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  • The Sea Women

    Kimchi Mamas
    Kimchi
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:40 pm
    I have never been to Cheju-Do, but am looking forward to finally seeing "Korea's Hawaii" this summer when my family goes. It has been a longtime dream to bring my mixed race children to see where their mother comes from. I had almost given up on dragging my reluctant teens, when one of them actually expressed interest in going. I...
  • Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – Beginning May 22, 2015

    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families
    Beth B.
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Photo Credit: Disneyland   Starting May 22, 2015  “electrifying” new shows will premiere at Disneyland during a 24-hour party that inaugurates the Diamond Celebration, from 6 a.m. Friday, May 22, until 6 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015, local time.  Best of all that is just the start: Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will have Disneyland Diamond Days Sweepstakes and updated attractions such as “Paint the Night” parade, “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular,  “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” and new…
  • Endings

    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom
    Jessica Gottlieb
    4 Apr 2015 | 8:52 pm
    One of the things that I’ve noticed as a reader is that there are a number of books that are good, great even, until the ending and then they sort of just unravel and stop. It’s as though the author knew they needed to stop writing but didn’t quite know how. I fear that this site has that problem. Blogging has changed and I haven’t. I was texting with a friend just a bit ago who also quit blogging recently and she said, “It sucks having gone from innovators to dinosaurs.” Consider this my mic drop. Blogging was my full time job for a number of years. They…
  • The bittersweet taste of April 19

    Brain Soup For The Dysfunctional Soul
    Shannon akaMonty
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:50 am
    **a re-post from a previous birthday** I sort of love this day -- it's my birthday.I love the sweet birthday wishes from everyone; they make me smile and feel happy and warm and loved. Thank you all so much for that. It's the day I feel truly Grinchy...by which I mean my heart grows three sizes. (Oh, no worries, it will shrink back down in a couple of days and I'll be back in Curmudgeonland)I sort of hate this day -- it's my birthday.I am older but seldom wiser, crazier even without cats, and more GET OFF MY LAWN YOU LITTLE BASTARDS.It also (and more importantly) marks the tragedy of the OKC…
  • Some Things Are Better Off Left Unsaid Or Unwritten

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    Aruni
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:37 pm
    I remember a time in high school where I was trying to tell someone who was about 5 years older than me “something about my life” (just like the Indigo Girls Closer To Fine song begins).  He was a college aged Sunday school teacher.  I was in awe of him for some reason that I can’t exactly recall why now.  When he saw that I was struggling, he said “some things are better off left unsaid.”  I figured he was older and wiser, so after he said that I decided not to tell him what I was trying to confess about my atypical life.  I’m not sure if it would…
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  • The Sea Women

    Kimchi
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:40 pm
    I have never been to Cheju-Do, but am looking forward to finally seeing "Korea's Hawaii" this summer when my family goes. It has been a longtime dream to bring my mixed race children to see where their mother comes from. I had almost given up on dragging my reluctant teens, when one of them actually expressed interest in going. I...
  • I am Home!

    Kimchi
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    We often get stuck in the past. We pay a high price when we do. When we dwell too long in negativity that we have experienced, we often lose out on many great possibilities. Difficulties in our lives, especially those that seem to occur and re-occur, are usually the road map to our own hero’s journey. If we spend too...
  • RIP Paul J. Kim

    Kimchi
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Let us take a moment to keep in mind the family of Rutgers student, Paul J. Kim. IAmKoream.com is reporting Paul's body was recovered earlier this month from the Hudson River. His death has been ruled a suicide. Though I did not personally know Paul, I do know that suicide is a real problem in the Korean/Korean American population. Too...
 
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    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families

  • Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – Beginning May 22, 2015

    Beth B.
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Photo Credit: Disneyland   Starting May 22, 2015  “electrifying” new shows will premiere at Disneyland during a 24-hour party that inaugurates the Diamond Celebration, from 6 a.m. Friday, May 22, until 6 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015, local time.  Best of all that is just the start: Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will have Disneyland Diamond Days Sweepstakes and updated attractions such as “Paint the Night” parade, “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular,  “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” and new…
  • On The Go With ZAGG Pocket Bluetooth Keyboard

    Beth B.
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. See Giveaway details below.   Now that smartphones have features above and beyond making simple voice calls, they have become the top “on the go” device. From productivity, notes, creativity (photo’s, videos), communication, calenders, business documents, music and socializing and more – the smartphone is our own personal assistant that we have with us at all times. While phone touch keyboards are getting more sophisticated, typing is a challenge I could not seem to overcome. I typed short texts easily and quickly, but…
  • Top April Fools Tech News Updates 2015

    Beth B.
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    April “1st” is my favorite day because it just brings out the best in everyone.. News is much more colorful on this day -which is why I wanted to share some of my favorite “April 1st” tech news.   To start…here is a Kifi library dedicated to April Fools links. I summarized all the April Fools and regular humor links in my Kifi “everyday” humor library with a link to Guy Kawasaki Stock Photo’s that always makes me smile!   Photo Credit: http://guykawasaki.com/step-aside-vince-here-comes-guystockphoto/   Here are some new April…
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • Endings

    Jessica Gottlieb
    4 Apr 2015 | 8:52 pm
    One of the things that I’ve noticed as a reader is that there are a number of books that are good, great even, until the ending and then they sort of just unravel and stop. It’s as though the author knew they needed to stop writing but didn’t quite know how. I fear that this site has that problem. Blogging has changed and I haven’t. I was texting with a friend just a bit ago who also quit blogging recently and she said, “It sucks having gone from innovators to dinosaurs.” Consider this my mic drop. Blogging was my full time job for a number of years. They…
  • Parenting In Public

    Jessica Gottlieb
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    Yesterday we went to a museum. Actually I should say that yesterday we went to yet another museum. A museum Mr. G had no interest in going to, a museum that Jane had been to just 10 days prior and the 8th museum in the third country that my son had visited since March 12th. Yesterday my family accompanied me to a museum that only I was interested in and after two hours of looking at paintings they waited for me outside the gift shop while I picked up some postcards. As I approached them they looked like this. This is how Gottliebs do museums and how I ensure that no one ever asks me for…
  • Bring it On and American Sniper

    Jessica Gottlieb
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:47 am
    I’m living on bread and butter and whatever else is making it’s way into the sandwiches. Mostly ham, always with at least one cheese. I might be gaining weight but it’s happy weight so it’s good. I think. Alexander arrived in Paris just a few hours ago so we settled him in and went for a walk along the St. Martin Canal. We found baguettes and wine from Bordeaux along with Coca Cola for Alexander. My leg is healing nicely but I’m still walking a bit slower than usual which is oddly a good thing. Without a little ache in my calf I’d never have wanted to be…
 
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    Brain Soup For The Dysfunctional Soul

  • The bittersweet taste of April 19

    Shannon akaMonty
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:50 am
    **a re-post from a previous birthday** I sort of love this day -- it's my birthday.I love the sweet birthday wishes from everyone; they make me smile and feel happy and warm and loved. Thank you all so much for that. It's the day I feel truly Grinchy...by which I mean my heart grows three sizes. (Oh, no worries, it will shrink back down in a couple of days and I'll be back in Curmudgeonland)I sort of hate this day -- it's my birthday.I am older but seldom wiser, crazier even without cats, and more GET OFF MY LAWN YOU LITTLE BASTARDS.It also (and more importantly) marks the tragedy of the OKC…
  • Because #FakeUpworthyTitles Get More Traffic! Amazing! Unbelievable!

    Shannon akaMonty
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Dear "Responsible Parents",We're in the middle of Prom season and graduation is just around the corner, so I thought the time was ripe for a reminder of What Not To Do on Prom Night and/or Graduation Night, and that is DO NOT RENT A ROOM AT A HOTEL FOR YOUR KIDS.Oh sure, it gets the little brats out of YOUR hair, and you might rationalize it by thinking, "No probs, just Suzie and a few of her friends hanging out afterward and having a couple of harmless beers. At least they'll be off the streets!"NO.As a former hotel General Manager, let me just clue you in on WHY IT IS NOT COOL:1. The hotel…
  • You will be amazed at how you feel after reading this! #UpworthyTitles

    Shannon akaMonty
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:12 pm
    I used to write really crappy poetry.Well, when put that way, it sort of sounds like I USED to write really crappy poetry but now I write AWESOME poetry!Yeah, no.It means I used to attempt to write some kind of weird poetry and it was shitty and it sucked and now I don't do that anymore, much to the relief of everyone who accidentally read it when they came here to see what was new.I'll never be a poet nor an author nor even much of A Writer, because I'm not good at evoking feelings. I'm terrible at adjectiving (and I like to make up words even though when other people verb their nouns, I get…
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  • Some Things Are Better Off Left Unsaid Or Unwritten

    Aruni
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:37 pm
    I remember a time in high school where I was trying to tell someone who was about 5 years older than me “something about my life” (just like the Indigo Girls Closer To Fine song begins).  He was a college aged Sunday school teacher.  I was in awe of him for some reason that I can’t exactly recall why now.  When he saw that I was struggling, he said “some things are better off left unsaid.”  I figured he was older and wiser, so after he said that I decided not to tell him what I was trying to confess about my atypical life.  I’m not sure if it would…
  • Back A Dream in Honor of International Women’s Day

    Aruni
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:25 pm
    I don’t often publish promotional content on my blog, but when someone reached out to me for this campaign that goes through the end of March 2015, I thought it was worth sharing.  You can help an entrepreneurial woman towards achieving her dream by checking this opportunity to help via Kiva.org out.  Please watch the video and read the information about how you can participate below. More than seven billion people live on Earth. That’s seven billion hearts beating. Seven billion bodies breathing. Seven billion minds creating thoughts and ideas all over the world. Yet, so many face…
  • Entrepreneurial Traits and Multi-tasking

    Aruni
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Happy New Year!  I thought I’d get a new post out before the 15th of January, but here we are half way through the first month of 2015! My boss shared this link: The 7 Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs (Tenacity, Passion, Tolerance of Ambiguity, Vision, Self-belief, Flexibility, and Rule-breaking) with our team a while back.  I was surprised that they said most entrepreneurs weren’t neurotic.  I’ve met more than a few neurotic entrepreneurs and have felt like one myself at times…maybe they define it differently than I have seen others exhibit it. There are so many…
 
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    Lotus Carroll

  • March “Multiplicity” Challenge Winners

    Lotus Carroll
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    Congratulations to the winners of last month’s Self Portrait Challenge! First Place: Ursula Klepper Second Place: Shelly MacNeil -Conway Third Place: Cristy Gibson Fourth Place: Gary Munroe You can see their excellent photos below – that’s a lot of creative repetition!   photos are slightly cropped for the purpose of the mosaic – you can view the originals in the event linked below   The winners got prizes and their photos will be featured in the Winners Category at The Art of Self Portraiture Community http://goo.gl/qc7VO Ursula’s’s first place…
  • “Love Is…” Challenge Winners

    Lotus Carroll
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Congratulations to the winners of last month’s Self Portrait Challenge! First Place: Javier Toledo Second Place: Kelly Richards Third Place: Steffie Neve Fourth Place: Martin Heller You can see their photos below – this, my friends, is Love. <3 photos are slightly cropped for the purpose of the mosaic – you can view the originals in the event linked below The winners got prizes and their photos will be featured in the Winners Category at The Art of Self Portraiture Community http://goo.gl/qc7VO Javier’s first place image will become the avatar for the Community…
  • In February 2015

    Lotus Carroll
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’ve started taking a lot more photos with my phone than I used to take. I still shoot with my larger camera(s), but I’ve enjoyed the simplicity of using my phone: I don’t have to “pack” it up, I don’t have to lug it around, I don’t have to worry about lenses (though I do have little ones I can put on my phone). When I take photos with my phone, I get taken back to the basic idea of capturing a moment, rather than worrying so much about things like fstop and shutter speed. It’s kind of liberating! Now, don’t get me wrong, I love being…
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    Adventures in Babywearing

  • The things we do to feel like home.

    5 Apr 2015 | 8:51 pm
    Easter greetings 2015, a time of a strange hair phase for the Precourt kids.It's an interesting place to be in - far away from family and where you grew up - while living in a house you're selling and not knowing where the next one will be. I stepped outside this morning to look at the sun rising and then turned to see the blue ocean behind me. It's a dull ache, like I'm not allowed to love it enough because we are leaving. And at the same time I feel homesick for home far away.We don't do the Easter bunny here. It's just something we never did, and I'm not sure why. I grew up with epic…
  • And here, the Ides of March

    15 Mar 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Here's some things to write down: I didn't think it would be like this. This time I'm in, where I am, how I am handling it all. Not saying I am disappointed or not, it's just that I didn't think it would be like this.Before we moved to Ohio I knew we were ready for a change, long overdue actually. So when we ended up finding out that we had to move again so soon from there I took it hard. Most people would say it was a good thing that I didn't lay down any roots but I saw it as missing out on even having the chance to plant something. I soon found that I would love it here- the ocean, the…
  • Things to write down :: first of Feb

    7 Feb 2015 | 6:59 pm
    We got to our hotel on Tuesday night and I looked out the window at the glowing Space Needle and thought we've got to stop meeting this way. It was an actually okay drive. We beat traffic there and back and I'll just say that I'm glad to not be in a car right now. The infusion went fast- I'll definitely be asking for more 8am start times. He's growing in weight and height. This is very very good. I even slipped in a little visit with Joy- one of our new directors for LTYM: Seattle. She came to see me at the hospital. Noah and I hightailed it out of there when we were done before noon and…
 
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    The Bloggess

  • Broken and Magical

    thebloggess
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Remember this week when I talked about Geraldo the Giraffe and a bunch of you encouraged me to make a kickstarter so I could buy him?  Well, I can’t do that because it feels selfish to have people buy me a giant metal giraffe.  Mostly because yesterday I bought something so awesome that it makes my heart hurt and I really want to show it to you but I also want to surprise you because that will make Victor less likely to cancel all of my credit cards before the payment goes through.  Here’s a hint though…it looks like something straight out of Narnia.  AND IT IS…
  • Geraldo the Giant Giraffe

    thebloggess
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    Occasionally I visit the same store where years ago I bought Beyoncé the Giant Metal Chicken.  Usually it’s all pillows and dog toys and wicker baskets.  Sometimes you’ll find a largish metal lobster and once there was a full-sized horse made of wine corks and sticks, but it’s never anything that really screams, “HEY, I’M FUCKING INSANE“. Until today. Oh, helloooo. He was magnificent, but even on clearance he was way out of my price range.  I tried to convince the clerk that they should sell me the 11 foot giraffe for half the asking price but he was…
  • Ferris Mewler: “What in the shit are you people doing?”

    thebloggess
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    And now, the weekly wrap-up of awesomeness: Shit I made in my shop (Named “EIGHT POUNDS OF UNCUT COCAINE” so that your credit card bill will be more interesting.): I’m awkward and I’m okay with it. In mug and pocket-journal too. Shit-you-may-or-may-not-want-to-see: Kick-ass stuff I pinned. This was pretty much Victor’s reaction as well. Shit you should buy or steal because it’s awesome:   WINE OF SACRED PURITY UNICORN WINE HOLDER STATUE.  Pretty sure this should be the new Double Unicorn Club mascot. This week’s wrap-up is brought to you by the…
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    So Close

  • Moving house

    Tertia
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:28 pm
    So, moving!  Yes, it is true. We are moving to a new house.  I haven’t mentioned anything before even though this has been going on for MONTHS already because we weren’t sure whether it would all come together. It’s been fairly stressful.  Also, I didn’t want to mention it because we are moving into the house next door! As in, literally right next door. Which sounds a little weird, right?  It’s just that we LOVE our security estate and don’t want to stay anywhere else, but we needed more space.  And the house next door is HUGE.  It has everything we need and more.  So, we…
  • SQUEAK SQUEAK SQUEAK

    Tertia
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:34 am
    I have to tell you that my hearing problem does not go well with foreign accents.  There is a lot of “pardon?”, “sorry?” etc. Today I went for a spa treatment to distract myself from my woeful missing bag situation.  It was a most amusing experience and I kept thinking that if my friend Melany was with me, she would be in hysterics. Conversation: Kind lady at spa to me:  You want (can’t hear) herbal tea? Pardon? Herbal tea? Pardon? Tea (makes drinking motion) Yes please.  (thinking it might help with the garlic problem. Well, the internet said green tea but maybe herbal tea will…
 
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    mod*mom

  • 1968 mom mermaid breastfeeding sculpture :: san francisco :: ghirardelli chocolate factory

    modmom
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Pioneer Woolen Mills rear view at North Beach, 1868Photo: San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library   Pioneer Woolen Mills at original shoreline. Photo: Bancroft Library http://www.foundsf.org/index.php?title=Ghirardelli_Square1968 mom mermaid breastfeeding sculpture :: san francisco :: ghirardelli chocolate factorysand dunes of  "san francisco" cove 1868 fabric factory turned into chocolate factory as native americans were inundated + their land was "developed" by land owning railroad corporations attracting colonists + tourists to "strike it rich" by…
  • 1st astronaut mom + baby :: NASA fabric carrier

    modmom
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:41 pm
    1st mother astronaut, anna fisher, watched by her baby daughter at NASA "Originally designed for NASA to protect astronauts from temperature fluctuations in space, outlast technology carries the Certified Space Technology™ seal."evenflo 3-in-1 Platinum Protection Soft Carrier  ·    for babies 7-32 lbs.·    3 carrying positions: baby faces in, baby faces out, backpack·    outlast fabric·    memory-Foam shoulder straps·    machine washable"microcapsules capture, store, + release heat.
  • 1960s princess of prints :: Lilly Pullitzer target collection 2015

    modmom
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:41 pm
    midcentury mod*mom Lilly Pulitzer + her prints at her shop + home in Palm Beach, 1960sLilly Pulitzer: “Life is a party. Dress like it.”“Style isn’t just about what you wear, it’s about how you live.”  midcentury Princess of Prints, Pulitzer, passed away last year, + Target alerted me they're partnering with her label on a Spring 2015 line in her honor. “We pulled every fabulous vintage print, trim, + lace to pay homage to Lilly + the dressmaker details she put into everything.” scion of a Standard Oil cofounder, Pulitzer mingled with America’s elite, counting Jackie…
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  • Looking upward and ahead

    dooce
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:37 pm
    On the desire I have to get back to why I started "living online" in the first place: writing for the love of it, writing when the story inside is begging to be told.
  • Stuff On Chuck

    dooce
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    "When I tried to write happy / Yo I knew I lied, I lived a life of crime / Why play ya blind?"
  • Style for your butt

    dooce
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:02 am
    The hare sat in the chair over there by the pear.
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    Mommies With Style

  • #RedNoseDay Comes to America! Awesome Charity Initiative w/@Walgreens #promo #RedNose #ad

    Whitney
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:03 am
    A little over a week ago, I went on a top-secret whirlwind trip to Chicago. I wasn’t allowed to share any details about it until so I’m just bursting at the seams to share with you all if you haven’t already seen it on my Facebook page. I went to Chicago to witness the first sale of a Red Nose at Walgreens. Not sure what that’s about? (That’s okay, I didn’t know either!) Let me explain. Red Nose Day has come to the U.S. It’s a charity and fundraising initiative that has actually existed in the UK since 1988 but this will be the first year it’s…
  • I took the Neutrogena #7DayManiStay Challenge

    Whitney
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:43 am
    Wahoo! I finally had my first manicure and pedicure of the season. The whole cuticle/nail thing was NOT pretty. As I was headed to Chicago for Red Nose Day, I thought it would be great to go RED. My hands were still cracked and dry from the winter and Neutrogena had recently reached out for me to get a manicure and challenged me to the 7 Day Manicure Stay. I used Neutrogena’sNorwegian Formula Hand Cream every day for a week to maintain the look and feel of freshly manicured hands. I’ve been using the Norwegian Formula Hand Cream for years before this project. It’s actually…
  • Flash Sale at Stella & Dot: 50% off

    Whitney
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:18 am
    So last time Stella & Dot had a flash sale, I got this Helena Necklace at 50% off and I am obsessed with it. I have been wearing it a ton and ALWAYS receive compliments. And I’m all about the 50% off! Stella & Dot is having another flash sale on the following items – get them while they are on big sale! Ends today at 9 pm PT. Stella & DotFan Favorites Sale- Up to 50% Off! These three are the “Fan Favorite” picks and they are great colors for the spring! Click through to see the other items that are for sale (some great statement pieces) Stella & Dot…
 
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    Kids Activities Blog

  • 21 Super Summer Party Tips

    Rachel
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Are you throwing a Summer party this year? Make it the best ever with these fun tips! Party Hacks Use this amazing trick to tenderize even the cheapest of steaks into a delicious juicy steak for your Summer grilling! Make the best and most refreshing Summer drinks with these amazing lemony ice cubes. Make your life so much easier with this backyard hand washing station. No more tracking mud through the house every time the kids need to wash hands so they can snack! Say no to sticky hands with this summer party tip!!   You can keep the popsicle drips at bay with the help of a cupcake liner.
  • Super Easy DIY Party Noise Makers

    Birute Efe
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    DIY Party Noise Makers are really very simple to make. I know they are cheap to buy, but we actually turned this into a fun activity and learned some things as well while we were making them. It’s a great boredom buster for kids.  DIY Party Noise Makers 1. Get scissors and some straws 2. Start cutting through the straw to make a spiral. 3. Cut at least half of the straw that way. 4. Flatten the other end of the straw with your finger (or scissors) 5. Cut the straw to remove the two slanted ends. It will take few tries to master these sound makers. It might help to get a better sound if…
  • 50 Pretty Princess Crafts

    Liz
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    If you have a little girl in your life, you’re going to want to take a look at all these princess crafts.  Heck, your little boys will probably love these, too! This list is full of tiaras, crowns, jewelry and all things that sparkle.  These crafts are so much fun for pretend play. 50 Pretty Princess Crafts These princess hat cupcakes are perfect for a birthday party or anytime you want to make a special treat. Easily make your own princess wand with just a few craft supplies. From Love and Marriage. This paper plate crown is so easy and fun to make.  From Meaningful Mama. Make a…
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    Fluid Pudding

  • According to horticulture educators, phlox subulata is deer resistant.

    fluidpudding
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Current State of Mind: I’m not busy at all, yet entirely too busy, and it’s making me twitchy. I need a freelance gig. Or a job. Or something that makes me feel a bit of Worth. I don’t want to talk about it. Where I’ve Been: I recently took a (long overdue and much too quick) trip to attend my nephew’s tennis tournament during which he won every match he played and I was so excited to be there and the whole thing made me think about David Foster Wallace in a very happy/sad way. Also, while visiting, I ate a croissant, a bunch of doughnuts, and a salad (because:…
  • Oh, nothing. Just pruning trees and reading gardening books. Like I do.

    fluidpudding
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:05 am
    When I lived in Nashville, I was an associate editor at a publisher of botanical guides, and the only information I retained is a scattered list of scientific names and a few opinions on trees and plants that seemed pretty. Acer rubrum! Dicentra spectabilis! Echinacea purpurea! All pretty! (I also know that most authors of botanical guides are completely delightful, unless they are most definitely NOT delightful. The same can be said for authors of dental books! These are my opinions only!) We moved into our house in August of last year, and now it appears that spring has sprung. (I swear I…
  • We haven’t talked in quite some time.

    fluidpudding
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Someone in my subdivision might be a bit of a jerk, but I have no idea who it is which makes me wonder if perhaps I’M a bit of a jerk (I am. Aren’t we all?), and the past week has found me doing a difficult dance. (Please know that I’m purposefully forcing you to surf on oceans of obscurantism because: 1. I won’t drag you into this, and 2. Everyone has ideas and opinions and so do we and We’re All (Mostly) Fine in (Mostly) Every Conceivable Way and I spent all of last week reading and hearing opinions and ideas, and for now I just want to hear the water dripping…
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    Momo Fali's

  • Tips from Momo: To All the Single Ladies

    Momo Fali
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:24 pm
    It’s not like me to brag (oh, who am I kidding), but over the past eight months I’ve learned a lot about myself and I’ve learned a lot of things that may benefit you too. I’m here to share the knowledge I’ve gleaned from this broken life of mine in case you suddenly find yourself in a crumpled heap in the middle of a grocery store aisle. Hypothetically. Don’t ever say I never gave you anything. 1. Get some exercise. One of the first things I did after my husband said he wanted a divorce was register for a half marathon. It gave me a goal and a purpose when…
  • Neon Light

    Momo Fali
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:52 am
    For months, in a tiny space where my children didn’t fill my heart, there was aching darkness. Even though it didn’t need much room to exist, the hole felt gaping, like a giant, black pit. You could’ve thrown a Chevy in there and it wouldn’t have touched either side. Now that pit feels about the size of…well, a pit. Not even a big, lumpy peach pit either, but one of those little ones inside a cherry. And, not only is the pit tiny, I’m taking the cherries and making cherry pie, à la mode. I never anticipated my life, or the lives of my children, to turn out…
  • Seize the Radish

    Momo Fali
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:03 pm
    When I was young my mom used to tell me to taste every kind of food I was offered; if I didn’t like it I would never have to eat it again. It turned out that that only thing I didn’t like were radishes. For nearly four decades I ate everything but radishes, because radishes tasted like dirt. Until a few days ago. Last week I ate a delicious radish. I had a radish awakening, if you will. And, if you won’t, please pass the radish over here. © Alexey Lisovoy | Dreamstime Stock Photos I’m actually not speaking metaphorically – or maybe I am – it doesn’t…
 
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  • Outfit Inspiration: What to Wear to A Bridal Shower

    Tammy Gibson
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:31 pm
    It is officially wedding season. Your calendar may already be booked with showers, rehearsal dinners and wedding dates. Deciding what to wear can be frustrating if you wait until the day before the event to look into your closet for options, only to find you have little to choose from. Nothing will feels right and you begin to panic. You decide to go shopping for something new and as fate would have it, nothing in the store is just right. So, you go to the next store and repeat the process until you settle on something that you don’t love but will do. The day of the event, you’ll…
  • Earth Day Savings: Help for Your Wallet and Mother Earth

    Tammy Gibson
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:22 am
    It’s Earth Day and time to celebrate her beauty by doing something good for the environment. Planting a garden or a tree, cleaning up trash at the local beach or park, cutting down on water usage at home, using environmental friendly home cleaners and recycling product containers are all ways to help your health and Mother Earth. Recycling clothes is another great way to be environmental friendly! How? An estimated 14.3 million tons of textiles were generated in 2012 and tossed into landfills. (source). Instead of tossing unused clothes, pick one of these options: Donate- there are…
  • Outfit Inspiration: Hello Weekend

    Tammy Gibson
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:49 pm
    It’s the weekend! Hurray! What are your plans? A leisurely stroll downtown for some window shopping? A birthday party with your child? Coffee with a friend? Whatever you have on the calendar, I have a great outfit to share with you that will have you looking stylish and feeling comfortable! Cross Over Tank Jumpsuit | Noah Envelope Clutch | Irena Strappy Wedge A jumpsuit is super easy to wear because it is an entire outfit in one piece. Just add shoes and accessories!  The Irena wedge is the perfect height for days on your feet. They look cute and are so comfy!  Mine are on high…
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  • Coolest Babysitter In The Galazy Prize Pack (including $100 Visa Gift Card)

    ModernMom Staff
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Samples & prizing for this giveaway were provided by Disney Publishing. Looking for a new book for your middle grader? GABBY DURAN AND THE UNSITTABLES is sure to please. a ModernMom giveaway Case File: The First Unsittable The Association Linking Intergalatics and Earthlings (hereby known as A.L.I.E.N.) has a new member. After months of investigation, Gabby Duran, Associate 4118-25125A, has proven herself to be a babysitter extraordinaire. Her celebrity clients fly her around the country to care for their rambunctious little humans. Our spy, Associate 4118-23432B, otherwise known as…
  • Spring Cleaning Tips + Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

    Diane Cassellius
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The following post was sponsored by P&G Tide. a ModernMom giveaway It’s that time of year to begin your spring-cleaning, and, if your house is anything like mine, there is a ton of dirt that has accumulated from the winter. While I may not have inherited my mother’s passion for cleaning, I do love the result, when everything in my house is fresh and sparkling clean. Of course the idea of tackling a huge cleaning project can feel overwhelming, but if you follow a few simple tips that I learned over the years, the process will become much easier. Organize One Room at a Time As someone…
  • Family-Friendly Friday Night Dinner Ideas

    ModernMom Staff
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Having dinner as a family is a great way to catch up on the day.  But after a long week, it’s hard to find the energy to whip up a gourmet meal. So to help you kick off the weekend, here are some fun and easy ideas for Friday night dinner that your family is sure to love! Tasty Taco Time A big taco dinner is something healthy and easy to serve.  Everyone gets to make their own tacos just the way they like it. Here’s what you need: Lettuce Grated cheese Salsa Tomatoes Olives Ground beef cooked in taco seasoning Chicken cooked in Fajita seasoning Taco shells Put all the supplies…
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  • Using HomeTeam™ To Stay Connected To Extended Family

    Christina
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:47 am
    My mom lives about an hour from us, which isn’t very far away. However, with her busy schedule, there are many times she might as well be in another state. It’s often difficult to schedule a time to get together so she can spend time with her granddaughters between our two schedules. So we’re often relying on phone calls for the kids to say hi to their grandmother and let her know what they’ve been up to. Phone calls can only go so far, though, and my kids aren’t the best at keeping up conversation on the phone. The conversation usually involves my kids answering…
  • The Month of Too Much

    Christina
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:17 am
    There are some months that are just so full – of both good and bad – that you want them to be over as quickly as possible, if just to catch your breath and get back to some sense of normalcy. That was March for me. We’re already halfway into April, and I’m still trying to recover from the previous month. Just a week after returning from Disney, I received a call from my mother on a Saturday morning letting me know that my grandmother had died. I want to add “unexpectedly” to that sentence, but at the same time I know that when you’re 94 years old, it…
  • Race Recap – runDisney Princess Enchanted 10k (Part 2)

    Christina
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    [Note: This is part 2. You can find the first half of my recap in Part 1.] The Race At 5:30am, the Fairy Godmother took the stage with the race announcers, and provided the countdown for the first corral. Fireworks burst into the sky as the first group took off running.  The first corral’s fireworks signaling the start of the race. I shivered and continued to wait as three more corrals moved past us to the start line and went through their own countdowns. Finally, it was our turn. My mylar blanket fell off of me as the group was moved to the start line. I wasn’t going to need it…
 
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  • inappropriate kids games

    Daphne
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:12 pm
    I was in a child party rut, I wanted to break out.. is that so wrong.?  #TBT  #Lil Viv #MeThinner The post inappropriate kids games appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
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    Daphne
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Okay, no surprise, new businesses take a lot of work.  So I saw this in my coolmom archive and it’s very relevant, expect I can see from my hollow cheeks I weighed less when I shot it then I do … Continue reading → The post mom shower..is that possible? appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
  • Let’s try something new…

    Daphne
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:51 pm
    So, haven’t posted lately because Mark and I are consumed with opening a NEW eatery.  It’s the first time he has done a fast casual concept.  I give you a news links HERE  Please like it on FB or instagram. … Continue reading → The post Let’s try something new… appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
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  • Crossbody Bags

    whoorl
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    It hasn’t escaped my attention that I’ve been posting quite a bit about clothing and accessories lately, which seems a bit incongruous considering I’m personally living a capsule wardrobe, no-purchasing lifestyle. But, hey, I know most of you aren’t doing the capsule thing, and, let’s face it, I was born to enable shoppers around the world. I can’t help it, y’all. It’s a gift. Maybe not the gift I had hoped for (global peacemaker, making discoveries worthy of a Nobel Prize), but my own teeny, tiny, precious gift. A style sourcing wunderkind, if…
  • Odds and Ends

    whoorl
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:21 am
    1. Everyone is screwed up, broken, clingy, and scared. God, I love Anne Lamott so much, and every single thing she wrote in this piece is perfection. 2. A 5-year-old with autism painted these. 3. This family grows 6,000 pounds of food on just 1/10th of an acre. Gee, I was thinking of planting a few vegetables. 4. Great apps and such for managing life. (I just started using the Balanced app.) 5. Man, Gwyneth Paltrow CAN NOT catch a break. 6. Cool photos by Jeff Bridges on all of his movie sets. 7. This guy won a trip to Puerto Rico, and wanted to make sure his wife knew he wasn’t having…
  • Spring Capsule Shoe MVPs

    whoorl
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:39 am
    Okie dokie, artichokies. As you know, I altered the rules and excluded shoes from my spring capsule for reasons stated here, but mainly because I decided, hey, I would actually like to wear all the shoes that I already own. (I know! I’m SO DIFFICULT.) I’ve been asked about the shoes I’ll be wearing over the next few months, so I spent a little time sitting on my closet floor and coming up with my Spring MVPs for you all. These aren’t the only shoes I’ll be wearing, but they will probably be on my tootsies the majority of the time. All of these shoes (besides the…
 
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  • Dine with an Animal Specialist at Animal Kingdom Lodge

    Crystal
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:55 am
    Experiences and travel provided by Disneynature & Disney Parks. As always, all opinions stated in Dine with an Animal Specialist at Animal Kingdom Lodge are all my own. Last week while I was in Florida for the Monkey Kingdom Event, I had the opportunity to visit Animal Kingdom Lodge and speak with the Animal Operations […] The post Dine with an Animal Specialist at Animal Kingdom Lodge appeared first on Simply Being Mommy.
  • Backstage Tales Tour

    Crystal
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:54 am
    Experiences and travel provided by Disneynature & Disney Parks. As always, all opinions stated in Backstage Tales Tour are all my own. My time at Disney World last week for the Monkey Kingdom Event included a lot of firsts. Those firsts included seeing the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, participating in Wilderness Explorers at […] The post Backstage Tales Tour appeared first on Simply Being Mommy.
  • EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

    Crystal
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Experiences and travel provided by Disneynature & Disney Parks. As always, all opinions stated in EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival are all my own. During my trip last week to Disney World for the Monkey Kingdom Event, I had the opportunity to visit the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. EPCOT International Flower & […] The post EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival appeared first on Simply Being Mommy.
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  • Lanikai Triathlon, Part 3

    lavagal
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:39 am
    Exiting the ocean to transition one and the bike. John Bender photo. Not that I’m getting super casual about being in triathlons, but when you’re training for a half-Ironman (70.3) a sprint triathlon doesn’t even qualify as a workout. The Lanikai Jamba Juice Triathlon was last Sunday, hosted by our coach, Raul Torres of Boca Hawaii. He and his tough team of coaches crack their whips all week long. Doing a sprint triathlon without the usual prodding would be fun. We were told to ride our bikes for two hours later that day, because, DO MORE. As typical for this event, the…
  • Suppressing My Expressions

    lavagal
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:41 pm
    Surprise. How many times did you come here wondering when I would update lavagal.net? I tried a few times over the winter break, when I first started my Boca Hawaii bike training, when I first started teaching full-time as a permanent sub at Kaiser High School, when my LinkedIn account was finally extinguished, when I first started this year’s Boca Hawaii Honu 70.3 triathlon training program, if I ever got a moment to myself. But I was in a lot of pain, deep inside. Every time I wanted to write something, my inner demons would tell me it was stupid and that no one cared. Who would read…
  • You Just Climbed Koko Crater Not Koko Head (which is way easier)

    lavagal
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Koko Crater tramway. About the title: When I checked in on Facebook, this was an option. And, as I’m always correcting people about how they climbed Koko Crater and not Koko Crater Head or Koko Head Crater or Koko Head, I jumped on that location immediately. It took me a while to get up there. Here’s my tale. Under the blazing sun at 1 p.m. yesterday, I had the curiously strange idea to go up Koko Crater, which is practically in my backyard. It’s a big draw for (insane or fit or insanely fit) residents and tourists alike. It’s also a draw for those who want to go on a…
 
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  • “Do not let your disability define you”

    Veronica
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:25 pm
    It’s what I hear, over and over. “Don’t let your disability define who you are! You’re not your disability!” See, the thing is, it does define who I am. By its very nature, disability defines who you are as a person. I am not separate from my disability. The part of me which relocates joints, and vomits at 2am, and takes the highly addictive pain medication I need to function – I can’t just cut that bit of myself out and throw it away. I am disabled. Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is a sneaky disorder in that it often presents as an invisible disability. I am…
  • To all the parents still stuck in a haze of sleepless nights…

    Veronica
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:06 pm
    IT GETS BETTER. My URL when I first began this blog was a hope, a prayer, a wish. It was me promising myself that it would get better. That things would get easier. One day I wouldn’t be so tired I wanted to cry. Some day we WILL sleep. SOME DAY. This blog has been alive for almost 8 years and it’s finally here. My youngest is three in July and mostly sleeps through the night now. So to all the parents who are sleep deprived, hidden under a pile of nappies, trying to claw out five minutes peace. This is for you. IT GETS BETTER. Isaac (6) just made breakfast for everyone. Toasted…
  • Time continues to move forward, pushing us along with it

    Veronica
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:13 am
    Two weeks ago I changed the name on my Sleepless Nights facebook page. Today I requested it be merged into my Veronica Foale Essentials page. It was time. I knew it was time and yet, I’m still a little sad about it. As business decisions go, it’s a smart move. Merge my social media profiles, streamline any time spent updating pages, consolidate my fan base. As someone who has spent nearly eight years writing here, it was a big move. It’s sad to make the change from Sleepless Nights branding to Veronica Foale Essential branding. It’s a new chapter, sure, but a new…
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  • 6 Etsy Shops for the Perfect Mother's Day Gift

    Nancy Flanders
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:46 pm
    Mother’s Day is right around the corner. And while Mom loves the handmade cards and crafts from the kids, it’s also nice to receive a gift that can’t be hung on the fridge. Etsy is a great place to find amazing items that are handmade, vintage, and personalized so your gift is just as unique as she is. We’ve found six Etsy shops to help narrow down your shopping decisions.1. Make Pie Not WarThank Mom for teaching you to reach for the stars. This constellation necklace and the other interesting pieces are conversation starters that she is likely to get a ton of compliments…
  • 5 Ways to Make Bedtime Go Smoother

    David James
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:39 pm
    I don’t know about you, but my wife and I dread bedtime. For some reason, it seems that our boys amp up their antics as we inch closer and closer to their dreaded bedtime. They get more and more out of control and seem to be on some sort of energy boost as the hours of the day tick away.We figured out several simple, effective, and time-saving methods to make our bedtime routine work more smoothly. It starts with planning, incorporates teamwork, and will leave you and your spouse much more relaxed.Hopefully these tips will work for you, too.1. Have a RoutineSpontaneity does not work at…
  • 18 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day All Year Long

    Kelli Robinson
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    We celebrate Earth Day every year on April 22. Many schools, families, and community groups organize events this month to coincide with the holiday. It’s a great time for parents to help kids become aware of their impact on the environment.But don’t limit celebrating Mother Nature to one month or one day. Check out this list of eco-friendly activities, habits, and ideas to do throughout the entire year.  1. RecycleIf your town, city or neighborhood doesn’t operate a recycling program, inquire about private companies that will pick up your recyclable materials on a regular basis.2. Shop…
 
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  • Five Years is a Long Time

    Carmen Staicer
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:04 am
    Waaaaaaaaayyyyy back in 2010, I tore my gastrocnemius muscle on my right leg while working to earn my black belt in Muay Thai. I was doing banded sprint runs in a additional workout, and the large band was attached to the pole on the boxing ring. I ran against it and as I got to the end of the gym and lifted my leg to run backwards -  I heard a pop and all of a sudden, my leg was useless. I quickly lifted my leg, and the band yanked me backwards and I slammed into the pole with my right side. Despite the fact that I could not walk on it without severe pain, and my right side quickly turned…
  • Love Languages, Friendship, and Getting What You Want in Life

    Carmen Staicer
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:41 am
    So, yeah, let's talk about all of those things. How are they related? ARE they related? I decided to take the Love Languages test - I'm not going to link to it, but there are thousands of them online. Just look. It just takes a few minutes, and if you know yourself at all, you'll pretty much know the answer before you even take the test.  I thought my answer might be Acts of Service/Gifts of Appreciation, and I was correct. Quality Time and Physical Touch are farther down on my list - and to be honest, the reality that Physical Touch was at the bottom makes me sound super…
  • An Update of Sorts - With Pictures, Even!

    Carmen Staicer
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:19 pm
    It seems like I'm found over here less and less, and that's not my intent.  I'm sorry.  Here's what I've been up to: Watching the entirety of House of Cards - OMG, was that good. Did you watch? Are you a fan? Seriously - is this the face that haunts your nightmares?         My son had a performance, and it was super stressful to get everything together and everyone covered and get to the locale - which was outdoors and then canceled due to weather. But we went anyway, and during the ceremony, I had to walk away to take a work call - and also, my ADD kicked…
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  • When People Are Interested in Your Vacation Photos

    SusieJ
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:52 am
    Over a lush lawn of bright green spring grass, sits a half—filled crumbled paper lawn bag, propped up on the legs of the landscaper, likely the owner of the house. One hand has left the rake stand still, while the other hand holds his hat against his chest. It takes a second to register, until I realize he was paying his respects, as we in the funeral cavalcade drive by. This is why I love this place so much. It’s not just the cars that are pulled off to the side of the road – but the people out working in their yards stop too. Do I dare share more? That funerals are becoming beautiful…
  • Parent to Teen: Universal Language

    SusieJ
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:39 am
    In the morning, before I’ve finished my first cup of tea, I listen to the blaring sounds of the latest tunes on Pandora, a station of songs not meant for my generation to hear before 10 a.m. I don’t say a word about the decibels. Instead, I routinely ask if they would like Granola bars or hard pretzels in their lunch, if there is practice after school, and if they’ll need a ride. I have decided that if they can’t hear me, they’ll turn down the music. This must be their decision, you know. My teen’s photography class Because the second I start telling them to “turn that…
  • One Second Between

    SusieJ
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:32 am
    You know how you want them to best friends, and they’re not? And sometimes, the way they argue and pick on each other, you start to imagine the future and Christmas dinners when their families all get together, and you think — we are going to be that family that shows up on the news around the holidays? And it will not be because of how many hours we spent in the soup kitchen. Those two middle boys… And then, something unexpected happens. Dad and I couldn’t make it to the middle school track meet, to serve as volunteer time keepers. So, I sent Ruri — the one…
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  • A Thimbleful of Steadfastness

    Shannon
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:42 pm
    I've been in a trial of late. The kind where my old nemesis anxiety sets up camp and tries to take over, and the inside of my own head becomes the battleground. And then, in addition to the trial itself, there arrives the guilt over the stickiness of the worried thoughts. When, I wonder, will I be a giant of the faith, the woman who roars with the confidence of a victory already won? I've walked with God for so long. So very long. Shouldn't that faith just show up by now? You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3…
  • Mommy

    Shannon
    1 May 2013 | 10:16 am
    I was first called "Mommy" on my 28th birthday. I had already been a mother for over three years, but my oldest child had a moderate speech delay that kept him on the toddlerish "ma-ma" longer than is probably typical. But on that day, my birthday, my preschooler suddently piped up with a heartfelt "Mommy!" What an amazing birthday gift, I thought to myself. I was relieved at his improving speech patterns, of course, but more than that, I felt I had joined a revered club. I was somebody's mommy. Boy, was I ever. That was August of 2000. In addition to my…
  • How (Not) To Teach a Boy To Drive

    Shannon
    3 Apr 2013 | 8:32 am
    ***This post has been syndicated at BlogHer.*** When those hospital nurses place that baby in your arms and wheel you out to your car, they give you all kinds of health tips and safety checklists. They warn you about lead paint. They warn you about tummy sleeping. They even tell you to count how often he poops. What they do not tell you on all those checklists is that you might want to begin preparing yourself right now for the fact that you will someday teach that tiny little creature how to drive a car. And when that moment comes, even though you have a full awareness that your child is…
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  • Nourish by BeliBea is my favorite nursing pumping bra

    Whitney Mattocks
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:11 pm
    I have been nursing and pumping for 13.5 months so I consider myself an expert in nursing bras and while I’ve tried a variety of them throughout the course of my breastfeeding relationship, the Nourish by BeliBea bra is by far my fave. After months of nursing and pumping, my once perky, full-of-milk boobs had started to get a little deflated and saggy. Even though I was still nursing I was about to go out to Nordys and throw myself at the mercy of the sales gal there and beg them to help me find something to make the girls look good again. But then came the Nourish by BeliBea bra.
  • Brainstorm with me: solo Mother’s Day experiences

    Heather Flett
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:45 pm
    This is me trying to take a little bit of control of my own destiny for Mother’s Day. Is that so wrong? My husband knows what I want on Mother’s Day to a T, and he does his very best for me: little people are extra friendly; we all eat brunch; he fields the dirty diapers and discipline as much as is humanly possible. Maybe there is chocolate. Done and done. Beyond the basics, he will sometimes surprise me with a some bonus alone time. He takes the boys to the library or park for a few hours and tells me to be happy, relax, and do no work. But, what should I do? Without any…
  • Surrender: a concept for overwhelmed moms

    Whitney Moss
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:39 am
    Sometimes, when I feel like too many things are being expected of me, my stomach gets tied up in knots. I want to be able to cross everything off my list, make everyone happy, and have some down time. I have trouble knowing where to start when the day looks like a huge tangle of logistics and obstacles, and then I fear the presence of my own children, because each task is more difficult when they are in tow. A couple years ago, I read something written by life coach Andrea Scher that impacted me. It was about the concept of surrender. She wrote, “The rain is just the rain”, which…
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  • Control Your Frizz With Schwarzkopf {Review}

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:29 pm
    My hair is a big frizz-ball of a mess most days. I find myself pulling it all back, either in a messy bun or a ponytail, quite often. I had been using coconut oil to help tame my tresses, after... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • Update Your Wardrobe for Summer

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Here in Texas, summer seems to come pretty early. I’ve been wearing my beloved tanks for a while now, but just headed to Walmart to find some summer attire that included some shorts, since the... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • Building a Marriage that Lasts a Lifetime (from a not-so-perfect wife)

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:07 pm
    I remember my Grandmother telling me before my wedding, and just after she and my Grandfather celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, that I did not yet know true love. She explained that making... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
 
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  • This Week: A Night at the Museum, a Jazz Concert and Tribeca Street Fair

    Ravelle Worthington
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Outdoor fun, plus lots of cool kids' culture makes for a packed week of awesome activities. There's even a global food crawl—no plane tickets necessary!  Festivities for the Tribeca Film Festival continue with the Family Street Fair and ESPN Sports Day happening this Saturday. Kids can also celebrate the arts with the WBGO Kids Jazz Concert in nearby New Jersey, or take a day trip to Planting Fields in Long Island for its Arbor Day Family Festival, complete with live shows and a petting zoo. You'll also find live animals, along with other surprises, at A Night at the Yale Peabody…
  • 10 Heart-Pumping, Thrill-Seeking Activities for NYC Kids

    Jody Mercier
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    I've got three kids with three decidedly different personalities; even though my youngest is just a toddler, it's clear she's a daredevil at heart, never content to sit still for long and always looking for a challenge sure to scare me. She's already got me thinking of activities to thrill her spirit—safely of course. If you've got a like-minded child who refuses to keep her feet on the ground and operates at hyper-speed, New York City is filled with activities to satisfy young thrill seekers, from rock climbing to surfing to trapeze and more. Read on for 10 activities that will get kids'…
  • Make: Recycled Confetti Bowl

    Ally Noel
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:21 am
    Bet you had no idea how easily you could turn your paper scraps into pretty (and useful!) paper mache bowls. Well it's true. Any kind of leftover paper can be used: newspaper, wrapping paper, construction paper, junk mail, even bits of old magazines. Use different-colored paper for a confetti look, color coordinate, or even paint it once it's dry. Kids love feeling the paper mache and seeing how it magically hardens into a real bowl. Make a whole set!
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    Workout Mommy

  • Quick but INTENSE workout!

    workoutmommy
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    As much as I love Ashley’s training programs, there are many times when I don’t have a big chunk of time to do what is on the workout plan.  On those days, I try and create a workout that combines movements to give me cardio and strength training at the same time. Yesterday, I did this and as you can see, I can barely breathe for the video and that was only after 2 rounds!  (I did 10 rounds total) If you are reading this in an email/reader, be sure to click through so you can see the video! Try it out and let me know what you think.   I got my battle ropes from Amazon. Never…
  • Exercise and Addiction Recovery: Why Having a Exercise Routine is Beneficial

    workoutmommy
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:03 am
    Thank you Amanda for today’s post! Whether suffering from a drug, alcohol, sex, or shopping addiction, the road to recovery is often a long journey for recovering addicts and their supporters. Many would conclude that recovery is a lifelong process that will require an effective plan, determination, and a great deal of patience and support. While there are many avenues one could take in maintaining their sobriety, new reports suggest that exercise can have a significant impact on those trying to recover from addiction. Exercise is said to help in restoring both the physical and…
  • Airborne Everyday Immune Support Plus Multivitamin (giveaway)

    workoutmommy
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:18 am
    Sleep…..anyone getting any? I know I don’t get enough. Being a single mom with 4 boys, I usually sacrifice sleep for getting other things done. It is definitely not a good idea, but just a result of my life right now. Lack of sleep, combined with excess stress, results in a compromised immune system, which is not good for anyone. When I got an email about Airborne ® Everyday TM, I thought it would be a great fit for me. Everyone can use a little extra support in life, especially when it comes to our immune support! Airborne Everyday Immune Support Plus Multivitamin helps support your…
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    All & Sundry

  • Contents may have shifted

    Linda
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    Items I was not allowed access to while in treatment included gum/candy/non-cafeteria food, books, digital devices of any kind, magazines, cosmetic/hair/oral hygiene products containing alcohol, scissors, newspapers, medications (those were doled out by staff), “inappropriate” attire, bottled water, perfume, nail polish, knitting needles, and the scale in the hospital unit. I never heard an official explanation for why the scale was off limits, but I assume the rule is there to prevent patients from obsessively weighing themselves. Between the heavy meals, the hours of sitting, and the…
  • Inventory check

    Linda
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:37 pm
    It’s been the sort of warm day that you could mistake for late summer here in Eugene except for the reawakened front yards which are riotously mid-bloom, impossibly green, crackling with promise after winter’s long soggy Ctrl+Alt+Del; Dylan lost a front tooth last night and his infectious dimpled grin has a gappy, goofy new charm; I have greatly reduced the amount of time I spend online and while I miss interacting with people, I’m finding it to be a less distracting, more peaceful way to live; the new AWOLNATION album is just as awesome as I’d hoped it would be; I started helping out…
  • Excavation

    Linda
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:22 pm
    For the next ten weeks, I’m doing outpatient treatment. Three days a week, three hours a day. This is where that one day at a time saying comes in handy, as a less overwhelming alternative to staring at a calendar and thinking, TEN WEEKS? I cried the first time I went to an outpatient session, because there was a resentful, childish part of me that felt like I’d paid my dues in rehab. It seemed so unfair that I had to come right back to the same facility and sit in the same plastic chairs and engage in the same excruciating business of talking about my feeeeeeeeeeeeeelings. I just wanted…
 
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    Cutie Booty Cakes

  • SheaMoisture Raw Shea Baby Wash and Lotion

    Renee Ross
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:49 pm
    I am a huge fan of SheaMoisture. I use the products on my body from head to toe - I’m talking body wash, shampoo, conditioner, black soap, you name it and I’ve used it. I am drawn to the brand because the products have no sulfates, parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or other synthetic ingredients. I pretty much live by the rule that if I can’t pronounce it, I won’t use it on my body!  As important as this is to me, I of course feel the same way about what I use on my son and what I recommend to my friends for their babies and children too. My son is 7 years old but he has dry…
  • Burt's Bees Renewal Skn care line {review}

    Renee Ross
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:34 pm
    I am a long term fan of Burt’s Bees. I love their lip balm and have been using their Acne line for a long time. I like knowing that their natural approach to skin care helps with my skin issues. When I was provided with the opportunity to try the new Burt’s Bees Renewal lineas a Walmart mom I immediately said yes. The Renewal line is clinically proven to smoothen skin, improve firmness and reduce the look of wrinkles, and in 28 days there is a  difference.  I have  been blessed with skin that does not show signs of aging. Thanks to genetics and melanin I have always been…
  • Help fight hunger in America!

    Renee Ross
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:10 pm
    One of the things that I like most about being a Walmart mom is having the opportunity to share the wonderful things they are doing to help feed the hungry in the United States. From building markets in areas which were formally food deserts, to associates volunteering at food banks and finally the partnerships with Feeding America to provide food for food deprived Americans.  Today I’d like to share the Spring Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign.Walmart is working with six suppliers to help Feeding America secure 75 million meals for affiliate food banks across the country, to…
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    The Dalai Mama

  • Juice Cleanse Day 1

    The Dalai Mama
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    So, Over the last year or so I have tried to get my healthy eating in check. With kids, work, activities, etc., it is have been so hard. Last week I found myself on a Kairos retreat for 3 days with 40 teenage boys and the food options were so not healthy. I ate and […]
  • Moving Past the Single Story

    The Dalai Mama
    21 Jun 2014 | 9:53 am
    cross-posted here I have been thinking about this powerful talk for almost a week now. It has made me even more critical of how we as a society perpetuate the “single-story.” It makes me notice when a story presented doesn’t mesh with the “single-story” that has been developed and accepted as the norm in our […]
  • Surprise Gifts of Thanks

    The Dalai Mama
    11 Jun 2014 | 7:55 am
    Yesterday I received a surprise message in my school email. Ms. Finley, I wanted to thank you for the great teaching you provided to R this year.  He was always working on a project and this is what he needs to be a better student.  I know being an excellent teacher increases your work load.  […]
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    superdumb supervillain

  • First Time - Period.

    12 Apr 2015 | 3:38 pm
    I've been worrying about how to broach the puberty stuff with Roo for a while now. I got my period when I was 11 and since she's even more precocious than I was, I figured it was imminent. So I ordered a Hello Flo period starter kit last summer and used it as an icebreaker. A moderately embarrassing, eyeroll-inducing icebreaker. A few weeks ago, they had a puberty talk in school. When I asked
  • The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies App + Giveaway

    6 Apr 2015 | 5:23 pm
    "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. The exclusive Battle of the Five Armies app below lets fans of The Hobbit and LOTR explore the world of their favorite
  • Del Monte #10MinuteWow Easter Side Dishes + Giveaway

    5 Apr 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Del Monte is a familiar name in canned goods and they have plenty of tasty options for your holiday table. Even better, they're designed to be quick and easy, delivering a #10MinuteWow for busy families this Easter. No matter what your traditional main dish is, Del Monte has a super swift side dish solution made with ingredients you already have in your pantry. Serving ham? Try Cheddar Corn
 
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    WordPress.com News

  • Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Your Account

    Eric Binnion
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Because we want to make WordPress.com accounts as secure as we can, we’ve made it easier for you to set up two-factor authentication for your account, so you can take advantage of the top-of-the-line security standard. WordPress.com has supported two-factor authentication (2FA) since 2013. Also known as two-step verification, two-factor authentication allows you to protect your WordPress.com account with both a password and a time-sensitive code you get from your mobile device. To enable two-step authentication, tap your profile picture to jump into the “Me” section and hit the Security…
  • New Themes: Ecto and Coherent

    David A. Kennedy
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    Today, we’d like you to meet the two newest themes added to the WordPress.com collection: Ecto and Coherent. Ecto With a light color scheme, bold typography, and full-width images that draw readers straight to your content, Ecto is perfect for blogs of all kinds. Inspired by the Casper theme, Ecto lets you add a personal touch to posts and pages with large featured images in the header area. Ecto also includes these features: Social Links Menu Featured Images Site Logo Post Formats Custom Menus Widgets Custom Background and Custom Header Read more about Ecto on the Theme…
  • Ensuring Your Site is Mobile-Friendly

    Krista
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:55 am
    Today, Google released a change to its algorithm that gives higher search scores to sites it deems “mobile-friendly.” Curious WordPressers might be asking: How can I be sure my site is mobile-friendly? What can I do if my site is not mobile-friendly? 1. See if your site is mobile-friendly Visit Google’s mobile-friendly test link and enter your site’s address (e.g., http://dailypost.wordpress.com or http://automattic.com). Google will then analyze your site and declare it mobile-friendly or not. Did your site pass? YAY! Pass GO and collect $200 from the Community Chest.
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    Product Reviews by The Experimental Mommy

  • Packing for 3 Days in the Skip Hop Forma Backpack: It Can Be Done!

    Bridgette Duplantis
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:04 pm
    This post was written by Linzy of Crawfish Tales. While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% honest. With a four year old, we were in the system of leaving the house with no supplies. No need for diapers, wipes or extra clothes. But now that baby #2 just entered our lives three months ago. We are getting back into the routine of packing up enough for a weekend trip just to leave the house for a couple of hours. I will admit that I hate diaper bags. I don’t like all the baby patterns or the hard plastic. I mean come on, why can’t it look like it has…
  • Share Your Special Firsts with Pampers

    Bridgette Duplantis
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:05 pm
    This post was written by the Experimental Mommy who is a member of the Pampers Baby Board. All opinions remain 100% honest. After trying for 6 months to become pregnant with our first child, I started to worry that something was wrong. Every negative pregnancy test made me yearn to be a Mother that much more. But finally in 2004, my husband and I were thrilled to announce we would soon become a family of three. The first time I heard the heartbeat. The first ultrasound. The first flutters of baby kicks. The first contractions. All of these firsts were magical moments I will never forget. And…
  • Save on Luvs!

    Bridgette Duplantis
    12 Apr 2015 | 2:36 pm
    This post was written by the Experimental Mommy as part of a campaign with the Double Duty Divas, LLC. Are you a mom of a little one in diapers? Do you like to save money? I know, the answer to that last question is pretty obvious, right?! Well, I’ve got an awesome tidbit for you, but you have to act fast! In today’s newspaper (the Red Plum coupon insert to be exact) there is a big savings coupon for Luvs diapers. Luvs with NightLock, the official diaper of experienced moms, helps to lock away wetness  - even overnight - with Luvs’ largest absorbency area ever. This diaper has…
 
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    balancingmotherhood.com

  • Easter Cupcakes With Chocolate Candies and Marshmallow Filling

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    4 Apr 2015 | 9:36 am
    I got a little carried away recently making several different versions of Easter cupcakes. Who doesn’t love Easter anything? I found this candy mold at AC Moore and had to get it. I wasn’t sure how it would work out, but I just had to try. Turns out it’s super easy to use. The chicks […] The post Easter Cupcakes With Chocolate Candies and Marshmallow Filling appeared first on .
  • 10 Sweet Easter Cupcakes

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Easter is almost hear and I haven’t made any desserts yet! Yikes! I’m behind schedule. These cute cupcakes might just get me in the mood to bake some bunny cupcakes for Easter. Here’s a roundup of some of the sweet ones we found around the web: Hidden Carrot Cupcakes {A Mom’s Take} Easter Bunny, Chick and […] The post 10 Sweet Easter Cupcakes appeared first on .
  • The World’s Easiest Cinnamon Donut Holes

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:02 pm
    I saw these things on Pinterest and decided I had to try them at home. I’m a sucker for breakfast treats. Well, treats of any kind. And, these looked too easy not to try. Perfect for a busy working mom. I bought all the ingredients (there are only a few: canned biscuits, butter, sugar, cinnamon) […] The post The World’s Easiest Cinnamon Donut Holes appeared first on .
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    Hormone-Colored Days

  • Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: Book Giveaway

    13 Apr 2015 | 8:51 am
    Shortly after lingering over Frank Bruni's Where You Go Is not Who You'll Be (affiliate link) I received an email offering me a review copy and a chance to give away up to 5 copies of the book. I jumped at both. Frank Bruni's new book is a hot topic among my friends who are in the midst of or getting ready for the college admissions process. The book is like a reassuring hug for those who easily get sucked into feeling like their child has to go to a big-name, high-prestige college or university.Rather than spotlight big name schools, Bruni highlights our national obsession with…
  • College Road Trip: Cancelled

    9 Mar 2015 | 4:42 pm
    The whole college thing is a complicated dance. You want your kids to lead because in the end this largely about your child and his choice. But on the other hand, if you simply relegate yourself to the role of follower, your child might might miss out on certain opportunities, like actually being organized enough to apply to college the fall of his senior year of high school.The college counselor at our high school is a big advocate of campus visits. So with Spring Break on the horizon we started planning an epic college visit road trips: 4-5 schools in as many states with brief stop in…
  • Why Your Kid Should Apply to Harvard

    5 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    First off, I'm hosting a  #STEMchat tonight (3/5) on Twitter. The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is sponsoring this chat on the science of everyday life. If you have a middle schooler, encourage them to participate in fabulous competition (click the link for entry details). Things are set for the chat and I've finished up a few other projects which means my mind has room to wander again and college admissions is one of the first places it goes.The college recruitment mail has been showing up at our house since my oldest son took the PSAT as a sophomore. This means that…
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    Mile High Mamas

  • Soybu: Get 25% off these darling spring fashions from Colorado’s favorite activewear company

    Amber Johnson
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:50 am
    Who is ready for some darling spring and summer fashion? From the very start, Colorado-based Soybu has been simple – to empower women in their busy, active everyday lives so they will look and feel feminine, stylish and comfortable. All day. Everyday. Their spring/summer performance apparel is creatively designed to move seamlessly between the activities of everyday without sacrificing quality or style. Take eco-friendly fibers + minimal impact on the environment = a happy planet. And you’ll feel fabulous wearing them! Be sure to check-out their new Mod Nouveau line, which…
  • Melissa’s Eats & Treats: Orange White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Ice Cream Recipe

    Guest Blogger
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:10 am
    Mile High Mamas is thrilled to announce our new spring and summer column: Melissa’s Eats and Treats. It’s springtime! That means lots of bright, light flavors, and fun ways to serve them! A super easy way to make a great presentation is to use half of an orange peel as a bowl. Just cut an orange in half and remove the fruit. Then you can fill the peel with fruit salad, Jell-o salad, or ice cream, like my Orange White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Ice Cream. If you’ve been swept up in the essential oils craze, you will love this ice cream for its use of Wild Orange Essential Oil. If…
  • Super Dance, Summer Fun at the Colorado Conservatory of Dance

    Guest Blogger
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:55 am
    Some children seem to come out of the womb dancing, bopping or swaying to the music that surrounds them. Using the coffee table as a stage, they perform triumphant world premieres for audiences of thousands…or maybe just the family cat. They show such vibrancy and passion in their innate love for movement. So, what do you do? Maybe you’ve never danced, and now you’ve got this kid who clearly loves it. If you’ve ever spent hours pouring over which pre-school or elementary school your child should attend, then that means you take education very seriously. You will want to give the same…
 
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    (More than) Fourinarow.net

  • Life Changing Event

    Susan
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:07 am
  • Fabulous 5!

    Susan
    12 Apr 2015 | 2:24 pm
    I just realized, pathetically, that I haven’t posted anything since JANUARY!  And, it’s not like there’s nothing going on around here! Most importantly, our current baby, Andrew, has just turned 5!  It’s unbelievable how fast time flies.  His birthday was yesterday, but the year he was born it fell on Divine Mercy Sunday, which is today.  I remember, thinking what a divine mercy it was that he was finally being born! He used to look like this:And, although he’s grown, he still sleeps like this! Birthday started a bit early with dinner out on Friday night:…
  • Big Game

    Susan
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:22 am
    Finally!  (Yes, that applies to me posting, but also to Luke’s Blackhawk’s game!) If you’ll remember, Gran and Maddog sent Blackhawk tickets to Luke for his 10th birthday back in December. He was SO EXCITED!!! Well, the day finally came.  Dan took off work early and took Luke to dinner in the city before they headed to the game. The Hawks CREAMED to Coyotes, 6-1. To top it all off, it turned out to be Bobble Head Night! Unfortunately, not being experienced game-goers, Dan and Luke didn’t know where or how to get a Bobble Head.  Thankfully, though, as they were…
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    Queen of Spain Blog

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    Queen of Spain
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:48 am
    …in continuing my teary tributes, I must now brag about my daughter, the child who has had her own hashtag since I can remember… #AllHailHala is no joke. The hashtag may have started out that way, due to her demanding nature and poise that can be described as nothing short as that of a blue blood…but it and she have become so much more over this decade of her existence. A decade. An entire decade of our ‘lil Princess Peanut Punk as…well…she knows the rest. And she has lived up to every inch of her name, with several surprises thrown in for good measure. She…
  • 12

    Queen of Spain
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    It’s that time of year again…where I get all teary eyed and brag about my children endlessly. That’s what you get when both your kids are born in the same month…   I’ve always thought he was a wise old soul. Now I’m certain. My first born turned 12 this past week and I’m still working through the emotions wrapped around just another number yet anything but another year-in-the-life. 12. 12. Never mind where years 1,2, 3, 4-11 went, I want to know how he managed to become, very honestly, one of the most compassionate and amazing humans to walk the…
  • The (Digital) Kids Are Alright

    Queen of Spain
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:56 pm
    I really think you need to suck it up and realize what was normal for US as kids is not normal for OUR kids. Sure, get fresh air, get exercise, go play outside…but let’s face it, when it comes to ‘play a game’ or ‘read a book’ all of that is now done digitally. Yup, that means their iPads or their computers or their phones…ONLINE. I was recently reading a few posts about bloggers limiting screen time, not even allowing their kids any screen time and even some who refuse to allow their children to play any games at all or use any ‘smart’…
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    Blonde Mom Blog

  • Promote Your Blog Content On Your Sidebar

    Blonde Mom
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:58 am
    You don’t mind promoting your favorite products or brands with blog ads, why not promote your own valuable content? Don’t be afraid to toot your own horn! Promote your blog content on your sidebar just as you would your social... The post Promote Your Blog Content On Your Sidebar appeared first on Blonde Mom Blog.
  • Saturday Night Mom Style

    Blonde Mom
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:33 pm
    Happy Saturday night! It’s been a good chill weekend as my almost 13-year-old would say. We had a big travel soccer tournament scheduled for the weekend but the crazy rain and storms that blew through Nashville Thursday have rendered the... The post Saturday Night Mom Style appeared first on Blonde Mom Blog.
  • Working Mom Wednesday: Yoga Pants & Flip Flops You Complete Me

    Blonde Mom
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:51 am
    Over on Instagram I’ve started a #WorkingMomWednesday series where I ask a weekly question. Today’s post is all about how you get your kids to school (because today’s kids aren’t walking uphill miles in the snow, rain, or sleet anywhere.)... The post Working Mom Wednesday: Yoga Pants & Flip Flops You Complete Me appeared first on Blonde Mom Blog.
 
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    Girl's Gone Child

  • "A tree house, a free house, a secret you and me house..."

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    "A tree house, a free house,A secret you and me house,A high up in the leafy branchesCozy as can be house...Meredith and I met in 7th grade, years after the treehouse was built by her father, Randy. I went home with Mere after school one day and as we came around the driveway through the gate, my mind blew through the sky like a shot."How is this... ""My Dad built it before I was born...""Where do you...""There's a ladder on the other side of the trunk...""Can we, like...""Of course. Follow me..."We slept up there often, and when we were older, snuck boys in,  made out under blankets…
  • 234/100

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:56 pm
    It's Earth Day, so let's hear it for the trees. For the sea and the sand and the soil and the stones and the flowers. And for Ala.ni, whose voice is like a bouquet. And whose album reflects the four seasons.Alani is releasing her debut album, slowly, over the course of 2015. "Cherry Blossom" is one of three songs off her Spring EP and it's impeccable: Catch some Cherry Blossom by the riverBlowing through the flowing of my heartIf you see me somewhere down the riverCome and stand beside me its all…
  • GingerbReady or Not...

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:04 pm
    The following post was written by my mom, WWW. Thanks, Mom!The other day I came across a lost recipe for gingerbread—the soft cake gingerbread—that had somehow found itself amongst important LLC papers in my business file folder.  (This is not surprising, really.  Filing is NOT my strength!) I have been looking for this recipe for ages and was so excited when I found it because I wanted to bake something nurturing and homey, warm and comforting, to bring to a friend. “Hmmm,” thought I. “Is it weird to make gingerbread in April?” And then I decided that this recipe is so…
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    acte gratuit: A look at life in between naps.

  • A Few Little/Long-Winded Things

    acte gratuit
    4 Apr 2015 | 9:11 pm
    I used to blog a lot, and sometimes I really miss it and really wish I did it more. But Facebook and Instagram are so much quicker and can be done right on my phone, and so it goes...But once in awhile I miss actually writing and every once in a great while, I make myself write again.So here, for no reason other than that Doug fell asleep with the remote in his hand, and I can't turn on another show, is a little life update:On our "new" home:Since Doug and I have been married, we've lived in three rentals, and three mortgaged homes.All of those places, I've been able to decorate and make…
  • The New House

    acte gratuit
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:33 am
    It's around midnight.Doug is snoring next to me, and as usual, I'm still awake.Outside, the cacophony of a pack of coyotes possibly murdering a neighbor dog somewhere in my cul-de-sac, makes me realize I need to write some stuff down about my new home.My new home is very different from my old home.Although our new home is only a 7 minute drive away and a 2.8 mile walk away from our last home, (I just google-mapped it.) it feels like a whole different world. For starters, we are in a different city now. And within that city, we are living in an area with a veeeeery different feel and esthetic.
  • Our House, In the Middle of Our Street

    acte gratuit
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    (Published out of order--this was the first "new house" post I wrote but never finished and published.)We're officially homeowners! (For the third time...hopefully the last).We moved out of our three year rental against our will and into another rental for four weeks. Just after signing the lease on the second rental (hereafter known as "Half-way House") we discovered our dream home had fallen out of escrow.  We didn't think we could afford it, but the mortgage lady worked some dark magic and we somehow got it.  Now, when I say it is my dream house, I'm being disengenuous. It is not…
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    Surrender, Dorothy

  • The Piece of Glass

    Rita Arens
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Somehow my life has become reduced to a rectangle of plastic and glass that I hold in my palm. When I first got it, I both mourned the actual clickable buttons of the obsolete Blackberry and longed to stroke the smooth glass screen of my brand new iPhone 4. Now there are days when I want to use the piece of glass to tell the world something, but I tap and I tap and nothing happens. It can reduce an adult human to tears. It's now a 5S. I guess this matters. Why? When the glass is unresponsive, I feel like a chimpanzee. Because there is a social expectation now that we will respond, to anyone's…
 
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    True Mom Confessions

  • Long Term Care Insurance Questions

    admin
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    Long Term Care Insurance Questions As a Mom, I worry about my kids all the time. As Ive grown older I have started worrying about my own mother as she ages. I have such a great relationship with her and want what’s best for her. I’ve noticed in the past few years that her health has slipped a bit. She now takes several medications like blood pressure and arthritis meds and it just got me to thinking that she one day might not be able to care for herself and need help. I’m a mother of three and would not have time to take care of her as well so I researched Long Term Care…
  • Want to know how hard it is to be a mom? Read on!

    admin
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:27 pm
    “You are going to be a mom!!! Oh, that’s the most wonderful thing that could ever happen to you!” This is one of the most typical and common reactions that you will get when you tell anyone that you are pregnant and going to be a mom. Everyone will be quick to tell you how it is going to be one of the most amazing and life-changing experiences in your life and how you should just relax and enjoy it to the fullest. However, no one tells you the flip side and of course there is one to this situation just like to any other. To be frank, motherhood initially is a major phase in…
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    All Blog Posts

  • Stuck Outside the Poor Door

    Marian Wright Edelman
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:53 pm
    More than 88,000 people have applied to enter the "poor door" at a new luxury condominium tower on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Only one in 1,600 will win the lottery to live there. Some months ago a New York developer made headlines with the plans for this building, which takes advantage of zoning rules encouraging affordable housing by including some low-priced rental units along with the luxury condos for sale. A separate entrance for the people living in the low-income apartments continues with segregated living inside. Low-income tenants won&rsquo;t be allowed to use the pool,…
  • Road Trip to See the President

    Beth Messersmith
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:24 am
    Last week I had the great good fortune of attending President Obama’s town hall on women and the economy along with 10 other NC MomsRising members.  It was held in a small space, with only 250 people or so in attendance. As one of our members put it, we were close enough that it felt like the President was talking directly to you. It’s hard to explain how it felt to be so close and hear President Obama talking about the issues moms deal with in our own lives every day. How empowering it was to feel like we have a leader who actually gets the struggles families face. What it meant to have…
  • Should corporations be watching our kids?

    Mary Cathryn Ricker
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    As a mom, I have to address the reality of social media in my children’s lives, along with balancing the privacy they need to grow and mature in a world I am handing off to them. Part of that is keeping them safe from predators by teaching them how to navigate technology they are more comfortable with than I am.   Which is why, when I learned recently that behemoth testing company Pearson is spying on our kids online, my protective instincts flew into high gear.   In case you missed it, here’s what happened: A New Jersey superintendent raised the alarm last month after she was contacted…
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    TheMacMommy

  • Is Your Website Mobile-Friendly?

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    Google has a new tool to check your website to see if it is mobile-friendly. Just click the link and enter your site"s url into the box and view the results.https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/This example shows that my blog is mobile-friendly.What happens if your site isn"t mobile-friendly? Your site won"t get listed at the top in google search results which means less visitors. Contact your website designer and let them know. If you need a website designer, let me know and I can put you in touch with my friends and colleagues in the business.
  • Add A New Chrome Search Widget

    18 Apr 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Hey there Information Junkies, this one's for you!Got Chrome installed on your iPhone?(if not tap on this App Store icon to install first)Swipe down from the top of your iPhone screen to reveal the Today View and Notifications. Now you can add a handy-dandy search tool using the Chrome widget where you can either type or speak your query!Here's how to get it to show up there:Look for Chrome in the list then tap the "+" to add it to your widgets. Long-press then push with your finger to rearrange the order in which they appear when you pull down in the Today View.When you tap the Voice Search…
  • Ditch Annoying Ads In Safari on iPhone

    17 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Did you ever go to read an article on a website using your iPhone only to feel completely frustrated when an advertisement hijacks your screen and takes you somewhere else because you accidentally tapped an ad while scrolling?Don't put up with that! Use Reader View!Not all sites support it and if they don't, shame on them! When a site supports Reader View, it will briefly display it in the same place where the URL or website address appears before returning back to the website name. If you miss it, don't worry, just look for the little icon located in the far left of that website address…
 
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    This Full House

  • They Say Humor Helps Your Heart, Mine Is Cry-Laughing!

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

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:48 pm
    One of the many things I miss (sort of) from when our kids were littler (i.e. being able to shop for 3 girls and 1 boy, at the same time AND at the same store) is bath time and the kids loved bath time, too! Except for our youngest, Hope -- she hated taking showers, even more! The girl hated, Hated, HAted, HATed, HATEd, I mean absolutely HATED taking showers! She even faked taking a shower with a container of baby powder (aftermath pictured above), because her middle sister insisted that their father and I would NEVER...EVER...know the difference and,...
  • Teenagers, You Goth To Love Them!

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:38 pm
    One of the BIGGEST fallacies you'll ever hear about parenting teenagers...IMHO, as a parent of teens, four times over, maneuvering through waves of hormonal and emotional angst for the last 9 years...both theirs AND mine...is the popular belief that parents of teens are entirely responsible for their children’s behavior. That is SO not true! I am mostly responsible for my teens behavior, but not entirely. Like adults, teenagers have their own agenda and many times (okay, mostly) it involves doing exactly the OPPOSITE of what their parents would do in almost any given situation and, well,…
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    and baby makes 6!

  • The Tale of Baby.

    Jody
    3 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    Once Upon a Time, my dogs went into heat back to back.  It was awesome, but not awesome good. It was much like awesome dumb. Have you ever had a dog in heat in your home?  If not, take it from … Continue reading →
  • Randomness at its best

    Jody
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    Our weekend was busy. It was a good busy though. Friday night all the kids were gone at various spend the nights so Billy and I had the house to ourselves. Holy cow! Rare moment. We shared a bottle of … Continue reading →
  • When parents get ahold of their childs selfie stick

    Jody
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    I had no idea there was such a thing as a selfie stick until my daughters friend got one, and then Mia got one for her birthday (more no that later). Let the narcissistic fun begin! Bill and I grabbed … Continue reading →
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    Woulda Coulda Shoulda

  • I know that it is spring because…

    Mir
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    … every time I let the dogs out, Licorice comes back in covered in twigs and leaves and mysterious little burrs, all “I’M A WILD ANIMAL! YOU CAN’T TAME ME!” Meanwhile, Duncan comes back inside sneezing. Because he is a delicate puppy-flower, and he has hay fever. … both children are suddenly complaining that they […]
  • #oldmomnewtricks

    Mir
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    All I could get Chickadee to tell me she wanted for her birthday was permission to install Snapchat. (Owing to an unfortunate bending of the house rules a few years ago, that particular app was off the table for a while, because I am a Giant Meaniepants.) I let her go the entire day without […]
  • Turn down for Flerp

    Mir
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:06 am
    I don’t know if you knew this, but today is a very special holiday. Just in case we all suddenly fell and hit our heads and forgot, my darling daughter made sure to note it on the family calendar pretty much the moment we flipped over to April. That’s right—Flerp Derp hopes you are all […]
 
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    amalah . com

  • How to Measure a(n Almost) Year

    amalah
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    It was about 11 months ago when Jason first picked up a piece of chalk and drew up a grown-up behavior chart in our kitchen. The Get Off Your Ass chart, designed to keep us both accountable on our diet and exercise plans.  11 months later, as previously reported, I'm down 25 pounds, Jason's lost 35, and both us are much fitter and healthier and doing pretty darn well at maintaining our good habits, and balancing out the occasional fun splurge so it doesn't undo all of the hard work. (I ate french fries like three times last week and I do not carrrrrre.) And it WAS hard work,…
  • 41 Days 'Til 4 Years Old

    amalah
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:34 am
    Why I have to get out of bed? Because it's time to get dressed. Why you tell me to get dressed? Because it's time for school. Why it time for school? Get dressed, Ike. Why you tell me to get dressed? Because it's time. For. School. Why it time for school? Why you not give me a waffle? I am. It's in the toaster. Why it in the toaster? Because it's frozen. Why it frozen? Because it was in the freezer. Why it in the freezer? Because it's a frozen waffle. From a box. Why it from a box? Because I'm lazy. Why you lazy? Because you're literally sucking away my life…
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    The Domestic Diva

  • Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Satin Frizz Control & Protect Shampoo and Conditioner Review

    The Domestic Diva
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:45 pm
    (sponsored post) As a beauty blogger I’m constantly on the lookout for newest products in beauty.  I love the challenge of finding an awesome beauty product on a budget.  Over the last year, beauty products that you can find at stores like Walmart have really stepped up their game.  This makes me very excited.  Every […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • New Fragrance from Jennifer Lopez: JLuxe by JLo (Review)

    The Domestic Diva
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:40 pm
    (product provided) I’ve been a fan of Jennifer Lopez from the beginning. I remember when she released her first fragrance. It quickly became one of my favorites and one that I frequently wore. I currently only have one of JLo’s scents in my fragrance collection, so when I was asked if I would like a […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • Bedtime Skin Care Routine: Firming Skin while You Sleep with Burt’s Bees Renewal Face Care #28dayfacecleanse

    The Domestic Diva
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:45 pm
    (sponsored post) Having a good night time skin care routine is very important. Cleansing the skin at the end of an exhausting day not only can help you relax and prepare for bed but it also helps to remove makeup and dirt from the day. Making the time to cleanse your skin before bed can […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
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    Home Ec 101

  • Home Ec 101 Hits Home

    Heather Solos
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:07 am
    Heather says Does anyone remember the movie The Money Pit? I now watch this with a knowing chuckle. Many of you know that I moved into what I refer to as the “fixer-upper” back in October. As there are some truly awful people out on the interwebz I was not very open about the exact state of the house that I moved into, other than the sharing the fact that it was pretty rough. Some of you out there know what home renovations are like and still others know what it’s like to live in a home being renovated. The word frustrating and disheartening comes to mind. The bathroom floor…
  • How to Iron: A Home-Ec 101 Guide

    Home-Ec Guest
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:35 am
    Stephanie says: Let’s work to iron out the wrinkles. I love ironing. I do. Roll your eyes. Scoff. Mutter, “whatever, who loves ironing?” I do. There is something satisfying about taking a pile of clean clothes and one by one getting all the wrinkles out, then putting them away. I don’t iron every morning. Heavens no. I need my beauty rest, and more importantly a cup of coffee and an egg sandwich that I can eat at a pace that will not force it to repeat on me. I iron on Sundays. You see, during the week, I do laundry, usually Thursday’s and Friday’s, and anything that I would like…
  • Household Odors: A Home-Ec 101 Guide

    Jendi
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:22 am
    Scientists say that people can smell at least one trillion distinct scents, scent cells are renewed every 30 to 60 days, and women have a better sense of smell than men. Combine all those things together with a house full of people and there is potential for A LOT of odors. On top of all that we know that scent is a powerful memory trigger, and we want our house to smell good and create good memories. Listed below are some articles that can help you find and conquer bad household odors. Just click the title of the one you want to read more about. Can This Smelly Freezer Be Saved? Due to a…
 
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    Working Moms Against Guilt

  • Dream As Big As A Child

    Julie M.
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    My oldest daughter, Autumn,* has wanted to be a dentist ever since she went to her three year dental clean. She’s four-and-a-half now, and she has had three additional cleanings, and this dream has stayed strong. As the person who is likely paying for her college tuition, I’m quite satisfied with this future dream. However, I also realize that it’s fairly unlikely that this will remain her career choice. I just love that at age three (and, really, even younger) she has begun talking about her future dreams. I also love talking about this with her and her sister, Amelia.* When I ask my…
  • Quick and Easy Fried Rice Recipe

    Sara Bennett Wealer
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:27 am
    I’ve been on a quest for the perfect fried rice recipe. It’s a great dish for working moms because it’s easy to whip up, can incorporate leftovers, and can allow for the sneaking in of healthy veggies. My past efforts turned out soggy and uninspired. Then I found a recipe I love. I found it in one of the most unlikely places: the YouTube channel of an Australian dude who shows bachelors how to whip up beer munchie food. My daughter and I stumbled on Greg’s Kitchen while watching funny videos before bed. And lets just say you have to watch it to appreciate it. I’m…
  • “Ride the Crazy” and Other Tips for the Overwhelmed Mom

    Kristi Blust
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Laundry piles, a mail mountain on our kitchen table, dinner leftovers that need put away, steamed veggies that need to be processed for my son, and too many reports to finish for work. Tell me when the laundry ends? Oh, and a shower. I could really use one of those. This is my reality. I am a full-time school psychologist with a 60 mile (each way) commute. I am the mother of a beautiful baby boy and a tenacious two-year-old girl, and wife of a pretty fantastic fella. Did I mention that my family and I are moving in two weeks, and not a box has been packed? My plate is…
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    the Disney Driven Life

  • DisneyNature’s Monkey Kingdom Supports Conservation International

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
      DISNEYNATURE’S BIG-SCREEN ADVENTURE “MONKEY KINGDOM” SUPPORTS CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL AND ITS EFFORTS TO PROTECT MONKEYS AND ENDANGERED SPECIES ACROSS SRI LANKA, CAMBODIA, AND INDONESIA BURBANK, Calif. Thanks to support from moviegoers nationwide, Disneynature and Conservation International are pleased to announce the results of their conservation initiative tied to the new movie “Monkey Kingdom,” in theaters now. As part of the program, Disneynature committed a portion of opening week ticket sales (April 17-23, 2015) through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund in…
  • Mother’s Day – The Disney Way

    Letty N. (NDM#527)
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
      Now that finally the last of the snow has melted away I can finally start thinking about flowers. Not planting them. Oh no. I really like my mani/pedi. I do not have a green thumb in the slightest. But receiving flowers is always special. It is especially special when I get a lovely bouquet on Mother’s Day. I usually do. My husband and my two girls always present me with flowers that speak of their love and gratitude for me. Ahh. It is very sweet. I’m now going to dream about what else could bestow the same sentiment, only with a little (or big) Disney twist. Open letter…
  • Fangirls, Assemble! Her Universe Releases New Avengers Fashions

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
      Her Universe, Marvel and Hot Topic Team Up for New Avengers Fashion Collection Exclusive Collection Features Designs by Winners of the Her Universe Fashion Show at Comic-Con International 2014 New York, NY  —Fangirls assemble! In celebration of the release of Marvel’sAvengers: Age of Ultron, Her Universe – the trendsetting geek girl apparel company, and Disney Consumer Products have announced a new fashion line inspired by fan-favorite Super Heroes from the Avengers films. The Marvel by Her Universe collection will be available mid-May exclusively at select Hot Topic…
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • Photos: Real moms bare all to #takebackpostpartum

    Carolyn Robertson
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    by Carolyn Robertson posted in Mom Stories What does motherhood look like? Is it the sappy, sentimental version we see in diaper ads? The self-deprecating, wine-craving depictions of Pinterest pics? The overwhelmed, exhausted portraits that dominate the media? Is it joyous or desperate? Fulfilling or mundane? Empowering or riddled with self-doubt?... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Kimora Lee Simmons is thrilled by natural birth of a big baby boy

    Sara McGinnis
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Kimora Lee Simmons is mighty proud to have welcomed her big baby boy without any drugs. “#WolfeLee is finally here!,” the model mom wrote on her Instagram page Friday. “After an all natural, intimate, beautiful, long birth! He’s everything we thought he would be and MORE! I am so... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Bridezilla wants your son to get a haircut, do you say yes?

    Joey Lombardi
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Joey Lombardi posted in Mom Stories Weddings are a special time. Two people are starting a new life together, friends and family are (generally) happy and supportive...it's a time to savor. It's not uncommon during this period of life planning and overall merriment for people to skip or forget some basic forms of polite... 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

  • The Cheetah Family

    Stimey
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:45 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
  • Me Too, Jack

    Stimey
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:35 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
  • The Rat Stands for Obviousness

    Stimey
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Stimeyland Has Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/Stimeyland (Click here to get to the subscription page.) Once you clicked the above and are on the new subscription page, just click how you want to subscribe at the top right. I know this is SO obnoxious. I'm sorry. Please subscribe!! I promise lots of funny new embarrassing stories and heart-string pulling posts if you do! Please? OR! Visit www.stimeyland.com and subscribe by email from the sidebar. http://feeds.feedblitz.com/stimeyland
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    a little pregnant

  • Surprising no one

    Julie
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:01 pm
    So I was sitting at the dining room table, feverishly always-sometimes-rarely-nevering, when Paul asked me if I wanted something to drink. "Please," I said distractedly, gesturing over into the kitchen. "I already have one started." I meant the half-finished cup of coffee right there on the counter, but bless that man: instead he brought a half-finished bottle of wine. The pediatrician had been kind of tenacious about it. "Have you had Charlie evaluated?" Yes, but the verdict was inconclusive. "Have you had him evaluated recently?" No, because we think…
  • Abominable

    Julie
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    I got this lovely message on Facebook the other day asking me what my plans were for my blog. I laughed merrily, because that is what I do when I find something gently hilarious — oh ho ho, goodness me, plans? It sounded a little like bells. Fact is, true as ever to mine own self, I don't have a plan for my blog, beyond opening its creaking hinges to post now and then when something amuses, baffles, or concerns me. Today I am amused, still laughing days after the fact, because in the sheaf of papers Ben brought home from school last week was this: "My snowman is named …
  • Ten

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

  • Greek Yogurt Pancakes Without Milk (And NY State Tests)

    Kimberly
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Today marked the start of the New York state’s annual standardized tests. I’m not a big fan of standardized testing. I don’t dislike it enough to opt out though so Michael is taking the test. My husband and I tend  to downplay the test in our home. We figure that if we needed to do […] The post Greek Yogurt Pancakes Without Milk (And NY State Tests) appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Chase Your Dreams

    Kimberly
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:49 pm
    I have been a dream chaser all of my life. My dreams don’t have to (and usually don’t!) make sense to anyone else but me. While following dreams does involve some degree of risk, the rewards definitely outweigh them… I remember one of my dreams was to go to college in New York City even […] The post Chase Your Dreams appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Yummly for Publishers

    Kimberly
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    When Michael turned 11 last month, I realized that I have been blogging for 10 years. Time really does fly! The thing that I love about blogging is that it is constantly changing as an industry and that I can adapt my blog to my lifestyle. I can barely stay on top of all of […] The post Yummly for Publishers appeared first on Mom in the City.
 
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    Los Angeles Mamma Blog

  • SpaceNK – By Terry

    admin
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:31 am
    SpaceNK is such an awesome place to shop– if you weren’t aware of it, you are now. Yesterday I made an appointment to get a make over by the By Terry make up artist at Bloomingdale’s it was such a treat! I loved literally every product she used on me! It was hard to buy everything, as I have a lot of skin care that I need to use up at home first, but I have a list of the products and I absolutely intend to get them down the line!!! Here are the highlights of the products she used on me (and I recommend each of these, so if you need skin care, grab them now): This product…
  • Dreamworks’ Home

    admin
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Are your kids excited to see the movie home? My daughter is really looking forward to watching it… Get them in the mood by buying a Home themed lamp from Lamps Plus – my daughter adores hers and it looks lovely in her room! She’s getting older, and this lamp replaced the one she’s had since she was a baby, she’s a big girl now (almost 6 years old) so, it’s perfect! I’m so excited for her. I loved it myself (see a picture of the lamp, after we assembled it, below). The “HOME” movie-inspired designs by Lamps Plus include made-to-order and…
  • 3 Pick-Me-Ups for a Busy and Fashionable Woman

    admin
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:48 am
    Working long hours, barely getting enough rest, aching muscles – we’ve all experienced the frustrating side effects of working hard and doing our very best to succeed. These three pick-me-ups are perfect for a busy career-oriented fashionista that deserves a little bit of pampering. Think you’re too busy for a pick-me-up? Think again! These three tips will only take you ten minutes or less. Buy Skinny Jeans You’ll Love Being super busy can actually do you a favor, in the weight department that is. As long as you’re taking care of yourself health wise and are not forgetting to eat,…
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    Mombian

  • Adoptions Under Threat

    Dana
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:45 am
    A Florida bill that would have allowed adoption agencies receiving public funds to discriminate against LGBTQ people looks dead for now—but similar bills are alive in several other states. The bills would allow private adoption agencies—even ones receiving public funds—to refuse to place a child with an individual or couple if to do so violated the agency’s religious or moral beliefs. The Florida bill that I wrote about Monday was “temporarily postponed” by a state Senate committee, “a procedural move that means it likely will not come up again this…
  • New Wells Fargo Ad Features Two Moms, Deaf Child

    Dana
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:54 pm
    A new Wells Fargo TV ad features two moms practicing sign language before meeting the deaf girl they will adopt. It’s charming. Watch: Wells Fargo has a long history of supporting the LGBTQ community. The ad is part of a larger campaign titled “Together, we’ll go far,” reports AdWeek. Other ads in the series tell the stories of a diverse range of people, they say: For Wells Fargo, the goal is to reflect the diversity of its customers and get beyond products and services to tell emotional stories that illustrate universal truths, according to chief marketing officer…
  • LGBTQ Parenting Roundup: The Supreme Edition

    Dana
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:20 am
    Most of the marriage equality plaintiffs going before the U.S. Supreme Court next week are parents, and the well-being of children is likely to be a big factor in the case. Let’s meet some of these intrepid families. NPR’s superlative Nina Totenberg profiles the plaintiffs in a 10-minute audio interview (and text, for those who prefer it). She observes: “Most have children and lead the typically harried lives of working parents. They say they didn’t set out to be pioneers. They consider themselves ‘accidental activists,’ meaning they filed lawsuits not…
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    Confessions of a Pioneer Woman | Ree Drummond

  • April 23: A Retrospective

    Ree
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    Until I get my first child graduated from high school in two weeks, I’m going to have to ask for your continued patience with my complete lack of brain cells, friends. Until May 9, my productivity is in a state of suspension, particularly since my younger daughter has a big research paper to complete, I have guests on the ranch next week, my older daughter is gearing up to play her last soccer game as a high schooler, and my boys have recently inexplicably started taking boxing lessons. Oh, and we have even more dogs at our house these days, if that’s even possible. And I’m…
  • The Big Kids Now

    Ree
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    It’s been a warm-cold-warm-cold-warm-cold month so far, and last week Marlboro Man and the kids—along with Josh and his kids—worked calves on one of the cold days.       It’s tricky this time of year! You never know when you wake up and go to saddle your horse whether you’ll need to wear no jacket, a light jacket, or (you truly never know) a heavy coat. It isn’t unusual in April for our door to open and close ten different times before Marlboro Man and the kids finally head out in the morning: One of them steps outside, takes a few steps…
  • April: Osage County

    Ree
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:50 am
    What a beautiful time for Oklahoma skies! I had to stop and take photos of a brewing storm last Friday morning as the kids and I were headed to our co-op day in the city.       It was eerie + beautiful + chilling + awesome + scary + powerful. Yep, that’s an Oklahoma sky for ya.       Friday night, the rain had passed and we went to Tim and Missy’s house for a family get-together. We were sitting on the east side of the house enjoying an outdoor fire when Marlboro Man motioned to Missy and me to come look at the sunset. Oh, were we glad he told us. We…
 
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    Design Mom

  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    By Gabrielle. Hello, Friends! How are you? I flew home from New York last night. My book tour events in Boston and New York were fantastic and I’ll be posting about them next week, but right this minute, I couldn’t be happier to be back in Oakland. Coming home is the best feeling! And I’m really looking forward to the weekend. How about you? Anything you’re looking forward to? I’m stepping away from my laptop to get working on post-trip laundry, but here are a few things to keep you entertained over the next few days: - A little boy takes flight. - Exciting…
  • Artifact Uprising Giveaway

    Design Mom
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    Photos and text by Gabrielle. I guarantee you do NOT want to miss this giveaway. It’s a really good one, and it’s perfect for creating gifts for Grandmas and Mother-in-laws for Mother’s Day. The giveaway is sponsored by Artifact Uprising, and the prize is a $250 gift certificate! Do you know Artifact Uprising? They are a small company dedicated to preserving the beauty and the stories that are sitting on our phones and in our digital cameras. They are “inspired by the disappearing beauty of the tangible” and they’re driven by the belief everyone has a story…
  • What Do You Want for Mother’s Day?

    Design Mom
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:35 pm
    By Gabrielle. Okay you guys. I know I should wait until it arrives in a few weeks, but I’m too impatient. Ben Blair just bought this vintage Vespa! Isn’t it gorgeous?!! He says it’s a Mother’s Day gift, but honestly, we rarely ever buy gifts for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, so I know we’re just using Mother’s Day as the excuse. But I don’t mind at all. Hah! I have wanted an old school Vespa for years and years, and he has been keeping his eye out all this time, waiting until he found a good source. I’m so excited about it. I…
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    Dutch Blitz

  • Let The Sun Shine In

    angella
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:55 pm
      Life is good. Life is busy. Life is…life. (The above photo is from today’s “extra” run for the kids’ school marathon. A few of us come on Mondays at lunch and are swarmed by kids who just want to run. For fun.)(There were about thirty kids behind me in this shot.) (SO AMAZING.) I’m at the point in the month (Ladies, you know what I’m talking about)(So do you Men) where everything is BIG and STRESSFUL and OVERWHELMING and WHERE IS MY PLATE OF NACHOS? I know this in my head, but if someone could be the hormone whisperer, we would be friends for…
  • Kraft Peanut Butter Bites

    angella
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    My challenge, if I chose to accept it, was to take a basic recipe from Kraft, add two ingredients of my choosing, and share it with all of you. We’re talking about peanut butter, friends. Of course I was up to the challenge. Kraft Peanut Butter is a staple in our house, for everything from sandwiches to cookies. I was given the three base ingredients (Kraft Peanut Butter, oats, and honey) and knew immediately what I would add: Chocolate chips and hazelnut spread. Because chocolate chips and hazelnut spread are awesome. These no-bake Peanut Butter Snack Bites are the easiest thing to make.
  • Spring Loaded

    angella
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Excuse me for stating the obvious, but having kids makes your life busier than if it were just you. Having three kids is especially busy, and there are days when I think “I had three kids on purpose.” I love my three, and could not imagine life without them, but there are three beings who need to have me at the ready emotionally, physically, and spiritually. We’ve always made sure that we don’t have the kids in too many activities. They did piano for two years, and this year their piano teacher is on maternity leave, so we had a break from that. We spend a lot of time…
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  • @barbling: 7 Secrets For Crazy Clickable Social Media Buttons http://buff.ly/1yVHtcQ

    25 Apr 2015 | 3:10 pm
    This Just In! 7 Secrets For Crazy Clickable Social Media Buttons http://buff.ly/1yVHtcQ 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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    25 Apr 2015 | 1:25 pm
    This Just In! 56 Lessons From 20 Years of Online Community Building http://buff.ly/1oHYWPu 56 Lessons From 20 Years of Online Community Buildingwww.business2community.comEver wonder what it takes to succeed with online community strategy and operations? Here are 56 lessons learned culled from 20 years of online community building experience. 1. To succeed at online c… 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…
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    25 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    This Just In! 5 Easily Avoidable Mistakes That Cause Most Podcasts to Fail – Copyblogger http://buff.ly/1GpqD92 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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  • Is THREE the Magic Number, Andrea?

    Kerry Sauriol
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:14 pm
    So, a couple of weeks ago I was chatting on Twitter with Andrea aka Mama in the City about them diving into the world of THREE…kids that is.  We had been swapping jokes about joining the ‘elite’ club and how it changes things……you are for sure a ‘breeder’ at three.  Two kids are hip….three you are pushing it, stuff like that.  She asked if I wanted to guest post about my experiences and said SURE!!!   Then well, three kids got in the way. Because here is the biggest thing about having three school age kids all in the same school.  They are…
  • The Healing Magic of Netflix

    Kerry Sauriol
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:20 am
    The plague stampeded into House Crunch and basically squashed everyone flat.  Tara was the first fall, and we all consider her patient zero, though I had already suffered a horrid flu a couple of weeks earlier. SHE brought the cough…..the hacking cough and fever that would NOT go away. Dad and older brother quickly succumbed.  I got the cough too, but with nobody to cover me at work, had to suffer through a week of misery.   We are all still crawling our way up out of the morass of illness here, but the ONE thing that brought a smile and a little light all our recoveries was Netflix.
  • Looking Good With Vidal Sassoon & Proctor & Gamble

    Kerry Sauriol
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Back in ye olden days, I was a coordinator at a hair salon at the mall.  I have always loved all things hair, so I was in heaven.  I loved getting my hair cut and coloured all the pretty shades and I loved getting a discount on all the salon products.   I was a total product snob. Only the best for my hair  I vowed.  Until I was no longer working their and therefore not getting the staff discount.  Since then, I have searched for the best store bought products for my hair.   I do spend my hard earned dollars to get my hair cut and coloured by professionals, but always look for the best…
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  • A Stars Hollow Of My Very Own

    ali
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:08 pm
    We live in the suburbs. It’s what I know; it’s how I grew up, I just traded a midwestern one for a Canadian one. Emily is currently working on her final 8th grade Geography project — it’s worth, like, 85% of her mark or equally obscene and she has been working all the livelong day and night on it (Shh…don’t tell her that she’s already been accepted into high school and probably should be ripsticking more and fretting about geo projects less). She had to design and build her own country — and think about urban, rural, and suburban living. It got me…
  • On Beauty And Rising Tides

    ali
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    There’s a lot of chatter right now about beauty. Mostly, it’s about two doors. Will you go through the beautiful door or will you go through the average door? As with most things on the internet, there are writers who are loving Dove’s newest campaign, they are finding it inspiring, powerful. And there are writers, of course, who have had enough, they aren’t buying it, they don’t want it. Dove doesn’t always hit the mark for me with each campaign, but what it does is make me think about who I am and what I think about myself and, more importantly, how I…
  • Legacies

    ali
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:37 pm
    My mom was born in a DP camp in Austria in April of 1949. This fact is something that I have known all my life, since it was required information for every elementary school family tree project I ever turned in in the 1980s. Born in Austria, came over to Montreal on the Schiff Nelly in the winter of 1950—it’s a story I have heard many times and can recite by memory. But when I sit down and really think about it, this isn’t just another old fact for a family tree—like the fact that my Grandpa Lou was born in Cleveland—it’s so much more. My mom was born to two holocaust…
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  • Celebrating Earth Day with Kids

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Happy Earth Day! Today is Earth Day, a national day to honor Mother Earth while inspiring appreciation and awareness for the environment. The green movement is founded on utilizing methods and products that help preserve our natural resources for generations to come. Kids are no exception to learning green habits and are more than happy […]
  • 8 Ways to Teach Kids Green Habits

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    There’s a lot of green sprouting up in April, and perhaps even a little spring cleaning has begun.  If you’ve been working towards ‘greening’ your home and your habits, have you involved your little ones?  We know it’s important to instill healthy eating habits in kids as early as possible, and there’s no reason you […]
  • 5 Ways to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:03 am
      If you are wondering how the holidays flew by so fast, you are not alone.  It seems months of anticipation build up only for the few short weeks of the holiday season-only to disappear so quickly.  When it comes to kids whose calendars pass by days until the next holiday, parents quickly begin to […]
 
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  • Beans and Greens – Lazy Herbivore Style

    Zoot
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:36 am
    I’ve been working on three different recipes lately – all involving my crockpot and beens and some green vegetable. I thought I’d share them with you. As always – please remember this is NOT a recipe blog. I never do anything the exact same way twice because I’m lazy and that would require writing something down. These are GENERAL recipes and APPROXIMATELY what I do each time but if I’m out of something, or if I don’t have the right time frame, things change constantly. I rarely strain beans, sometimes I sauté onions to add in, sometimes I add…
  • Maslow and Government Assistance

    Zoot
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:15 am
    I’ve been thinking a lot about the people who have SO MANY OPINIONS about how others on government assistance should be spending their money. Not to see movies! Or eat steak! If you need the government’s help to pay your rent or buy your groceries, then you – my friend – should be the most responsible person on the planet when it comes to money. I remember when I was poor and the government was assisting me in any number of ways – I still always splurged on payday. When I had the check in my hand, I always did something stupid with it. Sometimes I took E to a…
  • An Ode To Friends Who Don’t Mind Getting Muddy

    Zoot
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:26 am
    My running buddy, Chelsea, posted this John Muir quote on Facebook and it is basically the motto of our Sunday morning No Runner Left Behind trail group. (Minus the glaciers. We don’t get many of those around here.) As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can. — Quoted from Muir Journals (undated fragment, c. 1871) by Linnie Marsh Wolfe, Son of the…
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  • 9 Essential Items to Pack for a Cruise

    Melissa Hillier
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    {photo credit} The month of May marks the beginning of a busy cruise season for most cruise lines. That means, there are a lot of you that will be embarking on a sea adventure of a lifetime very soon. Whether you’re cruising to the Caribbean, the Bahamas or Bermuda {among dozens of other exotic locations} you want to be prepared for anything, without over packing. From sunscreen to flip-flops, I’ve created a list of 9 items you won’t want to forget when you go on your next cruise. Swimsuits – Unless you have no intentions of ever taking a dip in the ship’s pool…
  • 7 Incredibly Creative Flower Gardens

    Christine
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:04 am
    Those April showers did their trick! May flowers are blooming everywhere. Now that the weather is warmer, we’re going to be seeing color blossoms on trees, bushes, and in garden beds. Need a little inspiration to bring some of this color to your own garden or yard? We’ve got some gorgeous eye candy in the form of creative flower gardens for you that will do just that! Flowers spilling out of flower pot by Interior Holic. Gorgeous, huh? The link has a tutorial as well, so you can have the look yourself. Mossy and flowery chair by Oscar Mora. This is magical; would look lovely…
  • Light and Healthy Spring Salad Recipes

    Melissa Hillier
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    Spring is in full swing, the weather is warmer, and we are all excited to get out of the hot kitchen and have a much cooler, lighter fare. Spring salads are the perfect solution to your seasonal dilemma. Here you’ll find a bunch of recipes that are quick, easy and will leave you lots of time in your day to lounge by the pool or do a little spring cleaning! /1/ Fennel and Citrus Salad – This salad is filled with a yummy combo of both sweet and spicy. If you’re someone who eats a Paleo diet, this recipe is perfect for you! /2/ Sweet Orange and Pineapple Salad – This…
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  • 15 Amazing Vintage Photographs of the First World War in London

    John VE
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Crowds gather outside Buckingham Palace on the outbreak of War, 1914.Men of the 9th Battalion, London Regiment leaving Hyde Park on a route march in December 1914.A large sign requesting 'Quiet for the Wounded' hangs outside Charing Cross Hospital at Agar Street, London, in September 1914. Heavy traffic has been diverted to minimise noise in the street.Christina Broom, self-proclaimed 'Official Photographer to the Guards', photographed by her daughter as she displays her camera and examples of her photographs at the Womens War Work Exhibition, Prince's Skating Rink,…
  • Early Photos of China and Hong Kong from 1868-1872

    John VE
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:33 pm
    In the second half of the nineteenth century, Scottish photographer and travel writer John Thomson took four journeys across China. His photographs capture scenes and people from all walks of life—ministers, high officials, wealthy traders, street vendors, brides, boat women, monks, and soldiers—providing a lasting record of nineteenth-century China’s landscapes, architecture, communities, and customs.A Foreign Settlement, (Shantou, Guangdong 1871)A Cantonese Schoolboy, (Guangzhou, Guangdong, 1869–70)A Manchu Bride, (Beijing 1871–72)A Boatwoman, (Guangzhou, Guangdong 1869–70)Sedan…
  • Women window cleaners working in London, ca. 1917

    John VE
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
 
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  • Newfangled

    Leslie
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:05 am
    I didn’t immediately notice that our toilet had started leaking. There was a lot of water on the floor after bath time, but when isn’t there? (The answer is NEVER.) Sure, it seemed excessive, but certainly not the worst my kids have done. (They once made their own water slide in there.) I just mopped up the mess with all the towels they had dropped in the hallway to the tune of my Why Can’t You Guys Keep the Water in the Tub for Goodness Sake Tirade and proceeded with the bedtime ritual. Five books and one Oprah and Deepak Meditation later, it was raining in the kitchen. We…
  • My Busy Boy

    Leslie
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:49 pm
    This morning, Jack and I were the first ones up. We took a bath and he washed my hair. He helped me do dishes and make breakfast. He set the table. He shopped for me in his play kitchen while I recited a list for him. He used the broom and dust pan and swept the entryway. He sings all the time. It’s one of my favorite sounds. He loves to play telephone. Today, he was a Fixer Guy. I’d call him up and ask him to fix something, then he’d show up with his tool box and get to work. He sawed the refrigerator, jammed his screwdriver in the bathroom door keyhole, and hammered all…
  • Yesterday at 7:48 a.m.

    Leslie
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:56 pm
    I snapped this picture of Lucy right before she went into school. And four minutes later, she turned seven while doing her morning work.
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    Daily Plate of Crazy

  • Picking Your (Relationship) Battles

    D. A. Wolf
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    The proverbial relationship wisdom when it comes to disagreements? Pick your battles to better keep the peace, and fight the good fight when it counts. Easier said than done? Could be. As a proponent of the pick your battles school of thought — with a lover, a spouse, and certainly with kids — I do wonder if the expression is overused. How often are we battling, really? Are we just experiencing a difference in opinion, and isn’t that usual? Could we re-frame the pick your battles premise in a more productive way? Every Disagreement Does Not a Battle Make These nuances are…
  • The Benefits of Doing One Thing at a Time

    D. A. Wolf
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:33 am
    Yesterday was a productive day. For a change, I proceeded through my list of tasks by doing one thing at a time, curious to see the benefits. I stuck to one sticky, if you will… instead of my usual eight or nine. Now, I’ve had many productive days lately, but they’ve been terribly tiring, as I’ve multitasked like crazy to get through them, as so many of us do. You know how it goes. The phone buzzes and you need to take it; an urgent email means dropping what you’re working on RIGHT NOW; a co-worker or client has an immediate need and they’re standing over…
  • Headline Headache: Sex, Sizzle, Search and Share

    D. A. Wolf
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:38 am
    I couldn’t stop chuckling as I read The Times public editor’s commentary on the erosion of the fine art of headline writing. So what’s your pleasure — title for shock, for amusement, for clarity, for searchability, and more? In Hey Google! Check Out This Column on Headlines, I was reminded of a recent conversation that took place in my professional life. I was told I had forgotten my verb in a headline — an online headline. Shame on me. Except… Truth be told, when the other party to the conversation remarked on the fundamental necessity of the verb —…
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  • A Frozen experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

    Jen Lee Reeves
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:29 am
    In advance of my first opportunity to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration (#DisneySMMC) next month at Walt Disney World, each Thursday I’m sharing details about Walt Disney World adventure experience I haven’t shared yet on Born Just Right. So far, I’ve shared Jordan’s 9th birthday at Magic Kingdom Park, our Wild Africa Trek experience and tips for doing Disney with one hand. I’ve written in the past how Frozen remains a family favorite in our house even when it has fallen out of favor with many of Jordan’s friends. So when I set up a Frozen…
  • A colorful running adventure

    Jen Lee Reeves
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:45 am
    Not long ago, if I told you I was doing a color run, you wouldn’t believe me. I wouldn’t even let the kids use finger paint when they were younger and I go out of my way to avoid face painting. Why? Because of the clean up. I never want to deal with the clean up. But when The Color Run arrived in my town for the first time, I knew the kids and I would have a blast… A very messy blast. And I was right. I’ve worked on getting Jordan’s running back up to speed a little so we could manage the 5K run at a local park. I dragged an untrained Cameron into the mix as well…
  • Don’t worry about my kids while I travel

    Jen Lee Reeves
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:45 am
    I’m a little more than two and a half years into a job that is based in Washington, DC. We didn’t have to move there because I’m a teleworker. But that means I need to travel. These days, that means I travel at least once a month. I just wrapped up three straight weeks home and it’s been great. The dog got a lot of walking. The kids and I had some great time together. We’re finally caught up on laundry (as of Monday morning). The house isn’t perfect, but I left it in a shape I felt good about. I am often surprised by how many parents and non-parents ask me…
 
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    The Art of Simple

  • #80: Round-the-world family travel – your questions answered! (part 1)

    Tsh Oxenreider
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:02 pm
    A new podcast episode: it’s a Christmas miracle! To celebrate the near end of our family’s worldwide, year-long trip (is it really almost done already?), my guest is none other than my husband, Kyle. Yep, Kyle. In this special edition episode recorded from Germany, we answer your listener questions about how to budget and pay for a trip of this magnitude, as well as challenges, surprises, and what turned out not to be such a big deal after all. Curious about extended family travel? You won’t want to miss this one. (If you’re reading this via email, head here to listen…
  • Parenting teen drivers: anticipating the “What ifs?”

    Robin Dance
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Some parents cannot wait for their children to reach driving age. They either need help carting other kids around or they’re simply eager for the freedom of no longer having to play lone taxi driver. I wasn’t one of those. Though not prone to worry, I’ve received a few of those calls–the kind that merely send your heart to racing, or the tragic one in the middle of the night that leaves you reeling…. I can’t stop myself from saying Be careful every time I’m with my children and they walk out the door with a set of keys in their hand. This…
  • Clothing, kitchens, & shelf space (a different kind of spring cleaning)

    Tsh Oxenreider
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:41 am
    In this final post on our “different kind of spring cleaning” series, I thought it’d be good to wrap it up with a bit of wisdom regarding more conventional life stuff. Even though I’m learning about life from living out of a backpack and confidence in doing us, there’s plenty of application for me for life back on the homestead as well. So far, we’ve talked about minimalist beauty and health routines, minimalist kids’ playthings, a minimalist aesthetic that leads to simple upkeep, and a minimalist approach to saying no to all but the best. Now? Let’s talk about the nuts and…
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  • The unfurling of spring

    11 Apr 2015 | 4:40 pm
    You sowed your seeds long ago... yet each spring they bloom again. Take pleasure in the new growth, and be open to change.You are never given just one chance. Do not give up if what you have planted doesn't take root. Often another seed from someone else's garden will drop in and blossom for years. Allow yourself a season of rest, as that is the way of all living things. Recognize when something won't thrive, prune off the dead growth, and let go of the cluster. Embrace each stage, and don't try to plant too many flowers at once. Sometimes, the greatest gift is when what flourishes…
  • Words are words whether they fly, drip or graze across the page

    18 Feb 2015 | 9:36 pm
    This space has sat empty with no one to tend the store. A ghost town of words flying by but never grasped, as tumbleweeds - flashes of inspiration quickly lost to the desert wind. Taking pen to the crisp, blank page, or keyboard to ...white space yawning into endless possibility. One way, a thousand ways, no one more important than the other. Words are words whether they fly, drip or graze across the page. Fleet of foot, a sense memory of a time when verbiage exploded outward because it couldn't be contained.Where do they exist now? Behind bolted door? The creak of hinges grown rusty…
  • When the Blogger hits the road...

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    Tomorrow I set out for BlogHer14. One amongst over three thousand other women (and men) who have a passion for writing on a blogging platform, I will soon feel the hum and energy of creative minds at work. Having been to two BlogHer conferences in past years, it is something to experience. This year marks BlogHer's 10th anniversary. Created and launched by three women to be reckoned with: Lisa Stone, Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins, BlogHer has become an online platform enabling women's voices to be heard around the world.When I started blogging in 2007, I was a stay-at-home mom.
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  • God’s Mission for the Family is Expanding God’s Family

    Kristen
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:27 am
    I wasn’t even home yet when I heard words that made me cringe. “I love what your family is doing, but we could never do that. We are just too _______ [insert one of 1000 reasons]. The statement makes me uncomfortable, but I also understand it. I feel the same way about 365 days a year. “I can’t do this mission. Our family is too human. We don’t know what we’re doing, I can’t even keep up with laundry. I yell at my kids. We are argue and live this grace thing out in ugly ways some days…” My list of “I can’t and I…
  • 9 Ways Families Can Impact The World Right Where They Are

    Kristen
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:04 pm
    It only takes a couple of minutes of watching the nightly news to recognize our world is a scary place. I was on my way home from Ethiopia with my daughter when 20 Ethiopian men lost their lives on a beach in Libya. Their crime? The same as mine. They were Christians. I have to point out the elephant in the room and ask: Do we really care? I loved walking the streets of Ethiopia and visiting groups of women we are partnering with through Fair Trade Friday. It feels safer than Kenya. It’s not as heavy or oppressive, I whispered to my daughter as we stood in a dump as tall as a…
  • The One Thing We All Have In Common {Giveaway}

    Kristen
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:52 am
    Congrats to the random comment #25 Misty and #151 Nicki! I’ve met women from all around the world. Everywhere I’ve gone, I’ve been amazed at the differences-from the foods we eat, to the way we live. Some walk with jugs of water on their heads, while others scoop it from a river or catch it in rain containers on their roofs. Some cook at stoves with propane tanks sitting at their feet, while others lean over a jako and stir their pots over charcoal. Some go to the bathroom in pit latrine, while others use a concrete hole in the ground or a bidet. Some wear scarves…
 
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  • The Answer To Why Parents Can’t Shower or Pee Alone

    The Scary Mommy Community
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:46 pm
    People often wonder why it is that parents are always lamenting their lack of private bathroom privileges.“Why don’t you just go ahead and lock the door??”“You don’t have to be in the same room every second of their life, you know.”“They’ll be FINE for five minutes! What’s the worst that could happen?”The answer to that, for the slow and oblivious is… because, kids.That’s why.There’s not always another warm body around to chaperone, and that’s just a recipe for trouble. Leave kids unsupervised for 30 seconds,…
  • The Top 10 Most Annoying Pieces of Parenting Advice

    Liza Dora
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Image via Shutterstock1. “Do you know what you should name the baby?” Oh gosh, I knew I was forgetting something. I’ve spent the last nine months carrying her around while my body performed complex chemical reactions some people would call a miracle, turning random nucleic acids into a set of incredibly intricate blueprints to create her, but I’ve given absolutely no thought to a name for my baby. It’s not like I’ve been poring over names online, researching meanings, thinking about famous people in history or worrying over the possible names’ potential to rhyme with…
  • Why You Don’t Want to Have My Kids in Your Wedding

    Alana Romain
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Image via ShutterstockIn a few short months, wedding season will be in full swing. Chances are, at least one of your blessed summer weekends has been earmarked for someone’s marital union, or maybe this time it’s your turn to don the white dress and walk down the aisle.  You are now the lucky lady who gets to throw a big bash to celebrate your lifelong love commitment, and you are totally psyched. Naturally, you want your nearest and dearest there with you to support you and make this the happiest day of your life, and most of the time they’ll be honored to do it because they love you.
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  • How to Be Sick*

    debawriter
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:21 pm
    The first barf of March happened last week when I was asleep. It was around midnight, and I’d woken up groggy after detecting rustling and low voices outside the bedroom door. To avoid waking all the way, I shut my eyes again hoping the burglar would more quietly load the flat screens in his truck, but it quickly became clear the sounds were coming from people I knew, namely Booger and The Rock. (Why I didn’t notice my husband wasn’t sleeping next to me when I imagined a burglar downstairs, I have no idea. I just wanted them both to shut up so I could sleep.)  …
  • Another Chicago Story

    debawriter
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:31 pm
    My first attempt at parallel parking sucked. Although I’d lived in Chicago until my high school graduation, I didn’t go downtown much, so parking between tightly packed cars was never an issue. But now, newly returned to the Midwest several years after high school, I needed to learn to squeeze between two cars with millimeters to spare. That is, if I were to carry my scant life belongings into my friend Lisa’s Lakeview apartment. My 32-inch Zenith might end up being a little unwieldy, but I did just survive a cross-country drive with my now ex-boyfriend and a breakdown in Vegas,…
  • Netflix Family Movie Night

    debawriter
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:23 pm
        We finally did it. Last month, we canceled our cable movie subscriptions and went Roku. Now, we watch everything on Netflix and I have to say, I don’t miss Cinemax and Showtime too much. (The channel that played all “A Haunting In… shows? That cancellation hurt a little.)   Anyway, along with a whole new world of big screen wonders opening up to us on Netflix has come a tendency to indulge in Family Movie Nights on one or both weekend days. Cuddled up on the couch, fighting over blankets, yelling for someone to make pizza STAT, it’s all become a…
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  • Add a Dash of Autumn Tan

    admin
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Ok people, apparently the colours tan, camel and brown are back in fashion for the next few seasons. Let me talk about that for a moment. In the 1970s, the colour brown was huge. It came back in fashion again in the early 2000s, and it was then I fell in love with the colour and embraced it until… um, half my wardrobe was brown? I had clothes in tan, camel, coffee, caramel, mocha, cappuccino, and dark chocolate brown. So much dark brown! Once I got over that phase, I kept a few camel and tan coloured items, but I got rid of everything else. I really don’t like brown now. I…
  • The Colour of Air Pollution

    admin
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:21 am
    Early on Sunday evening, I was in the kitchen making dinner for my family, when I noticed a strange light fill the room. I looked over to my pantry door, to where my white linen apron was hanging. My apron was glowing with an orange light. It was a rich, luminescent orange that was out of this world! I grabbed my camera to capture it. Amazing! My apron is supposed to look white! I called my kids over and we all oohed and ahhed over the bizarre colour. We placed different objects in the beam of light (including our faces) and watched the colours change before our eyes. We discovered that there…
  • Pretty Skirts on a Budget!

    admin
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Someone asked me recently… Where can I buy pretty clothes on a budget?? Ah well, I don’t suggest buying tops from a “budget” online shop, as there is a high chance that the quality of the garment will be poor and look cheap. But big, bright, bold, pretty skirts are much more forgiving! Dress them up with a sharp blazer, a luxe sweater, a silk tank, gorgeous shoes, a statement handbag and you’ll be good to go. Here are some super-cute skirts that I found. (Check out the skirt links then scroll down to see really nice ways to style them!) Black and White pleat…
 
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    The Chronicles of a SAHM

  • My little bun head

    Cynthia Wheeler
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    I am NOT that mom who knows how to do hair. Which is kind of a bummer because my daughter and I have so much of it.Cut to this weekend. We were in line to pick up a couple of things and these odd little bun makers were on sale. Maggie and I were discussing whether or not she'd let me do her hair, when the woman behind us chimed in. She told us how great they were, and showed us how to use it. SO...we picked one up.How CUTE is this?!I could not get over how easy they are to use.I have so much hair, I'm not sure if I'll try one myself, but it sure looks good on my little Peach. She's worn it…
  • UNBREAKABLE! #StreamTeam

    Cynthia Wheeler
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:39 pm
    I thought March would be all about binging on House of Cards (which I totally did)...then a little gem called Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt came along. *sigh* LOVE.This is the best. show. ever. I really hadn't intended to watch it. It's hard to invest in a new show. That said, my best friend was in town, and Ellie Kemper was being interviewed on the Today Show about it. I looked at Steve and said, "Let's just watch it, instead of watching her talk about it."Ummm...we fell in love in the first 10 min. It's quirky, odd, funny...everything I love. Oh...did I mention it stars Jan Krakowski? I miss…
  • Ever After High...and Whoopie Pies! #StreamTeam

    Cynthia Wheeler
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:51 pm
    Miss Maggie LOVES Ever After High. Ever since she found it on Netflix, she's had it on a consistent rotation. (Truth be told, I like it. I am a sucker for illustrated characters, and these are really good.)When the Ever After High Party set from Netflix came in the mail, she was over the moon planning her party.What shall we serve???When having a viewing party for a few friends, one must serve something sweet...no?Let's just say mommy was thinking ahead. You see, I woke up Friday feeling like grown up Christmas morning. This greeted me in my inbox...There is no better way to wake up in the…
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    What's That Smell?

  • What’s Lurking in Your Deodorant?

    Kimberly Grabinski
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:33 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are 100% mine. I believe in reading ingredient labels for not only food products, but products that I put on my family’s skin as well. But it can be so confusing to know exactly what things to look out […] The post What’s Lurking in Your Deodorant? appeared first on What's That Smell?.
  • Relieve Stress Naturally With Essential Oils

    Kimberly Grabinski
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:14 am
    Today people are more stressed than ever. Despite all of the technology that makes our lives easier, it seems like there is more responsibility, more pressure, more everything. Some amount of stress can be helpful. It can push you to succeed. It can help inspire you to make positive changes. It can fuel your passion […] The post Relieve Stress Naturally With Essential Oils appeared first on What's That Smell?.
  • Create a Green Work of Art with Green Works {giveaway}

    Kimberly Grabinski
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:58 am
    When it comes to trash, there is a lot of stuff that we throw away that can be reused. Recycled. Upcycled. All it takes is a little bit of creativity and some elbow grease. And Green Works. Green Works are naturally derived cleaning products that can handle your every day cleaning needs and help you […] The post Create a Green Work of Art with Green Works {giveaway} appeared first on What's That Smell?.
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    MotherhoodLater.com - World’s leading website, eZine and community for midlife moms.

  • Third Time Around by Sharon O’Donnell

    Sharon Johnson O'Donnell
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:31 pm
           Having three sons with a ten school years between the oldest and youngest certainly has kept me busy. We’ve had at least one son in public school since 1996. Whew! That’s a lot of school projects, vocabulary tests, and Algebra and Calculus tutors.  My youngest son will start high school in August, and last week we went to the open house at the school. My oldest son went one year (9th grade) at this same school before he was transferred to a new school that the county needed to fill (it was not closer to our home but was actually four miles farther away); then my middle…
  • SWEET TOOTH DELIGHTS: for Mother’s Day and More by Robin Gorman Newman

    Robin Gorman Newman
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:26 pm
    With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, I have to share about a recent decadent discovery…..Shari’s Berries. A gifting company delivering flowers, chocolates, gift baskets, and unique personalized gifts, they offer goodies ranging from gourmet hand-dipped strawberries to brownie pops to salted caramels to cake truffles to chocolate dipped pretzels, strawberry cheesecake bites, chocolate covered Oreos, etc.  There are many combinations to choose from, and they offer specials and seasonal items. I had the opportunity to sample half a dozen dipped strawberries and chocolate…
  • CHUGGINGTON LIVE! KIDS SHOW — TICKET GIVEAWAY — FROM MOTHERHOODLATER.COM

    Robin Gorman Newman
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:22 pm
    The North American premiere tour of CHUGGINGTON LIVE! The Great Rescue Adventure rolls into New York City’s Beacon Theatre on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, 2015. The live-action, musical children’s show, based on the popular TV series, gives young fans and their families the opportunity to experience the train-tastic adventures of the Chugginton trainees, Wilson, Brewster and Koko. This brand-new production features impressive trains with working features and movements that bring the Chuggington TV series characters to life on stage. A fun, two act musical, this live show is…
 
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    The Motherhood

  • Make Your Mark on Hunger during National Service Month

    The Motherhood
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Child hunger is an issue near and dear to our hearts at The Motherhood, because we know 16 million kids in the U.S. are not getting the food they need. Without reliable access to healthy food and proper nutrition, children face developmental obstacles that can impact them for life. Solving child hunger in America is not something we can do alone. That’s why we’re excited to partner with ConAgra Foods, the ConAgra Foods Foundation and dozens of amazing bloggers who are passionate about fighting child hunger for National Service Month in April. Together with their children, our…
  • Industry News Round Up: Social Media’s Role in the Presidential Campaign & Game of Thrones

    The Motherhood
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    This week in our Industry News Round Up, we take a quick look at how politicians and entertainers are making headlines in social media: Presidential Candidate Announces Run for Presidency via Social Media Unlike candidates before her, Hillary Clinton opted to take a less traditional route when it came to announcing her bid for the Democratic presidential candidacy. On Sunday, the former Secretary of State used her Twitter account to inform the public that she will be hitting the campaign trail in a bid to become the first woman President of the United States. Clinton also released a…
  • Fight Hunger. Spark Change.: Simple Ways to Help People in Need

    The Motherhood
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    The issue of hunger in America can seem so daunting: one out of six people in this country struggles with hunger at some point during the year. In the spring, to make matters more difficult, food banks tend to experience a decline in donations, resulting in what’s known as the “spring hunger gap.” Thanks to Walmart, you can take action with simple ways to help people in need. Through May 3, Walmart is providing three easy ways to participate in a Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign: 1) Purchase a participating product at Walmart. 1 item = 1 meal, up to 75 million meals.
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    Lit and Laundry

  • My new crochet obsession: Catherine Wheel blanket

    6 Apr 2015 | 9:29 am
    This is my newest crochet project.  The pattern is called "Catherine Wheel."  I found a really useful video with instructions here.   The basic stitch isn't difficult at all, but it took me a few repeats to figure out how to finish and start each row.  They're all a little different.I'm making it on a big hook so it's coming together fast.  When Wasabi Girl saw it she asked if it's for Christmas.  I was hoping to just add it to my stack of blankets by the couch.  Is it too Christmassy?  Isn't red and white sort of classic?  If I have to pack…
  • Marmalade quilt top done

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
     I finished this quilt top and taped it up on the window to admire the colors.  I think it looks like stained glass up there.  The pattern is called "Marmalade" and is from the Kaffe Fassett book "Quilts Grandeur."  I'm still deciding what fabric to use on the back.  If I am likely to display it up on a wall, I will just use something I have around, like a solid.  If I'm going to have it on the back of a chair or something, I might use another Kaffe fabric, so the back is just as pretty as the front.I'm also debating how I want to quilt it.  I keep coming…
  • What I Learned While Starting 15 Projects in 15 Days

    16 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
    finish #1: freebie from Bent CreekStarting a project is the hardest part.  Aristotle said "well begun is half done" (maybe without the rhyming). Just getting all of the fibers and fabric organized for each project took weeks of effort.  But the payoff to all the careful organizing was a palate of great colors to work with and the perfect fabric all ready to go. A Christmas Carol by Cross Stitch Collection MagazineIt's hard to make time for myself a priority.  I tried to get an hour of stitching in first thing in the morning after my routine chores were done.  I felt the…
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    Twinfatuation

  • Way Back When-esday: Papa and Pals

    Cheryl Lage
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    Dateline: April 2007Twins' Age: 5Papa's Age: 90Last week, this same happy crew (now 13 and 98, respectively) sat on a sofa and enjoyed each other's company with similar smiles and obvious affection.The gift of my grandfather's longevity, mental acuity, and love of his great-grandtwins warms my heart this mid-weekFeel free to share your heartwarming thoughts and images this mid-week...we'll make it to Friday!
  • Chores for Middle-School Twins

    Cheryl Lage
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Sometimes the dishwasher and vacuuming can wait.....
  • Quicker Picker Upper

    Cheryl Lage
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:38 am
    Paper towels. They're not as earth-friendly as cloth, but this particular one is not disposable. Written in hair crayon, this one's a keeper. Picker-upper, indeed...and it Makes My Monday.Play along with Makes My Monday---easing weekends' ends since 2007!#MMM #MakesMyMonday
 
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    Recent Articles

  • Pandora's New Video Has Us In Tears

    21 Apr 2015 | 8:36 am
    Pandora Jewelry released a surprisingly sweet video for the release of “The Unique Collection”. This video shows a group of mothe
  • Simple Blueberry Dump Cake

    21 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    Simple, sweet and to the point: that’s how we like our desserts! All the fuss of making a layer cake or some other fancy dessert just doesn’t…
  • Cherry Cobbler Dump Cake

    21 Apr 2015 | 6:44 am
    This dump cake is more like a cobbler, thanks to the bisquick mix. It’s delightfully sweet and definitely tastes like a good, old-fashioned, home…
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • The New Richlands, NC Walmart Store is Open!

    Monica
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:49 pm
    This is something that our little community has been waiting for! I was very excited to get the opportunity to experience the Grand Opening festivities for Store #7009, in Richlands, NC. My family even came along with me to the Friends and Family Preview night! The store was open to friends and family of the employees to show off their new store, and what a store it is! The new Walmart, located at 349 Kinston Hwy, in Richlands, is approximately 156,000 square feet and brings over 300 full and part time jobs to Richlands. It features General Merchandise, as well as a full line of groceries,…
  • Give Your Family’s Skin Extra TLC With Shea Moisture

    Monica
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:15 am
    Founded in 1992 , Sundial Brands is committed to making the highest quality natural skin care products possible, engaging in eco-friendly and cruelty-free business practices. The Shea Moisture Baby Collection keeps your baby comfortable all day long by moisturizing and soothing itchy, irritated skin and does so by using organic shea butter, chamomile and argan oil. Why? Because every body deserves to be healthy and comfortable. I was sent the Shea Moisture Baby Collection to try out, and I really liked it. No.. I don’t have any babies here… but I did try it on myself. Want to…
  • America’s To-Do List Gets Done!

    Monica
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Spring time is finally here… Which means it’s time to tackle all of those outdoor projects that you’ve been saving up all Winter long… Walmart is ready to be your one stop shop when it comes to getting that “to-do” list done! Walmart has just about everything you need to tackle those projects around the house, and I was very excited to get one of my projects done specifically for you. My mission was to head over to my local Walmart store, and tackle one of my Spring projects, using supplies purchased at Walmart… Well, consider it DONE! What was my…
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    Kaiser Mommy

  • Stitch Fix #15

    Dawn
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:32 pm
    I’ve done a pretty good job at creating a capsule wardrobe using what I have gotten from Stitch Fix over the last year. I’ve also gotten pickier about what I buy since I know what I have and wear what I have. Forgive the pictures and the dirty mirror. I decided if I was going to wait for perfect pictures that it would be yet another 15 fixes before I got anything posted. Mavi Freida Regular Length Skinny Jean Stitch Fix Mavi Freida Regular Length Skinny Jean These felt good and I liked the dark wash of them. I didn’t actually try them on because I’m feeling far too fat…
  • 39 years, 364 days

    Dawn
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Looking ahead to 1:27am, the 24th of February 2015 … that monumental age change … that awful thought that someone could put an ad in the paper with a birthday greeting of “Lordy Lordy looks who’s ….” I can’t even finish that thought. I never claimed 30. Never coped with that age change. I went from 27 to … something in my 30s, only after claiming 27 long enough that everyone was in on the obvious joke. I’ve spent all month thinking about this post and what has come before. This is what 39 and 364 days looks like from here. I am a half…
  • Talyaa Liera

    Dawn
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:29 am
    My teacher Talyaa has lasers in her brain. Isn’t that a lovely opening line? Attention getting, makes you postulate “what on earth is going on?” My teacher Talyaa lived in a cocoon named Karen Murphy for decades. When I met her she was a Type A, Montessori doll sewing mom. She had a growing mommy blogger internet presence and wrote for Strollerderby. At the time, that was all the cool kid cred anyone needed. She has a son with Down Syndrome, I mailed her some information to a PO Box in some East Coast state. I met her in person once in some cha cha San Francisco area at the…
 
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    A Cowboy's Wife

  • Finding Purpose When Your Babies Grow Up

    A Cowboy's Wife
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:43 am
    I’ve been laying on the sofa all day, watching sappy movies and eating chocolate covered raisins, and wondering, how did I get here.  It’s been no secret that in the last three years or so, I have become somewhat changed, but wasn’t sure why.  Today, I realized my why. Being married since 16, and a mom since 17, my life has been consumed with cooking, diapers, cuts & scrapes, giggles, praise, discipline, homework, football, robotics, lots of tears, but lots of love.  I’m not sure what I was thinking when I chased that cowboy 8 hours to south Texas, but that…
  • Delicious Banana Pudding Cupcakes

    A Cowboy's Wife
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:37 pm
    I have loved banana pudding every since I ate my grandma’s, so can you imagine having all that goodness in a cupcake?! Have y’all seen cupcake wars or baking challenge? I am seriously addicted to those shows and the funny thing is, I don’t even eat cupcakes that often.  What I love, though, is watching them come up with these glorious flavors without even measuring sometimes, and come out with a delicious cupcake or baked good!  I want to be that creative! If you’re looking at this recipe and thinking, no way because it’s a lot of time &…
  • Texas Rangers Gear for Us Fanatics!

    A Cowboy's Wife
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:53 pm
    Having raised three boys, I have an appreciate for sports.  Even before then, though, I always enjoyed football, soccer, tennis, and baseball.  My brother once played as the pitcher in his younger years and when I was around 15 or so, I attended my first Texas Rangers game.  That was back when Nolan Ryan was a super big deal and I can still remember it like it was yesterday.  The Texas Rangers season has begun and we are getting our spirit in check with some baseball goodies from Fanatics. This year is Truett’s first year of playing baseball so we’ve been watching it more to…
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    5 Minutes for Mom

  • Around the Blogosphere – Add YOUR Giveaway Link #Giveaways

    Anna
    25 Apr 2015 | 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 What’s been going on at 5 Minutes for Mom? 5 Series to Read Aloud With Your Kids Take a VIP Expedition at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on the Wild Africa Trek – #MonkeyKingdomEvent Exploring Disney’s…
  • 7 Reasons Why You Will Love the New Book by @DesignMom

    Susan
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:03 pm
      DesignMom – How to Live with Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide I have been inspired by Gabrielle Blair ever since I first read her blog Design Mom in 2006. She is the perfect example of how you can incorporate your passions and creative talents with your responsibilities, both for family and finances, to create a fulfilling life. As a designer and a mother of six, Gabrielle writes about where design and motherhood intersect. In her new book, DesignMom – How to Live with Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide, Gabrielle shares her wisdom and style to help other mothers create beautiful homes…
  • Fun Ideas for Healthy, Happy Kids #V8VeggieBlends

    Anna
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:13 pm
    Anna here again with a few ideas for getting your children to get the nutrients they need from veggies and the movement they need through play. Many thanks to V8 for sponsoring this campaign. As I said in my previous V8 Veggie Blends post, putting myself at the top of my to-do list can be hard with all the commitments and responsibilities that I have. But choosing myself over something else less important sends a good message to my kids and is also obviously beneficial to my health. Ensuring that my kids get a good balance of foods is one of my responsibilities as a mom but, as with my own…
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    Travel Past 50

  • Las Vegas Power Station at Dusk

    Tom Bartel
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:10 pm
    Anyone who has ever been to Las Vegas knows that it’s probably the most over lit city in the world. I was walking a few blocks east of the Strip and noticed this huge power center. Not a power plant, but some sort of relay station that probably supplies most of the south end of […] The post Las Vegas Power Station at Dusk appeared first on Travel Past 50.
  • A Young Man and His Dinghy

    Kristin Henning
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:19 pm
    On a beautiful, calm spring day, Lucas rowed three of us along the Puget Sound shore of Whatcom County, Washington. We put in at Larrabee State Park (south of Bellingham) and picnicked on this small beach, where we found agates, sea anemone, barnacles and tiny mussels among the rocks. Along the way we spotted a […] The post A Young Man and His Dinghy appeared first on Travel Past 50.
  • Trip Totals: Accounting for our Whereabouts

    Kristin Henning
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    Apart from toting up income (not enough) and expenses (too much), we endorse counting up other important things in your life, especially at tax time. Count your blessings; count your cousins; count your freckles, calories, or steps. How many times did I swear today? We’re acknowledging our inner accountant by sharing these trip totals from […] The post Trip Totals: Accounting for our Whereabouts appeared first on Travel Past 50.
 
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    Burgh Baby

  • The Ants Go Marching

    burghbaby
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:14 pm
  • 'Twas a Good Year

    burghbaby
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:32 pm
  • Second Kids are Useful

    burghbaby
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Every spring I am reminded that Alexis is the gift that keeps on giving. I survived 30 years of my life just fine without seasonal allergies before her, but then BAM. After she was born, I suddenly had them. I adore the kid to pieces, but she really didn't have to leave me with that gift. No matter how much I read about the phenomenon that is pregnancy and what it can do to change you, I will never understand how it is that I went from mocking people who were all "The pollen! Oh dear!" to suddenly being one of those people who sneezed, sniffled, and generally stumbled through spring. I mean,…
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    Cowgirl Yoga

  • Asana break-it-down: Bird of Paradise

    25 Apr 2015 | 4:14 pm
    Bird of Paradise in Paradise Valley, Montana Spring in Montana! Like all other seasons here, the calendar date means nothing. We recently had sunny and mild, 40 mph hour winds, and big, fat snowflakes all in one hour. But even in the state where we can have all 4 seasons in one day, any day of the year...birdsong means spring. Feisty robins sing like their lungs will burst starting at 4 am, and get territorial and attack our windows with recurring thuds that make me worry for their wellbeing.So to greet the spring season on the mat, how about incorporating an asana inspired by a…
  • Off the Mat in Italy

    11 Apr 2015 | 2:45 pm
    I haven't seemed to be able to do any Yoga since getting to Rome. For years I've had a steady and serious practice, and I even brought my Yoga mat with me, along with my best intentions. But it just isn't happening here. I mean, when am I going to do my Yoga stretches? Before my Italian speedball breakfast of chocolate pastries and double cappuccino? Or after? - Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray LoveFresh back from a family vacation in Italy, where I didn't do a single down dog. Oops. I just couldn't seem to fit it in between all the pasta and gelato. But I don't get too worked up anymore…
  • Mountains, Metaphors & Breast Cancer on Kilimanjaro

    22 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Retreat alumna Deirdre is climbing a mountain for a cause. A BIG mountain. I asked her to be a guest blogger to tell you about it. As she gears up for this big event, we are gearing up for our 2015 retreat season, which as always kicks off with the Cowgirls vs. Cancer retreat. Through C vs C, we are proud to be sponsoring Deirdre to come train with us in Big Sky before she hits Kilimanjaro, on our late July Yoga & Advanced Hiking retreat (only ONE spot left if you'd like to join us!).Trekking up a mountain such as Kilimanjaro seems like a novel idea. It provides metaphor. Much to…
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    Cool Zebras

  • Random thoughts #58

    Heather
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:14 am
    I haven't written here nearly enough in the last few years.Miss M started playing softball on the "C" squad for her future high school. She'd never played before but she's having a great time playing even though she has had little instruction about what to do. She's been perfectly happy to stand in right field and do next to nothing (most of the girls can't or don't hit to the outfield at this level). She's a better player than she thinks she is and the coach had her practice at first base tonight. M discovered it was kind of fun to have more action in the game. I signed her up for a summer…
  • Merry Christmas!

    Heather
    25 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hope you all have a great Christmas and a fabulous 2015. I want to start writing again, so maybe 2015 will be more wordy than 2014 was.Akela (1 1/2), Miss M (12), Ms D (6), and the K Man (10).********* If you have the time, please consider clicking through to my blog. Also, if you comment, I get warm fuzzies and I think you're cool...even if you're not. ;)(But you totally are you know.) Thanks!
  • Wordless Saturday

    Heather
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:12 pm
    ********* If you have the time, please consider clicking through to my blog. Also, if you comment, I get warm fuzzies and I think you're cool...even if you're not. ;)(But you totally are you know.) Thanks!
 
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    Mom Knows It All.

  • Stay Fit And Connected And Enjoy Every Moment With Microsoft Band #MicrosoftBloggers

    valmg
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:42 pm
    I am a member of the #Microsoft Bloggers team. I occasionally receive product as a member of this team. This post has not been monetarily compensated. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own. As some of you may recall, I had Lap band surgery five years ago. This past December my Lap band had to be removed as it had eroded into my stomach. I had started gaining weight before they removed it and once it was out I gained a lot. I went from being of acceptable weight to being obese once again. In March I had gastric sleeve surgery. This weight loss…
  • Finding Lost Battery Powered Items Just Got Easier With EasyFinder

    valmg
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:40 pm
    This post is brought to you by EasyFinder. Come bedtime (or any time of day actually), there aren’t many things more disheartening then not being able to find a favorite toy. Particularly if that toy has a little light or plays music or tells a story. If you aren’t familiar with that feeling, perhaps you’re familiar with that sinking feeling that you get when you can’t find a television remote or a video game controller. Well, people everywhere can rejoice in knowing that they don’t have to deal with those feelings any more, with the introduction of EasyFinder.
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • 50 Inspiring Quotations To Delight And Motivate your Group

    Cari Mostert
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    Business gurus, motivational sages and savvy speakers are aware of the value of a timely quotation. Here are some favorite quotations to use whenever delight and inspiration are needed; with your colleagues, your board, in training materials, presentations and donor communications. Even with your morning coffee before tackling the dreaded email tsunami. Emphasize the mission and the message with these inspirational quotations from people who knew (and know) passion, determination and the meaning of grit.     Changing the world “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always…
  • Fun Memorial Day Fundraisers From Around the Country

    FundraisingIP.com
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:03 am
    For many people, Memorial Day isn’t just an opportunity to celebrate and give thanks to the wonderful service men and women of this country. Memorial Day is also a chance to raise funds for great causes while enjoying the start of some great weather. And for many nonprofits, Memorial Day is the perfect time to create an annual event. The following events are just some of the fun Memorial Day fundraisers happening around the country. Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race What started as a 4-H project in 1934 by Jim Hartley, the Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race has become an annual tradition which…
  • Consider an Entry Level Nonprofit Job to get the Job You Really Want

    Devon Reeser
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The power to do good and make a living wage makes fundraising jobs attractive to those that want to get into the nonprofit game. Even for entry level development positions, however, the best nonprofits seem to want people with college degrees or higher, five years of experience, and connections to funding sources within the community.  It also seems that everyone working at those organizations is way overqualified if anything, and your resume does not even meet the minimum requisites. How do you get those jobs then? The answer is you don’t get them; you work up to them. Here are some tips…
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    It's @jennyonthespot!

  • DIY: Boot Shapers Using Paper Grocery Bags

    Jenny On the Spot
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Pretty much, the title says it all… DIY: Boot Shapers Using Paper Grocery Bags I made this into a video for 2 reasons: #1: Because I’m a vlogger and that is what vloggers do… make videos. #2: See #1 allowfullscreen> So… whattdya think? And now you know where I shop. But I digress. I was […] DIY: Boot Shapers Using Paper Grocery Bags is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post DIY: Boot Shapers Using Paper Grocery Bags appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • April Ipsy Bag Unbagging. Not Unboxing. Because it comes in a bag.

    Jenny On the Spot
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:13 am
    Herefollows my April Ipsy Bag unbagging. It comes in a bag, not a box. I think these subscription services are a distraction for me. (Ipsy is a beauty-style monthly subscription service) They distract me from telling other stories. Like all my fascinating stories about laundry and driving children around and whathaveyou. I just went to Goodwill […] April Ipsy Bag Unbagging. Not Unboxing. Because it comes in a bag. is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post April Ipsy Bag Unbagging. Not Unboxing. Because it comes in a bag. appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • Free Association and Rocks Box Unboxing

    Jenny On the Spot
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:36 pm
    I think my least favorite part of writing is coming up with a title. It was hard enough pre-SEO (Search Engine Optimization) (which is long-wordy for: a title strategy so search engines will help people find you) (which kind-of feels like extreme evangelism) (if you have ever had to work on SEO that will totally […] Free Association and Rocks Box Unboxing is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post Free Association and Rocks Box Unboxing appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
 
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  • How to Parent with Positive Discipline

    Alyssa
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:56 pm
    Discipline is something that affects every area of a child’s life. If a parent disciplines in a way that demeans a child, the child could grow up to be a resentful, angry adult. If the parent disciplines in a way that is respectful, the child will have the opportunity to grow as someone who gives respect to the world around them.I consider myself very blessed to have had parents who used positive discipline in their parenting.  I have benefitted greatly in life from having good parents and I know that not everyone has this blessing in their lives.What is positive discipline, and how is…
  • First Steps to Starting a Virtual Assistant Business

    Alyssa
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Over the last few weeks, I have been blogging weekly about different aspects of starting a virtual assistant business.  I started my virtual assistant business in 2007.  I have worked it either part time or full time for the past 8 years.  My virtual assistant business’s birthday I consider to be my daughter’s birthday because I started my business to be at home with her and my oldest child at the time.  She just recently turned 8.I wish there had been someone at that time to come alongside me to help me set up my business.  Therefore, I have made it part of my mission to…
  • Frugal Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

    Alyssa
    12 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    We all want to celebrate and honor our moms on Mother’s Day, but you may be stumped for frugal Mother’s Day gift ideas this year. Giving Mother’s Day gifts doesn’t have to break your budget if you use one of these ideas.Frugal Lunch  – Many restaurants offer discounts for mothers on Mother’s Day; some even allow moms to eat for free. You can check your local newspaper to see if there are any local restaurants offering this type of deal.If you can’t find a restaurant that allows mom to eat for free or a reduced price, that doesn’t mean you…
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  • Mother's Day Gift Ideas and Special Offer!!

    Kristen Andrews
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Please enjoy 20% off your entire purchase until Friday April 24th.  Enter code: FORMOM20 at check out. Shop at Kristen's Custom Creations. Kristen's Custom Creations specializes in jewelry that tells a story, your story.  
  • Kristen's Custom Creations 15% off entire purchase

    Kristen Andrews
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    Please enjoy 15% off your entire purchase by entering code SPRING15 at check out.  Offer valid until 3/22/15 and not valid with any other offer or on prior purchase. Shop at Kristen's Custom Creations. 
  • Everyone 3-in-1 Bath Products

    Kristen Andrews
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:34 pm
    I love the Everyone Soap 3-in-1.  This 3-in-1 is shampoo, body wash and bubble bath can be used by the entire family. Made with mild and natural ingredients, this soap contains no artificial fragrances and has added benefits of pure essential oils. Smells breezy and fresh. My skin is so sensitive and I have used this and just love it.  I get so tired of using fragrance free products so this is a real treat.  You can find them at Target.  The moisturizers are lovely too, such a treat for your body.  Enjoy! 
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  • Smoked Sausage and Cheese Grits Recipe

    Stefanie Fauquet
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:41 am
    I don’t know about you, but there are nights when I just don’t feel like cooking. Rather than reach for the phone for delivery, I try to come up with something quick and easy that requires as little preparation as possible, while still resembling a meal. One of my old standbys is protein + grits + […] The post Smoked Sausage and Cheese Grits Recipe appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Cultural and Animal Programs at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

    Stefanie Fauquet
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:12 am
    I visited Disney’s Kidani Village as part of the Monkey Kingdom event to help promote Disneynatures’s newest release (in theaters now!). All opinions are my own. If you’re planning a Walt Disney World vacation and you’re not staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, or the connecting Kidani Village, schedule in a detour to explore one of the most spectacular […] The post Cultural and Animal Programs at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Stock Up and Save on P&G Products + Giveaway!

    Stefanie Fauquet
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:47 am
    Do you love to stock up on your favorite brands of most-used products!? I do — especially when there is a great deal going on! Right now through Thursday, April 30th, 2015 you can purchase your favorite P&G products with amazing savings during Walmart’s Stock Up and Save event. Here’s the flyer to take a peek: April […] The post Stock Up and Save on P&G Products + Giveaway! appeared first on Mommy Musings.
 
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  • Last Week I Took A Walk With My Son

    Supermom
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
  • Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash and Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash {A Giveaway}

    Supermom
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Wash your hands!!!How many times a day do you say this to your children?OR?!?!?Have you washed your hands??Go wash your hands!Let me see your hands!It's very important for our children to know how important it is for them to wash their hands because it helps stop the spreading of germs.  Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash makes your kids WANT to wash their hands.  It's super easy to use, it's fun to play with the foam, it smells watermonly-awesome and it cleans your hands.  Moms all around are very happy about this.Awesome tip from Dial!  How you wash your hands is as important…
  • Fired Up! Creative Lounge in Asheville, NCPlanning the perfect birthday party!LOTS OF PICTURES!

    Supermom
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Ninja Gurl recently turned 7 and she wanted a luau. A LUAU! How in the word did a six year old know about a luau in the first place? I went to planning the perfect birthday party for her! I already knew where I wanted to have the party.Fired Up! Creative Lounge in downtown Asheville.Linda Chester, owner of Fired Up! Creative Lounge Michelle Lee, owner of The Adventures of Supermom®We love Fired Up!. It's the perfect place for children and adults. Linda was very helpful and sent me lots of pictures of bisque pieces the kids could paint at the party making it super easy for me to pick one.
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  • Chaos is good, right?

    Tired Mama
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:41 am
    I'm tired. I am actually tired enough that I may have to take a nap today. The source of my uh, tiredness is that I've been trying to do too much and sleep is what I've been giving up in order to fit everything into my schedule.  I keep trying to get things better organized hoping that will help but it doesn't seem to be working. Now I'm thinking about just letting everything descend into chaos and see how that works. We don't need food in the house or the laundry done. Do we? Deadlines? Pfft. Forget about them. I mean, who needs pay cheques? The bank will…
  • Only love can break a heart...

    Tired Mama
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:47 pm
    My youngest daughter is singing a musical theatre piece in a music festival tomorrow and I was trying to help her prepare for her performance tonight. 'You're singing about your heart being broken in this piece,' I told her as we talked about the different facial expressions she could use and how her voice should sound. 'Well, how exactly does one look and sound when they have a broken heart?' she asked me. And I tried to come up something better then - really, really, REALLY sad. Yeah, I failed. Still, can we stop time? Please? I like the fact that she doesn't…
  • 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?
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  • Songs That Stab Me in the Heart: “Watching the Wheels” by John Lennon

    Kim Tracy Prince
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    People say I’m crazy doing what I’m doing Well they give me all kinds of warnings to save me from ruin When I say that I’m o.k. well they look at me kind of strange Surely you’re not happy now you no longer play the game Like most songs from the Beatles et. al., this one was part of the background music of my childhood, the songs I never paid any attention to. Last weekend at church we watched a video by Fr. Robert Barron who was addressing the idea of keeping Jesus at the center of your life, and how that brings peace and order to the rest of your life. He talked…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Happy Anniversary to My Mom and Dad

    Kim Tracy Prince
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:57 am
    The post Wordless Wednesday: Happy Anniversary to My Mom and Dad appeared first on House of Prince.
  • Book Review: Keep the Ends Loose by Molly D. Campbell

    Kim Tracy Prince
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Have you ever heard of a guy named Proust?” So begins Keep the Ends Loose by Molly D. Campbell, who, I must disclose, is a writer I met several years ago on a creative retreat. I have followed her adventures ever since, joyfully reading her work, both because of her talent and because I am taken by the enthusiasm and cheerfulness that she seems to keep about her, no matter what life throws in her way. That was enough for me, when she announced that her novel would be published, but when I opened up the book and began to read, I was gifted with an entirely new and unexpected…
 
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    Love That Max: Special Needs Blog

  • The Special Needs Blogger Weekend Link-up: Share, she said

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    What to do if you're new hereThis is a place to share a recent favorite post you've written, or read. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of this post. Where it says "Your name" put the name of the blog followed by the title of the post you want to share (or just the name of the post, if there's no room—you get 80 characters).Like this: How the kids have reacted to my pregnancyWhere 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. 
  • How the kids have reacted to my pregnancy

    23 Apr 2015 | 3:37 am
    The last time I was pregnant, Max was a year and a half old and while he certainly noticed my burgeoning belly, he didn't get what was going on until Sabrina came home from the hospital. So experiencing the kids' reactions has been a big part of the joy of this pregnancy so far. And, thank you for asking, I'm feeling good!When we told them I was pregnant"Really? There's a BABY in there?" (Sabrina)"When can I tell my friends?" (Sabrina)"Ig?" As in: Is it big? (Max)Can I visit the baby in the hospital? (Max)Can I also visit FDNY when we go to the hospital? (Max)"Will we still take good…
  • Our family's next big adventure

    22 Apr 2015 | 3:35 am
    I can't begin to express how happy I am about our news. So, I let the kids do it.
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  • Sleigh Me

    Marinka
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:33 am
    You know what? I love my bed. I’ve had it for years. It’s a sleigh bed, which is admittedly an odd concept. Why do we want to pretend that we are on a sleigh when resting? And why don’t we call it a sled bed, which is a lot catchier and would also appeal to children more. Not that we want them anywhere near our bed, of course. This isn’t that kind of post. But still, sleigh or sled—why are racing down a hill in a slumber? I don’t know how anyone can keep their eyes closed with all those trees looming in the vista. And yet, I love my bed. Probably because I don’t focus on its…
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    Marinka
    9 Feb 2015 | 1:20 pm
    I saw a friend the other afternoon for coffee and he told me that I looked happy. “Are you happy?” he asked and I waffled because I suspect that if I admit to being happy, the happiness gods will smite me. I’m not sure what I’m thinking exactly, that I will jinx the happiness, that I will be like Greek hero felled by hubris, or just that I will be proven very, very wrong, but it seems wrong to talk about being happy, especially out loud, especially to other people. The other day I had a fleeting thought, and I didn’t even voice it and it came to haunt me. The…
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  • Book Review: The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles

    chefdruck
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:57 pm
    What would happen if two sisters were thrust into two very different situations, one married to a wealthy man and living a city socialite life in Recife and the other captured by an cangaceiro outlaw and living in the wilderness? Would they maintain their connection living in different locations, different classes? Take this premise and set it in Brazil from the 1920s to the 1930s, and you have the ingredients that make up the Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles. This beautiful novel transported me to Brazil night after night for the last few weeks. The two sisters, Emilia and Luzia, were…
  • Healing through Breathing and Simplification

    chefdruck
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:17 am
    Grief is overwhelming, not only in its emotional toll, but also its physical manifestations. I expected the tears, the void, the sadness, but I didn’t expect the panic, the racing heart, and the sleepless nights. Two things have gotten me through: the communal breath of yoga and simplification. Breathe in deep and exhale it all out. Repeat, again and again until all the darkness feels lighter. It works. I fell in love with yoga this winter for its deep down heat. Through grief, I discovered yoga’s true power: breath. My yoga practice, those guided hours of breath and sweat…
  • Hoisin Rainbow Stir Fry: the 10 Minute Dinner Solution

    chefdruck
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    I haven’t been up for a lot of opposition lately. No appetite to force the kids to broaden their palates, expand their horizon, try new foods. The chorus of no’s is just too much. But I tire of the same old tried and true dishes, the creamy bolognese sauce, the oven roasted sweet asian chicken thighs. I crave novelty, when all they want is familiarity. Last night’s Hoisin Rainbow Chicken Stir Fry made us all very happy. Asian flavors are our bridge, the type of cuisine that pleases us all. With so many people at the table, making everyone happy is a small miracle, a bridge…
 
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    A Modern Mother

  • Highway 1: A great family beach getaway in Santa Cruz

    Susanna
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:32 am
    Mention that you are visiting California and many Brits will admit aspirations of travelling Highway 1, the iconic West Coast Highway that hugs the Pacific coast. The drive itself is gorgeous, albeit a bit curvy, with stunning views around every corner. But you can’t drive all day and you’ll want to pick a few places to stop. Santa […] The post Highway 1: A great family beach getaway in Santa Cruz appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • California: Sonoma Coast for families

    Susanna
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Sonoma Coast for families Not many people in the UK know about Sonoma County. Located only 50 miles north of San Francisco, it’s long been a favourite getaway for city folk wanting to escape the foggy summers. With a family, Sonoma’s the perfect place to enjoy an active holiday, with kayaking/biking/hiking/fishing or just lazing in the sun. […] The post California: Sonoma Coast for families appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • San Francisco Bay Area: Visiting Filoli

    Susanna
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:20 pm
    In the UK, it’s inevitable that on the weekend we’ll end up at a National Trust property. Greys Court is nearby and we love wandering through the gardens. If we’re feeling ambitious, we drive out to Waddeson Manor, which the girls adore. While in California, we visit Filoli. Located just 30 miles south of San Francisco, it’s […] The post San Francisco Bay Area: Visiting Filoli 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

  • Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2015

    Shera
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:28 am
    I have been waiting for this bundle all year. Seriously, I have! I purchased this bundle last year… and again this year… it really is that good! The value is more than there and although it will take a lot of time to get through all the material, and you won’t necessarily use every single [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Keeping it in Perspective – Not Taking Things Personally

    Shera
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:31 pm
    So much about life as a mom hinges on perspective. Do I choose to let this go, or make a big deal out of it? Do I choose to take what they are doing personally, or accept that they are a child and leave it at that? I could honestly probably just leave this post [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Travel Safely with GB! #ad #GBTravelSave #IC

    Nancy
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Disclosure:  I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for GB. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Traveling with your new baby can be nerve wracking. I remember worrying endlessly about whether I had purchased the safest car seat, whether it was installed correctly, and whether [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Sh*t Southern Mamas Say--Hilarious New Video!

    Jennifer Weedon Palazzo
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:15 pm
  • intelliGLASS Smarter Screen Protector Review & Giveaway

    Ronda
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:20 pm
    I never really considered the value of a screen protector, until last month when my husband dropped his phone while our kids played at the fountains. It wasn't even a major drop, he was seated and the phone fell out of his pocket. But, as mild a drop as I considered it to be, that didn't stop the upper area of the screen from cracking.His phone still works well, but to keep it from shattering more, he immediately bought a screen protector at a local store. Not the best quality, but it gets the job done...for now anyway! Now that I know better, I wanted screen protectors for all of our phones…
  • Medieval Madness

    Stacie Anderson
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:24 am
    I am starting a new series on the weekend by letting my 13 year old son Guest Blog in The World According to Brandon. Here is his first post........... Medieval Madness by Aspennic on 25 April, 2015 in The World According to Brandon Gaming, what is it?  Hi I’m Brandon, Stacie’s son, when I got asked this question by my friends I said:“Wasting your time on stupid video games?” Now I always loved my PS3 games with my dad, but I loved learning more, and I still do, but now I am a gamer!  The answer to the first question is: commitment, and time.  Now this may sound stupid,…
 
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  • PART TWO: THE MAD MEN AFFAIR

    25 Apr 2015 | 6:23 pm
    Last time I wrote about Mad Men I was disenchanted with the show. I didn't like the turn of events, and the way the characters had aged. Every thing and everyone was going downhill, especially Don Draper.When I look back at my thoughts then, and how I feel now, it's like when a person is caught up in a relationship, and they see only what they want to see, and go along with whatever is happening because they care for the person.It's hard to let go! You try but you just can't do it. Well, that's me.I can't let go!There are only a few episodes left. I have to see how Matthew Weiner will put…
  • MY AFFAIR WITH MAD MEN HAS ENDED

    13 Apr 2015 | 6:02 pm
    Photo: Justina Mintz/AMCMAD MEN SPOILER WARNING:For those of you that are still hooked on Mad Men and have not seen the most recent episode there will be spoilers on this post!BUT FIRST: MY HISTORY WITH THE SHOWWhen Matthew Weiner first introduced Mad Men seven years ago I fell for it, hook line and sinker! The sets were exactly like what you would have found in the 60's. The ad agency office had the typewriters, the phones and the employees dressed in the clothes of that era.Men wore suits and skinny ties.Women wore high heels, short skirts and tight tops.Men held the high paying jobs. They…
  • A CAPPUCCINO AND A MANICURE

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Every few weeks my son and daughter-in-law take me on an adventure! It might be just going to the supermarket or running some little errand that needs to be taken care of but believe me - it's never a routine trip. There is something special that happens every time. Just spending time with them is special!The other day the plan was to go to a fairly new Wegman's in the area. It's huge, has a large variety of prepared foods and in many instances the price is "right."As we were riding along in my son's gorgeous new Mercedes-Benz he said that he wanted to stop at the dealership to have his car…
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  • Not Your Typical Kid

    fixitmommy
    11 Apr 2015 | 6:58 pm
    So I am well aware that my kids are not typical kids. And I am cool with that. Last night, my fabulous 25yo niece called and asked me what our plans were for today (Saturday). I told her we were going to Robot Day at the Central Library. She was silent for a second and then started giggling and said, “Why are your kids so weird? Can’t they have a softball game or something like that?” I laughed it off and told her I was okay with weird kids. Cause really I am! So we rode the trolley downtown today to attend Robot Day. The Big One competed in a First LEGO League robotics competition last…
  • There is ALWAYS Something

    fixitmommy
    7 Mar 2015 | 8:14 am
    See, she was fine last night! I swear y’all I cannot make this stuff up. So this is finally the last weekend of Girl Scout cookie sales. It’s been a long six weeks of sales, but there is finally a light at the end of that tunnel. Let’s just remember last year. The last Wednesday of cookie sales is when the Little One took the “epic fall” off of the monkey bars. She and I spent the last two days of cookie sales on the couch trying to keep her pain under control, while The Husband, the Big One and a couple great friends sold their booties off unloading 165 boxes of cookies. It was a…
  • I Cannot Make This Stuff Up

    fixitmommy
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:06 pm
    We are all busy. We all seem to have several directions in which we are pulled. Today was one of those classic several-things-to-do and not-a-lot-of-time to do them in days. It started last week. After driving the MomMobile somewhere, I noticed a stinky burning plastic-like smell coming from under the car. I tried to ignore it. Then it happened again on Friday and Saturday. So on Saturday afternoon, I pointed it out to The Husband, who basically shrugged his shoulders and blew it off. Then on Saturday evening we went to dinner, upon returning home, I pointed out the smell again. This time The…
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  • 10 Spring Sandals You’ve Got To Have!

    Desiree Fawn
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Book the pedicure, grab your polish, and get those toes ready for sandal season! Here are a collection of sandals that I’d LOVE to rock this season! (Apologies to anyone still dealing with snow this week… I see your Twitter updates and I’m crying inside a little, friends!) I can’t wait to stretch my toes out and say goodbye to socks until Autumn rolls around again! 01. Lara Leaf Sandals — I love the pattern on these beautiful sandals! Simple, but still a little glamours. I want to pair them with cropped skinny jeans! 02. Madden Girl Thrill Sandal —…
  • Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

    Mom Spark
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:55 am
    During the #MonkeyKingdomEvent in Orlando last week, I had the opportunity to sit down with Greg Peccie, DAKL Animal Operations Manager, to chat about the Animal Kingdom Lodge at Walt Disney World. photo credit: Disney Step into the heart of Africa at this magnificent Resort hotel. Inspired by the traditional African kraal, the horseshoe-curved design provides spectacular views of 4 lush savannas that over 200 hoofed animals and birds call home. Delight in dazzling pool areas, exciting animal programs and one of the largest collections of African art in the United States as you experience…
  • Journey to Armenia: Day 6

    Mom Spark
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:23 pm
    SPONSOR A CHILD Our first visit was to a family of four (dad, mom & 2 sons) that once lived in a shack, but with the efforts of the local World Vision youth group they were now living in a real apartment. The World Vision Armenian youth sold calendar cards as well as a few other projects to raise enough money to provide an entire apartment for one family. I cannot express how impressive these youth members are to do something so selfless and meaningful for this family! The oldest boy in the family, Hayk, suffers from “Armenian disease” which is a combination of acute abdominal pain,…
 
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    Please Pass the Salt

  • shoe box prints and the evolution of a camera

    Moriah
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:06 pm
    I don’t know about you, but for me, making memory books or scrapbooks for my kids has totally gone by the wayside. Ain’t nobody got time fo’ that. Plus it wasn’t something I really ever loved. And tends to be super expensive. Whatever. So a couple of weeks ago I was looking for a picture of me and some cousins when we were little, and I have no idea where I (mis)placed that photo. I looked in every place I could think of for random photos and couldn’t find it. I did, however, find lots of hilarious pictures I had completely forgotten about. I threw out the ones…
  • one quick dinner

    Moriah
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:56 pm
    I know I haven’t posted in a while but I need to share this “recipe” with you. For all the fellow overwhelmed mommas with kids that walk in at 4:30pm with hungrycrazy eyes – slacker moms unite! This is my slightly healthier version of hamburger helper. And we have it a lot because it’s easy and my kids snarf it down. I use the square organic beef that Costco sells and I don’t even know how much is in one of those pouches. Be right back. Ok, 1.34 pounds. And a chopped onion. Brown meat completely with the chopped onion. When the meat is fully cooked and…
  • the Christmas musical

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

  • Yarn Crafter Shares 4 Unexpected Benefits of Crochet and Knitting

    Moomettes
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I'm so thankful my mom and aunts taught me to crochet. Crocheting is a relaxing, stress relieving hobby, and can be done almost anywhere. One of the benefits of crochet and knitting is that you end up with beautiful DIY handcrafted items!Yarn Crafter Shares 4 Unexpected Benefits of Crochet and Knitting is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Earth Day is April 22 | Earth Day | Family Earth Friendly Ideas

    Cindi Moomettes
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970. The Vietnam War was raging, and it was a very tumultuous period. We all wanted to be Flower Children and save the planet.Earth Day is April 22 | Earth Day | Family Earth Friendly Ideas is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • How To Make DIY Hang Tags | Baby Shower Bridal Wedding Anniversary | Party Favors

    Cindi Moomettes
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    Here’s an easy and inexpensive way when planning a wedding to make your own DIY hang tags and save money. The party tags can also be used for Bridal Shower, Baby, Wedding, Anniversary or any type of party favor.How To Make DIY Hang Tags | Baby Shower Bridal Wedding Anniversary | Party Favors is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
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  • Dance, dance and more dance

    Selie
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:40 pm
    This is our first year in competition dance and it has been fun, exhausting, taxing and pretty cool at the same time. I love watching dancers do there thing and especially love watching my daughter on stage. But getting up to get ready at 5am almost every weekend is exhausting, especially when you end up being at the competition all day! I learned two things since starting dance competitions. 1) A bedazzle thing is way easier to use then a glue gun when attaching rhinestones to costumes and 2) Never ever scream so loud that it scares your poor dancer on stage and they blank out and run off…
  • Some People Look for Beautiful

    Selie
    4 Apr 2015 | 2:01 pm
    The post Some People Look for Beautiful appeared first on Bizzie Living.
  • Song of the Month: Work Song

    Selie
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Every now and then there is a song that you just drawn to and can play over and over again without growing tired of it. The first time I played the Work Song by Hozier was probably one of the most taxing work days I’ve had in awhile and I must have played this song over and over again on my metro ride home. I started listening to Hozier after hearing the “Take me to Church” song on the radio and watching the video. I love a great music that can also send a powerful message.   The post Song of the Month: Work Song appeared first on Bizzie Living.
 
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    Moomettes Magnificents

  • Yarn Crafter Shares 4 Unexpected Benefits of Crochet and Knitting

    Moomettes
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I'm so thankful my mom and aunts taught me to crochet. Crocheting is a relaxing, stress relieving hobby, and can be done almost anywhere. One of the benefits of crochet and knitting is that you end up with beautiful DIY handcrafted items!Yarn Crafter Shares 4 Unexpected Benefits of Crochet and Knitting is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Earth Day is April 22 | Earth Day | Family Earth Friendly Ideas

    Cindi Moomettes
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970. The Vietnam War was raging, and it was a very tumultuous period. We all wanted to be Flower Children and save the planet.Earth Day is April 22 | Earth Day | Family Earth Friendly Ideas is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • How To Make DIY Hang Tags | Baby Shower Bridal Wedding Anniversary | Party Favors

    Cindi Moomettes
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    Here’s an easy and inexpensive way when planning a wedding to make your own DIY hang tags and save money. The party tags can also be used for Bridal Shower, Baby, Wedding, Anniversary or any type of party favor.How To Make DIY Hang Tags | Baby Shower Bridal Wedding Anniversary | Party Favors is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
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    Mommie911 Blog

  • Jellybean Bark Recipe

    mommie9
    3 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    If you are thinking of making candy for Easter treats, this is a pretty candy to make.  It’s easy to make too.  We like to make this for Easter gift-giving.  You can use jellybeans, malted milk balls or peanut butter mini-eggs. Our basic recipe just calls for white chocolate that you melt.  We used white [...]
  • Yummy Bunny Crepes Recipe

    mommie9
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:19 am
      What a fun Easter morning breakfast !  Or make these for dessert!  Turn your favorite filled crepes into Bunnies for Easter.  They’re easy to make and fun to eat. We actually plan to serve these for one of our Easter brunch surprises on Easter morning. This is a kid-friendly food that you can make [...]
  • DIY Bunny Candy Container Craft

    mommie9
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    As soon as Spring arrives, we are always in search of some Bunny fun.  We love to make crafts that remind us of Spring and bunnies sure do that for us.  This adorable craft uses recycled coffee creamer containers.  Just follow our simple directions and you will have some bunnies in no time.  These candy [...]
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    Jendi's Journal

  • Halo Found Hope By Helo Matzelle | Book Review

    Jendi
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:14 pm
    This is a true story, not a fiction book this time; and it is amazing. I did have to read Halo Found Hope a little bit at a time because it was overwhelming for me – just reading it. I can’t imagine living through it. Total disclosure here: I scanned some of the early chapters because it was very uncomfortable to read about the tumor and the operation. I do understand why she wrote it. I would not have gotten as much from the rest of the book if I did not know what she went through. While I do not like the use of multiple Bible versions; I greatly admire the way Helo studies…
  • Dauntless By Dina L. Sleiman | Book Review

    Jendi
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    I enjoy the story of Robin Hood so when I saw that Dauntless (Valiant Hearts) was similar I decided to read it. Then when I got it I worried that it would be too similar, but the author addresses the similarities right up front in the beginning and I didn’t mind at all. Bottom line: I really enjoyed this book. I can honestly say that I wasn’t sure how this plot line was going to turn out. I was pleasantly surprised by all the things going on. What I thought was going to be the climax was only half way through the book! That turned out to be a good thing. The heroine is well…
  • How To Catch A Prince By Rachel Hauck | Book Review

    Jendi
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    There’s a supernatural twist in How to Catch a Prince (Royal Wedding Series) that I wasn’t sure about at first. Rachel Hauck worked it into the story very well; and it definitely made me think. It is an interesting element, for sure, with the mix of earthly and heavenly…hmm… The story is told from the hero and heroine’s view points [with a tiny bit from an antagonist]. I think it is well written without overlapping/repetitive information and no confusion. The heroine lives a very different lifestyle than I do, but the focus on her feelings and actions make her…
 
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    Resourceful Mommy

  • Zarbee’s Twitter Party with BabyCenter

    Amy
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Parents want the best start for their baby. As many as 84% of moms say that it makes them feel better when their young children consume products with natural ingredients. Zarbee’s had this in mind as they introduce their new line of natural baby vitamins and supplements, formulated for infants and toddlers. These new vitamins feature hand-picked ingredients, like agave and coconut oil, and contain no gluten, dyes, or artificial flavors and sweeteners. Join us as we chat with BabyCenter and Zarbee’s about healthy beginnings for babies and learn more about the new line from Zarbee’s,…
  • Boston Market #PulledPork Twitter Party

    Amy
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:52 am
    Boston Market is known far and wide for its delicious home style meals. This spring, for a limited time, they’ll be sharing a new menu addition! After a year of testing and perfecting their recipe, Boston Market is excited to announce the addition of Slow Braised Pulled Pork to their menu, available from 4/13 – 5/31! This announcement comes just in time for their special Tax Day Buy One, Get One Free deal! On April 15th, guests can select from Individual Meal pairings, such as the new Slow Braised Pulled Pork and other favorites like Chicken, Turkey and Meatloaf. For more details on this…
  • Walgreens #NewNexxus Twitter Party

    Amy
    2 Apr 2015 | 3:04 pm
    With spring in the air and plenty of spring cleaning going on, now is a great time to give your hair a little rejuvenation, too! With newly reformulated products from Nexxus New York Salon Care, giving your hair a spring makeover will be easy! With the improved Nexxus Therappe Shampoo & Humectress Conditioner, and the new Encapsulate Serum, enriched with 100% Elastin protein and Caviar Complex, you can rebalance, restore, and replenish hair for a more beautiful spring. From 4/5/15-4/11/15, stop in to your local Walgreens and Duane Reade during the Beauty Must-Haves event to try New Nexxus…
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    Mom Fuse

  • 2015 Mothers Day Gift Guide

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:48 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: 2015 Mothers Day Gift Guide Mothers Day is a time to celebrate mom and everything she does. Our 2015 Mothers Day Gift Guide has some fun & functional gifts mom will enjoy! 1. Pong Case for her iPhone, Galaxy or iPad – The best thing about these cases — besides the fact that they keep these devices safe from drops […]        
  • HelloFlo New Mom Kit: Essentials For New Moms

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: HelloFlo New Mom Kit: Essentials For New Moms The HelloFlo New Mom Kit… you might remember HelloFlo for being the company that made periods hilariously part of the conversation as opposed to a taboo subject for young girls. Recently though, they’ve expanded that conversation to include the other side of being a new mom: the leaks, the pains, and the aches. The HelloFlo […]        
  • Get Your Free Issue – Baked & Delicious Magazine

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Get Your Free Issue – Baked & Delicious Magazine The Premiere Issue of Baked & Delicious Magazine is out and guess what.. you can get it for Free! Yes, free! Don’t you just love that word? Baked & Delicious is all about bringing International classic recipes that you can bake at home, in your own space. The magazine is filled with traditional, modern, and […]        
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    Hip Mama's Place

  • New Promo from Suave: Bonus Packs on Best-Selling Body Wash Collections This Spring and Summer!

    HipMamasPlace
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:37 pm
      Exciting news from Suave®! Now and all throughout the summer, Suave is rolling out bonus packs for some of its best-selling body wash collections for the entire family – including Suave Naturals®, Suave Men®, and Suave Kids®. Here’s what you need to know: Now through August, Suave 18oz body washes will retail for the same price as the 12oz bottles This means that Suave® is giving you 50 percent more product for the same price Bonus packs will be available at most retailers – including Wal-Mart, Family Dollar, Dollar General, and Kroger – so get them while they’re hot!
  • Mother’s Day Gift Guide + Celebrating Moms With Some Fabulous Giveaways!

    HipMamasPlace
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:12 am
        Mother’s Day is May 10 and when it rolls around, celebrate Mom with one of these thoughtful gifts she’ll never forget! For the new mom and mom to-be: aden + anais’ daydream blankets – Any mom will enjoy this luxurious, oh-so-soft blanket during quiet nights at home. Available in classic cotton and bamboo varieties, this stylish blanket can also be an added home accent. ($125, adenanadanais.com) Cake Lingerie -  New moms and moms-to-be will feel beautiful in this brand’s gorgeous line of maternity and nursing lingerie with a fit that women love!
  • Infographic on Back Pain + BackJoy “Stand Up Mom” Mother’s Day #Giveaway!

    HipMamasPlace
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
      For many, mom was our first teacher. She taught us how to count to 10 and how to tie our shoes.  More importantly, mom taught life lessons and shared advice that we carry into our adult lives.  One universal piece of advice that nearly every mom shared, is “Sit Up Straight.”  Turns out, this was pretty good advice as we hear more about the benefits of good posture and the health risks of poor posture. Here’s an interesting infographic that shows the causes of back pain, how to prevent it, the economic costs and the importance of good posture. Here are some ‘good to…
 
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    MomDot

  • Top 5 ways to Love your vacation to the Emerald Coast

    trisha haas
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    The entire gulf coast is one of my very favorite locations in the United States. You cannot beat the weather, the crystal clear waters, the sugary soft white sands, and oh, the FOOD. I currently live in Daphne, Alabama and while we are the Gulf, we still vacation in our area, heading over to the Emerald […]
  • Functional home decorating on a dime!

    trisha haas
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:03 am
    Its been nearly 1 year since we moved into our new home and let me tell you what isn’t done yet. I have not painted a darn thing. My walls are still stuck with contractor paint that is honestly making my soul itch when I walk in the house. The kid and animal marks are […]
  • PHILADELPHIA Classic Cheesecake: Best Recipe~!

    trisha haas
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Admittedly, dessert is my weakness and more specifically, cheesecake. So when I was challneged to recreate one of the rocking rcipes available here, I took one look and knew that I could not resist the lovely, decadent, deliciousness of a real home cheesecake. I can remember when I was in high school making a cheesecake […]
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    The Big Piece of Cake » Big Piece of Cake

  • They Coulda’ Been Great: March 2015

    Kate
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    Almost three weeks later…here are the Facebook highlights  from March! (What is this? All answers are HERE.) March 1 10:26 a.m. Eleanor: So yeah – Jade got her ears pierced. Me: I guess YOU want to get your ears pierced? Eleanor: [rolls eyes] Uh – yeah. ALL of my friends have pierced ears…except for Lucy…and Lily. Me: Well – we had originally talked about waiting until you’re 12… Eleanor: That’s when YOU got your ears pierced. Me: I know – back in “the olden days…” Eleanor: MOM! I don’t call it…
  • Art to Grow On

    Kate
    6 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    I almost never do sponsored posts anymore (in fact, I think it’s been years!) But this is one I couldn’t pass up. It also seemed like a great opportunity for a Wishing True post (again – I think it’s been years). SO let me tell you about one of my favorite online stationery stores, Minted! I used them for holiday cards this year and they were gorgeous. Having spent a good amount of time checking out the website, I’m also very familiar with their line of art prints.  Now that my kids are older (ages 8-10), they’ve outgrown some of the “nursery”…
  • My Life is a Mess

    Kate
    4 Apr 2015 | 6:55 am
    This morning I woke up full of anxiety. This is not necessarily a new thing…the to do list is always long, and I feel like I can barely reach it past all of the laundry piling up in front of me…or the dog hair that needs to be vacuumed out of the corners…the dishes…the general grossness of cleaning up after children, pets and let’s face it – husbands (at least mine)… But tomorrow is Easter. And we have family in town. And there is a hole in our living room ceiling that no handyman had time to fix last week. And I never did get much cleaning done over…
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    Blog By Donna

  • MARVEL The Avengers: Age of Ultron Super Heroes Assemble App #AvengersUnite

    Donna Chaffins
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:57 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AvengersUnite #CollectiveBias Confession: I quite possibly could be a bigger Avengers fan (especially Thor) than my husband & son (and they are HUGE fans)! It’s true. And before the May 1st release of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” we are going to do an Avengers movie marathon watching them in this order: “Captain America: The First Avenger” “Iron Man” “The Incredible Hulk” “Iron Man 2″ “Thor” “The…
  • DriveTime Cancel Anytime Lease is Perfect for Anyone Working in Another State #DriveItForward

    Donna Chaffins
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Before my husband and I first moved to Tennessee, I stayed in Cincinnati for a few months while he worked here and came home on the weekends. It wasn’t that bad of a drive, but if he had taken the job in California, he would have had to flown to and from CA. If that were the case, he would have needed transportation. No way would my husband have wanted to buy a car for the 6 or so months he would have been working in CA. The best option would have been to lease a car. I know many people work out of state on a short-term to a slightly long-term basis and leasing a car from DriveTime is…
  • I’m Getting Summer Ready with Jolen: Bleach to Bare #BleachtoBarewithJolen #GoConfidently

    Donna Chaffins
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:55 am
    Something happens to us women as we get older… hair grows (darker and/or thicker) where it never grew before. Seriously, what is up with that? As much as I hate it, it’s a fact of life, or my life anyway. Just because it’s a fact doesn’t mean I have to like it. And thanks to Jolen, I don’t have to live with it. I remember my mom using Jolen cream bleach products when I was younger, so I know Jolen has been around for a long time. That makes me feel good because I know they are a trusted beauty product, and must do what it says it will do to still be around. In…
 
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    STYLEMOM

  • A conversation with with author Rachel Levy Lesser

    Tayelor Kennedy
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Q. What inspired you to become a writer?  I always loved to write when I was growing up whether it be a paper for school, an article for the school newspaper and as I grew up whether that was a newsletter for a nonprofit or in my jobs in marketing and PR. I really got serious about my writing after my mother lost her 6 year battle with cancer at the age of 57. I thought that her story (and...
  • The Cannes Film Festival Set to Screen LELO Movie

    Tayelor Kennedy
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:38 am
    We are very proud to announce that Beyond the Wave, a movie by LELO, has been selected to screen its world premiere at the 68th Festival De Cannes.   The Cannes Film Festival held a press conference today to announce all the official selections that have made it in to the competition and the media will be full of stories about who is in and who is out for 2015. Beyond the Wave stars Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers, Sleepy Hollow), Emilie Ohana (Paris, Je t’aime) and introduces newcomer Zhu Wei...
  • Third Night of Vancouver Fashion Week: Emerging Designers Present an Exceptional Showcase

    Tayelor Kennedy
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    The third night of Vancouver Fashion Week featured 11 emerging designer runway shows on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015. Among the collections the show featured internationally acclaimed talent, two couture designers and several collections that spoke to the 1920′s era and echoed themes from the Art Deco Movement. Intricate rhinestone headpieces, strong vertical lines and Flapper-style fringe all made appearances throughout the show. The Vancouver Fashion Week is one that is to be attended each season.  The quality of the designer’s...
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    High Impact Mom

  • Spring Break: 5 Tips for Encouraging Your Child’s Artistic Side

    Amanda
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    For many of us, Spring Break is in full swing and parents everywhere are scrambling to make plans to keep the wee ones occupied and content.  Instead of planning an excursion for every day, why not stock up on your favorite craft supplies, gather your kitchen and home supplies, and let the kids loose on the porch with the sunlight and their imaginations?  Activities such as coloring, drawing and painting are part of most children’s lives and exploring visual arts is an enjoyable activity for kids, that also has proven brain-boosting benefits.   In fact, taking the time to create is…
  • Marvel’s "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" Serves Up HOT Action

    Amanda
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    This a review.  Jon and I were given tickets to see Captain America before the release date in exchange for my sharing my thoughts here in this space with you. Last week, the husband and I had the rare opportunity for adult alone time when we ventured out to the Ville to catch the premier of Marvel’s latest installment “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”  After the first Captain America, I was a little unsure how I would enjoy the new movie (I felt the first movie was a little less true to the comic than I expected)…I can say I walked out of the theater excited to…
  • Five Ways to Add Humor to Your Child’s April Fool’s Day

    Amanda
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:14 am
    Although the historical origins of April Fools’ Day are uncertain, one thing is clear – children love this annual day of silly pranks and jokes.   In addition to the pure fun of telling jokes, the experts at Kiddie Academy point out the educational benefits of exercising your family’s funny bone year-round. “When children tell jokes, they are actually playing with language and vocabulary, making associations between words and concepts.  This is an important component of literacy education,” says Richard Peterson, vice president of education, Kiddie Academy. …
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    A Lil' Welsh Rarebit

  • Eleven years ago today...

    10 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    ...in a castle in Wales, we said "I do".  I hope and pray for an eternity more.And I need to wear those shoes again....soon. Happy Anniversary Matt. My moon, my stars, my everything. Love, your cariad
  • Lemon Brunch Cake

    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    From Savoring Time in the Kitchen - my all time favorite food blogger; we share a similar palate.Note:  If you use a bundt pan for this recipe, you will find that the batter only fills up the pan by about 1/2 way or so.  That's okay. This is a smaller (shorter) cake.  3 eggs Zest of 2 lemons14 tablespoons (200 gr) unsalted butter (softened at room temperature) 1-1/4 cups (250 gr) granulated sugar 1 cup (125 gr) unbleached all-purpose flour 1 cup (125 gr) Bob's Red Mill Brown Rice Flour - or substitute corn starch2 teaspoons baking powder Lemon…
  • I'm totally famous

    11 Feb 2015 | 10:08 am
    I'm on Design Mom!!!!!http://www.designmom.com/2015/02/living-with-kids-christy-casimiro/Thank you Gabrielle! Love you and your blog so much!!! xoxo
 
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    Meal Makeover Mom KITCHEN!

  • Creative Cauliflower Recipes – A Roundup! {Podcast #265}

    Meal Makeover Moms
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Cauliflower is a cancer-fighting cruciferous vegetable, and it’s versatile too! From roasted and mashed to hearty, rib-sticking “steaks,” cauliflower is the current “it” vegetable making its way onto restaurant menus and family dinner tables everywhere.On this week’s Cooking with the Moms radio podcast, we dish about some of our favorite cauliflower recipes — Cauliflower Mac & Cheese and Cauliflower Steaks with White Bean Sauce — and share many more cauli-inspired recipes from dietitian food bloggers from around the web.Cauliflower is the…
  • Cauliflower Mac & Cheese — A Makeover of Classic Mac & Cheese

    Liz
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:58 am
    Mac & cheese is a kid favorite, but when it comes to good nutrition, this classic kid dish is lackluster at best. For my Cauliflower Mac & Cheese makeover, I use whole wheat elbow pasta, add shredded cauliflower (it disappears right into the dish), and create a yummy, creamy sauce that’s made with no cream at all.If you thought kale was the “it” vegetable, you’re right. But nutritious, versatile, and flavorful cauliflower has achieved “it” status too. Lately, I’ve been shredding it on the holes of a box grater to make “rice,”…
  • Cleaning Out My Pantry with a Recipe for Gnocchi Primavera

    Janice
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:37 am
    Sometimes the best last-minute dinners are made by combining staples that have been gathering dust in your pantry, fridge, and freezer. In my case it was lots of vegetables and gnocchi and a few condiments that I tossed together for a fun dinner with friends.Every month we participate in The Recipe Redux cooking challenge, and this month we were told to go through our pantries, cupboards, freezer, and fridge and pick an ingredient or condiment that has been hanging around for awhile. We were asked to give this ingredient the attention it deserves and create a healthy recipe.Liz and I decided…
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    Go Grow Go!

  • 15 Ways to Go From Blog to Business Today!

    Felicia
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:39 pm
    One question I am often asked by other bloggers or even by friends is how did I take my hobby of a blog and turn it into a business that takes care of my family and has afforded us opportunities we could have only dreamed of.  The reality is that it was and is a lot of hard work, but there are some things you can do right now in order to get started.  So, I wanted to share with you 15 ways to go from blog to business TODAY!  There is an affiliate link used in this post. 1. ORGANIZE YOUR BLOG Do you have categories on your blog?  How many do you have?  The reality is that you only need…
  • Friday Five: Plus a Paddington Blu-Ray GIVEAWAY!

    Felicia
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Full Disclosure: Affiliate links were used and the movie was sent to us.  We spent our own money watching the movie in the theaters and all of these products mentioned were purchased by me and I really do love them as much as I say The Best Water Bottle on Earth! I know what you are thinking, “that girl exaggerates.”  Well, you are right a little, but I am NOT exaggerating on this water bottle.  I have been loyal to the Thermos Intak Water Bottle since it first came out.  Sure, the design has been updates slightly over the years and I’ve had both designs and I’ve…
  • The Best Free Printable Chore Chart for Kids

    Felicia
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Finding the best free printable chore chart for kids was something I spent my spring break looking for.  In the end, I couldn’t find the exact template I was looking for, so I decided to create my own!  This chart includes daily chores as well as weekly chores broken down by the day of the week. What I have found is that as much as I thought our 4 year old would be too young to do many things, he has been eager to join in since the charts were introduced.  Cleaning the boys’ bathroom was one I put on Graham’s list (age 8).  Since Davis has been watching, he too wants to…
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    Mylestones

  • Professional Guidelines For Choosing Important Aspects Of Texas Holdem Poker

    Mylestones
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    The casino in the United States has a extended and usually illustrious history. Gambling plays a piece in American background from the beginning of the colonies, in the lore of the Wild West, in the history of the underground bars through prohibition, and extra. Legislation concerning gambling have improved over time, with escalating prohibitions from gambling adopted by a enjoyable of legislation. Working with this online poker suggestion in a poker room, employing a no deposit poker advantage, will make it possible for you to practise pot odds with no expense to by yourself – the…
  • Updated Guidance On Details Of Buying Instagram Followers

    Mylestones
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    Social Media Marketing: It’s More Than Just Facebook It is likely that you know already about the latest and greatest craze in marketing which is social media sites. Social media can help your business dramatically increase its customer base. The social media tips contained in this article will help your business thrive. Hang out where your target audience hangs out. Is home improvement your niche? If so, you will want to check out different home decor websites and other types of sites affiliated with that particular niche. Are you in the pet store business? For pet blogs comment on pet…
  • Basic Insights On Effortless Poker Promotions Methods

    Mylestones
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    Due to the financial downturn, progressively more a lot more persons are taking part in the lottery with the hope of successful some dollars income. An more doable way to earn some money money is by getting an opportunity via on the web horse racing betting. There are three key means to participate in poker on the internet: at funds tables, by way of sitngos, and by way of tournaments. Today we will talk about sitngos and the pros and negatives of actively playing sitngos as opposed to income tables and tournaments. Knowledge the distinctions of the several will assistance you know the most…
 
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    My Mommy Manual (For the Journey)

  • Good? Bad? Who knows?

    Zen Mommy
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:04 am
    When we move past labels like good and bad, we step into the power we have as adults to not just punish or praise children, but to teach, guide, and encourage them --- transforming stressful moments into the moments that bind us.
  • Parenting by the book. Don’t do it.

    Zen Mommy
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:40 am
    The first few years (decades?) of motherhood are hard. Wanting to feed, love and help this adorable little person grow the 'right' way fills any new parent with all consuming questions, the answers to which seemingly allude you alone. And the questions other people ask --- ohhhh the questions. "Is he sleeping through the night?" What the hell does that matter? Worst. Question. EVER.
  • It Is Not Your Job

    Zen Mommy
    31 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    If we asked our children these three simple things daily in the way we parent, we just might get a closer look at each one's nature and stop deluding ourselves into thinking we are responsible for MAKING our children (fill-in-the-blank).
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    ROCK AND DROOL

  • Lichen Sclerosus: When The Itch Doesn’t Go Away

    melissa
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:21 pm
    I am honored to host another guest post about Lichen Sclerosus. After the first guest post I published, I met more women with this incurable skin condition. If we can share these stories, maybe we can shed more light on this disease. And maybe, just maybe…we can prevent other women from suffering the way so many women have been. Guys have no problems talking about their penises. Why should our vagina problems stay within the confines of our underwear? Let’s start talking about our vaginas. And the conditions that aren’t as uncommon as we think they are. Lichen Sclerosus,…
  • DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

    melissa
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:49 am
    It’s getting close to the end-of-year for school. Our schools get out mid-June and that will be here before we know it. I can not believe how FAST this year flew by! Insane. This is my last year of having a kid in elementary school and I’ll only have one left in high school. When I started blogging, all my big kids were in elementary school and my youngest was in pre-school! I know!!! So, now it’s time to think about getting gifts for those fabulous teachers who nurtured and taught your children for 7 hours a day, 5 days a week. My son had awesome 5th grade teachers and I…
  • 10 Best Kettlebell Workouts On Pinterest

    melissa
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    I’m crazy about working out with a kettlebell. Kettlebells have been around forever but have only recently become all the rage here in the US. Working out with a kettlebell has so many benefits, if done correctly. It provides all-over body conditioning, huge results in less time, increased toning without bulking, and massive calorie burning…just to name a few. Kettlebell workouts provide both cardio and strength training, both important to your overall health. I’ve been doing kettlebell workouts around three times a week for about a month now and I’m noticing a…
 
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  • How do you not project onto your children?

    Laura-Kim
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:10 am
      Last night we had a rather heated debate about schools and soccer. David said that I was manipulating steering Cameron to the option I wanted. HA! Obviously I denied it vehemently because honestly it was not my intention but the reality is, there is a lot of truth in what he is saying. While I am trying to make sure we all have all the information we need to make these decisions, I am emphasising or over playing the option I want. David is actually also doing the same – it is just very obvious now because him and I are on opposite sides. It got me thinking about how hard it is…
  • {Giveaway} Baby Registry Voucher

    Laura-Kim
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:57 am
      Baby Showers are becoming an industry on their own. If you are a mom then you have an idea of what to buy but if you aren’t then heading into the isle of a baby store can be hugely intimidating. Even if you do have an idea of what to buy you often aren’t sure if the mom to be has it, wants or will even use it. And then there is time to get to the shops, wade through the shelves of bottles, dummies, monitors and wet wipes that all promise to be the best for your baby! Enter My Baby Registry! They take the hassle out of it all!!! They provide a platform for moms to be (or…
  • Did you queue today? I didn’t and not sure I would have.

    Laura-Kim
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:55 am
    When I had my melt down earlier this year about Cameron’s high school choices for next year, everyone thought I was mad. They kept saying “It will work out” etc etc and obviously it will BUT I am still very glad I had that meltdown when I did because it meant I now have back up plans for the back up plan. Which meant I did not queue today with, what seems like, every parent in Gauteng with either a Grade 1 or Grade 8 in 2016. We have 3 private schools on our list – two of which have already granted Cameron a spot and one will confirm with us on the 18 May and 1 public…
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  • Joke Break: Kindergarteners Today

    Erin McAllister
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:24 pm
    I saw this and thought of Elijah right away... lol
  • Free Redbox Rental through 4/30/15

    Erin McAllister
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:58 pm
    Through 4/30/15 enter codePLKMP982at checkout at Redbox.com or at a Redbox kiosk to a get a free one-night DVD rental.Disclosure: This post is NOT sponsored nor does it contain affiliate links. Just sharing to share. :)
  • IKEA Earth Day Sustainable Saturday Event April 11th

    Erin McAllister
    8 Apr 2015 | 6:10 pm
    Looking for something to do with the kids on Saturday? Check out the IKEA Family Sustainable Saturday at our local IKEA Baltimore Store April 11, 2015. There will be chances to win some IKEA Gift cards as well as see what is new and sustainable at IKEA for just in time for Earth month.10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Exit Lobby Baltimore County Office of Sustainability Get tips for recycling and learn about Baltimore County recycling services.10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Showroom BGE LED bulb energy savings demonstration, free energy quick-check, and info about energy audits. 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM SMÅLAND…
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  • Organizing a Small Space for Crafts or Kids Toys

    Guest Benefactor
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:10 pm
    By Jane Blanchard You don’t need a large space for a craft room or a child’s toy storage room. The main thing, when deciding on which room to choose, is to make sure it’s a quiet place that will help you concentrate better. You won’t want the room to receive a lot of human or pet traffic. Organizing a Small Space Once you find the perfect spot for your small activity room, it’s time to organize all your craft supplies and toys. Start with a solid working table. Make sure it’s small enough, so it’s not too high for the children to work on it. Stainless steel will not rust, but a…
  • What is Laparoscopy?

    Guest Benefactor
    25 Nov 2013 | 9:28 am
    The human body is an incredible creation and without a doubt the most complex and finely tuned machine that any of us possess. Knowing how to maintain the body in its optimal condition is imperative for a long and healthy life. Doctors spend many years of study to first achieve their initial medical qualification and they continue to learn every day as advances in science and medicine ensure that new discoveries that must be incorporated to their knowledge bank are assimilated and utilized in practice. Although there is no way that you can achieve the same level of medical knowledge as a…
  • A Worthy Alternative To Beer? U.S. Cider Guide

    Guest Benefactor
    3 Oct 2013 | 8:33 am
    Even though beer remains the drink of choice in nearly every bar in America, true and traditional cider is slowly becoming a genuine alternative. So much so that numerous breweries have started to make their own blends of cider and traditional European brands are now starting to import products to the States. There are a huge variety of ciders available to suit every individual’s taste buds, from dry and sweet to cloudy and clear, so you can be sure to find that perfect cider for watching the game or relaxing on a summer’s evening with the family. Here’s a quick guide to the best cider…
 
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  • The Terrible (Horrible Not-So-Good Very Screechy) Threes

    Amalah
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    Dearest Amalah, I have a wonderful, mostly agreeable, sweet 3 year old boy who I love with all my heart. What I do not love are some of the sounds that come out of his preshus little mouth. The screeeeeeeching and the whiiiiiiiining when he doesn’t get his way is really starting to get to me. We’ve tried ignoring him when he makes this sound, we’ve tried time-outs, we’ve taken away tv time, we acknowledge his feeling of frustration/anger/sadness. All to no avail. We constantly encourage him to use his big boy voice and words (which he has a ton of by the way. This kid…
  • Easy DIY Tray for Mother’s Day!

    Brenda Ponnay
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:48 am
    Whoever invented the tradition of serving mothers breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day should be awarded a foot massage or a gift certificate to their favorite shoe store. What is sweeter than your darling child sneaking around in the morning, preparing breakfast the best way they can and then tip-toeing into your bedroom with their masterpiece breakfast teetering on a tray? I know, disasters await in the kitchen and not everything will make it to your bed intact but any mother will say it is well worth the clean up afterwards. Because kids are CUTE! Let them serve their moms breakfast for…
  • Sex After a C-Section: What’s “Normal?”

    Amalah
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:09 am
    Hello Lovely, I hope you and the boys are well. My question today is regarding sex after c-sections. I’m three months out from having an unplanned c-section. There were no complications. It took me about four weeks until I could stand for longer than it takes to shower, I bled for six weeks, and we didn’t have sex until after that. I still have patches of numb skin on my lower belly, but I don’t generally have pain. Except for when we’ve had sex. For a few days after sex, I’ll have random stabbing pains on the right side of my incision (which was always the more…
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  • Easter on Maui

    Sarah Burns
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:54 pm
    We’ve had some pretty amazing Easters here on Maui. One year we went to the beach and stumbled upon an egg hunt happening at Baby Beach in Lahaina. A few neighbors roped off an area of the beach and then came around to all the families inviting all the kieki to join the egg hunt. The kids grabbed anything that could hold the eggs (sand castle buckets, my beach bag or my husband’s hat) and then all the kids of the beach stopped what they were doing and ran after the eggs, clad in bikinis with sand in their wet hair – it was awesome! If you are on Maui for the holiday, I…
  • How to not get antsy

    Sarah Burns
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:03 pm
    You are exactly where you are supposed to be I believe in this saying with all my heart. Where you are at this very moment is where you are meant to be. It’s where you will rest or gain clarity or it’s where you will let the bubbles form, like in a hot tea kettle starting to push you to the top for release. It’s where you’ll be catapulted from, or it’s where you will grow your roots. But it’s where you are supposed to be right this very minute. There are no coincidences or even luck. We are all on a path, a road that will lead us somewhere, even off…
  • Hiking with Kids in West Maui

    Sarah Burns
    2 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Maui has some great spots to take the family on a hike. Here are a few ideas on the West side. If you head to Kapalua there are a few different hiking trails that are good for the kids. ☛ By DT Fleming beach is a trail that goes back into the valley a bit.  It’s easy for kids.  Park at DT Fleming Beach and then walk a small ways back up Lower Honoapiilani, past the preschool, where you’ll see the entrance to the trail. It’s not long but the perfect length to explore. ☛ Just past Fleming Beach is the Honolua Ridge & Maunalei Arboretum Trails. We LOVE this trail. …
 
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  • Barbie in Princess Power and Paypal Cash Giveaway Winners Announced!

    Jennifer Shusterman
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:41 pm
    As much as we would love to give something to everyone who entered our recent giveaways, we just can’t make that happen. So, it’s time to announce the winners from our Barbie in Princess Power giveaway and the $15 Paypal Cash giveaway! 3 Winners were chosen for the Barbie in Princess Power combo pack, and they are… Kristie D.  Kelley H. Ger M. Your movies have been sent out, so keep an eye on the mail! The $15 Paypal Cash Giveaway winner is… Desiree H. I will be contacting the winner for your Paypal info, so watch your email if this is you! Thank you to everyone who…
  • Stock Up With The Publix #Snacksharesave $15 Paypal Cash #Giveaway

    Jennifer Shusterman
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:50 pm
    There is one phrase I hear everyday in my house, and it doesn’t matter if I’m over due for a grocery trip or if I’ve just returned from our local Publix with food galore. “I’m hungry, but there’s nothing to eat!” Not surprisingly my husband, Ben, is the usual culprit. I know he doesn’t want to take the time to cook something when he’s hungry for a snack, so I have a solution.  I keep many of his favorite snacks like Chex Mix Muddy Buddies, Traditional Chex Mix, Doritos, and Dr. Pepper on a shelf in his office ready to go anytime he wants…
  • Barbie in Princess Power Review & #Giveaway

    Jennifer Shusterman
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:08 pm
    I received a free copy of Barbie in Princess Power in exchange for my honest opinions of the product. Growing up in a household full of girls meant always being surrounded by Barbies. Sure, we had plenty of GI Joe dolls and Lincoln Logs, too, but my sister and I were huge Barbie fans. My Christmas present from my Nana every year since 1994 has been a Holiday Barbie, so my Barbie love is no secret. My 5 year old, Ellie, is also a self proclaimed Barbie lover, and I’m happy to indulge her. She asked for a Barbie house for Christmas this year, and already has over 40 dolls in her own…
  • FunBites Food Cutters Make Eating Fun

    Jennifer Shusterman
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    I received a free FunBites Food Cutter in exchange for my honest opinions. Affiliate links are included for your consideration. As a mom of little ones I’m always looking for fun and exciting ways to get my children to eat. My toddler will eat just about anything you put in front of her, but my 5 year old is an extremely picky eater. She doesn’t like to eat anything that isn’t cut into small pieces, and she will sometimes pitch a fit if she doesn’t have “crazy pieces”. In our house “crazy pieces” are pieces of food cut into shapes. One day it…
  • #beBRCAware About BRCA Gene Mutations

    Jennifer Shusterman
    14 Mar 2015 | 10:17 pm
    I received $150 from AstraZeneca, and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience. This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/AstraZeneca. We all know how devastating cancer can be. If you ask a group of people if cancer has effected their lives in any way most will say they have either lost a loved one to cancer or have their own cancer experience to share. Women are constantly reminded how important it is to get screened for breast cancer. We reach a certain age when mammograms become a part of life. We subject ourselves to dreaded pap smears to check for many…
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  • FOD-What?

    Amber
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:48 pm
    I am one of those people who can eat pretty much anything. That doesn’t mean I like everything. Corn on the cob is not my thing no matter how often other people urge me to give it a try. I have. It doesn’t do much for me. I am somehow managing to live a full and happy life in spite of it. But there are very few things I do enjoy that cause me any digestive issues, especially if I don’t go completely overboard. As in, I can eat Halloween candy, but I can’t eat all the Halloween candy at one sitting. My husband, on the other hand, has to be careful about what he eats.
  • Poem of the Month: Poetry Class

    Amber
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:52 am
    Last month I shared how I have recently returned to poetry. I haven’t slowed down – so far I’ve written more than 50 poems. Many of them are not fit for public consumption, but I have written enough that are and I’d like to share some of them. And so, a new blog series is born, and I will be poem one poem each month. These aren’t my most personal poems, but I do enjoy each of them. And now, here is this month’s poem, inspired by the poetry class I took last fall. I had a lot of fun writing this one, and it makes me laugh. Poetry Class The Shape Of the poem…
  • Dabbling in Extra-Curricular Activities

    Amber
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:52 pm
    I am good at starting things. In fact, I love starting things. I have always been what you would call a joiner. When I’m in class now I’m always the first person to raise my hand. I volunteer. I say yes often. I am also good at keeping things going. Once I’ve said yes to something, I stick with it. My 24th dating anniversary with my husband is coming up in less than a month. On that fateful day in 1991 when we became a couple I was a few days shy of my 15th birthday. We have never broken up. I would have driven my old Honda Civic for another 15 years if it hadn’t been…
  • Podcast: Keeping it Spicy While Trying to Get Pregnant

    Amber
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:03 pm
    You guys! It’s been more than a year since I recorded a podcast. In fact, if you conceived a child on the date of my last podcast, that child would be sitting up and eating solid food by now. Which might seem like a random piece of trivia but it really isn’t, because today’s podcast is all about conceiving. I recently spoke with sexologist, author and TV personality Dr. Jess O’Reilly about just that – and how to keep things interesting in the bedroom while you’re doing it. This subject hits home for me especially because I had a harder time conceiving my…
  • My Life in Numbers

    Amber
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Well, hello there. How are you? I feel like there’s a lot going on in my life that I haven’t updated here. The hunt for a new vehicle to replace the Silver Bullet. My continuing obsession with poetry. My journey towards becoming a math teacher. My love of tea. My podcast. I’ve decided to summarize it all numerically, because that’s how I roll. This happened Counting up my Life Number of poems I have written so far in March: 33 Varieties of tea in my tea cupboard right now: 34 Days since I found I got in to teacher training at SFU: 20 Kilometers I have driven in my…
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  • Do you have the Courage to Be You?

    Genny
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Do you have the courage to be you? That is the question my friend Jenny Williamson asks readers in her new book, and it’s a question that changed her life and set her on a journey of discovering her, “water-walking, giant-slaying, history-making destiny.” I’m so excited to share Jenny’s book with you today. If you’ve been around here a while, you’ve heard me talk about her and the non-profit she started–Courage Worldwide–many times. She’s an amazing woman and it’s an amazing organization that has changed the lives of many…
  • Finding Your Dreams in His Story

    Genny
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Life is a story and each day is a new page, and even though that sounds totally cliché, the ironic thing is, when we stop trying to figure it all out—when we shift from pursuing our dreams for our own agenda to being available for God to use to reach out toothers, we start to see—to know—what we were put here to do. That’s been my experience, anyway. And I’m excited to share more about it over at GodSizedDreams.com today!… A few years ago, when I was watching The Next Food Network Star, one of the judges commented on a contestant, saying, “It’s so…
  • The video from my MOPS webinar (and a quick update)

    Genny
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:39 pm
    It was so much fun to talk about pursuing your dreams on MOPS International’s Let’s Talk, Darling program last week! You can click here or on the image below to check out the video: 5 Things You Can Do to Discover and Pursue Your Dreams. I love how these webinars from MOPS give moms a new way to connect and share! I hope you are all doing well! I’ve missed being here, but things have been busy. I’ve been working on some new writing projects, getting involved in some ministries for moms and women, and enjoying getting back into speaking, now that we’ve settled in.
  • I’m over at The Mom Initiative today talking about ways to stop sibling squabbles!

    Genny
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    Any mom with two or more kids has seen sibling squabbles… from the toy snatching of toddlers to the bickering of older kids. And even though these interactions between sisters and brothers are inevitable, they can sometimes be hard to deal with. Join me over at TheMomInitiative today, where I share six things you can do as a mom to stop the squabbles (and increase the love)! 
  • A note to the world-changer: What are you putting your hope in?

    Genny
    13 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    I keep a card on my fridge with a quote from Max Lucado that reads: “If you ever wonder how in the world God could use you to change the world, look at these people. What people? The people God used to change history. People who found hope, not in their performance, but in God’s proverbially Open Arms.” I’ve looked at the card countless times, yet each time I read it, the quote hits me as a fresh reminder. Because over the years, as I’ve pursued my dreams of writing and speaking, there have been times I’ve forgotten that truth and put too much emphasis on my own performance.
 
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  • My spring body image hack

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    Image credit via Flickr cc license I accidentally bought the wrong size pants. This happens sometimes, when your number one method of clothes shopping involves grabbing something off the sale rack and then sprinting across the store to catch your three-year-old before she falls down the escalator. It can also happen when your number two method ... [Read more...]The post My spring body image hack appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • 9 must-haves to get through a Canadian winter with baby

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Huge thanks to The Baby Show for sponsoring this post and letting me share all my best Canadian baby advice.  And don’t miss the PROMO CODE at the end! The sun is throwing little slivers of warmth our way, snow banks are shrinking and pedicures are being booked. You can almost smell the spring in the air. Not ... [Read more...]The post 9 must-haves to get through a Canadian winter with baby appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • 7 ways you can learn from my Easter hunt mistakes

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    Thanks to Cadbury for sponsoring this post and reminding me to get my Easter hunt game on. Believe it or not, we will be emerging from this deep freeze before you know it, ready to celebrate the reawakening of nature and newness of life that is Easter. And we will do that by hiding chocolate eggs that ... [Read more...]The post 7 ways you can learn from my Easter hunt mistakes appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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  • Without a Compass

    GrumbleGirl
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:29 am
    I woke up this morning to read a(nother) story about an unarmed black man being shot to death by a police officer, this time in South Carolina. It’s all on camera. This time, the cop is being charged with murder, which is correct, at least. But, there are so many stories like these. So many. Too many. And though this didn’t happen to anyone I know, and this didn’t even happen in my own country, I am unnerved and upset. I need to explain to my kids when they ask (and they do ask) why this keeps happening. Why it keeps happening to people who look like my son. I try to calm…
  • This Little Light of Mine

    GrumbleGirl
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:25 am
    Oftentimes now, while she’s dressed in some sort of get-up for her own amusement, she’ll sidle into the kitchen where I’m tidying up, or getting dinner prepared, and she’ll casually set upon a stool at the island and play make-believe with me. It’s her new thing. Kinda like this: Hello. The other day, she sat down in a fancy dress, with rings on her fingers, (and probably bells on her toes,) and as she put her purse down on the counter, she asked me for a club soda, and took a seat. I opened a can, threw an ice cube in a glass, and poured some out for her.
  • Going Forward, Looking Back

    GrumbleGirl
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:33 am
    I do love the birth of a New Year, unspoiled and still shrouded in some mystery about what might lie ahead… I love it. I feel the New Year differently than I do on my birthday, which is it’s own time of renewal and reflection for me — and November 24th isn’t so long ago, so this time of year in general is often emotional, and usually in the best ways. But I don’t always have words that seem adequate. And in January, I find I’m just kind of… rolling over with the date, and looking at the world with the same eyes, only squinting just a little bit. See…
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  • Recognition; it’s such a powerful tool

    Ron Rosenhead
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    I took a rest and for some background noise, put the TV on. The programme was Undercover Boss. (For a full description of the programme go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Undercover_Boss ) This episode was based around a Calgary Transit where the boss went undercover to discover how the company was doing. I caught the last 10 minutes. It was fascinating. I was … Read More >Related Posts:So, how good are you?Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project…Who are your good project management role models?What do you do when someone does not take responsibility?Do…
  • This is why change control is so important

    Ron Rosenhead
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:10 am
    It was the final afternoon of the project management course and one of the participants had everyone listening. She was new to the company and said a number of very important things: she was the only one in the family who did not go into the family business – a building company the family company made a significant amount of money … Read More >Related Posts:Sometimes an idea is so simple you wonder why it is not…They threw ‘it’ awayDoes your client keep changing their mind?Project sign off – do people really know what this means?Why is project management so…
  • Save yourself time and money on your projects. How …?

    Ron Rosenhead
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:13 am
    Now I know that this goes against the traditional definition of what is a project, but how about this to save you time and money?How about producing a simple record of the project you have just worked on so the next time it can save you time? This is not as daft as it sounds! The quarterly or half yearly … Read More >Related Posts:Sounds like a plan…. but will it work?Do you carry out a primary survey before starting a project?This is why change control is so importantMonitoring and control in projects is essential to avoid…Forget a stakeholder? That’s OK – you only…
 
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  • The Need for Private Investigators

    25 Apr 2015 | 2:59 pm
    There are times when no matter how hard we try to seek answers, we just cannot get them. These are the moments when it is best to let an expert help us. For instance, if you are not happy with your marriage because you feel that your partner is cheating on you, do not just go on with the sadness. You deserve to know the answers. Through individual investigations in Palm Beach, you will know the real score in no time. Private investigators will do the work for you and follow your spouse around until evidence is collected.   Apart from cheating spouses, private investigators can also help…
  • IPC Certification in the Palm of Your Hand

    25 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    There is no doubt that technology has done so much for us. In fact, it has made our lives so much easier. It makes a lot of tasks easier to accomplish. All of us can benefit from technology in one way or another. Even those who are in the electronics manufacturing business can rely on technology to get their IPC certifications easily. Solder certification is one of the most common programs needed by employees. This program can be easily completed with the help of Black Fox.   Black Fox is a popular training center that offers all sorts of training programs to their clients. If you wish…
  • How to Choose a Private Investigator

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    There are a lot of reasons why people hire private investigators. Regardless of the reason why an individual or a company needs a private investigator, it is very important to hire the right person for the job. There are a lot of agencies that offer private investigators. If you need one, make sure that you look around and get to know them better before you make a choice. If there is an agency that is worth your time and money, then it is Millennium Group 2001. There are several reasons why they are a good choice for anyone.   First, they only have the best private investigators in their…
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  • April Showers = Excuse to binge watch Netflix's Original Series #StreamTeam

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:33 am
    The original content on Netflix is absolutely unreal right now, but unfortunately so is my crazy schedule.   I'm seriously craving a nice rainy day of Netflix binge watching so I can devour a few episodes of my current faves.  The kids have had better luck finding some viewing time though.Here's what our household is currently watching and would you believe that all of these are original to Netflix?Original Netflix Series for Teens and Adults:Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • Wish you had a personal stylist? Try Stitch Fix

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:46 am
    I'm a busy married mommy of 5 who has a need for a wide assortment of clothes on the ready.  Plus I live in Chicago, so seasons are a factor.  I need clothes to wear to school sporting events, clothes to wear to work events, clothes to wear on date night, clothes for Florida beach trips, clothes for winter ski trips, special occasion attire to wear to events like my daughter's graduation, a black tie gala, or even someones funeral.  I should also mention that I have zero time or desire to shop for all this, I'm not exactly built like a supermodel, and I don't want to spend…
  • My Lilly Pulitzer for Target Confession

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:32 am
    I guess it's time I come clean and confess.  The guilt I feel watching you all grieve over your Lilly Pulitzer for Target disappointments is really getting to me.  I can hardly look at my assorted flowery items without getting a bit of a lump in my throat, so here it is ...  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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  • cactus cut-out pool coverup {DIY}

    Sarah
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Welcome to all day pool weather here in Palm Springs, CA ! Spring is in full swing and we are all preparing, shopping and daydreaming about the long, sunny days of summer. When the pool is a lifestyle like it is here in Palm Springs, you have just as many,
  • outdoor entertaining areas get clean {pressure washer}

    Sarah
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:51 pm
    I’m sharing how to pressure wash outdoor entertaining areas as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #ZepSocialstars With all this warm weather here to stay, sprucing up your outdoor living areas is of high importance.  Wash away the grime of seasons passed with a powerful spray down thanks to
  • a paintable teepee for kids {kids play}

    Sarah
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:55 pm
    This Pacific Play Tents Painting Teepee review is unsposonsored.  Product was provided. Last night I stayed up until almost 2 AM.  insomnia? sick kids? no… ancestry.com.  If you decide to try out this addictive website, be forewarned, you may not sleep the first couple of nights.  Digging into your family
 
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  • Of purple hair and Vikings

    Kristy
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:12 am
    What have I been up to? Oh, the usual – dying my hair purple and making miniature vikings. What? First let’s start with a picture of these ooey, gooey cinnamon rolls that I made FROM SCRATCH, like a freakin’ boss.     I had never done anything with yeast before, so I was curious to see how it would turn out. I think I was even more excited than the kids when it began to rise and eventually doubled in size. Karis: “Yeast is alive? Yuck.” Me: “Yes, it’s alive, but it’s really small.” Karis: “Like Sea Monkeys?” Me:…
  • Google made me do it

    Kristy
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:56 am
    Yes, the blog looks a bit different. Is it my favorite look? No. But as of tomorrow Google is giving preference to mobile-ready sites, so I had to make theprimamomma mobile friendly. It was long overdue. Still, do you think I actually have the time to fuss with the way it looks right now, Internet? No, no I do not. So it’s going to look like this for a while. Hey, it beats the hell out of the sheep design of ’11 (Who can forget the good ol’ sheep design?!)   Once again, I am doing the bare minimum to keep my head above water. I am seriously looking into cloning myself.
  • I need a break from spring break

    Kristy
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:40 am
    Ahhhhh, where do I begin? I have an extremely messy house, a disgruntled, febrile toddler, and two older kids that are dressed in Halloween costumes for reasons unknown. I will now attempt to piece together a record of our trip to Washington for Easter. It promises to be scattered and rely heavily on pictures. This will be like the CliffsNotes of the post I would like to write. Huns has moved to Bellevue Washington, which is right next to Seattle. Going to her house is like stepping into a fairytale because Washington is a land of lush vegetation. Apparently Washington has something called…
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    Fab Mums

  • Rabbit doodles

    Maria
    4 Apr 2015 | 10:48 am
    Wishing all our lovely readers a very Happy Easter with this special Rabbit doodles. To download the template click on here.
  • Decoupage cardboard tray

    Maria
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:28 am
    This is a simple project to turn one of those cardboard trays often used by supermarkets to place vegetables in. This particular one is a tomato tray. The shape remains the same, but I toughened it with the use of newspaper and lot of glue. Then I decorated with some flowers cutouts and decoupage glue. Material: a cardboard tray, glue, newspaper, 2 brushes, wrapping paper or paper napkins with nice flowers, decoupage glue (better is waterproof), paint. 1. Cut the newspaper in many irregular pieces, apply layers of newspaper on the cardboard tray. Leave until completely dry. You will know when…
  • Spring Zentangle Inspired Art

    Maria
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:15 am
    This is my latest zen inspired by Spring.
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    Sprittibee

  • Austin Senior Portraits and Bluebonnet Fever

    Heather
    12 Apr 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Best Buds My oldest son is a year behind in school, so his best buddy is graduating a year ahead of him. Granted, his best buddy is about 6-8 months older, but they have grown up together and it is a difficult time for teens when their friends are finishing up and they still have books to read and transcripts to perfect. I can’t believe I’ll be taking senior shots for my own two teens next year! B & K Kaden met his friend Brandon in 2007 and they have been friends ever since. Brandon and him have a running joke about a game of dodge ball in which one of Kaden’s front…
  • When You’re on the Potter’s Wheel

    Heather
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:16 pm
    Fork in the Road The other day, in a moment of grief, looking down at the ground in deep thought, I walked right over this pitiful fork. It was at the edge of the driveway next to the waste container the garbage truck had emptied, limb missing and shattered down the length of her body. She called for my camera to recognize her brokenness. This misshapen fork was me. We had something in common. Something cracked and missing. A need. Pain. I got to thinking about how similar we were and how somebody designed that fork and she had just been trying to serve her purpose, but something had gone…
  • Sundays and Signs of Spring

    Heather
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:05 pm
    I don’t know about you, but I am overjoyed that I have a mansion just over the hilltop. Sundays may not be perfect all of the time (rarely), but I feel so blessed to be able to rub shoulders with other saints on Sunday. I love my church family and being around other Christians. They make our walk so much lighter and easier in this life. I love singing the old familiar songs – and reading the history behind them. I love our preacher’s lessons and the passion he shares for the Word. I love taking communion and knowing that my brothers and sisters the world over are sharing in…
 
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    The Pranamama

  • Why Buy The Right Gear For Your Motorcycle

    Mama
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Nowadays, a lot of folks are buying motorcycles to drive to their place of work and for fun and entertainment. Moreover, buying a vehicle is much easier these days on account of easy accessibility to auto loans. There is absolutely no requirement for any collateral to have a vehicle loan. Due to this reason, a […]
  • Different Types Of Wellness Therapies

    Mama
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Wellness therapy is a natural form of maintaining well being by using a holistic approach. The aim of wellness therapy is to find and treat the cause of symptoms, thereby enhancing the person’s well-being in every aspect. Wellness therapy focuses on mental, emotional spiritual and physical health of the patient and treatment often includes dietary […]
  • What To Expect When Visiting A Dentist

    Mama
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:10 pm
    General dentists act as the primary oral health care providers for patients from different ages. Such a health practitioner is responsible for diagnosing, treating and coordinating services to meet an individual’s dental health needs. A dentist may also perform specialized procedures. In most cases, they’ll usually perform a periodic checkup on their patients. Though not […]
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  • Katie and the North Star Book Blast: $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

    24 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Katie and the North Star is the first picture book coauthored by the mother and daughter writing team Katie and Bethany Lopez. Isn't it nice to have a child's perspective in a story written for her peers? Get this inspiring and heart-warming story for your little one for just 99 cents, and enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash! About the Book Katie and the North Star is a book
  • T-Fal Ultraglide Easy Cord Iron Giveaway

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    If you have quite a collection of clothes that require ironing, you will need a well-designed iron to make your work as painless as possible. Did you ever have to rush for something urgent when you were in the middle of ironing your favorite dress and totally forget to turn the iron off? Did it upset you to find stain on your freshly cleaned shirt because something dirty got stuck to the bottom
  • Nest Learning Thermostat Giveaway (ARV $249)

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Do you remember to turn off your AC when you leave home in order to save energy? Do you wish you didn't have to run downstairs to adjust the settings of your AC when you are resting in bed? Then you would love to have a Nest Learning Thermostat, which turns off automatically when nobody is home and can be controlled remotely via a mobile app. It is nice-looking too! Enter to win this smart home
 
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    modernmami™

  • Eczema Skin Care Tips for Your Baby + SheaMoisture Review {Video}

    Melanie Edwards
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    Baby boy has been dealing with eczema since he was an infant. It hasn’t yet gone away and honestly, it can be pretty bad at times. I feel terrible when I see him scratching away and just wish I could make it all go away. Thankfully, we’re able to help ease and lessen the amount of eczema flare ups by using appropriate skin care products and following certain guidelines. We recently had the chance to test out a couple of new products with baby boy; read on to see what we thought about SheaMoisture baby wash and lotion, plus learn a few eczema tips we follow! SheaMoisture Baby Wash…
  • What’s for Dinner This Week?

    Melanie Edwards
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:20 pm
    As I shared last week, I’m hoping to stay on track with our menu planning and will be sharing our family’s sample weekly meal plans with you. I encourage you to sit down for a bit over the weekend and plan out your family’s menu plan as well. It truly helps to know ahead of time what you’ll be eating and takes away that last-minute “what’s for dinner” guessing game! Plus, you can get the entire family involved and let each family member pick one meal for the week – the kids love this! Something I like is that I can build in days to eat leftovers…
  • One Sure Way to Get Your Preschooler to Listen and Do What You Ask

    Melanie Edwards
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:08 pm
    I know the toddler and preschool years can be tough as a parent. Believe me, I’m still in the middle of it myself with my four-year-old baby boy! It’s hard being a preschooler – you’re officially a “big boy,” yet at every turn, you’re told what to do or what you CAN’T do. I do understand it, but that doesn’t mean it’s any easier on us as parents. While I still have trying moments with my baby boy, I have found one sure way to get him to do what I ask, without any fuss! In fact, it’s a fun game for him, which is why he is happy…
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    Natalie Snapp

  • Announcing The Birth Of Heart Sisters!

    Natalie Snapp
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    She was born in the early hours of the morning via a very-scheduled C-section . . . Here she is . . . Isn’t she beautiful?   She weighs 7.2 ounces and is 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches. She was born amidst much blood, sweat and tears. What did I learn while carrying, laboring and birthing her? Oh, friends. What didn’t I learn? Obedience. Love. Grace. Humility. Refinement. How to crush pride. Evidence that when He calls you to it, He’ll do it. I would love for you to visit my book site – click here to visit. In the meantime, know that you can purchase Heart Sisters: Be the…
  • Do You Run Your Life – Or Is Life Running You?

    Natalie Snapp
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Thank you, Bethany Grove, for today’s post! “Everyday we make choices. Then our choices make us.” – Lysa Terkeurst, The Best Yes Each day we face a plethora of decisions. What to wear, how to do our hair, what lunches to pack for our children, to be or not to be . . . Those are just a few of the trivial choices I face everyday and maybe you do as well. However, I am sure some of you have bigger decisions staring you in the face right now. But here’s the thing: all these little decisions add up to one important end result – you! Everything we do, everything we…
  • Join Me On The Feathers Podcast Today?

    Natalie Snapp
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Super-honored to be featured on Amy Bennett’s podcast, Feathers, today. We’re talking about the experiences that led to my first book Heart Sisters: Be the Friend You Want to Have – which releases on April 21. I would love to have you join us there, friend! Click here to listen. The post Join Me On The Feathers Podcast Today? appeared first on Natalie Snapp.
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  • ADR Friday Loves 04.24.15

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
      i’m loving… … this On What It Takes. … this Moral Bucket List. … this book. … this little kimono. … this hilarity. … this piece on the Muddied Meaning of Mindfulness. … this Runi dress. … these simple rules. … these frames. … these words on the absurdity of curationism. … this jewelry box. … these moments. … this Project. … this Artsy. … these sneaks. … this Design Sponge. … this restaurant. Have an awesome weekend!
  • What Really Matters

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    I was going through old photos again. I do this sometimes. And I love it. I love sifting through moments, days, years. And sometimes I happen upon photos I’ve never seen. I’ve noticed a trend: If the images are of my girls, I love them. But often, if they are of me, I’m quick to find fault. I look so disheveled, puffy, tired. But the other day, this didn’t happen. I found these photos from one year ago and I knew they were the kind that would have historically made me cringe. There was messy hair and glasses and extra-casual clothes. There were bad angles and double…
  • Better Than Before?

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:59 am
    I finished reading Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before; Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives over the weekend. I enjoyed the book and have SO many thoughts. The book offered a really interesting look at the world of human habits and I learned a lot about myself, namely that I am an Obliger, a Lark, a Marathoner, an Overbuyer, and Abundance Lover, an Opener, a Novelty Lover, and Promotion-Focused. All of these aspects of myself, Gretchen argues, and compellingly, inform how I will create, and maintain, habits. Speaking of habits, here are four I have vowed to focus on, for now:…
 
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    MOMeo Magazine for Work-at-Home Moms: Business Tools | Parenting Advice | Mom Lifestyle Tips | Mom Blog | Mom Forum

  • Time to Build Your Biceps: Part 1 of the Biceps Burn Series by @DPEverybodyFit

    Dana Pieper
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Ready to feel the burn in your biceps? Here we go! Try part 1 of your 3-Part series on sculpting this muscle. You will be challenged from beginning to end of this sequence with an elastic tubing and using your lower body between working your biceps.
  • Get Spring Fever: Top 10 Toys to Get the Kids Outside by @Deb_Lowther

    Deborah Lowther
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Spring has sprung! The grass is turning green, the patio furniture is calling, and I am wearing flip flops! Time to get the kids outside, and keep them out there, as long as possible! The excitement of spring is usually enough to lure the kids outside to explore what’s been hiding under all that snow for months and see friends that may have been hibernating, but usually that fads in time so you need to be ready with a backup plan to get them outside. How to Inspire Kids to Get Outside and Play Keeping the kids active is a big part of raising healthy kids! The key is…
  • Join #MOMeoWIBN Chat April 22 at 1pm EST! Topic: Social Media Selling

    Carla Young
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    How do you transition prospects from Facebook fan or Twitter follower to loyal customer? Or vice versa…how do you connect with your current customers on social media? That is the question every small business needs an answer to (and one that almost everyone has an opinion about). That’s why this week’s #MOMeoWIBN topic is Social Media Selling where we will discuss the do’s and don’ts of using social media to generate sales (without seeming like the sleazy social spammers who skip the conversation and go straight for the close). Share your social media secrets…
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    Eccentric Eclectic Woman

  • Educents 10 Downloadable Earth Day Freebies

    Finamoon
    19 Apr 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Picture provided by Educents.Earth Day Sort – Help kids learn the difference between reducing, reusing, and recycling!Happy Earth Day Writing Activity – Kids of all ages can reflect on ways their family, school, and themselves can help keep the Earth healthy. Also encourages handwriting practice!Earth Day Coloring Pages – Creative kiddos can color the Earth with their colors of choice, or follow the color-by-code page to add critical thinking to art hour.Earth Day Poof! Subtraction to 5 – This Earth Day themed game builds fluency with subtraction facts to…
  • Pierre the French Bulldog Recycles Book Review

    Finamoon
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    I received the book, Pierre the French Bulldog Recycles, from Skyhorse Publishing free to facilitate this review. Affiliate links may be in this posting. Thanks for supporting my blog. Pierre the French Bulldog Recycles is an adorable hardcover book by Kate Louise and illustrated by Bethany Straker that helps us teach recycling to our children in a fun way. The story is about a French Bulldog named Pierre that loves to dig holes and bury his treasures in the yard. When he digs his old stuff up he places them in the trash and then realizes that two of the items could have been recycled, but…
  • Star Toaster Orphs of the Woodlands Review

    Finamoon
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    My children and I had the privilege of testing out Orphs of the Woodlands for Star Toaster free for this review to use in conjunction with my own homeschool curriculum. This is a Schoolhouse Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.The Orphs of the Woodlands is a fun online adventure game for 4th through 7th graders with over 300 lessons. Within this game is an interactive online book called The Treasure of HighTower. This game teaches lessons in math, science, reading, language, grammar, vocabulary, character values, thinking skills, life skills, the arts,…
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  • Daily Photo: Riding a Bull

    Audrey McClelland
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:20 am
    We’re in MEXICO on a family vacation and just having the time of our lives! The weather is 90 degrees. The resort is gorgeous. Our phones stay in the hotel room when we’re at the beach/pool. It’s one of those experiences we’re really trying to soak up because we waited SO LONG for this vacation!Every afternoon on the beach there are activities for kids. Yesterday one of them was BULL RIDING. Oh, yes… mechanical bull riding. My sons were in bull riding heaven! LOL… they were laughing and giggling and everyone did awesome! Matt has photos of them all, but I…
  • Featured on TODAY.com today! Check it out!

    Audrey McClelland
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    I wrote this article for JOHNSON’S Baby a few weeks ago about “Why I Think I’m a Great Mom”… it was featured today on Today.com!!So happy to see it there!!See the full article here.
  • FROZEN Surprise Opening Video with The McClelland Boys (and Victoria)

    Audrey McClelland
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:51 am
    My sons are REALLY into blogging right now.They love it and they do it together, so it works beautifully.We’ve coined them the (drum roll….), “McClelland Boys!”LOL… I love it. They get SO into it. They’ve been including Victoria lately, or as they say, “Sissy!”Today’s video was all about FROZEN surprises, so it only seemed even more appropriate to include baby girl!xo
 
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    The Survival Mom

  • Campfire Cooking: A Skill to Practice Now!

    Jim Cobb
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    I’d be willing to bet that most of you reading this have at least made s’mores, perhaps even heated up a hot dog or two, around a campfire. Fun stuff, no doubt about it. But, there’s a whole lot more involved if you need to make an actual meal over an open flame. One of the first things that goes away in a disaster is usually electricity. If you have an electric stove top, you won’t be using it for much of anything. Same goes for your microwave oven. Patio grills are great, as are camp stoves, provided you remembered to stock up on fuel. In the last few years, patio fire pits have…
  • Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Prepping Supplies?

    Kris
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    You’ve heard it a million times, “Why spend money on prepping stuff you’ll never use?” Poor excuse! I use LOTS of the supplies initially purchased, “Just in case we’re out of power”, or “Just in case there’s a huge emergency.” Here’s how I have put my supplies for preppers to use in my everyday life Preps to help with food storage and off-grid cooking Root Cellar Ours happens to be a large closet in the basement with two concrete walls where it stays around 60˚ all year. It’s perfect for food storage, especially seed potatoes. You can build a root…
  • Planning an Edible Landscape

    Brandy Schau Dibert
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
     Make the most out of your yard by creating an edible landscape. Every March, I am consumed with spring fever and can barely wait to get outdoors and turn my winter laden yard into a fairy tale garden. This year, I decided to start the long but productive process of turning my small yard into a food producing, perennial palace. Annuals are great, but by choosing perennials, I can build my edible yard little by little each year instead of starting from scratch every time. In addition to my annual vegetable garden that is normally filled with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and melons, I wanted…
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  • common core 101: everything parents need to know to prep their kids and to stay sane

    amy mascott
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
        Having kids in elementary school is overwhelming. I mean really overwhelming. Even with the best organizational strategies in place–for homework, papers, and family time–it’s hard to remember it all. Add one or two extra kids in the mix, and that means that you can multiply the amount of fliers, homework, projects, permission slips, forms, and extra-curricular activities exponentially. So when the Common Core State Standards arrived hand in hand with PARCC assessments and a whole lot of other changes, I can only assume that the large majority of the parents out…
  • fun, authentic writing for kids: power notes to nana

    amy mascott
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
      Oh, boy the last few weeks have been funny for us. And by ‘funny’ I mean not really laughing funny but funny in a tricky kind of way. Pretty much everyone’s been on and off sick. My husband and Maddy have been suffering from allergies like whut. Maddy had it for a good week, then I was out for an entire weekend, and now Cora has it.  I’m crossing my fingers that the rest of us steer clear of it.  Because friends, it’s not pretty. However, in the midst of it all, we were able to do a bunch of fun things and spend time together. We’ve been doing…
  • kings dominion: family-friendly amusement park in the dc metro area

    amy mascott
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
        We did it. We took the leap. We visited Kings Dominion with our kids this weekend. And? It was awesome. My husband and I hadn’t been there in years, so we weren’t sure what to expect.  But we were pleasantly surprised. Not only was Kings Dominion clean and totally beautiful, it was seriously more family-friendly than we expected. There was something for everyone, and my kids (11, 9, and 8 years old) are raring for a return visit–already. Need a few reasons to take the trip to Doswell, Virgina–20 miles north of Richmond and 75 miles south of DC–to…
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    The Shopping Mama

  • Welcome to My World: Columbus, Ohio

    Kate
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    As a born and bred Buckeye from central Ohio, you need to know that I would only trust the “Welcome to my World” about Columbus from a trustworthy and reliable source. I love Columbus too much to give it anything but fantastic coverage, but since I am now a visitor and not a resident we had to find another expert. I’m happy to report that Ellen of That Chic Mom fits the bill – and more. Ellen is the mom of four young daughters who makes the most of life in Columbus. In addition to giving relatable fashion advice and outfit inspiration at That Chic Mom, Ellen…
  • Spring Cleaning: Revamp Your Beauty Routine

    Lauren Barth
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Spring cleaning is good for the soul–I truly believe this. There’s something so renewing and revitalizing about ridding your home, your closet, your drawers, and your life of clutter and junk. (You don’t realize how much stuff you’ve accumulated until you whip out the label maker and do a deep dive to organize.) And, boy oh boy, do I have a lot of stuff. I’m only halfway into my seasonal purge, and I’ve already donated five big bags of toys, three shelves worth of books, and two suitcases of clothes. I’ve chucked countless miscellaneous game parts,…
  • Watch the Season Two Premiere of Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart

    Lauren Barth
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Photo c/o Hallmark Channel I love a good romance… Better yet, I adore a love story set in a long-ago era. A drama with friction, heartbreak, triumphs, and tribulations is my weakness! But, best of all: An awesome romantic drama set in a historical period… All of the above! (What more could I ask for from a television series?) And that’s why I’m so excited about the season two premiere of Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart. This juicy, moving, and historical show has become a guilty (or, rather, not-so-guilty!) pleasure of mine. I recently binge-watched a few episodes, and, I have…
 
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    The View from My Fishbowl

  • Olivia's Allergy Adventures Continue

    10 Apr 2015 | 9:16 am
    This week was Olivia's allergy re-test for food and seasonal allergens.We had a scratch test for 35 items on Wednesday and then followed it up with blood tests for specific food items that didn't showcase well on the scratch test.35 items on scratch/prick testShe's still allergic to sesame seeds, peanuts, and hazelnuts. And now we've added almonds and walnuts to the mix too. The numbers for her hazelnut allergy has almost doubled from what it was two years ago (8.25 up to 14.70 based on blood tests). I will freely admit that these are not the results I was hoping for but it is what it is.I…
  • Shame on Doctors for Fat Shaming

    23 Mar 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Here's a newsflash - I'm overweight.There. Now the whole world (or the 5 people who read my blog) know that I weigh more than I should based on all those BMI charts and scales.I also know how I got overweight - I have a love affair with sugar, ice cream, and other "bad" food. And I hate to exercise. So ice cream + sitting on my ass = Fat Traci.Whatever. I'm working out now and I'm not eating crap at night and my goal is to get back down to my "wedding weight." I won't tell you what that number is, but let's just say it'll take a while to get there.So I know that I'm overweight. I don't need…
  • When I Want Your Opinion I'll Ask for It. (Alternate title: Shut Up Already)

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:35 am
    I'm beginning to hate Facebook.Normally the "social media" site tends to just be annoying and full of humlebragging but the thing that is turning me off lately is the overwhelming trend of posting your contrary opinion on a post when NO ONE ASKED FOR IT.Look, I get it. Everyone likes to post status updated on Facebook. But guess what? You don't need to post your opinion on every status update. If I say "I'm so sick and tired of all this snow and cold weather!" you don't need to post "but you live in Ohio!" or "If you don't like the weather, move!"I know I live in Ohio.I can still hate…
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    The MamaZone

  • Video Book Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Long Haul

    Anitra Elmore
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:38 am
    Check out the video below to see what ten-year-old Donovan thought of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.” We love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series of books and hope your kids find this book review helpful. Video Review of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by a Kid for Kids     You’re in the Book Zone. Become an Insider to keep up with these posts. The post Video Book Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Long Haul appeared first on The MamaZone.
  • Save 69% on a New Sam’s Plus Membership Package

    Anitra Elmore
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am
    This post contains referral links. Today through May 5th, you can save 69% on a New Sam’s Plus Membership Package when you purchase this Groupon! It’s just $45 for a Sam’s Club Membership Package (69% Off!) which includes all of this: One-Year Sam’s Plus Membership (A $100 Value) $20 Gift Card Three Fresh Food Vouchers for the following: One Rotisserie Chicken Italian Rose Fresh Salsa (48 oz.) Eight Gourmet Cupcakes Plus, in addition to what they’re offering in this package, Sam’s Plus members also receive: $10 cash rewards for every $500 in…
  • 30 Bonus Swagbucks Today Only!

    Anitra Elmore
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:32 am
    This post contains referral links. Swagbucks is celebrating Earth Day with a Swag Code Extravaganza today! Starting at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET, they’re giving out 6 different Swag Codes in one day–these are bonus opportunities for you to snag Swagbucks by just copying and pasting. You can find the Swag Codes throughout the day until 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET. Use the Swag Code schedule above to be sure you don’t miss any of them. By the end of the day, you’ll have 30 Swagbucks to help you toward your goal of earning free gift cards. If you’re not already a member, join…
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    Dear Crissy

  • Detox bath salts recipe

    Kacey
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Did you know that you can pamper yourself while energizing your body and spirit by making your own detox bath salts? This fantastic detox bath salts recipe is comprised of a combination of simple ingredients (one of which is a true wonder-ingredient—Epsom salt) that will help sooth achy muscles, wash away pain, relieve tension, pull toxins to detox both your muscles and skin and even help you sleep! Detox bath salts I poured this DIY detox bath salts mixture into our soaking tub last night while it was filling with water (this is ideal so you can let the magnesium and salt break down…
  • 5 Lunch shortcuts for busy parents

    Crissy Page
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:39 am
    This post is sponsored by Mott’s. This is my first year packing school lunches for one of my kids. At first, I thought it was going to be SUPER FUN to pack my son’s lunches, but I’m going to make a confession… the novelty soon wore off! Now I find myself looking for shortcuts to save a little time! Luckily, there really are several ways to make the process a little easier. Below are my five favorite lunch shortcuts. 1. Mott’s® Snack & Go — This is the ultimate lunch shortcut! These easy to grab applesauce pouches come in a variety of flavors including my kids’…
  • Spring beauty inspiration

    Crissy Page
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:23 am
    Compensation for this post provided by T.J. Maxx via Mode Media, but all opinions expressed are solely the author’s. Sometimes I feel like I’m so lost in the swirl of work, kids and personal life that I’m not appreciating life’s beautiful parts—like spring. It’s spring, people! That’s when I put on the brakes and realize, hey, I’m doing a pretty good job juggling everything. I may not be perfect but I’m resilient and I always keep my sense of humor. Even though life can get busy, there are still some things a girl never stops loving.
 
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    One Bored Mommy Blogspot

  • Nashville Star's First Picture Book - In The Waves Coming April 28th

    Courtney Clipperton
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you've never watched the hit TV show Nashville before...you may not know who these two amazingly talented girls behind this story book are.NASHVILLE just happens to be one of my very favorite shows right now!All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about this book!So when "In The Waves", by Lennon and Maisy Stella and illustrated by Steve Bjorkman arrived...I knew exactly who was the inspiration behind this book!  These sisters (who are actresses as well) have…
  • Today Is Earth Day - So We Expanded Our Back Patio Garden

    Courtney Clipperton
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    Earth Day 2015!Will you do something nice for the earth today?This mommy was very excited to score a great deal on some new "veggie baby plants" for our back patio area yesterday.  So after the kids were dropped off at school this morning, and before I head to work, I got to spend a few moments in my back patio retreat (a little bit of heaven on earth for me...where I find some earthly peace).  It was nice, just me, these beautiful new plants that are joining our back patio family, and some cool morning air.  What a delight!So now we have expanded our assortment of GREEN in the…
  • PS Aeropostale - OUR SUMMER FASHION SHOW

    Courtney Clipperton
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Summer is COMING SOON!  YIPPEE!!  That means that hot weather, vacations, day trips to the beach, and our children in need of clothing to keep them cool & cute all summer long!  We were provided with a $100 gift card to spend on the clothing for this review/feature!  I was not offered any other monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about these clothes!  All gift card money was spent on their company website directly for purchasing products for this review/feature!That's why we are huge fans of PS Aeropostale's clothing line!  Not only is it…
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  • Comics, Cosplay, and Satan Oh My!

    Heather
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Last weekend was Calgary Expo and this was my third year attending.  If you haven’t gone yet, you are missing out.  Put it in your calendar for next year and get yourself there. 2016’s expo is April 28 – May 1. Over 100,000 people visited the grounds for the highest attendance in Expo history.  I remarked several times that it didn’t feel as busy as past years and that was because the organizers did a stellar job of placing events and exhibits so there was as much room as possible for people to get around.  As someone who hates crowds, I appreciated this greatly.
  • My word

    Heather
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
    Did you pick a word?  Back in January, resolution time, I picked a word that I wanted to define 2015.  My word was “Enrich.”  I wanted to focus time on energy enriching my life, my kids’ lives and my community too.  And I wasn’t talking about money, although money helps.  No, what I was thinking of was more like this: One of the reasons I love making over old furniture is that I can add value to something that was fit for the recycle bin.  Enrich the item, enrich our home, enrich the community by paying someone for their unwanted item and enrich the planet by not…
  • Vintage Bentwood Rocking Chair Makeover

    Heather
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:53 am
    I always remember the ones that get away.  The second hand items that I don’t have room in the car for, the beauties that need just too much work, the treasures that are priced just a bit too high for my liking.  I remember them and pine for them and continuously hunt for them so that our paths may cross again.  This bentwood rocker is one such conquest.  I’d come across one in my travels and I was smitten, but things just weren’t… right.  I don’t remember why I didn’t buy it.  Maybe it was too damaged. Maybe we were in a rush. Maybe it was priced…
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  • until next time, new york

    hollywood housewife
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:07 am
    No Friday Links today because I've been traveling, but this is a reminder that on Monday we'll be discussing Jane Eyre for the Read Great Books literature challenge (RSVP here) and that my latest episode of the Sorta Awesome podcast is live today, this time we talk film festival culture and celebrity preschools. Click here for the notes. We had barely arrived and dropped our bags in the hotel room in New York before my oldest friend Drew arrived to meet for drinks and dinner. I miss Drew, even though we speak regularly. We went to elementary school together, then high school, then…
  • friday links - tribeca edition

    hollywood housewife
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    We're headed to New York City early next week for the Tribeca Film Festival where The Gorilla will be screening his latest documentary Angry Sky. I'll be Instagramming the trip (and will be recording the next episode of Sorta Awesome) if you'd like to follow along. My parents arrive tomorrow to stay here with the kids while we're gone, so we'll have a fun weekend with family before we cross the country. This is our second time to do Tribeca. The first was 5 years ago when The Gorilla premiered The Birth of Big Air, also part of the ESPN 30 for 30 series. (I wrote about that here, when this…
  • sorta awesome podcast (and how to listen to podcasts 101)

    hollywood housewife
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:29 am
    I am so excited to be a part of Megan Tietz's new podcast Sorta Awesome. Megan is the queen of interesting content, both on her blog (which she closed at the beginning of the year) and on her popular FB page, plus she has about the sexiest voice I've ever heard, so you can see why podcasting would be right up her alley. Sorta Awesome will post weekly, and I'll be a co-host once a month. The other rotating co-hosts are Rebekah from Simply Rebekah and Kelly from Love Well, and we are all so different that I know the show will be a surprise each week. Each episode will cover an…
 
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    SHEfinds

  • We Love tarte Makeup So Much We’re Giving Away 100 Free Sets To Our Readers

    Andriena Baldwin
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    What’s better than spring, really? The new season is a fresh start in every way–there’s the weather, the colorful clothing (and fewer layers!), and a totally new beauty routine. And that’s where we come in; we’ve teamed up with tarte cosmetics on an exciting Sample Saturday giveaway of products that will have you feeling gorgeous just in time for the warmer temps. 100 lucky readers will win a 3-product kit that includes a lip gloss, self tanning face towelettes and mascara – all by tarte cosmetics. Winners will receive: LipSurgence™ lip gloss in Park Ave…
  • Editor’s Pick: Supergoop CC Cream Daily Corect Sunscreen

    Sara Alderman
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Beauty isn’t really my thing. I use the same five products on a weekly basis (mascara during the week, full eye makeup on the weekends) and that’s all I know. Well, that is until I tried Supergoop CC Cream. I had been complaining about my lack of beauty knowledge to a friend and how I did not know where to begin with face makeup (still don’t). She suggested the Supergoop CC Cream ($32) because it’s an all-in-one product. It moisturizes, evens your skin tone, covers redness, protects from aging and has SPF. Now I know what you’re thinking, that stuff must be…
  • Liposuction In A Bottle? For 40% Off? Chrislie Is Making It Happen For You

    Andriena Baldwin
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    Lipo in a bottle? No, this is not some sick joke; Chrislie really made it happen. We’re more than a little obsessed with their Measurable Difference® Lipo-Lotion® because not only does it reduce the signs of puckering and dimpling everywhere from your thighs to your arms, but it also improves elasticity, texture and tone, and hydrates and nourishes your skin. Plus, it’s super simple to use. Just apply in a circular motion over those trouble areas and you’ll see results in 2-4 weeks. Here’s where it gets really good, though. The Lipo-Lotion is usually $69.99,…
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    The Mom Maven

  • Easy Crockpot Amish Chicken and Noodles

    cindy
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    You may not know this but Sarasota, Florida has a large Amish population. Lucky for us, that means we have some wonderful Amish restaurants to enjoy. One thing I love about our Amish restaurants are all of the comfort foods they serve. One of my favorite dishes is Chicken and Noodles served on top of mashed potatoes. Yes, it is a carb addict’s dream and a health nut’s nightmare, but once in a while it is ok to indulge…right? This recipe will feed about 8+ people and is great for bringing to potlucks. I made it for the two of us and we were eating it for days! Add a salad or some green…
  • Cinco de Mayo Recipe Round-Up

    cindy
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner. Whether you are having a family fun night or a huge party, I thought I round up some of the best Mexican themed recipes all in one place to make your planning easy. My Nacho Casserole also makes a great dip. Looking for something meatless? try these Black Bean Flautas with Avocado Dipping Sauce from Oh My Veggies. Jordan brought home this Chicken Doritos Casserole recipe from one of his host moms. It has become a family favorite. Everyone needs a good Mexican Rice recipe and I love this 10 Minute Mexican Rice from This Mama Cooks. My Spicy Queso Dip…
  • Stouffer’s Mac & Cheese-a Quick and Easy Comfort Food

    cindy
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    I am participating in a Vibrant Influencer network campaign for Stouffer’s. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with Stouffer’s and do not earn a commission or percent of sales. Now that our nest is empty, lunch time is harder than ever. When the boys were home I always stocked up on various lunch time foods for them, and I would eat whatever is here. Now that there are just two of us, and hubby often skips lunch, it has been slim pickings for me. I try to have a few choices on hand each week but for some…
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    Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams

  • Sweeping Saturday 4/25/2015

    Jen
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours! After you have submitted your links feel free to share this post on your social networks for even more exposure! The post Sweeping Saturday 4/25/2015 appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • FamilyTime Review: A Real Time Mobile Tracker

    GuestBlogger
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:50 am
    Who doesn’t want to know where their kids are? And where they have been? If you are facing difficulty to figure out the location of your kids, a mobile tracking application is a good solution. I have had a great experience with FamilyTime – a mobile tracker app to track the kids and share locations […] The post FamilyTime Review: A Real Time Mobile Tracker appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • 6 Tips and Tricks to Help Your Kids Nap

    Taylor Basilio
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:12 pm
    If you’re anything like me, you’ll admit it: You really, really love naptime. As a stay-at-home mom who is also a work-from-home mom, naptimes are when I clock in, take care of business, and earn my income. It’s incredibly important for me to have this time, just as it’s incredibly important for my 15-month-old daughter […] The post 6 Tips and Tricks to Help Your Kids Nap appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
 
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  • Episode 159: Spring Fever

    Heather and Kate
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    The gang returns! Heather and Kate discuss sunblock and field trips, get biz buzzed with Alli P., power nap on tips for surviving spring fever and wrap with Nodelman. Enjoy and thanks for listening!
  • Episode 158: High Stakes Testing

    Heather and Kate
    2 Apr 2015 | 3:05 am
    Heather and Kate discuss annoying words and sexual questions, get biz buzzed with Alli P., power nap on high stakes testing and wrap with Nodelman. Enjoy and thanks for listening.
  • Episode 157: Social Listening

    Heather and Kate
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Heather and Kate discuss anger and teeth, get biz buzzed with Alli P., power nap on social listening and wrap by giving Nodelman a hard time. Enjoy and thanks for listening!
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  • Rambling, apologies, stream of thought

    15 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    Can you remember your parents from your teen years? Overall, it's kind of blurry. Like a haze of continuous reminders to do my homework-get off of the phone-go to bed-be home by curfew... I know that this wasn't the entirety of our conversations for 4 years, but it's difficult to pull up random moments that aren't of them telling me what to do...I have moments that are crystal clear. There isn't a doubt in my mind how my mom's face looked when she opened the door after I had lied about where I had been all night. Or how confused my dad looked when I absolutely lost my mind at age 14 as my…
  • On Feeling Sad

    20 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am
    Sometimes the world reminds you of just how unstable a human life is. Tiny and precious details crumble in front of your eyes and there is nothing, NOTHING, you can "do" about it.Babies develop brain tumors.Mothers lose their breasts.Marriages dissolve in courthouses.Lonely people grow lonelier and hungry people don't seem to grow at all."Overwhelming" is such an insignificant word... It's almost insulting, to be honest. Linguistics shouldn't count in a post like this. I should be able to just say "I feel sad" and people will know that I actually mean "I feel fucking devastated and furious…
  • I love Illinois

    9 Mar 2015 | 8:43 am
    On mornings like today, how does anyone ever say they hate Illinois? The sky is absolutely BRILLIANT in its shade and clarity. The morning sun is cutting the clearest and most amazing shadows through the branches and upon the snowy ground. The snow... ah. The snow. Currently in a state of slow melt due to the sudden temperature elevations, it's positively sparkling.Yes, the winter has been long, but... has it? Has it really? It's already March and winter is nearly over! It hasn't been the worst winter ever, and definitely not the worst in comparison to other states out East.Have you gone…
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    Mommy Niri

  • Have Some Ice Cream and Join the Green Light Movement #JoinGreenLight #ad

    Nirasha Jaganath
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:56 pm
    I’m a huge fan of Ben & Jerry’s (the brand and the ice-cream). Their level of wit and progressiveness marry well (and those flavors don’t hurt either). I am also a vocal advocate of Climate Change (yes it is a thing and no it is not an opinion). I’m excited to write that Stop & Shop is partnering with Ben & Jerry’s for a fun in-store event on Wednesday April 15, 2015. We already know that Ben & Jerry’s and their commitment to making the world a better place but now they are taking it up a notch. They are now bringing this to the people with an in…
  • Advance Screening DreamWorks new movie Home (Passes available)

    Nirasha Jaganath
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    Home is a movie my kids spied as a trailer while watching another months ago and my little one noted that it was close to her birthday so wanted it as her birthday surprise party. Don’t you love how excited kids get about their birthday? My favorite thing about this movie is the appeal to all kids about that time they felt like they did not fit in. Albeit it be an alien with these feelings, but feelings are feelings! I’m also biased that the movie has a girl in the movie as the main (earth) character and not as a sidekick as relegated to most movies.   More details about the…
  • Alvin Ailey hits #Boston! Win 4 tickets!

    Nirasha Jaganath
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    As far as I can remember I have been in awe of Alvin Ailey. And all of this just from blurbs and on television. The moves mesmerized and captivated me to literally jaw dropping moment. There is no doubt that talent oozes out from the performance. About Alvin Ailey Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. The Ailey company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25…
 
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    Traveling Mom

  • Hotel Review: Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

    Gwen Kleist, Healthy TravelingMom
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    The French Quarter’s pool features a kid-friendly water slide. Photo credit: Gwen Kleist, Healthy TravelingMom. If there’s one thing Walt Disney World always gets right, it is theming. And when you arrive at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter – with its cobblestone streets, fountains, wrought-iron railings and jazzy ambiance – you most definitely feel like you’re arriving in the heart of New Orleans. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter is a moderate resort in the Downtown Disney area. The French Quarter is a ten-minute walk from its…
  • Ulele Restaurant in Tampa, Florida – Review

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro, Gringa TravelingMom
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom From what I was able to see during my short visit to Tampa is that Tampa is on the up and up! When you walk around the place you can see that there is a lot going on. Construction, remodeling, re-inventing and reinvigorating of tons of buildings is all over the place. This was once one of the most important cities in the Northern Hemisphere, known for its cigars and other cultural products. But with the Cuban embargo a large part of the city was left unused or almost forgotten. Until now! I saw lots of exciting additions and tons of…
  • 5 Helpful Ways to Save Money Souvenir Shopping at Disney World

    Kirsten Maxwell, Teaching TravelingMom
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Photo courtesy of Diana Rowe /Traveling Grandmom Every family knows that a visit to the Magic Kingdom is full of temptations, but not everyone knows how to manage souvenir shopping at Walt Disney World. Kids and adults alike can easily be enticed by the copious amounts of souvenirs sold on every corner, and children have been known to plead relentlessly for parents to purchase any and every souvenir they see. How can families control souvenir spending when they visit the Disney Parks and teach their children money management at the same time? Here are some tried and true strategies for you…
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    Big Binder

  • The Michigan Historical Museum. WAY More Interesting Than It Sounds.

    Jennifer Rees
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Michigan Historical Museum doesn’t really have a ring to it. It just sounds boring; like the most interesting artifact might be a 300 year old piece of tattered parchment paper with three words of some treaty scratched on it. Don’t let the name fool you. This place rocks. We visited just before it was really warm enough to wear shorts, however; being the Michigan Historical Museum – I figured folks would understand the kids’ attire.  As always, house shoes are appropriate museum footwear. I thought we would spend a couple of hours there, tops.  We ended up…
  • Here We Go WildKratts – With a $5.00 DISCOUNT on Tickets!

    Jennifer Rees
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    My kids are (gulp) 9 and 11 now.  Most of the sweet, early childhood shows are behind us now; replaced with crazy – and frankly, annoying – characters that drive me nuts.  One show hangs on, though. One show made it to late childhood. That show is Wild Kratts, and I am always impressed with how much my kids learn from just one episode. We also loved Zooboomafoo, where we first met the Kratts brothers but Wild Kratts is an amazing show we still watch every day on WGVU. I’m very, VERY excited to share the news that Wild Kratts LIVE! will be at DeVos Performance Hall on…
  • Ohana Means Family, And Family Means…

    Jennifer Rees
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    I worked with MomSelect and Disney Parks to bring you this information.  All opinions are my own.   Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind… or forgotten. That’s one of my favorite lines from a movie I have come to adore; Lilo and Stitch. I didn’t pay attention to it it at all until this past summer, when we visited the Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World.  Lilo and Stitch are the main characters there, and the resort is themed in a gorgeous South Pacific Island decor with tasty food like pulled BBQ pork sandwiches, chicken wings, and…
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    Simplified Saving

  • Restaurant Coupon Roundup {4/25/2015}

    Lisa Thompson
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:48 am
    Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week! BJs – $5 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 5/8/2015) Black Angus Steakhouse – Free 5oz. Lobster Tail With Purchase of Dinner Menu Side (exp: 4/27/2015) Bob Evans – $4 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 4/30/2015) Carrabbas – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 4/29/2015) Corner Bakery – $10 Off $50 Catering Purchase (exp: 5/13/2015) Dickeys Barbecue Pit - 10% Off Catering (exp: 4/27/2015) Donatos Pizza…
  • Retail Coupon Roundup {4/25/2015}

    Lisa Thompson
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
    If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go! I’ve been toying with the idea of creating a capsule wardrobe for a while, so if I can get rid of  enough things today, I may head out to the mall tomorrow. Aeropostale – $10 Off $50 or $25 Off $100 Purchase (exp: 5/11/2015) Bonton – 25% Off Regular & Sale Price Womens, Mens & Kids Apparel + More (exp: 4/28/2015) Carters – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 4/29/2015) Express – $15 Off $30 Purchase (exp: 5/5/2015) Lord and Taylor…
  • 42 Easy Ways to Save Money

    Lisa Thompson
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:17 pm
      Saving money is not always an easy task. Sometimes it requires sticking with a strict plan while other times it means taking drastic measures. Well, I am about to tell you that there are 42 Easy Ways to Save Money that require little to no effort! Before I get started I want to say that many of these might seem like common sense. However, often times when people get going with life they tend to forget that making little changes can sometimes have the biggest impact. This list will be a friendly reminder and hopefully also give you some other great ideas you haven’t thought of…
 
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  • Sleigh Me

    Marinka
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:33 am
    You know what? I love my bed. I’ve had it for years. It’s a sleigh bed, which is admittedly an odd concept. Why do we want to pretend that we are on a sleigh when resting? And why don’t we call it a sled bed, which is a lot catchier and would also appeal to children more. Not that we want them anywhere near our bed, of course. This isn’t that kind of post. But still, sleigh or sled—why are racing down a hill in a slumber? I don’t know how anyone can keep their eyes closed with all those trees looming in the vista. And yet, I love my bed. Probably because I don’t focus on its…
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    Marinka
    9 Feb 2015 | 1:20 pm
    I saw a friend the other afternoon for coffee and he told me that I looked happy. “Are you happy?” he asked and I waffled because I suspect that if I admit to being happy, the happiness gods will smite me. I’m not sure what I’m thinking exactly, that I will jinx the happiness, that I will be like Greek hero felled by hubris, or just that I will be proven very, very wrong, but it seems wrong to talk about being happy, especially out loud, especially to other people. The other day I had a fleeting thought, and I didn’t even voice it and it came to haunt me. The…
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • Listen to Your Mother, Y’all!

    Dawn Camp
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Although I eventually gave birth to four girls and four boys, my husband and I invested 10 years in this parenting gig before welcoming a daughter into our home. Our first three children were boys, which was how my husband’s family rolled: his mother and grandmother each gave birth to three sons, no girls. Because I was one of two girls and so was my mother, they were what I expected. I can French braid—a skill which shouldn’t go to waste—so surely God would give me daughters, right? Most women find Proverbs 31 an intimidating chapter in the Bible. This woman…
  • Atlanta Arts Watch

    Dawn Camp
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:22 pm
    One of the things I love about Atlanta is the variety of available cultural events. This week Blue Man Group plays the Fox Theatre Tuesday-Sunday, April 7-12, as part of the Broadway in Atlanta series and the Libera Boys Choir finishes their mini-U.S. tour at the Woodruff Center Symphony Hall Friday night, April 10. Blue Man Group We saw Blue Man Group on opening night. I didn’t realize my husband had always wanted to see them! Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. What we got was a quirky, high-energy performance with a lot of performer-audience interaction. My husband and I…
  • April 2015 Desktop Calendar!

    Dawn Camp
    3 Apr 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Spring has arrived with all kinds of crazy in my world: a graduation and two weddings! I’ve taken cap and gown pictures for the seniors in our homeschool group at our house this week. There’s so much change, wonder, and emotion packed into that one word: graduation. Twenty six students, some alone, some with their mothers, have walked through my door in the past two days carrying black gowns on hangers; stuffing heads and hair into ever-awkward mortarboard caps; adjusting ties, necklaces, and academic cords; beginning to imagine what life after graduation will look like. The moms…
 
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  • SpaceNK – By Terry

    admin
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:31 am
    SpaceNK is such an awesome place to shop– if you weren’t aware of it, you are now. Yesterday I made an appointment to get a make over by the By Terry make up artist at Bloomingdale’s it was such a treat! I loved literally every product she used on me! It was hard to buy everything, as I have a lot of skin care that I need to use up at home first, but I have a list of the products and I absolutely intend to get them down the line!!! Here are the highlights of the products she used on me (and I recommend each of these, so if you need skin care, grab them now): This product…
  • Dreamworks’ Home

    admin
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Are your kids excited to see the movie home? My daughter is really looking forward to watching it… Get them in the mood by buying a Home themed lamp from Lamps Plus – my daughter adores hers and it looks lovely in her room! She’s getting older, and this lamp replaced the one she’s had since she was a baby, she’s a big girl now (almost 6 years old) so, it’s perfect! I’m so excited for her. I loved it myself (see a picture of the lamp, after we assembled it, below). The “HOME” movie-inspired designs by Lamps Plus include made-to-order and…
  • 3 Pick-Me-Ups for a Busy and Fashionable Woman

    admin
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:48 am
    Working long hours, barely getting enough rest, aching muscles – we’ve all experienced the frustrating side effects of working hard and doing our very best to succeed. These three pick-me-ups are perfect for a busy career-oriented fashionista that deserves a little bit of pampering. Think you’re too busy for a pick-me-up? Think again! These three tips will only take you ten minutes or less. Buy Skinny Jeans You’ll Love Being super busy can actually do you a favor, in the weight department that is. As long as you’re taking care of yourself health wise and are not forgetting to eat,…
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  • Friday Finds: Pretty Prints

    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    1. Chaotic Abstract Art Print by Ashley G | Etsy2. Shine On by Victoria Homewood | Saatchiart.com3. Sweet Spot by Lindsay Megahed | Minted.com4. Bulls Bay by Olivia Rae James | Buddyeditions.com5. Queen Anne's Lace by Lauren Matsumoto | Minted.com6. Ferris Wheel by Mat3photography | Mat3photo.com7. Kalae Road by Kiana Mosley | Minted.com8. Nightingale Watercolor Print by Fin and Feather Art | Scoutmob Shoppe9. Sarah B. Martinez 5 Feathers #5 Art Print | Urban Outfitters 10. Folkish Art Print by Lisa Congdon | Etsy11. Cera no 1 by Kelly Ventura |…
  • What I want you to know about suffering the loss of my sister

    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. Today’s guest post is by Andrea. On October 28, 2013 (which was my 39th birthday) I woke up and got my kids ready for school. I dropped off my older kids at the elementary school and put my preschooler in the car. Halfway to his school, I got the phone call I had been dreading for 7 years. All my…
  • #TBT Drama (you give me fever)

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:51 am
    On Thursdays I post something from the archives. This is from February 2011.My kid (as most kids do) use some vocabulary that is uniquely their own. The funniest to me by far is the way Jafta refers to Karis's frequent spit-up as "drama". I have no idea how he picked this up, but he actually thinks this is the correct term for it. Of course I don't correct him, because it cracks me up. Nearly every day I hear him say "Uh-oh, Karis is having some drama right now". Or "There's some drama on the floor over there." Or "Burp her so there won't be any drama." Hilarious, right? I mean, why would I…
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  • Social Media Doctors and Douchery

    Jenni Chiu
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:40 am
      The age of Social Media has given doctors/nutritionists/therapists etc., a much broader reach than any of them could’ve imagined years ago when they were studying their specialties.  The result has been both good and bad. On one hand, we lay people have greater access to helpful information… but the social media doctors have also […]
  • Spring Giveaway Extravaganza! Watches and Jewels and Skincare, Oh My!

    Jenni Chiu
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:39 pm
      Spring has sprung and Summer is around the corner. This makes me want to give you things.     A special thank you to the wonderful companies participating in the giveaway. Again, the prize package includes the following:     Thank you so much to JORD wood watches for supplying a gift card for […]
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Second Teaser Trailer and #StarWarsEmojis!

    Jenni Chiu
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
        Did you see? Did you see? The second teaser trailer has been released for STAR WARS: The Force Awakens. There is also some bonus social media fun for Twitter users with exclusive new Twitter #StarWarsEmojis. Starting today (April 16, 2015), Twitter users who post hashtags representing key words associated with specific Star Wars characters and […]
 
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    Chasing Supermom

  • Hot Pursuit starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara- Trailer and Movie Info

    Bekki
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:29 am
      Reese Witherspoon is perhaps one of Hollywood’s most “likable” stars, and her fans will love seeing her in this role. In my opinion, it’s a bit of a departure for Witherspoon, and a fun avenue for her talents to be displayed. While I don’t watch Modern Family, fans of the show will love getting the opportunity to see Sofia Vergara’s comedic talents on the big screen. One thing’s for sure – this comedy duo has some chops – and is sure to keep the audience laughing!  Gather your girlfriends and make a date for girl’s night on…
  • Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken

    Bekki
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:24 am
    When life gets crazy (and let’s be honest – there’s usually a degree of craziness for ALL mothers!), we need EASY and delicious recipes in our culinary back pocket. This meal couldn’t be any easier AND it’s a crowd-pleaser. I talk sometimes about Supermom “Trifecta” meals – meals that are easy to prepare, budget-friendly, and kid-friendly. This Salsa Verde Chicken definitely fits the bill! When I say easy – I mean it! This has TWO ingredients people…TWO. Now, when you’re going to make a dish with just two ingredients, you need…
  • 15 Candies That Look Just Like Your Childhood

    Bekki
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    If you nearly broke your teeth on Now and Laters, had one of those Tootsie Roll banks, and took Super Ropes Licorice to the movie theater,  you just might be a child of the 80’s. Want to come down a sweet and sugar-laden version of memory lane with me? Today I’m reminiscing about a few of my favorite childhood treats. Read on and see if your favorite childhood sweet made my list! 1. Spree Spree candies are that funky in-between texture of not-quite-chewy and not-quite-crunchy. They are fruity and that perfect balance of sweet and tart. 2. Runts Which one of the Runts candies was…
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    The Mom Writes

  • My Homemaking and Motherhood Confessions…and How You Can Stop Feeling Lonely and Overwhelmed as a Home Manager

    The Mom Writes
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:52 am
    When Mayank and I got married in 2005, I was someone who’d never made a full meal ever. Honest. 10 years ago… I had no idea about cleaning microwaves and refrigerators. Laundry was a never-ending battle. The more I did, the more I had. Cooking was alien and something I had to start getting used to. I would use packaged foods, including basics, like tomato paste and ginger, garlic pastes...
  • On Making a Comeback… and Celebrating by Sharing

    The Mom Writes
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:57 pm
    So, early this year I’d sent out a heartfelt, love-filled note to everyone who’s part of my little email community sharing how I’ll be stepping away from this online home to walk my talk about leading a life that’s balanced, intentional and inspiring for myself and others. … Read full post The Mom Writes
  • Thank You.

    The Mom Writes
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:08 am
    I’ve said this before… and I’ll say it again. Thank you. Thank you for being here for me. Thank you for reading what I share. Thank you for giving me grace. … Read full post The Mom Writes
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    A Frog In My Soup

  • Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2015

    Shera
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:28 am
    I have been waiting for this bundle all year. Seriously, I have! I purchased this bundle last year… and again this year… it really is that good! The value is more than there and although it will take a lot of time to get through all the material, and you won’t necessarily use every single [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Keeping it in Perspective – Not Taking Things Personally

    Shera
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:31 pm
    So much about life as a mom hinges on perspective. Do I choose to let this go, or make a big deal out of it? Do I choose to take what they are doing personally, or accept that they are a child and leave it at that? I could honestly probably just leave this post [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Travel Safely with GB! #ad #GBTravelSave #IC

    Nancy
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Disclosure:  I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for GB. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Traveling with your new baby can be nerve wracking. I remember worrying endlessly about whether I had purchased the safest car seat, whether it was installed correctly, and whether [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    4tunate

  • Essential Oils for Sports Families

    Jennifer Murray
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:58 pm
    We are officially a 2 sport family this spring. For the first time the boys are divided – Brooks is playing soccer and LOVING it, and the other 3 are playing baseball again. Sure, it would have been more practical for them all to do the same thing, but we’ve never wanted to push them into doing a sport just because their brothers are or making them all play when it’s not something they love. We love supporting them with their own gifts and interests. And although I loved seeing them all in one uniform last spring, I love watching them on the sideline cheering each other on…
  • Easy Homemade Granola Bars

    Jennifer Murray
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:08 am
    I was looking for something quick and easy to take to church for our Sunday school class over the weekend, and decided to try homemade granola bars, after seeing some easy recipes floating around Pinterest.  I adapted this one for our tastes and to give it more of a protein punch.  The boys were happy that I had a few leftovers to bring home for them to devour! I’m looking forward to making another batch for quick breakfast snacks and to send in lunches! I didn’t expect them to be so simple and delicious to make homemade!  What You’ll Need for Homemade Granola Bars: 3…
  • Scenes from A Landlocked Spring Break

    Jennifer Murray
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
      Last week my people were on Spring Break, and as much the ocean calls our names and we’d love some time away, it just wasn’t the right timing for us. At the beginning of the week, I almost blocked all your deep blue water beach pictures, sun-kissed skin, and tank tops from my feed, but we found vacation right here in landlocked Indiana. Really this is the first Spring Break we’ve had as a family. While we homeschooled, I used SB as a catch-up or an easier week, but we didn’t take then entire week off.  It was a rare opportunity to just be together without a lot…
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    As Mom Sees It

  • Disney Dining: How You Can Dine With An Animal Specialist! #MonkeyKingdomEvent

    Mom
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Imagine working for a company like Disney; a brand that has taken what might have been an ordinary zoo and created Disney’s Animal Kingdom – an entire park dedicated to enjoying an exotic vacation without leaving the states. Last week, during the #MonkeyKingdomEvent, I had the amazing opportunity to sit down with one of Disney’s... Continue Reading... The post Disney Dining: How You Can Dine With An Animal Specialist! #MonkeyKingdomEvent appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • Tales And Tails: Disney’s Backstage Tales Tour #MonkeyKingdomEvent

    Mom
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    The magic that greets you when walk through the gates of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is almost as magical as what goes on once you’re beyond the gates. Did you know that you can get an exclusive tour behind the scenes of Animal Kingdom to learn more about the more than 1,500 animals representing 250 species that reside... Continue Reading... The post Tales And Tails: Disney’s Backstage Tales Tour #MonkeyKingdomEvent appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival #MonkeyKingdomEvent

    Mom
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    One of my favorite signs of spring is when the flowers start to bloom and there’s a flourish of color everywhere you look. If you’re impatient, as I am, and want to skip ahead to the flourish, I highly recommend the serene and colorful surroundings of the Epcot Flower And Garden Festival now at Epcot.... Continue Reading... The post Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival #MonkeyKingdomEvent appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
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    The Mom Around Town

  • Hot Yoga, I’m Really Digging You!

    Paige Dunn
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    I never had ANY desire to try yoga. I would literally think people were a little off when they told me they liked hot yoga. Why would anyone seriously like doing that? I recently had two people challenge me to try it. I decided since I’ve been doing normal yoga for a few months it might not kill me to try something once. Besides, if I didn’t like it, I could just walk out. When I checked in, they told me my goal for the first class was to stay in the room the whole time. If I actually worked out, that was a bonus. They said to take breaks. I was super nervous that first time.
  • Natural Deodorant—I Found One That Works!

    Paige Dunn
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:26 am
    Some time ago, I started learning about the dangers of the ingredients in antiperspirant/deodorant, such as aluminum and parabens, and links to breast cancer. It’s a tough one, because it isn’t like you can say, “Oh okay, I won’t use that anymore.” There are tons of natural brands out there. I was a little apprehensive about them. Could these actually work? For me, the answer was basically no. I tried them all. It was a long process that wasn’t exactly fun. I decided that the perfect time to try them was during my move last summer. One after another, they failed and were tossed.
  • Rock Climbing at Two and Five? Seriously?

    Paige Dunn
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:33 am
    For some time, Hayden has been asking to go rock climbing. This weekend, I finally agreed. We went to an indoor climbing gym in Ballard called Vertical World. We walked in and I seriously was astonished at the mass amount of little kids running around and climbing. They have an area for birthday parties. A bouldering area, which basically means they can climb with no ropes. Then they have the regular walls you might expect. Initially, Hayden got about four feet up on the wall and wanted down. He was afraid when belaying. I was so proud of him though as he pushed through it and kept trying.
 
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    Mommy Posh

  • Kate Spade Spring Style Looks

    Mommy Posh
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
    Last week, I attended the Kate Spade flagship boutique located on 789 Madison Avenue to view their Spring collection, I also had the opportunity to meet with fellow bloggers while sipping on champagne and mini cupcakes (delish!)..what an awesome way to kick off the spring season!! photos by Jonathan Castellanos  Hosted by Evelyn Amick of Indialynrose.com, […]
  • Learning Ideas With Plastic Easter Eggs

    Mommy Posh
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Matching Letters  I took some plastic eggs and a Sharpie and wrote capital letters on the tops and their matching lower case letter on the bottom half of the egg. Open them all up and scattered them on a tray. Have your little one match the upper with the lower case and put the egg […]
  • Video: Celebrity Mom Launches Eco Friendly Line At H&M

    Mommy Posh
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
      Olivia Wilde, 31, is stunning as the new face of H&M’s Conscious Exclusive collection and here’s a peek into the gorgeous line!   The brand’s environmentally-friendly line, which launches April 16 features pieces made with hemp, organic linen, organic silk, organic leather and recycled polyester and accoutrements. Wilde co-founded Conscious Commerce, one of the brands featured […]
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    Memphis mom, parenting & life blogger | a belle, a bean & a chicago dog

  • San Francisco in 3 Days: Family Vacation Edition

    Liz
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Ahead of our family trip to San Francisco, we knew that we’d need to split our total vacation time between San Francisco and the burbs. That meant our 7 day, 6 night West Coast vacation had to squeeze as much San Francisco goodness as possible into, basically, 3 total days. So with an arrival day and time of Saturday afternoon, and a departure-to-the-burbs day and time of Tuesday by noon, I began to plan. (If you haven’t already read my San Francisco Family Vacation planning post, click here. It gives you plenty of attraction options, links, and transportation tips even beyond…
  • Tips for Planning a San Francisco Family Vacation

    Liz
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:17 pm
    When considering family vacation destinations, San Francisco may not be at the top of your list. It’s a well-known city with lots of great food and culture, but it’s not a Disney trip, or a beach vacation, or something more closely aligned with being a “family friendly” travel destination. Add to that its steep hills and lots of walking, and it’s easy to see why some families (particularly if they don’t live near the West Coast) may pass over it when considering their next family vacation. Ahead of any family trip we take, I always do lots and lots of…
  • Disney Cruise Family Vacation Planning Tips

    Liz
    21 Mar 2015 | 2:09 pm
    I think it was February 2014 after watching a few Disney Cruise Line specials on TV that we decided to plan our first Disney cruise. We had a completely magical Walt Disney World experience in October 2013, drastically improved from our first foray to see the Mouse back in 2010, when Madelyn was simply too young for it to be fun for any of us. A couple good friends had told me, “If you love the Parks, you’ll absolutely die for a cruise! It’s so relaxing! Everything is done for you! The kids will love it, and you and Craig will be able to have some adult time, too!”…
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    Sweet Potato Chronicles

  • Spring Greens Week: Crunchy Asparagus Fries

    Laura Keogh
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    I'm really not a fan of kid's menus. Have you ever noticed how they always have the same five things on them? It's a rare restaurant that doesn't feature some kind of combination that includes chicken fingers, mac and cheese, pizza, hot dog and hamburger. Oh, wait, I forgot grilled cheese and that godforsaken endless side of French fries. Those are all there too. I know kids are creatures of habit but, honestly, do we not want to have something a little adventurous? I mean, at least for the sake of the moms. I swear I'd be 5 to 10 lbs lighter if I didn't have to finish the fries on Scarlett's…
  • Baked Meatballs

    Ceri Marsh
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:41 am
    Have you seen our new Youtube series yet? Lunch Ninja started about a week ago but really it's the result of months of thought, lots of help from pals and almost three years of lunch packing. Laura and I are cooking up lots of other video series but we're quite smitten with our first. We wanted to come up with a series that would give you guys some ideas for lunches outside of the ham & cheese sandwich box as well, hopefully, a laugh out the endlessness of the task. If you like these videos, we hope you'll share them and subscribe to our Youtube channel. We promise that so many more fun…
  • Best of the Season Week: Peas, Pasta and Spring Onion

    Laura Keogh
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    We've launched a series of lunch videos called Lunch Ninja on our Youtube channel. If you haven't seen them, you can click on over for some recipes meant to transform you into a lunch packing superhero. Ok, they're just options to the usual sandwich but superhero sounded way better. We're also looking to create a series demonstrating some of our easiest dinners. Ceri wanted the videos to feature the phone numbers of her favourite take-out spots, but I told her we can't do that. So instead we're going to bring you meals that are healthy, fast and delicious. Don't shake your head at me. It can…
 
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    The Ultimate Juggle

  • Choosing A Commercial Painter

    theultim
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:15 am
    Locating especially the person who is able to understand and meet your conditions, a painter, is among the challenging tasks you perform in regards to the renovation of your home. Yet, in the end dissonance predominates due to time delays and nonstandard work of the painter. Scenario stays the same in the event that you would like to intend to refurbish building, manufacturing plant, your office, ware house or some other commercial area and also you think that can get the effects that are wanted by hiring a non professional painter, then you’re living unaware of the reality. Firstly,…
  • Do I Need A Reverse Mortgage?

    theultim
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    The ones that are thinking about the reverse mortgage must make a choice that is very important. Most of the time, the ones that are contemplating them are doing this since they want the capital for some goal that is primary. For instance, they might not be bringing in enough from pensions, social security or savings to keep their living expenses. They might have a big purchase that’s required like a brand new vehicle. Or, they may want the capital for home improvements. Some people make use of the resources they get from a reverse mortgage to finance a recreational vehicle or another…
  • Do I Need A Bathroom Renovation?

    theultim
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    By: Logan IngallsThere are times when you may not believe that you require a toilet renovation, even though all the signs are pointing to the fact that you do. If any of these hints are authentic for you, maybe a remodel is what you need: If you walk into your own bathroom in the morning and only groan, this really is a good sign that a renovation may be what you desire. There could be merely one thing, like that nasty old tub, that makes you dislike how the room looks and the nice thing about a bathroom renovation is that you could alter as much or as little as you prefer. If you have…
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    Raising Rockstar

  • Magic Carpet Weekend

    Aileen
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    1) Little Girl With No Feet Receives Puppy With No Paw. Lead and my absolute favourite link this week: Several breeders suggested the puppy should be put down. Instead, someone saw potential in him being a therapy dog. How many more animals’ lives could you save, how much more happiness can you bring to someone who needs it, just by finding more ways to do things?  Also beautiful inspiration for how “disabilities” can make you special. They can put you in the unique position of being able to help someone that others may not be able to, in quite that same effective way. See,…
  • Rockstarism #364 – Take A Course In Raising Us So We Don’t Run Away

    Aileen
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    #364 Making small talk one day… Me: …so, I’m doing this Effective Parenting course… Rockstar: Yeah you should. It’s not easy to handle kids. We could sulk all day. Me: Not turn to a life of crime? Rockstar: <Not looking up> Nah, we know then we’d get in trouble.  Me: Well…. we could… not feed you, lock you in your room, take away your wifi until you tell us how awesome your life is and stop sulking? Rockstar: <IGNORES> Me: I take it you’re fine with that then? Rockstar: Huh. Obviously that doesn’t work, we’d…
  • Miss-Speak #47 – Bums Are Awesome!

    Aileen
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    #47 To the tune of Lego Movie’s Everything Is Awesome. Roughly, anyway: Miss: (tunelessly) AAAAAAIR-verything is awe-summmmmmmm, when you’re living in a dweammmmmm….! Dogs! Cats! Fwogs! They’re awe-sum! Socks! Cwocs! Bum-bums! Awe-sum! Miss: <starts to trail off> Sticks… Bum-bums… Things… Awe-sum…! Bum-bums… Wigs… Awe-sum…! Rockstar: <snorts> It’s always bums that are awesome.  Miss: <regaining enthusiasm> AAAAAAIR-verything is awe-summmmmmmm! <wiggles bum from side to side> Bum-bums! So…
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    Telecommuting Mommies

  • Blogging 101: Choosing Blog Categories

    Alaina Forbes
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:35 pm
    This post is part of our blogging series that started with my Unsuccessful Blogger’s Income Report in which I explained some of the mistakes I made along the way. As I make my ay through focusing on my blog and correcting a lot of these mistakes I am hoping to help those of you just starting a blog from making those same mistakes. You can read the other posts in this series here; Blogging Mistakes: 10 Don’ts for Choosing a Domain Name Blogging Mistakes: Choosing the Wrong Blog Platform Blogging 101: WordPress Blog Design Tips As I have told you in some of my previous posts, I jumped into…
  • Weekly Work at Home Job Leads

    Alaina Forbes
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Here are this week’s work at home job leads. Click on the links to visit and apply to each job opening. Fitness Technology Blogger Gadget & Tech Blogger Blog Writer for Pressed Organic Juice Directory Bustle.com Food/DIY/Home Writer GRE Expert Blogger Social Media Blogger Fashion Blogger BKA Content Writers Marketing and Content Writer Red Tricycle Bump and Baby Writers Lithium Online Moderators Zirtual Virtual Assistants eaHelp Virtual Executive Assistants Live Chat Customer Service Agents Email Customer Service Professional Ubiqus Transcriptionist Appen Social Media Evaluators…
  • Work from Home with LiveOps and Find Your Calling

    Alaina Forbes
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:48 pm
    LiveOps, a premier virtual call center, currently has work-from-home call center opportunities available for people with customer service or sales skills. LiveOps call center agents are independent contractors who provide services to nationally-recognized companies. These opportunities are great for motivated individuals who want to be their own boss, set their own schedule and build a business from home! If you have a positive attitude, pleasant phone voice, and desire to work from home, we encourage you to Apply Today. Why Work from Home with LiveOps? LiveOps is a leader in the call center…
 
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    Divine Lifestyle

  • NEW Suave Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion Products for Hair & Body #BeautyByMe

    Stacie
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:32 pm
    Since middle school there are some things I just have had to deal with when it comes to hair. I have slightly curly or wavy hair that shows a little bit of frizz at the tiniest change in the weather. We have recently partnered with Suave to check out their new Suave Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion Products for Hair & Body. These products changed the way we do our hair every day! One of the ... The post NEW Suave Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion Products for Hair & Body #BeautyByMe appeared first on Divine Lifestyle.
  • Pre-Order the Microsoft Surface 3 for your Student TODAY!

    Stacie
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:29 pm
     This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Microsoft retail stores. We are Microsoft advocates in this family. One look around our house and you would see why. My husband and I are serious tech lovers. We happen to be raising three tech lovers as well. We are particular about our computers and we like to find new technology that meets all of our needs plus more! The Microsoft Surface 3 is ... The post Pre-Order the Microsoft Surface 3 for your Student TODAY! appeared first on Divine Lifestyle.
  • Planning our trip to Panama City Beach, Florida #PCBPOV

    Stacie
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:52 pm
    This post is sponsored by Panama City Beach. #PCBPOV Believe it or not, I dream of going to the beach. Yes this fair-skinned woman LOVES the beach. I lived on the beach for a while and used to surf years ago (or at least I tried to). I have been snorkeling, paddle boarding, boogie boarding and more. I like being at the beach and then kicking back to relax. Next weekend, we will be hitting ... The post Planning our trip to Panama City Beach, Florida #PCBPOV appeared first on Divine Lifestyle.
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    Dagmar's Home

  • SilverWear Pouches Giveaway – Win 2 Sets of Burlap Pouches

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Burlap is one of the hottest materials right now — you’ll find it used in many DIY projects and for decorating purposes. So I was excited to try this new burlap product — dress up your table with pretty SilverWear pouches! They are made by a fellow mother and native New Yorker, Irene Gill, who started SilverWear. These pouches make the perfect gift for any occasion, but especially for mom since Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Or buy them for yourself and use them to set the table for Mother’s Day! The SilverWear easy-to-use burlap pouches give any event a…
  • Celebrate Earth Day by Upcycling a Glass Jar Into a DIY Candle — And Enter to Win $100 Target Gift Card & Green Works Products

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Celebrate Earth Day with this fun upcycling project: recycle a glass jar to make this DIY candle — a “Green Work of Art!” All you need are these supplies: DIY Glass Jar Candle Supplies: glass jar (a tomato sauce jar or similar without raised letters works best) a postcard or picture a key or similar charm lace or ribbon, T-shirt or fabric remnant marbles, glass stones, sand, or Epsom salt glass cleaner tealight candle with a battery Tutorial: My glass jar had a lot of water stains on it, so I cleaned it with biodegradable Green Works All-Purpose Cleaner to get it squeaky clean.
  • Wordless Wednesday With Linky: Cheeky Fortune Cookie

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:56 pm
    I saved this photo for Wordless Wednesday: how funny is this fortune cookie we got the other day? Don had brought home some takeout Chinese food. Not really a fortune, is it? What a cheeky fortune cookie :) I hope you have all had a great week since last Wednesday. I’ve been pretty busy. One of my favorite magazines, Real Simple, invited me to attend a fun beauty event in NYC. I had such a lovely time, ran into one of my friends I hadn’t seen in years, and I’m giving away some of the goodie bag items from the event. If you are interested in this juicing book, workout pants,…
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    Globetrotting in Heels

  • Spring shopping for my “mini-me”

    Elisa
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:40 am
    One of the fun things about having two kids is seeing how different they can be, each one truly her own person. Stella has always been more interested in more typically girly stuff like clothing, accessories, and — though it is much too soon for her to actually wear it — make-up. Though Sarah is in her teens, she still holds all these things in much lower regard than the average teenage girl, while her little sister is almost the opposite. So you’d think that going shopping with Stella would be at least as easy as going with Sarah was at her age, but alas, while Stella might…
  • OOTW: embrace the comfy

    Elisa
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    Gaaah, I am writing from a world of pain. I am having a bad reaction to something, my Celiac has kicked in, and all my bones hurt like I have been run over. Even my hair hurts. (My, what a cheery start to a post, well done, Elisa.) So although I don’t ever leave home make-up or accessory-free, today I basically worked out my outfit based on what would hurt less, since every cell of my body seems to be hating me right now. However I am not about to leave home in my pajamas or my sweats (no matter how cute they may be), so the next best thing is dressy joggers. When the trend of…
  • Spring forward! New Month’s Resolutions for April

    Elisa
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:18 am
    Hello everyone! How was your weekend? Ours started out great, in Trentino-Alto Adige, with nice weather and walks through some lovely spots. What a great start to April! But boy, was March a blur. So much so in fact, that I have absolutely nothing to share in my monthly summary, because I got none of my resolutions done last month. Nope, nada. Nothing, zilch, niente, rien. I got so wrapped up in a million other things that I never got around to getting a good start on any of the three points. Kind of embarrassing, actually. So let’s move on, shall we? Let’s look at this…
 
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    Twelve Makes a Dozen

  • Free Jamba!

    Mom of 12
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:32 pm
    Yesterday all these awesome people decided to get in on the free smoothie for Jamba Juice's birthday. They only had the promotion from 9:00 - 11:00 in the morning and since my little ones are off-track, we decided to brave the crowds. And they were ridiculous. They were lined up outside the door by at least 30 people. I told Bossy maybe we should just give it up. We could go home and make a
  • Guest blog: Changes by Bossy

    Bossy
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:18 am
    Change is hard, especially when we try to control everything.  After limping along, burnout out at work I left my position at DCFS in the beginning of March.  It was scary and unplanned, but an overwhelming sense of peace and comfort have helped me realize this was the plan. <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 <![endif]--> <!--[if !mso]>
  • Sport's Band Medal

    Mom of 12
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    I told you spring was the season of concerts. We were able to see Sport perform tonight with just his own band. Remember last week he did the Monster Concert with all the other elementary schools? It Utah the elementary bands are pretty small, that's why they come together as a large group. Sport's band has 27 kids in it and a third of them are trumpet players. My favorite song was when the 9 of
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    Create-Celebrate-Explore

  • No Bake Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

    Tonya Staab
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:32 pm
    Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SamsClubMag #CollectiveBias We eat a ton of granola bars here, the kids take them to school for snacks a few times a week and they are a staple in our pantry. With the cost of gluten-free bars being so much more expensive than regular ones though I've decided it's time to try my hand at making them from scratch. Of course making gluten-free granola bars calls for rolled oats and lots of them. Oats are another staple in our house, oatmeal is a staple breakfast item…
  • How to Customize Your Furniture

    Tonya Staab
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Sauder. #puttogether Our house has very little storage and shelving. The kitchen and laundry have plenty, but as you walk through the family room, living room, loft and dining room, it's just walls and windows. So when I was asked if I'd like to customize a piece of furniture from Sauder for their new lookbook I immediately knew that I would focus on shelving and storage. Thankfully one of the items they were including was a square organizer, which I thought would be perfect along one of the walls by our entrance. And when I received two of them…
  • Your Guide to Pressure Washing

    Tonya Staab
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:25 am
    Disclosure: I’m sharing how I get my home spring clean on the outside as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #ZepSocialstars The snow has melted, it's time to fire up the grills, send the kids outside to play and entertain outdoors. Or at least I hope it is where you are. That means it's also means it's time to get those outdoors looking sparkly clean, tidy up the garden beds, evict pesky weeds, remove stains and clean. So I'm sharing with you today: Did you know that washing your home is recommended about every 12 to 24 months to deter mold growth, and protect your…
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  • Kids’ sea life prints to transition into summer

    Courtney Strimel
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    As a child, the sea seemed so foreign and magical. Living in the landlocked Mid-West, lobsters, whales, crabs…they were nearly as mysterious as mermaids. Whether you were raised by the shore, in the city or–like me–in the ‘burbs of middle America, it’s hard to resist the latest whimsical motif for kids: sea life prints. For boys or girls of any age, these cute, colorful designs are sure to get your little ones excited for summertime. Best of all, the styles with sea life prints below are perfect when paired with a sweater or jacket. They’ll wear them now,…
  • MILLY for Kohl’s DesigNation now available

    Christine Fox
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Just in time for perfect spring and summer weather, Kohl’s has teamed up with MILLY for another DesigNation collection. Now available in stores and online at Kohls.com, the collection is inspired by the island of Capri and clearly has a destination feel to it as we head into summer. Rompers, midi skirts, sateen pants and shorts, graphic tees and fit-and-flare dresses round out the collection in combinations of black and white and abstract bright floral prints. From left to right: MILLY for DesigNation Striped Organza Midi Skirt and Crop Top, $70 and $50. MILLY for DesigNation Striped…
  • Affordable accessorizing: stack rings under $100

    Courtney Strimel
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I will admit that I’m a lazy accessorizer. If it’s true that accessories make the outfit, then many of my outfits are totally unmade. One accessory–jewelry–that I do to add at the last minute is a great set of stack rings. Even if you’re just in a slouchy black tee, jeans and Converse sneakers, there’s just something chic and cool about a light-catching stack of rings in any combination or size. Of course if you can find a great set for under $100, then all the better. Some of my favorite budget-friendly stack rings are featured below. From semi-precious…
 
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  • Celebrate Garden Season with This Free Inspirational Printable!

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:12 pm
    I love the way this time of year smells, looks, and makes everything feel.  The fresh new season is upon us, and it's time to start that hard work in the garden! While my family has been bad about getting to bed on time (who wants to come in at night where there is so much to do outside?), we know that our hard work will be greeted with a harvest later on. Enjoy this free printable graphic. You
  • See the Must-Watch "Hot Pursuit" Trailer Now!

    24 Apr 2015 | 11:52 am
    It has been a long time since my husband and I have seen a comedy that was for grown-ups. This is partly because most of the comedies out are rated "R", which really isn't our cup of tea.  The new trailer for the comedy "Hot Pursuit", however, had us rolling in laughter.  Reese Witherspoon looks adorable in this flick! An uptight and by-the-book cop (Reese Witherspoon) tries to protect the
  • How About a Little Honey Apple in Your Salsa? Introducing KYVAN!

    23 Apr 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Our family eats a lot of salsa! Most of it comes from jars from the grocery, and occasionally, we'll also buy the "fresh" salsa from the produce counter.  We love it mild, spicy, fruity, and on everything!  That's why we were not going to pass up the opportunity to try Kyvan's Honey Apple Salsa -- in both Mild and Hot! This is a colorful, deep red salsa that is sassy and sweet! I had never
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  • Canadian GoPro Hero Camera Giveaway

    Stacie
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Two years ago, I launched my Canada Friendly Giveaway newsletter by giving away a Keurig. I figured it’s about time I did another subscriber giveaway! This time around I’m giving a GoPro Hero camera to one Canadian subscriber! To enter, make sure you are subscribed to my Canada Friendly Giveaway newsletter. I send it out… [read more] The post Canadian GoPro Hero Camera Giveaway appeared first on Simply Stacie.
  • Our New Kitten, Reggie

    Stacie
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Bridget has been asking if we could get a kitten for several months. I wasn’t sure if I wanted another cat since we already have two. I worried how another cat would fit in with Princess and Misty. After talking with some of my cat-owning friends, I decided we’d go take a peek at our… [read more] The post Our New Kitten, Reggie appeared first on Simply Stacie.
  • Church & Dwight Spring Cleaning Giveaway

    Stacie
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:43 am
    At the beginning of April, I shared my Spring Cleaning Checklist free printable to help you organize your to-do list. Today, I have a few more tips to share from Church & Dwight. Put these cleaning tips into practice, along with my free printable, and you’ll be finished in no time! Tip #1: Call in… [read more] The post Church & Dwight Spring Cleaning Giveaway appeared first on Simply Stacie.
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  • Tutilo Data Porter Tote

    Andrea
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:56 am
    Press Sample Now that the weather is finally turning nicer, I find myself always on the go.  Whether it is running errands, attending practices/games for the boys or waiting for appointments I have to have my essentials in order to help entertain myself and the 2 year old.  Lately with the abundance of digital tablets I find my purses and totes simply don’t have the room that I need. I recently had the opportunity to review a Tutilo Data Porter Tote. Endless Storage Options Are Yours in Our Chic Data Porter Tote Its Streamline Silhouette is Complemented by Brass Tutilo Hardware, a…
  • Silk Plants Direct Review

    Angela
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Press Sample I love to garden, Its so relaxing to me. Sometimes though, it can be hard to get your hands on the exact plant you want. It may be too expensive, not available in your area (state/country), or its just an unrealistic plant/tree. Normally, I would just write it off as a “never going to happen” idea. I have never thought of Silk plants as a cool thing. It was something I might see in a hotel room, or my grandmas house. Dark, dusty and never been touched since 1967. So when SilkPlantsDirect.com asked me for a review, I sort of laghed under my breath, like yea what could…
  • Downy Wrinkle Releaser #MothersDay Giveaway

    Angela
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:10 pm
    Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus has put together an outstanding prize pack for Mother’s Day!  You earned a night off from Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus! (Well, you probably earned a lot more than that, but at least it’s a start.) One winner will get a cute box filled with the following products: –Olive Garden gift card –Target gift card –Starbucks gift card –The famous Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus plush robe –And, best of all, take some time off from ironing with a big bottle of Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus!   Happy Mother’s Day from us! Have a…
 
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  • 6 Reasons to Consider a GoBank Checking Account

    Samantha Gregory
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:51 am
    Over the past few weeks I have been using GoBank, a mobile checking account. It is a new bank designed to give people the option of opening an account no matter what kind of history (good or bad) they’ve had with banks in the past. Using the card has been pretty easy at every store that I’ve used it. The only issue I had was at a gas station where I needed to take the card to the attendant. Other than that it has been a no worries experience. I can easily see my balance with the GoBank app which is well designed. Just log in and see the balance and the most recent transactions. If you are…
  • Vlog: Rich Single Momma Says… How to Stop Worrying About Money

    Samantha Gregory
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Rich Single Momma SaysIn the first video blog of Rich Single Momma Says you will learn how to stop worrying about money. The reality is worry and whining is a waste of precious time and energy. If you are chronic worrier or whiner, you are probably caught up in a hard to break habit. That doesn’t mean you can’t break the habit but you must learn to get through it. I worried about money all the time. It was on my brain 24/7 especially being a single mom. But I learned that money is energy and loves being around people who are on the same wave…
  • How to maximize your tax refund and cut monthly expenses

    Samantha Gregory
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:31 am
    (BPT) – Tax season is in full swing and everyone is hoping for a refund from Uncle Sam. What will you do with yours? Whether it’s several hundred or several thousand, if you use your refund smartly, it can provide the jumpstart to boosting your budget and living financially well this year and beyond. Americans expect to cash in during tax season, as nearly three-quarters of all taxpayers anticipate they’ll receive a return of $500 or more this year, according to a national survey conducted by Straight Talk Wireless. Furthermore, nearly 80 percent of Americans consider tax season as…
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  • Mastering a Good Hair Day: Finally

    Danielle
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    My obsession with long hair started early. I mean very early. Why, you ask? Because my hair looked like this. And I begged and pleaded with my mom to let me grow it out. I have no explanation for this hair cut. Really, I don’t. It was clearly one she thought was cute. I look at this one of my brother and I…I can barely tell us apart. (It is a little blurry, I know….but you get the idea) So, I started to grow it out. Not that I knew what to do with it.  My ‘curls’ or ‘waves’ were a bit of a mess. To say my hair was thick was more than an…
  • The Spirit of Playing Baseball Hard: Reward Effort and Heart

    Danielle
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:07 pm
    A million thanks to Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® for partnering with me on this post and encouraging me to talk baseball – as you know, one of my very favorite topics. When my husband was three years old, he was required to memorize the inscription on Stan Musial’s statue before he was allowed to enter Busch Stadium to watch his now beloved St. Louis Cardinals play baseball. If you aren’t from St. Louis or you aren’t a baseball fan, Musial might not be your guy, but to the baseball enthusiast, he is one of the greats. And my family falls firmly in the…
  • On Kids and Grief: Navigating the Pain of Losing a Loved One

    Kelli Stuart
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:20 am
    She drew herself into me, tight and fierce. It was as though she hoped to somehow crawl close enough to snuff out the emotion that threatened to pull her down. She’s only nine, but she’s tough as nails. She’s not an open book, but rather holds her cards tight to her chest. On this night, the cards were beginning to crumble. As she buried her face into my chest, she coughed. It was one of the deep, wracking coughs that comes from a nasty chest cold. She tilted her face up to me, eyes glistening, tear drops gathered, waiting to cascade. “Am I gonna die?” she…
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  • #SkyBell WI-FI Video Doorbell – Know who’s at your door! (**Giveaway**)

    i Dream of Clean
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:13 am
    Photo credit Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? Your toddler finally falls asleep and not two minutes later, the delivery man rings the doorbell. You’re still in your pj’s when an unannounced guest knocks at the door. Your husband is out of town when a persistent salesman tries to get your attention through the glass on your front door. Well, there is finally a solution. SkyBell is upgrading the doorbell with a WI-FI video doorbell! I was given the opportunity to try it out recently and my kids and I have been having fun with it. Of course it’s come in handy a…
  • Spring Cleaning Made Easy

    i Dream of Clean
    8 Apr 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Both i Dream of clean and Spring Cleaning 365 are designed to provide step-by-step guides to help you clean, organize, and simplify your home. My goal is to make your home life as easy as possible…especially during the Spring Cleaning season!  Today we’re going to discover how to make the most of this Spring Cleaning season. I like to think of Spring Cleaning as the time of year we clean and organize all the things we put off the rest of the year. You know, the things we don’t do when we’re cleaning up the house on the weekend. Things like: clean windows remove bugs from light…
  • How to Deep Clean Oven

    i Dream of Clean
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:14 pm
    As part of our deep clean the kitchen series, we’ve been working hard to deep clean our kitchen appliances over the past few days. Everything from the dishwasher to the microwave to the stovetop. Now it’s time to deep clean the oven!  When I think of cleaning the oven, I pretty much just think of cleaning the inside. You know, following the instructions on a conventional oven cleaner or using baking soda (which I don’t really think works that well). However….today is about us figuring out how to DEEP CLEAN the oven. That means every single nook and cranny. So, this…
 
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  • On Dog Shaming: Commode Crown of Shame #DogShaming

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    19 Apr 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Well. HYPOTHETICALLY...It's always fun to come home from a blog conference like a Social Fabric event to your own porcelain commode. Only to discover the 100 lb Labrador you are watching has suddenly acquired a prey drive after all and chases your screeching, hissing, entirely pissed off elderly kitty into bathroom where she hides behind you and said toilet...Only for 100 lb dog to exuberantly and forceful try to push you AND said toilet out of the way TO PLAY WITH SAID HISSING KITTY... And break said toilet seat entirely off from toilet. Yes, said toilet seat still occupied with you on it.
  • What's Your 12th Photo? I Need a Smile!

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:05 pm
    I just saw a game on a post that dared me to post my 12th picture in my phone's camera roll. So here it is and yep, it pretty much sucks. Yep. See you later overheating, hinge breaking, case cracked on bottomon both corners of case, guts spilling laptop. No HP I will NOT BE SENDING YOU MY UNBACKED UP HARD DRIVE you want me to although you also want me to sign something saying you aren't responsible if you lose it. Not so tempting.So guys? With my laptop whisked away by FedEx right before three conferences in three week? With the promise it may be fixable? Maybe under warranty thanks to Costco…
  • It's a #EATCLEANNOHOWABOUTEATICECREAM Kind of Monday #Coffee

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    Welp. Today's clean eating just went off the rails. Yes sudden massive unquenchable need for cream led me to find the only cream in this house for my coffee ... Ice cream!A photo posted by Heather Murphy-Raines/Scouts H (@unitedstatesofmotherhood) on Mar 30, 2015 at 10:49am PDTAnd hashtag writing to reveal my shame seemed so…
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • Combine styles, textures, patterns: Add impact with eclectic home decor.

    Milan Budimkic
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:50 am
    Very often people hold back from using exotic combinations and styles, especially when they are new to the world of interior design. When closing their eyes to the possibilities of mixing styles,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Winnipeg Jets fans show the rest of us how it should be done.

    cjblythe
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:39 am
    We don’t usually watch any other team but the Vancouver Canucks. Since the Winnipeg Jets made the first round of the playoffs against the Anaheim Ducks, however, we’ve been taking in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How does acupuncture work?

    Guest Author
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
    Have you always wondered, “How does acupuncture work?”   More and more mainstream medical practitioners are accepting and prescribing the use of acupuncture. Acupuncture is a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Calgary: Under the Big Top

    SavvyMom.ca
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    The spirit of invention is in the air at Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring show, Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities. Running in Calgary until May 24, families are thoroughly entertained as a procession of acrobats, jugglers and one special cat weave their magic through a spectacular set.
  • Toronto: Best for Baby

    SavvyMom.ca
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Our moms-in-the-know round-up of the best baby and kid shops in and around Toronto.
  • Ottawa: Our Cup of Tea

    SavvyMom.ca
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    A rejuvenating trip to the country is only minutes away at the Yoga and Tea studio in Carp. Find out more.
 
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  • Your Child Loves Volunteering (They just Don’t Know it Yet)

    22 Apr 2015 | 7:43 am
    Volunteering is an essential experience for kids from late middle school through high school. Besides the obvious benefit – helping others – volunteering will put kids in contact with peers with similar interests, and look great on college and job applications. However, as a kid’s homework load swells and their schedule grows busier, they’ll sometimes quit volunteering in favor of other activities. This guide to volunteering aims to cut down on the quit factor. We’ll show you how to match up your child with volunteering opportunities they’ll truly enjoy and want to continue for…
  • Baby Shower Gifts for those Expecting the Unexpected

    21 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Shopping for a baby shower gift is hard enough when you know the gender of the baby. When parents decide they’d rather not know that information, it can make your job of shopping for a gift even harder. What are your options when everything in the baby section of your local department store comes in either pink or blue? CookiesKids.com has the answer! We carry a large selection of unisex baby gifts that are perfect for any boy or girl. Better yet, unisex baby items can be handed down to a couple’s next child no matter what sex they may be. And with most items priced at 50% below…
  • App Roundup: Best Apps for Creative Play

    14 Apr 2015 | 11:47 am
    Hakitzu Elite: Robot Hackers – Free: Hakitzu tackles the seemingly dry task of teaching kids the basics of computer programming. Kids learn to code while building and battling robots in both single- and multiplayer missions. The gameplay is fun for all, but some reviewers say it skews more toward boys than girls. And although the app is free, there are numerous in-app purchases, so make sure your programmer-in-training doesn’t accidently buy something without your permission. Brush of Truth – $1.99: Brush of Truth is designed for kids ages 7 or 8 with a strong interest in storytelling.
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  • Dad Diaries: The Biggest Thing to Ever Happen

    joey fortman
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:29 am
    EDITORS NOTE:  THIS IS 'CUZ' NOT THE HUBBY! LOL Yes, someone asked.  Eh. No. But he rocks! This June we will have been in Philly for 8 years.  I can't even believe it.  That's a VERY long time for this radio girl who has traveled the country in the business before settling here.  But truth be told, Philly was all my husband's idea when he got offered a job after his job moved to LA.  I had never been to Philly until the day we drove in to this place.  Fast forward to a very tough first 5 years both personally & professionally.  As many of my dear…
  • #RealMomTravels Spring Break Rainy Day Ideas on Fox 29

    joey fortman
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    Hey all!  Back from a fast trip to Cape May where I got to spend sometime with my favorite tv mom in my favorite mom getaway place!  We went to Cape May and Congress Hall.  I went down on Sunday because the thought of driving to Cape May from Philly at 4am wasn't gonna cut it.  Not to mention - I don't need a big excuse to get out of town and head to my happy place!Congress Hall and Cape Resorts Group has fantastic things to do with families for the holidays of course - but what about you who are stuck at home and we're getting rain? Got some GREAT ideas for you to do…
  • Mango Mom and Mini Me #MakeItMango

    joey fortman
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:59 pm
    This kid I have... You know, the #2 named Hudson.  He's my heart.  But he's also going to give me a heart attack!!  He's a dare devel - put it in my mouth - I don't care dude.  And so when I got invited by The Motherhood to attend a cooking event, I was a little hesitant. But I gotta tell you, I'm so glad that I did!!  I wasn't sure because Hudson is so young and Boston is in this stinker stage but I thought why not?!?!  If all else fails - bring the iPad. I love mangos.  They are my very first go-to fruit when it comes to adding a tasty sweet to any…
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  • Easily Set Parental Controls with the OurPact App

    Anne
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:17 am
    Having teenagers who are on social media is exhausting. Although my kids are great when it comes to behaving themselves on these platforms, as well as the internet in general, I’ll admit, my kids spend a lot of time of the internet and at times, it is very distracting for them. Now that they are [...] The post Easily Set Parental Controls with the OurPact App appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Choosing the Best Formula for Your Baby

    Anne
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:53 am
     Feeding time is of the utmost importance when it comes to your baby’s health and development. You must make sure they get the right types and amounts of vitamins, minerals, and calories they need to grow and thrive. Long gone are the days of our grandmothers and mothers, when sweetened condensed milk mixed with tap [...] The post Choosing the Best Formula for Your Baby appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Hunting for Buried Treasure with Little Tikes

    Anne
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:07 pm
    Now that the kids can finally get outside and play (well, when the weather is nice), we’ve been taking advantage of it every chance we get.  My kids love to be outside, running around, riding bikes, swinging, climbing and playing in the sandbox. We have a giant sandbox in our backyard that my dad built [...] The post Hunting for Buried Treasure with Little Tikes appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
 
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  • Hiking at Sherburne Nature Center, Tyngsboro, MA

    Christy
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:42 pm
    I’m not much of an outdoorsy person, but one thing I do love is going on a hike as a family. As spring arrives each year, I can’t wait to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and get out away from the craziness of daily life. We’re not climbing mountains, but I do like rambling... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
  • Meet Donnie Wahlberg and Jack&Jack at the Boston Verizon Destination Store #VZBoston

    Christy
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Verizon recently opened their 4th “Destination Store” in Boston’s Back Bay. Previous locations are in Houston, Chicago, and Bloomington, MN. These stores, as the title implies, are meant to draw in visitors as a destination unto themselves, not just a convenient shopping location. To do so, they’ve included a wide range of interactive displays and... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
  • Big Apple Circus Metamorphosis Review

    Christy
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:44 am
    As the first trapeze artist swung through the air overhead and did a straightforward release and catch, LadyBug leaned over and whispered, “I could do that.” The fact of the matter is that she has done a very similar trick successfully and so I nodded to her and smiled. But the familiarity of the act... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
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  • 6 Reasons to Consider a GoBank Checking Account

    Samantha Gregory
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:51 am
    Over the past few weeks I have been using GoBank, a mobile checking account. It is a new bank designed to give people the option of opening an account no matter what kind of history (good or bad) they’ve had with banks in the past. Using the card has been pretty easy at every store that I’ve used it. The only issue I had was at a gas station where I needed to take the card to the attendant. Other than that it has been a no worries experience. I can easily see my balance with the GoBank app which is well designed. Just log in and see the balance and the most recent transactions. If you are…
  • Vlog: Rich Single Momma Says… How to Stop Worrying About Money

    Samantha Gregory
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Rich Single Momma SaysIn the first video blog of Rich Single Momma Says you will learn how to stop worrying about money. The reality is worry and whining is a waste of precious time and energy. If you are chronic worrier or whiner, you are probably caught up in a hard to break habit. That doesn’t mean you can’t break the habit but you must learn to get through it. I worried about money all the time. It was on my brain 24/7 especially being a single mom. But I learned that money is energy and loves being around people who are on the same wave…
  • How to maximize your tax refund and cut monthly expenses

    Samantha Gregory
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:31 am
    (BPT) – Tax season is in full swing and everyone is hoping for a refund from Uncle Sam. What will you do with yours? Whether it’s several hundred or several thousand, if you use your refund smartly, it can provide the jumpstart to boosting your budget and living financially well this year and beyond. Americans expect to cash in during tax season, as nearly three-quarters of all taxpayers anticipate they’ll receive a return of $500 or more this year, according to a national survey conducted by Straight Talk Wireless. Furthermore, nearly 80 percent of Americans consider tax season as…
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    Wifely Steps

  • Condo Cleaning: Home Clean Home

    Toni
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:49 pm
    When my husband and I used to live in a condo, one of my big concerns was cleaning. I struggle with dusting and mopping and all -- I'd take washing a whole pile of dishes ANY DAY over scrubbing floors. So our condo was a little dusty and occasionally clean. Haha. A friend of mine recently put up up this Condo Cleaning service -- it's called Home Clean Home. Loving the name AND the services! Read more... The post Condo Cleaning: Home Clean Home appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • 10 Favorite Online Reads: Make Money Online, Cookbook Personality Test and more

    Toni
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:27 pm
    Here are 10 great online reads from the week! From "The more putol the more soshal" from The Soshal Network to the New York Times' "Spend money on experiences not things." Read up! Read more... The post 10 Favorite Online Reads: Make Money Online, Cookbook Personality Test and more appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • Super Easy Chili Cream Cheese Dip

    Toni
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:15 pm
    This looks kinda weird but I promise you  — it’s good!!! Simply get a block of cream cheese (or in our case as seen in the pic above, half a block), then drizzle with sweet chili sauce. That’s it. Serve it with a pack of chips and ta-da, you’re done. Simply use the chips to “scrape” […] Read more... The post Super Easy Chili Cream Cheese Dip appeared first on Wifely Steps.
 
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  • Powering Up For The New Marvel Avengers Movie (Giveaway)

    Sinisa
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:26 am
    Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Meijer. When you are a parent there are countless movies you end up watching with your kids. One movie that both my kids and I absolutely love and watch over and over is MARVELS AVENGERS. Full of action and adventure and funny lines, it is a memorable family movie. The best part for the kids is all the superheroes are in it together. As the new AVENGERS:AGE OF ULTRON movie comes to theaters May 1st we decided to have a family movie night and watch the first one again. To make the night more fun we headed to our local Meijer for snacks needed for our…
  • Mango Baked Beans Recipe

    Sinisa
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:33 pm
    Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The National Mango Board. The easiest way to break out of a routine is to try something new. That is especially true for food. I enjoy trying new foods and introducing my boys to them. One fruit I recently introduced to my children were mangoes. In order to learn a bit more about mangoes and how to prepare them easily I went to a cooking presentation with my son Luke. The event was sponsored by The National Mango Board. It was very fun for us both and very enlightening. Most people do not realize there are 6 variety of mangoes in the USA and that mangoes…
  • Stock Up and Save At Walmart (Gift Card Giveaway)

    Sinisa
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Disclosure: The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G. It is finally spring! For my family this means we are spending more time outdoors. The kids have sports and activities so we are constantly on the go and that means I have less time to run my typical errands, like going to the store. Luckily I shop at Walmart so I can stock up and save on my family’s favorite P&G products with amazing savings. For a limited-time, Walmart has rollbacks and guaranteed low prices on our favorite P&G products, such as Tide laundry detergent, Charmin toilet paper,…
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  • Musing Mommies Monthly Podcast Episode 265 {April – Time to say Goodbye}

    Admin
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Musing Mommies Monthly Podcast Episode 265 {April – Time to say Goodbye} We are sorry to report that this is the last episode of the Musing Mommies podcast. It has been a wonderful 5+ years, but like all good things, our time has come to an end. We want to thank you all for the tremendous love and support and loads of laughs you have given us over the years, and we want you to know that we are blessed by your following and listening to us, and by the friendships we have formed. We will miss this time together, the laughter, the tears, and the coffee talk. It’s been an amazing…
  • Musing Mommies Monthly Podcast Episode 264 {February – Things in the News}

    Admin
    13 Feb 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Musing Mommies Monthly Podcast Episode 264 – February 2015 **We apologize for the sound quality. Kim’s webcam mic decided to be the one to record instead of her GOOD mic.** Happy Candy Exchange Day!!! Happy Discounted Strawberries Month! Happy Half-Off Chocolate Fest! I mean, Happy Valentine’s Day Weekend! It’s February, and the Musing Mommies, Kim and Dawn are back to discuss health and wellness in the modern world. What are studies telling us this month about how to stay healthy? Tune in to find out the latest theories and discoveries, and discover if the MuMos will…
  • Musing Mommies Monthly Podcast Episode 263 {January – 5 Things}

    Admin
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Musing Mommies Monthly Podcast Episode 263 – January 2015 We’re baaaaaaaack!!! How was your December? The MuMo girls are reuniting for an extra long podcast for the month of January! Tune in to find out how the month has gone and what the new year will bring to the show and their lives.   ~Dawn and Kim  
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  • The birds and the bees of butterflies

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:56 am
    We got our six-year-old a butterfly habitat for her birthday. Essentially, it’s a mesh enclosure that comes with a gift certificate for caterpillars. The caterpillars were quiet at first, but after a few days, they got active and started spinning themselves into their cocoons. Ten days later, butterflies emerged. So we took them to the park to give them their freedom. We unzipped the lid to free them, and waited for them to fly away. And waited. But they seemed quite content to hang out in their little habitat sipping orange juice. Eventually, one flew away, and then another. But the…
  • Lisa Bonchek Adams

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    7 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    It has been almost exactly 5 years since my world was turned upside down with the words “It’s cancer.” In those years, there have been many things that sustained me: my family, my friends. I know I’ve written extensively about how my girls in YSC have held me up and helped me keep it together. But another thing that helped me through this hell-ride of cancer survivorship is the voices of other bloggers with cancer. Through the magic of the interwebs, we were able to find each other, encourage each other, and be there for each other. These voices, I could recognize from…
  • Listen to Your Mother

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:20 am
    I’m supposed to be on vacation right now. Actually, I AM on vacation right now, hidden away on a cabin on an island with a few close friends, but I just had to share something. I recently did something brave and scary: I worked up the nerve to audition for Listen To Your Mother. What is Listen to Your Mother? LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER features live readings by local writers on the beauty, the beast, and the barely-rested of motherhood, in celebration of Mother’s Day. Born of the creative work of mothers who publish on-line, each production is directed, produced, and performed by local…
 
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  • Win a $100 Visa Gift Card {Canada}

    Sheri
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:46 pm
    When I take the kids to the movie, I try to keep it as simple as possible. We choose our movie at home, I purchase the tickets ahead of time and pick them up using my smartphone when I get to the theatre. When you take three kids to a movie theatre, you end up... Read More »Author... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Win a Tide #TurboTime Giveaway ARV $62 {Canada} #PGMom

    Sheri
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:37 am
    Did you know many Canadians now own, or are planning to purchase, a high-efficiency washing machine? These machines have more computer sensors than the first spaceship sent to the moon – pretty cool right!? As these futuristic washers become the norm in homes across the country, consumers should... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Join the #housie twitter chat on Thursday, April 23rd at 8pm EDT

    Sheri
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:45 pm
    We bought our new construction semi-detached just over ten years ago. We had the pleasure of selecting all of the interior, and even though I am ready to change most of it, I love that we were able to do that. The kitchen was a big draw to the house, since many of the houses... Read More... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Meet DudeBaby & The Only Baby Products You Need

    DudeMom
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:38 am
    Baby Baking is a weekly whenever, she has a baby now, she does what she wants pregnancy new mom series written almost entirely by our pregnant writer, Vanessa.  Note, official DudeMom is not, now or ever again, expecting having a baby. I know, it’s been three months already, but you know how new motherhood is (and DudeMom is slow to post blog updates sometimes). So, big news! On January 13, 2015 at 1:39 pm my life changed forever.  I cried tears of joy as the nurse brought him over so I could greet him. I couldn’t believe how alert he was…and cute! I had prepared myself for an…
  • Cool & Smart: Rec Specs Eyewear for Active Kids

    DudeMom
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:28 am
    Dude 3 has been wearing glasses since kindergarten. He has this one bum eye that we’re hoping corrects itself. Although, secretly, I kinda don’t care when it does. Of course I want it to. Of course. Just not now. Maybe, like, in a year or two. I know, I’m terrible, but this face… In those glasses. I die over his adorableness. Also, safety. Dude 3 wears Recs Specs-a special brand of eyewear created and sold by Liberty Sport. These glasses are not designed just to help him see the board at school, and they certainly aren’t just to make his mama sigh. They are a protective eyewear…
  • Gardening & Other Earth Day Activities for Kids

    DudeMom
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:12 pm
    Dude #3 is a gardener and getting it ready for the season is one of his favorite Earth Day Activities. He plans it, he plants it, he tends it, and he harvests it.  All I do is grub what he grows. At five years old he had enough veggies to keep us in salsa for the entire winter, even after he shared his goods with Mimi & Papa, and every house on our street. He already started his seedlings for this year and has put in his request for mulch.  He even got me in the spirit (and promised to keep everything I grow alive on my behalf)! I spent a whole day working on my golden jars (Not because…
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    La Jolla Mom

  • Tips for Visiting the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery

    La Jolla Mom
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:37 pm
    One of Hong Kong’s most popular attractions is the Big Buddha on Lantau Island which is surrounded by the Po Lin Monastery and slightly-touristy Ngong Ping Village. My almost 8-year-old daughter finally expressed interest in going so we did on our last trip. I’m blown away by how much she loved the entire experience so recommend it as one of the many things to do in Hong Kong with kids. What Is the Big Buddha? The Big Buddha (its official name is Tian Tan Buddha) is a 34-meter bronze statue that was was built in 1993 and faces north to overlook mainland China as sort of a…
  • 5 Reasons to Travel with a Scooter for Your Kids

    La Jolla Mom
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    These days, kids who are too big for strollers and aren’t keen or able to walk long distances have a fun solution that happens to work brilliantly on family vacations and during outings in your home town. To give you a little background, I investigated buying my then 6-year-old daughter a scooter to travel with because I was worried about her tolerance for walking long distances during our trip to China. I abandoned the idea because I’d never heard of anyone bringing a scooter on holiday. Sure enough, while walking from one end of Tiananmen Square to the other (it’s…
  • A Signature Treatment with Jade at The Mandarin Spa in Hong Kong

    La Jolla Mom
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:07 pm
    After a long haul flight, one of the best things you can do for your skin and mental well-being is hit the spa within a day or two. And, that’s just what I did at The Mandarin Spa located inside the iconic Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. The Forbes five-star spa is reminiscent of old 1930s Shanghai with no detail overlooked. I’ve always loved how they weave both Western and Chinese traditions and techniques into treatments which is why I was a fairly regular customer here during our life in Hong Kong. I normally choose a facial or massage, thinking that my tired post-airplane…
 
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    MamarazziKnowsBest.com

  • Flagship Cruises San Diego Celebrates 100 Years With Free Rides and Party

    Suzette Valle
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    There is no better way to experience San Diego than seeing our city’s iconic skyline aboard a Flagship Harbor cruise. If you’ve never been on a bay tour, then now is the perfect time to try one (or all) of the FREE boat rides Flagship Cruises will be offering guests as part of their 100th Anniversary Party on the Harbor. […] The post Flagship Cruises San Diego Celebrates 100 Years With Free Rides and Party appeared first on MamarazziKnowsBest.com.
  • Coronado Flower Show Celebrates 90th Anniversary

    Suzette Valle
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:04 pm
      The Coronado Flower Show is the largest tented flower show in the nation, and it’s celebrating its 90th anniversary! The Spring Fling is the annual fundraising food and drink festival for the Coronado Floral Association, the institution that organizes the Coronado Flower Show. They are celebrating this momentous occasion with a roaring 20’s theme: Flappers and […] The post Coronado Flower Show Celebrates 90th Anniversary appeared first on MamarazziKnowsBest.com.
  • Cinderella Family Activity Sheets

    Suzette Valle
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:37 pm
    If you already saw Disney’s live-action film, “Cinderella,” why not keep the fun going with these activities provided by the studio! Choose from these beautiful coloring sheets, a word search, or maze to spark your own imagination.     These activities are available for download. Cinderella_pdf_550cb69110774 High resolution Coloring Sheets Cinderella_pdf_5503692f1e7be High resolution Word Search Cinderella_pdf_55036744bf72b High resolution Line […] The post Cinderella Family Activity Sheets appeared first on MamarazziKnowsBest.com.
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  • Weekend Breadcrumbs

    amandamagee
    10 Apr 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Rumor has it the weekend is supposed to be glorious and you may rush to be out in the fresh air, but in the even that April gives a capricious wink and conjures up winds and rains, you can tuck into your coziest spot, with a well-loved blanket and mug of whatever flips your switch, and ingest these gorgeous words. Gratitude and awareness of blessings is a hard thing to teach, particularly when I still struggle with it myself. I love this essay from Rudri Bhatt Patel, which demonstrates so beautifully how we should never deny our kids an experience because we think it might be beyond their…
  • April’s Power is Unpredictability

    amandamagee
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:15 pm
    It has been a winter. The freezing temperatures, the pervasiveness of national and global tragedies, and the relentlessness of trying to stay positive. Yesterday I drove my sister to the airport. She had joked during her visit that she brought the sun. She wasn’t wrong, it was gorgeous during her stay. We walked together nearly every day and the trips to the playground with the girls were epic.     Then, after I headed back north, it began to snow—she’d taken the nice weather with her, it wold seem. I was incredulous. Ave was quiet beside me, engrossed in a game of…
  • What I Learned From a Bag of Pizza Dough

    amandamagee
    3 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    Sometimes we make pizza for dinner. I don’t go so far as to make the dough, because I think, from my very non-baker vantage, that would require a level of skill far beyond what I currently have. Instead I buy these cute little bags of dough that are sold next to the refrigerated humus, salsa, and noodles at the grocery store. It is a part of my ever evolving internal battle with wholesome vs manageable and quality vs enjoyment.   The dough comes in garlic, basil, wheat, and white. I’ve tried them all and the girls and Sean prefer the white, rather than thinking wheat is…
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    A Daily Dose of Toni

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge #MonkeyKingdomEvent

    Toni Patton
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    Last week I was in Orlando for the Monkey Kingdom event. While there I had the opportunity to sit down with Greg Peccie, DAKL Animal Operations Manager, to chat about the Animal Kingdom Lodge at Walt Disney World. I had never been to Animal Kingdom Lodge before so this was a fun treat and it Read More »» The post Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge #MonkeyKingdomEvent 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....
  • Hot Pursuit Starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara, New Trailer #HotPursuit

    Toni Patton
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:36 pm
    **I will receive a prize pack for posting this promo.** Gear up for some laughs as Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara join forces (or opposing sides) in Warner Bros. “Hot Pursuit”. I have seen every trailer and every single time I burst out laughing.  Check out the newest trailer for Hot Pursuit and tell me Read More »» The post Hot Pursuit Starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara, New Trailer #HotPursuit 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....
  • Backstage Tales Tour At Disney’s Animal Kingdom #MonkeyKingdomEvent

    Toni Patton
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:01 am
    I had the chance go on the Backstage Tales Tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as part of the Monkey Kingdom event. All opinions are my own! Backstage Tales Tour Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Thanks to the Backstage Tales Tour, now you can find out! The Backstage Tales Read More »» The post Backstage Tales Tour At Disney’s Animal Kingdom #MonkeyKingdomEvent 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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  • Catching the Good.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:08 am
    As my mom will attest, after hearing the stories now that we’re older, parents don’t always catch every bad thing you do.  But, we sure try.  Don’t we?  Here is a secret and maybe it isn’t my finest parenting hour to admit this...  I have managed to complete convince my children that moms develop eyes in the back of their head.  It’s how I know when they’re messing around when they shouldn’t be.  Dads?  They have a magical parenting power too… super hearing.  Dave knows when it’s quiet… too quiet, it’s time to go searching for the…
  • Easter Weekend.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:31 pm
    My little sister travels a lot.  Countless times each year since moving to Kentucky for college six years, one bachelor’s degree, and a house ago.  This year, we did the travel and went to Lexington for Easter.  In addition to our crazy crew, my little brother drove down from Ohio State and my dad was able to see Elise’s new house.  We played many, many rounds of Spot It, went to the park, they went to opening weekend at Keenland {sadly not a trifecta was won} and we also watched a suspense-filled final four game that we’re not allowed to mention.  We had an…
  • Snail Mail.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    2 Apr 2015 | 10:25 am
    I have a paper problem.  Well, it’s not so much a paper problem as a paper affinity.  I love a pretty paper, a pretty card, gorgeous handwriting, and snail mail. Oh, don’t pretend that it’s NBD*.  When you get an actual something other than a bill because we’re grown ups and that’s all we’re allowed to get apparently, it makes you feel happy.  Multiply that by about ten bajillion if it’s not Christmas, or your birthday, carry the one, square it, and THAT right there is a card that comes just to tell you that you are incredible and you mean the world to…
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  • Do I have cancer, again? Part 2

    Maria A. Karamitsos
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:53 am
    We left and I barely said a word to my friend. We walked to the parking garage, to realize neither of us knew where the car was. We went to 4 different floors, then finally going back up to the 10th floor, site of the original attempt, only to realize it was there, but on the other side. This was pure comedy, certainly funny to anyone who saw us. To us, it was much-needed comic relief, and temporarily lifted the fog. We laughed so hard, I thought I’d bust open my incision. We laughed so much, I wonder if we looked like drunks searching the parking garage for our car? We found it and headed…
  • Do I have cancer, again?: Part 1

    Maria A. Karamitsos
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    The day after we scheduled the biopsy, I walked around in a funk. Do I have cancer, again? I just got the all-clear in January: my vertebral artery dissection was healed. With my last chemo treatment 4 years behind me, and feeling really good, for the first time in nearly 5 years I am healthy. So, why? Why now? Many thoughts raced through my mind. What about the kids? How would they handle it? Who would make their lunches and help with homework and take them to school? How would my husband handle this? Why can’t I just be healthy? I’d been healthy my entire life, until molar pregnancy…
  • Please call to schedule additional screening…

    Maria A. Karamitsos
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    The next morning I got that message. The one we dread. Huh? I called. “Can you come on Tuesday?” I tried to keep it in perspective, since I was warned that I’d likely get the call. “Tuesday’s 3 days from now,” I thought. Perspective. I set the appointment, telling myself I’m OK. Over the next few days, I’d remind myself repeatedly, that it was a formality; I’m OK. I even tried visualization: The doctor says, “We had to double check, because we don’t have any comparison images. Everything’s fine. See you next year.” That morning, my husband and I discussed the day’s…
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  • We've Moved!

    Barb Webb
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:19 am
    As spring rolled in with it's fresh beginnings, we new it was time to give RuralMom.com a fresh update, too! Be sure to put our direct URL http://www.ruralmom.com in your bookmarks now to keep up with the latest content, giveaways, and more!If you are following us on Blogluvin we are going to try to move you over, but please feel free to head over to http://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/ruralmomcom-13134567 to make sure you are subscribed!Hope you enjoy our new look and new features!
  • Upgrade your snack time with Boursin Gourmet Cheese #sponsored

    Linda A. Kinsman
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:14 pm
    My husband and I are cheese lovers. When we’re shopping together, we can often be found, heads together discussing a new variety of cheese.  In a way, you could say trying and learning about different types of cheeses is one of our hobbies, much like going to estates sales are. When Smiley 360 offered to send us some complimentary Boursin Gourmet Cheese,I happily agreed. While I did receive a gift card to thank me for my time, all opinions and love of a good cheese are my own.Boursin Artisanal Cheese got its start in 1957 in Normandy by Francois Boursin. Francois was inspired by a…
  • Disneynature’s MONKEY KINGDOM Educators Guide #MonkeyKingdom

    Barb Webb
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Did you know that Toque macaques are like us?  I just learned that they live in families, are exceptionally social animals and communicate using a wide variety of facial expressions, body postures and vocalizations. This fun fact and oodles of other interesting information can be found in the printable, downloadable MONKEY KINGDOM Educator’s Guide below!This special gift from our friends at DisneyNature includes lessons and activities targeted to grades 2 through 6.  Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever monkey in MONKEY KINGDOM and it can be for you and your family, too…
 
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  • 20% Off LA Walking Tours!

    Tisha Berg
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Downtown LA Walking Tours is proud to become a daily tour company serving the Downtown Los Angeles community! Explore, Visit, Tour, Experience the architecture, absorb the history, see the monuments and learn about the growth of Downtown Los Angeles Downtown LA Walking Tours started in 2009 as a Sunday only service, which grew to weekends in 2014 and starting in 2015 is providing three daily guided tours of Downtown Los Angeles! Each two hour tour tells a unique and passionate story about the history and culture of Los Angeles: 11:00 am – L.A.’s Beginnings – Witness the…
  • Home and Patio Décor Center Coupons

    Tisha Berg
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:31 pm
    With summertime in the U.S. on the horizon, thoughts are beginning to turn toward backyard barbecues, picnics and pool parties. After weathering the changing seasons, and in some cases, cold, bone-chilling temperatures, the idea of lazy days entertaining guests on the outdoor patio is a more than welcome change of scenery. Chances are, however, after a season of neglect, the patio furniture probably needs a bit of sprucing up. Items such as hammocks, outdoor accents and lighting regularly begin showing up in bulk mail sales catalogs and there’s an overwhelming amount of products to…
  • Carelulu.com Childcare Finder

    Tisha Berg
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Carelulu had a lovely brunch in Los Angeles recently to spread information about its great service.  Finding daycare is one of the most difficult things a parent has to do and Carelulu.com makes it much easier. CareLuLu is a free online service that helps parents find the best daycare options for their little ones. The site allow you to search for centers based on tuition, hours of operation, services offered, languages spoken and more! The website puts all the information in one place, saving parents from having to spend hours calling potential daycare and searching on individual…
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    Keeping the Glass Half Full

  • The Listen to your Mother Show: A Preview

    samanthamcgarry
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:35 am
    What’s the one thing we all have in common other than, you know, breathing? It’s mothers. We all have – or had – mothers. Be they birth mothers, adoptive mothers, foster mothers, step mothers, grandmothers. Some families have two mothers. Some families have two fathers. Many of us are, or were, mothers. Dealing with all the highs and lows that come with the title. Some of you aspire to be mothers. Some of you became accidental mothers. Some of you really don’t want to be a mother. Some of you did, but life took a different course. Some of us are working…
  • A Lesson in Letting Go of Fear

    samanthamcgarry
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:56 pm
    I took my newly-minted eight year-old to the park yesterday to ride her bike. The snow had melted, the sun was shining and she was eager to be reunited with her bike after such a long, hard winter. Teaching her to ride her bike and riding with her has always been her father’s job (I’m not a confident biker and I’d always rather walk on my own two feet than balance on two wheels.) As I wrote here, if it wasn’t for him, she’d have never learned for I was always too fearful, terrified she’d fall, scared she’d hurt not just her knees but also…
  • Eight!

    samanthamcgarry
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today you turn 8. Eight. EIGHT! Wow. That was quick. And long, too. I’m so amazed and proud and a whole-lot awed by the incredible being you are becoming. You, my love, are funny and fierce and happy and smart and diligent and quirky and forthright and self-righteous and snuggly. Seven was the year when Katy Perry nudged aside your affections for Optimus Prime, just a little. Last night, you even told me that seeing Katy Perry in concert was the best part of being seven. And that, ever since, “By the Grace of God” is your favorite song. In 2014, you wore a dress just the…
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  • Parenting with Presence

    Dominique
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:28 pm
    You're readingParenting with Presence by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Parenting with Presence Book Cover Parenting with Presence: Practices for Raising Conscious, Confident, Caring Kids (An Eckhart Tolle Edition) by Susan Stiffelman is one book which I recommend parents to read. It isn’t easy being a parent however with these tips from Susan it will make your journey as a parent much smoother. In the 11 chapters of the book Susan brings the readers through how it is growing up while…
  • Yuanshan Flower Expo Park Lantern Festival

    Dominique
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:07 am
    You're readingYuanshan Flower Expo Park Lantern Festival by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook     A 3D Horse lantern the 2015 Taipei Lantern Festival at Taipei Expo Park was one of the places that R and I visited  during Valentine’s Day weekend this year.  The last time we saw such lanterns was back in 2012 when we went to the Lukang Lantern Festival  with Tiger girl. The lanterns on display in Taiwan were certainly very different from the ones that we see around Chinatown…
  • Writer’s Workshop: Very Yummy

    Dominique
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    You're readingWriter’s Workshop: Very Yummy 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 fish over garden salad I have been doing quite a lot of cooking lately in bid to eat more healthy at home.  Since being on the healthy eating challenge  I’ve been experimenting with different types of foods which are both yummy and healthy. Pan fried chicken over spinach I’ve introduce a greater variety of greens and include more salad like vegetables like baby spinach to our diet. Prawn…
 
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  • It’s Just Another Rainy Day

    Sandra
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:42 pm
    “Streets Flooded As Sydney Cops Drenching” “Storm Of The Century Batters Sydney” Just two of the headlines today, as it marks a pretty out-of-the-ordinary day for us here in Sydney, Australia. Normally, we would be out of the house by 8.45 a.m. on a regular Wednesday morning, to drop Jayvon off at school, and Xavier and Zoie off at childcare. The relentless and seemingly unstopping rain for the past three consecutive days meant that we made a judgment call to leave the two younger kids at home (where they’d be safe, warm and dry) The view from our apartment,…
  • The Growing Princess

    Sandra
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:46 pm
    Ever so often, I get a tad emo. Just a tad. Call it milestone-blues, if you will. Or that feeling that the kids are growing up so fast, I can hardly believe it. Like when Jayvon started kindy here. Or when Xavier finally became toilet-trained. And with Zoie, it was not too long ago when she was still a teeny weeny little babe. And bam! Reality kicks in like a wild horse. She’s walking. She’s running. She’s climbing stairs. She’s bullying her two older brothers. She’s singing the alphabet. And counting effortlessly from 1 to 10. All before she turns 2 (which is…
  • A tribute to a great man

    Sandra
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:27 pm
    I was born into a Singapore where Mr. Lee Kuan Yew was a man to be reckoned with. His wit, his strength of will, his brilliance – all came together in a man, who is credited to transform Singapore from a small, forgotten, city-state, young and new and abandoned by Malaysia… to the Singapore I have grown to love. Living in Sydney for the past two years has given me fresh perspective on my homeland. There is much to dislike about living in a urban city-state that is packed to its brim with people everywhere, and yet there is also much to love. The almost magical way things work in…
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • Is Raising a Competitive Child Doing MORE Harm Than Good?

    Lisa
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman Lately I’ve read a number of articles addressing low self-esteem and heightened anxiety in young teenage girls who not only engage in aggressive sports but also who possess a competitive personality. It’s not just academic and athletic, but social and emotional competition stemming from unhealthy messages passed along by insecure and jealous parents. (Think “Dance Moms” on steroids) And all of this destructive behavior makes me feel we are moving a bit backward instead of paving a positive path for our children to follow. We don’t need any more hostile, little Tonya…
  • BOOK IT, Girlfriend! April In Paris … YES, I’ll Have What SHE’s Having

    Lisa
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Lisa Barr, Editor of GIRLilla Warfare: Hey, Girlfriends … as you plan your Spring/Summer Reading List, your Book Club’s Must-Reads, and Your Late-Night Literary Escape … ‘thought I would introduce you to a few of my new friends — part of the Tall Poppy Writers, a network of fabulous women, bold authors: Anita Hughes, Adria Cimino, and Heather Webb. Writing can be such a solo experience; buried behind a computer, imaginations on the prowl, creating/deleting/hair-pulling with coffee-in-hand (and on those not-so-rare occasions, a good glass of red). Just as Moms…
  • LET’S TALK ABOUT THE OTHER “F” WORD

    Lisa
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Judith Matz Have you ever uttered the words, “I feel fat?” If so, you’re not alone. The truth about the “F” word is that it’s actually an adjective, not a feeling. Just like the words tall, short, and thin, the word fat simply offers a description of body size. Unlike those other words, however, in our current culture fat is often associated with “bad,” imbuing a sense of moral inferiority to those who earn that status. Saying, “I feel fat,” actually means that something feels bad, and it’s expressed through a description of body size. Maybe you’ve gained a few…
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    MommiFried

  • 5 Unique Things to Do on Your Family Staycation

    Crystal
    3 Apr 2015 | 4:14 am
    Why hit the road when you can have fun in your very own hometown? Staying home allows you the opportunity to have exciting new experiences in the day and still sleep in your own bed at night. The trick is finding those memorable events so the family forgets you are still at home. Try these fun, quirky suggestions: Hit the Water A staycation is a great time to squeeze in extra learning and outdoor fun. If you live near an ocean or lake, rent a motorboat and head out with fishing poles for a lesson in catch and release. If your brood is more interested in high-powered fun, rent a speedboat and…
  • Burning Bridges Will Get You Drowned

    Crystal
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:42 am
    Growing up, I was fascinated by my grandmother’s collection of American flags and pins, along with a file stuffed full of papers peppered with strange words like immigration, naturalization, and Oath of Allegiance. A Canadian immigrant, this patriotic memorabilia served as symbols of her US citizenship. Her roots were in Prince Edward Island, but you’d never know that she was anything but a transplanted Bostonian—Charlestown to be exact. She was a brass lady, proper and etiquette-wielding, but also possessing the ability to put you in your place if necessary. Curse words were said under…
  • Your Photos On Wood Will Look Terrific! It’s Woodific!

    Crystal
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
    My daughter, Alessandra, recently had to have some dental surgery in the hospital and under anesthesia. I was a nervous basket case, to say the least. I knew she would be in good hands, but sometimes you just never know. Watching her being wheeled into the operating room and away from us sent the tears flowing. Of course, she made it through like a trooper. I think we were more traumatized than she ever was. Which was why it was such a wonderful surprise to pick up the mail on the way home and find a beautiful picture of her imprinted onto wood. The tears flowed yet again! Here’s a pic:…
 
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  • Turn Facebook Fans Into Email Subscribers

    ahenson
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am
    When Facebook rolled out their Call-to-Action button, business owners everywhere scrambled to figure out how best to to use this new marketing option.  If you aren’t using Facebook’s Call-to-Action button to encourage page fans to subscribe to your site’s mailing list, you’re missing out on an opportunity to exponentially grow your list — and protect yourself in case a future Facebook algorithm or policy change reduces the visibility of your page even further. Since Facebook page fans are people who have sought you out, they are likely to be your target audience and…
  • Monetize Your Mailings: Introducing the Marquee Ad Unit

    Phil Hollows
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    FeedBlitz is enabling a new, higher earning ad-unit, called a “Marquee” for publishers opted in to our ad network. The marquee unit in testing has significantly boosted earnings, in some cases nearly doubled them. As such, we’re really excited about this new ad format, and have enabled marquees for all publishers currently earning with our email ad network. Marquees go live for everyone using our ad network tomorrow, March 31st, 2015. Marquees don’t always show, but when they do, they appear exactly once per mailing, just under your logo and above the post content. If…
  • Faster Ad Revenue Reporting

    Phil Hollows
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Publishers making the most of their content by monetizing with FeedBlitz’s unique RSS and email ad service can find out how they’re doing more quickly. Ad earnings are now being calculated hourly, with about an hour’s delay, instead of overnight. In other words, checking your ad earnings at 2pm will give you an idea of your earnings through about 1pm today, and the numbers are updated hourly. Ad earnings are reported at My Account | Ad Revenue Share | Opt-In Ad Reports in the left sidebar navigation. If you’re not using our ads and would like to try them out, you can…
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  • Academically speaking…

    Daphne
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:42 am
    Exam fever Truett’s first exam starts in 2 weeks and things are getting straight up academic around here. I don’t remember what my first Primary 1 exam was like or ever preparing for it. At the start of the year, I told the husband that I’d let Truett learn at his own pace and not stress him out about the exams, but 2 weeks out from the first paper, I’m totally flip flopping because here we are, with 116 pages of past year papers from other schools to get through. I might have also told him that if he fails his exams, he would have to join Kirsten in redoing his…
  • Bros before um…other stuff.

    Daphne
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Being a big brother is hard. But what’s even harder is being a big brother after having been the baby of the family. You get used to being babied by everyone all your life, then suddenly, you have to give up all those wonderful baby privileges to a smaller baby who’s clingy and chubby and cute. Urgh. The cute ones are the worst. Also, everyone starts calling you a big kor kor like that’s some kind of mysterious perk whenever they want you to give in to the other baby. Annoying. 9 months in and Finn has adjusted relatively well to the role of a sandwiched big brother.
  • Over and out.

    Daphne
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:36 am
    Great news! The marble is out, I repeat, THE MARBLE IS OUT. My in-laws are the lucky winners of the super gross family treasure hunt that’s been going on and this is how it all went down. Want to hear it? Sure you do. Wednesdays are typically the kids’ “midweek party at ah kong and ah ma’s house day”, and this week, I thought of having Truett stay at home with me so I could dissect his poop meself, in the name of parental responsibility and all that. My awesome in-laws were like “it’s ok, we can do it,” and you know me, I’m not one to…
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  • 15 Earth Day Party Ideas

    Fabida
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:16 pm
      It’s Earth Day on April 22, and it’s a great opportunity to talk to our kids about the problems our planet is facing today and what they can do to help. But if you want to spread the message a little further than your own kids, it’s easy – just throw a party!! We’re serious, have an Earth Day themed party for your kids and their friends; the very theme will get them talking about this day. It’s the summer vacations, which is the perfect time for a party! What’s more, if one of your kids is having a birthday in April, you’re all set for a theme! Now, it’s an Earth Day…
  • 7 Ways To Add Color And Personality To Your Living Room

    Swapna
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
      Remember that song? “Yeh tera ghar yeh mera ghar, kisiko dekhna ho gar, toh pehle aake maangle teri nazar meri nazar” This is how I feel every time I look at my house. It’s not just a brick and mortar structure for me, it’s a dream that me and my husband saw when we had just got married. A home where we have enough space for our dreams, our visions and our life. A home which is decorated in a simple yet tasteful way that both of us like. That’s how I have tried to decorate my space ever since I moved to our present house, 3 years ago. As they say,…
  • 7 Fun (and almost Free) Things to Do with your Kids

    Fabida
    12 Apr 2015 | 7:44 pm
      “Even though you’re growing up, you should never stop having fun” – Nina Dobrev  Kids are born party animals who know how to have a good time! All they need is a peek-a-boo or a funny song to burst into laughter. They don’t need any expensive gadget preloaded with sugar-laden games. Remember how your toddler always insisted on playing with the box, completely ignoring the expensive toy which needed 25 batteries to work? That’s the thing about kids; they know how to have fun with whatever they have. Then they get exposed to cartoon characters and brands and lose that sense…
 
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    Etiquette Blog Modern Manners And Tips

  • Be Polite and Assert! You’ll respect yourself for it.

    Elena Neitlich
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:09 am
    I love manners and I bet you feel strongly about good manners too. At times though, do you feel like being polite makes you a bit of a pushover? Joanne, a mother of two laments, “Sometimes I think my good manners get in my way. There are times when I want to stand up for myself [...] The post Be Polite and Assert! You’ll respect yourself for it. appeared first on Etiquette Blog Modern Manners And Tips.
  • Interactive Etiquette Quiz! How do YOU eat that?

    Elena Neitlich
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:56 pm
    The post Interactive Etiquette Quiz! How do YOU eat that? appeared first on Etiquette Blog Modern Manners And Tips.
  • Infographic: Gross Behaviors Forbidden in Public

    Elena Neitlich
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:39 pm
    easel.ly The post Infographic: Gross Behaviors Forbidden in Public appeared first on Etiquette Blog Modern Manners And Tips.
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  • Grandparent-edge

    Bril
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:10 am
    What is the role of a grand parent today? I have been a grand parent since 2007. Our first grandson arrived that year. Two years later our secondgrand son arrived. Both were born in Mumbai in a hospital close to our home. So I started my role as a grandparent from the day they were born. Both my wife & I played distinct and different roles as grand parents. She was a big help to my daughter in doing many things for the babies. I played a limited role in the early days. I used to get up early, so did our grandsons. So my daughter would hand over the baby to me. She would get a couple of…
  • Mommy and Me Club – How to Organize a Tea Party with Your Child

    Bril
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:48 am
    Children love to go off into their imaginary world where food plays a great part. My own daughter dresses in fairy costumes every single day after school, gathers up her dolls and asks them to tea around her little table. Surprisingly, when her friends (even boys) come home, they take part in this make-believe tea party with equal gusto. But after a while, they get tired of sipping imaginary tea and munching on invisible sandwiches, so one day, I decided to surprise her with a real tea party for her dolls and friends! And guess what, it was a roaring success! So here’s a little “how-to”…
  • Camping With Your Children In India This Summer

    Bril
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:25 am
      Summer vacation brings back memories of lazy afternoons spent stuffing ourselves with mangoes, playing in our grandparents backyard, a lot of TV and a book or two. Fast forward to 2015, and summer vacations come so action packed, there’s no time to be lost! Brimming with a sense of purpose, parents like to send off their kids to eco-friendly summer camps, where they not only learn about team work but also stay close to nature and learn about its delicate balance. So we decided to put together a list of camping spots in South India for you that are child friendly! Vanamitra Primarily…
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    Nourishing Joy

  • 3 Benefits to Getting to Know Your Neighbors

    Heather Harris
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:37 am
    As a child, I had never lived in one place for more than 3 years. We had moved so many times in my life that by the time I graduated high school (in 10th grade, no less) I had been to 10 different schools in 3 different states, 7 different cities. To say that I never got a chance to know my neighbors is rather an understatement. Building those relationships was nearly impossible when you would just be moving a year later. Now that I am older, my family and I have a different lifestyle. We have been in our current house for 9 years now and have no plans to move any time soon. We have had a…
  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #119

    Kresha Faber
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:08 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…
  • Are These Hidden Toxins Lurking in YOUR Chocolate?

    Kresha Faber
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:29 am
    Chocolate has served as a sacred elixir, an aphrodisiac, and a comfort food for multiple civilizations since the time of the Aztecs. With a scientific name like theobroma, which literally means “food of the gods,” there’s little question why. But through all of those thousands of years of civilization and up until the 1920s, chocolate bars and chocolate products were made exclusively from chocolate – that is, from various products from the cacao plant itself. However, in the latter part of the 1800’s and the early part of the twentieth century, German scientists…
 
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  • Classroom Makeover Giveaway!

    Katie
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Velcro® Brands is giving one lucky teacher a Classroom Makeover! Who will you nominate? Teachers change lives. That’s a fact. I’ve seen it with my kids and I’ve experienced it first-hand.  I’ll never forget Mr. Houser in 4th grade and how he brought me out of my shell on the playground and gave it a go at teaching me hoops.  Sure, it was a lost cause, but the effort was noble. Then there was Doc.  Doc was the most amazing teacher and band director a teenager could have asked for.  Ask anyone in the music program at my high school circa 1995, and they’ll tell…
  • Stay At Home Date Night Idea

    Katie
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:39 am
    Can’t get out for a Date Night? Stay at home! You’ll have more fun (and tasty food and drink) with this date night idea anyway! It wasn’t so long ago that Jon and I seemingly had a life. You know, before we had three kids.  Before I started working again full-time.  Those were the days, and we took some awesome vacations.  One of our favorites was a trip to Napa and Sonoma, back in 2010.  We visited wineries across the area, took in the scenery, and ate and drank to our heart’s content. Which apparently can withstand quite a bit of food and drink. We plan on…
  • Brighten Up Your Laundry Room Decor!

    Katie
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:38 am
    Brighten up you Laundry Room Decor! Organization, Cleaning and Decor tips! I’ve been doing a lot of spring-cleaning talk on the blog. It’s something I really get into. In my hectic, never-stop-moving-life, having a place for everything and everything in it’s place, makes me feel like have it together more than I really do. I’ve cleaned out my refrigerator from top to bottom. I’ve re-organized my pantry. And now, I’m freshening up my laundry room! I don’t know many of us that love to do laundry. So, why not make the laundry room a bright and cheery…
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    Comeback Momma

  • Springing Ahead Family Giveaway: Over $650 in Prizes!

    Jenn
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:44 pm
    We Are Celebrating The Warmer Weather By Springing Ahead! Now is the time when friends and families get together to and spend great times making memories outdoors. We Three Moms (Anderson’s Angels, Joy of Mama Joyner and The More The Merrier), are so very excited to get outside with family and friends to enjoy the sunshine! We’ve teamed up with over 80 other wonderful bloggers, to bring you another huge giveaway event! ONE WINNER will take home all of the prizes we’ve put together (over $650 in prizes!) for The Springing Ahead Giveaway! There is something for everyone in the…
  • Coming Soon: Avengers: Age of Ultron – So Excited!!

    Jenn
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:57 pm
    It’s almost here! Avengers: Age of Ultron is the movie my family has been waiting for. We are so excited! We have all seen ALL of the movies for both he Avengers and all of the individual characters. We are uber-fans for sure! Here is the latest preview: Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.  So what can you expect in the story? When Tony Stark (a.k.a Iron Man) jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The…
  • Accessories for Spring and Summer from Your Phone to Your Feet!

    Jenn
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:33 am
    One of the hottest trends in accessories for Spring and Summer 2015 is BLUE in all difference hues. Style watchers and the folks at the Pantone Color Institute keep an eye on color trends each year. The trend for spring is absolutely a nod toward lovely cooler colors like classic blue, aquamarine, and scuba blue. Blue inspires calm, confidence and harmony. To help you stay on trend, I collected some great blue accessories that are sure to be stunners for the season. First, let’s talk earrings. Feathers are all the rage this year. Look how lovely they are in blue. Which are your…
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  • How To Have An Easier And Shorter Labor: 10 Tips

    Michelle
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:38 pm
    When you’re reaching the end of pregnancy, it’s normal to wonder what labor will be like and how you will manage to give birth. This is especially true for first-time mothers. But even women who have given birth before question if labor will be shorter or easier than previous births – maybe even worrying that […]
  • 15 Ways To Stretch Your Tight Baby Budget For More

    Jayme
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:50 pm
    You have a baby on the way, but you don’t have a lot of extra money. There are bills to pay, expenses to cover, and now you are faced with the shocking price of equipping your home to welcome your new prince or princess. The good news is that you don’t have to be rich […]
  • Top 5 Tools To Help Going Out In Public With Multiple Kids

    Jessica
    5 Apr 2015 | 10:50 pm
    I am a mother of twin two year olds boys and a nearly one year old daughter. Getting out of the house for us is quite the task and can be pretty daunting. It is hard managing three young children who want to explore and feel independent. The “I can do it” stage has already […]
 
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    Great Moments In Parenting

  • One of These Things is Not Like the Other

    Leigh Ann Torres
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:10 pm
    The post One of These Things is Not Like the Other appeared first on Great Moments In Parenting.
  • Does This Kid Make My Butt Look Big?

    Thank You Honey Blog
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:06 am
    Tushies come in all shapes and sizes. There are songs and dance moves about the beloved behind. I even remember booty dancing to Sir Mix-a-Lot’s song, “I like big butts and I cannot lie!” What’s so shocking about the beloved booty? My son and I were on a productive adventure at Costco, his favorite store. As we trucked along down one of the aisles he said, “Mommy! Look, behind you!” So naturally I turned around to look. I saw nothing out of the ordinary. Then he asked an extraordinary question: “Mommy, why is her tushie so big?” Of course he was not quiet and she heard…
  • Apples? Oranges? Sperrys?

    Leslie Blanchard
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:18 am
    Where you your kids leave their shoes? Not in the fruit bowl we hope. The post Apples? Oranges? Sperrys? appeared first on Great Moments In Parenting.
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    Manners Mentor

  • How to Handle the Three Most Common Embarrassing Situations!

    Maralee McKee
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:39 am
    By: Maralee McKee, Manners Mentor What is the etiquette for common personal mishaps whether they happen to us or the person with us? We’ve all experienced them, so we can relate to the embarrassment of having spinach caught in our teeth, our zipper accidentally undone, or a tag on our clothes sticking up. They’re common calamities that cause us discomfort and those with us to feel awkward because they don’t know what exactly to say or do, or if it’s better to pretend not to notice. Sometimes when we bring the mishap to the attention of the other person, our kindness throws him a…
  • Correcting Others: How, When, and When Not to Correct Someone

    Maralee McKee
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    By: Maralee McKee, Manners Mentor “It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.” ~Benjamin Disraeli Nit-picking—it seems to almost be a national sport the way some folks participate in it so frequently and enthusiastically. Sometimes when people speak, sadly, their words seem more spit out than thought out.  These are the words of the “correctors,” “nit-pickers” and “accusers.” Correcting others over small things is rarely called for, it seldom wins anyone friends, and on the rare occasion when it is called for, it’s tricky to…
  • Should We Still Say, “Yes, Ma’am!” and “No, Sir.”

    Maralee McKee
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:05 pm
    By: Maralee McKee “I’ll be waiting to pick you up!” I assured Marc. “I’ll be standing right here when you get out!” He shifted his backpack, gave me a nervous smile, and said, “Yes, ma’am. I’ll be glad to see you!” It was the first day of a new school year and my oldest son’s first day ever at his former home school co-op. Nervously, he pushed open the heavy door to the auditorium where all the students gathered first class. The freshly painted metal door shut hard behind him, separating me from my boy. He knew no one –…
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  • Ultimate Guide To Portion Control

    Shivani Cotter
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Ultimate Guide To Portion Control Portion Control Is Not The Enemy… although I would like to believe it is.  If you think that having too much of anything, no matter how few the calories is a good thing, you are wrong. If you are trying to lose weight, and keep it off, portion control is going to be a big part of your solution. You might think that considering the portions you eat at every meal is too much work. When I started exercising portion control, I thought I would be overwhelmed by it. The truth is, some people take it to a whole new level by weighing everything they eat, and…
  • Exercise: Getting Immediate Results

    Shivani Cotter
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Exercise: Getting Immediate Results There is nothing more emotionally trying than exercising your pretty little heart out, then looking in the mirror and seeing exactly what you saw the day before. Here’s the deal though, you can’t get discouraged! We all love this thing called immediate gratification! I get it, trust me… I am an only child and have lived a lifestyle filled with immediate gratification. The problem is, when you let your body go for a few years, you can’t expect to get it back in days. It’s also going to take a lot of hard work, and I don’t mean the sit…
 
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  • 5 Beautiful and Meaningful Touches Wedding Ceremony Ideas

    Melissa Stevens
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:38 am
    If you want your wedding day to be a collection of wonderful moments to remember and cherish for the rest of your lifetime, you’ll probably need to take care of a number of arrangements and fine details before you take the walk to the altar. From stunning venue designs, wedding gown choice and restaurant bookings to carefully planned seating lists, decorative flower arrangements and sophisticated invitations, the To-Do list of a future bride seems endless – but if you want to minimize the stress and costs and sort out all the bits and ends in minimal time, we have a convenient list of…
  • 7 Creative Save the Date Invitations Ideas

    Reema Marquez
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Invitations to events nowadays can be passed on through social media, thanks to the advent of the new age of technology. However, it is still better to create a more formal type of invitation to announce the date to friends. Save the date cards are a great way to show off your personality and style, while encouraging guests to mark their calendars and be present on your special day. In this article, we will list down our seven favorite creative save the date invitation ideas. 1. Instagram-inspired Postcard If you and your wife or husband-to-be have travelled to beautiful places together,…
  • 6 Creative Themes for a Fun Filled Bridal Shower

    Suzan Hall
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Something that is creative and fun, should be executable and realistic as well. Weddings have so much to plan for — wedding venue , food, dress, theme and so on. Upon that, planning a bridal shower is equally exhausting, but what are we here for? It’s our duty to help your bridesmaids plan an inspirational bridal shower. We’ve gathered a list of fun and creative bridal shower themes that can make your bridal shower a topic of discussion for all. My Favorite Things Whatever your bride loves, let your guests have it too – hearts, desserts, flowers, pink and so on. Hire a…
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  • Grocery Shopping with Kids (True Story)

    21 Apr 2015 | 4:27 pm
    I'm really not sure if I should be a pessimist or an optimist when it comes to going to the store. I usually start out my trip with an optimistic spirit. "It's going to be GREAT!" I am convinced that my list, my cloth shopping bags, and my already pottied children will *make*  this trip. It's going to be sooo-o good. And sometimes it really, really is. Some trips are so epic, so good, so perfect that I feel as if I've stepped into a grocery store utopia and the clouds have parted, thereby allowing me to see a heavenly host of angels singing hymns.Other days, I err on the pessimistic…
  • Love Is...

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:29 am
    Our love over the years has changed much for my husband and me. People ask the question, "Does it change? Do you lose those initial feelings you have when you meet someone?"The best way to describe it is to say that your initial spark turns into a flame. The flame that you have for one another provides a warmth and comfort that is so much better than any initial spark. Our ideas and feelings about love have grown, evolved, and changed into something that has a lot more depth and value. As the years have passed, as we've struggled, as we've had kids, as we've made mistakes we have…
  • My Favorite Child

    10 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    I once read a story about a mom who told all her children (separately) that they were her favorite child. After she died the children were talking about her and it came out. "She told me that I was her favorite." one daughter said almost abashedly. Her brother looked up surprised and said, "I don't think so. She told me I was her favorite." One by one all the kids admitted that their mother had told them that they were her favorite. It had made them all feel... special, loved, cherished. Their mom's spoken words of affirmation and value to each of her children had made them feel like they…
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    Living on Love and Cents

  • Trying Something New: 21 Day Fix Review

    Heather Brummett
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for this post. I paid for this system just like everyone else. It is my honest and unbiased 21 day fix review just for you!    The last few months have been a learning experience for me. I have felt so defeated. I am still on this weight loss journey. But […] The post Trying Something New: 21 Day Fix Review appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • Celebrate Each Milestone

    Heather Brummett
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:04 am
    This is me April 2014 on Easter.  This is me today. This week I reached the 30 pound mark! WHAT? 12 months to reach 30 pounds sounds like forever. But look. It wasn’t! I have worked on so much more than my weight number over these last few months. I accepted a food addiction. I experienced […] The post Celebrate Each Milestone appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • This Is Not The Life I Expected…

    Heather Brummett
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:06 am
    This weekend my husband and I were talking. My daughter turns 9 this week and it got us thinking. If you had told us 10 years ago, that one day we would have a 9 and a 5 year old, we would have laughed. This is not the life I expected to have. Let me […] The post This Is Not The Life I Expected… appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
 
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  • Microsoft Surface 3 Giveaway from Bing – 2 Winners (5/22)

    Maria Moser
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:45 pm
    Change-Diapers may be compensated for entries submitted via this site. Here’s a great giveaway from Mom’s Affiliate Network and Bing Rewards! This giveaway must have a minimum of 1800 entries before winners are drawn. “NO PURCHASE NECESSARY” 18+ US only! Contest starts 04/23/2015 and Ends 05/22/2015 11.59pm EASTERN. Entry options: Join Bing Rewards. Prize: Microsoft […]       
  • Cloth Diaper Giveaway Roundup for 4/24/15 (Plus Linky for All Giveaways)

    Maria Moser
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Cloth Diaper Giveaway Roundup Every Friday I publish a new cloth diaper giveaway roundup. Browse, enter and win. Subscribe to our RSS Feed or subscribe via email. If you’d like me to list your cloth diaper, accessory, baby wearing (etc.) giveaway next week, please complete my giveaway submission form. Giveaways that require the winner to […]       
  • Margaux & May Winner Announcement

    Maria Moser
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:05 am
    This giveaway had 265 entrants and 1568 entries. The winners are Cindy B., Amanda J. and Paula H. Congratulations! I’m sending you each an email so you can claim your prize.       
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    Kinsa Health Bytes

  • How to Tell If It’s a Cold or the Final Throes of the Flu

    Maribel Marmol
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:14 am
    It’s finally here! After 6 long months of winter, we are finally starting to see flowers blooming and birds chirping. But along with the beauty of Spring comes one of the more dreaded aspects of the season – the straggling remnants of the flu and the full-fledged attack of spring colds. We all know, Read More
  • 5 Ways To Safely Store Medicine

    Maribel Marmol
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:53 am
    My own mother loves to tell the story of the time she found me hiding in a corner of my room, popping children’s aspirin like they were candy. We can laugh about it now but at the time, I’m sure it gave my poor parents a heart attack. They frantically called poison control, made, Read More
  • Schools across the nation have become FLUent in fighting illness!

    Maribel Marmol
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    As flu season winds down, Kinsa is thrilled to have made thousands of new friends in schools across the U.S! Through our FLUency program, we chose 20 schools – preschool through high school, public, private, charter and magnet in a diverse range of geographies and demographies. We gave free thermometers to all interested families, Read More
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  • Old Blooms

    Tracy Evans
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:46 pm
    Old daffodils from the garden. A previous owner planted them long before anyone even heard of the internet.
  • Worth Stopping For

    Tracy Evans
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    One of my favorite places to shop is a tiny little store down River Road in Potomac, Maryland. Our first few years in town, I drove by this place countless times before I finally pulled over one day. When I stepped into Flora's Feathered Nest that first time I thought, "WTF hadn't I stopped here before!". It's that good. Think Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware and your favorite antique store all mashed up into one irresistible shop.
  • Slapping stuff on the walls...

    Tracy Evans
    2 Feb 2015 | 9:13 am
    Dreary outside but uplifting inside my home office...some words of inspiration to kick off February.
 
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    AppleGreen Cottage

  • Easy Wednesday

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Is the week passing by too fast?Easy Wednesday post might slow it down for you just a bit, one photo at a time. It is a picture post that will be waiting for you every Wedneseday, trying to take your mind off for a tiny little bit and help you recharge. I promise I will only share my favorite photos with you.Deal?Easy Wednesday - homemade whole wheat pizza
  • Make a Simple Holder for Felt Letters

    19 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This time I'd like to complement the felt board idea from last time by adding a simple DIY holder for the felt letters you may have made for your toddler. It might help you organize play space for your kids.Read more »
  • Sensory play with flour

    15 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Sensory play. Have you ever wondered why on Earth is allowing a toddler to make a mess in your kitchen so GOOD FOR THEM? Simple answers with a bunch of reasons - below. Accompanied by several useful hints to make it less messy and EASIER FOR YOU.Now, off we can go to a simple toddler sensory play activity, play with flour in the kitchen:Read more »
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  • 5 Reasons Why You Need To Be Super Clear About Your Target Market

    Ruth Alade
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    I’ll be honest, this is something I struggled with for a long time and a lot of new coaches struggle with this. I know the feeling. You don’t want to miss anyone out….right? Or maybe you feel like you want to help everyone and that if you narrow down you might not be able to […] The post 5 Reasons Why You Need To Be Super Clear About Your Target Market appeared first on .
  • 3 Reasons Why You Are Not Getting Clients

    Ruth Alade
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:33 am
    If you are reading this, I’m pretty sure that you have been doing everything you know you should be doing. You know that what you have to offer is amazing and will make a huge impact on people’s lives. But… Why aren’t people showing any interest at all? By now, you should be getting clients […] The post 3 Reasons Why You Are Not Getting Clients appeared first on .
  • Why People Are Not Buying Your Coaching Programs

    Ruth Alade
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    So you have put in a lot of time into creating your ideal client avatar, you are very confident about your message, you are even doing a lot of discovery sessions or sales calls…..but….. all you are hearing are crickets! I know that by now, you are puzzled why people are not signing up to […] The post Why People Are Not Buying Your Coaching Programs appeared first on .
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  • Join The Team of Kidzania Manila

    Lanie
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:23 pm
    Do you have a heart for children and passion for learning? We think this will be the coolest job ever to join the team of Kidzania Manila! The first KidZania in the Philippines will soon open in Bonifacio Global City and KidZania Manila is looking for grown-ups with a heart for children and passion for learning to join its pioneering team. Soooo excited for Kidzania Manila’s opening! KidZania Manila Talent Management Director Michelle Gorrospe shared that they are looking for professionals who believe in the KidZania vision. “Many of our recruits who enjoyed playing in their childhood…
  • Kinder Koche Cooking Class For Kids At Brotzeit

    Lanie
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Brotzeit, a popular Singaporean brand which serves authentic Bavarian cuisine in Asia, has launched their kiddie cooking lesson program Kinder Koche (little chef in German) to bring fun and excitement for kids and their moms and dads as they learn new cooking and baking skills inside Brotzeit’s kitchen. This April and May weekends, Brotzeit’s Culinary Director, Chef Ivan Maminta, will be teaching the kids how to make Schokokuchen (Chocolate cake), on April 25, Fladen (Pizza) on May 16, and finally, Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel), on May 23. Each course costs P1,500 and includes…
  • Jollitown Funtasy Land Is Coming To Davao

    Lanie
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Jollitown Funtasy Land had been a dreamland of adventures for hundreds of families last April 11,2015. The humongous SMX Convention Center where the event took place provided the clean, comfortable and ample space for the active Jollibee Kids Club members and their moms and dads, friends, cousins and even Lolos and Lolas. Here are some of the amazing family photos taken from the event with the moms from Mommy Bloggers Philippines and their families! MBP Blogger Moms present in Jollytown Funtasy Land. Click their blogs and see more fun mommy topics and more photos from the event! Tweenselmom…
 
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    Swallow, My Sunshine

  • Endoscopy Days

    Debi
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:19 pm
    My daughter Sammi was four years old when she had her first endoscopy. Between that first one in June of 2010 and the most recent one in November of 2013, Sammi had more than a dozen endoscopies, each blending into the next, a routine and ritual that she has endured more times than she’s had annual physicals in her pediatrician’s office. She’s had more endoscopies than years on earth or last-days-of-school. The day before an endoscopy, I always posted a request to my friends on social media to think positive thoughts and project smooth, pink esophageal walls, free from the…
  • What Will It Be?

    Debi
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:31 pm
    The methodology of the six-food-elimination-diet to treat eosinophilic esophagitis is this: the top six most common food proteins are eliminated from the diet for six to eight weeks. That means no dairy, egg, soy, nut, wheat, or fish products could cross my five-year-old daughter’s lips during that time. After that point, she had an endoscopy to see if, after removing all those foods — even foods prepared on the same equipment with those foods — her esophagus would no longer be coated with eosinophils, the nasty white blood cells that had congregated there, ostensibly to…
  • Kindergarten Numbers

    Debi
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:24 am
    On the first day of kindergarten, Sammi was still in the midst of the six-food-elimination-diet. There was no peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich in her lunch — no goldfish crackers, no chocolate chip cookies. I can’t remember exactly what it was, but my best guess is that it was a thermos of rice and beans, some fruit, maybe some vegan chocolate chips. She was excited for school. We were nervous — not because of separation anxiety, fear of a too-challenging academic environment, or worry that she wouldn’t make friends. She was happy to go, smart and curious, and looking…
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  • Spread The Love With Huggies + $20 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

    Jackie Cravener
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:58 pm
    As a mother you know how important it is to have a good quality diaper, I’ve been relying on Huggies for the last two years with my kids. The range of sizes fit babies from newborn to 35 lbs. Only Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers have a new, unique quilted liner to lock away wetness better. My one year old and 3 year old are constantly on the move, so I need a diaper that will keep them comfortable with no leaks.Which is why I love that Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra have a conforming, gap-free fit to keep your active baby dry throughout the day. The trusted Leak Lock®…
  • Super Yummy Banana Treats For Kids

    Jackie Cravener
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chiquita Bananas for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. This week we had a some fun creating a cute music video with the kids for our entry in the Chiquita Jingle Contest. Because bananas are the kids favorite treat, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite recipes that your kids will “go bananas” over! And don’t forget to check out our Chiquita Sing Off video entry below for some inspiration to create your own! 12 Super Yummy Banana Snacks For Kids Click on the links for the recipes. Advertise with us Report this ad 1.
  • May The Fourth Be With You – Star Wars Activities For Kids

    Jackie Cravener
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:49 pm
      May 4th is approaching and if you’re a Star Wars fan you may refer to that day as Stars Wars day “May The Fourth Be With You”. In order to celebrate my love of Star Wars, I’ve rounded up some fun Star Wars kids crafts including the Yoda Handprint craft we shared last week. There’s a ton of activities for every age including Slime, cardboard tube crafts, handprint art, free coloring pages, and more! Star Wars Crafts For Kids Click on the links for the tutorials Advertise with us Report this ad   1. Star Wars Lego Science From Fun-A-Day 2. Yoda Ears…
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    Real Mom Life: Mothers, adoption, homeschooling, challenges, encouragement

  • Life and death and everything between

    Christine
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
      So this weekend we are headed out east for yet another funeral.  My husband’s side of the family has had many of them the past years.  Some would be seen as tragic, some would be seen as blessed relief from extreme suffering. They are all losses.  Grandma and grandpa are no more.  My husband and I are the eldest generations in both our families. But, Lord, there has been such joy and laughter in these spaces between life and death. We have shared one another’s trials and triumphs, weddings and babies, holidays and funerals, illnesses and cures. Family life, lived well, is a…
  • 5 ways to freshen your home for spring

    Christine
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    I know it’s really spring when we start talking about washing the windows.  A clean window can change my perspective on the world! Other than washing the windows, what else can you do to freshen up your home for spring?  If you’re not in the mood to paint walls and don’t have the resources to buy all new furniture, there are still some fun, attainable things you can do.   Here are five simple and easy ways to freshen up your home.   De-Clutter Have you seen the Febreeze commercials about how we become “nose blind” to the odors in our home?  I can relate.  I also become…
  • 5 things NOT to say to a mom in pain

    Christine
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:51 am
    Sometimes people don’t know what to say to you when your family life is in chaos.  For a period of time in my parenting, my life was a mess.  We faced family illnesses and kid problems that we would have never imagined.  With God’s help, I’m still standing. I have a few close friends who walked beside me through my own storms.  I also have a few judging acquaintances who uttered hurtful things in the midst of my challenges. Here are some things NOT to say to a mom in a storm:                                 “You’re wasting a lot of energy on your pain.”…
 
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    The Alchemist's Heart » Alchemy for Moms | The Alchemist's Heart

  • Inspire Your Life With This Valuable Invitation

    Christy Harvey
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Your invitation to inspiration has arrived!  Did you know the meaning of the word inspire means, literally, to breathe life into?  Join the adventure with the magical letter “I” in our awesome alchemical alphabet through an incredible poem (some might even say incantation) by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.  I challenge you to let the words soak into your soul and inspire your own relationship with your uniquely beautiful and potent self. Will you accept this invitation to inspire your life? I want to know!Click To Tweet The Invitation  It doesn’t interest me what you do…
  • How To Honor Your Deepest Truth Now

    Christy Harvey
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I know you bring your heart and soul forward to honor other worthy people, but do you do this for yourself? It’s time to learn the essential elements you need to honor your deepest truth. The first and most important tool is honesty. Hiding from or ignoring the way you feel won’t protect you. It can prevent you from gathering the help and information you need to feel as healthy and whole as possible. Bringing your awareness to what you are dealing with and how you feel from the inside out is incredibly empowering. Give yourself total permission to actually know how you feel. Ask…
  • Get In Touch With The Genius Of Being Genuine

    Christy Harvey
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:55 pm
    You embody genuine genius.  Yes, you.  Need proof? Check out this definition from Mirriam-Webster: a peculiar, distinctive or identifying character of spirit; a personification or embodiment, especially of a quality or condition.  That’s right.  It doesn’t necessarily mean you are overflowing with intellectual capacity – although that may absolutely be the case. Your genius is available as a gift to the world every time you are being genuine.  How many times have you hidden your peculiar, distinctive or identifying character of spirit? Thousands?  More? I know I…
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    Mom in the City: Best of NYC for Families

  • Greek Yogurt Pancakes Without Milk (And NY State Tests)

    Kimberly
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Today marked the start of the New York state’s annual standardized tests. I’m not a big fan of standardized testing. I don’t dislike it enough to opt out though so Michael is taking the test. My husband and I tend  to downplay the test in our home. We figure that if we needed to do […] The post Greek Yogurt Pancakes Without Milk (And NY State Tests) appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Chase Your Dreams

    Kimberly
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:49 pm
    I have been a dream chaser all of my life. My dreams don’t have to (and usually don’t!) make sense to anyone else but me. While following dreams does involve some degree of risk, the rewards definitely outweigh them… I remember one of my dreams was to go to college in New York City even […] The post Chase Your Dreams appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Yummly for Publishers

    Kimberly
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    When Michael turned 11 last month, I realized that I have been blogging for 10 years. Time really does fly! The thing that I love about blogging is that it is constantly changing as an industry and that I can adapt my blog to my lifestyle. I can barely stay on top of all of […] The post Yummly for Publishers appeared first on Mom in the City.
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    In Wealth & Health

  • Daily Cleanse Recipe: Green Citrus Ginger Juice

    Jessa Nowak
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:40 am
    Everyone Needs a Great Cleanse Recipe After a weekend full of going overboard on food and drinks, we all could use a great juice cleanse recipe. It happens to the best of us. After all, it would be a sin to not take advantage of every morsel at the best French restaurant in town! And a relaxing day at the pool is just not as fun without a margarita or two. Then of course, chips and dip must accompany any sort of Mexican cocktail! It’s all fun and games until Sunday night comes and we start to feel the effects of it all. The post Daily Cleanse Recipe: Green Citrus Ginger…
  • Organic Produce: The Truth Behind the Sticker

    Jessa Nowak
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:28 am
    Either you’re with um or against um. Are you choosing to spend your hard earned dollars on organic produce? What’s your reason? Just like all great debates, opinions on organic farming has people spread from end to end with opposing views. On one hand there are advocacy groups fully against conventional farming aiming to educate the public on how dangerous pesticide use is. Run to the other end of the spectrum and you’ll see the same amount of passion defending the U.S. government and their decisions on what pesticides are safe to use on America’s…
  • Christian Songs: Keys to Unlock a Broken Heart

    Jessa Nowak
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:51 pm
    When was the last time you listened to Christian music? A while ago? Never? If the first thing you think of is a semi tone deaf band leader singing on stage at your childhood church, you’re in for a big surprise. Christian songs aren’t what they used to be. To tell you the truth, a lot of them are actually better than secular music. And no, I’m not just saying that because of the positivity that it imparts. The actual quality of the music is awesome.  The Music Will Change Your Life When I began listening to Christian music, it changed my The post Christian…
 
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    Designer Mommy | Design In All Facets Of Motherhood

  • 10 Nurseries With Character

    Karissa Olson
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    These are some of the most interesting and inspirational spaces I´ve ever laid my eyes on. Any one of these rooms would be absolutely welcome in my own home. If you want you´re nursery to stand out from the crowd, if you´re not into traditional, classical or even the general modern styles, if you want your little ones room to be unique and fun and need some inspiration and ideas, then this post is for you! Here are 10 stunning examples of nurseries with character! Domaine Home – Designed by Amber Lewis – Eclectic Nursery The Brick House Pinterest the boo and the boy Sissy + Marley…
  • 10 Dreamy Nurseries

    Karissa Olson
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    Holy baby fever!!! Actually no not really…. I´m just entering into the terrible twos with Luca and I totally get where the terminology of that phrase comes from. However, a girl can dream about the distant future right!? Here are 10 dreamy nurseries that are absolutely stunning! Wear & Where Blog Oh Joy Designed by Caitlin Flemming – Rue Mag Charleston Mag Designed by Sissy + Marley – Apartment Therapy Dar Amina Spearmint Baby Stebbing House Desing cbnaturalliving The Handmade Home Related posts: The Miffy Light | That Cute Bunny Lamp
  • 12 Coolest Kids Room Design Trends On Pinterest

    Karissa Olson
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:03 am
    Is it just me or do you too find yourself vegging on the couch for hours looking browsing through kid´s rooms on Pinterest? Do you ever notice how many rooms have many of the same products in them, the same decor? Posters, lamps, chairs, shelves, wall decals, plush toys and pillows etc.? It´s true that the more you see them, the more you seem to want them too. Here are the 12 coolest kids room design trends on Pinterest. I love Pinterest by the way, I´m a fully fledged pinning addict. (blue text contains links to products and sources) 1.  Knit Cloud Pillow by kokoko kokoko´s pillow is…
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    Yeah...So That Just Happened...

  • How to tell if you are over the baby phase. 

    Meg
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:22 pm
       My kids are 7, 9, and 10.  We went to the school carnival last night, and I was run over by a stroller not once…but twice.  My first reaction was not one of empathy, which it may have been … Continue reading → The post How to tell if you are over the baby phase.  appeared first on Yeah...So That Just Happened....
  • Mommy needs a freaking time out

    Meg
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:03 am
       I need a time out. I wish someone would tell me that I’m acting a fool, and make me go to my room, shut the door and relax.  Can you imagine the possibilities? I could PIN all the things, … Continue reading → The post Mommy needs a freaking time out appeared first on Yeah...So That Just Happened....
  • Meal Prepping Mama

    Meg
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:18 am
    Willpower.  Something that I do not have much of. AT. ALL. If hubby comes home and suggests Pizza Ranch for dinner, I am ALL IN, 100% of the time. I started my quest for joy, and then went and ruined … Continue reading → The post Meal Prepping Mama appeared first on Yeah...So That Just Happened....
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    Happy Mothers Day Quotes, Images, Poems, Pictures, Cards 2015

  • Happy Mothers Day Text Messages 2015 For All

    Happy Mothers Day
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:38 am
    Happy Mothers Day Text Messages, Mother Day Wishes – Tags. As we all know that Mothers Day is the festival, a day and a memory for lifetime, to be spent with and for your Mom. It is the day, we should devote Completely to our Moms. So, here on this page of our site, we write for our Moms, and feel proud to share with you these Happy Mothers Day Text Messages. Happy Mothers Day Text Messages So, if you are looking for some amazing ad mind blowing Happy Mothers Day Text Messages, this is the right place for you. Here, you can easily, check out these Mothers Day Wishes and further, give…
  • Mothers Day Messages For Cards 2015

    Happy Mothers Day
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:38 am
    Mothers Day Messages For Cards, Short Sweet Mothers Day Messages – Tags. Mothers Day is the festival of love, which is celebrated by us for our mother, to make her feel special. It is a very special day, when we all are to make our mother know, how much we love her and value her. So, here on this page of our site, we are sharing with all our readers, these amazing Mothers Day Messages For Cards. Mothers Day Messages For Cards So, keep reading this article and stay tuned to this page of our site. As here only you will be getting all the stuff for wishing your Mom a very Happy Mothers…
  • Mothers Day Quotes For Cards 2015

    Happy Mothers Day
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:34 am
    Mothers Day Quotes For Cards, Mothers Day Thoughts – Tags. As we all know that Mothers Day is the day, on which you are meant to honour, take care of and love your mother and tell her how important she is for you. On this day, the whole world is set to be celebrating this day for and with their mothers. Here, we are sharing the best Mothers Day Quotes For Cards. Mothers Day Quotes For Cards Happy Mothers Day Quotes From Son. Well, you need not care now, as all your worries are ours from now on. We here, on this page of our site, present to you, some of the best Mothers Day Quotes For…
 
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