby home, and donated about 75% of the stuff I purchased, was gifted, accumulated, etc. over those 9 months. Because guess what? Most of the…
 
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    Real Life with Sarah

  • What’s The First Step Toward Foster Care Adoption?

    Sarah Pinnix
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:41 pm
    A  few years ago, our family had the opportunity to take in a young boy who had suffered abuse and neglect. He stayed with us for about five months. Since it was a crisis situation, there was no question but that we would open our home. My husband and I have always tried to respond without question when we feel God calling us to something. We don’t know how? We’re not sure if we’ll have room? What if we mess up? What if we don’t have enough money? Those details always get worked out. But God tells us to take the first step–and we do. A little boy in a house full…
  • Easy Christmas Treats You Can Make Today!

    Sarah Pinnix
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    If you’re anything like me, this holiday season is jam packed and busy! My whole family performs in The Nutcracker Ballet every year so rehearsals take up lots of time! If you need to make some impressive treats in a little time, have I got the treats for you! Basically, get a bunch of stuff to dip into some yummy stuff, and sprinkle more yummy stuff on top. Here’s a little more detail. Semi-sweet Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sticks (top right) Ingredients: Pretzel sticks Semi sweet chocolate chips, with a TBSP shortening added Festive sprinkles Instructions: Place chocolate chips…
  • Cheap and Easy Holiday Decorating Ideas

    Sarah Pinnix
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Do you need cheap and easy holiday decorating ideas? These projects will take you 15 minutes or less and look great! This post contains affiliate links so you can just order the stuff today on Amazon! I love decorating with grapevine wreaths that can be hung on the wall or door, or used in various ways as a centerpiece. Keep in mind that I’m no expert photographer, nor am I Martha Stewart, but they really do look great in person. First, I took some plain grapevine wreaths that you can find for as little as $4.00. Then, I purchased a bunch of artificial mini-poinsettias and berries. I…
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    5 Minutes for Mom

  • There’s Still Time – Check Out These Magical Gift Ideas

    Susan
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:56 am
    Do you still have Christmas Gifts to buy? Janice and I both do. Yes, we’re last minute shoppers. While we’ve bought some of our gifts, we still have to stock up on stocking stuffers as well as a few other important gifts. If you’re like us and you still have some shopping to do, let us help you out. There’s still time! Find Magical Gift Ideas Here…Click To Tweet You can download a pdf copy of our 8 part Holiday Gift Guide 2014 here or click through below to view each section online. For Women For Men For Kids For Tweens and Teens For Grandparents For Teachers…
  • Wordless Wednesday – Playdate Photoshoot Fun

    Janice
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Let’s Play Photo Shoot! The other day, my studio was still in “Christmas scene” mode, so for fun we had a photo shoot during one of Olivia’s after school playdates. The girls had a blast and now we have some fabulous photos to remember their friendship at age seven.   Add Your Wordless Wednesday Post Link Below: Thanks to Uisce for creating Wordless Wednesday.   Written by Janice Croze, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom Talk with me: @5minutesformom and Facebook.com/5minutesformom Pin with me at http://pinterest.com/5minutesformom/
  • Trunx Photo Contest – Warm Holiday Memories @TrunxApp

    Susan
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Susan here to let you know about an awesome holiday photo contest with Trunx app. You may remember that we’ve talked about Trunx before and we’re happy to let you know about this fun way to win with your holiday photos. This post is sponsored but as always our opinions are our own. Trunx is a free photo app that backs up all your precious photos in the cloud. And unlike other cloud apps, you get unlimited storage. Trunx automatically organizes your photos for you – no work necessary – making it super easy to find any specific moment in a snap. There is also a great…
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    the calm before the stork

  • what maria montessori has taught me about rainy days

    calm mama
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Today, all of the Bay Area’s schools are closed because of rain, a storm that was predicted to hit us with 70-mile-an-hour winds and flooding. So, this morning we had to figure out what to do with our day. Jonah has been…Read more →
  • anatomy of a meltdown: the easter egg dyeing edition

    calm mama
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:42 pm
    This morning we dyed Easter eggs with natural food dyes, made from onion skins and turmeric. It was a lovely morning. Two Saturdays in a row now we’ve been doing crafty fun things as a family. The best friend arrived…Read more →
  • overcoming resistance: the spring camp adventure edition

    calm mama
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
    Today’s story really starts yesterday. Yesterday, I had to work, so husband took son for day out of a-wandering, a-kite-flying, etc. There was a trail hike, slug discoveries, and the occasional trip-and-tumble, including a sidewalk scrape at day’s end. When…Read more →
 
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  • The Elf Visits Big Kid Street

    burghbaby
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Alexis is obviously standing at the intersection of Big Kid Street and Little Kid Lane, looking down both streets and unsure which direction she should walk. Right now she's leaning toward Little Kid Lane, I think because it makes the holidays so much more magical. Man, that kid wants to believe SO badly. I mentioned that the elf made an appearance at our house, despite the fact that I think it more closely resembles kindling than a good idea. Alexis finds it to be the most fun ever, though, so I persevere. I might be the meanest person ever, but I can play along for the sake of a kid.
  • One Last Word About Christmas Crazy 6

    burghbaby
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:03 pm
    I swear I will stop talking about Christmas Crazy in a minute or ten, but not yet. Not yet because I think the internet as a whole spends a whole lot of time wallowing in the bad and not nearly enough time celebrating the fantastic. This. This is fantastic. I would like to show you every single thing that made its way to Center for Victims this weekend, but that would take a very long time. How's that for a good problem to have? While I can't show you everything, I can show you a few mini piles of fantastic. For example, this year there were a lot of Legos in the pile. Legos are good. So is…
  • Benjamin is Back

    burghbaby
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:28 pm
    We have a ton of Christmas traditions around here, and one of them is mentioning Benjamin in this space. Since 2011, Benjamin has elected to give up his birthday presents so that Christmas Crazy could have a few more things. And by "a few," I mean a CAR LOAD. Seriously. I would estimate that Benjamin showed up at the Christmas Crazy drop-off with about $500 worth of toys. He is why we topped the $10,000 mark. I mean, lot and lots of people are why we topped the $10,000 mark, but he's the only one I know who decided to give up his birthday presents so that other kids could have a merry…
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    Cowgirl Yoga

  • ReTreat Yourself

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Shit just got real this week, right? Only 7 days till Christmas. Have you finished all your shopping yet? Have you even started it...? Or even more importantly (to the tune of Janet J. circa mid 80s), what have you done for yourself lately?If you're considering joining us for a retreat, now's a great time to treat yourself. Or let Santa know that it's on your short list. Book any 2015 retreat in December, and we'll have a JADE Yoga mat waiting for you here in Montana.Want some instant gratification? If you make a retreat deposit this month, we'll also send you a deluxe sample of my latest…
  • Be Inspired

    13 Dec 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Eeek! Where have I been? Somewhat scattered about. Trying to pull it all together as we hurtle towards the end of 2014, which always seems to be The. Deadline. for. everything. Then I got hit with the cold that won't go away, and many of the threads I was trying to weave together got loose and frayed. I'm not on time and I'm not prepared. I was late for an appointment yesterday, and hadn't even gotten dressed yet. I opened up my drawer and there was a shirt on top, with the word "Inspire" across the front. It was a gift. I threw it on and rushed out the door.I might have forgotten all about…
  • Good Yoga Read: Going OM

    15 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    You might have noticed there are a lot of yoga books out there. Not just the tried and true sort, like Iyengar's Light on Yoga or Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi - a brand new genre has popped up in recent years. It seems everyone is trying their mudra-making hand at chronicling the human drama that unfolds within the yoga studio and yoga communities "off the mat". And I have to say, I've found the results less than impressive. We all love yoga, but that doesn't mean all of us should write about it.So I will admit that I was a bit wary of delving into one of the latest entries, Going OM:…
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    Mom Knows It All.

  • How Organic Toothpaste Can Help Your Health

    valmg
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:32 am
    I have seen an increasing number of people interested in organic products. I see an increasing number of organic products on the market, including things like personal care and beauty items. There’s even an organic toothpaste, something I’ve never used it and don’t know a lot about. I found this article about the advantages of buying it interesting and am sharing it with you with permission. How Organic Toothpaste Can Help Your Health When you really stop to think about it, keeping your body in top physical condition requires a great deal of effort. Every time you go to a…
  • Joy Sprouts Preschool Educational App

    valmg
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:51 pm
    This post is brought to you by Joy Sprouts. Please note that as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way. Looking to give your preschooler a little jump start? Apps are becoming a popular and affordable way to provide young children with both educational materials and entertainment. Enter Joy Sprouts, a preschool educational app designed for children ages 2-6. Created by educational professionals, Joy Sprouts’ award winning games and activities develop a range of important skills to help your child’s total…
 
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • 5 Must-Read Books for Fundraisers

    Devon Reeser
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Need some reading material for the holidays? A gift for that special fundraiser in your family? Take a look at these top picks available in print or for instant download. But how do you pick among the hundreds, if not thousands, of good fundraising books that have been published to help you develop the resources you need to make your organization successful? Focus your research on these five key principles of fundraising and reading the best in their genres: 1. Inspiration: The first key to good fundraising is empowerment and passion. You need to believe in your cause to be able to convince…
  • Who to Ask for Donations

    Devon Reeser
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    The trend is clear: if you want to raise money for your organization in today’s economy, you need to know what individuals to ask for donations. While philanthropy as a whole is on the rise in the US, the majority of funding, and nearly all of the fundraising increase, is coming from rich American philanthropists.  The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that the most successful 400 US charities last year managed to raise 11% more money, and nearly all of it came from individual donors. In just two years, Silicon Valley’s Mark Zuckerberg gave $1.5 billion to one foundation!
  • Nonprofit Fundraising: Events vs. Great Events

    Cari Mostert
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Your last bake sale was an outrageous success and the car wash did even better, but does that mean that it’s time to introduce a yearly dinner gala to your fundraising calendar? Unless your organization is flush with time, money and resources with staff to spare, you might be feeling a tad overwhelmed. If you’ve had success with a handful of minor fundraisers then you’ll know that great events don’t just happen; they take an awful lot of work to reach their targets. And lumped together under the catchall heading of “events” are fundraisers as diverse as your summer…
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  • Price Chopper Holiday Entertaining and Decorating

    Victoria
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:09 pm
    The month of December is filled with holiday fun — from visiting friends and family to entertaining at home — and I love it! Christmas cookies play a big part of the holidays for us from sending festive tins full of them to family several states away to leaving some out with cocoa for Santa, the cookie sheets in our home get quite the oven workout the last few weeks of the year. For the first cookie of the season, we decided to join the #GetYourBettyOn fun and make Snickerdoodle cookies using Betty Crocker cookie mix. Snickerdoodle cookies are one of our favorite cookies during…
  • Maternity Wear Shopping at Town Shop

    Victoria
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    I received compensation as part of my relationship with the Quality Blue Community. All opinions expressed are my own. I’m not sure whose genius thinking it was to island hop right after my daughter turned a year old but I clearly didn’t think about the fact I would need a bathing suit for my new body. Bathing suit shopping is never fun but I unexpectedly found myself dreading the idea of going from store to store to shop for postpartum figure. Luckily, with the Upper West Side as my childhood stomping ground and our neighborhood at the time, I was familiar with all it had to…
  • Holiday Traditions with Hickory Farms

    Victoria
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    When I was a little girl, my grandmother would receive food gifts during the holiday season from relatives living out of town. The arrival of the gift baskets and other holiday food treats became a holiday tradition I looked forward to year after year. Peeking into boxes to see what was arriving and then seeing what my grandmother would let me try was almost as fun as getting a gift myself! My grandmother was always nice enough to share the mail order goodies with me — some of which were from Hickory Farms. For more than 60 years, Hickory Farms gifts have been a classic holiday tradition…
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    It's @jennyonthespot!

  • Gift Giving: Giving Straight Talk and #StraightTalkCheer

    Jenny On the Spot
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    If I have learned anything, I have learned choosing the perfect give is perfectly the MOST difficult thing to do. What size? What color? WHAT DO THEY EVEN LIKE ANYMORE? Oh GIFT GIVING. You’re so cute. *Before I continue, please note: this is a sponsored post. I have partnered with Straight Talk on this… I […] Gift Giving: Giving Straight Talk and #StraightTalkCheer is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post Gift Giving: Giving Straight Talk and #StraightTalkCheer appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • #GiftSmart This Season With Radio Shack!

    Jenny On the Spot
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    At a time when money and time is tight – a person has to be smart. For example, I employ the “Go Right” approach to getting errands done. This means I try to avoid LEFT turns and make my errand list according to where I must go… choosing right turns over left where prudent. There’s […] #GiftSmart This Season With Radio Shack! is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post #GiftSmart This Season With Radio Shack! appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • Home Alone: The Toaster Caught on Fire… Kidde Recipe For Safety

    Jenny On the Spot
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    I was contacted recently by Kidde (maker of smoke and carbon dioxide detectors, and fire extinguishers) to share a favorite holiday recipe or a fire safety story. Please note, this post is happening because Kidde and I have partnered together to bring you this story. This story and my feelings about making your kitchen and […] Home Alone: The Toaster Caught on Fire… Kidde Recipe For Safety is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post Home Alone: The Toaster Caught on Fire… Kidde Recipe For Safety appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
 
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  • Starting a Prayer Journal

    Alyssa
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:12 pm
    There are a few things in life that are important to me:  my faith, my family, my education.  All these things have helped me to become the person I am today.  An important part of strengthening my faith has been the act of keeping a prayer journal.  I have kept a prayer journal for the better part of the last 20 years.  If you have ever even considered doing so, starting a prayer journal is something I would encourage everyone to do. Keeping a prayer journal is a very easy process.  I will even show you how in my 7 Day Prayer Journaling Guide , which you can sign up for in the Hello…
  • Favorite Books for Christian Moms

    Alyssa
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:36 am
    I have been an avid reader for years.  As a kid I dreamed of having my own home library.  If I had enough bookcases for all my books I’d have one.  I don’t often read fiction. I’m more of a non-fiction reader, reading for knowledge more than pleasure.  Call me a nerd! So, since I love to read so much, I have read a lot and thought I’d share some of my favorite books for Christian moms with you!  The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands – I just read this recently and honestly couldn’t put it down.  If you constantly feel…
  • Teaching Kids to Take Responsibility

    Alyssa
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:03 am
    There are many battles that we as a parent must face:  teaching our child to eat with a fork or spoon; potty training them; teaching them to ride a bike; or how to load the dishwasher correctly.  However, above all else in life one of the toughest is teaching kids to take responsibility. We all want our children to grow up to be productive adults.  We want them to learn from their mistakes, but it is often difficult to watch them suffer from their mistakes.  As a teacher, I see many parents who attempt to rescue their kids from every failure.  I believe that we can do our children a…
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  • Free Shipping and Ready to ship items Kristen's Custom Creations

    Kristen Andrews
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    I have so many of my customer's favorite items ready to ship.  Please enjoy FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING today and tomorrow by entering code SHIPFREERTS at check out.  You can see all of my Ready to ship items at Kristen's Custom Creations.  to shop my entire collection please visit Kristen's Custom Creations. 
  • I love you more hand stamped jewelry gift ideas

    Kristen Andrews
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:41 am
    How do you show someone that you love them more, with a I love you more necklace.  This is one of the hottest gift items for 2014 in my shop.  You can find the entire collection of hand stamped I love you more jewelry at Kristen's Custom Creations. To shop my entire collection of personalized jewelry please visit Kristen's Custom Creations. 
  • Pray for Chad Carr, #CHADTOUGH

    Kristen Andrews
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    Shop now until December 11th and mention #CHADTOUGH at check out and 20% will be donated to the Chad Carr fund.  Shop at Kristen's Custom Creations. Chad Carr is a precocious, beautiful and smart 4 year old boy, not to mention, TOUGH. On September 23rd he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in his brain stem called Diffuse intrinsic Pontine Glioma or DIPG. This type of cancer affects only 300 children a year in the United States. A cure remains unknown at this time. Please Pray for a Miracle.  #CHADTOUGH  
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    Mommy Musings

  • Gouda & Garlic Pull Apart Bread Recipe #PantryInsiders

    Stefanie Fauquet
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
    This post is brought to you by Pompeian as part of the #PantryInsiders program. All opinions are my own. The holidays are literally right around the corner — with less than a week until Christmas, like me, you’re probably busy getting ready for friends and family to come over to celebrate. You may or may not have […] The post Gouda & Garlic Pull Apart Bread Recipe #PantryInsiders appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Holiday M&M’S & Glad At Target + Reindeer Chow {Recipe} #HolidayBaking

    Stefanie Fauquet
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glad & M&M’S®. All opinions are 100% mine. I can’t believe it’s less than two weeks until Christmas! I have been very busy getting everything in order, but I’m still nowhere near finished. I still have loved ones to buy presents for, gifts to […] The post Holiday M&M’S & Glad At Target + Reindeer Chow {Recipe} #HolidayBaking appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • 2015 McCormick Flavor Forecast: Cookies Reimagined + Peppermint Bars Recipe

    Stefanie Fauquet
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:37 pm
    This post is brought to you by McCormick. All opinions are my own. Since 2000, McCormick’s Flavor Forecast report has predicted trends that have changed the way people eat at restaurants and cook in their home kitchens. Even the products found on store shelves have been impacted by trends forecasted in this industry-leading report. To mark the […] The post 2015 McCormick Flavor Forecast: Cookies Reimagined + Peppermint Bars Recipe appeared first on Mommy Musings.
 
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  • Warm and Cozy Holiday Breakfast – Apple Puffed Pancake Recipe With Smart & Final

    Kim Tracy Prince
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ChooseSmart #CollectiveBias Because I am raising my own little family far away from other relatives, I work hard to uphold holiday traditions that everyone in my house enjoys. One of them is Christmas morning breakfast – I always bake an apple puffed pancake like my mother did when I was growing up. It’s more work than pouring some cereal and milk into bowls, but the house gets filled with the aroma of baking apples and butter, and the payoff is delicious. I headed to Smart…
  • It’s a Small Life After All

    Kim Tracy Prince
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:56 pm
    I’m going to try something for a minute. I’m going celebrate my little life. I’m going to be proud of trying to be a good mother. Trying to be a good housekeeper, a good wife, a good PTA president, a good member of my community, a good writer, a good daughter, sister, friend. (What else am I? I try to be good at all of those other things too.) Here’s what I did today: PTA meeting, another PTA meeting, return ill-fitting children’s clothes at TJ Maxx, pick up flag football uniforms, send 1,000 emails, drafted a blog post, made two content creation deals, 2 loads…
  • Process

    Kim Tracy Prince
    29 Nov 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Photo by Jawed Kayim from Wikimedia She enters the room every day. Most days, she sits down and writes. Some days, when there is more activity in the house, she perches on the edge of the chair, pushes around a thing or two, and then gets up and leaves, returning after dark, after all else is quiet. While the computer is booting up, or rebooting, she puts all the things away. Pencils and pens in their cups. Lip balm, baseball hat, rolled up socks in the bedroom. Papers in the in-box, or the receipt box, or the recycle bag. Handbags hung in the closet. Notebooks and calendars spiraled closed,…
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    Momathon Blog

  • At My Shop: Gifts that Give Back

    Chris
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    I have a wonderful opportunity to team up with a foundation close to my heart. This December I am donating 100% of my proceeds from my Society6 shop to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
  • Respect, Honor, and Gratitude

    Chris
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    THANK YOU to all veterans and active duty service men and women for your service and sacrifices. Blessings to you and your families.
  • Seven Ways to Share Gratitude at Home

    Chris
    5 Nov 2014 | 11:51 am
    Gratitude seems to be the common element that makes life the best. So here are five ways to share gratitude—family tested and approved.
 
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    Love That Max: Special Needs Blog

  • 25 funny books for kids

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:35 am
    What do kids most prefer in books? A whopping 70 percent of children ages 6 to 17 say they want books that make them laugh, per Scholastic's poll of 1026 kids for the new Kids & Family Reading Report. That may not come as a surprise to parents of kids whose favorite bedtime activity is giggling as you read to them.I asked Facebook friends to share their kids' favorite funny books. While the majority of these books—a mix of classics old and new—are recommended for kids ages 4 to 8, funny has no age parameters. Whatever engages and amuses your kids (and gets them psyched about reading)…
  • The people who just want to make your kid happy

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:35 am
    I've been walking around with this big ball of gratitude in my heart for the last few days. I'm still overwhelmed by all the kindness that came our way on the day of Max's birthday party. It started, as you may have seen, with some of his beloved local firefighters giving him a ride in a fire truck to his party. And then it just kept on going.There are many people on Team Max enabling his physical and cognitive abilities. And then there are the people who've cropped up to enhance his levels of joy. In recent months, people have sent Max a real firefighter hat (thanks, Morris!); firefighter…
  • Health insurance outrage for special needs parents

    16 Dec 2014 | 3:38 am
    Typically, my biggest gripes about our health insurance are: 1) convincing the insurance company that Max needs therapies and 2) dealing with their repeated mishandling of claims. I have recently put in no less than a dozen calls to Cigna about a bunch of AWOL bills. But the recent Sony Corp. hacking scandal has aired an even bigger concern about health insurance and special needs families. As you've probably read by now, cyber-hackers have snatched countless emails and documents from Sony Pictures. It's troubling that more than 47,000 social security numbers have been exposed. It was…
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    Marinka NYC

  • Vocabulary

    Marinka
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:59 am
    The other day I was sitting around, thinking of ways to make the world a better place and also plotting against my enemies. Don’t worry, nothing dramatic, and certainly not anything we haven’t seen in the Bible and maybe on HBO and other premium cable channels. So I was sitting and plotting but then that got really exhausting, so I decided to make some phone calls for idle chatter. “Hmm,” I thought to myself, while scrolling through my contacts. “Mama gave me life, why don’t I retaliate and call her first?” Papa picked up Mama’s phone.
  • Mane Event

    Marinka
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
    “Hey mom,” my son told me the other day, “I’m going to be a tiger in the class play.” “Roar!” I said, before I remembered that he was 13 and not 4. And then he told me that he was going to wear his sister’s tiger costume and I congratulated myself on being the type of mother who had endangered species costumes around the house. (BTW, I just realized that I wasn’t sure if tigers were really endangered or if I just heard some propaganda on the issue, so I confirmed it with the World Wildlife Fund and now I’m depressed because some…
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    chefdruck.com

  • Porchetta Style Pork Butt:a Cook it and Forget It Kind of Dish

    chefdruck
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:34 am
    My appliances feel almost human, at least the ones that help me get my daily chores accomplished. My stove, more than anything else in my life, is my right hand. Tonight, my LG power burner oven, LG to those who knew her well, goes to a new home. She (yes she, most definitely another female in the kitchen) sang us little tunes as she came to temperature, and we’ll miss her noises and shiny blue interior. It seemed fitting to give her a proper send off, to cook something truly awesome on our last night together: a slow and low cook porchetta style pork butt. Either that or I just…
  • No Bake Oreo Truffles and a Hamilton Beach Food Processor Giveaway

    chefdruck
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Baking cookies is my favorite part of the holiday madness. I have files and file of favorite cookie recipes, from chocolate swirl meringues to candied bacon chocolate chip cookies, but my favorite cookie recipe doesn’t involve an oven. These No Bake Oreo Truffles are the definition of decadence, and you only need a microwave and a food processor to whip up a batch. Oreos and truffles really have no business being in a recipe title together. One is fancy, slick, and a very grown up treat. The other resides in the supermarket aisle and tastes best double stuffed. But put the two…
  • Gruyere Popovers Recipe and a Review of the Nutri Ninja Blender Duo

    chefdruck
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:39 pm
    This summer I headed to the Beef Belt in Texas to learn about cattle ranching. I was a guest of the Beef Checkoff, along with a dozen or so other bloggers and media personalities. The majority of these bloggers were from a niche I hadn’t encountered before on press trips: they were all nutritionists. Beautiful, svelte, and brilliant nutritionists in their late twenties with gorgeous websites and glossy hardcover books. These ladies blew me away: they were true authorities with a message. I came home, certain that I’d met the women who would shape the future of food. Before getting…
 
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    A Modern Mother

  • Tipping in California: Guide to how much and when

    Susanna
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    Americans are used to navigating the highly subjective world of tipping. Like it or not, it’s how their famous “service with a smile” culture is funded.  Most service jobs pay less than $10/£6.30 an hour (minimum wage in California is $8.35/£5.30). That’s not very much if you consider the knowledge of say, a professional sommelier, or a […] The post Tipping in California: Guide to how much and when appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • San Francisco: Tree lighting memories

    Susanna
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:38 am
      We can’t be at the #Ghirardelli50thTreeLighting on Friday, but we’ll be there in spirit! This annual lighting in Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco is what I remember as child. Are you going to a tree lighting this year? What are you memories? A photo posted by Susanna Scott (@amodernmother) on Nov 11, 2014 at […] The post San Francisco: Tree lighting memories appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • 11 cool things to do with the family in the Trossachs

    Susanna
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:43 pm
      Made famous by Sir Walter Scott’s Lady of the Lake, the Trossachs are an area of wooded glens, braes and quiet lochs at the southern border of the Scottish highlands. The Victorians would travel by Caledonian rail, then steamer and horse and buggy to admire the misty lochs, walk amongst the purple peaks and […] The post 11 cool things to do with the family in the Trossachs appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
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    A Frog In My Soup

  • Salvation Army’s #RedKettleReason

    Shera
    7 Dec 2014 | 1:41 pm
    I am absolutely delighted to have an opportunity to share about the Salvation Army’s #RedKettleReason initiative to get awareness out there about who they are and what they do as well as a little bit of their history. Bottom line, I love that their faith based mission is to “meet human need in His name without discrimination“!!!! Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Influence Central for The Salvation Army. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. We are all familiar with the Red Kettle outside most stores during the holiday…
  • Not One Moment for Granted

    Shera
    29 Nov 2014 | 8:25 pm
    As my husband sits on one of the most difficult phone calls of his life, searching for the right words, any words to say to a newly grieving father, a relative who has always been like a brother, who lost his young adult son today in a horrible accident, I find myself feeling helpless, emotional and sentimental. We all logically know that death is simply a part of life. Logically…. The reality though is that death pulls at the very fabric of a family. It leaves a gaping hole and often is a deep and potentially devastating loss. It all too often comes completely unexpectedly. That…
  • The Bad Mommy Complex – It’s Time to Let it Go

    Shera
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:08 pm
    I have lived for so long under the cloud of fear and doubt as a mom that I almost don’t know what it’s like to be on the other side. A fact that I am terribly afraid all too many moms would also have to admit for themselves if they were asked to be honest. Everywhere we turn there’s someone doing it “better” than we are, there’s one more report proving that everything we have done as a mother (ok, maybe not everything, but it sure does FEEL like it!) has been wrong and we are once again filled with guilt and despair. Ladies, it is downright depressing. And…
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  • Six Activities My Toddler Loves Doing and Learning

    Anita Utami
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:19 pm
    I never thought that having a 2 years old could be this... exciting. You probably already read it somewhere that having a toddler is like having a blender without a lid. Well, speaking from experience, that is true. A blender with a speed as fast as an F1 racing car. Here are six things that my little pumpkin enjoy doing and learning lately, and my two cents about them: 1. Saying "NO!" Ranking very high in her list is saying "no!" as fierce as a five stars general. From the moment she wakes up until the moment I try to put on her pajama at night, she probably says "no!" close to 2,000 times.
  • Six Activities My Toddler Loves Doing and Learning

    Anita Utami
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    I never thought that having a 2 years old could be this... exciting. You probably already read it somewhere that having a toddler is like having a blender without a lid. Well, speaking from experience, that is true. A blender with a speed as fast as an F1 racing car.Here are six things that my little pumpkin enjoy doing and learning lately, and my two cents about them:1. Saying "NO!"Ranking very high in her list is saying "no!" as fierce as a five stars general. From the moment she wakes up until the moment I try to put on her pajama at night, she probably says "no!" close to 2,000 times. And…
  • Simply a Blog Link-Up

    Jessica Garza
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    http://itssimplyjess.blogspot.com/2014/12/link-up-your-blog-blog-hop.html
 
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    My Mom's Blog by Thoroughly Modern Millie

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    This photo brings back such good memories of a fun childhood. I love how my mother is laughing so much. And it's funny that my dad set up this shot. ;-)My mom says: "That photo says it all! Those were the days my friend. Happy Thanksgiving!"
  • MY EXPERIENCE AT THE RACETRACK

    9 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Twice a month Brooksby Village offers a trip to Suffolk Downs, which is a thoroughbred race track in East Boston, Massachusetts. Friends who have gone to the racetrack have told me about the great seats they had in the air-conditioned restaurant overlooking the the finish line and the wonderful buffet luncheon.It was time for me to check it out before it no longer exists, depending on the outcome of this months casino decision. From what I observed, most attendees at the track were seniors, who came with a group bus like I did.We were given a racing program with an explanation of the betting…
  • THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    I want to thank each and every one of you for your good wishes on my birthday!!!It seems that as the years go by the birthdays became more meaningful - the days fly by, the weeks fly by and the YEARS - boy do they fly by!!!It seems like I had a birthday not too long ago, and before I know it another one will be around the corner.I guess the point is, just make the most of what you have and what you can do each day - life is to short to be little!As my mother used to say, "If you don't go out nothing happens." I think about that a lot and you know what - it's really true!Thanks again for…
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    Mom Spark

  • Holiday Gift Idea: Beer of the Month Club!

    Mom Spark
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:36 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Great Clubs for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. If you’re still on the hunt for a few perfect gifts this holiday season, keep reading — especially if you’re hoping to find something perfect for a guy who has everything! (Husbands and partners are notoriously tricky to buy for… but I have a feeling mine is going to LOVE this!) Have you ever heard of Clubs of America? What began as a bootstrapped dream for two brother — Doug and Dirk Doretti — back in 1994, has grown into a booming business venture! They saw the…
  • DIY: Lemon Peppermint Sugar Scrub

    Mom Spark
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:42 am
    We have a quick and easy sugar scrub recipe for you today! This is a swirled lemon peppermint sugar scrub! We love the vibrant colors and the way the scents of the lemon and peppermint contrast. To make this Lemon Peppermint Sugar Scrub you’ll need: 2 cups of sugar 1/2 cup grapeseed oil 5 drops lemon oil 5 teaspoons peppermint oil 5 drops of green dye We love using essential oils in our home! These oils are part of the Premium Essential Oils kit we are offering. They are 100% pure and smell amazing! Using a medium size mixing bowl stir together the sugar and grapeseed oil. You can add…
  • #RockItOilCleans Party Recap!

    Mom Spark
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:56 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Rock-it Oil for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out for our #RockItOilCleans Twitter party on December 2nd! We had such a fun afternoon chatting about this awesome new product and I encourage you to keep the conversation going by using the #RockItOilCleans hashtag! You guys saw just how SHINY and beautiful my countertops were after just one use from the Rock-it Oil Stone and if you’ve got a countertop with deep set stainers, or that’ll looking super dull, you need this product. Feel free to share…
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    Please Pass the Salt

  • the Christmas musical

    Moriah
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:31 am
    “The Miracle on Bethlehem Street” – so funny and cute. Loved watching all the kids and they did a great job! (Madeline – a Roman herald & Drew – hotel staff)
  • O Christmas Tree

    Moriah
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:40 pm
    I’ve been a walking disaster for months. Most recently weepy over this book, resonating deeply with how she describes her spiritual life and her view of God. Tearing up regularly thru worship at our contemporary church we attend Saturday nights. In a word, basically, a mess. So two weeks ago I thought hey! I’ll get myself back into the gym! And I took the littles ONCE and we’ve been fighting fever virus and sickness ever since. (To top it off while the kids were sick last week, Andy was out of town on a business retreat. When he got home Thursday I pretty much collapsed.)…
  • we went to CO

    Moriah
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Our entire family jetsetted to Colorado last week for my baby sister’s wedding. We have never flown with all 5 and it was so fun! Kids loved the adventure and we loved not spending 23 hours squished in a car. (I’m totally jealous of my parents’ grass.) So obviously the first several days were spent prepping for the wedding, my mom was just a *little* busy. Tons of trips to the cabin, where the ceremony and reception were. Which, just for the record, was in a pretty remote location. There was no plan B (otherwise known as a tent) for rain. And tho it started sprinkling while…
 
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    Bizzie Living

  • Delivering A Positive Customer Experience As A Wholesale Business

    Anna Hicks
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:09 am
    Once you’ve established an online presence as a wholesale business, you may begin to wonder how to deliver a positive customer experience for your main customers – retailers. Where do you begin and how does it all work? Generally, starting a wholesale business online involves distributing goods to retailers in bulk quantity. The items you supply can be bought from another wholesaler, or manufactured by yourself. It is even possible to use a drop ship company for this business. Wholesale business success presents challenges similar to those other businesses face when selling to their…
  • Wordless Wednesday – Bugs and Berries

    Stephanie Elie
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:48 am
  • 2 Easy Ways To Make Your Outfit More Socially Responsible

    Bizzie Guest
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    You don’t have to sacrifice savvy for sustainability when it comes to fashion these days. Socially responsible dressing and manufacturing is gaining momentum (it’s the new black) and it is my hope that one day it will become the rule instead of the exception. Reclaimed, repurposed, upcycled, & sustainable are all terms to look for when becoming a responsible shopper, outfitting yourself & family as well as your home. Learn which companies are making concerted efforts to be more responsible. This way you can adjust your buying habits to include purchasing from businesses…
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    The Young and The Relentless

  • Peanut Butter Truffles

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:49 am
    I have a food blog that I can't remember the log in for because I haven't posted on it in over a year.  How lame is that?  The good news is that I've decided to post a yummy Christmas treat recipe here!You have to make these.  They are so good and super easy.  Meghan did most of it herself and she is only 7.NOTE: My dear husband says that a truffle isn't a truffle without booze in it.  I disagree.  I think he just likes those better.Peanut Butter Truffles1 cup confectioners sugar3 tbsp butter, softened3/4 cup peanut butter1/2 bag of white chocolate disks…
  • New Years Resolutions

    9 Dec 2014 | 9:16 am
    We interrupt this holiday season for a very important message from Connie Weiss.Okay everyone, it's December 9th so you know what time it is right?It's time to make your new years resolutions for 2015!Yes.  I am serious.  Why are you looking at me that way and shaking your head? You only have three weeks to figure out what you are going to do to be a better person!  This is serious business.Don't be this guy.Get out a piece of paper or your journal (you should really get a journal) and start brainstorming. We'll all meet back here on December 30th and share our goals for the…
  • Pixie Pickle Pants

    5 Dec 2014 | 9:04 am
    I love our elves.  I love the magic of them and how happy my kids are each morning when they rush out of their rooms to find out what they have done or brought for them. I Win Christmas!!Judge me if you must, but as most of you already know.  I don't half-ass anything.  Having elves in my house for the last 6 years is right up my alley.Now.  Tell me what your elf name is. http://www.cmchatlive.com/
 
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    Mommy Misadventures

  • Saying Hello to Holiday Yoda

    Michelle
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    Because we can't just do things like other families do, we opt to do a Holiday Yoda as a geeky alternative to the ubiquitous Elf.
  • Gifted Kids are the Heroes in Big Hero 6

    Michelle
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Big Hero 6 is a big win as a movie featuring gifted kids being awesome. (No spoilers.)
  • Frozen: The Halloween Drinking Game

    Michelle
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Tomorrow is Hallowe'en. We are totally expecting it to be Frozen-ageddon with all the Frozen themed costumes were are sure to be seeing. So, being us, we've devised a drinking game to keep ourselves occupied. Because we're bonkers like that. (And have the good senses to stop before losing our mental faculties. We think.) Feel free to share!
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    Jendi's Journal

  • No Room At The Inn | Sunday Poem

    Jendi
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:49 am
    Complete poem below No room that night was left at the Inn, No place could be found for a stranger. Two weary travelers who turned from its din Found rest at last in a manger. In the manger that night a baby was born to those whom the Inn turned again’ And the Shepherds afar came there in the morn Bringing gifts to the Savior of men. No room in the hearts of many today No place for His love will they make. He knocks at the door, they turn Him away And neglect Him for other guests’ sake. Other guests of ambition of pleasure and pride, Of selfishness and the getting of gold.
  • Swept Away By Hilton & Loven | Book Review

    Jendi
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:48 am
    Some books make me feel like all of the story has been told; that whatever is not written is just not important. Swept Away: Quilts of Love Series is not like that. It makes me feel like there is much more to the story; like we only crossed paths with the characters for a short amount of time and they have a lot that they have already been through and even more that they are going to do in the future. The hero of this story has already been through a rough time and become a better person. During the story he is polished just a bit more, and is once again ready to face anything. He is steady…
  • Toddler Definitions For Household Items

    Jendi
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:14 am
    Let me set the stage for you: It’s 2007. I’m a stay at home mom with a 5, 3, and 1 year old. Blogging and the internet give me a creative outlet, but really I was grasping for every bit of adult conversation I could get. By  “talking” online the other person could not see the disaster my house – and myself – were in. The kids, though, they looked cute and were full of energy!   How My Toddlers Viewed Things In Our House Bed: a thing to be avoided unless you feel like jumping. Couch: a place to put toys so your younger sibling can’t reach them.
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    Beckie Tetrault (dot) Com

  • 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…
  • Halloween Post (#2)

    Beckie Tetrault
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Time for me to step up on my soap box, with my annual Halloween Post! There is something I want to remind people about. There are going to be lots of children out trick or treating. And honestly, I'd hate for one of them to see me beat you down. Why, you might be wondering, would I be threatening the nice people who are just handing out candy to kids? Because every year there are a few ignorant f*cks who require my son to say "Trick or Treat" before making with the fun sized Snickers. My son has a speech delay, and while most of the time most people mostly understand most of…
  • Annual Halloween Post (#1)

    Beckie Tetrault
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Every year at this time, I climb on my soapbox like Andy Rooney on a bender, and rant and rave about how people are ruining my favorite holiday, Halloween. My usual favorite topics are the ever amusing Chick Tracts that people have the audacity to give to my children with their fun sized bags of M&Ms (check out the new one for this year, The Walking Dead?), and ANYONE who holds a Trunk or Treat in a church parking lot to help save their spawn from the horrors of the Pagan holiday. This year we have a new horror of Halloween to debunk, the THC dosed candy!! (insert spooky music…
 
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    Resourceful Mommy

  • #MotoCheer Twitter Party with Clever Girls

    Amy
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The holidays are just days away and many of us are scrambling to get just the right gift for everyone on our list! How do you make the holidays personal? Join us as we chat with Clever Girls and Motorola to share our best gift-giving advice and talk about how we put a personal touch on our holiday celebrations! We hope to see you at the…  #MotoCheer Twitter Party brought to you by Clever Girls When: Thursday, December 18th from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET Where: #MotoCheer on Twitter How: Follow @ResourcefulMom, sponsor @Clever_Network and @Motorola and use the hashtag on Twitter during the…
  • My Swopper Experience {Discount Code}

    Amy
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    I have all but stopped writing product reviews after years of thoroughly enjoying that aspect of blogging mostly because sincerely reviewing products takes more time than I have at the moment. I also am simply far less interested in “stuff” than I used to be, and that includes talking about, thinking about, and writing about said stuff. With that said, I received an email a couple months ago about something called a Swopper and looked into the product before replying with my standard thanks, but no thanks response. Meet the Swopper: The basic idea behind the Swopper is that unlike…
  • Sleep Number Holiday Twitter and Pinning Party

    Amy
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    While it can be tempting to just curl up in a cozy place for a long winter’s nap, the holidays are a busy and bustling time! Are you getting enough sleep this holiday season? Is holiday stress keeping you awake at night? If you need tips and ideas on getting the best sleep possible to make your holidays even merrier, Sleep Number’s sleep experts are here to help! Join us for a fabulous twitter and pinning party filled with great advice and gift ideas, plus one of the most amazing prizes of the season! Please join us for an updated Twitter and Pinning Party combo as we chat about the…
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    Mom Fuse

  • Acetaminophen Dosage PSA

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: Acetaminophen Dosage PSA Acetaminophen is one of the most commonly taken pain killers in the world. When properly dosed, it is safe and effective, perfect for mild to moderate pain, and perfect for daily use. Because it is cheap...Read the whole entry... »          
  • Julep Mystery Box $24.99 ($150 Value) + FREE Expedited Shipping

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Julep Mystery Box $24.99 ($150 Value) + FREE Expedited Shipping Julep saved the best Julep Mystery Box of the year for last – just look at those two colors that come in the Naughty & Nice Mystery Box; Just think, for...Read the whole entry... »          
  • 5 Places You Have To Visit When Traveling To Dubai

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: 5 Places You Have To Visit When Traveling To Dubai If you’re planning for a great vacation soon that takes you out of the country to see the sights of the world one of the most popular places to visit is Dubai. Dubai has...Read the whole entry... »          
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    Hip Mama's Place

  • Shutterfly: FREE 8×11 Wall Calendar – Just Pay Shipping + 40% OFF EVERYTHING (UNTIL TODAY ONLY!)

    11 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    Now through January 15th, if you are a NEW Shutterfly customer, you can score a FREE 8×11 Wall Calendar - a $24.99 value! Just use couponcode BCCALENDAR2015 at your checkout.  You will just have to pay shipping. I tested this and I only paid $5.99. Awesome deal for high quality, designer and cute calendar personalized with your photos! :)Also, until TODAY ONLY, 12/11/14, you can get 40% OFF EVERYTHING with coupon code OURFAVS at your checkout.  Shop for your holiday personalized gifts such as photo books, cute mugs, cozy pillows, quilted photo blankets, ornaments, candles, framed…
  • *TODAY ONLY DEAL* Cents Of Style: 50% Off All Winter Head Wear + FREE Shipping

    8 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    Today only at Cents of Style, you'll save 50% Off All Winter Head Wear + FREE Shipping! Just enter the coupon code STYLESTEALS at your checkout to receive this discount. Prices start as low as only $8 shipped to your door! Now, that's a fantastic deal!They have tons of fun, great styles to choose from, so be sure to check them all out at Cents of Style. Don't miss out on the latest fab deals, cool freebies, fun giveaways, delicious recipes, DIY inspirations and more! Subscribe to the Hip Mama's Place email newsletter, Hip Mama's Place feed reader, or simply "Like" Hip Mama's…
  • Bonefish Grill: $10 Off Dinner Purchase Coupon

    8 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you like Bonefish Grill, you can score a coupon good for $10 off your next dinner purchase valid thru 12/30/14. This coupon is for dine-in only and excludes alcohol. One offer per table and is not good for group or event dining. Don't miss out on the latest fab deals, cool freebies, fun giveaways, delicious recipes, DIY inspirations and more! Subscribe to the Hip Mama's Place email newsletter, Hip Mama's Place feed reader, or simply "Like" Hip Mama's Place on Facebook and/or follow Hip Mama's Place on Twitter!  About the Author: Jocelyn Cañasa-Brown is a working mom of two boys…
 
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  • Hubby's humor

    Tina
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:33 pm
    After the Clovis Xmas Lights parade..."That car's antlers are shaped like a bicycle"What was he looking at? A car with a bicycle on top, of course. 
  • The weather is beautiful but my mood is not

    Tina
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    This week the temp FINALLY took a nose dive and it started feeling less like summer, more like fall. Well, Fresno fall, which isn't crisp like it was in NJ...just not HOT, like it's been since May.Yet, I'm feeling really overwhelmed with all that I need to do, and all that is going on, that it's been difficult to enjoy the weather.I was very proud of myself last week (meeting week, so no
  • A Productive NonProductive Day

    Tina
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Today was a complete wash in some ways and very productive in others. I was planning to do some more house cleaning and purging, as I've been doing all summer, but got totally sidetracked.I finally pinned my kids down and asked them what time period they'd like to start with this coming school year. I pulled out our Usborne Encyclopedia of World History and thumbed through the 4 time periods. My
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    MomDot

  • Christmas Shopping for Dogs: Make it a Treat!

    Nina Say
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:44 pm
    This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own. Each year when the holidays roll around I’m not only making sure my kids, husband, and family members are taken care of, but my pets as well. I’ve always been the kind of person that loves to treat my pets as well. I never […]
  • AARP RealPad Review: #UnwrapINTEL

    trisha haas
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:39 am
    With a house full of tablets, its no secret that I love technology and all aspects of touch screens. So when I got an opportunity to check out the AARP RealPad, I’ll be honest, I kinda laughed a bit at myself. AARP? Am I that old yet? I made a few jokes with my spouse […]
  • Poverty Meal Recipe: Hearty and Homemade

    trisha haas
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    I had a pretty good child hood. While we did have our fair share of harder times and family members that didn’t have so much, I personally felt it was sheltered in love and plenty. That doesn’t mean I didn’t have  my fair share of jello, mac n cheese, spam and fish sticks. My grandmother used to make this […]
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  • Boughs of Folly

    Kate
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    Isn’t that picture magical? It’s an old one – and one of my favorites. We just got this year’s Christmas tree which looked like this for three days: It’s big. And it terrified me. Finally, last night I sucked it up and got some lights on it. And it’s looking like I’m going to have to suck it up again and let the kids help me decorate it tonight. After nine and a half years of motherhood and never letting anyone (even my husband) help me decorate the tree, I think my time is officially up. Unless of course I want to ruin my daughter’s life and…
  • They Coulda’ Been Great: November 2014

    Kate
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:31 am
    After promising myself that I’d post more, I proceeded to write two essays that I can’t publish here and then picked up a day job for several weeks (and NO – I can’t just write at night – that’s when Chris is around and he doesn’t like being ignored)…SO instead, here’s a short Facebook roundup for November. (What is this? All answers are HERE.)   November 1 11:15 a.m. Halloween candy. It’s what’s for breakfast. 8:37 p.m. Me: Hi Oliver! Do you want a little ice cream? Oliver: No. I want a lot of ice cream. He is so my…
  • They Coulda’ Been Great: October 2014

    Kate
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
    And finally…our October on Facebook. Check back next month for November. (What is this? All answers are HERE.) October 2 10:36 a.m. George is having an 80’s moment. 6:48 p.m. Assembling Legos at the Knoxville Embassy Suites manager’s reception… George: Can we stay here EVERY time we come to Tennessee? ‪#‎roadtrip‬ ‪#‎MemphisBaby‬!   October 3 5:17 p.m. “Mom – no one is going to care about Dad’s shoes.” And other things I say to my mother before rehearsal dinners… 8:07 p.m. Party of 14. Five kids. My end of the table. And I…
 
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  • Great holiday gift ideas from Best Buy #HintingSeason @Xbox, @TomTomUSA @Garmin

    Donna Chaffins
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. Can you believe Christmas is only a week away? One week! Thank goodness you can get some great gifts from Best Buy. I know my son and husband both want something I can pick up at Best Buy this weekend. With Expert Service and Unbeatable Prices these top gifts are on my list this Holiday and here’s why they should be on yours: Xbox One is the place for games. My son would love an Xbox One. What is Xbox One? Xbox One was built by gamers, for gamers.
  • 7 Things Nobody Tells You About Aging

    Donna Chaffins
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
    Growing older is inevitable. No amount of miracle creams, injections, or surgeries can change the fact that our bodies and minds will age. It seems as though there are some things about the aging process that nobody bothers to share with you, because, well…. you need to experience it on your own. Here are 7 Things Nobody Tells You About Aging You Will Become Your Parents One day, you will be doing your thing and suddenly, your mother or father’s voice will erupt from your mouth. Remember when you were a teenager and your parents told you something that caused you to roll your…
  • Make Best Buy Your Destination for Cameras and Camcorders #CamerasatBestBuy #HintingSeason

    Donna Chaffins
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:11 am
    The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. With technology today, cameras and camcorders have just gotten better and better. And everyone wants a camera nowadays. I know as a blogger, I’m always taking photos for my blog… and with Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, everyone wants to have beautiful photos to share on social media. If you want a new camera, or update your camera, or maybe buy one as a gift for someone special, Best Buy has you covered. These three cameras from Nikon,…
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    A Lil' Welsh Rarebit

  • We. Are. DONE.

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    ....with our contractors!!!! Hip, hip, HOORAY!!!!The last of the last work was finally completed today. We bought this 1883 farmhouse on July 27th. I don't even want to calculate how many months and days and hours ago that was!!!!After staying with friends, housesitting, staying in hotels and even CAMPING, we finally moved in in early September! We then lived without a kitchen until late October, and now, finally, the WORK IS COMPLETE. WHEW.Here's what happened today:Our stairs were carpeted. Can we say ahhhhh???? The carpet is so soft and so plush underfoot! It feels HEAVENLY.And the stairs…
  • Our Christmas menus

    11 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    I'm thinking about our holiday meals. I'm going to try something new: these apple and cheese turnovers for part of our feast that is our Christmas Eve daytime-munching-menu! We'll also have our favorites including deviled eggs, Cornish pasties, potato and cheese pasties and spicy sausage rolls!That night we're doing a proper British roast dinner with my parents, including Yorkshire Puddings. Gravy. Roast veggies. Roast chicken. Roast potatoes - or maybe Faxelius potatoes. And did I mention Yorkshire Puddings?!?!For Christmas morning I'm going to make Sticky-Bacon-Breakfast-Bread and this…
  • Merry Christmas 2008-2013

    9 Dec 2014 | 5:13 am
    2008:2009:2010:2011:2012:2013:And now, I'm trying to decide if I should subject Beck to another Santa visit, or not. And I'm waiting on our holiday cards to be delivered. Stay tuned peeps! xoxo
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    Underwear in Our Kitchen

  • Nutrisystem: Program and Food Overview

    Cecelia
    6 Dec 2014 | 4:34 am
    After being on Nutrisystem for two months–they are sending along food in exchange for my honest review–the #1 question I’m asked after “How are you loosing weight” is still, “How’s the food?” I’ve lost 14 lbs. and feel great heading into the holidays with a goal of four more pounds to loose this month. I’ve […] The post Nutrisystem: Program and Food Overview appeared first on Underwear in Our Kitchen.
  • Kids’ Holiday Gift Pick: Build-A-Bear Workshop

    Cecelia
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Although the closest Build-A-Bear is over an hour from our home, it’s one of the kids’ favorite activities. Given an opportunity to check out the new holiday bears in exchange for our honest opinion for to our readers, we jumped on the chance. Using two fantastic report cards as the reason for visiting, our 6 […] The post Kids’ Holiday Gift Pick: Build-A-Bear Workshop appeared first on Underwear in Our Kitchen.
  • The Birth of a Second Generation Annie Fan

    Cecelia
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
      ROCKS   Being a Stream Team member translates to complimentary Netflix in order to review and share. The golden standard of reviews means answering one question before sharing with readers–would I buy this? The answer with Netflix is unequivocally, 110% yes. I wouldn’t know what to do at the gym on the elliptical without […] The post The Birth of a Second Generation Annie Fan appeared first on Underwear in Our Kitchen.
 
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    The Meal Makeover Moms' KITCHEN

  • Honey-Roasted Rainbow Carrots + Why I’m Obsessed with Yotam Ottolenghi

    Liz
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:06 am
    These colorful, flavorful, gluten-free Honey-Roasted Rainbow Carrots turn plain ol’ baby carrots from so-so to sensational. Your kids will eat them happily! If your family is bored with raw carrots and dip or steamed carrots with a drizzle of melted butter, shake things up by tossing baby carrots—use the new rainbow variety if you can find them—with honey, extra virgin olive oil, coriander, cumin, and kosher salt and then pop ‘em in the oven to roast.I’ll be dishing all about this recipe later this week on our Cooking with the Moms radio podcast!I first started…
  • A Roundup of Healthier Cookie Swap Recipes + No Whine with Dinner Cookbook Giveaway

    Meal Makeover Moms
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:42 am
    Holiday parties and cookie swaps are in full swing, so we rounded up over a dozen healthier holiday treats you can feel good about serving to your family and friends.We gathered these better-for-you recipes from some of our fabulous fellow registered dietitians from across the web (plus, we tossed in a few of our own), so eat and enjoy!  Liz & Janice from Meal Makeover Moms (that’s us!) Lightened-Up 7 Layer BarsWatch Liz Cook ‘em up on YouTube!Celebrate your next cookie swap or holiday party with this amazing roundup of healthier treats.Click To TweetLindsay from The…
  • Peanut Butter Raisin Bars for the Holidays

    Meal Makeover Moms
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:23 am
    Add a dash of good health and cheer to your next cookie swap or holiday party with our better-for-you Peanut Butter Raisin Bars. They’re easy to make, delicious, and they’ll have your kids smiling from ear to ear.We created this recipe for a blogger cooking competition sponsored by the Recipe Redux and the California Raisin Marketing Board. We were not compensated for the post, but prizes will be awarded to the winners. Now that the holiday season is in full swing, give our better-for-you PB raisin bars a try. You can feel great about treating your kids and your friends to these…
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    Go Grow Go!

  • 14 Things About 14 Years

    Felicia
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    You still look good in that purple shirt. Your attention to detail forever amazes me. Your love for others above your own self inspires me to be a better person. You are a morning person (while I’m too busy grumping around) and I love it. You still make me laugh when I need it the most.  That is a gift that not many can give. Your talents are far reaching and I not only think you can do everything, I KNOW it. Your hands fit mine perfectly. You are my biggest fan and you’re not afraid to show it. You are my hero saving the day just about every single day.  Whether it’s a…
  • My Quick and Simple Winter Beauty Routine #Aveeno

    Felicia
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:55 pm
    I cared for my skin from the inside out with Aveeno® Active Naturals as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #Aveeno.  All ideas and opinions are completely my own.  If you can’t rely on a girl in penguin jammies than who can you trust? When it comes to beauty routines, mine generally stay the same.  I like to keep it simple because I am also not a morning person and would prefer to sleep in as long as possible.  When you are a busy parent your time becomes even more limited in the morning.  It’s one thing to get yourself ready, but when you are trying to juggle a…
  • 3 Winter Beauty Essentials to Revitalize

    Felicia
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:36 pm
    I am no stranger to changing skin.  It seems that every year something about my body will change.  I realize that this is just par for the course, but I like to be aimed with solutions if the changes are less than great.  Here are a few of my top picks these days when it comes to “revitalization” if you will. Under Eyes Have you ever heard of Belli?  It is a company that specializes in safe skincare products for expectant mothers.  The beauty of the products is that they are natural but actually work!  I am absolutely smitten with the Eye Brightening Cream.  Not only does…
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    My Mommy Manual (For the Journey)

  • How to Get Kids to Listen Without Yelling

    Zen Mommy
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:03 pm
    If you are parenting a strong-willed child, it’s likely that each and every time you attempt to exert your authority, your child responds with some sort of resistance. Ignoring you. Defying you. Engaging you with back talk and banter.
  • My child won’t stop crying!

    Zen Mommy
    11 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    The next time your little one is losing it over something you think is silly (like maybe they asked you for a banana but not a PEELED banana, and, well, you peeled it! Who knew this could cause such pain and upset, right?!? but they are kids - not mini adults, and believe it or not, it DOES...) and you're tempted to stay "Stop crying" or "Don't cry", take a deep breath and as you offer them the peeled banana anyway, say instead... (read more)
  • Helping Kids Make “Good” Decisions

    Zen Mommy
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Like learning to balance, learning to make "good" decisions takes practice and encouragement. It takes allowing our children to listen and follow their intuition, not simply our rules and directions.
 
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  • The BEST Coding Apps for Kids

    admin
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    My 10 year old son came home from school excited to show me a game he was playing. Online. At school. It wasn’t just any game, it was one that teaches kids how to code. And he’s addicted to the idea of coding and perhaps learning how to make his own video games. Kids are learning to code at schools which, I’m hoping he doesn’t get homework for it because, like math, I’m clueless when it comes to coding. Computer Science, which is part of the whole coding thing, is one of the highest paid college degrees. The programming jobs are growing by the second. So,…
  • When Sports Have Been Benched

    admin
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    I’m taking my own advice and using prompts from the post I wrote yesterday. Here is my first attempt: Sports. Not into them. Never have been, never will be.  Sure, I enjoy an occasional (very occasional) live basketball game.  But, when I say occasional, I mean like once every 10 years or so.  I think I got basketball game burn-out back when I was younger. Baseball bores me to tears. Literally. I feel like crying when I go to baseball games.  Because, well…so boring. I don’t understand football. I’ve tried, I really have. My husband has had to explain, so many…
  • 128 Blog Post Prompts to Relieve Blogstipation

    admin
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:50 pm
    My blog has been quiet because its writer, moi, has been plagued by that pesky thing called blogstipation..aka…WRITERS BLOCK. CURSES!! I believe it’s partially due to the fact that, ever since my children have become these wretched teenagers and have been very aware of the fact that I blog, they constantly are uttering those words none of us parenting bloggers want to hear…”If you write about this, I’ll never speak to you again” or “Do NOT blog about this!” and any variation on that theme.  In other words, my children have cursed me with the…
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    Harassed Mom

  • 2015 – Whats the plan?

    LauraKim
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    Every year since David and I met we have had some life changing event happen every year (and in writing this post I discovered they have all happened around May/June). We met on 26 June 2009. June 2010 we moved into our new home together. June 2011 we had Jack. May 2012 I had my hip replacement. May 2013 we got married. February 2014 we had Emma. Each year we have had something major to focus on. We have had to organise, plan, welcome, save and prepare for something for the last 5 years. 2015 is the first year that there is nothing major planned. We have our house, we have our babies, we are…
  • A few things

    LauraKim
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:58 am
    I opened my laptop on Saturday morning for the first time in a week. It was the longest time I had gone without blogging or even checking in via my laptop. So needless to say once I got over the tiredness from the trip I had lots and lots to say. (LOTS) Writing here every day has become so much a part of me that when I don’t do it for an extended period I feel almost incomplete. So this is a catch up of sorts. Heather from SA Mom Blogs is running a small competition. I made the finals with my post about parenting Cameron. So if you are a blogger then please vote for me. Louisa won the…
  • 10 tips to Survive an 18 hour car ride with kids

    LauraKim
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:06 am
    A big part of me wants to yell - DO NOT PLAN AN 18 HOUR CAR RIDE WITH KIDS EVER! But when you have four kids, a budget and family who live 18 hours away you often don’t have much of a choice. It was an experience. That really is all I have to say about that! But we did, as you do, learn a few things along the way. These are a few tips I have for traveling long distances with kids (FOUR of them to be exact). 1. REST the day before. Obviously things worked out a little different than what I planned with the last minute trip to Tanzania and it was not ideal getting an early start after a…
 
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    Alpha Mom

  • If You’re Shallow And You Know It, Clap Your Hands!

    Mir Kamin
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:33 am
    *CLAP, CLAP* I am not, in general, a “material goods” kind of person. My husband loves to tease me that I am the most un-sentimental person he’s ever known. I would rather throw it away than have a mess of things to store. I don’t collect stuff. I abhor the epidemic of “he who dies with the most toys wins.” When my son asks me what I want for Christmas or my birthday, he follows the request with a hasty, “And don’t say ‘peace on earth’ again!” Unfortunately for my kids, this means I am completely impervious to the whine of…
  • Holiday Letter Writing Advice (the Not-So-Serious Version)

    Wendi Aarons
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    Mid-December means it’s time to enjoy the wonderful traditions of the season. Traditions like decorating trees, singing carols, wrapping presents, and bragging your little mom butt off in your annual holiday letter. But before you do that last one, I beg of you to please take a moment and reconsider making your family sound perfect. Lord knows we get enough of that crap on Facebook already. Instead, I suggest that you follow my letter writing advice. If you do, your family will actually sound fun, normal and relatable this year. And that means two things: 1) We can all relax a little more…
  • How To Solve Your Toddler Mealtime Battles With Snacks

    Amalah
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    Dear Amy, We have followed the Ellyn Satter book rules more or less from the start with our now three year old at dinner. I will not short order cook, and as a family we value sitting at the dinner table together every night. Etc. Here’s the thing. Our three year old is ON TO US. And so he eats a big breakfast, a morning snack at school, an enormous lunch, a glass of milk or water after nap…and no dinner. Two bites if we are lucky. This is his choice. Fine. I won’t play his power games. I provide the food, he decides whether or not to eat it. But here’s the thing…
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    Crunchy Green Mom

  • Letter to Santa - Postmarked in time for Christmas

    5 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last night my kids wrote their letter to Santa. We printed off special paper and allowed them to decorate the envelopes and then I told them I would mail them off. I found an amazing website that will allow me to write a letter using their templates, or making my own for my kids. This made my life easier this morning when I needed to write a letter to my kids from Santa. Check it out,
  • WalMart Grocery To Go - Crafts for Thanksgiving and Beyone

    3 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    Prepared [pri-paird] adjective   Properly expectant, organized, or equipped; ready  This is something I strive for and rarely meet. But I’m as prepared as I can be on a daily basis, when it comes to long term; I’m not always the least frazzled.   So when I heard about  Walmart Grocery To Go I knew that it was going to help me while I was in Texas for Thanksgiving. See, I had a
  • Barnes and Noble Events - November 2014

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Last night I had the pleasure of attending an event at Barnes & Noble, the bookstore, one of my favorite places to go and wander through. When was the last time you took the afternoon and just perused books, looked at new recipes and saw what kind of games were new in the world of family fun night? It’s been a while huh? How about going this weekend? Barnes and Noble is having a Discovery
 
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    BrainFoggles

  • Get the Holidays Right – Adopt or Foster Parent

    Connie Roberts
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:54 pm
    I want six children. That was my wish as a child. As an adult, 6 kids were out of reach, but kids were an important part of my life. My first daughter was born in 1987. Then for ten years I waited for the right man to come along that would be a father to my daughter and want more children. Blessed to find my husband, who adopted Alicia our expectation for more children was at a standstill. Miscarriages kept that hope far away. Foster care was discussed, but for many reasons, we couldn’t do it. I still regret that to this day. We did have another child who was a very welcomed addition to our…
  • Finding the Perfect Gift with Well Gifted

    Connie Roberts
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Have you ever seen something and said, “Why didn’t I think of that?” I felt that way when I saw Well Gifted. Finding the perfect gift just got easier with the Well Gifted Reverse Gift Registry, which is sponsoring this post. How to Use Well Gifted Once I registered, I found that it’s quick and easy to use. And the concept is first-rate. All you do is choose gifts that you think your recipient would like and email them the list. (The email comes from Well Gifted, so you may want to let your friend know about the email.) Then they can choose which gift they truly want. And then you’ll…
  • Long Night Documentary: Sex Trafficking in the United States

    Connie Roberts
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:28 pm
    We are counting down the days to my daughter’s 16th birthday. Sweet Sixteen. But many girls, some even younger, are involved in sex trafficking in the United States. Trafficking is not localized to third world countries and the documentary, The Long Night by Tim Matsui, shares the painful details of girls caught up in this horrible lifestyle. The Film Located in Seattle, the film follows the lives of Lisa and Natalie who have completely different childhoods, but end up caught in the web of prostitution. Both have been raped, beaten and arrested. Both have felt dirty and shamed. Both have…
  • Gifts that Give Back: World Vision #Giveaway

    Connie Roberts
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:19 pm
    World Vision provided a gift. All opinions are my own as always. The best type of holiday gifts are those that give back. World Vision has over 100 gifts which make a difference in other’s lives. Known for gifts such as goats, bicycles, sheep and ducks, they are given to people in poverty to help them earn their own money tp help end poverty. Just like “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”. Yes, these gifts are donations but you can get them in honor of someone. A card is sent to that person as well. At the World Vision Gift…
  • A Princess Sofia Magical Time at Our #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate

    Jennifer Shusterman
    28 Nov 2014 | 9:46 pm
    I received free products from Walt Disney World Resort and MomSelect in order to host a Disney Kids Preschool Playdate. The opinions expressed here are my own. This time of the year is a busy one for most due to the holidays, but that doesn’t mean playdates have to be placed on the back burner. The girls love getting together with their friends and cousins, so hosting a Disney Kids Preschool Playdate during Thanksgiving week was a great way to get the kids together while the parents are mostly already off work for the holiday. It was also a great way for us parents to have some time…
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    The Poshpreneur

  • Diets – My Most Valuable Tips

    poshy
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Things to Consider when Choosing a Weight Loss Supplement If you have plans for losing weight then you understand most of the options that can lead you towards your objective. Some of the most common remedies include working out, dieting and using weight loss supplements. Like everything else, all these methods have their merits and demerits. It is however very important to understand which weight loss supplement is efficient considering the level of products available in the industry. One fact that stands out is that most weight loss plans need to be combined to achieve the best results…
  • Questions About Professionals You Must Know the Answers To

    poshy
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Tips in Picking the Best Commercial Roofer Every time a certain individual is in the procedure of employing the appropriate commercial roofer, it is vital to have the thought that no commercial roofing professional are the identical. Sadly, there is no particular way to determine a marvelous business roofing company from an substandard one. Even so, there are lots of important concerns that is required to be inquired when choosing an excellent corporation to handle the process. The replies given to the issues to consider will aid you in obtaining the most skillful company and make sure that…
  • The Path To Finding Better Services

    poshy
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Read This Before Re-roofing Your Home A great way to make a lasting impression on your home is to add a metal roof. In most cases metal roofing is more economic and all round a better option than asphalt shingles. Many people do not know much about metal roofing other then what they have seen around town. I hope to shed some light on metal roofs and show you why you should get one. Most people have heard that metal roofing costs a lot more than regular roofing. Metal roofing does cost more than asphalt roofing at first but it pays for itself in the long run. Considering the time and money you…
  • Doors Tips for The Average Joe

    poshy
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Important Facts About Garage Repair Services Do you have busted garage doors? If you are among these people, then I suggest that you get the services of garage repair services. What it is beneficial to get their services? Read on to get some ideas and information about garage repair companies and the advantages of obtaining their services, then you are advised to peruse this article further. When we talked about garage repair firms, we refer to the service providers who are skilled in repairing diverse types of garage doors. In fact, these companies are not only skilled and experienced in…
  • Why No One Talks About Doors Anymore

    poshy
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Choosing a Good Garage Door Choosing a garage door is crucial for everyone who has no idea of what he or she is looking for. This means therefore that you must understand what you must look out for before making that choice. The process of making this choice is especially very challenging for individuals that have never shopped for a garage door or those that have not done it for year on end. It is important that you do not settle for the ordinary door when the extra ordinary is just within reach. Buyers have a number of garage door types to choose because they are available in different…
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    Genny Heikka

  • On the move this Christmas? How to make a home for the holidays…

    Genny
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    “We’re almost home!” my daughter texted me, letting me know she was on her way back from her friend’s house. We were visiting California for Thanksgiving and my husband Mike had just gone to pick her up. When I saw her text, I smiled. Because we weren’t actually home; we were staying in a hotel. Our house–as of five months ago when Mike’s job got transferred–was now in Idaho. Spending time in a hotel over the holidays was a new experience for us and we were going from place to place, trying to fit in as many visits with friends and family as we…
  • Even in the rain…

    Genny
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    “Are you okay to go if it rains?” My friend’s text pops up on my phone just before we’re supposed to go walking together. I look outside. Dark clouds hover where it was clear just minutes before. “Sure!” I text back. Even though I don’t hesitate when I answer, I have to admit, if I wasn’t going with her, I might decide not to go. Instead, I might stay home or go to the gym where it’s warm and dry. But we head out together, and the hour flies by. We barely notice when the rain starts to fall…  Read the rest of my story over at…
  • When women are brave…

    Genny
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    We sat there, laughing and nodding as we shared our stories and experiences around the long table. The warmth of the restaurant and evening lights matched the glow of the conversation taking place. We started out with generalities and small talk, but quickly, our voices turned to the significant and meaningful. Before dinner was even served, we were leaning in close and talking about challenges we’ve faced as writers and women, failures we’ve known, issues we still grapple with, and stories from our lives. A few of us knew each other from writing group meetings, but mostly, the…
  • This is why you should slow down today…

    Genny
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Here’s another short video from my talk at the Better Together conference – about why you should slow down and not rush the journey. (Easier said than done sometimes, right?) The poem I share in the beginning was written by a 14-year-old, if you can believe it. His name is Jason Lehman and I was so struck by his wisdom! (If the video does’t display, you can watch it here.) p.s. if you missed the video I shared last week on How to Love, for Real, you can catch it here.
  • Short video from my keynote – How to love, for real (and how it makes you more joyful!)

    Genny
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    I just got some short video clips of my talk at the Better Together M.O.M. conference, and I’m excited to share this first one with you! (It’s about how letting your walls down, reaching out to others, and just being real can make YOU a more joyful person.) I hope you’re encouraged today! How to love, for real:
 
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    Playground Confidential

  • Let’s remember what a royal screw up last Christmas was

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    Time was starting to spiral out of control last December. I remember picking up Irene from morning kindergarten and plying her with hot chocolate and muffins at a local cafe while I frantically tried to meet deadlines. Ed was working long hours and juggling multiple jobs. There was barely time in a week to keep ... [Read more...]The post Let’s remember what a royal screw up last Christmas was appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • 9 rules for shopping for OTHER PEOPLE’S kids

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Oh, the crap I got for other people’s kids before I had kids of my own. “I’m sure he’s going to love this incredibly loud, battery-operated police car!” And then there’s the stuff my own kids have accumulated over the years. I mean, wow, that slime really doesn’t dry out. Before I go further, however, ... [Read more...]The post 9 rules for shopping for OTHER PEOPLE’S kids appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Rage cleaning: It’s a thing, right?

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:11 am
    I can’t be the only one who needs to get good and angry, like righteously pissed off, if I ever stand a chance of scrubbing under the sink. It all started yesterday afternoon when I pulled into my laneway parking spot with Mary. Life was good right then. I had a trunk load of fresh ... [Read more...]The post Rage cleaning: It’s a thing, right? appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • So, what have I learned this year 1?

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:05 am
    As the year draws to a close, I sat last Sunday and decided it was time to reflect – after all, I am asking or have suggested others should do this, try here and here . Out came the note pad and I started to make some jottings. This is part I,  part II will appear next week. These are … Read More >Related Posts:Do you need more skilled project staff?360 assessment for project staffWhat does project management mean to me?Reflection – 400 BlogsHow good are your listening skills?
  • Lessons learned or lessons identified…?

    Ron Rosenhead
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:57 am
    Last week I wrote about different countries – same project management issues. The article highlighted some of the problem faced by project staff, issues that are pretty common in all of the countries visited. But what are companies doing? This is a question I asked within the article. The reality is very little! On a recent project management course I … Read More >Related Posts:Are lessons learned – not really?Crossing the line and learning from itDo you recreate your successes in projects?How many of your projects follow this learning route?So, what have I learned this year 1?
  • Different country, same project management issues

    Ron Rosenhead
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:53 am
    This last 2 years has seen me visit Switzerland (4 times), Northern Ireland (twice), Amsterdam, USA (3 times) and UAE. (This is in addition to the many different visits to various parts of mainland UK.) The experience has been good and the groups very passionate about learning and project management. I usually include a session on what goes wrong in projects. What … Read More >Related Posts:So, what have I learned this year 1?Getting more for less requires engagement to succeed.Lessons learned or lessons identified…?Do you really engage with stakeholders?“The problem is not…
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    Crazy Texas Mommy

  • Conversations at my house when NJ and I are both home during the day.

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Most of mine and NJ's conversations involve yelling at each other because he is a child and he seems to think I'm a control freak which is not true and he wouldn't think that if he did stuff the way I told him to do them the first time. There's been a lot of Netflix being watched since he got off work for the season (mostly by him because he watched every single episode of Supernatural for like two weeks straight and I wanted to end his damn life). We are currently way into Breaking Bad (we're only on season episode 1 of season 4, so no spoilers) which we oddly won't watch…
  • Now that I don't have to worry about losing my job anymore...

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:18 pm
    So, as I'm sure you've noticed (yes you have), I haven't been around much. Part of it is because I was teaching five grades and an elective and that requires a lot of lesson planning. A LOT. The other part was because I was scared of writing something that would get someone's panties in a wad and cause me to lose my job. However, since that ship has sailed, here I am. I can't say much about the job thing because, well, I can't. But, I can tell you this: it has been a crazy semester. Like, not regular, run-of-the-mill school crazy, but…
  • A typical Tuesday night at our house

    12 Aug 2014 | 5:42 pm
    She wants to work as a personal trainer while she's in college. I guess this is the first step?
 
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    Mom\'s Education Sites

  • How To Tell If Your Child Needs English Tutoring In Newmarket?

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Does Your Child Hate English Class? A lot of kids “hate” the classes that they do poorly in. If your child seems to enjoy other aspects of school but doesn’t like English class, there is a good chance that he is having a hard time. Therefore, it could be a sign that you should hire someone to tutor him so that he can catch on. Does Your Child Struggle with English Homework? If your child has a hard time with English homework, you could wonder how you can help. By hiring someone to tutor your little one, you can help him get the help that he needs in his classes and can make…
  • Trustworthy CPA

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Most people delay seeking for legal advices from reputable lawyers until they are in the end of the rope. However, involving a legal representative in your dealings like assistance with your taxes and financial matters will help you avoid legal pitfalls which can actually cost your thousands of dollars more.  Whether you are having issues with tax, investments, home ownership, and business ownership, a reputable lawyer can assist you in every single way. If you hire a trustworthy cpa athens ga like, you can rest assured your concerns for these matters are well taken care of by the most…
  • How To Help Your Child Build A Solid Foundation In Difficult Subjects

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
    They will help your kid understand their course materials and read ahead of their teachers. In addition, an early start enables the child and the tutor to build a strong relationship based on trust. The tutor from tutoringacademytoronto.ca will cater to the student’s learning challenges and strengths by developing special tools that will keep them on the path of excellence. A great private teacher will break the student’s course curriculum into smaller, manageable units. This will ensure that the child will study at a steady, gradual pace and this will boost their…
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    And Twins make 5! - A Mommy Blog

  • Do you wanna build a snowman (tree)?

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    We put the Christmas tree up this weekend!  Instead of adding all of our traditional miscellaneous ornaments this year, we decided to shakes things up and go with a theme.  The littler ones have been rather snowman obsessed ever since Frozen released, so why not embrace it and go with a snowman tree.To achieve the look, we added white lights and wrapped our tree in 6 inch wide white glittery mesh ribbon.  Next we used two match scarves to create one large one cascading down.  Two large branches were plucked from our yard, pruned to size, and topped with gloves.  We…
  • A Night Out: Coca-Cola Freestyle & AMC Theatres #Sponsored #AMCandCocaColaFreestyle #AD

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    My husband and I had a busy week filled with work, Christmas shopping, Holiday decorating, and party planning along with all of our normal weekly activities.  December is an exciting, but chaotic time of year.  Our Friday night was devoted to some good family fun at home, so we opted to make our Saturday night an evening out for just the two of us.  Even Santa himself needs a night out once in a while, right?Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • Hallmark Channel’s 2014 COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    It's become a bit of a tradition around our house to record all of Hallmark's new holiday themed movies to watch as we gear up for Christmas and this year there are 12 new offerings. You'll note several of these new movies have already officially premiered, but fear not they are all set to air multiple times as the holidays approach.We've already watched A Cookie Cutter Christmas, A Royal Christmas, and Christmas Under Wraps and enjoyed all 3.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
 
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    theplussizemommy.com

  • Disney Frozen Surprise Slides Game – Win! #spon #ad

    theplus
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:29 am
  • Halogen Tabletop Oven Giveaway #Spon #ad

    theplus
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:31 am
  • My Most Magical Christmas

    theplus
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:07 am
    My most magical Christmas was when I was 4 years old. All I wanted for Christmas that year was a teddy bear, and it HAD to be blue, because blue is my favorite color. I had never ever seen a blue teddy bear, they were all brown, white, tan, or black. I remember sitting on the mall Santa’s lap and telling him that was all I wanted & he said, “well, I’ll see what I can do”. I remember that night as I said my prayers I prayed for everyone in my family, as I usually would, and I also prayed for Santa Claus to have a safe trip around the World delivering his presents.
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    In The Know Mom

  • 24 Days of Christmas Books {traditions}

    Sarah
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:52 pm
    When my daughter was three we began a tradition of reading one Christmas book every night for the month of December until Christmas Eve.  My religion aside, Christmas to me means family traditions – those are the memories that will last.  Kids will long forget the various gifts they receive, but the traditions are what […]
  • learning apps for stormy winter days {Disney}

    Sarah
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:06 pm
    This time of year kids can often become trapped indoors due to the weather, be it snow or rain.  Here in Palm Springs it has been dumping snow on the mountains and we’ve taken every opportunity to partake in snowball fights and snow angels, but my gosh, the rain here in the valley has been […]
  • 10 toddler tub-time tips {bathtime}

    Sarah
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:38 am
    For my 10 Toddlers Tub-Time Tips I used baby products by JOHNSON’S® to care for my little one as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #johnsonspartners Toddlers have the ability to turn ordinary situations into difficult ones – have you noticed?  My current toddler loves anything involving water but that doesn’t mean every bathtime […]
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    theprimamomma.com

  • I’ll be gnome for Christmas (Women’s Halloween costume review)

    Kristy
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
        Much like Jack Skellington, I am a firm believer that there is plenty of room for Halloween at Christmas. Specifically, Halloween costumes! I fell in love with this little gnome costume so I decided to review it. That meant Jesse had to take pictures of me dressed like a gnome in the middle of December for no apparent reason. Jesse: “Why are we doing this?” Me: “What? Like I need a reason to dress up like a gnome?”     I had a lot of fun with filters on this particular photo shoot. I love how some of them look like old fashioned watercolor…
  • The nuts and bolts of The Nutcracker

    Kristy
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:44 am
    Karis was a little mouse in The Nutcracker this weekend. She had her first performance on Saturday. As I signed her in backstage she was nervous and excited. When I picked her up after the show she was still riding the high. On Sunday, Jesse dropped her off and walked her back to the greenroom. He said she was strutting all the way and feeling very much like a prima ballerina. We had tickets for Sunday’s show. Karis was excited that I was dressing up “like a real mom”. (Every time I dress up for an event she makes sure I know how much she likes it, then she asks me why I…
  • Killing the moment

    Kristy
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:23 pm
    I volunteer in Brecken’s first grade class every Tuesday. One of the activities I do with the kids is write a word or sentence on the board and they use the letters available and make new words. This happened today:   Creepy kid with a speech impediment: “Modor” Me: “Motor? No, we would need another O to make that word.” Creepy kid: “No, modor.” Me: “I can’t hear you, ya gotta speak up. Mother?” Creepy kid. “No. Mo-dor.” Me: “Spell it.” Creepy kid: “I don’t know how to spell it. M-o-r……
 
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    Fab Mums

  • Holidays printables: Christmas Tree doodle

    Maria
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:22 am
    There is a whole set of Christmas doodles here, including this Xmas Tree, snowflakes and Xmas decorations.
  • TP rolls Advent calendar

    Maria
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:35 am
    This is our advent calendar this year. I have started it a little late, but I managed to put it up yesterday, just in time for the first of the month. I set up to make individual parcels with TP rolls and it took a little longer than anticipated especially because I had to fit it in between other projects I have been working on. I painted the TP rolls, all 24 of them, with pastel colour paint and then I decorated them individually with wrapping paper scraps, string and Washi Tape. I used Washi tape to decorate the wooden pegs to attach each parcel to the string, which I then tied to the…
  • Learning the Periodic Table can be fun

    Maria
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    This week’s science topic was The Periodic Table so I had a look around for fun ways to familiarise with the symbols and the concepts of the elements and I found a great board game which is available as a free download on ELLEN MCHENRY’S BASEMENT WORKSHOP. The board is a giant Periodic Table and the players use dice and tokens to move along the board collecting pennies according to the element they land on, or for identifying the elements. The purpose of the game is to memorise the elements , their valence and their position on the table. I have also created some flashcards for the…
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    Sprittibee

  • Merry Hanukkah, Happy Christmas

    Heather
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Hanukkah Latkes We like to go crazy around the holidays and use every excuse we can find to praise the Lord. Hanukkah gives us eight extra days of celebration and more chances to sit around the table together as a family, eating delicious foods, talking about how thankful we are for God’s miracles. If you are looking for ways to add more meaning to Christmas, you could sprinkle Advent in and create your own Hanukkah-Advent-Christmas tradition. This year – what a blessing – Hanukkah wraps up on Christmas eve. Talk about worthwhile miracles! Speaking of miracles… I have…
  • Night at the Museum 3… and a Farewell Film for Robin Williams

    Heather
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Saturday we went to see the Austin media screening of Night at the Museum 3, which is releasing on December 19th. Being a huge fan of the first movie in the trilogy, and owning the other two in our personal movie collection, we were not going to miss it. You can’t top a cast like Robin Williams, Dick Van Dyke, Ben Stiller (now a favorite of mine after Walter Mitty), Ben Kingsley, the amazingly awkward museum manager Ricky Gervais, and the hilarious antics of Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan (who should always dress like a Roman Centurion in my opinion). Also: Patrick Gallagher, who made…
  • Christmas Treasure

    Heather
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Are you listening to the sounds of December? The clinking of spoons in hot chocolate mugs, the rustle of cats in the Christmas tree, the tinking of bells on shop doors, familiar carols, and audible shivers as friends tighten their scarves… Are you smelling the smells of December? Baking cookies, pine needles, cold winter air laced with the smoke of chimneys, dusty ornaments and boxes from musty attics… Are you seeing the sights of December? Extra messes as the pace of life picks up, a hand-made nativity on the lawn that blows over every now and then with a persistent gust of wind,…
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    The Pranamama

  • What To Expect When Visiting A Dentist

    Mama
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:10 pm
    General dentists act as the primary oral health care providers for patients from different ages. Such a health practitioner is responsible for diagnosing, treating and coordinating services to meet an individual’s dental health needs. A dentist may also perform specialized procedures. In most cases, they’ll usually perform a periodic checkup on their patients. Though not […]
  • Choosing The Venue Of A Wedding Or Event Party

    Mama
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Choosing a wedding or event venue is very essential in planning the whole event. Having the right venue will make up for other things that could go wrong especially in a wedding. Guests will forget about every other detail and focus on the beautiful wedding venue. Make sure that the venue you choose to go […]
  • What The Plastic Surgeon Does

    Mama
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Plastic surgery is a speciality in medicine that concerns corrective and restorative procedures in the patient’s body in terms of both form and function. While cosmetic surgery is the most commonly known type of surgery, a plastic surgeon will provide a variety of other procedures for their clients. Many types of reconstructive surgeries fall under […]
 
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    Telecommuting Moms

  • Weekly Customer Service Work at Home Job Leads

    Alaina Forbes
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Here is this week's best work-at-home customer service and virtual call center job leads.AFNI customer care representatives Hilton Customer Care CoordinatorsSeasonal 1800Flowers agentsApple At-Home AdvisorsStericycle Customer care representativesVIP Desk Brand AmbassadorsCloudSource Virtual Call Center Agents Uhaul E-customer service agentsUhaul E-roadside assistance agentsDirect Interactions Call Center RepresentativesH2Insight Customer Service AgentsWorking Solutions Customer Service AgentsUber Community Support RepresentativesWest at Home customer service agents ADP community…
  • Work-at-Home News Weekly Round-Up

    Alaina Forbes
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    There are so many great work-at-home blogs and websites out there that I decided to start a new feature here at Telecommuting Moms that includes a round up of the best posts for the week. Enjoy! 5 Sophisticated Work-From-Home Scams And How To Spot ThemWhy Working From Home Is More Lucrative Than a Job10 Ways to Make Money From HomeWhat Is The Perfect Work From Home Job For You?Part-Time Work at Home Jobs: Earn $1,000 Per Month From HomeWhat Do You Do When Your Direct Sales Company Closes its Doors?5 Things No One Told Me About Working From Home
  • Extra Cash for the Holidays Part 3: Odesk

    Alaina Forbes
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This holiday season many of you may be looking to make a little extra cash from home. So far in our series we have discussed money making apps and seasonal jobs as options to earn some money for the holidays.  One other way you can make some extra money from home without the commitment of a work-at-home job is by using Odesk. For those not familiar with Odesk, it is a website where people can hire freelancers by posting jobs that they need completed. It is easy to get started making money from Odesk and they offer a wide variety of jobs for every kind of expertise. App developers,…
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    Pure Natural Diva

  • Tony Robbins Daily Gratitude & Abundance Ritual

    Odesk Test
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:16 pm
    A friend (Lewis Howes) had the opportunity to interview Tony Robbins.  The discussion was full of wisdom and insight delivered in a relaxed unplugged format. […] The post Tony Robbins Daily... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • Keep Your Holiday Tree Fresh & Green This Year

    Tania Reuben
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Keeping your holiday tree green and fresh through the season is possible! Use the tips here and extend the freshness of your holiday tree this […] The post Keep Your Holiday Tree Fresh &... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • Natural Teeth Whitening from the PND Pinterest Page

    Odesk Test
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:10 am
    Are you as addicted to Pinterest as we are? I use it to organize all my  favorite internet finds, plan projects I’ll likely never have […] The post Natural Teeth Whitening from the PND... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
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    Momma's Choice

  • Hands-free Breastfeeding!

    Debbie
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Here you go, breast feeding moms, the solution to awkward pumping in places you can’t call home. The Arden bra or AKA: The Dairy Fairy Arden all-in-one nursing and hands-free pumping bra is a must have if you are a working mom or ‘just’ a mom that finds herself needing to pump frequently and wants to […] The post Hands-free Breastfeeding! appeared first on Momma's Choice.
  • A Day With a Homeschooling Mompreneur! (Video)

    Debbie
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Homeschooling will keep you busy enough, but this mompreneur manages to pull off running a business at home as well! Watch how she does it! The post A Day With a Homeschooling Mompreneur! (Video) appeared first on Momma's Choice.
  • Pinterest

    Debbie
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:02 am
    I’m reading an excellent book on blogging by…(name coming soon) The author is emphatic about the importance of Pinterest as a major part of your blogging strategy. I’m finding out why since lately I’ve been getting into Pinterest more and find it totally addictive! Some of my Pinterest boards include: Getting Organized Crafts and Sewing […] The post Pinterest appeared first on Momma's Choice.
 
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    icefairy's Treasure Chest

  • The Lumpy Duckling Blog Tour: Review & $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Have you ever gone through a friendship crisis because your best friend changed in a way that made you think you would lose her because you had less in common? The Lumpy Duckling would show you how to overcome such a crisis and to regain the friend that you assume to have abandoned you through a fast-paced short story filled with love, humor, and action, along with a hint of magic. Learn more
  • Outlook Baby Gear Prize Pack Giveaway

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Moms with newborns need all the help they can gather, including those baby gear designed to make things easier for both mother and child. Outlook offers a number of innovative products to make traveling with baby safer and easier, including stroller liners, car window shades and more. Check out the ones that moms love the most and win them all for your little bundle of joy! Moms love the
  • Beauteque Holiday Beauty Bag Special Offer

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Whether you are looking to pamper yourself during the holidays or still hunting for the best gift for your bestie, Beauteque has you covered with a fabulous selection of gift bags filled with makeup and skin care products. And you can save by ordering with the exclusive coupon below. Beauteque is a global brand that inspires and educates shoppers on their journey to discover true beauty.
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    SortaCrunchy

  • 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…
  • at long last, the last call

    Megan Tietz
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:48 pm
    It's important to me, for many reasons, that you know the timeline of this decision. I am hyper-aware of my flakiness, and it's really important to me that you know that this announcement doesn't come lightly or off-the-cuff or easily. I waited 48 hours last August from the moment I first knew I was closing SortaCrunchy, waited two full days before I told Kyle. "Really?" He raised his eyebrows, but squeezed my hand tightly in the wake of my resolve. I waited over a month before I began to tell other people. It made my voice tremble, but I was glad to be saying it. There was a deep sadness in…
  • a plus-sized Stitch Fix (help me decide?)

    Megan Tietz
    2 Nov 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Hi friends! On Friday, my very first Fix from Stitch Fix arrived. When I mentioned this on the SortaCrunchy Facebook page, several people asked for pictures, so here we go! I've seen other bloggers sharing their Stitch Fix boxes for a long time, but was hesitant to try it myself. As I've shared a few times, I (still) haven't returned to the size I was before I got pregnant with the twins, and I wasn't keen on buying new clothes, especially since I knew the price tags on the pieces in the Fix boxes were way above my usual thrift store and clearance rack budget. The other reason I had hesitated…
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    MyBrownBaby

  • ‘The Ghanaian Goldilocks': A Colorful Take On a Classic Tale (REVIEW)

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Check out this deliciously original take on Goldilocks, with a Black boy from Ghana as its precocious star. The post ‘The Ghanaian Goldilocks': A Colorful Take On a Classic Tale (REVIEW)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Love & Renewal: What My Daddy Taught Me After Mom Passed Away

    Denene Millner
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I expected my father to need a lot of hand-holding at our first holiday dinner after mom died. Boy, was I wrong. The post Love & Renewal: What My Daddy Taught Me After Mom Passed Away appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Father/Daughter Dance Battle To Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Electric Relaxation’ (VIDEO)

    Denene Millner
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am
    Could this dance battle between a little girl and her daddy be any cuter? Press play. The post Father/Daughter Dance Battle To Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Electric Relaxation’ (VIDEO)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • 5 Reasons to Give the Gift of Straight Talk this Holiday Season

    Melanie Edwards
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    I have never given a mobile device as a gift before, but I know many people take advantage of holiday sales to gift cell phones and other devices to family. There are many mobile device options out there, as well as service providers. During this past year, I’ve had the chance to learn more about Straight Talk Wireless and what they offer through my participation in the Straight Talk Testers program. If you’re looking for a mobile device to gift this holiday season, consider purchasing a Straight Talk phone and service plan! Let me share a few reasons why it’s a good option.
  • Save $4 on Fragrance Gift Sets for the Holidays! {Printable Coupon}

    Melanie Edwards
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:59 am
    As my baby girl enters her “tween” years (gasp!), she has shown an interest in using perfume. Mostly, she occasionally borrows a little of my perfume, but I’ve been thinking about getting her a perfume of her own. I don’t wish for her to use a strong fragrance, nor do I want to buy a $60 perfume for her, so I was happy to come across the Holiday Fragrance Gift Center at Walmart.com which features a fun fragrance quiz and $4 coupon! Read on for more info on the Beyoncé fragrance set I received as a sample, plus how you too can save money on your holiday fragrance…
  • Sushi and Burgers Come Together at Universal CityWalk’s The Cowfish

    Ricardo Escobar
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:32 am
    The year 2014 saw Universal Orlando open several new venues including of course, an expansion centered around a certain wizard. Perhaps you heard about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley? Aside from the mania that came with Harry Potter, we eagerly anticipated the opening of a rather unique sushi/burger fusion restaurant. The wait is finally over. The Cowfish officially opened recently and we were honored to be among its very first guests. Read on to get our initial thoughts on this latest addition to Universal CityWalk. First a little backstory is probably in order. The…
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  • A Revolution of Hope and Love

    Natalie Snapp
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    She timidly walked into the room, unsure yet confident. Scared but brave. She was beautiful. Young, but in a way that’s young now to my 41 years. She said she was 26. Her skin was the color of tupelo honey; her eyes dark as night. But behind those eyes, I saw fear. She was there to take a pregnancy test. Of course, really, she knew she was pregnant. She admitted to taking several home tests before this day and all were positive. “My boyfriend wants me to have an abortion,” she said. “But you know it’s your choice, right?” said the precious Client Services…
  • Books to Read During the Holidays @ Deliberate Women

    Natalie Snapp
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Congratulations to Commenter Number Four: Wendy Gutwein!!!! You were the $50 winner of a Noonday Collections voucher from Noonday Ambassador, Jill Blume. I’ll message you the details!   Today, I’m over at Deliberate Women  spouting off about my favorite books AND . . . I’m giving away two signed copies of Where Treetops Glisten: Three Stories of Heartwarming Courage and Christmas Romance During World War II  by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman and Sarah Sundin . . . SO . . . Click here to visit me there and enter for your chance to win! The post Books to Read During the…
  • $50 Noonday Collection Giveaway – NOT. KIDDING.

    Natalie Snapp
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Well, it’s Christmas and during this season, we like to give gifts as a way to remember the ultimate gift . . . The gift God sent us a little over 2,000 years ago in the form of a precious baby. Of course, we know it’s not about the gifts, but . . . during the next few days, I’m going to be giving away some goodies as a way to say “I love each of you and wish I were a multi-trillionaire and could send you all a little something for being so loyal.” You guys . . . Oh my word. Do you know about Noonday Collection? My Heart Sister, Jill, became an ambassador about a…
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  • Happy 39th, Husband!

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    husband, I love you. That’s what matters. That’s what matters most. I know life is nutty and zapping and these three beautiful girls keep us from doing anything close to relaxing, but it’s all pretty great, isn’t it? Today is your birthday and I’m so happy we will be spending it together. I hope you like your gift, but it’s totally okay if you want to return it. Remember that first December 16th that we spent together? You were turning 26. I was 23. We sipped hot chocolates in the back of a coffee shop on Broadway that no longer exists. We barely knew each…
  • 13 Moments & a Ladybug Winner

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:03 am
    4:41am this morning. I sat at my kitchen island with my laptop and my big old mug of coffee and communed with my new characters. Time blazed by I and heard little girl footsteps on the stairs. Last night before bed, the girls changed into their pajamas and set up a little Christmas book scavenger hunt in the living room by the tree. We took turns reading.   Yesterday afternoon we took the girls to Lincoln Center to see the Nutcracker. There were some candy bribes at intermission and some seat-squirming, but they did great and we all enjoyed it.   Before we left for the show, I took…
  • ADR Friday Love: Marissa Alperin Studio

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:56 am
    Earlier this week, my wonderful literary agent Brettne Bloom brought me to a trunk show for Brooklyn jewelry designer Marissa Alperin. Marissa is a beautiful person and her pieces are gorgeous. In the picture above, Marissa (center) and I are standing with Lauren Slayton, my Foodstalking nutritionist pal whom I’ve mentioned a lot on this blog. Lauren was the one who introduced Marissa and me and I’m so very grateful that she did. At the show, I indulged and bought myself a Christmas present – an exquisite rose gold wing necklace that I haven’t taken off since. Marissa…
 
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  • #TDAeroplan Chat Recap: The Best Holiday Travel Tips

    Carla Young
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Love seeing new places, but hate traveling to get there? You are not alone. Many people, especially during peak travel times, dread the journey to get there! And between the extra long line-ups of impatient (and often angry) travellers and the unexpected weather delays that leave travellers stranded for hours and sometimes days, who can blame them? So…we asked our fellow intrepid travellers to share their best travel tips for navigating the busy holiday season during the recent #TDAeroplan Travel Pro chat. And for those of you who missed the chat (don’t worry, there will be…
  • Join @TD_Insurance December 18th at 2 pm EST for #HolidayHomeTip Chat

    Carla Young
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Did you know that the holidays can be the most dangerous time of the year? Besides the risk of tippy trees or a festive fire turned raging inferno, the season of joy brings with it the potential for serious injury and damage to your home if you don’t take the necessary precautions. That’s why we’re excited to have @TD_Insurance join us for an interactive Q & A chat focused on keeping the festivities fun! Share in the Spirit of Safety this Thursday, December 18th at 11 am PST/2pm PST! Join @TD_Insurance on Twitter using the #HolidayHomeTip hashtag as we talk about ways to…
  • Small Business Marketing Tactics to Help You Stand Out by @Ali_MarCom

    Alicia Lawrence
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you tried every conventional marketing trick in the book, only to realize none of them seem to work? Well, the keyword there is “conventional.” Maybe it’s not the way you execute the tricks that’s the problem; maybe the problem lies in the tricks themselves. See, when you use the same marketing strategies as your competitors, it’s difficult to stand out. Not that there’s anything inherently wrong with conventional strategies; there are good reasons they’re “conventional,” after all. However, if you think you’ve done everything…
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  • Eador Masters of the Broken World (2013) (v1.5.0/dlc) SteamRip Let'sPlay

    Gara
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:04 am
    Eador Masters of the Broken World (2013) (v1.5.0/dlc) SteamRip Let'sPlay2013 | PC | Developer: Snowbird Games | Published: Snowbird Games | 1.22GBLanguage: Russian, English, German, Polish, Spanish, ItalianGenre: Strategy (Turn-based) / 3D Eador - a universe consisting of many shards of solid floating in the Great Nothing. Each of these fragments - a small world, with its landscape and inhabitants. For control of the fragments is a constant rivalry between the Lords - immortal essence that mere mortals are called gods. Take on the role of one of the most powerful Lords and determine the fate…
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 (2014) Lossless RePack XLASER

    Gara
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:47 am
    Final Fantasy XIII-2 (2014) Lossless RePack XLASER2014 | PC | Developer: SQUARE ENIX | Publisher: SQUARE ENIX | 15GBLanguages: Japanese, English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Korean, Chinese (Traditional)Genre: RPG Now enhanced for Windows PC, FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 is created with the aim of surpassing the quality of its predecessor in every way, featuring new gameplay systems and cutting-edge visuals and audio. In this game the player has the freedom to choose from a range of possibilities and paths; where their choices affect not only the immediate environment, but even shape time and…
  • Ziggurat [Update 5] (2014) PC RePack SeregA-Lus

    Gara
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    Ziggurat [Update 5] (2014) PC RePack SeregA-LusYear: 2014 | PC | Developer : Milkstone Studios | Publisher : Milkstone Studios | 382MBLanguage: Russian, English, Spanish, Hungarian, French, German, ItalianGenre : Action , rpg Ziggurat - Dungeon Crawling FPS with randomly generated scenarios and events. You are waiting for dozens of dangerous enemies , bosses and steep set of powerful spells that will help you in conquering Ziggurat Tower, but from the beginning they have to find and explore. Players are invited to try on the gown battle mage. More precisely - one of the students applying for…
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    Eccentric Eclectic Woman

  • Wordless Wednesday Abandoned Nest

    Finamoon
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Abandoned nest that my son Delbin found on the ground near this fence post on our corral.Delbin placed this nest up on the post to keep it safe and out of harms way.
  • SchoolhouseTeachers.com Review

    Finamoon
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:34 pm
    For those of you who are new to my blog, I would like to tell you a tiny bit about my children and my homeschooling methods. I have two older boys. Delbin is 14 and Jaedan is 12. I also have two girls. Teela is 6 and Zari is 4. I am a huge fan of hands-on learning, Charlotte Mason, unit studies, Classical, Waldorf, and Montessori. We are kind of a geeky family with a huge love of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). We also love reading, history, art, and music. We love nature, the great outdoors, and to go on educational/fun field trips together. I homeschool with an eclectic…
  • Wordless Wednesday Our Blueberry Plant in Fall

    Finamoon
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Pretty red leaves of our blueberry plant. Taken in November.
 
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  • Best Holiday Tradition: Cookie Night

    Audrey McClelland
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Cookie Night at the McClelland house.It’s a holiday tradition we’ve done since we moved into our house in 2005.I’ll never forget that first year. We moved into our house right at the beginning of December. William was 15 months old and Alex was 3 months old. We had just moved to Rhode Island from NYC where we had lived in a one-bedroom apartment. We only had enough furniture to fill our living room and bedrooms! It was crazy! I was also trying to find every little thing in all the boxes in our house. It was nuts! But… I remember distinctly my husband saying to me,…
  • ‘Tis the Season to Conceive: Panorama NIPT by Natera

    Audrey McClelland
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    I’ve had the amazing opportunity in my lifetime to see 7 beautiful positive pregnancy tests.Each time I saw the 2 lines, I felt like the happiest woman in the world.Each one made a lasting impression on me forever and they are special moments in time that I will never, ever forget.For me, 5 of those pregnancies progressed healthy. I suffered 2 miscarriages right around 8 weeks in March of 2006 and August of 2012. As difficult as it was for me at the time, I will always remember the weeks prior of being so happy and so hopeful.I also know that I got my Benjamin and my Victoria right…
  • Marriage Monday: Do you get Holiday Gifts for Each Other?

    Audrey McClelland
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:46 am
    It’s our weekly Marriage Monday video (OK, we did this last night, but it still counts as Monday, right?)!I thought it would be “interesting” to bring up Christmas Gifts… ha-ha-ha…Matt gets SO NERVOUS every single year about getting me something, it’s really cute and really funny. He always knocks it out of the park, but I just think it’s adorable how he gets when I bring it up!What can I say, he’s a GOOD MAN. A really GOOD MAN!
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  • Stock Your Pantry From Scratch: Homemade Apple Pie Filling

    Lisa Barthuly
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Apples just seem to overflow here at our homestead. And thankfully so! They are an excellent staple to have on the pantry shelf, easy to can & put up and best of all…delicious! If /when the SHTF, comfort foods will be soooo appreciated, even if the “S” in question is just a big Snowstorm! Each year, we can huge quantities of applesauce, make apple butter for the grandparents, and dehydrate apple chips, but far and away our favorite way to preserve all the beautiful apples we get in the Fall is Apple Pie Filling! No matter how much we make, there can never be enough for…
  • Understand and Prevent 4 Kinds of Heat Loss

    Jim Cobb
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Maintaining your core body temperature is critical in a survival situation. Hypothermia can set in even at relatively mild temperatures. A fact that is often lost on many people is that heat is energy and cold is merely the absence of that energy. Heat is a “thing” where cold isn’t. This is an important distinction so you’ll better understand the different ways heat is lost and how to prevent it from happening. Different Types of Heat Loss Conduction is the loss of heat through direct contact. Sitting on a cold rock can give you a chill, even if you’re otherwise sheltered from the…
  • Holiday Fire Safety: Tips for the season and beyond

    The Survival Mom
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Halls decked with holly, a fresh pine adorned with hundreds of lights and glass ornaments, and scented candles spreading cheer — it’s a recipe for disaster! At this time of year, holiday fire safety is a major concern. In fact, this is the season when house fires and burn injuries increase more than at any other time of year. It’s a simple matter to reduce the risk factors that contribute to house fires, and earlier this week I had the opportunity to chat with actor and star of NBC’s Chicago Fire, Charlie Barnett, about steps to take to make sure your home…
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  • create a bedtime routine that works

    amy mascott
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
          For a long, long time I’ve talked about the importance of rest in our kids’ lives, and along with that goes routine. We all need rest, and we all thrive on routine. Especially our little guys. So it’s super important that from the start we create a bedtime routine that really, truly works for our kids.  What I’m finding is even now that my kids are older, they still need. The. Routine. When my friends from Scholastic asked me to help create a printable for parents all about the bedtime routine, inspired by the talented Caroline Jayne Church, you…
  • special holiday deals for teachmama.com readers

    amy mascott
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
      Thank you so much for subscribing to teachmama.com! As a thank you for being a loyal (or new!) email subscriber, here are a few goodies for you that I will update several times each week as promotions come and go. Here and there, where applicable, I will use affiliate links. SPECIAL CURRENT DEALS:  fashionABLE, 15% off the entire order this week, with code BEMERRY [until 12/19/14] fashionABLE, FREE SHIPPING on domestic orders over $20 this week, too, with guaranteed delivery if ordered by noon on Thursday 12/18 fashionABLE, (Wednesday, 12/17 ONLY) we’re offering 30%…
  • homemade ornaments for digital kids

    amy mascott
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
          My kids are getting older. At 11, 9, and 7, they needed a little something different this year in order to get them excited about ornament-making. And I think I found it. In all things they do they’re like most kids. They want to have control. They want freedom. They want to know I have faith in their ability. So I created ornaments for digital kids–ornaments that any ‘digital kid’ would totally dig because they combine their tech-savviness and some hands-on, old-school crafting. I’m sure all of the aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents…
 
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    The Shopping Mama

  • FiLip 2: Innovative Wearable Phone to Connect Modern Families

    Serena
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:40 pm
    My older daughter is almost going to be seven years old. An exciting time, I love how she is starting to have some independence with her friends where she has regular sleepovers and drop-off playdates. Although she will always be my baby, it is amazing to see her grow and flourish as a her own person. However, with this newfound independence comes a new layer of worrying (from me). Living in NYC, our kids grow up fast as they are exposed to so much. For a peace of mind and necessary security, we have been using the innovative FiLIP 2, the next-generation wearable phone, smart locator and…
  • Handy Uses for the Holidays with Sugru

    Serena
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:56 am
    We just discovered the ultimate wonder product for the holidays with Sugru, a moldable glue that looks and feels like playdoh but acts like superglue and sticks to pretty much anything, turning into a strong flexible rubber overnight. This innovative tool stops tears when toys get broken and works to mold and create bumpers for new phones, customize earphones to make them more comfortable, make wall mounts for tablets, patch up broken handbag clasps, DIY jewelry etc. It’s also a wonderful product for holiday crafting-from fixing broken ornaments to creating your own custom ones, as…
  • Fun Chalk Liquid Chalk Markers

    Serena
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:07 am
    With the winter months comes a lot more indoor activities, and one of our favorite things to do is to create and craft. To help us out we have been using a collection of FUN CHALK’s Chalk Markers. Created by Gold Star Selections, these innovative chalk markers feature eight vibrant and beautiful eye catching colors that allow kids to create pictures using its thick and thin lines. Personally, I love this because the markers don’t drip, smudge or fade thanks to its quick drying ink that are also non-toxic, xylene-free, and odor-free. Additionally, they are also dust free – so…
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    The View from My Fishbowl

  • Back to My Regularly Scheduled Program

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:02 pm
    So I know it's ONLY December 15 (yeah, only) but I'm already making a New Year's resolution - I need to blog more.I go to bed each night with all these bloggy ideas running through my head but since my JOB that pays me REAL MONEY is all about the writing of many, many words every day the last thing I think about at the end of the day is this blog. (I'm sorry blog. It's not you, it's me.)So I'll try to do better next year. Hell, maybe I'll even do the NaBloPoMo in January where I write a post every single day. We'll see how I feel on January 1.Anyway....Here's what's happening in my fishbowl…
  • Sometimes It's the "Small" Things That Make a Difference

    9 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    It's been one of those days.You know, the kind where you already feel like a chicken with its head cut off running around like a madwoman trying to get everything done and then you get a phone call telling you that you need to come in for a second mammogram next week because the radiologist noticed a change from last year's mammogram and how does Monday at 9:30 work for you?Yeah.That's the kind of day I'm having.I freaked out about the whole second mammogram thing for about 10 minutes then I called my mom and my husband and texted my sister. And Googled it. And now I'm better. (Yes, I did…
  • Elf on the Shelf Returns

    2 Dec 2014 | 1:23 pm
    So, Walt is back.Walt would be our Elf on the Shelf. The bane of my holidays. The elf sized thorn in my side.You get the idea.I don't like the elf. He only exists to taunt me and challenge me to remember to move his freaky little self every night. Because you know, I don't have enough things to remember. Now I have to remember to move the elf and keep the magic alive.Blah. Blah. Blah.Look, I'm not a Grinch.Really.But I honestly want to punch someone in the face every year when Walt returns. Specifically the genius who thought a $30 creepy elf was a good idea for keeping kids in check during…
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  • Gift Ideas from Best Buy #HintingSeason

    Anitra Elmore
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    One gift. There is literally one gift under our tree. I am so behind, and I’ll be spending the weekend trying to catch up. I know you well enough to know I’m not alone, so follow me to Best Buy for some great gifts to help us make this last minute push! Regardless of who’s left on your gift list, you’ll find something at Best Buy. I have a nine-year old, a teen, a husband and a mom to shop for and I could easily cross them off the list with all of the suggestions below. Check them out… XBOX One at Best Buy Xbox One is the place for games. “Xbox One was…
  • New Holiday Traditions with the Hallmark Northpole Collection

    Anitra Elmore
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:46 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NorthpoleFun #CollectiveBias I love Christmas. It is my absolute favorite time of the year (even when I’m running behind and doing everything at the last minute). And, while I also enjoyed the holidays as a child, my fondest Christmas memories have involved my own children. I have so enjoyed building holiday traditions and sharing special times with them. I’m also always open to adding new traditions to our list and this year, Hallmark’s Northpole Collection has…
  • What Mama Learned Last Week: Growing Kids and Holiday Traditions

    Anitra Elmore
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:49 am
    Motherhood is full of lessons and sometimes, I’m open to learning them. Here’s what I picked up last week in the newest edition of What Mama Learned. They Grow Up. My babies are no longer babies. I remember when they were small and needed me more and boy do I miss those times. I’ll have a 14 year old by the end of the week and before I know it, they’ll be moving out and moving on. It’s a reminder that I need to hug them more, hang out with them more and embrace every opportunity to parent them well. I couldn’t be prouder of the people they’re turning into.
 
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  • Tech gifts for DIYers from Microsoft Store! #MSFTHoliday

    Crissy Page
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:55 am
    Are you finished with your holiday shopping? I’m doing pretty well this year having most of the gifts purchased, but I still have a few special items on my list that I’m picking up at Microsoft Store—my partner on this post! If you’re looking for a great gift for your creative, crafty, DIY-loving loved one, Microsoft Store is just full of unique gift ideas. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites in the video below! I know that I have a lot of creative readers, so tell me, which gift would you choose? The powerful and sleek Dell XPS 15, a GoPro Hero3 for taking…
  • Sili Squeeze: Reusable snack pouches for kids + a fun @TheSiliCo #giveaway #15DaysofSili!

    Crissy Page
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:35 pm
    This post is sponsored by The Sili Company. Opinions are my own. What is it about food in pouches that kids love so much? While I have to admit that the pouch-craze is really convenient for me, I can’t say that I love all the waste involved in constantly buying disposable pouches, and that’s why I am LOVING Sili Squeeze! Sili Squeeze is a reusable squeeze pouch, and unlike store-bought snack pouches, what goes in your child’s Sili Squeeze is limited only by your imagination. From delicious smoothies, to soups, to kid favorites like yogurt and applesauce—Sili Squeeze…
  • Resolve to go beyond ‘basic’ family travel and #win! #AlamoDriveHappy

    Crissy Page
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    This is a sponsored post on behalf of Alamo. Opinions are my own. The new year is right around the corner, and this is such an inspiring time to set goals and make action plans for our lives. I know that I always love setting resolutions, and I find it a real motivator to write down my goals to truly commit to following through. This year, one of my big goals to help my family go beyond “basic” family travel, really starts at home. While I love going on trips with my husband and kids, there are small adventures that we can have in our everyday life, right in our back yard! My…
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    Child Mode

  • 10 Pampering Gift Ideas Under $10

    Brandi
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    You don’t have to have a budget or lifestyle in the lap of luxury in order to feel luxurious. Here are 10 great stocking stuffer or gift ideas for under $10 for the upcoming holidays. Think... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • Meaningful Personalized Holiday Gifts Ideas for Moms

    Brandi
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
    This year, above all others, has been a year where the holidays mean LOVE to me even more than usual. Our family has gone through a lot of heavy emotions during 2014, and it has been a year where we... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • Holiday Stocking Stuffer Ideas That Are Useful Not Useless!

    Nadia Carriere
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    When it comes to stocking stuffers I’m all “bah humbug” about the subject. My kids don’t need anymore little knick-knacks that I’m going to throw away. Candy? No... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
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  • Big Bubbles Made Easy - Big Bubble Zone Mega Wand

    Courtney Clipperton
    13 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Who doesn't love blowing bubbles?  Children love them!  They are magical! Adults love them!  They are even used in weddings and special events.EVERYONE LOVES BUBBLES!All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company!  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinions about these products.But not all bubbles are created equally!  Take it from a mommy who has bought her fair share of bubbles...some of the cheaper brands bubbles are total failures and will disappoint.  I've even tried making my own bubble…
  • First Attempt At "PULLING OIL" Detox - @yogigurunanda

    Courtney Clipperton
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:21 am
    Have you ever heard of a "Pulling Oil" detox?  All products were sent free of charge by the company for this review/feature!  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about this product!Until I was introduced to this company and product...I had no idea what this was or what it was for.  But it sparked my interest...because I am always excited to learn about new things...especially things that could be excellent for my health and well being.So when the GuruNanda Pulling Oil arrived...I'll admit that...as excited as I was about learning how it…
  • For Those Accidental Moments You Wish You Weren't Having - @resqme

    Courtney Clipperton
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    Have you ever had a moment you wished never happened?  Perhaps it was minimal and pesky, or perhaps it was life shattering or even life threatening?  We have all had moments we wish we could go back and re-do or not have happen at all!All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company!  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about these products or my feelings about them!Have you ever considered what you would do if you were trapped in a sinking car?  Or if your car had been in a horrible accident and you…
 
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  • Shop for Hope with Winners and HomeSense

    Heather
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:06 pm
    I know you still have a few people on your list to shop for.  I know it’s getting down to the wire and you just want to get it done.  I have the answer.  Head to Winners or HomeSense and pick up something from the Shop for Hope line.  Look at how cute that owl is!  And the rest of the collections is outstanding too.  Items range from $5.99-$39.99 so they are the perfect pick me up for someone special and the BEST part is that 100% of the money goes to benefit the Canadian Women’s Foundation.  It’s the opportunity to give two gifts at once – who doesn’t…
  • Walking in a Winter Wonderland

    Heather
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:48 pm
    A few days ago, Jack Frost decorated town for the holidays.  Every tree received a glistening coat of white hoarfrost.  Hoarfrost occurs when there’s humidity in the air when the temperature plunges.  This humidity freezes in the air and deposits onto the trees as it falls.  It is often formed from large crystals so it has a fuzzy appearance. Today, the temperature rose towards melting and the wind began to blow the frost off of the trees.  I grabbed my camera, and my son and we went out for a winter walk to snap some photos before it was all gone. We went to the Cochrane Ranch…
  • Gluten Free Orange Spice Christmas Cookies

    Heather
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:13 am
    The story of these Gluten Free Orange Spice Christmas Cookies starts with an evergreen. We started our weekend by wrestling with an 8 foot tall tree until it sat atop our car.  Such a strange tradition isn’t it?  The husband and I bickered and argued as we do every year during this task.  “That’s too much rope.” “No, it’s not enough rope.” And while he might have been right about the rope, he got out of the way when it was time to tie the knots – he wasn’t the girl scout after all.  I was finally satisfied that we would be able to haul…
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  • 4 of my favorite true crime books

    hollywood housewife
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:59 am
    With the conclusion of today's Serial podcast - a series put out by This American Life that follows investigative journalist Sarah Koenig while she pursues the truth behind a real teenager murder from 1999 - people who had never given much thought to the true crime genre are now riveted. I've always enjoyed true crime, but not the cheesy, airport paperback kind. I like my crime and courtroom stories well-done, thank you very much. These are four of my favorites of all time: Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi. This is the story of the famous Charles Manson murders and subsequent trial…
  • best books of the year

    hollywood housewife
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:05 pm
    By mid-December, I’ve read 44 books this year. By the end of the month I’ll be at 48. (I plan to finish this novel and finish up several of my non-fiction reads - such as this one on parenting and this one on food.) I read some great stuff this year and my stack for next year is already full of titles I’m excited about. After a bit of a reading slump while in the baby stage, I feel like I’m back in a good groove again. A huge part of this has been embracing the kindle. I know I sing ebook praises often, but it really has changed the way I read. Now I always have a book in my purse and…
  • friday links - sharing edition

    hollywood housewife
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    This might be my very favorite photo of the year. Maybe you can't tell what's going on here, but to me it tells a family story. This was in our hotel room during our time in Virginia for Thanksgiving. The Hotel Monaco gave the kids little goodie bags when we checked in, and this dry erase board was an instant hit. They "took turns" (read: fought over) this thing for days. This was a lazy morning. The kids and I stayed in our pajamas while The Gorilla walked down the street to fetch coffee and banana bread. Pigtail is making a flower pattern and humming to herself while…
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  • Paleo Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownie Cookies plus MORE Grain-free Holiday Cookie Recipes

    Rachel Lacy
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:59 am
    I don’t think it’s any secret I am obsessed with the flavor of Mexican Hot Chocolate — cayenne, cinnamon and chocolate mingling together for the ultimate chocolatey flavor explosion. Let’s see — I’ve made Cake-Mix Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies (back in our wheat-eating days),  Mexican Hot Chocolate Muddy Buddies (which, according to the clamoring of the Husband’s coworkers, who have been bemoaning the fact I haven’t made any yet this holiday season, are the BEST THINGS EVER), and even my Double Espresso Chocolate Meringues have an option for…
  • Word of the Year: Unstoppable?

    Rachel Lacy
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:21 am
    (Silly Selfies with Mr. Boy) Last week was nearly my undoing … physically, emotionally, and mentally. I put in nearly 50 hours at my 20-hour-a-week job, all leading up to my first children’s ministry event on Saturday.  I averaged three hours of sleep each night.  There were multiple parent-teacher conferences all over Mr. Boy’s antics in kindergarten.  And, on Friday, I learned some news about extended family that left me reeling and sobbing — in fact, I continued to break down nearly every hour the rest of the day. By Sunday afternoon, I was crashed on my couch.
  • Egg-Nog Cream Cheese Dip

    Rachel Lacy
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:22 pm
    When I was a little girl — probably a mere 5 or 6 years old — my older cousin challenged me to an egg-nog drinking contest. I was foolish.  He was a teenager with a stomach like a bottomless pit. The contest didn’t end well, and it was decades before I again let any of that decadent holiday drink cross my lips. Decades. Two Christmases ago, the Husband persuaded me to take one wee sip of his nog.  Egg-nog — whether in drink or ice cream or an egg-nog dip — is his favorite holiday flavor and he was eager to get me on board with keeping the drink stocked in our…
 
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    The Mom Maven

  • Kuisiware Salt and Pepper Grinder Review

    cindy
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Way back when we got married, 23+ years ago, we receives a salt and pepper grinder as a wedding gift. It worked well for a while and then if just stopped grinding. At that point we just went with regular salt and pepper shakers, while they were functional I had often thought about getting another grinder. I have learned that when you own a home there are wants and there are needs and I never spent the $20 to buy another grinder because I thought it was something I could live without. When I was asked to review the Kuisiware 2-in-1 Salt and Pepper Grinder, I was excited. (I know, the little…
  • The Ultimate List of Must-See Christmas Movies

    cindy
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”I am a Christmas movie fanatic, I have been all of my life. I love the classics and some of the newer movies and yes, I even…
  • If the Clothes Fit…A Wedding Story #schultzwed14

    cindy
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Ok, I promised you a wedding story so here it is. You may remember that we had a problem with our bridesmaid dresses. Thankfully we ordered early enough that everything was resolved months before the wedding. You may also remember I ended up with an extra bridesmaid dress that was too small for any of the girls. Well, a month before the wedding, one of the bridesmaids dropped out of the wedding! Really? Who does that? Anyway I told Summer that since we have the extra dress she needed to find a friend or relative to fit the dress. She did! Her friend Amy jo came over and the dress fit her…
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  • Help give back with UPS: #WishesDelivered Campaign

    Jen Williams
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:41 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of What’s your wish?. All opinions are 100% mine. As a blogger, I usually see my UPS man daily! The truth is we are actually on a first-name basis. Each day, I am always greeted with his smiling face and cheerful hello. The last couple […]The post Help give back with UPS: #WishesDelivered Campaign appeared first on .
  • Find last minute Gift ideas at Best Buy!

    Jen Williams
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. The clock is ticking! You have exactly one week today before Christmas! Yes, It’s coming fast and is not slowing down! It’s all full speed ahead! Hopefully by now, you […]The post Find last minute Gift ideas at Best Buy! appeared first on .
  • OshKosh B’gosh: #GIVEHAPPY 25% off Holiday coupon

    Jen Williams
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:10 pm
    I participated in Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’gosh. I received an OshKosh B’gosh gift card to thank me for my participation.   If you’re like me, you’re still shopping for the perfect gifts for everyone on your Holiday list. I admit I am finished shopping, for the most part. […]The post OshKosh B’gosh: #GIVEHAPPY 25% off Holiday coupon appeared first on .
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  • Episode 145: Friendships

    Heather and Kate
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:29 am
    Heather and Kate discuss the awesome Sanity Check weekend and re-entry into motherhood, get biz buzzed with Alli P., power nap on the importance of making and maintaining friendships and wrap with Nodelman.  Enjoy and thanks for listening!
  • Episode 144: Body Image

    Heather and Kate
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Heather and Kate discuss Kate's upcoming and potentially sucky vacation, get biz buzzed with Alli P., power nap on body image and wrap with Nodelman.  Enjoy and thanks for listening!
  • Episode 143: Holiday Prep

    Heather and Kate
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Heather and Kate discuss sniffing laundry and state abbreviations, get biz buzzed with Alli P, power nap on holiday prep tips and wrap with Nodelman.  Enjoy and thanks for listening!
 
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  • Floating

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:53 pm
    When my hormones are even-keeled and I am in a place of stillness, I feel the contentment just at the edges of my mind again. Kind of waving and reminding me that it's there and it's possible to meet up again. And it feels good. It feels possible. I know the path towards a peaceful mind is one that requires patience and practice and, above all else, constant work.And so I'm working. Constantly.The irony about something that appears simple is that this is only the "appearance." The appearance of most beautiful things usually hides the sweat and dedication behind perfecting each detail. A…
  • Alive and Kicking

    11 Dec 2014 | 7:52 am
    I've been so quiet online these past few months... Not for a lack of ideas, just a lack of fully formed paragraphs, fully formed thoughts, and actual energy to complete a sentence.Do you know how long it took me to write the above?My pledge to myself is to "just write" again. It's worked before, and I have faith that it will work again. I am committed to filling this blog with literary crap, photo ops, and family fluff.On that note, look at what I made:I made a human who can bend into a pretzel, do freaking cartwheels on 4 inches of wood, and throw herself into the air while making it look…
  • Sky Zone for the Holidays!

    10 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    We were so lucky to be able to review the new Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Elmhurst this fall! Being brand new, it was super clean and filled with dozens of high-energy activities. Sounds like an ideal gift to give a kid in Illinois in the wintertime, right? If you buy a $30 gift card before December 31, Sky Zone will include 30 minutes of free jump time and a pair of Sky Zone jump socks (super grippy and perfect for jumping off of the trampolines ON THE WALLS).* Physical activity, especially in the winter months, is key to maintaining your family's physical and mental…
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  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 on DVD (Giveaway)

    Nirasha Jaganath
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:51 am
    How to train your dragon (the first one) has always been one of my favorite movies. There was so much heart and the part where he lost his leg left me in tears. It was difficult to imagine that How to Train Your Dragon 2 would improve on that. Or even just not disappoint. Raise your hand if you recall how many sequels bombed? Not only did How to Train Your Dragon 2 not disappoint but I loved it equally. I lie. I actually like it a teensy bit more because (don’t read if you have not seen it) SPOILER ALERT: he finds his mom. There are some movies you can see over and over and some once is…
  • Get passes to an advanced screening of Paddington! (200 available) #Boston

    Nirasha Jaganath
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Paddington has been a bear I have grown up with. I’ve watched it as child and followed keenly on his adventures. The first time I went to London, I made a point of looking up Paddington and why yes of course I went to Paddington Station. I also got myself a pin and a little bear to mark my visit. My kids on the other hand have not been exposed to Paddington, I take full blame for that folly. I plan to rectify that but like everything I do, it will be on a grand scale. How nice of producer David Heyman to perfectly time a release of a movie at the time my kids are ripe for watching it.
  • Get passes to an Advance screening of Annie! #Boston (50 passes)

    Nirasha Jaganath
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    Annie was a movie that we all grew up on.  It was a classic tearjerker that filled us hope and joy. That spunky red hair was iconic. Time for an update! I am so excited about this movie more so for the cast. The original was a tough act to beat and the producers and directors knew that had to have a stellar cast to grab our attention. ANNIE is being released by Columbia Pictures on December 19, 2014.     More details about the movie Visit the official website:  http://www.annie-movie.com/teaser/   Genre:                                 …
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    Traveling Mom

  • How to Take Better Holiday Photos

    Kymri Wilt, Photo TravelingMom
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Christmas Tree Ornaments      Photo credit: Kymri Wilt / Photo Traveling Mom Happy Holidays! This is the time of year when many people want to know how to take better holiday photos. This new series of posts will give you a lesson each month in how to take better photos. This month’s focus: December holiday photos. Get Up Close and Personal When we stumbled upon this decorated Christmas Tree at Disneyland’s California Adventure, my daughter was mesmerized, and tried earnestly to take a good picture of the entire tree with my iPhone. She wasn’t pleased with the results…
  • Pack for a Purpose with Sandals Foundation

    Desiree Miller, FamilyFun Traveling Mom
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Pack for Purpose collects donations from guests visiting Sandals and Beaches resorts. Photo credit: Desiree Miller / Family Fun TravelingMom A trip to Turks and Caicos doesn’t require flash cards for multiplication or extra construction paper, but I threw them into my suitcase anyway, because I wanted to be part of Pack for a Purpose. That program is part of The Sandals Foundation, a group created to support those in need. Whether it’s collecting and distributing school supplies from guests at its resorts or hosting free dental clinics, children throughout the Caribbean benefit from this…
  • Meet the Lovable Snowman Bonhomme at Carnaval de Quebec

    Terri Marshall, Globetrotting TravelingGrandmom
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:52 am
    Meet Bonhomme, the lovable snowman who is the star of Quebec’s winter carnival. Photo courtesy of Terri Marshall / Globetrotting TravelingMom   For the residents of Quebec City, winter  is a reason to celebrate—with snow, ice and an adorable snowman. You can meet Bonhomme at Carnaval de Quebec, the world’s largest outdoor winter festival. Carnaval turns the chill of the Canadian winter into a party of snow and ice. I must admit, I had never considered snow and ice as a setting for a party, so I layered on as many clothes as would fit under my coat and headed north to Quebec…
 
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  • It’s Going To Be A Rough Winter – Here’s How We Winterized Our New Home!

    Jennifer Rees
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    As you know, we moved late this summer.  It seemed like we had plenty of time to get our house ready before winter hit.  After all; how bad does it ever get before Christmas anyway? Oh…. If the snow storms this week are any indicator; it’s going to be another rough winter. Are you prepared? Winterizing, air-sealing and eliminating drafts can reduce energy costs (which are probably going to be horrible again this year) AND keep pests out who consider your home their winter getaway. Here are some great tips, and how we winterized our own home! This post is sponsored by Dow’s…
  • Big Hero 6 – Should You Take The Kids To See It?

    Jennifer Rees
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    We had a chance to see the new movie Big Hero 6 earlier this week.  I honestly hadn’t heard much about it, but when I asked my kids if they wanted to go, they were VERY excited.  I wondered if I had missed Big Hero 1 through 5? No; this is the first Big Hero movie.  Apparently there is a Marvel comic about it, but that’s way out of my wheelhouse. Actually I don’t know why it is called Big Hero.  Perhaps it is because the main character’s name is Hiro.  He’s a little genius who is the younger brother of another genius, Tadashi, who has genius friends named Go…
  • Don’t Forget Treats For Your Dog!

    Jennifer Rees
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
     I have been compensated to share these ideas with you. All opinions are my own. Halloween is an important tradition in our family.  I used to be really terrible at celebrating it, but as my kids have gotten older I have come to love it.  We have an annual Spooky dinner and hang out with our extended family and everyone looks forward to it. Last year it was a little more exciting that we wanted.  We had a then 4 month old and very, very hyper puppy.  We barricaded him into the kitchen with a baby gate and got ready to enjoy the trick or treaters.  After hearing the door ring about 5…
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  • Copycat Almond Joy Recipe

    Lisa Thompson
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    Looking to whip up something different this Christmas?  Maybe you’re looking for something delicious to give to teachers and friends? This Copycat Almond Joy recipe is surprisingly easy to make and the results are out-of-this-world!  It only takes 5 ingredients to whip them up!  And the combination of chocolate, creamy coconut, and almonds will be hard for anyone to resist! You can also put them in a cute tin and give them as a gift. INGREDIENTS 2/3 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk 2 cups Powdered Sugar 14 oz Sweetened Flaked Coconut 2/3 cup Whole Almonds 12 oz Semisweet Chocolate…
  • Flirty Aprons: 70% Off

    Lisa Thompson
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:22 pm
    I LOVE pretty aprons!  I wear them as often as I can…both when I’m cooking and when I’m crafting!  Right now, Flirty Aprons is having one of their best sales ever!  You can save 70% off your purchase when you use code HOLIDAY70.   Click here to shop!
  • The Best Resolutions For Your Health This New Year

    Lisa Thompson
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:10 am
    Today I’m sharing a guest post from Keisha Dickey and it’s the perfect thing to motivate you for the upcoming year! Towards the end of the year, general fitness and motivation levels tend to decline. Perhaps it’s something to do with all the cold nights spent in front of the flickering television, anesthetized by eggnog and shirking anything cold and green in favor of carbs, fat and protein. If this sounds a lot like you, despair not. After all, 2015 is another year, and there’s a world of activity waiting for those with a little motivation. Here are the best health and…
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  • Vocabulary

    Marinka
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:59 am
    The other day I was sitting around, thinking of ways to make the world a better place and also plotting against my enemies. Don’t worry, nothing dramatic, and certainly not anything we haven’t seen in the Bible and maybe on HBO and other premium cable channels. So I was sitting and plotting but then that got really exhausting, so I decided to make some phone calls for idle chatter. “Hmm,” I thought to myself, while scrolling through my contacts. “Mama gave me life, why don’t I retaliate and call her first?” Papa picked up Mama’s phone.
  • Mane Event

    Marinka
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
    “Hey mom,” my son told me the other day, “I’m going to be a tiger in the class play.” “Roar!” I said, before I remembered that he was 13 and not 4. And then he told me that he was going to wear his sister’s tiger costume and I congratulated myself on being the type of mother who had endangered species costumes around the house. (BTW, I just realized that I wasn’t sure if tigers were really endangered or if I just heard some propaganda on the issue, so I confirmed it with the World Wildlife Fund and now I’m depressed because some…
 
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  • Joanna Bolouri's The List

    13 Dec 2014 | 4:55 pm
    I'm obsessed with reading. Give me some quiet, a book and I'm as happy as a gal can get.So when a new book drops into my lap, especially once that has been praised as being entertaining with a healthy dose of smut (the description called it a refreshing) I'm dying to find a comfy spot and dive into the goodness.Joanna Bolouri's The List is a smart change from your typical chick lit. In it, we meet Phoebe Henderson who has had her fair share of bad loves and bad sex. As the new year approaches, she decides not to put up with another year obsessing over her ex, who cheated on her in their bed…
  • Celebrate the Holidays with the Space Coast

    8 Dec 2014 | 7:47 am
    Last week, the Orion launched from Kennedy Space Center and I swear to you, I was so giddy about it. You know I love the Space Coast and it has a huge place in my heart. As soon as the people started rolling in to watch that launch, I felt so hopeful. This could be HUGE for my childhood stomping grounds!And you know what else is huge for the Space Coast? The holidays!Check out all the fun they have planned for you!A WAVE OF HOLIDAY GLEE HAS ROLLED INTO FLORIDA’S SPACE COAST THIS FESTIVE SEASONStarting at just $59 a night, families can warm-up this winter with a festive get-a-way beachside…
  • Ditch the List this Christmas

    3 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    I have a battle that goes through my head every time the holidays roll around. It starts the second Santa Claus rolls across the finish line in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Christmas bug sets in and it’s on. Decorate the tree, make the cookies, buy gifts. You know that whole routine. I even go as far to make a list of all the cheery holiday stuff we just HAVE to do. The Christmas Parade, the lighting of the Christmas tree in the park, there’s holiday parties to attend, special playdates that include making gingerbread houses and cookies for the kids. Then you have to…
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  • Tech Gifts You’ll Love {with giveaway!}

    Dawn Camp
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
    I love gadgets: cool, techy things that either enhance my productivity, my life, or are just plain fun. Recently I’ve tested three which now feel indispensable to me—the PUNK wireless speaker and RELAYS in-ear headphones from Sol Republic and the AwoX StriimLIGHT mini, an LED light bulb with an integrated Bluetooth speaker. Leave a comment at the bottom of this post for your chance to win a PUNK speaker and a set of RELAYS headphones! AwoX StriimLIGHT Mini   At first I couldn’t wrap my brain around a bluetooth speaker within a lightbulb. Will it burn out? No. The…
  • Because Christmas Isn’t About Me at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    6 Dec 2014 | 3:37 pm
    It’s the first week in December and I’m already prepared to fail at Christmas. I never complete a Jesse Tree devotional with the kids; I shop at the last minute; I rarely manage to open our home to others as much as planned before the chaos sets in, in the early days of the Christmas countdown when my intentions are oh, so good. I’ve already given the kids my annual don’t set your expectations too high speech. Twice. It’s an integral part of my Christmas defense mechanism. But somewhere beneath the self-imposed stress of the season—in rare moments of clarity—I know this…
  • December 2014 Desktop Calendar

    Dawn Camp
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:41 pm
    It’s currently 70 degrees at my house this first day of December, but I’m channeling Christmas cheer no matter the temperature! We decorated our trees instead of shopping on Black Friday, and I snapped a photo of this quirky red mushroom ornament from a set I found at IKEA last Christmas. Last week our third son, who’s a freshman in college, was home for the first time since August—plus I caught a cold—so I didn’t share any great Christmas sales with you. But today, Cyber Monday, you can save 30% at DaySpring (excluding Black Friday markdowns) and receive a free…
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  • How to get kids to help clean

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    This post is sponsored by The Honest Company My kids are  just turning the corner where their ability to help me clean almost matches their ability to make a mess. They are gaining more autonomy and responsibility, and with the exception of my 5-year-old, I can finally enlist the three older kids to help me out in getting the house back to baseline.  It’s a nice place to be, after several years of feeling like a maid to a four-man wrecking crew. Getting my kids to help with cleaning still involves a bit of cattle-prodding, but here are some of the ways that I get them…
  • What adoptive parents will want to know about the new ANNIE movie

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I saw a screening of the new Annie movie last week, and since it opens this week, I wanted to give a head's up to other families touched by adoption. Most of us are familiar with the Annie story, and that it revolves heavily around her orphan status, her search for her birth family, and relationship with a new father figure. This movie followed the same plotlines, but there were aspects of the retelling that may be more poignant for adopted children. The adoption/abandonment themes were heavy-handed. In this story Annie is abandoned at age 4 - not as an infant. She remembers her…
  • What I want you to know about adopting an older child

    17 Dec 2014 | 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 Kathryn Fishman-Weaver. There are many crazy things you hear as transracial adoptive parents. For us, one of the more common sentiments is: “Wow, you adopted an older child--that must have been so hard.” This is my response.You know what is also hard? Birthing a child. I was in…
 
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  • Introducing… Side Effects of Motherhood

    Jenni Chiu
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:57 am
      This space has been a tremendous platform for me – it’s been my root system while allowing me to branch out in so many ways. Sometimes I forget that I started off over five years ago blogging anonymously – not wanting to be seen, but so desperately wanting to […]
  • 40 years

    Jenni Chiu
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
      40 years of treading. A few years of digging in.     40 years of support. 27 years of pirouetting. 6 years of swaying and rocking.     40 years of participating… of caressing, gripping, and letting go.     40 years of reaching and pulling. 7 years of jiggling. […]
  • I’m Giving Away Some Sparkle

    Jenni Chiu
    7 Dec 2014 | 4:23 pm
        I want to give you shiny things. Watch below:   Enter using the Rafflecopter below. I’ll be picking a winner from here and a winner from my YouTube channel. You can enter both! a Rafflecopter giveaway
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  • Chuck E. Cheese and Paddington Giveaway!

    Bekki
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    *This post is sponsored by The Weinstein Company and Chuck E. Cheese. My family received complimentary items in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. What do a lovable and well-traveled bear and a fun-loving mouse have in common? They want to team up to create a special experience for your family! That’s right! Paddington and Chuck E. Cheese’s have joined forces to celebrate the upcoming release of Paddington! Chuck E. Cheese  is teaming up with everyone’s favorite bear, Paddington, in preparation for the January 16 release of Paddington, the movie, starring…
  • The Cinnamon Bear Cruise on the Portland Spirit

    Bekki
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    *This post is sponsored by The Portland Spirit River Cruises. My family received complimentary admission. All opinions are my own. Climb aboard and prepare to set sail for a magical Christmas adventure your family won’t soon forget. The Cinnamon Bear Cruise is not only the PERFECT way to celebrate this holiday season, but a whimsical and enchanting way to create lasting family memories. Our family looks forward to the Cinnamon Bear Cruise every year. This Portland event is a must-do for local families. As soon as you reach the loading dock, you step out of your everyday life and into a…
  • 20 Signs You Grew Up a Church Kid – Christmas Edition

    Bekki
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    *This post contains affiliate links. Your purchases help support my family. Thank you for your support!  Back in January, I jotted down a few quick notes before the start of my weekly church service. I turned my thoughts and memories of my experiences as a church kid into a post, and thought a few people would get a kick out of it. Little did I know, the post would resonate with many. The post went viral, and received over half a million views in just a few days. It was crazy – and SO much fun. I loved connecting with readers from all over the country, reminiscing together and sharing…
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  • Thank You.

    The Mom Writes
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:08 am
    I’ve said this before… and I’ll say it again. Thank you. Thank you for being here for me. Thank you for reading what I share. Thank you for giving me grace. … Read full post The Mom Writes
  • **NOW CLOSED**[Giveaway] Overcome Social Media Overwhelm with Social Spread

    The Mom Writes
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:04 am
    As someone who’s worked from home for the last 6 years and spent 4 of those years working as a content and community manager for amazing entrepreneurs and small business owners, like you, one of the things I constantly come across is … Read full post The Mom Writes
  • Books and Blogs that Nourished My Soul: October 2014 Edition

    The Mom Writes
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    October was a lot of fun! We celebrated Diwali, followed by a fun overnight trip to see the Golden Temple, a divine experience that we’d be waiting for many years. It was stunning, serene and so uplifting. … Read full post The Mom Writes
 
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    A Frog In My Soup

  • Salvation Army’s #RedKettleReason

    Shera
    7 Dec 2014 | 1:41 pm
    I am absolutely delighted to have an opportunity to share about the Salvation Army’s #RedKettleReason initiative to get awareness out there about who they are and what they do as well as a little bit of their history. Bottom line, I love that their faith based mission is to “meet human need in His name without discrimination“!!!! Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Influence Central for The Salvation Army. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. We are all familiar with the Red Kettle outside most stores during the holiday…
  • Not One Moment for Granted

    Shera
    29 Nov 2014 | 8:25 pm
    As my husband sits on one of the most difficult phone calls of his life, searching for the right words, any words to say to a newly grieving father, a relative who has always been like a brother, who lost his young adult son today in a horrible accident, I find myself feeling helpless, emotional and sentimental. We all logically know that death is simply a part of life. Logically…. The reality though is that death pulls at the very fabric of a family. It leaves a gaping hole and often is a deep and potentially devastating loss. It all too often comes completely unexpectedly. That…
  • The Bad Mommy Complex – It’s Time to Let it Go

    Shera
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:08 pm
    I have lived for so long under the cloud of fear and doubt as a mom that I almost don’t know what it’s like to be on the other side. A fact that I am terribly afraid all too many moms would also have to admit for themselves if they were asked to be honest. Everywhere we turn there’s someone doing it “better” than we are, there’s one more report proving that everything we have done as a mother (ok, maybe not everything, but it sure does FEEL like it!) has been wrong and we are once again filled with guilt and despair. Ladies, it is downright depressing. And…
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    4tunate

  • The Bitter and the Sweet of December

    Jennifer Murray
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    It’s already the 9th of December? Really? No, REALLY? How is that even possible? It’s been such a whirlwind since Thanksgiving and we’re not even to the hustle and bustle yet. Let me catch you up on a few things that have been keeping us off the blog lately. Brad’s grandpa passed away last Sunday night. It was difficult to say goodbye, but we are so thankful for his example of leadership, faithfulness, and hard work. He was the only grandpa I’ve known, since both sides of my grandparents had passed before I was born, so I’m especially grateful to have had…
  • Snake Oils? A Dude’s Perspective on Essential Oils

    Jennifer Murray
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
      A year ago, I made fun of Jen’s “Snake Oils“. Today, I use them literally daily. When I am wrong, I am wrong.  I’m man enough to admit it. I was honestly the biggest skeptic around when we started this stuff.  Jen was trying it, and I was laughing at her.  Honestly, I owe her an apology for my pride and my tendency to think I know everything.  I was being “logical”, and just didn’t think it made any sense.  Well, once I saw some results, it made me curious.  Since then, I have educated myself on the body and it’s ability to absorb…
  • 2 Turkeys + 2 Pilgrim Boys

    Jennifer Murray
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    We were able to kick off this Thanksgiving season with the boys’ Thanksgiving school play. They did such a great job being pilgrims and turkeys, reciting their poems and lines, quoting Psalm 100, reading their stories, and singing their songs. That is no small task to pull off for the teachers and their hard work was well displayed! The turkeys had a better idea for Thanksgiving than being eaten. It was soooo nice having both of our parents there to enjoy their grandsons in action. It’s definitely been an adjustment for all of us to switch our school plans {although much easier…
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    As Mom Sees It

  • Holiday Tech Gift Ideas From Best Buy #HintingSeason

    Mom
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free What gifts do you hope are under your tree this year? Tech gifts are the hot gifts to give – and get – this holiday season! You can’t go wrong with... Continue Reading... The post Holiday Tech Gift Ideas From Best Buy #HintingSeason appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • Huawei Ascend Mate 2 Review

    Mom
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:16 am
    If you’re like me, you might never have heard about Huawei; reviewing the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 is the first I’ve heard of, and used products from, the brand. The 4 major cell phone carriers don’t carry their products in-store (and I didn’t see them online) but after using the Ascend Mate 2, I’m slightly... Continue Reading... The post Huawei Ascend Mate 2 Review appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • Best Buy Is Your Source For Cameras And Gifts This #HintingSeason

    Mom
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:15 am
    The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free ‘Tis the season for your most memorable family moments. The kids playing in the freshly fallen snow, baby’s first Christmas tree, or your first holiday card together as a couple. This... Continue Reading... The post Best Buy Is Your Source For Cameras And Gifts This #HintingSeason appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
 
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    Mama On the Go

  • 9 Ways to Save on Diapers

    Jane
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Did you know that the average newborn goes through 10 diapers a day! And that by the time they’ve hit their third birthday, you’ll have spent more than $2,100 buying at least 8,580 diapers! Crazy! That’s a huge expense on a family, so we’ve put together a list of 9 ways you can get free diapers…. 1. Free Samples Believe it or not, there are a ton of companies that will send you free diapers just for trying out their brand. It’s not a long-term savings strategy, but you can definitely get enough samples to last you for a week or so. Every little bit helps!
  • Financing your kids kindergarten

    justinadbroker
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Putting your child in a kindergarten or any other day care center can be very expensive and sometimes not even worth the money you spend Vs the money you earn. As a mother once your maternity leave is over its time to get back to work, however there are many moms out there who are only working part time jobs and are that their earning are low and are barely enough to cover the cost of living with a new born. Creative moms have developed many survival techniques which help them provide more income, send their children to the best kindergarten and still keep their day job which allows them to…
  • Don’t Forget Your Stamp Duty Payment

    justinadbroker
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:31 pm
    When buying a home in Australia, people tend to primarily focus on the price of the home and the interest rate of their mortgage. With this information, they figure out an estimate of how much their monthly mortgage payments will be, among other things. While your loan is in underwriting, a variety of fees and charges will be calculated. Before closing on your home, then, you should have a fairly good idea about how much you’ll have to pay before being handed the keys to your new home. There’s one fee that’s not due at closing but shouldn’t be overlooked: stamp duty…
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    Everyday Eve

  • Mommy Guilt and a Hex Come True

    Eve
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:03 am
    First 100% on a Spelling Test! Back when I was a teenager my mother laid a hex on me; that one day I shall have a daughter that would be JUST LIKE ME…. it worked, oh boy did it work. Taylor is now six years old and full of spunk.  She would argue with a tree if it meant she would get to talk.  It is never-ending, she argues her point even after she realizes that she has no point left. Much of her behavior issues are my fault. I am horrible at consistency. The last year or so has been so busy for me, trying to get through the nursing program.  I admit, there were times I let her…
  • ENDED- The Hero of Color City – GIVEAWAY!

    Eve
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Giveaway ended- congratulations to Patty A! You have 24 hours to reply to the email I sent you with your mailing address! Thanks everyone! I was lucky enough to get a review copy about an adorable movie being released on DVD and Blu-Ray tomorrow, Dec. 2, 2014- The Hero of Color City.  Not only is the movie cute and teaches children several life lessons but the company has partnered with a non-profit organization called The Crayon Collection; they collect crayons  from national and regional restaurant chains to donate to children in need. This adorable movie follows Ben and his Crayons’…
  • My Journey to Become a Nurse

    Eve
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:22 am
    Three years ago, in March of 2011 I finally admitted my decision to become a nurse. In the three years since then things have been crazy!  After a ton of prerequisite classes I was finally admitted into the RN program in August 2013.  I have learned so much about myself in this journey, I have learned to be more outgoing along with how to start being a nurse.  It is said that most of the learning for nurses takes place after you graduate, and I believe it. We have learned a lot, don’t get me wrong- but I don’t feel ready at all to be a nurse on my own!  I graduate in May of…
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    The Mom Around Town

  • My Day with Patti

    Paige Dunn
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:13 pm
    I recently had the honor of spending the day with my friend Patti Payne. You may know Patti from her amazing column in the Puget Sound Business Journal. Maybe you know her from seeing her band play or maybe from watching her emcee an event. Either way, everyone seems to know Patti. They don’t just know her; they love her. Now I’ve known Patti for several years but had never spent one-on-one time with her. On Facebook, she is always talking about canning this food and that. This speaks right to my heart. I’m such a Martha Stewart wannabe. I’m super into my veggie garden…
  • Fancy Recipe: Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels

    Paige Dunn
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    Every year, I like to give handmade Christmas gifts. This year, I decided to imitate Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory’s hand-dipped chocolate pretzels, and they turned out great! I wrapped them in mini cellophane bags tied with bells and packaged them in fun, decorative tins I found in the $1 section at Target. Here’s the recipe: 1 bag chocolate chips 1 tablespoon Crisco Large stick pretzels Your choice of topping (crushed candy cane, M&Ms, nuts, etc.) Mix chocolate chips and Crisco and microwave 1 minute. Stir. Continue to microwave and stir the mixture until it’s liquidy. Dip…
  • #Giving Tuesday

    Paige Dunn
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Dear MOMentum Cheerleaders, Now that your feet are recovered from the mall madness of Black Friday and your fingers are no longer swollen from typing away on Cyber Monday, it’s time to fill your heart and soul. You guessed it: Giving Tuesday! As the year wraps up, we at MOMentum continue to work toward our goals. We are so thankful for you. Giving Tuesday is a day that comes once a year when we all focus on the joy of giving to foundations such as ours in an effort to better the world we live in. MOMentum has so many wonderful and exciting things to announce. We have partnered with The…
 
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    MommPosh

  • NYE 2015 Trend: Tulle Skirts

    gpomp73
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    I am so excited to share with you my new love of TULLE… I was never a fan of wearing so much fabric but after binge watching Sex and the City over the weekend, I’ve noticed that my fashion icon  couldn’t get enough of tulle. So with that being said I jumped on the tulle bandwagon and welcomed a little bit of tulle in my wardrobe. Charcoal Tulle Skirt (seen here), Fancy Top, Stella & Dot Jewelry under $50,  Metallic Zip Wallet, Red Pump Heels, MAC Matte Lipstick   Happy Holidays!
  • Holiday Office Party Etiquette 101

    gpomp73
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    ‘Tis the season for being merry but, isn’t there a time and place for being a little too merry? Today, I am going to share with you the do’s and dont’s that are boss-approved for you and your guest. Most offices have their own private events, ranging from the informal potluck and white elephant gift exchange in the back office, to formal affairs, such as dinners or drinks during happy hour.  For that one night, your “job” is simply to have fun, so behave in a way that will do your boss proud. Here are my top 5 dos and dont’s for making your boss…
  • DIY: How To Decorate Your Gingerbread Man + Template

    gpomp73
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here’s another DIY project that my Kindergartner brought home just in time for Christmas…decorating your own gingerbread man.  The one that we worked on is simply delicious, I could eat him up…here’s what you’ll need to replicate the perfect sugar-coated gingerbread man, simply made out of cardboard. Here are the materials you’ll need…. 1. cardboard 2. brown ink 3. buttons 4. glitter 5. googly eyes 6. colored felt for hat and mittens 7. common crafting supplies: scissors, pencil, small paint brush, mini glue dots, markers 8. the gingerbread man…
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    The Epic Adventures of a Modern Mom

  • Pay it forward Potluck

    Epic Mom
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:32 pm
    We had a blast!!!  There was good food and great fun at our church’s Operation Christmas Child Packing Party and Potluck this past Friday night! I love that I can teach my children how important it is to get together, mobilize, be active and intentional about making a positive change in their world. They are 5 & 4 and they know they have the power to make a difference.  My friends, I’m throwing out a challenge, it’s your turn to make a choice to ?#?bethechange? How will you make a positive change in your world this Christmas season?  I’d love to hear your…
  • Trick or Treat

    Epic Mom
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    My kiddies made these cute little gifts for their classmates.
  • When you realize your parents are people

    Epic Mom
    16 May 2014 | 4:11 pm
    I really enjoyed this video from SoulPancake and thought I would share it with you.  It helps you to reflect on your journey from both the perspective of a child and as a parent.  I hope you enjoy.
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    Sweet Potato Chronicles

  • Holiday Cookie Week: Raspberry Linzer Cookies (or How to Feed Santa)

    Laura Keogh
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    When you're a parent you play the lottery all the time. In the early years, there is the can-we-keep-them-from-killing-themselves lottery or the will-they-be-a-good-eater lottery. Then who could forget the parenting gamble of will-they-have-a-total-meltdown-in-the-cosmetic-aisle-of-the-grocery-store. It serves you right for thinking you could buy yourself a new lipstick while getting fruit and the cereal you'll eat out of a bowl while standing in the kitchen. As your children age and enter school, you'll relish the will-we-get-the-good-teacher-at-school lottery and the…
  • Holiday Cookie Week: Chocolate Bark

    Ceri Marsh
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Okay, eagle eyes, this is not a cookie recipe! But for something as impressive as these chocolate bark variations, it was too easy for me not to share it with you in the run up to the holidays. If you've got people coming over this weekend or early next week, this is a pretty impressive sweet to lay on them after dinner or a gorgeous treat to wrap up in a small tin. I was a bit nervous to make bark as I have limited experience working with chocolate. But after spending some time reading what David Lebovitz and Stephanie Jaworski have to say, and taking a walk down the street to the awesome…
  • Holiday Cookies Week: Stained-Glass Cookies

    Ceri Marsh
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:11 am
    Allow me to just start this post by saying I am not a fancy holiday cookie person. I love holiday baking, and in particular, cookie making. But I am not one to go to far out of my comfort zone. These beautiful, stained-glass cookies are the kind of thing I'd see on Pinterst, maybe even save on an inspiration board and then never, ever make. Because look at them! So pretty, so ridiculously pretty that I'd never be able to pull them off. I was swamped with work right before our most recent studio session so Ben offered to help me out by finding some cookies I could make. He showed me these with…
 
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    Raising Rockstar

  • All Around The World On Friday

    Aileen
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:23 am
    1) School Lunches Around The World. Pike fish, green beans and Parisian mushrooms – no wonder he’s willing to be photographed with the food haha In Rawalpindi, Pakistan, a school principal is quoted as saying, “If we discover that a child has junk food, we ask his or her parents to please make a little effort for their child’s health.” Ouch. But not uncommon, nowadays – when did we ever have this during our time in school (though I do remember the government-issued milk packets and teeth brushing), now there are even “fruit-only” snack breaks in some…
  • Little Miss-Speak #33 – What You See Is Not What It Is

    Aileen
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:18 pm
    #33 Me: What’s this, darling? (Not expecting her to know it, just wanting to see her reaction)   Miss: Oh. Oh, Dear. …..Cuck-roach?  (To be fair I’m not sure I’d know that’s a porcupine either – must be a baby right, where are the spines?) ———————————————————————————————————- Me: Who’s this, darling? (Kindy application photo) Miss:…
  • The First Metaphor (Or, A Little Christmas-y Story)

    Aileen
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:58 am
    So, both kids are sick. Not ER-sick, just cough/snort-themselves-awake-repeatedly-in-the-night sick, alternating also bawling-with-frustration-at-being-unable-to-sleep sick. (In Rockstar’s case, replace bawling with punching his pillow a few times before diving back down into its depths, a mildly eyebrow-raising phenomenon he has only vague recollection of in the morning. Well this is after all the boy who ski-ed in his sleep when he was last at ski camp.) The Miss… This would about sum up the night She coughed a lot more lying down, which I guess was because her nose was running…
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    Telecommuting Moms

  • Weekly Customer Service Work at Home Job Leads

    Alaina Forbes
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Here is this week's best work-at-home customer service and virtual call center job leads.AFNI customer care representatives Hilton Customer Care CoordinatorsSeasonal 1800Flowers agentsApple At-Home AdvisorsStericycle Customer care representativesVIP Desk Brand AmbassadorsCloudSource Virtual Call Center Agents Uhaul E-customer service agentsUhaul E-roadside assistance agentsDirect Interactions Call Center RepresentativesH2Insight Customer Service AgentsWorking Solutions Customer Service AgentsUber Community Support RepresentativesWest at Home customer service agents ADP community…
  • Work-at-Home News Weekly Round-Up

    Alaina Forbes
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    There are so many great work-at-home blogs and websites out there that I decided to start a new feature here at Telecommuting Moms that includes a round up of the best posts for the week. Enjoy! 5 Sophisticated Work-From-Home Scams And How To Spot ThemWhy Working From Home Is More Lucrative Than a Job10 Ways to Make Money From HomeWhat Is The Perfect Work From Home Job For You?Part-Time Work at Home Jobs: Earn $1,000 Per Month From HomeWhat Do You Do When Your Direct Sales Company Closes its Doors?5 Things No One Told Me About Working From Home
  • Extra Cash for the Holidays Part 3: Odesk

    Alaina Forbes
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This holiday season many of you may be looking to make a little extra cash from home. So far in our series we have discussed money making apps and seasonal jobs as options to earn some money for the holidays.  One other way you can make some extra money from home without the commitment of a work-at-home job is by using Odesk. For those not familiar with Odesk, it is a website where people can hire freelancers by posting jobs that they need completed. It is easy to get started making money from Odesk and they offer a wide variety of jobs for every kind of expertise. App developers,…
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    Divine Lifestyle

  • Beer of the Month Club Makes a Great Gift!

    Stacie
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:19 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Great Clubs. All opinions are 100% mine. My husband loves a good beer. He really enjoys the complex flavors and tastes of many different beers so I could never truly say that he has a favorite. It also seems that every year I am trying to find something that my husband would love for Christmas but that isn’t like everything else. I like finding ... The post Beer of the Month Club Makes a Great Gift! appeared first on Divine Lifestyle.
  • Scribd Unlimited Audiobooks Make a Great Gift! Get 3 Months {FREE}

    Stacie
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scribd. I am an avid reader. I love reading books. I get lost in the stories and the characters. I get pulled in until the end and sometimes afterwards. I can not get enough of reading and books. My husband is the same way. Years ago we quickly realized that our books seemed to be taking over our home. As a result, we both ... The post Scribd Unlimited Audiobooks Make a Great Gift! Get 3 Months {FREE} appeared first on Divine Lifestyle.
  • DIY Twine Ornament

    Stacie
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:41 am
    Making ornaments isn’t something that I have done a lot of. My kids seem to do them in school every year and bring them home which I lovingly hang on the tree. This year we had a box of ornaments that were either scratched or broken or just in general bad shape. I also had a lot of scraps and leftover things from other projects. We created these really cute DIY twine ornaments in just ... The post DIY Twine Ornament appeared first on Divine Lifestyle.
 
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    Dagmar's Home

  • Wordless Wednesday: Christmas Home Tour

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
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  • Blue Cottage Christmas Home Tour 2014

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:09 pm
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  • “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” Link Party #48

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:13 pm
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    Globetrotting in Heels

  • Gift guide: for the manga fan

    Elisa
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Fact: ’tis the season for gift lists. Fact: some people are tougher to shop for than others. Exhibit A: my oldest, S. She is 15. She defies the reasoning behind any of the “teen girl” gift guides I have seen. She more or less hates all shades of pink. She also doesn’t like One Direction, Taylor Swift bugs her (we are never, ever, ever…), she wears hardly any makeup, and she has never watched an episode of Gossip Girl or Awkward (I have, however, which I guess makes me closer to the average teen – whoops). What she does like is pretty much anything…
  • Pinspiration: a “less is more” take on Christmas decor

    Elisa
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:18 am
    Of all holidays, Christmas is probably the least subtle when it comes to decor. Even national holidays, which often include fireworks, pale in comparison to the overload of ornaments, lights, bows, sparkle that somehow coexist in many people’s homes, front yards and offices when Christmas is approaching. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the holidays as much as anyone: it’s the one week a year that my parents visit us, no matter where we are in the world, and we spend the whole week doing things as a family; we go sleighing or ice skating together (both things my parents…
  • Loving it!

    Elisa
    6 Dec 2014 | 1:54 pm
    tote // rug (similar) // iPhone case // earrings // ornament // booties   This article summarizes pretty well what “home” feels like to a serial expat. Put your guests in a good mood by paying them a compliment… before they even come through the door! Peppermint, orange, Aztec… so many ways to spice-up your hot chocolate! Stressed out but have no downtime? Here are 50 easy ways to relax. I’m not suggesting that you use alcohol to relax, but if you need an idea for a cocktail for your holiday parties, here is an old favorite, with a new twist. Whether…
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    Twelve Makes a Dozen

  • Having Fun at the Sing-Along!

    Mom of 12
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:20 pm
    This is the 3rd year in the row we have attended the Miller Sing-Along at the Energy Solutions Arena. The kids love it! And I have to admit it is one of my favorite activities too. I love singing and it seems like everyone is just all together with the common goal of raising our voices to heaven. The entertainment this year was Lexi Walker, the 12-year-old singing sensation from Utah. She did
  • Guest Blog: Why I Post Selfies by Drama Queen

    Mom of 12
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    1. It's an opportunity to claim ownership again in a world that tells everyone that their body belongs to others so that they can critique and judge. 2. I hid from cameras since third grade because I hated proof of my appearance, but now I'm coming to accept myself. 3. To focus on what I love about me. 4. Because I understand the Instagram-like need to feel validated in all this, and
  • Tenderfoot

    Mom of 12
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Yesterday was a busy day (any surprise there?) My sweetie is off to Boston and we also had choir practice, 3 hours of church, snowman-building, a Court of Honor for Sport, and the Choir Concert. I couldn't take pics at the concert, but it was so awesome! I love singing and we had a song from each of the 9 wards in our stake. We sang rest hymns in between while the choirs were changing seats and
 
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    Create-Celebrate-Explore

  • The Centsible Life: Reindeer Lollipops

    Tonya Staab
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
    The kids finish school here at the end of this week and then winter vacation starts. And they will be home. And I will be looking for things to keep them occupied and off the video games as much as possible. With that being said, if you are looking for something for your kids to do, I've posted a tutorial over at The Centsible Life to make these adorable reindeer lollipops. These are perfect for kids to make and gift this holiday season. So head on over to Kelly's blog for the full tutorial.
  • Movie Night Snacks with Goldfish

    Tonya Staab
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:08 pm
    This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GoldfishMix #CollectiveBias We love a good family-friendly movie night. Spending time together, watching a movie we all love and enjoying some yummy snacks is the perfect way to spend some time together. These movie night snacks inspired by Goldfish crackers are perfect for kids and adults (yes I did have one of those delicious drinks below). Kids are sure to love these quick and easy (and delicious) treats. Goldfish Crackers Ice Cream Float Isn't this Goldfish crackers themed ice…
  • S'mores Holiday Movie Night

    Tonya Staab
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:05 pm
      Light a fire, invite friends around for an impromptu holiday movie night and serve up these delicious and simple treats. Movie night should be stress free and simple. Here are a few tips for a fun holiday movie night: light a fire (if you have one), if not candlelight will make the room feel warm and cozy. provide lots of blankets and cushions for getting cozy invite everyone to come over in the jammies serve simple and delicious treats and a warm drink choose a family-friendly holiday movie to watch Now onto those yummy treats. S'mores are the perfect winter treat for sitting around…
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  • Last minute gifts under $25

    Christine Fox
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:10 pm
    The mad holiday rush is on and there’s still time to get gifts shipped to your house with express shipping methods. If you’ve exhausted all your ideas, try these six gifts to make everyone on your list happy.   From left to right: For the babysitter or tween niece: Message Scarve, $9, at oldnavy.com For your BFF: Glitter Wristlet, $19.95, at gap.com For the guys: Herschel Supply Co. Toiletry Kit, $20, at nordstrom.com For the hostess: Good Fortune Party Blowers, $10, at cwonder.com For your daughter: Crystal Gem Box Necklace, $22.50, at jcrew.com For your son: Areaware…
  • Sequin leggings to glam up your holiday soirees

    Courtney Strimel
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    On a whim during the fall, I bought a pair of sparkly sequin leggings. Little did I know they would turn into one of the most-worn article of clothing in my closet this holiday season. Offering both warmth and extra coverage, they are perfect on those frosty party nights, plus there’s no need to worry when bending or stooping to take care of the kids. And talk about versatile. Paired with a slinky top, longer tuxedo blazer and pumps, it’s easy to achieve a black-tie-worthy look. For a more casual event, just add a warm, chunky sweater and ankle boots to tone the look down. A…
  • Go for Marsala, the Pantone color of the year 2015

    Christine Fox
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Every year Pantone announces a color of the year and as we say farewell to 2014 and Radiant Orchid, the company has pronounced Marsala as the color of the year for 2015. Described as “a robust and earthy wine red,” we’re excited to see the color hit everything from our accessories to our home decor. Here’s a few ways to get a jump on the color of the year as you look forward to 2015. From left to right: Side Slit Dress, $39.90, at zara.com Nordstrom Modena Space Dye Knit Pom Hat, $28, at nordstrom.com Piperlime Collection Dolman Knit Sweater, $59, at piperlime.com…
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    Lille Punkin'

  • 12 Days of Giveaways: Enter to win our Paddington & Chuck E Cheese Giveaway

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:39 pm
    That adorable bear is back! And we are so excited to see our lovable furry friend from the famous, classic childrens books on the big screen! If you haven't seen the trailer for Paddington, due out in theaters January 16th, you have to give it a watch. (You'll love it!) There is also some exciting news for families who want a day out together this season! Chuck E. Cheese is teaming up
  • What Kids Want: Interactive Toys!

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:11 pm
    All kids have asked for a puppy under the tree at one point in their life. But what if you aren't in the market for something that sheds, needs shots, or requires lots of walking? Your kid might fare with with an interactive toy like the Zoomer Dino, a very popular "robot" that let's kids engage and explore his many electronic personalities with the included remote.  This little guy is
  • Sweet Potato Cream Cheese Danish

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    I'm such a Danish fan. I love the flaky layers of the dough.. and the sweet, creamy filling. I could seriously eat them for breakfast, snack, or dessert. I'm over the moon for them! I also get a little bored with the same old flavors, so I thought it would be fun to do a seasonally delicious version with canned sweet potatoes! This is super easy to put together. You'll need: 2 cans of
 
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    A Hen's Nest - NW PA Mom Blog

  • Hen’s #Giveaway Linky :: November

    Henrietta
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Hey strangers! I’m still on a semi-break but I love looking at everyone’s giveaway listings – so here’s a new one for you to link up on the rest of November! I’ll put up one in December as well and keep the listings updated :D I hope you’re all having a wonderful start to the […] The post Hen’s #Giveaway Linky :: November appeared first on A... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Online Furniture Shopping made easy with Sauder Experience

    Henrietta
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:26 pm
    When we bought our new TV last year, I had also planned to purchase a new entertainment center. Almost a year later, and we still had our TV sitting on the old base from our projection television. We just could not find an entertainment center that met our needs, fit the budget and had the […] The post Online Furniture Shopping made easy with Sauder Experience appeared first on A... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hen’s Friday #Giveaway Linky 8/1 – 8/7

    Henrietta
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Happy Friday all! Apologies for disappearing. Taking the summer off has been great, but i’m slowly working my way back to regular postings again. I hope you’ve had a fabulous summer! Tomorrow, we’ll celebrate our son’s 19th birthday! I’ll shares new photos of our sweet little granddaughter next week, you won’t believe how big she’s getting! Until... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Drink More Water with 8Cups

    Stacie
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    When people talk about living a healthier lifestyle or wanting to start on a weight loss journey, there seems to be one particular item that is always mentioned: drink more water! I’ve said it myself many times. I know I don’t drink enough water. I have good intentions, but my execution isn’t the best. I… [read more] This content was posted exclusively for Simply Stacie. If you have seen this content on a site other than Simply Stacie please let me know in the comments here: Drink More Water with 8Cups. Thank you for helping to stop content theft!!
  • The Maze Runner Giveaway + #MazeRunnerFriday Twitter Viewing Party

    Stacie
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:53 pm
    The Maze Runner on Blu-ray and DVD is now in stores (as of December 16th) just in time for gift-giving! About the Film Will you make it out alive? Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment invites you to unlock the mysteries of the maze on December 16 when THE MAZE RUNNER hits Blu-ray™ and DVD. Based… [read more] This content was posted exclusively for Simply Stacie. If you have seen this content on a site other than Simply Stacie please let me know in the comments here: The Maze Runner Giveaway + #MazeRunnerFriday Twitter Viewing Party. Thank you for helping to stop content theft!!
  • Save Money on Online Shopping with Oony + $75 Amazon GC Giveaway!

    Stacie
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:36 am
    It feels so good to save money. I’ve become increasingly frugal over the past year since purchasing a home. Every penny counts and I want to maximize my savings in every way possible. One of the biggest ways to save money is through coupons and deals. I do a lot of online shopping and when I… [read more] This content was posted exclusively for Simply Stacie. If you have seen this content on a site other than Simply Stacie please let me know in the comments here: Save Money on Online Shopping with Oony + $75 Amazon GC Giveaway!. Thank you for helping to stop content theft!!
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  • Monitor your child’s data usage with My Data Manager Shared Plan App

    Angela
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Keeping on top of everyone’s mobile bills can be a job in itself, an expensive one at that! This is why many households have started switching to a family plan, so everyone has access to an allowance of minutes, texts and data, with just one bill to worry about! Switching to a shared plan was a great move for our family; the only problem is seeing how much data everyone is using. There is generally always someone in the family who pushes us over our group limit, resulting in unexpected overage charges; unfortunately, the culprit can be hard to find! Thankfully, My Data Manager has…
  • Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike

    Andrea
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Press Sample My youngest daughter who is 2, desperately wants to keep up with her older brothers especially outside when they are playing.  We recently had the opportunity to review the Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike, which is going to help her keep up with those fast brothers. Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike: Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike grows with your child! 4 Stages to grow with child: Parent Push Trike, Learning, Developing and Kid Powered Trike. Seat adjusts to 4 positions to fit almost any size child. Adjustable, detachable push handle. 5-point seat belt harness and protective safety bar. This…
  • The Fruit Company: Pearfully Yours Mini Gift Tower

    Andrea
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    Press Sample One of our most favorite fruits in my family is pears, so when we had the opportunity to sample a Pearfully Yours Mini Gift Tower from The Fruit Company, it was an immediate yes! Think of them as nature’s candies. These sweet and decadent miniature Seckel pears provide the most divinely lush flavor of any pear – they’re truly bite-sized delights. Alone, they’re irresistible, when roasted mixed nuts and chocolate covered cherries are added, they’re nirvana. If you’re looking for a unique gift for that hard-to-please gourmand on your list, your search has just ended.
 
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    Mom's Journal

  • Hulking Eye Bruise

    Momma Bean
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:38 pm
    It was a half day of school. Those should be outlawed. No good ever come of them. Sophia arrived from home early as the term half-day implies and the kids get to playing. They were doing really well entertaining themselves and then Lukas tripped and fell. I had to calm them both down. The unhurt child thought she was in trouble. I assured her that it was an accident and it’ll be ok. That is about as much as I could say or do without her then getting angry about the attention I’m giving her, so I focused on the boy. The bruise forming on his forehead, because that is where all the…
  • Lukas’ Birth Story

    Momma Bean
    30 Nov 2014 | 6:25 am
    My mother-in-law arrived on a Thursday here for a visit four years ago today. The very next day I had my last scheduled prenatal appointment. I believe it was a one o’clock appointment. We left Sophia at home with grandma for the appointment, and said we would be back in about an hour. The doctor asked if I was ready to have my baby already. “Well,” I said, “the timing would be perfect since my mother-in-law got in last night.” My due date was the third of December. He didn’t explain why but he said he wasn’t going to let me go too far past my due date, which was…
  • 55 Flash non-Fiction Friday: My Day

    Momma Bean
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:38 am
    “How do you know everyone here?” She asked at my baby shower. I began with the people furthest from me. Before I could get to the people on my own side of the table, nearest myself she said, “Oh so they’re all his friends.” She physically turned away to not hear any more. I shrunk. 55 Flash Fiction Friday
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  • 2014 Kia Soul Affordable SUV Review

    Samantha Gregory
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
      For one week I had fun driving and reviewing the 2014 Kia Soul around town. I would have driven it out of town but it wasn’t exactly the right time to do that plus I was super busy. The lovely people at Drive STI dropped off the car on a crisp and clear Tuesday afternoon. They handed me the keys and the magic began, or at least if felt like magic to me. The side mirrors automatically activated when I came to the car. Kinda freaky but it was cool at the same time. I got the grand tour of the bells and whistles from front to back. It was so cool to learn how this 5-star rated…
  • 3 Affordable Ways to Save Your Child’s College Fund on a Limited Income

    Samantha Gregory
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:44 pm
    A few weeks ago, my daughter received an acceptance letter from Auburn University! Time to raid the child’s college fund! But first a little back story. We are so excited about this because she’s wanted to go there since she was around 12 years old! The application process was not too bad, but it did require that we sit down and give it careful thought. It required that we remember all of her accomplishments, both from an academic and extracurricular standpoint. I was up against of bit of resistance from her because she is quite modest and didn’t think flying a plane this summer or…
  • 8 Ways to Protect Black Boys From Police Brutality

    Samantha Gregory
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:59 pm
    With the recent cases of police brutality and murder it is important for me to educate my children, especially my 14 son about his rights. I’ve been trying not to let it bother me or allow fear to over take me but it is hard not to feel some kind of way about the police. It is obvious that I’m an African-American woman and my son is the same color as me. It is clear that he is more of a target than any other ethnicity. It is my job to coach him and ensure that he does not get unlawfully detained or end up in a morgue. The struggle, as they say, is real. I have been telling him…
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    Extraordinary Mommy

  • Chocolate Krave Peppermint Milk Shake

    Danielle
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:20 am
    Ok, I admit it, we love Chocolate Krave Cereal. It is not unusual for a box of it to disappear from our home in less than two days. That’s fair, I guess, when you consider that my husband and my daughter have both been known to go back for seconds AND to have it for dessert AND breakfast. In fact…as we roamed the grocery store aisles just yesterday, I asked my small girl if there was anything she needed…and she said, ‘Yes, Mommy…just one thing, Chocolate Krave. I only have one bowl left’. Admittedly, I’m impressed, not only that she had an answer to my…
  • Kiss 2014 Goodbye with CoverGirl and Rent The Runway #Giveaway

    Danielle
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:58 pm
    There is something magical about the moment the ball drops on New Year’s Eve. Your slate is wiped clean, you leave the previous year behind you and start fresh. You have a brand new year stretched out in front of you. You can make resolutions, or NOT. You can decide to make changes, vow to exercise, get organized, learn a new language, stop saying ‘um’, travel the world, unplug on the weekends…. Or not. Maybe you put on your fanciest dress, your best lipstick, you grab your husband, your best friend or your kids and you… Kiss 2014 GOODBYE.  Not because it was an…
  • DIY Holiday Gift – Hot Cocoa In a Jar

    Kasey Schwartz
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    Hi there.  Kasey from All Things Mamma back this month with another fun DIY for you.  This month it’s All Things Holidays for me!  I’m sharing my favorite Holiday related posts – so make sure to stop by to check out the latest.  Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite gift ideas – Hot Cocoa in a Jar. OH yes! This is a fun project that you can do with your kids. It can be gifted to neighbors, teachers, grandma and grandpa and friends.  So much fun and it doesn’t cost much.  The good thing about this recipe is that you can personalize it to your…
 
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  • HyLoft Overhead Storage System for Garage – 48% off today only!

    i Dream of Clean
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Do you NEED to park in your garage but just have too much stuff to store? Well, this HyLoft Garage organizing system just may be the answer…and it’s almost 1/2 off RIGHT NOW on Amazon! It’s regularly $89.99 and selling for $46.72!   Affiliate link included. You just finished reading HyLoft Overhead Storage System for Garage - 48% off today only! ! Consider leaving a comment!Visit our sponsors: Freedom Filer: Get rid of paper clutter once and for all Get Organized: Shop Web Busters and save 30% Off Sitewide with code AG111213 through 11/17 eMeals.com: enter IDOC at checkout…
  • KitchenAid Professional Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer – 60% off Today Only!

    i Dream of Clean
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:24 pm
    If you’ve been wanting a Kitchen Aid professional stand mixer but haven’t wanted to shell out a few hundred dollars, this refurbished KitchenAid is 60% off RIGHT NOW on Amazon! It’s regularly $299 and selling for $179!!! Today only!     Affiliate link included. You just finished reading KitchenAid Professional Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer - 60% off Today Only!! Consider leaving a comment!Visit our sponsors: Freedom Filer: Get rid of paper clutter once and for all Get Organized: Shop Web Busters and save 30% Off Sitewide with code AG111213 through 11/17 eMeals.com: enter IDOC…
  • Less than 24 hours…to get CLEAR THE CLUTTER at a MAJOR DISCOUNT!

    i Dream of Clean
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:19 pm
    I’ve spent the last few days telling you all about Clear the Clutter and I’m absolutely thrilled with the response so far!! However… I want to make sure everyone who wants in at the discounted rate gets in!! So here’s your warning :) The price WILL go up forever on Monday at MIDNIGHT Pacific time. When the countdown timer is at zero and you’ll know for sure the price has at least doubled. So, if you are remotely interested in reducing the clutter in your home, grab your spot in the course right now! We start January 1 after all of the holiday festivities…
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    United States of Motherhood

  • Hot & New MineCraft Gift for the Holidays & Beyond: The Gameband Minecraft #GameOnTheGo

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    This shop for the Gameband Minecraft has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameOnTheGo #CollectiveBias  I know I worry a lot about how much video games my kids play-- as most moms do.  Kids these days are so engrossed in electronics that they lose hours...sometimes days in summer if we let them. One fact that helps me is the Journal of Adolescent Research published a study recently comparing kids that played video games to those that didn't.Did you know:“Video game players, regardless of gender, reported…
  • Eighteen Years of Marriage & BAM: This Mom is Getting Her Groove Back #TheMoodStrikes #Ad

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TheMoodStrikes #CollectiveBiasYes, once upon a time, a long long time ago there lived two crazy, waaay too young Berkeley students with the freedom to be spontaneous that joined together as one...And they lived happily ever after.End of story. What?!Okay, well...Well, maybe not without a few bumps along the way.  Meet baby bumps numbers one, two and three. That third bump?  Over 10 lbs. Hello broken vagina!And now those three bumps? They grew as did my marriage.And…
  • 5 Minutes (or Less) EASY Snowman Microwave Meringues Recipe: Decorating & Ho-Ho-Ho-ing STAT Guaranteed!

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Remember when the kids were younger and it was all fa-la-la decorating, school holiday concerts and baking for days? Yeah as we get busier and tired, we don't check all those boxes anymore. No time!My friends? I admit to a little holiday burn out. Okay a lot. Tree still naked! No lights on house. 1/10th Christmas list bought...and cards unlikely. However my husband and kiddos came up with a crazy fast way to decorate cookies that I need to share with y'all ASAP! Fast & Super Easy Microwave Snowman MeringuesIngredient 2-1/2 cups + 1 tbsp Powdered Sugar1 egg whitePaper towelsSprinkles…
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • My favorite Pinterest pins for DIY Christmas gift ideas

    cjblythe
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:10 am
    I am a Pinterest fan, and I get some of the inspiration for my blog posts from other bloggers and favorite Pinterest pins. I decided I’d amassed enough of a collection of pins for DIY Christmas gift... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bringing your home interior design into the 21st century.

    Guest Author
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:17 am
    Let’s face it. Times have changed, and so have tastes in home interior design. Homes can get pretty ugly, especially as time goes on and your tastes change. Even worse, of course, is when you are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Great tech gadgets for that ‘ hard to buy for ‘ man.

    cjblythe
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    My husband, Mark is fascinated with anything tech – games, computers, wireless devices, smart devices, etc. I searched the internet to find some newer, innovative tech gadgets for that ‘ hard to buy... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Your Dream Vacation is Within Your Reach

    Melissa @ Mommy Living the Life of Riley
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:26 am
    If you love vacations, it’s worth getting membership in a vacation club such as Royal Holiday to get a wide variety of destinations at affordable prices. When you become a member of a vacation club, you’ll have access to hotels, resorts and cruises in popular vacation destinations all over the world and the high quality service that goes with them. With added discounts, your vacation will cost a fraction of the amount it would if you tried to book travel, accommodation and activities separately, and it will save you a lot of time and headaches. Vacation FlexibilityVacation club members…
  • Four Ways to Show Your Love of Vintage at Home

    Melissa @ Mommy Living the Life of Riley
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    Thanks to the popularity of the television series "Mad Men," more people now have an interest in mid-century modern and vintage designs than ever before. While these pieces lost popularity during the 1980s and 1990s, its sudden resurgence led to high price tags online, at furniture stores and in antique stores. If you're a smart shopper, you can still find bargains online and in your neighborhood. Before you go overboard and make your house look like a time capsule, find out how you can show your love of the vintage style in four simple ways.Chrome and Formica TableA chrome and […] This…
  • Custom Foam Cushions for Your Home

    Melissa @ Mommy Living the Life of Riley
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:56 am
    Custom foam cushions can do more than serve one piece of furniture in the home. A homeowner who uses their foam cushions the right way can make every part of their home a comfortable place to rest, relax and rejoice in peace.On FurnitureMost furniture pieces require a quality cushion that makes the furniture worth sitting on. Old furniture pieces can have their old cushions replaced with brand new cushions easily. Some furniture pieces need to have their cushions recovered, and there are some that need to add cushioning.A classic bench or stool in the home may not be truly complete […]…
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  • Calgary: Our Calgary Holiday Bucket List

    SavvyMom.ca
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    We’re in the home stretch of the holiday season and things may feel a little frantic right now. But before we know it, all the parties will be over, the presents unwrapped and the festive dinners eaten. And the kids will still be home from school. Luckily, the Christmas season in Calgary brings plenty of opportunity for good family fun, and we’re rounding up our faves.
  • Toronto: All We Want for Christmas

    SavvyMom.ca
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    We’re in the home stretch of the holiday season and things may feel a little frantic right now. But before we know it, all the parties will be over, the presents unwrapped and the festive dinners eaten. And the kids will still be home from school. Luckily, the Christmas season in Toronto brings plenty of opportunity for good family fun, and we’re rounding up our faves.
  • Vancouver: Joy to Vancouver

    SavvyMom.ca
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    We’re in the home stretch of the holiday season and things may feel a little frantic right now. But before we know it, all the parties will be over, the presents unwrapped and the festive dinners eaten. And the kids will still be home from school. Luckily, the Christmas season in Vancouver brings plenty of opportunity for good family fun, and we’re rounding up our faves.
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  • Festive Accessorizing for Girls

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    A great accessory can turn an already memorable outfit into a show-stopper. With the holidays just around the corner, you want to make sure your little lady has everything she needs to look her best for the season. If you already have a special occasion dress picked out for her, consider adding some accessories. They can add elegance, warmth, or practicality to her outfit. Here are some of our favorites: This Kids World shrug adds enchantment to any holiday outfit. It can also keep her warm if she gets chilly in her sleeveless dress. This So’dorable headband is a comfy accessory for…
  • Top 5 Healthy Snacks for Kids

    16 Dec 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Ants on a Log – This is one of those classic kids’ recipes your parents probably made for you growing up. In its most basic form, ants on a log is celery cut into 4” pieces, with either peanut butter or cream cheese spread over them, and a line of raisins on top for ants. It’s a tasty and healthy recipe with a lot of room for variation and customization. You can use almond butter, yogurt, hummus, or just about anything else as a spread. Try swapping the raisins with dried cranberries for something a bit tarter, or use nuts for extra crunch. Microwaved Potato – A simple,…
  • Holiday Accessories for Boys

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Looking to freshen up his holiday look? A few choice accessories can add some cheer to one of his existing outfits and make it the hit of the holiday party. From new shoes to an eye-catching cardigan, CookiesKids.com stocks plenty of options that will enhance his holiday look – and carry over into his everyday outfits, too. Here are some of our favorites: The stark stripes on this Sean John cardigan make it the perfect topper to a dark pair of jeans or dress pants. Casual yet stylish, these loafers from Lil Fellas are versatile enough to be part of his dressy outfits or his everyday look. …
 
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  • #RealMomGiftGuide Secret Scooter Santa on Fox 29

    joey fortman
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:31 pm
    TRUE MOTHERHOOD STORIES:Giving Gets Good with Jennaphr Frederick I'm definitely feeling under the weather today.  It's really a bummer because I have so much work to do.... So, if you're reading this - and I owe you an email, phone call, report, facebook message, text, or anything else...I have a GREAT excuse.  In fact, SANTA himSELF has pardoned me for being behind.  Why?  Cause he hired me to be a messenger for him.  I didn't realize how much work he WANTED from me...shew....but, it's SANTA.  And since I've asked him personally for a new car this year - I best…
  • Christmas in Hershey at the Sweetest Place on Earth

    joey fortman
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Have I told you how much I LOVE that I'm a Hershey, PA ambassador yet?  I know.  I shouldn't rub it in.  But the thought of millions of lights surrounded by the sweet smell of chocolate in the sweetest place on Earth?  I can NOT wait!This summer, you saw that I got hit with the conundrum of the fact that Hershey has me questioning my other favorite place, Cape May!!  Something about these two amazing history towns that cuddles up to my heart. Over the summer it was SO HOTT.  SO so SO SOOOOOO hott.  We came, we saw and conquered.  And now it's gonna…
  • #TravelTuesday Gaylord National Hotel Review

    joey fortman
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Everyone and their mother (including my own) knows how much I LOVE holiday decorations!  LOVE them.  They mean so much more to me than having a pile of stuff under the tree.  In fact, my oldest son is really remembering my love of decoration.  It's awesome because when I ask him what he wants for Christmas, he never knows..but for 3 weeks in November he BEGGED me to put the holiday lights up!  Super cute.  So, the weekend before Thanksgiving we started to put things up.  That's what I love about the holiday.  And something that carries over from my…
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    The Megalomaniac Mommy

  • Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Clean with Milk-Bone Brushing Chews

    Anne
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:53 am
    *This post is a sponsored post brought to you by  Lunchbox on behalf of Milk-Bone and Walmart.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.* When it comes to owning a dog, you have to get used to a few things. You have to get used to letting them outside, even if it as at 3am and you were [...] The post Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Clean with Milk-Bone Brushing Chews appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Christmas Bingo Printable

    Anne
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Christmas is only a few days away so why not make the event of unwrapping presents even more fun with a little competition. This Christmas Bingo Printable gives you 3 different cards to download with 22 blank spaces and 3 Santa hat free spaces. The directions are simple, just write in the empty spaces what [...] The post Christmas Bingo Printable appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Hello Fresh Box – What’s Inside?

    Anne
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:27 pm
    ** I received a promotional item in order to facilitate this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  This post may contain affiliate links.** As you know, I’ve been checking out all of the different subscription boxes and whatnot, that are out there these days and it’s time for another. Thanks to the generous folks [...] The post Hello Fresh Box – What’s Inside? appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
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  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical [Review]

    Christy
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:11 am
    Last night, my dad and I slogged through rain and flooded streets to get my kids to see Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical in Boston. We could have used a sleigh with some reindeer assistance because the traffic was awful and we ended up a few minutes late. Luckily, we zipped into the theater... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
  • Irving Berlin’s White Christmas Comes to Boston [Giveaway]

    Christy
    7 Dec 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Growing up in New England, a “white Christmas” was always an ideal. Sure, it comes with travel headaches, but it’s just so magical. I think that magic is captured in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. It tells the story of a song-and-dance duo who meet a pair of talented sisters and go through a variety of... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
  • #GiftSmart with Radio Shack and Some Great STEM Toys

    Christy
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    I have always thought of Radio Shack as the place to go for random electrical parts, and the occasional gadget. It was never the place I thought to go for my Christmas shopping. So when I got the invite to “Gift Smart” with Radio Shack, I was intrigued. It turns out that Radio Shack has... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
 
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  • 2014 Kia Soul Affordable SUV Review

    Samantha Gregory
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
      For one week I had fun driving and reviewing the 2014 Kia Soul around town. I would have driven it out of town but it wasn’t exactly the right time to do that plus I was super busy. The lovely people at Drive STI dropped off the car on a crisp and clear Tuesday afternoon. They handed me the keys and the magic began, or at least if felt like magic to me. The side mirrors automatically activated when I came to the car. Kinda freaky but it was cool at the same time. I got the grand tour of the bells and whistles from front to back. It was so cool to learn how this 5-star rated…
  • 3 Affordable Ways to Save Your Child’s College Fund on a Limited Income

    Samantha Gregory
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:44 pm
    A few weeks ago, my daughter received an acceptance letter from Auburn University! Time to raid the child’s college fund! But first a little back story. We are so excited about this because she’s wanted to go there since she was around 12 years old! The application process was not too bad, but it did require that we sit down and give it careful thought. It required that we remember all of her accomplishments, both from an academic and extracurricular standpoint. I was up against of bit of resistance from her because she is quite modest and didn’t think flying a plane this summer or…
  • 8 Ways to Protect Black Boys From Police Brutality

    Samantha Gregory
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:59 pm
    With the recent cases of police brutality and murder it is important for me to educate my children, especially my 14 son about his rights. I’ve been trying not to let it bother me or allow fear to over take me but it is hard not to feel some kind of way about the police. It is obvious that I’m an African-American woman and my son is the same color as me. It is clear that he is more of a target than any other ethnicity. It is my job to coach him and ensure that he does not get unlawfully detained or end up in a morgue. The struggle, as they say, is real. I have been telling him…
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    Wifely Steps

  • Ginger Fried Rice – A Story In A Recipe

    Toni
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:04 pm
    “Ginger fried rice,” I muttered to myself. It was one of those moments when everything seemed bleak and grey. I was pushing my cart in the middle of the supermarket when I mumbled those words to myself. My heart was feeling a bit empty that day, drained by the week’s stress. I needed something warm, […] The post Ginger Fried Rice – A Story In A Recipe appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • 2 Things I Learned from Playdough and my Son

    Toni
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:49 am
    Playing with Playdough and my son has taught me two things: Slow down. Enjoy the moment. They’re simple things to learn, but pretty hard to do. But when you do get to do them, the playful yet peaceful feeling is incomparable. Peace with Playdough “Mommy, pway pwaydough with Timmy!” My son has been asking me […] The post 2 Things I Learned from Playdough and my Son appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • On a Blissmakerie high!

    Toni
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:08 am
    #Blissmakerie2014 was a private holiday gathering last weekend, thrown by the ever so loving and blissful Martine de Luna of Make It Blissful. It was a cozy afternoon of delicious eats, surprise blissful treats and connecting with old and new friends! This Thanksgiving/Advance Christmas get-together for Martine’s Make It Blissful community was truly wonderful. It […] The post On a Blissmakerie high! appeared first on Wifely Steps.
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    Making Time for Mommy

  • The Christmas Pickle Tradition

    Alicia Marie
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:19 am
    (Disclosure: We received a gift set in exchange for writing this post but all thoughts are my own.) The Christmas Pickle Tradition is a wonderful holiday story that reminds us all about the true spirit of Christmas.  Follow the journey of Pickle Elf as he learns the magic of giving, and inspires Santa to begin this wonderful Christmas tradition. Want to join in the fun this holiday? It’s easy! Leave the pickle ornament by the milk and cookies for Santa to hang on your Christmas tree. In the morning watch your loved ones, big and small, search for the pickle. The first one to find it will…
  • Holiday Bouquets From Teleflora And The Cake Boss

    Alicia Marie
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:06 am
    (Disclosure: I received a bouquet from Teleflora but all thoughts are my own.) Teleflora, the world’s leading flower delivery service, teamed up with the “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro to create a brand new line up of holiday bouquets perfect for decorating, gifting and entertaining. Buddy’s floral collection features three new bouquets that capture the authenticity and spirit of his festive family holiday traditions. The trio includes a holly motif-serving bowl, a gingerbread-house cookie jar and a merry mug. Each bouquet arrives professionally-arranged and hand-delivered by…
  • Surprise Your Family With The Ultimate Gift

    Alicia Marie
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Sometimes blogging offers such amazing opportunities for my family and I was lucky to be able to treat my boys to the best gift ever this summer- a fabulous Springfree trampoline courtesy of the company. Their faces when they saw it were priceless. They were so excited and I loved being able to give them such a special surprise. If you are still looking for a gift for your family, Springfree trampolines will create hours of fun for years to come. Imagine family gatherings, those long summer days and more, all spent outside together. You’ll also have the confidence in knowing that…
 
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    CoffeeJitters

  • Outside looking in: a flash-forward peek at my future in parenting

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:38 am
    My daughter recently competed in her first chess tournament. I was more nervous than she was. She’s only 5, and I worried about sportsmanship, I worried about whether she would have fun. I worried about whether she would get bored, or scared. She was just excited that she would get to play chess: Five games of chess  – with other kids. And trophies! She wanted one of those trophies. So we got up at the butt-crack of too early to get up on a Saturday morning, and still had to run to school to get there in time to check-in, because, of course, late check-in means forfeiting the…
  • YSC, the Tour de Pink, and #GivingTuesday

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:06 pm
    A couple months ago, after a Tour de Pink training ride, my friend and fellow cancer survivor, Karen Lawson, posted a selfie on Facebook, and wrote, “Love these legs and the 57 HILLY miles they just carried me up.” I was surprised when my eyes welled up at reading her post. In the nearly 5 years since my breast cancer diagnosis, one of the things I’m still working on is forgiving my body, and learning to develop compassion and even appreciation for my body – mutant genes and all. Cancer felt like a betrayal; my own body turned against me. I’ve learned that I am…
  • The White House at Night

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    I just returned from a quick, four-day trip to Washington D.C. for ProjectLEAD with the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Coincidentally, my daughter’s kindergarten class has been learning about Washington D.C. in their social studies segments. She wanted me to be sure I got my picture taken with the President. I got this close. The White House is beautiful at night. Our schedule for this trip was very tight: 7:30 am to 7:30 pm, so I did not actually see daylight, with the exception of one quick run to Starbucks, and then the cab ride back to the airport on the last day. But I…
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    Kidsumers

  • Presenting the 2014 Children’s Miracle Network Champions! #Champions14

    Sheri
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Being a parent of a child with serious health issues has opened my eyes to the many wonderful organizations and charities out there for families like ours. One of those organizations is the Children’s Miracle Network. Twelve Children’s Miracle Network Champions were honoured for their bravery... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Financial Gifts Can Start Someone Off On The Right Foot

    Sheri
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:27 pm
    When we think of gifts for children we often consider toys and games or clothing. There is another type of gift that could help a child with his or her future, and it doesn’t have to be a “boring” gift. A financial gift may be something that not only gets the child excited about... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Finding Santa at 8000 Feet #SantaFlight

    Sheri
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Air Transat has been a Platinum Partner of the Children’s Wish Foundation since 2004. Every year, the company and its employees proudly do their part to brighten the lives of young children who struggle daily with illness and disease. The key event in the partnership is the annual Flight in Search... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • The Perfect Christmas Morning Breakfast Quiche

    DudeMom
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Christmas Day I’m in charge of the kitchen. It’s a full day of cooking and baking and serving and slaving. My family appreciates it though, because I remind them about the state of my awesomeness when it comes to holiday throw downs repeatedly before, during, and immediately after so it’s worth it. I wanted to get wild and do something different for this year’s holiday dinner, however, after consulting my friends on Facebook about Christmas menu ideas, I’ve decided that since my kids don’t like turkey, and a prime rib is not something I can tackle in my kitchen (honestly, after…
  • Holiday Party Tips: Cookies, Coffee & Crafts #FTW

    DudeMom
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Today’s post features photos and info from a brand sponsored party I hosted for my local blogging friends. No one paid them to like me, eat cookies, rock crafts, or smile pretty for my photos, and all jokes, witty comments, and duck faces here and witnessed at the event are entirely my own. The holidays are always so rushed. Go here, get there, buy this, do that, make something with your hands that people are going to pretend to like because they’re kind and they don’t want to hurt your feelings. As my Dudes have gotten older, things are even more busy and I have to not only keep up…
  • George Bailey Was Right, It’s A Wonderful Life

    DudeMom
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    Halloween is my favorite holiday. I can’t put my finger on why, but it is. Has been for years. Other than St. Patrick’s Day (because it is Dude 2’s birthday) and Mother’s Day (because, a holiday for me? Yes please!), there aren’t holidays I get super excited about. Thanksgiving is exhausting, Valentine’s Day is disappointing, and I’ve never been big on Christmas. Even when I was younger, it wasn’t really my thing. Mimi would get all excited about her stacks on stacks on stacks of holiday decor. She would bake cookies and spray cinnamon around and get all inexplicably excited…
 
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    La Jolla Mom

  • 5 Unique Family Experiences in San Diego

    La Jolla Mom
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    With world-class attractions and pristine beaches, it’s no secret that San Diego is one of the nation’s most popular family vacation destinations. If you’re the type of traveler who trades the guidebook for exclusive experiences and opportunities to dive a bit more into the local scene, check out these five unique things to do in San Diego with kids in tow (or not)—brought to you in partnership with Expedia Viewfinder. 1. Watch the Pandas Eat Breakfast Here’s your chance to visit the San Diego Zoo before it officially opens. Early Morning with the Pandas provides exclusive…
  • Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids, Travelers and Entertainers

    La Jolla Mom
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:11 am
    Are you looking for last-minute gifts like I am? Well, thankfully, there’s still time. If you need some inspiration, have a look at the holiday gift guides I wrote for eBay based on items in their awesome holiday guide and charity shop. Each guide is themed with five or so corresponding product mentions. (Here’s the thing… Listings expire on eBay so just search for a similar item if what I link to isn’t available.) How to Host an Easy Holiday Cookie Exchange You have plenty of time to organize a cookie exchange for the weekend! It’s pretty easy. Or, just pin…
  • Win a Themed Beach Bag or Marriott Resorts Holiday in the Sun

    La Jolla Mom
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:40 pm
    I type this on the rare rainy day in San Diego. While I can’t complain about our usually-warm weather, a beach holiday sounds amazing right about now. There is just one week left to enter the Marriott Resorts Ultimate Beach Bag Pinterest Sweepstakes. It’s incredibly easy to do, especially if you like Pinterest. Why? Eight people are going to win adorable themed beach bags like the one above. And, one person is going to win a grand prize 5-day/4-night dream vacation for two in one of these sunny Caribbean or Mexico destinations. Aruba I’ve actually been to the Aruba…
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    MamarazziKnowsBest.com

  • Microsoft Unveils “12 Days of Deals” With ‘Holiday Emergencies’ Videos

    Suzette Valle
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:37 pm
    To celebrate the return of “12 Days of Deals” on December 8, Microsoft Stores has created a humorous video series focusing on surviving ’Holiday Emergencies.’ The collection of 12 videos will follow a family as they embark on the holiday season. Stories are narrated through the eyes of a quirky flight attendant as she guides […]
  • Disney Announces Frozen Fever Short To Play Before Cinderella

    Suzette Valle
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    On March 13, 2015 we will see Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf back on the silver screen. Disney Animation Studios just announced that a short titled “Frozen Fever” will play in theaters immediately before the studio’s feature film, “Cinderella.” According to the studio, “Cinderella” will be a “visually dazzling spectacle.” The live-action movie features Cate Blanchett as the evil […]
  • Disney Animated App Wins BAFTA

    Suzette Valle
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Apps can win BAFTA Awards, too! The Disney Animated App won The British Academy of Film and Television Children’s Award (BAFTA) in the Interactive: Adapted category.  The celebration took place November 23, 2014 at the Roundhouse in London. The award-winning application is the result of a collaboration between Disney Animation Studios, Disney Interactive and Touchpress, […]
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  • What does your bookcase say about you?

    Wendy McAuliffe
    30 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    Not everyone’s a reader, my husband included. But I, on the other hand, have been collecting books since I was a child. Over the past 30 or so years I have amassed a pretty big collection, and hats off to my husband for allowing me to turn our small fourth bedroom into my own personal […]
  • Book review: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

    Wendy McAuliffe
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:29 am
    At the beginning of the year, one of my many resolutions was to try and read at least one book a month. Little did I know that resolution would be completely thrown out the window when I picked up Donna Tartt’s epic new novel The Goldfinch…but hand on heart, it was completely worth breaking my […]
  • A day trip to Poole Quay

    Wendy McAuliffe
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Poole Quay is little more than a stone’s throw from my home, but for some reason it’s one of those places we only think to visit occasionally. After every visit, we always end up saying, “why don’t we come here more often?” But then I guess it wouldn’t have such novelty value if we did. […]
 
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    Amanda Magee

  • Before Bedtime Requests End; I Hope I Hear Them

    amandamagee
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Somehow I thought that in the years of chronicling the ups and downs of parenting, maybe a lesson or two would stick. Perhaps a bit of writing it down would offer up a moment of grace to keep me from utterly screwing things up because I’m in a bad mood. Mostly that doesn’t work,  the truth ends up being that as I tally board at the end of the night it comes in at a draw, the screw ups and wins in a dead heat. The other night I was looking through my iPhoto library and was sobered by the absence of photos of Briar. What happened? There’s Ave, there’s Fin,…
  • Can’t You See You Like I Do?

    amandamagee
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:36 am
    “Mama, you are so pretty in that shirt,” I turned to look at where the voice had come from and saw Briar. I had known it was her talking, but the words were so out of context with how I was feeling. Her lips were turned up in the sweetest little smile and her eyes danced, happy. “Thank you, sweet love,” I said smiling at her. My smile was genuine, my face calm, but my insides were racing. I’d gone through the morning bedraggled, stretched out pajama bottoms hanging from my frame, a t-shirt with just a tank top underneath, and my hair doing that 40-something,…
  • No Indictment :: Total Indictment

    amandamagee
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:24 pm
    The post No Indictment :: Total Indictment appeared first on Amanda Magee.
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    Fox In Flats

  • 5 songs to keep you happy through the holidays

    FoxInFlats
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:25 am
    Four new ones from 2014, plus my guilty pleasure smile-song (don't hate me!) The post 5 songs to keep you happy through the holidays appeared first on Fox In Flats.
  • DAREcember: Putting style back into the silly season

    FoxInFlats
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Experiment with hair, beauty and fashion and rock a different style every day for a month. I dare you! The post DAREcember: Putting style back into the silly season appeared first on Fox In Flats.
  • 5 styling gifts from $5 – $50

    FoxInFlats
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Combining the thought (that counts) with the reality of a family budget. The post 5 styling gifts from $5 – $50 appeared first on Fox In Flats.
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  • somebody loves Rudolph

    Missy
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:40 pm
    We went to see Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Musical at the Stages Theatre in Hopkins last weekend and had a wonderful time. You can see Avery was grinning ear to ear sitting next to Rudolph and Hermie after the show. It runs through January 3rd, and if you or your kiddos love the annual TV movie classic of Rudolph, the musical is nearly identical to it. Definitely go see it! The play was super special for my family, as a certain almost-7 year old has been practically obsessed with Rudolph for about 5 or so years. Here are a few of the fun pictures of her with Rudolph over the years. She…
  • Getting LASIK at Joffe MediCenter in Minneapolis

    Missy
    6 Dec 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Note: This post is about my experiences going through the process to get LASIK eye surgery as a brand ambassador of Joffe MediCenter. Here I am with the wonderful Joffe MediCenter team in Minneapolis the next morning after my LASIK surgery. I’m excited to tell you all about my experience getting LASIK at Joffe MediCenter in Minneapolis! Just a week ago I wrote about my history with glasses and contacts, and how my free consultation eye exam went to see if I was a good candidate for LASIK (see post here). Today I’ll share a few pictures and a short video clip from the surgery,…
  • my worries & fears about getting LASIK

    Missy
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Note: This post is one in a series where I’m documenting my journey to go through LASIK eye surgery as a brand ambassador of Joffe MediCenter. This means I am receiving free services in exchange for sharing my honest opinions and experiences throughout the process.  A selfie to commemorate my last few days wearing glasses. I think I’m going to miss them! While I’ve wanted to get LASIK for quite some time, I’m having some surprising feelings now that I’m so close to getting it done in just a few days. Since my goal is to be as honest and forthcoming as possible…
 
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    A Daily Dose of Toni

  • Cheesy Mushroom Spinach Potato Casserole + Paypal Giveaway #sp

    Toni Patton
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    Thanks to Betty Crocker™ Potatoes for sponsoring today’s discussion Christmas time is upon us, which means so holiday traditions are being made.  We have some great holiday traditions that we do every year.  Each year we, as a family, bake cookies, set out snacks for Santa and the reindeer, open a present Christmas Eve, watch Read More »» The post Cheesy Mushroom Spinach Potato Casserole + Paypal Giveaway #sp 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....
  • TalkToSanta.com: Let Your Kids Enjoy A Live Chat With Santa

    Toni Patton
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    This past Sunday, my kids got such a treat.  They got this invite in our email: They had the chance to enjoy a live video chat with none other than the jolly man himself…Santa Claus.  Thanks to TalkToSanta.com, kids all over can enjoy a video chat with Santa before he heads out this Christmas Eve. Read More »» The post TalkToSanta.com: Let Your Kids Enjoy A Live Chat With Santa 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....
  • Celebrate Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’s 50th Anniversary + Giveaway #Rudolph50

    Toni Patton
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:58 am
    I was sent a sampling of books to facilitate my post. I did receive monetary compensation. Giveaway prizing provided by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. Opinions are all my own. To this day, I look forward to Christmas time. It’s one of my favorite times of the year, because I get to celebrate so many things. Read More »» The post Celebrate Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’s 50th Anniversary + Giveaway #Rudolph50 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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    {So Wonderful, So Marvelous}

  • If You’re White, You’re Probably Part of the Problem.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:17 pm
    My name is Michelle and I’m about the whitest white girl you’ll ever meet.  I don’t consider myself a racist.  In fact, quite the opposite, racism makes me angry.  The N-word is one I wouldn’t even consider using.  I do have friends of many races, dated a black man, and voted to put President Obama into the highest office in the nation.  Twice.    I am still part of the problem, the catalyst, causing rioting in Ferguson, Missouri and protests everywhere from New York to Los Angeles.  And you probably are too. Before you full-on, start…
  • Joules | winter Wish List.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Disclosure: This is sponsored content on behalf of Joules.  All thoughts, opinions, and words are my own. The weather here in the Midwest has turned chilly, blustery even.  The leaves are falling, crunching underfoot, and making everything smell like Autumn.   I know, I know… you summer fans are groaning at the thought.  Summer is great, but I am unapologetically, a fall and winter sort of girl.  I love sweater weather, boots, football, hot cocoa and reading a book next to the fireplace.   Even the thought of the first snow makes me deliriously happy.
  • Who Wants to Go to HalloWeekends?

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    October is my absolute favorite time of the year to visit Cedar Point.  If you live in Ohio and haven’t been to HalloWeekends, you should definitely try to get there.  Not only is the entire park decked out in its Halloween finest, but the cooler temperatures make it the perfect time for coaster riding.  There are family friendly, mild spooky tricks and treats for your little ones during the day and up near the front of the park at night.  If you’re a brave soul, there are scream inducing, frights for you too… and that is just the coasters!  Ride all of your…
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    From the Mommy Files...

  • Uggh! My Kid is Sick…Again!

    mariak1
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
      Been away for a while dealing with my elderly parents. I’ll update you on their situation another time. So much has happened.   Let’s shift back to those small beings living in our home…our kids.   Bebs is home sick today.   Again.   On Monday, I heard about this stomach bug that lasted a day, causing vomiting. I thought, “Phew. Dodged that one!”   Spoke to soon.   We were up all  Tuesday night. Just when you think you’re done changing the bed linens for the night… You know what I’m talking about! Bebs stayed home from school on Wednesday.
  • Are You Going to Lose Your Mommy? – Part III

    mariak1
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    She was incontinent – hadn’t been in weeks. The next morning, she had trouble breathing. I told her if she continued to have issues, we should see the doctor. She said she’d see how she felt as the day went on. Later that day, she said she was fine. Well, she wasn’t. She was up all night, and kept Dad up for the next few nights. She couldn’t breathe, wasn’t feeling well at all, but never said a word. I asked Mom repeatedly if she felt OK, and she kept saying she was fine. On her fifth day home, the phone rang. “Hello. This is ADT Home Health Alert. We’ve received an alert, and…
  • Are You Going to Lose Your Mommy? – Part II

    mariak1
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    When we met last, I began to explain my mom’s first trip to the hospital this year. Mom had a nasty UTI and was administered some heavy duty antibiotics via IV. The infectious disease doctor explained that Mom had something called Emphysematous Cystitis. This is a very severe infection of the bladder. Mom’s bladder was swelled, filled with air bubbles and in bad shape. It was the worst case of it he’d ever seen. And wasn’t responding to the antibiotics. So he increased the dose, and now prescribed two weeks of this therapy. A PICC line was inserted in her arm, where the drug could be…
 
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    RuralMom.com

  • 35 Amazing Christmas Cookie #Recipe Exchange Favorites

    Barb Webb
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of the first things you think about when it comes to the holidays is the food - particularly the cookies.  I've collected some favorites from our Rural Mom Kitchen and from some of my favorite blogs to share with all of you.  Try out a few of  these new recipes.  They may just turn into a holiday tradition!From the Rural Mom Kitchen:PBJ Sugar Cookie SandwichesGiant Pumpkin Pie Cookie with Pumpkin Spiced Cream Cheese FrostingPeanut Butter Chocolate Mint CookiesTri-Color Christmas Joy CookiesWhole Wheat Low Sugar GingerbreadFrom Our Blogger Friends:1. Beautiful and…
  • Top Holiday Gift Ideas from Best Buy #HintingSeason

    Barb Webb
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:30 pm
    You know Dasher and Dancer and Comet and Cupid... but how about XBox and Garmin and JBL and TomTom? Don't you recall? They are the most excellent gift selections of all!If your family is anything like my family, they have visions of technology dancing in their heads.  How amazing it will be if they find any of these wonderful brands under our Christmas tree!And of course, if you've been following Rural Mom for any length of time, you already know we head straight to Best Buy for our holiday technology gifts.  We never need to check our shopping list twice there as we'll find…
  • Choose the Right Kitchen Cabinets For Your Home

    Barb Webb
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A kitchen remodel with beautiful new cabinets can cost thousands of dollars, but your cabinets have a huge impact on the functionality and appearance of your kitchen. Here's a few design tips to help you find cabinets that meet your design requirements, storage needs and budget.When selecting kitchen cabinets, look closely at the basic cabinet boxes which make up the spine of your cabinets. They need to hold all the weight of things you store in the kitchen like small appliances, heavy pots and pans, dishes and food items. Cabinets and doors should be anchored with a strong strap hinge that…
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    Keeping the Glass Half Full

  • For Your 10th Birthday, 10 Ways That You Amaze Me

    samanthamcgarry
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Dear son, today you turn 10. And while every birthday is worth celebrating, this one is particularly poignant. For ten whole years, I’ve held you, fed you, hugged you, entertained you, laughed with you, cleaned you and cleaned up after you, answered your questions, dried your tears, high fived your achievements. I’ve spent hours fretting, researching, discussing, wondering about how you’re progressing socially, cognitively, biologically, emotionally, academically. I’m often telling you to quieten down, slow down, clean up, hurry up. I may nag, I may yell, I may sigh…
  • Because Fall

    samanthamcgarry
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    Because colors and sparkling sunlight Because carpets of crackling leaves Because the russet smell of the first fires Because pumpkin spices and shades of port Because fall makes me breathlessly happy to be alive Click to view slideshow.
  • How I Measure the Passing of Time

    samanthamcgarry
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    The sheer volume of Cheerios that can be consumed in one sitting They still hold my hand How quickly his buzz cut goes from sharp to disheveled Her diminishing fear of auto-flushing toilets They want their privacy Volume of homework Discussions waver at any given moment between poop, Pokemon and deep questions about religion, life and death and right and wrong. Also tooting. Kids portions at restaurants are now too small (for him) She still wants to snuggle with me at bedtime Their beautifully expanding minds and vocabulary – including awareness of curse words The escalating…
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  • Mum Made Us Write

    Dominique
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:07 pm
    You're readingMum Made Us Write by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Mom Made Us Write This Book Cover Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer (Max and Maggie Journal) by Ali Maier was a really enjoyable read for the boys and me. It has been a while since we last read a Diary Entry type of storybook. The  last one which we read being  the Diary of a Whimpy Kid: Hard Luck. This book was more interesting as it portrays  two different characters, Maggie and Max and their style of writing. The…
  • Happy 8th Birthday Doggie Boy

    Dominique
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:42 pm
    You're readingHappy 8th Birthday Doggie Boy by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Oreo Chocolate Cheesecake Last weekend my little boy turned 8 yrs old. Time has really  flew pass. Now at 8 yrs old he is able to do quite a lot for himself independently. Monkey boy and Doggie boy This year his attempted to bake his own birthday cake with my help. Doggie boy loves eating  Oreo cheesecakes and we decided that we would bake a  Oreo Chocolate cheesecake together. Doggie boy having fun at the…
  • Enjoy Reunion Dinner at Gu Ma Jia

    Dominique
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:23 am
    You're readingEnjoy Reunion Dinner at Gu Ma Jia by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook GU Ma Jia Chinese Restaurant Last week the kids and I were invited for a super early Chinese New Year reunion dinner food tasting.  We haven’t yet decided on how we will be celebrating  Chinese New Year come 2015 but it was was great to know that  having our CNY dinner there is a plausible option. The kids with fellow blogger Amie of Mamamie Thots and her kids. It took me quite a while to find the…
 
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    SANses | A Singaporean Mummy In Sydney

  • The unChinese Boy

    Sandra Tan
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Warning: This may give some of you uncontrollable giggles or endless finger-wagging. Consider this an inside joke, and really REALLY funny if you speak Chinese! These English/Chinese animal flash cards were found in my in-laws house, and is a few years old. Jay used to love animals, and those pictures used to entertain him for a while. Two years in Australia with zero training in hanyu pinyin has made him quite the unChinese. The hubby and I were tickled – so much so I videotaped this down, and Jay was also very amused! We also sent this to some close friends and family, and got two…
  • dish’d – A Review & Giveaway

    Sandra Tan
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    This is a product talk brought to you by Nuffnang and dish’d As a blogger, I get approached a lot by various companies, to review products, attend launches (though as a mom of three, product launches are hardly on the top of my oooh-got-to-do list), write advertorials and more. This review was one which got me excited. Have you heard of dish’d? Well, in a short sentence, they sell yummy, delicious frozen meals. So that is yummy, delicious, frozen meals that I can whip together in minutes? I was cynical – but hey, it would at least mean I could have a lot more time outside the…
  • Sydney for Kids: Wattamolla Beach

    Sandra Tan
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:35 pm
    I first got to know about the Wattamolla beach from a Facebook group, as some mummies were asking about a good beach that is under an hour’s drive from Sydney – and this popped up a few times, highly recommended by a few of the mummies! And so obviously I had to show the hubby. Cos he is the cab driver. *cough* The mummies were raving about the gorgeous beach, the mini lagoon which was kid-friendly, the lush surroundings. And they weren’t exaggerating. The frantic Mummy in me means that I get very uptight when the boys are near the water. Especially when the tide is rising…
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  • Joy At Last

    14 Dec 2014 | 8:09 pm
    I remember being about 11 or 12 and sitting in church hearing my pastor, Lucinda Holmes, talk about Mary being just a young teenager when she was told she'd be pregnant. Then we read the scripture about Mary singing song of Joy (or something like that) and sang "There's a Song In The Air." Many of the grown-us were smiling. I wasn't smiling ... not at all.I was mortified.I mean, what if God came to me and told me that I was going to be pregnant. First thing I'd do was calmly explain to God that I was afraid of needles, and I was pretty sure I'd have to get a shot if I were pregnant. And then…
  • Peace. Yes.

    7 Dec 2014 | 7:37 pm
    The second Sunday in Advent is Peace. And let me just say, "AMEN!"Y'all? This week.Whew!On Monday, I launched my fourth and final TMI Mom book, Girlfriend Rules. (Don't worry--it's not my final book; just the final in that series) The online party was a blast! (Did you miss it? So sorry.)The rest of the week was a blur. Seriously. We had basketball practices, meetings, parties. A blur.Then we hit the weekend.Friday, I took dinner to a dear friend who had just had a baby, Hadley had a party at our house with a bunch of super sweet but super loud teens, and Briley had a hitting clinic in Tulsa…
  • Holiday Playlist Link Up!!

    4 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Check me out over on Oklahoma Women Bloggers. I'm telling you all about my Holiday Playlist. I think you won't be surprised at all how crazy weird it is. Click HERE to read all about it. Also, create your own playlist and link it up at OkWB!
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  • Happy Chanukkah — LIGHT IT UP With Latkes, Love & Laughter – xoxo GIRLilla Warfare

    Lisa
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Hey Girlfriends –  Spin the dreidel … Light the Menorah …  and Live it up on latkes for Eight Crazy Nights … May your hearts be full and your homes be blessed and shine brightly with those faces around the table who mean everything to you.   With Much Love, Joy & Laughter, xoxo GIRLilla Warfare 
  • The ‘Barbie’ Trap: Don’t Let Outer Beauty = Inner Happiness

    Lisa
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Vanessa Schenck A couple days ago my good friend emailed me about an ad campaign for a new doll hitting stores for the holidays. And, surprise!!  The doll is … drum roll, please … a skinny, blonde-haired girl! And that’s what my friend wrote in her email, “Really? Another way to say to our girls that beautiful equals being skinny and blonde?” Now, I hear my friend. After all, I once played with my skinny, blonde-haired doll. My choice? Barbie. The two of us were BFF’s. This is the part where I tell you I’m Italian. Well, half Italian.  As in: hips, dark eyes,…
  • What Number Is Sex On YOUR To-Do List? — A Wife’s Perspective

    Lisa
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:03 pm
     By E.J. Gordon My husband had rearranged his workday so he could go to our favorite yoga teacher on a Wednesday morning. I promised I would meet him if the appliance delivery people gave me the afternoon window instead of the morning one. As luck would have it, they were coming at one, so I ran off to meet Jay for a mid-morning yoga date. After shavasana, he raised an eyebrow at me and said, “So … you headed home to shower?” I knew what that meant. It meant, “No one’s home, we’re not tired, let’s squeeze in some Afternoon Delight.” The first thought I had in my head was…
 
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  • How to sell your parenting skills in the work place

    Yummy Mummy? Really?
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Parenting versus ManagingThere isn't a day goes by that I don't use skills at work that I learnt through being a parent. Whether I am being encouraging; or expressing my disappointment at someone who should know better; managing conflict and assisting with calm authority, denying gossip; managing good and bad performance; managing relationships (and ensuring the team don't kill eachother); teaching office manners, where it's OK to smoke - but "I really wouldn't because xyz", that "Please", "Thank you" and "You're welcome" are not…
  • Do you have to get dressed to go out with a pushchair?

    Yummy Mummy? Really?
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    It's 2am. Baby has been crying, on and off, all night. You know that a walk in the buggy has a good chance of sending baby off to sleep. Baby is screaming now; completely over tired. You've changed the nappy. Your baby refuses any more milk. He's been winded for hours. The walk in the buggy is your last option.But you are in your pjamas and slippers. The perplexing quesion of the day is: Do you get dressed?Would you bother to swap slippers for trainers? Would you whip off the PJs and throw on some jeans and a T-Shirt? Would you throw on just a dressing gown, or a coat?And, in a…
  • How to survive the school holidays

    Yummy Mummy? Really?
    2 Aug 2014 | 4:06 am
    To many parents, the prospect of 7 weeks of school holidays causes mixed and conflicting emotions. For working parents, on one hand there is an opportunity to spend more time with the children than the two day weekends usually allow, assuming, that is, you can book some leave. On the other hand, most working parents get less than 30 days annual leave a year, so the school holidays present a logistical childcare challenge. You are torn between wanting to be delighted that the children are not at school, but actually feeling fairly gutted that the children are not at school.This is also because…
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    MommiFried

  • Guest Post: BC (aka “Before Children”)

    Crystal
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
    I thought I knew what it would be like to have a child. I had earned college credits in early childhood education, worked in preschools, and been a nanny. Hell, I had a Doctorate degree in Psychology. Having kids couldn’t be harder than that? Sure, I had heard about sleep deprivation, but that gets better after three months, right? Fast forward many (many as I am now “advance maternal age”) years. Here are some of the things that no one told me, or (more likely) the evolutionary strategy of not-hearing-reality-in-order-to-propogate-survival-of-the-species prevented me from hearing:…
  • Why You Should Allow Your Kids to Take Up Hunting

    Crystal
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:29 am
    Hunting can quickly become a controversial conversation if you aren’t sure how everyone in the group feels about it. And, if you’re on the fence about taking your kids hunting with you, it can be hard to get a second opinion. If you just can’t seem to decide, here are a few reasons why hunting can be a good experience for your child: Time for Bonding If you are a hunter, then hunting probably is a tradition that was passed down from generation to generation in your family. It may even be that you have a genetic connection with the hunters of 5,000 years ago. You may want to…
  • A Yuletide Intervention

    Crystal
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
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    FeedBlitz News

  • Hurry up and Wait: Delayed Gratification for Autoresponders

    Phil Hollows
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    FeedBlitz has offered comprehensive, multi-step autoresponders for years now. They’re great for saying thanks, delivering incentives, or offering multi-step courses. Couple an autoresponder sequence to other lists using FeedBlitz’s triggers, start a signup with a parser, and you’ve got a very capable automated email marketing solution. A typical autoresponder sequence starts immediately. You sign up for a list, and your incentive is delivered right away. You make your purchase, et voila! A thank you missive is en route, toute suite. It’s what people expect to happen.
  • So long, Zombie Google Reader

    Phil Hollows
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:29 am
    We all know how to stop a zombie, right? Get it in the head. Fine in the movies or “The Walking Dead,” but it’s not so simple for zombie products or technologies. Case in point: Google Reader. The product was “killed” by Google in the middle of 2013, and it was no longer available to end users. So it was dead and buried, right? Wrong. It was a zombie. The back end of Google Reader kept on plugging away, checking feeds, dutifully reporting how many subscribers it was polling on behalf of. Like the Energizer bunny, It kept on going and going and going … until…
  • For the Fallen – We Will Remember Them

    Phil Hollows
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. From “For the Fallen” by Robert Laurence Binyon For the benefit of my mostly US audience, in the UK and many other countries we buy paper poppies around the 11th to commemorate those who served and those who fell during the World Wars. The poppies specifically memorialize the killing fields in France and Belgium during WWI where the “lions led by donkeys” on both sides killed each other in…
 
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    A WAHM's Life

  • Re-New White Effect by Perwoll Liquid Detergent

    Lexi Fernando
    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

    Lexi Fernando
    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…
  • Tips for Getting Your First Tattoo

    Lexi Fernando
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Image source: Jaime Tud TattoosGetting your first tattoo is a big deal. Some even say that it is a rite of passage. While there are many reasons why you may want to get a tattoo, you have to remember that it’s pretty much a lifetime commitment. There are methods of removing unwanted tattoos, but they are expensive and not always as thorough as you had hoped. So, if you don’t want to find yourself regretting your decision the morning after, take a look at a few of these tips before you head to one of the tattoo shops in Lafayette, LA.Choose The BestDon’t just walk into the first tattoo…
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  • Is it still christmas out?

    Daphne
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    Decembers are the best because it’s like one long extended christmas party. Everything is so nice and christmassy for an entire month!!?? We’ve got pretty lights in the house every night, and hey, I have to make the most of the one month in the year where it’s appropriate to play 15 different versions of Winter Wonderland in one night. Speaking of, the kids have this dancing santa that sings an annoyingly cheery Jingle Bells in a deep man’s voice that just goes on and on throughout the entire year. I try to hide it somewhere dark and quiet but it always pops right…
  • Tuesdays are good for thinking

    Daphne
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:24 pm
    On some Tuesdays, I think a lot of thoughts. This is one of those Tuesdays. On balancing it all. I remember doing an essay in school once about my strengths and flaws. My younger, more pretentious self wrote something like “I’m very driven, which is both my greatest strength and weakness.” So obnoxious. Over the years, life has taught me to dial back on the obnoxiousness but I realise that I still like to push myself just to see how much I can manage, like it’s some imaginary contest where nobody wins. Except me. I feel like I’m winning when I can do a lot. So…
  • Chompasaurus chomp chomp

    Daphne
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Look who’s getting good at tummy time!! Can I just say that those cheeks are really killing me. This speaks of my lack of impulse control or whatever but I need to eat. this. face. every time I see it, which is basically all day. It could also be due to the fact that he puts up the least protest. He’s not a big fan of all this chomping but he’s all like “this is my life and I’m learning to deal with it.” It’s a tough call but it is with great pleasure that I present this baby with the chompiest cheeks award. The weather has been really nice for…
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    The Mom Views

  • HP Ink Advantage 3545 eAll-in-one printer -Review + Giveaway

    Swapna
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
    HP Ink Advantage printers changed my life about an year ago when I won an HP Ink Advantage printer at a bloggers’ meet. You see till then I had been grovelling along with a Laserjet printer of another brand which was super slow and the ink ran out if I dared to take more than 3 pages of color printouts. I had stayed away from deskjet printers thinking that the quality is not as good as laserjet printers but my HP Ink Advantage printer blew this theory away into water! Not only is the quality amazing but it actually uses much less ink and therefore the name ink advantage. That’s…
  • Free Printable Letter To Santa

    Swapna
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Are you in the Christmas spirit yet? With only 12 more days to go for Christmas, I am just loving all the yuletide celebrations and the festive cheer around me. However, I am way back on my Christmas shopping and the most important part of that shopping is Sam’s Christmas gifts!!! Sam totally believes in Santa Claus and probably the reason could be that for the first three years of her life her dad actually dressed like Santa and would hand deliver her presents! However, from the last two years since she is too old to fall for dad dressed as Santa, we leave cookies, oranges and milk…
  • 10 Cute and Easy Christmas Recipes for Kids

    Fabida
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:38 pm
    Its Christmas time and you’re probably done with soaking your fruit and nuts for that rich dry fruit Xmas cake! There is something to be said for classic Christmas sweets recipes – they never fail to infuse a warm feeling in your heart and remind you of the golden days of childhood. However, if you’re feeling an itch to do something different this winter or have a kiddie Christmas party coming up, we’ve got something for you. Here’s a list of super-cute, too-good-to-eat Christmas recipes of sweets and treats that are sure to win the hearts of your little ones! 10 Cute and Easy…
 
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    Etiquette Blog Modern Manners And Tips

  • Etiquette Trivia: What is the most annoying breach of etiquette by airline passengers in 2014?

    Elena Neitlich
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:21 pm
    According to a 2014 survey by travel service Expedia, here are the top 5 most annoying behaviors by airline passengers, in reverse order: #5: Being a “Chatty Cathy” to the stranger in the next seat. #4: The boozer. #3: The audio-insensitive passenger. #2: The inattentive parent. #1: The seat kicker (which caused a couple of [...]
  • Etiquette Training Business Bootcamp Webinar Replay

    Elena Neitlich
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    The webinar replay from the introduction to the etiquette business bootcamp is now ready for you to watch if you were unable to watch the webinar live, or maybe you would like to watch it again. This Webinar replay will show you exactly what is inside the etiquette training bootcamp 8 week webinar series. This [...]
  • Etiquette Business Bootcamp, Why Etiquette Is A Great Business

    Elena Neitlich
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    Etiquette Trainer Business Bootcamp Will Begin In January Get ready for our eight week webinar series for members of our Etiquette Moms programs who have joined us in 2014. This bootcamp is designed for existing new members and anyone else who is interested in teaching etiquette as a full time or part time business. If [...]
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  • Brilrider Balance Bike: Raghav Learns to balance at 2!

    blogadmin
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:44 pm
    By Jayaram Rajaram When we first launched the Brilrider, I knew it was a fantastic product that would Make Living Fun for kids and parents. Having said this, little did I realize the kind of overwhelming and inexplicably awesome emotion that I would feel when my baby learnt to balance the Brilrider.  On 5th January 2013, Raghav rode down the entire stretch of my driveway on his red Brilrider balance bike with his feet up! My mother saw it first and called all of us out to see. Vidya (My wife), my dad and I rushed out with video camera et al. The showman that Raghav is, he did it so…
  • Do children need vitamin supplements?

    Bril
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:52 am
    During my residency days I was under the impression that the head of my department was a tyrant (I now believe that residents are supposed to feel that way) but as the years go by there are so many instances when I remember him with gratitude. My carelessness at certain tasks would not escape his observant gaze….from misspelling I’s and e’s in prescriptions to answers I gave from hearsay without actually reading my textbook. One busy day in the OPD he told me that I had prescribed multivitamins to twelve children and asked me for the reason.” Nothing major sir,” I said spiritlessly…
  • Is Handwriting A Dying Art?

    blogadmin
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:40 am
    Recently I was clearing up a long forgotten cupboard when I found an old fountain pen.  The pen took my straight back to my early school years – the mess of a leaky pen, the morning ritual of painstakingly filling ink, and the pride I felt that I was a ‘big’ girl now – I had graduated from pencil to pen!  And then I realised that I didn’t know when my son (now in grade 10) had marked this rite of childhood, so I walked into his room to ask him if he remembered when he began writing with a pen. His blank look told me what I should have realised – that today’s  school children…
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    Wired Momma

  • On Raising Girls & Raising Boys

    Monica Sakala
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    This morning I noticed the lead on the network news was the 5 NFL football players who entered the field with their arms up, as a show of support for what is happening in Ferguson. What struck me was this:Here Photo Courtesy Associated Press were very influential men using their platform to continue a conversation, to make a statement, to influence others. Step away from your own personal opinion on what they did and Ferguson for a moment to just consider the impact of NFL players using their platform in a very organic way to make a statement, to influence others. It was very authentic. Teams…
  • Disney on Ice Frozen: A Review

    Monica Sakala
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Last night we made our once annual trek across the river, through the woods and into Virginia to see Disney on Ice. Avid WM fans might recall I vowed to never do this again last year, and oh, probably the year before. But see, this time it was different. #StockholmSyndrome This time it was different for one reason: FROZEN. The geniuses at Disney on Ice knew they could hook even the most cynical, the most battle-torn from commuting to the Patriot Center on a weekday evening during rush hour, with that one special word: FROZEN. They had me at FROZEN. I didn’t even put up a fight. Until…
  • Imagination Stage’s The Night Fairy: A Review

    Monica Sakala
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Saturday evening we were lucky enough to enjoy Imagination Stage’s new production The Night Fairy, which kicks off the theatre’s 2014-2014 season.  Unfortunately we haven’t yet read the book The Night Fairy written by Baltimore-based author Laura Amy Schlitz but my eldest since added it to the top of her list. Flory, the Night Fairy, played by Tia Shearer. Photo credit: Imagination Stage My youngest has been a hardcore fairy lover for several years now. She tends to get most of her fairy inspiration from Tinkerbelle but she’ll take any fairy she can get –…
 
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    Nourishing Joy

  • Homemade Real Food Gifts to Bless Your Friends & Neighbors

    Kresha Faber
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:26 am
    What’s your favorite way to show someone you appreciate them or you care about them? For me, it’s pretty much always food. No matter how “creative” I get, whenever I dream up a gift for someone, it’s pretty much always related to food in some way. Food is my heart language, you could say. So when there are so many people in my family’s life to whom I want to give a simple, precious gift to say, “YOU are loved!” or “I appreciate you” or “Thank you for what you do for our community” during this festive season, the gifts to…
  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #101

    Kresha Faber
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:05 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…
  • DIY Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix + Homemade Mini-Marshmallows

    Kresha Faber
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:26 am
      You may have tried making homemade hot chocolate mix before, but I assure you, you haven’t tried this one. This is not because the recipe is hugely unique – it’s not. It has two ingredients I haven’t seen together in other recipes (which are the secrets to its success), but overall, it’s fairly similar to other recipes out there. However, what IS unique is that when I was working on my book, The DIY Pantry, it was important to me that whatever recipe I included for hot chocolate mix had to be: creamy and shelf-stable without relying on processed milk…
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  • Gifts for Men – Oral-B to the Rescue!

    Katie
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    After nearly ten years of being married to my husband Jon, I still struggle in the gift department.  To be honest, I think buying gifts for men is difficult in general.  When it comes to gift-giving for my husband during the holidays, I tend to gravitate towards clothes – or towards his passion – anything to do with a bicycle. The challenge is that my husband is very particular about brands and styles.  He’s not a flashy guy.  But he wants the best in quality.  He’d never buy (or want to be given) something because of it’s brand name or label.  He wants it…
  • The Holiday Toilet

    Katie
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:33 am
    {I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Charmin. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #TweetfromtheSeat #IC} I never pictured myself living with four boys.  FOUR.  BOYS.  Between my husband and three boys there’s a lot of dude-ness up in there.  People either tell me I’m so lucky to be the “queen” of my household or they look very, very concerned. And depending on the day, either group could be right.  Sometimes, my kids collect rocks for me and make me rainbow loom bracelets.
  • The Best Tools for Online Learning

    Katie
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:50 pm
    {“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Rosetta Stone. I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating. #RSKids #MC} 3 of the Best Tools for Online Learning – and don’t miss the free demo download for the first level of the Rosetta Stone Kids Reading program. I’m  a big believer in letting each kid learn at their own pace.  Especially, the little ones. I’ve never liked engaging in the “my-kid-is-smarter-than-your-kid” mom-battle.  They all learn to crawl, walk, talk and go to the potty.  And,…
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    Comeback Momma

  • New Special K Snack Bars Provide All Day Options for Healthy Snacks

    Jenn
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:55 am
    If you are a busy mom like me, it can be hard to find the time for a healthy snack. I’m always running around between schools, errands, carpools, sports and dance classes. In the midst of this chaos, I often have to eat on the go. I was excited to try the new Special K Snack Bars to see if they would fit the bill for my healthy snacking needs. The new flavors are really delicious. I love them all, but I think Berry Bliss and Salted Caramel Chocolate are my two favorites. I love that these bars provide healthy snack options for the entire day. The two berry flavors are great for…
  • Tips for a Successful Family Road Trip

    Jenn
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    Vacation travel and visiting family often involves a lengthy drive. We often need to travel at least 3 hours to our closest relative. Here are some family road trip survival tips: Safety First The most important thing before a road trip is to make sure your car is in good condition. This includes having the car checked at your local mechanic or gas station. Ensure that the oil and filter are changed; the tires are well inflated; and the windshield wipers are replaced (if needed). We were stuck in a rain storm a few years back and only THEN did we realize that our wipers should have been…
  • No Sugar Mini Banana Date Scones

    Jenn
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:45 pm
    No Sugar Mini Banana Date Scones In my quest to reduce sugar from my diet, I am trying new recipes. I started this recipe as a no sugar muffin. Using whole wheat flour made for a denser consistency so I’m calling these mini-scones instead. They are terrific with a morning cup of coffee or tea. The sweetness of the banana and dates really make sugar an unnecessary additive. Just adding a bit of cinnamon made for a very tasty treat to satisfy my sweet tooth. Print No Sugar Banana Date Scone Recipe Author: Jenn of ComebackMomma.com Prep time:  10 mins Cook time:  20 mins…
 
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  • Kids And Food: Don’t Play The Food Game!

    Amy
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Welcome fellow parents. Let’s talk about kids and food and how to keep food from becoming a game you play with your child at every meal. Birth To Age Two You will never witness change like you do during your child’s first year of life. Unfortunately, many new parents are so anxious and insecure they […]
  • Top Travel Toys To Keep Toddlers Busy During A Long Trip

    Jessica
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Recently, our family embarked on a 14 hour road trip journey across the country to visit my husband’s sister’s family to meet their new baby. Traveling together are my twin boys who are two years old and our almost one year old baby daughter. Preparations for the trip had been giving me a bit of […]
  • Making More Breast Milk, The Natural Way

    Rachel
    30 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    I remember being pregnant with our oldest child, our daughter. It never occurred to me that I wouldn’t breastfeed. It seemed like the natural thing to do. I was breastfed, my mother was breastfed, my mother’s mother was breastfed and on down the line as far as I know. Lots of well-meaning women who already […]
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    Great Moments In Parenting

  • How To Have A Nice, Quiet Dinner With Two Small Children

    Cory Oakes
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:18 pm
    5:00 pm: Locate the one, specific plate they will each condescend to eat off of. They will usually be dirty. Clean them. 5:05 pm: Fill their plates with food. Be sure to include: a. One food they will almost definitely eat (this will be something that only technically qualifies as food, like Chef Boyardee or hot dogs). b. One food they might, possibly, in a fit of wild adventureness, decide to try one bite of before spitting out (this will be something unassuming looking, like rice, or maybe carrots). c. One food they will never in a million years touch but which you feel you must put on…
  • Cowie Comes Home for Christmas

    Dorothy
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    My daughter was three when she fell hard for a little black-and-white stuffed cow. Sadie and Cowie went everywhere together. To school and the park. To restaurants and birthday parties. At Disneyland, Sadie bombed down the Matterhorn clutching Cowie. At night, she slept with Cowie tucked under her chin. We don’t know any Scottish people. But through Sadie, Cowie channeled a delightful brogue and a sassy personality. I got used to hearing her chuckle first thing in the morning and soon found myself talking to her like she was a member of the family. “What do you want for breakfast,…
  • Thank You Stepmothers

    Pete Fanning
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    To all stepmothers. Well, most, because some of you really may be wicked, but for the rest of you, those just beginning your role, those who have been doing it for years and those who put in the time and continue to be an endearing part our lives: Thank you. Thanks for not running for the hills when I glared at you like you were a monster. I was just confused, scared and shell shocked. Here was some strange woman coming into my life at a time when I didn’t know who to trust in my own house. And man, I didn’t make your job easy, that’s for sure. But you hung in there. And now look at us,…
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    Shivani Cotter

  • This Is Not What I Really Want To Say

    Shivani Cotter
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:35 pm
    This Is Not What I Really Want To Say But I have to… even though the pain I felt today was overwhelming. … because as awful as things might get, if I don’t repeat mantras like this… I will stop breathing. I will not think of solutions. I will let my worry control me. I will let my stress break me. I won’t breathe. It will not be ok, and I will want to quit. So I will repeat this mantra today and every day things make me feel out of control.  I will teach my children to do the same when they feel the same way.  I will live up to this mantra because it’s…
  • A Perfect Gift For A Mobile Lifestyle

    Shivani Cotter
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    A Perfect Gift For A Mobile Lifestyle #spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between our site and Intel This could include Intel providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment. As a creative entrepreneur, I need want my laptop, tablet, camera, cell phone, and planner with me all the time. Whether I plan on using them all or not, leaving home without one leaves me feeling a bit lost. At the same time, leaving home with them all tires me out. Carrying that many devices is a nightmare. When Intel asked me to become an advocate, I was excited, but didn’t…
 
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    We Are MOMO

  • ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS…

    Amy Elizabeth
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
    If Santa was a magic genie and could grant you your three biggest desires, what would they be? It is almost as if I write two Christmas lists every year.  The practical list of items that I do need (or want) is never that hard to come up with or long.  However as I hum […] The post ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS… appeared first on We Are MOMO.
  • WHERE MY STORY STARTS…

    Amy Elizabeth
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    The Story about how this whole thing got started…. First lets start with my fairy tale – not the story book I have written. Once upon a time, in the heart of the mid-west lived a woman named Amy Elizabeth.  After making her way through the dark forest of divorce she found herself on the […] The post WHERE MY STORY STARTS… appeared first on We Are MOMO.
  • THANKS FOR BEING A STEP MOM

    Amy Elizabeth
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:51 am
    “It is not happy people who are thankful; it is thankful people who are happy.” ~Anonymous I love thanksgiving.  Sure the turkey, cranberries, and pecan pies are good, but it is the meaning behind the holiday that means so much to me.  Giving thanks, tossing around the gratitude like confetti, that is what warms my […] The post THANKS FOR BEING A STEP MOM appeared first on We Are MOMO.
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    Oubly.com

  • The 10 Greatest Christmas Desserts Ever Baked

    Julie Davis
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    Christmas isn’t just for giving and receiving; it’s for eating, too. We love these 10 recipes for Christmas desserts. Not only are they pleasing to the eye, they’ll make your palate start singing Joy to the World. 1. Snowy Pine Cones It’s hard to believe these snowy pine cones are edible. They look like a Christmas decoration you could put on your mantle. Wow your guests with these easy-to-make, aesthetically- pleasing pine cones, and no one will ever want to leave. (Is that a good thing?) 3 cups Chex Chocolate cereal or a comparable cereal 6  thick pretzel sticks 1/2 cup peanut…
  • 10 Ways to Make Incredible Christmas Wreaths

    Julie Davis
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    ‘Tis the season for DIY. Christmas wreaths are expensive, so why not make one yourself? There are so many great tutorials online, and most of the wreaths are budget-friendly without sacrificing style. Here are some of our favorites. 1. Scalloped Felt Wreath Seriously, when is felt cooler than at Christmas time? (You don’t see many felt spring wreaths, do you?) This wreath is bursting with holiday color, with no special skills required. Even the scallop template is drawn by hand. You. Can. Do. It. View Tutorial  2. Burlap Poinsettia Wreath For a more rustic look, go for a burlap…
  • How to Make Sweet DIY Holiday Ornaments in 3 Easy Steps

    Katie Williamsen
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    November sure went by quickly! December has started, which means the holiday season is full swing. I’m a huge fan of decorating and crafting each holiday season. After viewing Oubly’s holiday ornament card, it inspired me to make my own colorful ornaments that are extremely versatile. These ornaments are easy to make and can match any color scheme with the right paint. You can pick up all of the supplies at a local craft store and get to work. If you have children, they too will love creating their own special ornaments for the Christmas tree or holiday packages. Supplies Acrylic paint in…
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    Our Growing Roots

  • My Biggest Fear

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:04 am
    Losing my children.  Everyone was going to be in Michigan. My mom is one of five kids and all of her siblings were going to be across the state visiting my Grandma. Not only that, but all of my cousins (with the exception of one) were too! Family reunion. So, we packed up and headed over to the Lake Michigan area.  My youngest had been born just a few weeks earlier and she was having a horrible time. When she was awake she was crying... constantly. Each newborn is different and so I found myself trying desperately to navigate her fussiness and soothe her while also attempting to get…
  • {These Moments}

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:22 am
     Today, a Friday ritual from Soulemama. Some photos - no words - capturing moments  from the week. Simple, special, extraordinary moments. Moments I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
  • At Libby's House

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    Girl's night. For ten years we've met. We've talked. We've convened on Wednesday nights to eat snacks, talk about our lives, and reconnect with each other. Girl's night started at my house, but it's been at a plethora of different locations. For the last several years girl's night has primarily lived at Libby's house. Libby is one of those people. You know the kind? The kind that touches you to the bottom of your heart. She speaks grace, and laughs easily. She's sweet, caring, and creative. She's the kind of person you look for in a friend. As I was thinking of my favorite places it…
 
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    Norfolk Mums

  • Christmas Crafts

    NM
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:19 am
    Christmas is the perfect opportunity to spend time making things with the kids. We have put together 5 great Christmas Crafts your children will love (you might even enjoy it a bit too!). Salt Dough Decorations If you are looking for something fun, creative but easy for younger children – salt dough decorations are perfect. The dough is really cheap and easy to make. Once you have made your shapes your children can paint and decorate these any way they like! Visit www.taste.com.au for an easy to follow recipe. Stained Glass Cookies These stained glass cookies look incredibly pretty and…
  • Fostering – The First Visit

    NM
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:56 am
    I’d tidied the house, put our daughter in a pretty dress, brushed her hair (well attempted to) and dug the teapot out from the dusty depth of the cupboard for their arrival. I was nervous and eager to give them a good impression of our family. One hour later…… Shock, excitement and slight violation. These are the three things I felt as I said goodbye to our new social workers after our first visit. I guess I’d expected a friendly chat over a cup of tea. What we received was most definitely friendly but a friendly barrage of questions about every perceivable personal…
  • Peter Rabbit Book Series

    NM
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:38 am
    Beatrix Potter is well known for her timeless character Peter Rabbit. Loved by children of all generations, Peter Rabbit comes to life in brand new series based on the well-loved children’s books. We have taken a look at three of the books from the new series, Happy Christmas, The Peter Rabbit Club and the Secret Treehouse Sticker Book. Here’s what we thought… Happy Christmas It’s a very cold and snowy Christmas Eve and Peter Rabbit has work to do. Peter and his friends embark on an exciting, yet dangerous journey delivering presents to everyone in the woods. After…
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    Living on Love and Cents

  • Christmas on a Budget: DIY Peppermint Lollipops and Candy Suckers

    Heather Brummett
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    After making our peppermint serving tray, we decided to have more fun with our candy. We created Peppermint Suckers and Candy Lollipops using the same peppermints and added in some cinnamon candy from Dollar General. This is so easy and FUN! How to make Peppermint Lollipops and Candy Suckers Supplies: red and green peppermints (Mine […] The post Christmas on a Budget: DIY Peppermint Lollipops and Candy Suckers appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • Christmas on a Budget: DIY Peppermint Serving Tray

    Heather Brummett
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:43 am
    Have you seen the adorable DIY Peppermint serving tray, coasters, plates, etc. floating around on Pinterest? I discovered it at the end of last year’s holidays and knew I wanted to try it this year. This project is so much fun and is a great craft for kids too! Grab your little ones and head […] The post Christmas on a Budget: DIY Peppermint Serving Tray appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • Santa, Surfing, & Spongebob at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island

    Heather Brummett
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:37 pm
    This awesome announcement is brought to you through my connection with US Family Guide Houston. You guys, I am so excited to share this with you! Santa is inviting kids to a very different kind of holiday party – Holiday Splash at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island. During the park’s Holiday Splash, which takes place weekends and […] The post Santa, Surfing, & Spongebob at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
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    Change-Diapers.com

  • Save 20% on Your New Year’s Eve Dress Rental from Rent the Runway!

    Maria Moser
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    Post contains affiliate links, I expect to be compensated for this post as an affiliate. Get A Great New Year’s Eve Look With Rent The Runway Going out on New Year’s Eve? Get a great look for less with Rent The Runway. If you shop between 12/10-12/21, choose a rental start date between 12/26-12/31 and […]       
  • Last Chance! Save 20% at Blurb & Get Your Creations by Christmas

    Maria Moser
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:56 am
    I expect to be compensated for this post as a Blurb affiliate, post contains affiliate links. Yes it’s getting pretty last minute for Christmas gifts, but you can still get your Blurb books in time when you order by December 19 and choose Express shipping. Save 20% when you purchase two or more books (up […]       
  • 5 Quick Tips for Bloggers

    Maria Moser
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Here are 5 quick blogging tips that have made managing my blog a little bit easier! 1. Consider Pinterest when choosing image titles and alt image tags – Go to one of your posts and pin an image. What shows up as the default caption? While some people may add their commentary, many pin and […]       
 
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    Kinsa Health Bytes

  • Kinsa’s Holiday Gift To You!

    Kinsa Health Bytes
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    We’ve been busy! From Savannah’s demo of Kinsa’s Smart Thermometer on the Today show, to our launch in Apples stores and Apple.com and our website’s brand new look, we’ve had a blast sharing Kinsa with families across the US. With the holiday season in full swing, we wanted to spread some of our own cheer while also saving you some money along the way. We’re celebrating our very first holiday with all of you by offering exclusive savings for one week only!* Visit us online and get up to 50% off Kinsa Smart Thermometers. Give the gift of health and knock out…
  • Fever in Children: What Parents Need to Know

    Kinsa Health Bytes
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    It has not been a good start to cold and flu season this year thanks to recent health headlines.  Parents everywhere are concerned about what the latest virus outbreaks across the US and around the world, means for their children. The timing of enterovirus, flu, and Ebola might make you question your child’s fevers or runny noses much more than in the past. Being cautious with a fever is smart, but you don’t need to panic. A higher temperature is a sign that the body is working hard to fight an illness that you’ve come in contact with. Think of it as the body’s way of…
  • 8 Wearables for Kids To Keep Them Healthy and Safe

    Kinsa Health Bytes
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    Wearables are all the rage these days with sleek, stylish wristbands that can capture your every move. They’re great tools to keep you on top of your health and fitness goals. But what about your little ones? Believe it or not, wearables for kids have made their way into the market. Whether you’re tracking their sleep patterns, physical activity, or just want to know where they are, these wearables will help you keep them healthy and safe.  If you’re already thinking of gifts for the holidays (no judgement here!), take a look at these high-tech gadgets for the youngest…
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    gotta dabble

  • A craft you can squeeze in before breakfast...

    Tracy Evans
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:07 pm
    I added a few more holiday decorations to the house this week, including a craft so easy a kindergartner could do it...Simply, Mod Podge a printed holiday saying to a painted white wood board and you're done.
  • The Dreaded Delivery Man...

    Tracy Evans
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    Roxy's one of the friendliest dogs you'll ever meet. But if you have drive a big brown truck it's best to stay off our street. The second Roxy hears the UPS truck turning into our neighborhood she goes ballistic. And when she sees it driving down our block she throws her 85-pound body at the living room window hoping sooner or later it will break giving her easy access to her arch enemy.  For some reason she can't stand the guy. Not sure if she's just protecting our neighbors from the strange man who runs up to their house with large objects in his hands or if she just hates his outfit.
  • Holiday Obsession...

    Tracy Evans
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:35 pm
    It's official. I've turned into one of those moms who pulls out Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving dinner is even over. By the time anyone helped themselves to a second plate of turkey last week I had already planned out the holiday look in my head then dressed up the house the very next day. Good thing I'm not into blowup Santas or our front yard would be nothing but plastic...
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    AppleGreen Cottage

  • A super easy last-minute DIY Christmas gift...

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    ...and FREE printable Christmas tags - for you.Have you ever been invited to visit a friend or acquaintance you don't see on an every day basis - right before Christmas? Off course. We all do. Meaning you'll need to whip up a Christmassy-like gift in the last moment...But this year, it won't be stressful - I can give you a super simple idea to use.No gift-wrapping. No last-minute run to a nearly closed shop. Here's the idea for a PERSONALIZED Christmas gift , I find it BRILLIANT - just because it's so simple:You'll need 4 items:Read more »
  • Christmas cards for kids to make

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Easy Christmas cards to make by kids... Just an idea how to combine the collage technique and coloring.You'll need:Read more »
  • Soft minky toys - on Christmas tree

    14 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Last time, I showed you how to make these soft felt ornaments for you Christmas tree that will be toddler-friendly and easy to make. This time, it's another idea on what you can use on your Christmas tree:it's soft fabric balls. I sew these as toys for toddlers in the first place, but if you add a slightly longer ribbon to one side of the toy, you'll get a soft cuddly Christmas tree ornament.You can make one, tow, three or even a collection of these soft children toys out of minky, which is incredibly smooth and soft to the touch - just perfect for the cold winter days, aren't…
 
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    Naturally Frugalicious

  • Love These Fun, Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

    Lilah
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    Author informationLilahEditor and Writer at Naturally FrugaliciousLilah Ayelet is a photographer extraordinaire, life coach, and blogger who has a sometimes snarky and irreverent approach to life. Her personal blog, Naturally Frugalicious, offers perspectives on healthy eating and frugal living through real food recipes, household tips and tricks and life hacks. When she isn’t blogging or elbow deep in her photography, Lilah can be found drinking a glass of wine and getting lost in Pinterest. She can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. | Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | Pinterest…
  • Wine with Me Giveaway & Blogger Opportunity

    Lilah
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    At the end of a long day, I really enjoy a glass of wine. As a gift, I enjoy receiving a nice bottle of wine or something wine related; great wine glasses, a decanter or fabulous gourmet cheeses for pairings. So with wine on my mind, I got to thinking about my lovely readers and how many of you might enjoy a wine centered giveaway. How does that sound? A Wine with Me Giveaway. Sounds about perfect to me. Wine with Me Giveaway Calling All Bloggers If you blog about wine or enjoy wine, this fabulous blogger opp – with a unique, never seen before prize pack – just may be perfect for…
  • Japanese Pleats Gift Wrapping

    Lilah
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    Author informationLilahEditor and Writer at Naturally FrugaliciousLilah Ayelet is a photographer extraordinaire, life coach, and blogger who has a sometimes snarky and irreverent approach to life. Her personal blog, Naturally Frugalicious, offers perspectives on healthy eating and frugal living through real food recipes, household tips and tricks and life hacks. When she isn’t blogging or elbow deep in her photography, Lilah can be found drinking a glass of wine and getting lost in Pinterest. She can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. | Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | Pinterest…
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  • Potty Training Board Game – Let’s Potty!

    Susan Nipa
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Let’s Potty! Teaching Potty Training and Good Hygiene Through Play…and bringing the party to the potty! You are not alone…every parent or caregiver knows how difficult potty training can be! After all, “potty training” is one of the top searched parenting terms on the web. Let’s Potty is a Potty Training themed Board Game that is innovative in its design. As game creators, our goal was to take on the, often stressful and difficult, task of potty training and make it into a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy. After years of research and development, we reached…
  • PeapodMats- Great Solution For BedWetting

    Susan Nipa
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:11 am
    PeapodMats are the perfect solution for bed wetting. One thing you would have noticed about having a baby in the house is that you may end up doing lot more laundry than you’d expect…and it’s the thing that doesn’t end! Frustrated with bed wetting? Tired of changing and making the bed every day?The tried and tested PeapodMats are so fantastic! They have a top layer of cotton terry towel that’s so breathable and soft, and their middle layer is made of cushioning fibers that can easily absorb large amounts of liquid. These mats have few stitched grind lines that prevent them from…
  • Bed Wetting Tips That Can Help

    Susan Nipa
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:34 pm
    As you keep training your child not to wet the bed, consider a few bed wetting tips that can help ensure drier mornings and make the process easier.Bed Wetting Tips & Solutions Be patientThis is the advice most often given to parents about children’s bed wetting. Although it is difficult advice to follow, it is also sound advice to a point. Since bed wetting often corrects itself in part or in full with time, a combination of some treatments and some patience is often necessary for success.When trying new bed wetting treatments, it is often a good idea to give the treatments time…
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    Ruth Alade Inspired

  • 5 Ways To Stretch Your 24 Hours And Get More Done

    Ruth
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Don’t you wish that there were more than 24 hours in a day? Sometimes, it seems that there are just not enough hours to get everything that you planned to do in a day. And I’m sure that many times, you have wondered where all the time went, when you look at the time and it’s already […] The post 5 Ways To Stretch Your 24 Hours And Get More Done appeared first on Ruth Alade Inspired.
  • How To Keep Going For Your Dreams Without Giving In Or Giving Up!

    Ruth
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    In a few days, I will be jetting off to Miami (yahhhhh!!!!) all the way from the United Kingdom to surround myself with like minded women entrepreneurs who are going after their desires in life and making their dreams come true! These women have a zero excuses policy in their lives and have totally ditched […] The post How To Keep Going For Your Dreams Without Giving In Or Giving Up! appeared first on Ruth Alade Inspired.
  • Lessons From My Nine Year Old

    Ruth
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    My nine year old recently started learning how to play a trumpet and boy oh boy, are we in for a LOT of ‘noise’! Prior to that, he’d been learning to play the keyboard since he was six and I remember those early days… Tears… resistance….tantrums…. because he thought he couldn’t do it! I knew […] The post Lessons From My Nine Year Old appeared first on Ruth Alade Inspired.
 
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    Mommy Bloggers Philippines

  • Pampering Tip For Moms : Have A Hair-Free Body Today At Clara International

    Lanie
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:03 pm
    With all the stress we are undergoing this Holiday season, the last thing we want to fuzz about is our facial and body hair. And we just can’t avoid them. Our facial and body hair (usually on the upper lip underarms and bikini line), grow thicker and longer (sometimes curly) and they just don’t look nice. And Christmas is a few days away! 50% off from this Original Price List Clara International, a premium skincare center within Quezon City, is giving a holiday for the moms who want to spend the rest of the week feeling beautiful and comfy with their hair-free face and body. Clara…
  • Product Review Spot : Botox Serum, Underarm Whitening, Foot Confidence Socks

    Lanie
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:14 pm
    We’ve recently launched a product review project with our friends from Nature Essentials and we would like to share what the mom says after a few weeks of testing. After all, a botox serum, an underarm whitener, and foot spa socks aren’t the usual beauty products being reviewed and posted online. Most beauty products are being sold with glossy advertisements and celebrity endorsements. This time, actual experiences and feedback came from the moms who tested the products. To give you a background, Nature Essentials is a direct selling company which offers skin care products claimed…
  • 7 Quick-Cook Pasta Recipes You Can Prepare This Christmas

    Lanie
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Most of us prepare the traditional pasta-and-red-meat-sauce-on-top spaghetti during Christmas. Because that’s how our mothers use to do it and that’s how the kids usually want their spaghetti done. This December 25, why not try some pasta recipes which are not only tasty but easy and affordable at the same time? To help you with that, we’ve compiled 7 quick-cook pasta recipes from our blogger moms you can try to serve this coming Christmas Dinner. Just click the links to get the recipes. 1. Tuna Carbonara Pasta 2. Jolly Fettucine Ala Carbonara 3. Easy Tuna Pasta 4. 3-Cheese…
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