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    Oh, The Joys
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:12 am
    Lately, bikes have been stolen in my neighborhood with increasing frequency.A few days ago, this message came out on the neighborhood list serv:Hi all,I just wanted to let you all know that the bike stealing is continuing.  On Saturday morning 7 am, someone went into our garage and stole 2 adult size mountain bikes. One black male was seen walking down my driveway by a neighbor with one of the bikes. We are not sure if there was an accomplice.   The part I find most upsetting is that my children were awake by then and sitting in the living room when the…
  • Here's what I think about that.

    Brain Soup For The Dysfunctional Soul
    Shannon akaMonty
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Dear So You Think You Can Dance:You make me sad.For the first time since Season 1, I am not watching on TV. I catch up when I'm in the mood, using Hulu, and truth be told I skip through a lot of it. I do not eagerly await each show as I've done in the past years. I think I might be over you, and it hurts to think so.You know, I was very leery of the whole Stage vs. Street thing, and even though we're closing in on the end of this season, I am still a little uncertain although I've come to mostly accept this format.But there is an entire herd of elephants in the room, so let me address the…
  • Friday Celebrations #12

    Karen Andrews - learning through life and creativity
    Karen Andrews
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:35 pm
    This year-long Friday celebrations series is my way of documenting the good things that have passed my way during the week and being mindful of these, and more. Have you heard of Myotherapy? Ever tried it? I had my first appointment this week, in the hope of working through some Fibromyalgia issues that have decided to flare up again. It was strange, I went in for my back and she ended up concentrating a lot of her time working on my neck to help with my shallow breathing. Sounds weird, right? But it worked. Or it must’ve done something because the areas she’s worked on are quite…
  • 5 Things You’d Never Expect to Find in Central Florida

    TravelingMamas.com
    MarvelousMiniMama
    10 Aug 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Central Florida is a pretty cool place; I mean, just the theme parks alone could keep you busy for weeks!  We all know about the roller coasters, the mouse ears, and the sea life we can find in that area, so you’re probably wondering how I could possibly offer to show you something really unusual.  Trust me, you would be surprised!  I know I was. I have been to pretty much every theme park and attraction that central Florida offers, but the experience I am about to share with you was so fabulous and unique that I’m dedicating an entire article to this one place alone.  Yes, that’s…
  • Still to come

    Adventures in Babywearing
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Well, we got an offer on our house but no place to go. It's a frustrating space to be in. We need to move- that is the logical next step to getting on with our lives. But we want the next place to make it worth leaving here. I think the stress of it all made me physically sick and I hardly slept last night. Today was a good rest day and I think we were hoping for clarity... Still to come. In the meantime the crease next to my left eyebrow has moved right in and unpacked all its things. I did bake an apple crisp and peach crisp and it made things a little better. I find comfort in pulling…
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    Oh, The Joys

  • Suspicious Activity

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:12 am
    Lately, bikes have been stolen in my neighborhood with increasing frequency.A few days ago, this message came out on the neighborhood list serv:Hi all,I just wanted to let you all know that the bike stealing is continuing.  On Saturday morning 7 am, someone went into our garage and stole 2 adult size mountain bikes. One black male was seen walking down my driveway by a neighbor with one of the bikes. We are not sure if there was an accomplice.   The part I find most upsetting is that my children were awake by then and sitting in the living room when the…
  • Sources of Gratitude in the last 24 Hours

    28 Jun 2015 | 7:56 am
    One.Nigeria outlawed female genital mutilation.Two.An Indigogo campaign to raise funds for Bree Newscome's court fees has raised more than $98,000.Three.I am grateful for strength and stamina.I went to they gym yesterday and lifted weights.  I got through it.
  • Outward Expressions of Grattitude

    27 Jun 2015 | 8:56 am
    Last night I watched a Ted Talk on Positive Psychology delivered by Shawn Achor.I was struck by the bit at the end, the five things you can do for twenty-one days to increase your positivity. (It's not that I'm relentlessly negative, far from it, but like anyone, I could always take being MOAR positive.)So the five things are:Start each morning with an outward expression of three new things for which you are grateful that happened over the last 24 hoursKeep a journalExercise regularlyPractice meditationCommit to doing random acts of kindness. - one email of gratitude a day.In thinking…
 
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    Brain Soup For The Dysfunctional Soul

  • Here's what I think about that.

    Shannon akaMonty
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Dear So You Think You Can Dance:You make me sad.For the first time since Season 1, I am not watching on TV. I catch up when I'm in the mood, using Hulu, and truth be told I skip through a lot of it. I do not eagerly await each show as I've done in the past years. I think I might be over you, and it hurts to think so.You know, I was very leery of the whole Stage vs. Street thing, and even though we're closing in on the end of this season, I am still a little uncertain although I've come to mostly accept this format.But there is an entire herd of elephants in the room, so let me address the…
  • Now THAT'S What I'm Talkin' About

    Shannon akaMonty
    12 Aug 2015 | 12:13 pm
    You all know how I like The Free Stuff.Books, Clorox cleaning products, skin care regimens...I love getting them all, whether I review them or not.So of course when one of my friends said, "HEY, sign up for Influenster because FREESTUFF," naturally I hopped right inside that bandwagon.Remember a few months ago when I colored my hair? It was my first #VoxBox from Influenster, and I was very excited.Until weeks and weeks and weeks went by and the only other thing I'd received was a tiny package of even tinier Carefree panty liners, which frankly were too embarrassing for me to be bothered to…
  • A PSA - Parental Service Announcement

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

  • Friday Celebrations #12

    Karen Andrews
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:35 pm
    This year-long Friday celebrations series is my way of documenting the good things that have passed my way during the week and being mindful of these, and more. Have you heard of Myotherapy? Ever tried it? I had my first appointment this week, in the hope of working through some Fibromyalgia issues that have decided to flare up again. It was strange, I went in for my back and she ended up concentrating a lot of her time working on my neck to help with my shallow breathing. Sounds weird, right? But it worked. Or it must’ve done something because the areas she’s worked on are quite…
  • What I’m Reading August 2015

    Karen Andrews
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:16 pm
    My reading this month has been scattered, divided between these three books. I haven’t finished any of them, but I’m making decent ground, and I think that’s a pretty good recommendation. (Truth be told, other months when I’ve written these recounts, I haven’t gotten nearly as far through some titles.) I’ll begin with The Door That Led To Where, our first acquisition – for Riley, from Shakespeare & Company in Paris. Ooh la la! They stamp purchases for proof. See? I took over from Riley when he lost momentum after the first few pages, and I think…
  • What is the Future of Blogging Over the Next 2 Years?

    Karen Andrews
    23 Aug 2015 | 6:05 pm
    During question time at the blogging workshop I taught this past weekend for the Melbourne Writers Festival, I was asked my thoughts on where I think blogging will head over the next two-plus years, in terms of trends and developments. I thought this was an excellent question and have been thinking about it since, to the point where I figured I could write a post about it, that’s part reflective (understanding the past can help anticipate the future etc.) and part predictive. Although, that will be hard. The blogging world, the technological developments, as well as working habits, and even…
 
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  • 5 Things You’d Never Expect to Find in Central Florida

    MarvelousMiniMama
    10 Aug 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Central Florida is a pretty cool place; I mean, just the theme parks alone could keep you busy for weeks!  We all know about the roller coasters, the mouse ears, and the sea life we can find in that area, so you’re probably wondering how I could possibly offer to show you something really unusual.  Trust me, you would be surprised!  I know I was. I have been to pretty much every theme park and attraction that central Florida offers, but the experience I am about to share with you was so fabulous and unique that I’m dedicating an entire article to this one place alone.  Yes, that’s…
  • Wonderful Winston-Salem, NC

    RollingMama
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:36 am
    Sometimes, we all need a fairytale weekend.  While I wasn’t whisked away on a white horse, my husband did drive us across several state lines until we reached the rolling hills of Winston-Salem, NC.  You know the weekend is going to be special when the gentleman opening your car door introduces himself as the butler.  Larry was delightful, but I secretly thought I should call him Lawrence. Our home for the weekend was Graylyn www.grayly.com.  The centerpiece of the 86-room boutique property is the manor house, a fine example of Norman Revival architecture, which is typically found…
  • Discovering Daytona Beach

    MarvelousMiniMama
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:54 pm
    If you’re looking for a romantic weekend by the ocean, look no further than Daytona Beach.  Located on the Atlantic coast of Florida and just a few hours south of Jacksonville, Daytona Beach is an easy drive down Interstate 95.   My husband and I recently headed down there for our anniversary, and we discovered much more than just great views and amazing seafood!   We fell in love with Daytona Beach and the surrounding area; check out our list of favorite eateries, attractions and shops! The Beach Of course we have to mention the beach itself!  Miles and miles of gorgeous shoreline,…
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    Adventures in Babywearing

  • Still to come

    29 Aug 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Well, we got an offer on our house but no place to go. It's a frustrating space to be in. We need to move- that is the logical next step to getting on with our lives. But we want the next place to make it worth leaving here. I think the stress of it all made me physically sick and I hardly slept last night. Today was a good rest day and I think we were hoping for clarity... Still to come. In the meantime the crease next to my left eyebrow has moved right in and unpacked all its things. I did bake an apple crisp and peach crisp and it made things a little better. I find comfort in pulling…
  • We need to rest up

    27 Aug 2015 | 8:52 pm
    We had two showings today and passed the time at the park with friends. It was a much-needed outside break. I just couldn't wake up all day and did get in a tiny nap when we got home, which seemed to help. We are all going to bed early tonight.I took some time to go over the calendar for the next few months and can't believe how full the days are getting. We have something every day next week from eye doctor checkups, the dentist, back to school hair cuts, the next trip for Noah and me to Seattle. Thankfully this weekend is empty of commitments. We need to rest up.(day seventy nine)
  • ANYWAY

    26 Aug 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Today I was in the car for two hours with a pretty severe headache, anxiety, and my two chattiest children. They were asking me really sweet things, so I powered through.I was glad to get home and burrow up in our house because everyone in the outside world was just too much. From the guy riding my tail wayyy too close on 101 for the longest time even though he knew there was someone right in front of me and it was a no passing lane AND we passed a mangled guard rail from an accident yesterday as well as a police car attending to another accident, to the lady in the grocery store who rudely…
 
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    The Bloggess

  • Well that’s…huh.

    thebloggess
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:34 am
    Did you know that if you search for “giant dildo” on Amazon my first book is the 4th thing that shows up?  Not that I was searching for giant dildos.  I mean, I was but only because someone else told me that if you search for “giant dildo” my book pops right up (Her: “It’s awesome that your work is so versatile and all, but I’m a little concerned about paper cuts”) and I thought she was fucking with me, but then I checked myself and she was totally right. This is real. And what’s even more baffling here is that no dildos showed up…
  • What the shit, me?

    thebloggess
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:45 am
    I just ran all over my house trying to find my phone because I could hear it ringing, but no matter which room I ran into it sounded like it was right in the next room and I started to suspect that Victor had my phone and was running around with it just to fuck with me.  Then the phone stopped ringing so I asked Victor to call me so I could find it but it still sounded muffled like it was hidden under something big so I was lifting piles of books and looking under cats and then I noticed that Dorothy Barker was following me around and I was like “DID YOU EAT MY PHONE,…
  • An accidental competition for the worst mother ever.

    thebloggess
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:53 am
    The first week back to school always brings out the usual excitement, insecurities,  fear of failure and concerns about not fitting in.  I guess probably our children go through that as well but right now I’m talking about being the parent of a child heading back to school.  I have a group of friends who sporadically group text whenever things get weird and we need to vent, and the first week of school almost always sets us off so I thought I’d share.  Names have been redacted from this group text because CPS doesn’t always understand humor: “Y’all.  I…
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    So Close

  • Failing at the Tupperware system.

    Tertia
    7 Aug 2015 | 11:21 am
    As some of you might know, I have been trying to train my husband on the Towel System for more than 15 years. With little to zero success.  This failure has been a source of great dismay to me, but I am trying to live with the pain.  However, there is another, less common failure that I don't often mention.  Mostly because I fear the situation is somewhat hopeless.  It is the Tupperware System.  My husband has proven to be as poor in his adherence to the Tupperware System as he is to the Towel System. As many of you will know, Tupperware is a serious thing.  The absence of a system…
 
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    mod*mom

  • Ringling Brothers Elephants retiring to Florida :: Pachyderms made PT Barnum autobiography 2nd only to Bible in USA in 1800s

    modmom
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Ringling Brothers Elephants say goodbye at last appearances before retirement to Florida...the elephants are performing in the bay area before their retirement from The Greatest Show On Earth, that built awareness + empathy for pachyderms, their habitats + their origins. these intelligent beloved amazing ambassadors introduced Americans + immigrants to wondrous worlds.PT Barnum's autobiography sales were 2nd only to the Bible in USA late 1800sPrepare to be astonished and amazed by some of the coolest acts ever as Ringling Bros. goes to new extremes with the all-new energetic…
  • code :: kids of all ages

    modmom
    19 May 2015 | 1:25 pm
    my blog template "code" is wonky. i customized my blog "skin" 10 years ago in 2004 using code snippets from webmonkey, before iPads, smartphones + Google's Chrome browser existed. Blogger has even changed to a new template code platform + a kind Googler invited me to the GooglePlex to help me recreate my template  on Google's new template platform, but i stubbornly cling to my DIY code. i like to customize things. most of my blogpals jumped the blogspot ship years ago (even Blogher is sponsored by wordpress + gives workshops on wordpress at Blogher conferences). I can't…
  • GoldenGirl :: GoldenBoy :: scifi Olympian

    modmom
    6 May 2015 | 1:09 pm
    "Venture capital + hormone experiments turn a statuesque blonde into an Olympic superstar."Bruce Jenner, 1976 Olympic superstar, carried the Olympic torch at Lake Tahoe in 1984, past a Susan Anton marquis where she was singing with George Burns at Caesar's Casino. At the time, Bruce was the Olympic Golden Boy. Is GoldenBoy becoming GoldenGirl?watch GoldenGirl movie trailer: images:ebay
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  • From my childhood to theirs

    dooce
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:08 am
    I now have figurines to help facilitate the lessons I will teach my children about certain online behavior.
  • I gotta go back

    dooce
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    "Woe is me, all summer long I was happy and free. Save my soul, the board of education took away my parole."
  • A landscape 7,600 miles away

    dooce
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:35 am
    Touching base as I recover from one of the worse cases of jet lag I've ever experienced.
 
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    My Frugal Baby Tips

  • Diaper Washing: Homemade liquid laundry detergent

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:50 am
    Ingredients:1 bar Fels Naptha soap, grated (2-3oz bars or 1 4-5.5oz bar) (the finer grated the better)1 cup washing soda5 gallon bucket WaterDirections:Place grated soap in a small saucepan and cover it with water. If you let this sit overnight it is MUCH faster.Photo credit: Robin Skyler Tell, on FlickrSome rights reservedHeat on low until dissolved - don't stir too rapidly or too much it will get foamy and you won't be able to see if it dissolved. If you let it sit over night it takes roughly 20 to dissolve it you didn't let it sit it takes much longer.When the soap is just about melted,…
  • Diapering: Traveling Training Pants

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:28 am
    I "invented" a cheap "disposable" training pant for travel. Photo credit: The Facey Family, on FlickrSome rights reservedI bought my son some cotton Thomas the Train underpants and put inside an extra large overnight feminine hygiene maxi pad. My son loves them because he is wearing "big boy" underpants.Of course I don't think they would work for beginning potty training, but they are a good transition to underpants.Of course, for a little girl you could buy some Disney Princess panties!Thanks to Victoria DalPozzo for this Frugal Baby Tip!SUGGESTED READING LIST: • Get Pregnant…
  • Baby Wipes: Re-using Disposable Baby Wipes

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:53 am
    We use Huggies disposable wipes because they can be washed with the diapers enumerable times.Photo credit: CDaisyM, on FlickrSome rights reservedI lost count and when one finally gets threadbare (20 washings?), I use it as the pooper scooper.When I have finally rinsed the poopy diaper, I rinse off the poopy wipe in the rinse bucket and say farewell.It is so ironic that something intended to be used one time can be wash 20 or more times.Other brands don't go as long 2-3 maybe 5 washes and they are very linty but not the Huggies wipes.To think I spent hours making little cloth wipes out of an…
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    Mommies With Style

  • Chic Bodysuits for the Business Casual Look with TUXE Wear #FashionFriday

    Whitney
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    You know how you’re looking to tuck a nice blouse into a skirt or pants and you just can’t get it to tuck right? Or you tuck it, head to your meeting/event/whatever and find yourself fussing with it the entire time? Enter TUXE Bodywear. I wasn’t sure what to think of this at first – TUXE Wear makes high-end body suits, basically. I wondering if this would really be comfortable though. They actually really are! I tried out the CEO ($104)and it’s just one of those staple pieces I know I will return to again and again in my wardrobe. Its silk crepe and has a really…
  • Maisie Loves BarkBox.com! #NationalDogDay

    Whitney
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:04 am
    In honor of National Dog Day yesterday, I wanted to share a quickie about subscription box service BarkBox.com. I signed up the day after we picked up Maisie from the shelter and we got a box last week. Since we’re newbie dog owners, I thought this would be a fun way to try out some dog products since everything is new to us! Maybe we’d discover a good brand or toy that Maisie would like. Of course, she loved everything. BarkBox sends you a box with a theme – we got a circus-themed box. Our box contained two toys, two packs of treats and a bone. Maisie loved everything! Some…
  • Improve Your Gorgeous Lips with Restylane Silk #ad

    Whitney
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:15 am
    Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Restylane Silk. However, the thoughts and opinions are my own.   Last month, I had the pleasure of attending a brunch in honor of Restylane Silk, the new, natural-looking solution for aging, thinning lips. I know Im not alone in this problem, but it was reaffirming to see a room full of beauty insiders learn together about an innovative product that can help us reclaim our gorgeous mouth or improve upon the structure that was already there. For the past few years, Ive noticed that my once-plumper lips have been looking thinner, with some vertical…
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    Kids Activities Blog

  • 20 Monster Recipes & Snacks for Kids

    Amanda Formaro
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s a fact that kids are more apt to eat something if it’s fun food. These monster recipes will have your kids chomping down and asking for more! Plenty of ideas in here, perfect for Halloween or a monster themed party. 20 Monster Snacks & Recipes the Kids Will Love Whether you are looking for some healthy food to get your kids to eat more at lunch time, or you’re searching for some sweet treats just for fun, here’s a list of 20 great ideas to get them creating and munching! Edible Monsters on the Healthier Side Make a healthy Green Monster Smoothie from Spoonful…
  • Make a Fairy Sandwich

    Shannon Carino
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Give your child a special treat in their lunchbox.  Make a fairy sandwich to brighten up their day! It’s not long after school starts that the lunchbox woes begin.   A fairy sandwich is the perfect treat to change things up in a little way, mark a special occasion, or just plan for a fun lunch!  Both my kids love the surprise of finding one in their boxes. What You Need to Make a Fairy Sandwich: Two slices of bread Soft fillers (PB&J, Sunbutter, Cream Cheese & Jelly, etc) Small cookie cutter, any shape, about an inch in diameter Sprinkles for cookies To make a fairy…
  • Over 10 Ways to Repurpose Melissa and Doug Boxes

    Katie
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    I am always on a mission to repurpose Melissa and Doug boxes! Honestly, I love the quality of these toys, but the boxes are something that I just can’t throw away.  Since I live in a small place, we don’t use the boxes for toy storage; instead, we store everything in ziploc bags so they fit in the closet nicely.  After working with dozens of containers and lots of creative juice, we’ve found over 10 ways to repurpose Melissa and Doug boxes.  You may find yourself buying the toys just to get your hands on the boxes – ha! Over 10 Ways to Repurpose Melissa and…
 
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    Fluid Pudding

  • “I don’t like to take more than I need.”

    fluidpudding
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Harper has decided to run for student council this year, and one of the requirements for running is to participate in some form of community service for two hours. On Saturday, the four of us went downtown to stand on the street and help hand out food and water to the homeless. (A friend of ours is involved in a foundation that provides meals and clothing to the homeless every month.) Over 100 homeless people went through our line. Every single one of them was grateful and kind and every single one of them broke my heart—and that wasn’t their intention, it’s just that my heart…
  • We Spirits of Christmas do not live only one day of our year!

    fluidpudding
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:45 pm
    School started. The girls are now in the fifth and seventh grades, meaning we’ve entered the final year of elementary school and also the Wednesday of middle school. Before leaving the house last Tuesday morning, Meredith said, “Well, I’m off to start the second half of my public education!” (She doesn’t count kindergarten, because although she loved it, she doesn’t feel like she learned anything new. “First grade is where the learning started to happen.”) Anyway, I look at the photo above and all I see are legs and potential. It’s going…
  • In which I try on a few hats…

    fluidpudding
    8 Aug 2015 | 6:44 pm
    I am a blogger without a medical degree, but with OPINIONS on medical topics. Instead of throwing a bunch of pills at your headache, you need to go get a massage or two. Ask the massage therapist to concentrate on your shoulders, neck, and face. Bonus: If there’s a service dog in the room, you get the added benefit of hearing a dog snore during your massage, and I’m here to tell you that there’s nothing more relaxing. Massage is NOT an indulgence, and should be completely covered by insurance. (It’s not covered by my insurance.) I’ve now gone to the massage place…
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    Momo Fali's

  • A Letter to the Typical Parents on the First Day of School

    Momo Fali
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Dear Typical Parent, Hi there! I saw you this morning at the bus stop, taking pictures of your kids in their new clothes with shiny backpacks and haircuts. My son was the little guy with a hole in the back of his shirt where he ripped out the label because he couldn’t stand the feel of it against his skin. He had last year’s backpack even though the zipper is broken, because it’s familiar to him and he was also wearing last year’s shoes because he doesn’t grow much and they feel just right. Kids with autism like things that are broken in. I noticed your…
  • How to Be Happy

    Momo Fali
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:57 am
    Be happy. That sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? It’s not. Life has a cruel way of putting roadblocks along your path to happiness, and it doesn’t have to be a major life event, either. You plan a day at the pool with your kids, it rains. You buy ingredients for a delicious dinner with friends, everyone cancels. You get excited for an out of town trip and your car breaks down. For the first part of my divorce journey I had to force myself to find happiness. As a matter of fact, there really wasn’t any. There were other periods of time like this in my life, too. When my…
  • Life List 31-40 And a Reevaluation

    Momo Fali
    5 Aug 2015 | 5:33 am
    Almost five years ago, I started a Life List on this site. FIVE YEARS, people. That’s practically a lifetime in itself. I started with 10 not-so-easy items, then added 10 more to the list a couple of months later, then 10 more in 2014. Up until a few months ago, I hadn’t accomplished any of them. But, lately I’m on a roll! I’ve knocked five items off and I want to add a few more things until I get to the magical 100 mark. Of the original 30, two have been removed so I’ll technically have to come up with 102, but challenges are growing on me. I got this. To review…
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    Tammy Gibson | A Mom in Red High Heels

  • 7 Ways to Improve Your Confidence

    Tammy Gibson
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:04 am
    Most women could use a boost in confidence.  They feel uncertain, worried and live with doubt rather than confidence. Don’t feel disappointed in yourself if this is you. You can improve your confidence and quality of life by working on your personal style. Before you dismiss the idea that your style has anything to do with confidence, understand this: Personal style is more than just the clothing hanging in your closet. Personal style includes your personal appearance, non-verbal communication and mindset. It is a reflection of your inner confidence and is how you present yourself to…
  • How to Wear Your Shirt Dress from Summer to Fall

    Tammy Gibson
    16 Aug 2015 | 11:20 am
    A shirt dress is a wardrobe staple that works for all seasons! Worn alone, it’s cute and cool for warm weather. As temperatures drop, use your shirt dress as an outfit foundation and layer on a sweater, boots, scarf and heavier jewelry. You can even wear tights or leggings for extra warmth as needed. Here is a versatile sleeveless shirt dress, worn two different ways: Shop the look: OLIVE + OAK Pigment Washed Shirt Dress | RAOUL Mini Saffiano Blake | STELLA VALLE Faith Necklace | RAOUL Mirror Flat Sandal | OLIVE + OAK Terry Grid Open Cardi | CASHHIMI Leather Shoulder Bag | NICOLE ROMANO…
  • 2015 Fall Handbag Trends

    Tammy Gibson
    12 Aug 2015 | 10:06 pm
    Fringe and patchwork details, along with box and bucket styles, are the hottest handbag trends for fall 2015! These looks are inspired by the fashion of the 70′s. Fringe detail Bucket Bag Box Bags Patchwork All of these bags, and more, can be found for less than retail on thredUP.com. All handbags are pre-owned and in great condition, some are even new with tags! Check out my favorites!   ________________________________________________________________________________ TAMMY GIBSON, founder of A Mom in Red High Heels, is your partner in personal style. Become a VIP to stay in…
 
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    ModernMom

  • Tone, Tighten and Firm Up Your Tush!

    LanaTitus
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:44 pm
    Want to tighten that tush? Working with my clients I hear on a regular basis moms asking to tighten, firm and lift their tooshies. So to help you get the best possible backside, I am sharing some of my favorite moves. Enjoy! The glute bridge 30 reps with both feet on the floor and then 15 each side with single leg raises. A must have for a good booty burn is an exercise band. Stand against the wall and do leg raises 30 to the side and 30 to the back, switch legs. Nothing helps to lift the tush like a good old fashion lunge go for 30 each side and add in a jump in between to really kick up…
  • The Problem With Trying To Be Perfect

    Leslie Morgan Steiner
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:28 pm
    I had lunch with an old friend recently. She’s a New York-based Broadway actress. My friend is a pixie — waifishly pretty, sweet and thoughtful. You’ve seen her in a few commercials playing a ditzy young housewife and a cute first date trying to figure out how to use her new phone.She is now in her early 40s, and has never had children. In many ways she is still a child herself. Five months ago, she discovered she was pregnant.  An accident.  She never thought she would become a mother.  But in love, and happy about the pregnancy, she and her boyfriend got hitched.  Now, she is…
  • THE [Internet Safety] Talk: Have it Now

    Katie Greer
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Parents, the Internet safety struggle is real – and even impacts celebrity parents.  Last week at the BlogHer conference in New York City, Gwyneth Paltrow actually said something parents can relate to: “Obviously the Internet and Internet safety is a huge thing for any parent. It completely freaks me out.” She went on to discuss how she’s given both her 11-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son iPads, but won’t let her daughter have her own phone yet, despite the begging. Sound familiar? Presumably (like most parents), she isn’t aware that her digital native children have…
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  • back to school photo

    Daphne
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:28 am
    Of course I’m going to post a picture of my kids going back to school. Rex 1st grade! Vivien 5th grade.. hate how that is the last year of elementary school now. I’m glad I will able to work uninterrupted … Continue reading → The post back to school photo appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
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    Daphne
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:56 pm
    I didn’t think we would be able to take a trip like this.  But, certain forces conspired to help us have an Epic European trip. I’m going to pick out one part today. My darling husband spoke at the USA … Continue reading → The post Home from Epic trip appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
  • The Mayor comes to dinner

    Daphne
    14 Aug 2015 | 12:55 pm
    I can’t even say, “guess who?” I’m SUPER excited to share that the Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti will be joining me this Sunday on Daphne Dishes.  As some of you know we ( more Mark) has known his … Continue reading → The post The Mayor comes to dinner appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
 
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  • Odds and Ends

    whoorl
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:18 am
    1. We need to talk about these menstrual panties, ladies. This review is so hilarious, yet oddly informative. 2. 100 years of fashion in 2 minutes. Love this. 3. Over the past few months, I have seen 11:11 almost every day. Pretty cool explanation here. 4. What? Will they ever figure out the Adnan Syed case? 5. Sleep orgasms are real. 6. I’m usually drawn to cosmetics over skin or body care when discovering new brands, but I have to say that after using Beautycounter for a year, my two very favorite products are the everyday body wash and body lotion. I can’t even tell you how…
  • Come Hang With Me at Madewell!

    whoorl
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:15 am
    You guys, pinch me…could it be? Oklahoma City has a new Madewell! (It’s like they just knew I couldn’t live without one.) I hope you will join me next Tuesday, September 1st from 7-9pm for some tunes, sips, snacks, and of course, shopping. It should be a good time. Oh, and those flea market flares I mentioned last week? Super cute, friends. I, for one, am thrilled to give my ankles some breathing room this fall. You? #breakfromtheskinnies Hope to see you next week! The post Come Hang With Me at Madewell! appeared first on whoorl.
  • Odds and Ends

    whoorl
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
    1. Teachers like this are so inspiring. 2. You can alter your brain by staring into someone’s eyes for 10 minutes. Trippy. 3. When is school going to start, pray tell? I am totally feeling this mom. 4. Um, this can’t be true. THIS CAN’T BE TRUE. 5. One of my favorites on self respect by Joan Didion. 6. My DIY honey mask is featured on Better Homes and Gardens. I love that mask. 7. How to talk to little girls. Great piece. 8. Red solo cups – did you know about this secret feature? 9. Are you a naked person? Can’t say that I am. 10. Would you wear this jumpsuit?
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  • You’re More Beautiful Than You think Video: You will cry!

    Kas
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:17 am
    Wow. Sometimes sappiness comes over me, but I watched every single second of this video then cried like a baby. It just goes to show that we as women are harder on ourselves than others. My heart... More here
  • Games, Games, Everywhere #D23EXPO

    Kas
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    Wow.Each panel is full of fans, but the Gaming fans at #D23EXPO were no joke. A lot were participating in cosplay looking awesome. It was a great crowd and helped get me excited for all the releases... More here
  • Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm Live Action Panel Recap

    Kas
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:16 am
    Before, we get started just know that there is a LOT of information and you will be busy going to the movies over the next few years! 😉 During #D23EXPO Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn hosted... More here
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  • Chunky Pineapple Ice Pops

    Crystal
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:41 am
    I just can’t stop it with the frozen treats, y’all. Just. Can’t. They’re so easy and SOOO yummy! And they give me a PERFECT reason to use my popsicle molds that I keep buying and storing in the back of the cabinet where my hubby can’t find them. So with the two boys back in […] The post Chunky Pineapple Ice Pops appeared first on Simply Being Mommy.
  • Bento Lunch Supplies & Accessories

    Crystal
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    After doing the live-stream last month on how to create a LEGO bento box, I received emails asking all kinds of questions about the supplies I use to make our bento lunches. As mentioned in the video I get most of my supplies from All Things for Sale, but I’ve also made some purchases on […] The post Bento Lunch Supplies & Accessories appeared first on Simply Being Mommy.
  • Easy Strawberry Mini Pudding Pops

    Crystal
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:20 am
    Although our summer has officially ended with the kids going back to school this week, we aren’t stopping the fun until the weather in Texas tells us to. We’re still enjoying bike rides, playing in the sprinklers and Easy Strawberry Mini Pudding Pops. It’s recipes like this one where I like to get the kids […] The post Easy Strawberry Mini Pudding Pops appeared first on Simply Being Mommy.
 
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  • Truly Misguided Crazy Ass Cancer Cells

    lavagal
    23 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    There’s a storm named Kilo that is south of the state and it appears to be hooking right toward the north while increasing in strength. For the most part, hurricanes don’t quite make it here. A theory surmises that both the Maunas on the Big Island, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, shield us from the storms. Combined with the trade winds, the storms are broken up and we get the rain we need and and some blustery winds. But if a storm travels south, it avoids the Mauna Effect and could wreak havoc. Do you sense an imminent metaphor? I wish this were the end of my hook up with Cancer. The…
  • Farro with Blistered Vegetables

    lavagal
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:51 am
    Organic farro from Costco. Easy to cook. Since #EatAtMoms is no longer a working website, I was trying to figure out where to put this recipe. I guess I’ll resume putting recipes here. Several friends requested this. I usually just throw stuff together, assemble, and take an Instagram. I think to myself that anyone could do what I do. Can’t you see what I did here? No? OK, then I’ll write it down. Crack me up. Especially for Sue PR. And everyone else! It was great. Blistered vegetables happen when you heat a 12-inch non-stick frying pan until it’s smoking hot. The…
  • But I Feel Fine!

    lavagal
    6 Aug 2015 | 5:18 pm
    Except for the hole in the back of my knee and a leaky incision where my lymph node was extracted, I wouldn’t think anything was wrong with me. I feel great! How can I be sick? How can I have Cancer? How can it be stage 3a? I went back to see my surgeon on Tuesday and as she was checking and redressing my melanoma golf-ball sized scoop, I asked if there were any results from the surgery a week before. “We have a lot to talk about,” she said. My heart sank. I kept my composure as she finished wrapping my leg. She left the room and I had a moment to look in the mirror and tell…
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  • August Updates, because apparently I keep forgetting to write anything

    Veronica
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:40 am
    It’s 9.21pm and everyone in my house is asleep, except for me. This is unusual enough that here I am, remarking upon it to you. It’s almost a decent hour and I have some alone time to write. Of course, the kitchen needs cleaning before I sleep, and there’s another load of laundry which needs doing. The wood needs fire, and I need to tweak a lotion recipe. Not to mention the 500 odd soaps I need to make to even have a chance of keeping up with the Christmas rush. That said, life is good. Well, good-ish. The lead in to Spring always messes with my mental health as I…
  • I have successfully not frozen overnight, hurray.

    Veronica
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:05 pm
    This post is sponsored —— At 8am when I woke up this morning, it was a balmy minus five degrees outside. And by balmy I mean not, and by minus five degrees, I mean I could probably get frostbite if I went outside right now. And yet, until I got out of bed to run taps and put wood on fires, I was not cold. This is a revelation, considering for as long as I can remember, I’ve spent most nights during winter cold in one way or another. No matter the blankets I piled atop myself, there would be some part of me which would not warm up without numerous hot water bottles and lots…
  • I am somewhat scattered

    Veronica
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:59 am
    My mother hates this photo of me (although she agrees Evelyn is adorable), so now I’m taunting her with it. I took two of my slow release painkillers this morning, instead of staggering them morning and late afternoon. Normally I skip my late afternoon dose because they make it hard to sleep, but oh, the pain today, and the exhaustion. My ribs are sliding around under my skin like they’ve forgotten what they’re meant to be doing, and my knees ache and the bones slip slide slither around, not quite dislocating, but not feeling right either. So I took two painkillers at once,…
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    20 Aug 2015 | 9:48 am
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  • Making Some Headspace and a Meditation Challenge

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    Being present. Living in the now. It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. I will share more about this in the posts ahead, but for now all I feel comfortable saying is my anxiety has returned periodically in one form or another. As I look for new ways to address it, I have begun exploring meditation as a viable option. My husband Jody joined the Headspace community eight months ago in an effort to work with anxious feelings of his own. If you aren’t familiar with HeadSpace, it is “a gym membership for your mind” or simply a course of guided…
  • Breathing New Life into My Blog

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
    Remember that time more than 10 years ago when I sat down and wrote my first blog post? Well, you probably don’t, but I do. I was a new mom — my daughter Ava was just 8 months old — and I was on fire with a cause. The cause doesn’t matter much now, but my passion at the time did. I was a mom on a mission to make the world a better place and I had to start somewhere, anywhere. And so I did. I signed up with Blogger and “penned” my first post. And then my next post and next post and before long, I was hooked. Over the years, I’ve shared so many…
  • The 365 Gratitude Photo Challenge

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

    Jessica Velasco
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:08 pm
    I thought about writing this article after the massacre at the Charleston church. I considered addressing the issue after the mass shooting at the Louisiana movie theater. Rioting and the sale of baby body parts made me consider the idea too.But killing people pointblank on live TV and bragging across various social networks made me realize our violent society won’t be getting safer any time soon.Rather than continue to hide our heads in the sand and debate if guns or people commit murder, it’s time to start protecting the innocent victims within our sphere of influence: our…
  • 5 Freezer Meals Your Kids Will Love

    Nancy Flanders
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Freezer meals make life so much easier for busy families. You can just grab a meal from the freezer when you’re having an extra busy day and not have to worry about take-out or another night of hot dogs for dinner. The only problem is – kids don’t always love the meals that make good freezer meal options. But these selections promise to change that.1. PizzaKids love to make their own pizza. So the next time you have a make your own pizza night, make a few extra and stick them a way in the freezer for another day. They are way healthier for you than the store-bought frozen variety and…
  • What Mom Really Does When There Are No Kids in the House

    Autumn Jones
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    If alone time is a dream, than having the house to yourself is Ambien. Being a in an empty house can be overwheling to a mom. The quietness evokes confusion. Trying to decide how to best use the time is paralyzing. Surely there is someone who needs more food or has something to whine about hiding in a coat closet. Can it really be that the only thing standing between mom and a nap is one flight of stairs? The primary rule for having the house to yourself is to make it look like no biggy. It is a scientific fact that if your children know you love something, they will immediately…
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  • Peaches, As Far As The Eye Can See

    Carmen Staicer
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:56 am
    I have long been a fan of "U-Pick" places.  You know, those rickety, spray painted signs on the roads wayyyyyy out in the middle of nowhere in your town, advertising "Sweet Corn" "May Peas" "Strawberries", etc.  Bonus points if the signs are misspelled, lol. When I took my kids (some of them, anyway, not everyone was interested, story of my life) strawberry and pea picking, I noticed a sign that said, "Come back in July for our PEACH FESTIVAL!" Well, yeah, I'm interested. Except that we were gone most of the month - I went to NYC for…
  • More and Better, All Night Long Sleep = A Much Better Outcome for You

    Carmen Staicer
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:06 am
    And by you, I don't mean you specifically, I mean you, the general public - although, hey, you might benefit. I've always been a person who seems to get a lot done in one day. In fact, some people have accused me of exaggerating/fabricating the list of things I accomplish - nope. I just seem to have a lot of energy (all of it before about 8 pm, haha) and that, combined with what I am convinced is an undiagnosed case of ADHD, just means that I go from one thing to another to the next and just - plow through. I can do laundry, make bread, clean the house, work my job, get the kids to and…
  • How Does One Stay Organized?

    Carmen Staicer
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:34 pm
    So, let's hypothetically say that there is a woman out there who has to manage the schedules of 6 or so people. (Two of her people conceivably could and should be managing their own, but occasionally, there's a bit of trickle over.) This woman has to track doctor appointments plural, concerts, lessons, household maintenance and responsibilities, and a full time job.  How should the woman in this equation stay organized - and no, stapling post its to her forehead, although a true and valid solution, won't work this time.  It's me. I'm the hypothetical. (I'm also…
 
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  • Creating a Family Photo Wall: The Point of All That Clutter

    SusieJ
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:52 pm
    The family photo wall at the lake is much more casual than the one at home. The one at home includes nails and picture frames and matting. The family photo wall at the lake uses twine, thumbtacks to string the line across the windows, and mini clothespins to hold the photos. Yet, the lines of photos takes you chronologically from our first days here, with our littlest one with chubby cheeks, and watching everyone grow. I’m behind 2.5 years in updating this one. I’ve been working most of the day on the photos to get them ready. This clothes line snap shot tells a story. When…
  • The Day We Carted The Albums Away to Make Room For You

    SusieJ
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:12 pm
    Those vinyl albums I had… the ones I dutifully gave to Goodwill, when we lived at Arden… they took up so much space, and we needed those crates to store the Playmobil toys for the babies that were coming… It’s all digitized now… on CDs… they’re so compact and take up no room at all.  And, they just look nice. All square and crisp and plastic. Besides, those old albums were scratched… and why do we even need a record player? What is the point? My son wants them. He found our old record player in the attic, and says it’s pretty cool, on the…
  • And, He’s Off…

    SusieJ
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:22 pm
    I have never worried about the way he drives, until I rode with him as a passenger. “You know, it’s not mandatory that you pass cars every time there is a dotted line…” That’s all I said… because, at this point, just being with him, observing him, is more delightful than telling him what to do all the time. I’ve done enough of that over the years.  Now, it’s time to just watch him go…. and go and go. Look at these two… roommates, grinning, only imagining what life has yet to bring them. No longer nervous freshmen like last…
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    20 Aug 2015 | 9:48 am
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    19 Aug 2015 | 1:25 pm
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  • Would you ever? (Beauty Services Edition)

    Whitney Moss
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:09 am
    It’s not entirely clear to me why the proliferation of home-delivery services is arriving in concert with apps as a way of life, but it does seem that my smart phone is increasingly becoming a remote control through which I can order whatever I want, around the clock. For most moms, this is a delightful thrill. Everything can be summoned to your house: food, diapers, even an assortment of stylish prescription eyeglasses for you to try on in front of your own mirror. And now: people. You can order PEOPLE to come to your house. Why would you? Well, these are specially trained people who…
  • The lasts of the firsts, part two

    Heather Flett
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    About a year ago, I wrote moodily about the lasts being harder to notice than the firsts. And as my (last) baby approaches his fourth birthday, I’m feeling it all again. Earlier this week, we had his first day of (his next year of) preschool. Oh sure, the school barely closed for a week in between “years” and he’s with the same kids and teachers, but the room is different and I know that he’s finally a senior. We’ve been in the same comfortable preschool since 2007 and this is really our last last year there. Sigh… I can remember his first shocking…
  • In the case of a failed nap, treat yourself kindly

    Whitney Moss
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:02 am
    When Joanne’s son was a toddler, she emailed me her take on “how to cope when baby doesn’t nap.” When I was in this phase, I often felt like I was spending the whole afternoon trying to make the nap happen, stewing in a power struggle. I had not yet discovered my philosophy of SURRENDER. Joanne’s take on surrendering to the nap fail is a good one. There are days when my little guy does not want to nap. Sometimes, this will happen a couple days in a row. On the days when I’m feeling stretched, I treat myself. Here’s how it works: Step 1: Take wide-eyed…
 
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  • He Came, He Conquered, He Took Home the Cake

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Here's Adam emulating Bruce Lee, handsome as ever, without his usual glasses and huge mop of hair. Next week he will be starting high school!Four years ago, this cute little boy entered middle school at 5th grade, unable to deal with no more recess, but always with a zen-like calm in every situation.Since then he's grown from 4'8" to 5' 10", towering over both of us.  But some things didn't change. Like his recreational basketball teams winning the championship in 5th, 6th and 8th grade.  Look how much smaller that trophy looked last year!Adam also played mallet percussion in band…
  • Summer Beach Stop Motion

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

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

    Christine
    23 Aug 2015 | 11:29 pm
    As I gear up for Timmy’s first year of school, I am reminded of all of the fun activities I did with my older kids when they were his age. I am taking my own advice from years ago not to... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • The Best Portable Speakers for Travel

    Christine
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Our family loves listening to music. We can’t always agree on what to play, but we almost always have something playing, whether it’s in the background or to drown out the chaos. I wish I... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • Two Step On Over to the Barton Creek LIVE Summer Music Series at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin

    Christine
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:52 pm
    Ray and I had the privilege of experiencing the Omni Resort and Spa at Barton Creek and attending the Shenandoah concert on Friday evening. It was quite the ultimate date night! We started the early... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
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  • Weekday Fun: Soccer Clinics, Free Music, School Jam at Brooklyn Children’s Museum

    Rose Gordon Sala
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    We’re bringing back our NYC weekday event picks starting Sunday to help make the most of your week as back-to-school returns and summer slips away. There’s design class for the artists, free soccer lessons for the sporty kids, free music and festivals in Brooklyn and one last summer movie in Queens. Check out our top weekday picks each day, or click through to the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar to see even more options. Signing up for our newsletters will ensure you receive the top event and activity picks for NYC kids every week, or even daily if you choose! Read More
  • After-School Registration Now Open for Free NYC Program

    Jody Mercier
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Earlier this week, we told you all about the lottery for free kid activities operated by the NYC Parks Department, but did you know they also have you covered for after-school? Registration for the FREE after-school program run by the Parks Department is now open for NYC kids ages 6 to 13 and we've got details on what the program offers and how to sign up. Read More
  • Girls-Only Empowerment Gym Class Kicks Off in Queens

    Rachel Sokol
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:35 am
    A new kids' athletics program opening in Queens this September is betting that the girls of Forest Hills might appreciate a little "gals-only" gym time.   GAALS (Girls Athletic and Life Skills) combines sports with life-skill lessons and promotes its classes as a way for girls from kindergarten to sixth grade to gain physical and mental confidence—"to feel comfortable participating, instead of standing on the sidelines." Each class includes time spent on a physical task like playing catch and then a less tangible skill, such as teamwork. Volleyball and leadership is another…
 
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  • Back to school shopping at Kohl’s!

    workoutmommy
    22 Aug 2015 | 5:44 pm
    School starts here soon and I have 4 boys who need a lot of new clothes!  Thankfully, we have a Kohl’s up the road that meets all of our back to school and fitness clothing needs. I took my oldest with me for a shopping spree, and as you can tell, he was more than excited!   (our Kohl’s plays some awesome in-store music that always leads to dancing!)   If you need quality sportswear,  either for yourself or your kids, Kohl’s has you covered.  Shorts, shirts, hoodies and everything at fantastic prices. My son has a field day with the large selection of Nike socks.  …
  • Fitspiration journal

    workoutmommy
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    I came across this on journal Instagram and went immediately to Target to get one……but sadly my Target did not have them.  The super kind people at Fitbook sent me one to review and I absolutely LOVE it! As someone who leans toward the negative, I love the daily reminders about being grateful. When I took this picture,  my first thought was about how my love handles spill over the sides of these shorts.  When I went to write in my journal, it asks me to write something I “appreciate about my strong bod today”—which made me realize how strong I am (hello,…
  • Quick home workout ideas

    workoutmommy
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:34 am
    Get in the best shape of your life!  This summer has flown by, hasn’t it?  I’ve managed to stay on point with my workouts, despite having 4 kids at home with me at all times. I have been able to let go of the perfect workout and focused on being flexible and creative! Here are my quick home workout ideas Here are some ideas: Quick home workout idea #1: Wall sits: These are great for your legs.  Make it more challenging by putting a weight plate on top and lifting your toes.  These can be done anywhere. Quick home workout idea #2: Burpee broad jumps:  Looking to take your…
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    All & Sundry

  • Calgon, cat-style

    Linda
    15 Aug 2015 | 9:38 am
    Do you remember Flickr’s Take Me to the Kittens! button? I think it would show up to offer you an alternate choice in case you had a change of heart about whatever adult-rated photography you were about to view. Like screw this, there could be ANYTHING beyond this content filter warning, let’s play it safe with a bunch of baby cats. I had a few months of a real-life Take Me to the Kittens function, and while my life is not teeming with lurid dick pics just waiting to erupt in my face (hm, that sentence sort of got away from me), it was nice to get a dose of fuzzy cheer whenever I wanted.
  • Salvation and chance, AA and God

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

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

  • Burt's Bees Soy Candles

    Renee Ross
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:41 pm
    I am a big fan of candles for several reasons. The most obvious one is the scent that candles bring to a room - scented candles are a must for me, I can’t imagine burning scentless candles! And of course, candles add ambiance to a room that various from relaxation to romance depending on the scenario. I have been using soy candles for as long as I can remember. Soy candles are burn cleaner than paraffin candles, they have no carcinogens, toxins or pollutants.  They also burn cooler which means that they tend to burn 30-50% longer than other candles. I have been known to pay a pretty…
  • Dyson V6 Slim Review

    Renee Ross
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:09 pm
    My home is wall to wall carpet and I have to tell you, that is a lot of carpet! I have gone through more vacuums than I can remember and have never been satisfied with a vacuum until I began using Dyson. I was recently sent a Dyson V6 Slim exclusive to Walmart and this is the third Dyson I own. Each of my Dyson vacuums serve a particular purpose in my household. The new Dyson V6 Slim is quickly becoming one of my favorites because it is lightweight, cordless and easy to use. The Dyson comes with two attachments, the long tube and a shorter one that I utilize for cleaning the steps. The Dyson…
  • Getting Gorgeous Lips with Restylane Silk

    Renee Ross
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Restylane® Silk. However, the thoughts and opinions are my own. Last month I had the pleasure of attending Getting Gorgeous held by two of my favorite people, Vera and Audrey. Both of these ladies exemplify the name of their event and as a lover of beauty and fashion, I had to attend to support my friends and check out all there was to offer. The title sponsor of the event, RestylaneSilk had a wonderful lounge filled with refreshments, mini makeovers and an opportunity to have a Restylane® Silk treatment with Dr. Whitney Bowe. If you aren’t…
 
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  • Unbox Star Wars: The Force Awakens on #ForceFriday!

    26 Aug 2015 | 6:52 pm
    Are you ready for #ForceFriday? The product collection from the anxiously-awaited seventh episode of the Star Wars saga will be unveiled in the first ever global live toy unboxing event! Spanning 18 hours, 15 cities and 12 countries, #ForceFriday will showcase highlights from the vast range of epic merchandise created to accompany the impending release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Products
  • Household Pests 101 | Giveaway

    19 Aug 2015 | 7:57 pm
    It’s back-to-school time and class is in session … Orkin is back with Household Pests 101 – featuring some of Orkin’s scientific knowledge of pests. The Orkin Man is here to help you #LearnWithOrkin so you don’t get schooled by pest problems in your own home. But Back-To-School doesn’t just mean for the kids. Orkin knows that moms are on the go more than ever and wants to make sure you’re all
  • Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Starts July 31st on Netflix

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:22 pm
    I never went to sleep away camp. This was a source for much consternation since I was a fan of the summer camp oeuvre such as Meatballs, Dirty Dancing, and, uh, every horror movie ever made. Adding to my chagrin was the fact that I spent my summers split between grandparents in southern California and New Jersey, the latter being a place where all children apparently are sent away to frolic in
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  • New Themes: Colinear and Franklin

    Ernesto Méndez
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    On this Theme Thursday, we have two new free themes for you: Colinear and Franklin. Colinear Colinear — our update to the older Coraline — is a squeaky-clean theme featuring a custom menu, header, background, and layout. Colinear supports featured images and six widget areas — up to three in the sidebar and three in the footer. Primarily designed for magazine-style sites, Colinear is a flexible theme that also suits any personal blog or content-rich site. Check out Colinear on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site. Franklin Franklin is a lightweight blogging theme,…
  • Introducing: Our New Action Bar

    Andy Peatling
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    We strive to make all aspects of using WordPress.com streamlined and intuitive, from following a great new blog to editing a post on the go. Today, we’re happy to present the new action bar, which allows you to do all this (and more) no matter what device you’re on. Following and more When you visit a site you’re not yet following, look to the bottom-right corner of the screen and you’ll see this: Clicking on Follow will make it so new posts from that site will appear in the WordPress.com Reader. Becoming a new follower has never been easier, whether you or your…
  • Get Up to Speed at learn.wordpress.com

    Krista
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you just started a spandy new WordPress blog or site and want to work on setup and configuration in your spare time, we’ve recently refreshed a resource that might be just the thing for you: learn.wordpress.com. Have you just created a blog or website to: Showcase a personal project? Maybe you’re working on a photo-a-day project, some short stories, poetry, or a memoir? Highlight your business’ offerings and attract new customers? Promote an organization and want to know how to get connected to potential supporters on social media? No matter the reason you created that…
 
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    Product Reviews by The Experimental Mommy

  • How I Survived Hurricane Katrina: A Tribute to Lily

    Bridgette Duplantis
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:20 pm
    To be honest, I had no intention on writing a post recapping my thoughts on this 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The week long television documentaries, radio editorials, and Presidential visits have been emotionally overwhelming and I think I speak for most New Orleanians when I say this is one Monday we are actually looking forward to arriving. The daily pictures, videos and stories will stop and we can go back to our new normalcy. But as I was reflecting on my own Katrina experience, the same question kept popping my head. How did I get through it? And my mind drifted to the same…
  • Wrapping Up Our Scholastic #SummerReading

    Bridgette Duplantis
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:24 pm
    This post is written by the Experimental Mommy and brought to you by Scholastic. All opinions remain 100% mine. Well, it’s over.  The swimsuits have been stored and the bedtimes are getting earlier. The first school bell has officially rung and my two littles have entered a new year of learning. We took the summer to spend lots of quality time together as a family and learn about geography, culture and history through travel. Because both girls had to complete a summer reading list as part of a school requirement, I credit the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge for encouraging them to…
  • What’s on Your Appliance Wish List?

    Bridgette Duplantis
    23 Aug 2015 | 8:14 pm
    This post was written by the Experimental Mommy and brought to you by P.C. Richard & Son. All opinions remain 100% mine. As a Mom of two who not only works full time outside the home but runs a blog and two successful businesses in her “spare” time, I value anything that can give me a few extra precious moments to spend with my family.  When finally getting some downtime, the last thing I want to do is clean house, spent countless hours on laundry or vacuuming every inch of the carpet.  I realize housework is a necessary evil but finding the right appliances can cut your…
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    Balancing Motherhood

  • Your Next Favorite Bento Box (& See My Collection)

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    22 Aug 2015 | 5:39 am
    I have a thing for school lunch bento boxes. I ended up with a collection of them in an attempt to find the best one. Over the years I’ve bought new ones in the hopes they would be the perfect solution for my school lunch box dilemma — some are, and some are a waste […] The post Your Next Favorite Bento Box (& See My Collection) appeared first on Balancing Motherhood.
  • 15 Marvelous Muffin Recipes

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

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

  • The man he is becoming

    Kristin Brandt
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:41 am
    Scrolling through over 300 photos posted by their summer camp, I came across this one of our son and daughter. And now, days later, I find I can’t get it out of my head, because in it I see not just my son as he is today, but also the man he is becoming. Blame it on the lighting, or his serious expression, or the accidental contouring provided through a combination of sweat and dirt. But looking at this picture I’m struck by how old he looks. He hovers between childhood and adulthood, and in this photo he looks more like the man that he will become than the child he has been.
  • Wait. . . when does school start?

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

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

  • Great College Essay Topics

    24 Aug 2015 | 9:20 am
    Looking for just the right college essay topic? Now that the college application season is here, essay topics for the Common App, personal statements for this school or that have become part of our daily household conversation. I have several great college essay topics! But my son has rejected them all. That's fine, he really needs to "own" his essay, right? Maybe they are right for your child.1.     What I learned after my freshman yearbook photo became a viral meme.2.     How I plan to use my White Privilege to better the…
  • Do You Need to Hire a College Admissions Counselor?

    20 Aug 2015 | 9:07 am
    A friend wrote me the other day asking if I thought she should hire a college admissions counselor to help guide her child (and her family) through the application process. I gave her such a long-winded answer that I decided to polish it up and turn it into a blog post. So,Do You Need to Hire a College Admissions Counselor? Probably not.I should clarify, do you need to hire a college counselor at a cost of several thousand dollars that equal the amount I paid for my first new-to-me car? I doubt it.Do you want to hire a college admissions counselor?Yes, maybe.Do you need to shell out…
  • My Knees Went Weak When I Read the Email

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

  • Healthy goodnessknows® snack squares for back-to-school

    Amber Johnson
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:33 am
    It has been more than four years since Denver was chosen as the test market for goodnessknows® snack squares. I should know. That’s when I had my first taste of these delicious snacks with crunchy nuts, dark chocolate and tangy fruits and my family has been eating them ever since. I’ve had relationships that haven’t lasted that long. And yes, I’m sure chocolate should be factored into the reason. I’ve enjoyed watching goodnessknows’ popularity grow so imagine how excited I was when I was recently mindlessly strolling around Costco and was…
  • Managing the daily battles with your teen

    Amber Johnson
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:28 am
    Watch Michael J. Bradley, EdD’s video on Managing the daily battles with your teen.  An award-winning author, he has counseled adolescents and their parents for over 30 years and currently has a private practice. As a recognized specialist in adolescent behavior and parenting, Dr. Bradley is in demand as a speaker and facilitator for mental health professionals, educators, and parenting groups. For more information on parenting visit KidsInTheHouse.com Kids in the House is the world’s largest parenting video library with over 9,000 videos from 450 experts, including…
  • A Taste of Colorado: Contest winners & kids activity line-up!

    Guest Blogger
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    CONGRATULATIONS TO WINNERS LARA J., ANGELA M., MONICA H., CARRIE M., SAMMIE J., TAMMY B., LORI D, JANE B.! Prepare for family fun this Labor Day Weekend at A Taste of Colorado! Featured acts, including the Wayne and Wingnut’s Red Hot Chili Puppets, Jim Jackson’s Busker and Me, and Chad Wonder, the comedic magician, will entertain on the KidzStage presented by MIX 100. Children and adults can stay busy for hours with carnival rides, games, educational exhibits, and more. The 32nd annual event takes place Friday, September 4 through Monday, September 7 in downtown Denver’s Civic Center…
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    (More than) Fourinarow.net

  • Put ‘er Down

    Susan
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:12 am
    You shouldn’t hold her all the time.  You should put her down.  Don’t you ever set her down? Yes.  Sometimes. I know.  She’s my sixth child.  I shouldn’t hold her all the time. But, if I didn’t… I wouldn’t see all the funny faces she makes while she’s sleeping. I wouldn’t get to feel her warm weight on my chest as she sleeps. I’d miss out on the uh-uh-uh-ahhhhhh sighs she makes. I wouldn’t get to smell the soft top of her head. Or hear the sucking noises she makes sometimes. Or feel her wiggle around to get comfy. Or get…
  • School Yearbook

    Susan
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:48 am
    The years are flying by!  
  • The Hilarity That Is Motherhood

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

  • CDiff: The SuperBug Being Defeated By Poop

    Queen of Spain
    15 Aug 2015 | 10:57 am
    Clostridium difficile commonly known as “C. diff,” is a germ usually occurring in people taking antibiotics that can cause diarrhea and death. However there is an experimental treatment raising eyebrows and the hopes of those suffering from the disease. Fecal transplants* (yes, fecal) are being used more and more with an astounding success rate to eradicate the very stubborn germ. According to the Mayo Clinic, fecal transplants boast a 90% cure rate. While the Mayo Clinic’s fecal transplant program has patients use family as donors, UCLA’s program uses a donor bank on the East…
  • California’s Drought Makes Summer Vacation Dry

    Queen of Spain
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:32 pm
    California is facing a drought of historic proportions, changing the typical summer vacation for kids state-wide. With the help of their parents, many children are learning to cope with the state’s changing water restrictions and coming up with their own ways to conserve water.
  • All I Want is a Garden

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

  • Styling Skinny Jeans From Isaac Mizrahi

    Jamie Reeves
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:20 pm
    I am a jeans and boots girl in the fall. Luckily for me I am one of those “creative types,” and I can typically dress up a pair of jeans even for a client meeting. Jeans are the building blocks... The post Styling Skinny Jeans From Isaac Mizrahi appeared first on Blonde Mom Blog.
  • Color Vibe 5K Nashville Ticket Giveaway

    Jamie Reeves
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:13 am
    My girls have wanted to do a fun color 5K event for the longest time so we are super excited about next month’s Color Vibe™ event to be held at Opry Mills. We’re a pretty colorful family AND we love... The post Color Vibe 5K Nashville Ticket Giveaway appeared first on Blonde Mom Blog.
  • Alabama Gulf Coast Family Adventures

    Jamie Reeves
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am
    I grew up vacationing with my family on the Florida Gulf Coast but never quite made it over the border to neighboring Alabama and its beautiful white sandy beaches. We decided to take a last-minute beach vacation in July and... The post Alabama Gulf Coast Family Adventures appeared first on Blonde Mom Blog.
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    dkMommy Spot

  • An Amazing Discovery in my Blender – A Golden Raw Food “Milkshake”

    Diane Kidman
    6 Aug 2015 | 2:48 pm
    I just discovered something in my Vitamix blender, a delicious raw food milkshaky thing, and I got so excited about it that I didn’t even finished drinking my discovery before writing to you. Cold melon straight from the fridge hurts my teeth in a way few things can do. So for a long time now, I’ve been throwing the cold melon into my trusty sidekick Mr. Vitamix, then liquefying the melon into some surprisingly delicious whole-fruit juice. Quite sometime back, we discovered that even if the melon wasn’t that great, running it through the Vitamix brought out all the…
  • Can You Trick Your Family Into Eating More Raw Food?

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

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

  • Notes from Pond Island, Maine

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:33 pm
    I grew up hearing stories about the island -- a faraway place, nearly impossible to get to, accessible only by chartered fishing boat or in dreams. My Nana spent her childhood on the island, hunting for arrowheads with her cousins, her hands stained from wild blueberries collected just before.Pond Island was like a myth to us as children. We drew pictures of the Big House in our heads and dreamt of tromping through the woods, berries in our pockets, fairies in our periphery.***We are the last to arrive by boat. The kids clutch their backpacks and Hal holds onto the suitcase we have filled…
  • 244/100: Newsom & Nin

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:54 pm
    Joanna Newsom by Annabel MehranThis on repeat. And repeat. And repeat. And repeat...244. Sapokanikan by: Joanna Newsom(video by: P.T. Anderson.)P.S. The above photo reminded me of one of my favorites images of Anaïs Nin (by: Brassai)...Which reminded me of this incredible interview which, Nin style, is forever timely and timeless. And so... this on repeat, too:GGC
  • Health, Happiness and the Pursuit of Positive

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:17 am
    This week on Mom.me, I'm teaming up with The Representation Project (of which I have always been a fan) and their new #BuildConfidence initiative, to talk about how we, as parents, can celebrate, inform and empower mentors who model positive self-esteem and body image.(Spoiler alert: Everyone has insecurities. Confidence is something we find within ourselves over time. It is also something we lose, regain, reform, rebuild, and re-establish as we age. And that goes for our children as well.)- As the Parent/Caretaker, You = #1This is, perhaps, the scariest truth of all. Because, in the end,…
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    Surrender, Dorothy

  • Growing Up

    Rita Arens
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:30 pm
    "Did I used to put my head here?" she asked, even though she knew the answer, that this is a dance we do. "Yes, right here on my shoulder. And then, finally, you would sleep from 5-7 am." I remember those days, dragging myself to work to pay for diapers and formula and daycare. It was a dark time. She rests her tween head on my shoulder now. I vow to stay for five counts of one hundred. I feel her body grow heavy, begin to twitch. I remember those days when her body was only two feet long, cradled against me. The relief I felt in her sleep, which meant my sleep. I told her she used to shove…
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  • Help Preserve Progress on Healthier School Foods. Join #FoodFri

    Migdalia Rivera
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:56 am
    Tweetchat Can you believe schools are back in session across some parts of the country? Children are excited. Routines are changing. Parents juggling act has commenced. And, schools have prepared for children as well.   Kids are going back to school this year to meals that keep getting healthier. Ninety-five percent of school districts are meeting the updated nutrition standards—serving meals with more whole grains, less sodium, and more fruits and vegetables.  Join us to talk about the progress schools are making, and debunk school food myths and old perceptions of school meals. Join…
  • Two Virginians died today

    Gloria Pan
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Take Action!This morning in Virginia, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, two young journalists with Roanoke news station WDBJ-TV, were shot to death during a live broadcast. In the wake of this tragedy, Governor Terry McAuliffe has renewed his call for tougher gun laws in the Commonwealth. Tell Governor McAuliffe you agree. Sign on to MomsRising’s message of support to help the governor build momentum for better gun policy in Virginia’s next legislative session: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/McAuliffeGunSafety/ During a Wednesday morning appearance on WTOP's monthly "Ask the Governor"…
  • Thoughts on Trump, breastfeeding, & #WomensEqualityDay

    To-wen Tseng
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:58 am
    On August 26, 1920, women achieved the right to vote in the US, thus the Women's Equality Day. On this very special day, I want to do something that I rarely do--write a little bit about my thoughts on this heating presidential election.  Living in America, I often have an illusion that we women are completely equal to men. Unfortunately, whenever I have such an illusion, things always happen to break it. Something like, just yesterday, the GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump once again called the FOX anchor Megyn Kelly a "bimbo." Trump's twitter tirade against Kelly was soon…
 
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    This Full House

  • Pink Hair, Don't Care, Unless You Happen To Be My Kid!

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:40 am
    I have straight fine hair (and by fine I mean not like...duuuuude, you got some fine-looking hair... but more like...duuuuude, your hair is soooooo fine, can't do nothing wit-it!), so I keep it short and make sure to take many selfies on good hair days...you know...to document...on the Internet...forever and ever, amen. "What color are we doing, today?!?" Fortunately, my hairdresser has known me for a very long time and happens to be a good friend of mine. "Oh, I don't know, surprise me!" She is also a master colorist and a Ninja with a pair of razor shears. We...
  • Everyone has a story, here's yours!

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

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

  • Keep Remembering Hurricane Katrina. Don't Mind Us.

    velveteenmind@gmail.com (Megan Jordan)
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:35 am
    This week marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. You are bound to know that because the media won't let you forget. Some of you diligently share the pieces that resonate with you. Some of you respectfully nod to your Southern friends and check in to see how we're faring. And some of you get unexpectedly rebuked for your efforts. Don't mind us. For countless reasons, for countless people, the countless stories and editorials in the media have become simply too much. The criticisms are, frankly, countless: The stories are too pandering, the stories are too optimistic, the stories are…
  • How Can a Small Pledge Make a Major Impact? Using Social Media for Social Good #MyPledge15

    velveteenmind@gmail.com (Megan Jordan)
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    This post made possible by BMF as part of the #MyPledge15 social good campaign.  Ten years ago this year, I stood in the front yard of my parents' Gulf Coast home trying to identify the direction from which a ringing bell was sounding. That ringing bell meant hot food. I walked to the street and waited, hesitantly and hopefully flagging down the white truck emblazoned with an iconic red cross as it approached our intersection. I felt awkward and unworthy as I approached the slowing vehicle. This was a middle class neighborhood, not a village struck by a tsunami. This was Hurricane…
  • An Artist Must Never Be a Prisoner

    velveteenmind@gmail.com (Megan Jordan)
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc. - Henri Matisse I have long been a prisoner of my own rules. Rules that I set for myself, thinking that they will help guide me but that surely bind me, instead. I frequently turn to this space when I feel the pressure of those bindings begin to tighten. Or perhaps it's not the tightening that I'm feeling but rather the outside limits of my self-imposed constraints when I begin to stretch myself again. I push against my own rules…
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  • Tamales

    Jody
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    The making of tamales in Oaxaca is nothing short of a labor of love. Our guide arranged a celebration meal for us to celebrate the birthday of our friend Greg, who organized our trip down to the T-shirts we wore … Continue reading →
  • I think she liked Mexico

    Jody
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:03 am
    Mia, did you like Mexico? I thought so. Absolute freedom and joy.
  • Mia, in her natural habitat

    Jody
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
    San Diego, Oaxaca, Mexico.
 
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    Woulda Coulda Shoulda

  • A matter of distance

    Mir
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:43 am
    I’m beginning to suspect that Otto was excited about Chickadee finally getting her driver’s license because it afforded him the legitimate opportunity to talk endlessly about Our Next Car. Otto LOVES talking cars, in a way I will never understand, but I tolerate it because I adore him and he’s cute. Also, any time I […]
  • Not sick, and slightly useful

    Mir
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:53 am
    I spent last week in a grudging state of malingering. Malingerment? Whatever. I was not SICK sick, you understand. I was not so ill that I could take to my bed without guilt, but I had a cold (THANKS, KIDS!) and just didn’t feel 100%. I got up in the morning and packed lunches and […]
  • Oh you know, the regular

    Mir
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:35 pm
    We are all trying to get settled into the school routine now that we’re back to it, and it’s been long enough that it’s not feeling new, but short enough that we’re still sort of hoping it might be a mistake and it’s still summer. I’m not really sure what’s happening. Mornings haven’t been too […]
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  • The Unpackening

    amalah
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:04 am
    Okay! First week in the new house! Who's ready for some amazeballs interior decorating p0rn? LOLOLOLOLOLOLLLLLLLL Yeah, that's what's going on in almost every room right now. This particular pile is directly outside my office in the basement level, nearly barricading me in.  We packed up about half of the old house ourselves, then had the movers come handle the rest of it. They did a great job, but perhaps went a little overboard on the packing paper to actual box contents ratio. Like I don't think my hairbrush and a random pile of already-broken crayons needed to each…
  • Snacks on the Road

    amalah
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:03 am
    This post is sponsored by NatureBox   So a long long time ago (I can still remember) when planning out possible topics for another NatureBox post, I decided I would write something workout and weightlifting related. Maybe go through my routines, and then talk about the diet changes I’ve made (no more hardcore calorie restrictions for this gal) and my favorite pre- and post-workout snacks (carbs first, protein after). Which conveniently, I get delivered from NatureBox! See? Easy post that writes itself! Maybe I could try my hand at some super #inspirational #fitness #selfies.  …
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    The Domestic Diva

  • Clean Up Quickly with the Dyson V6 Slim

    The Domestic Diva
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:15 pm
    (sponsored post) I admit that I am a messy cook despite my love of cooking. Between my daily cooking, the kids, and pets sometimes everyday messes can get out of hand. A few years ago I was introduced to the handheld Dyson Slim which changed the way that my family cleaned up messes, especially when […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • 5 Ways to use Candles to Relax at Home

    The Domestic Diva
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:02 pm
    (sponsored post) Candles are what I would call a staple in our home. I use candles quite often for various reasons. One of the main reasons why I use candles is to relax. On a recent trip with the Walmart Moms, I was introduced to two new lines of candles available in Walmart stores and […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • American Home by Yankee Candle now available at Walmart

    The Domestic Diva
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (sponsored post) Scent is such a powerful thing. When it comes to making my domestic spaces smell warm and inviting one of the first products that I think of is candles. I love candles especially in my bedroom and home office spaces plus no spa night at home would be complete without some relaxing bubble […] 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

  • Menu Monday Staying On Track

    Heather Solos
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:25 am
    Heather says I’d give us a solid B+ for last week. Instead of staying at home and eating leftovers, we did get dinner out one evening. It was still a good week and on Saturday I spent some time cooking for this coming week and some travel I have in the next couple of months. Managing four kids in three schools and three sports takes a ridiculous amount of planning. I made a huge batch of chicken bog and roasted two small chickens I picked up on clearance. I also turned those chickens into stock. It wasn’t a bad way to spend a rainy afternoon. The roast chicken is going to be…
  • Shredded Pork Burrito Bowls

    Heather Solos
    23 Aug 2015 | 6:11 pm
    Heather says We’ve been working hard to reduce our meals out. We’ve come a long way since we first started dating and I’m thrilled about that. However, we both sometimes miss items found at certain *cough* Chipotle *cough* restaurants. We’ve agreed to work on finding meals or recipes that satisfy those urges without breaking our budget. A meal out is fine when it’s one or two people. In our case, one or two turns into six people and that’s just not happening, except for special occasions. Here’s how we get our Chipotle fix for significantly less than…
  • Vacuums / Vacuuming: A Home-Ec 101 Guide

    Jendi
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:38 am
    Vacuums are good for many things – carpet, hard floors, cars, refrigerator coils, vents, and more! You’ll want to have a good vacuum that doesn’t cost all of your savings, but still does what you want it to do. It is one of those areas where the saying “You get what you pay for” definitely applies. Following are some tips, tricks, and reviews to help you make wise decisions about which vacuum to get and how to take care of that vacuum once it’s in your house. Click on the title of the article you want to read more of. How Do I Keep Long Hair From Clogging…
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  • Disney Driven Week In Review 8-30-15

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
      It’s the Disney Driven Week In Review! We understand that life keeps you busy, so here is a list of what you may have missed! Have you been counted? Sign up today & get counted! We are also a part of Networked Blogs & Bloglovin’! Get our posts delivered to your inbox daily or weekly! Sign up information below. GIVEAWAYS! This month, we are hosting two giveaways! You can enter to win a fabulous prize from DDL Contributor, Sherri with the Disney Driven Riddle of the Month or read NDM Jill’s interview with Amanda from Heavy Metalz Studio and win a super cute Mickey…
  • What Great Disney Photograph Continues to Elude You?

    Chris W. (NDD #300)
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
      You may have seen my previous Photo Bucket List posts for the four Walt Disney World parks (and one resort!), and I’ll have some more lists to come, but I thought I’d ask a question in this post: What attraction, park location, or resort spot is most difficult for you to photograph? And I’ll follow up with another question – what’s making the shot tough for you? For me, night time photography in the parks and resorts, along with dark ride photography, are my focus (no pun intended). I have some ok photographs in these settings, but nothing really good. I won’t retell my…
  • There Has Been An Awakening – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Trailer Uses New Instagram Format

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
      STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS EXCLUSIVE LOOK USING INSTAGRAM’S NEW LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION BURBANK, CALIF.  –  Instagram announced that – in addition to square posts – you can now share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape orientation on their platform. With this update, Instagram users can upload widescreen video which will be more cinematic than ever. @StarWars released an exclusive look at their upcoming film, The Force Awakens, using Instagram’s new landscape orientation. As part of this collaboration, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the very…
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • Are dads underserved in the workplace?

    Joey Lombardi
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    by Joey Lombardi posted in Mom Stories This summer has been heavily work-focused for me. I am running a project I am very interested in, and it is going well. As a father, when I am heads down with work, of course I feel like I am ignoring my son and wife. Unsurprisingly, I am... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Dear new moms, read this if you've ever felt like a failure

    Melissa Byers
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    by Melissa Byers posted in Mom Stories "I can't do this anymore. I want to quit even though I know I don't mean it!" Those are desperate words spoken by a mom on the edge of a breakdown. That mom was me. I've written about it before. I had a rough start with breastfeeding, filled with... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Most kindergarteners are vaccinated, but is that enough?

    Michelle Stein
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:35 am
    by Michelle Stein posted in Mom Stories Things are looking up for kindergarten vaccination rates, according to new data released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) But is it enough? Although the majority of parents are following medical advice to vaccinate their kids, there are still pockets of children in the... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
 
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    Stimeyland

  • Once a Cheetah, Always a Cheetah

    Stimey
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:54 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
  • Everyone Learned Something

    Stimey
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:01 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
  • A Visual Tour of Summer Thus Far

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

  • It Was Percy’s Birthday BUT You Get the Present! (Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes Giveaway)

    Kimberly
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:45 pm
    I can hardly believe that August is coming to an end. The boys will be back in school this time next month (?!) Over the summer, the boys (especially Michael!) have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Percy Pack. As part of the Pack, I’m sharing highlights that Rick Riordan fans might enjoy and […] The post It Was Percy’s Birthday BUT You Get the Present! (Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes Giveaway) appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • 10 Stores to Shop for Tween Boys Clothes

    Kimberly
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:52 pm
    My husband Reggie thinks that our oldest son Michael has outgrown Children’s Place for clothes now that he is headed to 6th grade/middle school next month. Since Reggie teaches at a middle and high school AND he is a guy, I’m taking his input. (I’m still shopping for my 8-year-old son Sean at Children’s Place […] The post 10 Stores to Shop for Tween Boys Clothes appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Fantasy Forest Queens in Images

    Kimberly
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Earlier this summer, Sean was invited to a classmates’ birthday party at Fantasy Forest Queens. I had never heard about Fantasy Forest but it’s a cute little amusement park in Queens at the Flushing Meadows Carousel. Did I mention that it was very small. I would say that it’s perfect for kids ages 8 and […] The post Fantasy Forest Queens in Images appeared first on Mom in the City.
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    [Mis]Adventures of an Ad Girl in New York

  • 25 Things You MUST Do Before the Start of School This Year

    25 Aug 2015 | 11:12 am
    Did we get your attention with this title!?  Did you drop everything you were doing to read it? Did you did you!!!??  We sure hope so, since apparently sensational lists with numbers are the latest thing in pseudo-journalism.  After all, if your article or post doesn't have a title like this it won't be read.  Just ask the peeps at Buzzfeed or Upworthy.  Hopefully, we've followed their formula correctly as what follows will now have absolutely nothing to do with the lazy attention-grabbing headline.Some of you may have noticed the absence of posts in the past few…
  • Because it's Festivus....

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:55 pm
    It's December 23rd!!!!!!!  One of our favorite days of the year. That's right, peeps, it's Festivus for the rest of us. You know what this means, right? All those annoyances we've experienced holiday shopping this week or attempting to smoosh into a subway car can now slide smoothly off our chest. So without further ado, we present the top ten things that have disappointed us this holiday season. Please to enjoy our first annual airing of the grievances:1) Stuff.  It's expensive.2) Words with friends.  We still can't beat K-girl.  And unlike the boyfriend, she doesn't have…
  • Just Give Me a Sign

    16 Nov 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Parenting is a long-range deal.  An all embracing endeavor.  A game-changer.  A slow and steady sport, if you will.  One where perpetual fatigue leads you to make way too many bad analogies.   Regardless, it's a journey where you fumble your way through the fog, facing humility like you've never known, wondering how the hell you're going to make it successfully through without falling off a cliff.  Being human and all, you enter survival mode, clinging to anything and everything that might help you get through this seemingly thankless mission.So, you look for a…
 
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    Mombian

  • How Do Queer Asian American Women Balance Work and Family?

    Dana
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:03 am
    I’m passing along this invitation to participate in a study on queer Asian American women, mothering, and work/family issues. Hope some of you will participate and/or help spread the word about this work! I have no connection to the researchers; please pass on any questions or concerns to them. Miliann Kang, Associate Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies University of Massachusetts, Amherst Nahee Kwak, Research Assistant, Smith College ’14, Philosophy & East Asian Studies Naheekw@gmail.com We are conducting a study on how Queer Asian American women balance work and…
  • Back-to-School Resources for LGBTQ Parents

    Dana
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:01 am
    I first started posting back-to-school resources for LGBTQ parents in 2006, before my own son was even in school. He’s grown and changed, and so has this list. I hope it remains useful, whether your children are just entering school, starting a new school, or encountering new issues in their educational journeys. For All Ages Teaching Tolerance’s guide, “Best Practices: Creating an LGBT-inclusive School Climate,” is a useful compact reference for classrooms of all ages. The Family Equality Council’s Inclusive Schools page offers sample letters that parents can send to teachers to…
  • More Diversity than Ever in LGBTQ-Inclusive Picture Books

    Dana
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:06 am
    Recent LGBTQ-inclusive picture books have been increasingly diverse in terms of family structure, race/ethnicity, and gender identity. They offer us stories that address specific LGBTQ concerns along with ones that simply include LGBTQ characters. From Mainstream Publishers Stella Brings the Family, by Miriam Schiffer (Chronicle Books) tells of a girl with two dads trying to figure out who to bring as a class guest on Mother’s Day. In some ways, it echoes Lesléa Newman’s classic Heather Has Two Mommies, in which a child deals with explaining her same-sex parents at school. Stella,…
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    fromtheparkbench

  • Keeping Eyes On Technology of Identity to Ourselves

    bstapleton1
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:25 pm
    New technologies are now being introduced into telecommunication systems. The increasing vulnerability of these systems, and enhancing securities of databases improved the security and reliability of databases. New technologies in iris technology recognition aims at being improved as a level of recognition technology, and has recently been introduced as a facilitated process of authentication. At […]
  • School Seasons Are Changing and So Are Selections

    bstapleton1
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:25 pm
    There’s so many people watching Big Bang Theory these days, you would think the ‘Evolution Theory’ would have a lesson plan rolled out. However, that really isn’t appropriate for lower class, middle class, or elementary students. The concept though; it is still there right? You could play the theme song, and still have the jest […]
  • STATE MANDATES SEX EDUCATION FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL KIDS

    bstapleton1
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Are you a parent, a grandparent, an aunt or uncle, or a guardian of a child? Maybe you haven’t started a family, and are considering the possibility. Consider the State you live in telling you, there is a new sex education class for you child, and it is mandatory! What if your son or daughter […]
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    The Pioneer Woman

  • The New Normal

    Ree
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:25 am
    It’s been a week since Alex pulled away from our homestead, and approximately 4.7 days since I hugged her in her dorm room and said goodbye. I knew the ensuing days would be tough, and guess what? I was right! The first couple of days back at home were pretty tear-streaked and weepy, and thank you for being understanding about my light posting schedule. I was no good to anyone!   But things are easing into a new normal, now, and we’re settling in to doing the same things we did when Alex was at home. The only difference is that there are now five of us instead of six.  …
  • Settled

    Ree
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:18 am
    Alex is all moved into her new dorm room at her college 7.42 hours away (if I only stop twice) and Marlboro Man, Paige and I driving back to the ranch. Our hearts are heavy but full, and speaking of full, so are our bellies. We’ve never eaten so much queso in our lives. I can’t write too much right now about the ins and outs of leaving Alex at college, because I’ve sort of leveled out this morning and I don’t want to get myself all worked up and hectic again. I promise, however, to jot down my reflections throughout the week. And come Wednesday or Thursday, my new…
  • Me & Him, Him & Me

    Ree
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:27 pm
    I think I shared this photo on Instabook or Facegram or Twitbook or Instaface or one of those crazy places I tend to share family photos, but I don’t remember posting it here. I wanted to share it because it’s a nice memory from our family trip this summer, and also because this guy and I have been married a long time—long enough, in fact, that we have a daughter getting ready to go to college, which is completely puzzling to us considering we just started dating a year ago. By the way: I would love to think I’m an experienced enough blogger not to get in a rut with…
 
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  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    Photo and text by Gabrielle. Hello, Friends! I feel like giving high fives to everyone, because we made it through the first week of school!! I’m not sure what it is, but this year, that feels like a big accomplishment. Hah! To celebrate, we’re hosting a cousins sleepover tonight. Which means this should be a great weekend! How about you? Any fun plans? Before I say see ya later alligator, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share: - Alt Summit registration for the flagship January conference is now open! Will I see you there? (Oh. And the Call for Speakers ends on the…
  • Family Finances: Creating a Budget

    Design Mom
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Photos and text by Gabrielle. As you may already know, I’m working with ScholarShare, California’s 529 savings plan, on a series of 4 posts about family finances. In the first post, we talked about teaching kids about finances (and I shared the money game I made up for my teens!). Then we covered Bookkeeping 101. And today, it’s all about Creating a Family Budget. I mentioned this in the last posts, but it’s worth repeating: I know talking about finances can trigger worry or shame for lots of us, so I promise to keep things shame-free and totally…
  • Four Picture Books You’ll Love

    Design Mom
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:15 am
    Photos and text by Gabrielle. Today, I have four excellent books to tell you about. One is a Caldecott winner, another is a Caldecott Honor book, another is an older reprint from Italy, and another was published just this month — and is one of the prettiest books I’ve seen in ages. Let’s start with Swan, by Laurel Snyder, with illustrations by Julie Morstad. If you’ve got a young dancer in the house, this book is a must have. It’s the life story of Anna Pavlova, legendary prima ballerina, and her most famous role. The words feel like a poem, and the artwork is…
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    The Vintage Mama

  • VLOG: How a Simple Phone Call Meant the Difference Between Success and Failure

    Lydia Hernandez
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:26 pm
    Well, there you have it…I nearly failed a class because I didn’t think I was capable of writing  a paper. Yes. Me. The writer. I was planning on writing this somewhat embarrassing story, but I thought a video of me telling you would be SO much more embarrassing. Especially because I was sort of unprepared to […]
  • A Poem About A Summer Romance: A Tune So Blue

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

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

  • Praying For Rain

    angella
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:31 pm
    We live in desert country, so we are used to our summers hearing about forest fires and wild fires and having friends evacuated and seeing the sky covered in a thin haze. It comes and it goes and it’s part of life here. This year has been different. Spring started in February (I ran outside in a t-shirt and shorts in FEBRUARY), and we have had less precipitation than ever. I don’t have scientific facts for you, but I can tell you that June is usually rainy while the kids have end-of-school-year fun events. We did not have a rainy June. Or May. Or any month this year so far.
  • Let The Games Begin

    angella
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:07 pm
    We’ve been in a bit of a holding pattern over here in our new house. We’re in, but we’re still “camping” until we get the renovations done and can unload our container full of our stuff. We’re hiring our brothers (Not a church term, but I guess also a church term, because our brothers are also ‘brothers’). Now the word just looks weird. Brothers. BROTHERS. #brothers I’m craving broth all of a sudden. We spent today ripping out our old flooring. This: Is now this: My brother is here right now working on the demolition side of things and…
  • Stuff

    angella
    13 Aug 2015 | 9:35 pm
    I sent the above photo to Instagram/Facebook/Twitter tonight with the following caption: We went to our container full of all of our house belongings to grab our mattress in order to return a borrowed one. Stuff doesn’t matter, but the stuff I choose to make my home ::home:: matters. It’s in a container until we’re able to bring it back to us. I have some feelings about this. I’m so thankful for where we are, and how we got here. I tell the story often to people in our community who haven’t heard it. It’s an amazing story and we get to live that story. We…
 
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  • August Updates

    bosssanders
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Outside my window… It’s LOVELY outside.  Warm but with a cool breeze.  I can smell FALL coming!  I love it!  I feel like I need a yummy coffee in hand.  Ahhh… I am thinking… School has been in full swing for Z for a couple of weeks, now.  He seems to really like it!  I’m still a little anxious as I know he has some learning issues…and those just don’t disappear.  But, having a great teacher who is super sweet and awesome at communicating is SO HELPFUL! Also, this… (nap time…they adore each other SO much!) I am thankful… 76.  A great…
  • AREN’T YOU DONE YET? – Life With 5 Kids (What It’s Like)

    bosssanders
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:54 pm
    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “Gosh, aren’t you done yet?”   or “Your hands must be SO full,” or “There’s just no way that I could EVER do that,” said with an eyeroll and as if “THAT” was akin to licking pond scum. Sometimes, it’s from family or friends…and even, strangers.  And, while I’ve got some pretty awesome witty one-liners ready to go, it pierces my heart even so.  And, I wonder if my children feel like they are something that should just be “tolerated,” rather than…
  • Movement as Readiness for Music Lessons – a guest post by Amy Allen

    bosssanders
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:37 am
    Please welcome our guest poster, Amy Allen!  Amy Allen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a certified Harmony Road Music teacher and opened her own authorized Harmony Road Music Education Center in Western KY.  Amy has spent many years serving others through her gift of music. Years ago, as a college graduate with a degree in music education, I began a private piano studio with about 20 students. Within the first year, I began to notice that not all beginning music students were alike. It’s not that I expected that they would be, for we are all individuals with our own…
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    Virtual Coach

  • @barbling: Nice! ‘Inside Out’ Grosses Over $700 Million Worldwide http://buff.ly/1hoSOdn

    30 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
    This Just In! Nice! ‘Inside Out’ Grosses Over $700 Million Worldwide http://buff.ly/1hoSOdn 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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    30 Aug 2015 | 2:54 am
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    29 Aug 2015 | 6:28 pm
    This Just In! Rise of the Social Media Customer Service Trolls http://buff.ly/1VkIFxp 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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  • Crafty Ways to Entertain and Fascinate Your Bug-Loving Child

    Kerry Sauriol
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:20 am
    When it comes to nature, it’s no secret that kids love to dig in and get dirty. Some kids even go so far as to bring bits of nature home with them — unfortunately it’s usually the creepy, crawly bits. If you have fledgling entomologists on your hands — and you’re not big on inviting a horde of insects into your house — crafts are a fun and easy way to entertain them without having to call pest control. Here is an extensive list of awesome craft tutorials paired with some fun facts to encourage your child’s creativity and increase their knowledge. Ant Crafts & Facts  …
  • Home Theatre Al Frescso Style with Epson

    Kerry Sauriol
    11 Aug 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Like many Vancouverites, air conditioning is just a pipe dream throughout this long hot summer.   The interior of our house is stuffy and unbearable so as soon as the sun sets we are all out on our teeny tiny patio soaking up the cool evening air. Usually, we are all out there with separate electronic devices…I like to binge watch Netflix shows curled up in my fave chair with the citronella candles lit and my homemade water feature gurgling away. For a short while, thanks to Epson, we were united together in our viewing and enjoyed watching movies on our patio thanks to the really…
  • Half Way Through Summer. Are You Ready for ‘Back to School’?

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

  • In Which I’ll Probably Be Making A Community Garden {Sponsored}

    ali
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Since I started working for a waste management company, our entire family has become more much aware of the environment. I spend a lot of time tweeting stories about recycling, and now I have become a pretty kick-ass (and kind of annoying) recycler and composter. I post stories daily to our company Facebook page about upcycling, and now I am fully onboard with the great sanding and re-staining our dining room furniture project of 2015. Oh yes, instead of tossing our dated and stained in various spots with various types of nail polish remover dining room furniture, we are going to sand it, and…
  • Unaccompanied

    ali
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:21 am
    The dog days of summer are in full swing around here. Those weeks when camps have ended and my Facebook feed is full of adorable first day of school photos and the sweaters on display at the mall signal that school and fall and pumpkin spice everything season is just around the corner. That magical (read: NOT MAGICAL) time of year when as a working mom things get a little bit…tricky. Luckily, as a social media manager in a department of ONE, almost all of the work I do can be done with little more than a laptop. I am what you’d consider a work-from-the-office mom *and* a…
  • Anything To Declare?

    ali
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:27 pm
    As a person with a pretty fun and exciting (read: not actually fun and exciting) general anxiety disorder, you’d think that flying would be a pretty panic-inducing activity, and truthfully, it used to be.   God, did it ever. I used to wake up in cold sweats just thinking about air travel. I also used to be the one who got pulled over for random extra screenings when I was flying solo with a baby and a stroller and needed to use my sweet ninja skills to collapse the stroller while holding a baby and simultaneously removing my chucks. I used to stress about sitting next to nose…
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    Baby Mum-Mum

  • The ABC’s of Packing Healthy School Lunches

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:10 pm
    The summer is winding down and school is back in session.   Whether it be packing a lunch, an after school snack, or sending your little one to daycare with a meal in tow; the midday meal should be tasty and pack a nutritional punch to help fuel those developing brains during the day. Lunch is […]
  • Safe Summertime Tips for Babies and Tots

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:25 am
    Schools are out and days are longer marking the start of summer.   With barbecues and pool parties in full swing, there is lots of fun to be had but also a whole new set of parental worries.  Here are a few tips to help keep kids safe and healthy throughout the summer: Healthy Snacking Without […]
  • 5 Free Ways to Spoil Mums

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    8 May 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Happy Mother’s Day Mums! May is a month for celebrating mothers, although honoring your mum or the mother of your children doesn’t have to stop at mother’s day.  Being a mom is a 24-7 job without vacation time, sick pay, or lunch breaks so every mother appreciates a little appreciation.  You don’t have to spend […]
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  • Random Bits Of Randomness

    Zoot
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:18 am
    I have all these bits of nothing to write about today so I’m breaking out the old blogging trope: The Bulleted List. ENJOY. Did I used the word “trope” right? I’m taking D’s sister’s bridal portraits today and OH MY GOD I AM SO NERVOUS. This was kind of an afterthought – she’ll obviously get pictures taken of herself on her wedding day. But she’s doing a trial run of hair and makeup and they thought it might be nice to take some Bride Only shots in different places today for her parents. So, I’m trying not to be a lot of pressure on…
  • Struggling with the words…

    Zoot
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:08 am
    All morning I’ve been writing and saving drafts and re-writing new drafts and deleting those and re-writing even NEWER drafts and saving those and…well…you get the point. And yet…YET…I still have nothing to publish here. Part of this was inspired by a great conversation at book club last night that ended too late for me to fully process my thoughts. It never ends well when I try to process them AS I write the blog post. As evidenced by the 42 drafts I’ve already saved this morning. But Part of this is that the scope of what’s on my mind is SO WIDE,…
  • My Secret Love

    Zoot
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:22 am
    I love a lot of things. Harry Potter. Donuts. Office Supplies. Superhero TV and Movies. I talk about those things ALL THE TIME. But there’s something else I love that – weirdly – I don’t reference a lot. And I’m not sure why. I love stand-up comedy. The love started back in the days of a certain now-hated comedian from the 80s. I watched one of his specials with my Grandmother and laughed my ASS off. I didn’t really know much about the field or the genre so I just kinda sat on that love for years until random things would pop up, like radio adds for…
 
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    Blue Badger

  • Drop It Modern

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    If you are planning a party you should check out Drop It Modern over on Etsy. They have managed to give a grown up look to the usual giant balloons and photo backdrops.
  • Vos Kho Baby

    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Beautiful is the only way to describe the moses basket and changing table by Australian design, James Howe. Vas Kho Baby makes their hand crafted baby furniture out of materials like European ash, paper rope, wool, felt, and powder coated steel. The pieces draw on cultural references as diverse as Scandinavian furniture to Australian Aboriginal artifacts, and will fit in a design conscious homes anywhere while being entirely practical.
  • Artisan State $5 Photo Books

    26 Aug 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Photo Album maker, Artisan State is offering new users a chance to purchase a copy of their 6x8 (or 8x6) Layflat or Little Black Book albums for just $5. These albums usually cost $30, and aren't made of the same flimsy material as children's softcover books.All you have to do is make the purchase within 30days of creating your account. And you are still offered a huge discount if you add more pages. I can't wait for my photo book to arrive.
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    Blissfully Domestic

  • Personalized Back to School Supplies from Frecklebox

    Laurie Meek
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:49 pm
    My kids are in college & high school now & I’m kicking myself that I didn’t have something like Frecklebox to order their school supplies back when they were younger. The funny thing is though that I’d buy some of these items for my daughter who is entering her Sophomore year in college because they are so darn cute! Here are a few of my favorites that would definitely help keep your kids school supplies organized & the custom options mean that no one will get their gear confused with yours! Personalized Binders The Binders measure 1.5” & will hold up to 300 sheets.
  • 10 Back to School Social Skills Lessons

    Suzanne Wind
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:21 am
    Is your child ready to make a great first impression at school this year? Don’t let technology take over your child’s social skills and manners. These vital life skills are the foundation of kindness and respect and making others feel comfortable. We all want our child to be THAT child – noticed for all the right reasons! Here are ten important lessons to prep your kids to get an “A” in social skills this year! Inspire social skills learning through play and doing. Don’t just tell your kids how to behave, challenge them and encourage them to practice! These simple lessons…
  • Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Critters And DIY Woodpecker Deterrent Project

    Shanna
    23 Aug 2015 | 2:46 pm
    I have a house in the “country” – it’s really the suburbs but does back up to some woods. A great get away. A chance to enjoy nature and everything that comes with it – and I do mean EVERYTHING.   Deer. Aww they are so cute right? Not when they are eating all your landscaping. Chipmunks. Chip and Dale is not what comes to mind when they are digging holes under your patio. Mice. I actually don’t know anyone that likes mice. Woodpeckers. It’s not Woody the Woodpecker and no one is laughing when they drill holes on the side of your house. I have had to deal…
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    Nodin's Nest

  • Rewild The World, George Monbiot

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
  • Summer Flowers

    18 Aug 2015 | 1:39 pm
    We've had a ton of rain here lately and this little day lily has decided to finally bloom. Isn't it pretty! It's called a White Beach Spider Lily. I wish I had more of them, so delicate.
  • Summer Tree Planting

    26 Jun 2015 | 12:04 pm
    What does a crazy lady do when her a/c is on the fritz and it's 95 degrees outside?  Why go outside and plant a tree of course! This is a Royal Poinciana Tree that I grew from a seed.I planted it in the yard today in hopes that in 10 or 20 years it will provide the house with some much needed afternoon shade.When it grows up, with any luck it will look like this beauty! Until then, I guess I have to call the a/c repairman again, ugh.
 
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    My Mommy's Place

  • Say Goodbye to Summer

    Leslie
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:24 am
    Another year of school began for Julia and Lucy on Tuesday. It made headlines! Well, at our house, at least – in our very own newspaper. Julia is in sixth grade this year. Lucy is in second grade and she lost her first tooth today. It had been wiggling for a while, but a fall on the playground at recess may have expedited its removal. (Notice the fat lip and bloody gums?) That was okay by her, though. She had waited long enough to lose that tooth! We had a lovely summer and I keep saying banal things about it being over too soon, but it was. Boys of Summer by Don Henley came on the…
  • This is for me as much as it is for the kids.

    Leslie
    15 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    I’m at my best when I get 7 to 7 1/2 hours of sleep. I’m annoyed by how much it screws me up when I get much more or less than that, lately. If I could live according to my own circadian rhythm, I’d go to bed around 2 a.m. and sleep until 9 a.m. That doesn’t happen much. I don’t really mind, though. I don’t like getting up early, but I like being up early. (That makes sense, right?) And I prefer to be up and at ’em before the kids. The whole family agrees that life is better this way. The kids need around 10 hours of sleep. This year, Julia is using…
  • Everything I Could Ever Hope to Have

    Leslie
    14 Aug 2015 | 10:38 am
    I had an exceptionally bad day (or two) where I simply could not stand myself. I felt too disgusting and repulsive to show my face in public and I felt anxious when I had to. I clung on the verge of tears and tortured myself with evidence that I am good at and for nothing. Dave watched me empty my drawers and cry because nothing I put on made me look like anything other than me. He tried to hug me. He said he loved me. I told him I couldn’t understand why. It probably wasn’t his best day (or two) either. When he left for work, I was certain he felt glad to go and get away from me.
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    Daily Plate of Crazy

  • Unfaithful and Embarrassed: Thoughts on Ashley Madison

    D. A. Wolf
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:17 am
    You would have to be living under a rock to have missed the news about the Ashley Madison hack. For those who may in fact dwell in the nether regions (or, you’re so busy you haven’t the time to glance online for news), Ashley Madison is the “infidelity” dating site that was hacked awhile back. Hey… married dating is a niche market. And this country is nothing if not capable of recognizing a market opportunity and going after it! Oh Come (now), All Ye (Un)Faithful… We know that infidelity runs rampant, we know that virtually no one is immune to temptation…
  • A Summer Like No Other

    D. A. Wolf
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:35 am
    “How I spent my summer vacation?” This isn’t quite that, but… When a parent can spend extended time with an adult child who no longer lives at home, that is a rare privilege. Or, it can be — if you get along, if your habits are compatible, and if the reason for sharing time together is a good one. This summer, I was able to do exactly that — enjoy sharing my space with my younger son. During that time, we both went about our usual days, occasionally working side by side in companionable quiet. And nearly every day, he helped out with all the domestic tasks.
  • The Juggling Job

    D. A. Wolf
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:07 am
    Wearing an array of colorful hats. Playing the jester, the joker, the juggler. Smiling through it all. This is my life, quite possibly yours, and the lifestyle that too many of us will recognize. A few years back, I would’ve said this is solely a woman’s challenge. While there may be more women than men who persistently juggle through their days and nights (for years), I certainly wouldn’t exclude the men I know — especially those who are sharing in child-rearing. The bottom line is this: The juggling job is not gender-specific, but it is a hassle, a headache, and a…
 
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    Born Just Right

  • Books about differences for our new school

    Jen Lee Reeves
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:45 am
    Every since Jordan was a baby, we’ve used books as a way to help kids better understand how we can all have differences and they aren’t scary. From Harry and Willy and Carrothead to Oliver’s High Five, we’ve loved how books open up conversations for us. This school year was different for us. Since we moved a whopping one mile, Jordan was put into a different elementary school. And that meant we kind of had to start over with creating an accepting and understanding environment. So we decided to dig into a new group of books and donate them to our school library.
  • While we were away…

    Jen Lee Reeves
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:55 am
    This is seriously the view from our new dock. It’s amazing. This summer was a big deal. And poor Born Just Right’s website fell behind on months and months of stories because of it. It all started in May when I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Disney Social Media Moms conference at Walt Disney World. I saw and learned so many amazing things at the park and I’m not done telling that story. I promise to sprinkle experiences onto this site from time to time because it was that great. But during that adventure, we bought a new house… And we’ve been working…
  • Get a chance to meet people developing the future

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

  • Cuppa reads

    Tsh Oxenreider
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Hello, friends! Hope you’ve had a good week, and a good end of August. Even though it’s my birthday month, it tends to be one of my least-favorite months, what with the staggering Texas heat and the rush to end the lazy days of summer. Time to tear off a page of the calendar and bring on the fall, eh? I’ve got cans of pumpkin waiting in the pantry for me. • We’re a year-at-a-time, kid-at-a-time family, so some years we homeschool, some years we participate in a local school. If you’re homeschooling this year, you might like this list of top five ways to…
  • Make a true connection (IRL)

    Alysa Bajenaru
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Because of my husband’s career as a professional baseball coach, we move around. A lot. Our life is a constant stream of hellos and goodbyes, nice-to-meet-you’s and hope-to-see-you-soon’s. And in the midst of all this change, I am finding out that I am not very good at keeping in touch. Oh sure, I follow all my friends on social media. I double tap their Instagram photos, and like their Facebook updates, but true friendship? I easily let that slip away. I’m finding that the more connected we are on social media, the easier it is to let the real connections slip. And all of a sudden, I…
  • It’s my 38th year! Here’s what I learned during my year of worldwide family travel.

    Tsh Oxenreider
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    It’s my birthday week, and as such, I get to be the boss of me. Alright, I guess I always am, but for some reason, pausing to reflect on the day I was born has this effect on me; makes me want to more thoughtfully reflect on how I’ve spent the past twelve months. It also makes me want to write about it. In the past, I’ve written lists of things I’ve learned thus far in my small existence, but because of our travels last year, I feel like I learned a whole new slew of truths. Or, not so much learned them, as though they were brand new, but solidified them as really and truly a…
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    We are THAT Family

  • [Talking about] Sex Begins in the Kitchen

    Kristen
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:37 pm
    I’m so excited about this important post that my friend Janel is bringing to the virtual table today. Please take time to read it. Leading our family upstream is difficult-that’s why we need to give each other a pat or a push every once in awhile. by Janel It was on my back porch, our fingers curled around steaming mugs of African tea exhaling their ribbons of steam, that she told me. She didn’t know if it was called rape if a boyfriend forced you. But I never talked to my parents about it, she smiled sadly. They left Sex Ed to my fifth grade teacher, and my boyfriend was the…
  • Separated By Water

    Kristen
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:48 pm
    8,731. That’s how many miles away my husband is from home as I type these words. We are oceans apart, separated by water. He is at our home-away-from-home in Kenya with a group of donors on a vision trip. Sunday, this happened: 12 of the teen mom residents graduated and will begin to transition into the next phase of their lives in 2016. Yesterday, his group visited one of the world’s largest slums, to the home of Pauline, one of the sponsored graduates who attends vocational school and leads a Fair Trade Friday group of twenty women who live in a nearby slum. And then his…
  • 10 Truths to Share With Our Kids As They Go Back to School

    Kristen
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:11 am
    She sharpened every pencil and carefully placed them in her new pencil bag. She looked up and smiled. “I can’t wait!” my brand new third grader said. She was glowing. About that time, my 8th grade son came down the stairs for his Meet the Teacher in a stained shirt, wrinkled shorts and uncombed hair, and said, “Oh, I can wait.” My teen daughter got up from the table and held up her hand as if to say, “Don’t even ask.” I didn’t. Ah. Back to school. It’s amazing how quick kids lose that new school shine. And sort of heart…
 
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    Scary Mommy

  • Nasty Restaurant Patrons Have Nothing On Toddlers

    Anna Lane
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Image via Shutterstock It is my personal belief that everyone should have to work in the restaurant business at least once in their life. Mainly because I think it’s an excellent window into both the best and the worst of humankind, but also because having to deal with the demands of ornery customers is fantastic preparation for parenthood. I’ve worked many a food service job, and the rudest, most horrible customers of my past have nothing on my toddler. He sends back the dish. Unlike a restaurant patron, however, instead of politely asking for something that he finds more…
  • Why I Will Never Celebrate My Divorce

    Jennifer Ball
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Image via Shutterstock Recently, there’s been talk about how divorces should be celebrated. That they should elicit cheers instead of condolences. That the end of a marriage is sometimes worthy of a party instead of a wake. Believe me: I understand. I get it. I’ve met thousands of divorced people over the past few years and I know some divorces are truly high-five occasions. Sometimes the death of a marriage is truly the birth of a new life. There are stories of abuse and neglect and wanting to save innocent kids from growing up amidst discord and resentment. In these cases, yes,…
  • Tips For Making It Through Unmedicated Labor

    Meghan Myszkowski
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Image via Shutterstock It seems that every single person in the world is pregnant. I personally know ten women due in the next six months — ten. This does not include the legions of pregnant women I pass daily, each of us in desperate search of the miracle that is air conditioning. I don’t know what everyone was up to nine months ago, but apparently there was a giant no-pants party and the entire world was invited. Way to go, guys. Slow clap on all of your unprotected sex. Given this, I have gotten more than a few emails asking how I had an unmedicated labor and if I had any tips. I…
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    San Diego Momma

  • My Netflixes of the Month

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

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

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

  • Alexander McQueen Sunglasses For My Schnoz

    admin
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Brought to you buy SunglassesShop Hi everyone! Happy Friday! Today I’m talking about schnoz candy! I have an exclusive 12% discount code for those looking to buy a new pair of sunglasses from SunglassesShop. Enjoy 12% off your total order, including sale items – yay! Just use this code at the checkout: 12KAREN This code is valid from 28 August – 4 September 2015. They offer FREE worldwide delivery and no fuss returns. You might want to get yourself a pair of super popular Dior wire frames, or cult favourite Celine Audrey sunglasses, or sexy Tom Ford shades, or some classic…
  • Healthy Strawberry Smoothies!

    admin
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    After school, I usually make smoothies for my kids (so that’s about 4-5 times a week). Each time I make about 750ml (3 x 250ml) of one batch; then I make a smaller batch for myself, because I like my smoothies with nuts, coconut, spinach and other weird, healthy stuff. I use a NutriBullet, however I think any high speed blender will do the trick. My mum bought it for me and it was kind of a surprise/unwanted present, because I already had a (non-high-speed) blender. Initially I was very reluctant to use it, and it sat on my shelf for months. Why? Because I hated the TV infomercials! The…
  • Gift Wrapped With Times Tables

    admin
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    On the weekend you might have seen my post about Liam’s 7x Timetables on my Instagram feed (@karenlycheng)? Well the back story is… Liam was going to a friend’s birthday party – a girl’s 7th birthday – and we BOTH had no idea what to get her. I am terrible at buying gifts for girls; What do they want? What do they play with? Is jewellery and makeup acceptable? For a 7 year old? Maybe not? Is a crafty present too lame? Are books too boring? Does it have to be pink? Do girls even play with Barbies now? So we went to the shops and after a good hour, we picked…
 
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    The Chronicles of a SAHM

  • I have fallen in LOVE with Periscope!

    Cynthia Wheeler
    23 Aug 2015 | 2:53 pm
    No one is more surprised than me. I downloaded Periscope to my phone maybe three weeks ago. Didn't look at it again until last week. It's SUPER fun! I really like it.It's kind of like if a podcast and YouTube had a baby. Actually, it's live streaming. I just started, but I'm having a ball with it. You can see a couple of my scopes here, and here. I'm am just now getting the hang of it.Yes, this weekend I actually ordered a tripod and holder so I can set my phone anywhere and scope. I guess you could say I'm jumping in with both feet! I am @napwarden on Periscope. Yes, I did look into changing…
  • Coffee-n-Cream Popscicles!

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

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

  • Welcome to Fall at Cracker Barrel

    Paula
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:50 pm
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cracker Barrel. All opinions are 100% mine. Last week on the way home from vacation we decided to stop in at Cracker Barrel for dinner. The first thing I noticed when entering is that they’ve changed everything over to Fall decor. I LOVE fall; it is my […] The post Welcome to Fall at Cracker Barrel appeared first on What's That Smell?.
  • Italian Turkey Sausage Spaghetti with Garlic Butter Sauce

    Kimberly Grabinski
    23 Aug 2015 | 4:30 pm
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Honeysuckle White. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Back-to-school time can often mean “back-to-no-time-to-make-dinner”. With all of the extra stuff we have going on, it makes it a real […] The post Italian Turkey Sausage Spaghetti with Garlic Butter Sauce appeared first on What's That Smell?.
  • Cinnamon Vanilla Snack Balls – We Dare You to Share Healthy Snacks

    Kimberly Grabinski
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:42 am
    With back-to-school in full swing, it’s so important to make sure that you don’t let your healthy diet suffer. Gone are the lazy summer days with plenty of time to prepare healthy meals and snacks and in their place are busy days filled with extra-curricular activities, homework and sports. But you don’t have to sacrifice […] The post Cinnamon Vanilla Snack Balls – We Dare You to Share Healthy Snacks appeared first on What's That Smell?.
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  • Furniture Shopping with My Oldest Son by Sharon O’Donnell

    Sharon Johnson O'Donnell
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:35 pm
    So my oldest son is done with grad school, passed most of his CPA exams, and is preparing to start his first ‘real’ full-time job with a major accounting firm in a few weeks. He just officially moved into his first apartment — a one bedroom apartment with a 2nd floor pool view and right in the middle of lots of restaurants and shops.  And his closet is bigger than the walk-in closet my husband and I share.  Actually, ours is  more of a -step into — not a walk into. My son, Billy,  still doesn’t have all the furniture he needs since he was starting from…
  • New website about promoting uplifting high school literature by Sharon O’Donnell

    Sharon Johnson O'Donnell
    15 Aug 2015 | 11:24 pm
    For the past three weeks, my project has been developing a website called Uplit.org, a site dedicated to promoting more uplifting literature in high school English classes. The bleak, depressing literature reading assignments –  that have traditionally been accepted as the norm — have bothered me ever since my middle son had severe anxiety issues during his junior year of high school, and I discovered that during this time, he had been reading a novel in which two people try to commit suicide.  That was not the only one he read that year that involved suicide.  This, of course,…
  • CELEBRATING HISTORY ON A FAMILY TRIP TO PHILLY by Robin Gorman Newman

    Robin Gorman Newman
    12 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Philadelphia is so close to New York, that when my husband proposed a summer vacation road trip, this seemed like a a natural, easy drive destination. I had been there as a kid, but this was a first for my son, and there’s a boatload to do….literally….including taking a Duck Boat Tour. We are Duck Boat fans, having taken it in other cities, so we were delighted to come on board in Philadelphia. Seth and Duck Boat Dancing Fred RIDE THE DUCKS Philadelphia is a land and water sightseeing tour.  For 90 minutes, you see landmarks in the historic Old City and Museum District,…
 
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    The Motherhood | A Social Media Marketing Agency

  • Ten Years Ago, Amid Tragedy, the Power of Moms Online

    Emily
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:17 am
    Ten years ago this weekend, we all held our breath as a gargantuan hurricane slammed into the Gulf Coast. Hurricane Katrina was 400 miles across and carried winds of 140 mph. On August 29, we woke up to horrifying scenes of disaster – 80% of New Orleans under water, people stranded on their roofs, 20,000 people packed into the Superdome that itself flooded and was without sanitation, food or clean water. Photo by AFP The day after the hurricane struck, this famous photo of President George W. Bush flying over the wreckage became emblematic of the aloof non-response of his administration and…
  • The Motherhood Blogger Network: Why Work with Us

    The Motherhood
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:59 am
    Ten years ago, public relations veterans Cooper Munroe and Emily McKhann recognized the power and marketing potential of the communities growing online, particularly around parenting and families. At a time when the term “blog” was just beginning to enter the national conversation, Facebook was in its infancy and most social platforms didn’t yet exist, they founded The Motherhood and began building a dynamic network of PR-friendly mom blogs to apply that marketing potential. A decade later, their vision is flourishing as brands, agencies and nonprofit organizations search…
  • Highlights from HGTV Magazine’s #BloggerBlockParty

    The Motherhood
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    On August 17, more than 500 attendees joined HGTV Magazine at their second annual Blogger Block Party – an all-day event dedicated to meeting, greeting, tweeting, DIYing and more. Read on for highlights from the event in our recap! To kick things off, Brooklyn Craft Company’s Brett Bara and HGTV Magazine’s Lifestyle Editor Jodi Kahn went head-to-head in the Editor vs. Blogger Flea Market Flips Challenge, presented by Benjamin Moore. Take a look at these before-and-after projects! Later in the day, Laurie March – lifestyle expert and creative force behind The House Counselor on…
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  • The Summer of Nudge

    Cheryl Lage
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:29 am
    In the first days of summer, Double Daddy coined it. With teen twins, if anything was going to "happen" this summer---beyond sleeping late followed up by extensive viewing of Investigation Discovery and marathon Minecrafting sessions---our two would need a bit of prodding. June's daily dining table notes reminded our youthful residents the vacuum should be run. The beds should be made. The dishwasher should be emptied. July's notes reminded them of what we thought would be obvious...to load the dishwasher after emptying, and put away the vacuum after employing it's services. Not only to…
  • Way Back When-esday - Backpackers!

    Cheryl Lage
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:14 am
    Dateline: October 2011Twins' Age: Freshly 10Our resilient, relocated duo and our darling, dutiful dog warm my heart this mid-week.Did you realize Twinfatuation was the originating host of Way Back When-esday?We've been looking back with love since 2007... so please join in, play along!Dive into those digital files and share a photo find on your blog and/or on our the new Twinfatuation Facebook Community Page.https://www.facebook.com/groups/Twinfatuation/..and encourage your fellow moms of multiples to do the same!  
  • Way Back When-esday - Dancers in the Den

    Cheryl Lage
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:04 am
    Dateline: July 2008Twins' Age: 6My dancing duo warms my heart this mid-week.Did you realize Twinfatuation was the originating host of Way Back When-esday?We've been looking back with love since 2007... so please join in, play along!Dive into those digital files and share a photo find on your blog and/or on our the new Twinfatuation Facebook Community Page.https://www.facebook.com/groups/Twinfatuation/..and encourage your fellow moms of multiples to do the same!  
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  • Scalloped Sweet Potato Casserole

    20 Aug 2015 | 9:48 am
    Sweet potatoes, or yams, aren't too difficult for kids to love. It doesn't have to be Thanksgiving to whip up a healthy scalloped sweet potato casserole…
  • Healthy And Hearty Hamburger Mac

    20 Aug 2015 | 8:59 am
    Mac and cheese is a given dinner success for every kid, especially when it's hamburger mac and cheese. Savory chunks of beef, decadent cheese sauce...what's…
  • Whole Grain Tomato Basil Breakfast Casserole

    19 Aug 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Getting your kids away from the sugary cereal and towards healthy whole grain breakfasts doesn't have to be impossible. This whole grain tomato basil…
 
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • Yankee Candle Comes to Walmart with American Home

    Monica
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:12 pm
      New in stores this Fall, just in time for the holidays are two very cool candle brands, perfect to keeping your home smelling fresh. Here’s a little bit more about them, and I’m very excited about both of these brands! I got to take a sneak peek on my last trip over to Walmart Home office during the Shareholder’s week, and now, I finally get to spill the beans! Burt’s Bees Scented Candles If you’re a fan of Burt’s Bees products, you’ve got to check these out! Burt’s Bees now makes scented candles for the home! I got to take a look at these,…
  • Walmart- Your One Stop Shop for Back to School

    Monica
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:32 pm
    It’s that time of year again… Some parents are dancing and rejoicing and some are wishing for just a few more days of sleeping in. Yep… It’s back to school time. How do you survive it all? The shoe shopping, the clothing shopping, and the dreaded supply shopping… Did you know that you can get it all done in one place? Walmart has everything you need to get in, get what you need, and get out and do it on a budget! Now, I could tell you how you could save all kinds of money on your kid’s school lunches and school supplies by buying at Walmart, and using…
  • Quick and Easy Clean Ups with Dyson V6 Slim

    Monica
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Do you have pets or kids… or a messy spouse? Are you constantly cleaning up spilled cheerios, pet food, or crumbs? If you need to clean up a quick mess, but don’t want to deal with pulling out the big clunky vacuum cleaner, you should check out the Dyson V6 Slim. The latest Dyson V6 Slim vacuum (a Walmart exclusive model) is lightweight, versatile, and has Dyson suction power, without the hassle of a cord. With 20 minutes of fade-free run time, the V6 Slim is light and easy to maneuver between high, low and hard to reach spaces. No more fiddling with plugs or tripping over cords.
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    Kaiser Mommy

  • The Veil

    Dawn
    16 Aug 2015 | 8:53 pm
    I woke up this morning talking to Dad. About how he was bigger than life. Knowing that if he were alive, he would still be making mistakes that would keep us apart … me mad, him stubborn. He felt very close. Once I was up, I saw the date. August 16th. He was born 69 years ago today. No wonder he was hanging out … he was waiting for a Happy Birthday. (Attention Whore … Youngest Child Syndrome …) It’s … He’s here sometimes. It took me a long time to … see it … accept it … understand it …believe it? A year ago, I was on a  boat…
  • AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge – Days Six through Ten

    Dawn
    16 Aug 2015 | 9:53 am
    Ah the AdvoCare cleanse. I farted in front of M’Love more in these last four days than I have in the last four years combined. Still better than overtrusting a pizza roll fart (with catastrophic results), but wow. Doing a little research, there is Niacin in a lot of the products – so I think I get how they are talking about “toxins” – but Niacin is (maybe) good for clearing the body of cigarette, alcohol, drug remnants (Allegedly Niacin will clear evidence of smoking before one has a blood test for a life insurance police. Allegedly.) I had another meal that…
  • AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge – Days Four and Five

    Dawn
    9 Aug 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Not gonna lie. Day 4 was yesterday and it was hard. My body realized I’m not going to be feeding it all the things and revolted in hunger followed by a nap. We went to the races where I was climbing stairs in the humidity and was out of breath and uncomfortable. The voices in my head were all “you could be the one person who never loses weight on AdvoCate”. I was grumpy and snappy and awful and I wanted to feed my feelings with all the things. But I didn’t. I wanted to but I didn’t. That’s a huge step right there. I still feel all allergy/flu-ish which…
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    A Cowboy's Wife

  • Fan Friday: Fantasy Football Draft 2015

    A Cowboy's Wife
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    For 3 years now, we’ve participated in a fantasy football league with our BIL, in hopes of being the champions in the end.  I totally feel like this year, is our year!  Yeah, I say this every year but this year is really the year y’all!! We sat down the other night to draft our picks for the 2015 season.  It took 3 1/2 hours to do this.  And since our BIL lives north of the Carrollton area, we have to do the draft via phone with them.  On the day of, we usually spend an hour going through players, printing out sheets of top 50 in each position, and then narrowing down our…
  • DIY Body Butter with Essential Oils

    A Cowboy's Wife
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Whether you live in the West Texas heat or you’re preparing for the fall and winter months, I’ve got a rich & creamy body butter with essential oils to soothe and soften your skin.  It’s just heavenly! If you don’t already know, I am completely new to making these types of things but holy cow, I’m having a blast with it!  I’ve been using essential oils for 5 months now but am knew to incorporating them into recipes like this.  I have an arsenal of recipes that I’m trying and tweaking and I just can’t wait to share more with you! Now…
  • Pray for Purpose, Live with Passion

    A Cowboy's Wife
    15 Aug 2015 | 8:01 am
    I feel like through all my 8 years of blogging, I have always been transparent with y’all.  I’ve poured my heart & soul out over my spiritual battles, shared some of my most scariest times, and giggled over those super fun moments.  Y’all have always been there, supporting and encouraging me every step of the way.  My prayer is that it continues with my newest journey of wellness. You see, several months ago, when I parted ways with a company, I literally sat in a depressive state wondering how in the world our family would survive with well over $2000 a month of my…
 
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    RimaRama

  • Birdbrain

    Rima
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:36 am
    Some kind of a red bird from the Field Museum in Chicago Something is currently happening to me, apparently much later than it does to normal human beings: I’m suddenly fascinated by birds. It’s not that I ever held birds in contempt like I did watercolor painting, it’s just that they were part of the background, flitting about in the sky and leaving turds on the windshield. I knew there were a lot of birds in the world and that they were somehow an integral part of the ecosystem, though I could never be bothered to put up a bird feeder, say, or pause for a long,…
  • Ancient Japanese Secret

    Rima
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:28 am
    In the days before smart phones or even pocket cameras, Japanese fishermen used to keep paper and ink on their boats so they could document trophy catches by making rubbings of them. After washing the ink off, they could eat the fish and prove that it had existed. Eventually the practice evolved into an art form called gyotaku (gyo “fish” + taku “rubbing”) and the fish prints were embellished with other media, or made from molds instead of the actual fish. As soon as I learned about gyotaku I was desperate to try it. The only problem was that I couldn’t quite…
  • They’re Ba-ack!

    Rima
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
    In Lithuania the stork has its own holiday – March 25th. This is the occasion, give or take a day or two,when storks the world over return to the homeland to roost. It used to be a really big deal back when people relied on ritual and superstition to get them through the year. Blessed was the farmer whose homestead was chosen by a stork. Because this farmer, if he played his cards right by abstaining from bacon and performing certain rituals such as killing a snake and burying it under his doorstep, was destined to prosper in the coming months. But even in the twentieth century, the…
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    Mamanista!

  • Welcome to Wishenpoof

    Debbie
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:11 am
    (Disclosure: This is a sponsored post via KidzVuz. All thoughts and opinions are my own.) Wishenpoof, the newest Amazon Original Kids Series, will be available for Amazon Prime members beginning on August 14th,  One of the perks of being a blogger is the chance to preview new TV shows, and my boys (ages 4 and 7) binge-watched the entire 13 episode run of Wishenproof during a recent vacation. Created by Angela C. Santomero (Blue’s Clues, Creative Galaxy, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Super Why!), Wishenpoof is an animated preschool series that revolves around Bianca, a little girl with…
  • Liquid Oxygen for All Natural Skincare

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

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

  • Around the Blogosphere – Add YOUR Giveaway Link #Giveaways

    Anna
    29 Aug 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?   Our Favorite Summer Reads: Don’t Stop Now! Wordless Wednesday – Tween Fashion The Laundress at Petal & Post Getting All Dressed Up for…
  • Open, Pour, And Drink Your Way to a Healthier, Happier You. #DrinkForYourself

    Tonya Staab
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Tonya here, and I’m going to show you how to take better care of yourself. Because we all know that stress, low immune systems, lack of sleep, and lacking vitamins can affect our health and well-being. So let’s open, pour, and drink our way to a healthier, happier you. Thanks to Zarbees for sponsoring this post. Back in 2012 Janice posted about an event hosted in New York with the founder of Zarbee’s, Dr. Zak Zarbock, where bloggers were invited to learn more about the Zarbee’s line of products, and get fabulous tips from Kristin Davis on staying healthy. I happened to…
  • 5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Periscope as a Viewer

    Susan
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Have you jumped on to Periscope yet? Even if you aren’t yet “scoping” yourself, you’ll definitely want to start watching scopes. Today on Periscope, I shared 5 tips for making the most of your time watching scopes. I’ll summarize my tips below, and you can watch the katch replay that’s embedded near the end of this post. Create an Effective Profile. Even if you think you won’t be doing your own live scopes, you want to make sure your bio is effective and searchable with relevant keywords. When you set up your profile, if you have more than one Twitter…
 
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    An Island Life

  • Back-to-School with Post-it

    Kailani
    30 Aug 2015 | 12:49 am
    Who would have thought that one day Post-it would be on your child’s school supply shopping list? I noticed it last year on my eldest daughter’s list and this year all 3 of my children are required to purchase them for school. I have to say that I’m not surprised . . . Post-it has always been a very versatile item in my family and we use them for lots of things. We leave notes for each other, we mark our places in books, we label boxes, we draw pictures on them and stick them to the wall . . . the uses go on and on and on. However, Post-it have come a long way from being…
  • It’s a Plush . . . It’s a Backpack . . . It’s Petsac!

    Kailani
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:14 am
    In the past, we’ve had stuffed animals turn into other objects but never into something so practical. Introducing . . . Petsac. Brand new on the WalMart shelves, Petsac ($19.99) is a cuddly furry animal that turns into a full-sized (770 cubic inches) backpack. See how it works. When we first received our Catpuccino the Kitty there were two things that I immediately noticed. First, the plush animal was super soft with flexible arms and legs. This made the kitty that much more cuddly. Second, the furry animal was smaller than I thought it would be. How in the world does a backpack fit…
  • Build & Imagine . . . Day at the Beach

    Kailani
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:47 pm
    If there’s one thing my family loves it’s toys that are not only fun but educational as well. Weather it’s academic, imaginative or artistic . . . if the kids are learning something while playing then it’s definitely a hit with me. That’s why I was very interested in learning more about the magnetic play-sets by Build & Imagine. What makes the Build & Imagine play-sets so different is that they’re magnetic. We received the Day at the Beach set ($49.99) which came with 6 square panels and 4 triangular ones as well as 2 dolls and 40+ magnetic…
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    Burgh Baby

  • Poppins. Mary Poppins.

    burghbaby
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:02 pm
  • Twinning

    burghbaby
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:41 pm
  • Mila's Stylin'

    burghbaby
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:49 pm
    A few weekends ago, I made the girls a deal. I promised that I would buy a new car for whoever slept  the longest. Mila won. Considering Alexis can't fit into THAT car, it's too bad she didn't make up her mind to see what I would have purchased for her. It might have been her only chance to get me to buy her a set of wheels. OH WELL. As it is, Mila is really very happy with her prize. The car immediately replaced the stroller as my preferred way of taking the Tiny Human everywhere. It replaced the stroller because YOU GUYS, SHE WILL SIT IN IT. FOR SEVERAL MINUTES. WITHOUT SCREAMING OR…
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    Cowgirl Yoga

  • Get High with BSY

    13 Aug 2015 | 11:47 am
    Our new Yoga and Hiking retreat tees say "Get High with BSY". An attempt at humor, but really...I mean it. There is definitely a hiker's high that comes from the endorphin release in the mountains. From the book The Nature Principle, recommended reading for our hiking trips:We were born to walk. And run. And hike. We need to keep moving. Perhaps when we hike we do so by necessity, as we trace the invisible songlines of our genome. One gratification that comes to some hikers...is sometimes referred to as hiker's high, which can be defined as runner's high plus the sensory additives of…
  • Cowgirl Yoga on CNN

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

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

  • REVIEW – SafetyTat – Perfect For School, Around Town And Travel

    Jenn
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:16 am
    The product(s) featured in this post was provided to me free of cost to me. This post has not been monetarily compensated. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own. As a mom of two young children, I might seem like an overprotective parent. But when it comes to our children, is that even possible?! They are part of us walking around outside of our bodies! Without a doubt, they are the most important people in my life, in addition to my husband and myself. That is why I absolutely love this concept! So, what if there were an extra step you could take…
  • REVIEW – Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue: The Complete Series DVD

    Becky
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    The product(s) featured in this post was provided to me free of cost to me. This post has not been monetarily compensated. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own. Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue: The Complete Series DVD Release Date: August 11, 2015 Run Time: 870 minutes Number of discs: 5 Studio: Shout! Factory ASIN: B00X8ROSWI The Power Rangers are back as they battle the evil Diabolico. Just released by Shout Factory, Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue: The Complete Series is a 5-DVD box set which contains all 40 episodes of the classic…
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • How to Host a Poker Tournament

    FundraisingIP.com
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    Few games have endured modern history with as unfaltering popularity as poker. The classic game is simply unique in how it combines skill and luck for engaging and unpredictable play. Universally loved, poker has become a game appropriate for casual settings amongst friends, online or in government regulated casinos. Poker is an effective means of fundraising for numerous reasons. First, it’s highly social in nature. For many, getting to know your opponents is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the game. Providing you don’t end up taking yourself or the game too seriously, you’re…
  • Quick Quiz! What Fundraising Mix is Most Effective for Your Nonprofit?

    Devon Reeser
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Don’t waste thousands of dollars in planning and hundreds of hours going after the wrong funding opportunities! Take our quick quiz to determine what a good fundraising mix is for your particular organization:     Question 1: How have you supported your organization to date? We haven’t! We’re just getting started. (1 point) We have received one or two large grants for our work and rely on the in-kind support of volunteers and small donations to fill in the gaps. (2 points) We have a handful of major donors, mostly from an actively giving board of directors, and a few…
  • Get Ready for Fall Fundraising! 12 Tips for Your Nonprofit

    Devon Reeser
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    August may be the slowest month for nonprofit fundraising in the entire calendar year – so use it to your advantage to plan, be on your toes, and be successful in the fall! Here are 12 helpful tips to start preparing for your nonprofit’s fall fundraising. 1. Set your fall fundraising goals Follow this easy to use checklist to set goals for the new fundraising season before you do any planning. You need to know how much money you are planning to raise, for what programs, and for what particular purpose to be effective in your events and other donor appeals.     2. Put yourself…
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    Veep Veep

  • Restylane® Silk at Getting Gorgeous

    Victoria
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:18 am
    Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Restylane Silk. However, the thoughts and opinions are my own. I look forward to supporting my friends Vera Sweeney and Audrey McClelland at their Getting Gorgeous event every year. This year’s title sponsor was Restylane Silk  so I stopped into the Silk Beauty lounge when I arrived. Restylane Silk Injectable Gel is the first and only FDA-approved product specifically designed for lip enhancement and the smoothing of wrinkles around the mouth in patientsSince everyone has a different shape of face, their ideal lip shape will also be different.
  • Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder

    Victoria
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:07 am
    “There’s no fear when you’re having fun” – Will Thomas When friends travel to England, I ask them to bring me back some of the things I enjoyed while growing up. But one thing crossed over the pond in 2008 so everyone in the States can enjoy it — Robinsons Fruit Shoot. Not having to go to Tesco for it makes me and my children happy. Fruit Shoot is the sponsor of the Mini Mudder — yes, Tough Mudder has a mud run for the 7-12 year old set. My daughter is about to age out of it so she participated last weekend since it was near us. Her eyes are on…
  • Plenti of Ways to Live Brighter

    Victoria
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:47 am
    There is no look of happiness quite like the one my children have when they are near water. That water could be the beach, the bay, river or even the pool, it doesn’t matter. They just love it. And I love seeing them happy. During the summer, we spend as much time as we can at the beach giving our television and other electronics — along with my wallet — a break. Electricity bills can be so high in the summer with kids home more and air conditioners running constantly. I’m happy I found Direct Energy — the energy company that wants you to buy less of what they…
 
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  • In Which I Argue: Parents Are Cool

    Jenny On the Spot
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:03 am
    There seems to be this *thing* going around… that parents aren’t cool. I KNOW, RIGHT. If anything was ever preposterous, tis THAT because… parents ARE cool. We just are. And we have been for a very long time. In fact, we have been longer than our spawn has been alive… so might I add… we […] The post In Which I Argue: Parents Are Cool appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • Back-To-School Party with Horizon Organic… A PARTY!

    Jenny On the Spot
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:52 am
    What is better than going to a party (perhaps a back-to-school party?) featuring yummy snacks? Not a whole lot. BACK-TO-SCHOOL PARTY IN THE HOUSE!!! This week I had the irresistible opportunity to join forces with my friend Kathy of Mama’s Losin’ It… She’s pretty big on YouTube, I’m sure you’ve heard of her. She’s one of the […] The post Back-To-School Party with Horizon Organic… A PARTY! appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • The Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle

    Jenny On the Spot
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:28 am
    Woodland Park Zoo gave me a complimentary visit for four a couple of weeks ago. The last time I visited the zoo I was as a chaperone for a school field trip. I don’t know why I keep leaving our zoo experiences to field trips. The zoo isn’t JUST for school field trips! I mean, field trips […] The post The Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
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  • Teaching Our Kids Responsibility is Our Responsibility

    Alyssa
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Ever since I became a parent I have felt the weight of the immense responsibility of rearing my children.  As they have grown older one of the biggest things I have wanted to teach them is responsibility.  After all, teaching our kids responsibility is ultimately our responsibility as parents.  I have written on this topic numerous times here on the blog, so I thought we would revisit those posts as a way of refocusing on our efforts as parents to teach our kids to be responsible.  The battle we fight as parents against the world in order to rear our children in a Godly manner is a daily…
  • How to Make Freezer Meals in 3 Basic Steps

    Alyssa
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    When the days are hustle and bustle and you are a busy mom running from practice to home to do homework, cook dinner, fall in bed and do it all over again you would likely love ideas that would make your life easier.  If you can spend one whole day preparing freezer meals they can inevitably save you prepping and cook time every night of the week.  It will be worth it to be able to know without thinking what is for dinner. You simply have to create a plan of action and then work the plan to make your freezer meals a reality.  This involves basically three steps: Freezer Meals in 3 Basic…
  • Transform Your Home with this One After School Rule

    Alyssa
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    For the past 3 years, I have worked full-time outside the home and part-time in my business, which equaled long days.  When I would get home from work I was already exhausted, but still had to do homework with the kids, cook supper, get organized for the next day, do laundry, and do client work for my business.  There were many days when my head was pounding and I just wanted an afternoon power nap.  I’ll admit there were days I sent the kids to their grandmother’s house next door and took that nap. I made the mistake of allowing my kids to play and waiting until after supper…
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  • Among Friends Baking Mixes

    Kristen Andrews
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:11 pm
    I love baking from scratch but often don't have the time. When I stumbled upon these baking mixes I found my solution. All packed with healthy ingredients and very tasty, and many are gluten free. My favorite so far is the Phil em up Chocolate Cranberry. This is a local company in Ann Arbor opened by two Mom's!Find the mixes here---->>>Among Friends Baking Mixes. 
  • Every piece of jewelry tells a story

    Kristen Andrews
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Every piece of jewelry tells a story... stories of joy, celebrations,milestones, or even encouragement. Pick out that perfect piece and tell your story.Please enjoy 20% off your entire purchase by entering code FUN20 at checkout.Shop the entire collection or have a custom piece created.www.klacustomcreations.etsy.com
  • New in the shop Southern Inspired Jewelry

    Kristen Andrews
    9 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    These pieces were inspired by a trip we took to Nashville.  If you haven't been to Nashville it is a must.  There is so much to offer, Music, Museums, Shopping and some great food.  And you will find loads of southern hospitality. New in the shop, the Sweet Tea and Jesus necklace.  Created in sterling silver with typewriter font.  You can grab yours HERE. The Bless your Heart necklace, also created in sterling silver.  Find yours HERE. The amazing grace necklace created in sterling silver can be found HERE. You can always view my entire collection…
 
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  • Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

    Stefanie Fauquet
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:06 am
    With Fall right around the corner, apple recipes will be in full force soon — which, of course, is never a bad thing! I love everything about fall and these made-from-scratch Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Cookies are the icing on the cake! It took me awhile to find the perfect apple cinnamon oatmeal cookies recipe… and […] The post Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Cookies Recipe appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Mini Apple Cheesecakes Recipe

    Stefanie Fauquet
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:40 am
    Fall is right around the corner and you know what that means— Cool weather, sweaters, bonfires and APPLES! I don’t know about you, but I love me some apples. My favorite apple recipe would have to be Apple Pie. I could eat it everyday if it wasn’t so bad for me! If you are looking for […] The post Mini Apple Cheesecakes Recipe appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Upcoming Products and Games from Disney Interactive, Playstation & Square Enix

    Stefanie Fauquet
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:43 am
    Raise your hand if you have a kid (or you yourself) love video games! If the answer is yes, like it is in our home, you’re going to be super excited about what’s coming from Disney Interactive. Earlier this month, at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, I got a sneak peek at the newest […] The post Upcoming Products and Games from Disney Interactive, Playstation & Square Enix appeared first on Mommy Musings.
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  • And it's gone! Again....

    Tired Mama
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a picture of my phone charger. I know it’s my phone charger because of the pretty pink, orange and green tape I’ve wrapped around it. I did this because with everyone home for the summer we now have five iPhones and several iPads in the house, and they all use the same charger. Lately, the charging cord for my phone never seemed to be where I thought I’d left it.  My teenagers tried to convince me that my aging and therefore fading memory was the cause of this. But, since I’ve invested two dollars in tape to mark MY charger it is now readily identifiable from the other…
  • Me neither...

    Tired Mama
    22 Aug 2015 | 1:36 pm
    My oldest child is back at school getting ready to start her third year of University. This year she has her own apartment to manage too. She's doing great, her marks are good, she's happy and she's busy working towards her dream. I am thrilled. Yep, thrilled, as well as proud and happy for her. When I saw this sign a few weeks ago though I immediately snapped a picture and sent it to her. At twenty my daughter is now experiencing the joys of paying rent, cleaning her own apartment, doing her own laundry, paying bills, setting alarms for classes and she’s trying to secure a…
  • Be kind to everyone...

    Tired Mama
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:18 pm
    My daughter has her first paying job this summer. There were a few bumps in the learning curve but now she seems to be doing great. Unfortunately, she’s working retail and at fifteen she’s figured out that adults can be just as bitchy and frightening as her peers. This has made me a little sad. I mean why do people have to be nasty to a fifteen year old who is obviously working her first job? Crazy. Because of her new job my daughter has also learned how to mop a floor. When I pulled up to pick her up from work last week she was out front mopping the tiles of the quaint summer ice cream…
 
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  • The Work-at-Home Mom’s Kids Are Back to School: Day 5

    Kim Tracy Prince
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Kid comes in the door after school today. Kid: Hi, Mom. Me: Hi. Kid: Do you have someone over? Me: No. Kid: But you’re wearing flip-flops. Me: So? Kid: And you’re…dressed. The bar is low, people. Very low. The post The Work-at-Home Mom’s Kids Are Back to School: Day 5 appeared first on House of Prince.
  • Reorder

    Kim Tracy Prince
    6 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    I told my friend “In the game of How Many Summer Vacation Days Before Mom Loses Her Shit?, this year’s score is the number of days between the last day of school and today.” Because: -Back here after being home for over 3 weeks. Usually I break down right away. It takes several days for me to be able to talk to my East Coast family and friends again. Too sad, too homesick, too busy restoring my house. Laundry, putting away, acclimating to the time zone. Ducklings with Grampa on the beaches of my childhood But this time I hit the ground running with back-to-school…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Happy Place

    Kim Tracy Prince
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:46 am
    Girl, I need to get back there, at least in my mind. The post Wordless Wednesday: Happy Place appeared first on House of Prince.
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  • The Special Needs Blogger Weekend Link-up: Check it out

    28 Aug 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: When people stare at your childWhere 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. 
  • Fighting in front of the kids—and our in-house peacemaker

    27 Aug 2015 | 3:37 am
    "He's nice!" Max informs me. He's talking about Dave.It's morning, and I've just looked out the window and realized our car was parked on the street overnight. In our city, this is not allowed; cars have to be off the street between 2 am and 6 am unless you get special permission from the police department. Before I went sleep, I'd texted Dave—who was out late with some work colleagues—and reminded him to move the car. But, no. "Dave, why didn't you move the car?" I ask."I couldn't find the keys," he says."Why didn't you grab the spare set?"I shouldn't be peeved—we luckily escaped a…
  • A new description of what Max has

    26 Aug 2015 | 3:37 am
    "You know what I'm going to start telling people Max has when they ask?" Sabrina randomly said yesterday morning."What?" I asked."A sense of humor," she said."I love that," I told her. "It's a great description of him."*Swoon*If only everyone could see past his disabilities—or accept them as being a part of who he is, not the whole.
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  • Dating After Divorce

    Marinka
    8 Aug 2015 | 8:07 am
    I had it all figured out. After my divorce, I’d start dating again and then I would write the definitive work of great wisdom about dating after divorce. I even had the title all picked out, “Dating After Divorce”! Everyone would read it, immediately get a divorce and start dating, while I counted the royalties that would be rolling in at the speed of light, if not faster. I would become rich and famous and then I would come out with a sequel, “Dating After Divorce While Rich and Famous” which would appeal to a much smaller audience, but fortunately, with my…
  • Mysterious Ways

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

    chefdruck
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Two years ago, we tacked on a few days in Italy after a vacation in the South of France. Like a great appetizer, it made us hungry for more. We spent two days in Florence, two days in Sestri Levante, and one day in Milan. We left dazed from our five day tease and have dreamed of returning to Italy ever since. For our return trip, we didn’t want another whirlwind tour. We wanted a deep dive, all in one place, to truly get a taste of La Dolce Vita. I researched so many destinations. Lake Como. Sicily. Capri. Venice. But Tuscany was the real dream. After reading Marlena de Blasi’s…
  • Soy Butter Glazed Roast Chicken and Caramelized Baby Potatoes to Celebrate Back to School

    chefdruck
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:52 pm
    The first day of school fills me with a bunch of conflicting emotions. I love the kid’s excitement, the return to routine, the smell of new school supplies. But I’m never ready to say goodbye to summer, to close the door on adventure, no more trips to St Louis, no more corn boils on the farm, homework, soccer and dance to replace the freedom of summer. Of course, I’m not the only one that’s an emotional mess on such a big day. The kids also have conflicting emotions. By dinner time, after the excitement has worn off, only exhaustion remains. So much change, so many…
  • True Gazpacho For One

    chefdruck
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:26 pm
    I lived in Barcelona during my junior year in college and that beautiful city by the sea has a special place in my heart. It was the first place that I pretended to be a grown up, staying out all night dancing at discotheques, seeing dawn bloom while sipping coffee on Las Ramblas. The tomatoes are my most vibrant food memory of my time there. Even their rubbed juice and flesh on the inside of sandwich bread demanded to be noticed. Last week’s New York Times Dining section gazpacho recipe brought the magic of Spanish tomatoes back with a vengeance. I had to make it… immediately. If…
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  • To send or not to send ? - Parents dilemma over boarding schools

    Manjusha Pandey
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:14 am
    This was just a week back, when I happened to meet one of the moms, who shared her plans of sending her only child to a boarding school.. Well my first reaction literally came out  as a shock.. like Why ?? with a big question markbut as we spoke further.. I kind of came to terms with the fact that it is an option people do consider for their kids... To be honest, mere thought of not seeing my son even for a day sends shivers down my spine. I really salute those parents who have a heart to stay away from their kids.. You might judge me here, but I know one thing for sure that it's my…
  • Creativity, Thinking & Education Tele Summit

    Patricia Rose Upczak
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:46 pm
    We are so excited about the our new Tele Summit coming up September 8th, 9th & 10th...The most amazing people have agreed to talk to us and the variety is fantastic! Michael J. Gelb the author of the How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci was our first interview and I have to say within minutes I was totally mesmerized by this wonderful speaker and presenters. He even had a great story about being the opening act for the Rolling Stones as a juggler! He is followed by John Schaefer, who among other things was one of the original members of Robert Redford's Sundance project, is giving away a…
  • Liar Liar pants on fire

    imperfectmom247
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Addison: Mom can the baby stay in my room when she's born? Mom I'll always let her play in my room. Mom can we please share a room, please. Well Addison you're a liar. Now is more like this Addison: MOM LIVIE IS IN MY ROOM. MOM LIVIE WON'T LEAVE ME ALONE. MOM LIVIE IS SLAPPING ME. Okay the last one I understand, no one anticipated we would have a child that hit, so I get that one. Addison is a wonderful big sister, everything we could ever hope for, but Addison lied to me big time. I'm sitting here all like well this is a piece of cake the first year, then it happened like a flash of light…
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  • FLIRTING WITH MY BIRTHDAY

    8 Aug 2015 | 9:25 am
    In my day I wasn't much of a flirt, straight forward, direct and said it the way it was! Times they are a changing!Back in July my son Steve told me that we would start celebrating my "big 90th" birthday early "so be prepared mom."That day he and my daughter-in-law Carol came with some wonderful goodies. That's the way July went - one good thing after another!The following week Steve invited me to join them to attend the grand opening of the Lord Hobo Brewing Co. I've given up beer drinking but if you get an invitation from your kids, you go! I do know many of Steve's friends, have meet them…
  • MEMORIES, MUSIC AND IRVING BERLIN

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

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

    Desiree Fawn
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:48 pm
    With autumn comes a craving for comfort foods. As soon as I feel that first crisp night or see those first few leaves turn orange, I’m all about cider, pumpkin spice, soups, and (let’s be honest here) anything carb-heavy. It’s hard to crave a healthy fruit salad when there are pies and hot chocolate to be had.One thing that I could always count on happening in the fall when I was a kid, is that my gramma would always make strudel. I can still remember how her house would smell when she was baking up a storm and to this day I still crave those flaky pastries as soon as…
  • Buffalo Chicken Dip Stuffed Peppers

    Alison Lewis
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:08 pm
    When you think of a recipe where “stuffing” is required, you may immediately picture one that is unhealthy and full of fat. Am I on the right track?This is why we have chosen to stuff a vegetable today. A pepper, to be exact.Less guilt and full of delicious flavor!Buffalo Chicken Dip Stuffed PeppersYield: 10 to 12 servingsPrep Time:20 minutesCook Time:23 minutesIngredients:4 bell peppers, any color1/2 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese, softened1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese1/4 cup blue cheese dressing1/4 cup hot sauce1 cup finely shredded, cooked chickenFinely chopped fresh…
  • How to Be a Hunger Hero!

    Mom Spark
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:12 am
    The back to school season bring lots of reasons to celebrate with your kids. They’ve headed back to the classroom (hopefully with excitement for a new year!), they’re trying out for sports teams, and they’re bringing home new projects and scoring big on tests. This is also the time of year where we’re starting to reflect on all of the amazing things that happened over the summer — the things they learned and say, the places we visited, and (for me) the amount they’ve grown! (Have your kids grown about 6 inches this summer too??)With so many reasons to plan something special…
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  • Going Green With Reusable Bags

    Jacqueline
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Tweet “Going green” is more than a trend these days. People in all walks of life are finding that environmental responsibility also has a positive impact on their bottom line. Science shows that... Read More to get the latest scoop on reviews, giveaways, the daily life of Jacqueline, and more on Blessings Abound!
  • Take Some Time to Relax in Florida Infographic

    Jacqueline
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Tweet If you need some relaxation time, consider Florida for your next vacation getaway. Too many people skimp on taking breaks, thinking they shouldn’t step away from all their responsibilities. The... Read More to get the latest scoop on reviews, giveaways, the daily life of Jacqueline, and more on Blessings Abound!
  • Graduation Gift Ideas

    Jacqueline
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Tweet Whether someone you love is graduating from Kindergarten or college, it can be challenging to think of a creative and meaningful gift idea. If you’re looking for an alternative to giving... Read More to get the latest scoop on reviews, giveaways, the daily life of Jacqueline, and more on Blessings Abound!
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  • I Lost My Gratitude Attitude

    Jendi
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:50 am
    Last Sunday one of the deacons challenged the congregation to think of a load that Jesus had lifted from our life. I mentally froze because I couldn’t think of a recent burden that had been lifted. All the things that went through my mind were negative. It’s not that He hasn’t lifted a burden; His footprints have been right beside mine. It’s just that I was overlooking them. I realized in that moment that I had lost my attitude of gratitude. I’m just gonna “say” it. I’m openly admitting that things have been rough lately – in many areas…
  • Counting On A Cowboy by Debra Clopton | Book Review

    Jendi
    12 Aug 2015 | 11:12 am
    Debra Clopton takes us back to the town of Wishing Springs to  learn more about the life of Bo Monahan. Counting on a Cowboy is the second Four of Hearts Ranch Romance but it is fine to read as a stand alone story. The characters that are continued from the first book are explained enough that it wouldn’t be confusing. Bo Monahan, the hero, has already straightened out his life but has to deal with the repercussions of past actions – including the infant son that is left on his doorstep. Talk about swoon worthy – Bo is not only a cowboy, he’s also a firefighter and…
  • A Bride At Last By Melissa Jagears | Book Review

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

    Shannan Powell
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:05 pm
    This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions belong to Shannan Powell, mom of 3 boys, RM Media community and project manager, and Resourceful Mommy contributor   I have always had a love/hate relationship with back-to-school season. While I lament the early mornings and the evenings of homework and rushing to activities, there is something refreshing about getting ready for the start of a new school year. Purchasing school supplies; organizing homework space; getting back to a regular schedule from the laid-back days of summer; the new, uncracked spine of a textbook – these are…
  • Blogust 2015 – Just Love

    Amy
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:55 am
    For the past couple of Augusts, I’ve participated in a special social media event called Blogust. During Shot@Life’s Blogust 2015—a month-long blog relay—some of North America’s most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life Champions come together and share inspirational quotes for their children. Every time you comment on this post and other Blogust contributions, or take action using the social media on this website, Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation pages, one vaccine will be donated to a child around the world (up to 50,000). Each…
  • Kamik Back-To-School Twitter Party

    Shannan Powell
    14 Aug 2015 | 11:31 am
    It’s that time of year again – time to stock up on all those back-to-school necessities! While you’re getting all your kids’ fashion needs taken care of, don’t forget about preparing for wild weather days! The Elements Collection from Kamik features boots that can be worn for three seasons, from September through April, so parents only need to buy 1 pair of boots for the entire school year. Kamik is a family-owned, Canadian based outdoor footwear company with styles for the whole family to suit every season. Kamik offers unbeatable style, quality and protection at a great value.
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  • New Goody Back to School Hair Accessories

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: New Goody Back to School Hair Accessories Don’t let your kiddos go back to school without having good hair accessories! Let your little girl be stylish with these new Goody Back To School Hair Accessories. Primary colors have ruled the runways – from Céline to Alexander Wang – and this fall they’re heading to hallways and classrooms, too. The new Goody Straight […]        
  • Mosquitno Bandz Helps Repel Bugs Without Harmful Chemicals

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:54 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Mosquitno Bandz Helps Repel Bugs Without Harmful Chemicals Mosquitno (pronounced “Mos-keet-NO”) products offer an all-natural, DEET-free and non-toxic alternative to toxic, messy bug sprays.        
  • Debbie Lynn, Inc. Eye-catching Art Supplies For School

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:40 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Debbie Lynn, Inc. Eye-catching Art Supplies For School Debbie Lynn, Inc. has created some fun eye-catching art supplies for school and other novelties including erasers with trendy catchphrases, funky push pins and sticky notes, bright and bold markers and highlighters, and hilarious pencil sharpeners and pens that are perfect for back to school. Hi-Voltage FX™ The Hi-Voltage FX™ collection is all about bright, […]        
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  • Back to School Reads from Candlewick Press + Children’s Book Prize Pack Giveaway!

    HipMamasPlace
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:14 pm
      School is back in session for most students around the country and I’m glad I can partner with Candlewick Press once again to bring you these new book titles to help your children start the year off on the right foot!  These books will help your children develop communication skills, strengthen their reading comprehension, and build their vocabulary! Peg + Cat: The Race Car Problem Written and illustrated by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson HC: 9780763675585∙ September 2015 ∙ $12.99∙ 32 pages ∙ Ages 3-7 Peg and Cat have built an amazing car out of things they found lying…
  • DIY Mason Jar Sewing Kit

    HipMamasPlace
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:08 pm
      Today, I’m going to show you how to make your own sewing kit using inexpensive mason jar covered with a lovely pincushion made out of a piece of fabric and then filled with sewing supplies. This sewing kit is super easy to make! It only took me about 25 minutes from start to finish! It’s a great way to organize your small sewing supplies and saves you time whenever you need it for sewing emergencies like mending a lost button or hemming a tear on your dress. Soooo… let’s get started! First, gather your supplies for this project: mason jar, regular size any piece…
  • Recipe: No-Bake Cookie Dough Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich by Hampton Creek

    HipMamasPlace
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:01 am
      What do you get when chocolate chip cookie dough and ice cream collide? Ultimate dessert pleasure! Happy to share this new twist on a favorite classic dessert: the Just Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwich recipe by Hampton Creek. It combines the cold pleasure of ice cream with the addicting richness of raw cookie dough! No-Bake Cookie Dough Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich Ingredients 2cups Just Cookie Dough 1qt ice cream, flavor of choice 1 1/2cups dark chocolate, chopped 1 tbsp coconut oil (or any neutral flavored oil) Instructions Divide the cookie dough into 2 equal portions. Lay a large…
 
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  • PB&J “Fries”

    trisha haas
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:07 pm
    With school back in 2 weeks, I am working on creating fun after school snacks and today Charlotte and I hit up the kitchen, courtesy of Country Crock, to create something fun and kid friendly. First, let me tell you about the new Country Crock!  You can save time AND make amazing meals with the […]
  • Team Phoenix, of course!

    trisha haas
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:37 am
    Finding yourself standing in the men’s aisle wondering which AXE to buy? I was just there myself yesterday and there were literally more scents than I could imagine. I was like..when the heck did men’s care products get so DETAILED??  And after standing there smelling and reading labels, finding the scent your guy craves may […]
  • Dog Days of Summer: Join Us!

    trisha haas
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:15 pm
    While summer may be ending for most of our kids, the pests are not going anywhere yet! In fact, where I live in the Gulf Coast, these last few months of “summer” are generally some of the hottest and wettest, making it a perfect time for Mosquitoes and gnats to ruin outdoor fun for us […]
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  • They Coulda’ Been Great: July 2015

    Kate
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Has it already been a month? Time for another “They Coulda’ Been Great”! (What is this? All answers are HERE.)   July 3 12:30 p.m. Eleanor in the ladies bathroom at the Air and Space Museum: “25 cents for a napkin?!” ripoff‬ July 4 1:47 p.m. Belated #TBT: California trip 2010 – That July, I put the white in “Red, White and Blue” (t-shirt purchased by my MIL to match hers and my SIL’s for our black-t-shirts-and-jeans family picture). 6:10 p.m. There are two types of people in the world. Those who will make the attempt to load a…
  • They Coulda’ Been Great: May-June 2015

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

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

    Donna Chaffins
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:42 pm
    My husband took a few photos of a dragonfly that we found in our home today. Sadly, it was dead, but I loved the pictures and thought I’d put up a last minute Wordless (okay, not so wordless) Wednesday post. The post Dragonfly, Up Close and Personal #WW appeared first on Blog By Donna.
  • When You Buy $300 in Visa Gift Cards, You Save $15 Instantly at OfficeMax #OMaxVisa15

    Donna Chaffins
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Disclosure: I received compensation for this post but all opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours. I will only endorse companies, products and services that I believe, based on my own experiences, are worthy of endorsement. My son is getting ready to start his third week of school tomorrow. Yes, I did say 3rd week. Although it is officially still summer, the summer break is definitely over for us. One thing I love about back-to-school, is the shopping. I’m not crazy about clothes shopping for my son, but since he wears uniforms now, clothe shopping is a breezed. I do however,…
  • $100 Amazon Gift Card Pinterest Giveaway Ends 8/28

    Donna Chaffins
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:37 pm
    Are you on Pinterest? Do you love pinning recipes, crafts, DIY ideas, fashion, and hairstyle inspirations like me? I’d love it if you would follow me on Pinterest, as well as some of my fellow bloggers, if you’d like. For doing so, we are going to give a $100 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner! Hope it’s one of YOU, my Blog by Donna readers! Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Pinterest blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe. Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for…
 
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  • Save Time and Money with Grocery Delivery

    Amanda
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:12 am
    One of the biggest struggles for working parents is finding the time to purchase and serve nutritious foods to our families. Why not take some of the pressure off yourself and allow someone else to do the hard work?  In this day and age there are many options for working families which will allow you to have healthy snack and meal options delivered right to your door with just the click of a few buttons. Even better? Many of them are available to you for a very low delivery cost. Farmbox Direct Originally started by a working mother who saw a need to provide fresh and local (when seasons…
  • 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…
  • 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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  • #PitchWars 2015 Mentee Bio

    Maria Melee
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:09 pm
    Hi there! Please check out the other Mentee Bios! Me I’m a 35-year-old single mom who spends a great deal of time screwing around on the internet. Fortunately, a lot of that time is work-related. I’m a graduate of the University of Florida with an English major and a minor in education. After having my second son and spending six years freelance writing and editing for various editorial sites, I went back to agency work in a content strategy and inbound marketing role. I love it. On any given day I might be writing about luxury weddings or interventional pain management. It keeps…
  • This is the only way to raise your kids

    Maria Melee
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Listen up, Mom. Here’s how to raise kids the right way: Love them with all your heart, but not too much or you’ll ignore their faults and they’ll turn into brats. Respect them, but not too much or they’ll walk all over you. Nurture them, but from a healthy distance, or you’ll become a helicopter mom and you’ll still be wiping their asses when they’re 16. Care for them, but don’t be overbearing or they’ll become weak adults. Give them chores, but not too many and not the wrong ones and not too early and not too late. Keep them safe, but…
  • The Problem With Similac’s Formula Commercial Has Nothing to Do With Breastfeeding

    Maria Melee
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:04 am
    Similac’s The Mother ‘Hood lampoons the Mommy Wars, those cute arguments moms get into on the internet while they should be watching their kids. That’s the toxic undercurrent of a video that went viral by manipulating women who feel marginalized by their parenting choices. Heartwarming, right? This is familiar territory. Women with strong parenting opinions are shamed for perpetuating mommy wars. The cutesy term dismisses women the moment they have an opinion. A moms wants to avoid exposing her baby to plastic bottles? That’s not a decision rooted in research and deep…
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    A Lil' Welsh Rarebit

  • Happy SEVENTH Birthday Fiona Foo with eyes are blue!!!

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:55 pm
     Fiona on her Birth Day.One yearTwo years Three yearsFour yearsFive yearsSix yearsSEVEN years old - Birthday girl!!!
  • To the Top!

    10 Aug 2015 | 6:56 am
    I'm back from a most fabulous weekend in Chicago at the Younique convention. Here are some photos!I'm so pumped and excited to take my business to the next level!!!!!
  • 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
 
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  • Add Good Nutrition to After-School Snacks with a Recipe for Super Strawberry Yogurt Pops

    Meal Makeover Moms
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:06 am
    Cool off and refuel in the afternoon with these all-natural, no sugar added Super Strawberry Yogurt Pops. They’re perfect for the last lazy days of summer … or as a refreshing after-school snack for kids who’ve already gone back to school.We’re all about easy when we’re busy … and we’re all about packing in as much nutrition as possible when it comes to our kids. This three-ingredient recipe for frozen strawberry yogurt pops hits the spot for health, ease, and kid appeal.Cool off and refuel the kids after school w/ these no-sugar-added Super…
  • An After-School Snack: Peanut Butter Yogurt Banana Dip

    Meal Makeover Moms
    13 Aug 2015 | 11:05 am
    Say it ain’t so! Summer is coming to an end, and it’s back-to-school time … already!As kids across the country head back to school, parents are scrambling to get back into a healthy mealtime and snack routine. To make that daunting task a tad bit easier, try our easy and nutritious Peanut Butter Yogurt Banana Dip. Got picky eaters? No worries: They’ll love it.Look at all those fun, kid-friendly dippers!Apple Wedges Graham Crackers Whole Grain Pretzels Celery SticksPeanut Butter Yogurt Banana Dip = a healthy after-school snack for kids #nutrition #snackClick To TweetIf…
  • Raspberry Farm Tour + A Recipe for Spicy Raspberry Salsa

    Janice
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:04 am
    Imagine spending two days walking through fields of perfectly ripe, ruby-red raspberries (munching all the way!) and then driving a mile down the road to see those same raspberries cleaned, flash frozen, and placed gently into boxes or bags for shipment to grocery stores and foodservice providers nationwide.Along with six other foodies, I was recently invited to attend an educational raspberry harvest event in Lynden, WA, sponsored by the National Processed Raspberry Council (NPRC). (Did you know that nearly 90% of the frozen raspberries produced in the U.S. come from this area of the…
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  • Dinotrux is Now on Netflix

    Felicia
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:52 pm
    A few years ago I will never forget when Graham put down a book called Dinotrux on his wish list from the book fair.  Fast forward to today, and now he can watch that book come to life on screen because Dinotrux is now on Netflix!  If your kids love Dinotrux as much as ours, why not check out these fun ideas to celebrate!  I really want to try to carve the watermelon dinosaur.  Who’s with me? Ore Bites from Save More Spend Less Dino Eggs from Catch My Party Dino-Toe Nail from Place of My Taste Dino Teeth Decoration from ADHD Natural Mamma Frozen Dinosaur Eggs from Paging Fun Mums!
  • Simple Sweet Cream Glazed Doughnut Recipe

    Felicia
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    I have a little routine when it comes to my coffee in the morning.  It really became quite the ritual over the summer, but now that school is back in, my quiet time happens on the weekends.  It goes a little something like this: grab my favorite BIG coffee mug, brew up a cup of my favorite coffee, pour 5 seconds worth of creamer (International Delight is my favorite) and head to the front porch to sit in my favorite rocking chair.  From there I can listen to the birds, watch the clouds and catch glimpses of my favorite mountains. Now, for those of you who know me really well, you know that…
  • Teaching Kids to Code: Ozobot Bit

    Felicia
    22 Aug 2015 | 10:10 pm
    I am so thankful that I grew up with a very cool uncle who exposed me to all things science and technology at a very young age.  He really helped spark an interest and even bought me my first microscope.  This particular uncle was an electrical engineer and wanted to make sure I knew all about it.  Besides, what kid doesn’t want to see how things work? Fast forward to my current situation which includes being a blogger by profession.  Stumbling upon this was not just something I instantly picked up.  It took a lot of hard work (and still does) and I had to teach myself how to…
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    My Mommy Manual (For the Journey)

  • Just Keep Swimming

    Zen Mommy
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:48 am
    This post is for all the mamas and papas out there of littles, whether of twins or not, that feel like they are “in the trenches”. I feel ‘ya. Those first few weeks, months (years???). Man. When my B/G twins, youngest of four, stepped on the bus and left for Kindergarten this Wednesday, I sat […]
  • The Tough Days

    Zen Mommy
    13 Aug 2015 | 9:23 pm
    THE TOUGH DAYS. If you are a parent, I know you have them. (And if you are not a parent, I know you have them…) Because we ALL have them. We are all in the same freaking boat. If things feel tough today (like I didn’t want to get out of bed tough, or I’ve […]
  • Mom of The Year?

    Zen Mommy
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:02 pm
    I empathize with this mother. And maybe that's it right there. We as a nation, empathize with this mother. We could be talking about the realities that drove this mom to lose it instead of judging her as either good or bad.
 
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  • Just another story I #amwriting

    melissa
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:11 am
    The divorce went rather quickly and easily, as far as divorces go. Two years of marriage dissolved in less than six months. I got the assets, which had been mine before the I-do’s. He got our dog and the dog trainer, who was the sole reason for the divorce, anyway. Well, not the sole reason..it does take two to tango, as my mother likes to say. Now that Jeff and I were no longer a we, I decided it was time to concentrate on me. I needed to get my life back together, stop wallowing in the fact I was dumped for a Barbie doll dog whisperer. We had only been married a little over two years…
  • 30 Back-To-School Online Sales and Coupon Codes

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

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

  • First week of school is done, and I'd give us a 'needs improvement'

    Leslie Postal
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:15 pm
     First thing in the morning, that first day of school, I was smug. We had needed supplies and required clothes. I'd made lunches and an easy-to-reheat breakfast casserole the night before. Everyone got up on time and was reasonably cheerful, and everyone was dropped off on time, early even.
  • Wimpy arms get a new workout

    Wesley Alden
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:01 pm
    In October 2013, I was more than halfway through a Savage Race - a 10K mud run - when runners had to pick up a log and follow a path that took them waist-deep into a pond and then back up the bank to deposit the log before moving on to the next obstacle. The sizes varied, but even the smallest...
  • Back to school: Practical, last-week advice you can use

    Leslie Postal
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:50 am
    The internet can bring you these kind of back-to-school suggestions: build a new mudroom to stash backpacks, shoes and jackets or (my favorite) do an actual, full practice run of your school-morning routine. Set alarms, get up, drive to school. Just for pretend.
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  • How to build your child’s self-esteem

    Laura-Kim
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:25 am
    Self-esteem is made up primarily of two things: feeling lovable and feeling capable. Jack Canfield. Raising a child with a healthy self-esteem is so important but often something we do overlook because we are so focused on then reaching milestones, getting homework done and making sure they are happy. One of the easiest ways to raise children with a healthy self-esteem is to make sure we, as their parents, have a healthy self-esteem, but there are  few other ways to build your child’s self-esteem. Love without condition. We probably all do love our children unconditionally but…
  • DIY – How to paint glass jars

    Laura-Kim
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:37 am
    I saw this on Pinterest and have been wanting to try it for ages. I eventually got around to it last week and I am so chuffed with how they came out.  It was obviously not as simple as Pinterest made it look but still a pretty quick and easy project to do. What do you need   Glass jars/bottles Paint – I just used paint I already had but I think next time I will buy craft paint. Newspaper How do you do it Make sure your jars are clean and dry.  Pour a little bit of paint into each jar. You may need to add more, depending on the size of the jar. Tip the jar upside down and…
  • 5 Things you should consider before becoming a stay-at-home-mom

    Laura-Kim
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:19 am
    The decision to become a stay at home mom is not one that should ever be taken lightly. It is a life changing decision that has far reaching effects for your you, your partner, your relationship and your children. I sort of ended up here when our plans didn’t work out as we would have liked, it is not always easy but it works for our family. Every parent, working or not, wants to spend more time with their children but there are a few more things you need to consider before making the decision to stop working. Is your husband on board! Becoming a SAHM is going to change the dynamic of…
 
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  • Toddler Beds & Weaning

    Amalah
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:53 am
    Hi Amy! Congrats on the new house! We also just moved, so I remember all the feelings well. I have scoured the archives (many times, for many things) but haven’t found something that quite fits this issue. My daughter is 22 mos and I am still rocking/ nursing her to sleep for nap and nighttime. Well, I was, until I decided that to continue on my weaning crusade I would cut her nursing short – after she stopped the initial forceful suck, give her her binky, rock her for a few mins more and put her in her crib. This was going ok, even well, to the point where she wouldn’t…
  • Washi Tape and Wrapping Paper Book Covers DIY

    Brenda Ponnay
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:55 am
    It’s Back-to-School time! And, carrying heavy books can be such a drag when your student gets into the older grades. You can’t really lighten their load but you can brighten it with some fun book covers made from wrapping paper and washi tape. Here’s how: Supplies that you’ll need: wrapping paper wider than your biggest book (check local craft stores for fresh new patterns) washi tape or decorative masking tape scissors stickers (optional) You probably remember how to cover books from the last time you were in high school but if you need a refresher her’s how we…
  • Not Actually About Cars

    Mir Kamin
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:49 am
    Now that my oldest is licensed, I don’t get to drive my car very often, anymore. That’s fine—after all, given that my office is at home, the bulk of my driving was shuffling the kids to and fro, anyway—and I am definitely not a “car person” by any means, but sometimes I miss my trusty little Corolla. We are fortunate enough to have an extra car so it all works out; my husband takes his car to work, I’ve been letting the kids take my car to school (and the ensuing rehearsals/activities/appointments, as needed), and then we have a pickup truck I can…
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  • Taste of Colorado 2015 - Family Friendly Fun for Labor Day Weekend

    19 Aug 2015 | 12:37 pm
    When my now-adult kids were little, I used to always search for ways to entertain them for free or cheap. I was a mostly single mom and didn't have a lot of disposable income for expensive attractions. So every year when the Taste of Colorado came around, we would all pile in the truck and drive to downtown Denver (one of my favorite downtowns in the country). We would park many blocks
  • Summer 2015

    10 Aug 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Backpacks are by the front door stuffed with supplies, all pockets bulging awaiting back to school meet and greet. First day of school outfits are hanging in their closets and snack is being decided. Everyone went to bed early and woke up to their alarm clocks for the first time since June. We are on 3 days and counting, Three days left of swim practice, all day computer time and ice cream
  • Eyeglasses for $29.99 at JCPenny - Back to School

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

    Jennifer M.
    14 Aug 2015 | 10:33 pm
    I received a free copy of Descendants in exchange for sharing this content. Affiliate links are included. It’s no secret the Brainfoggles team members are Disney fanatics, so we love it when Disney debuts a new movie. After much anticipation the new Disney movie featuring Disney villains, Descendants, directed by Kenny Ortega (“High School Musical” franchise), debuted on Disney channel on July 31st. I gathered my own little descendants, and we spent the evening having family movie night. If you missed the opportunity to see the debut of Descendants on the Disney channel you can…
  • Men Can Feel Pampered, Too, With MenEssentials #sponsored

    Jennifer M.
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:11 pm
    I received free products from MenEssentials.com to facilitate this review. As a busy mom I sometimes find the need to take a break from life in general and carve out a little “me time” to pamper myself. But, what about my husband? He works long hours at a very labor intensive job to provide for our family, and I feel like he deserves to pamper himself, too. He’s a bearded guy who isn’t into the spa thing, so what could I get him that would possibly provide some pampering? MenEssentials.com, a men’s grooming essential store is dedicated to making men “look…
  • Send Your Teen Driver Back to School with a Sunoco Gas Gift Card {Giveaway}

    Jennifer M.
    9 Aug 2015 | 10:33 pm
    I received compensation from Sunoco in exchange for hosting this giveaway. Do you have a teen driver who will be heading back to school soon? Do you worry your teen will forget to fill the tank or be low on funds and run out of gas? Why not give your teen a Sunoco gas gift card so you can be sure he or she is always ready for the road? There are many benefits to providing your teen driver with a Sunoco gas gift card. Can be used at any of the 4800+ Sunoco stations or APlus convenience stores nationwide Can be used for any purchase at Sunoco including gas, coffee, and snacks Can be used at…
  • Personalized Back to School Gifts from I See Me! & the Ultimate Back to School #Giveaway

    Jennifer M.
    5 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    I received free product to facilitate this post. August is here, and Back to School time is officially in swing. This school year is extra special for us because I’m sending my oldest off to Kindergarten. She’s a bit apprehensive about going to school everyday and leaving Mommy and Sissy behind, so I want to get her excited for this next phase of her life. I can’t think of a better way to excite her and send her on the path to learning than with a personalized gift to commemorate the beginning of her school career. I’m a big fan of personalized books, and…
  • Meet The World’s First Smart Fragrance Dispenser

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

  • The Tween and the Death of the Landline

    Amber
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:49 pm
    My daughter Hannah is 10 and a half years old. In a week and a half she will be starting grade five. And the fact that no one has a home phone anymore (including us) is killing her social life. When I was 10 I had a number of friends in my neighbourhood. I also had their phone numbers, for the family phones that sat attached to the walls in their kitchens or living rooms. If we wanted to get together to play we could call each other and find out if we were free. I remember asking my mom if I could go to my friend’s, or have my friend over. Sometimes the answer was yes, and other times…
  • Jacob + 7 years and 6 days

    Amber
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Last Thursday my son Jacob turned seven. Seven! Seven year olds climb trees and ride scooters and read comic books. Seven year olds have skinny legs and knobbly knees and gap-toothed grins. Seven year olds go to school and swimming lessons and baseball practice. Seven year olds are not babies. Although sometimes they are still your baby. Even so, this birthday isn’t hitting me as hard as his last one. Seven doesn’t really feel so much older than six. Grade two doesn’t really feel so much more sophisticated than grade one. Maybe I got all the tears and bitterness out last…
  • Poem of the Month: Ode to a Tween

    Amber
    9 Aug 2015 | 2:48 pm
    (Let’s just ignore the fact that it’s been, er, several months since I shared a poem of the month, shall we? Good.) Recently I re-embraced my adolescent love of writing poetry. Many of them are written just for me, but I have written enough that are not as personal and I’d like to share some of them. And so, a blog series is born. These aren’t necessarily my deepest poems, but I do enjoy each of them. And now, here is this month’s poem, inspired by my daughter who earned her yellow belt in tae kwon do yesterday. Ode to a Tween Her hair has gotten much longer…
  • Not That Mom Anymore

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

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

  • Spending lots of money on back-to-school tech for your kids? Of course you want to hover.

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    This is the second in a three-part series about helicopter parenting and back-to-school tech shopping that I’m writing as Best Buy Canada‘s parenting spokesperson. What does helicopter parenting have to do with back-to-school shopping anyway? I think the truth is that we’re all a little helicopter. Even the most laid-back parents among us have something we like ... [Read more...]The post Spending lots of money on back-to-school tech for your kids? Of course you want to hover. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Trophies for everyone! (Sorry, James Harrison.)

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:48 am
    Image credit via Flickr cc license. I don’t believe in catering to my kids’ tastes when it comes to dinner. I generally try to feed them food they like for breakfast, lunch, and snacks, but I also think it’s important that they are exposed to a variety of different foods and encouraged to try them. It’s ... [Read more...]The post Trophies for everyone! (Sorry, James Harrison.) appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Next level helicopter parenting. Yes, that’s an actual helicopter!

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    This is the first in a three-part series about helicopter parenting and back-to-school tech shopping that I’m writing as Best Buy Canada‘s parenting spokesperson. Okay, so fine. This first part is mostly all about how I got to spend all day riding around in a helicopter. “You’ve written about being a parent in the helicopter ... [Read more...]The post Next level helicopter parenting. Yes, that’s an actual helicopter! appeared first on Playground Confidential.
 
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • How do you get the project management basics right?

    Ron Rosenhead
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:52 am
    The 2015 Pulse of the Profession Report (Capturing the Value of Project Management) suggested “……it’s time for organizations to revisit the fundamentals of project management and, essentially, go back to the basics.” Those basics include “Using standardized project management practices throughout the organization.”  * It is interesting to visit a company and find that while there are claims such … Read More >Related Posts:What a great report – every company should read itHow do you counteract scope creep?Why is project management so fragmented in…
  • “They make it easier to keep track….”

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

    Ron Rosenhead
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:37 am
    I was running a project management course when someone said to me: ‘Ron, what are your golden rule for effective project delivery?’ What a great question. I picked up a marker pen and wrote the following on a flip chart. Here are my golden rules which should help you deliver more effectively. If it’s a ‘big’ project then it’s a … Read More >Related Posts:Save yourself time and money on your projects. How …?Project managers need to cope with uncertainty. What are…How to say no without saying no!Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your…
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  • Women Can't be Silent Anymore

    21 Aug 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Yesterday, Texas Monthly ran an article titled "Silence at Baylor" about "much-talked about football player" Sam Ukwuachu, who as early as June of this year was expected to take the field after transferring from Boise State and having sit out last season for "unspecified reasons." Turns out, Sam was indicted on two counts of sexual assault on June 25, 2014 against a female student athlete, also at Baylor. He was convicted yesterday as well and was supposed to be sentenced today. I don't know what Art Briles was told by Boise State. I don't know why there were gag…
  • The Broody Hen Chronicles Part One

    16 Jun 2015 | 3:08 pm
    I currently have a broody hen. For those unfamiliar with the term, it means I have a hen whose biological clock is ticking and she's decided she must hatch some baby chicks immediately. Which is kind of a problem on my backyard farm since I don't have a rooster (because they are scary as shit), so my eggs aren't fertilized. But, broody hens care not about sex education. All they care about is hatching some babies, so they set up camp in the coop on whatever eggs they have laid and wait patiently for them to hatch.  Based on what I've read (because I honestly…
  • A Hodgepodge of College Orientation Thoughts and Tips

    14 Jun 2015 | 11:24 am
    I spent two days last week with my lovely, beautiful, smart daughter at her college orientation. This was a fun and exciting experience for her. She made new friends, set up her fall classes, already changed her major, got to stay in the dorms and experience the wonders of the community bathroom (she now clearly understands why I said to pay the extra for a suite where four girls share one bathroom) and learned the school fight song. For the parents, it was decidedly less fun. I wanted to take notes about my experiences so I could write each night, but I was too busy taking…
 
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  • Volunteering at your child\’s school

    28 Aug 2015 | 2:53 am
    <p>Volunteering at your child's school&nbsp;can be&nbsp;a very&nbsp;rewarding&nbsp;experience – for you and for the children and others. You can learn who your kids' friends are and interact with them and their parents and siblings, too. Plus you get to meet teachers and learn more about them and their classrooms, subjects and so on, too. So get out there and mingle. Help your schools like those at&nbsp;private schools in Fort Lauderdale and help your kids and your own self while you're at it. Give back and get much more in return for your effort…
  • What I want to do with my life

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:33 am
    <p>There are so many things that I want to do in my life and one of them involves becoming a great musician. However, I am aware that this is not an easy task and that is why I am interested in taking the finest courses online. Fortunately, I think I already know the place that can provide me with effective online courses. It's called Ear Training HQ. This website can teach you to play music by the ear, a skill that a lot of people find impossible to master. Additionally, there is this expert called Scott Edwards who can help you with the ear training lessons.</p>
  • Breathing Exercises to Improve Your Singing Voice

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:18 pm
    <p>There are a lot of different things that you can do to improve your voice. For example, you can do different breathing exercises. You can learn more about these online. One of the best ways to learn about these is to simply go to a search engine, type in breathing exercises that help you to improve your voice, and then you will be led to different websites and videos. One of the things that is recommended is that a person tries to hum more. This is going to improve the muscles that are located in their throat. If a person has&nbsp;<a title="relative pitch"…
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  • Pampers Cruisers #SAGTOSWAG TOUR is making it's Chicago stop this Sunday!

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:58 am
    Frequent readers know that I am a member of the Pampers Blogger Panel, known as the Pampers Baby Board. The relationship continues to be a natural fit for my blog as we have a shared loved for little ones. So, I'm happy to share Pampers latest news, Pampers is introducing new and improved Pampers Cruisers diapers with extra absorb channels. This new design reduces diaper sag and helps babies stay drier.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • Review of My Stitch Fix Box 6 #stitchfix

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    13 Aug 2015 | 12:49 pm
    If you've been keeping up with my blog lately, you know I am a bit obsessed with a personal stylist based shopping site known as Stitch Fix.  My 6th Stitch Fix box arrived just before I was leaving on our big family summer vacation and I was really hoping to score I few items I could bring with me. Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • A Dream Vacation, ProFlowers #MySummerStaycation Campaign

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:34 am
    ProFlowers recently challenged me to draw inspiration from one of their arrangements on a dream vacation.  Having just returned from a 2 week family vacation in the mountains I found myself craving the opposite.  A night with just my husband to some place hip and urban much like this chic succulent arrangement I received.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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  • This week is why profanities exist.

    Kristy
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:45 pm
    To fully appreciate why I was crying in the children’s dental office, surrounded by happy murals of cherubic forest creatures, you must first relive my week with me. MONDAY: Monday morning Jesse left to Wisconsin on business. Right after he left, Brecken threw up twice. We had family in town from the east coast, so Brecken and Karis were sleeping in the baby’s room. I sent him back to bed, left the baby with my houseguests, and took Karis to school. Brecken had a fever, and I played nurse. When Karis came home from school the houseguests took her to the beach. At 4:00 I remembered…
  • An inconvenient family heirloom

    Kristy
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:02 pm
    I love old furniture. LOVE it. The only thing I love more than old, well-made furniture, is old, well-made furniture with a story behind it. Extra points if it’s a personal story. When  my grandmother was dying she gave me a piece of furniture she called a credenza. Technically it was a bureau, or chest of drawers, or dresser depending on where you are from, but she used it as a credenza, so a credenza is what it remains. She used to keep paints and brushes and art supplies in it, along with stacks of papers and clutter and mystery bits. It’s a solid piece of furniture, and has…
  • There she blows!

    Kristy
    12 Aug 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Jesse: “I  need a social media post for today.” Me: “On it! How about we go with a literary theme?” Never judge a book by its cover. Our delicious cottage cheese packs Moby Dick sized flavor! Jesse: “Um, no.” Me: “No?” Jesse: “You make it sound like it tastes like whale semen.” Me: “Is it because of the ‘Dick’ in Moby Dick, or because he was a sperm whale?” Jesse: “Just no.” Tweet This Post
 
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    Fab Mums

  • How to use denim scraps

    Maria
    6 Aug 2015 | 8:07 am
    After my recycling projects using old denim I was left with a lot of denim scraps. True to my philosophy not to waste anything I have been thinking of ways to use the left overs and so I tried to create something  artistic to go on my bedroom wall. Not so long ago I made a board resembling a canvas with a cardboard lid, newspaper and glue. It was just sitting there waiting to be decorated, when one day I thought it would look nice to create some abstract pictures using various textures. In the end I decorated it with denim scraps. I cut a lot of different size petals and attached them to the…
  • Zentangle inspired maps

    Maria
    12 Jun 2015 | 2:19 am
    This is the map of Italy divided into regions and decorated with Zentangle Inspired Art. I originally drew the map for an education project, but I couldn’t resist to see what it would look like as a ZIA. I always keep a template version for other projects (free download map).
  • Fabric upcycle: what you can make from old dresses

    Maria
    25 May 2015 | 1:49 am
    I love to find a new purpose from all things. My favourite materials to transform are cardboard boxes, newspapers and magazines, and fabric. These projects are the result of me not fitting so well into two old dresses that I loved. A long sleeveless denim dress and a summer stripy dress. A denim Cushion. Three chicken door stoppers, they were very welcome Christmas presents for family and friends. A door draft stopper, another thrifty Christmas gift. An apron, also to be given to someone as a gift. A heart lavender sachet, this one I kept for myself. A holder for all my pegs.
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  • Busy Summer Days

    Heather
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Paleo-ish Cake made by Miss Morgan, recipe by Andrea Stoner I thought I would do random with you. It’s been a while since we’ve just sat down to chat at the computer – you with your cup of tea, me with my touch of crazy. So what’s been going on with us since the last post in July? Let’s see… a glance back over the messy dayplanner tells of: :::board-game nights with Papa John::: We’ve been doing these once a month. My current favorites are Clue and Sequence. :::lots and lots of photography classes for mama::: Homeschoolin’ myself.
  • Wrapping Up a Homeschool School-year and Grading the Teacher

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

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

  • Carowinds Big SEAcret is Out and Here's An Inside Look! (Video)

    Maricris G
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Yes! The big SEAcret is out and we're giving you an exclusive sneak peek inside Carowinds exciting additions to the park! Revealed on Thursday during their media event attended by yours truly, VIP's, News, Media and loyal fans, the changes coming to the theme park in 2016 will surely make the theme park your family's top destination next Summer. Take a look!The transformation of Carowinds began in 2015 with the addition of Fury 325.Followed by a redesigned front entrance as shown below, along with other changes and new attractions to make your visit a very pleasant one! And as you can…
  • Generation Good: Saving Money and Energy by Being Smart about My Laundry

    Maricris G
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    New Seventh Generation Energy Smart Laundry detergent / Photo +Maricris G Before I start "airing my dirty laundry" ( as in real dirty laundry ) on this laundry-inspired topic, and before you go saying, "oh it's just another totally fake, hyped-up review from another sell-out blogger/reviewer", I'll tell you now that I'm a believer of Seventh Generation for years and have been, and is, a regular consumer of their products. This is the reason I had no qualms accepting their offer, pronto, to test and review their new Energy Smart Liquid Laundry Detergent before it comes out in the…
  • Tech Talk: Get Powered Up And Stay Charged With a Powerful Travel Charger! (Back to School Giveaway)

    Maricris G
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    For some parents and their children, back-to-school can be a source of anxiety. You may call it separation anxiety but I prefer to call it "safety and adaptability concerns issue". This is why there's an urgent need to arm our young smartphone-ready kids with smartphones and any communication devices as they head back to school to make sure they're always "within" reach when needed. But, there's more to just having a smartphone. Ensuring that your child's smartphone stay charged and powered up is another story.Smartphones battery life are proven to drain pretty quick. It is crucial to…
 
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    Mrs. Kendall

  • First Day of School, 2015-2016

    Jules
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:11 am
      Horrible, blurry cell phone pictures taken by a farsighted + nearsighted woman at 6:30am. I’m happy they even exist. One of these days I’m going to buy a simple point and shoot. These signs. I don’t know where I came up with the idea because I did this on Mikey’s first day of pre-school. We’re talking pre-blogging, pre-pinterest, and pre-social media if you can remember that far back! I had this great idea to document on the first day of each school year what Mikey and his future siblings wanted to be when they grew up. It was going to be great, decades…
  • Even I Get Sick of Books

    Jules
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    There’s nothing to read. Alright, fine. There’s nothing that sounds good enough to read. Sometimes I go through periods where everything I read is remarkably terrible. I hate everything; there is nothing new; the publishing world is out to get me. I know it’s because I’m reading too much in general or even too much of the same thing. Either way, whatever, I get monumentally jaded and watch TV. Call it a palate cleanser. Here’s what I’ve been watching lately, and of course I want to know what you’ve been watching, too. Catastrophe | Amazon Prime You…
  • Happy, Happy

    Jules
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Bam! Good week. For the first time in years I had a normal mammogram. Call backs, spot compressions, lumpectomies, I’ve had it all over the years but this year it was a simple, “Everything looks good, Mrs. Kendall.” I was so shocked that I almost requested a second opinion. I posted every day this week for the first time in at least a year. That felt really good, like maybe I’m getting back into the swing of things. For a long time I didn’t have much to say, and I didn’t like the reasons why. I was spread too thin and working too hard on everyone except…
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    Baby Bump Fitness

  • Online Coaching

    Jacqueline
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Keep Watch for Baby Bump Busy Mom Fitness Online coaching.  Please leave me a comment if you are interested.
  • Consistency

    Jacqueline
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:53 pm
    We moved at the end of this summer at the same time I took on training our NHL and AHL athletes at summer training camp.  Busy times once again, along wit the stress of moving children, making friends and integrating into a new community.  Workouts were brief, but existent everyday.  Some days they were 30 minutes, but somedays 1o minutes.  Even during this stressful time, I was able to increase my one sided overhead Kettle Bell press to 24kg per side.  It didn’t take a long time each day, but it did require me to press overhead 5x per week.  Small amounts of time moving MATTERS.
  • Great Labour Day

    Jacqueline
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    I had a great labour day workout yesterday.  I am currently working on a test Press program for SFG.  I have 2 more weeks to go to get my max press.  I already achieved this goal last week, I was stoked- so yesterday after pressing and 100 KB swings,  I put a bit more conditioning into my program.  I performed 7×7 (R&L) arms 16kg Kettle bell snatches for 7 minutes- starting a new round at the top of each minute.  After this I preformed ab wheel rollouts super setted with hard style front planks for 30 seconds.  I took an hour long walk through Rattray Marsh conservation area…
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  • $25 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway {Back to School Giveaway Hop}

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    School may have started or is starting soon in your hometown. There are even more chances to win school supplies and gift cards if you join the 1st Annual Back to School Giveaway Hop hosted by Karen’s Got Mail. Each participating blogger is giving away a back-to-school related prize valued at least $25. And the Grand Prize giveaway features an Ultimate Back to School combo from Mabel's Labels!
  • Kendama Toy Giveaway (4 Winners)

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    A cool toy called Kendama has become more and more popular among kids at my son's school. I've seen boys and girls alike play with Kendamas that come in various colorful designs. If you haven't heard about it yet, here's your chance to learn more about it and enter to win one for free! SPONSORED BY: Kaleb KendamaHOSTED BY: Mom Loves 2 Read The Kendama is a traditional Japanese toy which consists
  • Butter Braid Pastry Prize Pack Giveaway

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Do you love pastries but don't have the time to bake, especially on those busy school day mornings? Butter Braid offers a good variety of frozen pastries that are fast and easy to reheat with a pan. Enter to win a 6-pack in different flavors! The Butter Braid 6-pack includes: Strawberry & Cream Cheese Cinnamon Apple Double Chocolate Raspberry Blueberry & Cream Cheese Butter Braid products are
 
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    SortaCrunchy

  • Where you can find me now!

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

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

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

  • 5 Reasons to Love the Dyson V6 Slim {Review}

    Melanie Edwards
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Though we may not want to think about cleaning and the various tools we use to help us in cleaning our home, I have to admit that when you find something that works well and eases your cleaning, you feel like you want to tell everyone about it. Even if it’s a vacuum. That’s why I’m sharing with you all about the latest Dyson V6 Slim vacuum model that’s exclusive to Walmart and why I think it’s a worthy addition to your home. We received a complimentary Dyson V6 Slim through our work in the Walmart Moms program and after testing it out around the home, I have 5…
  • American Home by Yankee Candle, Now Available at Walmart!

    Melanie Edwards
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Candles always seem to add a little something special to a room, don’t they? I love a nicely-scented candle in the family room or my bedroom; it’s great to light up in the evening and creates a soothing atmosphere and aroma. For those of you that are also candle fans, you’ll be glad to know that you can now find Yankee Candle at Walmart! I recently had the chance to preview this new line of candles during a visit to the Walmart home office earlier this summer and loved some of the scents! Read on for more info on American Home by Yankee Candle! American Home by Yankee Candle…
  • Back to School Style: Juniors Graphic Tees for Tweens & Teens

    Melanie Edwards
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:37 am
    As my baby girl grows into an almost-10-year-old young lady, I am faced with the reality that she’s no longer a baby girl. She is officially a “tween,” despite my personal feelings on the topic. As a tween, my girl is slowly leaving the girls’ clothing department and entering the juniors section. As scary as that thought may be, it does open up our shopping options a bit and allows us to find a bigger variety of clothes. As we went back to school shopping these last few weeks, a recurring theme for her was graphic tees. The girl loves a good play on words or funny…
 
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    Natalie Snapp

  • How To Encourage A Joy Stealer (Without Losing Your Mind)

    Natalie Snapp
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
        I remember her well. So many years ago, so many cities ago, we sat in a meeting and exchanged ideas. It was a room of dreamers. Well, except for her. Each idea was met with immediate criticism. She vetoed any new concept before it could even finish being spoken. And when it was time for lunch, she quickly exited the room, sending the signal she would rather eat alone. Days later, I had a conversation with her that changed my negative perception. She shared how hard it had been since her husband passed away a few years prior. She spoke of how lonely it was to raise their children…
  • When Others Try To Steal Your Joy

    Natalie Snapp
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    A few days ago, I read a passage in my super wonderful daily chronological Bible I’ve read close to a thousand times – but this time, it was different. I’m deeply entrenched in the life of David and I just finished reading 2 Samuel 6:16 – the passage in which one of his wives, Michal, ridicules him for his public joy and celebration. Here’s what it says: As the ark of the covenant of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David dancing and celebrating, she despised him in her heart. In the past,…
  • Join the Heart Sisters Online Book Club!!

    Natalie Snapp
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Hello? Is there anybody out there? Today is the day – I am returning to the blogging/writing/speaking world after a much-needed summer sabbatical and I’m excited to try some new stuff and re-design the site a bit. Yay for change! As many of you know, my first book, Heart Sisters: Be the Friend You Want to Have, was released this past April 21. It’s been wonderful to watch God at work – many groups, small and large, have studied it and I’m so thankful for the fruit it’s producing. In fact, so much fruit has been produced that there will be an exciting…
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  • Join the #GrandandToyB2S Twitter Party August 25 at 8pm EST

    Carla Young
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    It’s that time of year again…Back to School time! Before we get to send the kids back to their places of higher learning (and bask in our newfound freedom during the hours of 8 am to 3 pm), we need to stock up on school supplies (and perhaps a few entrepreneurial essentials for us hard working moms). That’s why we’re so excited to be celebrating Back to School with Grand & Toy. YES, Grand & Toy offers a complete section of Back-to-School products for kids, teens and university students (and of course, office supplies, furniture and tech gadgets). It’s all…
  • Take Your Workout Up a Notch: Part 2 of Plyometric Power by @DPEverybodyFit

    Dana Pieper
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    I went into my basement where my husband was working out in our gym and I asked him if he’d like to take his workout to the next level. I gave him this plyometric series and he was out of breath. I convinced him to demonstrate in the Move of the Week Video too! It’s a great sequence of exercises that will challenge your core, lower body, and elevate your heart rate to burn calories and take your workout up a notch!
  • It’s Called “NetWORK” for a Reason by @KathyBuckworth

    Kathy Buckworth
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    “I’ll just text them.” The key word in this sentence is the word “just”. Texting is a terrific way for your tween to ask you for a ride from a friend’s house, for a teen to chat with their BFF’s, or for parents to arrange who is getting the milk on the way home from work. It’s become the most basic form of communication, as evidenced by its short form spelling and grammar. But as a professional networking tool…it just isn’t one. And as our back and forth methods of communication get more and more behind various screens, versus in front of a face, we’ve seen that it has…
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    Eccentric Eclectic Woman

  • Orkin Household Pests 101 Back to School Pack Giveaway & Blog App

    Finamoon
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:45 pm
    It’s back-to-school time and class is in session … Orkin is back with Household Pests 101 – featuring some of Orkin’s scientific knowledge of pests. The Orkin Man is here to help you #LearnWithOrkin so you don’t get schooled by pest problems in your own home.But Back-To-School doesn’t just mean for the kids. Orkin knows that moms are on the go more than ever and wants to make sure you’re all set when driving the kids to soccer practice, racing to make it to school on time and just maybe getting a minute for yourself!About Orkin Household Pests 101 Back-to-school time is a great…
  • Free Entry to All National Parks to Celebrate the National Park Service’s 99th Birthday on 8/25

    Finamoon
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:14 am
    On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act creating the National Park Service (NPS), a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior responsible for protecting the 35 national parks and monuments then managed by the department and those yet to be established (now there are 408 national parks!). I am surrounded by Oregon and Washington state where I live. Oregon, the gorgeous state where I reside, has a total of 6 national parks, 10 national natural landmarks, and 17 national historic landmarks so far. Crater Lake National Park is by far the most famous of our…
  • Barnyard Kids: A Family Guide For Raising Animals Book Review

    Finamoon
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:03 pm
    I received this book free to facilitate this review. Affiliate links may be in this posting. Thanks for supporting my blog. Do you have kids? Are you also considering raising farm animals? Or do you already raise animals with kids? Well, the Barnyard Kids: A Family Guide For Raising Animals book by Dina Rudick might just be for you!Horse lovers in training :)We purchased our farm about 2 years ago and at the time we had only one farm animal, a mini pony named Gizmo. We still have Gizmo and now many other animals have joined our farm. In addition to him we also have 3 horses, 2 llamas, one…
 
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  • Daily Video: SHOOTING MY TODAY SHOW SEGMENT (AHH!)

    Audrey McClelland
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:11 am
    My daily is live from yesterday!! Shooting my TODAY SHOW segment!! It was a crazy cool day and I had the best time ever! The crew at the TODAY SHOW was beyond nice and helpful. It was amazing to see the show come together! SO AMAZING!! AND!! They let Victoria have a morning cameo!! Hope you like it!! You can see the full segment here. The post Daily Video: SHOOTING MY TODAY SHOW SEGMENT (AHH!) appeared first on Mom Generations - Mom Fashion and Beauty - Creating a Stylish Life for Moms.
  • My TODAY SHOW segment: Back-to-School Sanity Savers

    admin
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:09 pm
    WOOHOO!! My TODAY SHOW segment is LIVE online!! I had so much fun prepping for this and shooting this segment with the team! I hope you enjoy! We needed to make sure we finished in enough time for everyone else to go, too! I’m so excited to share!! Let me know what you think! The post My TODAY SHOW segment: Back-to-School Sanity Savers appeared first on Mom Generations - Mom Fashion and Beauty - Creating a Stylish Life for Moms.
  • Daily Video: Prepping for my TODAY SHOW Segment in NYC

    Audrey McClelland
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:53 pm
    The TODAY SHOW! It’s my morning show of choice – Matt, Savannah and Al! I have watched the Today Show for years, I remember watching Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley when I was in high school with my mom in the mornings. The Today Show has just been part of my life. That being said… when you’re asked to be ON the Today Show, you literally JUMP at the chance! My segment aired today, but I’m excited to share my DAILY VIDEO from yesterday! It was a fun day in the City for me with my husband and daughter! Enjoy the build up and the prepping… and the family time!
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    The Survival Mom

  • A Brief Guide To Edible Weeds

    Beth Buck
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:15 am
    That quality which makes a plant a weed is in the eye of the beholder. Where one person might see only an overgrown flowerbed, another might see the makings of a decent salad. Frank down the street is probably tearing his hair out trying to get all the nettles out of his garden, while Susan next door is not only eating them for dinner every night but has also placed an order with a fancy seed company so that she can grow dandelions and wood sorrel – on purpose. The author’s very own overgrown flowerbed. Pictured: common mallow, peppermint, carrots and parsley all gone to seed. The…
  • I’m Concerned About Water Safety. Are You?

    The Survival Mom
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:26 pm
    Earlier today I sent this information to my newsletter subscribers but then decided it was too important to not share with my blog readers. Have you seen the shocking photos and stories of the catastrophic EPA-caused river contamination? Earlier this month the EPA spilled millions of gallons of toxic waste into a river in Colorado. Wells and municipal water systems along the Animus River were being tested for possible contamination, and that water continues flowing into New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona. Soon it will reach Lake Powell and the Grand Canyon. This is just another reminder of how…
  • Will Your Food Storage Lead to Starvation? Calories Count!

    Amy VR
    16 Aug 2015 | 10:19 am
    Food storage is a key component to your family’s preparedness plan. There are many decisions that need to be made. Which foods are best for storage? Which will my family prefer? How do I store it properly? Dehydrated Foods? Freeze Dried Foods? Every Day Pantry Foods? MREs? Buckets? Cans? Gamma Lids? UReal Meat or TVP? GMO Free? Gluten Free? I could go on and on. Ultimately, there is no RIGHT answer. Every family’s needs are different as far as what to store. But there is ONE issue that affects us all that MUST have our attention:  Calorie Count. Notice I did NOT say “Number of…
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  • where to go for free homework help: Homework Help Desk

    amy mascott
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
        Now more than ever, I feel like I need a lifeline when it comes to helping my kids with their homework. Honestly, the concepts are getting difficult.  Things have changed. Strategies are new, and problems seem crazy to me. I need help. I need to phone a friend. I need answers, and often, I need them quickly. That’s where Homework Help Desk comes in. Or at least it came in handy this week, when we were working on Maddy’s summer math packet. Here’s the skinny. . . Where to Go For Free Homework Help–Homework Help Desk:  Granted, we’ve used this free…
  • everything I wish I knew before I started middle school: a letter to my rising 6th grader

    amy mascott
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Maddy, I have a hard time believing it’s time to send you off to the wilds of middle school, but here we are, my friend. It seems like just yesterday your aunts and I sat on the back porch with you, making felt flowers and blinging out your backpack for kindergarten. Sending you into the building that first day, watching your little pink backpack bouncing down the hallway, was one of the hardest things I did up to that point. But you were ready. You were prepared for the adventure, eager to start that next chapter. And like most everything you do, you rocked it. Just like you’ll rock…
  • top 10 NEW magazines for kids and family

    amy mascott
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
        Friends, did you know that magazines truly count as worthwhile reading material and that they’ve come a long way in the past few years? They do, and they have. And also? Magazines pretty much rock.  They: make super holiday or birthday gifts for children; make awesome classroom donations for teachers; can be a great way to offer support for preschools or daycare centers; make fabulous partners for travel, waiting areas, or rest time; give kids quick and engaging reading material any time of the day. And, not surprisingly, magazines exist for just about any age group and…
 
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    The Shopping Mama

  • J Avenue Organics: Baby Clothes Without Compromise

    Lauren Barth
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:32 am
    We’re obsessed with baby clothes here at The Shopping Mama. Big brands, little brands, boutique brands—we don’t discriminate. If the itty-bitty mini onesies, stretchies, leggings, dresses and rompers are cute, we’re totally on board! But if the pint-size pieces are cute and organic, well, we’re in baby outfit bliss! Such is the case with J Avenue Organics. The brand makes 100% organic apparel, using zero toxins and water-based dyes. As far as we’re concerned, that’s pretty much as as good as it gets. I dressed our own mini model in a few fave finds from J Avenue…
  • Saturday Sips: Mai Tai, Your Tai, Hair Tai

    Lauren Barth
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
    I love a good massage. I’m all about keeping up with regular manis and pedis. And Soul Cycle is an indulgence I absolutely hate to love and love to hate… But if I had to pick one feel-good, look-good “me-time” luxury in life… one ultimate pampering guilty pleasure… and one must-have primping privilege… it would most definitely be weekly blowouts. Getting my hair washed and then meticulously styled by an expert is maybe one of my most favorite activities/hobbies/things to do… Ever. I don’t get blow-outs all that often—because, well, they’re expensive,…
  • Celebrate With Kids Around The World: Brothers, Sisters, and Raksha Bandhan

    Catherine
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:59 am
    There is nothing quite like the bond between a brother and sister. Yes, they may know how to push your buttons and annoy you from time to time, especially as kids. But deep down you know there is nobody that loves you like your brother or sister does. Today’s holiday is all about the love between a brother and sister and we’re excited to celebrate it with you! Celebrate With Kids Around The World: Raksha Bandhan Raksha Bandhan is also know as Rakhi, a celebration of the love between a brother and sister. What: Raksha Bandhan is the Hindu festival that is the celebration of the…
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    the view from my fishbowl

  • At Least Your Toes Look Pretty

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:27 am
    I'm calling yesterday "Groundhog Day for the Boot."Went to the ortho surgeon for a(nother) follow-up appointment to see if the perpetual boot wearing and physical therapy was actually helping my ankle.Long story short - it's not.Doc poked and prodded my ankle (and it hurt like HELL). Then he tells me to stand on my toes on BOTH feet. No problem. Then he says, "OK pick up your left foot so you're ONLY standing on your right foot."Nope.Not gonna happen. I can't stand on my toes on my right foot.So doc says "well, I would normally recommend that brace you got four years ago but I know you don't…
  • Back to School

    18 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
    The house is strangely quiet this morning.There's no music. No Cartoon Network. No "Just Dance" on the Wii.No fighting.Just quiet. Today they went back to school.Olivia started junior high middle school today. She's in 6th grade - I refuse to call that junior high. Back in the day (you know, back in the 80s) 6th grade was STILL in elementary school. Where it SHOULD BE.But I digress...My baby isn't a baby anymore.She's a smart and sassy 6th grader.Also, I cried as she got on the bus to go to MIDDLE SCHOOL. Thankfully the bus stop was a few houses down so I didn't embarrass her. (I may or may…
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Crutches

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

  • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials-In theaters September 18th

    Anitra Elmore
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials runs into theaters on September 18th. Are you excited? I’m here with a sneak peek (plus a chance to win real soon!). About Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials “In this next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly…
  • An Easier Dinner Routine with HelloFresh (and $40 off Your First Box!)

    Anitra Elmore
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    This post contains referral links. Thanks for using them to shop! I am completely obsessed with HelloFresh. Have you heard of it? It’s a weekly food box subscription that’s joining my list of favorite things. I was hooked from the first box and I was pretty sure I would be. Read on to find out why and to snag a coupon for $40 off your first HelloFresh box. Our first week using @HelloFresh!! If I succeed, I’ll blog about it soon. #fingerscrossed #notafanofcooking #hopethishelpsme A photo posted by Anitra (@zonemom) on Jul 8, 2015 at 9:35am PDT Why I Subscribed to HelloFresh…
  • A Back to School Prayer for Your Kids

    Anitra Elmore
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:09 pm
    It’s that time again–the kids are on their way back to school. And, as you’re making lunches, I hope you’ll make time to pray for them. Here’s what we’re praying over our children. Feel free to pin, print, post and share, and join us in praying the same for yours. In case the image isn’t showing up, here’s the text: “As my children return to school, I pray that… they will readily receive INSTRUCTION and be TAUGHT by the Lord, they will eagerly DRAW near to you and LISTEN to your voice, they will set a righteous EXAMPLE as they live…
 
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    Dear Crissy

  • Clean Eating Lettuce Wraps with Chicken and Avocado

    Crissy Page
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:24 am
    Whether you’re subscribed to a clean eating lifestyle or just enjoy light, healthy cuisine, you’re sure to fall in love with these crisp and flavorful clean eating lettuce wraps with chicken and avocado! If you’ve been following along with my blog or Instagram you know that I’ve been eating clean since May of 2015. In that time I’ve lost nearly 40 lbs. and I feel AMAZING! No more chronic heartburn, no more headaches, no more indigestion! I’ve been asked many times for my clean eating recipes, so I thought it was time to start sharing my favorites here on…
  • Kids smoothie bowl with Rice Krispies and fresh fruit

    Crissy Page
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:54 am
    Kellogg Company sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine. I can hardly believe it, but this fall I’ll have not one but TWO kids in school! Kara is starting preschool and Evan will be a big Kindergarten student. Needless to say, our mornings are about to get interesting. Luckily, the kids are pretty good about eating a healthy breakfast. In face, we’ve been loving smoothie bowls featuring Rice Krispies Cereal®, Greek yogurt and fresh fruit. The kids love these Rice Krispies smoothie bowls because they taste great and look cool. They enjoy the crunch that the…
  • It’s a Manwich Monday Twitter party!

    Crissy Page
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:12 am
    This post is sponsored by Manwich. Opinions are my own. If you love Manwich and prizes listen up! On Monday, August 31st at 8/7c I’ll be hosting a fun Twitter party where we’ll be discussing back-to-school routines as well as sharing delicious, Manwich-inspired recipes—each one beyond perfect for Manwich Monday! I hope to see all of you at the party. Please be sure to sign the RSVP below to be eligible for prizes, and RT the embedded Tweet below to let me know you’ll be there. This party is open to USA and Canadian residents age 18+. Hope to see you there! #Manwich…
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    Child Mode

  • Beautiful Yoga Leggings That Are Made In Canada #MyInnerFire

    Nadia Carriere
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:05 pm
    I’m a little bit of a yoga pant aficionado. I don’t even want to admit how many pairs I have. Capris, shorts, yoga leggings – I’m obsessed with them all! Last year I came... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • Kill Germs Before They Hit – Join Me For A 30 Day Challenge!

    Nadia Carriere
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Between visits with friends and trips to the store, beach and back again, hand sanitizer is a must for our family when traveling locally or out of town. It’s incredible how quickly germs spread... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • Ellen Degeneres Partners With GapKids for Empowering Clothing Collection!

    Nadia Carriere
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Well now, this is cool! GapKids has partnered with ED, Ellen Degeneres’ new lifestyle brand to launch GapKids x ED, a limited edition apparel collection and campaign that encourages... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
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    One Bored Mommy Blogspot

  • It's Adorable! Watching Things Grow In Our Garden...

    Courtney Clipperton
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:06 am
    Our first "Baby Pumpkin" is growing!I am so excited!  HOW FUN IS THIS?Maybe in a couple months we will actually have a few of these to carve for our Halloween pumpkins! I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not compensated in any way by posting this blog feature!  I purchased the pumpkins, on my own accord, that we used for planting these new plants...last year!
  • Growing Pumpkins...

    Courtney Clipperton
    23 Aug 2015 | 6:16 am
    We are trying to at least!  HOME GROWN carving pumpkins...like the ones they carved last year!As you know, I have a blast planting and caring for my "back patio" garden!  It's soothing to my soul!Last year, after the kids carved their pumpkins...we saved the seeds and decided to try to plant a few this summer, to see if we could grow our own "homegrown" pumpkin patch.  We dried a full bag of them...so there are plenty to plant and grow if it does end up working out well!So far, they are growing and blooming!  Whether or not we actually get a pumpkin from the process, is…
  • Who's Ready For Fall?

    Courtney Clipperton
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:20 am
    After a long hot summer...sweating through the intense heat...we always seem to anticipate the much cooler months ahead.  When mornings start out with crisp cool air and a soft gentle breeze.  When the leaves start changing colors into vibrancy, when hot chocolate & hot apple cider are served daily and when wearing jeans and a hoodie on a daily basis is a MUST!  And yes...for those who love FOOTBALL, when football season is in full effect!I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not compensated or sponsored by any company for posting my thoughts, ideas and opinions…
 
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    HomeToHeather

  • Kindergarten Blues

    Heather
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    Nate is my last baby. We are all in agreement that our family is complete with two adults and two children. I am ready to regain a little independence and to begin putting myself back in a place where it’s okay to make myself a priority in some instances. I have waited a long time (8 years!) to have days where the kids are in school and I can put the wiping of butts and noses and the serving of cut up grapes and fish crackers and the diffusing of seemingly hourly tantrums behind us. I will have two and a half hours each day where they are both at school. Two whole hours and thirty…
  • Are you Back to School Ready? Join #BTSReady with Staples!

    Heather
    16 Aug 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Whether your kids are chomping at the bit to get back to school like my daughter, or are reluctant to let summer go, the reality of the situation is that school is starting soon!  We have had a pretty relaxed summer and I’m sort of looking forward to being back in routine. My littlest starts Kindergarten this year so it’s a big change for him, and me too…I’ll have two hours to myself EVERY DAY! I know that Kindergarten comes with it’s own challenges but I’m thrilled that both my kids are looking forward to the new school year. When it comes to back to…
  • Calgary Profile: Willow Park Village

    Heather
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:49 am
    It’s not often that I have a day like the day I spent at Willow Park Village. That morning I picked up a Mercedes to test drive for an unrelated assignment. It set the tone for what was to come and so I settled into luxury and headed out to the shopping center. It’s located at #102-10816 Macleod Trail South Calgary and it surprised me with the amount of parking available. I had no trouble finding a space and even later in the afternoon when the center was quite busy, there was still lots of space. My first stop was at Skoah for what they call their double dose treatment. For under $100…
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  • friday links - still summer edition

    hollywood housewife
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    It is still summer here. We don't go back to school until after Labor Day. It has been summer for many, many days. This week on the HH facebook page, I talked about a movie we just saw, and a movie I want to see. We also talked about the thing that can absolutely change your day. We also had the discussion for Their Eyes Were Watching God if you want to read through the thoughtful conversation about that novel. The next book in the Read Great Books literature challenge is The Grapes of Wrath. I'll be doing a whole post about the Pulitzer-prize winner soon, but in the meantime we have over a…
  • the best of the summer

    hollywood housewife
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:56 pm
    We are home after our time at the lake. All told, we were there eight weeks, hosting 41 overnight houseguests over a total of 24 nights, and that doesn’t count dozens of friends and family who came in and out the slamming screen door for meals or coffee or s’mores or to borrow a ski rope. We are full out our pores of memories and calories. Exhaustedly happy, and craving some routine. So we’ve spent the last week settling back into Los Angeles, where the social rules are strange, but the food is healthier, and where we comfortably call ourselves “home.” This was the best summer…
  • friday links - asheville edition

    hollywood housewife
    14 Aug 2015 | 10:24 am
    I took a quick jaunt with some girlfriends to Asheville for a spa getaway and it was so fun. I had never been to this area of North Carolina and I'm already scheming to go back. We ate at Salsa (delicious, and I had two margaritas. At LUNCH. Unheard of), Farmburger, French Broad Chocolates, and the Sunset Terrace at the Omni Grove Park Inn. The Grove Park Inn was our main reason for making the trip, the spa there is so divine. The whole 24 hours away was just what I needed as we wrap up our time here at the lake.  My latest episode of Sorta Awesome is up today! Megan and I cover…
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    The Mom Maven

  • Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Recipe

    cindy
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    A few weeks ago the youth group at church held their annual fundraiser, a spaghetti dinner and cake auction. I was asked to provide a cake for the auction. Last year I made my Brownie Sundae Cheesecake. That recipe is a little bit more involved and because we had a wedding the day before the auction, I had to opt for something easy, yet unique. I searched through some cookbooks and found a cheesecake I could tweak a bit to make my own. My friend, Melissa won my cheesecake for a $20 bid! She shared it with several church friends and it received rave reviews all around. Severla people were…
  • August Beauty Box 5 Goodies

    cindy
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I also received the product in this post free for the purpose of this review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.”The August 2015 Beauty Box 5 shipment had 4 full size products with a value of over $38 and you can get the box for as little as $12! This was a great month with a good variety of products included in the box. Donnamax Printed Nail File with Case This…
  • Win it Wednesday 8-26-15

    cindy
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    I am overdue for a win so I can’t wait to enter your giveaways this week! I haven’t won anything since May and that is just too long! My last win was a beautiful, handmade necklace and ear ring set that I won in a Mother’s Day giveaway. It matches perfectly with my new blue/white dress which is a great bonus. What was the last thing you won in an online giveaway? Let me know in the comments. The Win It Wednesday Giveaway Linky Rules 1. Make sure the link is to the giveaway post, not the home page of your blog. Links to home pages will be deleted. 2. Put the end date in the title of your…
 
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    Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams

  • Netflix #StreamTeam: Back to school edition!

    Jen
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:22 am
    I am a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam and receive perks in exchange for monthly posts. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.   It’s hard to believe that summer is officially over for us! We actually started back to school August 10th!! So when I see some of my friends not […] The post Netflix #StreamTeam: Back to school edition! appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • Sweeping Saturday 8/29/2015

    Jen
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours! The post Sweeping Saturday 8/29/2015 appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • My Family is taking the PURELL 30-Day Challenge!

    Jen
    22 Aug 2015 | 3:48 pm
    This post was sponsored by GOJO Industries, the makers of PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. I don’t know about your family, but cleanliness and sanitizing is extremely important to my family! We like to sanitize as much as we can but it can be difficult to […] The post My Family is taking the PURELL 30-Day Challenge! appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
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    Naptime Radio

  • Episode 172: Overscheduling

    Heather and Kate
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:37 am
    Heather, Kate and the gang stumble back into the podcasting ring with this episode on over scheduling kids. It's a mash up of sorts but they are BAAAAAACK!!!! Enjoy and thanks for listening!
  • FLASHBACK: Episode 052

    Heather and Kate
    11 Aug 2015 | 5:08 am
    While we continue to work on our technical problems, we bring you an old episode to pass the time. :)  
  • FLASHBACK - Episode 080: Worry

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

  • Review: Black Point Inn in Maine! #ad

    Nirasha Jaganath
    14 Aug 2015 | 11:38 am
    Last year I visited Migis Lodge by Sebago Lake in Maine and the proof of how much I loved the place was plastered all over my walls in the form of photos. My husband has been arguing that it could easily replace Cancun as our favorite vacation spot (no, seriously!). So when I was invited to another resort managed by the same folks who run Migis, I said yes. With an impending sale of our home we managed to escape for a weekend with several reasons to celebrate (sale of home and my oldest hitting double digits). I was excited to build more memories at Black Point Inn! There were just too many…
  • There’s a new Hood Sour Cream Contest in town! #FastFamilyMeals #ad

    Nirasha Jaganath
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:32 am
    There’s so much fresh news in the air: I moved (yay for me) and I’m a Hood® Sour Cream ambassador (yay for us). I was stinky thrilled to work with Hood® Sour Cream (and for those wanting the lighter option there’s Hood® Light Sour Cream) for 3 reasons: I love food, I love recipes and I love local! I have so much more to share because my darlings you cannot wait to see what I will concoct with Hood® Sour Cream, but I’m going to interrupt that with some goodness for you. And the earlier I tell you, the earlier you can enter (read: more chances to win).
  • Review of Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa at Stowe in Vermont! #ad

    Nirasha Jaganath
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    Travel is one of those things that guided me to move to the USA. I honestly believe if I was a millionaire I would spend all my money traveling. When I was approached to take a test run of the Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa, we were in the midst of debating a home sale so it was welcome respite. Vermont is one of my favorite states hands down for their progressive attitude towards the environment so I was thrilled to head there. The Resort You know that feeling when you want to be in a hotel and not make the bed or vacuum the carpets? Or that feeling that you DON’T want to put on…
 
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    Traveling Mom

  • Research is the Key to the Perfect Pensacola Beach Hotel

    Guest Author
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:22 am
    Before any trip that my family takes I start researching, to an almost obsessive extreme. I love to see the pictures that a business chooses to include on their own website. However, I spend a lot more time on other websites that allow customers to provide candid reviews. Recently when my family and I took a vacation right before the start of the school year, I didn’t follow my own advice. I didn’t read reviews of the property from objective sites Vacation Research Tips: The Holiday Inn Resort in Pensacola. Photo courtesy of Allison Taylor. Before I tell my specific story, I’d like…
  • Vacation Deals: Labor Day Travel Deals

    Diana Rowe, Traveling Grandmom
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:24 am
    If you’re like me, chances are you’re clinging to summer and the possibility of just one more family vacation before the heat is up, and we are hot into the school year and edging toward the holidays. No need to resist  with the following round up of Labor Day travel deals from the United States, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, and Barbados. This Panama vacation deal is just one of many Labor Day vacation deals int his round up. Photo courtesy: Westin Playa Bonita Labor Day Travel Deals in the United States FLORIDA: Stanton South Beach Miami Save 20% and stay right on the sand…
  • White River State Park: Live Music, Tigers and Baseball, Oh My!

    Guest Author
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:55 pm
    From touchdowns to tigers, White River State Park in Indianapolis, Indiana has plenty of options for every visitor to explore. This great green space in the heart of downtown boasts world-class cultural and educational attractions, as well as trails, trees, and waterways that you would expect in a traditional park. Spread over 250 acres, White River State Park features a zoo, ballpark, IMAX theater, and more, making it a must see on your next journey through the Midwest. On a recent trip to Indianapolis I was amazed to discover that nestled in the heart of this booming metropolis was a…
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    Simplified Saving

  • Preparing Your Child for College {Office Max Can Help} #OMaxVisa15

    Lisa Thompson
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. It’s that time of year where teary-eyed moms and dads are sending their excited teenagers off to college!  My oldest daughter started college last year and I remember all those feelings of “Did I prepare her enough for the real world?”  and “Is she really ready to be on her own?” and so many other feelings!  I’ve always prided myself in raising independent kids, but I had a few moments of panic when my oldest moved 8 hours away from home! One of the most difficult…
  • Free and Cheap Weekend Activities and Events {August 21-23, 2015}

    Lisa Thompson
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:24 am
    This is our last weekend before school starts!  My older kids are already back in school, but the twins start on Monday. Take advantage of the weekend and do something fun as a family!  Maybe you can check some things off your Summer Bucket List! {If you don’t have a Summer Bucket List you can print one off here.} Whatever it is that you’re hoping to do, we’ve put together a great list of fun things you can do this weekend that won’t break the budget!  Some are events that take place on a weekly basis (like Michaels…which we do almost every weekend) and…
  • T-Mobile Discount Plans for Teachers and College Students

    Lisa Thompson
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:50 pm
        Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Savings.com.  If you’re a college student or if you’re the parent of a college student, you know how important smart phones and tablets are.  My oldest daughter is in college and lives 8 hours away from home.  She would be seriously lost without her smartphone.  I mean that both literally and metaphorically.  She relies heavily on her GPS, but it’s also a lifeline to communicating with her friends at home. If I’m honest, I’d be lost if I couldn’t easily communicate with her (and by communicate, I…
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    Marinka NYC

  • Dating After Divorce

    Marinka
    8 Aug 2015 | 8:07 am
    I had it all figured out. After my divorce, I’d start dating again and then I would write the definitive work of great wisdom about dating after divorce. I even had the title all picked out, “Dating After Divorce”! Everyone would read it, immediately get a divorce and start dating, while I counted the royalties that would be rolling in at the speed of light, if not faster. I would become rich and famous and then I would come out with a sequel, “Dating After Divorce While Rich and Famous” which would appeal to a much smaller audience, but fortunately, with my…
  • Mysterious Ways

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

  • Motherly Advice: Summer, Late Dinners and Raising Kids

    Hanging By a Thread
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:33 am
    Sometimes we eat dinner at 9 p.m….because we had a fun day out at the arboretum and came in late, because when we got home the kids ran over to the neighbors to play, because when I was picking basil from the garden to make pesto for dinner we were...
  • A Toad Funeral

    Hanging By a Thread
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:06 am
    Sometimes life presents you with a toad funeral. So, picture this…you're a toad….a little toad…and you're minding your own beeswax, hopping down the side of the road, out of the way of the cars…because you're a safety conscious kind of toad, and SPLAT out of nowhere a kid rides over...
  • Simple Pleasures

    Hanging By a Thread
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:54 am
    Our days seem to go by faster and faster. We always have something going on. But yesterday I was reminded of several simple pleasures that I'd forgotten about or perhaps taken for granted. I like simple, unhurried, go with the flow kind of days, where one thing flows into the...
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • How to Make a Marriage Flourish today at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    When the first two of our sons got married this spring (three weeks apart), my husband embraced the father-of-the-groom’s job of making a toast at the rehearsal dinner. He put a lot of thought into it, as you should when making a speech in front of your soon-to-be daughter-in-law and her family, who will hopefully still want to merge with yours when you finish. (We’ve all seen horrifically failed wedding toasts in movies, so I admit I was nervous when he began.) It’s one thing to know your marriage works — and ours does: we celebrate 30 years this fall — but it’s another to…
  • August 2015 Desktop Calendar!

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

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

  • Friday Finds

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
    1. Short Sleeve Plaid Shirt | The Children's Place 2.  The Children's Place | Ollie Laced Sneaker3. Short Sleeve Striped Pocket Tee | The Children's Place 4. The Children's Place  | Sleeveless Photo-Real Rainbow Dress 5.  Floral-Printed Knit Jeggings | The Children's Place 6. The Children's Place  | Short Sleeve Heart Print Skater Dress | 7. Solar Mechanics | Woozymoo8. Squigz Deluxe Set |  Woozymoo 9.  Woozymoo | Reptangles 
  • That's What SHE Said: know your history, adopting through the foster care system, God's anger, toddler texts, unlucky wives and more...

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:34 am
    RACE IN THE US: KNOW YOUR HISTORY"We are a nation of contradictions. We continue to fight the same battles over and over, decade after decade, generation after generation without facing reality. We put band aids on lacerations and hope the cancer of racial hatred won’t recur. Once again, we are at a pivotal moment. The pendulum is moving. It is as clear as it has ever been that what we know about our history shapes the way we think of ourselves, the way we think of our government and the way we treat our fellow Americans. What we know about history and what we know about current events…
  • What I want you to know about having an empty nest

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here.  Today’s guest post is by Laurie.What I want you to know about the empty nest or having a mid-life crisis. I am 49 years old, have a middle-class life, a master's degree, a dead end job, a nice, hard-working husband, and two grown sons. In the past three years, my husband has left a 25 year career to…
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    Mommy Nani Booboo

  • Smelly Cat and Taylor Swift for President

    Jenni Chiu
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:48 am
    My social media streams were talking about some scary scary stuff this week, so I will cling to the joy that Lisa Kudrow, Smelly Cat, and Taylor Swift bring me. It’s time to talk about what you’ve been talking about this week:    
  • It’s Raining Karma on Josh Duggar and Sinkholes Are Freaky – #TAWYTA

    Jenni Chiu
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:43 am
        If what’s trending in my social media feed is a true reflection of the world we live in – this week leads me to believe WE ARE SCREWED. It’s Friday, so you know what I’m doing. I’m Talking About What You’re Talking About! Grab yourself a mug of tea… or coffee… or whiskey… […]
  • Target Troll Mike is a Cutie Patutie

    Jenni Chiu
    14 Aug 2015 | 2:51 am
      I’m having the best time doing this new weekly thing on my YouTube channel called Talking About What You’re Talking About. The weekly recap is based on what’s popping in my social media streams and this week was all about Target: Target decides to remove gender specific labels in their Entertainment, Toys, and Bedding sections. […]
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    Chasing Supermom

  • Mom On The Go? Time to Take a Breather!

    Bekki
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:11 pm
    There’s no rest for the mom on the go. You’ve got to pick the kids up from school, put on the washing, prepare tea, make sure the little one’s tucked in bed – and all without a second to yourself. Indeed, we all need time to relax, no matter how busy we are. Yet few moms find the time in their busy schedule for “me-time”. According to the Daily Mail, regular nights with only five hours of sleep and career pressures are damaging the physical health of mothers across the western world. Yet relaxation doesn’t have to mean a weekend in a beauty spa (although we’d all love one…
  • Soft and Chewy Chocolate Toffee Cookies

    Bekki
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    We FINALLY had a break from our summer heat wave. It has been unusually hot here in the Pacific NW, which means my love of baking has had to be put on hold. In the fall and winter, there is always a baked good of some type on our counter. I’ve missed baking for my family, so when we had a day with a bit of cloud-cover, my mind was made up – I was baking cookies! I went into the kitchen, and quickly recognized that I hadn’t been grocery shopping since before our two week road trip – leaving very few ingredients to work with. I quickly checked and found that I had a cake…
  • Jurassic World is Coming to Blu-ray™!!

    Bekki
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Can’t wait for Chris Pratt and the dinosaurs of Jurassic World to invade your home theater?!?? Your wait is almost over!! The smash-hit of the summer is coming!! Jurassic World arrives on Digital HD on October 1, 2015 and on 3-D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on October 20, 2015. The #1 movie of the year proves that once again, dinosaurs rule the earth! Experience Jurassic World in stunning hi-definition with the Blu-Ray Combo Pack in limited edition collectible steel packaging. Shattering records globally, Jurassic World crushed the opening-weekend box-office, scoring the…
 
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    The Mom Writes

  • The Ultimate Closet Organization Ideas Guide: 22 Experts Share Their Best Tips

    The Mom Writes
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:34 am
    Closet organization ideas can be just as overwhelming as they can be clarifying. The reason being that no two closets are the same. Hey, Mayank and my closets are like chalk and cheese.;) … Read full post The Mom Writes
  • 9 Time Management Secrets Every Mom Blogger Should Know

    The Mom Writes
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:55 am
    Do you struggle to blog consistently and effortlessly? Do you read blog post after blog post and wonder… how do these mom bloggers do it all? Do you feel guilty about all the housework that lies unattended while you stare at a laptop screen wondering what to write? … Read full post The Mom Writes
  • Dear Mom Who Hates to Exercise But Has To…

    The Mom Writes
    11 Aug 2015 | 5:18 am
    I understand you. I’ve read all the workout tips for women and moms books and magazines that I can get my hands on. I realize how guilty you feel when you step on the scales and how frustrating it can be to know that you have to exercise to stay healthy but seriously, detesting pulling on your gym shoes. … Read full post The Mom Writes
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    4tunate

  • Fast Fridays: Victory Lap

    Jennifer Murray
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:21 am
    I remember back in the toddler days when I thought, “If I can just make it to the school stage, my life will get easier“. And then in the homeschool days, there were days that I almost chased down that yellow bus thinking it was the answer to making life simpler. I think my glasses were a little rose covered, thinking I could just drop them off at school and take the nap that I had earned for the last 6 years. Turns out just getting them through the school week has a slew of tasks and demands that I hadn’t considered. After all we as school moms have accomplished a lot the…
  • 5 Back to School Essentials

    Jennifer Murray
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:24 am
    Pencils sharpened. First Day of School Pics Taken. School Supply List Conquered. Now that we’re old pros at this back to school thing, I thought I would share some of my ABSOLUTE essentials for starting the school year off right! (Just in case you’re still loading up your supplies or looking for tried-and-true solutions!) I’m a bit of a minimalist, so I stick pretty much to the list and see what we can make do on from last year. HUGE PROPS to my stud of a husband for doing almost all of the back to school shopping while we were in Texas with the dudes. I was so impressed…
  • Fast Fridays: Overcomers

    Jennifer Murray
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    Have you ever had reality smack you in the face and wake you up to what you’re missing in the details of the moment? That happened to me on Saturday morning. The boys and I were at the annual St Vincent Women’s NICU Reunion Picnic. It’s always a highlight of the summer seeing faces that we haven’t seen for a while who “get” our start to parenthood, and being reminded of how far our boys have come. In the past it’s been a bit emotional seeing doctors and nurses that God used to save our boys’ lives and getting to thank them again for all of their…
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    The Thrifty Mommy

  • Kitchen Must Have: Non-Stick Oven Liner

    The Thrifty Mommy
    8 Aug 2015 | 3:52 pm
    This week my husband requested monkey bread for his birthday breakfast. I couldn’t find my bundt cake pan so I improvised with a casserole dish. Everything was fine until I opened the oven and smoke poured out. Turns out the casserole dish wasn’t large enough. When the dough cooked, it pushed the brown sugar and butter mixture out of the dish and into the oven. It appeared to be quite a mess.   Thank goodness I had a non-stick oven liner in the bottom of my oven. I had purchased it a few years ago at the grocery store on a whim. It was on clearance for only a few dollars. I…
  • Tremendous Savings At Belk

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

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

  • Kissing Passions Away

    Paige Dunn
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    I woke up this morning with a big question on my heart. Why did I drop so many of my passions when I had kids? I know the answer to this. A new passion came into my life: my children. Also, as wonderful as my children are, they are a lot of work and require a lot of time. There is only so much time in the day. Not too long ago, I started craving some of my old passions. Pemberley is a toddler now. We are finished with the crazy demands of baby life. It was time for me to peek my head out in the world and smell the flowers. I signed up for tennis clinics. Tennis, my long-lost love. The first…
  • Happy 6th Birthday, Hayden!

    Paige Dunn
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:57 am
    Dear Hayden, Can this be real? You are six years old now? My sweet boy, I can’t imagine a mother possibly being more proud of a son. Hayden, your kind soul blows me away. I love how you care for those around you. Your concern for people in your life is precious. I love that you stop to open doors for strangers. You hug and love on people who are hurt. We do, however, need to find someone else for you to play swords with. I’m pretty sure we have had to put two in the garbage this week. Your poor sister’s head! I love all your questions about how buildings are made and why…
  • Prayers of Thanksgiving

    Paige Dunn
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Prayer is a big thing in our home. We do it often. One of our favorite prayers to do at bedtime is a prayer of thanksgiving. It kind of feels like a game, actually. We take turns listing all the blessings in our lives and what we are thankful for. I love doing this with the kids because it opens the door for conversations about how things like shoes and toys that they’re grateful for aren’t necessarily things everyone has. We talk about how blessed we are to be going to bed with full bellies and not having to worry about when we will get to eat again. We get to sleep in a cozy…
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    Mommy Posh

  • Instagram Giveaway: Fiji Water

    Mommy Posh
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Good morning! You read all about my spinning adventure at Peloton studios and read how much staying hydrated is key to your daily life, so in celebrating their 20th anniversary, the folks over at Fiji Water is offering one of my lucky readers 2 months of free home delivery service of Fiji water…yep that’s right??! […]
  • How To Keep Hydrated and Stay Fit With Peloton #FijiFit

    Mommy Posh
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    I am always looking for new ways to keep fit and active, so when the Momtrends team invited me over to attend a Fiji Water event at Peloton studios in Chelsea New York, I was beyond excited! Check out my pictures below and find out why this mama craves fitness and hydration… As a mom […]
  • DIY: Camp Indoors Fun!

    Mommy Posh
    5 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    I am no fan of the great outdoors so when this project was introduced to my campers, I couldn’t wait to explore it with my own little ones at homes. And it was a hit! Related Post: How To Build The Perfect Fort Here’a what you’ll need to make the perfect fake campfire: Step 1: […]
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    Memphis mom, parenting & life blogger | a belle, a bean & a chicago dog

  • Saying Goodbye

    Liz
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:45 pm
    At 14 years and 1 day old, we had to say goodbye to our sweet, patient, loving furry boy. While Jack’s death came as a complete shock to us, I’m so grateful that he was his happy, waggly-tailed, cuddly, always-hungry self right until the very end. I’m also grateful for 14 wonderful, loving years with him. That’s a long life for a dog, and I know we’re pretty darn lucky to have all the time that we did. Jack was so special to us and an integral part of our lives and family. We brought him home only 5 weeks after we were married, so he quite literally has been…
  • 9 Things to Know about a Disney Cruise

    Liz
    25 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s been a couple months since our maiden voyage on the Disney Dream. (Summer has a way of getting in the way of blog writing, you know?) This post is written as more of a reflection of our experience on the boat vs any specific How To’s like my Disney Cruise prep post. This was my 3rd cruise (though 1st Disney cruise), and the 1st cruise for my 3 travel companions. We have fallen hard for Disney in recent years, and trying out the “at sea” version of the Disney experience was exciting for the 4 of us. If you are in the mood for a cruise, I highly recommend a Disney…
  • 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…
 
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    Raising Rockstar

  • Rockstarism #376/ Miss-Speak #60: There Are Good Days, And Then There Are…..

    Aileen
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:13 pm
    #376/ #60 I know… I’m in so much trouble…  Miss (to Rockstar): Why did you do that, it’s stupid. (I flinch, but before I can say anything -) Rockstar: <bristling visibly> How would you like it if you did something and I said it was “stupid”? How would you like it Ha? Ha? Miss: I like it. Rockstar: No you wouldn’t!  Miss: I. Like it. Rockstar: Ok. O-kay. Come. You go do something and I’ll tell you it’s stupid. Miss: <cheerfully> Ok… (Goes and spins a bunch of tops like Rockstar was doing earlier when she said it was…
  • An Update On Malaysia’s Political Situation And What The Future Holds, by YAB Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang for Asia Society of Hong Kong

    Aileen
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:24 am
    An Update On Malaysia’s Political Situation And What The Future Holds, by YAB Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang for Asia Society of Hong Kong. Or, Newton’s Fantasy Laws Of Investing. Possibly also the only post where title may rival content, in length In Season 4 of The West Wing, the President of The United State’s child has just been kidnapped. They fear the act of terrorists. Staffer 1: You’ve been a good friend to (the President), Leo, but you have other responsibilities. The people …..need to know he’s willing to sacrifice his own…
  • Wordless Wednesday: The Shark In Our Tank

    Aileen
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:29 am
    (Well, not quite that wordless…) Whassup? Hangin’ Around Shootin’ A Couple-a Hoops… The rockstars attended a friend’s pool birthday party recently at the Aberdeen Marina Club (not the only recent pool party; so many things to write about, so little time). The party venue had a water slide with a drop into the pool – no biggie for Rockstar-aged kids whose feet easily touch bottom, and no biggie for the Miss because……. she’s nuts. The Miss proceeded to torpedo into the water over and over again, emerging to a battle cry of “Fly-ing…
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    Telecommuting Mommies

  • Weekly Work at Home Job Leads

    Alaina Forbes
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:44 am
    Here are this week’s work at home job leads. Click on the links to visit and apply to each job opening. Data Entry Specialist with Ibotta Headline Writer for Upworthy Udemy Media Outreach Associate Seasonal Work at Home Interviewer with Sitel Williams Sonoma part-time customer service reps Write for Kids snacking Product Blog Fashion or Beauty Blogger Uhaul Reservations Agents Enterprise Rental Cars Customer Service Representative Freelance Writers for Express Writers Work from home English Tutor for Golden Voice English Social Media Guru for Silas Jackson Remote Customer Service Specialist…
  • 33 Ways to Earn Extra Cash in Your Free Time

    Alaina Forbes
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:11 am
    Work from home jobs are a great way to earn money from home but they do usually require a commitment to a minimum number of hours per week. For those that just need a side gig to earn extra cash in your free time then here are my top side hustle ideas. Not all of them are from home but all of them are things anyone can do whether you are a stay at home mom or a full time working mom. Use money making apps like Ibotta,  Field Agent, Easy Shift, Screen Pay, GigWalk, and Shopkick. Some of these apps earn you money when you are out shopping and some of them work by showing you tasks nearby that…
  • Weekly Work at Home Job Leads

    Alaina Forbes
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Here are this week’s work at home job leads. Click on the links to visit and apply to each job opening. Thank you for being patient while I have been on vacation! Ibotta Customer Support Data Entry Specialist Talk2Rep Sales Chat Agents Remote Full Time Customer Service Agents with Answering Service Princess Cruises Reservations Agents Holland America Line Travel Reservations Agents Stericycle Remote Customer Service Agents Uhaul Sales Agents Xerox Work At Home Customer Service Seasonal Customer Service Positions with 1800Flowers DealDash Customer Service Enterprise Reservation Agents Boston…
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    Divine Lifestyle

  • Get #GorgeousLips with Restylane® Silk!

    Stacie
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:12 am
    Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Restylane® Silk. However, the thoughts and opinions are my own.  I love wearing makeup and dressing up to attend events or go out with my husband for the evening. I love the ritual of getting dressed, putting on makeup and feeling great. However, in the past few years I have noticed that my top lip seems to be getting thinner and thinner. It has been gradually but still enough ... The post Get #GorgeousLips with Restylane® Silk! appeared first on Divine Lifestyle.
  • Get Shoes for the Family at Rack Room Shoes

    Stacie
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:51 am
    This year for back to school, every one of us needs new shoes! We all need tennis shoes and we are heading to Rack Room Shoes to get exactly what we need from our favorite brands. ABOUT RACK ROOM SHOES Rack Room Shoes footwear is known for offering the season’s latest trends in comfort, dress, casual and athletic categories. In every store, you will find on-trend footwear for the family through a wide selection of ... The post Get Shoes for the Family at Rack Room Shoes appeared first on Divine Lifestyle.
  • Buca di Beppo Feed 4 for $40 #bucadibeppo #reasontobuca #bucalove

    Stacie
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:36 am
    With school back in session, I find that we have less and less time to get the things done that we need to get done each day. We eat dinner together as a family every single night but there are just times when we barely have enough time to get from activity to activity not to mention getting dinner on the table in a timely manner. This week we are making it easier on ourselves ... The post Buca di Beppo Feed 4 for $40 #bucadibeppo #reasontobuca #bucalove appeared first on Divine Lifestyle.
 
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    Dagmar's Home

  • Wordless Wednesday With Linky – DIY Minecraft Birthday Party

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Are your kids into Minecraft? Last weekend, we took a little trip to Pennsylvania for one night. Landon’s cousin Logan was celebrating his 8th birthday. He had a Minecraft-themed party, and his parents had done a great job pulling off a creative DIY Minecraft birthday party. Since L is also obsessed with building things in […] Related Posts: How To Throw A 50th Birthday Party on a Small Budget Wordless Wednesday With Linky: Christmas Decor The post Wordless Wednesday With Linky – DIY Minecraft Birthday Party appeared first on Dagmar's Home.
  • “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” Link Party #80 — Green-Gold Tray

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:06 pm
    Welcome to “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” link party No. 80! We packed and left for a short family vacation in Florida, and I’m having a problem creating paragraphs in blog posts all of a sudden, but I still wanted to share my latest thrifty find with you. Please ignore the odd spacing. Anyone know a […] Related Posts: “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” Link Party #71… “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” Link Party #52 “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” Link Party #32 The post “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” Link Party #80…
  • American Red Cross Babysitting Course Giveaway

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    22 Aug 2015 | 9:06 pm
    When I first moved to America 22 years ago, I knew I wanted to work as a nanny. I had been a babysitter for several years in Germany already. Once I got my drivers license, bought a car, moved out of my temporary housing into a house I shared with other roommates in Burbank, CA, […] Related Posts: 4 Tips For a Better Work-Life Balance in 2014 5 Misconceptions About Attachment Parenting The post American Red Cross Babysitting Course Giveaway appeared first on Dagmar's Home.         
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  • More Birthday Celebrations

    Mom of 12
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:50 pm
    I know, you were wondering who else is having a birthday this weekend, weren't you?! Actually it's my sweetie, thinking since his birthday was on Friday and his family party is on Sunday, he should get the whole weekend to celebrate. After our football games this morning and this afternoon, we decided to go see a movie at the Towne Theater in American Fork. My sweetie looked up the schedule and
  • Drag Races

    Mom of 12
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:05 am
    Waiting for the first cars. Today is my Sweetie's birthday and even though we aren't getting the family together until Sunday, we did do a few fun things today. My sweetie took Baby Doll out to lunch at Firehouse Subs since I had to take Curly to the dentist for sealants. I was expecting 20 minutes and it took nearly an hour. That's because he threw up 3 times in the chair. Ewww. It was
  • Guest Blog: "I Slipped and Fell and Broke my Leg." by Prima Donna

    Mom of 12
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:54 pm
    So I started school this week and if I had a dollar for every time someone asked about my leg, I would be stinking rich.  There's the people who want to know how much longer, those that ask how it happened, and of course there's always the, "Can I ride your scooter?"  I normally let them but once a boy asked me as I was walking out of class... I still don't know how he thought that was going to
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  • A Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Casserole

    Tonya Staab
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Disclosure: This blog post has been sponsored by General Mills® Marisol absolutely LOVES cinnamon rolls. If I let her she would have them every single day for breakfast ... and again after school ... and possibly for dessert after dinner too. So every now and then I like to mix it up a little and I'll make a cinnamon roll casserole for her. Besides being delicious, this recipe also earns your child's school bonus Box Tops when you purchase PillsburyTM Cinnamon Rolls (8ct) at Walmart. Plus, this is the perfect addition to classroom pot luck breakfast. Ingredients: 2 tubes of PillsburyTM…
  • SoFabFood: Gluten Free, Grab-and-Go, After School Snacks

    Tonya Staab
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    Do you have a gluten-free kid? Flynn has been on a gluten-free diet since the beginning of this year. Not because he has celiacs, but because his body cannot process gluten. The change in diet for him has been a little rough as we try different products and he can no longer eat a lot of his favorite things, especially when it comes to snacking. So I'm over at SoFabFood today sharing simple gluten-free grab-and-go after school snack trays for the fridge and pantry. If you have a gluten-free child, or you are gluten-free I'd love you to list any other snacks that your family enjoys…
  • Back To College: Essentials and Care Package Idea for Guys

    Tonya Staab
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Disclosure: This blog post has been Sponsored by Schick® Disposable Razors. #SchickSummerSelfie So the big kid started back at college this week. We are also apartment hunting for him. Shakes loose change out of wallet. He's been living with a good friend, but it's time to move. I live an hour away from his college, and an hour and a half away from his new job, so we are looking for somewhere a little closer to both. And he drives an old car. And I know, call me overprotective, but I just can't stand the thought of him rooming with people he doesn't know. So, we are trying to find somewhere…
 
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  • Cancer Stole My Mom....Not Our Love

    11 Aug 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Hello Pundits! I know, I know....It has been a VERY long time since we last had a conversation.  Please accept my sincerest apology:) It seems that I lost my writing mojo for a period of time.  My mother was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer, and  I suddenly found no inspiration to write. I have always had a creative side, but then suddenly it was gone.  My only focus was spending what ever borrowed time I had with the single most influential person in my life.  Although this year has been THE toughest of my entire life, there were some golden…
  • Back To School Readiness

    6 Aug 2013 | 7:52 am
    Hi Friends, Summer is coming to an end...sniffle:( You know what that means...it's time for school! Are you prepared? Need some help? No worries, because here are some tips that might help you ease into the school year like a pro! Enjoy:)  www.theparentingpundit.comAn open and honest blog about what matters most...children and families!!!
  • Hide Your Kids and Hide Your Wives....Pastor's at the Pulpit

    29 Jul 2013 | 3:14 pm
    Hi Pundits!!!! I realize that I have been dormant for quite some time, but there have been a lot of recent events in the world that have awakened my writing impulse. For example, you may have heard about the little 'ole Zimmerman trial. No, I'm not writing about that today because I am still too angry and disgusted about the outcome. Nope, I won't go there today with you. Instead, I want to talk about a news story that came across my screen yesterday. It's one that has me scratching my temple and side eyeing so hard it makes my crows feet ache. Here it goes.... Christ Tabernacle Missionary…
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  • Trench coats that take you into fall

    Courtney Strimel
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    It may not be time for a jacket right now but that first frosty morning will be here soon. Rather than rush and grab for something–anything–warm when that day comes, I suggest you check out some of the great trench coats available. Trenches are classics to be sure but they’re also very “in” for fall 2015. If you don’t own any trench coats, try a style in basic beige or olive. If you already have one of these pieces, however, this should be the year you try an updated style like the black drapey trench of the gorgeous blush trench coat below. Left to right:…
  • Fall trend to love: denim dresses

    Christine Fox
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:10 pm
    While I’m definitely looking forward to rocking some denim pants this fall season with my new booties, I’m also looking forward to the new denim trend — denim dresses. Casual and stylish, a denim dress is a fun piece to help you transition to cooler weather. Wear it with a pair of booties or if it’s sleeveless, pair it with a long sleeve tee to balance out a chilly weather day. From left to right: Pocket Denim Shift Dress, $22.90, at forever21.com Swingy Chambray Shirtdress, $89.50, at loft.com Marc By Marc Jacobs Studded Denim Dress, $348, at nordstrom.com Denim…
  • Introducing GapKids X ED styles for girls

    Courtney Strimel
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    My own daughters have such fun personalities. One minute they’re dressing like princesses, then the next they’re out in the yard looking for lizards. They’re creative, confident and respectful, and that probably explains why they both seem to love the aesthetic of GapKids X ED, a limited edition collaboration between Gap and Ellen DeGeneres. With empowering quotes and fun graphics, the entire line was designed to support and encourage young girls to take pride in their own interests and abilities. The GapKids X ED line also benefits Girls Inc. and their Economic Literacy…
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    Lille Punkin'

  • Our Very Best Back To School Buying Guide for 2015

    29 Aug 2015 | 1:40 pm
    School may be in session where you live, but it's NOT too late to shop! We have been carefully following all the trends and products available for the new season, and we have picked our favorite buys for making your transitions easy and productive.  See what we love in each of these categories! Tech Nextbook Flexx 10 2-in-1 Windows Tablet (Walmart $178) With 5 students in one home, we can
  • Review of Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide by Sharon Watson

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:32 am
    My daughter is now entering her junior year of high school, and, while she is an advanced reader enjoying an honors classical literature program, we hadn't covered all of the components of writing and writing mechanics.  I know that this is important, both for testing for the ACT and PSAT, and for life in general. I was excited to be offered the chance to review the Illuminating Literature: When
  • The New Exclusive Dyson for Big or Small Jobs is Here! Meet the V6 Slim

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:23 pm
    I know I need to vacuum more; one look at my floor, covered in pet hair, cereal, and who knows what will show that. The issue is that our vacuum is stored in our broom closet, in the laundry room, behind several boxes, and it requires me to lift like a superhero, drag it down a narrow hallway, and find an available plug in. Sure, these are not life-threatening issues, but they sure are
 
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  • How to Create a Functional Homework Station

    Stacie
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you have been online at all in the last few years, you have likely heard of homework stations. Today, I have some tips on how to create a functional homework station for your child.  Homework stations are a great way to keep your kids consistently working on assignments and projects with their own designated and organized… [read more] The post How to Create a Functional Homework Station appeared first on Simply Stacie.
  • Back-to-School Beauty Giveaway #PGMom #BeReady2Roar

    Stacie
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own. This weekend, I’m finishing up the last of my back-to-school shopping. I spread it out over several weeks so it wouldn’t be too… [read more] The post Back-to-School Beauty Giveaway #PGMom #BeReady2Roar appeared first on Simply Stacie.
  • Chicken Pesto Pizza

    Stacie
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m having fun experimenting with pizza recipes! I’ve got another home run to share today. This pizza you’ll want to keep a fork close by because it’s LOADED with toppings. You can try and pick it up and eat it, but you may have some casualties! I present to you Chicken Pesto Pizza! It has… [read more] The post Chicken Pesto Pizza appeared first on Simply Stacie.
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  • George Foreman’s Ultimate Variety Pack Review & Giveaway

    Angela
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:27 am
    Press Sample One thing my husband likes is steak! Hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken. Pretty much any type of beef or pork and he is a fan. You know, one of those bacon people ha. Due to being medically vegan (food allergies suck, one day Ill write the whole story out), I can only try chicken or turkey in very small quantities and cooked a certain way, otherwise its plant based only for me.  You can imagine his happiness when finally a review came along that wasn’t for just me. Almost 11 pounds of grilling yumminess. He was thrilled. The George Foreman Butcher Shop Variety Pack came in a…
  • Bratz Dolls

    Andrea
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:35 am
    Press Sample My niece loves dolls that have multiple accessories, different changes of clothes and when you throw in an animal as a pet, she is sold.  We recently had the opportunity to review the Yasmin Sleepover Party Doll from Bratz. The Bratz are having one of their famous sleepovers, and they’re doing it in style! Cloe, Yasmin, Jade and Sasha each bring their own sleepover supplies and style to their BFF bash! Even on a night in with the girls, the Bratz still look fabulous! Each Bratz in the Sleepover Party collection includes two cozy outfits, sleepover essential accessories and…
  • My Humorous Uterus & It’s Eviction

    Angela
    23 Aug 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Sponsored I rarely write any personal posts. I especially don’t share about any surgeries. It may be surprising to so many of our readers that I am 100% different in person than on the blog. I always had this fear of sharing too much info or too much of myself with everyone. I would describe my true self as a very open book, sailor mouth, DIY, couponer, gardener, shopper, baker, vegan, & animal lover. I love hobby lobby, Lowe’s, instagram, and my phone. I find curse words are my sentence enhancers & anything about poop or woman issues is hilarious. I really love to laugh,…
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    Rich Single Momma

  • Moving Pays Off for My Purse, Professional, and Personal Life

    Samantha Gregory
    8 Aug 2015 | 6:09 am
    Exactly one week ago I moved into a  new home that is twice as big as the old home and yet is the same rent! The difference? Location. Location. Location. Moving to a different part of the city afforded me a larger single family home for the same price as my town home in an upscale zip code. Granted, I gave up the convenience of having every stores and restaurants in walking distance. So now the four mile drive feels like a very long journey that I have to pack a lunch for, but we will survive. Money is not the only reason I moved. In fact I have three other reasons. 1. Be closer to family…
  • Save Money on Drinking Water | PUR Review

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

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

  • It’s OK to Miss Them: The Back-to-School Blues

    Danielle Smith
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:50 am
    I grabbed a long sleeved shirt from my closet this week. It’s the first time since Winter released her grip on us in late May. I was convinced Summer might not ever arrive. Spring had peeked out at us, but didn’t seem intent on sticking around. The tulips emerged, the trees bloomed, and still I held my breath. I feared just what happened. That this Summer, once it brightened our mornings and graced our doorsteps, would be both beautiful and brief. There are two camps of people: those who’d rather be cold than hot. At this very moment, those people are…
  • Top Five Summer to Fall Wardrobe Transition Pieces

    Lauren Dix
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
    With back-to-school right around the corner, everyone has their eye on Fall! While it may still be Summer-like weather in most of the country, there are ways you can transition your wardrobe to look the part without feeling too much of the heat. Here are the top five pieces that will help you perfect the Summer to Fall transition: 1. The scarf Throwing a scarf over your Summer tee and shorts (or skirts or dresses!) look instantly adds a Fall vibe to your look. Choose a lightweight material in a darker Fall print to channel cooler weather. 2. The bootie Swap your sandals for a bootie for a…
  • Back to School, Saving Time and Eating Vegetables

    Danielle Smith
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:32 am
    Every morning, I’m up before the sun comes up. Lest you think I’ve turned in to some early-bird or that I’m a martyr, I’m happy to clarify: I do not do this during the Summer months, but once school is back in session for my kids, I value the few minutes of quiet before the chaos of the day kicks in. While I adore (love, cherish, worship) the warm, sunny months, there is something beautiful about getting back in to a routine – especially when our days are so packed. Like you, we juggle school, work, multiple sports, favorite activities and just….life. Since…
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    21 Aug 2015 | 10:43 am
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  • Moss needs a little Bounty #Furgiveness

    christine satterfield
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:44 am
    We all love our 4 legged companions. But sometimes our furry friends have a special way of getting any and everything dirty. A few weeks ago we discussed how to reduce one type of mess by learning how to house train a puppy. Today, however, we’re showcasing a different kind of mess –> Mud and Dirt covering the interior of a car! A big thanks to Howard Outdoors for shooting this video and letting his dog muddy up the interior of his truck. And, as always, my sincerest gratitude to Bounty for sponsoring this video and teaching us to show a little #Furgiveness!
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    christine satterfield
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:24 am
    The post FreedomFiler appeared first on i dream of clean organized simple productive.
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • That old cliche ‘Kids say the darndest things’ needs to be updated.

    Christine Blythe
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:09 pm
    Absolutely true! That old cliche does indeed need updating. It should now be, “Kids say and do the darndest things!” Maybe it’s because our kids have recently moved out on their... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Chilliwack: Our little corner of the world, both broad and minute.

    Christine Blythe
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:18 am
    It’s amazing to me how often I awake in the morning to the same view in Chilliwack, but it never looks the same twice. There’s always something new, different or surprising to take notice... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why I don’t feel guilty that my kids spent their early years in daycare.

    Christine Blythe
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:24 am
    When I look at the differences between Mark and I and the result of our fairly isolated childhoods, and the active, happy and social childhoods of Erin and Stu thanks to their being in a great... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Vancouver: End the Summer at the PNE

    SavvyMom.ca
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s time to be a kid again, the Pacific National Exhibition is open. There is serious potential for fabulous family fun this year, but you need to plan your day for it to fly without a hitch…and by hitch we mean meltdown. Follow our five mandatory steps for success and this day might be the highlight of summer.
  • Toronto: Unique Activities for Kids to Try

    SavvyMom.ca
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s almost fall, which means time to figure out both family activities as well as some ongoing extracurricular passions. But as much as we love the mainstream sports and pastimes, sometimes our kiddos have other ideas. Here’s our pick of some of the more unique activities out there for them to pursue—and perhaps love. Because as long as they are enjoying it and giving it their all, that’s all that counts.
  • Ottawa: Find Belle Books at Ottawa’s Best French Bookstore

    SavvyMom.ca
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Stir up some excitement for school and give the kids an edge in French class by taking a trip to Le Coin Du Livre, Ottawa’s best French bookstore for all ages.
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  • A Parent’s Guide to Teething

    25 Aug 2015 | 12:58 pm
    The teething period can be acutely uncomfortable and painful for baby, which makes it a hard time for parents, too. Although a lot about teething still remains a mystery, let’s run down what parents and pediatricians do know, and prepare a plan to ease the burden. Babies usually get their first teeth at around 6 months, but teething can start as early as 3 months or as late as 14 months. Typically it’s the lower front teeth that come in first, followed by the top front teeth. Teeth growth starts in the front and works its way back.Babies can have many different reactions to the onset of…
  • Trendy Uniform Pants

    19 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    School administrators are not necessarily renowned for their fashion expertise. That means it’s up to parents and kids to express their unique sense of style while staying school uniform-appropriate. Luckily, CookiesKids.com is here to help. Our extensive uniform selection reflects a broad range of trends and styles – all while sticking to school dress codes. And when you come to Cookie’s, there’s no need to shop around or clip coupons: our prices are always the absolute lowest! Check out some of our favorite uniform-appropriate pants:These twill skinny pants from French Toast have a…
  • Homework Help: Dos and Don’ts

    18 Aug 2015 | 8:59 am
    As the school year begins anew, kids across the country are becoming reacquainted with their old nemesis, homework. Some may not like it, but homework helps students sharpen their skills, retain the knowledge they acquire at school, and think independently. Almost all kids will need some kind of homework help during their academic career. This post covers how you can help out… without helping too much. Never complete an assignment for your child, under any circumstances. Not only is it cheating, it teaches your child that they can call you in to rescue them. Instead, set them up for success…
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  • Back to School with Kids Headquarters

    joey fortman
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:43 am
    Ok people, we interrupt this daily activity with a minor freak out about back to school!My son Boston is beyond painful when it comes to buying back to school clothes.  If it's not Under Armour or something Kevin Durant he's worse than a girl.  Sorry Boston...but #JustSayin.  A few weeks ago I got the distinct honor of heading to the WORLD HEADQUARTERS for Kids Headquarters!  What was so super cool about that was the fact that it was in the top of the Empire State Building.  And that I was apart of the whole process of how they market Tommy Hilfiger Kids, UNDER…
  • D23 Expo and Toy Story 4

    joey fortman
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Ok so I have to interrupt your life right now and share with you the amazing news straight out of D23 Expo in Anaheim, California!!  One of my blogging buddies did a BRILLIANT pic on Instagram of her trip to D23 Expo and it has totally gotten me seriously Disney curious!  @VeraSweeney from Lady and the Blog actually put a stormtrooper suit on and flagged a taxi as she was in her duds to head to Anaheim!  It was super fun to see her show her #DisneySide. I normally don't share these, but since this Disney get together is a BIG DEAL and many of you happen to come to me for…
  • TRUCKerton at #TuckertonSeaport

    joey fortman
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:43 pm
    It's that time of year again!  We're heading to Tuckerton Seaport for their annual Food Truck Fest.  Ya'll know how much I love this place.  I really really like the place, but I have to tell you the truth.  I LOVE the people who work there!  Brooke & her amazing Seaport Sisters? ha.  (Don't kill me Brooke for saying that!)  But Brooke and her work family are some of the kindest, caring-ist people I've ever met!  Seriously!  Brooke is always sending me something.  She's super sweet & I've absolutely loved working with her, Jackie,…
 
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    The Megalomaniac Mommy

  • Share the Love with Natural Balance Treats #PetSmartStory

    Anne
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:56 pm
    Since my last furry friend post, there has been a big change in our house. As you know, for the last 3 years, Bubba has been our furbaby. Over the last few months, we began to notice that Bubba was getting a bit annoyed with the little people and our life was just too chaotic [...] The post Share the Love with Natural Balance Treats #PetSmartStory appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Keep Your Car Organized with BubbleBum Junkie

    Anne
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:06 am
    Having a minivan packed full of kids means my minivan also gets packed full of toys, snacks, sippy cups, garbage and all kinds of other junk. Of course, this does not make me happy and I hate it when things are a mess but I will admit, I also stink at keeping it all cleaned [...] The post Keep Your Car Organized with BubbleBum Junkie appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Return to School in style with Zazzle + Giveaway – Ends 9/6

    Anne
    21 Aug 2015 | 3:45 pm
    If you haven’t figured it out by now, Libby is my child with very unique tastes. She loves to be different and is not afraid to step outside of the box, it’s one of the things I love most about her. When we were searching online for a few items on her back to school [...] The post Return to School in style with Zazzle + Giveaway – Ends 9/6 appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
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  • Moving Pays Off for My Purse, Professional, and Personal Life

    Samantha Gregory
    8 Aug 2015 | 6:09 am
    Exactly one week ago I moved into a  new home that is twice as big as the old home and yet is the same rent! The difference? Location. Location. Location. Moving to a different part of the city afforded me a larger single family home for the same price as my town home in an upscale zip code. Granted, I gave up the convenience of having every stores and restaurants in walking distance. So now the four mile drive feels like a very long journey that I have to pack a lunch for, but we will survive. Money is not the only reason I moved. In fact I have three other reasons. 1. Be closer to family…
  • Save Money on Drinking Water | PUR Review

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

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

  • Jed’s Guitar – A Short Story

    Toni
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:27 pm
    When Jed & I broke up, I didn’t feel anything. It was breakfast. Maybe brunch. I was watching him turn the eggs over easy when I blurted out, “This isn’t going to work.” Read more... The post Jed’s Guitar – A Short Story appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • My Son Turned 6 Today

    Toni
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:15 am
    My son turned 6 today. 6 is the number of years my husband and I waited and struggled to have a child. 6 is the age of our son now, setting a half-and-half mark. 6 years of yearning for a child, 6 years of raising the child most yearned for. This is why he is so precious. And today, it was his day all the way (as most days are).  Read more... The post My Son Turned 6 Today appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • Fated – A Short Story on Love

    Toni
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:26 am
    I love writing about lovers destined to be together. Whether they have a happy ending together or not, it's always magical to see how the universe can bring two souls together. "Fated" is a piece I wrote back in September 2003, and is one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it too! Read more... The post Fated – A Short Story on Love appeared first on Wifely Steps.
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    Making Time for Mommy

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

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

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

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

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:16 am
    I love it when I discover something new and awesome in the Seattle area. Well, this time the discovery was precipitated by an invitation to a 6-year-old’s birthday party at the location, but it works for me. The Farrel-McWhirter Farm park is a Redmond city park that also happens to be a working farm. Bunnies, goats, chickens, pigs, cows, horses, and ponies – All kinds of things to make 6-year-old girls squee. Really, it’s the best kind of city park. You’d never know you were in city limits. The 68 acre park includes a preschool, summer camp program, orienteering…
  • Seattle Childrens Museum

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    12 Aug 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Earlier this week, we had a day full of adventure at the Seattle Childrens Museum, which is situated in the lower level of the Armory at the Seattle Center. The museum allowed her to try on differents hats for different careers, such as Fire Fighter, or Bus Driver. The global village showed a little bit about how some people live in a few different parts of the world such as Japan, the Philippines, and Ghana.   COG City was all about machines and mechanics and how things work.   With supplies and opportunity to build a few things on their own. The optometry office was a big hit…
  • Eat Healthy with Thrive Market

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    5 Aug 2015 | 2:24 pm
    This post contains affiliate links. Since my cancer diagnosis, we have worked very hard to maintain a healthy diet. This can be quite difficult at times. Despite arguments to the contrary, healthy food can be significantly more expensive. Oganic foods, and foods free from GMOs and other additives are significantly more expensive. The much more restrictive low-FODMAP diet my doctor recently put me on has made food sourcing even more difficult and expensive. Each item I buy must be researched, and the safety of a food type varies between brands. Shopping online makes that much easier, as I can…
 
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  • Feeding America: What You Can Do To Fight Hunger

    DudeMom
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:36 am
    This is a sponsored post being brought to you by Unilever on behalf of Feeding America. Food. It is a basic human need. Right up there with shelter. And water. And love. Okay, love is sort of negotiable, but not if you want to be a decent freaking human. You need it. Just like you need food to remain alive. And yet, one in six members of the nation I call home are without food consistently. It’s sad. Because there are so many people who have so much, and then sooooo many more who have too little. They are living in every community. Maybe it doesn’t look like they are in yours, they…
  • Real Talk: So You Want to Get A Mommy Makeover?

    DudeMom
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:22 pm
    When the people from The Center for Plastic Surgery reached out about writing a mommy makeover post, I distinctly remember thinking, “OMG!!! FINALLY!” Finally someone was going to make all of my blogging super star dreams come true and give me a tummy tuck and a boob job to review! When I came to my senses and realized that actually wasn’t going to happen, I did a lot of soul searching about whether or not that was even something I’d want to happen. Would I want to go under the knife for an entirely elective surgery? What if there were complications? What if I died?! Do I want my kids…
  • How to Win The First Day of School

    DudeMom
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:06 am
    Yesterday was our last day of summer. It was a full day with football… and biking… and even a birthday (DudeDad turned 39)… The weather wasn’t a total jerk and we spent the day enjoying each other’s company in between bouts of them tattling and me yelling to stop it already because, IT’S THE LAST DAY OF SUMMER LET’S TRY NOT RUINING IT! It was basically like every single other day of summer which means it was noisy, and exhausting, and perfect. Today, unfortunately, is the first day of school. Every year I imagine that when that big yellow bus rolls up to the curb I am going to…
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    La Jolla Mom

  • 5 Things to Look For When Buying Workout Clothes

    La Jolla Mom
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:42 pm
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sports Authority for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I’ve been so focused on the aesthetics of my workout clothes that I’ve never really taken a moment to learn what I should be looking for from a functionality standpoint. This especially horrifying because I run, take spinning class, burn out my muscles at barre, take yoga and basically wear fitness clothing even when I’m not going the gym. I decided to look into performance after trying a new more luxurious line of athletic wear called Champion GEAR exclusively at…
  • Chat Road Trip Preparedness Tips at the Next #KidsNTrips

    La Jolla Mom
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:19 pm
    More than half of Americans will have taken a road trip between Memorial Day and Labor Day this year. Before the next wave of travelers hits the highways, we’d like to share important road trip preparedness tips as well as other helpful advice during our next #KidsNTrips family travel Twitter chat, sponsored by Liberty Mutual. According to Liberty Mutual, here are some eye-opening statistics that showcase how most Americans aren’t as road trip safe as they could be. Americans are more likely to have a jack in their car (75 percent) than a cell phone charger (69 percent). Tip:…
  • 9 Tips for Smart Snacking on Vacation and Every Day

    La Jolla Mom
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:05 am
    Snacking often gets a bad rap and it shouldn’t. It’s been proven that snacking boosts metabolism, keeps mood levels stable, helps people eat less at meal times and keeps cravings at bay. Nutrient dense snacking during a family vacation not only deters hunger from hampering an itinerary, it also can allow for quicker adjustment to a new time zone—when done properly. As we age, snacking needs to done with care. My 40s metabolism has kicked in and I only half of a thyroid which seems to have slowed my metabolism down. I need to get smarter about snacking and have a deeper…
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    MamarazziKnowsBest.com

  • Khan Academy Launches Pixar In A Box Animation Lessons

    Suzette Valle
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Oh, to be in middle and high school again, said no kid ever! Then again, they didn’t have Pixar In A Box. What is Pixar In A Box? Khan Academy, the online video tutorial service, and Pixar Animation have come together to offer middle and high school students who struggle to understand how those tedious classes they take in […] The post Khan Academy Launches Pixar In A Box Animation Lessons appeared first on MamarazziKnowsBest.com.
  • Coney Island Exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art Ticket Giveaway

    Suzette Valle
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:47 pm
     This giveaway is now closed and a winner has been selected! A bit of East Coast history hits the West Coast with the Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008. An you could win a pair of tickets to the Coney Island exhibit in this giveaway. Step right up folks, and witness the whimsical, outlandish, and […] The post Coney Island Exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art Ticket Giveaway appeared first on MamarazziKnowsBest.com.
  • Your Kid Wants To Be A Video Star

    Suzette Valle
    7 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    Your kid wants be a video star. He’s not alone. And you may have a hard time convincing him or her to do otherwise. VidCon held in Anaheim, California this summer attracted it’s largest audience yet. An estimated 20,000 avid video watchers, industry pros, and content creators gathered to see their online idols in person. Never heard of […] The post Your Kid Wants To Be A Video Star appeared first on MamarazziKnowsBest.com.
 
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  • Sun Beams & Ballads

    amandamagee
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:08 pm
    I love the transition into fall, always have. The gentle tug, much like a torn muscle or broken skin that gets tight as it’s healing and then eventually loosens up a bit, keeps me awake emotionally. I’ve always known the tug was time, something I’ve feared as being scarce and unpredictable. I am calmly resigned to its weight. This season is feeling noticeably different to me. As I experience the generous moments of time slowing, allowing me to freeze the frames, I am more struck by where we are and for how brief a moment. I may be rambling, but I’m grateful for…
  • Camp: A Reinvention

    amandamagee
    5 Aug 2015 | 5:17 am
    Early this spring I saw a flyer for a STEM camp called Camp Invention. The description invited kids from kindergarten through 6th grade to participate. My heart leapt thinking that it would be something that the girls could do together, maybe the last opportunity of its kind. I signed them up and stuck the flyer on the fridge. When camp finally rolled around the edges of our patchwork schedule were frayed and worn. The Sunday before camp I hastily read the list of things to bring. Each girl needed one take apart item, which needed to be an electronic device that was not a cell phone or a…
  • Discovering Gratitude

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

  • Four Things About Aeron Chair Size Chart

    jack
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:56 am
    Aeron chair size chart, Aeron chairs, produced by Herman Miller office chairs are a distinctive design. Unlike executive chairs upholstered chairs Aeron have a support system webbed chair back and seat. While other office chairs are sold only in size, Aeron chairs are available in a variety of sizes, based on height and weight of [...]
  • How Upholstered Staples Desk Chair

    ulfa chasanah
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Staples desk chair can be expensive, especially if you find yourself having to replace one every year or so. Save some money if the mechanics of his finest work of the chair, but the upholstery does not look so good anymore. You will be amazed at how quickly, easily and inexpensively can be upholstered staples [...]
  • Types of Casters for Office Chairs

    ruroh
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:46 am
    The casters for office chairs or study are very important in the comfort and ergonomics offered by our chair element. The casters allow sitting dynamically on the job helping us not posturing or upset for turning back. Eventually the casters deteriorate with use, the tread degraded or accumulate dirt, which prevents them from freely rotate. [...]
 
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    Marketing Mama

  • navigating school with food allergies [video]

    Missy
    12 Aug 2015 | 1:19 pm
    One of the biggest challenges for parents of children with food allergies is figuring out how to keep your child safe when you send them off to school. There are many things to consider, such as who to partner with at school, where should the EpiPens be stored and how to manage snacks in the classroom. And then there’s lunch and holiday parties to consider. Below is a (quite long and extensive) video I created where I share how we manage food allergies at school and answer some viewers questions (via Periscope). If cost is restricting how many EpiPens you have on your child or at…
  • summer summer summer 2015

    Missy
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:33 am
    Hello friends, it’s so nice to have warm weather in Minnesota – we’ve been spending as much time as possible soaking up the weather. Of course, the kids have much more opportunity to do that than I do – swimming at the pool and playing outside each day. They’ve had a great summer so far, filled with fun activities and extra time with their Dad. There have been swimming lessons and fun days just playing at the pool, which we try to do each summer. This year they tried an acting workshop by Stages Theater for the first time, which was a HUGE hit! They loved…
  • 5 tips to pump more breastmilk

    Missy
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    Going back to work with a new baby at home means breastfeeding moms start thinking about pumping. And many moms ask themselves or friends, “How can I pump more breastmilk?” After nursing two babies, I learned some tricks and found my groove, and I know you can, too! Here are some tips I have after pumping at work for two babies – my favorite is #3, most people don’t know about this one! 1. Focus – Focus on pumping, not work. Don’t work or talk on the phone when pumping, especially in the beginning. Every time I tried to think about anything important during…
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    A Daily Dose of Toni

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens Global Unboxing Event

    Toni Patton
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Harrison Ford AKA Han Solo is all smiles and for good reason! Star Wars: The Force Awakes has some big news…bigger than The Millennium Falcon even! Star Wars: The Force Awakes products are set to be unveiled in HUGE event, a GLOBAL live toy unboxing event. The event will take place over 18 hours, throughout Read More »» The post Star Wars: The Force Awakens Global Unboxing Event 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....
  • Effortless Meals ~ Easy Chicken and Dumplings

    Toni Patton
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EffortlessMeals #CollectiveBias School is back in session, which means I can work for a few hours uninterrupted. It also means we have a pretty packed schedule. We have something going on every single day of the week. I Read More »» The post Effortless Meals ~ Easy Chicken and Dumplings appeared first on A Daily Dose of Toni. This is just a bit of what I had to say, to hear it all come on over and read the rest of the post....
  • Go Back To Campus With Schick

    Toni Patton
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Back to school is hard enough for any parent, but especially those who are sending their babies to college. Let me grab a box or bucket of tissues. Simply thinking about that gives me tear-filled moments. I still have a few years before my oldest goes off to college and then a few more years Read More »» The post Go Back To Campus With Schick 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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    Biz Mommy Travels

  • Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina: 10 Years Later, Who Will Save the Children?

    Tisha Berg
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:55 pm
    It’s difficult to think about, I know. Nobody wants to consider the aftermath of an emergency situation or a devastating disaster. But on the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, why is disaster preparedness seemingly on the government’s low priority list? According to Save the Children’s 2015 Disaster Report, although some progress has been made, the US still hasn’t fulfilled the recommendations of the National Commission on Children and Disasters. This is just not okay. I remember when I was enrolling my oldest daughter in daycare. She was only about 2 years…
  • Baking Healthy Desserts

    Tisha Berg
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:59 am
    Eating a well-balanced diet with nutritious meals is a great way to promote a healthy lifestyle, but what if you have a sweet tooth? Do you have to cut sweets out of your diet to stay healthy? Healthy eating doesn’t mean you have to skip desserts; you just have to choose healthy desserts whenever possible. If you love sweets, they don’t have to be off-limits as long as they are low in fat. Most desserts have a high fat content because they contain a lot of sugar, eggs, cream and butter, sources of saturated fats that cause higher cholesterol levels in the body. Over time, elevated…
  • Easy Stay-at-Home Moneymakers: Taking Surveys

    Tisha Berg
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:36 am
    Like many other modern moms, I decided to stay at home during the day with my kids after my second child was born. That was nine years ago, and it’s been quite a journey since then. Initially, my days consisted of blissfully (albeit exhaustedly), hanging out with my little ones at different parks, playrooms and planned play-dates. When it became clear that I was going to have to contribute to the family income in some way, I scoured the Internet in search of ways I could make money without going back to a 9 to 5 job and having to pay a full-time sitter. My first foray into the…
 
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    Keeping the Glass Half Full

  • The Monster Wall

    samanthamcgarry
    23 Aug 2015 | 1:07 pm
    There’s a monster in my kitchen. Actually, there are lots of monsters in my kitchen. Most of them have googly eyes. Some have abnormal numbers of limbs. There are definitely some weird antennae poking out. Yes, my kitchen has a Monster Wall. The Monster Wall I’m not really sure how the Monster Wall started. I’m guessing the kids were going through a monster drawing phase. From time to time, they produce freshly-created monsters from the guts of their backpacks. There’s always room on the wall for new monsters. I’ll take monsters on the wall any day over the…
  • Honest Lies, an excerpt from “Wide Awake. Every Week”

    samanthamcgarry
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Last week I read a Facebook post written by my boss and friend, Beth Monaghan, and it started a chain reaction for me. It was an excerpt she had contributed to the book “Wide Awake. Every Week”, by Starla J. King with Ros Nelson, in which 52 contributors share a week’s worth of “aha” moments. Beth’s contribution touched me because telling kids the truth – or versions of the truth – is such a huge responsibility. I’ll let you read her preface and contribution to the book below. I have a copy of this book sitting by my bedside. I…
  • 2015 Summer Camp Report Card

    samanthamcgarry
    16 Aug 2015 | 5:24 am
    We made it. We survived another summer of camp. Yes, not just them. Us parents too. It’s no secret I have a love/hate relationship with summer camp. In short, I love that my kids have 7-8 straight weeks of outdoors fun, activities and friendship during which their bodies get strong and brown, and their characters and friendships thrive. But oh my lawd, the preparation, the anxious mornings, the exhausted evenings. The hangry. The dirt. This year, I thought I’d mark the highlights of 2015 summer camp with a report card – so here goes: Inches grown: At least half a foot each.
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  • The Parent Child Dance

    Dominique
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    You're readingThe Parent Child Dance by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook The Parent- Child Dance The Parent-Child Dance: Strategies and Techniques for Staying One Step Ahead by Ronald A. Kotkin and Aubrey H. Fine is a  10 Chapter book which helps parents understand how to relate to their children better. In her book she  mentions about the spectrum of different parenting styles and how  kids  react to the different styles.  What comes easily for us may seem to be different for the child…
  • Keeping Healthy with Clean Air this season

    Dominique
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:42 pm
    You're readingKeeping Healthy with Clean Air this season by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Monkey boy doing his homework for the day Being a student is hard these days. There are so many things that are taught for each subject that has to be learned. Every day the boys come back with homework that has to be completed and handed up the next day. The workload can be quite overwhelming especially if the exams are around the corner. The pressure is on the kids to understand what is being taught…
  • Yummy Treats

    Dominique
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:33 pm
    You're readingYummy Treats by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Soft boiled egg and tea The past few weeks I’ve been eating out quite a bit since R was back in town. He missed having Kaya Toast and soft boiled egg as  it is not readily available where he is working. The kids and I have been having such breakfasts quite regularly as they too love Kaya Butter toast for breakfast. The only different is that they rather drink a glass of ice milo as compared to tea or coffee.  It can be…
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    SANses | A Singaporean Mummy In Sydney

  • Planning a flight with young kids in tow? Here’s some tips to help!

    Sandra
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
      I took an 8-hour flight. With just my 3 kids (aged 2, 4 and 7). Yes, just me. Two 8-hour flights, to be exact. And I’ve lived to tell the tale. It’s been a week since we’ve come back to Sydney (after a short visit back to Singapore), and I think I’ve *about* recovered enough to blog. Barely. Are you insane planning for a plane journey with your young kids too? We’ve been pretty blessed and have been travelling to and fro Sydney and Singapore a couple of times over the last 2.5 years, and Zoie, especially, has been clocking her airmiles since she was just 5…
  • Cracked Screen? Find Fynd!

    Sandra
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:03 am
    I am a huge user and lover of smartphones, and I have gone through a few over the last few years. HTC, Samsung, Blackberry and my current one – the iPhone. No, I am not loyal to any one brand or phone, though when I was still working full-time and had the luxury of a regular paycheck, I would upgrade to the newest model every year or so. But now, I’m stuck with my trusty iPhone 5S. Or at least, it was trusty. Till about 6 months ago, when it slipped past my little girl’s hands and came crashing screen first. Onto the concrete floor. SMAAAAASH! There went… the screen…
  • The Importance of Mummy “Me-Time”

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

    Crystal
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:34 am
    It’s hard to believe, but your fall baby is going to have another birthday soon. To celebrate his or her special day, consider one of these fun party themes — all of which involve getting outside into the lovely autumn weather: Camping Party If your child is asking for a sleepover party, transform your backyard into a campground. Set up tents for the kids to sleep in, or, if the weather is too cold or rainy, put the tents in your family room. Have your campers make shadow puppets for a fun activity. Print out some free animal templates, and give the kiddos thick paper in a variety of…
  • 5 Things That Will Lift Your Spirits Up When You Want to Quit Being a Mom (Guest Post)

    Crystal
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:03 am
    At some point in time during your journey as a mother, you may end up asking yourself the dreadful question you never thought you would, “What have I gotten myself into and why?” Before you turn on the self-accusatory mode and begin to feel like the worst mother in the world, know that a lot of women go through these exact emotions. Being a mother is hard work, and it can get extremely taxing physically, emotionally, and mentally. In an attempt towards striving to be the best mother in the world, trying to keep your child happy and healthy, you may end up losing your essence. On the flip…
  • Run Efficient Errands: Tips for Working Moms

    Crystal
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:03 am
    Woman with two young girls sitting in back of van smiling Whether you’re a mompreneur or a busy working mom, getting things done efficiently is the name of the game. Running errands is no exception. Time spent in the car — with or without kids — needs to be as efficient as everything else you do. Here are some tips to help make this aspect of busy moms’ lives a little easier to handle: Map Out Your Route Take into consideration traffic and other obstacles when planning which route will be the most efficient for you on your daily errands. Things like traffic can take up valuable…
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    Mother, Inc

  • Welcome to 3, Finn!

    Daphne
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:43 am
    It’s Finn’s birthday and something epic is about to go down. Something involving a hundred water balloons and double super soaker blasters. Welcome to 3, Finn! You’re about to learn that when it comes to water fight showdowns around here, birthday or no birthday, there will be no quarter given. You’d better run for your life is all I can say.
  • Balls.

    Daphne
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Yesterday, Tru asked, “Mom, can you take pictures of baby Theo and write some funny words so I can read it?” “You mean on the blog?” “Yeah, on the blog. Just a lot of words all the time is like, you know, boring,” he said. “Hey, you did not just call me boring, young man. But sure, that’s a great suggestion.” //Ok Tru, this one’s for you. Thanks for being my biggest (and most brutally honest) fan. Baby Theo loves his balls. He’s very possessive about his balls. Ain’t nobody can touch his balls because they’re his…
  • Not fair and it’s ok

    Daphne
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:17 am
    “What?? That’s not fair…” I had just picked Kirsten up from school and she was protesting that Tru had gone swimming with baby Theo that afternoon without her. “Why does kor kor get to go swimming while I have to go to school??” I started to explain that being in Primary school came with more responsibilities, and a half day program was part of the perks. And that next year, she would be able to enjoy the same privileges. But then as our conversation went on, I realised that I couldn’t explain away the fact that she’s right, life isn’t…
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    Etiquette Blog Modern Manners And Tips

  • Bully, Back Off! (A view of a bully from a parent’s perspective)

    Elena Neitlich
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:14 am
    I am so tired of your hateful, anti-social behavior, bully. Your sadistic goal of sucking the joy out of my child’s school day stops now! The post Bully, Back Off! (A view of a bully from a parent’s perspective) appeared first on Etiquette Blog Modern Manners And Tips.
  • Animated Video: Cathy Teaches Her First Manners Class

    Elena Neitlich
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:12 am
    Watch this fun animated video to learn how easy it is to become certified to teach etiquette and teach your first etiquette class. The post Animated Video: Cathy Teaches Her First Manners Class appeared first on Etiquette Blog Modern Manners And Tips.
  • Quiz: You Think You Are Kind? Prove It!

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

    Bril
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:42 pm
      Have you heard of an ‘Empathy Map’?  Seasoned writers and marketing people use it to communicate with their target audience and get better results. It occurred to me that an Empathy Map might be quite useful for a parent to understand the child better. Here is what it looks like.                         Create an Empathy Map for a 15 year old kid, Vijay. What does Vijay see around him? Describe what Vijay sees around him. What is the environment around him? Who are the key people in his environment? What kind of things…
  • How to be a more playful parent to your child

    Bril
    16 Aug 2015 | 2:20 am
      There are articles and researches abound on the topic of being a playful parent and how it helps the baby in long term. In this article we aim to provide a bird’s eye view to this theory and demonstrate ways of being a more playful parent to your baby right from infancy! Join the infants in their world of wonder Get down on the floor (or the bed) with your infant and join them in their world of discovery. Infants learn through their senses of sight, touch, hearing and smell. Every little thing that we take for granted is a magical discovery for them. Join them in their world for as…
  • Very Rarely Do Products Result in Great Experiences With Your Child!

    Bril
    11 Aug 2015 | 3:15 am
    So many companies manufacture products, but very few companies do it from the heart. Products created from the heart invariably start and stop with how it will create or enhance the experiences one shares with their loved ones.Only experiences impact the soul, and a product that helps create such positive experiences is what one should invest in. Research proves that people who spend their money on experiences are much happier than those who buy the latest gadgets. The Brilrider is arguably the only toy in the world that will take the parent and his / her toddler on a roller-coaster of…
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    Nourishing Joy

  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #137

    Kresha Faber
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:05 am
    Welcome to Thank Goodness It’s Monday, a weekly blog carnival celebrating natural, joyful living. The TGIM link carnival happens every Monday here at Nourishing Joy and it’s where we share stories of gratitude and joy and link up recipes, tips, and tricks for living natural, intentional, nourished lives. You’ll find posts here on so many topics: cooking from scratch, natural housekeeping, gardening and animal husbandry, frugal tips and tricks, stories of joy and gratitude, answers to prayer, homeschooling, herbal remedies, meal planning, thoughtful parenting… what do…
  • PlanetBox school lunch kit giveaway – value $80

    Kresha Faber
    22 Aug 2015 | 11:49 am
    In celebration of the launch of my new e-book, Healthy School Lunches Made Simple, PlanetBox has generously offered to give away a Rover lunch kit! PlanetBoxes are durable, eco-friendly lunch kits that make it easy to send real food in your child’s lunches. This kit includes a Rover lunch box, a carry bag, and decorative magnets – a total of an $80 value. We love our PlanetBoxes in our home, so when PlanetBox saw the book and extended the invitation, I was absolutely thrilled to be able to pass on the goodies.   But first…. the reason for our celebration! Healthy…
  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #136

    Kresha Faber
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:05 am
    Welcome to Thank Goodness It’s Monday, a weekly blog carnival celebrating natural, joyful living. The TGIM link carnival happens every Monday here at Nourishing Joy and it’s where we share stories of gratitude and joy and link up recipes, tips, and tricks for living natural, intentional, nourished lives. You’ll find posts here on so many topics: cooking from scratch, natural housekeeping, gardening and animal husbandry, frugal tips and tricks, stories of joy and gratitude, answers to prayer, homeschooling, herbal remedies, meal planning, thoughtful parenting… what do…
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  • #PeanutButterHappy Giveaway with Jif!

    Katie
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:23 am
    Check out the #PeanutButterHappy Tour and enter to win a free box of Jif Bars! Well, we did it.  We got #PeanutButterHappy!   Last weekend, I loaded up the boys and headed down to the BB&T Ballpark to check out the Jif Peanut Butter Happy Tour and sample the new Jif Bars.  Fun and Yum! First we all got to choose from the three new Jif Peanut Butter Bar varieties – Smooth, Crunchy and Chocolate.  James refrained (unfortunately, they didn’t have a baby food variety), but the rest of us gave them a go.  Will opted for Chocolate (surprise, surprise), Graham picked Smooth.
  • Gluten-Free Hawaiian Pizza Recipe

    Katie
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:50 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GFreePizzaNight #CollectiveBias A Friday Night Pizza Dinner that everyone can enjoy! Check out this tutorial for Gluten-Free Hawaiian Pizza! Y’all know I’m BIG into Movie Night Friday. It’s our family tradition, and as long as my boys will tolerate my whims, we’ll be spending Friday nights eating pizza, cuddling on the couch in PJ’s, and watching family flicks. I freakin’ love it. And, for now, they do too! Sometimes the affair extends beyond our…
  • The Perfect Iced Coffee

    Katie
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    Make this Iced Coffee Recipe with Sweetened Condensed Milk Ice Cubes for the perfect iced coffee afternoon pick-me-up! Back to School is killing me. Not only are we dealing with early start times, afternoon homework, and rushed evenings, but I’ve thrown in the added pressure of losing the rest of my baby weight before the end of the year. Hello Mommy New Year Resolutions. Bye-bye sleep and Happy Hour Playdates. Boo. It’s hard to say which has been harder – the back to school routine or the dieting and increased exercise. Both have bee utterly draining, and come mid-afternoon…
 
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  • Eat Healthy and Slim Down with Vegan Meals From Veestro

    Jenn
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:37 am
    This post is sponsored by Veestro and contains Press Release info. I have not tried these meals myself, but they certainly sound amazing! Veestro is a meal delivery program that delivers vegan meals directly to your door. Veestro was created by a brother/sister duo, who believe everyone should have access to nutritious, health-conscious whole foods – even if they do not have the time to prepare it! With a goal of meeting the needs of busy Americans who appreciate the value of a home-cooked meal but simply don’t have the time, Veestro offers a variety of packages targeting specific needs…
  • Tips for a Successful Family Hike

    Jenn
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:18 pm
    My husband and I love to hike, but the kids are not always excited to hit the trails. What’s the secret to having a successful family hike? Here’s what works for us: Bring plenty of snacks Plan hikes that are not too long Let the kids set the hiking pace Let kids participate in planning the hike Make the hike as fun as possible – play games, find treasures, etc. Planning a Hike When you are just getting started, keep your hikes close to home. If the weather turns bad of there is an injury, you can head home easily. The hike does not even need to be in the woods. We are…
  • Five Benefits of Family Travel

    Jenn
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:52 am
    No matter what we do throughout the year, it’s our family trips that the kids always remember the most. We have been blessed to travel to many locations throughout the US and Canada. Hopefully Europe and beyond will be in our future soon. Here are what I think are the top five benefits to traveling as a family. Family Bonding Family travel often provides the most unique experiences for family bonding away from the worries of everyday life. You don’t need to worry about specific schedules, work deadlines, homework, or errands. You can truly focus on one another and having fun!
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  • Choosing Egg Donation When All Else Fails

    Lindsay
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:39 pm
    I take a deep breath then forcibly stop my foot from tapping on the waiting room floor. I am holding a prescribed bottled of Valium. My bladder was going to burst. Feeling my dry mouth and very thirsty, I realize more water isn’t an option right now. The nurse had given strict instructions not to […]
  • How To Teach Kids About Money

    Kelly
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:25 am
    Mom of 3 and author of “Hard Core Poor” shares some simple tips on how to teach children about money, management and financial responsibility. I’ll be honest – I have a 13 year old, a 10 year old, and a 2 year old, and I was shocked to realize how much I had forgotten between […]
  • How To Raise Caring, Competent And Confident Children

    Rayne
    9 Aug 2015 | 11:19 pm
    A child has the right to be taught everything that will equip him with the skills he needs later in life. Training your child to care will help him connect to the world around him. Guiding him to complete competency will help him be a constructive part of the world. Allowing his confidence to grow […]
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  • First Day of School, Here So Fast

    Megan
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:59 am
    It was finally here, that moment I had been counting down to all summer long: The first day of school. At the end of May it seemed so far away, but mid-August came quickly. My daughter was bouncing off of the walls as she talked ninety-to-nothing about school. I almost shushed her so she could eat her breakfast, but I knew Kindergarten was already going to be a big adjustment for her. She was going to have to sit still and be quiet. I didn’t know if my spunky five year old could do that, so I decided to let her jabber through breakfast. I pulled the heavy door open to the elementary school,…
  • The Plain White Binder (and Other Back to School Dilemmas)

    Cory Oakes
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    I love office supply stores. When I had my first child, five years ago, part of me was giddy at the thought that I now had a tiny, child-sized excuse to shop for “back to school” every fall. Except… apparently people don’t go shopping for back-to-school supplies anymore. What you do instead–at least at my daughter’s school–is sign up for a service that delivers a prepacked kit to your kid’s classroom on the first day of school. Unfortunately, the deadline to sign up for this nifty service was in June. June. When not even I—the biggest office supply nerd of them…
  • First-Time-at-Sleepover-Camp Blues

    LaurieU
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:30 pm
    While a good portion of the country is already gearing up for “back to school”—I hear there are some that get started in mid-August—we are still in the throes of summer over here, with a good month and change to go. And this summer, I’m dealing with something I’ve never had to face before. My son is at sleepover camp, and I am bereft. It certainly wasn’t my idea to send him. I was hoping he wouldn’t even know there WAS such a thing as sleepover camp, and if that failed I was hoping he’d think it sounded awful. It sounds pretty awful to me: Cabins and mosquito…
 
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  • The Ugly Truth About Sugar

    Shivani Cotter
    5 Aug 2015 | 7:38 am
    The Ugly Truth About Sugar Sugar Is Like The Devil In Disguise… here’s what you need to know. If 1 teaspoon of sugar equals 4 grams, then drinking one 12 ounce can of coke means you just inhaled 39 grams of sugar (or 9 1/3 teaspoons). That’s just gross! 1 Can Of Coke = 9 1/3 Teaspoons Of Sugar The other night, my girlfriend and I did a little measuring. We measured the amount of sugar in things we liked to eat and drink. I was blown away by how much sugar I was consuming every day! Even food I thought was healthy was not as good for me as I assumed. Take, for example, a…
  • YouTube Content Not Rated

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

    Reema Marquez
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:29 pm
    The bride and groom have said their “I dos”, the view is spectacular and the ocean waves play a soothing symphony. Beach themed weddings truly are the purest manifestations of romance that people today still have a shot of experiencing at least once. Speaking of shots — the perfect way to end such an event is an evening of cheers, chatter, laughter, and awesomely-mixed drinks. What would a party, or any social event for that matter, be without great cocktails? Here is a list of the 7 beach wedding cocktails that will make any wedding event a night to remember! Daiquiri Image Credit Let…
  • Top 10 Best Pool Party Food Ideas

    Vicki Dean
    6 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    With summer winding down, now is the time to plan the ultimate pool party extravaganza! Sure, you could just grill hamburgers and hotdogs like everyone else does at their summer parties. But why not use this opportunity to wow your guests with these amazing pool party food ideas full of fun and easy to eat finger foods, refreshing beverages and delicious and decorative desserts! 1. Beach Ball Ice Cream Sandwiches Image Source: Taste of Home With just a little decorative touch of colored frosting to make the tops resemble beach balls, these adorable treats from Taste of Home can be easily…
  • 10 Epic Beach Party Ideas

    Paulina Kay
    6 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    We’re arguably in the last month of summer, which means that it’s time to get your beach fix via any means possible. To some that may mean catching the waves, building a sand castle, or simply throwing an umbrella in your next cocktail. But in the event that you want to bring the beach to your next party and you’re not close to some sand, we’ve rounded up 10 epic beach party ideas that are sure to make it feel like you’re walking on sunshine. From children to adults, we’ve got beach party ideas that will make everyone smile. The advent of the selfie has…
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  • The Quiet Child

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

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

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

  • Letting go… Getting Ready To Send My Baby To Kindergarten

    Heather Brummett
    22 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
    All I ever wanted was to be a mom. It was a hard struggle to become one. Both times, it was a miracle and a blessing. After my little man was born it was not long before I knew I could not work outside the home anymore. I just could not be away from my kids. My daughter was in school, but I still had a chance The post Letting go… Getting Ready To Send My Baby To Kindergarten appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • Dad’s Guide To Staying Active With Kids

    Heather Brummett
    7 Aug 2015 | 3:14 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PowerInProtein #CollectiveBias As a dad it is hard to get in a lot of quality time with the kids, but I try. It is a fact that kids love to be active. They love to play hard. Well, dads are big kids right? We like to play hard The post Dad’s Guide To Staying Active With Kids appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • Indoor Beach Party For Kids

    Joel Brummett
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:22 pm
    This easy indoor beach party for kids has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DipYourWay #CollectiveBias  Summer is coming to a close! Can you believe it? Vacations are wrapping up and back to school shopping is beginning. That means we need to fit in some serious parties and fun before the school bell rings! For fun, I decided The post Indoor Beach Party For Kids appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
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  • Cloth Diaper Giveaway Roundup for 8/28/15

    Maria Moser
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Cloth Diaper Giveaway Roundup Every Friday I publish a new cloth diaper giveaway roundup. Subscribe to our RSS Feed or subscribe via email. If you’d like me to list your cloth diaper, accessory, baby wearing (etc.) giveaway next week, please complete my giveaway submission form. Giveaways that require the winner to pay anything, including shipping, […] The post Cloth Diaper Giveaway Roundup for 8/28/15 appeared first on Change-Diapers.com, Kids & Cloth Diapers & Going Green.       
  • Cloth Diaper Giveaways – Roundup for 8/21/15

    Maria Moser
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Cloth Diaper Giveaways If you like cloth diaper giveaways, you’re in the right place. Subscribe to our RSS Feed or subscribe via email. If you’d like me to list your cloth diaper, accessory, baby wearing (etc.) giveaway next week, please complete my giveaway submission form. Giveaways that require the winner to pay anything, including shipping, […] The post Cloth Diaper Giveaways – Roundup for 8/21/15 appeared first on Change-Diapers.com, Kids & Cloth Diapers & Going Green.       
  • Thirsties Poppy/Iris/Alice Brights Winner Announcement

    Maria Moser
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This giveaway had 445 entrants and 2479 entries. The winner is Kylie M. Congratulations! I’m sending you an email so you can claim your prize. The post Thirsties Poppy/Iris/Alice Brights Winner Announcement appeared first on Change-Diapers.com, Kids & Cloth Diapers & Going Green.       
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    Kinsa Health Bytes

  • How to Treat Baby's First Fever

    Maribel
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    You suspect your little one is sick after his forehead feels warm, and you take his temperature. The thermometer reads 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Now what? There’s no need to panic! Know that fevers are typically harmless -- just your baby’s way of fighting a mild infection. First, start by assessing the situation: Is your baby under 3 months of age? And is his/her temperature (preferably from a rectal reading) higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit? Is he/she between 3-12 months of age with a fever of 102.2 degrees or higher? Has the fever continuously returned in the course of the week?
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Legionnaires Disease

    Maribel
    12 Aug 2015 | 10:05 am
    With summer in full swing, there’s been an increasing need to stay cool during these record setting heatwaves. Whether it’s hopping in the shower, drinking more water, or enjoying some downtime in ice-cold air conditioning, our very own head of Marketing and mom-of-two, Lauren, had some concerns about her upcoming family vacation in New York. The recent outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease in New York City has dominated the headlines, and raised questions around the likelihood of contamination while engaging in these warm weather activities. Fear not! We’ve compiled a list of facts from…
  • The Only 4 Family Travel Apps You Need for Spring Break

    Maribel
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Planning a trip can be hard enough without the added stress of finding kid-friendly activities, food choices and the most dreaded of all: keeping their curious minds occupied during the travel process. Lucky for you, our resident parent experts have scoured the web to find the ONLY 4 travel apps you need for an enjoyable, organized and drama-free family trip. Gate Guru Last minute gate change at the airport? Hungry kids? Forgot to book a rental car? Be free of these common worries with GateGuru, an app that promises to make airport travel a breeze with its up-to-date information on flight…
 
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    AppleGreen Cottage

  • A Shape Matching Game for Toddlers - easy DIY

    26 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Interested in learning games for toddlers? Here is an easy one that will be fun and useful to your kid: a DIY shape matching activity. No shiny expensive materials, just cardboard and colors. Let the fun math for toddlers begin! Read more »
  • Get featured on AppleGreen Cottage!

    23 Aug 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Do you have a great SEWING TUTORIAL that you would like to see featured in a roundup here on AppleGreen Cottage? It's free and easy! {Apologizing to my non-blogging readers, this post will be read by bloggers mostly. Yours is coming on Wed evening, as usually, I promise!}sSubmit your tutorial to get more pageviews! Be featured on my blog: it's a great way to promote your blog and increase traffic.Submit your tutorial HERE to be considered for a feature or read more HERE! I'd love to have you :) YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE:
  • Easy Wednesday

    19 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Pedipeds. We LOVE them. Soon we'll need to pull them out of the shoe closet again.
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  • Does Your Mindset Need A Shower?

    Ruth Alade
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:53 pm
    I have a great deal of respect for people who went for their dreams and actually made it happen. And I’m pretty sure that you probably know at least one person (either personally or through social media) that has been able to push through incredible obstacles and is now living […] The post Does Your Mindset Need A Shower? appeared first on .
  • 5 Steps To Help You Get Over Comparing Yourself To Other Coaches

    Ruth Alade
    18 Jul 2015 | 12:47 am
    Have you ever looked around at the amazing things and income breakthroughs other coaches around you are having and wondered if anyone would even show any interest in what you are doing, not to talk of buying? This actually happens in every area of life, for example, the girl who […] The post 5 Steps To Help You Get Over Comparing Yourself To Other Coaches appeared first on .
  • 3 Powerful Lessons I Have Learned From Starting My Coaching Business

    Ruth Alade
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:15 pm
    So I thought I'd share with you some of the powerful lessons I have learned since I started my coaching business. (If you are in a hurry, the lessons are towards the end of this post). But first, here's the background story.... (enjoy :) ) This time last year, I […] The post 3 Powerful Lessons I Have Learned From Starting My Coaching Business appeared first on .
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  • Filipino Parents Trust TV Ads, Health Experts And Social Media

    Lanie
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Parenting in the Philippines is truly evolving. As we are becoming more skilled and getting information takes only a hand swipe, parents are becoming more meticulous and trusting to people who can establish themselves as experts. What’s more interesting though is that the top influencing media for parents are television advertisements, next will be the family and friends,  then health experts and of course, social media. Let us share with you these interesting results of a recent survey done by Nielsen N.V. ORGANIC AND HEALTHY OPTIONS For Filipino respondents who admitted to have…
  • Cycles Baby And Cycles Sensitive – Ten Years Of Utmost Care For Babies

    Lanie
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:36 pm
    What will you give to see your baby safe from harm? Di ba, you’ll give your best? But saying this is actually easier said than done. One reason is, sometimes we think that what’s best for us is also what’s best for them. Actually, it doesn’t work that way all the time. There are just certain things that are meant only for us and those that were made exactly for our young ones. Like for example, detergents. Regular detergents that we buy when we do our grocery may not always be that friendly to our babies. Because they are meant to clean adult clothes, most of these…
  • Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival This September At New Kia Theatre

    Lanie
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:04 pm
    Families will be having a grand time again this year with their favorite Disney characters! Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival will be featuring Mickey and his pals along with Disney characters from Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Disney/Pixffar’s Toy Story. More than 25 Disney stars, including Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy; Ariel, Sebastian and Ursula; Jasmine, Aladdin and Genie; and Woody, Buzz and Jessie; will be singing and dancing to popular Disney hits remixed to rock, pop, reggae, hip-hop, country and more making your family day a grand affair. What will be more exciting…
 
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    Swallow, My Sunshine

  • Limbo

    Debi
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:01 am
    Eosinophilic esophagitis does not have a cure. There is currently no end for this disease, and little is known about what triggers it. Most of the time, it’s a food protein, though some children seem triggered by things in their environment. The food triggers can change over the years, which is what informed the comment […] The post Limbo appeared first on Swallow, My Sunshine.
  • When It Looks Like a Blueberry, It’s Probably a Blueberry

    Debi
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:12 am
    My daughter Sammi was born at 41.5 weeks of gestation at four pounds and eleven ounces. I have spent the last ten years reciting those statistics in reverse. “So mom, what was her birth weight?” is often one of the first questions a pediatric specialist asks. A pause for my answer, and then I could […] The post When It Looks Like a Blueberry, It’s Probably a Blueberry appeared first on Swallow, My Sunshine.
  • Erased

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

    Jackie Cravener
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:55 pm
    We’re finally getting some cooler weather here, which has been getting me excited for fall and everything that comes with it! Here’s an easy fall craft that even the younger ones can help do. This is a bit messy but the end result is gorgeous! Easy Marbled Fall Leaves Supplies Needed: Shaving Cream White Card Stock Piece of cardboard Paint Scissors Leaf Templates Directions: To start off you’ll want to download and print out this pdf file of leaf templates on white card stock. Cut out the leaves and use them as a stencil. Spray your shaving cream into a small dish, we used…
  • Eric Carle Inspired Glow In The Dark Handprint Firefly

    Jackie Cravener
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:50 am
    We’ve had so much fun this week creating crafts to go along with our favorite Eric Carle book The Very Lonely Firefly. Another one that we crafted up was this easy Glow In The Dark Handprint Firefly. Check out the directions below!   Glow In The Dark Handprint Firefly This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy. Supplies Needed: Tissue Paper Yellow Glow In The Dark Paint Pipe Cleaners Glue Scissors Directions: To start you’ll want to have your child paint their hand red and press a few prints onto a piece of white card stock paper. We did four…
  • 12+ Gross Motor Skills For Toddlers

    Jackie Cravener
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:06 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stride Rite for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. If you’re a mother of a toddler then you know how much energy they have from sun up to sun down. From running, jumping, climbing, exploring – you name it. Here are some fun activities to help hand-eye coordination, color recognition, and gross motor skills to help burn off some of that toddler energy! 12+ Gross Motor Activities For Toddlers & Preschoolers 1. Color Toss Activity – The kids will have a blast learning and playing with this easy to make color matching board.
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  • Special needs: Is it legal to homeschool?

    Christine
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:46 pm
        Plain and simple, you have the same legal right to homeschool your learning-challenged child as you do any other child.  Some states may require more accountability from you, or their regulations may be more stringent. It is a good idea to research your state law thoroughly before you begin homeschooling any child.  You can check your state’s requirements by contacting your state board of education, a homeschool support group, or the Homeschool Center at the National Center for Life and Liberty. In homeschooling circles, you may hear the admonition to steer clear of…
  • Valuing Motherhood: Attachment theory

    Christine
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:21 am
    When I chose full-time mothering for my four children, I tried to make an informed decision.  Would being available, especially to young children, be of value to them?  Research suggests that there are enormous benefits to the child. Solid attachment to Mom For the past few decades, researchers have been studying what they call attachment theory, trying to determine what experiences or types of support children need in infancy to feel secure and loved. In the early 1950s, a British researcher named John Bowlby began to study maternal deprivation – how separation from mothers affects…
  • Clothing Organization: Take stock before you shop!

    Christine
    22 Aug 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Are you headed out for next season’s clothing shopping? Wait!! Before you go, practice some clothing organization. It’s time to clean out the closets and take stock of what’s there. I was blessed to be a full-time mom for many years when my kiddos were little. Going from two incomes to one was a shock and I challenged myself to be as frugal (how frugal is she? she waits for the thrift stores to issue coupons before she shops) as possible so we could be together.  It is a decision I have never regretted. With four children, clothing stacks up!  if you don’t regularly…
 
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    Mom in the City: Best of NYC for Families

  • It Was Percy’s Birthday BUT You Get the Present! (Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes Giveaway)

    Kimberly
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:45 pm
    I can hardly believe that August is coming to an end. The boys will be back in school this time next month (?!) Over the summer, the boys (especially Michael!) have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Percy Pack. As part of the Pack, I’m sharing highlights that Rick Riordan fans might enjoy and […] The post It Was Percy’s Birthday BUT You Get the Present! (Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes Giveaway) appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • 10 Stores to Shop for Tween Boys Clothes

    Kimberly
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:52 pm
    My husband Reggie thinks that our oldest son Michael has outgrown Children’s Place for clothes now that he is headed to 6th grade/middle school next month. Since Reggie teaches at a middle and high school AND he is a guy, I’m taking his input. (I’m still shopping for my 8-year-old son Sean at Children’s Place […] The post 10 Stores to Shop for Tween Boys Clothes appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Fantasy Forest Queens in Images

    Kimberly
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Earlier this summer, Sean was invited to a classmates’ birthday party at Fantasy Forest Queens. I had never heard about Fantasy Forest but it’s a cute little amusement park in Queens at the Flushing Meadows Carousel. Did I mention that it was very small. I would say that it’s perfect for kids ages 8 and […] The post Fantasy Forest Queens in Images appeared first on Mom in the City.
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    In Wealth & Health

  • Skillet Ground Turkey Curry with Garbanzo Beans and Dates

    Jessa Nowak
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:57 pm
      Easy, healthy, light, high protein and low carbohydrate. Nothing could be better than this skillet ground turkey curry with spinach, garbanzo beans and dates. Perfect for a weeknight meal, it’s made in one pan and is ready in 15 minutes.       This recipe was a fluke that instantly turned into a favorite. I had attempted to quickly throw together a dinner that used ground turkey that wasn’t spaghetti and meat sauce or meatballs. I recall wanting to create something close to the Thai dish larb, which is often ground chicken, served room temperature with a…
  • Almond Boku Superfood Bites

    Jessa Nowak
    7 Aug 2015 | 3:35 pm
      If you haven’t yet tried a superfood powder, now’s the time! These almond superfood bites are jam-packed full of incredible nutrition. Almonds, oats, chia seeds, cinnamon…all nutritious ingredients on their own are amplified, thanks to the addition of Boku Superfood.    Almond Boku Superfood Bites   The base of this recipe is almond butter. Homemade almond butter. Toss almonds in a food processor and they’ll turn into a meal. Keep going and they will start to form butter (see pic 3). Image 4 is what the almond butter will look like after the…
  • 10 Salad Ingredients to Create a Restaurant Worthy Salad

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

    Karissa Olson
    7 Aug 2015 | 8:08 am
    As a parent we always want what´s best for our children. And if you´re in any way like me, you´re constantly researching potential dangers to your children´s health. One of those potential dangers is plastic, which is scary because most baby/child feeding products are made out of plastic. Sure, they say it´s BPA free, but is that really any better? What is BPA anyway? BPA is a hormone disrupting chemical called Bisphenol A, hence the name BPA free. But it´s been recently discovered that the new chemicals which are used in place of BPA could basically have the same impact on our bodies,…
  • Diaper Bag Baby Carrier All In One? Claessen´s Kids Carrier Bag!

    Karissa Olson
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:36 am
    So we´ve all heard of baby carriers and of course diaper bags, but did you know that there exists such a thing as a diaper bag baby carrier, all in one? As in a diaper bag that also serves as a comfortable method of transportation for our babies? I recently came across this one for only €69.90 from Claessen´s Kids, which is a Swiss kids brand that designs kids clocks, alarm clocks, night lights and this diaper bag! I´ve been using their Carrier Bag (in beige) for a little over a month now and I´m very pleased with the dual functions. The bag is very easy to use, very ergonomic and…
  • Luca´s Paper Plane Birthday Party

    Karissa Olson
    7 Jun 2015 | 4:17 am
    On Sunday my baby became a 2 year old toddler! We decided to do a paper airplane themed birthday party. The reasons I chose paper planes was that it was A.CHEAP B. EASY and C. who DOESN´T like paper planesLike most mothers, I have mixed feelings about birthdays. Every year your child ages is bittersweet isn´t it… Every week he seems to become more intelligent and grown up and lose a little bit of his babyness, but I couldn´t be more proud of my little man in all of the things he´s accomplished and everything he´s learned and is continuing to learn. He is a strong-willed,…
 
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  • Watch “Crazy Kids Do the WHIP” on YouTube

    Meg
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    The post Watch “Crazy Kids Do the WHIP” on YouTube appeared first on Yeah...So That Just Happened....
  • Dear summer vacation…

    Meg
    16 Aug 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Dear summer vacation,  I know I know, we were really tight a few months ago.  I was so excited to have you in our lives, and I let everybody know it. We will always have those long lazy beach days, and late mornings in bed sipping coffee, and scrolling through Pinterest to remember.  But you […] The post Dear summer vacation… appeared first on Yeah...So That Just Happened....
  • Watch “Living the dream” on YouTube

    Meg
    6 Aug 2015 | 10:01 am
    Living the dream: https://youtu.be/eR2Ho1oP1Ak The post Watch “Living the dream” on YouTube appeared first on Yeah...So That Just Happened....
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  • Ways to Prevent Date-Rape

    26 Aug 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Tweet Let me start by saying counseling for rape victims is necessary!  If you or a loved one has been raped please contact the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline.  It is free confidential and secure.  1-800-656-HOPE.  They have many resources available to help you and can provide much needed support and a feeling of safety that ever victim needs.   Yesterday, I wrote about the shocking statistics regarding date-rape:Date Rape: Bill Cosby Education.  Alcohol use is widespread among college campuses.  (NOTE: If you need help with…
  • Date Rape: A Bill Cosby Education

    25 Aug 2015 | 11:33 am
    Tweet How I Escaped Being Raped  Two men approached me at the bar, one sidled up on each side.  They were an odd pair.  The older guy had to be in his forties.  He had long greasy hair shaped into an overgrown mullet.  His thin build was clad in tight jeans and a tank top.   The younger guy, had to be in his early twenties.  Fairly attractive, he was dressed in slacks and a polo shirt.  The kind of boy next door that I’d be interested in, but something in his eyes was just off.  I wasn’t even twenty yet, with a group of friends…
  • Taming an Irate Hockey Player: Competitive Sports and Anger

    17 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Tweet Taming an Irate Hockey Player:  Competitive sports and anger. The air is sharp, chilled by the sheet of the ice.  It feels like noon, even though it’s not even 8:00 am, that’s what happens when you wake up before sunrise for a hockey tournament.  The line of 7 & 8 year-olds, watch intensely from the bench, anxious for the two minute buzzer that will beacon their line onto the ice.  Their little legs climb over the boards, as they flop onto the ice with fury.  They glide with poise, forwards, backwards, their edge control impressive for little…
 
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  • THE USELESS SHIT LIST (#247)

    Diana Davis
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:52 am
    Why the hell do we ask if the “cat got your tongue?” What in god’s name were we doing to our cats to make them want to claw out our tongues? Or worse, what were we doing with our tongues … Continue reading →
  • THE USELESS SHIT LIST (#246)

    Diana Davis
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:28 am
    Am I the only one who hates soup spoons? It’s as if they were created solely to encourage really loud and annoying slurping. And, the only thing worse than slurping is open-mouth chewing—punishable by hours of behind the back whispering and … Continue reading →
  • YES, I HAVE A STARING PROBLEM

    Diana Davis
    14 Aug 2015 | 12:52 pm
    When I got an email from Warby Parker eyewear I thought: Oh shit! The jig is up. They know I use their product to unabashedly stare at strangers behind the protection of their summer collection. Crap. But as I read … Continue reading →
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  • Parmesan Zucchini Crisps Recipe

    theeyesofaboyblog@gmail.com
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:07 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GFreePizzaNight #CollectiveBias I’m always on the lookout for quick and easy meals that our two little boys will enjoy. Recently, while I was shopping at our local Publix supermarket, I came across Freschetta® Gluten Free Single-Serve 4 Cheese Medley Pizza. I’m all about a fun family pizza night, and these personal pizzas looked like something I definitely wanted to try! So, I picked up a few and took them home for an easy family meal. I also picked up a few zucchinis to…
  • No-Bake Peanut Butter Power Bites

    theeyesofaboyblog@gmail.com
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:09 pm
    I was recently asked by The J.M. Smucker Company to create some unique tips for using a new product, and I wanted to share with you some easy car snack ideas that make car trips easy for our family.   We are getting ready to take a quick weekend getaway with our kids, and I want to make sure that our car ride goes smoothly. For us, that means having good snacks. Snacks for us, for the kids, snacks for everyone. Basically, we are going on a Snackation instead of a vacation. I just whipped up these Peanut Butter Power Bites in the kitchen this afternoon, and seriously cannot wait to share…
  • DIY Homemade Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter

    theeyesofaboyblog@gmail.com
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:16 am
     This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SamsClubMag #CollectiveBias This past week I did a lot of shopping. Not surprising, since shopping is my favorite sport. However, this was more than the usual amount of retail therapy, because we had our kids combined birthday party on Saturday. I stopped at Sam’s Club to pick up a bunch of supplies for the party, and other regular household items as well. I love how Sam’s Club is a one-stop-shop for pretty much everything you could possibly ever need in your life! I ended…
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  • SQT 8/21/15: Seven(teen) Quick Takes

    The Screenwriter's Wife
    21 Aug 2015 | 3:15 pm
    I have not written a blog post in almost a month. I’ve wanted to. Things have been going on. Thoughts have been thought. So it’s probably best now if I just dump a bunch of quick takes into one post and pretend like it’ll suffice for my life the past few weeks. At at least then my mind might be cleared somewhat enough to begin writing posts again instead of all cluttered up with life now. Oh, and why not add this to the Seven Quick Takes link-up over at This Ain’t The Lyceum…except I’m making it SEVEN-teen Quick Takes. Shh, don’t tell. I’m…
  • How to Keep Going When Your Marriage Is Hard. Really, Really Hard. Part 2

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

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