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  • Upcoming 4Moms Products

    Blue Badger
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    4Moms will be releasing an updated version of the Mamaroo in early 2015. The company has redesigned the base and user interface, and there will be new fabrics. But the really exciting part of the updated Mamaroo is the smartphone app. You will be able to do anything that you could do from the user interface right from your phone. No more disturbing the baby or having to stop what you are doing.And 4Moms' hits from last year's ABC Expo will be released to. So look for their automated car seat and the Origami Go.
  • Intel Showcase of The Future Preview

    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families
    Beth B.
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    *See Disclosures at the bottom of this post. **GIVEAWAY WAS CLOSED 9/17   This summer I went to an Intel Future Showcase Press event in San Francisco to learn about  Intel’s current and new technology. I am always on the lookout to learn about the future and envision what exciting technology will help make my (and my family’s) life more efficient and productive.   Photo credit: Intel press release   GIVEAWAY CLOSED! To celebrate, I am giving away an Intel-powered Dell Venue 8 Pro to a lucky commenter on this post who shares what future technology they are looking forward…
  • Those Injections

    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom
    Jessica Gottlieb
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:57 pm
    This afternoon Mr. G was uncharacteristically available. He piled on the doctor’s appointments and mostly ran from one to the other. So at 3pm when I had Alexander in the car we caught Mr. G on the phone and had a chat about things to pick up from the pharmacy. He’s got a little back pain (cue the flood of chiropractors and MLM mommies) and was headed to a physician who was going to give him a cortisone injection. We chatted a bit and then hung up the phone. At that point Alexander and I had the following conversation. ALEXANDER: Is Dad sick? ME: No, he’s just dealing with…
  • Around the Interwebs

    Miscellaneous Mum - Trying to find the objective correlative, everyday
    Karen Andrews
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Who needs to hear another ‘oh woe, I’m sick’ tale, I know, but as I’m still wandering around the brain fog that I’m calling “whatever the hell I’ve got” I’ve done a lot of internet consuming lately (without a whole lot of creating). Here’s some of what I’ve been reading/watching that I think is worthy of a share. Flavorwire has a list of the 50 of the Greatest Characters in Literature. I liked it because for all the worthy usual suspects that such lists throw out (Jane Eye, Holden Caulfield, Humbert Humbert, Holly Golightly…
  • Do You Care?

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    Aruni
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Do you care? It seems like a simple question, and the answer obviously differs based on what you are talking about.  For instance, do you care about your customers? Do you care about your kids? Do you care about the random person walking down the street? Do you care about lizards? There are many case studies of companies who have done well because they truly care about their customers and their employees.  There are writers that write about the critical importance of caring about customers and their readers.  They go so far as to say they “love” their customers. So why is it…
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    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families

  • Intel Showcase of The Future Preview

    Beth B.
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    *See Disclosures at the bottom of this post. **GIVEAWAY WAS CLOSED 9/17   This summer I went to an Intel Future Showcase Press event in San Francisco to learn about  Intel’s current and new technology. I am always on the lookout to learn about the future and envision what exciting technology will help make my (and my family’s) life more efficient and productive.   Photo credit: Intel press release   GIVEAWAY CLOSED! To celebrate, I am giving away an Intel-powered Dell Venue 8 Pro to a lucky commenter on this post who shares what future technology they are looking forward…
  • Tips For Moms on Using Facebook Groups

    Beth B.
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    How people communicate has changed significantly thanks to social media networks, especially Facebook which covers family, friends, business networks and more. I have written before about Tips for Parents: Facebook Privacy Settings for Teens but this time I wanted to cover Facebook Groups. It is important that parents understand online security and privacy settings in social networks, then help educate their kids and set up regular communication to help guide them when needed. In addition, moms can use Facebook Groups in several ways to assist in their own communication. I even showed my teen…
  • Top 5 Ways To Help Your Teen Remember To Smile

    Beth B.
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Disclosure: I am a member of the Invisalign Teen Mom Advisory Board   The teenage years can be challenging enough with pressures from school, peers and awakening self identity heading to adulthood. Throughout it all, we try to help our teen (and our kids) remember to laugh and smile with techniques we have developed. Please share yours!   1. Ask the Question: Favorite Part of the Day?: At night we try to ask our teen what his favorite part of the day was.  While at first he rolled his eyes, now he actually looks forward to it. We especially like to ask him “what made him laugh”…
 
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • Those Injections

    Jessica Gottlieb
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:57 pm
    This afternoon Mr. G was uncharacteristically available. He piled on the doctor’s appointments and mostly ran from one to the other. So at 3pm when I had Alexander in the car we caught Mr. G on the phone and had a chat about things to pick up from the pharmacy. He’s got a little back pain (cue the flood of chiropractors and MLM mommies) and was headed to a physician who was going to give him a cortisone injection. We chatted a bit and then hung up the phone. At that point Alexander and I had the following conversation. ALEXANDER: Is Dad sick? ME: No, he’s just dealing with…
  • Yesterday I Had a Haircut and It Saved Me $1,500

    Jessica Gottlieb
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    About a month ago I was on CNN with my as-promised curly hair. When I hit the makeup chair they just added a little definition to my curls with this tub of goo from Oribe. I ended up loving it and a quick google search told me that I could buy it at Barneys. So I did. I dutifully went to Barneys but everyone knows you can’t go to Barneys without first having lunch at Neiman’s because their popovers are the base of a perfect day. Somewhere between the basement at Neimans and the front door on Wilshire I snag a book about France for my daughter and a lipstick for me. Since…
  • Dog Blood

    Jessica Gottlieb
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    Earlier this summer Junior had a blood transfusion. He was bitten by a larger dog and blood was sort of spurting everywhere. We had this horrible moment where we handed him over to the vet tech who asked us some questions: If he needs blood do we have your permission to give it? We both nodded. If he crashes do you want us to resuscitate? Mr. G nodded. I shrugged. I could have gone either way with it. I don’t personally want to be resuscitated in every instance. Junior didn’t crash and wasn’t resuscitated but he did have a fairly involved surgery and was put back together…
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    Miscellaneous Mum - Trying to find the objective correlative, everyday

  • Around the Interwebs

    Karen Andrews
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Who needs to hear another ‘oh woe, I’m sick’ tale, I know, but as I’m still wandering around the brain fog that I’m calling “whatever the hell I’ve got” I’ve done a lot of internet consuming lately (without a whole lot of creating). Here’s some of what I’ve been reading/watching that I think is worthy of a share. Flavorwire has a list of the 50 of the Greatest Characters in Literature. I liked it because for all the worthy usual suspects that such lists throw out (Jane Eye, Holden Caulfield, Humbert Humbert, Holly Golightly…
  • What I’m Reading September 2014

    Karen Andrews
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    The first book I read was Farther Away by Jonathan Franzen. Franzen tends to be a rather polemic writer and as I was reading I felt a kind of… tension within myself, from piece to piece, that was interesting (if a little off-putting). I adored the title essay, an exploration of his grief following the death of his friend David Foster Wallace – in fact, I like every time he mentions Wallace. By unpicking their relationship, and he’s unafraid of examing his own failings of personality, I got the sense of two things a) he is a very loyal friend b) he is a hard one, too. His…
  • Road Tripping

    Karen Andrews
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:57 pm
    We’ve been away. When a very sick family member calls asking for you to come, you go. So we did. And now we’re home, all down with a bit of a lurgy, but back all the same. I made a video about the road trip, made in a Ford Territory Titanium which we’ve got for the next six weeks thanks to Kidspot Voices of 2014. All footage is from my iPhone. Although I took my DSLR, naturally I forgot my battery charger. All the juice the camera had in it was to turn on… and then go black. So that was a pain. Rural escaping – here it is! There’s some lovely colours in the…
 
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  • Do You Care?

    Aruni
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Do you care? It seems like a simple question, and the answer obviously differs based on what you are talking about.  For instance, do you care about your customers? Do you care about your kids? Do you care about the random person walking down the street? Do you care about lizards? There are many case studies of companies who have done well because they truly care about their customers and their employees.  There are writers that write about the critical importance of caring about customers and their readers.  They go so far as to say they “love” their customers. So why is it…
  • How do You do Your Homework?!

    Aruni
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    The cutting edge education technology company (Querium), where I run client services and operations, has submitted a a Future 15 session idea for our CEO, Kent Fuka.  Here’s an overview: Ask any math instructor and they’ll tell you that while it’s nice to see a student’s answers to homework and test questions, what they really want to see is how the student got that answer. In this session we will demonstrate expert system technology that provides step-by-step tutoring assistance in a virtual, one-to-one experience. The system has students “show their work” by supporting…
  • A Trip of a Lifetime – Sri Lanka

    Aruni
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Yes, the elephants did strike back!  The trip was amazing and despite me thinking I might have time to type up some blog posts on the plane, sleep, kids, and other distractions (free movies) got in the way. I think we took close to 900 photos in the many cities and tourist sites that we went to on the island.  The kid’s impressed me with their ability to tolerate the long travel and long days with different eating schedules.  I guess that means it was the perfect age for them to go! Last Friday I hosted a slideshow for the folks where I work (Querium).  Lots of people showed up in…
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    Lotus Carroll

  • just. really. listen.

    Lotus Carroll
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I have so much to say; half the time I’m afraid to say anything and the other half I’m afraid not to say everything. When you meet me in the middle by listening to every word I need to spill and I can see in your eyes that you hear me and you understand, that relentless, insufferable monster inside me grows calm.         This work by Lotus Carroll is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. To license commercially, please email.
  • September Drink and Click™ Photowalks

    Lotus Carroll
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    All of these photowalks are free and everyone is invited, so please join us!• Austin, TX with Juan Gonzalezhttp://goo.gl/iN17WD• Photokina! Cologne, Germany with Dirk Müllerhttp://goo.gl/5iu085• Philadelphia, PA with Rachael Switalski & Jeremy Albrighthttp://goo.gl/7PQMzU• Berlin, Germany with F.A. Fiebighttp://goo.gl/XklOD3• Honolulu, HI with Meagan Corlin Broganhttp://goo.gl/8LWHzT• Las Vegas, NV with Barb Davidshttp://goo.gl/VVSa1O• Vancouver, Canada with Maryanne Wirkkanenhttp://goo.gl/VG1IKS• Stuttgart, Germany with Dirk Müllerhttp://goo.gl/rdFLCNMore…
  • quantum heart murmurs

    Lotus Carroll
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    a few yesterdays ago in the hours between the deepest of night and the rising warmth of the sun, when i was feeling how heavy the weight of forgetting is, i wrote you a letter. it holds all of the secrets i wanted you to know about my heart, and the way that you left things like the scattering of leaves after a storm that never showed up on anyone’s radar. it tells the story of how many nights i held your shape in the dark with my soul, waiting, and the way that i could make my breath actually say your name even when i held it. i wrote about the way that the moon reminds me of the…
 
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    Adventures in Babywearing

  • So does the sun.

    12 Sep 2014 | 4:18 am
    "The rain brings life." She says. "So does the sun." He replies. - Saving Mr. BanksYesterday I was filled with anger. It was the most horrible feeling inside my entire body. It felt a lot like grief.I was standing at the little window in the pediatrician's office. A real doctor's office where I have to use every single drop of my faith to even enter the building. Yet I'm trying to be a good mom and get my child better. And this is part of the current deal.I'll back up a little. For a few months we've been going through a diagnosis process. We've been seen by a specialist in Portland. Now…
  • Well, now here we are.

    8 Sep 2014 | 9:09 am
    I've officially delivered all of my little birds off to their first day of kindergarten.By the fourth child, I must admit, it feels pretty much like a regular day. Ivy totally had the countdown going, though, and was no doubt my most-ready and most-excited child for her first day of school. But then we got there and she found her hook, got in line, and was off to class and sitting on the carpet with all the other kids before I could even take a pic.She already knows quite a few of the kids in her class from dance or just being a kid around this small town. She met her teacher last week and so…
  • Back to school blues

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:15 pm
    The backpacks are packed. Up until a few minutes ago they were empty and staring me down with open mouths. Waiting to be filled. Four kids. So much. Tired.I thought I'd be more ready than this. But I could truthfully use another good month of summer laziness. No alarms. No lunch-packing and drop-offing and pick-upping and to and fro. Can't believe it's time again.We took a little getaway this weekend and it was hard to come back to reality, even if our reality includes the ocean.Gray announced that he doesn't want to play soccer this fall and I was all THANK GOODNESS because Ivy wants to play…
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    The Bloggess

  • I am the suspicious activity on my account.

    thebloggess
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    For the last couple of years our credit/debit card has been cancelled over and over because of “suspicious activity.”  I never know that my card been cancelled until my card is turned down by an uncomfortable cashier, and that’s always nice because it’s such a great self-esteem booster when your card gets declined at the drugstore when you’re buying toilet paper and milk. The really crappy thing is that 90% of the time the suspicious activity on my account is me.  You’re protecting me from me.  Yes, strangely-judgmental-bank, I’m the one…
  • “CAT WATERBEDS FOR EVERYONE!” (would probably be my catchphrase.)

    thebloggess
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    This week I was contacted about possibly being next year’s Ziploc spokesperson for upcoming new products.  They were very sweet and asked what my fees would be if I was selected and so I quickly responded in the most professional way possible by clarifying that if the “new products” they’re offering include home-made waterbeds for cat then I expect royalties, because I invented those years ago. The rest of my response: I’m almost certain this would be a bad idea so I’m in, but only if Ziploc meets these conditions: 1) My fee of $100,000, or $200,000…
  • “Simmer down now” ~ Back-up Buddy Bobcat

    thebloggess
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Conversation at the thrift store: me: Dude.  I think I might need that stuffed bobcat. Victor:  Just keep walking. me:  Look at his paw.  It’s like he’s saying, “YOU GUYS?  TAKE IT DOWN A NOTCH, OK?  JUST SIMMER DOWN.” Victor:  Hm. me:  We could carry him around in the trunk and you could pull him out to use as your supportive buddy to help you convince me not to do something stupid. Victor:  I’m fairly certain that buying that bobcat would send the wrong message. Ignore the photobomber on the right. Clerk:  I can give you a huge discount on…
 
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    So Close

  • Warming the cockles of my penny-pinching heart

    Tertia
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    Click over to my Reviews blog to read about my shiny new toy - the very sexy new Spindel. http://www.tertia.org/reviews/2014/09/the-new-spindel-even-sexier-than-before.html
  • Happiness and Lwando

    Tertia
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    *Updated: At the request of a few people, I have created a fund raising page here:  http://www.gofundme.com/ekkoro.  Thanks to those who suggested it** I have been feeling particularly sorry for myself lately.  Life is a little challenging for one of my children, which finishes me.  It is really hard to see your child struggle with certain issues.  Not for yourself, but for your child. As a parent, your heart aches for your child. For their today, and for their tomorrow.  No parent wants their child to struggle any more than they have to, life is hard enough as it is without having to…
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    mod*mom

  • electromagnetic waves of healing at Techmanity

    modmom
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Techmanity technology-humanity conference electric dance concert :: radioactionsound waves are electromagnetic radiation waves that can heal us. my cancer survivor dance class uses music as part of our mind-body-spirit connection in community therapy to support our immune systems, circulation, coordination, strength + mental/spiritual health. we dance rhythmic neuro-integrative-action pose sequences. many like me weep with joy to feel safety replacing fear in our bodies when we start moving to music after paralyzing diagnosis, surgery + treatment.i was so happy to hear that many…
  • supernatural halloween party :: California Academy of Sciences

    modmom
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:42 am
    supernatural halloween party :: California Academy of Sciences :: october 24  5pm "Come in costume + trick-or-treat your way through the Academy, among spooktacular animals, jugglers, aerial acrobats, face painters, magic shows, live animal demos, giant pumpkin carving, + “Haunted Tour of the Night Sky” planetarium show, under a "living roof."boxfish + cowfish             calacademy.org/halloween
  • bloggers design party products for Target

    modmom
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:12 pm
    bloggers were invited to partner with target in party products design :: target's top pinning bloggers on pinterest are Jan Halvarson of Poppytalk, Joy Cho of OhJoy, + Kate Arends of WitandDelight :: OhJoy + Poppytalk cake stands + checkers are my favoritesmy invitation was "lost in the mail"; here are my target garden party picks: now you can also impulse buy on target instagram imagesabullseyeview.com//like2buy-target-instagram-shop-instantly/
 
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    Pregnancy Stories By Age

  • Granma had baby at 46

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

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:01 pm
    I know someone who got pregnant at 52 years old, and she had a healthy baby.She is trying for another one now, and she is 54 years old.Good luck and best wishes to you!Stock Photo credit: Mud Puddle Girl,by Anita Peppers, on MorguefileSome rights reservedTODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:Managing The Stress Of Infertility:How To Balance Your Emotions, Get The Support You Need, And Deal With Painful Social Situations When You're Trying To Become Pregnantby Carol Fulwiler Jones MA-- Are You In Treatment For Infertility?Do you get upset when you attend baby showers or go to malls full of baby strollers…
  • Friend had baby boy at 48

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    7 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    My mum's friend had a lovely boyat the age of 48 years old.Her son is now a lovely grown up man.I just had my second boy at 41 years old, and my friend, Elibean, had her second daughter at 46 years old.Good luck!Stock Photo credit: A Cold Winter Day,by U.S. Army (familymwr), on FlickrSome rights reservedTODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:Unsung Lullabies:Understanding and Coping with Infertilityby Martha Diamond, David Diamond and Janet Jaffe-- For people experiencing infertility, wanting a baby is a craving unlike any other. The intensity of their longing is matched only by the complexity of the…
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    Stories of Pregnancy and Birth over 40 years old

  • A triumph of spirit over an antiquated womb

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    PLEASE don't call me an older mother. Call me an old mother, if you don't mind.I fell pregnant with my first child on the cusp of 50, a good half-hour after midnight in biological terms, and after 10 years of trying to conceive.Of course, the verb is ironic: a woman doesn't fall pregnant in her late 40's, she achieves pregnancy.As with any achievement, there are hardships and sacrifices along the way, but while a man undertaking a do-or-die challenge is praised for heroism and determination to succeed against the odds, old mothers are merely accused of selfishness.This Pregnancy Over 40 story…
  • Ursula Andress, mom at 44

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    May 5, 1980 - Love affairs and husbands can end, but a child is forever.It is the most important thing that ever happened to me," exults Ursula Andress, the Swiss-born actress and seven-time Playboy plaything.At the ripe age of 44, she is expecting her first baby in mid-May.  "Let's say I had an incredible life up until today, and now I think it's time for a change."The father is Pasadena-born actor Harry Hamlin, 28, who starred in Movie, Movie and the NBC miniseries Studs Lonigan.This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on People.comRead more: Urged by Her 28-Year-Old Lover, Harry Hamlin,…
  • Mandy Parry, 46, 7 cycles of IVF, 5 attempts at donor egg insemination

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    'We followed seven cycles of IVF and five attempts at donor egg insemination'Mandy Parry, 46, is a teacher and lives in Bristol with husband Mark, 47, a community safety officer, and their five-month-old daughter Violet. Mandy says:Having been through seven years of grueling, heartbreaking fertility treatment, I’d urge any women thinking about delaying motherhood not to, for their own sakes.I’d have loved children in my early 30s but I didn’t meet the right man, Mark, until I was 39.When we started trying for a family six months later I kept losing my pregnancies and discovered that my…
 
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    My Frugal Baby Tips

  • Diapering: Diaper Rash

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    I would like to share one of my ideas for preventing diaper rash and chaffing.I use Aloe Vera either the fresh plant or the extract bought at the pharmacy or health food store. It saves money and is a great barrier cream. It also works great on teething rash around the mouth, as it is not harmful to swallow.I'm sure it works great on the cuts and scrapes for everyone else in the house gets.Thanks to Jennifer for this Frugal Baby Tip!Stock Photo credit: Sean Okihiro (okimann), on FreeImagesSome rights reservedShopping Suggestions:• Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel tube - US | Canada | UK•…
  • Frugal Baby Clothing: Easy Baby Rompers

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    Make your baby a really cute-looking romper from an older child's T-shirt or tank top.Just make sure the hem of the shirt hangs a few inches lower than the baby's diaper crotch.Stitch 2"-3" of Velcro® loop (or 2"-3" of snap tape "head") on the inside of the hem, centre-front, and 2"-3" of Velcro® hook or 2"-3" of snap tape "holes" on the outside of the hem, center-back.If you find the neck opening a bit too big, just overlap the fabric at the back of the neck, and add a dot of Velcro® or one snap to hold it closed.The extra bonus is that there is room in this romper to fit over a cloth…
  • On the Go: Free Baby Carrier

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Turn your old jeans into a sturdy denim baby carrier! You'll need TWO pair of adult jeans, with no worn spots on the backside. Remove the back of the jeans from the fronts, leaving the thick side seams attached to the discarded fronts.Cut off waist-band, belt loops and leg hems. Make a T-shaped cut up the centre from each crotch, as follows: On one jean-back - "T" is through the centre of the back pockets.On the other jean-back - "T" is midway between the crotch and bottom of back pockets. Fold the legs in on themselves to form 4" wide straps. Double-stitch along the length of both sides of…
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    Mommies With Style

  • Big Frye Sale at Shoes.com

    Whitney
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    My favorite pair of Frye boots that I wear all the time are 50% off on Shoes.com!  They are these, the Women’s Frye Jane Strappy and they are normally $400 but are on sale for $199.95!  I may have to order them in Suede…. very tempted.  Would it be crazy to own two pairs of these? Other Frye boots are on sale too up to 50% off!
  • Fall Looks #FashionFriday

    Whitney
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:11 am
    Moving on with fall, I’m loving all my options this season.  Last weekend, we took a quick jaunt up to our local outlets and I went to town with a bunch of outlet prices.  I scored pretty big at the Banana Republic Outlet, Under Armour and Ann Taylor.  I’ve been doing mostly cropped jeans with loafers but I’m really wanting this fall to be my year of the bootie so one of these days I’ll buy investing in a cute pair.  I have a lot of boots but we’re still a few weeks away from me wearing them often. Anyway.  I love playing on RewardStyle.com and making…
  • Congrats Jen & Family!

    Whitney
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Just saw this posted on Facebook and was excited had to share! Our maternity writer is no longer a maternity writer because she had her baby girl today! Congratulations to Jen & Family!
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    Kids Activities Blog

  • Our Top 10 Baby Teething Products

    Liz
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Baby teething is so painful.  It’s rough on them and on mom and dad who are trying desperately to help their little ones feel better and who are getting little to no sleep.  As a mom, teething is something I most definitely dreaded. There were a few products that helped us the most and offered the best relief for my babies.  Here are our favorite baby teething products.  If you have other solutions we would love to hear from you over at our Facebook page. Our Top 10 Baby Teething Products Camilia Teething Relief - These teething drops help relieve pain and are homeopathic…
  • 5 Little Ghosts No-Sew Finger Puppets

    Carla Wiking
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Get into the Halloween spirit with these adorable no-sew finger puppets.  Your little ones will love creating and playing with these sweet and spooky little ghosts.  This simple craft is perfect for fingerplay, I’ve even included a few fun rhymes!  With both preschoolers (who will love playing with these) and younger children (who might prefer watching an adult) in mind, these puppets fit little fingers as well as grown-ups.  You need just a few simple supplies and little help from your resident artist to create these phantasmic finger puppets! To Make No-Sew Ghost Finger Puppets…
  • When Should Kids Start Talking?

    Katie
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
     Since my son’s first birthday, I’ve wondered when kids should start talking. My daughter was a chatter box the minute she was born.  She cooed and made noises from the very beginning (and, at four-years-old, she still hasn’t stopped!).  But, when my son turned one this year, I really started to notice his lack of sounds and words.  Even though I was a preschooler teacher for years and I really knew what to look out for, I was starting to think that I was missing something.  So, we turned to our Facebook community to find out about other people’s experiences.
 
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    Fluid Pudding

  • “I could cover it in Bougainvillea,” she whispered during the throes of sleep-deprived madness.

    fluidpudding
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Because the past few nights have been spent not sleeping well, I’m starting to think about a television and whether or not I need one of them in the room where I sleep. As anyone who knows me can tell you, I’m really great at falling asleep during television shows and movies. Something to consider. Three months ago I would never peg myself as someone who would Google, “Talk to me about pergolas.” or “What’s that thing on top of a pergola called? Canopy? Awning?” or “Where can I get a pergola cover for ten bucks?” (There is no such pergola…
  • All talk of circadian rhythm.

    fluidpudding
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    I know I said I would write every day this month. I KNOW I did. However, now that I’m 44 1/3, I’m finding that other things tend to pop up and I lose track of time and all of a sudden I’m sitting on the couch and knitting or reading or I’m working on freelance, and absolutely nothing notable has happened. (Notable things have happened, but not to me. Also, they’re singing songs of love, but not for me.) I *did* find my old Rubik’s cube a few days back and last night I (ate a bunch of pizza and) solved it with the help of an online manual. That felt like…
  • Judas was a Shih Tzu.

    fluidpudding
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:32 pm
    When I was in junior high, we had a church camp that involved spending the weekend at church members’ houses. My age group went to Pat and Dave’s house, and the weekend was filled with activities like reading the Bible, staying up late to see if we could make anyone pee in the bed (by dipping their hand in warm water as they slept), and washing each other’s feet. I was mostly good with all of this, except for the feet thing. If you know me at all, you know that I’m not really a foot person. I don’t want to see your feet, and I don’t want you to see mine.
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  • Ease Your (Tooth) Pain

    Momo Fali
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    Find out why I was hanging out with Dr. Travis Stork, Emmy® nominated TV host of The Doctors and how a new product can help people who suffer from the pain of sensitive teeth. Read more, here:    
  • Sensitive Teeth? Get Relief with Crest Sensi-Stop Strips

    Momo Fali
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    This is a sponsored post written in partnership with One2One Network and Crest. Have you ever bitten into an ice cream bar and felt searing pain in your teeth? How about feeling like you’re being stabbed when you drink hot coffee, eat tomatoes or something sweet? If not, you’re lucky, and if you don’t, that doesn’t mean you never will. Some 30 million households suffer from sensitive teeth which is caused by exposed dental tubules (microscopic holes) which can be caused by overbrushing or receding gums. The exposed tubules are basically a passageway for fluid to travel…
  • A Recipe for Kindness

    Momo Fali
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    There has been so much going on in my mind lately that I’ve struggled to find words for this space. I felt no doubt that I would begin writing only to have far more spill onto the page than I wanted to share. I am mostly an open book, but my loved ones aren’t. I have to respect that. Some of you who subscribe to this blog via email, may have received a post (twice) that I published, then deleted, then published, then deleted again. I tried to talk about self-reflection and things I have learned about myself lately, but the truth is that those things are changing every day and it…
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  • Hairstyle How-to: Upgrade Your Pony with The Double Wrap Topsy Tail

    Tammy Gibson
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Looking for a super easy, yet fun hairstyle? The Double Wrap Topsy Tail is a stylish alternative to a standard pony! Wear this look to the office, the gym or on the weekends. It is a style that compliments every style fromevery day casual outfits to polished professional attire. Add a few jeweled accessories for a dressier holiday look. “Anyone remember the topsy tail? I know I know, it may sound a little retro, but this double wrap topsy tail tutorial takes an old school ponytail and quickly morphs it into a super trendy look that is guaranteed to turn some heads,” explains…
  • Hot Hair Colors for Fall 2014

    Tammy Gibson
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Living Proof. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation. Aside from your smile, your hair is your best accessory! You wear it every single day so it is important to love it and invest in it with good hair cuts, color and product. With fall coming, you may be ready to switch things up a bit. After a summer of chlorine, wind, salt water and sun, a fresh color, trim and deep conditioning are in order! I asked Angela Bethanie, my personal stylist and contributor to A Mom in…
  • What to Wear for Fall: Triangle Body Type

    Tammy Gibson
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Wearing clothes that look awesome on your body gives you a terrific sense of confidence. Learning how to dress to compliment your assets and camouflage the areas you don’t want emphasized isn’t magic or even talent. It’s just a system that anyone can learn. Today, we’ll focus on the Triangle Body Type and what to wear for fall! Your Shape: Your lower body is wider than your upper body. Your Goal: Draw attention to your upper body and minimize your lower body. Add volume to your upper half with chunky knit sweaters.  A chunky infinity scarf is a great option as well!
 
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    A Mommy Story

  • Zucchini Muffins: A Veggie and A Treat

    Christina
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    I’m not fond of the heat of summer, but I do like many of the fruits and veggies that are produced from the warmer weather. I’m especially fond of zucchini. It’s such a versatile vegetable – and it’s easy to hide in other foods for picky kids. It was zucchini that came to my rescue when I was trying to find a way to get the kids to eat more vegetables a few years ago. They were both stubbornly refusing to try new vegetables. If it required hiding the veggies in another food, I was willing to try it. Of course, I’m not much of a cook, and only slightly…
  • Planning Our Dining for the WDW Princess Half Weekend

    Christina
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    When it comes to Disney, we’re planners. Due to how quickly runDisney events sell out, we signed up for our races within 15 minutes of registration opening, which meant we knew in mid-July that we’d be going back to Walt Disney World for the Princess Half Marathon weekend in late February. Which then started us down the path of planning our full trip: how many days would we stay, which parks would we go to on each day, and several other choices to make. Yes, I already have a spreadsheet for our trip…like I said, we’re planners. We’ve decided on the days…
  • CCS Transportation Department Twitter Abuse

    Christina
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:46 pm
    I mentioned that last week was a bumpy start to the new school year, but at the time of writing that, I had no idea what would happen the remainder of the day. Right after I hit the Publish button on Friday, the school called. I learned that Cordy had been having a very rough day, eventually landing herself in the principal’s office. I talked with the principal, then with Cordy, and when I hung up the phone I was a stressed out mess, worried that Cordy wouldn’t be able to adjust to the gifted classroom and that there just wasn’t any possible good fit for her at school.
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  • Hello, my lovelies.

    mssinglemama
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    It’s been a while. How are you, my beautiful readers?So many of you are still here, finding this blog at the start of your journey as a single mom as you type in a search term looking for answers and support. Know that I miss you always, think of you constantly and wish I could be here, writing more. But life has to be lived right now.Believe it or not, I miss my days as a single mother. Or maybe, I just miss my twenties. Either way… I miss you back.  But that was then and this is now. My “now” now involves our new baby, my not so little Benjamin, my two step…
  • The big announcement…

    mssinglemama
    17 May 2013 | 4:36 am
    We have some rather big news, coming in a teeny, tiny package. More details on Beauty and the Biker. xoxoAlainaRelated posts:Where to find me.Tune in…A New Relationship: How to Tell the Kids
  • Love from a reader and another single mom.

    mssinglemama
    15 Mar 2013 | 6:01 am
    I love hearing from you, my readers. I receive so many, it is hard to respond to all of them. Know that I do try.This email from Madison had to be shared. The fact that my blog helps all of you feel more confident, empowered, and inspired fills me with so much hope and happiness. You are all beautiful. You will all be loved again (by your true match). And, you are NOT alone.Here’s Madison’s email… And she even attached a picture. Dear Alaina,I stumbled onto your blog late one night while I was researching single mom dating statistics. lol. Classic right? A lonely single mom…
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  • Sneak Preview: New One Direction lyrics celebrate your mom's good taste

    Suburban Kamikaze
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    Yeah, you should really let your mom pick out your homecoming dress, your homecoming dress You look good in everything, but I'm leaning toward the one your mother likes, your mother likes Yeah, I'm leaning toward the one your mother likes....
  • 99 Reasons to Drink in the Suburbs #31: Back to School Contraband

    Suburban Kamikaze
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    There is something about back to school that makes even the looming prospect of death by refrigeration seem a small price to pay for the end of summer. As much as we miss the small nation of teenagers who overran the house from June to August, it is hard not to enjoy the Chipotle-free feeling that settles over the furniture when they have mostly returned to their dorm rooms. There is no such thing as endless summer, no matter what the posters say. It's just an expression used by surfers and parents to convey completely different sentiments.  Like "surf's up" and…
  • This week in Happiness, brought to you by crying teenage girls

    Suburban Kamikaze
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
    Nothing brings a teenage girl so much happiness, as far as I can tell, as the opportunity to weep over tragedy in the lives of attractive fictional teenagers. Cupcakes, maybe. But it's a close call. When the opening of the latest weepy teenage romance movie, If I Stay, coincides with back to school week, the teenage girls who hang out in my kitchen could not be happier/weepier. They beg for ticket money, for the car, for the opportunity to cry all over again with the movie version of the book they have already cried through twice.  They have watched the movie trailer literally, like a…
 
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  • kids “help” in the kitchen

    Daphne
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I hide mixers like I would rat poisin from Rex.  We have been cooking and baking a lot lately, but sometimes I don’t want the “help”  ( Cut to child screaming, “I wanted to crack the egg, I wanted to … Continue reading → The post kids “help” in the kitchen appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
  • Joan Rivers: a moment must be paid

    Daphne
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    I loved her when I was a little girl watching Johnny Carson. So  brave.  Such guts.  I know people got made at her sometime, but guess what if you don’t have an edge you are Josh Groban, you aren’t a … Continue reading → The post Joan Rivers: a moment must be paid appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
  • when do boys sit down for dinner?

    Daphne
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    “My family always sits together for a family meal.” You will NOT hear that coming out of my mouth.  More than once  a week and Mark and I would be opening a vein.  Why?  It’s unpleasant.   I remember a … Continue reading → The post when do boys sit down for dinner? appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
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  • Odds and Ends

    whoorl
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:54 am
    1. I updated my Pinterest Beard board for you. You are welcome. 2. Don’t forget the awesome, amazing, I-TOTALLY-went-overboard-yesterday Madewell shopping promotion going on through this weekend. 3. Grandparents accidentally tagging Grandmaster Flash on Facebook. Hahaaa, classic. 4. This made me laugh so hard. When I start worrying about not posting enough, I remind myself that NO ONE REALLY CARES. 5. The Pope‘s the man. 6. Rage Against the Marching Band. (The chick in the red shirt kills it!) 7. Who doesn’t love photos of Audrey Hepburn? 8. Puppies underwater. Enough…
  • Fall Shopping Alert

    whoorl
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:19 am
    Madewell is my store du jour these days. In fact, lately, it’s a given with my family and friends – when they ask about an article of clothing I’m wearing, I just give them the look. The “why-are-you-even-asking-that-question-you-know-I-am-going-to-say-Madewell” look. Well, they have a great fall promotion going on right now. IN STORES & ONLINE: 20% OFF PURCHASES OF $100+ OR 30% OFF PURCHASES OF $200+ WITH CODE WINWIN. (YES, ALL CAPS IS NECESSARY.) Oh my gah, run, don’t walk. The promotion goes through September 22nd. Here are some of my faves. Turn on…
  • Wellness in Motherhood

    whoorl
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    The Eighty Twenty (which has been a favorite website for awhile now – I love their outlook on the 80/20 way of living…) recently introduced a new feature called Wellness in Motherhood, and interviewed me for the series. (I’m honored, thank you!) You can check out the interview here – we talked about being a mama, the importance of eating right and taking care of your body, and living with Lyme disease. I hope you enjoy! photo credit: Aurelia D’Amore
 
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  • Next week in LA: #VeryBadDayEvent & #DisneyInHomeEvent

    Kas
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    Travel is back on the schedule! After a nice 6 weeks at home I’m off to California again. Next week will be another wonderful Disney event. Let me tell you how JAM packed this event will be:... More here
  • THIS..

    Kas
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
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  • Make Her Day with FLOWERS

    Kas
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    I’m a Mom, Wife, Blogger, sometimes I feel like a taxi driver, BUT….First things first…I’m a girl. Which means I like pink, fun, kittens, glitter, and flowers. I know some... More here
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    Simply Being Mommy

  • Hunger – The Silent Epidemic

    Crystal Reagan
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    TweetI’m part of the Denny’s Diners Ambassador program. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Hunger is not okay. In this day and age, there shouldn’t be one person, let alone a child that has to deal with the pain of hunger. Not only does a child have to deal with the immediate affects of hunger, but it will be etched into their being and will affect the rest of their lives. Studies have shown that children who eat breakfast are more likely to attend class, perform better on standardized tests and, as a result, are 20 percent more likely to graduate high school.
  • His & Hers Tailgating Essentials

    Melanie
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    TweetToday’s post is sponsored by Sam’s Club, but my love for tailgating and football season is all my own! Do you want to know my favorite thing about football? The snacks. Coincidentally, snacks are also my favorite thing about baseball, soccer, and auto races. I’m not the biggest sports fan, I admit. So when my husband suggests attending or watching a game on television, I need a detailed list of what I’ll be eating. When we got married, the only sport my husband watched regularly was soccer. After a year of being married, he picked up baseball. Year 2, basketball. I drew…
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Giveaway

    Crystal Reagan
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    TweetThis is in partnership with NeedThese and ADayinMotherhood.com. All information was provided. When you walk into schools these days, you will see a combination of both old and new. The beloved chalkboards have been replaced for whiteboards, but kids still carry books in their backpacks and have loads of paper homework to complete once they get home. Teacher’s still need to hand grade tests with their bright red pens and it could be days before it’s returned to the child. But what if a teacher could give instant, electronic feedback to your child in the classroom? What if the…
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    Mommy Needs Coffee

  • Living la vida lupus

    Jenn
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    I don’t know how to write this so I am going to write this as if I am just talking to my friends. Okay? So many of you have followed me through this journey of trying to discover why I have been suffering for years with chronic daily (as in every single damn day of […]
  • Singing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” was forbiddden and the rebel who broke the rule. But don’t tell.

    Jenn
    24 Mar 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Growing up the youngest of three kids, I had my fair share of being picked on but I gave my share of bratty back so it evened out. My sister is almost four years older than I am and though it appears that I could take her down in hand to hand combat, you would […]
  • …And it all started with headaches

    Jenn
    13 Mar 2014 | 9:15 pm
    “Sometimes your heart needs more time to accept what your mind already knows.” So many of  you have been so wonderfully kind with your emails, texts, calls, etc checking up on me and my headaches. I haven’t really known how to write about it. I mean, I have friends who are dealing with things that […]
 
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    Lavagal

  • Infrared Yoga and Recovery, Healing and Optimism

    lavagal
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Before I get to the yoga part: On Saturday, September 6, I swam in the inaugural North Shore 5k Swim, finishing in less than two hours, and in third place women’s fin division. What a great finish to a great race season. The week before my finish in the Waikiki Roughwater Swim was considerably slower, thanks to the current. That swim really beat me up. But, I absolutely adore swimming in the ocean. I will confess I spend the first third of an ocean race wondering if I will be a meal. Then, when I start passing other swimmers, I gain confidence and find a comfortable pace. My final third…
  • Health, Happiness and Relevance

    lavagal
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:25 pm
    My triathlons for 2014 are behind me. The 2014 North Shore Swim Series is complete. I’m still feeling the effects of Labor Day’s Waikiki Roughwater Swim, thanks to some Portuguese man-o-war jellyfish stings on my left arm and torso (into my suit?) with an itch that’s hard to resist. One more race in 2014 to go, the inaugural North Shore 5K Swim, from Sunset Beach to Waimea Bay. I’ve decided to participate in this one using fins. So this morning I went to Kaimana Beach and tested my new TYR fins that I got at Boca Hawaii, swimming to the windsock three times and…
  • Kawela Endurance Triathlon

    lavagal
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Elated at my Kawela Endurance Triathlon finish, pouring water over my head. Hit refresh; I made some edits. Yesterday I completed Boca Hawaii’s inaugural Kawela Endurance Triathlon. This was my third 70.3 mile event, and my best time so far. Everybody gets a personal record, “PR,” the first time they do an event. That was all of us yesterday. Yay! My Garmin results were better than the official results, but that’s OK with me. I finished in less than eight hours, which was my goal. My swim was fast for me, my bike ride was strong, and I left myself plenty of time to…
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    Sleepless Nights.

  • The launch has been a roaring success

    Veronica
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    I opened the soap website on Friday morning, and announced that we were live for sales shortly after. I wasn’t quite prepared for how well we were going to do. I know, it sounds odd to admit it, but I was honestly hoping we would sell a little soap, get a little social media support and go on with our lives. I did not expect to begin selling out of some products within 24 hours, or that I would suddenly be counting how many bars of soap I had curing and wondering if it was enough. So THANK YOU. Thank you for making the first two days of our business opening a roaring success. Thank you…
  • And the business is live!

    Veronica
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    It’s finally here! The shop is open and launched and I am so very excited. Head on over and buy some soap! Giveaway: As a bonus, everyone who buys soap in the next two weeks gets entered into the draw to win an amazing gift pack: Contains: Chilli Lime Chocolate Block Salted Caramel Chocolate Torched Macadamia Chocolate Dark Chocolate Fudge Mocha Fudge Apricot Almond Fudge After Dinner Mint Fudge Raspberry Fudge Lily and Ginger Candles – Coffee Date Lily and Ginger Candles – Almost Spring Lily and Ginger Candles – Black Forest Lily and Ginger Candles – Fondue for…
  • Five days until launch and Eve decides to get sick. YAY.

    Veronica
    7 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Evelyn spent the weekend in hospital with another virus. She’s getting better now, thankfully, but it threw a large spanner in the middle of my Oh God We’ve Only Got A Few Days Until Our Shop Opens panic. There’s nothing like a toddler with breathing difficulties to make you throw all your to-do lists out the window. She’s recovering now, thankfully. Hopefully she can avoid more viruses and more hospital stays for a while. The business launches on Friday and we are, of course, chaotically busy. There’s soap to photograph, packaging to do, labels to print and cut…
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  • オーダースーツを注文する際の注意点と確認事項

    admin
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    ※紹介先のテーラー⇒オーダースーツ アールデコ
  • 評判のガングリオシドサプリメントを人気ランキングでご紹介

    admin
    3 Feb 2014 | 10:00 pm
    人体に優れた効能のある成分の中でガングリオシドが注目されています。神経の成長や修復に効果的で脳細胞の活性化や記憶力・集中力のアップに役立つ成分が多く含まれています。免疫力を上げて、がん予防にも効果的な健康サプリを探している方は、「ガングリオシド情報ネット~神経機能回復に期待!~」>>こちらのWEBサイトを参考にしましょう。…
  • 裏側矯正ならアラナ矯正歯科広尾へ

    admin
    1 Oct 2012 | 11:00 pm
    そこで、今回私が紹介したいのが、「アラナ矯正歯科広尾」です。詳しい内容はこちらから→目黒の矯正歯科 アラナ矯正歯科広尾は、渋谷区広尾駅徒歩1分の場所にあります。院内は、プライバシーを配慮し、診察室はすべて個室となっているんですよ。安全性のある滅菌・消毒も優れています。…
 
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    Crunchy Domestic Goddess

  • 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!
  • Your Cash Register Receipt May Contain BPA

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Disclosure: This post was created as part of the BPA in Receipts Campaign in which I am a financially compensated blogger. The opinions are my own and based on my own experience. Keeping your family healthy and staying away from nasty chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA) — a nasty endocrine disruptor — at the grocery store can be a daunting task. But there is new research (#ad) that shows that it’s not just the food that could contain BPA, it’s the cash register receipts as well. Specifically it’s the thermal register receipts that are the issue. That kind of…
  • Hannah’s Gluten-Free Pumpkin On Guard Cookies

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Perfect for fall, these gluten-free cookies are a little piece of awesome. Made with pumpkin, spices and a couple doTERRA essential oils, they are sure to be a hit in any crowd. Bake them up and watch them disappear! A big thanks to my friend Hannah Gaitten for sharing this amazing recipe with me. Gluten-Free Flour Blend mix well and store in an airtight container 1 cup brown rice flour 1 cup potato starch 1/2 cup almond flour (not meal) 1/4 cup coconut flour 1 tsp xantham gum Hannah’s Gluten-Free Pumpkin On Guard Cookies makes approx. 3 dozen cookies Ingredients: 2 cups Gluten-Free…
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  • What I'm Loving - Fall 2014 Edition

    Sarah Visbeek
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    1.  Binge-watching.  Ever since I discovered Orange is the New Black and House of Cards on Netflix, I am now a BIG FAN of binge-watching shows instead of waiting to see them week-to-week.  I devoured Breaking Bad and am now completely HOOKED on Scandal.  You definitely catch more of a show's nuances by watching straight through.  Huck is creepy; Quinn is annoying; Jake is hot but scary; and
  • Where I Was When the Planes Hit

    Sarah Visbeek
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    I repost this every year: A Tuesday.  Crisp and cool.  Clear skies. I was 36 weeks pregnant. Lumbering and uncomfortable as I boarded the 7:22 a.m. commuter rail bound for my job at a law firm in Boston. Arrived at work after 8. Was chatting on the phone with a friend, discussing our baby showers that had both taken place that weekend. Mine on Saturday, hers on Sunday (our poor collective
  • Hood Sour Cream Meal Makeover

    Sarah Visbeek
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Back in August, I was invited with a few other bloggers to participate in the Hood Sour Cream Meal Makeover.  So all us bloggers got our boxing gloves oven mitts on and had a cook-off!  The rule was that we had to create a dinnertime meal that incorporated sour cream as a full ingredient in dishes (not just a scoop on top). The pressure was on!  (Not really.  I love our Boston-area blogger
 
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    Parenting Squad

  • How to Help: When a Child You Know Has Cancer

    Nancy Flanders
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    When I was a child, two of my classmates lost a sibling to cancer. It was incomprehensible to me and I spent years thinking about how much that must have altered my friends' lives, and the lives of their parents. Now, I'm a mother to a child who has a progressive and chronic health condition. It's not cancer, but even with all of the medical advancements that help keep her alive, there is so much unknown to us. Watching any child become ill and suffer through medications and therapies and treatments is difficult. But if you know a child who has recently been diagnosed with cancer, your…
  • 7 Tips to End Your Child’s Whining

    David James
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    On many occasions, our home is a winery. Wait, check that. I mean, our home is a whinery. Our kids — ages 4 and 2 — are prolific at making whine. If only we could bottle it and sell it. But who in their right mind would buy it?At times, their whining seems completely random and unceasing. Other times, it is more predictable — like when they're tired. And yet at other times, the whining seems to emanate from an inability to get along.It feels like a struggle to get them to stop. However, there are a few things we can do to minimize the amount of whining and make sure the kids know that…
  • Easy Ways to Make Your Home Feel Like Fall

    Alyssa Chirco
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    While some women take great pride in outfitting their homes to perfectly reflect the current season, I have traditionally decorated for one holiday only: Christmas. But I also spend too many late nights perusing Pinterest, where I have recently discovered that it isn't actually that difficult to spruce up your home for different seasons of the year.And since autumn has essentially arrived, I'm taking the plunge and making a few changes around my home to make it feel more like fall. Here's what I'm doing — and it's so easy that anyone else can do it too.Warm Up Your Home (Literally)Invest in…
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    Mom to the Screaming Masses

  • Who's Got a Bucket List???

    Carmen Staicer
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:06 pm
    I used to have a bucket list. I did. It's not that I've done all of the things on it - far from it, I think I've done four - it's just that, for now,  It doesn't mean anything to me.  I mean, the very nature of a "bucket list" is things that you want to do before you, well, kick the bucket. And it's not that I think I'll live forever. It's just that I'm really super very enormously busy - and so I can't seem to think of anything I'd need to do to make myself happy.  I've been to a lot of really cool places. I would still…
  • The Masses Spend a Week with the Chevy Traverse

    Carmen Staicer
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:01 pm
    You may remember that the kind folks at Chevy were nice enough to loan us a Chevy Traverse a few weeks ago. As an on-the-go family of eight, we need a vehicle that is able to keep up with the demands of our family, and the Chevy Traverse did just that and more!We started the week out with some back-to-school shopping for the shorties -- it's AMAZING how many supplies a fifth and a sixth grader need. Especially paper towels. Oh, the paper towels.... The back two rows of seats fold down for best-in-class maximum cargo space. As you can see, we were able to load what seemed to me to be the…
  • Surrounded by White Boards

    Carmen Staicer
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    Over the weekend, I put a picture up on my Facebook and one of my friends commented on the dual white boards in the background.  I'm alllll about the White Boards.  Yes, I capitalized them. I take my White Board very, very seriously. I have 5 or 6 of them - I don't really know how many I have because my kids swipe a couple for their own use. I use them for everything. If I'm going out for the evening, I write night chores on them. (I have two wall mounted in my office to keep me - somewhat - organized.)  My kids use them to slide notes to me when I'm on a call.  But I…
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  • Calling all divorced couples!

    Stefanie Wilder Taylor
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    I know divorce sucks. Many friends and acquaintances of mine are either getting divorced or have been for awhile. But, if you are or have untied the knot, this doesn’t have to be a horrible thing if you can parlay it into cold hard cash, amirite? That’s where I come in to help! I just found out that a new show is looking for divorced couples and I figured I’d pass the opportunity along to you! NBC is casting a new competition show! From the producers who brought you transformational shows such as The Biggest Loser and Extreme Weight Loss, Eyeworks USA announced that casting…
  • Elizabeth D.’s Story

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

    Stefanie Wilder Taylor
    23 Jan 2014 | 11:06 am
        8:00 am Wake up super excited about the zoo if only to see the Asian elephant exhibit. Try to rally kids to my level of excitement. Fail. 8:30 am Argue with kids about the value of a good breakfast bringing up the excellent point that I don’t want to start buying expensive snacks at the zoo as soon as we get there since it defeats the purpose of using free passes. 9:00 Give 5 minute warning that we are leaving for the zoo. 9:05 “Please put your shoes on.” 9:06 “Please put your shoes on.” 9:07 “Please put your shoes on.” 9:08 “Put your shoes on.” 9:09 “Put.
 
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  • On The Non Permanence of Residents

    SusieJ
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:36 pm
    I did my best to step out of the reach of that breeze, but it still caught me. That warm, dry breeze of fall whipped across my back as the sun gifted us with scattered drops of sunshine beneath the full canopies of the trees, still full of green, although dry, leaves. All of these seasonal flutters are reminders of a different time, a different place, of just one simple year ago. We would have been at the reservoir today, at the Regatta. And I can only describe this as a deep, dark ache. And, then I remember the day, last spring when it was far too cold to be on the river, but they were…
  • Tomato: Roasted

    SusieJ
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    The best way to harvest that bounty of meaty, bursting tomatoes your neighbor has given you — along with the handful that you have grown yourself — is to simply roast them in your oven, and then freeze them. This method of preservation works with cherry, Roma, Beefsteak, and plumb tomatoes — any and all tomatoes are welcome to jump on the parchment paper and enter the sauna. Must haves: Tomatoes Basil Salt – or Sea Salt Olive Oil Parchment Paper Oven pre-heated to 350 degrees F. Cover parchment paper in olive oil. Slice tomatoes and place on parchment paper. Place in…
  • Rosie Taking a Drink

    SusieJ
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
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    Rookie Moms

  • Toddler Halloween costume ideas from pajamas

    Heather Flett
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Pajamas are my very favorite Halloween costume base. There, I said it. For about $20 you buy something that your child can sleep in for a year — what a value! Here are a few of my favorites for this year. Buy ‘em all and never run out of ideas in your costume box! If you’re looking for adorable costumes that totally give you your money’s worth, let me remind you about PAJAMAS! What else is comfy, cute, and wearable all year round? Here are 16 more sleepwear-costume ideas for your little one: Bumble Bee. Pick up these Leveret Black & Yellow Striped Jammies for…
  • On twins: bonding with each child

    Whitney Moss
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Gina Osher is The Twin Coach in Los Angeles. She bravely writes about some of the uneven feelings that twin parents may experience in hopes of helping other moms who are having the same challenge. One of the fantasies that I had about being a mom of twins is how I would instantly love both my babies in exactly the same way. What surprised me the most when our twins were born is how very common it is for parents of multiples to feel more of a connection to one than the other. It is so rarely talked about that it causes a great deal of shame for those of us who experience it. This is not…
  • Losing my daughter is the worst thing that ever happened to me – but it made me a better person

    Karen
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:37 pm
    We are honored that our friend and frequent contributor Karen shared her story with us today ~ Whitney and Heather 6 months ago, I was 8 1/2 months pregnant with my second child and having a routine checkup in what had been a mostly normal pregnancy. That day, the doctors found a problem with my baby’s fluid levels and wanted keep an eye on things to make sure everything progressed well. The following week I was checked in to the hospital so I could be monitored around the clock. The problem worsened, but the doctors were relatively confident that despite the fluid, an early delivery…
 
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  • Large Families Need to be Prepared for a Disaster: National Disaster Preparedness Month

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Disaster, whether natural or man made, can strike at any time. September is dedicated as National Disaster Preparedness Month to get people thinking about what they would do should a disaster hit.... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • Laniwai Spa: One of Many Reasons to Visit Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Along the beaches of Ko Olina, nestled between mountains and ocean of Oahu, Hawaii sits the breath-taking and magical Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. There are many reasons to visit this beautiful... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • A Bedtime Routine Sure to Calm and Promote Sleep Through the Entire Night

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    The end of the day is almost the most challenging, as a mom, it seems. Getting the kids ready for bed and all tucked in is sometimes the last thing I want to do when I am so tired myself. Especially... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
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  • The New Sesame Street Exhibit at Lincoln Center: A Fun Nostalgia Trip for Kids of All Ages--Even Grown-up Ones

    Raven Snook
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Did my tween roll her eyes when I said we were going to check out the new Sesame Street exhibit at Lincoln Center? You bet. But the moment we walked into the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and saw a replica of the show's original stoop, we both started grinning and giggling like little kids. Despite its very grown-up title, Somebody Come and Play: 45 Years of Sesame Street Helping Kids Grow Smarter, Stronger, and Kinder was designed to appeal to anyone who grew up with the seminal edutainment series, whether you're watching it now or did so long ago (I was part of the…
  • 5 Fall Deals: Save Big on Creative Classes for NYC Kids

    Raven Snook
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Fall is here which means the kids are back into the swing of school and it's time to sign them up for enriching extracurricular classes. Today's deals post features five fabulous offers from high-quality after-school programs, including fencing, animation, art, theater and improv. Don't wait to take advantage of these great bargains—discounts this good will be gone long before the first snow falls. read more
  • NYC Preschool Directors Share How to Pick a "Good Fit" Preschool for Your Child

    Mommy Poppins
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Applying to preschool is one of the most important (and potentially harrowing) experiences for young children and their parents. It’s the beginning of their education, their introduction to schooling and their foundation for a life of learning. In NYC, we are lucky to have many preschool choices available, but it can be a lot of work to figure out which one is best suited to your child. This Saturday, September 20, Mommy Poppins is sponsoring the FREE Lower Manhattan Early Childhood Education Fair with HRP Mamas. (If you live in the area, we hope to see you there! Click the link to…
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    Workout Mommy

  • Workout Wednesday All about that Bass edition

    workoutmommy
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    I am addicted to this song.  I put it on repeat and can literally do my entire workout with just this one song repeating over and over and over…. I know there is controversy surrounding it’s meaning but as someone with a little extra junk in her trunk, I appreciate the song.   For workout Wednesday,  throw the song on repeat and let’s work on that bass,  shall we? *Weighted walking lunges  x20 *Heavy squats  5-6 reps *Heavy dumbbell step ups 5 each leg *Kettlebell snatches x5  Repeat for 25-30 minutes   Sorry for the grainy picture but the lighting is bad in my…
  • Home workout ideas from Ashley Horner

    workoutmommy
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:52 pm
    I’ve gotten a lot of emails about the various workout programs out there so I wanted to let you know that Ashley Horner, one of my my favorite fit mommies, is offering a sale on her training programs this weekend only.  Get 25% off with code HORNERLABORDAY She offers programs that can be done at home or ones that can be done in a gym. I have Pipehitter and LOVE it!  It is crazy intense, but it has delivered great results! She also has a track workout program that I plan to try next.  If you are looking to improve your running,  this would be a great choice!   While I could…
  • Making the Most of Your Workouts

    workoutmommy
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    If you are just getting started with your fitness lifestyle, today’s post from Amanda is just for you!  For moms, finding the time and energy to maintain a workout regimen is often challenging. Between work, raising children, running a household and maintaining relationships, finding the time to work out can be difficult, to say the least. That’s why, for most of us, workouts need to be quick, enjoyable and, most importantly, effective. Well, if effectiveness is what you seek, look no further. Keep reading to discover tips on how to enhance the quality of your workouts, and…
 
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    All & Sundry

  • All hail the good teachers

    Linda
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:52 pm
    During the summer I made a promise to myself that once school got underway I’d volunteer in both Dylan and Riley’s classrooms. I haven’t done this before, and to be completely honest the prospect didn’t particularly hold a ton of appeal, but I know teachers need the help and I’ve got the availability now. Riley’s teacher wasted no time in scheduling me for a couple hours every Thursday, and yesterday I went for the first time. I was oddly nervous about it beforehand. I mean, I know there’s no real reason to be scared of a bunch of third graders, but…
  • Dis-cord

    Linda
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    We’ve been traveling a lot during the weekends over the summer and this past weekend was the first time in a while we’d decided to stay home and relax. Or more specifically, I decided to stay home and relax, while JB decided to tackle a bunch of projects. He’s been working long hours during the week so he had some backup, like stacking a massive amount of firewood in our recently-build structure. He worked on this at various times during both Saturday and Sunday, while I pulled up a chair nearby and sat with a book. It wasn’t until late yesterday afternoon, after…
  • Fiber

    Linda
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    I remember when we first looked at our house and I was blown away by all the trees and plants in the backyard. Mature landscaping I don’t have to add to, I thought happily. And an honest-to-god orchard! How charming! It would be far more accurate to say “we have some fruit trees” than “we have an orchard,” but anyway, we have some fruit trees. We sadly lost a beautiful cherry tree last winter in an ice storm, but we have a few apple trees and one pear tree and a plum tree. So charming! Except no. As it it turns out, fruit trees are not charming at all, unless you…
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  • The Passport Party Project

    Renee Ross
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    I was 27 years old when my feet left United States soil for the first time (not counting a visit to Canada when I was 3). What I lacked in experience did not deter me from wanting to travel. All of the women in my family traveled to exotic locals like Mexico, Venezuela, Ghana and the Caribbean. Never one to listen to conventional wisdom, rather than travel and then study I did the opposite. Prior to obtaining a fellowship that would take me on my international journey, I completed a Masters degree in International Affairs. It worked out quite well for me! My first trip to me to South…
  • Fall beauty look

    Renee Ross
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:58 pm
    My fall makeup lookToday was the first true Fall like day here in Georgia. The temperature is 72 degrees but it feels chilly to me. Before you tell me that 72 degrees isn’t cool, please understand that I spent Saturday in the beaming hot sun enjoying a concert in 90 degree plus weather. Sweat was rolling down my face but I do enjoy heat much more than cold. I was hoping that we would gently ease into Fall but if today is any indication, the Fall has arrived with a vengeance and the time has come for me to put away all of my sundresses and shorts! One thing that I do like about the Fall is…
  • Dr. Oz in Atlanta! Bringing Healthy Back #DrOzOn2

    Renee Ross
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    My mom loves Dr. Oz. Whenever she is in town she watches his show religiously. Although I don't watch television often, I do like to catch The Dr. Oz show because it is so informative and inspires me to continue living my healthy lifestyle. Here in Atlanta starting on Monday, September 8th at 3PM the show is moving to WSB-TV Channel 2. I am especially excited because on Saturday, September 13th “USANA Presents: Bringing Healthy Back with Dr. Oz.” Health Expo will be held here in Atlanta! The expo is sponsored by Channel 2 WSB-TV in conjunction with Piedmont Hospital, Alere,…
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  • Battle Sheep

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Jasper has only recently been fun to play board games with. Until just a few months ago, he would sulk and change the rules or totally lose interest in the middle of a game. I was happy when we received a new game to try out that he really fell in love with. Battle Sheep is a straightforward strategy game for four players from the award-winning company Blue Orange Games. Your goal is to take
  • Twelve Dancing Unicorns

    7 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    A lot of contemporary childrens' books feature wisecracking kids and potty humor, which both admittedly have their time and place, but as a parent of a 10 year old and a 7 year old, I miss old-fashioned fairy tales. Don't you? Twelve Dancing Unicorns is a good old-fashioned fairy tale. In fact, it's based on the Grimm classic "Twelve Dancing Princesses," although the substitution of
  • Avalon Bay AB-WINE12S Wine Cooler Review

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    I received an Avalon Bay Wine Cooler for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. This summer has been amazing for the garden but all those organic veggies are really hampering my wine storage in the fridge… I usually like to keep a few bottles at the ready, just in case of emergency, but there is simply no room for any bottles among the
 
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    WordPress.com News

  • WordPressers Making a Splash

    Ben Huberman
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    We might think of the end of summer as a slow news season. Not so for the authors and bloggers we feature today, who’ve been hard at work on some exciting projects recently. Rebecca Hains Writer, professor, and media scholar Rebecca Hains often shares thoughtful posts on her blog, especially on topics revolving around gender and discrimination. Earlier this month, she celebrated the release of The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls through the Princess-Obsessed Years (Sourcebooks), her most recent book. A critique of popular culture and the messages it sends to young girls, the…
  • Gmail Password Leak Update

    Daryl L. L. Houston
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:53 pm
    This week, a group of hackers released a list of about 5 million Gmail addresses and passwords. This list was not generated as a result of an exploit of WordPress.com, but since a number of emails on the list matched email addresses associated with WordPress.com accounts, we took steps to protect our users. We downloaded the list, compared it to our user database, and proactively reset over 100,000 accounts for which the password given in the list matched the WordPress.com password. We also sent email notification of the password reset containing instructions for regaining access to the…
  • Basis, Edin, and Forefront: A Look at Business Themes

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    We add new themes to the Theme Showcase each week, including free and premium themes for businesses, organizations, and your professional projects. Here’s a trio of business themes transformed by three very different types of users: a professional travel and food writer, a Buddhist podcast host, and a fly fishing outfitter in Australia. roam & home Chicago-based travel and food curator Karen Valentine, the founder of roam & home, presents a beautifully designed site with Basis, a premium theme. Wide featured images add splashes of color to the homepage, while the Brandon…
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    Product Reviews by The Experimental Mommy

  • Are you “Dish-Wasting” Your Time?

    Bridgette Duplantis
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:42 pm
    This post is written by the Experimental Mommy. I am a member of the Cascade Kitchen Dish Council. All opinions remain 100% mine. I find myself referring to the old saying “Time is of the Essence” on almost a daily basis.  As a Mom with two kids, a full time job, a social media consulting company, and a blog conference, I have to put my time to good use and wasting it would be disastrous.  After having the opportunity to visit the Cascade Test Kitchen last month, I learned how I can save precious minutes by skipping the pre-washing of my dishes. You heard me right….NO…
  • Overcoming Math Madness with Go Math Academy #HMHAcademy

    Bridgette Duplantis
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:28 pm
    This post is written by the Experimental Mommy and brought to you by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  All opinions remain 100% mine. If you ask my oldest daughter to name her favorite subject in school, she would name anything and everything that came to her mind before math.  To put it lightly, she is not a fan.  School has been in session for one month now and I can’t remember a day when it hasn’t been a struggle to get her to tackle her math homework. You can forget about extra worksheets to study for a test.  The struggle is frustrating. There has to be a better way.  And I…
  • Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot Book Series {Video Review}

    Bridgette Duplantis
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:55 pm
    This post is written by the Experimental Mommy. While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% mine. I am fortunate that both of my daughters love to read.  The only problem is that they go through books so quickly that we are constantly looking for more reading material to send to school for silent reading time.  But, I think we have found a winning new series, Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot by Dave Pilkey (author of the popular Captain Underpants).  About the series: Ricky Ricotta is a little mouse with BIG problems! Every day he is picked on by the…
 
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    Balancing Motherhood

  • Moist and Delicious Cinnamon Raisin Quick Bread

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    A couple of weeks ago I attended Food Blog Forum in Asheville, NC. What an amazing experience. I’m still digesting all that I learned. So many amazing people too! I need to do a post just about this foodie conference, but I got sidetracked with Lisa Leake’s new cookbook, “100 Days of Real Food: How […] The post Moist and Delicious Cinnamon Raisin Quick Bread appeared first on Balancing Motherhood.
  • 100 Best Companies for Working Parents Named

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    Working Mother magazine has just released its list of 100 best companies for working parents. I love these lists. It’s my hope that one day all companies will work with parents (and caregivers) to lend support and allow us to care for our families while still working. And, it’s not must mothers who need assistance. […] The post 100 Best Companies for Working Parents Named appeared first on Balancing Motherhood.
  • Visiting the 911 Memorial Museum With Kids

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    Freedom Tower stands tall, near where the  Twin Towers once dominated. It’s an impressive sight, even though you can’t get too close to it yet. If you look just right, it appears to extend forever into the sky. My family and I visited the 911 Memorial Museum earlier this summer. Every trip I make to […] The post Visiting the 911 Memorial Museum With Kids appeared first on Balancing Motherhood.
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    Hormone-Colored Days

  • Flips HD Headphones go from Solo2Social

    9 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Please note this item was sent to me for review and this post contains affiliate links. With two teens in the house it seems we can never have too many sets of headphones or earbuds. Therefore, when I was offered the chance to try a new kind of headphone, Flips HD, I readily accepted. The Flips concept is that the headphones have ear cups that flip outward. As their "solo2social" tagline implies, these headphones allow a user to easily transition from individual listening to providing a soundtrack for a group.Having tried a few different (free, cheap conference swaggy-type) speakers for…
  • Rabbi Brant Rosen Resigned From Evanston's JRC Synagogue

    7 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    It's an odd thing when your rabbi resigns and the news makes international headlines. Welcome to my synagogue. I have many thoughts about Rabbi Brant Rosen's sad and surprising recent announcement, but one of the things that irks me most is seeing how my synagogue community is characterized in the news and especially (insert eye roll here) the comment sections of the online press. I don't know if I will comment further here personally, but I did want to share (with permission) a note written by Joshua Karsh, a past president of Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation. He eloquently states many…
  • Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease: The Dark Side of Summer 2014

    5 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    Lest you get the impression that our summer was all garden-fresh veggies and walks in the woods, I should tell you we had our share of illness. I'm not just gonna tell you, I'm gonna show you even though it breaks some of Kim's Commandments of Netiquette-- namely those rules against showing sick kids or gross things related to sick children (or pets). Stop reading if you get grossed out. My younger son came down with hand, foot and mouth disease over the summer. At first, he thought he was getting strep. We went to a pharmacy-based clinic because he's usually pretty good at predicting…
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    Mile High Mamas

  • Change in attitudes and market power for at-home dads convention

    Amber Johnson
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:56 am
    “Are dads the new moms?” asked a video clip in a crowded hotel ballroom on Friday. “No!” said the men gathered for the 19th annual At-Home Dads Convention in Denver. The event, which continues through Saturday at the Marriott SpringHill Suites, drew 105 attendees for its 2014 gathering — up from 73 at last year’s event, which was also held in Denver. Many of these men say they have been mocked, shut out of mommy groups or given the stink eye at playgrounds. But their biggest challenge is the isolation they feel as full-time parents without a mainstream support…
  • Two Jeffco high schools close Friday after teachers call in “sick”

    Guest Blogger
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    Discord over the direction of Jefferson County Public Schools spilled into classrooms and onto sidewalks Friday after an unusually large number of teachers either called in sick or claimed personal days at two high schools, prompting the district to cancel classes. A total of 50 teachers from Standley Lake and Conifer high schools were absent, out of 117 teachers at both schools. Without enough substitutes, Superintendent Dan McMinimee made a “quick and difficult decision,” saying there wouldn’t be enough adults in the buildings to provide a safe and secure environment for…
  • Denver kids star in online cooking show; share favorite recipes

    Guest Blogger
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Electric hand mixers: Not exactly what most chefs consider the zenith in exciting kitchen technology. Unless, that is, you’re 5 years old, the star of your own online cooking show and getting to use one on-camera for the first time. Amelia Winslow, 5, sprinted up the stairs of her dad’s South Broadway home to find her co-star, Nahum Gonzalez, 6, in the middle of a last-minute, pre-taping cowlick adjustment. “Nahum!” she yelled, still audible from the kitchen downstairs. “We get to use the beaters!” “What are the beaters?” Nahum asked. “The…
 
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    Queen of Spain Blog

  • Wave of Emotion

    Queen of Spain
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    It’s been a rough time around here lately. I’m still grappling with the death of my Aunt and then the death of my grandfather. Two events that just won’t leave my mind for a second. Because I spent a lot of time in Michigan this past summer, I’ve even found myself calculating my disability checks and bills and wondering if Aaron could or even would quit his job and move the kids and I back there. Of course it’s an insane thought. But it doesn’t stop me from looking at real estate on Lake Huron. The kids and I have started back up at school again and while I…
  • Moving Forward…When All You Want is to Move AWAY

    Queen of Spain
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:57 am
    Sometimes you don’t realize you are in the thick of it, until you come out the other side. That’s pretty much how I feel about the very worst parts of my life with lupus, thus far. In fact, I should capitalize that and call it as though it’s a book title or a very important chapter in my (almost) 40 years on this earth: My Life With Lupus, by Erin Kotecki Vest. Heh. It’s also why I agreed to be part of what turned out to be an amazing conversation sponsored by Stayfree pads during BlogHer ’14 in San Jose.   I was asked to participate in a…
  • Whores & Studs Before They Are Teens

    Queen of Spain
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:07 pm
    There’s a lot of talk about sexualizing girls way too early. Many of us have written posts on the topic. Many of us have discussed it over Facebook and twitter. You know, when you are bra shopping for your tween and all you can find are padded, sexy bras. or how some girls are wearing make-up in the 2nd grade. Or how some parents allow their 10-year old to wear short-shorts and thigh-high boots. Inevitably we talk and talk and blame our culture and society for exposing young girls to the idea they must appeal to men always and even, at very young ages, encourage them to have a boy crush…
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    Blonde Mom Blog

  • It Takes Talent to Blow Up Small Appliances Without Trying

    Blonde Mom
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    I’m one of those people who has the talent of bringing unforeseen kitchen calamities to fruition. Although I haven’t set fire to a kitchen (yet), I did manage to blow up our crockpot Sunday. Now this was no ordinary crockpot. I won it at Miss C’s 5th grade middle school fall festival two years ago and it was a gorgeous deep red crockpot. I loved this crockpot. It was shiny and new and full of possibilities. And now it’s dead. That’s right. I’m a crockpot killer. Fall is perfect crockpot weather and we’ve had amazing cool temps at night the past…
  • Saturday Girl Power Feel Good Playlist

    Blonde Mom
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
      Love this video and song from Colbie Caillat…great message for tween and teen girls (and their mamas.) My Current Girl Power Feel Good Playlist (check it out on YouTube): Try, Colbie Caillat Boss, Fifth Harmony All About That Bass, Meghan Trainor Shake it Off, Taylor Swift Roar, Katy Perry Fancy, Iggy Azalea Really Don’t Care, Demi Lovato Little Bit Gypsy, Kellie Pickler What songs are inspiring your tween and teen girls these days? (And yes most top 40 songs that my girls view on YouTube are only approved as the “lyrics only” version.) Happy Saturday!  …
  • Fashion Friday: Forever 21 Fall Finds When You Are Anything But 21

    Blonde Mom
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    I’ve never shopped at Forever 21. Perhaps I’ve been intimidated by the name or the crop tops and pleather. Nevertheless I got a Forever 21 gift card for my 21st plus 24th birthday last month and was really pleased with this gorgeous dress I purchased, not to mention pleasantly surprised by the accessories and clothes that even a 40-something mom could pull off. Mind you I’m about 20 pounds heavier then I was when I was 21 but Forever 21 shouldn’t be overlooked, especially when it comes to fun accessories you don’t necessarily want to invest a lot of cash in (like…
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  • Oh, HI!

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:10 pm
    So, we're in Hawaii right now which is insane. I didn't actually think this was happening in real life, which is why I didn't mention it until now because while I have been invited on exciting adventure-trips before, I have never been invited to bring my family. And this whole time I have been waiting for the other shoe to drop and it didn't.And then suddenly it was Wednesday night and I realized I still had to pack for six people and then I freaked out a little bit and then yesterday, the six of us got on a plane c/o Toyota and flew to the big island of Hawaii, where I am currently…
  • Eat Well: Basic Tips for Healthy Family Eating

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:38 pm
    The following post was written by my sister-in-law, Alyssa. Alyssa is a registered dietitian who specializes in food reform and public health initiatives for families. She also happens to be an incredible person and brilliant resource for all things food + family. I asked her to write this post after several of you requested more posts with accessible tips for healthy family eating. Take it away, Alyssa!Hello! I’m Alyssa. Rebecca’s (new) sister-in-law and she asked me to write a post on nutrition. I work in public health nutrition and am a registered dietitian. So let me start by…
  • 214/100

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:48 pm
    First of all, thank you for the lovely birthday wishes. Here are a few photos I snapped of our weekend which ended up being a two day affair of family and balloons and bouncies and dancing over and over to "It Takes Two" because it really does take two to:A. Make the thing go right andB. Make it out of sight.Balloons are my kids' favorite things in the world (ED: for those of you in Los Angeles, the bouncer we rented this past weekend was SIXTY EIGHT DOLLARS including insurance! Tip is not included, however, and these guys deserve a fat tip, especially when it's 102 degrees outside. Yikes.
 
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    Surrender, Dorothy

  • The Day I Found a Baby Bird

    Rita Arens
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    The noise was incessant. I mentioned it to my husband, who was working from home. "What is up with that BIRD?"  We noticed Kizzy staring intently at something just outside the window.  It was a baby bird. A fledgling goldfinch, fat as a tennis ball with tiny little legs. And it was cheeping its heart out. At first I laughed at Kizzy's interest, knowing he couldn't reach the bird. Then I worried.  I called the nature center. They said no biggie, the parents are feeding it. It's just learning to fly. I googled some things. The Internet said leave it…
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  • #PeoplesClimate and People's Budget: #WorthSaving

    Robin Claremont
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    This Sunday, the People’s Climate March, billing itself as the largest climate march in history, will flood the streets of New York City to draw attention to the urgent need to address global climate change. Tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people will participate in the march set to coincide with a UN Summit on the climate crisis. One of the goals of the People’s Climate March is to push governments to act. In the days leading up to the march, its message has reached the ears of some members of Congress, despite the fact that both the House and Senate have left once again for…
  • The View from 3 Feet: Preschoolers + Video Cameras = Adorable

    Joe Bishop
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    Ever wondered what the world looks like from a preschooler's point of view? Well then check out this new (and totally adorable) short video about why preschool matters, as told by the little tots themselves. Honestly, I could talk your ear off about the importance of early learning, but wouldn't you rather have some cute kids with GoPro cameras show you why they love preschool? They're telling stories, doing art projects, practicing counting, and learning that "when somebody's talking to someone else, you be patient." You get the picture – now enjoy it from three feet! (P.S. Check…
  • #FoodFri Tweetchat: Raise YOUR Voice for Healthy School Snacks!

    Migdalia Rivera
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    Tweetchat Nationally, most students buy at least one sugary drink or snack every day in school—one of the many reasons why school food greatly affects their health. National guidelines are in place this year to make sure school snacks are healthy. Join us for FoodFri on Friday, September 19, 2014, at 1 p.m. EST. Click to learn more about our panelist, Prevent Obesity. YOUR VOICE is needed to make sure these changes are made in kids’ schools. It is our responsibility to ensure kids are healthy and ready to success in school and beyond. Studies show that children get better grades and miss…
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    This Full House

  • 15 Things You Never Say to a Perimenopausal Woman

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Being a mom is hard. Being a mom of teens is...uhhhhhhhh...excuse me for a moment...HEY! DID I NOT JUST SAY THE DISHWASHER IS DIRTY?!? GET YOUR PLATES OUT OF THE SINK, DAMMIT!!!...ummmmmm....what were we talking about, again?!? [takes another sip of coffee, blows bangs out of eyes, plays with chin hair] Oh yeah, NOW I REMEMBER! So, I was thinking. Dangerous, for a dork like me, I know. Still. I've been reading lots of blog posts and articles online about what we should or shouldn't be saying to a pregnant woman...EVUH!!!...because, DUH!!!! She's probably NOT in the mood for silly...
  • Wordless Wednesday: I Spy

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    this time, she didn't need help reaching the "bee-knock-eeyores" Linky Love Bytes: Wordless Wednesday HQ Follow my blog with Bloglovin ©2003 -2014 This Full House with a fan page on Facebook, a way for you to subscribe to receive This Full House blog post by Email and everything!
  • Sauder Experience: Evolution of a Shared Workspace

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:16 pm
    I'm very proud to partner with the good folks at Sauder, a manufacturer of affordable furniture you assemble yourself, and participate in the Sauder challenge: to share our experience(s) with Sauder and, hopefully, inspire other families (like mine) who have very little extra and literally, no room, or time to spare. I've been writing online for 11 years -- my first blog post went live on September 2, 2003 -- which is like forever ago, in the evolution of the blogging community. Today, I enjoy working to help others find online publishing opportunities and, hopefully, help further their…
 
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    Velveteen Mind

  • Let's Go Exploring

    velveteenmind@gmail.com (Megan Jordan)
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    I have been busy. September is an exciting month for me this year. I have been anxious to tell you all about it and today is the day! Heather King from the The Extraordinary Ordinary  (#JustWrite fame) and I are launching Writing Threads, a community for writers. From our announcement: We understand the life of today’s connected writer. You wake up in the morning with every intention of knocking out some substantial writing and then take “just a second” to check on your email or “peek in” on Facebook. Then in the hectic daily grind, your energy is sapped, your…
  • Perpetual Stillness Machine

    velveteenmind@gmail.com (Megan Jordan)
    13 Mar 2014 | 9:37 am
    The first rule of the Internet Hiatus is:  You do not talk about your Internet Hiatus. Definitely not during your Internet Hiatus. I've been offline, more or less, since mid-November. I didn't announce that I was going offline, I just went. The end. I did not feather my hiatus nest with a hashtag, inviting others to join in so we could all share tips online about how great we're doing staying offline. A hiatus is healthy, you should take one, too, and frequently, but it sort of messes up my hiatus when I'm busy monitoring questions about yours. Or checking your social media updates on…
  • An Experiment and Proposal on Hope

    velveteenmind@gmail.com (Megan Jordan)
    11 Mar 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Did you know that you can burn snack chips as kindling if you need to start a fire and can't find any twigs or brush? You can and I can tell you that Ruffles Sour Cream & Cheddar make the best choice, as they have the longest burning and most consistent flame. You know, just in case you are on your way to a Super Bowl party and get trapped in a blizzard. I know this because this was the experiment Quinn, my nine year old, chose for his science fair project this year. Like many of you, we knew about the science fair project for a long time but put it off. On the eve of the deadline to…
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    and baby makes 6!

  • Nobody puts baby in the corner

    Jody
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is how Honey feels about sharing her people with a bunch of dogs.
  • Three weeks

    Jody
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    We have 3 weeks of a new school year under our belts now. Everyone has eased into the new routine with just a few snags here and there (the boys WOULD NOT get out of bed when asked in the … Continue reading →
  • Back to school dinner 2014

    Jody
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    Sunday night we had our back to school dinner. There are two kinds of mothers.  Those who are ready for school to start and for the kids (and adults) to be back in some kind of a routine, and those … Continue reading →
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    いい出会いができるって本当?

  • 返事をしたりしないで下さい

    admin
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:06 pm
    やってみたら無料電話チャット 自然にこういったサイトに多く女性が集まることになります。沖縄にはよくダイビングをするために旅行に行くのですが、私みたいに年上男性にハマってしまう学生が多いらしく、同じニックネームのサクラから 「寂しいからすぐに会えないかな」などと言った内容のメールが送られてきます。ポイントを購入します。悪質なサイトに登録しては出会いなどありませんよ。…
  • 「女性に癒して欲しい」と言う心理

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    確かにこの段階では早くサイト内で動いてみたい欲求が最高潮に高まっていますし小学生 援助もちろんこういったサイトはほとんどが悪質サイトですからリンクをクリックすることも控えた方が賢明でしょう。 、 概してこれらの人々は教育水準やITリテラシーが高く、食事の際のマナーがより一層目立ってしまうでしょうね。ある程度実体のある会社ではないかと予想できたからです。自分の住んでするところでは○○ですというように、…
  • 男性の会員の方が多いようでした

    admin
    7 Sep 2014 | 3:03 am
    これを読んで下さっている今でも、 このように無料出会い系サイトSNSの機能は様々です。活動している人の多さが重要ということです。 そのカップルについて少し話したいと思います。ここでまた出会い系サイトの話に戻ります。 大体都心部でメールのやりとりをしてることが多いので、そして、…
 
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    slackermama . com

  • Clouds.

    Marilyn
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    from Instagram: http://ift.tt/1tOVB2v © Marilyn for slackermama . com, 2014. | Permalink | No comment Post tags: Instagram
  • Party girl.

    Marilyn
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    from Instagram: http://ift.tt/1wAGbOI © Marilyn for slackermama . com, 2014. | Permalink | No comment Post tags: Evie, Instagram
  • Photoset: Luck isn’t getting what you want, it’s surviving what you don’t want

    Marilyn
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Photoset: deanwinchestor: Luck isn’t getting what you want, it’s surviving what you don’t want http://t.co/yieOUAFfgX — callistawolf (@callistawolf) September 20, 2014 via Twitter http://ift.tt/1x6vt6B September 20, 2014 at 10:17AM © Marilyn for slackermama . com, 2014. | Permalink | No comment Post tags: IFTTT, Red Band Society, Tumblr, Twitter
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    Woulda Coulda Shoulda

  • Dorkin’ it up, travel edition

    Mir
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    So, some of you know that about 8 months ago I took a new job. This turned into An Actual Grown Up Job Job (as opposed to Sure It’s A Grown Up Freelance Job But Pants Are Still Optional Job), and that’s the very abbreviated version of how yours truly, possibly the crankiest person to […]
  • Pretend I know what I’m talking about

    Mir
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    There’s a certain magical thing that happens as your children get older; at least, it’s happening to me. In the very beginning, when they were tiny babies, I was sure I had no idea what I was doing. Over time, I gained confidence, and ever-so-steadily inched into a place where I felt like a competent […]
  • Tiny morsels of cranky, update-y goodness

    Mir
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    Life! Life, you so crazy. Or maybe you so normal and my coping skills are not. Hard to know. Maybe best not to dwell! Various and sundry, because I am still suffering from the illusion that anyone gives a damn: * School has been in session for about a month. Two excellent weeks at the […]
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    thecrookedmaple|Hijab fashion

  • Pentingnya Berhijab Bagi Wanita Muslim

    pedro scada
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala juga memerintahkan kaum wanita untuk menggunakan hijab sebagaimana firman Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala (yang artinya):“Dan katakanlah kepada wanita yang beriman: “Hendaklah mereka menahan pandangannya, dan memelihara kemaluan-nya, dan janganlah mereka menampakkan perhiasannya, kecuali yang (biasa) nampak dari padanya.” (Q.S An-Nur: 31)1.Hijab Itu Adalah Ketaatan Kepada Allah Dan Rasul              Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala telah mewajibkan ketaatan kepada Allah dan Rasul-Nya berdasarkan firman Allah Subhanahu…
 
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  • Back to the Lunchbox

    amalah
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    Congrats to Neena and Courtney, who won the 6-month subscriptions to NatureBox! I am officially pretty jealous. For anyone who didn't win, you can still try for free via this link. Ezra's love affair with school lunch ended somewhat predictably, and abruptly. Cafeteria-style pancakes are better in theory than reality, as anyone who has ever gotten their little hopes up over a bad hotel breakfast buffet can attest.  "I would like you to pack my lunch tomorrow. I will buy lunch again in five days. When I'm six. On Tuesday." (Leftover chicken banh mi with extra…
  • Hot Lunch Mess

    amalah
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    So after all that lunchbox talk, Ezra decided that he DID want to buy lunch at school after all. He decided this on Thursday but didn't tell me. Instead, he simply "forgot" his lunchbox at school, on purpose. Because he figured no lunchbox = no lunch from home = buying lunch at school = PROFIT.  But he didn't tell me the "on purpose" part, and still made no mention of wanting to buy lunch until Friday morning. I handed him an older, back-up lunchbox and was in the middle of reminding him to bring BOTH lunchboxes home when he promptly lost his shit.  HE…
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    Antique Mommy

  • The Confliction of Five and Ten

    Antique Mommy
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    What follows is a post I wrote in the fall of 2009.  Sean was five.  He is now ten, on the verge of 11. And once again we again find ourselves wobbling unsteadily between two worlds.  The one constant in the midst of the never ending river of change that is childhood is Mr. Monkey […]
  • Uncle Claude

    Antique Mommy
    24 May 2014 | 5:31 am
    Back in the summer of 2001, my Uncle Claude by marriage, passed away after a brief battle with cancer and Alzheimer’s.  During the time afterwards that I spent with Aunt Jean helping her write thank you notes, I came across a short essay that he had written among the papers at her house. The essay is not remarkable. […]
  • Antique Mommy 1, Easter Bunny 0

    Antique Mommy
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    I always think I should make Sean an Easter basket or fill a Christmas stocking. But I never do. I think the last time I made an Easter basket for Sean, he was four or five. That was the year I had the bright idea of filling Easter eggs with coins instead of candy.  I am […]
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    Working Moms Against Guilt

  • The Ultimate Family Project

    Susan
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    I love it when a family creates something cool together. My family doesn’t do nearly enough of this, because we’re all too “busy” doing “things” so much of the time. Once in a while, we make something, like this fused glass workshop Cassie and I did together earlier this year. When I saw this video promoting a new mobile app, I was totally inspired to get cracking on my family’s creativity front. I think you will, too: Back in the day, Jon Alexander (the dad featured in this video) and I worked together at an ad agency. I didn’t know him…
  • Green Cleaning Tips to Help Combat Enterovirus 68 and the Fall Flu

    Susan
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    The Enterovirus 68 is making headlines as it’s the culprit behind many seriously ill children in the Midwest and potentially beyond. Hospitals, including the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, report admitting record numbers of patients over the past week, many stricken with the uncommon and nasty virus. Most at-risk to be affected by Enterovirus D68 are those with a history of asthma or other weakened systems. So, how can a busy working mom help to prevent your children from becoming ill? According to Dr. Derek Wheeler, associate chief of staff at the Cincinnati…
  • #WhyIStayed: Bringing Intimate Partner Violence into the Light

    Susan
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    A few weeks ago, I was invited to join a small lunch-and-learn event at the local YWCA. Along with a group of Cincinnati-based bloggers, I learned about the organization’s mission (“Eliminating racism, empowering women”) and how they help women and children dealing with domestic violence. Really valuable and important stuff. I meant to write about it, but after the luncheon, I got distracted by work, family, the usual, and it fell off my radar. After reading, hearing and seeing what Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice did to his then fiancee (now wife) Janay, intimate…
 
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    the Disney Driven Life

  • Disney Driven Week In Review 9-21-14

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
        It’s the Disney Driven Week In Review! We understand that life keeps you busy, so here is a list of what you may have missed! Have you been counted? Information on becoming a member of the DDL is below. Sign up today & get counted! Do you use Networked Blogs or Bloglovin’? We are a part of Networked Blogs & Bloglovin’! Get our posts delivered to your inbox daily or weekly! Sign up information below. 19th Annual Epcot Food And Wine Festival Kicks Off Friday, September 19th! Monster’s Inc – Family Adventure Movie Night Celebrate Mexico…
  • The Exclusive Chase Cardholder Lounge Returns For Epcot’s Food And Wine Festival

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    I am so excited that the Chase Cardholder Lounge has returned! Last year, it was a great get-away to escape the Florida heat and crowds. The lounge is located in the upper level of the American Adventure Pavilion, featuring a complimentary beverage station and charging stations that were accommodating for almost any device.  Plenty of entertainment for all ages was available, from televised sports channels to Disney themed board games. Be sure to bring your Chase card with you & enjoy this perk! EXCLUSIVE CHASE CARDHOLDER LOUNGE RETURNS TO THE AMERICAN ADVENTURE PAVILION FOR THE 2014…
  • Our Love for Disney Cruise Line – Sharing Saturdays

    Jackie P
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
      This week, our DDL cruise expert, NDM Jackie P, shares with us why her family has fallen head over heels in love with Disney and the Disney Cruise Line. Sometimes, Disney magic is just what you need to heal. What makes you an NDP? Have a story to share? Have your own Disney Fan Site or Podcast you want to share with the community? Send it to ndm130 AT thedisneydrivenlife DOT com. We just might feature your story here on Sharing Saturdays.   I’ll never forget the first time I took my son to Walt Disney World, he was eight months old. Watching his reaction upon seeing…
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    Joy Unexpected

  • How to Make Adorable Bracelets Out of Safety Pins.

    Y
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Last weekend I spent the entire Sunday making bracelets with my daughter. They turned out adorable. I posted a picture of the bracelets on Facebook and a few of my friends asked how we made them. I was all “I will post instructions on my blog tomorrow!” It is now a week later, but better late than never, yes? Supplies: Safety pins Elastic Cord Glass Beads Scissors Jewelry Glue (optional) Step One: Bead the safety pins. This takes a while, but it’s super easy. Simply open the pin, place beads onto the open prong. It’s important that you leave enough space to close the…
  • Flu Season is Coming and I’m So Ready.

    Y
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:42 pm
    This is a sponsored post. I have been compensated for the time I spent writing it, but the thoughts and words are all mine I was asked on behalf of MamasLatinas to participate in the Walmart Family Routine campaign. I was told I’d be given a gift card to purchase a variety of health and wellness products from Walmart. My first question was “will I have to write about products that help with gas?” When I was assured that wouldn’t be the case, I was totally in. I’ve been a mother for twenty one years. I have lived through many flu seasons. I know it’s…
  • #TBT What I Wrote to My Daughter When She Turned Four.

    Y
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    My baby girl will turn 10 on Sunday. I have feelings about this. I will write them soon, but I wanted to share what I wrote back in 2008 when she turned 4. Time is such a jerk. This is what you looked like at 6:39 am the day you turned 4 years old. When you were a baby, I labeled you a “Drama Queen.” I know that it’s not nice to label people, but Girlfriend? There was no denying your dramatic ways. This past year, I learned that your Dramatic Nature isn’t always a negative thing. Your flare for being a little bit over the top is proving to be an amazing asset. You can…
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • Tim McGraw freaks out daughter's date with a knife

    Sara McGinnis
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Tim McGraw and Faith Hill seem to have found the secret to long-lasting love, but that doesn't quite mean either of the singers is ready for their three daughters to rush into dating. Gushing about his wife, the 47-year-old father of Gracie, 17, Maggie, 15, and Audrey, 12, recently... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • 3 easy ways your kids can help you lose the baby weight

    Stacy-Ann Gooden
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    by Stacy-Ann Gooden posted in Tips & Tricks There are a select few people who can sneeze and drop weight easily. But, there are those who have to work hard at losing those extra pounds. I fall into that last category. The main reason – I’m a busy mom. Rather than making that an excuse... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • 23 very early pregnancy symptoms: Which have you had?

    Melissa Willets
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:52 am
    by Melissa Willets posted in Mom Stories I didn't know it at the time, but my sore breasts, which felt like open sores (sorry for the visual, but it's true), were the earliest sign I was pregnant. That, and I felt fatigued, as if I was suffering from the flu. These early pregnancy symptoms hit me a... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
 
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    Stimeyland

  • Captain Clumsy and the 21K Race

    Stimey
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    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
  • I Will Celebrate My Triumphant and Exhausted Return From Disney World With a Gerbil Video

    Stimey
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:03 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
  • Guess What Time It Is?

    Stimey
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:03 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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  • Que la raison ne connaît point

    Julie
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    This "news" is not new, now eight months old, but I just saw it this week: IVF technology is overused and has health risks for babies, landmark article in British Medical Journal argues Women should ensure they have exhausted all options before resorting to IVF, according to international experts concerned the procedure is being overused. [...] Fifteen global experts co-wrote the article expressing concern over what they say is the liberal use of IVF in many countries. The article warns extended use of IVF increases the risk of harm, with multiple pregnancies associated with…
  • Songs of Innocence and of Experience

    Julie
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:42 am
    You know, Ben's morbid bent doesn't surprise me anymore. Over spring break we rented an apartment in Boston, the better to let Charlie mingle with his people. As Ben and I explored the neighborhood together, he noticed a cemetery."It's convenient that our apartment is near a graveyard," he said conversationally, "in case one of us dies during this vacation." He wouldn't drop the subject until I promised to take him there — but not that night, I told him, since we needed to get back for dinner. "Tomorrow," he specified. Sure, I said.
  • Nor custom stale

    Julie
    7 Feb 2014 | 6:49 am
    Rough morning. Charlie's rocking and rolling, objecting to everything, construing even the mildest guiding word as a slur against his honouuuur. After sixty or seventy gentle remonstrances, quiet redirections, and calm changes of subject, I'm starting to lose my cool. I finally fling away my patience with both hands and tell him to go, just gooooooooooo. GO get in the CAR before I go all cannibal hamster and eat my tender pink young. His parting salvo is "Ben never has to get sent anywhere when he's behaving badly!" The door slams and Ben runs over to it. Ben, you see,…
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    Mom in the City

  • Is the Kindle Fire for Kids Worth the Extra $50?

    Kimberly
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    Amazon recently introduced five new editions to their e-reader and tablet lines. Yesterday, I was able to learn more about the new products. The one that stood out to me most was the Kindle Fire for Kids (Fire HD Kids Edition). My 7 year-old son Sean LOVES the Kindle Fire that Amazon sent us last […] The post Is the Kindle Fire for Kids Worth the Extra $50? appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • 4 Resources for Fall Business Strategy Planning

    Kimberly
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Every few months, I take a couple of days to do a business strategy session with myself. I go over what has been profitable and what has been unhelpful. Although money is definitely a part of the equation, “profitable” isn’t strictly limited to finances for me. Rather, it means that it was something that I […] The post 4 Resources for Fall Business Strategy Planning appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Big Apple Circus Metamorphosis Giveaway

    Kimberly
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The last time that I was at the Big Apple Circus, I got in a fight! It was actually a fun fight, so I plan on going back. That is why I’m happy that my family will be attending Big Apple Circus METAMORPHOSIS, their new show, (as press) when it opens. Personally, I’m most looking […] The post Big Apple Circus Metamorphosis Giveaway appeared first on Mom in the City.
 
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  • Thoughts On Writing Better Ecommerce Product Content

    7 Sep 2014 | 3:44 pm
    A recent article by the Nielsen Norman Group — 3 Tips for Better Product Descriptions on Websites — got me thinking about product content. In particular, I want to talk about the first tip the author provides — 'answer questions.' As a retailer of video security products, I am often surprised by how little information some competitor websites provide about the products they sell.How do they expect customers to be able to make a purchasing decision based on so little information? These are products that cost hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars, so the customer's decision to…
  • 10 Tips to Write More Clickable and Shareable Headlines

    17 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    In this post on OkDork, 1 million blog post headlines were analyzed in the hope of finding out what makes one post more shareable than another. The results are compelling and worth incorporating into your own content creation process.For those with short attention spans, here are the key takeaways: List posts are the most likely to be shared, so write more of these. Use 'you' and 'your' in headlines in order to speak directly to the reader. Use words that show benefit to the reader (for example, giving away something for 'free' or teaching them 'how to' do something). List posts are popular…
  • More Infographics

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    I haven't posted much about what I have been working on in some time, so I thought I would catch up with a few infographics I have created with my online designer, Ismael.They all cover topics related to crime as the website for which they were created sells video security products. It is always an interesting process developing an infographic — coming up with a theme, researching the data and then art directing the design through various iterations. Knowing the work that goes into creating each one, I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out. Click on an infographic to view the…
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  • “Heather Has Two Mommies” Author Pens New Children’s Book of Jewish Holidays

    Dana
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:03 am
    Just in time for the Jewish New Year comes a new children’s book by Lesléa Newman, author of the classic Heather Has Two Mommies, taking us on a year-long journey through the Jewish holidays. Here Is the World: A Year of Jewish Holidays begins with an infant girl’s naming ceremony, moves to the weekly observance of Shabbat, and then proceeds to the yearly cycle from Rosh Hashanah through Shavuot (a lesser-known holiday that deserves greater recognition, in my opinion, as it is often celebrated with cheesecake). The book ends by bringing us back to Shabbat, in many ways…
  • Lesbian Mom and Daughter of Gay Dad Win Genius Grants

    Dana
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    Mary Bonauto Winners of MacArthur “genius grants” this year include Mary Bonauto, a leading attorney in the fight for marriage equality, who is also raising two 12-year-old girls with her spouse, and cartoonist Alison Bechdel, whose dad was gay and who, through her Dykes to Watch Out For comic strip, gave many of us our first look at lesbian moms. The MacArthur Fellowship, as the grant is officially known, is a “no-strings-attached,” $625,000 grant “to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and…
  • Texas Candidate Touts His Two Moms in Campaign Video

    Dana
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    David Rosen is running for treasurer of the most populous county in Texas. In his latest campaign video, he explains how his two moms, retired public schoolteachers, inspired him to serve his community. Rosen’s two moms, Andrea and Vivian, worked a combined 70 years as teachers in Houston’s public schools. It was their example of honorably serving the community, he says in the video below, that have motivated him to do the same. In the video and on his website, he explains that if elected, he will fight for same-sex partner benefits for county employees and…
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  • New Krusteaz Flat Bread Line

    Head Mommy
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
    Krusteaz Flatbread Mix Cooking and baking are two of my favorite past times.  I may not be the next Rachael Ray or Paula Dean, but I can cook a mean pan of lasagna, grill up some mouthwatering spare ribs or whip out a homemade birthday cake at the drop of a hat.  Part of this comes from growing up in a home with women who cooked and cooked a lot, part of this is my love of entertaining. Buford, BooBear and I love trying new foods.  Whether it be from the produce section of the grocery store each week, finding new recipes or just stumbling across something we find in other aisles.  When we…
  • Dick & Jane Educational Snacks

    Head Mommy
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    One thing most people don’t know about me and my children- we’re a family filled with knowledge seeking nerds.  We love learning, exploring, traveling and asking questions.  So it comes as no surprise that we fell in love with the Dick & Jane Baking Company shortly upon trying their products.  Not only are they educational, but they are healthy and delicious as well. Their vanilla shortbread cookies are all natural, nut free snacks.  Each cookie has an imprint of one of the U.S. States and Capitals, U.S. Presidents or a vocabulary word with a drawing and the name written…
  • A bedroom fit for a Princess!

    Head Mommy
    6 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    While on the hunt for a new home, I knew that I wanted to make my children’s bedrooms special.  I wanted each of their rooms to represent them in every aspect and give them a place to call their own. BooBear’s bedroom is the only room in the house that had me stumped.  Her personality, her style– they are what make her stand out in a crowd.  When she envisioned her room, she wanted rainbows, unicorns, fairies, owls, butterflies and Hello Kitty.  She wanted her walls painted various colors and hot pink carpeting.  BooBear envisioned every girls room wrapped into one…
 
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  • Twelve!

    Ree
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    This was taken shortly before I started blogging. I only owned a point-and-shoot camera then, and didn’t know anything about photography…but this is still one of my favorite photos of him.       Another one of my favorite photos. Okay, he happens to be naked and asleep on the sidewalk underneath his blanket, which was actually an old, worn yellow bath towel…but it reminds me of the days he sucked his thumb. Those were some precious times.       He used to love putting on costumes and jumping on the trampoline. Aw, the Power Ranger days!  …
  • Panorama

    Ree
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    I was running (okay, walking) Saturday evening (wait, was it Saturday? I think it was Saturday. At least I hope it was Saturday. This is what happens when you’re 45 and have four kids and can’t remember your mother’s maiden name) when I was positively gobsmacked (say that with a British accent, just for kicks) by the fiery, blazing (are those two terms redundant?) sunset in the western (not really necessary to insert the word “western”, as that’s sort of a given) sky. So basically, I made the dogs stop with me (they were more than happy to do so;…
  • Takeoff and Landing

    Ree
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    First of all: Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend of rest, relaxation, excitement, exercise, watching movies, dusting, eating…or whatever it is that you hoped to accomplish this weekend. I realize the above photo has absolutely nothing to do with what I just said. But it doesn’t really need to, does it?       Second: Please, whatever else you do today, please make it a point to head over to The Pioneer Woman Cooks for a second or two and print out this recipe as soon as humanly possible. You need it in your life. Thank you for your…
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  • Be First to Shop Gilt.com’s Semi-Annual Stroll in Style Event!

    Shelby Toompas
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Gilt.com is about to launch its Semi-Annual Stroll in Style event, and they’re giving Parents and American Baby readers an exclusive opportunity to get in the door before the event officially begins on Monday, September 22. With steals on Stokke strollers, BabyBjörn baby carriers, Danzo diaper bags, and Aden + Anais swaddles, you’ll want to get in early! And for every purchase made in the Stroll in Style event, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Children’s Health Fund. Melissa Keswin, GILT Director of Baby and Kids, offers these shopping tips:…
  • Melissa Joan Hart Launches Boys’ Clothing “Made with Awesomeness in the U.S.A.”

    Shelby Toompas
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    If you have boys and wish there were more clothing options for little dudes, Melissa Joan Hart understands! She and her husband, Mark Wilkerson, have three boys: Mason, 9, Brady, 6, and Tucker, 2. They’re launching King of Harts and shared with Parents how the line got its start and what we have to look forward to. P: When did you realize you wanted to launch a kids’ clothing line? MJH: Mark and I have always been disappointed with the boy side of clothing stores. Never enough options and usually the shirts are covered in licensed characters like Spongebob or Spiderman. We…
  • 10 Hollywood Home Births

    Goodyblog
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    By Jenny Schafer Hollywood is having a baby boom. And some of our favorite celebrity moms are welcoming their babies at home. While home births still constitute less than 1 percent of total births in the United States, births at home have increased 50 percent since 2004, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue reading about 10 celebrity moms – including Cindy Crawford, Alyson Hannigan and Gisele Bündchen  - who had home births. Stacy Keibler Supermarket Superstar host Stacy Keibler and her husband Jared Pobre welcomed their first child on August 20, she…
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  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Image and text by Gabrielle. Hello, Friends! How are you doing? It’s been a good week at our house. Nothing too eventful, but it was one of those weeks where it felt like things ran pretty smoothly. That’s always feels like such a bonus! This weekend, I’m toying with the idea of getting started remodeling the girls’ bedroom. Pulling up old carpet, taking down the ceiling tiles — that sort of thing. But it’s a big job, and I really shouldn’t start anything new until the book is completely done. Hah! We’ll see how it goes. How about you? Any fun…
  • Four Picture Books You’ll Love

    Design Mom
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    Images and text by Gabrielle. Oh my goodness. I haven’t written a post about children’s books in months — the last post was in March! So I thought it would be fun today to share four in one post. Let’s get to it! 1) Bonjour Camille by Felipe Cano. Illustrations by Laia Aguilar. Such a gorgeous book. You’ll meet Camille on a sunny Sunday morning. And get ready, because Camille has so many things to do! Eating cherries, jumping on the bed, talking to the wind, and on and on. The pages feel magical — like they’re lifted right out of child’s head. 2) Mix…
  • Get Moving!

    Design Mom
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    Images and text by Gabrielle. Let’s talk movement today. Ben Blair goes to the gym five days a week, but I’ve never been very good at incorporating official exercise — like running, or a class at the gym, or yoga — into my daily routine. That said, I think of myself as a someone who uses my body a lot, not because I’m exercising, but because my calendar is generally packed and my commitments keep me on the move. There are certainly weeks where that is true — during Alt Summit I rarely get to sit for more than a few minutes, and anytime I’m in the middle of a…
 
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  • 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. […]
  • The Bucket List

    Lydia Hernandez
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:42 pm
    There are so many things that I want to do. So many things that I have been putting off and since my split, a fire has been lit under me. Life is going to pass me by unless I get on it. And as I meet new people and have new experiences, I find that […]
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  • The Home Stretch

    angella
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    As Murphy’s Law would dictate, I wrote about everything being up in the air on Monday night, and then everything changed on Tuesday morning. The teachers’ union and the government agreed on a tentative agreement (The parties involved need to vote and ratify the agreement on Thursday and Friday, but things are looking good)(If they don’t vote YES, then I will lose all faith in humanity). I got a text on Tuesday morning from our Realtors, wondering if we could have our house ready for a showing on Wednesday afternoon. Of course we could! The kids did their regular chores, we…
  • L to the M to the D

    angella
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Well over three years ago, I signed on to be a food blogger for lifemadedelicious.ca. Life Made Delicious is a site hosted by General Mills Canada and it’s where they share recipes based on their products (Which we use very often, and is why I threw my hat into the ring when the call was made). There has been a bit of a hiatus over the past four months as changes were made to the site, and to the roster of bloggers, and to the people who are the ones managing us food bloggers and dealing with the people at General Mills. The program has changed a bit, and I think that it’s for…
  • Valley Of Tomorrow

    angella
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:51 pm
    I like routine. I like schedules that I can plan around, and lists upon lists that I write and cross items off of (By hand — no app will ever replace the satisfaction of using a pen to paper for a strikethrough). Structure (that I can be free with) makes my world feel balanced and centred. I’m used to that structured routine being disrupted for the two months of summer break, but this current fight between the teachers’ union and the government mean that my kids have now been out of school for three months. The news I read today first made me hopeful, because the union and…
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  • 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…
  • As Of Today, August 18, 2014

    bosssanders
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:11 pm
    I am thinking… My brain is running through a bunch of different courses right now.  You really don’t want a tour. First, I feel like I owe an apology…or, at least an explanation, as to why I basically dropped off the face of the Earth for a while.  A couple of months ago, we found out we were pregnant and excitement was high.  Then, we lost the pregnancy.  It’s been a two-month journey back to “mostly normal” – my body, hormones, emotions…everything was severely messed up.  In the thick of it, we were/are trying to shield our children from this…
  • A DAY IN THE LIFE

    bosssanders
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    We have GREAT days where we zoom through school at lightning speed.  There are days where I feel peaceful and full of joy.  Other days, I feel like we are struggling just to all make it to the end of the day, alive…much less with peace or joy.  For the days when you feel like you’re doing it all wrong and that you are the only one bordering on insanity, feel free to come back to this post.  Please know that the following is not my EVERY DAY… but these days come and go.  It’s just part of the season of life that we are in right now… with a newly adopted 7…
 
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  • @barbling: Do You Make These 5 Common Mistakes and Get Stuck in Low Self-Esteem? http://buff.ly/1lI0cPO

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    This Just In! Do You Make These 5 Common Mistakes and Get Stuck in Low Self-Esteem? http://buff.ly/1lI0cPO 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!
  • The New Pinterest Analytics Tool: How To Use It for Business | Social Media Exam…

    21 Sep 2014 | 8:54 am
    This Just In! The New Pinterest Analytics Tool: How To Use It for Business | Social Media Examiner http://buff.ly/XEGbke The New Pinterest Analytics Tool: How To Use It for Businesswww.socialmediaexaminer.comDo you want to measure your Pinterest efforts? This article shows how the new Pinterest Analytics features help get the most out of Pinterest marketing. 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…
  • @barbling: The New Pinterest Analytics Tool: How To Use It for Business | Social Media Examiner http://buff.ly/XEGbkj

    21 Sep 2014 | 8:54 am
    This Just In! The New Pinterest Analytics Tool: How To Use It for Business | Social Media Examiner http://buff.ly/XEGbkj Explore the Original Source (Ask yourself – how can you apply this update to your own business?) Hey there! Glad you could stop by… did you know you’re viewing only a portion of the free timely updates available? Join us at Our Authority Marketing Community to get the full range of goodness that’s waiting for you!
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  • Iogo Moments of Mmmmmmm

    Kerry Sauriol
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:09 am
    I have to admit, I love getting yogurt delivered to my door.   Yum.   Iogo (I can’t figure out how to do all the symbols) is already a household favourite here, and they have certainly outdone themselves with the new line called ‘Moment’.   Iögo Moment comes in two formats: a creamy yogurt loaded with fruit on the bottom starring such delectable combinations as apple-caramel and orange-cranberry along with the classics of field strawberry and raspberry, and a yogurt with lemon pulp or vanilla bean. Just like other iögo products, iögo Moment makes no compromise when it…
  • Kidecals for School and More

    Kerry Sauriol
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:09 pm
    I will admit right here that I fail utterly when it comes to keeping this family organized.  It is just not in my DNA.  I try.  I have wall folders for the kids stuff, I buy all the fancy lunch containers and water bottles and all that gets lost and scattered…..just don’t even OPEN that kitchen cupboard okay?  I know stuff should be all sorted and labeled accordingly when it comes to not only the kids stuff but my home business.   I  ALMOST get there by keeping stuff in large brown envelopes that I mostly remember to write on them what is supposed to be in them.  This is…
  • InstaGlammed with Katy Perry

    Kerry Sauriol
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Caity and I were THRILLED to be invited to not only see the Katy Perry concert last night, but also MEET her!  For this we needed some serious glamming and turned to CoverGirl to help us out.  Katy is the ‘spokesmodel’ for CoverGirl’s InstaGlam lineup.  Check out the collection here, for tips and tricks.   We hit London Drugs to add to our collection of makeup and then had a blast making us look GORGEOUS for our big night out.  The Bombshell Shineshadow cream is really fun.  It comes in different shades and Caity loved it being so sparkly. Caity is only ten, so is just…
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  • The Case For School Uniforms, Number #2749

    ali
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Raising tween-to-teenage girls is such a tricky, tricky business, isn’t it? At 13, Emily so desperately wants to grow up. She wants to wear mascara (clear only, love), she wants to wear heels (I’ll allow the wedges for now), she wants to “dress more like Blair Waldorf this year — I need to get a good blazer.” (She now has a blazer). And I get it, I so do. I mean, it’s not such a stretch for me to remember being 13, just a few short years ago. Fine, 23 years ago. Good lord, that’s an entire college graduate amount of time since I have been 13. But I…
  • The Bed Commandments

    ali
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Isabella has this particular way of being tucked in to bed. I don’t know where it came from, but somewhere along the line it became a thing. A thing that she requires every single night. She sleeps on top of a plush red blanket with white polka dots and she sleeps underneath a plush white blanket with red polka dots. It’s a soft-side of the plush blankets sandwich. She also sleeps on three pillows, that are lined up just so. Her water glass needs to be filled exactly 3/4 of the way up, and Snuggles the Irish Bear needs to be upright and facing her. I have a thing about making the…
  • For Asking

    ali
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    The thing about coming from a long line of obnoxiously independent people is the crippling inability to ask for help. I mean, sure, this is mostly a positive thing. I’m capable! I can do everything! I don’t need anything but me! Except, you see, it means that I can’t ask someone to carry a load that’s too heavy for me. Both literally and figuratively. I won’t ask you to carry a too-heavy photo prop in the same way that I won’t ask you to watch one of my kids so I could take another somewhere in the same way I wouldn’t ask you to come and use your…
 
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  • Prayers to St. Jude

    CharTherCT
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    Prayers to St. Jude Oh glorious apostle St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor who delivered thy beloved Master into the hands of His enemies has caused thee to be forgotten by many, but the Church honors and invokes thee universally as the patron of hopeless cases– of things despaired of.  Pray for me who am so miserable; make use, I implore thee, of that particular privilege accorded thee of bringing visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of.  Come to my assistance in this great need, that I may receive the consolations and succor of…
  • Superbook Bida ng Pagbabago Road Show with Gizmo at Abreeza Mall Davao

    CharTherCT
    2 Jun 2014 | 3:20 am
    Superbook Bida ng Pagbabago Road Show with Gizmo at Abreeza Mall Davao Superbook is one of the popular TV animated series that tells stories from the Bible. I remember watching it often in the 1980′s when it started. It been shown in more than many countries worldwide, translated into many languages and has been viewed by over a half billion people. We didn’t know that there was going to be a show in Abreeza. We just happen to be there for our regular grocery errand and we saw that there was show going on near the entrance/exit closest to the supermarket. The show was already…
  • Raymond Lauchengco Live in Abreeza Mall Davao

    CharTherCT
    31 May 2014 | 6:17 am
    Raymond Lauchengco Live in Abreeza Mall Davao May 31, 2014 The show was hosted by Ms. Joey Sy-Domingo that started around six in the evening at the activity center of the Ayala Mall in Davao. Raymond Lauchengco is an accomplished Filipino concert and recording artist. He also did several movies way back then. Bagets is a 1984 two-part Philippine youth-oriented comedy film made by Viva Films about a group of high school teenagers starring also Aga Mulach, William Martinez, Eula Valdez, Yayo Aguila, Herbert Bautista, JC Bonnin among others. It was very popular way back then. Those who knew and…
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  • Top 10 Food Allergens and Food Sensitivities

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:09 pm
     Conflicting information currently exists regarding the avoidance of the top 10 food allergens during the first year of life, although it is unanimously recommended for a baby to avoid common allergens if there is a first degree relative (parent or sibling) with a history of food allergies.  With so many well documented potential reactions to […]
  • Understanding Food Labels: Part 3

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    As part of our Understanding Food Labels series, we’ve delved into the significance of the listed ingredients, calories, and % Daily Values on a food label. This third installment digs into some less obvious components of a food label, particularly front of label claims. Food label claims are where things tend to get a little […]
  • Understanding Food Labels: Part 2

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    In our first installment of Understanding Food Labels we started at the top, and will work our way through the rest of the label in part 2.  Percent Daily Value The Percent Daily Value (%DV) in the Nutrition Facts Label represents the amount of nutrients in one serving of the food.  For example, as the […]
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  • Hugging it Out

    zoot
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:13 am
    This one. Man. He’s been our most challenging one FOR SURE. We had the Terrible Twos that lasted from age Two to age 5 and 2’ish months. Then we entered the period of life I like to call “Normal Insane Boy” where he was by NO MEANS “easy” but he wasn’t spitting in my face in hotel hallways or kicking me as I carried him screaming out of school assemblies. So: NORMAL INSANE BOY. Not: DEMON FROM PRESCHOOL HELL. But the funny thing is he is – by far – the sweetest of my kids. And I mean that in the Hallmark definition of the word. He’s…
  • Washi Tape Makes Everything Better

    zoot
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Some days my bullet journal is filled with roughly scribbled notes piled on to the day before with arrows and lines and illegible addendums because I haven’t taken the time to go through the prior day’s notes and just barely making time to sort out the current day’s tasks. But then…other days…I take time in the morning to create the Page For The Day. I go through the previous days to see what I didn’t actually complete and add it to the current day. Then I make sure I have everything from the current day listed as referenced from my monthly calendar, or…
  • I Survived A Group Ride!

    zoot
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:11 am
    I mentioned recently that we had a strange/scary surge of cyclist/car accidents recently. It prompted me to write a Share The Road entry, mainly as the wife of a cyclist. Well, last night we had a solidarity ride/fundraiser event for two cyclists in our community that were hit recently. Because it was held at Redstone Arsenal, which is a secure location, we had to register in advance to get our names on an approved entry list. Last I heard, we had 200+ registered last night. And while I couldn’t see everyone because my husband and I started in the front of our line, I wouldn’t be…
 
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  • Drop It Modern

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you are planning a party you should check out Drop It Modern over on Etsy. They have managed to give a grown up look to the usual giant balloons and photo backdrops.
  • Upcoming 4Moms Products

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    4Moms will be releasing an updated version of the Mamaroo in early 2015. The company has redesigned the base and user interface, and there will be new fabrics. But the really exciting part of the updated Mamaroo is the smartphone app. You will be able to do anything that you could do from the user interface right from your phone. No more disturbing the baby or having to stop what you are doing.And 4Moms' hits from last year's ABC Expo will be released to. So look for their automated car seat and the Origami Go.
  • Nursery Inspiration

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    A cute modern nursery filled with "grown up" modern art. By Estee Stanley
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  • Paleo-Friendly Pumpkin Cupcakes

    Melissa Hillier
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    Each year, about this time, I get a taste for all things pumpkin. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin spiced latte, everything pumpkin! There’s a local restaurant that serves THE BEST pumpkin bread. I could honestly go for a plate of just that. Until now. Today I’m sharing a recipe for pumpkin cupcakes that is amazing! These cupcakes are far better tasting than the bread at the local restaurant I mentioned. Best part? The ingredients are all Paleo-friendly. If you aren’t familiar with Paleo, this means these cupcakes are also good for…
  • 13 DIY Spooky Halloween Party Ideas

    Melissa Hillier
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    With Halloween still a few weeks away, there’s plenty of time to gather your supplies and create the spookiest Halloween party in all the land. From spider web decorations and witch finger foods, monster cakes and sugar skull pinatas, we’ve got a bunch of fun ideas listed for you!   /1/ DIY Halloween Party Invitation- If you’re going to have a party you have to let people know. Print these invitations from home and send them to your closest friends and family. /2/ Trash Bag Spider Web Decoration- Chances are you have the supplies for this craft in your home already. /3/…
  • 15 Fashion Shoes DIYs

    AngEngland
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    Who doesn’t love a great pair of shoes? And the only thing that makes a new pair of shoes better is a pair of shoes that is custom-made and one-of-a-kind. See some of the cutest ways to dress up your plain-Jane footwear! Decoden Shoe Clips by A Little Craft in Your Day Sparkle Toe Shoes by Mom It Forward Leather Lace-on Shoe Mustaches by Mum in the Mad House Doctor Who Inspired Galaxy Shoes by Craft Test Dummies Lace TOMS Summer Shoes by Homemade101 Ombre Sneakers by Dream a Little Bigger Knitting Baby Booties by Blissfully Domestic Five-Minute Shoe Clips by Adventures in Fashion Frida…
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    vintage everyday

  • Rare and Utterly Charming Photos of Audrey Hepburn

    John VE
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    A style icon and Hollywood legend, there's not much to say about Audrey Hepburn that hasn't already been said — but we'll say it again anyway. She's worth it.Acting goofy in front of the cameraAudrey posing with a donkey in the countryside, 1955Preparing for academy awards, nominated for her role in ‘Roman Holiday’, 1954Overwhelmed after winning an academy awardSee more »
  • Black and White Pictures of Animals in World War I

    John VE
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    Animals were used in World War I on a scale never before seen -- and never again repeated. Horses by the millions were put in service as cavalry mounts and beasts of burden, but they were not the only animals active in the war. Mules, dogs, camels, and pigeons all played vital roles, as well as many others -- all at great risk, and with heavy cost.A single soldier on his horse, during a cavalry patrol in World War I. At the start of the war every major army had a substantial cavalry, and they performed well at first. However, the development of barbed wire, machine guns and trench warfare…
  • American School Children, ca. 1900

    John VE
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
 
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    Daily Plate of Crazy

  • Talking is the New Tech

    D. A. Wolf
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    You have to chuckle: Apparently, talk is the new technology. Or rather, talking with a voice… over a telephone. It seems that talking is making a comeback, though for some of us, the value of the chatty check-in or the reassurance of a friend’s laughter never went the way of the telegram. Instead, we supplemented the phone’s usage with email, text, social media and Skype – when it made sense. But we did not – and will not – replace its conversation entirely. I will add: Nor do we automatically substitute voice on its own with the glitzier go-to, Face Time.
  • “When I’m Done, I’m Done” (Or Not)

    D. A. Wolf
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Couples who get back together after a break up? Try this scenario: They were sweethearts 25 years earlier, split up, led separate lives, had kids, and met again. Both divorced, they pick up where they left off – now in their 40s or 50s. Sound familiar? Maybe the version you’ve heard involves a widow or widower, but the basics remain the same – what once fizzled is successfully rekindled – and sticks. How many of us know of at least one couple who could tell this story? Off the top of my head, I can name that tune several times over. Getting Back Together After a Break…
  • The Language Link

    D. A. Wolf
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    First impressions? Not only are they a matter of how we look, but how we speak and what we say. Voice, tone, body language – certainly our choice of words – these reveal far more about us than we may realize. As for communication skills, haven’t we all seen adept politicians use them to their advantage? Likewise, inspirational leaders in any domain, including business. A powerful speaker is a force to be reckoned with. I would say the same for the writer who wields her pen wisely. A recent article in Time provides food for thought on the issues around language and…
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    Born Just Right

  • The 3D printing revolution wants to meet you

    Jen Lee Reeves
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Jordan got to see how an e-NABLE hand works during Camp No Limits There’s a one-of-a-kind event happening later this month and it kind of kills me that I am going to miss it. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go! e-NABLE is holding a one-day conference bringing 3D printing experts together with prosthetic experts… and maybe even you! The volunteer-based organization is making waves all across the country by creating inexpensive and creative hands and arms for limb different kids and adults. For the first time (the group is a little more than a year old), e-NABLE is…
  • Redefining staring and rude staring

    Jen Lee Reeves
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    I think this counts as an example of rude staring. Last week we launched an awesome conversation about putting an end to staring. The one thing that came up many different time is the varying comfort people have to ask questions about a difference and the varying comfort people feel when they are asked questions. I think we might need to first redefine staring. There really are two kinds. There’s passive staring from afar that does not bother a person who is 100 percent cool with his or her difference. I’m helping Jordan reach this phase. A person with a difference doesn’t…
  • Using a t-shirt to stop the staring

    Jen Lee Reeves
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:25 am
    Last week’s dance class was rough. There were two hip hop classmates who wouldn’t stop staring at Jordan and she didn’t feel up to confronting the kids. I got a bit saucy about staring on this blog… And it opened up some great conversations. But while us grown ups work on refining how we raise our kids to learn and grow around differences, Jordan has to navigate reality. So this week… She did something a little different for dance class. She made her point about ending the stares with the help of a t-shirt. Don’t Stare, Just Ask. Pretty cool, eh? When I…
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    The Art of Simple

  • Weekend links

    Tsh
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Paper vs. plasma: how the digital reading shift is impacting your brain :: The Takeaway Raising a kind daughter :: Huffington Post Guard your gates :: Sarah Bessey Henry James and the Great Y.A. Debate :: The New Yorker It’s like they know us :: Tumblr “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”– C.S. Lewis Friends of The Art of Simple: • Stay at Home Yoga. - A Virtual Yoga Studio. • She Plans Dinner. - Taking the Planning Out of Dinner. • Inspiration Now. - Feel…
  • On being you

    Brooke McAlary
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    by Brooke McAlaryTo be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson Recently I attended a conference where I met someone whom I can only describe as “my people”. For me, a relatively introverted, insecure woman, it’s always a revelation when you meet someone you so readily connect with. It makes me think I mustn’t be such a bad person. This lovely woman and I hung out over the two days of the conference, laughing and telling stories and getting to know each other. At dinner on the…
  • Sweet ideas for simple and meaningful baby showers

    Megan Tietz
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    by Megan TietzI have such fond memories of each shower thrown for me as an expectant mama, but one event stands out as a favorite. When I was hugely pregnant with our twin sons, my friends in our neighborhood put together a lovely and low-key shower that was wonderfully without cheesy games or extravagant decor. Glasses of wine for them, sparkling juice for me. Platters of cheese and fruit and sinking back with laughter into the couches of the warm living room of my next door neighbor while music played softly in the background. It was far more Girls’ Night than traditional shower, and…
 
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    We are THAT Family

  • Let’s Get Craftsy (Free Mini Classes)

    Kristen
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:43 pm
    I have a long history with my glue gun. I’ve always loved arts and crafts and DIY projects. If you’ve been a long time reader, you know The Love. And all those years ago as I modgepodged my way thru nap time and crafted my way around the house, I had no idea I’d get to use my hobby to empower women around the globe. On that first trip to Kenya more than four years ago, we taught young moms a few crafty projects and they are still filling up this shop with their creations.  When my niece taught me to loom knit over Christmas break last year, I had no idea a month later,…
  • WFMW: How I Moved From Artificial Faith to the Real Thing

    Kristen
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:56 pm
    I’m happy to introduce you to this week’s guest poster Edith 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. Twelve years of silence in our home. No children to fill the space of our hearts with laughter. So, we waited. Little did we know that God’s plan for our marriage was a journey of many “no” answers. Test after test, the answer was “no.” No, you cannot carry a child. No, the in-vitro has failed (twice). No, you will not be biological parents – ever. The years…
  • How To Live a 2-Star Life in a 5-Star World

    Kristen
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    So. There are some things that go along with writing a book. You know besides all the fame and truck loads of money. Heh. Four months out and I still get weekly questions like, “How’s the book doing so far?” “How many copies have you sold?” “Has it been reviewed in a journal?” “How do you feel about it releasing the same time as five other blogger’s books?” And then suggestions “Maybe you should try to push it here… or Guest post there…” These are not my favorite. Because with every question comes a comparison…
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    Scary Mommy

  • I’ve Got This, Mom

    Lauren Kozloff Sinrod
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Image via ShutterstockAs infants, our kids depend on us for literally everything. We even help our babies burp, which apparently they can’t do on their own.  One of our primary missions as parents of these growing kids is to teach them to eventually become independent, and (gulp) not rely on us so much. I recently wrote a post about letting go of children as they grow, and how sometimes it’s the kids who know they are ready for the next stage even before we parents do. After I wrote that article, I sat back and realized it really boils down to the child saying and/or showing, “Hey Mom…
  • Top 15 Worst Errands to Run with Kids

    Janie Porter
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Image via ShutterstockYeah, I know what you’re thinking: Every errand should be on this list, and you’re probably right, but I’ve narrowed it down to the worst offenders.15. Clothes shopping. As if dressing your post-child body wasn’t hard enough. Trying on shirts, swimsuits, undergarments with kids in tow, even if they’re both confined to the stroller, can be an incredibly torturous experience. Even if you race through Old Navy, grabbing any shirt that looks remotely workable, then wait for the handicapped dressing room and get the kids inside, you have exactly 4…
  • At Least 70% Of Being A Parent Sucks

    Susie Johnson
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Image via ShutterstockYesterday I coached a swim meet with three other coaches from my team.One was Cool College Babysitter (CCB), and one was a father of three (FOT) who is about my age.As I was standing on deck with the two of them, CCB, who is 22, asked both of us,“What percentage, would you say, of being a parent sucks?”I thought for a moment.“At least 70%,” I told her.“But not more than 97.5%,” answered the FOT.“Yeah, see? I used to think I wanted kids, but now I’m not so sure,” she said.And then FOT and I immediately responded with the But that 30 – 2.5%  percentage…
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  • The Other Mummy

    admin
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    To celebrate Children’s Book Week here in Australia, my eldest decided to dress up as a mummy for his school’s parade. Of course, I had to help him with his outfit. It was 20 minutes before we had to leave for school and I was frantically trying to wrap him up in toilet paper and sticky tape. It was the stupidest idea ever. The toilet paper didn’t work because it kept tearing and falling apart. I was getting desperate and quite close to tearing up my old white bedsheets, so I could get a good wrap around my son. But then I had an idea… I used kitchen paper towels with…
  • From City To Surf To Hamburger (Then Bed)

    admin
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    My friends and I participated in the recent Perth City to Surf! This year the running event celebrated it’s 40th year, but for me, this year was my first time running in it… so I was pretty excited! However, two weeks before the event, I was down with the flu, fever and dizziness, and it threw my running training out of whack (ie. I didn’t do a training run for 10 days). And it was only the day before the event, that I felt 90% back to normal and I decided I would still run – BUT I had to promise myself to take it easy. This is my friend Pippa and I, about to run the…
  • Building a Stylish Wardrobe – White Pants and Oxfords

    admin
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    I was recently introduced to someone as a “fashion blogger” and she immediately asked me earnestly, ‘Ooh! I need a fashion tip! What should I buy?” It’s a tricky answer. But it made me realise that most people – as well as me – just need a quick and specific suggestion to get them thinking about their next fashion purchase. So here’s a tip! If you need to refresh or update your wardrobe this season, I suggest you get some slim white pants and oxford shoes! Mine have instantly multiplied my outfits, giving me endless combinations with my existing…
 
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    The Chronicles of a SAHM

  • On a roller coaster

    Cynthia Wheeler
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:51 pm
    True to Chicago form, the weather in Chicago has been a bit bonkers. I took this on a run a couple days ago...then I took this...yesterday.Last winter, after the marathon, I quit running all together. I just couldn't bring myself to get out in that bitter cold. This winter...I'll be ready.Bring on the Polar Vortex...I'll be that crazy woman running in it!
  • Total Drama...#StreamTeam

    Cynthia Wheeler
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:13 pm
    I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team. I received a welcome kit which includes a year’s subscription to Netflix. Opinions expressed are my own.Gonna let you in on a little secret...I love cartoons. Love 'em.I used to keep this hidden. The kiddos would be watching Regular Show (which I love) or Gravity Falls (which in my opinion is the best show on TV) I'd watch along with them, basically because I enjoyed them. Dirty. Little. Secret.About a week ago, I was watching The Daily Show. Jon Stewart was talking to Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss. Out of nowhere..he drops, "Gravity Falls has these…
  • Lululemon Peplum Tank Love

    Cynthia Wheeler
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Not sponsored, just love.I never shop, but for whatever reason, I have become quite smitten with peplums. I give you exhibit A from my Instagram account.When I saw this SUPER cute tank at Lulu, I simply had to buy it!If anyone at Lululemon is listening, please make a peplum jacket to match...I pinky promise I will buy it too ;)*It's out of stock on their website, but you might be able to find one in the store. It's a bit pricey at $58, but it's just. So. Cute.
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  • Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

    Kimberly Grabinski
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    I know, I had you at bacon, right? I could have said “bacon, head cheese soup” and you wouldn’t have even noticed. Bacon is magic. The word and the food. Speaking of head cheese, did you know that it actually is not cheese? Nope, it’s pork. Basically made up of the pig’s head. Yup, now you […] The post Bacon Cheeseburger Soup appeared first on .
  • Family Movie Night with Netflix plus free Turbo: Fast Printables

    Kimberly Grabinski
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    One of the easiest ways to spend quality time together as a family is to establish a family movie night. Ours usually also included a board game with it as well. It doesn’t cost anything and we really cherish the time just hanging out with our kids. They seem to enjoy it as well and […] The post Family Movie Night with Netflix plus free Turbo: Fast Printables appeared first on .
  • Easy Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer Recipe

    Kimberly Grabinski
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Tis the season for pumpkin spice, well, everything. But pumpkin spice flavored coffee is one of the big draws this time of year and for those of us who enjoy it, it’s something we look forward to the rest of the year. I think people throw parties when Starbucks puts up their new fall signage advertising their […] The post Easy Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer Recipe appeared first on .
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    MotherhoodLater.com - World’s leading website, eZine and community for midlife moms.

  • Adjusting To The School Schedule By: Lori Loesch

    Lori Loesch
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:37 am
      Adjusting to a new school schedule is always the same.  Everyone is displaced, trying to find a comfortable spot, in a new grade, a new school, with new students.   We’re in the third week of school.  There have been a few changes.  A few things we let go.  It’s sad to see things change, yet it’s usually a good thing, if it’s the right change.  Having Faith join cheerleading was an exciting change.  The traveling was a hurdle, but I was ready to run and jump as best I could.  Driving or riding long distances is not something that I’m comfortable…
  • There’s no place like home…. By Vicky Dal Molin

    Vicky
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    My last post was all about time management (or seeming lack thereof in my life these days). So what happens when you take that time-poor existence and then try and transport it with a 2 year old half way around the world? Well effectively more poor time management but what I think was the trip of a lifetime for us both and certainly a learning experience for myself. So Aussie Mum and her American Kid head off to Australia a couple of weeks ago. Just the 2 of us. Aussie Mum will admit she was completely terrified of traveling alone with overly rambunctious and prone to way too many tantrum…
  • Tick Tick Tick…. Where does time go? By Vicky Dal Molin

    Vicky
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    So it’s been quite a while since I last wrote and for that I feel extremely slack and take full responsibility for. I just cannot believe how much time has passed by without me realizing. I kept putting off and putting off finishing my blog each week and now we are here….. dare I admit it a couple of months later and only finding time now to sit and start to finish many a half completed post. When I was single and living in Manhattan I used to feel I had no time…. Yet I always managed to do what I wanted when I wanted. Time was found. Since the birth of my son it’s no doubt priorities…
 
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    The Motherhood

  • GoldieBlox: Making Engineering Accessible to Young Girls

    The Motherhood
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    The Motherhood has partnered with an incredible company called GoldieBlox on a blog campaign with an equally amazing group of moms, whose daughters have received and enjoyed GoldieBlox toys of their own. We also hosted a Twitter party yesterday to learn about encouraging and inspiring young girls in math, science and engineering fields. Sadly: According to research, the earlier kids become interested in math and science, the more likely it is they will go into those fields as adults. Engineering is one of the fastest-growing job markets in the United States, and it is still a male-dominated…
  • Twitter Parties This Week – Don’t Miss Out!

    The Motherhood
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    This week is filled with fun and informational Twitter parties that you don’t want to miss! From engineering-focused toys for young girls to stylish, comfortable heels for women and bedtime tips for babies, there’s a party for everyone! See all the details for these parties below in this week’s Twitter Party Round-Up. All parties are sponsored and last one hour. #LookatGoldie Tuesday, September 16 @ 1pm EST At The Motherhood, we value creativity and innovation, especially when it comes to fostering these traits in our youth. That’s why we are so honored to be hosting a Twitter…
  • Unstoppable Moms: Inspiring Us Every Day

    The Motherhood
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    One of the best parts of our work at The Motherhood is the opportunity we have to connect with amazing, inspiring moms who do it all and are truly an unstoppable force. Photo credit: Sharon Mollerus The makers of Children’s MOTRIN - who have partnered with us on a current blog campaign with some of these incredible women – are also inspired by all the things moms do each and every day. From the ability to get quick, delicious meals on the table in no time, to keeping the whole family entertained on those rainy days and SO much more, moms are amazing.  With this in mind, the makers…
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    Housewife Hellraiser

  • Candy Corn Martinis

    Laura
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    Ahhh, fall – my favorite time of year! I’m about to dive headfirst into costume-making for my four little kids, along with pumpkin painting, corn maze exploring, and candy corn eating! It’s not all about the kids, though – I’ve got some grown-up shenanigans to plan for as well. So while munching candy corn, I set some aside to make some infused vodka. I’ve done this before with Skittles (thanks, Pinterest!) and it worked great with candy corn, too! Just a day or two is all you need to plan ahead for to make this kickass Candy Corn Martini! Simply take a…
  • Anderson Farms – Fall Fun for Families!

    Laura
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Pauly and I were just looking at corn mazes over the weekend, trying to figure out the best place in Colorado to visit with our kids, as we have NEVER been to a corn maze! I’m really interested in checking out Anderson Farms up in Erie – they are Colorado’s longest running corn maze, with loads of attractions – Pumpkin Launching, Mine Cars, Barrel Train, Farm Animals, Kiddie Korral, Pedal Karts, Gem Mining, Private Campfires, Hay Bale Maze and the World’s Largest Cornucopia (whatever that is!) Thrill seekers can check out Terror in the Corn and Zombie Paintball…
  • Lauras Are Cool! Celebrating Friendship.

    Laura
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:45 pm
    My awesome friend Laura Kelly and I met last year in the lunchroom at the elementary school. Our daughters were in the same 3rd grade class, and we both did volunteer work at the school. Eventually we realized we were both bloggers who actually knew a lot of the same people! We decided we should start hanging out. One whirlwind summer later, I’m thrilled to say that my friendship with Laura and her family has been a super bright spot in my life. Yay for finding BFFs in your 40s! I swear, I think it’s harder to make friends now than it was in middle school.  Laura and I…
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  • boatcation: on the boatgram edition

    Casey
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    Most of our time was spent on the water slides, can you tell? One major bummer is the big slides weren’t working for the first four days (half) of our trip. Since school was back in session, there weren’t many kids on board so it didn’t seem to be a huge priority to get it fixed, but the families who were on board were pretty bummed. The ship we were on, Carnival Sunshine, was actually retrofitted and relaunched last year (originally built in 1995.) While we could tell it was an older ship (based on layout) everything on it felt fresh and updated. There were a lot of…
  • photo mess? this life will bring you photo bliss.

    Casey
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    There has been one item on almost every to-do list for the past three years, chances are you have a similar one on yours — or at least the thought in the back of your mind. “I need to organize and back up all my photos and videos.” You with me? Good, keep reading: Since you’re still with me, chances are the thought of backing up and organizing all your photos fills you with a certain sense of panic or doom. For me, it’s the fact that I use 5+ devices to take photos and videos which makes the task — in a word — monumental. While my DSLR photos are really well organized, my phone…
  • boatcation: off the boatgram edition

    Casey
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:33 pm
    What we did on each stop: Grand Turk: There was a beach and Margaritaville pool right off the pier, rather than taking a taxi to a more private beach we figured we’d go with what was there. The girls were able to witness a beer belly competition. So, that was fun to explain. (Free, aside from a little souvenir for my sister.) Puerto Rico (Old San Juan): You can find all that here. ($10 admission to the fort, $3 for pastries and $6 for water. Lots of water.) St. Thomas, USVI: We took a taxi to Magen’s Bay ($8 per person each way + $4 beach admittance for Cody and me.) This was our…
 
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    Lit and Laundry

  • Squirrel Quilt finished

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    I finished quilting the little squirrel quilt.  I like how it turned out.  I'll add a sleeve today so it will hang a little straighter.I quilted in some grass, some pebbles on the ground, and lines in the pumpkins.The round leaves are full of swirls.I did a straight-line border and then a trailing leafy vine.One more project off the to-do list!
  • Needlework Tuesday: Autumn Progress

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Only 100 days until Christmas!  This time of year I tend to increase my stitching hours on seasonal projects.  It's just part of how I personally celebrate the holidays.I finished the top for this little quilt.  A friend said it looks like a pair of boots but hopefully you can see the squirrels.  Today I play to dig through my bags and bags of batting to find a scrap the right size so I can start quilting it.My "Mysterious Halloween Town" is coming along.  Still working on the bakery.So much cuteness.  I love the little trick-or-treater with a cupcake.And finally…
  • Then and Now - 9/11

    11 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
     The picture above is from 2003.  I grabbed it today because it shows my 9/11 quilt in the background.  Every summer this quilt goes up on the wall.  While nobody in the house probably even thinks of the connection, that quilt will always remind me of 9/11.  Working on it in the months afterwards was very therapeutic for my jangled nerves.  I remember the day it all happened, listening to the news reports in the car while I was driving the twins to preschool.  It was all surreal and unbelievable.  This morning I drove Jungle Boy down that same street as…
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    Twinfatuation

  • Revealing and Revisiting History

    Cheryl Lage
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Watching PBS'/Ken Burns' riveting multi-part documentary The Roosevelts with He-Twin last night. As the narrator read personal letters elaborating on the close friendship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena "Hick" Hickok... He-Twin (thoughtfully, with compassion...): "Mom, do you think Eleanor Roosevelt might have been a lesbian?"Mom: "You know, Honey, for many years there have been scholars and history buffs who believe she might have been. She was married to Franklin Roosevelt, and had children with him, but that doesn't necessarily mean that she wasn't a lesbian."He-Twin (with empathy):…
  • Way Back When-esday: Bookish Babies

    Cheryl Lage
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Dateline: September 26, 2003 Twins' Age: Freshly 2 Looking back at this moment captured...with our wee readers...warms my heart this mid-week.Play along with Way Back When-esday...looking back with love since 2007!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 include the hashtags #WBW and #Twinfatuation in order to share in the virtual photo album reverie!    
  • Twin Babies. Twin Towers. Thirteen Years.

    Cheryl Lage
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    It was a Tuesday. Our twins' very first one.That morning at home began much like the delirious days preceding it: a 7:30am awkward and anxious tandem nursing, followed by double baby burping and dual diapering. As a first-time mom, I was adrift in the new-parent paranoia and hyper analysis of every hiccup and twitch -- and yet simultaneously entranced by each finger movement and chest-inflating breath, times two.My treks up and down the stairs were strictly limited by doctor mandate to once or twice a day. After helping tend to the morning's first baby maintenance session, my husband Scott…
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    Poot and Cubby for Women Site

  • One year terrorist crackdown in China

    admin
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    At least 39 people were killed while 90 others were injured when there were explosions in an open air market in the city of Urumqi. As per msnbc live is what led to the Asian country launching a terrorism crackdown. There were five attackers in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang but only one of them was arrested while the rest four were confirmed dead. During the attack there were two SUVs that slammed at shoppers early in the morning where there were explosions. You can get more updates about the terrorist crackdown on http://www.hulkusaa.comThe region where the series of blasts were…
  • The Process of Spinal and Postural Rehabilitation through the Pettibon System

    admin
    2 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    The system is well known for its spinal correcting results but how does it do it? One of the most proven, tested, and supported by many people and experts around the globe for spinal corrections is the Pettibon System. It is a care system specially designed for people who are deeply committed in the spinal and postural rehabilitation. It only takes 30 minutes to perform the treatment. The programs presented to each patient in the system are customized in order to meet the needs of the patient without the extensive need for surgery or any medication. Some of the exercises are: Linked Trainer…
  • A Journalist Guide for the Best Training Program

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    When you work for public broadcasting a lot of things are usually expected from you. Your job carries with you a responsibility to convey media coverage in the most effective way possible. Now because of the fast-paced changing world you cannot afford to be left behind. Worry no more; www.kneelandproject.org/ will help you with the vital training you will need to thrive in the industry. The Carole Kneeland project started in 1998. A legacy program to honor and keep the important culture Carole Kneeland has influenced in the field of journalism. The mission of the organization is to assure…
 
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • Luxury, Style and Sophistication- Wood Watches by JORD

    Monica Brady
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    We were recently sent a really neat wooden watch from a company called JORD. The watch we chose was too big for me, so I passed it on to my hubby, who just happens to love woodworking, and he loved it. So, I put him to work in writing this review. Personally, I really liked the look of the watch, but here are his thoughts after he wore it for a while! Review by Ryan Brady: I recently received the opportunity to review an extremely interesting watch from a company named JORD.  The JORD company makes unique watches that are one of a kind and hand-crafted with sustainable materials from all…
  • Great Deals on BTS Apparel

    Monica Brady
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:23 pm
    One of my favorite parts of Back to School is shopping for new clothes… for my girls… We have a fun time looking through the new outfit racks and tables, and most especially, the clearance racks! Here, the beginning of the year is still quite hot, so my apparel shopping always includes the clearance racks, and with twins, I love all of the treasures we find! I was given $15 to shop, so I wanted to see what we could find. Apparently, we were there at  just the right time, as there were tons of clearance items, everywhere. We found some shorts and tops at great deals. Yes, we…
  • DIY Back to School Crafts with Duck Tape

    Monica Brady
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Duck tape is fun for everyone. There’s so many things you can do with it.. Make wallets, bracelets, and purses. I’ve even seen people make clothing and prom outfits out of it. How cool is that!?!?! Well, my idea isn’t that involved, but it has become one of my girls’ favorite back to school crafts. We cover their pocket folders with Duck Tape. It’s really easy to do, and they get to choose patterns so that their folders don’t look like anyone else’s in their class. Not to mention, that covering the cheap 39¢ folders in Duck Tape makes them super…
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    Mombie Fitness

  • How I learned to run 5K

    erincarrasco
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    I’ll admit it. I hate running. I’ve never loved long distance running BUT I noticed that all these people who were extra fit and losing weight faster were running! So I wanted in. I also wanted 3o mins away from my kids. (true story) I’ll give you a bit of background. I was a sprinter […] [Visit Real Tech Mom to read the rest of the story!]
  • 3 Day Refresh: A Review

    erincarrasco
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    So I’ve always been a fan of cleaning out your body every once and a while.  There are so many signs that your body needs to be cleansed.  If you are tired, and feel sluggish, maybe you have headaches and just feel uncomfortable, a cleanse is a perfect way to refresh your body. That’s why […] [Visit Real Tech Mom to read the rest of the story!]
  • White Fish With Tomato Salsa

    erincarrasco
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Summer dinner inspiration: White Fish with Tomato Salsa Looking for the perfect summer meal that won’t kill all of your hard work when you sweat? You have to try this delicious recipe! Total Time: 19 min. Prep Time: 10 min. Cooking Time: 9 min. Yield: 4 servings Ingredients: 1 medium red tomato, finely chopped 1 medium yellow tomato, finely […] [Visit Real Tech Mom to read the rest of the story!]
 
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    A Cowboy's Wife

  • Who Wants to Win a Cricut Explore?!! {Giveaway}

    A Cowboy's Wife
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Hey y’all! Some of you may recall that I attended a Cricut event awhile back and had the chance to do some crafting with their amazing Cricut Explore that just launched this year. Crafters everywhere are high-fiving, feeling newly creative because of this awesome machine. And guess what y’all? I’m super duper thrilled to be able to give one away to one lucky reader! If you are not yet familiar with all the neat things the Cricut Explore can do, you have got to watch the videos and check it out. It’s crazy what it can cut and how intricate it can get with details.
  • Top Tailgating Essentials Y’all!

    A Cowboy's Wife
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Who has football fever y’all?! Many thanks to Sam’s Club for sponsoring today’s story and getting me ready for tailgating! WOOHOO!  This is a bittersweet season for me to be honest with ya.  Both of my oldest boys have graduated high school so I no longer have them to watch on Friday nights.  I’m excited for football season but sad I won’t be seeing either of them play out on that field anymore.  I still have Truett to look forward to later on but for now, I’m just gonna have to focus on college and the pros. I’m getting my Sam’s Club…
  • Denver Broncos Fan Gear

    A Cowboy's Wife
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    It’s Fall. It’s football season. This year is all about the Denver Broncos, for me at least.  While I do still love & support our Texas based teams, the Cowboys and Texans, I’m rooting one of my other favorite teams on this year, the Denver Broncos. Wearing orange and blue is not just a fashion statement, but absolute must every Sunday. It kills my husband to bring a little bit of Broncos Country to our home but a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!  W enjoy some football food and for this team, some jello shooters, while we sip a little sweet tea as we watch them…
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  • 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…
  • 下品の品格

    hatakedekonkatu0131
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    ビールを飲みすぎると、 下痢になる僕です。 ひとたび、下痢になると、 トイレを巡る一日となってしまい、 仕事どころではありません。 重たい荷物なんか持つとピッ!と 漏れてしまいます。 先日、僕の家で、 友人3人と僕、 僕の嫁の5人で、 鍋パーティーをしました。 僕が沖縄に行った時に購入して、 心やさしい僕は、 友人に飲ませてあげるために、 飲みてぇ!! 何度となく誘惑に誘われながらも、 厳重に保管し守り抜いた、…
  • 男は一つだ

    hatakedekonkatu0131
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:26 am
    携帯電話も腕時計もスーツも革靴もビジネスカバンも1つしか持っていません。 僕の周りの人達はビジネス用とプライベート用と2台の携帯電話を持ち歩いていますが僕には2台は使いこなせません。
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    Mamanista!

  • Car Seat Checks for Child Passenger Safety Week

    Mamanista
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    As a mom, this is a sobering fact: Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children age 1 to 13 in the USA. We often take for granted plopping our kids in the car, buckling them up, and heading out for our day. Our babies (no matter how old they may be!) are precious cargo. As parents, it is our responsibility to make sure they are safe, whether they are in our homes, in our cars or just walking to the park. A simple check of our car seats will go a long way in keeping our kids safe as our passengers! The Ad Council and The Department of Transportation are highlighting these…
  • Room for More in the Toyota Venza

    Mamanista
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:09 pm
    (Disclosure: I received a Toyota Venza to drive for week for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own) My oldest son started first grade this week and that means I am out the door early with a car load of kid gear, booster seats and my own work items including laptop, lunch and layered jacket since our air conditioner is either too hot or too cold on any given day. Despite a busy schedule, we did get to sneak away to the beach last week and it was a wonderful opportunity to relax and enjoy family time. With two small children, I have to fit a car seat and a booster into my back…
  • Be Prepared for National Preparedness Month

    Mamanista
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Living on the east coast, it was easy to brush off national weather phenomena. Scary tornados were usually confined to the Midwest, deadly earthquake were a West Coast thing, treacherous blizzards stayed to our north, and devastating hurricanes to our south. But over the years, we’ve had our fair share of bad weather hits, especially in recent years. Super Storm Sandy took many of us off guard, and the past winter of dangerously cold temperatures paired with random power outages was downright scary for some.   Because of living on the east coast, I never considered the importance…
 
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    Real Life with Sarah

  • How to Get Rid of Lice Without Using Chemicals

    Sarah Pinnix
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:58 pm
    It’s about that time again! Back-to-school time? Well, yes – time for school supplies and new clothes and locker combinations. It’s also time for head checks, itchy scalps and and those little demon bugs we call lice. Whenever hundreds of children get together in close proximity in warm weather, the threat of lice is there.   A local hair dresser said she had three children unknowingly come in with lice and/or nits just in the last few days. This revelation inevitably made my scalp itch, and the paranoia creep in. (Admit it, you’re scratching your head right now.) A…
  • The Words that Describe Her Dreams

    Sarah Pinnix
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:30 pm
    My middle child, now eleven years old, has always daydreamed. Looking in the rearview mirror in the car, I’d see her staring out the window. Her eyes would be fixed, but engaged and filled with emotion. She literally didn’t have the words. She would schedule times in the day for dreaming and I could tell there was a whole world inside her head that I couldn’t see, and would never know. I’d encouraged her to try to write about her dreams, but she’d say she just didn’t know how to describe them. But lately, the words have found their way out. The words have…
  • Date Selfies and Other Tips for a Vibrant Marriage

    Sarah Pinnix
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    My husband and I have a special marriage. Over the last 17 years, many friends and some strangers have commented that our relationship blesses them, saying, “You two are an inspiration” or “What a perfect couple!” And I think “if you only knew how many times I fail.” But Judd and I have a lot going for us. I wanted to list some of the ways we guard our marriage in hopes that it will help shed light on why we are a “perfect couple.” After reading these, let me know what you think in the comments, or leave tips of your own. 1. We had a good…
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    5 Minutes for Mom

  • Around the Blogosphere – Add YOUR Giveaway Link #Giveaways

    Anna
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome to our weekly roundup here at 5 Minutes Around the Blogosphere. You can come back all week and add your own posts or giveaways to the Linky List below. Be sure to check back often, as new links will be added daily. You don’t want to miss out on something fun. Find #Giveaways and Add YOUR #Giveaway Link in Around the Blogosphere at #5MinutesForMom Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule What’s been going on at 5 Minutes for Mom? When Depression Throws You Down Peanut Butter and Hazelnut Popcorn Toon Goggles – Educational Games, Music, Videos, & New for Kids…
  • Get In “The Zone” with Jam Transit Headphones #Giveaway

    Nolie
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Nolie, 5 Minutes for Mom assistant, is here to share a look at Jam Transit Headphones and give you a chance to win your own set. While she was provided with product to write this post, her views and opinions remain her own. I am a blogger and I am a gamer. Both require me to “be in the zone”. I tend to blog during the day and game at night. Or at least I used to. Then I had children who decided naps were a foreign concept and I lost my quiet time. When I was given the chance to review Jam Transit Headphones I jumped all over it. Finally I could find a way to have some peace and…
  • How to Organize School Binders

    Janice
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is Janice, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom, with some tips on organizing school binders. This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Post-it Brand, but my enthusiasm, opinions, and decades of dependence on Post-it Notes are my own. It doesn’t take long for a desk full of binders and duo-tangs to become a disorganized mess. It can happen to anyone. With new assignments, hand-outs, and papers coming at students every day, it can be hard to have everything filed properly, neatly, and ready to find. Last year, my son would often come home without the correct duo-tang for his…
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    Burgh Baby

  • Just Two Girls And Their Unicorns

    burghbaby
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:53 pm
  • When Baby Discover Kitty

    burghbaby
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    This is it. This is the exact moment when Mila looked up and really saw Kiara. Before that, Kiara had spent plenty of time in Mila's presence, but it was obvious that she was looking right through the cat. Not anymore. I've already shown Kiara a dozen high-quality hiding places. I have a feeling she might need a few more.
  • How To Make Simple Stained Glass Mosaics

    burghbaby
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:33 pm
    There are many projects that get started and ... pretty much just get started. Look, it's not that I'm not a finisher; it's that life gets in the way. I start things, I try to keep working on them, but then I get distracted by something else that is more important at the moment. Not so with the stained glass mosaics. I have started and finished four of them so far. Part of that is because they're easy. Part of it is because I can recruit the 8-year old to help. Most of it is that they are best accomplished in phases, so it's easy to commit myself to 10 minutes here and there and continuously…
 
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    Happy Home

  • Organizing The Tools For Your Business Or Home Projects

    admin
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:14 am
    Organizing the tools for business or home projects is the most important part of doing this kind of work. The organization helps people access their tools more easily, and the best toolboxes are easy to travel with. The best thing to do with these toolboxes is to choose the toolboxes that fit in the place where the user will travel with them most. Shopping in a place like EliteToolboxes.com helps people find what they need. In The Truck Most people who work with tools every day need to make sure they can fit their tools in their vehicle. The best toolboxes will fit in the back of a truck, and…
  • 2014 kitchen trends: how to create an ultra-modern kitchen

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    No longer simply a functional space to prepare meals, modern kitchens are the hub of every home: a place to gather, socialise, share food and show off your style. This year offers a whole host of possibilities when it comes to kitting out your kitchen, and to make sure your decor stays up to date with the latest trends, here are some top tips on how to give your interior a ultra-modern makeover: Natural materials 2014 is all about the back-to-nature charm. Natural, raw materials are largely becoming the go-to hardware for kitchens this year – chrome, stainless steel and granite is out,…
  • How Intercom Systems can Improve Your Home Security

    admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:34 am
    When you think of intercom systems, you may think of how they are used in business. A scene like something out of Mad Men may pop into your mind, with a business man paging his secretary to ask for coffee or to send in his next meeting. You may not think of intercom systems for homes unless you are thinking about large estates or mansions. However, intercom systems can be used to improve the security of any suburban home. Here’s how: Eliminates the Need to Open the Door When someone knocks on your door, you may have to open the door to see who it is. You may not have an eye hole or a window…
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    Cowgirl Yoga

  • Cowgirl Yogatography 2014 - two spots left

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:10 pm
    And now...a note from Larry, our very own Montana Yoga Photographer, and my co-pilot for our Cowgirl Yogatography retreat October 9-12.October is just around the corner and we are three short weeks from the second Yogatography Retreat at the amazing Double T River Ranch. I can't wait to see what magical moments will be had this year. Last year's retreat was one of the most creative and exciting times of my year! And, I fully intend this one to be no different in that regard…ONLY BETTER!If you are contemplating leaping for one of the last two spots available, I want to encourage you -…
  • Old Gringo Cancer Kickin' Cowgirl Boots

    13 Sep 2014 | 3:17 pm
    I remember when we first moved to Montana, and I hesitated on the cowgirl boots. I guess I was thinking something like you can take a city girl out of the city, but...obviously things have changed. One of my most prized possessions is a pair of Old Gringo boots, pictured here. I wear them on every Cowgirl Yoga retreat (and beyond that, as much as I can get away with).So when we hatched the idea to send cancer kickin' cowgirl boots to women in treatment for breast cancer, I had my heart set on Old Gringo. These are seriously badass-yet-beautiful boots - perfect for kicking cancer's ass. This…
  • Cowgirl Commentary on the Latest Yoga Drama

    24 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    Here we go again! The latest yoga drama doesn't involve Lululemon, just so you know. The bastion of all-things-yoga before it was hip, Yoga Journal, has now been added to the mix. (Oh wait. That does mean Lululemon is involved...)Everyone has their panties in a bunch over the latest issue, over three main things: 1. the new editor is the former editor of SELF. Which apparently is as controversial a publication as Cosmo, and seems to totally disqualify her from anything having to do with yoga; 2. Hilaria Baldwin on the cover; 3. body shaming in an article that provides tips on how to hide butt…
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    SafeMama.com

  • WaterWipes Baby Wipes

    SafeMama Kathy
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    I’ve gotten hundreds of emails asking me my opinion on WaterWipes! I have since added my two cents in the Baby Wipes Cheat Sheet but the kind folks at the copy sent me some to test out.  Granted, I do not have any babes around here anymore but I know a good baby wipe when […]
  • Updates Coming to Your Favorite Cheat Sheets

    SafeMama Kathy
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    See I told you I was back! It’s been a long year and there is a lot to cover around here but I started by updating the Baby Wipes cheat sheet for you mainly for the #1 email I received on my hiatus.  I have a review in the works of the new product on […]
  • SafeMama’s back!

    SafeMama Kathy
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    Hello loyal SafeMama readers! I know I have been VERY quiet and despite that, your emails and comments and visits still flood the SafeMama gates.  I am so grateful for that.  I needed, without realizing it, a break from this project.  I love this website and what it provides.  But my life became busier and […]
 
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    Mom Knows It All.

  • Screen it Sunday Entertainment News – The Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Edition

    valmg
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’m frequently sent information on upcoming entertainment news. I’ll be compiling and sharing the best and most interesting news with you here each week. This week it’s all about Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”. There is an amazing ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY sweepstakes that just launched. To enter all you need to do is share your Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad throwback family photo using #VeryBadDaySweeps on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win an Adventures by Disney trip for four to Disney…
  • Hersheypark Amusement Park, Hershey PA

    valmg
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Admission was provided free of cost to me in order to facilitate this post. This post has not been monetarily compensated. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced in any way. A couple of weeks ago we took a little family vacation in Pennslvania. Hershey, Pennsylvania to be precise. I hadn’t been to Hersheypark since I was a teen and the rest of my family never had been. Boy had it changed! It wasn’t tiny when I last visited it but I can honestly say now it is huge! It’s got something for everyone. With…
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • Want Rockstar Results? 6 Key Elements In A Nonprofit Plan

    Cari Mostert
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    Don’t let all this talk about nonprofit plans, strategic plans, fundraising plans, marketing plans or annual plans get you rattled. Whenever your nonprofit year begins – be it January or June – it’s never too late to put nonprofit planning on the agenda. Even if your organization only comprises yourself, your mother, the green grocer down the road, a local urban farmer, two student volunteers and the dog; all nonprofits started somewhere! Basically, nonprofit planning is setting out the considerations (on paper) that you’ll have hammered out when deciding to start a nonprofit in…
  • Raising Funds and Raising Spirits: Keep Your Group Motivated

    FundraisingIP.com
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    The goal of this article is to motivate you to think about motivation. The most brilliant Fundraising ideas can produce disappointing results if people are not motivated to implement them. There will be no plan of action in what follows, but rather our thoughts intended to provoke your thoughts. To motivate is to stimulate an interest in somebody to do something. In the best of worlds, the motivated person is enthusiastic, meaning that the motivation comes from within. So, one way to motivate a group might be to begin a fundraising drive with an informal meeting – more like a party –…
  • Mid-Year Review: How is this Year Shaping Up for Your Nonprofit Goals?

    Cari Mostert
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    There’s no time like mid-year to evaluate your nonprofit’s performance. Now’s the time to measure how planning and strategizing have paid off and more significantly, what’s working and what needs to be tweaked. No matter whether your fiscal year ends in December or June, at some point, you’ll reach mid-year for your nonprofit and an evaluation will come in handy when moving forward. Are your goals as an organization loosely defined and vague? Mid-year reviews are an outstanding opportunity to not only look back on achievements, but to also look ahead and set positive, stimulating…
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  • #Selfie Confidence

    Victoria
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson I used to walk into a room and hold one hand in the other as a way to be less nervous. When people came up to me to talk, I’d have no issue finding something to talk about with them but I could never go up to other people and just start a conversation. I was shy. And there’s a very good chance I also felt I didn’t want to intrude or be a bother so I stayed to myself or only with the people I knew. Years later, I can walk into any room and…
  • Balance Rewards for healthy choices

    Victoria
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    I’m not a runner. I did train to run the New York Marathon years ago but that time has come and gone and my health goals do not include picking that interest back up. I walk. A lot. Without taking errands into account I walk five plus miles a day. I have an app on my phone called MapMyFitness that tracks how much I walk and the calories I burn. It’s pretty awesome… and free! That’s why I am beyond excited to find out I can be rewarded by Walgreens for living a healthy life.  Not only do I get Balance Rewards points for health and beauty purchases at my local…
  • Huggies Little Movers Event

    Victoria
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Huggies and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own. As a mom of four children ages 11 and younger, I am rarely ever sitting still. From running after my three year old in Central Park to making sure my “older” children get to sports and their other activities; I think it’s fair to say we are a family always on the move. A couple of weeks ago, I headed out to Jersey to attend the Huggies Latino Little Movers event at James Braddock North Hudson County Park hosted by Romi of MamaXII. I went out there with…
 
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    It's @jennyonthespot!

  • A Domestic Mystery: WHO Was Eating In The Living Room?! (New Video!)

    Jenny On the Spot
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:21 pm
    I could write a bunch of words to tell you what this upcoming video is all about. But WHY? The title speaks for itself … WHO Was Eating In The Living Room?! It’s an age-old question, really. Well, at least as old as living rooms are. Our general rule is there is no eating in […] A Domestic Mystery: WHO Was Eating In The Living Room?! (New Video!) is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post A Domestic Mystery: WHO Was Eating In The Living Room?! (New Video!) appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • Things To Do At The Washington State Fair, yo.

    Jenny On the Spot
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    If pictures are worth a thousand words, then this is going to be a really long post. Because being at the Washington State Fair is like entering a whole little city of it’s own. Based on my family’s recent trip, these are just a few idea of things to do at the Washington State Fair! […] Things To Do At The Washington State Fair, yo. is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post Things To Do At The Washington State Fair, yo. appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • Thrifted Clipboards DIY feat: Chalkboard Paint and The 12th Man

    Jenny On the Spot
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    A couple of weeks back I was a guest on New Day Northwest (video here). On the show I brought enough stuff to fill an hour on the air. As real-time TV goes… I had about 5 minutes and only got to talk about my pumpkin crafts (that post is here). Since the show I […] Thrifted Clipboards DIY feat: Chalkboard Paint and The 12th Man is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post Thrifted Clipboards DIY feat: Chalkboard Paint and The 12th Man appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
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  • Five Healthy School Lunch Ideas for Grade Schoolers

    Alyssa
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:26 am
    My most popular post on my blog is Healthy School Lunch Ideas.  I have three kids in grade school and they all have differing tastes in lunches.  I have come up with five healthy lunches you can send your grade school student to school with that he’s going to love. And best of all, they are easy to make. Five Healthy School Lunch Ideas 1. Sandwiches Okay, I know – who wants sandwiches every day? And of course if it ends up soggy then your child isn’t going to eat it anyways. But as an occasional lunch idea this is something that is quick and easy. You can make a traditional…
  • What’s for Dinner? Menu Planning Tips for Busy Moms

    Alyssa
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Dinner is the last meal of the day and a time when families can get together and discuss their day. It is also a hectic meal for busy moms who are just getting off of work or who have been busy with other activities all day. If you are a busy mom or you know a busy mom, here are some menu planning tips to help make dinner meals easy and even fun. 1. Schedule your meals a week in advance. This is one of the most important planning tips for meals. Knowing what you are going to eat throughout the week means less chance that you will stop off at the closest fast food joint for a convenient, but…
  • Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas

    Alyssa
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:25 am
    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Unfortunately, many of us neglect breakfast.  I know I do mainly because the mornings around here are such a race to get out of the door, However,  there’s a lot of evidence to suggest that your body and mind will suffer unless you have a healthy breakfast each morning. You spend six to eight hours sleeping. After that time, your body needs fuel to keep going. Without breakfast at home, your options for on the run nutrition may amount to too much fat, too much sugar and too many carbs. And, that convenient run to the fast food joint is not…
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    La Dolce Vita.....

  • Kristen's Custom Creations Free Shipping!!

    Kristen Andrews
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Happy Fall friends!  Please enjoy FREE SHIPPINGEnter code FREESHIPFALL at checkout outShop at Kristen's Custom Creations. offer expires 9/30/14 Kristen's Custom Creations specializes in custom hand stamped keepsake jewelry, perfect for new Moms, Grandma, Best Friends, Dad, Grandpa and all those special people in your life!  Happy shopping friends!
  • Hand Stamped Jewelry Let Your Light Shine

    Kristen Andrews
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Matthews 5:16:  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. The let your light shine pieces is a sterling silver disc that has been hand stamped in lowercase font and has an adorable sterling silver star charm.  You can find the necklace at Kristen's Custom Creations.
  • First Day of 3rd Grade

    Kristen Andrews
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    At Will's School the PTA does a fabulous job making sure they kick off the school year in style, Red Carpet Style that is!  They roll out a Hollywood Style Red Carpet for all of the kids to walk through and they have their Mascot "Sting" greet every single kid.  It is the little things that make this school so special! 
 
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    Mommy Musings

  • How Do You Live Beautifully? #SuaveFamilySelfie

    Stefanie Fauquet
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:08 pm
    This post is brought to you by Global Influence. All opinions are my own. How the heck did we take photos of ourselves before the selfie? Seriously! I know selfies get a lot of heat from people who think they’re pointless or silly, but when it comes right down to it, they’re just harmless fun. Some of […] The post How Do You Live Beautifully? #SuaveFamilySelfie appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Baby Gear for Stylish Parents

    Stefanie Fauquet
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of GB Child USA. All opinions are 100% mine. In just a few weeks I will be an aunt (again!) to a baby boy. The excitment of having a new baby in the family is building, and I’m doing my due dilegence to make sure […] The post Baby Gear for Stylish Parents appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Movie Review: The Maze Runner #MazeRunner

    Stefanie Fauquet
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    This guest post is brought you by Rick Fauquet from RickOntheRocks.com (AKA my husband!). He traveled to Los Angeles, courtesy of 20th Century Fox, to screen & interview the cast of The Maze Runner, now open in theaters nationwide. As you’ve read in my earlier post, I had the pleasure of attending a screening of the film […] The post Movie Review: The Maze Runner #MazeRunner appeared first on Mommy Musings.
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    The Adventures of Supermom - Asheville, NC Life with Michelle Lee including Pictures

  • Just sit back and enjoy the picture. Mount Mitchell

    Supermom
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
  • DON'T DO IT!!!!! STAY AWAY FROM STRAWS LADIES!!!!

    Supermom
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    With my bookbag.Back in June I bought this beautiful Vera Bradley Bookbag so I could throw in my camera case and some purse stuff and then just hit the road.  {Remember Superdad bought me an amazing camera for my 40th birthday in May and I LOVE taking pictures with it.} But it was difficult lagging around a purse, camera bag while chasing two kids so a bookbag was the perfect idea.  I love VB stuff and have a few of her bags and cosmetic bags and the such.  They are fun prints and go with anything.  So, ummmm, while buying this beautiful VB bookbag I noticed they had a cup…
  • My job is finished here. Stretching the pants. You are Supermommy!

    Supermom
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The leggings.{I went looking for a picture.}Ninja Gurl was going on a field trip and the kids were told to dress comfy for hiking so I told her that she needed to wear some pants in her chest of drawers.I used to fold the clothes and meticulously arrange them in the drawers THEN I realized it was a waste of time because she would destroy it the first time she went looking for clothes.I could use that time to enjoy a cup of coffee or read a book or even nap or vacuum the house.  Whatever.So I have no idea what's in the drawers and I am surprised that she finds anything to wear at…
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    Tired Mama.com

  • Bye. Love you. I'll miss you too.

    Tired Mama
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    My oldest is moving back to school today. It's the third year she's moved away from me to do this, so you'd think I'd be used to it. I'm not.  I miss my daughter when she's not here at home and I worry about her too. I realize the reason she can go and be successful on her own is because I've done my job. I want her to be independent. I want her to not need me. I just want all that and I want her with me too.  And yes, I realize that makes no sense. My heart just doesn't make sense. Does anyone's?
  • Getting things done...

    Tired Mama
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I have a tendency to fall into a drill sergeant 'get things done' mood now and again. It's happening today as I'm trying to get three kids organized for going back to school, get a house cleaned up after a summer of being ignored, meet some work deadlines and get a cottage closed up for the season. I feel busy. And so today I've been looking for some help from my family to get things organized and done around here. It’s not going well. You see I am a mother of teens and planning ahead and organizing just doesn't seem to be part of my kid's uh,…
  • He can drive....

    Tired Mama
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    This morning, I got up from behind my desk and went to ask my son if he was ready to go to his appointment. ‘Can’t I just take the car and go on my own?’ he asked. Oh crap. I’d already forgotten. My son got his driver’s license yesterday. I no longer need to drive him everywhere. Now all my son is going to want from me is my car and uh, my money. Gulp. What happened next? 1. I gave my boy some money to buy himself some lunch and I handed him my car keys. 2. I tried to keep myself busy so I wouldn’t worry about him. 3. All the time my son was gone, I prayed that he would drive…
 
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    House of Prince

  • 10 Years of Blogging – the Tin Anniversary

    Kim Tracy Prince
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    It’s an exclamation point at the end of an accidental 10-year epic. The closing of a volume in my life’s body of work. Today marks the tenth anniversary of the day I published my first post on houseofprince.blogspot.com, which became this site. I have since published over 2,000 posts and countless others for my secret blog, my hyperlocal blog, my friends’ and colleagues’ blogs, and articles for my freelance gigs. A plethora of words. But I always come back here, to this patch of space. It is my most consistent project I have kept up, the longest commitment to a creative work…
  • My Interview With Nicolas Cage

    Kim Tracy Prince
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    This happened in 2008 and these are just a few of the soundbites from our 12 minutes together. I was the interviewer behind the camera. Here is the whole story. The post My Interview With Nicolas Cage appeared first on House of Prince.
  • An Open Letter to the Asshole Who Hit My Car

    Kim Tracy Prince
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Dear Mean Lady Who Was Speeding Through the Parking Lot and Because I Was Backing Out of My Space (Even Thought I Was Going Very Slowly and You Were Speeding) Our Insurance Companies are Putting All of the Liability on Me: Did you get some email from the Universe that told you my family is on a budget and driving two 10-year-old cars that are barely worth fixing anyway? So it was your day to drive without caution and smack your fancy SUV into my little old plastic car? You charged out of your car, all accusatory and angry, without a thought to my personal safety. When someone plows into a…
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    Momathon Blog

  • We Must Have a Pie

    Chris
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:27 pm
    a perfect handcrafted playlist for baking cookies, eating lots of pie, or doing dishes. Go ahead, pour a glass of pinot grigio and dance around the kitchen—it's the weekend!
  • Summer Staycation

    Chris
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    I live in a pretty amazing place so staying home this summer is really very nice. I mentioned in my last post that my daughter has her leg in a cast and the typical summer vacation spent at a pool or hiking in parks is not an option. So driving around town and soaking up the sights just like the tourists is one option. The views only a few minutes from my home keep me coming back to this park.
  • Cabin Fever

    Chris
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Do you ever get cabin fever? This summer my daughter has her leg in a cast and that really makes summer plans less fun for her. So I'm dreaming up some plans to keep her busy while keeping her leg...
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    Love That Max: Special Needs Blog

  • The Special Needs Blogger Weekend Link-up: The write stuff

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Welcome, regulars, welcome, newbies! Nice to have you here.What to doScroll all the way down to the bottom of this post. Where it says "Your name" put the name of the blog followed by the title of the post (or just the name of the post, if there's no room—you get 80 characters).Like this: Love That Max: A kid for just a little longerWhere it says "Your URL" put the direct link to the post.Click "Enter." Leave a comment if you want to say more. Go check out some great posts.Happy linking!
  • The simple gesture that transformed my crappy day

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    I couldn't wait to get the injection.I've had a frozen shoulder for several months. It's gotten to the point where it is hurting 24/7. I wake up in the middle of the night, in pain, and cannot find a comfortable sleep position. Advil is my new BFF. Anti-inflammatory meds haven't helped. I've tried chiropractic, acupuncture and lots of physical therapy. I got three sessions of Rolfing, a deep-tissue massage technique. The practitioner said that I was "pain/discomfort adverse," leaving me to wonder who isn't (aside from the people who frequent those chat rooms and clubs). Mostly, I was adverse…
  • A kid for just a little longer: The joys of parenting children with special needs

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:42 am
    Max giggles. I have just informed him that, yes, he is going to be able to have his birthday party at the fire station. Well, not technically. First, I'll be renting out a room in the civic house across the street, and after pizza and ice-cream, the kids head over the firehouse for a tour. Max will surely be leading it, of course, given that the firehouse has become his home away from home.It's not every 11-year-old boy who gets this giddy about birthday parties or visits to firehouses. Or who walks around all weekend long with a fire chief hat that reads "Fireman Max" or who regularly tells…
 
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    Marinka NYC

  • Get Over It

    Marinka
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    I have many important things to update on, including the fact that I am not drinking alcohol in September and that my cat is urinating all over the fucking place, but I feel like first I have to tell you about my trip to Ireland. So let’s get that over with so that we can move on with our lives. By which I mean discussing temporary sobriety/lack of meaning in life and cat urine. To recap, I went to Ireland with a man that I started seeing in the spring. About six weeks into our romance, he asked me if I’d like to go to Bermuda for the weekend and I said no, because I read about…
  • Vacation

    Marinka
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:10 am
    I’m in Ireland and it is beautiful and everything is going really well, which is obviously a relief and also a damn good thing because right before we left, I almost had a nervous breakdown. Now I don’t know about you, but personally I believe that there are two types of people in the world: the ones who get to the airport for an international flight a few hours ahead of time and those are who placed on this earth to torture me. This was the first flight for me and this guy I’ve been seeing (I mean our first flight together; I didn’t walk over here from the Soviet Union in the 70s,…
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    chefdruck.com

  • Dark and Stormy: a Simple Cocktail with a Rich History to Ease into the Weekend

    chefdruck
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    I’ve never been much of a cocktail girl. A nice glass of wine is my idea of a perfect drink: a dry and fruity riesling in the summer and a velvety shiraz in the winter. But this summer, everything changed, when I was introduced to the Dark and Stormy by my friend Richard. He’s a man who has traveled the world and eaten everything, including black bear with Eskimos in Alaska. When he tells me about a restaurant, I go there… immediately. And when he hands me a drink, I take it without question. When he poured the ginger beer over the dark rum and chiseled chunks of ice, he…
  • Longhouse Food Revival: the Woodstock of Food

    chefdruck
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Woodstock was before my time and Lollapalooza is something my babysitters attend. I’m not brave enough to even contemplate Burning Man. But the Longhouse Food Revival is right up my alley: it has been billed as the Woodstock of food. Imagine a pretty red barn, a few fluffy sheep dogs, and over a hundred food writers, documentary makers, radio producers, chefs, and passionate food lovers all gathered in the country for two days. That’s the Longhouse Food Revival, organized and curated by Molly O’Neill. This was the third year of the Longhouse Food Revival. Each year the…
  • I Remember: Sharing 9/11 Stories

    chefdruck
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    Today my Facebook feed is filled with 9/11 memory stories. Some were in New York, others far away, but everyone remembers that moment when we ushered in the era of terror at home. It seems fitting to honor this day with our personal memories, a national shared memory. My kids never tire of anchoring their parents in that moment, sitting in our Upper West Side apartment, blue skies marred by dirty smoke through the window, long columns of people walking uptown just downstairs, faces streaked with soot, smoke and destruction. I remember putting both hands on my distended belly, feeling so…
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    A Modern Mother

  • Newport Beach: 9 activities for families

    Susanna
    6 Sep 2014 | 1:18 am
    I spent my University days in Newport Beach, California. School was nearby and I teamed up with about 500 students to share a three-bedroom flat on the Newport peninsula. I cleverly arranged all my classes for Tuesdays and Thursdays – so I had a 4-day weekend and a day off in between! I loved it … and managed […] The post Newport Beach: 9 activities for families appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • Surf City USA: Finding the Hollister web cam and learning to surf!

    Susanna
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:35 am
    I first learned that Huntington Beach in California was the surfer paradise behind the Hollister brand by accident. It was a cold Autumn day in Edinburgh, grey skies were threatening rain and  thankfully we had remembered to bring wooly scarves. Coincidentally it was my first trip to the gorgeous city, even though my Scottish husband […] The post Surf City USA: Finding the Hollister web cam and learning to surf! appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • Sonoma wine country for families: Activities for kids

    Susanna
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Let’s not kid ourselves, think Sonoma, and you probably think wine. Preferably in a glass and in your hand! And it’s no wonder, this California county has more than 400 wineries. Really good award-winners too, like Buena Vista, Jordan and Simi. Couple that with Northern California sunshine, and you have a recipe for a really good […] The post Sonoma wine country for families: Activities for kids 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

  • Enjoying Family – The Beauty of Rest

    Shera
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Sometimes life is crazy. There’s days that the laundry doesn’t get folded, dishes don’t all get done, dinner is sandwiches and all we do is just hang out. When life gets busy, days like this are essential. We have so little time to really just be together as a family, so making time where we all just get to do nothing for one day is so great. We have to allow ourselves and our children time to recuperate and recover from a busy week. We need to give our family time to come together and just be a family unit for at least a day. To me, neither of these things are optional.
  • Jumping and Jamming with Gymboree Play & Learn

    Nancy
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Four year olds have a LOT of energy.  Like, a LOT.  Probably about a million times more than I have.  And when you don’t expend this energy on a regular basis, you know what happens?  They drive you INSANE.  True story. As the summer sadly came to an end, so did my days of countless hours spent outside with the neighbors watching my daughter run, play, bike & swim.  All of our schedules have changed, everyone is back to school – part time, if not full time – and us teachers, are back to work.  Now, instead of my daughter tiring herself out with her friends, I am…
  • Pet Treats featuring @MintiesTreats and Betsy Farms

    Shera
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Recently our small furry family members had the opportunity to enjoy some fun treats I was asked to review. They were some very happy little doggies and dare I say their excitement level was quite likely far higher than even my littlest children over review products! Disclosure: As with all reviews here, products mentioned were likely received for free in order to facilitate our honest opinion and review of them. All links may be affiliate links or otherwise compensated. Feel free to read our full disclosure policy here. These fantastic treats were from Vet IQ, featuring Minties Dental…
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    Member Blog Posts - Mom Bloggers Club

  • Ten Tips for Tucking In and Ensuring your Kids Get the Rest they Need!

    Ellie Hirsch
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    Mommy Masters welcomes Vitals.com, this month’s guest contributor, who has provided us with these fantastic tips for making sure your kids get the sleep they need.  I am still adjusting to our new school schedule and struggle to head to bed earlier, so these are perfect tips for us moms too! As kids get back to school, balancing homework with sports and time with friends, parents often ask, “How much sleep do they need?” The answer depends on your child’s age. Typically, elementary school children require 9 -10 hours, and middle and high school kids need about 8.5-9 hours.
  • Rejection Never Felt So Satisfying

    Kristen Luciani
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Like all authors seeking validation by gaining acceptance to an exclusive publishing house, I submitted "Unlikely Venture" in hopes of scoring a lucrative contract and promises of making the bestseller lists. Fortunately, like a Band-Aid being yanked from a wound, three out of the three I submitted to rejected it right away, for a variety of reasons that were kind of evasive and basically not very constructive. Part of this was my error, as I submitted to the wrong imprints with the publishers. Oh well. That's when my Type A alter ago stepped in and convinced me to self-publish. Courtesy of…
  • My Birthday Gift to Women Around the World

    Denise
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    First of all, it's not my birthday today but it's a comin' and instead of expecting to receive presents, I decided I wanted to give instead. Presents are most certainly welcome but that isn't my focus-not this time around. For such a long time, i've been all about getting. What can I get? How much can I get? When can I get it? Not to say that there is anything wrong in wanting and receiving, but considering i've been all about building a business that helps others, my 'getting mode' was set to super high. So why am I telling you this? Because over the last few weeks, i've been gathering…
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    My Mom's Blog by Thoroughly Modern Millie

  • 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…
  • I THOUGHT I COULD OPEN EVERYTHING

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am
    Hi, Steve here,Before we get to my mom's post about opening things, I want to jump in here and wish her a happy 89th Birthday!Have a Great Day.Love SteveNow back to my mom:A few years ago my son Steve and I did a series of videos called "I Can't Open It." There was always something that I could not open! I always had a running list of things that were impossible for me to open.Doing those videos were fun and a learning experience for me. I learned how to open most everything so we discontinued that series.Time passes and we can always count on change which leads me to the current time and a…
 
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    Mom Spark

  • 25 DIY Decorations For Fall

    Desiree Fawn
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Fall is my favourite season and decorating my home is one way I really get into the Autumn frame of mind — that and making all the pumpkin recipes I can find! Since we just moved to a new home a couple months ago, this is our first Fall in this space, which means I’m even looking even more forward to decorating and putting our personal touches on the decor. Today I’m sharing a collection of DIY decorations for Fall that I think would be fun to make and display this year! From DIY pumpkins to snazzy wreaths for your front door, take a peek below to get inspired for a whole…
  • On Letting Go And Living After India.

    Mom Spark
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    It has been a week since I returned from India (courtesy of Coca-Cola) and I am still processing the experiences and emotions from the trip. As I reflect on each village we visited that was struggling with needs that even the poorest families in the USA have free access to, such as water, food and bathrooms, I can’t help but feel that the trip has changed me. When I first arrived home, I was still in caught up in the rush of India. Not necessarily a high rush, but perhaps more of a sensory overload of the poverty, masses of people, trash and (even in the midst of all of that chaos)…
  • TWITTER PARTY ALERT! Monday, September 22, 2014 at 8pm/ET #AlamoDriveHappy #partner

    Mom Spark
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    We’re back again with another Twitter party! As I said before, Alamo Rent A Car just launched its new Twitter handle – @Alamo, and to celebrate Alamo want to learn more about what moms care about when it comes to family travel through a series of Twitter Parties (#AlamoDriveHappy). For the third party, taking place this Monday, 9/22, at 8pm ET, Alamo, the official rental car of Disney, has partnered with the iconic brand to create the upcoming “From Coast to Castle” sweepstakes (sweepstakes prizing includes free trips to Disneyland, Disney World or a Disney Cruise Line…
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    Please Pass the Salt

  • 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…
  • {wrapped}

    Moriah
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:55 pm
    So, Adelaide had a little run in with the trampoline and a mis-landed trick and fractured her arm. We are both glad that it happened the last week of the swim season and not the first. It will be 2 weeks on Tuesday. I took her to her 2nd follow-up appointment on Friday thinking they’d take the splint off and put a cast on. He just cut more of a notch for her fingers and left the splint. Whatever, I’m over it now. The nice thing is she won’t have to have it sawed off when the time comes. She is such a good sport (although we both have our moments). Taking good care of our…
  • {grain-free cookies}

    Moriah
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    So, I’ve been doing a little weight-loss experiment. I tried gluten-free and there was no change. A friend recommended looking at the numbers of the ‘other’ carbs I was eating and that was rather eye-opening. So I cut out those, too. I generally try to be sugar-free as well. Anyway, we had dinner over at our neighbors house last week and she made these grain-free cookies and perhaps I’ve been living under a rock, but I had never heard of them before. So I’m sharing this super simple recipe in case you’ve been living under a rock, too. (Also, obviously not…
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    Bizzie Living

  • Reflections on the Red line

    Stephanie Elie
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    Okay this post has nothing to do with the metro at all, it’s just there isn’t much to do when you are stuck on the train and you don’t want to drain the battery on your phone incase you need it for an emergency of some kind. Like a ride home because the train has been sitting at the station for the last 15 minutes. We are going on year three in the DC metro area and I haven’t met with any of my blogging friends in the area. I’ve accidentally ran into Mrs. Fergie at a Dance Moms Meet & Greet no doubt. And I attended a back-to-school event at the park with Tech Mom when I first…
  • Macro Monday and Focus Stacking

    Stephanie Elie
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:06 am
    The one thing that frustrates me most about macro photography is ironically the bokeh. I mean I love bokeh in most instances but sometimes when I’m shooting macro I want a little more clarity on my subjects. Sometimes I want not only for main subject in focus but some of the nearby objects in focus as well. I can see this being useful when you are shooting several subjects close up. From a row of hot wheel cars to some blueberries tossed into a food display. After finding an article on focus stacking on PetaPixel.com I think I found a solution – Focus Stacking. I’ve read…
  • SD Cards, How Big is TOO Big?

    Stephanie Elie
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    Yesterday I received an email announcing SanDisk’s new and much larger High Capacity cards. I literally just ordered two new SanDisk cards for my camera the day before and was debating on getting 16GB or 32 GB cards. But now SanDisk is offering a 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB SD card! Ranging from $189 – $729! Okay now pick up your jaw… After seeing that $729 price tag I imagined all the things that could go wrong with your $700 investment. What if you loose the card? What if it cracks? What if it gets stuck in the camera? – I have an older one that is a little bit broken so you have to…
 
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    Jendi's Journal

  • I’m Thankful | Sunday Poem

    Jendi
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    Continue for full poem It’s eight o’clock…I thank the Lord, He kept me through the night. I pray His Spirit guides me, So I may do what’s right. It’s ten o’clock…I love Him so, His love and mercy are great. It’s time to stop and praise Him, And on His presence wait. It’s five o’clock… I praise His Name, He took me through the day. In safety He has kept me, Gave strength along the way. It’s eight o’clock…I’m thankful, For every need He’s met. I know that I’m protected, And by His love…
  • Go West With Mary Connealy

    Jendi
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    On Saturday I realized that I read 5 books the past week. And they were all by Mary Connealy. I had immersed myself in the American West of the 1800s. [That's a nicer way to put it instead of saying I binged read until midnight almost every night.] I started with the Sophie’s  Daughters trilogy; the order that I liked them is the order that they were written in. I like the first one the best. In each one there is romance but the people and events around them take center stage so that the characters can survive; it was a rough time in the American west. Each heroine is a strong lead but…
  • God’s Unchanging Word | Sunday Poem

    Jendi
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    Continue reading for full poem For feelings come and feelings go, And feelings are deceiving; My warrant is the Word of God, Naught else is worth believing. Though all my heart should feel condemned For want of some sweet token, There is One greater than my heart Whose Word cannot be broken. I’ll trust in God’s unchanging Word Till soul and body sever: For, though all things shall pass away, His Word shall stand forever. ~ Martin Luther
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    Resourceful Mommy

  • Purple Purse Twitter Party w/@MomTalkRadio

    Amy
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    Did you know that domestic violence affects one in four women in their lifetime? That’s more women than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined.  Most people think only of physical abuse when they consider domestic violence. Yet, financial abuse happens in 98 percent of all cases of domestic violence and is one of the most powerful ways to control a survivor. Join us for an informative twitter discussion sponsored by our friends at The Allstate Foundation to open the dialog about this important issue, and learn more about ways you can join them to help support the cause.
  • #CapstoneHappy Twitter Party

    Amy
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    Everyone wants to have a happy, successful life. While it sounds so simple to just choose happiness, sometimes life gets in the way. Capstone, a division of Wiley Publishing, publishes brilliant personal development books! Exciting, engaging, inspiring books to make you better in business and life. That’s their passion and their purpose – they’re all about solving your problems, making your life easier and more successful. We’ll be tweeting with some of Capstone’s most respected authors to get their inside tips and advice about how to make your life a little happier. Come meet our…
  • Alison

    Amy
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    Alison loved the color blue. She loved irises, her cat Tigger, writing, music, acting, dancing, Sylvia Plath, order and neatness. She loved soothing candles and homemade soup that she’d make with specific friends in mind to show them she cared. She tucked in her shirts. She wrote thank you notes on thick stationery. She tied delicate blue ribbon to all of her gifts. We’d escape often to the music department, hiding out in the piano practice rooms where we’d sing Tori and Secret Garden and forget that we had papers to write and books to read. We’d dress up and go to The…
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    Mom Fuse

  • Pinterest Inspired: Cute DIY Halloween Wreaths

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: Pinterest Inspired: Cute DIY Halloween Wreaths Oh how I wish I was crafty! I try.. I really do… but things just don’t look as good as the pictures from those awesome craft tutorials you see on Pinterest. I am getting better though. I did crochet my first blanket last year and that turned out good.. and it’s still holding together nicely […] Mom Fuse - For Moms. By Moms.
  • FREE Tiny Prints Mug – 3 Days Only

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: FREE Tiny Prints Mug – 3 Days Only This post contains affiliate links. FREE Tiny Prints Mug! That’s right, for 3 Days Only – that’s now through 11:59pm PT September 23, 2014 you can get a free mug from Tiny Prints when you enter the code MUGSEP14 at checkout. There is no minimum purchase required for this promotion. Ohhh Yeaaah!! Now that coupon […] Mom Fuse - For Moms. By Moms.
  • What To Do When You Suddenly Have To Co-Sleep

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: What To Do When You Suddenly Have To Co-Sleep Co-sleeping in this day and age is not something new. In fact it has become quite a popular practice whenever a family has a new child. An online search for attachment parenting and you will discover that the topic of co-sleeping has a lot of debate. In my case I started with a newborn that […] Mom Fuse - For Moms. By Moms.
 
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    Hip Mama's Place

  • Fashion Friday: 55% Off Game Day Accessories + FREE SHIPPING {TODAY ONLY, 9/19}

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    Hurry over to Cents of Style where you can score great deals on College Game Day colored accessories! Choose from a “Game Day” custom graphic tee, long beaded necklaces, short beaded necklaces, jersey infinity scarves, and knit head wraps.  Just enter the coupon code GAMEDAY to take off 55% on all of these items. Plus, shipping is FREE! After applying the coupon code GAMEDAY, this Game Day Graphic T-Shirt will be down to $14.83 shipped to your door - regularly from $32.95! The cute Game Day Infinity Scarves will also be down to $11.23 (regularly $24.95) - shipping included! Note…
  • Krispy Kreme: Talk or Dress Like a Pirate and Score A Dozen FREE Doughnuts TODAY- September 19

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    Ahoy There Mateys!  Don't forget, TODAY is Talk Like a Pirate Day! :) Krispy Kreme is celebrating International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th with  yummy doughnut freebies! If you talk like a pirate, you'll score one FREE Original Glazed® doughnut. But if you dare to wear a full pirate attire, you'll score one FREE dozen Original Glazed doughnuts!   Qualifying pirate costumes must include three or more of the following items: • Eye Patch • Pirate Hat • Bandana • Peg Leg • Parrot on Shoulder • Pirate Shirt / Loose white shirt • Knickers •…
  • New Resources and Tools for Child Passenger Safety #MYWHY

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    This week is designated as Child Passenger Safety Week by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)! I'm happy to share that they have added lot of new tools available online to help you find the right seat for your child, easily locate Child Passenger Safety events and certified Child Passenger Safety technicians who can help you check your car seat or install one the right way!  Find a Car Seat: All you need is their birth date, weight, and height. Once entered, your information will provide you with car seat type results that fit your child according to NHTSA's…
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    MomDot

  • Teresa de Lisieux: Basilique Sainte-Thérèse

    trisha haas
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Earlier this month I was blessed to head to France for a #Spiritual France tour. I spent a full week in France enjoying the sites and driving throughout the country side to visit some of the most beautiful, historical and religious sites in the world. First, I want to say thank you to Marina whom […]
  • Silly Spooky DIY Bobby Pin EyeBalls

    trisha haas
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    This weekend Charlotte, P and I spent a lot of time getting our Halloween crafts ready. I know its not October yet, but as the holiday season is upon us, how could I resist! I have created a new Halloween Crafting category so you can easily find all the goodies from now through the season. […]
  • Frankenstein Handprints Craft: Easy Halloween!

    trisha haas
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    This week I was online sharing my cute little Foot Print Ghost feet and my blog friend Rachel told me they do that in their preschool PLUS Frankenstein Hand prints and I was like…tell me more! And she did, which is what I am showing today! First, I want to say thank you to Rachel. […]
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  • A Perfect Hair Day Every Day with Living Proof PhD Hair Products #sponsored #MC

    Donna Chaffins
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Living Proof. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation. I have damaged hair. It’s a fact. My hair is beyond dry from all the chemical treatments I’ve used over the years… from the perms in the 80s and early 90s, to the bleaching over the last 23 years. What can I say, this brunette loves being a blonde. To get the blonde hair I want I put my hair through a lot and it shows. I noticed about 6-8 months ago my hair was breaking off. I mean seriously, I…
  • Spending Time With Your Spirit – Five Tips for Relaxation

    Donna Chaffins
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    When it comes to relaxation, few things are better than getting in touch with your spiritual side. All of us are spiritual human beings but the majority of us never embrace that part of our inner being. We spend most of our time here in “reality” and there is little doubt that is a contributing factor to our stress levels going through the roof. Reality as it is known now is rather frustrating and filled with tension…. bills, money problems, family problems and conflict are all around us. Learning to tap into our spirit can cleanse us of those things and allow us to take a mental break.
  • Capture Your Family Living Beautifully #suavefamilyselfie #LB2LB #Walmart

    Donna Chaffins
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    This is a sponsored post for Global Influence. All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours. I will only endorse companies, products and services that I believe, based on my own experiences are worth of endorsing. How do you and your family live beautifully? Maybe your active together… doing lots of outdoor activities.  Maybe you share a fun hobby. Or you like spending time together watching movies or having game nights. Whatever it is you do together as a family… doing it together is beautiful. I’m a huge chicken, but my husband and son like to be adventurous, so…
 
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    STYLEMOM

  • Too Cool For School with Land’s End

    Nichelle Pace
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:04 pm
    SPONSORED ADVERTORIAL The age of the tween is upon us. The days of elementary school and uniforms are officially over…. My 11yr. old son, Jonathan (with his serious “Obama face” lol), is starting his transitional journey into his teen years, and entering 6th grade at the district public middle school. No more blazers, black shoes, ties, and khakis necessary…enter, the age of personal fashion. The school shopping list has now gone from super simple to “now I get to be my own...
  • Vancouver Fashion Week Announces its Designer Lineup for the Spring/Summer 2015 Season

    Tayelor Kennedy
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    In its 25th season, the culturally-diverse event Vancouver Fashion Week takes center stage again September 15 – 21, 2014. On September 15, 2014, Vancouver Fashion Week (“VFW”) will host its semi-annual week-long celebration of fashion, creativity, and multiculturalism. This spring/summer 2015 collection, 60 designers from around the world will display their collections to more than 25,000 industry insiders, socialites, celebrities, media, and buyers.This season’s designers include: Brazilian designer: Renata Buzzo – Renata is a graduate of Facultade Santa Marcelina. She...
  • B-T-S: 5 Tips For Back To Campus With Gillette

    Nichelle Pace
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:20 am
    SPONSORED ADVERTORIAL “Are you ready for Back-to-School?”, a reporter recently asked me. “No.” I replied, a bit disgruntled at the thought of my sunshine euphoria coming to an end. Now, reality is setting in on this 1st day of August, as a mother of a college student…..20 days and counting until my son goes back to school. *sigh* When your children are college age, the “back-to-school” preparation is a whole new ball game from the typical, books, supplies, new backpack, new...
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    Underwear in Our Kitchen

  • 101 Reasons to Love Outlander on Starz #JAMMF

    Cecelia
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:40 am
    Reason #1-101: Sam Heughan as James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser For anyone who knows Christian Grey has nothing on the ultimate book boyfriend of all time, James Fraser… For long-time Outlander fans who understand the significance of lines such as, “‘Holy God,’ said James Fraser, who never took the name of his Lord in vain”… For those who […] The post 101 Reasons to Love Outlander on Starz #JAMMF appeared first on Underwear in Our Kitchen.
  • Turbo: FAST Netflix Original for Kids

    Cecelia
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    This post is brought to you by Netflix.  The first ever Netflix original for kids, we picked up Turbo: FAST a few months back, and it’s now one of the kids favorite series. Having first been introduced to Dreamworks’ Turbo, a super-fast snail who reaches beyond his limitations with the help of some colorful friends […] The post Turbo: FAST Netflix Original for Kids appeared first on Underwear in Our Kitchen.
  • Reaching Goals: One Step at a Time

    Cecelia
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    Years ago I started a book. School, work, kids, a business…there’s been something in my way of getting back to my goal of writing a book for nearly 20 years. Realizing another 20 years could pass before I “find time to write,” I made a commitment to pick up my old research and have a […] The post Reaching Goals: One Step at a Time appeared first on Underwear in Our Kitchen.
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    Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen

  • How to Dehydrate Tomatoes + Gluten-Free Fusilli with Oven-Dried Tomatoes

    Janice
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    Preserve your bounty of summer tomatoes with this easy oven-dried technique, and toss them into this healthy family dinner made with gluten-free pasta and a low-fat cheese sauce. Right now, my garden is bursting with late-summer tomatoes, so this month’s Recipe Redux challenge was right up my alley … sort of. The Challenge: “Whether it’s extra garden bounty or a sale at the supermarket – dehydrating food is a budget-friendly way to stock up for later. You can use a food dehydrator, a low slow oven, or natural sunshine to preserve natural healthfulness. Show us how you…
  • Pumpkin Chia Pudding + Blog Brûlée Highlights

    The Meal Makeover Moms
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Autumn is in the air, and after an action-packed weekend at the first annual Blog Brûlée healthy blogger retreat at Smugglers’ Notch in Vermont, we created this healthy and delicious, fall-inspired Pumpkin Chia Pudding recipe for you and your family. (As invited speakers, our travel and lodging was paid for, and we received an honorarium.) We’ll tell you more about this easy dessert recipe further down in the post. But for now, indulge us a bit as we share highlights from Blog Brûlée … The theme of the weekend was “Setting Fire to Better Blogs,” and our small…
  • Easy Chicken & Rice Meatball Soup

    The Meal Makeover Moms
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    This Chicken & Rice Meatball Soup was created for the Boston kickoff of the Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest sponsored by Uncle Ben’s. It’s an easy recipe that your kids can cook with you, and it’s healthy and delicious too!  This week, we helped Uncle Ben’s kick off the third annual Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest at Sportello restaurant in Boston.   Chef Barbara Lynch showed a group of kids and their parents how to make this easy Chicken & Rice Meatball Soup, and we were on hand to answer nutrition and mealtime questions. Read on for…
 
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  • New Project: #500WED with Lift.do

    Cecily Kellogg
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://uppercasewoman.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
  • On Taking Back My Story: Thoughts on #BlogHer14 and Ten Years of Blogging

    Cecily Kellogg
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://uppercasewoman.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
  • Bitter {Just Write}

    Cecily Kellogg
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://uppercasewoman.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
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    Go Grow Go!

  • Wendy’s Asian Cashew Chicken Salad {Wendy’s Gift Card Giveaway}

    Felicia Carter
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    While we don’t eat a ton of fast food, there are a few places we will go.  If you have been a reader for a little while, you know that Wendy’s is one of our stops.  I enjoy it when they offer new salads, so I definitely wanted to try the new Asian Cashew Chicken Salad.  I also appreciate that Wendy’s offers a half size portion which tends to be just enough for me. The new Asian Cashew Chicken Salad has just a little bit of a kick in the dressing.  I am generally not a lover of spicy things, but this was mild enough for me.  I visited Wendy’s headquarters last year…
  • Wordless Wednesday: A beautiful day…

    Felicia Carter
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Lately, all I really want to do is go back to our weekends.  These family moments are precious to me.  I enjoy being outside with all 3 of my boys and putting my mind somewhere else altogether.  I hope you all have a beautiful day! About FeliciaFelicia Carter is founder and managing editor of Go Grow Go. Her philosophy is to simplify, save, grow and go! Her home is generally full of DIY projects, crafts, yummy baked goods and lots of love. Felicia is also a wife, mom of 2 boys and nationally certified counselor. You can always find her near the chocolate or the coffee pot.Web | Twitter |…
  • Survey Proves That We Are Wasting Time and More #CascadeShiningReviews

    Felicia Carter
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:09 pm
    You all may remember my post a few weeks ago about my trip to Cascade and how you need to stop pre-washing your dishes.  I learned a lot on that trip.  One of the things we found out is that there was a recent survey in Marie Claire that found that people have a big opportunity to improve their dishwasher regimen.  I really did not find it surprising as I too was guilty of many of the same thoughts and actions.  Check out the findings here: Nearly half (46%) of survey respondents believe that skipping the pre-wash will lead to dirtier dishes. When in reality, breaking this habit – and…
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    My Mommy Manual (For the Journey)

  • 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.
  • Am I Raising An Entitled Kid?

    Zen Mommy
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    As parents, we hear much these days about entitlement. We talk about it, think about it and read articles/books/posts about it because lets face it, NO ONE wants to raise an entitled kid. Quotes like the following leave us quaking in our boots lest we end up the parent of the sniveling brat who will never learn to take out the trash, tie his shoes or appreciate the world around him: "A lack of discipline is apparent these days in just about every aspect of American society. Why this should be is a much larger question, one to ponder as we take out the garbage and tie our kids’ shoes." -…
  • Could Spanking Be the Answer?

    Zen Mommy
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    If you spank your kids as a form of discipline or you believe in spanking, let me say this to you before you go any further:
 
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  • So, I wrote fiction today

    Melissa Brodsky
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
        This is an unedited, work in progress. It’s something I had been thinking about for awhile, particularly the opening line. It is going to be paranormal, of course. With some time travel. I’m not going to give away too much, particularly because it’s simply still just an idea that needs to be more developed. And, not to mention, it’s been awhile since I stuck some of my fiction writing up on my blog.       I’ve always figured there to be two types of people in this world; those who hit a deer and lived and those who didn’t live. In other words, there are…
  • Look out 5th grade aka what a difference a year makes

    Melissa Brodsky
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    UPDATE: HE WON! He tied with another girl and they are co-Presidents of their 5th grade class. This is HUGE for him. He came home all giddy smiles. He still can’t believe it! SO PROUD!!   It’s been a rough few years for my son. School hasn’t been easy for him, particularly on the math front. Common core is barely understood by parents and even less understood by the students being forced to learn this method. My kid has been unhappy and frustrated since Kindergarten. Not completely unhappy, just when it comes to school. Half the time, he feels like he’s stupid…
  • Why yes, yes I did, in fact, get a tattoo.

    Melissa Brodsky
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    I was 19 the first time I realized I wanted a tattoo. I was visiting my friend, Alana, at University of Michigan. Her friend came to hang out with us and she had just gotten the most beautiful snake tattooed around her ankle. I was immediately fascinated. At that point in my life, I hadn’t personally met anyone (that I was aware of) that had gotten a tattoo. This girl broke every single stereotype I had about people with tattoos. She wasn’t a hoodlum, druggie or a motorcycle momma (what? I grew up sheltered). She was a normal (ish) college girl from the suburbs who decided to get…
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    Harassed Mom

  • 25 things you need to know about me!

    LauraKim
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:23 am
    A bit of fun for a Sunday. Mandi did it and so did Tarryn. I’m happiest when I am with my family. Or at Ansies house. Or with my moms and babes friends. Or scrapbooking. … especially if it involves wine and chocolate. I’ve always wanted to be able to draw My family and I crazy, chaotic, funny, loud I was a terrible maths student My first job waswaitress at my aunts restaurant at the Crocodile Farm near the Valley of 1000 Hills I could probably eatall the chips in the world. ALL OF THEM. I stole a few badges from Foshini once I was born on the same day that the Titanic sank. My…
  • My laptop and I took an unplanned, but much needed, break from one another and I survived to tell the tale.

    LauraKim
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:06 am
    Some weeks are just crap. This week was one of them. It seems that I wasn’t the only one counting the minutes until David got home every evening or drinking probably too much wine or not bathing until 15h00. If my Whatapp groups are anything to go by then it has been a rough time all around. Babies are sick, moms are going through emotional strain, cars were broken into, loved ones were lost, someone even had to unpack 5000 flattened shoe boxes. The week has not been kind to many of us. But thankfully it is the weekend and a chance to let it all go and start again next week. I generally…
  • We don’t really have a great track record when it comes to family photos but it looks like we finally go it right.

    LauraKim
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:16 pm
    This is one of a few, in fact I think it is the only photo we have of our family before the wedding. Isn’t it great? I am particularly fond of the family photo bombing us in the background. Cameron looks like he is about to fall asleep and David appears to be in some discomfort. Then we had the wedding and I was so sure we would get some great ones. It didn’t really work out as planned. Jack, we have discovered, is very adverse to having his photo taken and has to be forcefully contained which doesn’t really make for happy family photos. Also the wind was blowing and we were…
 
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    Alpha Mom

  • On Motherhood and Marriage Regret

    Kristen Chase
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    I never wanted to have kids. This is always a surprising revelation to most people I talk to since I have four kids and actually enjoy it. Mostly. Okay, sometimes. In the grand scheme of things, motherhood is awesome, but I think we can all pretty much agree that the day-to-day of parenting, especially alone, can be extremely taxing. Sometimes dehumanizing. But I was perfectly happy with my life as a Dual-Income-No-Kids (DINK) person. And yes, while I had my first child fairly young (at 28) and didn’t have the mid-thirties “I NEED TO PROCREATE NOW!” desperation that I hear…
  • How to Deal With Unsolicited Advice About Your “Big” Baby

    Amalah
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    Help! As a fellow large-baby-birther, I need a bit of perspective. I’m a first time mom to what I have to say is quite possibly the world’s most adorable 10 week old baby girl. At birth, she came in at a hefty 9lb 10oz, 21.5in long. My husband took a picture of her right after they plopped her into the little baby scale in the hospital room and she just takes up the whole thing. At her 1 month appointment she was up to 12lbs and 25.5in. Now, by 10 weeks, she’s easily 14-15lbs and wearing 6mo footed pjs that aren’t even big on her, just a little roomy. Obviously, I…
  • New App for Capturing and Sharing Memories: OneDay! (+ $500 Gift Card Giveaway)

    Brenda Ponnay
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    This post is sponsored by OneDay App I’ve been using technology to capture my kid’s antics since the day she was born, back in 2006 (the early days of blogging). I would use my video camera and iMovie to make home movies all the time. I’d spend hours editing and adding sound effects. Then I’d share the video via my personal blog and all my friends and family would wait for my weekly posts to appear on my website. Remember those days? Sigh. Obviously, those were the days before homework, gymnastics and soccer practice. Sadly, I am not that blogging-and-movie-making…
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    Crunchy Green Mom

  • Football Season Wintery Hot Dark Chocolate & $300 Amazon Gift card Giveaway

    9 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    When the leaves start to change and the temps cool off, that’s when I remember sitting out on the hill watching my son practice during his freshman year of football. I used to scan the field and wait to see him playing with his teammates. I grew up in Texas, the land of football, where I knew that ONE of my sons would play football. My oldest son knew he would play football in high school;
  • July 4th with Glen Eden Resorts and Steamboat Springs

    3 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    My husband and I got the chance to take our 4 youngest children to stay at the Glen Eden Resort outside of Steamboat Springs in July for a wonderful 4 day retreat. We had no idea what to expect and by the photos of this hidden gem, we weren't expecting what we found. The cabins are available for rent year round. (See here) Many of them are privately owned and stocked/personalized by the
  • Ski season is sneaking up! Check out Mountain Resorts

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    This past July 4th my family and I spent four days in Steamboat Springs. It was an amazing time where we walked by the river, swam in the hot springs and enjoyed the small town feel of this beautiful mountain getaway. Now, it’s time to start thinking about ski season (ignore the 90+ degree temps for next week). Mountain Resorts offers a wide variety of attractive,
 
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    Stacy Uncorked

  • WW: The View From Up Here

    StacyUncorked
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Last week the kids were dismissed early for what’s called “Fair Day”. The Washington State Fair is the largest single attraction held annually here in the state of Washington. It also continually ranks in the top ten largest fairs in the … Continue reading →
  • School Angst and Four Eyes: RTT Rebel

    StacyUncorked
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    I have so much catching up to do, don’t I? Last week was a bust, as I had to fix my blog after the latest update from WordPress didn’t play nicely with my original theme. So I ditched the theme … Continue reading →
  • it’s Hard To Be Cool in a Neon Light especially in a Perfect Storm – just Shake It Off!

    StacyUncorked
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Well hello Monday! In case you were wondering, last week was pretty much a bust. If things look a tad bit different around these digs, it’s because last week my blog was broken, so I spent the better part of … Continue reading →
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    BrainFoggles

  • Invisalign to the Rescue for Straight Teeth

    Connie Roberts
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always. As the mom of a teen with crooked teeth and an overbite we know she will need braces. She’s worn a spacer for years to prepare her for braces which was painful and caused a dent in her mouth after removal. Now we’re looking for an alternative for metal braces since she’s concerned about being called brace face and other names. Since Invisalign uses clear aligners that are practically invisible, my daughter feels relieved that she won’t be called names. We are in the process of visiting a…
  • National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month #Advocacy

    Jennifer Shusterman
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:20 pm
    September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. A few years ago if you asked me if I knew someone who had a childhood cancer I would probably respond that I only knew one person. A distant cousin of mine who is now in her early 20s had Leukemia at a young age, but I didn’t know much about it. I was just a child myself, and it wasn’t discussed much around me other than the occasional conversation I would overhear about her getting better. Fast forward to adulthood, and I am definitely more aware now when it comes to childhood cancer and how many children are affected by it. As a…
  • Perfectly Cooked Meat With The EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Thermometer

    Jennifer Shusterman
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    I was provided with a free EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Thermometer in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own. Growing up in a southern household means I have spent much of my lifetime in the kitchen. It’s just a way of life. I learned to enjoy cooking at a very young age spending my afternoons in the kitchen with my mom or grandma. I will admit I have a fear when it comes to cooking. I fear undercooked and overcooked meat. I can ruin a good steak by cutting into it before it has fully rested because I’m worried it will be undercooked. My husband prefers his steak medium, I…
  • Family Trip to Marietta Square, Georgia

    Connie Roberts
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    Recently we took a family trip to Marietta Square, Georgia. It’s about 20 miles from downtown Atlanta. You can spend a few hours to a full day here, sight-seeing, shopping and eating. The center of the square is Glover Park, where you can people watch and let the kids run off some steam. The park is home to a lovely fountain which makes the perfect photo op. There’s an exact replica of the Liberty Bell and a statue of former Senator Alexander Stephens Clay. Of course, there are flowers, grassy areas, and lots shade trees. We sat for a while, took some photos and watched my young…
  • Cluster Headaches are the Devil

    Connie Roberts
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:47 pm
    About two months ago I was diagnosed with cluster headaches. The pain was horrible, it woke me up every night and hit me during the day too. Since I am my own patient advocate I did online researched and joined a cluster headache support group. The way the group members described the pain brought me to tears. Some people felt like killing themselves. They said it was the worst pain ever. It is agony. That made me think: when my doctor asked me about my pain level, 1 – 10. I said 7. Ten to me is labor pain. But, women with cluster headaches say that this type of pain is worse than labor. Can…
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    The Poshpreneur

  • Understanding Gear

    poshy
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Types Of Hunting Gear You Need Hunting season changes with the change of weather every single year. But one thing would remain to be the same and it’s the types of gears that are used for hunting. Hunting trips could last for as quick as a day or as long as the entire week. The trip’s length and even its location is going to be determined by the hunter’s preferences. I will be detailing the types of hunting gears that are required for the hunting trip regardless of the trip’s duration in this article. The first aid kit is among the most essential items required for…
  • Learning The Secrets About Sprays

    poshy
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:12 pm
    How to Have a Successful Hunting Trip Hunting is surely an exciting activity to undergo and a lot of people truly have enjoyed its beneficial outcomes. One beneficial attribute which it is actually able to provide is with the fact that you will be able to learn so many things in the process like learning some survival techniques, learn how to use weapons and also learn how to do tracking and creeping procedures to animals. The hunting skill that you have gained from it will surely be helpful for you in the future and will be able to help you acquire an advantage. However, this is not like…
  • Finding Parallels Between Clothes and Life

    poshy
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    The Essence of Women’s Fashion No one else can be the fashion queens but women. You will realize that there are a lot more men than there are women who truly care about how they look. You will find women who tend to go out of the house without makeup application and that is okay also. Some women are fond of collecting shoes and they have more than five pairs in their closets. They seem to have the right pair for the beautiful dress or suit she fancies to wear. You came to the right place if you are a woman who appears to be looking for some fashion tips. Here are some of the best ones:…
  • Questions About Services You Must Know the Answers To

    poshy
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Knowing Your Options in Concrete Companies If you hire the services of a decorative concrete contractor, you can enjoy several services for your concrete such as acid staining, concrete overlays and decorative concrete. The contractor or firm can determine if your concrete needs to be replaced or perhaps altered before you can put additional applications on it. If you choose to work with a competent and well-reputed concrete company, you can be sure that your concrete patio dreams to come to reality. Concrete patios can do a lot in improving the beauty and quality of your home. Concrete…
  • Concrete – Getting Started & Next Steps

    poshy
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:07 pm
    The Search For A Company For Paving If you have a business sidewalk or your home’s pavement that needs repaving, then what you need to contact is a concrete company that will do the job for you. But before you go ahead and pay for something that you need to be worked on, you have to first make certain that you consider a few things in choosing the right company for it. Below are some tips that you will not regret following: First of all, you have to look into the reputation of the company first. It is crucial that you know for how long they have been in the business already, the kind of…
 
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    Strocel.com

  • At the Stoplight

    Amber
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:21 pm
    I am taking a class at the university’s downtown campus this semester – English 102, Introduction to Poetry. My other class this semester is a math class for prospective teachers, and when I finish these two classes I will be finished with my prerequisites and I will be able to apply to teacher training. The end is in sight. After a good summer semester, I’m feeling optimistic. I’m not done yet, though, so every Monday evening I make the trek to the city for class. The drive isn’t bad, although the last few minutes of making my way through the downtown core…
  • Pizza Crust Pandemonium

    Amber
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:39 pm
    I’ve been feeling a little bit sheepish about my lack of blogging. I’ve been meaning to come back here and give an update on what’s happening in my life. I want to tell you all what’s happening with my return to school, my running, the continuing renovations on my house, and just how much tea is in my tea cupboard right now. I will do all of those things, soon. Right now, though, I have something very important to discuss: the pizza crust pandemonium that is sweeping the continent. I remember that day almost 20 years ago when I first sampled a stuffed crust pizza. At…
  • Six Years of Jacob

    Amber
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Two days ago my son Jacob turned six. And then I cried. Birthdays are so bittersweet. My son was super-excited about his birthday. He had been counting down the days for weeks. He told anyone who would listen that he was turning six soon – in twelve, nine, eight, six, three, two days. On his actual birthday Jacob and his big sister announced to strangers at the grocery store, at the toy store, at the park and on the street that today was his birthday. The enthusiasm was infectious. I loved how excited they were. Still, the bittersweetness of it all overwhelmed me. Six somehow sounds…
  • On Winging Life and Winging Forgiveness

    Amber
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:02 pm
    It’s been ages, but today I felt compelled to write a Forgiveness Friday post. Today, specifically, I’m thinking about forgiving is something we have to just wing it in life, which includes forgiveness. You can find my other posts on forgiveness by checking out the Forgiveness Friday tag. I volunteer as a peer breastfeeding support person, so I occasionally field calls from new moms who need a listening ear and a little information. What I’m best at, in these situations, is pointing out what is and isn’t normal for a breastfeeding infant. If you’ve never had a…
  • Run Mama Run

    Amber
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:52 pm
    I am not what you would call the athletic type. My mother loves to tell the story of how, during the first grade race at my elementary school track and field day, I came in dead last. It wasn’t because I was slow, so much as that I didn’t care to exert myself. I meandered my way across the field, even stopping at one point to pull up my socks. When asked why I didn’t run, I apparently replied, “You don’t have to run, everyone gets a ribbon anyway.” While you could view this as a cautionary tale exposing the evils of participation ribbons, I don’t see…
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    2 Sep 2014 | 7:16 pm
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  • Spinach pie!

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  • The Last TCBY?

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  • Recipe: Banana Bread Win

    bubblesncups
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:38 am
    Recipe from Fannie Farmer Cookbook 11th edition: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=898981 We skipped the pecans and threw in the chocolate chips. Also did add 2 tbsp of melted butter. Filed under: Recipes Tagged: recipe
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  • The best (and easiest) applesauce you’ll ever make

    Genny
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    With cooler weather approaching and fall just around the corner, I’m starting to look forward to making some warm, cozy recipes. And today I thought I’d share one of my favorites (that also happens to be a favorite with my kids). I got the recipe a few years ago, right in the middle of soccer season. One of the families from my son’s soccer team had a beautiful apple orchard on their property, and after a tournament one Saturday, the whole team went to their house to hang out and spend time together… READ MORE at TheMomInitiative.com.
  • Here are some moms (with great parenting advice) you won’t want to miss!

    Genny
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    I’m excited to introduce you to the amazing women on my Finding Mommy Bliss team. These mamas have huge hearts, love encouraging others, and inspire me with their passion for parenting. I’ve loved getting to know them over the past few months–hearing their unique stories and experiences–and I know you will too! Here’s a little about each of them, in their own words (be sure to read through to the end because some of them give great nuggets of parenting advice!)… Julie Sanders I’m blessed to be the mom of a college daughter and a high school son who…
  • Photos from the conference I spoke at in Florida

    Genny
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    All I can say is wow.  The Better Together conference in Florida was amazing. And since a picture really is worth a thousand words, I’ll just let the photos sum it up… Some of us on the speaking team at the hotel on the first day. The famous cupcake table! How many moms can you fit in a van? (This was just some of us from The Mom Initiative on our way to the conference). Waiting backstage before the opening session. Our amazing founder, Stephanie Shott, and our incredible MC at the event, Tracey Eyster! The Mom Initiative team, kicking our feet up! It was such an honor to give a keynote…
  • I’m joining this team of amazing writers (and I couldn’t be more excited)

    Genny
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    You may rememberHolley Gerth’s God-Sized Dream Teamand how excited I was to be part of it. (If you want, you can check out the teamhere, read my back story and what I wrote inmy application, read a letter to you about how to find your dreams or hear some thoughts on how you can pursue your dreamsevery day.) Well, after our year together, one of the amazing women on the team, Christine Wright, felt a pull to continue the dreaming and writing and inspiring of others… so she spearheaded the creation of GodSizedDreams.com – a beautiful site that will encourage and challenge…
  • This is what we woke up to on Sunday morning!

    Genny
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    We made it to Idaho and are settling in. It’s beautiful here, and the people are great. As I expected, there have been good days, a couple of hard ones too… and it seems like there are a million things to do as we make Idaho our new home. So as we unpack, and as I get ready for the Better Together conference in Florida that I’m speaking at later this month, I wanted to pop in and say hi and let you know I probably won’t be around here much for the next couple of weeks. (Be sure to read to the end of the post for what I’ve got planned for you in the near…
 
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    Playground Confidential

  • The evolution of kiddie toothbrushing

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:36 am
    A million thanks to Philips for sponsoring this post and finally putting some joy back into toothbrushing. We brush our teeth at least twice a day every day of our lives and barely give it a second thought — until we become parents. Nobody told me about the toothbrushing fights. Nobody! It’s like a giant ... [Read more...]The post The evolution of kiddie toothbrushing appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • I’m raising money for breast cancer, but I’m running for me

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    I am thrilled to be one of the blog ambassadors for this year’s Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run For The Cure. My daughter and I will be running the 1K in Toronto on October 5. You can donate to support our team here. All right! The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run For the Cure is less ... [Read more...]The post I’m raising money for breast cancer, but I’m running for me appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • 17 things to know about having a baby in Toronto

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:20 am
    Huge thanks to The Baby Show for sponsoring this post and letting me share all my best Toronto baby advice.  And don’t miss the GIVEAWAY at the end! Lots of free tix to The Baby Show. 1. Which subways STILL don’t have an elevator.  Image credit via Creative Commons license. The TTC is working toward becoming completely accessible ... [Read more...]The post 17 things to know about having a baby in Toronto appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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    Terry Matlen's Posts - Moms With ADD/ADHD

  • 7 Days Left to Clear the Clutter with Me! (Special Savings)

    Terry Matlen
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    The Queens of Distraction Labor Day Special! LAST WEEK TO JOIN AT SPECIAL RATES Hi,  I'm Terry Matlen, the Queen of Distraction (and founder of Moms with ADD!)  and here are 3 reasons to read this. Do you want to: Kick clutter to the curb? See the surface of your tables again? Get started on your projects and start feeling good about yourself? Come hang out with me in a secret, private room with other women with ADD, who "get" your challenges and are there to offer support. We meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to get a handle on what is driving you CRAZY. It's all about taking…
  • ADD and the Suitcase: Procrastination and your ADD Brain

    Terry Matlen
    12 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
    I have a confession to make. Ten days ago, I returned from our family vacation. And I've yet to unpack my filled suitcase, which is still sitting on my bedroom floor. Every morning when I wake up, I look at it and make a mental note that I really need to unpack that annoying thing. And every night when I hit the sack, I make a 2nd mental note that Ireally really need to deal with this. It's annoying because even with these daily/nightly reminders, I continue to procrastinate. Most without ADD don't think twice about such a little inconvenience- they unpack the day or next day after a…
  • Terry and Martha Stewart: ADHD Holiday Throw Down

    Terry Matlen
    4 Dec 2013 | 7:07 am
    Tis the season to get stressed out with everything we need to do to prepare for the holidays. I take on Martha to put on the nicest holiday spread. Who won? Find out at http://addconsults.com/2013/12/03/terry-vs-martha-stewart-adhd-holi...
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    GRUMBLE GIRL

  • The Things I Keep Getting Asked to Play

    GrumbleGirl
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    Perhaps you’ve noticed all these memes flying around the internet lately. Frankly, I don’t love playing them at all, but that’s just ME… enjoy your Internets any way you wanna. I donated to the ALS fundraiser after I’d been challenged by a caring friend of mine, though I was a bit reluctant to do so. I’m glad that clever campaign stirred so much awareness for the cause, but I didn’t like the gimmick – I wish people would just donate, though I understand how a gimmick just like this one is far more effective in raising the dollars. And…
  • Both Strange and Familiar

    GrumbleGirl
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    I’m getting back into the groove after hanging with my little homies all summer long. They didn’t have a whole lot of camp, so we mostly walked and we walked, and we took the metro, and we walked some more. These fools would skip and sing and chat to me about endless amounts of things all the livelong day… keeping my eyes and ears open the way one needs to when one has kids in tow can be exhausting. My small one can be impetuous sometimes, and keeping her out of harm’s way feels like a full-time job. I have to keep her in hand before we cross the street, most of the…
  • Head To Toe – July 10th, 2014

    GrumbleGirl
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
    You know that thing when it’s summer, and you’ve spent the entire day sweating your balls off, and then one of your super-gorgeous lady-friends calls to say, “Are we still on for drinks in an hour?” and you’re all, “Yeaaaaaah… suuuuuure…” and even over the phone, the girl sounds like she looks like a million bucks, and you take a good look at yourself in the mirror feeling like about ten bucks, and then you sigh, and frantically grab a cotton ball and douse your chipped, tacky nails with the stuff to remove the two-week-old manicure and…
 
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • Why is project management so fragmented in companies?

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    I was in email discussion with a senior manager about project management. I asked a number of questions including; how things have progressed since running a wide range of project courses, who was now in overall control of project management and whether there had been any financial return on investment (ROI) from all the training, including working with the board … Read More >Related Posts:The demise of the training manager and the impact for…How can you really develop project management skills?Do you have consistent project management?Who owns project management in your…
  • Are you always thinking customer care in your projects?

    Ron Rosenhead
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    It was a bad afternoon. I had three arguments on the phone. Two were with banks and one with a utility company. I put the phone down about 4-15 pm feeling exhausted and not happy. I decided the best therapy was to go for a walk and I enjoyed the sun of North London. It struck me part way through … Read More >Related Posts:What do your customers say about your project management…What do you need to change to be more effective?Instead of a project report, I wrote you this….C+ for effort but could you have done any better?Project Sponsor; will this meet your expectations?
  • How much project management information do you share?

    Ron Rosenhead
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:29 am
    I recently had a great conversation with Mark Ritchie who is the Deputy Director and Head of Project Services at the University of Edinburgh. Mark told me that the University developed a Projects Web site for which the key design requirement was the ability to share project information with stakeholders across the University. Access to the site is open to … Read More >Related Posts:Today’s quiz question on project management is…Do you recreate your successes in projects?We don’t need project management training, we have PM…Training is like coffee – you need the…
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    Household Management 101 Blog

  • How To Decaffeinate Your Tea - Quick Tip

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Learn how the professionals at a tea room quickly and easily decaffeinate your tea, so you can do it at home yourself easily.
  • Uses For Vinegar - What Vinegar Can And Cannot Do Around Your Home

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Everyone it seems is talking about uses for vinegar. But what kinds of things does vinegar clean well, and what not so well? Find out here.
  • Homemade Soft Scrub

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    There are lots of times when you need a gentle or mild abrasive cleaner, like Soft Scrub, to clean something in your home. However, you don't have to buy a commercial cleaning product, unless you want to. Here is a recipe for a homemade version of soft scrub to use in your home.
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    Mom\'s Education Sites

  • Getting Help After Your Texas Car Accident

    20 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    San Antonio hv mn personal injury lawyers wh n g-v u th best support -n legal case f accident. h thing tht u will nd t d bfr u hire personal injury lawyer -s t lk ut fr th n wh n g-v u th best support nd n wh hs good experience -n th-s field. t -s nssr t find ut th terms nd conditions bfr hiring n personal injury lawyer San Antonio. Generally, th Personal Injury Lawyer San Antonio ds nt charge fr th initial consultation nd thr r n hidden costs. wvr, -t -s lws advisable t verify th terms nd conditions r-ght t th bg-nn-ng. personal injury lawyer San Antonio m nt vn charge nth-ng frm th victim…
  • Tutor-Student Relationship

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The mentor needs to create a compatibility with the understudy and recognize his qualities and deficiencies. He should then identify with the understudy and center after helping him beat his weaknesses while fortifying his qualities. With substantial mentoring organizations this is frequently an issue as their guides coddle countless and accordingly are not committed to a solitary understudy. While most internet coaching organizations offer the ‘favored coach’ framework in some structure or the other, the accessibility of the most loved mentor can’t be ensured being busy by…
  • Picking Trouble-Free Methods In PA charter school

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:34 am
    How are you? Welcome to our website website that’s devoted to supplying information on pacyber. Lots of people hunt online each day to find advice on the subject. That is the reason why we gathered them in one website and have pooled all the best materials and resources together. Note that we now have grouped similar topics together and put a lot in one page for better accessibility. You’ll absolutely find the contents highly applicable. While on our website, take the time to view what others need to say on the opinions section. A cyber school’s notion is for people to study…
 
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    And Twins make 5! - A Mommy Blog

  • Household Chores are a lot more fun thanks to Netfix #StreamTeam #netflixkids

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:39 pm
    People ask me all the time how I do it.  How do I manage to stay sane while performing everything required of a busy mom of 5. While I'm not a 100% sure I am fully sane, I do know it helps that I allow myself little pleasures like watching Netflix while I perform mundane tasks.  Let's face it.  Household chores like dishes, laundry, cooking, and housecleaning are far less boring when you sneak in a few episodes here and there of your newest Netflix fascination. Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A…
  • Staples helps celebrate Back to School Time "Firsts": Kindle Fire HD (with WiFi) #Giveaway #BTS

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    The folks at Staples recently contacted me about how they love helping everyone prepare for and celebrate all their back to school firsts.  This is a very good thing because Back to School time has arrived in our household and there are plenty of "firsts" to be celebrated. Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics "Graphic Blue Cat Eye" look from Project Runway Week 2 #Giveaway

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:46 am
    My daughter and I enjoyed playing around with the Mary Kay make-up goodies so much last week, that we are bringing you a new look from week two's Project Runway Episode. 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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    In The Know Mom

  • frame your fall look {trending eyewear}

    Sarah
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    We’re talking fall fashion and trendy eyewear in this post sponsored by VSP Direct. I was in third grade when I first learned I needed glasses… but it took me awhile to actually embrace wearing the glasses.  I’d hide them in my backpack, refusing to wear them and, in turn, suddenly started to do poorly […]The post frame your fall look {trending eyewear} appeared first on In The Know Mom.
  • Johnson’s Baby Midnight Moms Twitter Party {join me}

    Sarah
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    I’m co-hosting the Johnson’s Baby Midnight Moms Twitter Party and this is a sponsored post to invite readers. #BedtimeForBaby What are you doing tomorrow at midnight (9 PM PST)?! Join me for a fun and informative Twitter Party for tips & tricks on bedtime rituals, useful videos on baby bedtime, and info on the JOHNSON’S® […]The post Johnson’s Baby Midnight Moms Twitter Party {join me} appeared first on In The Know Mom.
  • chocolate flavored medicine for cough and cold {Dr. Cocoa}

    Sarah
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    This post about chocolate flavored kids cough & cold medicine is sponsored by Dr. Cocoa™ for Children. School’s back in session and the germs are already spreading like wildfire. They’re attaching to our children who then bring them home to our other children. I’m seeing it already with my daughter, who has a cough developing. […]The post chocolate flavored medicine for cough and cold {Dr. Cocoa} appeared first on In The Know Mom.
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    theprimamomma.com

  • The Year of Pain

    Kristy
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
        Today Seren turned 11 months old. On Tuesday I heard a noise that was not quite what I expected to be hearing and ran around the corner to find Seren halfway up the staircase. I was careful not to startle her, and just watched her go the rest of the way up. So, well, I guess she can do that now. I really need to stop underestimating this baby. I was lulled into a false sense of security because her siblings were so lazy such late walkers. This kid in an explorer. The Year of Pain has officially begun. In the past three days she has scratched her chin, cut her wrist, smacked her…
  • Aglamping we did go

    Kristy
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Last weekend was the annual glampout at the golf course. True to form, we went, but only Jesse and the older kids slept over, myself having the sense to leave with the baby to sleep in our own beds. Jesse was giving me a hard time about it until I pointed out that the golf cart taking me back to the car was filled with other mothers with babies who were leaving their husbands behind to stay with older children. In other words, sane women. There was no hot air balloon this year, which turned out to be a good thing, because in lieu of the balloon they set up a giant bouncy obstacle course and…
  • Vintage awesomeness, now in travel size

    Kristy
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:35 pm
    My house is where old things go to not die. It’s like the opposite of retirement. I love things with history to them; furniture, linens, utensils… they are all welcome here. Luckily I married a man whose mother also loves old things, but loves even more to give old things away to family members. Her kids usually have very little interest in her offerings. When she starts telling them the history of a tablecloth their eyes glaze over and they develop nervous ticks. Well, good. More for me! This blanket is one of my favorite acquisitions. It comes from the old Maine house (like most…
 
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    Fab Mums

  • Fabric upcycle: make a chicken door stop

    Maria
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    To make this chicken door stop I used the template kindly offered by Bake and Sew. I adjusted the sizes in mine to make it a little larger by adding 4 cm on each side. I recycled some fabric from an old dress, I had some felt scraps for the crest and beak and for the stuffing I used a mix of lavender seeds ( I love the smell of lavender) and polyester stuffing from an old pillow. Rice and pulses are also a good option. I am very proud of the result, though my finishing touches are in need of major improvement you can hardly tell once the fabric is turned.
  • Cereal box upcycle: pretty office organiser

    Maria
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:16 am
    Here is another office organiser to add to our collection, this time I made a double organiser using two cereal boxes glued together. This is perfect to collect the mail in need of sorting out that comes through the front door. To decorate it I used various types of wrapping paper, some that I kept from presents I received and bits left over from my own wrapping. I cut the pieces to measure and I applied decoupage glue on the back using a brush, then I attached the paper on each side paying attention to eliminate any air bubble and to avoid creases. Standard vinyl glue diluted with water is…
  • Free Printables: ABC colouring book

    Maria
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:09 am
    This is a free book filled with colouring pages of alphabet letters and drawings based on the letters of the ABC. I hope you enjoy it. Click on the image to download the PDF.
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    Sprittibee

  • Almost Back to School: Planning, Scheduling & Preparing

    Heather
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    { Note: This post is part of my Almost Back to School Series – follow along with the links at the bottom. } As promised, here’s Post #3 of 5… We started school yesterday, y’all. That means this series has gone from “Almost Back to School” to Officially Back to School. There were no doves decending from heaven. No great flashes of light or thunderous voices from heaven declaring that we were on track. No fanfare whatsoever. Mama isn’t even finished getting all  her ducks in a row (shhhh!)… and that’s OK. If you want to teach a kid that it…
  • Poetry and Pictures: Harm No Living Thing

    Heather
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Pipe Vine Swallowtail Caterpillar “Just because I am different from you – please do not harm me”… says the dangerous looking caterpillar. Wouldn’t it be grand if everyone truly believed in not harming other living things? Life is precious. Hurt No Living Thing Hurt no living thing: Ladybird, nor butterfly, Nor moth with dusty wing, Nor cricket chirping cheerily, Nor grasshopper so light of leap, Nor dancing gnat, nor beetle fat, Nor harmless worms that creep. - Christina Rossetti Enjoy your weekend…
  • Flourless Honey-Sweet Peanut Butter Brownies

    Heather
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:02 pm
    I can see the future. ESP, I tell you. Here’s what I know: You are going to thank me for this 4-ingredient recipe. People at your next potluck or party are going to thank YOU. Your kids might nominate you for mom of the year, even. If you love peanut-butter, and are trying to stay away from refined sugar and excess grains (especially gluten or wheat), you are going to love this recipe. It is CRAZY simple. The bars taste fantastic with milk. They are rich and nutty; best served WARM. A friend of mine who eats even healthier than we do shared this recipe with me. In fact, after I ate one…
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    Zensible Mama

  • Carowinds To Add World's Tallest Giga Coaster and An Epic Makeover of the Park

    Maricris
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Thursday, last week, we had a front row seat at Carowinds BIG, no make that ginormous, secret reveal and more! In the centerpiece of the theme park's 50 Million dollar investments for 2015 is the construction of the world's tallest and fastest Gigacoaster ride - Fury 325! As Carowinds Marketing Director John Taylor said, "If you thought Intimidator was big, think again!"I agree. The video simulation during the announcement was indeed a good indication that this new coaster ride is one for the brave soul and not for the faint of heart. With speed reaching 95 miles per hour, drop zone of…
  • Family Travel: 7 No-Bummer Carolina Mountain Adventures To Bid Summer Adieu!

    Maricris
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Summer is about over. Oy Bummer! For a family who loves to travel, saying goodbye to days we can travel together without school days in the way is indeed a bummer. But we'll say farewell in our own traveler-kind-of-way which is of course, with a series of travel adventures 5,000+ above sea level. And ASAAP! (as affordable as possible)Now the cool thing about being in Charlotte is that you're in the center of everything awesome! You've got the mountains up on the West, and the beaches on the East. Best of both worlds. Our Summer may be a bit wet and wild this year, but it's all about…
  • Fashion Savvy Ideas At Macy's and Radio Disney Back-to-School Event #MacysBTS

    Maricris
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Are you ready for back-to-school? I'm not matter-of-factly, but I have some sort of an incentive to be excited about it. Let's say, fashionably excited! You see, my daughter goes to a uniformed school but this year, there is a big possibility that she will be transferred to one without. Yep, fashion alert! You know kids these days, it is imperative, make that highly imperative, to be fashion-forward especially if you are new... in a new school. First impression does count A-LOT! This is where Macy's exciting fashion and fun back-to-school-event comes into perfect play. Yay for fashion…
 
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    The Pranamama

  • Choosing A Wedding Photographer

    Mama
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Choosing your wedding photographer is an important task prior to the wedding. After all photographs never fail to take you back to that special day no matter how many years may pass. Here are a few tips from Lens to Life on choosing the right wedding photographer. 1)Research on the internet Popular photographers have their website and samples of previous work. Go through reviews and testimonials on the internet and choose photographers that are recommended by wedding venues. 2) Meet the photographer in person it is important to be comfortable around the photographer as they will there…
  • Investing In Great Music Lessons

    Mama
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Taking music lessons may be something that you spent a large amount of time thinking about in the past, but fear can become a factor that often prevents people from being able to move forward. Deciding to try something new and stepping outside of your comfort zone is the only way that you are going to be able to expand upon the knowledge that you have at the moment. There is no professional musician that did not have to overcome the fear of wanting to learn something new and having the fear of not being able to do so. However, it is possible for you to begin working on developing your skills…
  • Here Are Some Tips On Home Security

    Mama
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:31 pm
    When it comes to home security, then there are some things you can do to make your home safer. Continue reading this article to find out more about how you can make your home and your belongings more secure. Invest In An Alarm System A home alarm system is a great way to increase the security around your home. A good alarm system will alert you and authorities when intruders enter your home, whether it is via a door or window. If you want to increase security around your home, then invest in a good alarm system. Buy A Dog If you want to increase the security around your home, then one of the…
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    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.
  • Here’s To The Moms Video

    Debbie
    30 May 2014 | 9:20 am
    Google made a video just for moms: (be sure to watch the Parent’s Rap below, too!) Here’s another one you’ll love; The Parent’s Rap: The post Here’s To The Moms Video appeared first on Momma's Choice.
  • How TV Affects the Brains of Young Children

    Debbie
    24 Feb 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Most parents are careful about what they allow their children to watch on TV and treat it somewhat like candy. A little can't be avoided very easily, but ? The post How TV Affects the Brains of Young Children appeared first on Momma's Choice.
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    Pancakes and French Fries

  • Twitter

    Jules
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ve been trying to spend less time on Facebook, but it’s not because I’m working or too busy. The truth of the matter is that to get to my Facebook page I have to go through my personal page, and I’ve basically come to hate most of the people with whom I’m “friends.” Seriously. So annoying. Part of the problem is that I found most of these people back when my best friend and I were in charge of the high school reunion. Before then, I was never on Facebook. Now it’s like I’ve been sucked into a whirlpool of malcontent. By all means, call…
  • Nest

    Jules
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Nest by Esther Ehrlich Published by Random House Children's Books on 2014 Genres: Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, General, Social Issues, Young Adult Pages: 336 Goodreads For fans of Jennifer Holm (Penny from Heaven, Turtle in Paradise), a heartfelt and unforgettable middle-grade novel about an irresistible girl and her family, tragic change, and the healing power of love and friendship. In 1972 home is a cozy nest on Cape Cod for eleven-year-old Naomi “Chirp” Orenstein, her older sister, Rachel; her psychiatrist father; and her dancer mother. But then Chirp’s mom develops…
  • Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Leave Out, Get Wrong, or Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight

    Jules
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Body Respect by Linda BaconLucy Aphramor Published by BenBella Books on 2014-09-02 Genres: Diet & Nutrition, Disease & Health Issues, Health & Fitness, Healthy Living, Medical, Public Health, SOCIAL SCIENCE, Weight Loss Pages: 240 Goodreads Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Body insecurity is rampant, and it doesn’t have to be. Think for a moment about your attitudes toward weight: Do you believe that people who are thinner are more healthy and attractive? Do you think dieting is an effective health strategy? Do you judge yourself or others because of weight? If you answered yes to…
 
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    Baby Bump Fitness

  • Great Labour Day

    Jacqueline
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    I had a great labour day workout yesterday.  I am currently working on a test Press program for SFG.  I have 2 more weeks to go to get my max press.  I already achieved this goal last week, I was stoked- so yesterday after pressing and 100 KB swings,  I put a bit more conditioning into my program.  I performed 7×7 (R&L) arms 16kg Kettle bell snatches for 7 minutes- starting a new round at the top of each minute.  After this I preformed ab wheel rollouts super setted with hard style front planks for 30 seconds.  I took an hour long walk through Rattray Marsh conservation area…
  • Downward Dino- guest post

    Jacqueline
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Downward Dino… Yoga in the ROM with Lolë I’ll admit it, I had my suspicions that the whole ”Lolë White”  thing was going to be just a glorified photoshoot and, worse, maybe a bit of a costume party (I hate costume parties). I was wrong. It was wonderful. First of all, it was stunning. 700 people in all shapes and sizes wearing white, organized neatly on yellow mats in the halls of one of Canada’s most excellent cultural buildings. I was situated between a dinosaur, a medieval suit of armor, and a massive geode. I had my concerns about what to wear. WHITE? Come…
  • Family Day Out to a Great Local Farm (GTA)

    Jacqueline
    4 Jun 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Beretta Family Farm Day by berettafarms   July 12th King City, Ontario 10 – 2pm   Enjoy a day with the Beretta Family at our original King City Farm. It remains a working farm to this day, with grass fed cattle, chickens, sheep and pigs. There will be plenty for you and your family to do including feeding the pigs, watching Mike Beretta demonstrate how to milk a cow and even collecting some farm fresh eggs! Lunch is on us! So don’t miss out! Space is limited. Sign-up now by contacting Mike Bashford at mbashford@berettafarms.com or calling 416-674-5609 x221 to reserve…
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    icefairy's Treasure Chest

  • New Cottonelle Bathroom Routine for the New Season + Exclusive #Coupon! #LetsTalkBums #Sponsored

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    The change of seasons often signals the time for change in many aspects of our daily life, including the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the skincare products we use, the home decor we choose, and more. This fall Cottonelle invites us to adopt a new bathroom routine consisting of their revolutionary duo of flushable cleansing cloths and clean care bathroom tissue. Not only does Cottonelle
  • Boost Your Business with How It Works Media (Special Offer Inside)

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A product has been launched. You are given two options to learn more about it - a 400-word article or a 90-second video. Which would you choose? No doubt most people would choose the latter as it is more straightforward, easier to comprehend with both audio and visual aids, and doesn't take as much time. But not all videos are created equal. Some go viral at lightening speed while others get
  • Win Fab Fashion Prizes from Freeway App: Louboutin Shoes, Tag Huer Watches, Vera Wang Dresses & More! #Giveaway

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:58 pm
    I know many of you share my passion for free giveaways. They are a fun, exciting, and sometimes rewarding way to spend our spare time. I was recently introduced to Freeway, a FREE mobile app that allows you to discover and win cool new products while on the go! Over $50,000 worth of free products have been given away since the app's official launch in July, 2014! I strongly recommend you to join
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    SortaCrunchy

  • I bought the Healthy Living Bundle 2014 for this ONE REASON

    Megan Tietz
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:42 am
    I hope you all know by know that authenticity is of paramount importance to me. I occasionally blunder into awkwardly honest territory, but I keep doing it because trust you with my whole weird self, and I know you trust me, and it's super important to me to honor that. So I'm going to level with you about the Healthy Living Bundle 2014. When I first found out the next bundle sale from Ultimate Bundles was going to be a healthy living collection, I shrugged my shoulders and thought, "Meh. I'll pass." I promoted the heck out of the Homemaking Bundle last spring because I dig some homemaking…
  • book love: just read//reading//wanna read

    Megan Tietz
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    I miss the What I'm Into posts that were such frequent entries here, but somehow the end of the month always, always passes me without me thinking to write up a new list. I love looking back though, remembering how what I was into at that moment both shaped and spoke to with such accuracy all that I was navigating mentally, spiritually, and emotionally at that moment in time. Perhaps nothing is more telling than my reading list, and because I've been super intentional about making myself make time to read in the past few months, I actually have some books to share with you. I thought I would…
  • Life is Messy. Freshana Can Help. (Win some for FREE!)

    Megan Tietz
    6 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    It has been SO FUN to hear from so many of you who have tried out some of Freshana Organic's 100% natural, 100% awesome products. I am so thrilled that you have discovered them because I genuinely believe they are an INCREDIBLE company doing incredible work. So far, I have introduced them to you as a fantastic sponsor for SortaCrunchy, shared how some of the grossest moments of family life still call for a completely safe clean-up, told you why I LOVE AIRIA air cleaning spray, and I've invited you into our home to show you how we are using the MAXAM spray. Many of you who are committed to…
 
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    modernmami™

  • Small Deeds Add Up. Help Straight Talk Support Make-A-Wish By Doing Things You Normally Do.

    Melanie Edwards
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    I imagine that like me, you have a lot going on in your life, and yet, often times you wish you could do more for others. As you try to raise responsible and generous children, you probably try your best to model kind behavior in your life. Perhaps you look for ways to donate or volunteer in an effort to do a bit of good in the world. With all that we have going on in our busy lives, it’s nice to step back and help when and how we’re able, even if it’s a small deed – it all adds up. It’s a bonus when opportunities to do good are offered along with activities…
  • Is The World Ready for My Baby Girl to Be President?

    Melanie Edwards
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    “I’m still not sure if I want to be a detective when I grow up or if I want to be President,” you proclaimed. In typical parent form I responded that you have plenty of time to decide since after all, you are only 8 years old and in 3rd grade. “You’ll figure it out, baby girl. There’s lots out there for you to explore,” I told you. While all of this is true, my own fears about the world we live in and how the world views women, and furthermore, people of color, gives me pause. It’s hard enough to be a detective, seeking truth and justice, and…
  • Adding Flair and Individuality to School Supplies with Duck Tape & Sharpie!

    Melanie Edwards
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    My 8-year-old’s third grade school supply list this year included plenty of notebooks and composition books. A caveat, though, was that all the notebooks had to be solid colors and she could not label any of them. This was because the school uses a system called community sharing where they collect all the children’s school supplies on meet-the-teacher day (or the first day of school) and the teacher then distributes them out to the children during the first week of school after labeling them with the subjects each notebook will be used for. It’s a great system for avoiding…
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    AIDAN DONNELLEY ROWLEY

  • Please, Please Enjoy Life

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Please, please, enjoy life. These are not my words. They are Charlotte Kitley’s words. Words from her final blog post entitled “And So There Must Come An End.” Charlotte had cancer and died this week, on Tuesday, September 16th. Her final piece on The Huffington Post UK was published the day following her death. This piece, most rightly, has gone viral. If you are a human being with a body and mind and heart, her words will make you cry or shake or curse or, as in my case, do all of the above and then write a blog post. To read the rest of this piece, please click over to…
  • ADR Friday Loves 09.19.14

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    i’m loving… … this reminder. (You will cry. Thank you, Rudri.) … this song I just discovered on Spotify. … these backpacks. … this article on the death of adulthood. … this store/neighborhood hub. … this generic college paper. … these perforated pumps. … this newish UWS restaurant. … this self-control piece. … this book. … & this book. … this travel game. … this TED Talk. … these 25 quotes curated by a dear friend. … this article about the power of writing. … these depictions of…
  • How She Does It: Brettne Bloom

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    meet brettne. … I’m not a morning person, so the first hour of my day is like stumbling through a fog until I’ve had my first cup of coffee. My two daughters share a room and they’re usually up and raring to go pretty early. They have a lot of energy in the morning. My husband makes breakfast for the girls and gets the coffee going while I get ready for work. We gather around our kitchen bar to eat and caffeinate, and then I get the kids dressed, coiffed, and out the door. I try not to check my email or social media accounts until after I drop the girls off at school so that I can…
 
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    Eccentric Eclectic Woman

  • The Pumpkin Patch and Corn MAiZE in Sauvie Island Oregon Deal

    Finamoon
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    US Family Guide provided me with this promotional information to share with my readers. I am getting something for free in return for posting this information. Portland's original cornfield maze celebrates its 15th season at The Pumpkin Patch on beautiful Sauvie Island in Portland, Oregon. Fifteen years ago, Craig Easterly, founder of the original corn maze, brought his weird idea to Sauvie Island's famous Pumpkin Patch and it soon became a fall tradition. The MAiZE attracts 30,000 eager explorers annually to the giant labyrinth of field corn, located just fifteen minutes from downtown…
  • Preserving Everything by Leda Meredith

    Finamoon
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    We received this product free to facilitate this review. Affiliate links may be in this post. Thank you for supporting this blog.Since we now have a farm and a homestead we are in the process of up-scaling our food production. We have already planted a small orchard and garden. Next we want to build a greenhouse and put in aquaponics. We would love to grow our own plate-sized fish with herbs, vegetables, and fruit to make a whole healthy meal for our family. Combine that with chickens and quail for egg/meat production and bunnies for meat, we will soon have a sustainable and healthy way of…
  • ESSIO is Searching for Bloggers to Review

    Finamoon
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:36 pm
    ESSIO is looking for awesome bloggers to review their Aromatherapy Shower Kit for their upcoming October giveaway. Simply click HERE to request your kit.The first 100 bloggers to sign up and also promote this giveaway announcement on their blog will be sent a free sample!The ESSIO Aromatherapy Shower Kit clips onto any shower and diffuses 100% organic essential oils into the shower water at the perfect rate, rejuvenating the mind and body.DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I might be receiving this product for free to facilitate a review. I posted this to promote this announcement and possibly be sent a…
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    Mom Generations - Mom Fashion and Beauty - Creating a Stylish Life for Moms » Audrey

  • Friday Fun: The Best Homework Excuse Note

    Audrey McClelland
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    OK, so last week – this ACTUALLY happened.Alex was working on his math homework and had finally finished it. He placed it on our kitchen table and just went about his afternoon.Henry was starving and wanted to have a snack. Potato chips, cookies, crackers just weren’t cutting it. He wanted something hearty, so I heated up some meatballs from last night’s dinner for him. I *guess* one of the meatballs missed his mouth because the next thing I knew I heard Henry say, “Mom! Look!” His meatball landed on Alex’s homework. I’m not kidding, there was sauce…
  • Johnson’s #NoMoreTangles Event in NYC ~ a full-circle moment for this Mom and now Grandma!

    Sharon Couto
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    Johnson’s #NoMoreTangles Event in NYC ~ a full-circle moment for this Mom and now Grandma…Yesterday morning, I had the great fun of heading to New York City with my daughter Audrey and her two oldest children, my grandkids William and Alex. We hopped an early morning train in Providence and rode the rails on a beautiful Northeast morning…Both William and Alex were born in NYC, so seeing them hop into cabs and maneuvering through crowds and crossing busy city streets seemed something they must have stored in their minds since babyhood. It was awesome!And, of course, the…
  • 101 Fun Things to Do this Fall with your Family

    Audrey McClelland
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    My favorite time of year is the FALL SEASON!It’s always so beautiful to me. The leaves are changing. There’s a chill in the air. Pumpkin spice is wafting. The orchards and pumpkin patches are ready for families. People really start to enjoy the last days of being outside without a full down jacket on!I just LOVE IT!Fall to me is all about family, too. It’s taking the time to enjoy family activities and really do as much as you can do together.Here are 101 Fun Things to Do this Fall with your Family:Head to a Pumpkin Patch Apple Picking Nature Hikes Decorate your House with…
 
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    The Survival Mom

  • A Breast Lump Led Me to Homemade Deodorant

    Liz Long
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Timing is everything, and I found this particular lump in my armpit the same month a friend died of breast cancer. So, I visited my doctor. One of the questions my doctor had asked was if I changed to a new deodorant, and I had recently started using the Famous Brand SUPER STRONG deodorant. It worked really well, but…. Not worth the risk if it was giving me who-knows-what in my armpits. Naturally, I had a mammogram and an ultrasound to check. The result: benign / nothing. Now, I don’t know about you, but those are two different results. Nothing means nothing, as in, not a thing.
  • Check Out Our Lists!

    Liz Long
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    You’ll want to pin this for future reference! You may have noticed the “List of Lists” in the top nav for this site. 120+ is A LOT of lists to scroll through! But there is some great stuff in there. Have you looked at 5 Survival Skills I Learned in Scouts or 8 Vital Skills to Teach Your Children that Will Trump an Ivy League Education? Both of those are in the new Family, Parenting, and Kid List. Are you more interested in First Aid /Healthcare Lists? You can read How to Create and Use an Herbal Home Medicine Chest or one of many lists related to essential oils. The Fun…
  • Top 10 Foods for Stocking Up

    The Survival Mom
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    You’ll want to pin this list for future reference! Click here. To get started with the basic building blocks of food storage, these are the top 10 foods I recommend. If these aren’t a good fit for your family, for whatever reason, stock up on the alternatives that you’re currently using. Be very aware of the enemies of food storage and always try to store your food in the most optimal conditions possible. Wheat  Once ground, wheat is the building block for varieties of bread, tortillas, flat bread, pizza crust and more.  I’ve stocked up on hard red wheat for hearty…
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    teachmama.com

  • get kids to read: Kindle eBooks for reluctant readers

    amy mascott
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
          These days, with school in full swing and cool ‘big guy’ neighbors across the street and a travel soccer team to keep him busy, my boy isn’t that big a fan of reading. He’s into Pokemon (ugh). He’s wicked smart on Words With Friends.  And he spends a good amount of his free time thinking about how he can eke time out of his Screen Time Cards for Minecraft and AnimalJam. Honestly, he’s one of the coolest kids I know. And lately, he just hasn’t been digging reading. I get it. Often changes of schedules and shifts in season mean…
  • earn money for your school (& get parents to events!): what you need to know

    amy mascott
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    This post is brought to you by VolunteerSpot & Bing for Schools.   We are all so busy during the school year, it’s nuts crazy. And it seems like the older our kids get, the more we have to juggle. Many of us know how important it is for us to support our kids’ schools through fundraising, attending events, and volunteering–but it’s tough. I know that especially when the kids were little, it was all I could do to get the kids to school, let alone worry about volunteering or fundraising. I brought blinged-out waterbottles to a Teacher Appreciation luncheon…
  • recipe reading for kids: fun learning in the kitchen with monster sandwiches

    amy mascott
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
      Ever since my kids were tiny, I’ve let them play around in the kitchen. It hasn’t always been pretty, but it’s been fun. And now, though they’re still learning, at 10, 9, and 7 years old, my kids are pretty skilled at cracking eggs, measuring ingredients, and navigating the wilds of cookie baking and meal-making. Recently, Cora has been into some serious snack preparation. Not only has this benefitted our bellies; what I’ve also been reminded of is how important recipe reading is for kids.  Kids are decoding important functional, everyday words.
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    Unmotherly Insights

  • Ode to Oxy-Clean

    Debra Gettleman
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    Ode to Oxy-Clean.
  • Ode to Oxy-Clean

    Debra Gettleman
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    For my son, Levi’s, 14th birthday his grandmother (AKA Bubby) took him out on a clothes shopping spree. She bought him an entire wardrobe of adorable shorts and cool t-shirts. Now everyday my son gets ready for school and looks like he just stepped out of a Macy’s catalogue. (It’s maybe not Abercrombie and Fitch to which most teens might aspire, but he looks great to me and feels positive and happy each morning as he strolls to the bus stop.) Cut to: Yesterday. I’m doing the laundry. (Do I need to say that this is my least favorite job on the planet?) I do tend to scoop up whatever…
  • Freedom

    Debra Gettleman
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    Passover is the time of year when we Jews celebrate the Exodus from Egypt. We were slaves and then became free people. That’s pretty monumental and it took a lot of wandering, a lot of soul searching and a lot of self-doubt. There were those who yearned to go back to Egypt, because that was as least a known world, a familiar fate. Sure it was awful. But like a prisoner who recommits a crime on the eve of his parole, three hots and a cot can be pretty inviting when you’re contemplating a life of self awareness, choice and independent thinking. We are supposed to tell the story of Passover…
 
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    grumbles and grunts

  • one/two/three/four/five

    5 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
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  • dear jude: five

    3 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    dear jude,Today, you turn FIVE!!!!!1!! FIVE!!!!!1!! must be screamed near or at the top of the lungs (yours, not someone else's) with seven exclamation points and one number 1, which is a joke that probably won't hold up when you read this in twenty years. If you have any idea what I'm talking about right now I fear for the future you are now living. Best of luck on your endeavors in the United States of AnonyChan.I wish I had something more deeply revealing and emotional to tell you about the fact that you are turning five, but I don't. Today we celebrate the beginning of the sixth…
  • O that I were a butt upon that seat, that I might touch that cheek

    17 Mar 2014 | 7:58 am
    Alright ladies, I think it's time we had a talk. This might not be easy for everyone, somewhere on the comfort continuum between waxing your upper lip and a dirty neon-colored thong falling out the leg of your pants at your in-law's Easter dinner, but it's going to be worth it. Plomise.Here's some groundbreaking news from the front lines of science, gird thy loins: Humans go to the bathroom to make waste. Sometimes a private toilet is unavailable, and the aforementioned bathroom is of the shared variety. Unfortunately for women everywhere, this means wading out into the shark-infested waters…
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    The Shopping Mama

  • Jump Start Holiday Shopping with Kmart Layaway #KmartLayaway

    Maureen
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Here is it, the middle of September, and we’re all probably still trying to bounce back from all of the Back-to-School shopping we accomplished while getting our kiddos ready for a new year.  And, while I know it’s only the middle of September, I’m here to plant that little seed that the holidays are going to be here before we know it and now is the best time to start planning how you’re going to tackle all of the shopping with ease. Let me give you a little peak into my Holiday’s Past to let you know why I’m so excited that I’m already getting…
  • FREE Personalized Mug from Tiny Prints

    Kate
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:19 am
    We have a GREAT promotion to share with you from Tiny Prints. For a few days only, you can get a personalized mug for FREE. And not just any old mug, you can customize your mug with photos, a monogram or your favorite quote so you can start your day any way you like. The ordering process is super simple – chose from design with photos, without photos or a total design-it-yourself. I opted for a simple and sweet option with my first initial. The mugs are available in two different sizes (11 or 15 ounces) and prices start at $15.99. The coupon value is $15.99 so it will pay for the…
  • Fun with Kinetic Sand

    Serena
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:05 am
    We have a new favorite toy in our home and it’s sand! Now, this isn’t the sand you find at the beach, this is Kinetic Sand, a sand-like substance that is easily moldable, yet free flowing. A fun way to encourage their learning and sensory and motor activity, the girls have been loving playing with Kinetic Sand as they have been molding, creating and shaping this soft and stretchy sand. Since it is kinetic it works like slow-moving liquid as it oozes and then forms back together – while keeping your hands dry. This unique substance is fantastic for everything…
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    The View from My Fishbowl

  • Moody

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:59 pm
    You ever have one of those week where you're in a bad mood but can't explain why?There's no full moon.No PMS.In fact there isn't a valid reason to be a bad mood.The mood is just here.It's as if I woke up on the wrong side of the bed Monday morning and haven't recovered.And now it's Wednesday.People are annoying me.I have come THISCLOSE to correcting grammar mistakes on Facebook this week. As in - I wanted to leave many, many comments like this: "Your is not the same as you're. Please learn the difference."Or this:However, I have restrained myself.A lot.Maybe it IS all the bad grammar that has…
  • Random Weekend Musings

    13 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    For the first time in forever I have the house all to myself on a weekend.Sure, I work from home which means I'm here all by myself Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. But to be home, all alone on a weekend? It's kind of nice.Of course I am sitting at my computer getting ready to write some stories for work but at least I have a few hours of silence where I can actually get work done.But as I'm sitting here attempting to work through the writer's block that has me stuck on a headline (I can't start writing the story until I have a headline and I'm stuck), I figured it was as…
  • Go Ahead. Unfriend Me.

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:34 pm
    I find social media to be so very amusing lately.Everyone takes everything so freaking seriously. Everyone is so offended. Everyone needs to get a freaking grip.Honestly. The funniest thing about Facebook is when someone (namely a "family" member who was more of a "Christmas card family member" than a "hey let's hang out sometime" family member) unfriends you.It really makes me laugh.Like I mean I literally LAUGHED OUT LOUD about it tonight. For at least 15 minutes. Oh don't get me wrong. I've unfriended several people over the years - former friends, former cousins, former co-workers. They…
 
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    The MamaZone

  • Save Up to 30% on Local Groupon Deals

    Anitra Elmore
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    Groupon: September Savetacular: Up to 30% off select Local Deals Save up to 30% off select local deals on Groupon today through September 20th. Visit now to find the best deals in your area (I’ve got my eye on a $12 Cold Stone Creamery deal near us!). Enjoy! You’re in the Saving Zone. Become an Insider to keep up with these posts. This post contains affiliate links. My opinions are always my own. For more information, read the Guide to Mama’s Product Reviews or read my Disclosure Policy. The post Save Up to 30% on Local Groupon Deals appeared first on The MamaZone.
  • Enter to #Win a Movie Prize Pack for This is Where I Leave You #TIWILY

    Anitra Elmore
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    This Is Where I Leave You is a new dramatic comedy based on the novel “This Is Where I Leave You” by Jonathan Tropper. It hits theaters this weekend and I have a great movie prize pack for one of you. About “This is Where I Leave You” When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states…
  • What Mama Learned Last Week: Volunteering, Bursting Bubbles & School Pictures

    Anitra Elmore
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:19 am
    Here are a few things life taught me last week… I now know how to tape paperback books. I’m not sure this is a marketable skill, but if you need 30 copies of The Giver taped so that 7th graders don’t destroy them, I’m your gal. Just beware, it takes longer than an hour to get it done, so if you’re volunteering in your kids’ classroom, clear your schedule. It’s difficult to burst your child’s bubble, but sometimes you gotta do it. I am not a fan of reality talent shows. I used to be. I especially enjoyed watching American Idol in its early…
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  • Strawberry cheesecake smoothie

    Crissy Page
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Believe it or not, my list of favorite foods isn’t super long. I tend to have the same cravings over and over, especially when it comes to sweets. Two foods that I literally dream about are fresh summer strawberries and cheesecake. Imagine my glee when I stumbled onto this amazing strawberry cheesecake smoothie. Hello, BLISS! I have to admit that I was a little skeptical that the flavors cheesecake could be captured in a smoothie, but, let me tell you, this strawberry cheesecake smoothie will absolutely satisfy your cheesecake craving. In each sip of this strawberry cheesecake smoothie…
  • Enter ‘The Boxtrolls’ Cardboard Challenge! #TheBoxtrollsCC #TheBoxtrolls

    Crissy Page
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    This post is sponsored by Focus Features. Opinions are my own. If your kids are anything like mine, they are probably dying to see The Boxtrolls, which opens on September 26th, 2014. I have to admit that I’m really looking forward to seeing this movie myself! In conjunction with the opening of The Boxtrolls, Imagination Foundation along with Focus Features have created a fun Boxtrolls Cardboard Challenge. If you aren’t familiar with the Imagination Foundation, their goal is to find, foster and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world. The Boxtrolls…
  • Getting healthy back

    Crissy Page
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    This is a sponsored post. Opinions are my own. I’m so happy that the new season of Dr. Oz is in full swing. As I said before, it’s one of my favorite shows! I also mentioned that the show was inspiring me to make some healthy changes in my life, the first of which is to kick my soda habit—again. Well, I’m here to report that after a couple weeks, I’ve made some progress. I haven’t gone completely cold turkey, instead, I’ve reduced my soda to one can per day. Yes, I’m still having some in the morning to avoid headaches, but I’ve cut down…
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    Child Mode

  • Appaman ~ One Of The Most Versatile Fashion Brands For Kids

    Nadia Carriere
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    It all started with Gwen Stefani. Years ago, when the celebrity mom and singer stepped out with her son Kingston dressed in edgy, yet cool threads, everyone started talking about who/what he was... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • RECALL: IKEA GUNGGUNG Children’s Swing Due To Fall Hazard

    Nadia Carriere
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    IKEA has recalled their GUNGGUNG Children’s Swing and will be offering refunds to anyone who’s purchased this product. 2,000 of the swings have been recalled in the United States and 300... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • Join Us For The Invisalign Twitter Party For a Chance To Win! #InvisalignTalk

    Nadia Carriere
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    You know those super cool see-through brace-like aligners that everyone is talking about? Because they’re invisible, there is less social awkwardness to impact your teen’s confidence and... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
 
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    One Bored Mommy Blogspot

  • #ColgateEnamelHealth - Would You Want To Know The SECRET??

    Courtney Clipperton
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    I dread going to the dentist!  But I will admit...that whenever I leave their office...I always feel like smiling!  Why?  Because typically my teeth have been cleaned and polished by the hygienist and they are in perfectly smooth, shiny, tip top condition.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 and true feelings on the products.What about you?  Do you find that you smile more...right after you the leave the dentist office?  Of course, unless you've had…
  • An Upcycled Bag To Carry It All - Ja Ja Ja - Fabrics That Live Again In A Fashionable Bag

    Courtney Clipperton
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    I am an advocate for recycling and repurposing things!  In fact, I think it's not only a great way to be friendly to this earth, but it brings to life older things (fabric, furniture, items) that still have plenty of life left to live!  I've been known to UPCYCLE a few things on my own...but I also appreciate businesses, who make it their passion to find, update and resell products that they have put the same time and passion into.All products were sent free of charge for this review/feature!  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting about my honest opinions on…
  • Labeling Couldn't Be Easier Or More Personal - Epson Labelworks LW-600P

    Courtney Clipperton
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    With four kids, keeping track of things can get pretty confusing sometimes!  We sometimes have four of the same thing in our little place!   Take my word for it...my kids don't like when we can't differentiate who's is who's around here... and they expect me to keep things straight around here!All products were sent free of charge for this review/feature by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinions about this product.But honestly, I cannot afford to buy personalized labels for each kid for all their stuff and I don't want to sharpie…
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    HomeToHeather

  • FREE Skoah Facial – Claim yours now!

    Heather
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:08 pm
      It’s still Honey Month and there’s still sweet stuff to be had!  This offer ends on Monday so hurry and sign up this weekend.  This is some fab honey too – skoah is opening a new salon in Westhills and they are offering FREE FACIALS simply because they want your feedback. What you do is sign up to be on the “Skinsight” list and that means when you’ve had your free facial you agree to fill out an anonymous feedback form.  Once you’ve given your feedback they’ll give you two additional $50 gift certs for you to share with your friends!
  • What makes your life Simply Better?

    Heather
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    We all have those little things in life that make our souls sing don’t we?  I’m speaking of those small things we do for ourselves every now and then because our lives are better having done them.   Coffee is one of those things for me.  I love the ritualistic feeling of preparing my morning cup.  I love that it forces me to sit down and take a moment to enjoy something just for me.  I love the smell, the taste and the feeling of a warm cup in my hand. Another thing that makes my life simply better is hunting for vintage things.  I wander aimlessly about the city and my only…
  • 90s Oak Table Makeover

    Heather
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    I’ve been searching for a new table and chairs for a really long time.  Our set was second hand when we got it and we’ve beaten on it really well.  I’d have kept it to make over but it wasn’t the right style or shape.  I finally found the perfect set and it was only $50!  This classic 90s oak pedestal table was exactly right. I really didn’t want to shell out a bunch of money for a table that my kids would eat at every day – they’re still in the dropping dishes and spilling milk phase of life.  The finish was flaking off this poor table and the…
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    hollywood housewife

  • friday links - summer is dripping away edition

    hollywood housewife
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    Last weekend I flew back to the lake house and hosted a large group of girlfriends for four days. This has become an annual getaway, and while hosting such a large group isn't exactly restful, the time spent together has become really important. Even though a solid friendship still requires a fair amount of work, technology has made long distance friends feel like they're right beside you. Social media, texting, emails, voxer, we've never had more ways to stay in touch. But nothing accounts for a good friend literally sitting beside you. Face time covers a lot of things. Promise.
  • clover canyon

    hollywood housewife
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    This post is not paid for or perked in any way. Just sharing a fab find. It sort of seems like a strange trend, but I started seeing patterned dresses made out of neoprene (sort of like wetsuit material), so I decided to try one for an event last month. The most interesting ones out there right now are by Clover Canyon. It's like wearing a painting. I got mine from Rent the Runway, and it was comfortable and flattering. The thick material made it body conscious, but also forgiving, especially with the busy pattern. Not all of Clover Canyon's dresses and separates are neoprene, but they are…
  • four good novels

    hollywood housewife
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I've been escaping into good books even more than usual. Naturally this makes me very happy. Here are four that I've read and loved lately: Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt is a novel about a teenager with a sick uncle. I was worried that this book would be exactly NOT what I want to be reading right now, but it was actually really beautiful, with several themes of family dysfunction that were hard and interesting. It's a simple story on the surface that went about three layers deep with each character (and those are my favorite kinds of novels). Rules of Civility…
 
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    Following In My Shoes

  • Apple French Toast Muffins (gluten-free)

    Rachel Lacy
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Our family is a hodgepodge of tastebuds and dietary needs.  I am primarily grain-free; the Little Lady is gluten-free; the boys eat anything and everything; the Husband just wants Pop-Tarts and Toaster Strudels. Oy. For the most part, our family enjoys whatever Mama wants with a plethora of grain-free recipes finding their way onto our kitchen table.  But, for Kidlet treats and lunches, I regularly use non-gmo grain-free products that allow the kids to have their favorite staples. This Apple French Toast Muffin recipe is no exception — a completely gluten-free and moderately sweetened…
  • Finding Ways To Celebrate Fall

    Rachel Lacy
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:25 pm
    We have reached that time of year when Texas is just hateful. Hateful, y’all. Football is everywhere, and then there is Pinterest throwing around Pumpkin Spice everything, and at the same time the stores are all putting out  displays of boots and scarves and sweaters. Meanwhile, back in Texas, we’re 101 degrees in the shade.  It’s humid.  We’re all sticky and sweaty and still buying ice-cream. The rest of you are enjoying cooler breezes and trees beginning to tease you with falling leaves. We just have the sun.  Lots and lots and lots of sun. But the calendar…
  • 50 Grain-free After School Snacks

    Rachel Lacy
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    My kids seem to be hungry ALL THE TIME.  Of course, they are going full-speed all day long, but still — “I’m hungry” is a constant refrain.  While the boys and the Husband still follow a lot of a standard American diet, I rarely buy “normal” snack options because most are ones the Little Lady can’t have … and ones that — if they’re in the house — this Mama will eat. (I’ll admit it: I’m weak.) So, snacks around here are nearly always grain-free and — because life is busy — nearly always items I can grab…
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    Lizzie Bermudez

  • Interview with Celebrity Chef & Talk Show Host Rachael Ray

    admin
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Taking a Selfie with Rachael Ray Last week, I got a chance to chat up Celebrity Chef & Talk Show Host Rachael Ray during her San Francisco visit. I gotta say when it comes to Rachael Ray – she’s just like she is on tv. She’s totally real and totally fun. Ray was in the city to promote her 9th season of the Rachael Ray Show and the fact that Bay Area viewers can now watch her show on ABC-7 at 3pm, Monday thru Friday.  Of course, we didn’t just talk shop. I found out where Ray likes to eat when she visits San Francisco, what foods make her think of her childhood and…
  • Summer Lovin’! My Top 5 Favorites

    admin
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    So, Summer is half over and that means I’ve had plenty of time to fall head over heels for some new favorites. Anyone who’s spent any time with me lately knows I’m crushin’ hard on all kinds of fun finds and I can’t stop talking about them. I’ll be honest with you – most of them aren’t new – they’re just new to me! Interested? Well, here are 5 things that I’m totally Summer Lovin’! *Here’s the video or you can scroll down past it for all the deets!     1. LIVEHEALTH ONLINE APP Ever come across an app and think “OMG, I need to tell everyoneI know…
  • My First Time at Soul Cycle

    admin
    22 Nov 2013 | 3:48 am
    I did it! I survived my very first workout class at SoulCycle. Yes, I’m bragging but that’s because the last time I worked out – “Stepping” was the hot workout trend (yes, that was decades ago). Okay, maybe it wasn’t that long ago but it sure as heck feels like it. Anyway, I’ve been hearing a lot about SoulCycle the past year and have been intrigued that the founders took an old workout concept like spinning and totally turned it out! I have to admit I’ve also been terribly nervous about giving it a try. All the photos and videos I’ve…
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    The Mom Maven

  • Easy Recipes-Salted Caramel Pretzel Brownies

    Cindy Schultz
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you have been a reader here for a while, you know of my obsession with salted caramel pretzel-anything! So when I saw this recipe at Living Well Spending Less, I had to try it out. It is easy to make and tastes wonderful! This rich treat is perfect for the upcoming fall season or anytime you want a sweet treat. Salted Caramel Pretzel Brownies Scroll down for printable recipe. Ingredients 3 cups pretzel twists 4 TBS melted butter 1 box brownie mix PLUS eggs, water and oil called for on box 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips 12 oz caramel sauce sea salt Directions Pre-heat oven to 350°. Spray the…
  • Gummy Drop Game Review

    Cindy Schultz
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    I’m back with another iOS game review, sponsored by Big Fish Games. I’ve been playing Gummy Drop! for about a week now. Gummy Drop! is a mobile game that combines the casual fun of Match-3 and the strategy of resource management gameplay. About Gummy Drop! In Gummy Drop!, building and matching squish together as players match gummies shaped like doughnuts, hearts, and bricks in groups of 3 or more to collect resources that are needed to rebuild famous landmarks around the world. To build these notable monuments, each level has specific objectives that need to be achieved within…
  • Get Runway Ready Hair With TRESemme

    Cindy Schultz
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” Global Influence compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for 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.”Now that my hair is getting longer, it’s finally passed my shoulders, I’m having some fun trying new products and styles. It is still so hot…
 
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  • Sweeping Saturday 9/20/2014

    Jen Williams
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours!
  • Hiring A Babysitter? Here’s What You Need to Know

    Jen Williams
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Hiring a babysitter isn’t easy. It’s difficult to know that this stranger that you’re allowing into your home is equipped to deal with the stress and pressure that watching a child often entails. While many babysitters have references, it doesn’t ease the impact of trusting a stranger with your child. In fact, the only thing... [read more]
  • Sweeping Saturday 9/13/2014

    Jen Williams
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours!
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    Naptime Radio

  • Episode 134: Dollar Store

    Heather and Kate
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Heather and Kate give the "thing" an official name and discuss it's awesomeness, get biz buzzed with Alli P., power nap on Dollar Store bargains and wrap with Nodelman.  Enjoy and thanks for listening!
  • Episode 133: No Nap

    Heather and Kate
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Heather and Kate discuss the very disappointing experience of losing most of the show after Heather's computer crashes and, more importantly, they discuss the "thing"....then they get biz buzzed with Alli P. and wrap with Nodelman.  No power nap due to the big computer crash.  Enjoy, and thanks for listening!
  • Episode 132: Capturing Their Hearts

    Heather and Kate
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Heather and Kate discuss kids and discipline, get biz buzzed with Alli P., power nap on how to win your child's heart and wrap with Nodelman.  (and they also talk about the "thing") Enjoy and thanks for listening!
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    just another mommy blog...

  • Snapshot memories

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    17 years ago today, the weather was GORGEOUS, much like it is right now. I clearly remember certain details... Like walking into a nail salon for the first time in my life, only to turn around and leave because the SMELL! The FUMES! I couldn't handle it. I went home and did my own nails (as usual) for the next day, which was my wedding.We had a very fun rehearsal that night. Complete with the whole "bouquet made from bridal shower gift bows" and much laughter, despite the very serious setting of the Catholic church we were getting married in. I remember how the soloist and pianist both had…
  • I actually had a great day today, until I tried to write a blog post....

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Agitated. On Edge. Writer's Block. Mosquito bites. Barking dog. Stiff neck.The house smells weird.The kids are bickering about video games. My turn, your turn. Yours was longer. Mine was shorter. LIFE IS SO HAAAARD to be a middle-class suburban kid!Is it time for bed? 6:20 pm? So, if I fall asleep now, I'll be up at 2:30 am. FANTASTIC.The sarcasm is flowing thickly today in the house of Becker and I am not fording it well.
  • Raw

    14 Sep 2014 | 5:19 pm
    "Mommy, I'm making toast; do you want some, too?""Thank you, Corinne. Yes, I'd like one piece, please.""Do you want it buttered and with cinnamon?""Definitely! Thank you.""Oh, also, do you want it cooked or raw?"pause"Raw? Do you mean.... just... bread?"~Still not feeling like my writing mojo is back, but I have tons of things in my head I need to record. It may be time to start up a new handwritten journal....
 
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    Mommy Niri

  • Why She Stayed! (The child’s perspective!) #whyistayed

    Nirasha Jaganath
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    In light of the whole #whyistayed #whyileft discussion I wanted to add my own story, from a child’s point of view. I’m sure my sisters and some members of my family would want to disown me for writing this but the shame has to stop on the victims. This is my tale to tell and boy am I telling it. Growing up I never had a lot of respect for my mom’s decisions. I loved her to bits and she was my favorite person in the world but I felt anyone who remained married to my dad could not have been too smart. I thought she was weak, how else would you explain being married to a man…
  • Being comfortable in your skin (color)

    Nirasha Jaganath
    6 Sep 2014 | 4:25 am
    Growing up in South Africa during Apartheid, your life was pretty much about race. Where you lived, schooled, shopped, everything!   When I got to USA I was happy to experience things differently. As time has moved I realized there is still more work to do on race relations than I assumed.  One night hubby and I saw a documentary about how kids view images/dolls of different color. The darker skin was almost always chosen as the villain of the piece. What shocked me the most was that kids of color chose this way as well.   I thought back of my little kid in her…
  • On Becoming American!

    Nirasha Jaganath
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    So weird to say that. American. Like I’m a fake or something or I need to specify I was not born here or something. 2 weeks ago I became an American citizen. Reading that makes my tummy feel so queasy. Being an immigrant does not go without the feelings of trepidation of feeling on the outside looking in. Or maybe it is more for immigrants of color because it is just assumed “you cannot be from here!”. My tale is long and more adventurous than I can believe at times but I wanted to share this little milestone. Are you freaking kidding me?? This is a huge milestone and has…
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    Traveling Mom

  • An Up-Close Look at the Ugliness of Slavery

    Cindy Richards, Empty Nest TravelingMom
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    Photo courtesy of Conner Prairie It’s one thing to help teens understand slavery by having them read about it in history class or letting them see the difficult-to-watch Academy Award-winning “12 Years a Slave.” But if you really want a kid to understand the ugliness of slavery, take him or her to Indiana to “follow the north star.” Each November and April, Conner Prairie, a living history museum just northeast of Indianapolis, runs the “Follow the North Star” program. For 90 minutes, visitors become the slaves, treated as though they are property to be owned, sold, and abused…
  • The Heroines Who Rebuilt France

    Cindy Richards, Empty Nest TravelingMom
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    This little girl clutching the loaf of bread, her toe poking out through worn shoes, is a highlight of the “American Women Rebuilding France” traveling exhibit. Photo courtesy of the Franco American Museum This poster is included in the “American Women Rebuilding France” exhibit at Chicago’s Newberry Library. Photo courtesy of the Newberry LIbrary. Women traveling the world might be a common sight today, but following the end of World War I, it was a real rarity. Few women had the financial resources or moxie to make the trek across the ocean and then spend their…
  • DoubleTree Lancaster: A Great Resort for a Family Reunion

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro, Gringa TravelingMom
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom For our summer break my family and I visited Lancaster, Pennsylvania. One of the most different types of trips we’ve ever taken. Why? Because this time around, I got to travel with my extended family. My parents, my brother and his girlfriend, my sons and me. It was kind of a mini family reunion in PA. With so many people added to the picture I had to find a hotel that would be good for my parents and for my kids too. I normally go after boutique hotels but this time I wanted something that could offer us all a smooth transition to…
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    Big Binder

  • A Kid-Friendly, Easy To Make Recipe for Tuna Noodle Casserole :: Share The Table With Barilla

    Jennifer Rees
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    At the Family Forward conference, one of the things I most appreciated was that my entire family experienced the learning sessions together.  It is so frustrating as a mom to get some great information, be excited to bring it home and try to implement it with your family only to be met with a lack of interest that can only be described as “borderline eye rolling.” When everyone hears the same information at the same time, though, something interesting happens.  It sticks. It’s no longer Mom jabbering about the importance of this and that – it’s the whole family…
  • A Little Bit About Life Right Now

    Jennifer Rees
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Right now, we have no dining room table.  We have two oversized chairs and a folding camping chair in our living room.  The four of us are sleeping in two queen beds… in the study.  My kitchen counter has power tools all over it. In fact; everything has power tools all over it. We’ve moved. We don’t live in my beloved Grand Rapids anymore. We don’t live in our cute house with a cute little yard in the city anymore. We live out in the country, between two lakes. We have some land, and trees, and space. It’s really weird… It was my Dad’s house.  My…
  • Camping At The Hungry Horse

    Jennifer Rees
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    There are some things that completely and totally suck about working from home.  One is that work never ends and the expectation to be always available – even on the weekends and vacation - just comes with the territory. There are some things that completely do not suck though.  One is that working from home is like being a stay at home mom; if you’re always at home you’re doing it wrong. A few weeks ago I spent 5 days with my kids at the Hungry Horse Campground in Dorr, Michigan.   Other than a couple of WiFi blips I was able to knock out what amounted to be a very…
 
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    Simplified Saving

  • Psalm 119:165 {Verse of the Day}

    Lisa Thompson
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm
        Today’s Verse of the Day is Psalm 119:165. Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.
  • Deuteronomy 31:6 Verse of the Day

    Lisa Thompson
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today’s Verse of the Day is Deuteronomy 31:6. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
  • Cupcake Bath Bombs {Day 2: 100 Days of Christmas Craftiness}

    Lisa Thompson
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    If you’re looking to give the gift of relaxation, I highly recommend these Cupcake Bath Bombs.  They are super easy to make and are inexpensive too.  Consider giving one as a teacher’s gift with a tag that says “You’re the bomb!” or give them to all your girlfriends. Click here to see all the projects in the 100 Days of Christmas Craftiness.
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    Marinka NYC

  • Get Over It

    Marinka
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    I have many important things to update on, including the fact that I am not drinking alcohol in September and that my cat is urinating all over the fucking place, but I feel like first I have to tell you about my trip to Ireland. So let’s get that over with so that we can move on with our lives. By which I mean discussing temporary sobriety/lack of meaning in life and cat urine. To recap, I went to Ireland with a man that I started seeing in the spring. About six weeks into our romance, he asked me if I’d like to go to Bermuda for the weekend and I said no, because I read about…
  • Vacation

    Marinka
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:10 am
    I’m in Ireland and it is beautiful and everything is going really well, which is obviously a relief and also a damn good thing because right before we left, I almost had a nervous breakdown. Now I don’t know about you, but personally I believe that there are two types of people in the world: the ones who get to the airport for an international flight a few hours ahead of time and those are who placed on this earth to torture me. This was the first flight for me and this guy I’ve been seeing (I mean our first flight together; I didn’t walk over here from the Soviet Union in the 70s,…
 
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    bethany actually

  • RIP Katy

    bethany actually
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    I’ve been avoiding writing this post for almost a week. This will make it seem real. Our cat Katy, who was staying with our good friends Erin and Rocco in Oregon while we’re in Japan, stopped eating a couple of weeks ago. Erin took her in to the vet, and they found a large cancerous tumor in her abdomen. Taking her age, health, and the fact that she hadn’t eaten in almost a week into consideration, the vet thought she wouldn’t be a good candidate for surgery, and recommended euthanasia. Erin took Katy home. She took a few photos of her when the light was nice, and they…
  • Egg Drop Soup with Rice and Pork

    bethany actually
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    Both Annalie and I have been feeling under the weather lately, and soup sounded good to me today. I had a half-pound of ground pork I needed to use, and both the girls love egg drop soup, so I made this, and EVERYONE liked it. Success! Several people on Facebook and elsewhere asked me for the recipe, so here it is. Egg Drop Soup with Rice and Pork 1/2 pound ground pork 1 medium onion, diced small 2-3 cloves of garic, minced about an inch of gingerroot, peeled and minced 2 medium carrots, finely grated 1 head baby bok choy, washed, trimmed, and sliced thinly 6 c. chicken broth 3/4 c. jasmine…
  • Did you hear? We’ve moved to Japan!

    bethany actually
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Wow, it’s been a LONG time since I’ve written here. I notice that I never quite finished posting my 7 Days photos from the last run this past December. Probably because I was in denial about the fact that it was the last 7 Days ever, *sniff*. But I digress. Anyway…yeah, we’re in Japan! In case you don’t follow me on FB/Instagram/Twitter and are just now hearing this news, the Navy surprised Troy with orders to Yokosuka in February. We were originally supposed to be in San Diego till September 2015, so this was a big change of plans, and–I’ll be…
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    Hanging By a Thread

  • Motherly Advice {Failing is Part of Winning}

    Hanging By a Thread
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:20 am
    I don't always remind my kids to floss. I forget to check their finger nails for trimming. I yell at my kids, on occasion. They have way too much screen time. Bedtimes vary. I let them eat Happy Meals from time to time. Sometimes I cuss in front of my...
  • 5 Things {To Save World}

    Hanging By a Thread
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:12 am
    OK….So, maybe I'm exaggerating a bit when it comes to saving the world, but still, hear me out. Plastic is a big problem for our Earth. As in, it takes years and years and years and years to break down. Some sources say it may takes plastic containers, bottles and...
  • Roasting {in the Kitchen}

    Hanging By a Thread
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:41 am
    I've been on a roll in the kitchen lately, and it's been a tasty ride. Now this may sound like bragging, but my daddy always says, "It ain't braggin' if you really did it." So, I think it's alright, because boy, I'm tellin' you what, I've made some really great...
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    Not Your Typical Mommy

  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    Halloween is my favorite time of year.I love everything about it. The costumes, the smell (yes, Halloween has a smell), the candy. Oh, the candy. It's so much fun and my girls are at an age where they really enjoy it as well.One thing we do every year is hit up Walt Disney World's party for halloween: Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP).It is seriously it's the event we look forward to every year and it's not just because we get boatloads of candy. There's something magical about going to a party that's only open to an amount of people (I heard only 5K, but I can't confirm numbers)…
  • Wild Kratts Toys Roar into Toys R Us!

    11 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    A few years back, I was getting my big girl ready for school and flipped on the TV to distract her while I ran around like a chicken without its head. I turned to PBS and went about my business. PBS is always safe so I am always cool when my girls watch it.When I finally stopped, I noticed my girl was GLUED to the TV (not literally, of course.). The show was all about animals, which Roo adores.I didn't catch the name, but the next morning she asked to watch the animal show again.I hunted down the remote, did some searching and found out the animal show was actually called Wild…
  • Reach: A New Angle on Brushing

    9 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    We brush our teeth every day, twice a day.I honestly never really give it much thought either. It's just something we're supposed to do.And when I shop for a toothbrush, I don't really go beyond the color.Sad, I know.But that's all changed.I tried out the new Reach Complete Care Triple Angle toothbrush and I know it sounds silly but as soon as I started brushing, I knew I was changed.This new toothbrush really impressed me. It's got new angles to get all of your teeth (left, straight, and right!), a new head (larger than the average toothbrush without feeling like you're going to gag), a…
 
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • Why Everything Looks Wonky

    Dawn Camp
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:35 pm
    When some things quit working correctly (like comments no longer showing on posts), I realized it was time for a little TLC under the hood here at My Home Sweet Home. I just updated my theme and not only does everything look different out front, but here behind the scenes, too. Y’all have patience with me while I work out the kinks and figure out how in the world to make it look normal again, okay? xoxoxo, Dawn Why Everything Looks Wonky is a post from: My Home Sweet Home © 2014 My Home Sweet Home | All rights reserved
  • Today at (in)courage: God Both Conceals and Reveals

    Dawn Camp
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Throughout history, man discovers the secrets God chooses to reveal. Sometimes they make Bible verses come alive with meaning not understood by the divinely inspired men who penned them or those who read them in the centuries that follow. “IT IS THE GLORY OF GOD TO CONCEAL A THING . . .” ~PROVERBS 25:2   Sometimes we make the discovery ourselves and gasp, awed by the unmatched creativity of our Creator God, who breathed our world into being by His spoken word. From the detail of a dandelion to the center of a sunflower, God delights in the minuscule: facets found, easily overlooked…
  • See Dolphin Tale 2 in Theaters Today!

    Dawn Camp
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Dolphin Tale 2 opens in theaters everywhere Friday, which is also Homeschool Day. For your chance to win free tickets for your entire group from Homeschool Movie Club, share an image of your group seeing Dolphin Tale 2 on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using the hashtag #HomeschoolDay or post the photo to Homeschool Movie Club’s Facebook page. Homeschool Movie Club will chose a random winner to cover and reimburse their Homeschool Day tickets. This contest is only good for opening day, Friday, September 12, and ends at 8 p.m. Pacific time. My kids begged me to become a Homeschool…
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    Rage Against the Minivan

  • That's what SHE said: race and parenting, regretting motherhood, adoption and loss, being a gay Christian, and more . . .

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:59 am
    The Racial Parenting Divide: What Adrian Peterson Reveals About Black Vs. White Child-Rearing | Salon.ComWhite children in general are raised to be Columbus, to “discover” the world anew and then to manipulate and order the universe to their own liking. If we take away the colonizing impulse in living this way, I think it would be amazing to have the luxury of raising black children who also view the world as a space of their own making, a space to be explored, a space to build anew. A space where occasionally, simply because you live there, you can opt to walk in the middle of the street…
  • Friday Finds

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    1. Boys canvas high-tops | The Gap 2. Bitsies 10-Pack | 31 Bits3. Striped dress | Gilt 4. Typography Birdhouse | Anthropologie 5. Healthy granola bars | Intoxicatedonlife6. 3 Natural linen eco friendly storage baskets | Etsy 7. Leather buckle clutch | The Gap 8. Canyon Road Tunic Dress | Anthropologie 9. Home Sweet Home dowel wall art | Urban Outfitters  1. Zipitbedding.com2. Boost Solar Backpack | Birksun3. Pipsticks — Subscriptions for Sticker Lovers4. Cognac Triple Zipper Satchel |…
  • 31 Bits launches a children's line!

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    I've been a longtime fan and supporter of 31 Bits. In addition to being cute and fashion-forward, 31 Bits jewelry is made out of 100% recycled paper, posters, and magazines by displaced women in Northern Uganda. Each piece of jewelry is unique and hand-crafted by a woman in the community of Gulu, Uganda. I've gotten to know the founders of 31 Bits over the years (the headquarter in my town) and I'm such a fan of their work.This week, they are launching a children's line! Geared toward 6-10 year old kids, Bitsies are available in 10 different colors, each with an inspiring…
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    Mommy Nani Booboo

  • Five Vloggers Walk Into a Hotel Room

    Jenni Chiu
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
      This post is purely for your entertainment. Five vloggers walk into a hotel room… with a video camera and no plan.   On my BlogHer’14 conference trip to San Jose not too long ago, I got hang out/meet in real life/collab with some of my favorite vloggers. We agreed to meet […]
  • You Should’ve Known Better

    Jenni Chiu
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:07 pm
        Dear people of the entire world, If you’re a woman, please don’t take private nude photos of yourself and store them in what you are led to believe is a secure location. It doesn’t matter if they’re for your lover who is far away, or if you’re just […]
  • #Blogust – Firsts and Dandelions

    Jenni Chiu
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
      Since I became a mother six years ago, the meaning of life’s “firsts” have become weightier and almost sacred.  The first baby giggle, first steps, first word, first food, first real hug – my children’s firsts have carved their own deep pockets in my memory. Watching my kids experience […]
 
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    Miscellaneous Mom

  • 9 Care Packages You Should Send to College

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

    FairyTaleMom
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Dear Beautiful Girl, There has been much media coverage this week of celebrity antics and what is appropriate behavior, as we all prepared for what controversy the VMAs would spark next. I want you to know that you never need to put on a show or take extreme measures to get attention. It is unbecoming and unladylike to do so. Please know that you are infinitely loved. The only thing you need to do to get attention is to ask me. I will always walk your most difficult mile with you and gladly dry your tears. When girls seek attention by dressing provocatively or changing their appearance, it is…
  • A Pitch Perfect Summer Night for Teens

    justheather
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Thanks to Pop Secret for sponsoring this post. We’ve had no less than 3 or 4 teens around almost every night this summer. I like being the destination house because it keeps me involved in their lives and lets me know where they are pretty much all the time. Typically, they’re piled on the couch, phones in hand, watching movies or playing video games. So, when I saw the new Perfect Pop app, I wanted to get it in their hands. Technology, movie night, and snacks? It was practically made for teens. We stepped it up a notch for a fun summer night this weekend by taking it all…
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    Chasing Supermom

  • The Best of Me -Trailer and Movie Info #TheBestOfMe

    Bekki
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    *This post is sponsored by Relativity Media. All opinions are my own. You never forget your first love. Based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, The Best of Me,  is a love story starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan. Like all films based on Nicholas Sparks novels, The Best of Me is sure to tug at your heartstrings, stir your emotions, and yes, there will likely be tears. (The film also features some phenomenal music!) Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves…
  • The Maze Runner Preview and Giveaway – Win $25 Visa #MazeRuner

    Bekki
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:16 pm
    *This post is sponsored by 20th Century Fox. I received a free prize pack in exchange for my post. All opinions are my own. What is the maze? Why are they here? What is their purpose? Will they ever get out? So many questions are present for Thomas and the other “Gladers” in this upcoming thriller The Maze Runner, set to hit theaters on September 19th. Last year, I flew through all of the books in the trilogy by author James Dashner, and cannot wait to see the action played out on the big screen. This is a can’t-miss movie! When Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up trapped…
  • Gone Girl – Amy Dunne’s Pinterest Page #GoneGirl

    Bekki
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    *This post is sponsored by 20th Century Fox. All opinions are my own. Amy Dunne is missing. Her Pinterest page has been found.  #GoneGirl Gone Girl’s Amy Dunne has a Pinterest account you can explore. In the upcoming movie thriller Gone Girl by David Fincher, ‘Amazing Amy’ Dunne (Rosamund Pike) has gone missing and all eyes are on her husband Nick (Ben Affleck.) Everyone is wondering ‘Did Nick kill his wife?’ As evidence mounts and speculation rises, Amy’s past is coming into focus on Pinterest. What was she like? What were her interests? Did she leave any clues? Explore for…
 
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    A Frog In My Soup

  • Enjoying Family – The Beauty of Rest

    Shera
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Sometimes life is crazy. There’s days that the laundry doesn’t get folded, dishes don’t all get done, dinner is sandwiches and all we do is just hang out. When life gets busy, days like this are essential. We have so little time to really just be together as a family, so making time where we all just get to do nothing for one day is so great. We have to allow ourselves and our children time to recuperate and recover from a busy week. We need to give our family time to come together and just be a family unit for at least a day. To me, neither of these things are optional.
  • Jumping and Jamming with Gymboree Play & Learn

    Nancy
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Four year olds have a LOT of energy.  Like, a LOT.  Probably about a million times more than I have.  And when you don’t expend this energy on a regular basis, you know what happens?  They drive you INSANE.  True story. As the summer sadly came to an end, so did my days of countless hours spent outside with the neighbors watching my daughter run, play, bike & swim.  All of our schedules have changed, everyone is back to school – part time, if not full time – and us teachers, are back to work.  Now, instead of my daughter tiring herself out with her friends, I am…
  • Pet Treats featuring @MintiesTreats and Betsy Farms

    Shera
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Recently our small furry family members had the opportunity to enjoy some fun treats I was asked to review. They were some very happy little doggies and dare I say their excitement level was quite likely far higher than even my littlest children over review products! Disclosure: As with all reviews here, products mentioned were likely received for free in order to facilitate our honest opinion and review of them. All links may be affiliate links or otherwise compensated. Feel free to read our full disclosure policy here. These fantastic treats were from Vet IQ, featuring Minties Dental…
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  • Toothless Twinsies

    Jennifer Murray
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
      So no more, “Clark is the one with the front top tooth out” to help others tell them apart. (Although I think they look pretty distinctive in this picture, I have messed up a couple of times on first glance in person.) Doesn’t it just age them so quickly when they starting loosing teeth? My babies have vanished. Henry has still only lost 1 tooth, while Clark, Isaac, and Brooks are tied with 5.  And yes, the Tooth Fairy is officially bankrupt. —————————— What else is happening around here besides loose teeth…
  • The Road To Becoming a Work At Home Dad Revisited…

    Jennifer Murray
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    Last year I (Brad) wrote a series of posts about working from home as a dad.  Things have again changed dramatically around here, so I thought it would be a good time to give an update on this topic. If you’d like to take a look back at the previous posts you can find them here: Part 1 From Job Security to Insecurity Part 2 Unemployed Dad of Quadruplets Part 3 Trusting the Lord in Uncertainties Part 4 The Beginnings of a Business Part 5 Game Over? Or Just Beginning? Part 6 Lessons in Entrepreneurship Part 7 Moving Forward The biggest change in our home in the past few months is…
  • How Life Has Changed Since Becoming a School Mom {Or Not}

    Jennifer Murray
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    We are into our 4th week of school and one of the biggest adjustments of our lives, and Brad and I are still pinching ourselves over how well smoothly it’s running.  No tears, no complaints, no reluctance – is this just honeymoon newbie school phase still?  People keep stopping to ask me what I’m doing with ALL my “free time”.  I have to hold back my chuckle, because I think they are picturing me laying out by the pool, magazine in hand, dosing off, and aimlessly waiting until it’s time to go line up in the car pick-up line. It’s as if all of my…
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    As Mom Sees It

  • What I’m Grateful For: World Gratitude Day With #NaturesSleep

    Mom
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Today is World Gratitude Day and I feel that I needed to recognize all the things I’m most grateful for because I am utterly blessed in my life. “You need to spend time crawling alone through shadows to truly appreciate what it is to stand in the sun.” ― Shaun Hick, author Sometimes, to remember... Continue Reading... The post What I’m Grateful For: World Gratitude Day With #NaturesSleep appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • Toymail WiFi Toy Messenger For Kids

    Mom
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    I was attending a toy fair this year and fell in love with a new product as soon as I saw it. Now, this doesn’t happen often because I see a lot of things, with a toddler and a teen, that will be played with then quickly forgotten. I felt that this wasn’t one of... Continue Reading... The post Toymail WiFi Toy Messenger For Kids appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • The Benefits Of Ravensburger Puzzles For Kids

    Mom
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    My toddler loves puzzles – I mean loves puzzles. She looks forward to going to the library and bookstore on the weekends just so she can try out the puzzles. She asks for them every holiday and for her birthday. We don’t mind because we know they’re great for her development so we are always... Continue Reading... The post The Benefits Of Ravensburger Puzzles For Kids appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
 
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    Mama On the Go

  • 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…
  • How to Design The Perfect Games Room

    Jane
    28 Mar 2014 | 10:38 am
    Twister is a family favorite. Designing your own gaming room can be a lot of fun. A dedicated space for your favourite past times can be a great place to go and unwind and a very sociable environment for you and your friends to relax in without any other distractions. Whether its snooker, PlayStation games or casino games such as Poker and Blackjack, you can get inspiration from sites like Lucky Nugget to create a custom made environment to suit your needs. Big screen televisions, arcade and pinball machines and table games like ping pong are all great options for you to think about. The…
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    The Mom Around Town

  • Hayden’s Fifth Birthday—Lego Theme!

    Paige Dunn
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:02 pm
    I was a last-minute planner this year, but I pulled it together. Here’s what I did for the Lego party—also my makeshift way of saying thank you to everyone without writing notes. Hayden tears into the gifts when nobody is looking and leaves me with the big problem: How do you thank people for gifts when you don’t know who bought what? Hayden picked his theme, Legos! Great, easy (so I thought). We went to the party store to get decorations. Apparently that theme is passé and they no longer carry it. Oh, great! I picked up plates, cutlery, and napkins in the Lego colors there at…
  • If I Die before I Wake | Letter to Hayden and Pemberley

    Paige Dunn
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    Dear Hayden and Pemberley, I have so many hopes for you. I’m in constant prayer that you might be healthy in body, mind, and spirit. My biggest prayer is that you would love Jesus with all your heart. I hope you will marry someone who loves you, treats you well, and sees you for the gems you are. Golden rule, golden rule, golden rule. Hey, did I mention the golden rule? Fact is you won’t be great at everything, so seek the help and knowledge of people in those areas where you struggle. Please surround yourself with people you admire. People who are good, kind, and honest. People who…
  • The Best Hair Tie EVER!

    Paige Dunn
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    My friend Amy Pomerantz came back from her trip to Europe with a gem! She discovered these hair ties that look like telephone wires. She mentioned that they worked really well. I found them in a spa gift shop recently and decided to give them a try. This is definitely a case of “once you try the telephone wire, you will never go back.” My hair is thick. When I say thick, I mean I have to book time and a half when I get my hair done. Regular hair bands either don’t work because there’s so much hair or they ruin my hair because they break off the hair by holding it sooo tight.
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    Kid Things

  • Watch Your Child Grow with Timocco #spon

    Crystal Herron
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I was asked to share information about Timocco but all opinions are my own. Occupational therapy has been an essential piece of the puzzle for Buzz in working with his autism. We started with therapists when he was 4 years old and he’s continued on with OT at school. With this help, my Buzz has come such a long way and I’m amazed every day at his progress. Though I also know that we still have a long way to go. If we could practice more of these therapies at home, however, I know it would be of even greater benefit in the long run. Except I was never sure of where to start or exactly what…
  • Alexander and the Terrble, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Prize Pack Giveaway

    Crystal Herron
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    We’ve all had those days. Those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. Laughter helps everything, though I know it’s not easy to laugh about the terrible days when you’re in the middle of one. But you have to have the bad days so you can appreciate the good days. You can always laugh at it later. Alexander from Disney’s new movie, “Alexander and the Terrble, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” knows a little something about those days, too. Releasing on October 10, this comedy starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner sounds like such a fun movie for the family and a great way…
  • Simple Skewer Stick Puppets

    Crystal Herron
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Buzz, my 8 year old son who also happens to have autism, never sits still except for 2 occasions. He will calm down if he’s playing on the tablet or if he’s drawing at the table. He can sit for hours and draw and make his pictures just right. The ability this boy possesses amazes me, too. Like these Stick Puppets made from skewers. This is completely my son’s idea through and through. It’s a great idea, however, and Buzz is such a creative guy that I had to share. If you have kids who like to draw and color or make characters, then this is an easy way to turn those illustrations into…
 
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    MommPosh

  • #SmilingItForward Children’s Tylenol TweetUp Event + What I Wore

    gpomp73
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    What I Wore:  Top: Victoria’s Secret (similar); Black pleated skirt; Stella & Dot jewelry; Studded Gladiator Sandals  Yesterday, I was invited to attend a fabulous Tweet-Up event hosted by Children’s Tylenol located on the rooftop of the Hudson Terrace NYC located at 621 West 46th Street.  Among the sea of beautiful bloggers were moms like me, who were vying to ask the well renowned pediatrician and author of Mommy Calls: Dr. Tanya Answers Parents’ Top 101 Questions About Babies and Toddlers,  Dr. Tanya (@DrMommyCalls) our kids health concerns. But before Dr. Tanya…
  • Discovering Your Highest Potential

    gpomp73
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    From the director of  THE SECRET comes this unparalleled and life-changing film about the astonishing power and intelligence of your heart. Featuring some of the most inspiring and influential icons of our age including Paulo Coelho, Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra, Isabel Allende, and Eckhart Tolle, THE POWER OF THE HEART: Finding Your True Purpose of Life” – which ties into a book of the same name – is an experience that will lead you to uncover… and rediscover… the treasure in your chest. Click here to view the embedded video. Since I was able to get my hands on a…
  • 5 Ways To Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh

    gpomp73
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    With two boys, a husband and a cat, sometimes the smell in my home is less than desirable and I hate covering the scent with expensive candles (which isn’t the safest way to go with kids at home!).  But after browsing the web,  I found these great ideas ideas that can make your home smell really yummy and great, simply by using items you already have in your cabinet. Here are 5 examples that work for me: 1. Dryer Sheets Think outside the laundry room and add dryer sheets in random places around. You can even place them in front of your air conditioning filters – that’ll…
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    Sweet Potato Chronicles

  • The SPC Breakfast Planner

    Laura Keogh
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    From the moment I finish my breakfast, I start thinking about my next morning meal. Ok, you got me, I start worrying about dinner but, once I've got that under control, I go right back to thinking about breakfast. Hands down, it's my favourite meal. So it's no wonder I always want to get it right. After all, if I don't have a good breakfast, then my day is off to a rotten start. I'm not sure if my daughter feels the same way (I guess I should ask her) but, like other things, I assume she shares my feelings about the meal. (Obviously, she hates walking into class late too. I did.) Therefore, I…
  • Weekday Breakfast Week: Toad in a Hole

    Laura Keogh
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    This post was originally published when Scarlett was a wee four years old. However, it continues to ring true today. I still have "brush your teeth" and "get your coat" on a morning loop but I also rely on this easy breakfast, even now that our mornings are way more hectic. (What was I thinking back then calling those days "hectic." Rookie.) Alongside some fresh fruit, Scarlett always feels satisfied by this morning meal. (In fact she had it today with sliced apples and blueberries.) This week we'll be chatting breakfasts, especially easy balanced morning meals that will make you feel good…
  • The Lunch Lifesaver, Part 2: Batch Cooking for Sanity

    Ceri Marsh
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    We're at the end of week two of school here in Toronto, but I know some of you have been back for a few weeks. How is it going? We had a couple of bumpy days last week but that was about the bus. I've been pretty pleased with how the packed lunch thing is panning out. Despite my fears, Julian is adjusting to losing the three-course, hot lunch he had for years at daycare and happily finishing up the packed bento box I've been sending him to senior kindergarten with. And it really doesn't feel like much more work to pack two lunches rather than one. My real trick is doing as much prep on the…
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    The Ultimate Juggle

  • Vacationing With Family And Friends

    admin
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    Vacationing with Family and Friends is a great way to do vacations! This summer, we all packed up and headed to the beach in one of our typical family vacations, and I have to say it was a great time.  I think what we really enjoyed about it was the fact that we all get […]
  • Predictions for 2014 Job Market for Graduates

    Wayne
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    The graduate job market has undergone some serious changes during the last year, and there are some facts graduates should know when entering it this year. Of you are checking the latest job openings and think what kind of job will suit in your qualification and your needs, look through the changes and think how […]
  • Yakezie Carnival Financial Save

    admin
    11 Jun 2014 | 9:22 am
    Welcome to the Yakezie Carnival! I haven’t been around much, so it seems like lately all I’m doing is hosting carnivals!  A friend keeps asking me to host them so I keep hosting them… :) I hope you enjoy the Yakezie Carnival this week, I pulled it from the abyss. Enjoy! Dominique Brown @ YourFinancesSimplified […]
 
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    Raising Rockstar

  • A Tale of Two Scoot-ees

    Aileen
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Hello Dere. Whoa. Whee. Which is how the elder one ends up exhausted. Phew. But he’ll pull through. Because for all her nuttiness and fierce independence the younger one insisted on waiting til the the elder one was done with schoolwork before she would go a-scooting and he knows it. Have a good week ahead……… Thanks for installing the Bottom of every post plugin by Corey Salzano. Contact me if you need custom WordPress plugins or website design.
  • The Rather Preachy Heavy Friday (sorry)

    Aileen
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:58 pm
    1) Just when you thought the dogs-diving-for-stuff photo trend was milked to death, they just had to do it with puppies. Swoon. Double Swoon. 2) Google Hires 12 year old As Programmer. How awesome must this kid be, remember Google’s crazy banned interview questions from sometime back? Adam Nikos Another article says he presented on cyber attacks among others, and has never actually been taught the computer science subject – he was just reading avidly. 3) Is It A Crime To Raise A Killer? When one child commits a heinous crime towards another child, can you send the…
  • Rockstarism #336/ Miss-Speak #24 – Self-Imposed Timeout And RIP Fingers

    Aileen
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:21 pm
    #336 Trouble in paradise……. Rockstar: That’s it. I am putting myself on a timeout. Me: ?? Timeouts are a punishment (which btw we’ve never used). What did you do? Rockstar: Nothing. I just don’t want to have to talk to her anymore.  Miss: <contemplatively> 10 fingers. Hello, Fingers. <wiggles fingers> Sorry, Fingers. <stuffs fingers in mouth>   Rockstar: (Picks up stool and sits facing wall not unhappily)…..<announces> I am now on Timeout.  Me: What - you can’t give yourself a timeout.WHERE does it say you can…
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  • 5 Fall Fashion Pieces to Buy Right Now #fashion #style

    Stacie Haight Connerty
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    Get this Jessica Simpson Women’s Two-Tone Faux-Leather Moto Jacket for only $34! Original price is $170. Jacket available in sizes xsmall, small, and medium. Offer also includes free returns. Shipping is free with Amazon Prime or on orders over $35. DETAILS: 100% Polyurethane, Backing: 100% Viscose, Filling: 100% Polyester Hand Wash Two-tone jacket with off-center front-zip closure and exaggerated notched lapels Diamond-quilted detailing on yoke and sleeves Gold-tone hardware   Get these Calvin Klein Women’s Tanita Fashion Sneakers for just {Read More} The post 5 Fall Fashion…
  • Fall Style: You and Your Glasses #VSPStyle

    Stacie Haight Connerty
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Fall is here and I am excited. Fall fashion is all about transitional pieces – short sleeves become longer, sweaters are added, boots come out of the closet and color choices changes. I just wore boots for the first time this fall today. I am excited this fall to partner with VSP Direct. Did you know that affordable, stylish and trendy fashion frames from VSP Direct can help make Fall fashion pop? Check out these adorable glasses: Are they fabulous? They {Read More} The post Fall Style: You and Your Glasses #VSPStyle appeared first on The Divine Miss Mommy.
  • Kaplan #JourneytoCollege Test Prep Program

    Stacie Haight Connerty
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    This is Jacob and he is pretty smart. In fact, he has been in talented and gifted classes for the majority of his life. However, he also has that sort of laziness that happens to some students where they can kind of skate by. I know because I did the same thing. I really didn’t have to study hard until college. He has no idea what he is for when he gets to college. There will be a lot of {Read More} The post Kaplan #JourneytoCollege Test Prep Program appeared first on The Divine Miss Mommy.
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  • Adelphi University Uses Ladybugs Instead of Pesticides

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:31 pm
    The post Adelphi University Uses Ladybugs Instead of Pesticides appeared first on Dagmar's Home. Ladybugs Instead of Pesticides You know how passionate I am about green and holistic living. I’m a mad recycler and a firm believer that there are natural ways to deal with illnesses — examples would be to simply use honey instead of over-the-counter cough medicine or arnica for bruising. There are so many holistic ways […] The post Adelphi University Uses Ladybugs Instead of Pesticides appeared first on Dagmar's Home.
  • It’s Always the Perfect Time to Visit New Jersey

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    The post It’s Always the Perfect Time to Visit New Jersey appeared first on Dagmar's Home. Visit New Jersey {This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of New Jersey’s Division of Travel & Tourism for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.} No matter the season, it's always the perfect time to Discover New Jersey and all it has to offer its visitors of every age and interest. Have you […] The post It’s Always the Perfect Time to Visit New Jersey appeared first on Dagmar's Home.
  • Wordless Wednesday With Linky: Dish Towel Curtains

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:27 pm
    The post Wordless Wednesday With Linky: Dish Towel Curtains appeared first on Dagmar's Home. I took this picture a few day ago with Instagram of one corner of our living room. I like the light streaming into the room. Plus, it shows off my nifty DIY dish towel curtains I added to all the windows in the living room. I wanted inexpensive window treatment that would let plenty of […] The post Wordless Wednesday With Linky: Dish Towel Curtains appeared first on Dagmar's Home.
 
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  • Paleo Chocolate Chip Brownies | Gluten Free and Packed With Protein

    maverickmom
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:57 pm
    These Paleo chocolate chip brownies are delish, gluten free, low sugar, high protein, and easy to make!  They became a fast favorite at the Benton household this summer.  These are the perfect answer to any chocolate cravings, and they can substitute for protein bars, too. All you need is the following ingredients and 2o minutes: 1 cup of almond butter (or my new favorite, MaraNatha coconut almond butter)    2-3 scoops chocolate whey protein (hopefully from grass fed cows-I use Life Extension brand) 1 egg or 1/4 cup egg whites 1/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened 1/2 tsp sea salt 1/2 tsp…
  • Sausage and Eggs All Week Long | Paleo Mornings Bites

    maverickmom
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    One of the toughest meals of the day for us is breakfast.  Every weekday morning is like rush hour, as I’m sure it is for you.  Mike generally runs in the door from CrossFit, showers, and runs back out to work within a 15 minute time frame.  If there’s nothing ready to grab for breakfast, he grabs….well, nothing really.  This isn’t a great way to recover after training, nor is it the optimal way to start your day. Here is a fast, easy way to have a Paleo style breakfast……sausage and eggs!  These were a fast favorite at our house, and I try to make at…
  • Buffalo Hot Wings Cauliflower | How I Got My Husband to Love Cauliflower

    maverickmom
    18 Feb 2014 | 11:01 am
    Do you like hot wings?  My husband loves them!  I don’t eat hot wings and yet, we both love this recipe.  It’s packed with all of the flavor of hot wings minus the low quality meat that usually gets served in hot wing dishes.  Here is an extremely  healthy, fiber packed, low carb, tasty, fun way to snack or add a side dish to dinner. This is pretty easy to make, though it takes a little longer than my usual recipes……but totally worth the effort!  I use gluten free flour because gluten sucks, but you could also use almond flour.   Buffalo Hot Wings Cauliflower 1…
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  • Pinspiration: great details to make any space feel special

    Elisa
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    Ah, it’s been a busy few weeks! Have had hardly any time to read, or catch up on any TV shows… but I have found that Pinterest is a surprisingly relaxing pastime when you only have a few minutes to take a break in-between errands or unwind before bed. And of course we all know what a great source of inspiration it is. There’s lots to see, from recipes to fashion, and everything in between. But what I am absolutely addicted to, on Pinterest, is interior design and decor inspiration. I think we all want our homes to be lovely: well-planned, with enough storage that clutter…
  • OOTW: let me introduce you to my boyfriend

    Elisa
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    Aaaaand we are back. It’s back home, back to school, and back to Swiss weather, which this summer has been to say the least uncooperative. Compared to the almost-constant rain  of the past month or so, the weather wasn’t awful today or yesterday, but it’s definitely been fussy. And I, back from a lovely vacation and a weekend filled with friends, lots of laughs, and a few glasses of sangria, am feeling decidedly un-fussy. So… casual layers it is.  my fave layering tank top // t-shirt // scarf // trench (also seen here and here) // studded ankle boots (sold out…
  • Feel-good music

    Elisa
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
    Amidst all the empty lyrics and the sex-talk and the booty-shaking (though we don’t necessarily always mind the latter), there seems to be a new type of music emerging: the really honest, feel-good, or even better, feel-good-in-your-own-skin music. The first recent example of this was Sara Bareilles’s “Brave”, encouraging the listeners to express themselves and not just hold their tongues when they have something to say – something I am guilty of myself, which is probably why I find the message so empowering. Also empowering, the video featuring several people who…
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  • Guest Blogger: Speed-Walking with Teach by Scout

    Mom of 12
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:43 am
    Teach set a goal this week to go on a walk everyday. Usually she does this at normal times of day, but today she announced she needed to go on a walk at 11:45 PM. Drama Queen was really mad and did not want her to go. She thought there were creepers.( but as you can see, we're fine) After me and Teach got back, Prima Dona wanted to go. So we went just for her. We went to Butterfield's and back
  • Guess What We Did Today...

    Mom of 12
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:43 am
    I know, from the pics you are thinking we went out for ice cream, right? Well, you are half right. We have an annual tradition of going out for ice cream right about this time of year after everyone (except Sport) succumbs to a flu shot or flu mist. Curly did his fair share of complaining that Sport gets an ice cream even though he doesn't have to have a shot until I remind him that Sport ended
  • Guest Blog: Peaches Everywhere by Bossy

    Bossy
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:51 am
    One of the best things about my job right now is that I have a foster child that is placed right next to Dad's favorite fruit stand.  Once a month I drive 30 minutes to Utah county to see this child and use my lunch break to stop and pick up fruit for my father.  Because of my schedule these visits normally fall on a Thursday.  Which means picking up a couple of cases of fruit to can over the
 
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  • Birthday Cake Pancakes

    Tonya Staab
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:04 pm
      Start your kids birthday with a very special birthday cake pancake stack. Isn't that the perfect way to start the day? The best part is you can make the pancakes the night before so you aren't rushed, especially if their birthday falls on a school day. Just heat, assemble, and enjoy! I made mini pancakes because I knew the kids would think they are fun, plus you can stack them and still keep them an edible portion size without any going to waste. I think if I stacked larger ones, they simply wouldn't be able to eat the whole thing. What you need: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup sugar…
  • A Chalky Finish Spoon Holder

    Tonya Staab
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:57 pm
      A while ago I posted a photo of the dining room wall in our old house, complete with a spoon holder I had picked up on one of my many days spent wandering around my favorite thrift stores. I'd filled that holder with spoons that had once belonged to my Nana. Upon seeing that post, my mother informed me that she had plenty more where they came from and when I went back to Australia over Christmas last year she handed me another bag full. Of course this meant more thrift shopping, but I found the perfect spoon holder. It was very different from the last one, which made it even more…
  • Tailgating with Jingit and Kid-Friendly Grilled Mini Pizzas

    Tonya Staab
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:04 pm
      We are all looking for ways to save money when grocery shopping so I'm showing you how you can earn cash back by shopping at Walmart and Target and using the Jingit app. It's football season and whether you are homegating or tailgating you are probably feeding more than your immediate family so saving money is essential. I wanted to make homemade mini pizzas, that everyone could add their own toppings too and then be cooked on the grill. So using the Jingit app I checked for items I could purchase at my local Target store. Here's how it works. Let's say you are looking…
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  • Editor picks: 10 buys to kick off fall

    Jennifer Davidson
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    While we ponder whether to buy the new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus (opinions welcome in the comments!) we’re busy readying for cooler weather with some new fall pieces. Here are 10 favorites on our must-have list. Turn on your JavaScript to view content The post Editor picks: 10 buys to kick off fall appeared first on StyleBakery.
  • Add attitude to their wardrobes with moto boots for girls

    Courtney Strimel
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Dainty ballet flats have their place in a little girl’s wardrobe, but serious everyday play calls for a shoe choice with a little more durability and attitude. With the moto trend returning for fall 2014, moto boots for girls are a brilliant choice for cool autumn and cold winter days. In classic, basic black or a fun color, this rough-and-tumble style is actually very versatile. Of course they will look great with jeans and sweaters, but moto boots also look sweetly tough with leggings or skirts and tights. Whether she needs a style for wet, rainy weather or a lighter style for warmer…
  • Project Nursery opens online shop

    Christine Fox
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    We’ve always been huge fans of the Project Nursery site and now they’ve made it even better by adding their own online shop. Featuring the best baby products in each category, the online shop was created to narrow the field of products so that new parents could find the items they were looking for without being overwhelmed. Now loyal readers can find all the design products that they’ve coveting in one place, The Project Nursery Shop. The shop is also host to several exclusive products from Lullaby Paints, bedding from Carousel Designs, wall decals from The Lovely Wall…
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  • Review of Draft Day on DVD! (Giveaway)

    13 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
    It has been a long time since I saw a movie with the hubby that was just for us.  We typically love sports movies, and we are both Kevin Costner fans, so you know we were excited to see Draft Day, now available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and digital. The film takes place pretty much in one day.  It's a play-by-play of what goes on behind the scenes of the NFL draft, and it is intense.  Even if you
  • 3 Steps to a Better Baby Bedtime

    13 Sep 2014 | 1:08 pm
    See that face? That's the face of a determined almost-one-year-old.  He doesn't want to go to bed. He nurses constantly.  He is not happy.  He needs sleep.  (And so does mom.) We never guessed that our newborn baby who hated baths would become a huge fan of the nighttime ritual.  In fact, a bath is the single guaranteed way I know to change his mood and get him ready for the next part of the
  • TERRO® Fruit Fly Trap Giveaway

    11 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    We have fruit flies.  We know that they aren't sewer flies, and they only swarm around the ripe bananas.  They are a pain, and we have done all those home remedies that you see on Pinterest -- but it's still not enough! If having glasses of vinegar and other home-made traps has you disgusted, a commercial alternative like TERRO® Fruit Fly Trap might be for you.  It is Non-Toxic and takes
 
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  • 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! ]]
  • Saving for College: Doable or an Impossible Nightmare?

    Jenna
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Did you know 50 percent of families save for their kid’s college education? If you didn’t know, chances are you’re part of the 50 percent that doesn’t save – and, hey, there’s nothing wrong with that! Lots of financial advisors urge parents to think more about saving for their retirement, rather than saving for their […] The post Saving for College: Doable or an Impossible... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • How to Spend Quality Time with Your Cat

    Stacie
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I love spending time with my two cats. Princess is the more sociable of the two and will follow me around the house. Misty usually hides out in the basement and rarely ventures upstairs. She’s a sweet girl, but very shy especially if there is a house full of people. It’s easy to spend quality… [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: How to Spend Quality Time with Your Cat. Thank you for helping to stop content theft!!
  • Wendy’s Asian Cashew Chicken Salad + Giveaway (US)

    Gina
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    When it comes to fast food, Wendy’s has long been my favorite. I love the quality of the food they serve – I can really see and taste a big difference in their food compared to other big chains. When we’re out and about or traveling far from home and are looking for a quick… [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: Wendy’s Asian Cashew Chicken Salad + Giveaway (US). Thank you for helping to stop content theft!!
  • Muffin Tin Mashed Potatoes

    Stacie
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Mashed potatoes were a staple on our dinner table growing up. My mom used to make her mashed potatoes whipped with milk and butter and made sure there were no chunks left. I was a picky kid and wouldn’t eat them if I discovered they were chunky! Also, my grandmother believed it wasn’t a meal… [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: Muffin Tin Mashed Potatoes. Thank you for helping to stop content theft!!
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  • A Visit to Denny’s HQ in Spartanburg, SC #DennysDiners

    Andrea
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    Note: I am participating in a compensated campaign as a Denny’s Ambassador. All opinions in my posts are entirely honest and are my own. Last month as a Denny’s Blogger Ambassador, I had the distinct pleasure of visiting Denny’s Headquarters in Spartanburg, SC with several wonderful bloggers.   My husband always laughs at me because I get so excited when I have the opportunity to travel to a company’s headquarters.  I love getting the inside scoop, talking to people who are so invested and knowledgeable in their business, and most importantly finding out what the…
  • My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic: Spooktacular Pony Tales Review

    Andrea
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Press Sample It seems like every little girl I meet these days is in love with My Little Pony (my daughter, niece and neighbors included).  We recently had the opportunity to review the My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic: Spooktacular Pony Tales DVD. Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, Spooktacular Pony Tales features 6 episodes and a sing-along. The DVD also comes packed with spooky fun including My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic pumpkin carving stencils and a color Halloween poster perfect for seasonal decorating. Everypony loves Halloween… the candy, the…
  • “MIDNIGHT MOMS” JOHNSON’S TWITTER PARTY 9/17 #BedtimeForBaby

    Andrea
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    Any mom knows the importance of sleep and bedtime routines when it comes to newborns, so I would love to extend you the invitation to join a special Twitter Party on 9/17: “MIDNIGHT MOMS” TWITTER PARTY DETAILS: When: Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 11:59 p.m. ET (11 p.m. CT / 9 p.m. PT) What: Join us for a “Midnight Moms” Twitter Party for tips & tricks on bedtime rituals, useful videos on baby bedtime, and info on the JOHNSON’S Baby 3-step routine clinically proven to help babies and toddlers fall asleep faster. After analyzing the sleep patterns of more than 80,000…
 
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  • [Product Spotlight] Oubly Halloween Stationary + Coupon Code

    Samantha Gregory
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:36 pm
      Halloween is right around the corner. Oubly is offering 20% off Halloween stationery collection! Just use code 20HALLOEVE at check out. Get Free Shipping on orders over $49.00. Send friends and family a Happy Halloween Card this fall season!
  • My Secrets to Looking Younger Than I Am… Affordably

    Samantha Gregory
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    When I show people pictures of me and my daughter they call us twins and say I look more like her sister than her mother. I love hearing that because it means I’m aging well :-). So what’s my secret to looking younger? Honestly it’s not any cream I use or special technique that makes me look younger than my 40-something years. It’s mostly hereditary because my parents, grandparents, and great-grand parents all looked much younger than they were. My Secrets to Looking Younger To maintain a younger look though, I do a few things including: Drinking adequate water (our…
  • Get Your Baby to Sleep with Kinder Sleep

    Samantha Gregory
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:24 pm
      Is your child getting enough sleep? The chart below shows how much your child should be sleeping: Average Nighttime Sleep Needs 12 weeks old 4 – 7 hour stretch 6 months – 12 years 10 – 12 hours Teens 9 hours If your child suffers from any of the following, they may have a sleep problem: Frequent waking Waking for unnecessary feeding Difficulty sleeping alone Unusual sleep cycles Nightmares and night terrors Wakes tired or cranky In her sleep practice, Andrea Strang uses a variety of methods and tailors sleep plans to take family values and child temperament into account. She…
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  • Trend Alert: Silver Cowboy Boots

    Danielle
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    It is hard to describe the pure chaos my small girl witnessed as she entered my closet the other day… I don’t want to scar you with the visuals, but I was knee deep in clothing I no longer wear . Shoes and accessories littered the floor from my closet to the door of my bedroom. I have been in the mood to purge, and I *think* I’m doing a fairly good job – as my floor is my witness, but like anyone (you included, I’m sure) there are just some things I won’t part with. The earrings I wore the day I met my first country crush, Clay Walker? Those are…
  • Text4Baby and Rite Aid Offer Free Flu Shots For Moms

    Danielle
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    I cannot tell you how many hours of sleep I have lost since I became a mom – plagued with some kind of worry that I was doing it all wrong- or more pointedly, how many of those hours were lost specifically in my early days – before my sweet girl was born or right after. I worried about my health while I carried her. I worried about HER HEALTH while I carried her – was she safe? Moving Enough? For the love of all things did she really have enough room? Would I hold her correctly? Put her in her car seat safely? Would she eat? Sleep? WOULD I KEEP HER SAFE? Isn’t this question at the…
  • Why French Women Don’t Get Fat

    Natalia Simmons
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The French culture, to Americans, is often something that is looked upon in awe and admiration. There have been books – Bringing up Bébé, Why French Women Don’t Get Fat, French Kids Eat Everything, to name a few. We’ve already talked about French kids and food here on Extraordinary Mommy and today I thought I’d talk about French women and food….because for some reason (in fact, lots of reasons) French women rarely seem to get fat. They don’t go to the gym. In fact, the gym in France isn’t a very popular thing, let alone gyms of the 24 hour variety.
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  • Rustic & Real Ketchup: Eat Real Food #Paleo #JERF

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:09 pm
    I planted tomatoes a tad late this year, but what I lost in timeliness, I made up for in quantity.  My friends?  I have juicy, organic tomatoes coming out my ears!  Perfect for my latest recipe.This barely scratches the surface of my crop.  Time to get cooking!!If you have kids, you know where I am going with this right?  HELLO Ketchup!!Commercially bottles ones?  Chock full of corn syrups, high fructose syrups, preservative and artificial colorings. Even the so-called natural ones make me cringe.  Then looking around the internet, I saw quite a few (even…
  • Need Unlimited Talk Text & Data/Web?? Walmart's Unlimited Cheapest Plans Are Just Smart #Phones4School #CollectiveBias #shop

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. & its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.How did my baby grow up so fast? College!! My friends?  The time has come.  My Eldest is off to college in a few weeks. With college comes crazy expensive text books, school supplies, and if you are moving out of the area? Possibly new cell phone plans. Luckily for this mother's heart? He's staying close as a soon-to-be freshman at the University of Washington.  Not so good for this mother's heart? Seeing the data overages bill in the mail for the past few years.
  • 1st Day of School: Something is Missing...

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Happy 7th and 10th kiddos!! And then there were two! Sigh! First Day of School pic tradition with two kiddos seems so strange without their my Eldest. Yep. Notably missing is their college freshman big brother still snoring away. He starts the University of Washington in 3 weeks.  Where did the time go??
 
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  • Interior design and color psychology.

    Jessy Troy
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    Interior design and color psychology are key to creating the visual appeal we want and evoking the desired emotional response. Certain colors elicit certain moods. We have all heard that, and have... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 fun things you can do with extra flooring boards.

    Stephen MacVica
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    It’s pretty common for there to be a reasonable amount of extra flooring boards left over after a new wooden floor has been installed – and if the previous floor was also wooden, you’ll have that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 7 easy ways to lower your water bill.

    Guest Author
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    To reduce your carbon footprint and lower your water bill, there are several ways to decrease your consumption in the household. By making minor adjustments, it can be easy to lower your water bill... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • 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 […]…
  • The Many Benefits of Patios and Pergolas

    Melissa @ Mommy Living the Life of Riley
    22 May 2014 | 11:14 am
    Australian residents who want to have patios, pergolas or other outdoor structures installed in their yards will find it beneficial to work with a company that will design and build the structure. Patioliving.com.au is one of the companies in Australia that can provide these services.Choosing a design for the structure is an important first step. Homeowners can meet with a design consultant who will help them decide what elements and materials they want to use for their outdoor structure. The consultant will also give the homeowner a price quote for the job. The company will present the plans…
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  • 10 Things That’ll Have a Positive Impact on Your Social Media and Life

    Britt Michaelian
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    Two years ago, I held my mom in my arms as her soul left her diseased and damaged body. She fought for 2 years using an arsenal of chemotherapy, radiation, diet, fitness and meditation. Our family watched in awe as she surrendered to the process while still putting up a fight with grace and heart. Her death was a horrifyingly beautiful lesson in humanity and a wake up call to what really matters in life. Love. How could something so devastating be so beautiful? It’s all in the lessons. She showed up with a smile wherever she went despite having just received a dose of poison or not…
  • How Focusing on Love Will Make You a Better Entrepreneur

    Britt Michaelian
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    It’s amazing how many business owners go about their day solely focused on bringing home the bacon and while that is certainly an important part of life and business in general, it is also a recipe for an unhappy life and unhappy clients, which in turn sabotages your success. What’s the solution? Love. When you started your business, did you love what you were doing or did you just think that this business was going to make you money? If you loved the business that you started in the beginning, but have lost that loving feeling, this is a very common occurrence and there are…
  • How to Design a Digital Marketing Plan That Attracts Your Target Audience

    Britt Michaelian
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Whether you are writing a business plan for a new venture or in the throws of growing an existing business, a marketing plan is essential for attracting clients. A well designed and properly executed marketing plan can mean the difference between a profitable business with healthy sales or a business that never gets off the ground. Sustained profitability is achieved when combined with strategic marketing, consistent sales, smart financial systems and a great team. While strategy is important in every aspect of business, the digital marketing plan is the heart of any business. Sad truth: a…
 
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    SavvyMom Today

  • Calgary: Anti-Gravity Adventures

    SavvyMom.ca
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Calgary’s latest boutique fitness studio lets moms exercise a variety of options. Combo classes including Anti-Gravity give moms the ultimate fitness fix at Fit Republic.
  • Vancouver: Soup’s On

    SavvyMom.ca
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Serious Soups is a local Surrey company that makes healthy soups—big on the yum factor and easy on the wallet.
  • Toronto: The Perfect Little Sister

    SavvyMom.ca
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    When quick and tasty plates for sharing are in order, we head to trendy new resto Little Sister at Yonge and Manor. It’s perfect for families and hungry little munchkins.
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    CookiesKids.com Blog

  • Fall Family Fun

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    The arrival of fall can sometimes mean less time to spend together as a family. With kids in school, parents back in work-mode, and the days growing shorter, this time of year can indeed be a lot busier than summer. But that doesn’t mean you should let this magical season slip by without doing some fun stuff as a family. Here are some ideas for activities that will make your family “fall” in love with the new season: Get Outdoors: Crisp weather and foliage in transition make fall one of the best seasons to take advantage of the great outdoors. Whether you go apple picking, hiking, or…
  • Trend Alert: Jogger Pants

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Jogger pants for boys and girls are quickly becoming the top kids clothing trend of fall 2014. What are jogger pants? Most joggers feature an elastic waistband, skinny cut, and fitted cuffs – basically, a tapered, tailored pair of sweatpants. Athletically inspired materials, such as fleece or French terry, create all-day comfort, but as the popularity of joggers expands, materials like denim and canvas are finding their way into the mix. Check out some of our favorites – for boys and girls:  The fleece construction and elastic waistband make these comfy for all-day wear, while faux…
  • The Best Ways to Praise

    10 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    There’s a lot of information online, in parenting books, and elsewhere about the right way to discipline kids, but what’s the right way to praise them? Meting out praise can be tricky. Check out these guidelines to ensure you praise your child in a way that nurtures their developing talents. Parenting experts agree that you should praise your child for the effort they put in as opposed to the end result. If your child is naturally good at math and doesn’t need to study much for tests, you may want to hold off on showering them with math-related compliments. Instead, encourage them when…
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    Journal of Joey - Real Mom Media

  • Bite Me

    joey fortman
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    I'm sitting in the waiting room.  The BIG family waiting area at Abington Hospital waiting for my 6 year old super star to come out of surgery.Oral Surgery. Yes.  You probably have heard me OFTEN talk about his dental issues on facebook or twitter.  And today I went to Instagram sharing shots of my little dude. I can't believe this has been something we've been struggling with for TWO YEARS now.  The first time we visited the dentist even a big green monster couldn't help Boston. I seriously can't stand it. There is a major part of me that is SO MAD at…
  • #BabyGotMoves with Pampers

    joey fortman
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    #BabyGotMoves with Pampers My baby Hudson really does have a way with tunes.  I think he probably gets it from his dad.  I mean, my husband THINKS ahem...that he is the best dancer of all time, ya know!One of our very favorite things to do is to walk into Hudson's room in the morning. His pure happiness overtakes our moods no matter where they lay!  My husband giggles, then Hudson giggles.  I can't even tell you the last time we had to run in there with tears and screaming!  (Knock on wood.haha)  There are often times that he just sits there and plays in his crib…
  • Back to School Conversations

    joey fortman
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    “I’m slaughtering stale, competition, I got the whole block wishing they could run with my division but they gone fishing -with no bait, kid your boy hold weight - I got my soul straight, I brush your mouth like Colgate.”— John CenaWhy yes.  I said it. First week of 1st grade is all set and in the history books.  My adorable and loving SIX year old is 'too cool for school'.  He went from being a kid to a grownup in 3 months!  One who is obsessed with wearing bright neon crazy-a$$ socks too.  So, this has been the run down of the week. ME: "Hi Boston!
 
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    The Megalomaniac Mommy

  • My First #JBFMilwaukee Experience & Why You Need to Go (Sept 21st-27th)

    Anne Younger (The Megalomaniac Mommy)
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    *This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Just Between Friends of Milwaukee.  This program is in partnership with Real Mom Media (www.RealMomMedia.com).  All opinions are my own* Yesterday morning, Libby and I made our way down to Milwaukee for the Just Between Friends consignment sale. This was a first for both […] The post My First #JBFMilwaukee Experience & Why You Need to Go (Sept 21st-27th) appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Fall Scents & Oven Baked S’mores with #FebrezeFall Home Harvest Collection

    Anne Younger (The Megalomaniac Mommy)
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:38 pm
    *This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks on behalf of Febreze. I received compensation to write this post, and any opinions expressed are my own, and reflect my actual experience.* With the kids back in school, it’s just a matter of time before the leaves will be falling from the trees and that means my […] The post Fall Scents & Oven Baked S’mores with #FebrezeFall Home Harvest Collection appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Save Big at the Just Between Friends Milwaukee Sale September 21st-27th

    Anne Younger (The Megalomaniac Mommy)
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    *This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Just Between Friends of Milwaukee.  This program is in partnership with Real Mom Media (www.RealMomMedia.com).  All opinions are my own* As you have all heard me say, multiple times, I love a good sale.  When it comes to shopping for clothes for 5 kids […] The post Save Big at the Just Between Friends Milwaukee Sale September 21st-27th appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
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    Maverick Mom — Maverick Mom

  • Paleo Chocolate Chip Brownies | Gluten Free and Packed With Protein

    maverickmom
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:57 pm
    These Paleo chocolate chip brownies are delish, gluten free, low sugar, high protein, and easy to make!  They became a fast favorite at the Benton household this summer.  These are the perfect answer to any chocolate cravings, and they can substitute for protein bars, too. All you need is the following ingredients and 2o minutes: 1 cup of almond butter (or my new favorite, MaraNatha coconut almond butter)    2-3 scoops chocolate whey protein (hopefully from grass fed cows-I use Life Extension brand) 1 egg or 1/4 cup egg whites 1/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened 1/2 tsp sea salt 1/2 tsp…
  • Sausage and Eggs All Week Long | Paleo Mornings Bites

    maverickmom
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    One of the toughest meals of the day for us is breakfast.  Every weekday morning is like rush hour, as I’m sure it is for you.  Mike generally runs in the door from CrossFit, showers, and runs back out to work within a 15 minute time frame.  If there’s nothing ready to grab for breakfast, he grabs….well, nothing really.  This isn’t a great way to recover after training, nor is it the optimal way to start your day. Here is a fast, easy way to have a Paleo style breakfast……sausage and eggs!  These were a fast favorite at our house, and I try to make at…
  • Buffalo Hot Wings Cauliflower | How I Got My Husband to Love Cauliflower

    maverickmom
    18 Feb 2014 | 11:01 am
    Do you like hot wings?  My husband loves them!  I don’t eat hot wings and yet, we both love this recipe.  It’s packed with all of the flavor of hot wings minus the low quality meat that usually gets served in hot wing dishes.  Here is an extremely  healthy, fiber packed, low carb, tasty, fun way to snack or add a side dish to dinner. This is pretty easy to make, though it takes a little longer than my usual recipes……but totally worth the effort!  I use gluten free flour because gluten sucks, but you could also use almond flour.   Buffalo Hot Wings Cauliflower 1…
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    QuirkyFusion

  • Moms, Share Your Tips for Being Unstoppable

    Christy
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    We are almost three weeks into the school year and even though I still feel a bit like I’m drowning, it’s better than last year. Last year I felt like I started behind and never caught up. I’m going to take this as progress. Truth be told, I’m always a bit in awe of how... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
  • Mabel’s Labels Puts Lost & Found Out of Business (Review & Giveaway)

    Christy
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    Back to school means a lot of new things… lunch boxes and backpacks and shoes and outfits. With young kids, every single thing needs to be labeled. Even if you think they can’t possibly lose a shoe, you are likely to be surprised by what your kids manage to leave behind. Mabel’s Labels intends to... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
  • Happy Back to School!

    Christy
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    By now, most of us are back to school… I think a few stragglers start this week. I have mixed feelings as the school year begins. I had an especially nice summer with my kids, so it’s a bit hard to go back to early mornings and less time as a family. We’ll just have... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
 
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    Rich Single Momma

  • [Product Spotlight] Oubly Halloween Stationary + Coupon Code

    Samantha Gregory
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:36 pm
      Halloween is right around the corner. Oubly is offering 20% off Halloween stationery collection! Just use code 20HALLOEVE at check out. Get Free Shipping on orders over $49.00. Send friends and family a Happy Halloween Card this fall season!
  • My Secrets to Looking Younger Than I Am… Affordably

    Samantha Gregory
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    When I show people pictures of me and my daughter they call us twins and say I look more like her sister than her mother. I love hearing that because it means I’m aging well :-). So what’s my secret to looking younger? Honestly it’s not any cream I use or special technique that makes me look younger than my 40-something years. It’s mostly hereditary because my parents, grandparents, and great-grand parents all looked much younger than they were. My Secrets to Looking Younger To maintain a younger look though, I do a few things including: Drinking adequate water (our…
  • Get Your Baby to Sleep with Kinder Sleep

    Samantha Gregory
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:24 pm
      Is your child getting enough sleep? The chart below shows how much your child should be sleeping: Average Nighttime Sleep Needs 12 weeks old 4 – 7 hour stretch 6 months – 12 years 10 – 12 hours Teens 9 hours If your child suffers from any of the following, they may have a sleep problem: Frequent waking Waking for unnecessary feeding Difficulty sleeping alone Unusual sleep cycles Nightmares and night terrors Wakes tired or cranky In her sleep practice, Andrea Strang uses a variety of methods and tailors sleep plans to take family values and child temperament into account. She…
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    Wifely Steps

  • Birthday Surprise for my Boy

    Toni
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:32 pm
    A birthday surprise for my son was one of the things I was looking forward to for most of his birthday month. He was turning 5 and was quite enthusiastic about it. It was a very special day. I stayed home from work. He could sleep in. Let the party planning begin! At 4.45 am, […] The post Birthday Surprise for my Boy appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • Marriage Prayer on Snoring

    Toni
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:47 pm
    A marriage prayer on snoring? When I first stumbled upon it, I giggled. Then I read through the prayer and took my giggles back. {Credit: UnveiledWife.com} It is true. Snoring can get in the way of a good night’s sleep, especially for those sharing the bed with you. More importantly, replace the word “snoring” with […] The post Marriage Prayer on Snoring appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • Ironic Nurturing

    Toni
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Sometimes I indulge to nurture myself. Ironic, but true. There are days when a greasy sandwich and hash browns just hit the spot. It’s not the healthiest of meals for sure, but on some days, it’s what helps nurture my soul best. Here’s another example. I don’t drink alcohol much, but this beer was well-timed […] The post Ironic Nurturing appeared first on Wifely Steps.
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    Making Time for Mommy

  • Crayola Fun During Football Season {Giveaway}

    Alicia Marie
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    Thanks to Crayola for sponsoring this post and giveaway. It’s football season which means lots of fun family get-togethers. I love watching football but if you have kids who aren’t huge fans, I have a great idea to keep them busy! Make a fun craft bucket and give them the chance to let their imaginations run wild! This also makes a wonderful gift for the little crafty one in your life. My children, my nephew and my niece had so much fun creating with the items in this bucket. Want to learn how to make your own craft bucket? It’s easy! First, I headed to Target’s dollar…
  • Gurnee Mills: Great Deals & Fun For Everyone {Giveaway}

    Alicia Marie
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:24 pm
    (Disclosure: I received a gift card from Gurnee Mills but all thoughts are my own.) A couple weekends ago the boys and I headed to Gurnee Mills Outlet Mall to do some shopping. What I love about Gurnee Mills is the great selection of stores with many of them having deep discounts on items. Being on a budget I really appreciate being able to keep my kids in the same brands they typically wear while being able to save money. Shopping with kids is an experience as we always tend to get sidetracked. The first store we went into was The Disney Store and my little Toy Story lover found the Lotso…
  • Tailgating With McDonald’s

    Alicia Marie
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    (Disclosure: My tailgating party was sponsored by McDonald’s, an official sponsor of the NFL.) I am so happy that football is back! There is little I enjoy more than spending time with family while watching the Bears (and now my oldest son!) play. It’s a Fall ritual! Last weekend both my son and my nephew had football games on Sunday morning so we were getting together with family after their games. Twelve o’clock kickoff times aren’t the easiest to get ready for because being gone in the morning, for Church or youth football, means a rush to get some food ready once…
 
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    Musing Mommies Mom Podcast and Mommy Blog - Interviews, Giveaways, Health, Wellness, and Mothering advice

  • Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 255 {Kids, Pets, and Death}

    Admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 255 Wednesday Sept. 17th 2014 It’s been a rough week in the Fry household, and the Musing Mommies, Kim and Dawn have decided to bring the misery to you! Just kidding, sort of. This week, the MuMos discuss how to help your kids cope with a pet death. Thankfully, the personal side of this subject has a somewhat happy ending…but you’ll have to tune in to find out how it all panned out. Peace, Love & Chattiness, ~Dawn and Kim Please share us with your friends and families! We are on Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, Miro, Stitcher and on iPods…
  • Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 254 {Short and Sweet}

    Admin
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 254 Tuesday Sept. 9th 2014 In our attempt to keep things short and sweet, this week the Musing Mommies bring you a quick, 45 minute podcast. Listen in as we review the week, talk about the life altering experience of Kombucha, and how the MuMos are feeling about the show in general. Will things be changing on the Musing Mommies? You have to listen to find out! Peace, Love & Chattiness, ~Dawn and Kim Please share us with your friends and families! We are on Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, Miro, Stitcher and on iPods and mp3 players around the world! We want…
  • Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 253 {What we want for our lives}

    Kim
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 253 Tuesday Sept. 2nd 2014 When you get to be older, you start to realize you took for granted the little things…like the joy of a morning walk, a good nap in the sun, and a fresh steak bone. Suddenly you have a bad day and you have to beg and beg your human for a stroll around the block, only to find that your body can’t handle it. So when she sits on the curb to give you a break, you give her a big selfie smile. And then you lick her face. ‘Cuz dogs like licking things. It makes ‘em happy. This week the Musing Mommies ask,…
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    CoffeeJitters

  • Building personal connections through social media #ShareAwesome

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    My daughter doesn’t have a baby keepsake book, she has my blog. For the past decade, social media has been the family scrapbook, recording the bumps and bubbles along the way, with a bit of introspection here and there to frame, add context, and derive meaning from the stories. Five years ago we celebrated the 20-year reunion of my high school graduation. I wasn’t able to attend the gathering, but still, it gave me pause…  My friendships with many of my classmates are more robust and meaningful now that we live thousands of miles apart than the were when we saw each…
  • First Day of Kindergarten

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Twas the night before Kindergarten, and all through the house, everyone was so nervous and excited (or nervicited as Pinky Pie would say) they couldn’t sleep. Hair was washed and braided so it would be easy to brush in the morning. The outfit was selected and laid out. Backpack was packed, again. Extra stories before bed. Lots of talking about what school would be like. Toes tickled, forehead kissed, little girl all tucked in… but she just couldn’t sleep.  “I’m starting to think morning isn’t ever going to come,” she said after getting up the fourth…
  • How to Juggle Cancer and Parenting: Roxanne Haller’s Story

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    Age at diagnosis: 28 Diagnosis Date: Feb 2006 Type of Cancer: Breast cancer - Right Breast Metaplastic Carcinoma with transitions to spindle cells. stage at diagnosis: Stage 1 Treatment Plan: Lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation Current Status: Cancer Free!!!! How did you tell your kids about the cancer diagnosis? Because my husband’s grandmother of cancer had died just 2 months prior, and my son had a difficult time with her death, we were very reluctant to tell him I had ‘cancer’ at first. We initially told him that Mommy had some very bad germs in her ‘chi chi’ and…
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    Kidsumers

  • Recipe: Homemade Vegetable Soup

    Sheri
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:34 pm
    I have a lot of fresh garden vegetables that I need to use in ways that will last us awhile. I have blanched green beans and I’m preparing to blanch some carrots, but I like to do more creative meal preparation as well. Today I decided to make a vegetable soup base that I can […]Author... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Join the #InfinitiUndiscovered Twitter Party Sept. 25th at 9pm EDT

    Sheri
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    Travel and nature are two of my passions. While a plane ride is definitely a faster way to get to your destination, I love a long road trip. There is nothing quite like traveling down a new road with trees and plants that are unique to the area and even the occasional glimpse of some... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Join the Fisher Price #fpsmartstages Twitter Party Sept 24 8pm EDT

    Sheri
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:16 am
    We are having a baby boom in my family, and no, it’s not me! My Sister-in-law will soon have another baby which means she will have an 8 year old, a 16 month old and a newborn. My niece has two children under three and my nephew also has a new baby boy.  I am […]Author... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Apparently It’s Quitting Time…

    DudeMom
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    Recently, so many of the blogs I’ve known and loved for ages are closing up shop.  Like this one, and sigh, this one too. Moving on from blogging to new things, saying goodbye to online life and hours behind their computers, saying hello to new adventures and experiences, and probably like more Vitamin D as the spend their time frolicking in the sunshine.  Or, whatever people who don’t blog for a living anymore do. There was a time when the idea, the simple passing suggestion that I would-gasp-give up my blog???, would make me sputter and flail. Give? Up? parenting By dummies DudeMom?
  • The Best Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

    DudeMom
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:13 am
    I figured since the holiday season is quickly approaching, we should have a little sit down about cookies. I’m lying. The holidays did not inspire this.  In fact, the next holiday on my list is something inane like Fair Day (don’t ask, it’s for people who live in the country) and since we celebrate that by sleeping in and going to the outlet mall, no need to get a menu going for that one. In reality, I bake cookies every week of life. I like cookies. I find baking enjoyable. And, it saves me money (I bake their treats instead of buying them). So, every Sunday, I hit my kitchen for a…
  • Rockin’ the Rockports. How to Wear Ankle Booties.

    DudeMom
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Based on what I know about fashion and style, there are few instances when looking like a mom can be considered a good thing. In fact, now that I’ve put my mind to it, the only time I can come up with is when you’re a five year old lost in an amusement park.  Then, finding someone who looks like a mom, with a slew of kids in tow to prove it, is the best thing ever. Otherwise, the mom look isn’t really doing it for people. For example, Dudes don’t pile out of cars at the club saying, “Let’s find some moms tonight!” –Okay, some do, but ew, no one likes those dudes. And,…
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    La Jolla Mom

  • Hotel Del Coronado’s 1500 OCEAN Lands a Four Seasons Chef

    La Jolla Mom
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    San Diego’s iconic Hotel Del Coronado just announced Meredeth Manee as Chef de Cuisine of their signature 1500 OCEAN restaurant. With San Diego Restaurant Week beginning on Sunday, the timing is absolutely perfect. And, the fact that she’s spent her career to date at some of my favorite Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts makes me want to head right over to The Del. I have never, ever been disappointed by a meal at a Four Seasons and this is coming from someone who will probably log almost 60 nights in Four Seasons properties around the globe this year alone. We are excited to have…
  • See Hong Kong’s Pink Dolphins Before They Are Gone

    La Jolla Mom
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    If in Hong Kong with kids and the weather is cooperating, there are good reasons to consider a pink dolphin watching tour. The endangered Chinese white dolphin or Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin is referred to as a pink dolphin due to its pinkish color, which in itself is interesting. However, a Hong Kong pink dolphin watching experience may not be possible in the future if dolphin numbers continue to dwindle. Why Are They Pink? Chinese white dolphins are pink or speckled pink. This is thought to have something to do with being able to see their blood circulation below skin that is naturally…
  • Best Aviation Travel Instagram Hashtags

    La Jolla Mom
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:54 am
    Taking Instagram photos while en route to a destination from airline lounges to wings over scenery is one of my favorite things to do. I finally decided to investigate the best aviation travel Instagram hashtags for the times I’d like to share these (in addition to my secret airplane food obsession) with with a like-minded audience. Going forward, I’ll use a combination of the hashtags below. Of course, there are a number more out there but these seem to be the most efficient. (See also best general travel Instagram hashtags.) Hashtag the Type of Airplane Frequent travelers like…
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    MamarazziKnowsBest.com

  • Posh Meets Casual Dining at The Patio on Lamont in Pacific Beach

    Suzette Valle
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:03 pm
    The Patio on Lamont Street, which opened in 2012 in Pacific Beach, is a cozy restaurant with a definite neighborhood-eatery vibe. It also pleasantly lacks the usual seaside environment and the sand-clad clientele. The décor is a careful balance of Old-World elegance (mirrors and chandeliers in the main dining room) with a touch of Zen; its casual yet stylishly modern furnishings […]
  • New Poster for Disney’s “Into the Woods”

    Suzette Valle
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    “Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and […]
  • San Diego Film Festival Announces 2014 Lineup

    Suzette Valle
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    2014 SAN DIEGO FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FULL FESTIVAL LINE-UP- Gala Presentations Include Laggies, The Equalizer, The Good Lie and The Imitation Game- 89 Films Chosen for Narrative, Documentary and Short Competition SAN DIEGO, CA (September 3, 2014) – The San Diego Film Festival, produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, announced today its full festival line-up. The 13th edition will take place […]
 
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  • NFL-No F*cking Law

    amanda magee
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    I’ve grown tired of the soft responses to situations, by the quotes of “he just overdid it” or “it is a private matter.” I’ve heard them blare “Are you ready for some football?” I’d like to raise the question, “Are you ready for some backbone?” How about you treat your players like human beings and not animals? How about you hold them to the same standards you would hold your children or office employees to? How about, oh powerful NFL, you follow the letter of the law and acknowledge that dog fights, elevator beat downs, and…
  • Stitch Fix (the bitching & the fixing)

    amanda magee
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    There are a lot of complaints that get thrown around these days, online and in person. I am no stranger to having people question why they should have to pay for something that my company does, “But it’s just an idea, it’s not like it’s a product or something that cost you money to make.” Umm, wrong. The only reason you have the idea is because we came up with it. You didn’t walk through the doors of a public library, you came into a place of business—a place where employees come to work and earn the money that will buy their groceries and pay their rent.
  • The Wisdom of it Being About the Journey

    amanda magee
    7 Sep 2014 | 5:38 pm
      We worked over the weekend. We had thought it would be a bit of a sneak-attack getaway, but it turns out that photo shoots at watermarks, no matter how amazing the resort or how kind the staff, are challenging on little sleep with three kids. We made the most of it, but the drive home was a gauntlet—missed turns, weak bladders, construction, stopped ferries, and all sorts of other impediments…I did some snapping, the girls did some whining, Sean might’ve done some selective hearing, and then at some point we just gave up. “Another bathroom break? Sure, why…
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    Fox In Flats

  • Style share: Safari, checks, getting fresh, straight and ladylike

    FoxInFlats
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Highlights from week 2 of the September Style Dare. The post Style share: Safari, checks, getting fresh, straight and ladylike appeared first on Fox In Flats.
  • In the Navy

    FoxInFlats
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    3 ways to get nautical without the stripes. The post In the Navy appeared first on Fox In Flats.
  • Four fresh essentials for Spring

    FoxInFlats
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:57 am
    PLUS, first 20 to comment win a Dove care pack! The post Four fresh essentials for Spring appeared first on Fox In Flats.
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  • Sponsoring youth through Unbound #unboundselfie

    Missy
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Today is #unboundselfie day, a special awareness campaign for Unbound, the organization I’ve been involved with for more than 12 years now. Here Alex and Avery are holding pictures of the two finish line students we are sponsoring to help them through college. On the left is Reena, who we started sponsoring about 4 months ago. She is from India and is 22 years old. She lives at home with her parents and is studying Information Technology. On the right is Mary from Kenya. She is 24 years old and in college. We’ve been sponsoring her for nearly 5 years. We write letters and draw…
  • Mylan cuts Adrian Peterson as paid spokesperson for EpiPens

    Missy
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Mylan, the pharmaceutical company that makes EpiPen, confirmed to me today by email that they are no longer working with Adrian Peterson as a paid spokesperson for their anaphylaxis awareness campaign. “Mylan has ended all activities with Adrian Peterson. We remain committed to supporting those managing potentially life-threatening allergies and will continue our educational efforts to increase anaphylaxis awareness,” said Julie Knell of Mylan, director of specialty communications. These actions by Mylan to stop working with Peterson come directly after news broke last week…
  • visit an Organic Valley farm this weekend

    Missy
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Organic Valley family farms across the Midwest are hosting public tours of their Midwest farms this weekend on Saturday, September 20 and all are welcome. We visited the Zweber Farm a couple of years ago and I’m so excited to head back this weekend, as so are my kids! Each farm is a bit different so I expect the tours will be a bit different from farm to farm. Organic Valley calls the tours interactive and says visitors will “engage with their food source through hands-on activities, butter making and hayrides, enjoy delicious Organic Valley food samples, and experience cows,…
 
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    A Daily Dose of Toni

  • Celebrate World Gratitude Day! What Are You Thankful For?? #NaturesSleep #ad

    Toni Patton
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Tomorrow, 9/21/2014, is World Gratitude Day. To celebrate this day, I wanted to share with you some of the people and things I am so very grateful for. Before I continue, I want to say, we should make every day “Gratitude Day” because in every single day there is something to be thankful for. Now, Read More »» The post Celebrate World Gratitude Day! What Are You Thankful For?? #NaturesSleep #ad appeared first on A Daily Dose of Toni. This is just a bit of what I had to say, to hear it all come on over and read the rest of the post....
  • Meatless Meals That Are Full of Flavor #sponsored

    Toni Patton
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Check out Meatless Meals For Food Lovers by Toni Patton at Foodie.com When some people think of meatless meals, especially my kids, they tend to think flavorless. That is definitely not the case with the collection of meals I’ve put together. I have to admit, in the past, I myself have turned a nose up Read More »» The post Meatless Meals That Are Full of Flavor #sponsored 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....
  • Lessons We Can Learn From The Duggar Family

    Toni Patton
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    #477889565 / gettyimages.com There is always a lot of talk surrounding the Duggar family, and while I won’t personally have 19 children, I have to say I admire the way that family runs. I see complaints about the way they choose to live their lives, when I think we should all take a lesson (or Read More »» The post Lessons We Can Learn From The Duggar Family 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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  • I Am a Cliché. I even Know How to Spell Cliché.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    This morning, I dropped the kids off at their respective schools. I know.     Can I explain to you how magical it is for a parent to have two hours and fifteen minutes to themselves, three days a week?  The answer to that is, pretty damn magical.  Thank you, sweet, sweet pre-school.  I haven’t been alone on a regular basis, in a silent house no less, for seven and a half years. Seven.  And a half.  Years.  Just the QUIET alone.  Those kids of mine are apparently a noisy duo.  The first two days, I couldn’t even bring myself to…
  • To That Girl, In Her Twenties.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:58 pm
    It’s fine that you don’t have it all figured out.  Hear me out.  I know you think you do, because that is how you have operated your entire life, but no, you don’t.  Not at all, in fact.  You are exactly, unequivocally where you are supposed to be in your life.  Trust in that.  Put to rest that feeling, the one that says, everyone else has a plan and you don’t.  It doesn’t matter that your siblings, your friends, your parents, that girl from high school, your cousins, or your mortal frenemy were married, had a job, whatever at your age… that…
  • So, Toledo Was Fun This Weekend.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Saturday morning, I woke up to this… Now, two things you should probably know.  One, my Aunt Sue isn’t tech savvy, she doesn’t text me.  I have gotten exactly ONE text from her, ever.  So you can imagine I was completely confused.   Two, I am an up late kind of girl and Friday… Friday, I went to bed early.  Or I would have seen the health department post at 1:30 in the morning that we should NOT consume, boil, or even touch the water coming out of the tap.  No drinking.  No showers.  No cooking with it.  No washing dishes.  No…
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  • THE BEST OF ME Exclusive Trailer featuring Lady Antebellum #TheBestofMe

    Barb Webb
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    There's nothing I love better for date night than an epic love story and Nicholas Sparks never dissapoints in this arena, particularly when it comes to telling the tale of first loves and forever loves.THE BEST OF ME, based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Things are not easy, though, as the past complicates their present.  Their bittersweet reunion reignites…
  • What Would Your Pinterest Page Say About You? #GoneGirl Amy Dunne is Missing but Her Pinterest Page Has Been Found!

    Barb Webb
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    What does your Pinterest account say about you?  If someone took a peek at it, what things would it reveal?  I think it would be way obvious to anyone searching through mine (ruralmom) that I love DIY, food, travel, chickens and Star Wars! But there would certainly be plenty of other clues to my likes and dislikes and even my world views. Gone Girl's Amy Dunne has a Pinterest account you can explore. In the upcoming movie thriller Gone Girl by David Fincher, ‘Amazing Amy’ Dunne (Rosamund Pike) has gone missing and all eyes are on her husband Nick (Ben Affleck.) Everyone is…
  • Ode To My #Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 #VZWBuzz

    Barb Webb
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:18 pm
    With a nod to one of the all-time great poets, Elizabeth Barrett Browning... How do I love my Galaxy Note 10.1?Let me count the ways!1:  I love thee for thy sleek design.  Thy shape and portability are simply divine!2:  I love thee freely for thy screen resolution and crystal clear view.  Your vivid imagery makes everything seem shiny and new.3:  I love thee for Action Memo. it keeps me up-to-date.  Thy S Pen makes everything so simple to do, from creating shopping lists, adding contacts and taking notes to keep everything straight.4:  I love that my…
 
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  • Have We Reached Peak Pumpkin?

    samanthamcgarry
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    Friends: I’m very scared that, if we don’t all chill out, pumpkin will jump the shark. Because the brands have figured us out. Those clever marketers have skillfully tuned into our collective pumpkin adoration and now Pumpkin Everything is Everywhere. Not only everywhere, but everywhere TOO SOON. Read my lips: It is still summer. Let’s say that again, all together now. IT IS STILL SUMMER! Now, I’m the first to admit that I may have single-handedly fanned the flames of society’s Pumpkin Obsession. Knowing my proclivity for pumpkin, friends hastily alerted me when…
  • Facebook Has Killed the Birthday Card & That’s Cool With Me

    samanthamcgarry
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Yesterday I turned 47. (Thud. I know. I’m as shocked by this number as you are.) And this was the first time ever that I only received one birthday card. Just the one. (Thanks Mum & Dad.) I also received: 2 phone calls 1 FaceTime call 1 WhatsApp message 4 text messages 1 Facebook Messenger message 2 Instagram messages and more 100 birthday-wishing posts and comments on my Facebook timeline. (I also got lots of hugs from the hubs and the kids, but I’m focusing on the digital/mobile/social stuff here, as you can tell.) By some strange and wonderful coincidence, the Huffington…
  • My Inevitable Back to School Blog Post

    samanthamcgarry
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    My favorite part of back to school – other than, you know, the obvious – is prepping all their supplies and backing them into fresh, crisp, clean new backpacks. Pencils have been deftly sharpened. Labels have been lovingly affixed. Everything is neat and organized. For now. Because we all know that these backpacks will only stay fresh, crisp and clean for a few days. They will soon enough transform into disorganized, sticky receptacles that you are scared to dip your hands into for fear of yuck. But today, I smile. Because they look like this. Ready to accompany my little…
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  • Jazz up your Study with 3M LED5000 Polarizing Task Light

    Dominique
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    You're readingJazz up your Study with 3M LED5000 Polarizing Task Light by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook   The 3M LED 5000 Polarizing Task Lamp Having good lighting is essential in maintaining good eyesight. If there isn’t adequate lighting it may affect your eyesight in the long run.  Nowadays there are so many different study lamps available in the market. How does one make a choice then? What are the criteria that is involved in choosing the most suitable lamp for the home? The…
  • Writer’s Workshop: Us Travelling

    Dominique
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:07 pm
    You're readingWriter’s Workshop: Us Travelling by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Tiger girl with her Pororo dress from South Korea and Doggie boy wearing a Jinbei  from Japan. We love travelling and are blessed to be able to travel yearly. The kids have been to Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.  The kids have only traveled to countries within Asia so far as I don’t think that they will be able to stand a flight more then 8 hrs at…
  • Birthday Celebrations Tiger Girl Style

    Dominique
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:18 am
    You're readingBirthday Celebrations Tiger Girl Style by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Grilled chicken with fries for lunch Tiger girl turned 4 years old last Friday. She didn’t have any celebrations this year in school with her classmates as it was the week long school holidays. We had a small celebration for her and went out for lunch and dinner that day. Our first stop was at JCube where we met up with my mom for lunch and we bought Tiger girl her birthday cake. The strawberry…
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    SANses | A Singaporean Mummy In Sydney

  • Fave Fridays: Sharing some Insta-Love

    Sandra Tan
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Are you an Instagram addict lover like me? I love browsing through my feeds and seeing gorgeous photos – it just makes my day! I try to post as well, and sometimes when time isn’t on my side, I do a simple point-focus-shoot and then post. But other times, when life is less hectic (in other words, the kids aren’t screaming or trying to kill each other), I like to play around with photo apps. And boy oh boy, I have downloaded quite a few. Here’re some of my favourite (and most frequently used) photo-editing apps on my iPhone. #1: Wordswag (Download link here) My latest…
  • Running An Online Store – Highs, Lows and The In-Betweens

    Sandra Tan
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I worked in my previous employment for more than 10 years, and so, coming to Sydney and having to fire up my resume and find a new job proved pretty challenging. There were plenty of jobs out there, but I had my own set of requirements. I wanted a job that was (1) part-time of a max of 3 days a week, allowing me time with the kids, (2) paid well (muahahaha…) and (3) minimal travel required, as I didn’t drive till February of this year, and the hubby would need the car to go for his fieldwork. Now, #3 probably limited my choices the most! Haha! Well, I am thankful that I got the…
  • Hallo Spring!

    Sandra Tan
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Spring is one of my favourite seasons. Nice cool breezes and the sun’s out more often. Which translates to more trips to the beach (and more sand in the car haha), and more fun outdoors (and more slathering of sunscreen). Love it! (Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)The post Hallo Spring! appeared first on SANses | A Singaporean Mummy In Sydney.
 
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  • #sponsored: Red Gold Tomatoes for your Crock Pot!

    21 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Fall, for me, means that the weather gets cooler, the days get shorter, comfort food shows up on our menu and the holidays are upon us. (Yes, I celebrate the holidays beginning in September, so what?)I also dig out my Crock-Pot. I will cook just about anything in my Crock-Pot.Breakfast casserole? Easy-peasy.Chili? Duh.My favorite Thanksgiving dish? Yep.Wait. What does my favorite Thanksgiving dish have to do with Red Gold Tomatoes? Stick with me here ... you're going to love this.Brian and I started dating over seventeen years ago. Our very first Thanksgiving, we ended up going south to…
  • #TealToes and Mi Familia

    6 Sep 2014 | 8:58 pm
    The Daughters and I painted our toes teal tonight. As in we got on the floor and painted our toes as if they were still itty-bitty girls and I didn't need help getting up.But, it was more than just a Saturday night in the floor, painting piggies and eating Veggie Straws. It was a time for me to tell them about my family.And about Ovarian Cancer.And about being a woman and taking control of your health.My cousin Lisa and I got to visit on the phone this week. I can't really recall the last time we got to visit with each other. She lives in Indiana and is originally from New York. I live in…
  • Co-Sleeping and Attachment Parenting

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    (Alternate titles)... Or, How Your Hands Will Tingle When You Sleep On The Edge Of Your Bed All Night Long ... Or, Don't Kill Your Husband Because Then Your Children Will Be Orphans... Or, Oh, Hell! It's Storming! There Goes My NightThere will come a time when you, as a parent, believe that your children are growing up quickly and you are sadly leaving all things child-ish behind.Then it will storm. And while your husband stays in his recliner "checking the weather," you will retreat to your bed to comfort the fruits of your loins. And by fruits, I mean fruity kids who still get rattled…
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • The Tough Talk: How to Discuss War, ISIS, and Terrorism With Your Kids

    Lisa
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Evan Field In the past nine years the Q & A topics in my home have covered body parts, how babies are made, how to be a good friend, religion, love, family, school … everything  a ‘nuclear’ family tackles in the confines of a safe suburban environment. My two kids are naturally inquisitive, and for the most part, they are positively receptive to the answers and lessons doled back. I am proud to say that we have done an A- to B+ job teaching them the appropriate lessons that pair with their questions and growing pains. We filter their misinformation and help them make sense out…
  • Screw Monotony — Mom’s Gotta Have Romance

    Lisa
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By E.J. Gordon This summer my girls were finally old enough to watch “Twilight” and sort of get it. Jay rented it for the three of them while our son was off at camp in an effort to get them out of my hair so I could work in the other room uninterrupted. But, alas, I am a girl too, and I found myself intrigued by the drama unfolding onscreen just a few feet away. I kept peeking in to see what was happening in this drama that had swept up all of the pre-teen and teen girls in its wake a few years ago. I confess that because I’m a bit of a literary snob, I’d never read the…
  • The Bond Girls: True Friendships Are About Being Stirred NOT Shaken

    Lisa
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr Yeah, yeah, yeah. I turned 50 last week. And if you had asked me about facing that milestone a month ago, you would have seen a totally different me: a woman who was afraid to face THAT number. Fifty sounded grandmother-ish; it also sounded half over (half dead or half alive — your call). And then in consecutive order over the next few weeks, it all changed. It went down like this: the walk, the concert, the drink  (correction: drinks), the dinner, and the Surprise Party. Not to ruin the ending but it was all about My Girls, My Peeps, My Sistahs who turned me around. The…
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  • 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…
  • The New Hobby Dilemma

    Yummy Mummy? Really?
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    The New Hobby Dilemma: how many classes should you take before knowing it's not for you? Children come with a host of undiscovered talents. We don't know what they will be good at. We don't now whether they will take to swimming like a duck to water, or if they will splash and cry and splash some more and scream the place down and try every trick in the book to convince us they don't need to learn to swim.Whilst swimming is a non-negotiable for us (being a life saver it is compulsory attendance for our girls), other hobbies are all up for debate. Ballet dancing, horse-riding, singing,…
 
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  • Give Your Children the Online Tools They Need to Succeed

    Crystal
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    Every child is different. Each thinks differently, learns differently, and applies knowledge differently. Educators understand this but, because of budget cuts and the varied abilities of teachers, they need to teach as if every child is the same. For good or bad, the new Common Core Standards have placed the learning ability of children and the teaching skill of parents under a microscope. The good news is we do not have to teach our kids alone. Numerous online resources can help children become academically successful, no matter how gifted they are. Improving The World With Education The…
  • My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Losing and Leaving Friends (Book Review)

    Crystal
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    Some of the greatest memories I have stem from my childhood, which was rich in adventure and friendship. My best friend lived five minutes up the road, just a quick bicycle trip away. She was a year older and as beautiful as anything I’d ever seen. Together we shared moments that are now treasured memories: me peeing my pants a mile away from home while sledding and in full snow gear; outrunning a fierce bull who eventually won (the three-inch scar on my calf, no pun intended, is proof); and entering beauty pageants only to find out we often didn’t have the right stuff (or cute…
  • Clash of the Couples Cover Reveal

    Crystal
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    A year ago, I published the parenting bestseller The Mother of All Meltdowns with some fellow lady bloggers. I had such a great time, I’m doing it all over again! This time around I’m tackling relationship meltdowns in the upcoming anthology Clash of the Couples: A Humorous Collection of Completely Absurd Lovers’ Squabbles and Relationship Spats. Here’s more: Coupledom. Fact or fable, Adam and Eve birthed the perpetual relationship drama as seen on TV today. Despite the serpents, this couple HAD IT MADE. Luxury real estate, lush gardens, and privacy out the yin-yang.
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  • The proud wearer of sparkly pink earrings

    Daphne
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:34 pm
    So hey, guess who went to have her ears pierced? Good try, but not me – I’ve already got mine done some 20 over years ago. Never mind that I haven’t worn earrings for the past 20 years, the important thing here is that I could if I wanted to. My mom was a visionary because it’s a good skill to have, if you can call it a skill. The ability to put sharp objects through my earlobes. I’m sure it’ll come in handy someday. Right, yeah, this sweet little girl is now the proud wearer of these dainty earrings. And yes, they had to be pink, it’s not up for…
  • Hey, sleepyhead

    Daphne
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Sometimes, after a rough night where baby Theo wakes up every hour for a feed, I try to return the favour in the morning by putting him on my bed and kissing his eyelids and cheeks and nose and fingers and toes until he wakes up. Struggling to open his eyes, he’ll make the cutest sleepy baby face like “help…eyelids. too. heavy…” and I’ll be all “hahahahah welcome to the club, sunshine. I know the feeling, momma’s been making that face all night.“ After a minute (or 15, depending), he’ll finally open his eyes and gaze at me…
  • Happy birthday to my favourite guy

    Daphne
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:40 pm
    It was my favourite husband’s birthday last Friday, which gave me the perfect excuse to plan a day out for some grub. I was starting to get all cobwebby from being cooped up at home with the baby, so birthday lunch with the husband (and the baby!) was a welcome change. I know, right? Almost like as if it was my birthday. But the best husbands are nice like that – they share their birthdays – and I’ve got me one of the very best ones. I had planned for a nice, quiet lunch where we sat next to other adults and used shiny cutlery to eat food that came in various…
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    The Mom Views

  • ADHD Awareness Month

    Swapna
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    ADHD refers to a behavioral disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD causes people to have very short attention spans and behave impulsively most of the time. In kids, this translates into being ‘jumpy’ all the time, an inability to sit still or focus on a single task long enough.     Why do we have an ADHD Awareness Month? September is considered National ADHD Month in the U.S. and October is International ADHD Awareness Month. The reason behind having entire months dedicated to generating awareness about ADHD is because very few people are still aware of this…
  • Best 7 Videos About Motherhood

    Swapna
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    I am so glad that YouTube was invented otherwise how could we get such gems of beautiful and heartfelt emotions in the form of videos. Ever so often a video goes viral that touches our hearts, makes us teary eyed and leaves our hearts filled with love. Recently, a lot of people have been sharing Sharman Joshi’s tribute to mothers video, which is of course heavily inspired by the #WorldsToughestJob video. Don’t know what we are talking about? Here are the Best 7 videos on Motherhood that are my personal favorites including World’s Toughest Job. Warning! Bring out the tissues…
  • Top 5 Family Movies to Watch in 2014

    Swapna
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    We’re into September and are nearing the last quarter of the year!! There’s no doubt that time seems to be flying and soon we’ll be looking back, taking stock of the year. But how would it feel to know that all we’ve done is work, work and work with no play at all? If that’s how the past months have been for you, don’t worry. With the holidays and festivals coming up, we’ve lined up the next slew of movie releases from Hollywood that are perfect for the not just kids, but the whole family. Now, there’s no excuse to not have some fun at the movies!!     TOP 5 FAMILY…
 
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  • Create a Learning Environment Conducive to Study

    Elena Neitlich
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Whether in second grade or studying to become certified as an etiquette trainer, establishing good study habits is essential to learning and mastering course content. Creating a learning environment that fosters study is crucial to making the most of those home study hours. Parents of students or students themselves can create home study environments that […]
  • Complaining Can Poison Even the Best Group

    Elena Neitlich
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    Debbie was thrilled! For her birthday her friends surprised her with a weekend yoga retreat at a local wellness center. On the agenda were classes surrounding her interest in health and nutrition. Day one was wonderful and although exhausted by day’s end, Debbie felt invigorated and anxious to attend day two. Unfortunately, the second day […]
  • Five Biggest Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

    Elena Neitlich
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:34 am
    “I don’t get it. I opened my business eight months ago and now after a strong start I am losing ground!”   Business ownership has its merits. It is creative, intellectually stimulating, liberating, and lucrative. Yes, there are challenges to running a business; however the rewards are many: job satisfaction, a flexible schedule, unlimited financial […]
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  • Redefining the Notion of “Super Mom”-All You Need Is Love

    Bril
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    Every day as I watch my three children grow, I reflect on my most important life choice-The day Ibecame a mom. Like other women, I’ve struggled to balance work, life, home and family, but the good news is there is a solution. First is to forget trying to be a “Super Mom.” These are moms who try to be all things to all people and come up short in the process. Today’s moms have learned to prioritize, focusing not only on our families but on taking care of ourselves. Our lives come in seasons, and I find that when I’m stretched too thin, I’m not effective at…
  • Start Your Child’s Education Early

    Bril
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:04 am
    Studies have shown that the most important period of a child’s life is their first five years. Children are capable of learning from a very early age, so it is ideal to expose them to a nurturing and educational environment during those years. By providing an environment that is fun-filled, safe and stimulating, you can ensure that your child gets off to a great start. While adults typically think of play-time as a form of entertainment, it can actually teach your child a great deal about themselves and the world around them. Believe it or not, playing peek-a-boo is actually beneficial for…
  • Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution for Children

    Bril
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:28 am
    Problem solving and conflict resolution for children should begin being taught early on. If you’re a parent of multiple children in your family this becomes apparent as it won’t take siblings long at all to become engaged in some type of ‘sharing’ violation with one another. Children of a family with other children almost immediately are engaged in a social type of activity, albeit only with their brothers and sisters early on. Conflicts and resolving those conflicts soon become part of their day. At an early age children who are under 2 years of age, are in more of a self exploration…
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  • The Sound of Silence

    Monica Sakala
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    In August 1992, my parents dropped me off in Iowa City. It was my freshman year in college and once they were done getting me settled into my crowded, not fancy or decorated like the kids today, dorm room, it was time for them to leave. My mom, not usually a very emotional person, started crying. I vividly remember thinking “Why is she crying, I’ll see them at Christmas.” Yep. This is how emotional of a person I am. Frankly, until I had kids, I made sport out of making my younger sister cry because I was that kind of big sister.  You know, the crying is for losers, kind of…
  • Summer Kids Theatre: The Big Friendly Giant Review

    Monica Sakala
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    “Mommy, I am going to read The BFG next,” casually remarked my 8-year-old at the conclusion of Imagination Stage’s current stage production of Roald Dahl’s The BFG. Could there be a better, more concise, or positive review of a play than those words? Especially coming from my not-overly-inclined-to-read-on-a-whim kid. It was music to my ears. One week later, she has officially cracked the book, further proving just how much she enjoyed the play. The BFG (James Konicek) and Sophie (Megan Graves) celebrate friendship and bravery in THE BFG at Imagination Stage through…
  • A Father’s Guide to Mother’s Day

    Monica Sakala
    9 May 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today’s post is a win-win for everyone: Moms & Dads. Declaring myself the official spokeswoman for mothers the world over, Dads, I offer you this much-needed insight and guide for Mother’s Day. What is Mother’s Day? Is it a day of epic failures and unrealistic expectations? Is it a day of miserable crowded brunches? Is it a day of breakfast in bed and afternoon spa time? Is it a day of unfulfilled dreams and hopes? It could be all or most of those things, depending on who you ask. So let’s cut to the chase. Funny as it is, we don’t want this, really ever: We…
 
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    Nourishing Joy

  • Homemade Fruit-on-the-Bottom Yogurt Cups

    Kresha Faber
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:41 am
    I’ve always loved yogurt cups. They’re convenient, they’re delicious, and they’re pre-portioned (not that I care about portions, per se, except that at breakfast when the kids are dutifully spooning yogurt into their own bowls, sometimes a weeeeee bit too much ends up outside the container…… Happen in your house too?) I have very fond memories of stirring up a yogurt cup every day for lunch during middle school and watching the fruit tint the yogurt fun, sometimes psychedelic colors. Each week when we went grocery shopping I looked forward to choosing the…
  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #88

    Kresha Faber
    15 Sep 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…
  • Dosas: Scrumptious Lentil Wraps

    Kresha Faber
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:10 am
    Some describe them as pancakes. Some describe them as crepes. I describe them as absolutely delicious. Flatbread is always a welcome item at our family dinner table. My preschool aged boys love to wrap their food up, even if it’s saucy ground beef. My elementary aged daughter loves the tidiness of eating with something with which you can wipe your plate when you’re finished. My husband and I just love flatbreads as the vehicle for carrying delicious foods to our mouths. Flatbreads and wraps also make fabulous additions to a school lunch, as they are a convenient way to eat pretty…
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  • Afterschool Snacking: Chocolate Dipped Frozen Bananas

    Katie
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Guest Post by Susannah Brinkley Hi everyone! I’m Susannah from Feast + West, and I’m delighted to be sharing my recipe for Chocolate Dipped Frozen Bananas with you today! I’m always looking for ways to beat the heat. To be totally honest, I am not summer’s biggest fan. When it’s hot and humid, I am not a happy camper, so frozen treats are my go-to salvation for a hot day. It’s tempting to turn to sugary treats like ice cream and popsicles, but these Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Bananas are just as yummy. They’re also good for you and very easy to make. The recipe is pretty…
  • Charlotte Date Night Spots

    Guest
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hi Everyone! I’m Chrissie, and I blog about Charlotte restaurants and events over at Off the Eaten Path. Sometimes the best way to explore a new restaurant or new cuisine is with a significant other; it’s a new adventure the two of you can share together. Dining out also is a great excuse to get dressed up, get out of the house, and have a few peaceful hours connecting with your loved one. I’ve compiled a (non-exhaustive) list of some of my favorite date spots in Charlotte. Cheers! 7 Don’t Miss Charlotte Date Night Spots Soul Gastrolounge, http://soulgastrolounge.com/ I think…
  • {Ticket Giveaway for CFG Style Week} Attention Mommy Fashonistas!

    Lareina
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Style. Fashion. Runway. Once you become a mommy these terms may feel like long lost lovers amidst the daily grind of carpool and diaper changes. Break away with me for a moment if you will, and let’s rekindle that sexy old flame by stepping out of the norm and into Charlotte Fashion Guild’s Style Week September 24th-27th 2014. Join top designers from Project Runway, Trinidad, Sweden, New York and beyond, at Label House at the NC Music Factory in Uptown Charlotte. Grab your girlfriends, your favorite LBD and scoop up tickets before they’re gone. Unlike a killer pair of…
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    Comeback Momma

  • Simple and Healthy Meals with Diet-to-Go

    Jenn
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Healthy Meals with Diet-to-Go Review As a busy mom, it can be challenging to eat healthy on the go. Mornings are filled with getting the kids ready for school. I am lucky if I get a cup of tea down before I am racing out the door. I usually pop in a few whole wheat waffles, scarf them down and then I am off to the gym. The rest of the day, I am running errands, blogging, doing laundry, grocery shopping, volunteering at school, etc. So, lunch is often a quick salad or frozen meal. With dinners, I try to be healthier, but unfortunately, I am not the best cook. I am also not very creative when…
  • Join me for the #SkinnygirlSnacks Twitter Party 9/24 at 11am!

    Jenn
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    Photo Credit: Will Cook For Smiles Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party where we talk all about healthy snacking! On Wednesday, September 24th at 11:00 am ET, please join us for the #SkinnygirlSnacks Twitter Partywhere we’ll be sharing tips on living a healthy lifestyle with some delicious snacks, and giving you a chance to win prizes! With two school age kids, I often find myself nibbling on their snack foods, which are not always so healthy. After all, who doesn’t love to snack, right? Thanks goodness both of my kids really love…
  • Immunizations at Walgreens Help Children Get@Shot at Life!

    Jenn
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    It’s a great time of year to make sure all of your immunizations are up to date. I needed my seasonal flu vaccine, so I went to Walgreens to help support the Get a Shot-Give a Shot program. From September 2nd through October 13th, for every flu shot or other immunization you receive at Walgreens, you will help provide a life-saving vaccine to a child in a developing country through the United Nation Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign.  Isn’t it sad that children in Tanzania are not even sure that they will grow up? Together, we can protect children from diseases like measles and…
 
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    Mommy Edition

  • Potty Training Toddler Boys: 20 Tips

    Jessica
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Tips from moms on potty training toddler boys and how to make the process more successful. I have twin boys who are coming up quickly to the potty training age. To be honest, I haven’t been looking forward to this stage. I am quite terrified to start this process and I know that is because […]
  • Fisher-Price Space Saver Swing vs Bright Starts Portable Swing

    Jen
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Most babies love to swing or rock, and most parents enjoy the soothing qualities of a baby swing. A good swing is like having an extra set of hands when baby is fussy or fighting off a nap. As soothing as the swing itself can be, choosing one to buy can be stressful. Do you […]
  • Top Nursing Bottles For Breastfed Babies

    Hanvi
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Heading back to work, but still want to breastfeed your baby? Kudos on your decision! Nipple confusion can make the task of bottle feeding your exclusively breastfed baby challenging, but that’s what the following nursing bottles are designed to do – to EASILY help breastfeeding moms transition their baby back and forth between the bottle […]
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    Great Moments In Parenting

  • All Lined Up

    MOM2Three
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    The post All Lined Up appeared first on Great Moments In Parenting.
  • Dead Birds

    Eliana Osborn
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    I knew something was up as soon as I slid open the back door, a wave of cold air against my face while the heat still radiated against my back. Peter Parker, our adopted shelter terrier, looked sheepish. Instead of running and jumping on my just-home-from-school six year old, the dog lay on the carpet, four legs splayed out. I looked around for what naughtiness he’d left while we’d been away. Nothing obvious: no knocked over trash cans, half licked up piles of doggy puke, or brown streaks in corners. Maybe the dog just missed us, I thought, and stopped worrying. The kindergarten puts in a…
  • When I Forget to Take His Phone Before Bed

    Food Good Laundry Bad
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    The post When I Forget to Take His Phone Before Bed appeared first on Great Moments In Parenting.
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  • The Power Of Women Vs. Women Today

    Shivani Cotter
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:20 pm
    We are supposed to come together!  Thousands of years ago, we came together in circles to share our lives, teach what we knew, and listen to each other.  In these circles, we were free!  We held our arms out to those who faltered, we taught each other the wisdom we had learned.  We were (and still are), vital to our survival. We Were A Community What I want to know, is this: With the bond we once had, why the hell are we such a*#holes to each other???  Seriously!  It’s the mother being awful to another mother’s child… the best friend speaking ill of her best…
  • Finding Your Vital Spark

    Shivani Cotter
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Your vital spark is your life force. It’s the most dynamic piece of you. It’s both your conscious and subconscious.  It’s your innate desire. It’s your gut in action, telling you what you really want.  It’s the magic that flows through your body and holds the key to your dreams. Think Life-Force Energy. What Lights You Up? WHAT REALLY LIGHTS YOU UP?  You need to dig deep for the answer. If you need a little boost to get you going, here are 2 lists that will help get you started on Finding Your Vital Spark. Your vital spark is a combination of your most…
 
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    Oubly.com

  • 10 Bridal Shower Gift Ideas You Won’t Regret

    Vicki Dean
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I love bridal showers. I am one of those women who just loves to play the games, eat the food and watch a bride-to-be celebrate her upcoming nuptials with festive pre-wedding activities. But sometimes it is challenging to figure out exactly what type of gift to get a bride for her bridal shower. Sure, you could go to Target and buy something that the happy couple has put on their registry. Or, you could get creative and get something really special for just the bride. We love the idea of buying something practical but with a bit of a girlie touch or a memorable item that is totally…
  • Fall Fun: How to Make a Caramel Apple Kit in 6 Easy Steps

    Katie Williamsen
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    We are proud to welcome the talented Katie of Twin Stripe. She’s put together a lovely DIY caramel apple kit tutorial just for Oubly.  As a child, I would always get excited when I spotted the first Affy Tapple’s in stores. Now, as an adult, I like to think I have much more sophisticated tastes, but nothing beats a crunchy caramel apple covered with your favorite toppings. If you are planning a fall themed party and need a fun party favor, a DIY caramel apple kit will do the trick. With the right supplies, you can have your favors ready in minimal time. Supplies Fresh, crunchy apples…
  • Holiday Fun: Free Halloween Coloring Pages

    Oubly
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    The kids are back in school, and the nights are getting cool, which means one thing: Halloween is coming soon! Of course, with costumes to be worn and candy to be had, it’s no surprise that children across the world start gearing up for this fun and festive holiday well ahead of October 31. Truth be told, we here at Oubly can hardly contain our Halloween excitement as well! That’s why in addition to our one-of-a-kind Halloween cards and Halloween party invitations, we have seven super fun and spook-cular free Halloween coloring pages for your kids to color and enjoy. Frankenstein Theme…
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    Our Growing Roots

  • Raising and Encouraging Creativity

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    My son wanted to take a photography class at our homeschool co-op this year. He's been interested in photography for a while now. Ever since the class he has been enthusiastically running all over the yard camera in hand, posing his siblings, learning about all the intricacies of his camera, and studying how to upload the pictures to the computer in addition to the class website.Watching him explore this new found love of his, well it's hard to describe. These moments of parenting are somehow unexpected. And it occurs to me that each of these people that God has planted in my home - they will…
  • Does God Lie to You?

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    "God can transform what the devil says will never change" was my status update the other day.It hit home on Monday night. Driving home to my wonderful, beautiful little family and realizing that this lie I have believed about myself for years doesn't have a hold anymore. There is no power in it. None. I have spent countless hours, perhaps even days in totality giving validity to this falsehood. I've seen it as an unconquerable obstacle in my life that would always block my path and cause pain and suffering.The sense of relief I have had these past few days has been heart-rendering. It is as…
  • Camping?! {Transparent Tuesday}

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:48 pm
    If the question were posed, "What is your ideal vacation?" I could come up with several different answers. Most of them would consist of international travel, expensive lodging, and swanky nights out on the town spent with my manly husband. Let's just be honest, that's my idea of recreation.As I said, my husband is manly. He is a hair on the chest, strong, outdoorsy type. I like it. I find it very attractive.Swanky nights on the town aren't really "manly".My husband had been wanting to go camping for a while. The discussion of a camping trip had come up on more than one occasion.I've gone…
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    Norfolk Mums

  • Norfolk parents at the end of their tether to be offered extra help

    NM
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    Families in crisis are to be given extra help after the launch of a new service which aims to keep them together and stop children from being taken into care. Norfolk County Council has launched a pilot out-of-hours and outreach service that gives parents advice and support around the clock. The service, staffed by residential social workers, will mean staff can respond immediately to families in need, helping to reduce the need for emergency care placements. Supporting largely families with children aged eight and above, it will help those parents who may be struggling to meet their needs,…
  • Norwich best place in Britain for youngsters to grow up

    NM
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Want a happy child? Then go to Norwich: City is voted best place in Britain for youngsters to grow up. Norwich has topped a poll to be named the happiest place for children to grow up. The East Anglian city – which has given us Colman’s mustard, Delia Smith and of course, Alan Partridge – was voted top thanks to a combination of open spaces, play parks, and safe roads. Yorkshire’s Leeds and Sheffield were placed second and third respectively while cities from Portsmouth to Glasgow made the top 20. Researchers looked at the facilities and amenities which parents believe…
  • More than £600,000 awarded to Norfolk to help vulnerable new mums ‘at risk’ of suicide and post natal depression

    NM
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:19 am
    A new project is being developed in Norfolk to reduce the number of babies in care and provide support for vulnerable parents who are more likely to be at risk of suicide and post natal depression. It comes following a cash injection of more than £600,000 after Norfolk County Council’s and Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s successful bid for a share of £1.6m of government funding. The grant of £623,395, from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Transformation and Challenge Award, will help create new ways of working that will support mums with postnatal…
 
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    Living on Love and Cents

  • Easy Crafts For Kids: DIY Clothespin Magnets

    Heather Brummett
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    If you are looking for an easy craft for kids, this is it! These DIY clothespin magnets were so much fun, that we spent all afternoon working on them. We made monster magnets and catepillar magnets using clothespins. The post Easy Crafts For Kids: DIY Clothespin Magnets appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • What Will You Wear Today? (Christian Book Review: The Fitting Room by Kelly Minter)

    Heather Brummett
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    “You are NOT leaving this house like that!” Did your mom or dad ever say that to you? Do you say that to your child? As a parent, I try to let my kids dress themselves. I am not concerned if my daughter wants to wear a pink sequined shirt and bright yellow pants with […] The post What Will You Wear Today? (Christian Book Review: The Fitting Room by Kelly Minter) appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • Cookie Dough Brownie Recipe & Wilton Silver Bowl Review (Plus HUGE Giveaway)

    Heather Brummett
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    Tailgating Treats, Cookie dough brownie recipes & Wilton Armetale Silver Bowl Review with HUGE Prize Pack Giveaway (Over $250 Value) The post Cookie Dough Brownie Recipe & Wilton Silver Bowl Review (Plus HUGE Giveaway) appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
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    Change-Diapers.com

  • Cloth Diaper Giveaways – Roundup for 9/19/14 (Plus Linky for All Giveaways)

    Maria Moser
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Cloth Diaper Giveaways Friday means it’s time to enter cloth diaper giveaways! Subscribe to our RSS Feed or subscribe via email. If you’d like me to list your cloth diaper, accessory, baby wearing (etc.) giveaway next week, send a link and description to maria at change-diapers.com, or Fill out my contact form for readers. Giveaways […]       
  • Logona Mann Shampoo & Shower Gel from Abe’s Market – Review

    Maria Moser
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I purchased this with a gift card I received as a thank you for being an Abe’s Market affiliate. I was not asked to write, nor was I compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links. When Abe’s Market sent me a gift card, I had a hard time […]       
  • Konfidence Aqua Nappy Swim Diaper Giveaway (10/1) U.S. & Canada

    Maria Moser
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I was not compensated for this post. I received a free product for review. All opinions are my own. Did you read my Konfidence Swim Nappy Review? This swim diaper from Konfidence may very well be the last swim diaper you’ll need, and I get to give one away. Giveaway: One winner will receive a […]       
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    Kinsa Health Bytes

  • 3 Tips to Protect Your Kids from the Respiratory Virus Spreading in the U.S.

    Kinsa Health Bytes
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    With the cold and flu season approaching, the last thing you want is for your child to get sick. Reports of a contagious respiratory virus spreading making kids sick throughout the US have made those fears even worse. How can you protect your kids and what can you do? There are different ways to prepare your family throughout the season, but here are a few key tips to help you get started today. 1. First things first: don’t panic! It’s normal to be concerned for your child’s health especially with heightened media attention, but the most important thing to keep in mind is…
  • Parent Spotlight: How Do You Keep Your Family Healthy?

    Kinsa Health Bytes
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    We are shining the spotlight on our of our super parents who is inspiring us with their dedication to getting their family on a healthy track. This mom shares her best tips for how to motivate your kids to be active, where using tech can help you reach your health goals, and the story behind her winning photo capturing healthy summer fun! Our super parent under the spotlight is Kim McClanahan of Delbarton, WV. She submitted this adorable photo of her son swimming with frogs and won our July Kinder Challenge for showing how fun being active outdoors can be for your family. Kim’s…
  • Top 7 Tips for a Non-Toxic Baby Nursery

    Kinsa Health Bytes
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    Bringing a newborn baby home is an exciting adventure for your family. But what are some of the things you need to look out for to ensure that baby arrives at a home that’s healthy and safe? We teamed up with the pros at The Baby Box Company to share 7 of their top tips on creating a non-toxic nursery. Rest easy and read up! Creating a healthy, non-toxic nursery can be overwhelming! Unfortunately, there are tons of baby products out there that contain chemicals including formaldehyde, flame retardants, PVC, phthalates, and more. It’s hard enough to find the perfect nursery…
 
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  • Mascara Face

    Tracy Evans
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    Well, it finally happened. I broke down in front of the television last night. What made me end up with black mascara all over my face? A wounded animal on Animal Planet? An ugly home makeover on HGTV? Nope. A fictional show about hospital kids on FOX. Red Band Society is one of the best new shows I've seen in a long time. Touching, funny and just well thought out from beginning to end. One of the last lines of the show made me cry something ugly. Bet studio execs will be doing the same if the series gets cancelled...despite good reviews it only did so so in the ratings.
  • Laziest guard dog I ever did see...

    Tracy Evans
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    Roxy protecting her turf from afar...watching workers in the neighbor's backyard.So, is she going to bark or just hypnotize them with her good looks?
  • Take a peak...

    Tracy Evans
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Peak into my daughter's closet and you'll find some cute outfits but nothing I paid a bundle for. Even the high end dresses or sweaters were purchased for a steal. I promised myself while I was pregnant - that I would never throw money away on clothes that Natalia would outgrow  in just a few months. I'd rather save that money for big ticket items like trips, furniture and the backyard pool I swear I'm going to have some day even if I have to dig down fifteen feet with my bare hands! That's why I stocked up on sale items before Natalia  was even born and still do the same today…
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    AppleGreen Cottage

  • Color mixing activity - playdough

    21 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Green cookies - this time from play dough.At first they were yellow and blue, then getting more and more towards green. One of the ways to show your kid how colors are 'made'.
  • How to fix a broken zipper pull

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    What do you do when a zipper pull breaks? Especially with kids clothing, attaching a paper clip or a safety pin does not work as it is not safe. (Nor pretty, for that matter)The solution is simple and involves a single piece of a ribbon. You'll only need 10 cm of a ..say 5 milimeter wide satin ribbon. You know, the it's-soo-beautiful kind of gift wrapping satin-like ribbon? Yees, that one.1) Choose the color (yeey!) and cut a 10 centimeter length of the ribbon.2) Pull it through the zipper slider so it's exactly half way through.3) Sew the two ends together as seen on the photo, two or three…
  • DIY Garden buddies - painted rocks

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I found the idea here. I love gardens, but have none. Apart from the many avocado plants (yes, I kind of like avocado - here :) on the balcony, and some lemon balm (see? we used some to make ice tea), and a beautiful lemon tree (with two unintentional but lovely and tiny pine trees sprouting from the lemon tree pot). In fact, we have quite a lot of greenery, when I put all these together. But I digress.What I meant to say was that while there is no (edible) garden we could make the garden markers for, there is no reason for not doing just that. We just needed to come up with a different name…
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    Naturally Frugalicious

  • e.l.f. Coffee Break: Deluxe Natural Beauty Kit – Save 63% TODAY ONLY

    Lilah
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    e.l.f. Cosmetics is running their amazing Coffee Break sale! Get the Deluxe Natural Beauty Kit, usually $54, for just $20 at EyesLipsFace.com. That’s 63% off! Valid Thursday, 9/18 only – no coupon needed. Shop Now! Seriously, can you beat that? The Deluxe Natural Beauty Kit includes: Mineral Blemish Kit, Mineral Glow in Bronzed, Mineral Revitalizing Mist, Mineral Booster in Sheer, Studio Kabuki Brush, Mineral Lipstick in Nicely Nude, Mineral Eyeshadow Primer in Sheer, Mineral Eye Brightener, and Mineral Eye Liner in Black. Also going on at e.l.f. – Take 50% off top Fall…
  • Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

    Lilah
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    Autumn is upon us and so are fall foods and flavors. This girl for one is ecstatic! Yes ma’am, I am. I live for the warm, belly filling, soul comforting flavors of autumn. They scream love to me. LOVE BABY!! The “Come give Grammy a big hug” and find yourself snuggled deep into her ample bosom kind of love. The hot apple cider under a yummy blanket kind of love. The cold tootsies finding warmth inside nummy socks kind of love. Red and gold leaves dancing in the crisp autumn air kind of love. Hot from the oven, butternut squash mac and cheese love. Yep, I LOVE it! Every bit of…
  • Ways Every Woman Can Save on Must-Have Closet Essentials

    Guest Post
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    Ways Every Woman Can Save on Must-Have Closet Essentials Every woman dreams of the unlimited shopping spree and the ability to create the ultimate wardrobe. You would fly to Paris and buy everything that your heart desired, and when you returned home you would need to devote an entire room to your new wardrobe. This fantasy, no matter how wonderful it sounds, is unfortunately not a reality for most of us. Still you need to have a functional wardrobe that satisfies all your daily needs of style and function. Finding this wardrobe is more difficult when you are working on a budget, but it is…
 
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