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  • The Best Family Getaways

    SV Moms
    admin
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Every family needs some time out once in a while. In our family, we save up as much as we can all year so that we can take one big vacation together. It helps us re-charge our batteries and bond as a family, and gets us ready for the year ahead. It can be difficult to know where to head to, so I’ve done plenty of reading up on the best spots in the world to travel to as a family. These are some of my top choices: Cape Town One of my favorite cities in the world is all the way at the bottom of Africa. Cape Town has so much to offer families, from safaris in the nearby national parks to…
  • Confessions of a Former Mean Girl

    Mile High Mamas
    gretchen
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Her name was Jackie and we were cruel to her. She lived in a small, weather-worn house across the street from our school. She wore the same out-of-style clothes every day. They were stained and frayed. Her hair was never combed, and her homework was rarely done. For these crimes, a court of spoiled and selfish fifth-grade girls sentenced her to a year of hard time as the target of jokes, disdain, and teasing. I was on the jury. Decades later, I look back on those playground moments with a great deal of shame and embarrassment. I think the worst thing we did to Jackie was the plot to make her…
  • Teen Health and Myths

    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families
    Beth B.
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Disclosure: Sponsored Post     Being a teen is difficult enough, managing self-esteem and self-confidence at time when peers can be judgmental and mean.  With one teen child and two tweens following closely behind, our family is in the thick of that challenge. I decided to help my kids focus on health and wellness to strengthen their confidence and part of our journey involved creating a dental health strategy. As a member of the Invisalign Teen – Mom Advisory Board I had the opportunity to learn about Invisalign as an alternative to braces. Below are our top priorities for our…
  • Mr. G, Ketubahs, Sarongs and Flight Time

    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom
    Jessica Gottlieb
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    If you aren’t a Jew you might be unfamiliar with a Ketubah. The Ketubah is the marriage contract. It outlines the husband’s duties to his wife and then asks that the wife be a good wife because apparently it is much simpler to be a good wife than a good husband. In this way it is an archaic piece of paper. But what you don’t see (because you don’t read Hebrew) is that in every Ketubah the husband is required to read all of his wife’s emails. I’ve circled the part that reads, “A good and righteous husband shall read all emails his wife sends him…
  • The Sun Also Rises... in Libra.

    Brain Soup For The Dysfunctional Soul
    Shannon akaMonty
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    I don't usually put a lot of stock in horoscopes and astrological type thingies, but I have to admit that some characteristics of certain signs seem pretty consistent with the people to whom they're attached.I've always thought my sun-sign, Aries, was kind of accurate, but the other day I was wondering why, as a fire sign, I'm so drawn to water to soothe my soul. I love floating in water. I love daydreaming of beaches, any kind of beaches. I often dream of living on a houseboat in some harbor, like John D. Macdonald's Travis McGee.So I figured I'd check out my moon-sign - which I actually…
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  • The Best Family Getaways

    admin
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Every family needs some time out once in a while. In our family, we save up as much as we can all year so that we can take one big vacation together. It helps us re-charge our batteries and bond as a family, and gets us ready for the year ahead. It can be difficult to know where to head to, so I’ve done plenty of reading up on the best spots in the world to travel to as a family. These are some of my top choices: Cape Town One of my favorite cities in the world is all the way at the bottom of Africa. Cape Town has so much to offer families, from safaris in the nearby national parks to…
  • The Best Baseball Stadiums In The US

    admin
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    Our son is a complete baseball fanatic, so when we go on vacation it always makes sense to try and include a visit to some ball parks to keep him happy. While he’d be thrilled to visit any baseball stadium, we’ve found that some are more fun for the family than others. Here are our top picks: Citi Field, NYC My husband was born and bred in NYC, and he’s all about the Mets (no mention of the Yankees in our house, please), so a visit to Citi Field is a must when we visit the Big Apple. The best thing about the new Citi Field stadium is its food- it’s a whole lot more than peanuts and…
  • Small Space Solutions

    admin
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:26 am
    Has your home felt a little tighter since having kids? What once felt like a spacious, comfortable apartment can begin to feel pretty cosy once you have a family, and if you’re on a tight budget then upgrading to a bigger space might not be possible. The best way to deal with this predicament is to make the most of what you’ve got. With a few easy tricks you can make even the tiniest home feel more spacious. De-Clutter Having a home full of clutter can make even a reasonably sized room feel smaller than it is. Have a big spring clean as frequently as possible and get rid of anything you…
 
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    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families

  • Teen Health and Myths

    Beth B.
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Disclosure: Sponsored Post     Being a teen is difficult enough, managing self-esteem and self-confidence at time when peers can be judgmental and mean.  With one teen child and two tweens following closely behind, our family is in the thick of that challenge. I decided to help my kids focus on health and wellness to strengthen their confidence and part of our journey involved creating a dental health strategy. As a member of the Invisalign Teen – Mom Advisory Board I had the opportunity to learn about Invisalign as an alternative to braces. Below are our top priorities for our…
  • Great Family Adventure Inspired by the film #EarthtoEcho

    Beth B.
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Disclosure: Sponsored Post.   Now that summer is here, it is a great time for outdoor adventures and fresh air. One family activity my kids especially enjoy is called Geocaching“ a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices”.  Beyond the excitement of looking for outdoor treasure in hidden containers, Geocaching gives us exercise by riding our bikes while using the Geocache app to find local sites.   When I was asked to join in a campaign for the new movie “Earth to Echo” and document our own sponsored adventure using the Go-Pro 3 – I could…
  • What happened when I went #DigitallyDark – sponsored GIVEAWAY

    Beth B.
    19 Jun 2014 | 10:02 pm
    *Disclosure: Sponsored Giveaway*   WINNER: Robyn Wright from RobynsOnlineWorld.com! Congrats!   In my last blog post, I talked about device theft and smartphone security including the importance of protecting the data on our devices. Because I manage my personal life and business using my smartphone, tablet and laptop, I need to plan for the potential nightmare of my technology being stolen. I simulated this scenario as part of  Absolute Software’s #DigitallyDark challenge. This challenge involved going “dark”, with all devices turned off, for one day last week. Absolute…
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • Mr. G, Ketubahs, Sarongs and Flight Time

    Jessica Gottlieb
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    If you aren’t a Jew you might be unfamiliar with a Ketubah. The Ketubah is the marriage contract. It outlines the husband’s duties to his wife and then asks that the wife be a good wife because apparently it is much simpler to be a good wife than a good husband. In this way it is an archaic piece of paper. But what you don’t see (because you don’t read Hebrew) is that in every Ketubah the husband is required to read all of his wife’s emails. I’ve circled the part that reads, “A good and righteous husband shall read all emails his wife sends him…
  • Listen To This Mother: Transgender Issues

    Jessica Gottlieb
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    There are a couple of transgender kids in the neighborhood. There are complications when it comes to changing for PE, swimming at camp and as puberty approaches the parents will need to make decisions about possible medical interventions. I don’t have to make these decisions so I cannot possibly imagine what it would be like to have a child transition genders. I don’t worry about heaven and hell, afterlife or a bible but I know that many of you do and if you are one of those people this video should give you more comfort and inspiration than most. We all know some androgynous…
  • ecoATM – Cash for Mobile Devices (Which I May or May Not Hoard)

    Jessica Gottlieb
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    There might be a Palm Pilot in my nightstand drawer right now. There was definitely an iPhone 4 (not even a 4s) on my dresser up until last week. It didn’t do much of anything and hadn’t been moved except for dusting for years. So because I do everything for you guys (and because ecoATM asked me to and sponsored this post) I found an ecoATM and brought in for cash. I’d been waiting for an electronic equipment recycling day but this seemed like a better idea. I went over to the mall in Burbank and used the machine much like you’d use any ATM but instead of putting in…
 
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    Brain Soup For The Dysfunctional Soul

  • The Sun Also Rises... in Libra.

    Shannon akaMonty
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    I don't usually put a lot of stock in horoscopes and astrological type thingies, but I have to admit that some characteristics of certain signs seem pretty consistent with the people to whom they're attached.I've always thought my sun-sign, Aries, was kind of accurate, but the other day I was wondering why, as a fire sign, I'm so drawn to water to soothe my soul. I love floating in water. I love daydreaming of beaches, any kind of beaches. I often dream of living on a houseboat in some harbor, like John D. Macdonald's Travis McGee.So I figured I'd check out my moon-sign - which I actually…
  • Crybaby cry, poke you in the eye...

    Shannon akaMonty
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    You know how you hope a thing will happen one way, you want a thing to happen that way just for a bit of happiness or contentment's sake, but you expect it will happen the other way and then it pretty much does and you're really not at all surprised and then you're a little weepy all day?That.That is today.That is today for me.#PityParty#TableForOneUpdated: To add insult to injury, I burnt my breakfast, which I am just now getting around to making at 12:04pm. Normally I make perfectly tasty over-medium eggs, just the way I like them, but apparently I do not know how to cook them in…
  • It's complicated.

    Shannon akaMonty
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Sometimes how much I laugh is directly proportional to how hard the day is.Sometimes the more wise-ass I get is directly related to my rising level of frustration/anger.Sometimes the funnier people think I am is when I'm hurting the most.Sometimes when I'm nice(-ish), it's because I've said or thought or done something horrible or mean.Sometimes the brighter the smile, the closer the tears.Sometimes I barely want to be your friend anymore but I can't stand the thought of you not being there.Sometimes the more contrary and stubborn I seem, the more I really want to just give in and go…
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  • Tips to Encourage Reluctant Readers

    Karen Andrews
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:59 pm
      Like a silly billy, it’s occurred to me that I haven’t said, or linked to via a post, articles I’ve been writing for Essential Kids. I’ve been enjoying my time over there – it’s a lot of fund writing about subjects I’m into like technology and games and reading. Here they are: 5 new apps for primary school kids Best apps based on board games 7 ways to get your life organised 6 apps to make travelling with kids easier   If I’m allowed to have a favourite, it’s probably my most recent one. I’ve extracted the first paragraph…
  • Notes to Myself

    Karen Andrews
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:50 pm
    I just wrote 300 words without coming to any sort of point, so I’m going to start over and get to the matter straight away: crying. I’ve been crying a lot lately. I’ve done it ever since I was a child. What child doesn’t cry and scream, you ask? Well, quite. But I’ve always been able to summon tears within seconds; it’s a talent, if you can call it that, and I certainly did. A solid crying jag can be healing. People who know me have always been bemused at my ability to sob in movies, sometimes long after they’re over. As a teenager, I sobbed for a solid 90 minutes after first…
  • Limited Offer on Crying in the Car

    Karen Andrews
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm
    As a special offer leading up to the Melbourne Writers Festival, I have Crying in the Car on sale for a very special price (and no postage!) at 40% off RRP. Click here if you would like to purchase it. I’d be happy to sign it if you like, just ask. This offer will end on 21st August 2014. Limited Offer on Crying in the Car is a post from: Miscellaneous Mum Click here to purchase! Sign up to the newsletter here. You gorgeous feed reader, you. Related posts: Crying in the Car: Reflections on Life and Motherhood – 1st Review Mother’s Day Special – Crying in the Car, no…
 
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  • Elephants Strike Back

    Aruni
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Phone booths in DubaiThe title of this post comes from my son with affirmation from my daughter.  We are on a journey back to my homeland and plan to see and ride an elephant or two.  As usual, life has been busy and all the blog post ideas that fleet across my mind, never end up making it into a proper post.  I’m hoping that while we are on  numerous airplanes and airports that I will have a few moments to write up some posts to share after we return. I’m writing this post from the Dubai airport in a lounge that has WiFi included.  Thank goodness for WiFi and modern…
  • Magellan International School’s Entry for the Gigabot 3D Printer Giveaway. Happy Father’s Day!

    Aruni
    15 Jun 2014 | 2:28 pm
    My son’s 6th grade class at the Magellan International School, that was founded 5 years ago, is attempting to win a 3D Printer in the The Great Big Gigabot Giveaway!  Their video entry is on Vimeo here:  http://vimeo.com/97991510.  I was trying to find a way to embed the video, but it doesn’t work like YouTube so I included a photo of one of their 3D printers instead. Please watch the video to learn how they plan to use the 3D printer to design and create toys for children at an area hospitals or shelters as part of their community service endeavors.  Then please go to to…
  • Songs In The Wild

    Aruni
    3 Jun 2014 | 7:33 pm
    I finally faced a big fear of putting my “art” out there for the world to judge, hate, like, love, or be indifferent about.  It’s been a multi-year endeavor, and I published them online via DistroKid back in March 2014.  Getting them on the sites below was the easiest part of this whole endeavor and apparently I’ve made $10.50 on them in March and April!  There’s a two month lag in reporting sales via DistroKid.  I wasn’t sure I’d even get $5, so I’m excited about the extra $5.50 that I can use to buy lottery tickets! I didn’t create the songs…
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  • The Beauty of Change

    Lotus Carroll
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    We collected a rather large batch of caterpillars that were threatening to skeletonize my sunflower garden recently. I housed them in a small plastic container with slots for air designed to hold buggies and fed them sunflower leaf rations (they turned their noses up at other types of leaves) saving most of my garden from destruction while still feeding them. After several days, they all suited up in their respective chrysalises and made with the metamorphosing. We dug witnessing this, and awaited the unfolding of their wings as they became Bordered Patch Butterflies (Chlosyne lacinia). For…
  • July Drink and Click™ Photowalks

    Lotus Carroll
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    All of these photowalks are free and everyone is invited, so please join us!• Los Angeles, CA with Eric Stoliker & special guest Christi Nielsenhttp://goo.gl/d2HFxg• Tokyo, Japan with Holger Feroudjhttp://goo.gl/LlzzhS• Portland, OR with Wick Sakithttp://goo.gl/qyg1CU• Philadelphia, PA with Rachael Switalski & Jeremy Albrighthttp://goo.gl/1VtXod• Vancouver, Canada with Maryanne Wirkkanenhttp://goo.gl/JBGxla• Fort Collins, CO with Julieanna Crynolynhttp://goo.gl/vHfDir• Honolulu, HI with Meagan Corlin Broganhttp://goo.gl/nv5P3UThe July Challenge is “Post…
  • The Drink and Click™ Show, EP13 with Guest Athena Carey

    Lotus Carroll
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
        We had a great time on the show this past Wednesday! Did you miss it? Watch it now! :) Juan Gonzalez and I were joined by special guest Athena Carey, and we had a chance to chat with her about her imagery, including finding out why she processes images primarily in monochrome, and her thoughts on many of her long exposure images, as well as some gear talk to appease the gearheads. Additionally, she shared some news about upcoming ventures, including photo tours and a photowalk.     For those interested:Virtual & Photographic tours in South Africa with Athena…
 
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  • Frugal Friday: Free Theater in New York City

    RollingMama
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Photo credit: Joseph Moran   One of the greatest theater towns in the world is New York City.  Visit during the summer and you can see free productions in the parks.  From the world renowned Shakespeare in the Park plays at Delacorte Theater in Central Park to Little Red’s Hood in Queen’s Highland Park, theater lovers can enjoy classic shows and the works of emerging playwrights.  Check the calendar for scheduled events on the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation website: www.nycgovparks.org.    
  • Frugal Friday: Alabama’s Battle of Mobile Bay 150th Anniversary

    RollingMama
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Damn the torpedoes!”  is the often quoted phrase shouted by Rear Admiral David Farragut shortly after dawn on Aug. 5, 1864.  The Admiral led 18 Union warships through the mouth of Mobile Bay and into the Civil War’s largest naval battle. This year  marks the 150th anniversary of Alabama’s Battle of Mobile Bay and the Siege of Fort Morgan.  Re-enactments, music, exhibits, living history demonstrations, and a festival commemorating the brave fighting men will be staged throughout the three-day event–August 1-3. Fort Morgan State Historic Site’s gates will open at 7…
  • An #EpicHoneymoon Adventure w/ @CajunMama on @QatarAirways #traveltuesday #hangmyhat

    CajunMama
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    Right now my new husband and I are on our #EpicHoneymoon adventure on Qatar Airways. You can follow along via social media on Instagram and Twitter to see just where we end up and the romantic things we discover along the way. Also, to celebrate the new Qatar Airways route from Dallas to Doha, Qatar Airways is providing an opportunity for one lucky follower to win their own epic adventure with their #HangMyHat promotion. Just visit Qatar Airways website to enter for two roundtrip tickets from any US gateway they depart from to your favorite Qatar Airways destination, along with a chance to…
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    Adventures in Babywearing

  • THAT lady.

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Today I was almost that person who stands on the side of the road and takes a picture of cows sitting in a circle out in a big field. But it was a winding road and there really wasn't any place to park safely. So I just admired them sitting in the sun all cute with a breathtaking tree-filled mountain backdrop as I drove by.Then I was that lady taking videos with an iPad at the pool. The kids had their last day of swimming lessons and I wanted to show Jeff how well they did and here's the thing- my phone didn't have enough storage to take the videos, so I had to use the iPad. And it's not even…
  • July July!

    1 Jul 2014 | 10:22 pm
    It is July. I don't know why this month gets its own shout out, maybe because it surprised me with an early arrival and it's a full-bellied month. The sun has been shining, swimming lessons are starting up, LTYM videos are almost ready, the kids' play opens in a couple weeks, and then I get to sneak away for a roadtrip down the 101 to San Jose for BlogHer. And just after that up to Portland for a couple days. Then it will be August.August is something I'm looking forward to because it is the opposite of July. Empty belly. It will be welcome after this month's excitement and adventures.For…
  • A Quiet House

    26 Jun 2014 | 8:36 am
    The kids are still sleeping. I think summer vacation finally took. The house is so quiet. I was trying to read a book but it's not really keeping my attention. I made my tea and shuffled around the kitchen but then decided to sit still and keep them sleeping.I remember when they were little and our summers were made of the backyard and my feet in a kiddie pool. Blowing bubbles for them to catch, closing my eyes in the sun every chance I could get. It's too cold here for a kiddie pool and we have a schedule to keep. Storytime at the library and dance camp and play practice and baseball. Soon…
 
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    The Bloggess

  • ANGRY POLLS (Volume I)

    thebloggess
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    At least once a day Victor and I have a disagreement about something ridiculous and I always wish that I had all of the internet in the car with us to tell Victor that he’s insane, or to tell me that my hair looks nice.  I’ve decided to start sharing these disagreements here in the form of polls because I think it was Gandhi who said “The secret to a happy marriage is to drag in lots of strangers to join in your bloody conflicts.” This week’s big disagreement was about the fact that he likes powdered donuts and I hate them.  I explained that powdered sugar…
  • Your cat has a cooler house than I do.

    thebloggess
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Go home, everybody.  The best cat toy ever has been created and nothing you buy for your cat will ever be impressive again. My cats just looked at this picture from their cardboard box on the floor and then shook their tiny heads at me in disgust and shame. Frankly, I’m disappointed too.  Why don’t they make these in human size?  It’s like a loft bed without having to have a loft.  Plus, if you just got comfortable but you need a drink you can just drive your bed to the fridge.  If they put a bathroom and a well-stocked bookshelf in there I’d probably never…
  • You can tell how old people are by whether they remember the smell of an Ogilvie Home Perm.

    thebloggess
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
    I was just scrolling through Facebook and I saw a photo of this really unfortunate-looking girl, and I was like “Jesus, that girl’s awkwardness is giving me second-hand 80′s nostalgia-shame from when I was that age andhad the same-OHMYGOD THAT’S ME.”  Because apparently my cousin Joycie decided to upload old family pictures. So this me, age almost 14, between my sister and cousin: Let’s break this picture down, shall we?: 1.  Those glasses were so big they literally end beneath my nostrils.  It’s like someone made a scuba mask but forgot the…
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  • It's the best thing he has never tasted!

    Tertia
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    Having a child that is different / special needs / developmentally delayed / non-typical is challenging.  Not so much because of the extra work required, but mostly because your heart aches for your child when they struggle more than most. No parent wants their child to struggle any more than they have to. Life is hard enough without having to deal with additional challenges. (And our 'issues' are minor, absolutely minuscule, in comparison to others.  My deepest admiration and respect goes out to parents who have to deal with significant issues with their children.  Parents of…
  • There are no more babies after this

    Tertia
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Every night I lie next to Max while he falls asleep*. (Top bed of double bunk, single mattress. Tiny!) After he falls asleep I gently excavate myself from under the duvet as not to wake him, carefully climb down from the top bunk and quietly leave his room.  (Which sounds a lot more graceful than it is.  I am more gangly giraffe than elegant elf. Picture a giraffe trying to quietly climb down from a top bunk without waking anyone. Awkward. Amusing. Gangly.) I know you are not supposed to do this (not sure why not?!), I know I ‘baby’ him too much especially seeing as he is five whole…
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  • silicon valley spectacular speck suite view

    modmom
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
     silicon valley spectacular speck suite viewof san jose tech museum with my buddy iguy :)speckproducts.comhe's staying in the birthplace of broadcasting
  • moon kitchen 1969

    modmom
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Miss Cookie's Moon Kitchen 1969, Miss Cookie's Playroom 1961, Miss Cookie's Kitchen 1957, Miss Cookie's Flower Garden vintage colorforms today is the 45th anniversary of the moon landing + walk 
  • midcentury spaceage humor :: rally round the flag ::

    modmom
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:33 am
    midcentury spaceage humor :: rally round the flag boys :: dedini illustrationfound this 1958 novel at a thrift store 4th of july + found the movie on youtube with "whitewashed" american history farce set in midcentury modern suburban utopiarally 'round the flag effect (or syndrome) is a concept used in political science and international relations to explain increased short-run popular support of the President of the United States during periods of international crisis or war Because Rally 'Round The Flag syndrome…
 
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  • The fearless one

    dooce
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    And then later that afternoon she taught herself to swim.
  • A protected watershed

    dooce
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    Leaving the dogs at home because Utah is all dainty and needs to have clean drinking water.
  • Pioneer Day

    dooce
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    In celebration of the fact that today you cannot buy liquor in the state of Utah.
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    Mommies With Style

  • Turning 40.

    Whitney
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today’s my day, people.  THE DAY. Age doesn’t bother me all that much normally.  I know a lot of people have a hard time turning 30 and I remember not caring at all.  But for whatever reason, 40 is hitting me.  Hard. I think it’s because I really remember my parents turning 40 and I remember thinking, sh*t, that’s old.   It’s silly, I know.  It’s just a number.  But man, 40 is not young in anyone’s book anymore.  I’m trying to wrap my head around it.  And I’m re-reading my This is 39 post from my birthday last year because clearly…
  • Back to School Fashion with OshKosh B’Gosh, Plus Special 25% Coupon Code For You #OshKoshFirstDay #FashionFriday

    Whitney
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:44 am
    OshKosh B’Gosh is just one of those iconic kids clothing companies that has been in my head for years as a high quality children’s clothing company. I remember wearing Oshkosh B’Gosh myself as a child. They’ve been around a long time (established in 1895) and while the style has changed a lot over the years, the quality has not. You know you are going to get durable quality clothes when you order from them. So when I was asked to do this campaign with them, I was more than happy to order my boys a few things for back to school.  (Sidenote:  OMG, can you believe…
  • Gold Emblem Summertime Snacking At Camp & the Pool @CVS_Extra

    Whitney
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:23 am
    Cole asked me the other day how many weeks were left of summer vacation.  We got out the calendar and counted… and realized that we have 6 weeks left.  That’s it!  This summer is flying by and we’re already halfway there.  I feel like we just started. It’s been a whirlwind of road trips, pool time and weeks and camp.  The weather’s been great and I hope these are the memories my kids will carry with them all through their adulthood. One thing I mistakenly thought I would get a break from was food prep.  I always feel so harried getting lunches ready during…
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    Kids Activities Blog

  • 15 {Awesome} Reading Games

    Liz
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Reading games are such a fun way to get your kids engaged in learning.  Most of the time, they don’t even know it’s happening! Since we love to learn through play, we found a bunch of board games and card games that teach reading and literacy skills. 15 {Awesome} Reading Games Here are some products we have found – affiliate links support Kids Activities Blog. Smart Snack Alpha Pops – Perfect for younger kids, they match lower case and upper case letters. What’s Gnu – This three-letter learning game teaches word recognition, vocabulary building, and reading.
  • Very Veggie Pesto

    Rachel
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Do you try to sneak veggies into your kids food??  I do.  These veggie “hockey pucks” are a super easy way to add a little extra diversity to your kids diet.  We do.  This is our easiest way to incorporate two servings of vegetables into a meal. Our favorite meal to add them to is our one-pot pastas.  You can make add these to either a marinara or cream sauces… and depending on the ingredients, you can add them to salsa as well for a deeper flavor. . Pesto Recipe Every time we make it, this recipe is a little different depending on the produce of our garden area.  We…
  • Bunny Thank You Notes {Free Printable!}

    Dianne Miller
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today, we are featuring the cutest little thank you notes printable from the Little Bunny series. It’s so important to teach kids the value of a thank you note at a young age, and these free kids printables make it an easy lesson! They even have their very own printable envelopes! ADORABLE! Little Bunny Activity Printables: Sweet Little Bunny Thank You notes are perfect to color in and send or deliver to all those that have been thoughtful or generous to your child. Pages for Kids: Color in the notes, cut apart, and add any thoughtful message you want on the back. Cut out and fold the…
 
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    Fluid Pudding

  • Truly a wonder of nature, this urban predator.

    fluidpudding
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:23 pm
    This morning I took the girls to register at their new schools. Afterwards, we went to a tiny place that serves nothing but cookies. DING! (That was the sound of us walking into the cookie place and activating the welcome bell.) Cookie Guy: Well, hello there! Long time no see! Me (to myself): What does he mean? We’ve been here a few times, but I would hardly call us regulars at the cookie place! Me (out loud): Ha! I know! Cookie Guy: I haven’t seen the girls in ages! Me (to myself): I’m not sure what’s happening right now. Me (knowing that I tend to sometimes say too…
  • Nashville cats play clean as country water.

    fluidpudding
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    If you saw my most recent post, you know that our family lost the greatest cat last week. (Please don’t take this opportunity to tell me that YOUR cat is the greatest cat. I used to eat feta cheese and chocolate chips mixed up in a bowl. You probably think that sounds terrible. AND, you’re WRONG, but it just goes to show that we all have individual differences and that’s why the world is such an interesting place.) This is Sidney in 2007 showing off her greatest quality: Patience. (Meredith was proud to have done her own hair that day. With lotion.) If you need to know more…
  • Rest in peace, sweetest cat ever.

    fluidpudding
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Sidney Lynn Reiner Downing, 5/1/1999 – 7/17/2014 (Comments are off, because the stuff about the rainbow bridge is nice and all, but I really can’t handle anything like that right now.)
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  • Writer’s Block Does Not Exist

    Momo Fali
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    I am coming on here to tell you what a friend told me today; writer’s block does not exist. Elan said on Twitter that “…if you can say a sentence, you can write one.” So I’m here with nothing planned but what flows from my fingertips. This post is probably going to turn out to be what we call verbal diarrhea. I certainly have no shortage of sentences to say. I talk on the phone for work, I tweet a lot and the conversations I have with my kids, alone, are enough to fill the pages of a book each day. Someone recently told me that mosquitoes are attracted to the…
  • I’ll Give You a Hint – It’s Mine

    Momo Fali
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Anyone want to guess whose puppy ran across the neighbor’s freshly tarred driveway?
  • There’s No Crying at Old Navy!

    Momo Fali
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:38 pm
    If I hadn’t been there myself I wouldn’t have believed it. My son made a stranger cry today. My 12 year old with special needs, who struggles desperately with decision making, had a melt-down in the patriotic shirt section of Old Navy today. We spent 15 minutes going back and forth between the shirts and the register because he couldn’t pick the one he liked. Because we’re trying to get him to focus on this much-needed skill I told him that he had to make a final decision and couldn’t change his mind again – it was that shirt or NO shirt. Of course, by the…
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    Single Mom Seeking

  • Snapshot: How to blend your family and have another baby

    singlemomseeking
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    When I sent an over-the-top enthusiastic email to the lovely Jessica Ashley from Sassafrass — because, wow, it’s amazing how much we have in common, including our ages (42), our years as single mamas (almost decade for each of us), the whole “Oh, you have two first names” comment we both must get, and now our growing families — I was a little worried that my eagerness might scare her off. Fortunately, Jessica seemed to take my enthusiasm just fine because she wrote back, “I’m totally in.” Please welcome Jessica, former senior editor at Yahoo!
  • Write on Mamas Giveaway!

    singlemomseeking
    10 May 2014 | 9:39 pm
    On Mothers Day, this one is for you, mamas! Thank you for picking up your kids when they fall and holding them tight. Thank you for giving and doing it all when you’re out of steam. On that note… I’m thrilled to introduce you to the Write On Mamas! Founded out of a desire to connect, the Write on Mamasis a group of more than 40 moms — and one dad! — who meet online and in person to write, revise, and share. They’ve recently published a fabulous collection of essays about how parenting shaped them as writers. It’s a book full of promise. Ms.
  • A Smidgen of Sky: A book give away

    singlemomseeking
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:10 pm
    When Dianna Dorisi Winget got married, she became an instant mom to a 4-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter. Their mother had died from cancer two years earlier. Dianna and her husband went on to add another daughter to their family. That experience is what planted the seed for Dianna’s first novel. I recently read her debut middle grade, A Smidgen of Sky, and the story softened my heart. Piper Lee, a spunky girl from the South, is determined to stop her mother from getting remarried. Her dad disappeared in an airplane crash four years earlier, and Piper Lee still holds onto the hope…
 
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    A Mom in Red High Heels

  • 7 Great Ways to Get Instant Gratification

    Tammy Gibson
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    We live in a time of instant gratification. Good or bad, it is what it is. I don’t know about you but waiting for the lights to turn green, my smartphone to load or skin care to fade my sunspots can be maddening! Thankfully, there are some really great things that do provide instant gratification! A smile. I instantly feel better seeing someone else smile and I feel better when I smile. You know, fake it till you make it. Smiling is a great way to start a day even when you’d rather stay in bed. Eye glasses. Seriously. My eye sight is getting worse. My reading glasses are part of…
  • 6 Tips to Live a Radiant Life

    Tammy Gibson
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:37 pm
    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Life is constantly changing.  If you don’t live fully charged, you may end up overwhelmed and under achieving. No one strives to live this way but sometimes, we end up far from the life we dream of living. Today is an excellent day to begin living a Truly Radiant life! I’ve learned a thing or two so far in this life (with much more to learn!).  Life hasn’t been easy but who’s is? It’s important to move forward and stay engaged.  The…
  • Outfit Inspiration: What to Wear to a Home Party

    Tammy Gibson
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm
    In this incredible time of opportunity, where women are making money and contributing to the family finances with businesses that they can run from home, it is more important than ever for women to look and feel their best. Knowing how to dress for your personality, your body type and your lifestyle will give you the style edge you need. When attending a home party, as the hostess, the presenter or the guest, take the time to get ready and look your best.  If you are coming straight from work, freshen your hair, makeup and breath before going to the party. When considering what to wear, take…
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    A Mommy Story

  • Finding My Motivation with runDisney

    Christina
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    My motivation for staying in shape has been lacking so far this summer. I was hoping that the longer days and relaxed schedule would result in finding more time to work out, but it hasn’t happened so far. Being sick the first part of June didn’t help, but after I’d recovered I still didn’t feel like going for a run or doing any strength training. Stepping on the scale at the end of June was quite a shock. I’d gained five pounds since May. How had I gained five pounds since May? While I haven’t been writing down everything I’ve been eating, I had a…
  • A Super Fourth

    Christina
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    I love three-day weekends, even if they seem to go by as quickly as the standard two-day weekends. We didn’t have a lot planned for the weekend, which made it even more relaxing. Thursday night was Red, White & Boom in Columbus. I know it sounds a little odd to do the big fireworks display for the city on the day before Independence Day, but that’s how Columbus has always done it. The individual communities and suburbs then get to have their fireworks displays on the fourth, although it always feels a little anticlimactic after the big event the night before. We didn’t…
  • That Time We Visited Metropolis, Illinois for Superman

    Christina
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:32 pm
    It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Ever have those times when you have a lot going on, and your head is just full of things to say, but you have no ability to get it all out? That’s been most of June for me. The last two weeks have been so busy that whenever I found time to sit down and write, I didn’t have the mental energy to form coherent sentences. I started the month with a horrible sore throat and cough, spending almost two weeks very sick and miserable. Strangely, no one else in the family shared in this illness, which really puzzled me. How was my immune system the…
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  • Entrepreneur Barbie first-quarter action plan

    Suburban Kamikaze
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    With the release of the 2014 Career of the Year doll, Mattel has added a new entry to Barbie's resume (which has been reconfigured in a slightly smaller font and runs just under 4o pages.) Entrepreneur Barbie will be courting investors this summer in hot pink career wear and sensible shoes. Just kidding! She wouldn't be caught dead in sensible shoes. But she does have a smartphone, a tablet and a little black briefcase full of hopes and dreams. Also, we imagine, lipstick, Starbucks receipts and a hot pink action plan:          1. Capital Raise: Wow investors in hot pink…
  • Bird story

    Suburban Kamikaze
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    There is more to the story, of course. There is a very tall ladder involved, a climb to the second floor of the vacant house next door, some damage to a window, and possibly, an opening into the house through which other birds may now gain access, along with a squirrel or two. Maybe some rain. Probably nothing more troublesome than that. But I think it's fair to sum it up by saying two desperately trapped baby birds were rescued and a frantic mother bird can now go back to reading the Book Review on the back deck, or whatever the bird equivalent is of that. That is the take-away here. …
  • We hold these chairs to be self-evident

    Suburban Kamikaze
    4 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    from the archives: Mermaid in America, We the Family
 
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  • family tripping

    Daphne
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Here is a little slice on the dining out with the family.  We drag them here and there to show them the wonders of the world.  Do they care?  Do we?  Have we all lost our ability to be civilized … Continue reading → The post family tripping appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
  • stop me before I volunteer, again

    Daphne
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:27 pm
      I think I have a problem. I can’t stop volunteering. A few months ago I was elected head of my neighborhood association.  10 Saturdays out of the year I run the meetings, bring the refreshments and in general voice … Continue reading → The post stop me before I volunteer, again appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
  • sex dreams with people you don’t expect

    Daphne
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    There are so many public service announcements for stuff like earthquake preparedness or keeping kids off drugs, yeah, yeah, where is the one for the stuff that really relates to my life?  Well, here is one. The post sex dreams with people you don’t expect appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
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  • Whoorl’s Closet Flash Sale

    whoorl
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Holy moly, weeping packing is in full swing over here, so I put a few items for sale over at Whoorl’s Closet for the Official Sarah Is Hiring Professional Packers on To Help on Tuesday Fund, so take a gander if you’d like. I’ll keep the items for sale until tomorrow night (Monday the 28th) because I need to ship no later than Tuesday morning. If you would like to purchase something, email me at whoorl@gmail.com. Happy Sunday! Now, it’s back to the fetal position packing.  
  • I’ve Got Your Stress Reduction Right Here

    whoorl
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    8 days until moving day. HAHAHAAAOHMYGAHHHHHHH Do you know what I do a week before moving halfway across the country? I take a trip, peeps! I take a trip to San Jose to give a few talks on…wait for it…STRESS REDUCTION. Yes! That’s right! Let me talk to you about reducing stress in your life since I have absolutely none in mine right now. None. Zip. Zilch. In all seriousness, I’m going to be talking about all sorts of meditation and mindfulness techniques – from guided meditation to journaling to energy medicine techniques. All of which have kept me from losing my…
  • Been Told You’re Not An Invisalign Braces Candidate? Second Opinion Time!

    whoorl
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    I am a member of the Invisalign Advisory Board, and am receiving complimentary treatment. All opinions are fully my own.  Okay, I just need to talk to you guys about something for a second. You know I’ve been wearing Invisalign for 7 months now, I can’t express just how much I love it. For reals and seriously and all that good stuff. Can you tell that I’m wearing my aligners? Big smiles! (And my front teeth don’t look like they are playing leap frog anymore. Awww yeahhhhh.) The whole experience has been light years better than wearing traditional metal brackets, and…
 
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    Simply Being Mommy

  • What to Pack in Your Pool Bag

    Crystal Reagan
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    TweetI’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy for this #ExtraSavings at CVS campaign. Please join in the fun by posting to your own website, Facebook page or Twitter feed using the hashtag #ExtraSavings. While I am being sponsored to help lead this campaign, all opinions expressed about CVS/pharmacy are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers. We are in the middle of summer and my kids want to do nothing more than spend every waking moment in the pool. Ideally, I’d love to be able to sit by the pool…
  • 10 Books for Back to School

    Melanie
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    TweetParents are rejoicing because it’s almost time for their kids to go back to school.  But the kids may not be clicking their heels in anticipation. For some, the back to school season means a return to the daily grind. For others, going back to school can be scary. Some have worries about a new teacher, fear of getting picked on, or general uneasiness about the unknown. So I’ve gathered up 10 books that will help foster excitement for returning to school. 10 Books for Back to School First Grade Jitters by Robert Quackenbush Here is the story of a young boy who is about to…
  • Creating Piston Peak National Park

    Crystal Reagan
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    TweetWhen you think about the amount of research that goes into making an animated film, it’s no wonder that they take years to create. When I was in LA a few months back, I had the opportunity to speak with some of the folks involved in the research of Planes: Fire & Rescue and got a better understanding of the entire process. Piston Peak National Park is a fictional combination of Yosemite National Park and Yellowstone National Park and is the handy work of Toby Wilson, Art Director for Planes: Fire & Rescue. He was tasked with the heavy load of creating Piston Peak National…
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  • Another Blog: Eat At Mom’s dot Net

    lavagal
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:12 pm
    This is what you get when you Eat At Mom’s! It’s not like I have tons of time, but I figured over the summer I’d launch a cooking blog. It’s still under construction. Pretty soon I’ll be posting my food creations on the website Eat At Mom’s. So I’m toggling back and forth between this site and that site and I’m trying to save myself from making the same mistakes I made a few years when I launched lavagal.net. I also want to launch the site with a recipe sorter embedded, to enable easy searches by ingredient or subject. It’s not easy, but…
  • Hawaii’s first sexting case.

    lavagal
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:33 pm
    lavagal:My blog has been getting a few hits lately, including this entry. It may be a few years since I’ve written it, but I feel it is spot on. Protect children. Please. Originally posted on Lavagal: @postaday 211; #postaday2011. After vicious storms/ The sun breaks through, shining light/ Our hopes are renewed. A little news hit very close to home yesterday when we found out about Hawaii’s first sexting case. The allegedly guilty party lives in my ‘hood, was an educational aid at Kid1′s school, and is someone I might mutually follow on Twitter. I say might, because there is a…
  • And From Death We Get Alone Time

    lavagal
    9 Jun 2014 | 8:53 pm
    It’s been a week since Aunt Mary Lou died. It was early in the morning, in her home, as though she fell asleep for the last time. When I heard the news, I hustled to book a flight, a rental car and a hotel room. I was airborne Thursday afternoon and touched down in Philly by 1130 Friday morning. I visited my sister at her salon and then joined my mother and Uncle Ralph, a new widower, for dinner Friday evening. Saturday was the viewing, funeral mass, burial and celebration at Taylor’s Sports Restaurant and Bar on the Black Horse Pike. Aunt Mary Lou has 10 grandchildren, all in…
 
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    Sleepless Nights.

  • And now you are TWO!

    Veronica
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:11 pm
    My dandelion headed, willful, gorgeous, cheeky, amazing girl is TWO. We’ve come a long way in the last two years and to hear her sitting next to me right now with textas and paper, demanding I draw her flowers is just fantastic. She’s still recovering from the RSV and is more fatigued than normal, but she’s getting there. Happy Birthday Evelyn! We are so glad we have you.      Related StoriesIn summary: No one died.Health Insurance, occupational therapy and hello, but I’m exhaustedThis baby ate strawberries. You’ll never believe what…
  • In summary: No one died.

    Veronica
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Internet, I cannot tell you how nice it is to be home. I’ve spent the last three days in hospital with Evelyn after she caught RSV and gastro together, making her horribly unwell. Three days of IV fluids and a little oxygen and we were allowed to come home yesterday for a trial to see how she does. I am grateful to say she rocked the trial and we are still home and she’s feeling a little better back in her own routine. Not well enough to run around the house, but well enough to have opinions about putting on pants this morning. We were worried and we’re so glad she’s…
  • Disability, depression and the invalidation of my lived experience.

    Veronica
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    It’s been 18 months since I was diagnosed with postnatal depression, and twelve months since my brain was stable enough to come off my antidepressants and begin coping again. But the process of depression, like a lot of things, is not linear, and I find myself slipping back into old thought patterns quite easily these days. Worry over starting a business is part of it, of course – we’ve invested time and money into this venture and as the launch day sneaks closer (September 12!), my stress levels rise. But it’s more than that I think – a series of little things…
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    Crunchy Domestic Goddess

  • I am a runner, but I wasn’t always…

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:12 pm
    If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it.Priscilla Welch Loathing Running from an Early Age Over a year ago, when I was considering adding some form of exercise into my life, my well-intentioned friend Rebecca — a runner — suggested that I start running. I told her I’d only run “if someone was chasing me with a knife.” And I kind of meant it. I’d hated running since high school freshman gym class when — at the end of the semester — we had to run “the…
  • Computer Programming for Kids

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:33 pm
    I recently heard from a homeschooling friend about this site called Code, which encourages people of all ages to learn computer science by completing an “Hour of Code.” Learn the basic concepts of Computer Science with drag and drop programming. This is a game-like, self-directed tutorial starring video lectures by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies. Learn repeat-loops, conditionals, and basic algorithms. After a busy day of art and parkour classes, jumping on the trampoline, Minecraft, playing and more, my husband Jody and the kids sprawled out in the…
  • A Day In The Life: The Taste Test Challenge

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    29 Mar 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Hey friends! I decided to start a new series on my blog to give you an idea of some of the things the kids and I do in our unschooling/life learning journey. It’s called “A Day In The Life” and this will be the first installment. Yesterday Ava was watching YouTube (one of our favorite resources) videos from a group of girls who do different “challenges.” One of them was a “taste test” challenge, where one girl is blindfolded and the other gives her a variety of foods to eat and hopefully figure out what they are by taste alone. Ava asked me to set up…
 
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  • Salad Bar Etiquette 101

    Sarah Visbeek
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    It seemed that once-upon-a-time that "All You Can Eat" food and salad bars were en vogue.  I have fond childhood memories of the cafeteria lines at Ponderosa Steakhouse and the salad bar at Pizza Hut (Tuesday nights were Family Night--where I'm sure kids ate free--and it was a treat to get a pitcher of SODA); the massive highways packed with buffet restaurants in Ft. Lauderdale when we'd visit my
  • The Tooth Fairy: A Play in Five Acts

    Sarah Visbeek
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Act I Middle child loses a tooth to little fanfare because (a) neither parent even knew it was loose and (b) he just randomly walked into the bathroom and pulled it out. Act II Child puts tooth in a ziploc baggie and carries it up to bed with him, placing it carefully under a mound of pillows, anxious to see how much money he'll get in the morning.  Said child loooooves to save/
  • These Are a Few of My Favorite Things - Summer 2014

    Sarah Visbeek
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    (Because who doesn't love The Sound of Music?) Number 1 is this hand cream from Bath & Body Works.  It smells delish (like vanilla cupcake, but not too sicky sweet), goes on smooth, and lasts all day.  It's honestly the best lotion I have found in a long time!  (I use it on my arms and on the bottom of my feet too.) Smashbox blush.  Sephora is a dangerous place, I know that.  I go in there
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    Parenting Squad

  • 8 Great 80's Movies to Watch with Your Kids

    Alyssa Chirco
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Family movies today just aren't what they used to be. For those of us who are tired of watching silly animated films and mind-numbing sequels, the time has come to introduce our kids to the classic movies we grew up watching ourselves. Next time you're searching for a movie to enjoy as a family, skip Redbox and turn to one of these hits from the 80's.1. E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (PG)This 1982 classic is a must-see for every modern child. But it's also one that requires you to know your kids; while some will love it from start to finish, others may be slightly traumatized by the scene at the…
  • 10 Things to Do With Your Kids This Weekend

    Nancy Flanders
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There are only 7 Saturdays left until Labor Day. After that, the lazy weekends will end and your time will once again be consumed by sports, school events, and homework. What will you do with the rest of your summer? We've got plenty of ideas, even if your wallet is feeling light.1. PicnicYou don't need a fancy picnic basic or an excuse to take your lunch outside. Head to the local park with the kids and enjoy some free time on a blanket enjoying the breeze. And then head to the swings and slides for some fun.2. Fire StationCall your local fire department and ask about taking a free tour. You…
  • Join Us Today 7/24 on Twitter for Your Chance to Win

    Nancy Flanders
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    We're talking all about the Discipline! Join us at 2 p.m. EST today for a fun conversation, and you could win a $10 Amazon gift card. Just follow @parentingsquad and #pschat to participate!Do you think children today need more discipline?Who is stricter with your kids?Is one of your children more difficult than the others?And check out these posts on the subject:7 Rules for the 21st Century Parent8 Ways to Better Handle Disciplining Your ChildChannel: News & CommentaryTipsHome LifeSafetyChoresDisciplineTags: disciplinetime-outswhen time-outs don't workdifficult childPschat
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    Mom to the Screaming Masses

  • Parenting Will Never Be the Same After Blogging

    Carmen Staicer
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    H/T Polly Pagenheart, LesbianDad, BlogHer '14 conference This was a quote that I heard today, at the BlogHer conference, and that, combined with the questions I was asked in a video interview - yes, I was interviewed on camera, and it was super fun (because, hello, I talk all the time and have never met a stranger) - got me to thinking about something.  Why do people read my blog, I was asked. My answer? To make them feel better about their choices and how they aren't screwing up quite as terribly as I am - was my answer. And it was funny, and it was a good sound bite, but it was…
  • Invoking the Travel Karma of Goodness

    Carmen Staicer
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:18 pm
    I've never made a secret of the fact that I appear to have a dark cloud of bad travel karma hanging over me.  Whatever can happen, usually does. My flight is delayed. I get pulled for extra screening. My kid goes beserk over the thought of getting back on that plane. I have gun powder residue on my hands and get swabbed. My shoe breaks. I miss my connection. My luggage is lost. My ID is lost.  Oh, hey, yeah. I forgot to tell you about that. When I was traveling back home from the trip to see my dad, I realized - on the way to the airport, naturally, because that's EXACTLY how I…
  • Mastering Meatballs

    Carmen Staicer
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    One of my favorite parts of going to blogging conferences is getting to meet new people. If they have a really cool blog, even better.  When I went to Miami for the BlogHer Food conference, I had the pleasure of sitting next to Morgan at a dinner. She gave me her business card - actually, she gave me a choice of a few and I took three. I was really struck by how amazing her photography was. I saved the cards and made a mental note to visit her blog with the cute name of Peaches, Please.  Seriously. I love peaches, so yes, please. It helps that her pictures were just really inspiring. I…
 
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  • The Hunt For Summer

    SusieJ
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    This was the summer we were supposed to pick peaches from the peach tree we planted outside the kitchen window. Instead, a hungry dear chewed it down to the stub in the middle of a hard long winter. This summer has been elusive. There was not an endless stream of interruptions emanating from the refrain, “mom, get your camera,” as I step away from the kitchen sink, grab a towel to dry my hands so that I can grab my camera, to take a picture of the endless parade of turtles, fish and frogs that come across the deck. That parade wasn’t as endless as I had thought.  Looking…
  • Rosie

    SusieJ
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
  • Probiotic Red Soda Pop/Transforming the Sugar!!

    SusieJ
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Sugar is bad, but I  don’t want my kids drinking fake sugar!   But kids crave sweet drinks on a hot summer day and I can’t blame them.  The best solution is to use real sugar, and let it ferment and transform into probiotics.  All you need is a bit of sugar, ginger and water.  Here’s how to make a ginger bug. It’s a healthy thing to have on-hand to keep in your fridge to pull out whenever you want to make a treat.  Full of probiotics and healthy organisms. The berries you’re picking this summer(at the store or farm) can be used to make some amazing sodas,…
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    Rookie Moms

  • Star Wars birthday party ideas on a budget

    Heather Flett
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    What’s the difference between a third child and a first child? The first child has a “Star Wars fourth birthday party” and he’s never seen Star Wars. The third child can hum along the Clone Wars theme song before he can even speak. With a new Star Wars movie on the horizon and Clone Wars available on Netflix, our children will be battling with lightsabers into the foreseeable future. Since I’m both a big cheapskate and a big fan, I wanted to round up some of my favorite birthday party inspiration. Here’s my take on The Perfect Star Wars Birthday Party on…
  • Two kids in a room. Or not.

    Whitney Moss
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    We are at a conference for the rest of the weekend, so I am re-posting this one from a couple years ago. Heather and I both live in Berkeley where houses are small, and expensive nonetheless. Our neighboring city Oakland is pretty much the same.  If you’ve seen the show Parenthood, which is set here, well, let’s just say that the houses in which those characters live would be in the top 5% for spaciousness. The other day I went over to my friend Karin’s house for the first time since she’s been married and had two sons. When she opened the front door, the first thing…
  • Get kids to listen without yelling {FREE class}

    Heather Flett
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:34 am
    We are so happy to tell you that we have partnered with Amy McCready’s company Positive Parenting Solutions to bring a free webinar to you guys on the topic of getting kids to listen – without nagging or yelling. The format includes Amy presenting material and a live chat session where we can all ask questions in real time. We have taken a similar online parenting class with Amy in the past and both really enjoyed it. The last time, we were sitting in a web-enabled playspace — the day before I gave birth to Sawyer — watching Scarlett and Milo go crazy in a day-glo foam…
 
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  • Feeling Good

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Exercise has never been a priority for me. I’ve never played any sports, and I most certainly wouldn’t call myself active. Unless you call running after seven kiddos all day active. For a... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • Create your own Farmer’s Market for a #brightfuture with #ProjectSunlight

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Last month I told y’all about Unilver’s Project Sunlight and promised that I would share which of the Sunlight Summer Activities I chose. Timmy and I proud to present you with our very... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • Summer Nails with Sally Hansen Triple Shine

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:32 pm
    I love having pretty nails. So does Julia. In fact, we have quite the colorful rainbow collection of nail polish. We were both excited to try the new Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Color from... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
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  • Best Things to Do with NYC Kids: August Go List

    Stephanie Ogozalek
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    August is traditionally the month when native New Yorkers skip town. But if you're planning a NYC staycation like we are, you're in luck! There's plenty of must-experience summer fun throughout the month, and we've got the scoop on the absolute best things to do with kids in our August NYC Go List. This month brings many of our big annual favorites like Manhattan's car-free but activity-filled Summer Streets, the incredible Sand Sculpting Contest in Coney Island, Historic Richmond Town's old-fashioned County Fair on Staten Island and the colorful Hong Kong Dragon Boat…
  • Awesome New Brooklyn Ice Cream Parlor: Ample Hills Creamery in Gowanus

    Natalie Altieri
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    It seems like there's a new ice cream parlor opening up in New York City every week. But the new Ample Hills Creamery in Gowanus is not your average scoops spot. Owned and operated by a local Brooklyn family (who recently contributed this delicious and easy bananamon ice cream recipe to our WeeWork series), this is actually their second location. We raved about the cozy original in Prospect Heights when it opened in 2011 and it's still great—just constantly overrun with families and foodies. The new Ample Hills Creamery in Gowanus is much bigger. In fact, it's a two-story,…
  • This Week: Awesome Day Trip Ideas, Family Resort in Costa Rica, New Queens Play Space, NYC Weekend Fun

    Raven Snook
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Every year around this time, I start to feel like my daughter and I are the last New Yorkers left in the city. All of our friends are away at sleepaway camp or off on exotic vacations, like Mommy Poppins founder, Anna, who stayed at the fabulous Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica this week. Not that I'm complaining. While I can't say we have NYC to ourselves (I think I've given directions to tourists every single day this week), we are still enjoying all summer in the city has to offer, including museum exhibits (the pic above is from the Jeff Koons retrospective at the…
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    Workout Mommy

  • Put the ACE™ Brand Elastic Bandage on your “must-have” list

    workoutmommy
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:16 pm
    I’ve had a lot of people asking me how my knee is doing since surgery in May.  While it is better, the truth is it still hurts.  I know it will never be the same and that I need to just be thankful for all that I CAN do on it, but it still gets me down sometimes. I decided to give the new ACE™ Brand Elastic Bandage with ACE™ Brand Clip  a try during my running workouts and I am very happy with the results.   I know it cannot fix my knee, but  it helps alleviate a lot of the pain I was feeling while running. (which means I no longer have to pop the ibuprofen before heading out to…
  • Racing on the beach and monkey bars with my kids

    workoutmommy
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Last month, I went to the beach with my kids and some good friends.   The weather was awesome and we parked our chairs along the sand, ready to watch the kids play.   Instead of sitting down, I smiled at my friend Jamie and said , “hey! Let’s do a workout!” Since she is such a great friend, she agreed. We did a lot of lunges, squats, and even some burpees.  (which resulted in a wardrobe malfunction on my part. Oh well….) And then, we decided to do sprints.   After doing our first set,  the kids ditched their boogie boards and joined us. It was a fun moment that…
  • Finding time for fitness as a busy mom of 3 boys!

    workoutmommy
    6 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    It is time for another installment of “One Fit Mommy”! As I surf around the blogosphere, I come across fit moms (and dads too!) who inspire me to fitness. From there, I hunt them down and force them to tell me their secrets, which I then share with you! Today’s fit mommy is a fellow boy mom!   Robina Abramson is 36 years old and has three boys ages 9,7,5.    Robina is a  fitness and lifestyle expert in Toronto Ontario Canada and a personal trainer and entrepreneur owning Wholistic Body-Building & Wellness .  Please read on for more about Robina and how she is definitely…
 
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  • Blogger Bash NYC 2014

    Renee Ross
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Last week I had the opportunity to be a Blogger Bash NYC  Ambassador and I had an absolute blast!  This was the first year for the event and I was pleasantly surprised. The concept was based on the Sweet Suite where bloggers have the opportunity to connect with brands at a one day event. This year it expanded considerably and there were numerous opportunities to meet a plethora of brands, attend parties and enjoy scrumptious food.The event was held in New York  City at Space 5, an event facility. The transformation of the various rooms was so beautiful, I often felt like I was…
  • Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polish

    Renee Ross
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:52 am
    During the summer I really like to have both a pedicure and a manicure. I have the tendency to lean toward bold and bright colors because they match my personality! So it should come as no surprise that I was attracted to the range of 29 colors in the Sally Hansen Triple Shine nail polish collection that is available at Walmart. I was sent a few of colors and they are absolutely beautiful. The colors are available in three categories - iridescent, pop and glitter. Prior to having samples sent to me, I purchased Play Koi, an orange pop color which I love. The colors in this collection are fun…
  • Willy Wonka Peel-A-Pop

    Renee Ross
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:21 am
    This is a sponsored post.It is summertime and I have been busy, busy, busy! My son is taking his annual trip to “Camp Grandma” and I wanted to send him off with a bang so we had a party. Although we were a party of two, we had a grand time and he enjoyed the featured treat the Wonka Peel-a-Pop. This frozen confection brought a serious smile to his face. But before I go any further, I must tell you that one of my favorite movies ever is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. And to be clear, I am NOT talking about the Johnny Depp version(love him but I need Gene Wilder in my life)! If you…
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  • Shark Tank Tuesdays on CNBC + Giveaway

    27 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Creativity and entrepreneurship are truly amazing things. In its own way, so is reality TV. Combining these elements is a match made in heaven, as evidenced by the HUGE popularity of Shark Tank.  If you, like many folks, can't get enough of the show, you'll be happy to know that CNBC is airing back-to-back episodes of Shark Tank on Tuesday nights all summer long.  If that wasn't
  • RugRat Tents: Because Camping With Kids Should Be Fun

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Mike Cecot-Scherer has been designing tents for outdoor enthusiasts for almost thirty years. He thought he knew all of the industry's myriad challenges– weatherproofing, optimizing weight, durability, etc. Then he took his toddler hiking and realized that most tents just aren't made for kids. If you've ever been camping with kiddos, you know precisely what the big issues are. Space: there's
  • Big Hero 6 - New Trailer

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:14 pm
    I'm a little overexcited about this one. Lucky it's coming out just after my birthday this Fall! With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline
 
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    Product Reviews by The Experimental Mommy

  • Is Carnival’s Seuss at Sea Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast Worth It?

    Bridgette Duplantis
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:31 pm
    This post was written by the Experimental Mommy in partnership with Carnival Cruise Lines. While travel accommodations were complimentary, all opinions remain 100% mine. You saved up all year to take an epic family vacation with Carnival Cruise Lines. Suitcases packed with your cruise travel essentials, you board the ship ready for some much deserved rest and relaxation.  If your family is like mine, you head straight for the food and quickly become mesmerized by the seemingly endless options all included in your price of admission. But on your first full day at sea, your family wants to…
  • Have Rayovac, Will Travel

    Bridgette Duplantis
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    This Summer has been a whirlwind of activity for my family and I.  Between hosting iRetreat Blog Conference in Hershey, PA to visiting my sister-in-law in Canada and then sailing with Carnival to the Caribbean, we have hardly had time to catch our breath.  But with all of this traveling, I have learned a thing or two on how to effectively pack when hitting the road (or the air and sea) with kids. One of the items that I found to be invaluable during our adventures is not one you would automatically think to pack.  It’s not an item of clothing or a specific shoe.  It’s not bug…
  • Spice Up Summer Learning with Netflix

    Bridgette Duplantis
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:40 pm
    This post is written by the Experimental Mommy. As a member of the Netflix Stream Team a complimentary subscription is received. All opinions remain 100% mine. When the last school bell sounds, the last thing my kids want to think about is books, projects, tests and assignments.  But even though it is summertime,  it’s not time to stop learning.  For my kids, we just approach learning in a different way during these months. We were fortunate enough to take a few family vacations recently and honestly I think traveling and experiencing different people and cultures is an invaluable…
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    Manic Mommies® Media, Inc.

  • Podcast: Back on duty

    Kristin
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:58 pm
    After a two-week parental vacation (aka overnight camp), and a solo podcast with the family, the Manic Mommies are back together discussing summer camp, photo albums, cellphones, and how a month without his iTouch left one son feeling like he “disappeared.” We also give the US Postal Service a shout out for getting the mail home, despite some serious addressing dysfunction. Listen: iTunes | mp3
  • DIY Docking Station

    Kristin
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Here’s the thing about  a docking rule – insisting electronics are to be docked at a certain time requires you actually have a place for the children to dock the devices. (Are you following me on this one?) Last year my husband installed a few outlet/USB charger combinations in our kitchen, which are especially useful when we lose a charging cube (again!?!), but can’t accommodate the growing number of devices that may need charging. So, with that extra time I had while the kids were away, I came up with this solution which allows us to store up to 8 devices, moved the clutter…
  • Why we send our kids to overnight camp

    Kristin
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:11 pm
    12 Years Ago Today Today is our son’s 12th birthday – and for the third year in a row we won’t be seeing him on our special day. (Because today is the day he, and his parents, were born). Even though I know he will have an amazing day at camp, I’ll admit today is the day I miss my children the most, and realize again, that I may never see Anders on his birthday again. (Let’s face it, it’s hard to compete with hundreds of children wishing you happy birthday, particularly in the summer when I can’t get more than two to RSVP to his party next weekend). Each…
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    Hormone-Colored Days

  • Happy Independence Day

    4 Jul 2014 | 4:31 am
  • Moms Demand Gun Sense Action

    25 Jun 2014 | 7:14 am
    This post is not affiliated in any direct way with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. However, if you are concerned about the amount of gun violence in our society, school safety as it relates to gun violence, or the number of people walking around with weapons, concealed or otherwise, it's an excellent organization to join or at least follow on Facebook.  Last night I attended a village board meeting in Niles at which they planned to discuss a potential gun shop and gun range in an industrial area, an industrial area that also houses family-friendly attractions including one…
  • Join Me This Morning at the Farmer's Market!

    21 Jun 2014 | 5:23 am
    Join me this morning at the Morton Grove Farmer's Market for STEM fun with The Maker Mom and friends. Click for details--there will be giveaways!Next week is the big pie contest, so if you're a pie maker or pie eater, you'll want to come by. Last year I entered my first contest ever. It was fun. I made my first pie sometime in my late 30s and have only made a handful since.The market requires entrants to make two piece- one for the judges to view and taste and another that will be sliced up and sold to benefit the local food pantry. I planned to buy my whole pie to bring home for dessert, but…
 
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    Mile High Mamas

  • Family Travel: 11 Colorado Scenic Roadtrips

    Guest Blogger
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    Spending a long amount of time in the car for a road trip can sometimes be uneventful, but not a road trip through Colorado. The state is home to 25 Scenic and Historic Byways (11 of which are also America’s Byways) celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2014 along with other roads and passes that offer amazing views. Summer through fall is the perfect time of year to travel the byways, roads and passes of Colorado. Following is a sampling of Colorado’s scenic drives with the best views and activities provided courtesy of the Colorado Tourism Office.   Cache la Poudre – North…
  • Foodie Friday: Chocolate Chip Coconut Banana Bread Recipe

    Amber Johnson
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    I’ve had a longtime banana bread recipe that is a staple at our house. It’s a good, solid recipe. Nothing fancy but the bread turns out good 100% of the time. So, why rock the boat? Because I recently saw a recipe for banana bread with coconut in it, which is one of my great loves. So, after doubling and tweaking the recipe, we now have a NEW favorite banana bread. Just call me fickle but it is so, so worth it. Chocolate Chip Coconut Banana Bread 2014-05-09 13:42:51 Yields 2 Welcome to our new favorite banana bread recipe. The coconut definitely adds to the flavor. Write a review…
  • Confessions of a Former Mean Girl

    gretchen
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Her name was Jackie and we were cruel to her. She lived in a small, weather-worn house across the street from our school. She wore the same out-of-style clothes every day. They were stained and frayed. Her hair was never combed, and her homework was rarely done. For these crimes, a court of spoiled and selfish fifth-grade girls sentenced her to a year of hard time as the target of jokes, disdain, and teasing. I was on the jury. Decades later, I look back on those playground moments with a great deal of shame and embarrassment. I think the worst thing we did to Jackie was the plot to make her…
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  • The Lake

    Susan
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    Our neighbors have been forever inviting us up to their cabin in Wisconsin.  We were finally able to get there over the weekend. We dropped Maria in Madison to hang with her best friend, drove up to boy scout camp and grabbed Jack, then headed even further north. For three days, we swam, boated and fished.  And ate s’mores.
  • I Want to Ride My Bicycle!

    Susan
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Look what we got!
  • Birthday Wishes

    Susan
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Sorry, Maddog.  I had to do it:
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    Eden M. Kennedy

  • And if you go camping in drag it’s called Vamping

    Eden M. Kennedy
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Here is the joke I made up last night: Q: What’s it called when you get your period while you’re camping? A: Cramping! One thing that Jack loves above all things is camping, and one thing I fear above all others is camping, and so up until last week we have spent every moment of our lives as a couple not-camping. Jack would take Jackson up to camp in Big Sur every summer and try to patch the sad camping-hole in his soul while I’d stay at home and guard our stuff, reveling in clean linens and locked doors and the sterile, bug-free existence that modern civilization provides.
  • Thirteen

    Eden M. Kennedy
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Jackson turned thirteen years old this past weekend, which we spent at a kids’ basketball tournament at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Jackson is the newest kid on his team. Back in third grade, when all the other boys on the team were in the gym learning to dribble and shoot, Jackson was learning to rally and lob and serve until the day came when I tried to drop him off at the tennis courts and he sat in the back seat sobbing that he didn’t want to play tennis anymore. So after arguing and tugging on his leg for ten minutes and then realizing that I didn’t want to carry a…
  • Close to Home

    Eden M. Kennedy
    30 May 2014 | 5:08 pm
    I had an unexpected reaction to the shooting that happened a week ago out at UCSB. I spent all last weekend reading all the articles and opinions and tweets that ran past me, and none of it was good news, but the thing that finally got me was when I went to work Tuesday morning and heard that one of our patrons claimed that the shooter had been hanging around the library the last few weeks. “Didn’t you recognize his car? It was out in the lot all the time.” That was some chilling news. And of course, it was possible to imagine a black BMW parked just about anywhere if you…
 
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    Queen of Spain Blog

  • BlogHer 2014: San Jose

    Queen of Spain
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:28 pm
    It’s the first year for my daughter, a brand new blogger. It’s also a first for my Goddaughter, visiting for the summer. I’d say we started off our first BlogHer with the right attitudes, don’t you think?
  • The Beauty of Survival: Merck for Mothers, BlogHer, My Daughter & Me

    Queen of Spain
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    It’s funny how life works out, and I mean the word life in every way possible… in every breathing, heart-filled sense. About a decade ago I was bedridden and pregnant with my daughter. We weren’t sure she, or I, would make it through. She was my second baby. I also had complications with my son, who came two years before. Neither pregnancy was easy, and back then we didn’t know why. We know now many of my issues were caused by Lupus. Regardless, bed-rest was the best we could do. I would bemoan to my husband that despite advances in modern technology every time…
  • Now’s Normal

    Queen of Spain
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Caregiving isn’t easy. I watched my parents take in my Grandfather years ago. Things changed dramatically. I watched my Mom care for my father. Things changed dramatically. I watched my cousins and uncle care for my aunt. Things changed dramatically. I watch my husband care for me. Things continue to change dramatically. Chronic illness has many different side effects. But I swear the very worst may be what it does to everyone around the person who is chronically ill. It’s not just the sick person who’s life changes. It is everyone in their family. It is everyone they know.
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    Blonde Mom Blog

  • British Summer Looks From Joules

    Blonde Mom
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    Joules is a British fashion line known for their fun rain boots aka wellies but I was recently asked to review a few items from their Vacation Shop and I had a really difficult time choosing what to review. I thought to myself, “WWKW?” What would Kate wear? (OK just kidding…but really. What WOULD she wear from Joules?) Ultimately I chose the ultra soft ( and I mean it is ULTRA soft…I was pleasantly surprised at the luxurious feel of the material) pencil skirt in a gray stripe thick jersey material. I love it because it can be dressed up or down. You could easily wear…
  • Things I’m Love Thursday (With a Side of Awesomesauce)

    Blonde Mom
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    Disclosure: Amazon affiliate link used to support my Starbucks and shoes fund! Some products listed below were sent to me for review consideration. As always, all opinions expressed on my blog are mine. Happy almost Friday! I haven’t posted a Things I Love Thursday wrap up in a while and I have several great things to tell you about, including something that is totally awesomesauce (literally). Hide Away Pets – First off if you’re looking for a fun gift for a little girl or little boy you’ve got to check out the new Hide Away Pets. I’m still a sucker for cute…
  • Five-Minute Chocolate Fondue

    Blonde Mom
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am
    Welcome to my annual 15 Minutes to Fabulous series! Over the next few weeks I’ll feature some fantastic guest writers. Let’s face it, give a busy woman 15 minutes of uninterrupted time and she can conquer the world…or at least 15 minutes of it! Today’s guest blogger is Debbie Cunningham, a fabulous jazz singer from Franklin, Tennessee. Please follow Debbie on Twitter and Facebook. As an entertainer you’d think I would have “entertaining” down to an art form. I do …on stage in front of 1000 people! At home, however, I am always looking for…
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    Girl's Gone Child

  • what came first, the (baby) or the nest egg?

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    This week on Mom.me, I'm attempting to tackle the tricky subject of money as it pertains to families, specifically larger families and those looking to start families who don't, say, own a home... have established themselves professionally, etc. For those who have been reading since the beginning, you will know that there has been a pretty major evolution since 2005, when I started this blog. We have grown our family, our earnings and everything else since first becoming parents but for many, it is a prerequisite to get married, purchase a home, experience professional success, etc…
  • The Other Side

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    It takes us an hour and a half to get there and we spend the whole drive arguing. Because this lane is too slow and why did you go this way, Mom and THAT'S MY BOOK, FABLE."No, Archer. It's mine!"Separate.""It's mine!""SEPARATE!""No, mine!""I'm going to turn this car around if you guys don't cool it!" I say, but it's a lie. I'm not going to turn this car around even if traffic permitted. Even if someone offered up cash monies to do so. Even if fists started flying and cats started meowing and the all the records in the DJ booth stopped.This is happening.We are going to the motherfucking…
  • 209/100

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    My sister was in town for one day last week and it was awesome, especially because we got to have ourselves a sister date out on the town with one of my old + all-time faves, (Archer's too) The Polyphonic Spree. The last time I saw The Polyphonic Spree was in 2002 and my brain promptly exploded. It was like joining a tripped-out happy-dancey-dance cult for the night. I was hooked. Fast forward to last week, twelve years later and my sister is now friends with half the band because she is in a band with half the band in Dallas, where she lives. So not only were they awesome to watch, they were…
 
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    Surrender, Dorothy

  • Watching 'THIN'

    Rita Arens
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:37 pm
    I'm watching a documentary about eating disorder treatment called THIN. I think I understand better why so much in-patient treatment doesn't work. I don't see staff showing compassion. They refer to the patients as antidepressant junkies, even the suicidal ones. The parents seem clueless. I'm angry, watching this. I get 3-4 emails a week from people who have read my ED posts. I can't believe there is so little out there that is real. I want to wrap my arms around these women and girls (and sometimes boys). They are so scared of their own bodies. They should be more scared…
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    All Blog Posts

  • Sign now: Congress→ Raise the minimum wage

    Elyssa Koidin
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
    $15,080 per year. That’s what moms like Ethel from Maryland, and millions of women, are making working full-time earning the federal minimum wage. This hurts families. This hurts our economy. This hurts us all. *Tell Congress to Raise the Wage now: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/momsraisethewage/ A seldom-discussed fact is that women make three-quarters of purchasing decisions in our consumer-fueled economy, and when people don’t have funds to spend, then our whole economy suffers. It turns out that raising the federal minimum wage also raises our economy.  And, it’s time to do just…
  • Dear Sears and Walmart: About Your Breastfeeding Faux Pas, A New Pilot Project Could Save You (And Other Businesses) Millions

    Kimberly Seals Allers
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    We all watched with shaking heads this week as a Sears security employee posted screen shots of breastfeeding mothers that he captured from Sears security cameras.  The twitterverse unleashed its fury, citing the obvious concern about violating the privacy of these unsuspecting mothers and the obvious stupidity of an employee who should know better. The fact is, when to comes to breastfeeding in public, employees of many retailers often get their companies in big trouble, with let’s say, not-well-thought-out moves.  Last week, a woman who claimed she was treated rudely at a Walmart in…
  • Dear Sears and Walmart, About Your Breastfeeding Faux Pas, A New Pilot Project Could Save You (And Others) Millions

    Kimberly Seals Allers
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:43 pm
    We all watched with shaking heads this week as a Sears security employee posted screen shots of breastfeeding mothers that he captured from Sears security footage on Twitter.  The twitterverse unleashed its fury, citing the obvious concern about violating the privacy of these unsuspecting mothers and the obvious stupidity of an employee who should know better. The employee was fired.  The fact is, when to comes to breastfeeding in public, employees of many retailers often get their companies in big trouble, with let’s say, not-well-thought-out moves.  Last week, a nursing mother who…
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    This Full House

  • I expect they'll be fighting over who gets to change "my" diaper, too!

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    making parenting look like a piece of cake since, never mind when! A long time ago (i.e. about two kids in diapers, one in pull-ups and one losing her first tooth, ago) and way before I worked up enough nerve to go ahead and push "publish" on this old blog, a bunch of my mom friends and I would make a little extra diaper money by working with local marketing research companies and participate in consumer focus groups. We were sort of like bloggers, but without blogs. Yeah. That's right. Bloggers without blogs. You heard it here, first. Aaaaanyway, because...
  • Have you seen this scary man/woman?

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    20 Jun 2014 | 8:01 am
    this full house, forever ago It's been 2 years since we've had kids roaming the halls of the elementary school; wondering how they can get out of going to gym class (mostly the girls) or losing track of time on their way back from the bathroom (probably my son) and just where in the heck DID they put down their lunch bags (ALL of them) or coats (my son, again) seriously?!? Hint: claim cramps, it's on the kitchen table, and there's a bit of comfort that goes along with my believing there are warm and toasty kids out there, who...
  • Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    3 Jun 2014 | 8:30 am
    I am a big fan of Spotify and love listening to all sorts of music, especially at different times during the day, for example: Mornings: are for acoustic new-age-totally-zen-like-chill-the-frig-out-already-type of channels while working, but not before carefully screening out play lists featuring waterfalls or rain, because overactive bladder...YO!!! Afternoons: are made for badass-don't-EVEN-think-about-messing-with-me-womenz like P!nk and Halestorm's Lzzy Hyde (a.k.a. my husband's second and third wives and I'm totally okay wit-it!) while driving and/or running a bazillion errands,…
 
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    and baby makes 6!

  • What a surf training day looks like.

    Jody
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Our weekends consist of me getting up at 5am and loading the cooler with ice, drinks and fruit.  I load the boards in the car and at around 5:45 I wake up Mia and she does the sleep drunk walk … Continue reading →
  • Some shrimp on the barbie

    Jody
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is what our weekend will look like.  Yea, baby.  I love summertime food and cooking outside.  Also having drinks on the back porch with my favorite guy.  Selfie warning! Such a weirdo. That’s better. He bought a new audio … Continue reading →
  • Summer colors

    Jody
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • I want to be where the people are

    Marilyn
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    You know what’s happening right now?  Yep.  San Diego Comic Con.  SDCC, the Big Daddy of Cons, the Show, the End All, Be All.  I’m not there, again.  This year, its very hard not to be there.  Everything and I mean *everything* that I am excited about it is represented there this weekend. Actors, shows, movies… all the things.  I know its crowded.  I know its chaos. I still wish I was there, sampling the madness. But I’m doing the next best thing and stalking all the goodies online.  Which is fun but kinda nerve-wracking because its only the second day and…
  • Summer is so overrated

    Marilyn
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    Let’s just pretend I’m not the worst and laziest blogger ever, okay? So if you’ve been around here for any amount of time, you know that I don’t like summer much.  I’m not a fan of heat and having the kids home (and bored) is no picnic either.  I shouldn’t really complain too much tho.  The weather has been relatively mild this summer (SO FAR) (KNOCKS ON WOOD) and the boys just got back from spending a whole week with their grandparents leaving just Evie at home. Still.  I’m ready for Fall. Harry starts HIGH SCHOOL in August and I’m still…
  • In which my life has been consumed by television

    Marilyn
    29 Jan 2014 | 6:55 pm
    I’ve always been the sort to watch movies more than television.  I’d see people get passionate about a television show, and save for a few notable exceptions, I just didn’t get it.  I did get into “LOST” big time, that’s true.  But generally?  I’m not a TV person. Here’s the part where I eat my words. “Doctor Who” was just the start, turns out.  Actually, no, that’s not even true. Cuz for whatever reason I started with “Torchwood” which is completely the wrong way to do it.  But I had my reasons at the time,…
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    Through The Looking-Glass

  • Head Ref Mommy

    Annika
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    GL likes to make princess dolls. I prefer to make dolls of myself. © Annika Barranti & Through The Looking-Glass, 2014 | Permalink | No comments Feed enhanced by Better Feed from Ozh
  • Customer Service, or something like it.

    Annika
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    I took the children to a museum recently, and we shared a grilled cheese sandwich at the cafe. I found a bit of hair in the very last bite, and could see in the kitchen that everyone had short hair, but no head coverings. I brought the plate up to the counter and let them know, pointing out that bandannas would be helpful. (I think it’s against the law to have uncovered heads in a professional kitchen, but I’m not positive.) They didn’t seem at all interested in my feedback, but insisted on refunding me the price of the sandwich. Which was nice, and the right thing to do,…
  • Strawberry Shortcake with Brown Sugar Biscuits

    Annika
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    Every year I say I am going to have strawberry shortcake for my birthday, and every year something happens and I end up having something else. BUT NOT THIS YEAR. 36 is the year to get shit done. As long as said shit involves dessert. Brown Sugar Biscuits loosely adapted from Sipsey’s Biscuits, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe 2 cups all purpose flour 1/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces 1/4 cup plain yogurt, ideally the watery bits from separated…
 
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    Woulda Coulda Shoulda

  • *insert band geek gang symbol here*

    Mir
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    Some people love the Christmas season, others twirl around with glee in the early spring when the flowers begin to bloom. Me, I think mid-summer is the most wonderful time of the year. Everyone else is all “It’s so hot! It’s so rainy! I can’t believe school’s starting soon!” And then I’m over here on […]
  • Things I did this weekend

    Mir
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    Alternately, Stuff I did while avoiding doing actual work. Or even, I am super productive when I’m procrastinating. * Missed seeing a friend on her birthday because I am so disorganized. * Apologized to said friend and made plans for later this week. * Realized I hadn’t seen another friend in far too long; made […]
  • Yeah, we’re cheesy

    Mir
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    So the Very Good News is that Duncan is now two weeks out from his surgery and got his stitches out and his inflatable collar off and never have you seen a dog so happy. He loves everyone and everything, and this is even in light of the Not So Good News that wearing that […]
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    glamaLIFE...embrace LIFE. get LOVE. be GLAM.

  • Living Life to the Fullest in the Front Row

    heather@glamaLIFE.com (Heather Schuck)
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Life is full of choices, some big- some small. One of the more profound choices we can make is whether we choose to sit in the front row, or the third row. Rollercoaster analogies aside, it’s really a choice of living life to the fullest or self-imposing limitations to somehow “play it safe.” Personally, I choose to take the first row time and time again. Why? Because I love the wind in my hair. I love the thrill of daring the impossible and pushing  past my comfort zone. I love the sense of pride and accomplishment I feel when I surpass my own expectations. Am I just…
  • Simple Goodness: Why I’ve Given Into My Chocolate Cravings

    heather@glamaLIFE.com (Heather Schuck)
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:46 am
    Summer is here and I’m determined to enjoy the simple goodness of it. No over-scheduled family vacations, chaotic summer camp schedules, or stressing about all the work I’m missing as I take the kids to the pool for the fourth time this week. As I embrace my “simple goodness” mantra for the summer break, I’m realizing there is simple goodness all around us. We just need to slow down enough to notice it. Whether it’s enjoying morning coffee on the back porch, an evening walk around the lake, or finally having time to catch up on our reading as the kids play outside.
  • Guest Post: Why Mama Needs a Vacation

    heather@glamaLIFE.com (Heather Schuck)
    27 Jan 2014 | 12:33 pm
    It is funny how the word ‘vacation’ develops a whole new meaning the second a child comes along. While childless, my husband and I took amazing vacations of exploration such as hiking in the Colorado Rockies or exploring the Grand Canyon. Getting away from it all was exactly what we did and reconnecting with each other in peaceful beautiful surroundings was the result. Now, with kids in the mix, our vacation time doesn’t exactly match Webster’s definition, much less mine. As a Mom, vacationing with kids means all childcare related chores still need to be done. Hungry…
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    amalah . com

  • Gig, Landed

    amalah
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    I started a new job this week. On Monday, actually, but it took me until today to get over my fear of jinxing the whole thing enough to talk about it. I started to update my LinkedIn profile and promptly freaked out over my presumptuousness that I'd last more than a week.  I lost my "big" corporate contract job back in March and have been some degree of underemployed ever since. What was supposed to be a few weeks of a temporary budget hiccup turned into months of waiting to get called back in, then eventual (overdue) acceptance that I was going to have to start over…
  • Hair Today, Hair Tomorrow

    amalah
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Before:  And then: During, phase one, perfectly capturing how we all feel about what's happening here: During, phase two, contemplative acceptance: During, phase three, in which I followed him around with the scissors for hours trying to even out my handiwork and/or get a decent photo: After:  
 
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    The Domestic Diva

  • Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polish Swatches plus Review

    The Domestic Diva
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:54 pm
    (sponsored post) If my DIY nail polish rack is any indication that I’m a bit obsessed with nail polish, then I don’t know what is. I was hit with the diy nail art bug several years ago and have been looking for new nail polishes to try ever since. Walmart approached me about trying out the NEW! Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polishes as a part of the Walmart Moms and offered to send me some samples to try ... Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • Tell Your Life Story: How to make a Glass Memory Locket with Floating Charms (DIY Craft Tutorial)

    The Domestic Diva
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Do you remember when charm bracelets used to be a big thing? I love the idea of creating custom jewelry that tells your life story. I started seeing glass lockets pop up in my feeds on various social media sites and thought they were absolutely adorable. The only problem was that they were pretty pricey. The DIY voice inside my head kept telling me, there has to be a way that you can make something similar ... Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • Southern Style Creamed Corn Recipe

    The Domestic Diva
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:19 pm
    There is no better southern side dish than creamed corn. Ditch that canned stuff, you won’t believe how easy it is to make this side dish from scratch. Besides, we all know that homemade tastes so much better! Many nights when I’m not serving southern style sweet cornbread, I will serve this southern inspired creamed corn recipe instead. Gracing my southern table right next to a big tall glass of Southern Sweet Iced Tea, creamed corn is a ... 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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    FeedBlitz News

  • FeedBlitz: Rewind the Week – Robot Edition

    Eleanor Pierce
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    When I was a kid, I had a pretty clear vision of the future. And all of my ideas about what the future would hold came directly from television and movies. Perhaps I wasn’t a terribly imaginative child … but I digress. I figured we’d all have flying cars, a la the Jetsons, by the time I was grown. And I figured kids of the future would ride hover boards instead of boring old skateboards. TV and movies also gave me the impression that we’d all have a lot more robots in our lives. I, personally, was looking forward to fewer chores thanks to my own Rosie. While I haven’t heard much in…
  • Need a FeedBlitz API Key? Permission Granted

    Phil Hollows
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    FeedBlitz API key generation has now been made automatic; the prior manual approval process has been eliminated. Meaning: You can use our API keys in third party integrations without delay. Implication: More uses for FeedBlitz’s APIs are coming soon. Access: Log in to your FeedBlitz account, it’s under My Account | API Keys in the left sidebar. Restrictions: None beyond the requirement that you must be a premium FeedBlitz publisher. By the way: If your current API key appplication was still pending under the prior policies, simply cancel it and then generate a new key.
  • How LinkedIn Works for Your Brand

    Serhat Pala
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    By Serhat Pala Most of us begin our days by checking for messages on Twitter, Facebook or Snapchat. Then we end our days posting updates and catching up with friends and family on Facebook and the other social media networks. Over 54 percent of Americans use social media on a daily basis. Some users check their accounts more than 10 times per day, according to data from Deloitte. But social media is not just Facebook. While Facebook still rules the roost, social media comes in all shapes and sizes: From photo and video sharing sites to social bookmarking to instant messaging to social…
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    Working Moms Against Guilt

  • The Un-Domestic Goddess and Her Perfect Mate

    Verena Brown
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:59 pm
    While my husband and I were dating, I kept my apartment tidy and well decorated. I was keeping up a well put together facade. Then one day he opened the door to my hall closet, and his head barely missed the avalanche of items not so neatly stored away. Despite his discovery, he married me anyway. I’d like to say that since we both work, the household chores are divided fifty-fifty, but that is simply not true. He does all of the things that I’m too lazy to do, and he thinks of a million others that wouldn’t even occur to me. He even planted a vegetable garden. I don’t think I’ve…
  • Math, Fear, and Motherhood

    Kristi
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about fear. In the past, and even today, I let it hold me back. When I’m not sure I’ll be able to do something perfectly, or I fear things won’t work out the way I’d like, I avoid whatever that thing is. Most recently, I’ve been avoiding an exam I need to take in order to become certified in my field (in the state my family and I just moved to). The exam, a secondary mathematics exam, has nothing to do with my work as a school psychologist, but rules are rules, and I have to take it. Linear and nonlinear functions, exponents, equations (shudder)-…
  • Stop Playing the “Should” Game!

    GuestContributor
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    By Liz McGrory You should make more time for yourself. You should wake up at 5am to exercise. You should have a memory box for each child which includes every detail of their life starting with the hospital identification wrist band they wore as a new born. Sigh. We are not perfect. Why is it that we attempt to fulfill all the “shoulds” that the world throws at us? Byron Katie said it best in her book, Loving What Is: In reality, there is no such thing as a “should” or a “shouldn’t.” These are only thoughts that we impose onto reality. Where reality…
 
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    the Disney Driven Life

  • Disney Driven Week In Review 7-27-14

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
      It’s the Disney Driven Week In Review! We understand that life keeps you busy, so here is a list of what you may have missed! Have you been counted? Information on becoming a member of the DDL is below. Do you use Networked Blogs or Bloglovin’? We are a part of Networked Blogs & Bloglovin’! Get our posts delivered to your inbox daily or weekly! Sign up information below.   Oz the Great and Powerful – Family Movie Adventure Night - NDM Disney Donna Kay takes us to see the great & powerful Oz – before he was a wizard!   Disney Cruise Line Is…
  • Main Street, USA…Love At First Sight – Sharing Saturdays

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Shelley J., NDM 121, describes her journey from a small child who watched Disney on television to an adult going to Disney for the very first time. Her passion for the magic only grew stronger. Read how she transitioned from child to mom, DVC owner, NDM, and finally a CM. Next step? Hopefully, Florida resident. What makes you an NDP? Have a story to share? Have your own Disney Fan Site or Podcast you want to share with the community? Send it to ndm130 AT thedisneydrivenlife DOT com. We just might feature your story here on Sharing Saturdays. Hello all, my name is Shelley. My interest in…
  • Story Time Favorites With NDK 7-25-14

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    **Disclaimer – I received these books for review purposes from the Disney Book Group. All opinions are my own. Story time is always a favorite in this Neurotic Disney home. NDK (Neurotic Disney Kid) is old enough to read, but not too old to still be read to! Books are wonderful on so many levels. We keep them everywhere – even in the car! Disney Books are a great way to keep Disney at home. Disney Book Group was kind enough to send these books for NDK approval – be sure to look for the NDK Review after the description of each book! Hi everyone! NDK & I are so excited to…
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    Joy Unexpected

  • A Moment in a Marriage as Old as Dirt

    Y
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    He walked into the kitchen while I was finishing up the dishes. This Old Love by Lior came on. “This song reminds me of us.” I said as he walked past me. He had never heard the song. I walked over to him, wrapped my arms around his neck and looked up at him. I begin singing along while looking at his sweet face. “We’ll grow old together We’ll grow old together This old love will never This old love will never die” He smiled, buried his head into my neck. We stood there, slow dancing in the living room. I held him tighter as we swayed back and forth in time…
  • Choco’s Ride. Don’t Hate.

    Y
    13 Jun 2014 | 8:37 pm
    My husband decided to pimp out Gabby’s wagon so she could give her dog a ride in some shaded style. This was the result.
  • I’ve Still Got It!

    Y
    3 Jun 2014 | 8:13 pm
    I was in the kitchen roasting tomatoes and peppers to prepare fresh salsa for dinner. Gabriella and Tony were sitting at the kitchen table playing a game of Slap Jack. While I was roasting away, I heard the following Gabby: Come on Dad! Let’s go! Tony: Hold on. I want to look at your mama. She’s so pretty. Gabby: Okay, but please stop looking at her like she’s SUPER smokin’. *She turns to look at me* Gabby: Don’t get me wrong, Mommy. I think you’re pretty. But dad is looking at you like he’s about to drool! Twenty four years later and he still looks…
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • 9 Back to school party ideas

    Kami Bigler
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:38 pm
    by Kami Bigler posted in Life & Home I cannot believe that we are already talking about back to school. It seems like yesterday that I took some fun Back To School Pictures of my Kindergartener. Crazy how time flies. One fun thing to do before school starts is to throw a back to school... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Artist brings kids’ nightmares to life in scary photos

    Stacy-Ann Gooden
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:29 pm
    by Stacy-Ann Gooden posted in Mom Stories Some kids grow up playing sports, while others choose to focus on the arts. As a child, Photographer Arthur Tress would much rather put on a show using paper dolls and finger puppets than throw a ball around. His imagination continued into adulthood. Some of his most popular... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Evan Rachel Wood's son denied passport: "This can't be legal!"

    Sara McGinnis
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:13 pm
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Evan Rachel Wood is outraged her son is being denied a passport. As the date of her international travel plans creep ever closer, the actress is venting her frustrations on Twitter. Check out a pair of messages the 26-year-old mother of one recently posted: My child keeps getting denied... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
 
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    Stimeyland

  • Noise Dysregulation and Running Regulation

    Stimey
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:04 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
  • Mile Zero, Smile Eight Million

    Stimey
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:13 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
  • Time Keeps on Slippin’

    Stimey
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:34 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

  • Mom in the City II

    Kimberly
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:33 am
    Then (2004) It has been a while since I last posted on the site. That is because my website went down on the last day of school (June 26th) and I am just getting it back up two weeks later. Initially, I was super upset at my former web hosting company but then I realized that this was kind of my fault. I had known that I needed to switch hosts for years, but I didn’t want to be bothered. Moving thousands of emails and posts to a new server just seemed like too much of a hassle in my head. That ”ounce of prevention” quote was taunting me as I was being forced to switch hosts or lose all…
  • What to Order for Brunch at Norma’s NYC

    Kimberly
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:47 am
    Recently, a great friend wanted to celebrate our birthdays together over brunch in midtown. I suggested NORMA’S at Le Parker Meridien and it turned out to be a great pick. Since I had never been to Norma’s before, I arrived a bit early to look around and to see what the other diners were enjoying. Based on the website images, I thought that the customers would be dressed up. In reality, it was a pleasant mix – some people were in jeans while others were in business clothing. Everyone was equally welcomed and waited upon which was nice. While Norma’s is popular for its $1000…
  • Why I don’t let my kids go out in the sun without kids sunglasses

    Kimberly
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:33 am
    Michael loves his “no prescription/just UV protection” gift glasses from the event!“Don’t forget to take your sunglasses!” This is the phrase that my kids have been hearing me say practically every sunny day since I attended a LensCrafters Back to School Breakfast event. (Let’s just put aside the fact that NYC students don’t even get out of school until next week.) I learned so much about eye health at the event. I’m sharing the “Physical Education” part about eyewear for athletic and outdoor activities as well as protecting a…
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    Smiley Cat: Christian Watson's Web Design Blog

  • More Infographics

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    I haven't posted much about what I have been working on in some time, so I thought I would catch up with a few infographics I have created with my online designer, Ismael.They all cover topics related to crime as the website for which they were created sells video security products. It is always an interesting process developing an infographic — coming up with a theme, researching the data and then art directing the design through various iterations. Knowing the work that goes into creating each one, I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out. Click on an infographic to view the…
  • What Influences on Ecommerce Consumer Checkout Behavior? [Infographic]

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    This infographic from MarketingProfs offers an in-depth look into the most important factors that influence whether a customer will check out or abandon their cart when shopping online. Site Speed After waiting 3 seconds, 57% of online consumers will abandon a site. 80% of these consumers will never return. Ecommerce Design General Design: 92.6% of people said that visuals are the top influential factor affecting a purchase decision. Products are assessed within 90 seconds and a quick initial judgment is made whether to purchase or not. Product images and videos: Offering multiple product…
  • Online Shopping Cart Usability Tips

    28 Jun 2014 | 2:36 pm
    This article from the Nielsen Norman Group on supporting user decision making in the ecommerce shopping cart has four useful tips for helping shoppers get to the check out stage. Provide access to a full shopping cart Display product details along with a clear product image Link users to the product page from products in the cart Let users easily remove items, including setting quantity to zero This article ties in nicely with an earlier one, which covered 3 ecommerce design trends to follow and 3 to avoid. Design Trends to Follow Bigger product images Better product reviews Easy to use…
 
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    [Mis]Adventures of an Ad Girl in New York

  • Rockets and Roaches and Beaches

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:25 pm
    It occurred to me (aka several people said I had to) that perhaps I should write about the experience I just had as an American resident traveling in Israel this past week.  As background, note that this 10 day trip outside of the US would be the longest solo trip this single mom has taken since...well....momhood, and with visits to three countries planned in 10 days the idea was to get away and have a little adventure.I sure got it.The trip started inauspiciously enough.  After a lovely day spent in Amsterdam (shout out to the fabulous Mieke, who gave an entire free day to show a…
  • Mommy Nostalgia

    17 Jun 2014 | 8:28 pm
    We've talked before about how motherhood turns you into a sentimental sap, and never is that more true than at the end of a school year. One night, a week or two ago, we were talking to a friend wondering why we were such a mess and for the first time it hit us just how emotional we get every June.  While we've often talked about the annual nightmare that is September, we didn't realize that June came a close second until this year.  The end of year concerts, parties, notes to write, camps to plan for, and in the midst of it all.....the undeniable fact staring at you in the face…
  • Seriously, please stop feeding your kid's class

    5 Jun 2014 | 9:50 pm
    But...but...but we ALWAYS use M&Ms for this math unit! We simply must! And they're not the peanut ones! We've wanted to write this for a while and ironically haven't found the words.  Stop snickering, people, it's true.  Just because we make it look easy and fabulous to constantly get on our soapbox doesn't mean we don't get nerves too!It's hard to be *that* parent.  The buzzkill.  The one who stays at drop-off birthday parties.  The one who always has sleepovers at her place because it's too complicated to try and figure out what you'd feed our kid.
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    Mombian

  • Two-Mom Military Families Showcased by American Military Partner Association

    Dana
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    The American Military Partner Association (AMPA), the nation’s largest organization for partners, spouses, families, and allies of LGBT military and veterans, has showcased two two-mom families this week. I’m proud to say I know one of them. My family and I met the Valenzuelas several years ago. My spouse is a former Air Force officer, and our kids were about the same age, so we hit it off. They’ve moved away from us, as military families do, but we’ve kept in touch, and it’s great to see them honored here after so many years of having to hide their family. AMPA…
  • Looking Back from a Milestone

    Dana
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    (Originally published as my Mombian newspaper column.) My son finished elementary school last month, and while he seems to be approaching the idea of middle school with aplomb (or at least with an 11-year-old’s casual coolness), I’m having a bad case of nostalgia right now. We’re at a family milestone, but I remind myself that such milestones are only the most prominent markers along a path full of signs and wonders. Milestones are a good excuse to pause and reflect, however, so here are a few of the things I’ve learned up to this point on the journey. Parenting has taken me out…
  • Help Pastor and Lesbian Mom Cover Church with Pride Flags in Response to Theft

    Dana
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Photo credit: Ludovic Bertron The First Church Congregational in Rochester, New Hampshire, part of the United Church of Christ (UCC), has had two rainbow Pride flags stolen in the past week. In response, Pastor Eliza Buchakjian-Tweedy, who is raising two children with her spouse Marcey, is asking for people to send them rainbow flags so they can cover the church building and lawn with them. Pastor Eliza told me in an e-mail: Our church, First Church Congregational in Rochester NH, has been “Open and Affirming” (a designation of the United Church of Christ) since 2002. The…
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    Confessions of a Pioneer Woman | Ree Drummond

  • Photos for the Office

    Ree
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    As I’ve mentioned a couple of times over the past week or two, Marlboro Man and I have been poring through my old hard drives to find photos that we can print and hang in the new office (it’ll be ready next week!) We want to include a mix of family and livestock, scenery and fun, and I’m so glad we’ve spent the time pulling out some of our favorites. I won’t caption these; I just wanted to share a handful of the shots we’re printing. These are more recent; later today I’ll be working on some from several years ago when the kids were tiny. I’ll…
  • American Gothic

    Ree
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    Marlboro Man and I have just about finished combing through the 4,564,499,243,487,776 (give or take a dozen) photos in my various hard drives from the past eight years, and we’re whittling down the ones we want to print for the office. Naturally, we’ve had to flip through a lot of bad, out-of-focus, repetitive shots in order to find a few we really like, but fortunately, we’ve got a nice folder full of jewels.     I shared one of these back when I snapped it (in 2009, I believe.) There are so many things about it that make me cry, not the least of which is the fact…
  • The Engagement Party

    Ree
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    This is Haley. She’s from our small town and used to babysit my kids when she was in high school, then again when she came home from college every summer. Haley and her family have gone to church with us for years, and to say they’re important to us is the understatement of the day/week/month/year/decade/century/millennium. I’ve watched Haley grow up from a young girl with a beautiful heart to a grown woman…with an even more beautiful heart. I love her more’n my luggage. So when she became engaged some time ago, my sister-in-law Missy and I knew we wanted to host…
 
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  • 4 Questions That Can Get You a Free Breast Pump

    GoodyBlog
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    * Guest-edited by Amanda Cole, owner of Yummy Mummy  We’ve all heard the phrase “ask and you shall receive.” When you’re pregnant you’re going to be asking about (and receiving) tips on strollers, car seats, baby monitors and more. While you’re at it, ask the right questions and you could maybe receive a free breast pump. The Affordable Care Act requires most health insurance plans to cover women’s preventative services, including breast pumps, oftentimes with no cost to the mother. But coverage varies widely, not only from one insurance carrier to the…
  • Steal That Kid’s Style! Our Takes on Fave Pitti Bimbo Looks

    Sarah Lyon
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    High-end clothing and accessories aren’t just for the Carrie Bradshaws of the world. The designers showcased at children’s fashion fair Pitti Bimbo, a bi-yearly event in Florence, Italy, prove that garb for little ones can be just as chic. Unfortunately, some of the pieces can run pretty steep–especially when you consider how much your kiddo grows each year! Don’t worry, though–even if you’d rather save than splurge, your child doesn’t have to dress like a Plain Jane. Here, we’ve put together looks modeled after some of our favorite Pitti…
  • Shop Wendy Bellissimo’s New Maternity Line!

    Sarah Lyon
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Pregnant women, rejoice! Wendy Bellissimo does more than curate amazing nurseries–she’s also bringing her flair for design to Destination Maternity, with a clothing and accessories line that just launched this week. Wendy’s California-inspired, affordable pieces will be on sale at Destination Maternity and Motherhood Maternity stores, and online. Fall always feels more fun when flannel shirts, loose sweaters, and tribal prints are involved, and Wendy’s collection offers just those options! Check out these looks: Flannel doesn’t have to feel masculine. The lace…
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  • Epic Roadtrip Stop #4: Zion

    Design Mom
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Image and text by Gabrielle. Well now! We’ve done a bit of traveling since my last post. On Friday, we went to Zion. On Saturday we went to the Grand Canyon. And earlier today (Sunday), we went to Lake Powell. I’ll write about the Grand Canyon tomorrow, and I’ll write about Lake Powell on Tuesday. But today, I want to share a little report about Zion National Park. Since I grew up so near Zion, it’s the National Park I know best and I’ve visited most. I love getting to share it with my kids. Zion is the sort of place where you could spend a week or more, but…
  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Image and text by Gabrielle. Hello, Friends. How was your week? We are in the middle of our #epicroadtrip. Today, we are headed to Zion, and tomorrow the plan is the Grand Canyon. Very exciting. Also, very hot! From growing up in St. George, I learned that I can handle dry desert heat pretty well if I have an ice water in my hand. But if I don’t remember to bring an ice water, and we’re hiking or getting into a car that’s been sitting in the sun, I am a total crab. It’s like I turn grumpy and hopeless instantly. So you can imagine, I have a cooler full of icy bottles…
  • Epic Roadtrip Stop #3: St. George & Cousins Weeks

    Design Mom
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Image and text by Gabrielle. On Sunday afternoon, we dropped the kids off at Cousins Week, and we picked them up yesterday afternoon (Thursday, if you’re keeping track). What is Cousins Week? It’s an annual tradition, hosted by my sister, Sara and her husband, Steve. All cousins age 8 or older are invited. They go to Sara & Steve’s house in St. George, and have this sort of kid-paradise vacation. There’s a ton of swimming in the backyard pool (which is essential because St. George is crazy hot), the kids can stay up as late as they want, they can eat dessert for…
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  • My Divorcing Story

    Lydia Hernandez
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:26 am
    I’m divorcing. I’m now a single mama with 4 rascals. What the heck happened? Read on and find out… We were together for 19 years. Married for 12. And pretty chaotic nearly the whole time. I’ll admit that I was very much the drama queen when we dated, but tell me what love struck teenager isn’t? Once those vows were said and we got pregnant 3 months after, it changed me. Apparently it did not change him. On our 5 yr wedding anniversary I found out. I remember going to work excited…telling everyone that it was my anniversary. We weren’t going to any…
  • Boy Scouts Offer Tips to Keep Kids Busy During the Holidays

    Lydia Hernandez
    23 Dec 2012 | 12:53 am
    This post has been contributed by The Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America   The Boy Scout motto is “Be Prepared” and that adage can apply to holiday downtime for kids just as easily as outdoor preparedness.  Winter break is just around the corner and parents need to make plans to entertain their kids during the long school recess. “Keeping children entertained doesn’t necessarily mean watching a television set or playing video games for extended periods of time,” said Jeff Herrmann, executive scout for the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America (OCBSA).
  • The Boy Scouts: Mentoring a New Generation of Young Men

    Lydia Hernandez
    21 Jul 2012 | 12:10 am
    Something has been on my mind this summer. Something that had become so urgent that I just could not get out of my head. My eldest boy is now 9 and is that much closer to independence. So the questions on my mind are:  Are we doing enough to prepare our son for life’s challenges?  Though I try not to think about it too much, my little guy is growing into a man. A man that will be in a position of leadership in one sense or another in his lifetime. A leader in his family, his work place, his friends, his church, in an emergency situation…and a million other situations.  What kind of…
 
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  • The Deep Clean of 2014

    angella
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    Summer is usually pretty quiet around these parts, because summer. We spend a lot of time at the beach, and we take trips to see family down at the Coast and do fun things like go to the Vancouver Aquarium. This summer is even busier, because I’ve decided to completely purge and clean our house. I even created my own hashtag for it: #deepcleanof2014 (It rhymes!) Back in June, I walked into the craft room off of our bedroom and was smacked with how far it had fallen from when I first renovated it back in 2006. Then, everywhere I looked, I saw what needed to be done in every room of our…
  • Experiencing The Vancouver Aquarium

    angella
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Living in the Okanagan, I don’t get to be a part of the many blogger events that happen in larger centres. Vancouver blogger have events they attend, as do the Toronto bloggers, and I often feel like I’m missing out on a lot of the connections that are happening. (I have many, many personal connections daily, but bloggers are a different breed. Sometimes it’s nice to be a part of that circle not just online, but in the flesh.) This past February, I received an email about a big event at the Vancouver Aquarium that I was invited to. I wrote back explaining that I was in the…
  • Everything Is Awesome!

    angella
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Today was one of those days that if I were not an eternal optimist, I would have thrown a hissy fit instead of laughing at how everything kept going sideways. How was today ridiculous? Let me count the ways. -Matthew is taking Masters courses, and swamped with his course load, which means that I have been (mostly) solo parenting for many days. At the age my kids are, that’s not the end of the world, but just wait. -Nathan complained of an earache yesterday, we went to the Fill-In Doctor, and she diagnosed it as Swimmer’s Ear, with advice to use Polysporin ear drops. She gave me a…
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  • As of today, July 25, 2014

    bosssanders
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    I am thinking… Hubby took us all to the drive-in movies last week for our date night (we shared it with the kiddos).  It’s my week again, and I’m thinking… go-karts and laser tag.  Or, wine trail.  Decisions, decisions. I am thankful… 141.  For books.  I REALLY like books 142.  For friends who encourage. 143.  For friends who know me well enough to when I’m struggling and call me out on it. 144.  For ibuprofen. 145.  For the internet and the world of learning (FREE) that it opens up to us! 146.  Online shopping!  Our favorite diapers are from target, but…
  • As of today, July 14, 2014

    bosssanders
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:59 pm
    I am thinking… So, last post, I wrote that I was curious about what my hubby had planned for date night.  He definitely delivered. He created an AWESOME “getaway” with sheets and blankets and pillows.  He made an elaborate tent with candlelight (it was safe, I promise) and we had a movie night.  We needed an at-home FREE date, so this was PERFECT. For my turn, I had one of the kids deliver this to hubby: But then, in a duck and fire move, I accidentally hit him in the eye.  Almost blinding your husband puts a bit of a damper on the evening.  So, in an effort to be a little…
  • For Today, July 3, 2014

    bosssanders
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Say “Hello” to Super Little Red Princess No-Eyes! Outside my window… It’s a sun-shiney day! I am thinking… about date ideas! Last week, we did this: We headed to a studio to paint… We both chose “Parisian” themes…  and set to work… It was hubby’s first time EVER to paint.  He did a great job!  –And, we both had a lot of fun! Last night, we had an impromptu date night… created a new recipe that ended like this: It was… YUMMY!  No idea what I’m going to call it in my recipe journal… but, it’s…
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  • @barbling: Silicon Beach Restaurants – Business Insider http://buff.ly/1vdRrRC

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:28 pm
    This Just In! Silicon Beach Restaurants – Business Insider http://buff.ly/1vdRrRC Explore the Original Source (Ask yourself – how can you apply this update to your own business?) Hey there! Glad you could stop by… did you know you’re viewing only a portion of the free timely updates available? Join us at Our Authority Marketing Community to get the full range of goodness that’s waiting for you!
  • Good night! #coffee

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This Just In! Good night! #coffee Explore the Original Source (Ask yourself – how can you apply this update to your own business?) Hey there! Glad you could stop by… did you know you’re viewing only a portion of the free timely updates available? Join us at Our Authority Marketing Community to get the full range of goodness that’s waiting for you!
  • @barbling: The rising mobile addiction of 21st-century moms – Luxury Daily – Columns http://buff.ly/1iRZH0h

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:10 pm
    This Just In! The rising mobile addiction of 21st-century moms – Luxury Daily – Columns http://buff.ly/1iRZH0h 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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  • Getting Groovy in Victoria at the Hotel Zed

    Kerry Sauriol
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Ever since my grandfather moved to Sidney, we try to see him at least once or twice a year and turn it into a bit of a holiday for the kids. Sidney is gorgeous and the kids could plouter at the beach there for days. This time we (my mom and I) thought we would let them explore Victoria a bit more so we decided to stay to look at accommodation there instead of in Sidney.  And weren’t we lucky that the fun people behind the brand new Hotel Zed offered to set us up for the night. People who visit Victoria can forget that there is a lot more to see and do beyond the inner harbour. This is…
  • Where are the Villages?

    Kerry Sauriol
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    I really love this post from Bunmi Laditan I read this morning and I think my mom will too.   I don’t remember Carricknowe but I do remember Lenzie and that was a village really.  A village populated by stay at home moms who shared the duty of watching hoards of kids amongst themselves. I have been really lucky to be a stay at home mom for my kids.   A double income would have helped us for sure, but we chose to have me home and we rent but we rent in a family neighbourhood with a good school and it is really the perfect place for kids. When I see Vancouver becoming more and more…
  • Be Ready for Safe Fun Family Camping with St. John Ambulance BC & Yukon

    Kerry Sauriol
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    We are hoping to hit the road and spend a few days camping with the kids and one of the dogs.   Like St. John Ambulance, I rely heavily on packing lists.  Their lists are way better than mine. You’ve packed the tent. The ice box is stocked. The kids’ fishing rods and swimming trunks are in tow, and the family is all ready to go. But are you really prepared for what summer can throw your way? People often remember to pack extra marshmallows for their s’mores and ice for their beers and wine while forgetting to include basic health and safety items. This summer, St. John Ambulance is…
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    Cheaper Than Therapy

  • Double The Puzzles

    ali
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I don’t do puzzles just because I enjoy them, you know. No. I do them because I am a girl who comes from a long line of strong girls whose lives were cut too, too short by a stupid disease called Alzheimer’s and while I hope with all hope that they will find a cure before it makes its way to me, I do all of the things they say to do to help prevent this terribly ugly disease like keeping my mind sharp with puzzles and books and keeping my body active with regular exercise. (Now, I don’t actually know who they are, but it can’t hurt to listen to them, I’m…
  • Typical Toronto Tourist {And A Giveaway!} {Sponsored}

    ali
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    What’s on your travel bucket list? Come on, I know you have one.  Mine is filled with all sorts of interesting places to see and visit. Martha’s Vineyard. Israel (with the whole family). Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland. New Orleans. Scotland. Florence. Portland. Northern Ireland. Maldives. Prague. Portofino. Santorini. Krabi. Toronto. YES. Toronto. I moved to Toronto in the summer of 1997. So, if you are doing the math at home, well, that’s a long time. (What? It’s summer…I can’t really expect you do any kind of math) In that time I have managed to…
  • Not On Facebook

    ali
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    I’m having a tough, tough time with social media right now. As always, there are goods and bads to this ability to see things happen in real time. The newspaper that immediately gets thrown right into the recycle bin goes unread because I’m getting my news immediately from Twitter, from Facebook, from friends on skype, from texts. By the time I get around to reading the actual paper, it’s no longer, you know, news. News stories start popping up in the social space and then there’s the immediate scramble to make sure that the celebrity actually died, to make sure the…
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  • I Did Not Put This Book Down Until It Was Done.

    zoot
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    I picked up this book at 8pm the other night, got sick and couldn’t sleep, and finished it around midnight. IT WAS THAT GOOD. If I hadn’t been sick I might have put it down to sleep a bit, but I’m certain I would have not started my day the next day until it was done. Now, you have to have a tolerance for a kinda-angsty teen girl narrator, which I have no problem with. But! A guy friend found it irritating and I didn’t recommend this to my husband for that very reason. If it had been told from the point of view of a teen boy, (I’m thinking like in The Absolute…
  • Back On The Road Again

    zoot
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:35 am
    (Preface: This entry is SO LONG and SO RAMBLY. OH MY GOD. I AM SO SORRY.) I used to pray the rosary. A LOT. Like, it was my Go To thing when I needed anything: comfort, strength or ease of guilt – I would pray the rosary. It was my favorite Catholic ritual (that and the Stations of the Cross, loved going to that) and many Lents I made it my “promise” to say the rosary every day during the 40 days leading to Easter. I guess you could say that praying the rosary was my jam. The thing I would meditate the most on – while praying the rosary – was usually: How can I…
  • The Sadz Demand To Be Felt.

    zoot
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:44 am
    I’ve found myself a little sad these last couple days because I seem to be missing my Dad a little more than usual. I’m dealing with the sads by eating all of the vegan foods in all of the land. I’m going to be the first morbidly obese vegan in the history of the planet. So, I sat down to write yesterday morning like I always do and just couldn’t because I was all, “Wah. The Sads.” It’s funny because, to my logical brain it makes sense that some days I’m going to really be sad about missing my Dad. He’s gone! I loved him! That makes sense!
 
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  • Peonies

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    John HarvardBuckeye BelleGreen HaloNot having a garden depresses me. And since I moved in May when it was well over 90 degrees, I don't have a garden. And most of the flowers I want to plant in my new garden won't be available until the Fall. I'm jumping on the peony bandwagon and planting a few. I already have a Sarah Bernhardt and I think I will be adding Green Halo and Buckeye Belle or John Harvard from Pure Peonies. Of course they are currently sold out but hopefully I'll be able to get them this season.
  • Luke Miller Bassinet

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The only thing I can say when looking at the laminated sycamore shell bassinet by Luke Miller is ,"Wow." It truly is a piece of functional sculpture.
  • Calligraphy Birth Announcement

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    This calligraphy birth announcement by Callie Burnette is sophisticated and formal without being stuffy.
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    Blissfully Domestic

  • Tips to Help you Plan for Multigenerational Travel

    Tonya Prater
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    Many people will be planning for multigenerational travel this summer. While traveling with extended family has its perks, it can also produce a few stressors. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you begin to plan your getaway. Preparing for a Multigenerational Trip Plan a family meeting and discuss important things like where to go, what to do, who’s watching the kids, physical limitations and the biggie- MONEY. Discuss up front how much it will cost and who is paying for what. Money is a touchy subject and once you’ve had “the talk” everyone should be able to relax and enjoy…
  • 7 Back-to-School Teacher’s Gifts

    Melissa Hillier
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    We received a postcard in the mail yesterday informing us that middle school orientation is only weeks away. Like, three weeks. How did the summer go by so quickly? The countdown is on and back-to-school shopping and preparation is eminent. As with each school year, I enjoy sending my kids with gifts for the new teachers. I think it’s a way to tell the teacher on day one that you appreciate all that they will be doing for your children five days a week for the next nine months. Today I’ve gathered 7 Back-to-School Teacher’s Gift ideas that go beyond the traditional…
  • 7 Back-to-School Organization Ideas

    Melissa Hillier
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Each year after the 4th of July we begin to see back-to-school supplies hit the shelves and sales galore. There’s something about a box of crayons for a quarter that gets me to the store each week! {Surely, I’m not alone.} But, with back-to-school season arriving, the daunting task of keeping all of the important paperwork, homework and artwork organized. Not to mention the need for a family calendar so that everyone makes it to their extra-curricular activities on time. Today I’ve found 7 Back-to-School Organization Ideas that are sure to put you at the head of the class!
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  • Summer Fun

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    One of my clients gave us this pop-up backyard pool as a gift. We call it the "Big Blue Blob"It's really not that big, but that's ok. It holds enough water to cool off in! Unfortunately, it's going to leave a "Big Brown Blob" in the grass when I remove it. Good thing our grass (weeds) grows back fast :)
  • Summer Storm

    17 Jun 2014 | 10:12 am
    A few days ago, we had a doozy of a late afternoon thunderstorm and this large branch of my carrotwood tree, came down.After I trimmed away all the branches that I could, this was left.I'm considering leaving it like this for now. I think it looks kind of cool, like the tree is trying to get up and walk away!
  • Saturday Morning Squirrel Watching

    7 Jun 2014 | 12:29 pm
     InsideOutside :)Happy Saturday!
 
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  • A Rare Picture of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards at Primary School Together, 1951

    John VE
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:36 am
    A class photograph captures the world-changing moment Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met for the first time at Primary School in 1951. The pair met when they both enrolled at Wentworth Primary School, in Dartford, Kent, that year.A school photo showing Mick Jagger (circled left) and Keith Richards (circled right) when they attended Wentworth Primary School, in Dartford, Kent. Photo: SWNS.A school register shows entries for Mick Jagger and Keith Richards when the two future Rolling Stones attended Wentworth Primary. Photo: SWNS.(via Mail Online)
  • Amazing Black and White Photos of Hong Kong in 1945

    John VE
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    People conducting business along Queen's Road.Rickshaws and their drivers awaiting fares on Theatre Lane.Members of Royal Navy and Royal Marines shopping at an open air market on Queen's Road.Overhead of a busy street.Young girl carrying her baby brother on her back and begging for money.See more »
  • Amazing Pictures of Daily Life in Japan, 1946

    John VE
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:26 am
    The years after World War II saw Japan as a defeated nation and the Japanese people had to improvise in many aspects of daily life...Homeless people sleeping on floor at Ueno railroad station.Homeless people resting in sleeping quarters of poor house.Japanese woman awaiting weekly food ration.Japanese police officer directing traffic.War orphans looking through garbage cans for food.See more »
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  • Overscheduled Children, Overscheduled Adults, Crazed Lifestyle

    D. A. Wolf
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    Help! I’m overscheduled! (Sound familiar?) My kids! They’re overscheduled! (How about that one?) I’m losing my grip! I’m crazed! (Do we need a 12-step program?) We know the fine line we walk when we overschedule our children. But what about the impacts on parents? What about those who aren’t parents or those at empty nest who are still scheduled to the max and stuck in overwhelm? It’s hard to know which phrase had me going first. Perhaps it’s the title as it appears on the front of the section: “You’re either crazy busy or crazy…
  • En Bref

    D. A. Wolf
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    En bref – meaning ‘briefly’ in French – popped into mind this morning while reading an article on the benefits of brevity. Ironically, the French are rarely brief in their elaboration on any subject. In fact, ‘en bref’ signals (at last!) the approach of a final point. For me, that’s when I begin to pay attention. As I ponder my own run-on sentences, my jam-packed days that compromise my ability to get to the point, and my inevitable confusion – like yours? – courtesy of conflicting opinions and priorities – I’m happy to share a…
  • Confused About Confusion?

    D. A. Wolf
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Confused about relationships. Confused at work. Convinced that those with the gift of gab have more figured out than we do. What if they’re just as befuddled as the rest of us? What if confusion is wound into our everyday lives? Is it helpful if we can view it differently? What if we acknowledge that confusion is a natural response to too many inputs to process, too little time to sort them out, not to mention an abundance of conflicting data and opinions? We know it isn’t comfortable, it isn’t efficient, and it can leave us spent and dispirited. So how do we manage…
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  • Getting to Know You

    Jen Lee Reeves
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Nine years. This blog has lived and grown for nine years. It’s given me a chance to talk to many of you… But I haven’t had the chance to meet everyone in person. But the in-person part is super special. The last two weeks have given me a chance to meet even more Born Just Right readers… Some I did not realize made a connection to this site and others who have commented on this site for years but we just never met. Each and every one of these meetings have made me so proud of what this site is and the community we’ve built through the years. We’re learning…
  • The dog ate my fingers

    Jen Lee Reeves
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    It’s true. Our seven-month-old puppy, Bailey, ate Jordan’s “bouncy hand.” It was best used for some tumbling, volleyball and playing with some of the games on the Xbox Kinect. But now the rubbery hand is missing fingers. Ugh. So now Jordan can tell people the dog ate her fingers. And he really did. Now we need to discuss if she needs a replacement. She doesn’t use it all of the time. You can see by the dirt, it spend a lot of time at the bottom of her school backpack with her pencils. I certainly know that if she gets another one, she needs to remember to zip up…
  • Learning about the new Derek arm

    Jen Lee Reeves
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:30 am
    As I’ve written many times before, the 3D printing movement is amazing. The community of engineers, volunteers and visionaries are making really amazing things happen. I’ve watched the evolution of the e-NABLE group as it has raised awareness for open source prosthetic hand designs that anyone can build with specs and a 3D printer. So far, kids and adults across the country and beyond have benefited from the e-NABLE community. The group is matching 3D printer owners with families in need of a printed hand. They have taken that effort a step forward this week… And have…
 
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    The Art of Simple

  • Come out of your shell

    Nina
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    by NinaBeing a painfully shy introvert has its bonuses. You get a lot of reading done. Sometimes, your quiet contemplativeness makes people think you’re mysterious and sexy. You never run out of themes for pity parties. But that’s about it. I’ve struggled with being shy most of my life. And did I mention that social awkwardness was a by-product? I remember being at my husband’s holiday party and feeling super anxious. I said hi to people but stuck close to my husband, afraid to engage further, convinced they’d think I was boring. We left early because I was so…
  • Weekend links

    Tsh
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    How to tell someone’s age when all you know is her name :: FiveThirtyEight Study smarter, learn better: 8 tips from memory researchers :: Vox Busy NYC restaurant solves major mystery by reviewing old surveillance :: Craigslist (really) What I Instagrammed vs. what was really happening :: Bustle Many women are going with the gray, just like Helen, Jamie, & Meryl :: NY Daily News …and if you missed it, on the travel blog I shared my shorter-trip packing list (and four things to remember before filling your bag). “Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared…
  • More and better words for difficult kids

    Shaun
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    by ShaunWho is the most difficult person in your life?” My pastor asked us to just be quiet for a minute and think about that. Sadly, I didn’t need the whole minute. Do you know who I thought of instantly? One of my own kids. Awful. Ok. Ok. In my defense it is summer. And this kid of mine has “nothing left to do.” And when this kid has nothing left to do, this kid does stupid things…or, as my wife more diplomatically puts it, he doesn’t make the best choices. (I’m sticking with “stupid things”.) And then I do stupid things. I react too…
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    Motherscribe

  • When the Blogger hits the road...

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

    2 Apr 2014 | 10:06 pm
    JCK, do you know where your children are?! Yes, she does. JCK is full of glory. JCK is throwing all caution to the winds and letting her children watch a decadent hour of nonsensical cartoons. Now, in all fairness these cartoons are not nonsensical to JCK's children. But...then, children are children. Why are JCK's children planted in front of a large screen TV, eyes rolling around in their heads and brains on ...maintenance mode? Do, TELL JCK! Oh, what's that...a giggle and murmur from the duo? Hark! A conversation between them. This is the best they have gotten along in eons. Days. Hours.
  • I didn't imagine this as me...

    26 Feb 2014 | 9:21 pm
    I'm not sure how I arrived at this juncture in my work life. I find myself dining alone in my hotel reflecting upon a day of work, and how much my life has changed over the last 3 months. I am digesting more, much more, than my dinner. I didn't imagine this as me...I have entered the world of business travelers -not something I am familiar with. It is odd to dine alone after so many years of marriage and a decade of children. I wonder if I appear as furtive as the other two solo diners here, checking their cell phones, faces illuminated in blue light, assuaged by their electronic dinner…
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  • What I Want My Daughters To Know About My Wedding

    Kristen
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Dear Daughters, A few months ago you were both in a wedding and between that and all the popular TLC bridal shows on Netflix and the breathtaking wedding boards on Pinterest, it’s got you asking questions about my wedding. So, I want to tell you about it. First of all, it was ugly. No, really, it was. It was 1994, so that didn’t help. Neither did my temporary romantic love for the Victorian era. My accent colors were mauve and forest green. Yeah. They were interesting colors against the burnt orange pews of the church and twinkling Christmas trees on the stage. (It was a…
  • You Are Where You Are For a Reason

    Kristen
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:24 pm
    We sat on the lush green lawn next to the sprawling manor and let the sun warm us. July in Kenya is cold. The Mercy House babies toddled and giggled offering us flowers from the nearby bushes, while their teen moms finished lunch. It looked like just another Thursday in Africa. But it was more. It was miraculous. The wind whipped through the willow trees and blew petals from the flowering plants and it was as if nature itself bowed down at the holiness of what God had done. A houseful of transformed residents. Six new pregnant girls. New babies coming in the fall. Two beautiful homes paid for…
  • Parenting: Why It’s More Important to Be Wise Than Generous

    Kristen
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:51 pm
    “But, Mom, please…“ I knew what my answer had to be. But it wasn’t going to be easy. Sometimes right before I tell my kids no, that split second before the word comes out of my mouth, I am afraid. I am afraid to be strong. I am afraid I can’t follow through. I am afraid of what will happen when I say no. I think every parent knows this fear. Because it’s often easier to be generous than wise. Lately, it seems the harder we work at raising grateful, hard working kids that put others first, the harder the job gets. And when kids resist chores and grumble…
 
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    Scary Mommy

  • I Have All Boys And My Family Is Complete, Thank You Very Much

    Shell
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Image via ShutterstockI have three boys and, no, I’m not trying for a girl.It’s not because I wouldn’t  want a girl, it’s because I’m done having babies. Three kids in a span of less than 3.5 years was enough for us. And I’m so tired of people immediately asking us if we are trying for a girl the second they hear we have “just” boys, like my family couldn’t possibly be complete if I’m the only girl around.When my husband and I were talking about having babies, we never talked about the gender of our babies. We never said we wanted x # of boys and x # of…
  • The Dead Mothers Club

    Sarah Coglianese
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    I was in the grocery store last week when the latest issue of The Atlantic caught my eye. The cover promised a story called “Why are all the Cartoon Mothers Dead?” This is something I’ve often wondered about, but the article wasn’t quite what I was expecting — the thesis being that the reason moms die in movies is so that dads can step up and play the role of both parents, showing that moms aren’t really necessary anyway.The author made an interesting case, but it was in the comments section where I found something that rang more true to me. Moms die in movies, people were…
  • My Daughter Is Beautiful And I’ll Tell Her So If I Want To

    Sarah Harris
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    I hate to alarm you, but something terrible is happening. And it’s our own damn fault.We seem to have, collectively, decided that the definition of what it means to be a Girl must be rewritten. This is not the terrible thing. This is actually a good and important and necessary thing. Girls today will grow up having been exposed to images and language depicting their sisters and themselves as Brave. Strong. Smart. Independent. And it’s about time for that.The terrible thing that is happening is a bit of collateral damage, I’m afraid.Somewhere along the way of shaping this new “Like a…
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  • PROMPTuesday #235: The Songs

    debawriter
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:51 pm
    We’d been waiting for the new parish center for years. Father Duffy brought its construction up at every mass and the fundraising was epic, as were the sales pitches: the auditorium would double as a roller skating rink, the young adult groups would have a place to meet, offices would be expanded allowing St. Mary’s to be served well and ably, the school would have an indoor basketball court  AND bleachers. Plus, even more exciting for some people who were my parents, a new church space would be built, and our clergy would no longer have to conduct mass in a little old charming…
  • The Haircut

    debawriter
    16 Jun 2014 | 12:31 pm
    {This is free association writing. It was good and necessary for me to do, but if you’re looking for a point, I’m not sure it exists here. If I find it buried in these words somewhere one day, I’ll know why I wrote it.}   He enters the house with the usual fanfare, carrying buckets of chocolate and collected change for the girls, bottles of wine, and a scuffed leather duffel I remember from the 1980s. His shoulders are flecked with flakes, a sight I’ve grown up seeing, and his hair is bright white and unevenly growing in haphazard layers left to their own devices…
  • Grocery Outlet Giveaway (GOG)

    debawriter
    16 Jun 2014 | 6:44 am
      You know how you rave to your friends about something again and again and they largely ignore you and then try it for themselves one day and it’s like they’ve discovered it themselves?   That’s so annoying.   For instance, you might say, “Hey! The burgers over at Burger Dee-lite are delightful! You need to try one!” and your friends will act as if you said zero words and are not talking. And then you’ll repeat yourself over the course of 68 weeks because everyone should have a Burger Dee-lite they’re so delicious but no one listens to…
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  • A birthday of bagpipe farts

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    For my birthday, my husband and I planned to go out for a fancy, romantic, degustation dinner. In fact, I was so organised that I booked the restaurant about 6 weeks earlier. It was at a restaurant that I have been dying to visit… and finally I had an excuse to spend hundreds of dollars on a meal there! So on the day of my birthday, my family made me breakfast: Bacon, eggs, mushrooms and spinach. It was just how I liked it. So much love right there. In the afternoon, I went out to lunch with my parents. We shared a huge bowl of delicious nachos. I had my usual soy flat white. After…
  • Cinnamon Sugar Waffles

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    The other day I had some left over waffle batter in the fridge. I don’t know how was that even possible, because we LOVE eating waffles. Anyway, the batter was all thick and gluggy, so I added a bit of water to it and then it became a bit too watery. I cooked it up in my waffle maker anyway. They didn’t rise very well, but OH MY the results tasted a bit like crispy, crunchy pancakes with that soft, spongy moistness. They were incredible to eat. I ate like 4 (!!), which is more than I’ve ever eaten in one sitting. My waffle batter recipe has no added sugar to it, but that’s kind of…
  • What I Wore: Girl’s Night Outs

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This year I promised myself that I was going to go out and see more of my girlfriends. I know it sounds like such a simple and unambitious resolution to make (it’s something I should be doing anyway!) but hey, it’s July and half the year is gone already! If I don’t keep myself organised and mindful of these things, they usually just slip away and before I know it, the end of the year approaches far too soon. So when I go out with my girlfriends… we don’t go clubbing. We don’t go dancing. We don’t go to bars to listen to live music. In fact, we try very hard…
 
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    A Natural Living Blog

  • Back To School MUST-HAVES from Dollar General

    Kimberly Grabinski
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    This post brought to you by Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine. It’s funny to me how excited…The post Back To School MUST-HAVES from Dollar General appeared first on A Natural Living Blog.
  • And so it begins – Kenpo runs in the family!

    Kimberly Grabinski
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    My kids had their first Kenpo Karate lesson last week, and I can’t even begin to explain how proud…The post And so it begins – Kenpo runs in the family! appeared first on A Natural Living Blog.
  • Pokémon is coming to Six Flags!

    Kimberly Grabinski
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:15 pm
    My kids have asked me quite a few times this summer to go to Six Flags. We are just under…The post Pokémon is coming to Six Flags! appeared first on A Natural Living Blog.
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    Motherhood Metamorphosis

  • Getting Fit With FitBit Flex

    Deanna Dahlsad
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
    I got a FitBit, the FitBit Flex, for my birthday. You've probably read a lot about the FitBit, including some news stories and comedic commentary which might make you concerned about whether or not the FitBit actually works. I thought I'd share my experiences with it. I first learned of the FitBit after my brother-in-law had a heart scare and my sister got him one to track his healthy habits. I
  • Is It Still Cold Where You Are? Get An Envi Heater Panel

    Deanna Dahlsad
    19 Mar 2014 | 5:03 am
    We live in a 100 year old house and the landlord isn't exactly into upkeep and insulating; as a result, we have to do a lot of draft protection installations and work with small space heaters running while we are awake. To make matters worse, the room hubby and I sleep in is in the basement. Technically, it's what you'd call a "finished basement", but the heating ducts apparently do not know that
  • Get Those Babies Ready For Spring!

    Deanna Dahlsad
    18 Mar 2014 | 3:15 pm
    I don't blog much about babies; it's been years since I've had any, and my advice all seems old hat. But when I spot a product line that I wish was around back in the day I was lugging babies & toting toddlers, I have to mention it. Cozy Cover is a Minnesota company offering some great new items that make taking baby out and about easier and safer. First, there are nifty (and cozy) covers that
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  • A Day Without Faith By: Lori Loesch

    Lori Loesch
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    My daughter Faith Ana, had the opportunity to spend the entire day with her best friend, at an amusement park.  These girls have been together since pre school.  They seem to know what the other is feeling.  They truly care about each other.   The awesome, super parents spent eleven, or more hours, traveling, waiting in line, riding, swimming, searching for “that” game, playing, and a whole lot more!  Word is, that the girls got alone marvelously, with no arguing.   It was an opportunity for me, as well.  Not for the reason you might think.  I missed my daughter, Faith.
  • Parenthood + Fibromyalgia + Diet = A GREAT BIG MESSY CHALLENGE! by Jean Marie Keenan-Johnston

    jean
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:50 pm
    As I sit here typing away, I have in front of me the second of two pieces from the family-size chocolate chip cookie that we ordered from Papa John’s tonight.  I’ve been dreadfully sick all day, a combination of fibromyalgia flare, migraine, and whatever virus I have going on that’s making my chest painfully tight and my throat swollen, so I’ve been confined to the couch all day in and out of consciousness.  It’s been a rough, painful, exhausting day where I’ve been more asleep than awake, and after a tough day on his own with the kids, Hubby decided we…
  • FEAR: It Stops Me In My Path By Lori Loesch

    Lori Loesch
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
                                                                                                     FEAR   Fear is an emotion, an unpleasant one, caused by the belief that someone/thing, is dangerous.  Fear causes pain and a change in the brain and organs.   That is a powerful description.  Fear can stop me in my path of getting things accomplished.  Fear has kept me from who I truly am.   I was always afraid.  Afraid of, mostly making a mistake, and the fear of not pleasing those that be.  It has taken me all these years to LEARN,…
 
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    The Motherhood

  • Wordless Wednesday: Meet The Motherhood’s Pets!

    The Motherhood
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Atticus, Cooper’s dogZuckuss & Dak, Kayla’s dogsLuka, Kate’s cat Yuri, Kate’s catPiper, Emily’s dog Bauer, Brittnee’s dog Scrabble, Erin’s cat Maggie, Sarah’s dog The post Wordless Wednesday: Meet The Motherhood’s Pets! appeared first on The Motherhood.
  • Brands + Moms: What Works? New Research from The Motherhood

    The Motherhood
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    The Motherhood and the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence and the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business have been working together to research and analyze what works and what doesn’t work for brands looking to reach, engage and activate moms online. You can find our preliminary research results here. We are excited to share with you our most recent findings in the below infographic!    For more information or to learn about all The Motherhood Inc. offers, email Cooper Munroe Cooper@themotherhood.com. The post Brands + Moms:…
  • The Motherhood supports the ONE Campaign Girls and Women Initiative

    Emily
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    The ONE Campaign launched the new ONE Campaign Girls and Women Initiative this week and we are thrilled to be on their advisory board. To help kick things off, I posted to the ONE blog about Malala Day and how my family is celebrating this weekend.  If you could take a moment to head on over and share the post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc., I would be so grateful! Here is the Malala Fund’s great new video, #StrongerThan: Thank you!     The post The Motherhood supports the ONE Campaign Girls and Women Initiative appeared first on The Motherhood.
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    Housewife Hellraiser

  • Map of Denver-Area Farmer’s Markets

    Laura
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Are you a fan of farmer’s markets? We love them! Fresh produce, yummy food samples, beautiful crafts and flowers, and best of all…sweet doggies everywhere! What is it about a farmer’s market that makes people decide to bring their dogs along? I have no idea, but I love friendly pups, so I’m all for it! I also can’t seem to come home without freshly baked bread and authentic tamales, along with a paper bag or two of kettle corn. Here’s a picture of Mr. Hellraiser and three of our kiddos at the Parker Farmer’s Market earlier this summer. I’m not…
  • Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches – Cookbook Review & Giveaway!

    Laura
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    What goes better with summertime weather than ice cream sandwiches? Unfortunately, it can be hard to find safe and healthy treats for kids who have food allergies, or kids who follow a special diet. I recently got my hands on this brand new cookbook, Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches, which features 60 recipes for delicious dairy-free ice creams and cookies, and I was excited to review it – especially for my fellow autism mamas, since so many of our kiddos are gluten and/or dairy-free. I’ll admit to being a little sketchy on the notion of vegan ice cream, but after flipping through the…
  • Colorado-California Road Trip, Day One!

    Laura
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    Here is a photo essay of our family’s road trip from Denver to LA last month! Traveling with two sets of twins is no picnic, but it’s much easier when the inlaws travel with us! Paul’s folks followed us the whole way in their vehicle, with two of the kids along for the ride. The first day of the trip is the longest. We try to get most of our traveling done in day one – it just seems to make it easier on the kids. On day one, they’re still excited! Although the pictures look gray, we didn’t see much rain. We were, however, leaving behind crazy weather…
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  • How To Choose The Best Baby Carrier?

    30 Jun 2014 | 3:26 am
    Are you in search of the ideal baby carrier? Well, it is quite understandable how desperate you are to carry your baby in any place you go. The good thing is that there is a great deal of baby carriers in the market currently. A lot of companies are making baby carriers to ensure that parents are in a better position to move around with their babies without any form of inconvenience. The problem is that the quest of choosing the best baby carrier can prove really challenging. While the great number of baby carrier brands in the market can be considered an advantage, confusion in selecting the…
  • Myths about Rear Facing Convertible Car Seat

    12 Feb 2014 | 1:04 am
    We might often wonder why babies up to a certain age are advised to sit in a rearward position or why it is recommended by American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), to let all children up to the age of two, face rearward while traveling in a vehicle. In the past few years, there has been a trend where toddlers up to an age of four years are made to sit in a rear facing position in their car seats due to the fact which came into light lately. As per the laws of physics, during a front collision of the vehicle, all the energy of destroying force is distributed evenly across the front seat…
  • How To Keep Baby Safe At Home

    4 Feb 2014 | 4:10 am
    Life seems to be so beautiful and innocent when you have a baby at your home. At the same time, it is your responsibility to take care about his safety at home. The world for your baby is your home where he can find various places to explore as babies are curious about everything which comes in their way. The baby being inquisitive tries to play with everything and this is the time where the role of parents comes into picture. The safety of the baby is in the hands of his parents as there is no substitute to surveillance. Childproofing or baby proofing can be done in various ways and in…
 
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  • frogging and the fight.

    Casey
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Cody attempted to distract me several weeks ago with a camping trip. A few things we had going for us: 2006. Aww. - We were both raised on camping, nothing about it intimidates us and it’s one of the things we miss most about living in Utah. - We own all appropriate camping gear because we were raised in Utah and camping gear is just something you own when you’re from Utah. - The weather around here as been simply lovely. Polar vortex in Winter = Want to Die. Polar Vortex in Summer = Hey! My skin isn’t melting off! However, we had a few things working against us as well: -…
  • update, vices and diseases.

    Casey
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Everyone has a vice for dealing with feelings. Booze, shopping, eating, drugs, sex, sleeping — or more beneficial ones like gardening, reading or working out. Mine has been sleeping for a long time — that is until last week when I began the switch to a new medication and sleep has become almost impossible. I’ve never wanted to be one of those people who takes a handful of pills each day. I want to take the absolute minimum and go on with my life. Lately it’s been half of my old medication plus half of my new medication plus birth control (because if my birth weren’t…
  • my favorite summer job.

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    20 Jul 2014 | 7:20 pm
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    Lit and Laundry

  • UFO Monday: The Farmer's Wife Quilt

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    I am the queen of UFOs (unfinished objects).  It's so much more fun to start new projects than to finish old ones.  Lucky for me, there is a group on facebook that's working on the Farmer's Wife quilt so I'm picking that project up again.These are a few of my recent blocks. Since I started this project, I feel like I'm seeing hot pink everywhere.  Maybe my wild color choice wont look so wild after all.I originally planned to only do 50 of the blocks, but now that I have a group of other women to help keep me going, I might make more.  I certainly have enough pink fabric to…
  • Mini Hexie quilt

    7 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
     I finished my little hexagon quilt that I made from the charm squares I collected during the local shop hop.  The bright batiks make me smile.  Now I feel like I need another hexie project, this one was so fun.  I admire the quilters who make huge quilts this way - so much work!This one makes me think of summer.  I nearly fell over when I walked in the craft store yesterday and saw all the Fall displays already!  I don't want to think about Fall for a long time.  I'm planning another trip to Disneyland next week.  The kids are all in summer school…
  • Animal Advent #4: Duncan Dog!

    26 Jun 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Here is the latest in the series of animal advent characters.  It's not too late to join in on this stitchalong!  You can find the free patterns over at Brooks Books.I'm still not sure what I'm going to do with these.  Might make them into individual ornaments or might put them together as some sort of advent calendar.  Luckily I have about two years to figure it out.Linking up today with the Smalls stitchalong at Stitching Lotus.
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    Twinfatuation

  • Camp Correspondence, Part Deux

    Cheryl Lage
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    In a post earlier this week, we mentioned only one of our twosome elected to take the recommended correspondence supplies to sleepaway camp. Truth told, I was pleased to see yet again the varied personality traits our kids exhibit; one twin wanted to be prepared should the mail muse strike, the other twin harbored no delusion, knew too much fun would preclude the desire to write home.  Not to underestimate our pen and paper prepared twin, I fully expected to find the Ziploc with envelopes and stamps crumpled amongst the dirty clothes on arrival home.  Until this…
  • At Table, At Two

    Cheryl Lage
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Dateline: July 2004 Twins' Age: 2Little hands maneuvering little plastic spoons. Strategically, stereotypically colored sippy cups. Sesame Street placemats. Golden Books-themed bibs. Waffles with peanut butter and sprinkles.Peeking back at our pair so long ago warms my heart this mid-week.Play along with Way Back When-esday...looking back with love since 2007!Dive into those digital files and share a photo find on your blog. On Facebook. Via Twitter. On Instagram...whatever your social media venue(s) of choice. Be sure to include the hashtags #WBW and #Twinfatuation in order to share in…
  • Correspondence from the Campers....

    Cheryl Lage
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    Discovered in our room....before they could have even arrived at camp.Love their appreciative spirits....and wishing them a wonderful week.Missing them already-----
 
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  • A Journalist Guide for the Best Training Program

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

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Moving network usa specializes in long distance moves, whether commercial or residential, they can help see that your belongings arrive safely and on time to the desired destination. With years of experience in the business, moving network usa has built an extensive network of moving tools and skills. moving network usa reviews will attest to the promise that these professionals will work hard to see that your property arrives safely and on time. Even if your new destination isn’t prepared to receive the property, the moving network usa reviews confirm that these moving specialists will…
  • Do You Need Income Protection?

    admin
    27 Jun 2014 | 4:10 am
    You will need income protection insurance (IPI) in case you have an accident or an extended period of sickness that won’t allow you work. The concept is simple, wherein you pay insurance premiums for a set period. In return, if your health does not permit you to work during this period, the insurance replaces your lost income with monthly tax-free payouts. This kind of income protection is distinct from employer-paid group health insurance or disability insurance. These payouts will kick in no matter what kind of health-related problem you have. But note that a waiting period will have…
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • Walmart Donates $15M to Fight Childhood Hunger, and You can help!

    Monica Brady
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Summer time can be a very busy time for a lot of people. Just because school is out, doesn’t mean that work is out for a lot of parents, or that sports stop… but that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on quality family time. Eating family meals together is very important for several reasons. Research shows that when families eat dinner together, they are more likely to eat more vegetables and fruits — and fewer fried foods, soda, and foods with trans fats  Besides promoting better nutrition, you also get to have some good conversation, and really show your…
  • DIY – Independence Day Door Wreath

    Monica Brady
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I know, I’ve been making a lot of wreaths lately, but I can’t help it!! They’re so pretty! I have loved making wreaths for different holidays, and I knew exactly how I wanted my Independence Day wreath to look. The nice thing is that this wreath will work for anytime, not just Independence Day! It’s very easy to make, and looks awesome on the door. Here’s what you need: 18″ Grapevine Wreath 12″x18″ US Flag Red, White & Blue artificial flowers Glue Gun & Glue Sticks How you make it: 1. Trim all of the stems from the flowers. I leave about…
  • Michael’s Passport to Imagination Program

    Monica Brady
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Summer is here, and goodness knows, I need to find things to keep my girls busy! They get bored very easily, and one thing I do not want, is for them to sit in front of the TV, or on their tablets all day during the Summer. Sure, I’ve signed them up for a couple of week long Summer Day Camps, but, those can get quite expensive. Michael’s Stores have a really neat program for kids ages 5 and up, called the Passport to Imagination. From June 16 to Aug. 1, Michaels stores nationwide will host Passport to Imagination classes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
 
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    Kaiser Mommy

  • The Importance of Knowing Vocabulary Definitions

    Dawn
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    A few of us got in a heated discussion that stemmed from this article 17 Lies We Need to Stop Teaching Girls About Sex. I say stemmed from, because the antagonist in this discussion/argument/soap box stroke out, may or may not have actually read the article prior to stating her opinions, however it did serve as the catalyst for this conversation. I’m going to put the snippets most relevant to what I want to say here for you to read Antagonist: You don’t want sex then stop opening your legs. K: Oh dear dear dear dear! “You don’t want sex then stop opening your…
  • #stitchfixfriday 17 Jul 14 ( Stitch Fix 5 )

    Dawn
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    I am back! To celebrate, let’s go into the sun! Oh dear, I do declare I may have planted too many sunflowers. THML Kahlo Racer Back Striped Maxi Dress Psh. Too many sunflowers, no such thing! THML Kahlo Racer Back Striped Maxi Dress I planted EXACTLY the right amount of sunflowers! THML Kahlo Racer Back Striped Maxi Dress As far as my eyes can see, they are everywhere! THML Kahlo Racer Back Striped Maxi Dress Look at me and my JOY! THML Kahlo Racer Back Striped Maxi Dress We got artsy with the pictures and the flowers. THML Kahlo Racer Back Striped Maxi Dress I did my best to walk…
  • Anxiety

    Dawn
    7 Jan 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Anxiety is the churning in my stomach that is connected to the tightening in my throat that is connected to the shallow shortness of my breathing that is connected to my whirling thoughts that are rooted in every fear I’ve ever known and failure I’ve ever feared and every imagined monster under every bed in the world of irrational thoughts that whirl through my head and my throat and my stomach and make me want to scream out but my throat is far too tight.   (Because Alyse needed help with homework interviews, and given what is to come in the next, oh, sixteen hours, this was…
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  • 3 Day Refresh: A Review

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

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

    erincarrasco
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:32 pm
    What is the 3 day refresh meal plan schedule? I want to give you all the details on the 3-Day Refresh, but before I go int o the schedule, make sure you check out the Three Day Refresh Meal Plan. In here I break down exactly what you can expect to eat for three days […] [Visit Real Tech Mom to read the rest of the story!]
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    Politics to Parenting and Everything in Between

  • Heartbreaking:25lb 7yro boy nearly starved, beaten by family in PA

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

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

    Patty Garza
    15 Jun 2014 | 3:20 pm
    In Honor of My Dad and all the Father's this Father's Day, may God continue to bless you and your families. For those whose father's have passed, like mine, may your memories be cherished by you and your loved ones and never forgotten.I wrote this for my dad and read this during the eulogy at his funeral this past October:May 1993 My UA GraduationMy Dad, My Hero! RIP Dad 7/13/22-10/11/13At 12:30 am October 11, 2013 my dad left this world on his final journey, to Heaven.It was a cool, fall day when we last saw him…. the skies were cloudy&dark…but that dark cloud has been lifted…
 
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  • Summary

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

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

    19 Jul 2013 | 7:55 am
    I asked Arun to draw a picture of his dream vacation.  Apparently, Disney World can suck it because my kid wants to go to India with his daddy to catch cobras and pit vipers.I have not said much regarding the Trayvon Martin case yet because frankly, I was too damned busy listening (per Kelly Wickham's request).  I've also been pondering Te-Nehisi Coates' observations.  I have been following Slate's coverage (and felt my heart sink when the uncomfortable prediction was offered that we would see an acquittal of Zimmerman.)  And then, I click on more links. Which lead me to…
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  • Soap Nuts - Shout from the house top - I LOVE SOAP NUTS

    Katherine
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:36 pm
    As i continue on my no-poo journey, I am making some headway - Ha get it!? head-way... anywho, I digress.  I wasn't yet crazy with how my hair "felt" after the rosemary/borax wash combo.  And I will probably still do a rinse with the rosemary 'tea' but I won't have that as my first choice of wash anymore with the Borax.   But i will know if I need to switch to something - it's a possibility.So after I wasn't crazy with the results, I continued to read and read and search about no-poo and low-poo methods online.  I found tons of stuff and testimonials and alternative…
  • No-poo continues....

    Katherine
    6 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    Okay we are about a month in with this NO-POO thing!  For the last few weeks I have been removing sulfates and commercially common shampoos from the regimen and in-turn almost having to remove the use of "cones" found in most of the products and processes applied to my hair.The cones did their job but they also would continue to build up and require sulfates to remove them.  So I am trying to eliminate them, for the most part, also from my regimen."Cones" are in everything from the conditioners I used to the leave-in detanglers, to the heat protectant serums. EVERYTHING that I loved…
  • The Natural Hair Care Journey Continues

    Katherine
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Well my "no-poo" strategy is not yet perfected, but I am continuing with the natural method of cleansing my hair sulfate free and even - "cones" free for styling and conditioning.The "cones" free part seems to be the hardest for me because I don't like the fact I can't "wet comb" my hair like I used to when I was over-using all my products with dimethicones in them.So as I have worked through and past my "waxy" stage (using the club soda recommendation, noted here) I have been concentrating my research on natural substitutes for my long-time love for silicones that closed my hair cuticle and…
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  • 下品の品格

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

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

    hatakedekonkatu0131
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:32 pm
    僕の地元では近親者はお通夜と告別式の両方に参列し、近親者以外はお通夜に参列するのが慣例ですが、最近はどちらかに参列すれば義理を果たしたことになると考えるのが一般的になってきています。 僕は近親者なのでお通夜、告別式と参列し火葬場も行ってきました。 バスが郊外の新しい火葬場に到着し新しい火葬場の建物を見ると、火葬場のシンボルである煙突がありません。…
 
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  • Blogger Bash Social Suite 2014 #EAEvents

    Mamanista
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:03 pm
    This last week, as a part of my job at Element Associates, I coordinated the Blogger Bash Social Suite from 4-6 PM last Friday afternoon where hundreds of bloggers poured through and experienced a number of fun sponsors including the ones you see pictured and listed below. The bloggers attending were the first to see the new Miii jewelry collection by Joseph Nogucci. Miii bracelets are crafted from semiprecious stone beads and gleaming rhodium-plated magnets  designed to bring all of your bracelets together in a perfect arm stack. Like individual charms on a bracelet, each Miii…
  • eBook Review: Coffee Filters to Cheese Graters: Creative Ways to Use Just About Everything

    Debbie
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    * I received a copy of this eBook to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* During the summer, I read a TON more than I do during the rest of the year. Afternoons spent by the pool and trips to the beach are practically MADE for relaxing with a book (or e-reader) in hand. I was given the opportunity to get a sneak preview of a new e-book that’s coming out on July 14 that anyone could learn more than a few tricks from. Are you tired of wasting your money on the latest kitchen tools and cleaning products? I mean, they come out with something new every week it feels like,…
  • As Seen on TV: Wubble Bubble Ball Review

    Debbie
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    *I was sent product in order to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* I’ll confess that I’m a sucker for “As Seen on TV” products. My house is full of kitchen gadgets, cleaning products and appliances I saw on TV. Very few of those products really live up to their hype, so I try to resist purchasing more things I’ll rarely use. My kids have inherited my love of all things “Seen on TV,” especially if there’s a catchy jingle involved. Recently, my six year old has been asking for a Wubble Ball, which “looks like a…
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  • The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla #Giveaway

    Michelle M
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla sounds like a campy fiction novel. It is, however, the 12th book by Lauren Willig in the Pink Carnation series (with the next to be the last as it finally tells the story of the actual Pink Carnation). While the book doesn’t take itself too seriously, it is a highly entertaining read that moves along quickly. It follows parallel paths, with Eloise doing research on early 19th century spy rings led by women for her PhD dissertation and her romance with Colin, the brooding Englishman she is dating across the Atlantic who has the archives Eloise used for…
  • Around the Blogosphere – Add YOUR Giveaway Link #Giveaways

    Anna
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome to our weekly roundup here at 5 Minutes Around the Blogosphere. You can come back all week and add your own posts or giveaways to the Linky List below. Be sure to check back often, as new links will be added daily. You don’t want to miss out on something fun. Find #Giveaways and Add YOUR #Giveaway Link in Around the Blogosphere at #5MinutesForMom Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule What’s been going on at 5 Minutes for Mom? Tip #2 for a Summer Mom-Cation Moment #MomCation How Qualified is Your Babysitter? Wordless Wednesday – Harrison Hot Springs Ask the Domestic…
  • Our Family Trip to Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa

    Susan
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:41 am
    Susan here to share a taste of my recent trip with my girls to Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa. Last weekend we reviewed the resort in order to blog about it here at 5 Minutes for Mom. We were given a night stay, dinner and breakfast and a boat ride on the lake to facilitate our review. I’ve lived my entire life in British Columbia, yet I’d never visited Harrison Hot Springs. Now I can’t wait to go back! Thankfully it’s only a short drive from Vancouver and the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa – while being a luxurious resort – is surprisingly…
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    An Island Life

  • What’s new at General Mills?

    Kailani
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Gluten-Free!!! I have friends with children on a gluten-free diet and they all tell me the same thing . . . it’s so hard to find food items that their kids want to eat. Well, General Mills Big G products will be hitting the shelves this month with a variety of gluten-free cereals just in time for the back-to-school rush. Gluten-free Chex Oatmeal: plain, apple cinnamon, maple brown sugar and a variety pack. In addition, there’s a new Cheerios Protein and SpongeBob SquarePants Fruity Splash which contain whole grain as the first ingredient and contain no high fructose corn syrup.
  • Days of Summer . . . Ala Moana Beach Park

    Kailani
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:29 pm
  • Rich’s Nut-Free Frosted Sugar Cookies

    Kailani
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:17 pm
    If there’s one thing I can’t resist its cookies. I love all kinds of cookies . . . crunchy, soft, chewy, frosted, etc. So when I received the opportunity to try Rich’s Nut-Free Frosted Sugar Cookies I just couldn’t say no. One of the things that really intriqued me about these cookies were that they’re nut-free. With 3 girls attending 3 different schools, there are all kinds of rules about what kind of foods they can and cannot take to school with them. However, the constant is always nut-free products. I was really surprised to learn that nut allergy in kids are…
 
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    Burgh Baby

  • Mexican Chopped Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

    burghbaby
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:37 pm
    I can't grow delphinium to save my life. Seriously. I plant them every year, and every year they die. I guess it's just not meant to be. Lettuce, on the other hand, is apparently meant to be EVERYWHERE. I planted lettuce from seed last year in one little 4' x 4' raised bed. It did really well. Too well, even, because the darn stuff dropped seeds all over the place. This year I'm completely overrun in lettuce, and I didn't plant any. That has led to Alexis often making herself a salad for lunch after a walk through the yard. It's all sorts of quaint and adorable how she puts together different…
  • 100

    burghbaby
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:42 pm
    I don't know how it happened, but some how, some way, we've now done 100 sidewalk chalk portraits. That's 100 adventures imagined by a little girl who is not nearly as little as she was when we started these in 2011. A lot has changed in the time since these started. Life has evolved, real adventures have been chased, and a tiny little dream has come true. With that dream come true, a new generation of Chalk Adventures has come to life. Alexis says she has lots of ideas for adventures that she wants to tackle in the future, so our work isn't done just yet. We shall see what Mila thinks of the…
  • Eight Weeks

    burghbaby
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
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    Happy Home

  • How to Keep Your Mattress in Great Shape

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Buy a $3,000 suit, and you’re not going to wad it up in the corner of your room after you’re done wearing it. Buy a $30,000 car, and you’re not going to take it to the demolition derby. When we spend substantial sums of money on important items in our lives, we try to take care of them as best we can, and get the longest life from them as possible. Why is it then, that despite the cost and impact mattresses have on our lives, we rarely take any extra time to get the most out of them? These tips can help you extend the life of your mattress and maximize your investment. Keep…
  • Tips for decorating the house to the beach

    Jonathan
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:42 am
    The beach house is the perfect retreat for a relaxing holiday and smoothly. But to be a perfect day to relax you have to place the house so that help you relax and comfortably spend the hot summer days. Check out these tips for decorating your beach house summer holidays and enjoy! Find a style that is fresh bright and inviting to rest. Do you know what colors would go so just right for a decoration? The entire range of white blue and beige as they are fresh and bright colors which will make the rooms look bigger and keep away from feeling overwhelmed at home. Furniture Placement Another…
  • Colors to decorate the bedroom

    Jonathan
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:23 am
    The bedroom is the typical rest area home. So when you have to decorate it, thing to do is do it by means of colors that harmonize the entire stay. Light colors express harmony and tranquility, just what you require to rest. In here will show a number of the colors that you can use to decorate your room. At this time takes a lot bedroom Mediterranean method. There’s nothing like thinking you’re by the sea to relax and rest quietly. As you know, in this style of decoration blue colors predominate, giving special importance to aqua. The blues will always be well by means of white,…
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    Cowgirl Yoga

  • Hands, horses, malas & mats

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    I know that I've waxed poetic many times before about how otherworldly beautiful Montana is, how inspiring the connection we create between women, horses and yoga is, and how adept our Montana Yoga Photographer is at capturing all of the above. Ready for more? I haven't been on here the last few weeks, as I've been waiting for the right words to adequately describe our first B-LUXE Cowgirl Yoga at the stunning B Bar Ranch. Right after that, I departed for a week in Glacier National Park, where I fell breathlessly in love with a gorgeously wild wilderness. It's been a lot to digest. I may…
  • Yellowstone Wonderland

    5 Jul 2014 | 3:56 pm
    This is our National Park summer. We just got back from 5 days in Yellowstone, and are headed to Glacier next week. It makes me happy to live so close to these treasures. Wonderland is never the same thing twice. And it will be tough to top this round's wildlife show - we saw wolves in three different places in the Lamar Valley. I couldn't stop telling the others how this bordered on unbelievable, particularly for non wolf watchers (who spend countless hours watching and waiting by their scopes). Add to that mountain goats, osprey nests, bighorn sheep, pronghorns, bison, elk, bald eagles,…
  • Horse Breath

    25 Jun 2014 | 11:09 am
    The other night I had the good fortune to participate in a two hour groundwork clinic with my horse, Java. What, no riding? That's what I used to say. It's taken me years to understand that how we interact with a horse on the ground has a lot to do with how we ride. And that we can improve our riding without being on horseback. Everyone wants to get right on. It's sort of like heading straight into eka pada galavasana without any prep work (see here for more on that topic).When I first got Java a year and a half ago, all I wanted to do was ride him. He is a Tennessee Walking Horse, which…
 
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    Cool Zebras

  • Now She is Twelve

    Heather
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:55 pm
     My beautiful first baby turned 12 on Monday. She's now 5 foot 8 inches...if I am generous with myself I am 5 foot 9...so I'm thinking she's going to be taller than I am. She outgrew the outfit I have taken photos of her in at every birthday so that tradition is, sadly, finished for her. The tree we've taken photos by for the last 12 years is not looking well. It was a very hard winter. Perhaps it will come back. Perhaps it will be another tradition that will pass us by. This first baby of mine is so fun to get to know. This last year has brought maturity to her, and we've gotten to…
  • Random Thoughts Possibly #58 My Counting Sucks

    Heather
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    My kids are now almost 12 years, almost 10 years and just-turned 6 years.Miss M, my oldest, is pretty awesome. I can make her laugh these giant laughs even when she is trying to be a big grumpy butt. She also has a fabulous sense of humor and makes me laugh quite often with her intelligent wit. K Man, despite being almost 10, remains an affectionate boy. I had worried that he would quit giving me loves by now and I am thankful he doesn't show signs of stopping.Ms. D is six and testing her independence more than I remember the other two doing, but I admit I am old and my memory is weak.
  • Observing The Park

    Heather
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:42 pm
    A solitary woman sits on one of the benches, presumably the parent of children older than the majority of the kids running around. It's both liberating and isolating to reach that point in the playground culture. The parents with younger kids hold playgroups at the park, ensuring they have other parents to commiserate with while their children toddle around them. The few parents at the park before school is out for the day who have older children literally sit on the bench, neither wanting to be parked there but also not wanting to join in the play.A father spots his toddler climbing the…
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    Mom Knows It All.

  • Preserve And Enjoy Your Family Memories! – With $50 @YesVideo GC Giveaway #DivaMemories

    valmg
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and YesVideo. I received the featured service free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine. My oldest is now 18 years old. I face the fact every day that he could decide to move out and try living on his own at any given moment. He’s not ready, but when did that ever stop a young adult that thought they knew it all? It didn’t stop me. I just try to have faith that he’ll think things out and do what’s best for him when he’s ready. After all, he is technically an adult. And…
  • Music Lovers! Get Ready For @BestBuy #AudioFest In August

    valmg
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. It’s no secret that my family loves music. I mention it often. You almost always find music playing in my house, in at least one room. I would sooner listen to music then watch most television. My oldest son is quite talented musically, and hopes to have a career in the music industry. We love to go to shows when possible. There’s nothing like seeing a band live. I prefer smaller clubs, and always aim for the front row. Volbeat. Trivium. Digital…
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • Your Nonprofit Story: Blockbuster or Dud?

    Cari Mostert
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    It’s no secret that effective organizations today are using skillful storytelling as a dynamic tool for communication. From filmmakers to plumbers, businesses everywhere are telling their story in some form or another. Robust nonprofits have been doing it successfully for decades. (A great example about story telling here.) Why is it then that all too often, the nonprofit story is relegated to the bottom of strategies used by charities to engage their audience? It’s so easy to forget the magic held within a story. While proving our non-profits’ effectiveness or projected reach or…
  • Got the Donor Blues? Stewardship and Donor Relations

    Cari Mostert
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    There’s a phenomenon, a wave of charity and compassion that greets cataclysmic events and earth shattering tragedies. The torrent of giving that follows a crisis or disaster fills the databanks of nonprofits with new benefactors. But all too often this groundswell of emotional response is lost soon thereafter. Could this brief moment of enthusiastic generosity and feel-good emotion be harnessed to keep this active altruism alive? This is where the concept of stewardship comes in. Donor stewardship is the continuing connection with a donor after a gift has been made and is closely related to…
  • 10 Mistakes Nonprofit Professionals Make

    Cari Mostert
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Doesn’t the nonprofit sector attract the idealistic, self-sacrificing individuals amongst us? And wouldn’t that mean that mistakes are factors that just don’t happen? You have a passion to make a difference, there’s so much good you want to accomplish. But the charity sector has unique drawbacks and non-profit professionals make mistakes too. This happens often at the beginning of a career when abundance of vision and lack of experience merge. If you’re new to the nonprofit industry, and even if you’re not, this round-up reminds us of some common obstacles to dodge.   The…
 
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  • Connections from Hallmark Cards and Coconut Margaritas

    Victoria
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    I’m a lucky lady. When I want a laugh, I have several people I can reach out to and within minutes, I’ll be close to crying from laughing so much. One of my favorite people to hang out with is a friend I’ve known since I was a teen. We met working at the same place and have stayed friends for 14 years! I was at Walmart earlier this week and saw a card selection of #TrendyCards from Hallmark and started laughing. I immediately thought of my friend because she has the craziest sense of humor and these Connections from Hallmark cards really fit it. I knew I had to get a…
  • Huggies Costco Exclusive

    Victoria
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Are you a Costco member? Although I’m a Costco member I often find myself green with envy of other Costco members since my New York City sized apartment means I can’t take advantage of all of the deals we spot when we walk inside the wholesale club. Seriously just the idea of owning a tin of extra virgin olive oil as tall as my toddler makes me teary eyed! *sniffle* One deal I will always take advantage of when I see them at Costco are diapers! I’m excited to share some news with you about Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes which…
  • Slimfast 14-Day Slimdown

    Victoria
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Disclosure: This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Slimfast, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #14daystoslimhttp://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV Living in Manhattan means I am always walking to and from somewhere. Every single day. And that’s great because it totally gives me a jump start to a lazy girl’s type of fitness program. I’m rarely stationary so I win at this diet thing right? Wrong! Walking around the city also means I pass countless raved about restaurants and tempting shops that sell delicious snacks…
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    It's @jennyonthespot!

  • Writing and Not Publishing

    Jenny On the Spot
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    I spent 1.5 hours on the plane yesterday writing about busy-ness. This morning, as I went to proof-read and add a photo or two and add links and make sure the Yoast SEO dot was on green… I just just couldn’t wrap it up. I have handful of posts that are still sitting in draft […] Writing and Not Publishing is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post Writing and Not Publishing appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • The Mrs at BlogHer 14 Conference! #imEnough

    Jenny On the Spot
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Who loves an all-female rock band? WE DO!!! Enter: The Mrs.… They are an all-female rock band from Austin, Texas who will take the stage at BlogHer ’14 right before Kerry Washington’s keynote address on Saturday afternoon. 12:30 on Saturday, y’all. I’m going to be there! I am hoping that all of you who are […] The Mrs at BlogHer 14 Conference! #imEnough is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post The Mrs at BlogHer 14 Conference! #imEnough appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • We Saw No Vampires While Camping in Forks. But LOTS of Rain.

    Jenny On the Spot
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    My family loves to camp. But it takes great effort. You know… pulling out the camping gear and whathaveyou. The act of camping, or leading up to the act takes some planning. And time. Hitherhencetofore, we don’t camp as often as we’d like. But we really do like it. That’s why I was all, “GUYS. […] We Saw No Vampires While Camping in Forks. But LOTS of Rain. is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post We Saw No Vampires While Camping in Forks. But LOTS of Rain. appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
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    La Dolce Vita.....

  • Made in Michigan Jewelry Pure Michigan Jewelry

    Kristen Andrews
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
     Are you a Michigan Girl?  Will your heart always be in Michigan or do you just love our beautiful state?  I have several new designs with a beautiful Michigan stamp and each can be stamped with your personalization.  The Michigan pieces are all sterling silver and handcrafted in my studio in Michigan.The Michigan Girl Necklace is a 7/8th inch sterling silver round disc that has been hand stamped with the shape of Michigan and around the outer edge the words Michigan Girl has been stamped. The Michigan Girl tag hangs on a standard 18 inch sterling silver bead ball chain or…
  • Happy 4th of July! Land of the Free Home of the Brave

    Kristen Andrews
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    The Land of the Free keychain is a smaller size United States Copper Plate -it measures just 1 1/4" x 3/4". It is hand stamped and oxidized with the words Land of the Free. You can also have this item customized please just message me to see if your text will fit.  You can find the Land of the Free Keychain at Kristen's Custom Creations.   Happy 4th of July friends! 
  • Happy Early 4th of July Discount Kristen's Custom Creations

    Kristen Andrews
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:37 am
    Happy Early 4th of July Discount Kristen's Custom Creations!Please Enjoy 15% off anything in my shop through 7-4-14! Happy Early 4th of July! Enter code SUMMERFUN at check out not valid with any other offer! Share with friends! You can shop at Kristen's Custom Creations. The God Bless America Necklace    Product details: The God Bless America necklace is a sterling silver oval plate that measures 1 1/4 inch long by 1 inch wide. The necklace includes a sterling silver flag charm and three swarovski crystals, red, white and blue. All charms hang on a 18 inch sterling…
 
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  • A Look Inside Camp Ocean on Carnival Freedom

    Stefanie Fauquet
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:11 pm
    My daughter has been a fan of Camp Carnival since her first Carnival Cruise at age 6. She’s now 10-years-old and still loves to participate in the kids’ activities onboard. Recently we took a family cruise on Carnival Freedom, where she had the chance to experience Camp Ocean — the new marine-themed children’s program that’s […] The post A Look Inside Camp Ocean on Carnival Freedom appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Mushroom Houses Of Charlevoix, Michigan

    Stefanie Fauquet
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    Sprinkled throughout Charlevoix, Michigan you’ll find 30 unique stone structures designed and built by Earl Young. The homes are often referred to as the “Mushroom Houses of Charlevoix“, “Hobbit Houses” and “Gnome Homes” because of their whimsical capped-shaped roofs and curved lines … they truly resemble something out of a fairy tale! Earl Young was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and […] The post Mushroom Houses Of Charlevoix, Michigan appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • 10 Fun Facts About Piston Peak National Park #FireandRescueEvent

    Stefanie Fauquet
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    If you haven’t taken your kids to see Planes Fire and Rescue yet … what are you waiting for!? If you have, you know that the film is set in Piston Peak National Park — a fictional national park created just for the movie. When I was out in Los Angeles for the Planes Fire […] The post 10 Fun Facts About Piston Peak National Park #FireandRescueEvent appeared first on Mommy Musings.
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    The Moxie Report

  • America, It's Time to Man Up

    11 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    April 21, 1999. The day two teens hell bent on destruction shocked the country by storming into Columbine High School in Colorado killing twelve students, one teacher and injuring nearly two dozen others.   Like everyone else I was glued to the television news, “How the hell could they do something so barbaric?” At the time, it seemed like one of those horrific stories that would never happen again. But it did.  Again and again. Over the past fifteen years mass shootings have become routine. It seems like another angry shooter has his name in lights every couple months.
  • Frisbee Anyone?

    14 Aug 2012 | 11:25 am
    No scotch tape was involved in the making of this photo.  The moment I pushed the camera button the Frisbee got caught on a loose puppy tooth. Can't wait for each and every one to fall out of Roxy's pretty little head...she gnaws everything she can get her mouth on. 
  • By a nose...

    8 May 2012 | 8:49 am
    Go ahead. Open up that box of tampons and take out a couple and shove them up each nostril. And you'll pretty much get the idea of what they pack your nose with after sinus surgery. I haven't been able to breathe out of my nose since my ENT fixed my deviated septum and several other sinus issues five days ago.   Try taking a deep breath, sleeping sitting up or eating a plate of spaghetti while wearing nasal tampons and a large gauze mustache. I'd give anything to yank this stuff of my nose but I have another  f-o-u-r days until my post…
 
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  • Wordless Wednesday: I should be folding laundry…

    Kim Tracy Prince
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    …but I’d rather look at pictures from my trip to Connecticut and wallow in homesickness for a little while. An InLinkz Link-up The post Wordless Wednesday: I should be folding laundry… appeared first on House of Prince.
  • Big

    Kim Tracy Prince
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    From the Great Dance-Off of 2014 We are in our last week visiting my parents in Connecticut. That means our long-awaited annual journey and stay here is more than half over. This year it was even more hotly anticipated because I had to work my ass off to afford the airfare, given the whole stay-at-home-mom-with-trickling-freelance-income thing, and I was so much more proud of myself this time when I clicked “purchase” on the airline’s website because of that. Every extra dollar I earned or found went into the “Connecticut” envelope in our cash box. I did…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Blue

    Kim Tracy Prince
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The view from my lounge chair at The Grand Del Mar in California last month. I’m pretty sure this is one of my all-time favorite views. An InLinkz Link-up The post Wordless Wednesday: Blue appeared first on House of Prince.
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  • Summer Staycation

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

    Chris
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Do you ever get cabin fever? This summer my daughter has her leg in a cast and that really makes summer plans less fun for her. So I'm dreaming up some plans to keep her busy while keeping her leg...
  • Craft Books: Sewing with Sarai Mitnick at Colette Patterns

    Chris
    20 Jun 2014 | 10:16 am
    Summer is a great time for crafting. Finding a great craft book is a wonderful source of inspiration. One of my sources of inspiration are the "little sewing epiphanies" via Sarai Mitnick at Colette Patterns featuring classic sewing patterns.
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  • The Special Needs Blogger Weekend Link-up: Here for your reading pleasure

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    It's the Special Needs Blogger Weekend Link-up. You know what to do.What to doScroll all the way down to the bottom of this post. Where it says "Your name" put the name of the blog followed by the title of the post (or just the name of the post, if there's no room—you get 80 characters).Like this: Love That Max: Better Than It Used To BeWhere it says "Your URL" put the direct link to the post.Click "Enter." Leave a comment if you want to say more. Go check out some great posts.Happy linking!
  • What I think when I watch him sleep

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:40 am
    If I turn on the hall light outside the kids' rooms, it sheds enough light to let me stand in their rooms beside their beds and watch them sleeping. Stalker Mom (me) does this every once in a while, especially after long, hard days when I need an infusion of peace in my brain. Not to mention, cuteness.There is something magical about watching the kids sleep. Mine look pretty much like they did when they were babies. Max has always stuck out his lower lip, Sabrina likes to keep her mouth open. She also does this sprawl, taking up most of the crib as a baby and now, her bed. She definitely…
  • Good summer fun: a reading under the stars party

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Sunday night, to celebrate Sabrina's departure for camp and summer in general, we did a Reading Under The Stars party with the kids. It's the theme of this year's Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge; I'm one their sponsored bloggers. The evening was powered by the Eveready flashlight and battery people, books, fireflies and, of course, snacks. The thing about nighttime reading at our house is that it's part of an ancient routine: snack, bath, read in bed. Same as with most families, right? It's never occurred to me to break out, but the second I told the kids we were going to read…
 
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  • Modern Love, or Something Like It

    Marinka
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Me: Did you get that link I sent you? The one with the movie writeup? Him: Yes. That movie sounds unbearably dull. Me: ALright, I’ll just go by myself then. Him: No, I’d like to see it with you. Me: ? Him: You greatly underestimate how much I love the idea of spending three hours with you when you are completely silent. Me: … I’m trying to think of a comeback. According to the actuarial tables, I still have a few years, but it’s not looking good so far. On the bright side, I’m looking forward to seeing an actual grownup movie in the theatre for the first…
  • Hard to Say

    Marinka
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    I haven’t made my final summer vacation plans with the kids yet, and while that would throw most people into a panic, in my case it’s probably for the best. Because lately I’ve been thinking that maybe I should just go and be in the World Cup. This is certainly a surprising turn of events since I don’t play or particularly like soccer and/or football, but I tell you, I’ve recently developed a skill set that will make me a hot commodity in the whole World Cup business. Specifically in the goal-tending department. Because when you’re a goalie (as I will be;…
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  • Cinnamon and Gunpowder: a Summer Read Filled with Pirates and Fine Food

    chefdruck
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    When I picked up Cinnamon and Gunpowder, I did so carelessly, half-expecting a non-fiction tale about the violence of the spice trade. I added it to my pile of summer books, thinking it would be my non-fiction title of the summer, the kind of book I buy to learn, rather than to enjoy. Imagine my delight when I got home, read the back more carefully, and realized I’d accidentally picked up a novel about a chef who is taken prisoner by a fearsome female pirate. A book about which NPR’s Petra Mayer said, “You’ll savor every bite.” Cinnamon and Gunpowder is set in…
  • A Guide to Eataly Chicago: How to Make It Your Happy Place

    chefdruck
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Since it opened in December, Eataly Chicago has inspired powerful reactions. There are lovers and there are haters, but when confronted with a massive food hall offering all things Italian, it’s impossible to remain impassive. I’m firmly in the lover camp, and have been since we first discovered it on a snowy December night, and we had the great hall to ourselves. Now that the crowds have joined us, my husband and I still consider Eataly Chicago one of our favorite places to head for a date night or a late lunch. Eataly Chicago is my favorite place: the cure for a blah day.
  • a Few Recipes to Celebrate Bastille Day

    chefdruck
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    When I was a little girl, the Bastille Day fireworks were so close to my birthday that I always thought they were in my honor. Three years ago, we were in Paris on Bastille Day, feet dangling over the Seine near the Ile de la Cite, fireworks exploding high above our heads. Tonight Paris will be an ocean away, and the only lights around us will be the fireflies dancing in the dark. Which is just how I like it, far from the crowds, surrounded by good food and family. But that won’t mean we won’t be celebrating! We’ll be honoring Bastille Day in the kitchen with a few of my…
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    A Modern Mother

  • A great British seaside holiday

    Susanna
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
      The beach. The seaside. Whatever you want to call it. I love it. I was born in California not far from Santa Cruz and grew up making sand castles and running through freezing Pacific Ocean waves. As a teen, I went through a period of being a surfer girl, which meant I got on a […] The post A great British seaside holiday appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • Favourites: Gliffaes Country House Hotel in Wales

    Susanna
    4 Jul 2014 | 10:58 pm
      Every once in a while you find a hotel that you really love. The kind where you make mental plans to return nearly as soon as you put the key into your room door and plop onto the down feather comforter. It’s exotic enough from your own home to make being away really special yet has the feel […] The post Favourites: Gliffaes Country House Hotel in Wales appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • A caravan holiday in Brittany!

    Susanna
    7 Jun 2014 | 12:14 am
      I’ve always wanted to visit Brittany. It’s so convenient – especially from southwest England. You can take an overnight ferry and wake up in France – within reach of a cafe creme and fresh baguette! I also secretly love camping. Not real camping, per se, but high-end mobile home camping – where you have your […] The post A caravan holiday in Brittany! appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
 
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    A Frog In My Soup

  • Confronting Learning Disabilities – A Parent’s Guide

    Shera
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:09 pm
    The reality of learning disabilities can be a really tough one to swallow as a parent. The idea that anyone would label our child – a child that we know to be intelligent, creative and curious – in any negative way is almost always a shock and can even be devastating. Pair that with the fact that often, parents find out when they show up to what they thought would be a regular school conference, instead they are met with a room full of people they do not know, who are all prepared to present their case against the child. I know that’s not the intent, but that is exactly…
  • Huggies & Costco – A major PLUS! #sponsored #MC #SnugandDryPlus

    Nancy
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Two of my favorite brands, Costco & Huggies, have joined forces to bring you the newest and best in diapers and wipes, and I am lucky enough to be a Huggies Costco Ambassador.  Introducing Huggies Snug and Dry Plus and Huggies Nature Care Plus Wipes – only available at Costco and Costco.com! I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. These diapers, like Huggies original line of Snug and Dry keep your baby clean, and keep messes…
  • Timewarp 2010 – Watch Me Mommy

    Shera
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    It’s amazing looking back through old posts and finding words that I still need to hear and remember. Today I was taking a look back four years ago at posts from summer 2010 – August 25th to be exact. At that point my littlest guys were 4 1/2. I now understand even more than ever that kids never outgrow the need to be recognized and loved. This is such a simple and short post but the reminder is poignant and applies to all our lives in motherhood, no matter where we are at in the process. Watch Me Mommy {Originally posted August 24, 2010 here.} Our boys love to talk to us, some of…
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  • Dial Coconut Water / Mango Body Wash Review and Giveaway

    Ronda
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Mmmmm, I just love the way Dial's Coconut Water / Refreshing Mango Body Wash smells. It actually makes me want to eat a mango!Since the dawn of time (lol...being dramatic), coconut water has been a go to drink in the Caribbean. I remember visiting my family in Trinidad and seeing cousins knock down coconuts from trees and us drinking it. It's been known to keep our skin clear and cool us down when playing outside. For the past few years, I've noticed its rising popularity in the U.S., but never did I think I'd be showering with it.My thoughts:Dial's Coconut Water body wash is hydrating and…
  • Wir verlosen diesen Ring / We draw this DEUSSL-Ring:

    MiraMondstein
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:49 am
    Ja ihr Lieben, wir kommen nun zur ersten VERLOSUNG: It is so nice, isn´t it???:-) Nachdem ich euch den tollen Schmuck von DEUSSL vorgestellt habe, möchte ich auch einem Leser eine kleine Freude machen, und werde daher diesen wahnsinnig tollen Ring verlosen! Danke nochmals an Anna, die mich überhaupt erst auf diese tollen Schmuckstücke gebracht hat, und die DEUSSL-Manufaktur, die diesen Ring gesponsert hat!!! Diesen  Ring verlosen wir also unter allen, die bis zum 08.08.2014 diesen Beitrag kommentieren  :-) To be part of this tombola, just write an comment. End oft this drawing ist…
  • Things I've Learned This Week

    Jennifer Marshall
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:39 pm
    ** A backyard campout for the kids is so much more fun when it’s in someone else’sbackyard. ** Facebook should really be called “Bragbook“. ** If looks could kill, then the REALLY loud lady on her cell phone at my nail salon would be dead. ** An entire century seems to pass during a little league baseball game. ** The same could be said about the drying time of a wet sleeping bag (sheesh!) ** My flip flops can’t take all the premature back to school ads. ** I’m a seriously sucky marshmallow roaster. ** Everything is better at the beach (except having to go to the bathroom). **…
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  • IN THE OCEAN WITH THE LITTLE MERMAID

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:53 pm
    When I was a youngster, and through my grown up years, my greatest pleasure was being at the beach, either taking a walk, being in the water, collecting sea shells or just looking at the waves, it was always a great pleasure for me. That just might be one of the reasons I loved seeing the play, "The Little Mermaid," at North Shore Music Theatre, so much. The minute the play started I was hooked. The opening scene took place under the ocean where I saw puppets on sticks to represent schools of fish. To me they looked like REAL fish swimming in the water and I felt like I was there with…
  • HAPPY DAY - HEARTY MEAL - HEARING CHALLENGE

    12 Jul 2014 | 7:25 pm
    HAPPY DAYWhenever I spend the day with Steve and Carol it is a happy day, and yesterday was no exception! We enjoy each others company.I always have something that needs repairing, adjusting and seldom need anything opened.I'm pretty good at that now!HEARTY MEALThe British Beer Company recently opened up just a five minute ride from where I live. Steve has eaten in this restaurant in other locations and was anxious to see what this one was like, So yesterday we paid a visit to this casual eating and beer place.From what I observed, they specialize in pizza and beer. As a matter of fact the…
  • KIDS DO THE DARNDEST THINGS

    28 Jun 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Do you remember the TV show "Kids Say the Darndest Things" hosted by Bill Cosby? That show was always good for a laugh. When Cosby asked the little one a question you could never imagine what the response would be. I thought about that show as a result of what happened here recently.One day last week I had a friend visit. Joining her was her five year old grandson. Kevin was a very well behaved child who brought along a small bag of miniature cars to play with. He spent some time on my patio and after a while came indoors and played with his toys on the rug. His grandmother told me that he…
 
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  • Show Your Real and True Self with AHAVA. {giveaway, too} #AHAVAWoman

    Mom Spark
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    This post is sponsored by AHAVA. Doing what I do for a living means the opportunity to share some amazing experiences with you, my readers. Living a life that’s highly documented online means that often the best-of-the-best shots come through, and while I love to share myself at my best, I always want to share myself at my most real and true. We’ve talked about sharing selfies, and the mind-set behind sharing photos of yourself online, but the reality is that no one really wakes up looking flawless. But rarely do we share ourselves in our pre made-up phase. There is so much…
  • Merck for Mothers is Committed to Saving Lives

    Mom Spark
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    Trigger warning: This post deals with the topics of maternal mortality and complications of childbirth. As a blogger, I have the incredible privilege to share my thoughts, hopes, and dreams with the audience who has made us who we are. If you’re reading this now, you’ve maybe been reading Mom Spark for days, months, or even years — so first I want to take a moment to thank you for reading our words, and sharing in this amazing community! With the privilege of being able to share the things that are important to me with all of you amazing readers, comes the ability for me to…
  • PLANES FIRE & RESCUE: Piston Peak National Park Tour

    Mom Spark
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Disclosure: Disney is sponsoring travel, accommodations and activities during my stay in Los Angeles. Thoughts are my own. Read Mom Spark’s full disclosure here. During my visit to Los Angeles a few weeks ago, I not only had the opportunity to attend a press junket for Disney’s MALEFICENT, but also PLANES FIRE & RESCUE, which is NOW IN THEATERS! A new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is…
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  • updating!

    Moriah
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Spent some time this week updating this site with the last couple of sessions!
  • just another Thursday

    Moriah
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    So, this is a rare occasion. It’s the middle of the afternoon, I’m sitting with coffee at the dining table, and it’s completely quiet. Ethan fell asleep in the van on the way home and miraculously transferred to my bed. Our neighbors just came home from Germany and so my girls are over there, excited to finally see their friends again. And Drew is quiet upstairs. My mom was here this week but left today. We got some of my to-do list knocked out, which always makes me happy. (I am not a take-joy-in-the-process kinda girl, I’m a let’s-get-that-sucker-checked-off…
  • {swim}

    Moriah
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:58 pm
    I was showing Adelaide all of her photos from the time she was a teeny baby to the ripe ol’ age of 7 under her tab on this blog.  It made me want to start fresh.  So much life recorded here! This summer is, unfortunately for me, flying by.  I hoped we could enjoy it at a snail’s pace.  We’ve been REALLY busy with swim team.  Their last meet was this past Monday and all that is left is the city-wide meet this weekend, and then the team party.  I made myself bring my big camera to the last home meet so I’d have some good images of this season and I am just now…
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    Moomettes Magnificents

  • Lake Compounce | New England | Family Theme Park | Review

    Moomettes
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Summer’s in full swing here and what better way to spend a beautiful sunny day with the whole family than at Lake Compounce, America’s Oldest Amusement Theme Park located in Bristol, Connecticut. Lake Compounce | New England | Family Theme Park | Review is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Learn To Build Confidence As a Woman | Consider Traveling Solo

    Moomettes
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Sometimes traveling solo is just as enjoyable, perhaps even more so, than traveling with a group of family or friends. People travel alone for a myriad of reasons. Traveling solo does have its downside, but life is short, so let's look at the pros and cons. Learn To Build Confidence As a Woman | Consider Traveling Solo is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Cape Cod Beaches | New England Coast | Cape Cod Photography

    Moomettes
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    The New England coast has some beautiful beaches along it's shoreline. Here are some of my favorite Cape Cod beaches to visit.Cape Cod Beaches | New England Coast | Cape Cod Photography is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
 
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  • My Last Text to my Brother

    6 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    On July 7th last year, we were winding down the holiday weekend and Keith grilled ribs.  We were sitting on the patio, enjoying the beautiful weather and a bottle of wine.  I was admiring my basil plants and swatting bugs away from my wine. I came up with a genius solution to my bug problem without having to go into the house for a stopper.I knew that my brother would appreciate my ingenuity so I texted him a picture.I titled it Ghetto Wine Cork.I didn't get a response.  I didn't think much of it because he had recently moved to a beautiful new townhome and I was sure he was…
  • Things To Do...Fourth of July Weekend

    3 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Our home has been abuzz with talk about what we're doing this weekend.  I'd be happy to sit with my two giant books that I checked out from the library (One Summer America, 1927 and The Signature of All Things) in front of the air conditioner. It's going to be blazing hot in Colorado this weekend!Instead....we are going to keep busy with the following activities:Visit the Apple Store to find out why my phone doesn't work like a phone and keeps shutting down for no reason whatsoever.Visit the Cherry Creek Arts Festival because Alex is a budding artist and needs constant inspiration.See…
  • About Time

    30 Jun 2014 | 6:18 am
    iKeith and I watched a movie over the weekend.  I loved About Time so much and I insist that you rent it immediately so you can love it too.  I should probably mention that I might have loved it a little bit because I have a thing for anything English and red heads. This is my new Romy and Michelle....I'm going to be watching this over and over and over.About Time is about a bloke (he's English) named Tim who finds out from his father that the men in their family can travel backwards in time if they go to a dark room and make their hands into little fists and scrunch up their faces.
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  • Lake Compounce | New England | Family Theme Park | Review

    Moomettes
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Summer’s in full swing here and what better way to spend a beautiful sunny day with the whole family than at Lake Compounce, America’s Oldest Amusement Theme Park located in Bristol, Connecticut. Lake Compounce | New England | Family Theme Park | Review is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Learn To Build Confidence As a Woman | Consider Traveling Solo

    Moomettes
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Sometimes traveling solo is just as enjoyable, perhaps even more so, than traveling with a group of family or friends. People travel alone for a myriad of reasons. Traveling solo does have its downside, but life is short, so let's look at the pros and cons. Learn To Build Confidence As a Woman | Consider Traveling Solo is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Cape Cod Beaches | New England Coast | Cape Cod Photography

    Moomettes
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    The New England coast has some beautiful beaches along it's shoreline. Here are some of my favorite Cape Cod beaches to visit.Cape Cod Beaches | New England Coast | Cape Cod Photography is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
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  • My Love For The Nesting Place

    Jendi
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    I absolutely LOVE this book. The strange thing is that I don’t particularly like The Nester’s style. I wouldn’t want a sailfish or a white deer head; and I really don’t like white walls. I don’t love this book for the pictures – even though they are really nice pictures. I love it for the words. You see, Nester gave me permission to be myself. She tells me that “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” and I believe her because she creates places that are beautiful in their imperfections; places that say “This is our home and…
  • Shenandoah Dreams By Lisa Belcastro | Book Review

    Jendi
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    The historical tidbits are plentiful in Shenandoah Dreams; whether they are from a twenty-first century captain taking high schoolers for a cruise or from an eighteenth century captain that is living the history instead of telling stories. The heroine is a teacher that loves kids even though she doesn’t have any of her own. She has been through some tough times, but managed to get her life together and enjoys her camera and her cat. She is kind and thoughtful and careful of others feelings. I appreciated that when the heroine goes back in time the author doesn’t drop the…
  • Someone Prayed | Sunday Poem

    Jendi
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:11 am
    –full poem below– The weary ones had rest, The sad had joy that day, And wondered “how?” A plowman singing at his work had prayed, “Lord, help them now.” Away in foreign lands, They wondered “how” Their simple word had power. At home, the gleaners, two or three had met To pray an hour. Yes, we are always wondering “how?” Because we do not see Someone, unknown perhaps, and far away On bended knee. ~ Selected
 
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  • Gist Academy for Gifted Youngsters 2014-2015 Curriculum Choices

    Beckie Tetrault
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:04 pm
    We will probably be doing a Savvy Homeschool Moms show on our curriculum choices for this year, but I thought it would be a good way to get back into blogging. Keep in mind, as with everything homeschooling this list is subject to change! TOGETHER:History History Odyssey Modern Times, we are still working on the level one curriculum, but Dani still enjoys it so I think we will continue this as something both children do together. JACK-JACK, 3rd Grade (9 years old)Language Arts Moving Beyond the Page, ages 6-8, this also incorporates Social Studies and Science appropriate…
  • I suck as a blogger these days.

    Beckie Tetrault
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    I was coming to my blog to check out my old Menu Planning Monday posts, for some inspiration for our menu for this week, and I see that I haven't actually blogged since October of last year! My goodness, I remember when this blog was so important.. but now with Facebook, I don't need this blog as an outlet to keep friends and family updated on our lives anymore. But I do want to keep it going, I still get hits (bizarre!) and I still enjoy the long form version that Blogger offers vs Facebook. So, here I am, and I am gonna be here more often. But for now, I think I will make a post outlining…
  • Annual Halloween Post (#2)

    Beckie Tetrault
    27 Oct 2013 | 3:16 pm
    Every year at this time, I climb on my soapbox like Andy Rooney on a bender, and rant and rave about how people are ruining my favorite holiday, Halloween. My usual favorite topics are the ever amusing Chick Tracts that people have the audacity to give to my children with their fun sized bags of M&Ms (check out the new one for this year, First Bite!), cities that postpone or worse yet cancel their trick or treating because of religious pressures or Halloween falling on a Thursday, and ANYONE who holds a Trunk or Treat in a church parking lot to help save their spawn from the horrors of…
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    Resourceful Mommy

  • Now For Mothers Twitter Party with BabyCenter

    Amy
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:46 pm
    The first days after a new baby are some of the most amazing days of motherhood. Those precious moments of caring for a new baby are amazing, but they also can be hard to navigate. Often, new mothers are so immersed caring for their in their beautiful new addition that they forget to take care of themselves. Join us as we tweet with Babycenter and Now For Mothers to learn more about how new moms can take better care of themselves in those post pregnancy days. Veteran moms, come prepared with your best tips on surviving sleepless nights, how to make time for your own needs, or just how to get…
  • Six

    Amy
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Yesterday evening I received this email from LinkedIn: It took me a moment to realize that I received the congratulations from the ever awesome Lisa over at A Daily Pinch because today, July 22nd, is the sixth anniversary of my first blog post. My reaction? Numbness. For my first bloggiversary, I did what I at the time did best – held an insanely huge Twitter Party with several hundred people. The second year was celebrated with a series of giveaways. Last year was contemplative, but the last couple years seem to have in common the fact that I nearly missed my bloggiversary entirely.
  • National Zookeeper Week Twitter Party

    Amy
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Some of the best family memories are made at the zoo. What many take for granted is the hard work that the zookeepers do behind the scenes to make sure your family has the best possible experience at the zoo. July 20-26th is National Zookeeper Week and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo wants to celebrate with you! Join us as we tweet with Bronx Zoo wild animal keepers Kaitlyn Keys (mammals), Tim Mohl (birds), and Bill Orrico (reptiles and amphibians). Bring your best questions and come learn all about all aspects of their jobs, the animals they care for, and conservation work…
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    Mom Fuse

  • Tiny Prints $15 off orders $49 or more (ends 7/29/14)

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: Tiny Prints $15 off orders $49 or more (ends 7/29/14) I know it may only be July but it’s never to early to start thinking about holiday cards! This is a great time to stock up on your favorite designs at Tiny Prints because for a limited time you can get $15 off orders of $49 or more. Disclosure: The link below are affiliate links, [...] Mom Fuse - For Moms. By Moms.
  • Download A Free App To Help Support Teachers This Year #GREATLIST

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: Download A Free App To Help Support Teachers This Year #GREATLIST I can’t even believe it’s time for back to school. It’s crazy how fast this summer went. I know my teacher friends are feeling the same way as they prepare their lessons and get everything ready so that first day will be perfect for both the kids and parents. Did you know on average, teachers [...] Mom Fuse - For Moms. By Moms.
  • 12 Lunch Recipes for Back To School

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: 12 Lunch Recipes for Back To School It’s that time of year again! With school season just around the corner coming up with ideas for their lunches can be daunting to say the least. With the twins it’s always a chore to fix their lunches because they are so picky. Our daughter is all about fruits and veggies, but will not eat [...] Mom Fuse - For Moms. By Moms.
 
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    Hip Mama's Place

  • Free Subscription to Woman's Day Magazine

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Love Woman's Day magazine?  Here's your chance to score a free 2 year subscription to Woman's Day magazine, courtesy of Rewards Country! No strings attached. You will never receive a bill. More Freebies! Don't miss out on the latest fab deals, cool freebies, fun giveaways, delicious recipes, DIY inspirations and more! Subscribe to the Hip Mama's Place email newsletter, Hip Mama's Place feed reader, or simply "Like" Hip Mama's Place on Facebook and/or follow Hip Mama's Place on Twitter!  About the Author: Jocelyn Cañasa-Brown is a working mom of two boys and is a…
  • Giant Food "Buy Theirs, Get Ours Free" Challenge: Get Giant Food's Own Brands For Free (Through August 3rd)

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    I admit, there are times when I just don't want to get bothered with coupons when I shop. So if you're anything like me, you'll be glad to know that Giant Food has once again offered the "Buy Theirs, Get Ours Free Challenge" to their customers!  Read on for more details about this awesome, new money-saving promotion from Giant Food!  What is  Giant Food's Buy Theirs, Get Ours Free Challenge?This summer,  Giant Food has once again challenged their customers to put its Own Brands products to the test in the Buy Theirs, Get Ours Free Challenge. During the weeks of…
  • Bebe Bella Designs Christmas In July Sale: Up to 80% Off + Baby Layette Items As Low As $2.80 + 10% Off Coupon

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Bebe Bella Designs is having a great Christmas in July Sale where you can score some beautiful, luxurious items for babies and kids for as low as only $2.99! I saw super cute minky blankets, tunics, lounge sets, layette sack, baby bibs at super low prices! Like this adorable pink tunic - only $3.99, originally $45!  Browse here to find this  item and more! Plus, today only, you'll receive 10% off on top of your 80% savings when you use the coupon code follow10 at your checkout - making your savings go up to 90% off!  *Limited inventory available. All sales final. No returns or…
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    Tina's Realm

  • A Productive NonProductive Day

    Tina
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Today was a complete wash in some ways and very productive in others. I was planning to do some more house cleaning and purging, as I've been doing all summer, but got totally sidetracked.I finally pinned my kids down and asked them what time period they'd like to start with this coming school year. I pulled out our Usborne Encyclopedia of World History and thumbed through the 4 time periods. My
  • Maeven quote from age 7

    Tina
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Just found this on a piece of paper:"Today I saw a great blue heron and a white heron! They are very neat! Also we saw 4 turtles. And lots and lots of little ducks. One black duck kept following us around. He thought we had food." 8/8/08
  • Test post

    Tina
    5 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Testing the Blogger app
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    momdot.com

  • No Flame S’mores Recipe (easy for kids!)

    trisha haas
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:11 pm
    2 year olds and open flame don’t really mix, but I have had the ingredients (fixins…should I be super Southern and say fixins here?) on the counter for at least 3 weeks and the kids are anxious. Not to mention that somehow my big box of Hershey bars have dwindled down to like…2. I guess […]
  • We are a family of readers! #SoarwithReading

    trisha haas
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    “I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for JetBlue. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.” ————————————————————————————– When it comes to reading, my family is no stranger to a book. My closet: (Keep in mind we moved just a month ago so not all unpacked!) the side of […]
  • Jewelry trends to set the English summer ablaze!

    trisha haas
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    With the clouds and shivering winter out of the way, now is the perfect time to show off the perfect skin that stayed hidden beneath the layers of clothing for most part of the year. But wait; don’t you think your skin deserves some special attention this summer, a little bling to highlight the sensuous […]
 
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  • LTYM 2014 Videos Are Now Online!

    Kate
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    The 2014 LTYM videos are finally here! This year’s DC show was fantastic and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with everyone who couldn’t be in the audience on May 4. I would LOVE for you to watch our show (and the other LTYM shows held across the country) – which can be found on the LTYM YouTube Channel. But in the meantime, here is my reading, “The Care and Keeping of Magic.” Already starting to think about 2015…hope to see you there! The post LTYM 2014 Videos Are Now Online! appeared first on The Big Piece of Cake.
  • The Care and Keeping of Magic

    Kate
    6 May 2014 | 5:06 pm
      While my blog has been broken forever (or at least since February) some headway seems to have been made on fixing the font issues. Still can’t see images (hence no “They Coulda’ Been Great” monthly posts – expect a monster one as soon as everything is back to normal) – but that’s not required for this post! As all of my Facebook friends know (to the point of muting me, I’m sure), the 2014 Listen to Your Mother DC took place on Sunday. It was our THIRD show and I couldn’t be more proud of our amazing cast. As usual, Stephanie and I…
  • You Don’t Have My Permission

    Kate
    19 Feb 2014 | 8:56 am
      Okay – I’m just going to say it. I’m so tired of all of these overly dramatic, “YOU CAN DO IT!” calls to action from… Oh god – pretty much anyone who wants to give them, I guess. Oprah’s life gurus…blogging “celebrities”…the writer of today’s viral link… You name it – these people have THE ANSWERS. It doesn’t really bother me that they have ideas for how to be a better person or live a better life. Truly, anyone can hand you unexpected wisdom. And because of this, I will always stop and…
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    Blog By Donna

  • Have You Become Noseblind to the Smells in Your Home? + Febreze Giveaway #Noseblind #ad

    Donna Chaffins
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Febreze. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine. I think we all are familiar with the term colorblind, but how many of you are aware of the term “Noseblind”? I wasn’t. It’s funny really, because I’m not colorblind, but not what it is, yet, I AM noseblind, but wasn’t aware of the term. Whether or not you’re aware of the terminology, there’s a good chance you may be noseblind. Learn more at Noseblind.com. I am. Make that… was.
  • Going Back to School with Kohl’s and Disney’s Jake and Sophia #MagicAtPlay #sponsored #MC

    Donna Chaffins
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review. It’s hard to believe that it’s almost time for many kids across the U.S. are getting ready to go back to school. Sigh. I know, the summer has flown by for me, too. You may not be ready for back to school, yet… at least Kohl’s is helping us out. The new Jumping Beans Jake and Sofia Magic at Play clothing line, exclusive to Kohl’s, is now online. The line will be available in-stores starting July 28th. Check out…
  • $150 Walmart Gift Card Back to School Giveaway Ends 8/18

    Donna Chaffins
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I can’t believe summer is coming to an end and the kids will be starting another school year in just over 2 weeks here. I know many schools all across the United States are starting back soon. Whether you homeschool or go the traditional route, or private school, expenses can rack up and cause a lot of financial stress. So, we have decided to team up with some amazing bloggers and host an awesome giveaway! I mean seriously, what better way to kick off the new school year than to have a back to school $150 Walmart gift card giveaway?! I don’t know about you, but $150 can do a lot…
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    STYLEMOM

  • New Brazilian Hair Care Brand Launches in USA

    Tayelor Kennedy
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    The Brazilian hair care line, Cadiveu Professional is now available in the USA.  Developed in Brazil, the Cadiveu Professional brand uses natural ingredients and innovative green technologies so consumers can get the hair they have always wanted. Cadiveu is an eco-friendly company contributing to waste reduction and producing 100 percent recyclable packaging and never testing on animals. Plástica dos Fios (Hair Plastic Surgery) – Whether de-frizzing your mane or getting hair that is as smooth as glass, Plástica dos Fios...
  • UK Summer Style: Looking Good On The Beach

    Stylemom
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    Gottex 2014 collection available from Harrods We are having some lovely summer weather in the UK so whether you are looking forward to holidays abroad, or looking forward to a staycation at the British seaside, we all want to feel confident and look…
  • Recipes: Delish Dishes Using Avocados

    Stylemom
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    It’s time for more of my regular avo recipes. They’re delicious, good for you and so easy to prepare. Hass avos from Peru have been used in these recipes. Here’s why you should eat more avocados. Avos contain 11 of the 13 known vitamins and…
 
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    A Lil' Welsh Rarebit

  • Farmhouse: attic BEFORE

    5 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    So, we've finally reached the end of our farmhouse BEFORE pictures tour. I'm afraid I only have a few photos of this currently dark and dreary space. Here they are, from the steps leading up to the space, to the L-shaped attic itself.The short end of the L - on the left at the top of the stairs.To the right at the top of the stairs - the doorway leads into the large part of the L:Here:And here, my friends, are my inspiration photos for how I plan to transform this currently unlivable space!!!THE END. :-)
  • Farmhouse: 2nd floor BEFORE

    5 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    There's a cute landing at the top of the stairs on the second floor. To our left is the guest room:Across from that is a teeny tiny bedroom that will become our closet/room to store our dressers and clothes. (NOT a fancy schmancy built in cabinets closet!)Next to that is the ONLY full bathroom bathroom in the house.The plan is for the the room-which-is-a-tiny-bedroom-which-will-act-our-closet to be transformed into a second bathroom down the line, and for us to renovate the current bathroom then too. I just can't imagine three teenagers and two adults sharing one bathroom. Three little kids…
  • Farmhouse: family room and lounge BEFORE

    5 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    The term 'lounge' is so very British, and since Matt is British, our farmhouse will have a lounge (aka living room). The lounge is in the front of the house with a beautiful bay window, flanked by awesome built in cabinets in the corners, see:There are also windows on either side of the room, over the radiators and their covers.The wall opposite the bay window is where our TV will be mounted. The arched opening on the left of the wall leads to the kitchen, and the steps on the right lead over to the family room. (The steps going upstairs are on that landing.)I LOVE this room. I love the floor…
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    Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen

  • Cooking with Greek Yogurt and a Recipe for Tropical Island Ice Pops

    The Meal Makeover Moms
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Have you jumped on the Greek yogurt bandwagon yet? We have in a big way and apparently it’s a trend that keeps on growing. Greek yogurt is thick, rich, and tangy, and today, it represents over 30% of the U.S. yogurt market compared to just 3% five short years ago. In her new cookbook, The Greek Yogurt Kitchen, Toby Amidor, MS, RD explains why this naturally creamy ingredient can easily make its way into everything from salads and soups to main dishes and desserts. We spotted this recipe in the Desserts chapter alongside other better-for-you desserts like Double Chocolate Chip Cookies,…
  • How I Got my Daughter to Eat Kale … Farm Living … and a Recipe for Kale & Black Bean Burritos

    Janice
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    It’s amazing how living for just one short week on a farm can change a child’s taste buds and willingness to try new foods, including the king of all veggies … kale. My brother-in-law and his wife own a 40-acre farm in Vermont where my teenage daughter, Leah, visited last week. When she got home she raved about the flavorful foods she ate, including her Aunt Mary’s kale burritos. So, in true Meal Makeover Mom fashion, I decided to recreate the burritos this week for Leah and for all of you! For the recipe, I used kale from my Farm Direct Coop CSA. Kale & Black…
  • A Recipe for Wild Rice Summer Salad … Plus the Best Recipes of Summer {Podcast #248}

    The Meal Makeover Moms
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:29 pm
    There’s so much to love about summer: the beach, the sun, the farm-fresh produce. Thanks to farmers’ markets, CSAs, and backyard gardens, we’re eating lots of fresh produce and interesting, nutrient-rich recipes this season. On Cooking with the Moms radio this week, we celebrate summer’s best recipes with Roasted Pickled Beats, Pickled Cucumbers, and this Wild Rice Summer Salad—a version of Emerald City Salad. The kale in this recipe came from Janice’s garden as did the parsley! If you don’t have kale, you can use Swiss chard or spinach, and if…
 
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    Uppercase Woman

  • On Taking Back My Story: Thoughts on #BlogHer14 and Ten Years of Blogging

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

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

    Cecily Kellogg
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://uppercasewoman.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
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    Go Grow Go!

  • 2014 Back to School Fashion for Kids & 25% Off Coupon for OshKosh B’Gosh #OshKoshFirstDay

    Felicia Carter
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
      When it comes to shopping for clothes for kids I am often so thankful that I have little boys.  I remember when I was pregnant with Graham people used to tell me that shopping for boys was not as fun as girls.  As a mom of boys for 7 years now, I have to beg to differ.  Not only are there tons of options for boys, but you also have to worry less about them being in clothes that are age appropriate.  My friends with girls are faced with a dilemma that I am not faced with (finding clothes that actually look like a little girl).  Luckily, there is a brand that we have trusted for…
  • What We’re Reading: Little Elliot, Big City

    Felicia Carter
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    Oh my!  We have been reading the most adorable book this week.  I can’t wait to show you guys our new friend, Little Elliott. Little Elliot, Big City is a lovely picture book that is perfect for any age really.  I love the message behind it and the pictures are worthy of framing.  Elliott is a polka dotted elephant who lives in the big city.  He is small and is often overlooked.  He is taken to his ultimate low when he is overlooked at the bakery trying to buy his favorite sweet treat… a cupcake. Sweet Little Elliott goes on a walk where he meets someone even smaller than…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Our trip is done…

    Felicia Carter
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    We said goodbye to Ocracoke on Saturday.  Man, I wish we were still there.  How many more days until next summer?   About FeliciaFelicia Carter is founder and managing editor of Go Grow Go. Her philosophy is to simplify, save, grow and go! Her home is generally full of DIY projects, crafts, yummy baked goods and lots of love. Felicia is also a wife, mom of 2 boys and nationally certified counselor. You can always find her near the chocolate or the coffee pot.Web | Twitter | Google+ | More Posts (3435)
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    rockanddrool.com

  • Peace in the Kingdom: No Conflicts Allowed

    admin
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    In my kingdom, things are peaceful here. With the exception of sudden outbursts of dogs barking at the squirrels, leaves, shadows or a neighbor walking by. No hatred exists. As long as you don’t count the one I feel toward barking. No wars are waged, unless all the bathrooms are occupied. There are no borders because there are no threats..aside from the teen girls expanding mess that’s taking over the entire top floor. Freedoms of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are the law. Unless you want to be sad, that’s okay too. Life in the kingdom is good. On the most part.
  • Gone

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
      Almost 3 years ago, a friend of mine called me. She had found a kitten at the park and, knowing I’m the bleeding heart type, asked me if I wanted her. Of course, I said yes. Because my friend had to go and send me a picture of this kitten. Who happened to be the cutest thing on the planet. She was tiny. She was infested with fleas. She loved crawling into bowls and mugs. Yes, she was that tiny. She was goofy and silly. And so sweet. She loved everyone. And we all loved her. Even the dogs. She grew. And grew. And GREW. Until she was huge. But she was still the sweetest. Most…
  • 10 Boredom Busters

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:52 pm
    I, the Queen, am not a boring person. Typically, I’m not bored, either.  I can usually find ways to entertain myself to distract me from the boringness of this particularly inactive summer that I’ve been having. Sure, I’ve been doing stuff. Things. But not every single day. Which is probably what makes me appreciate the stuff and things even more than I normally would. So, if you are having a summer much like mine, may I suggest some activities in which to keep you preoccupied? These work for me and I am happy to help my royal subjects find their entertainment. Oh…
 
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    Moms At Work - Orlando Sentinel

  • Sting, Philip Seymour Hoffman: Right to leave kids out of inheritance?

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    A few days ago, the news came out that that Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died of an apparent heroin overdose on Feb. 2 in his West Village apartment, left his entire fortune -- $35 million -- to his longtime partner and children's mother, Mimi O'Donnell.
  • Prince George turns 1 --and is a (crazy) force of fashion

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    Prince George turns one today and happy birthday to the little Royal. His birthday has drawn lots of attention -- including the cover of Vanity Fair magazine -- and I mostly get that. But not how what the little tyke wears has also become a draw, so much so that the overalls and shoes and rompers he's donned have quickly sold out once the public (or at least a certain segment of) learns what shop or designer sold them.
  • High school senior photos: Mom caves spectacularly

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    About a month ago, I wrote about how ridiculous it is that senior photos have become such an "event." I mocked the glossy brochure that outlined all background choices my son would have and said he would only pose for the yearbook photo. I'm here to tell you that I caved.
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    Harassed Mom

  • 25 Jul 2014 | 3:46 am

    LauraKim
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:46 am
    A couple of weeks ago I won a prize on an instragram competition Citroen was running. All the comment said was”you have won this weeks voucher – a spa for two” – I was pretty chuffed because who doesn’t like a little spa time but thought it would be a massage and maybe something else! David got the vouchers on Wednesday! Two FULL DAY SPA packages from Mangwanani – I called the lady because full day to spa people means different things to non-spa people – the package is SEVEN HOURS LONG! SEVEN treatments, breakfast and lunch! I actually can not explain…
  • I challenge you to be happy!

    LauraKim
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:09 am
    I am sitting at Kauai at gym waiting for my bio appointment and catching up on emails and stuff. I actually have time to blog all the millions of ideas in my head but you know what? I can’t think of one of them – I actually have a list on my phone with blog posts – I checked it and can think of nothing to write. Don’t you hate it when that happens? Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open. ~John Barrymore What I am about to say may make some of my more pessimistic realistic readers vomit a little but I am ok with that! The week David was…
  • Natural Medicine – to use or not to use

    LauraKim
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I had an interesting discussion with my yoga instructor yesterday. Her youngest grand daughter had gastro last week and she was asking me my thoughts on using homeopathic remedies for something like that for a baby because her daughter is very natural and only uses a homeopath. I have been very lucky with all of my kids, they do not get sick very often. Jack was the first one to have to be hospitalised and I couldn’t even remember when the older two were last at the Doctor when I was asked recently. I have never been one to rush to the doctor for every runny nose or sore tummy. Often…
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    new mommy help

  • Should The Shampoo For Deep Cleaning Of Hair Be Used During Pregnancy?

    Stacie
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:31 am
    During pregnancy, many women are faced with a sudden greasy and dull hair. All this is due to hormones, that beautiful, well-cared hair can turn into a pile of spaghetti, hanging lifeless from the head. What can a woman do so that her hair looks as great as it once was? Firstly, it is recommended that during the pregnancy avoid conditioners that are not washed because they are difficult for the hair and they are pulling her down and because of that hair looks lifeless. It also recommends avoiding products that contain silicones, oils or lanolin, and heavy hair gels and pomades. If you are…
  • How To Help Baby Growing Teeth

    Stacie
    18 Jun 2014 | 12:07 pm
    I have had my first kid, my baby, a year ago. After first fears, panic and confusion, i have become a real mother as any baby deserves. Five months after successfully adopting to a new way of life, new challenges were there to confront with. My little baby had grown her first teeth. I have  decided to help  all the young and inexperienced mothers regarding newborn teeth growing with advice in teeth grow order, all the changes that are happening and how to help and nurture your baby in the best possible way. By going through different literature, I’ve learned that teeth start growing…
 
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    Alpha Mom

  • The Gender-Neutral Clothing War

    Amalah
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Hey wonderful! I hope you and the family are doing well. I am 16 weeks pregnant, and we’ll be finding out the sex of the baby on August 4th (probably). My problem is that I HATE how our culture is currently gender stereotyping babies before they’re even born! I can think of nothing as tasteless as these “gender reveal parties” that are all themed like “Glitter or Guns!” as if having a vagina means you can’t use a gun and having a penis means you won’t like glitter. (I think David Bowie would disagree.) Ugh. The thought a headband with a flower…
  • 12 Back-to-School Essentials You Didn’t Realize You Needed (…until now) + Gift Card Giveaway

    Wendi, Kelcey & Marinka
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    This post is sponsored by Target. It’s still summer, but we know you’re probably already compiling that back-to-school checklist. And we’ve got some ideas for you – items that you might not even realize you need until you really need them! These are time-saving, must-have items and our recommendation is that you get them sent directly to you via web. These are the things you and your kids never want to run out of during the school year. Is there a bigger waste of time than going from store to store to find something when you’re already busy? Instead, order…
  • Single Mom: What About Staying Together for the Kids?

    Kristen Chase
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    Since I’ve started writing here at Alpha Mom, I’ve received numerous questions about divorce, single motherhood, and all its many nuances. So I thought it would be helpful to share my answers to those questions as part of my weekly column. Of course, I’m no divorce expert, so please do not take my opinion a therapeutic recommendation, but if my experiences and observations can help others, then I’m happy to share it. What about if you decide to stay in your marriage for your kids? I’d love to hear your thoughts. -A  Well, A, you should know that you’re…
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    Crunchy Green Mom

  • A broken phone

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    I had his number in my phone even though we hadn't spoken in two years. I texted him a few times over those two years: A Happy Birthday, a catching up, a note to see how Mom and Dad were when I couldn't get a hold of them. I never got  a response from that number though. My brother and I weren't speaking for two years before he passed away, however I don't regret that. It was the way of the
  • The Gwynnie Bee Lowdown

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    When I first saw all the ads of Gwynnie Bee I was skeptical. How silly was it to send people clothing and have them send it back when they are done or bored with the style. Then I looked at my schedule with kids sports, my work, time with my husband and friends as well as the lack of desire to try on clothes in a boutique. I am the person this was made for. I don't have time to drive to
  • Summer time, School time and everything in between- Kidecals Rescue!

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    Yesterday I spent sometime on Pinterest looking up ideas for teacher gifts. Yes, we are a month away, however it's not too soon to think about the upcoming school year. My daughter"s got an amazing set of decals last year which I used on everything. *Water bottles *Holiday gifts *Sports equipment *Backpacks So this year, they got new ones. Variety is the spice of life right? Well Kidecals
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    Stacy Uncorked

  • The Rhythm Of My Heart says You Give Love A Bad Name, but I’m Crazy On You because The Story is Sweeter Than Fiction.

    StacyUncorked
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    You know how people say “Blink and you’ll miss (insert whatever here)”? Well, I blinked. It’s Monday again and I’m still behind on stuff from last Monday! Apparently I’m getting old, because those that are they also say that time flies by faster as you get older. Although, let’s go with the version that time […]
  • Don’t Forget to #DiscoverBoating this Summer! Just Do It. (#mc sponsored)

    StacyUncorked
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I can’t believe it’s already the middle of summer! I’m still fruitlessly looking for that ‘pause’ button. We have been jonesin’ to get out on the water this summer, but everyone’s crazy schedules have prohibited that from happening. That and the weather – when schedules have been conducive, Mother Nature has not been in a […]
  • WW: The One Where a Picture Really IS Worth a Thousand Words

    StacyUncorked
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Princess Nagger’s cat, Blackspot, has been hiding out as much as possible because of our new doggy, Lila, being fascinated with the oddity known as a cat. Every so often I’ll have a chance to pet him, and there are those rare moments I’ll actually get a decent picture of him (and not of his […]
 
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    BrainFoggles

  • Teaching Our Children About Charity- A Lesson in #SocialGood

    Jennifer
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    This post contains affiliate links to products we use as well as links to charities I support for your consideration. My 4 year old daughter has entered a new phase of life. In the past few months she has shown us a sense of generosity that makes my heart melt, and I want to encourage her generous spirit by teaching her how important it is to give back to those in need. While she may not be willing to place many of her toys in our local donation box just yet she can still learn those important lessons of helping others.. Here are a few of the things I am doing to encourage my daughter to help…
  • Help Hungry Kids This Summer #SummerofGiving

    Connie Roberts
    23 Jun 2014 | 10:15 pm
    I participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. The National School Lunch Program provides free and low-cost lunch and breakfast to children who meet income guidelines. But, when school is out, that’s two less nutritious meals or no meals at all. There’s a way to help  hungry kids with Champions for Kids: SIMPLE Service Project Champions for Kids’ motto is, “All children should have: Someone who cares; a Place to belong; Hope for tomorrow and provisions for their journey. All children.” This summer they are asking us to…
  • Myasthenia Gravis Month – Let’s Find a Cure

    Connie Roberts
    21 Jun 2014 | 4:25 pm
    I’ve probably written about Myasthenia Gravis month 5 or 6 times. But, it is important to teach people what MG is and to ask for help in the form of donations or sharing. Myasthenia Gravis and Me I have had Myasthenia Gravis for 11 years now. My diagnosis happened when my daughters were 4 and 15. My husband and I were married for 6 years. And I had just turned 40. You could say that this was one of the worst times to get news like this, but when is it a good time? I felt like I was getting old when I hit that 40 year-old mark. Add to that a diagnosis that would change my life forever and it…
  • Get Outdoors and Enjoy Nature! #ForestFriday

    Connie Roberts
    20 Jun 2014 | 8:06 pm
    This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own as always. It may be hard to believe, but surrounding Walt Disney World are untouched areas of forest, swamps and vegetation. My family and I love to sit outside our hotel room, listen to the crickets and look out for rabbit, ducks and wild turkey. After a long day of Disney attractions and long lines it’s so relaxing especially to look at the stars. When we’re driving in Disney World right around dusk, we often spot deer too. At some of the resorts we have seen alligators, turtles and fish in the swamps and lakes. Going outdoors and…
  • Summer Volunteer Opportunities for Families

    Connie Roberts
    17 Jun 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Every summer my family and I like to add special volunteering to our “Pay it Forward” list. Since this season means being outdoors more often, I look forward to finding some new ways to give back and new charities to help. I hope this list of summer volunteer opportunities helps you too. Summer Volunteer Suggestions: Summer Carnivals – Use your creativity and get your family involved with a summer carnival. First, choose a nonprofit that you want to raise money from the carnival’s profits. You can be frugal and still make it fun for others to take part. Select a theme, create or…
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    The Poshpreneur

  • Smart Ideas: Options Revisited

    poshy
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:22 am
    A Quick Guide to Cell Phone Spyware At these times, there has been a boom in the market for a personal surveillance system and increasing number of packages on software for spying on cell phones are available for individuals to install in the cellular phones of other people. The moral concerns are something which will not be discussed. Every person has his or her own personal issues to face and every single one of us has his or her personal ethical considerations to realize. As a matter of fact, the availability of the software for spying on cell phones has already become a threat for all…
  • The Path To Finding Better Cargo

    poshy
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:10 am
    Tips When Purchasing Cargo Containers You will soon realize that they are an extremely affordable piece of equipment if you decide to use cargo containers for storage purposes. Not just that, the use of these containers in transporting your goods will be hassle free and at the same time, convenient. The cost of these containers may vary depending on the seller but as time pass by, its cost has significantly drop making such more affordable. It is strongly recommended if you are going to order it from companies online that are offering shipping globally if you would like to have one. By making…
  • The Essential Laws of Networks Explained

    poshy
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    Benefits of Doing the Right Online Networking Strategy Do you want to experience an online network marketing in a successful side? It is actually a fact that there are so many people who also have tried such procedure yet has zero success rate for it. Anyone who has a plan to enter or is already into the online marketing industry must be able to remember that this kind of business is not totally able to give quality results in the end, except for the fact that you know the right techniques for it. Another addition to that is that online businesses doesn’t actually differ from other…
  • A Quick Overlook of Businesses – Your Cheatsheet

    poshy
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    How Important are Managed IT Services? It is a common knowledge that you have to perform everything you can so that your business will run smoothly. It is important to hire the right experts, do the appropriate training and you moreover must have managed IT services. There are plenty of services that may be collected from an amazing company so that you will provide more for your business, clients and workers. Despite that, a tantamount IT association may moreover perform such a mixed bag of things for you in order for the IT division to be working exceptionally. This intimates that you will…
  • A Simple Plan: Services

    poshy
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Cell Phone Repair Services – How You Can Save Money If your cell phone breaks or gets problematic, then you need to look for a good cell phone repair service that you can rely on so that you can avoid buying a new phone. Going for a repair on your gadget can save you more money instead of purchasing a brand new one. You can find a reliable cell phone repair service in Las Vegas and you have to find one. There are lots of options that you can go for as you search for the best repair service company. When you are close to the repair service center, then you can just go for a quick walk-in…
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  • Just Call me Hermione

    Amber
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    I am nearing the end of my second semester back at university, in my quest for my teaching degree. While there continue to be high points and low points, I have gotten into the swing of things. It’s been a struggle to make time for my own schoolwork with my kids on summer vacation, but they’re in summer camp this week so that helps. To quote the opening credits of 19 Kids and Counting (a show I am embarrassed to admit I am addicted to), “It isn’t always easy, but somehow we make it all work.” Mostly. I had a good inkling that I would do all right in my classes. I…
  • I Tried Wakeboarding!

    Amber
    6 Jul 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Last week was a pretty sweet week to be me. My family and I were hosted by Destination Osoyoos, promoting family-friendly getaways to a beautiful part of British Columbia. It took us about four and a half hours to get there by car, but it’s a very different place than Vancouver. While I live in a rainforest, Osoyoos is Canada’s only true desert, with a dry and sunny landscape. And there’s a lake, too, and some totally fabulous wineries. What’s not to love? While we were planning the trip, the organizers presented me with a number of things my family and I could do…
  • My 5-Year-Old CAN Read

    Amber
    20 Jun 2014 | 4:31 pm
    One of the most-read posts here at Strocel.com is My 5-Year-Old Can’t Read, which I wrote more than four years ago about my daughter, Hannah. I wrote it after watching a four-year-old actually read words, when my daughter didn’t even recognize all the letters of the alphabet. At the time I concluded that there was no rush, and that she would learn to read in good time. She did. During the second half of grade one, right around her seventh birthday, Hannah experienced a reading explosion. Today, she reads well, and she spends hours poring over the Dork Diaries series. Every child…
  • Wisdom From an Elementary School Principal

    Amber
    22 May 2014 | 11:36 am
    Every morning my son’s kindergarten class starts off with reading time for the first 15 minutes of the school day. The children choose books from the class library, and parents and family members are invited to stay and read. I try to be there as often as I can, which is two or three days a week at the moment. I enjoy spending that time with my son, and getting to know his classmates. At least half of the time when I sit in on reading time I’m there for the morning announcements. The principal comes on the PA system and fills the school in on what to expect that day. He also…
  • Making Your Own Cleaning Products

    Amber
    16 May 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Have you ever had something nagging at the back of your mind? Something that you really want to do, and have been meaning to do, but just can’t seem to get around to actually doing? I’ve been feeling that way about a fabulous book that has been sitting in my tray for months. It’s called Homemade Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy, Toxic-Free Recipes, and it’s written by Mandy O’Brien and Dionna Ford. Unfortunately, being back at school, living through a major renovation fiasco, working and parenting all conspired to keep me away from this book. I knew I wanted a copy as…
 
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    Bubbles n' Cups

  • Whose Responsibility is it?

    bubblesncups
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    You order your food and you’re handed the tray with the dish. You turn to get napkins, but the dish accidentally falls onto the floor. The man asks what can be done? The cashier shrugs.Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Can’t Wait

    bubblesncups
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
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  • Summer Fun!

    bubblesncups
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
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  • Fries

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    10 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
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  • Beach Captain

    bubblesncups
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
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    The Crazy Suburban Mom

  • New Pen Tests Part 2, The Pilot G2 Pens.

    Tracy Reinhardt
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    I haven't had a Pilot G2 in quite a while but they were the first type of pen I ordered en masse.  While I've used planners for ages I only went hard core a few years ago and the G2's were my... Visit my blog for the full crazy suburban fa la la..
  • New Pen Tests Part 1, Frixions

    Tracy Reinhardt
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    I ordered some pens recently, hadn't done that in ages because for months (and months and months) my go to writing implement has been a Grey 0.7 pilot juice pen.  I love the Juice pens, they are... Visit my blog for the full crazy suburban fa la la..
  • Planner Gestalt

    Tracy Reinhardt
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    I'm using two separate planners to make one cohesive organizing system that makes sense to me.  My Filofax has attributes the Hobonichi Cousin doesn't and visa versa. I've never been able to use... Visit my blog for the full crazy suburban fa la la..
  • Small potatoes

    Tracy Reinhardt
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    Old school planners work for me. Period. End of story....  Besides their whole analog appeal, using one gives my crush on all things stationery a legitimacy it wouldn't otherwise have.... Visit my blog for the full crazy suburban fa la la..
  • The party bus in motion...

    Tracy Reinhardt
    27 Jun 2014 | 8:07 am
    I did a follow up to my last post, As big as a party bus filled with bridesmaids.... as a video.  Partly because not everyone who reads my blog watches my videos (and visa versa) but also... Visit my blog for the full crazy suburban fa la la..
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    Genny Heikka

  • I’m joining this team of amazing writers (and I couldn’t be more excited)

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

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

    Genny
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:28 pm
    My daughter Katie and I, and a few of her friends and their parents, sit outside on the restaurant patio and eat lunch. One of the moms asks me about the move and how I’m doing. I tell her we leave in less than a week, the movers come tomorrow, and things are chaotic as we try to tie up loose ends and get ready. She nods knowingly as I list everything that needs to be done before we board the plane on Monday, and she gives me a great tip about putting cat litter in a pair of nylons in my fridge to soak up moisture when it’s packed. I’m talking a mile a minute and I can feel…
  • Author Stephanie Shott shares about The Making of a Mom

    Genny
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:32 am
    I’m so excited to share an interview from my friend Stephanie Shott today, where she talks about her new book The Making of a Mom! Stephanie is the founder The Mom Initiative (the amazing mentoring organization I’m part of that I’ve told you about before), and she’s an incredible author, speaker and leader as well! Take a minute to read how her own story and her heart for moms led her to start The Mom Initiative and write her book. I promise you’ll be inspired! And be sure to read to the end of the post, where you can click to pre-order her book and check out a…
  • You’re a gardener, mom.

    Genny
    8 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    For Mother’s Day a few year’s ago, my son gave me a hand-painted ceramic pot with a fabric flower inside of it: It was the perfect gift for me because I don’t have a green thumb (at all!).  And I loved the poem that he put inside the pot:   Tweet: It reminded me that as moms, whether we have a green thumb or not, we are still gardeners. Sure, our kids can be rough and tumble (and impossible and frustrating) sometimes, but they are fragile and delicate too… READ the rest of this post over at TheMomInitiative.com today! Subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss any updates,…
 
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    Playground Confidential

  • The McDonald’s mom story isn’t about free-range parenting at all. It’s about everything else.

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:36 pm
    The case of Debra Harrell, the South Carolina mom who was arrested for letting her nine-year-old play at the park while she worked at McDonald’s, has been widely discussed as a free-range-children issue. Shouldn’t a nine-year-old be allowed to play in the park, free-range advocates ask. Has our bubble-wrapped society gone too far? But, guess ... [Read more...]The post The McDonald’s mom story isn’t about free-range parenting at all. It’s about everything else. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • I forgot what day it was and then I walked to the Beer Store. True story.

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:06 pm
    It’s Saturday! Who ever posts anything on a Saturday? Well, apparently I do now because this blog is the one thing in my life I can make work according to my own warped sense of time. I’d like to put the garbage out but, oh wait, that was yesterday. I forgot. And now I get ... [Read more...]The post I forgot what day it was and then I walked to the Beer Store. True story. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Is it still called being a picky eater if she only eats gourmet foods?

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    “I don’t like macaroni and cheese anymore,” she said out of the blue one morning, putting down her spoon after three bites of cereal because it was getting soggy. Right then. So let’s break this down. Things my five-year-old daughter won’t eat: Kraft Dinner Image source: Getty Images Any pizza that isn’t cheese pizza. Actually, ... [Read more...]The post Is it still called being a picky eater if she only eats gourmet foods? appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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    GRUMBLE GIRL

  • Head To Toe – July 10th, 2014

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

    GrumbleGirl
    12 Jun 2014 | 10:47 am
    Don’t ask me where I’ve been… I reckon I don’t really know. I’ve been here, of course, but I think I’ve just been… thinking. About lots of things. Wondering. Sizing-up. Pondering all the things that happen in the course of a day and a life. Now that the light has really changed from the short days of winter into the longer, brighter days spring (and now nearly summer) I look at the things around me with a different eye. Especially the faces of my children. The changes are amazing. They wear shorts every day now. She wears dresses with bare legs and…
  • Ear Candy: Best Friend

    GrumbleGirl
    30 Apr 2014 | 10:53 am
    Sometimes I can smell a summer-jam from a mile away. And I do believe there’s another by LA’s Foster the People on deck. You know they had that ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ song all over the airways a few years ago (and I still love that little bossa nova). You shouldn’t discard stuff just because it’s popular. Hence POP music. It appeals to many… that’s all. That doesn’t make it a bad thing. (You like that ‘Helena Beat’ song too, right?) I think ‘Best Friend’ is poised to be a ubiquitous Top 40 tune this year, just in time…
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • Project management templates – are they worth while doing?

    Ron Rosenhead
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:57 am
    I was coming towards the end of a recent project management course when someone raised the above question. This guy was pretty clear that they were a waste of time, bureaucratic and offered no real benefit. I asked the group to split into smaller groups and go away and discuss the merits or not of having project management templates. The … Read More >Related Posts:The real value of project management paperwork.The case of the missing project managerThe 7 deadly sins of project managementI just do it – why do I need any processes for my…What do you do when someone does not…
  • Are you breaching copyright?

    Ron Rosenhead
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    The day was going really well. An early morning swim, emails dealt with (swiftly) and then the post arrived… That’s when my day went off plan. In the post a letter arrived from a company saying that my company, Project Agency had breached copyright on a photo that was within a .pdf document. They demanded £510 (approximately $875 – “the … Read More >Related Posts:Introduction to Project Management course – Free!!I do not take account of my time. Do you?Olympic security debacle – lack of controls?Who’s got my dictionary?How good is your project monitoring and…
  • Do you believe in this project?

    Ron Rosenhead
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:25 am
    I often receive really interesting issues on project management courses however one recently was new: I have been asked to work on a project I do not believe in. What should I do? This course participant was involved in what was termed by her sponsor and the senior managers as a ‘key departmental project.’ There was a project team of … Read More >Related Posts:What do you do when someone does not take responsibility?Bring out your dead (projects)We should make it mandatory for ALL projects!So what’s this project going to be like?My projects suffer from resource theft II
 
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    Crazy Texas Mommy

  • Apparently there are a whole bunch of "Christians" who hate feminists.

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    You know how sometimes something will come across your newsfeed on Facebook that makes you go, "What?!?" and then you have to read it again to make sure you actually read it correctly because it seemed really, really bizarre? That totally happened to me today when I read a comment someone left on a post that I was pretty sure was super radical just to generate a lot of comments and drive traffic to a certain blog (which is why I'm not linking to it here). The comment said something along the lines that feminism is a disgrace and has been an embarrassment since its…
  • I'm sure lockjaw is everyone's go-to disease

    26 Jul 2014 | 11:33 am
    (Two posts in two days after two months of being gone. I know, it's like Christmas and your birthday all in one. I'm trying to get back in the groove, so I'm scheduling time for the writing. I didn't realized how much I missed it.)Last night I had a horrible sinus headache. Horrible. I took meds and passed out, but when I woke up at 3:00 AM, it still hurt really bad and I had a new symptom.My jaw hurt so bad. So, so bad. My logical brain knows I'm a teeth grinder. It also knows I've been grinding my teeth like crazy the past few days.But, my crazy brain remembered I…
  • Now I understand why Grace looked so frightened when I said I was going to the Christian bookstore.

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    (I'm baaaaccckkkk!!) Grace recently got a job at a little girl's clothing store chain and today was her first day of work. It was an unplanned day-they called her in because a shift suddenly opened. It just so happens, today I also had training (and I got to meet a reader and she is super awesome and we sent a picture to Barry over at Liberally Lean letting him know I'd been found) and took Grace's truck instead of my car because a) driving a standard in traffic blows and b) black leather seats + 101 degree temps=no skin left on the back of the legs. Oh the dilemma that put…
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    Household Management 101 Blog

  • Homemade Soft Scrub

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    There are lots of times when you need a gentle or mild abrasive cleaner, like Soft Scrub, to clean something in your home. However, you don't have to buy a commercial cleaning product, unless you want to. Here is a recipe for a homemade version of soft scrub to use in your home.
  • Daily House Cleaning Schedule For Homes With Children

    12 Jun 2014 | 6:48 am
    Getting overwhelmed by housework? Check out this daily house cleaning schedule for homes with children to know what needs to be done to keep everything clean and tidy.
  • Printable Cleaning Checklists To Put In Your Household Notebook

    5 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
    A list of printable cleaning checklists created by Household Management 101, for daily, weekly and seasonal house cleaning. Each printable checklist is a resource for your household notebook.
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  • Currently Waiting For My Pharmacist Career Article – July 20, 2014

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    Orthodontist – click here to find out the job duties – salary – education training needed – and to see a youtube video on a ‘day in the life of an orthodontist’. Yesterday I decided to add a new article based around the topic of ‘Pharmacy Related Careers’ to my MedicalFieldCareerOptions.com site and commissioned the freelance writers in Iwriter dot com to write it up for me. As of now it still hasn’t been written to my dismay. I just checked the site and it is currently being written. I have decided to just until tomorrow morning to check…
  • Get your birth certificate today from official legal advisors

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:22 pm
     In Ireland, official documents like birth certificates and death certificates are of great importance in most of the court matters because they are required by the attorney to proceed with most of the sensitive property cases. If you are in trouble of finding someone’s death or birth certificate then you can contact different companies for such documents. You can order different type of long forms in this regard and most of these long forms are provided at very reasonable prices. All the documents provided online are 100% original and they are given at your responsibility. You can…
  • A Guide On Finding Math Tutors In Toronto

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Math is a technical subject and sometimes students may require assistance outside the classroom in order to fully comprehend the subject matter. In Toronto, the use of math tutors is slowly becoming common as more and more people embrace the use of their services. But in order to find a good math tutor in Toronto, there are number of factors that need to be considered. Remember that a tutor will only be value if he or she is able to add value to your understanding of a particular subject or topic.  The first step to pointing out a good math tutor in Toronto is to check whether the…
 
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    And Twins make 5! - A Mommy Blog

  • Snacking on KIND Healthy Grains Bars

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    It likely goes without saying that our household of 7 is constantly on the go.  During the summer it's vacations, weekend outings, skill camps, gym time, and playdates and during the school year it's school functions, sporting events, dance class, and the likes.  And with our busy schedules, it always feels like a major victory when I find a healthy portable snack everyone likes.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • Exploring the Witches Gulch in the Wisconsin Dells

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    If your looking for a nature inspired mini adventure while visiting the Wisconsin Dells, I'd suggest a visit to the Witches Gulch located only 10 minutes from downtown at 3951 River Rd., Wisconsin Dells, WI. Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • 5 Favorite Family Dining Spots in the Wisconsin Dells

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    Our daughter competed in a national dance competition in the Wisconsin Dells last weekend and we took the opportunity to turn it into a weekend family vacation.  Check back for some additional posts on where we went and what we did in our Wisconsin Adventure, but first here's the 5 favorite food stops we made.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
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    In The Know Mom

  • have you gone noseblind? {Febreze}

    Sarah
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Febreze. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine. Have you gone noseblind? Noseblind [nohz-blihnd] is the gradual acclimation to the smells of one’s home, car, or belongings, in which the affected does not notice them […]The post have you gone noseblind? {Febreze} appeared first on In The Know Mom.
  • coconut mango popcorn balls {family movie night}

    Sarah
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    This coconut mango popcorn ball recipe post is sponsored by Pop Secret. It’s family movie night ’round here and nothing ruins the occasion like burned popcorn.  Even after the popped kernels are in the outside trashcan, the burned scent hangs in the air for what seems like forever.  Take the guesswork out of microwave popcorn […]The post coconut mango popcorn balls {family movie night} appeared first on In The Know Mom.
  • quirkly toddler diaper habits {Diaper Genie}

    Sarah
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:54 am
    This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Playtex, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #RefreshYourNursery  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV Toddlers and their quirks.  I am reminded daily how different my baby boy is from his sister.  With completely opposite temperaments, my son is a total diva compared […]The post quirkly toddler diaper habits {Diaper Genie} appeared first on In The Know Mom.
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  • Rock Stars

    Kristy
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    We went rock wall climbing on Tuesday. What? Was it Mimi’s idea? Yes, of course it was Mimi’s idea. You all know me well enough to realize any time I’m caught doing anything remotely interesting Mimi is probably behind it. She had a Groupon, so we met up at a local rock wall joint.  I was concerned that Brecken would balk at the idea, but he seemed game – until he saw the wall. Then he was like this:   But Grady, Charlotte and Karis were like this:   So Brecken was like this:   And between their turns at the wall they were like this:  …
  • Cancer still sucks

    Kristy
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    As if you all didn’t love my dad enough already (despite his silence on the blog these days) he sent me this picture the other day:     My dad is the man standing next to the guy in the black shirt. Everyone in this picture usually has more hair. The men all shaved their heads in solidarity with Patti, the woman in the middle. She is a chemo warrior. I know breast cancer has touched a lot of my readers, Internet, so I wanted to give Patti a shout out as she fights her battle. Please spare a happy, encouraging thought for her as you go about your day. Go Patti! Kick…
  • There’s a map for that

    Kristy
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    Last weekend Jesse went to a friends house for the weekend to watch the World Cup Finazzzzz… Sorry, I fell asleep typing that. I’ll try again. World Cup Final. There. Jesse is the fun parent, and usually the one that gets to play and adventure with the kids. When he’s gone, I step in and try to be more fun and whimsical. Haha, no I don’t. But I do try to think up fun things to do with them to pass the time. For starters we built an epic fort. They were trying to build a lame fort. Kids these day have no understanding of architecture or engineering. I dropped some fort…
 
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  • Free Printables: ABC colouring book

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

    Maria
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:27 am
    These bookmarks are really easy to make. All you need is popsicle sticks and colour pens. They look good in party bags. An even better idea is to put a couple already made in a party bag with some plain ones and pens so that the kids can make their own.
  • Adventure Park scrapbook board

    Maria
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    I like keeping little mementos of special days out and holidays, maps, theatre tickets, sports events  and anything that is a memory of a special moment in our life. I have not yet entered the wonderful world of scrapbooking, though I admire it and I get a lot of inspiration from the amazing works that are out there. Scrapbooking is definitely something I would like to get into in the future so I thought I would start with a small project that more than a scrapbook is a scrap picture. The idea came to me while at the adventure park we visited on my son’s birthday. He wanted to buy one of…
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  • Some Homeschool Mom Perspective {and a LOT OF FUN}

    Heather
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Looking through the used books at THSC There’s nothing like being around SEVEN THOUSAND other homeschoolish people to lift your spirits and make you feel like what you are doing will impact eternity. So it will be later this week when the masses of like-minded descend upon The Woodlands, Texas to encourage, recharge, learn, grow, and fellowship together at the Texas Home School Coalition’s annual homeschool conference. Not to mention the other fun weekend side-fieldtrips they have set up (this year there were a lot to pick from). But there’s even more reason to go for me.
  • Begin Again – movie review

    Heather
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    Begin Again – music and integrity will always matter As my kids have gotten older, we have really been to a lot more movies than we used to go see. I enjoy discussing movies after we see them and have come to a place with my mature teens (17 and 15) that we can discuss themes in movies that are adult in nature. My 15 year old has toyed with the idea of being a singer-songwriter, so we decided to take the PR company for Begin Again up on their offer to let us come see and review Keira Knightley’s latest flick. I made it a daughter and mother ‘date’ night movie and we…
  • Oh, My Dear

    Heather
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Deep breaths. I’m not sure there’s much I can find to say without whining lately, so I have been loathe to open up a blank blog post and publish ANYTHING. And then there’s that blog design issue. My blog designer has had similar reasons to whine – she nearly had her appendix rupture. I’m trying to count my blessings to keep from allowing the urgent to pull me under… When I get stressed, I make lists. I don’t know about you, but aside from chocolate, a list helps eek all the loose ends out of my brain so I can sleep – and so I can function…
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  • Parenthood: Reasons Why I Learned To Love My Child's Mess!

    Maricris
    6 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Got kids? Then you know it! Clutter, messy floor and the despicable messy room - they are the vain of your daily domestic existence! I get you. They're part of my "normal" for about 10 years now too. Never a fun moment there I tell you, but you know what? I just discovered an appreciation of all my unica iha's mess-es! I may have just fallen in love with them in a cuckoo, crazy, kind of way.It all started with my daughter being on Summer Camp for a week. I thought, "Aaaah! What a relief!" A relief that washed over my entire being. Finally, a break. A break from motherhood. A break…
  • 10 Dirt Cheap Summer Activity for the Whole Family

    Maricris
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Amazing view at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve picnic area - Huntersville NCI know what you're thinking. The kids are home. It's Summer. You know what that means! You're stuck at home with each other 24/7. I don't blame you if you are kicking and screaming at the reality of it all right now. Pulling all your hairs out yet? I'm not one bit surprised. The thought of cabin fever creeping in is never pleasant! What does one do? Instinct tells you to find Summer activities. You need your sanity intact! But can you afford these activities? Well, you can - creatively!I didn't know how lost I would…
  • The Movie Sequel That Will Take Your Breath Away...Literally!

    Maricris
    12 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If you've seen the original movie of How To Train Your Dragon and loved it, I'll tell you now that you'll find the sequel packed with a little more to love! The 3D movie which opens in all theaters today, June 13th, offers its viewers a high-octane adventure and over-the-top excitement for all ages! Also, make sure to bring a box of tissue because you will cry!  Yes, cry. This movie is not only packed with roller coaster fun, but also overflowing with raw emotions that will touch the core of your soul.Good as the first. I always say that sequels never fair well in comparison to…
 
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  • Gift Baskets: The Perfect Present For All Occasions

    Mama
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Special occasions such as birthday parties, weddings and graduations are a part of our social lives. Nowadays, consumers are faced with a lot of choices when it comes to gift shopping. With the variety of products available in the market, buyers can be overwhelmed. If you are fickle-minded, you cannot easily make a decision. The Gift baskets at Tastebuds are the closest thing to the perfect present because they can be given on any occasion. Why Gift Baskets are the Ideal Presents It is very hard to decide on the perfect gift. You have to take into account the recipient’s age, gender,…
  • What You Need To Know About Plastic Surgeons

    Mama
    29 Jun 2014 | 6:05 pm
    A plastic surgeon is a doctor who specializes in reconstructing and repairing different parts of the human body through reconstructive plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery. The former aims to restore normal appearance and function to various body parts after an accident, illness, or injury. On the other hand, the latter is an elective procedure done either to improve or to enhance a person’s physical appearance. An In Depth Look at the Work Plastic Surgeon According to the American College of Surgeons, plastic surgeons must have technical expertise and skill in tissue transfer, grafting,…
  • Five Simple Dog Commands

    Mama
    29 Jun 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Every dog owner wants his beloved hound to be obedient; and knowing some special tricks would be an added bonus. You may think it is easier to enroll your dog into obedience classes, but simple dog training is not as difficult as you might think! Dogs In School – Obedience Training has compiled a list of 5 basic commands every dog should know. Be sure to have treats ready, preferably your dog’s favorite kind. It is very important to only praise the dog when he does the command correctly. This will ensure he understands the command and performs it correctly every time. Also, praise…
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  • Week 3

    Jules
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    I learn a lot from you. I learn more from you than you do from me, especially when it comes to self care. On my Facebook page I get a lot of feedback on taking care of myself, something I struggle to do. The reason I decided to do daily exercise is twofold. One, it’s to take care of myself physically. Two, it’s to do something just for myself. It might be one reason I’ve had mixed results with stay at home yoga. The boys want to do it with me and, as much as I love them, I need some time alone. The Mister came home on Friday night after a month of traveling (he came home on…
  • Happy, Happy

    Jules
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    When your husband is traveling for most of the month (only one week left to go!) and your boys are in several activities, sometimes it’s best to admit you’re overwhelmed. The boys have swim practice M-F for two hours in the early morning. I’m thankful because we avoid the heat–though I still had to take Nico to the urgent care on Tuesday for dehydration–but it does take sleeping in over summer vacation out of the equation. To top it off, the boys both had choir, piano, and clarinet in the evenings. Last week I cancelled all music activities until September.
  • Newbery Challenge | Sarah, Plain and Tall (1986)

    Jules
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan Published by HarperCollins on 2013-06-25 Genres: Classics, Family, Farm & Ranch Life, Lifestyles, Stepfamilies, Young Adult Pages: 96 Goodreads Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Kobo "Did Mama sing every day?" Caleb asks his sister Anna. "Every-single-day," she answers. "Papa sang, too." This Newbery Medal–winning book is the first of five books in Patricia MacLachlan's chapter book series about the Witting family. Set in the late nineteenth century and told from young Anna's point of view, Sarah, Plain and Tall tells the story of how Sarah…
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  • Sunday Brunch: a feast of links for July 27th

    Megan Tietz
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    photo by Finn Frode Here we are, just about to put July 2014 in the books! Wanna sit outside for brunch this week? We are finalizing back-to-school stuff - the girls go back a week from tomorrow. You are probably heading out to the lake or loading up for one more road trip to see the grandparents or grabbing towels for a day at the pool or looking forward to flopping into your favorite chair with the book you can't put down. Since this summer Sunday is brimming with invitations to life offline for all of us, I'm keeping it super short and light this week, throwing out the usual format and…
  • Sure it's natural, but does it work? Checking out Freshana's MAXAM cleaner!

    Megan Tietz
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    In the past few weeks, I've introduced you to Freshana Organic - SortaCrunchy's sponsor for this summer. We've gotten some giggles over how incredibly, nauseatingly, hilariously messy family life can be, and I've filled you in on the one air spray you need to freshen and clean the air everywhere in your home. Today, I'm sharing a video with you of how we've been using Freshana's MAXAM industrial strength cleaning spray around our house. You'll see how it stands up to mildew in the shower but is gentle enough to get rid of stains on light-colored upholstery. Here it is, in all its YouTube…
  • A Short PSA: Using Caution and Care with Essential Oils

    Megan Tietz
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    First things first, full disclosure of every thing I can think of: I do not sell essential oils. I have dabbled in their use. I have very, very dear friends who are distributors/representatives for two of the most popular direct marketing essential companies - doTerra and Young Living. I am proud of my friends for finding something about which they are passionate that allows them to bring in some income for the families. This post is not directed at anyone I know personally, nor am I attempting to bash any essential oil company. Forgive my overexplanation, but I haven't written about…
 
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  • Started From the Bottom and Now I’m Here?

    Tracey Michae'l Lewis-Giggetts
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Being the best in the room is great—until you realize you can't grow. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Street Preachin’: The Loudest Sermon You’ll Never Hear

    Tracey Michae'l Lewis-Giggetts
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Can a "good" Christian love Tupac, protest the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby decision AND love Jesus and say that out loud? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Celebrating Marcus: Random Acts of Kindness To Honor An Angel

    Denene Millner
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    On July 11th, celebrate Marcus Solomon Jones by conducting a random act of kindness. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Easy Weeknight Meal: Parmesan Romano Grilled Chicken Spaghetti {Recipe}

    Melanie Edwards
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    I love easy weeknight meals for my family. When I was working outside the home, most nights I wouldn’t walk through the door until after 6 pm, to then start cooking dinner. This is how I learned to cook fast, simple meals with little ingredients. One of my go-to meals has always been pasta. Not only do I love eating it, it’s also a quick meal to make! During my visit to the Walmart headquarters earlier this summer, I learned that the Wild Oats Marketplace Organic product line (new to Walmart stores) offers a variety of organic pasta sauce for about the same price as other brands.
  • Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue, a High-Flying Adventure for the Whole Family!

    Vanessa Morales
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    High-flying adventure awaits you in Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue, playing in theaters in 3D as of today! I’m far from an expert on planes, but I’ve always been intrigued by them, and the illustration and animation of each plane in this movie seemed very realistic. The sequel to last year’s Planes brings a better dynamic and more “life” to the story than the original. It casts several familiar voices such as, Dane Cook, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, and even Erik Estrada - just to name a few. The main character, Dusty, emerges from the first Planes film as a racing…
  • Easy Cooking Tips for Simple Summer Meals

    Jeannette Kaplun
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Preparing delicious summer meals for your family can be extremely easy. During a recent social media event sponsored by Unilever’s Vive Mejor, there were plenty of examples of how to make the most out of summer fruits and vegetables. Celebrity chef, author and Real Housewife of Miami Ana Quincoces shared some of her favorite tips.  Her main goal? “Try to simplify and get out of the kitchen as quickly as possible,” said this talented mami. Easy Summer Cooking Tips Stop thinking the grill is men’s territory. If an outdoor grill intimidates you or you live in an apartment, just use an…
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  • Session Seven: When You Can’t Fully Trust

    Natalie Snapp
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Trust. It’s a scary and comforting word all at once, isn’t it? Scary because it involves complete humility and vulnerability and comforting because when it’s present, it’s like wearing an old, comfy sweatshirt on a chilly, fall day. I’m pretty sure if we have a healthy relationship with God, we know we can trust Him, right? We put Him in a place of high honor and we revere and respect Him. He’s sacred. Ephesians 5:22 tells us, “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.” On page 163 of The God Empowered Wife, Karen…
  • Session Six: On Guilt and Helping

    Natalie Snapp
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Long, long ago when I was an oh-so-wise college student who pretty much knew everything, I remember someone once saying, “Guilt is a useless emotion.” “Yeah!” I remember thinking with the fervor of a warrior about to embark on a battle. I knew all about guilt. And I still do. And once I became a mother? I experienced a whole new level of guilt. There was a time not so long ago when I would discount guilt because, after all, it’s a useless emotion. But then I realized that the Holy Spirit can communicate with us through guilt. In Chapter Fifteen of The God…
  • Dear Spencer (On Your Sixth Birthday),

    Natalie Snapp
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It cannot be true. I double-checked the calendar to make sure I’m not off a year and I’m dumbfounded to find I’m not. You, my youngest, spunkiest, rascally-est child are six years old today. I think I mention this each year but some things are just worth repeating – repeatedly. I need to shoot straight with you and tell you that when I took that pregnancy test on the cold, November evening of a late night at work for your Daddy and an exhausting day with your then two year old sister and six month old brother, I was not overjoyed. Don’t take it personally, love.
 
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  • July & August: Where I’ll Be

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    July. A brand new month. The plan was to come here today and announce the next topic for my HERE Year. In case you’re new to this site, I have, along with Lindsey Mead, undertaken a yearlong exploration of Presence, which asks through a different topical lens each month: How can we be more present in our lives? How can we get better at being HERE? April was Home. May was Parenthood. And this past month, June, was Marriage. To say that I’ve learned a lot in the past three months is a vast understatement; I’ve been floored by the education that comes, quite simply, with asking, with…
  • What I’ve Learned About Marriage

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:19 am
    Marriage. I’m no expert on marriage and yet, in some sense, I’m as much an expert as any of us is. I’m not versed in statistics nor do I have any real interest in being so versed, but I have been married for almost a decade and I know a thing or two. More than that though, more important than that, I’m curious about marriage, what it means and how it works, why some marriages are made of tough steel and others powdery sand, why some unions last forever and others crumble quickly. During the past month Lindsey and I have focused on this topic and what a fascinating…
  • In Between Here & There

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    29 Jun 2014 | 11:38 am
    The following is a guest post by friend, parenting expert & children’s book author Rachel Cedar. There is a stretch of train track between San Diego and points north that runs parallel to the Pacific Ocean.  I had big plans to tuck into a new book as I was kid- and obligation-free during our short journey, but instead I found myself glued to the view…a mesmerizing expanse of endless blue-gray ocean stretching flat…far out to the end of the world.  The rhythmic rock of the train and the “whirrrr” of the shoreline speeding by lulled me into contemplation. Forehead pressed…
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  • Social Networking: How to Use Social Media to Drive REAL Business in the Door

    Carla Young
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Tired of hearing all the hype about social media and not seeing the results? Social media sites, like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, can be an invaluable source of new leads for your business IF you know how to leverage them. The trouble is that if you approach social media with the intention of ‘selling’ people on your product or service, you risk alienating them. It’s important to strike a balance between engaging with your fans and followers, and blatantly promoting your business. That’s not to say that you can’t sometimes promote your limited time special offer or…
  • Turn Clutter Into Cash: How to Declutter Your Home With a Yard Sale by @TheJoyfulOrg

    Bonnie Dewkett
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do you want to turn your clutter into cash? The biggest challenge people have when organizing their home is figuring out what to do with those unwanted items that are still in good shape. That’s where a yard sale comes in! It’s the perfect way to make some money and clean out your home! Below you will find some tips on how to make your yard sale as profitable and successful as possible. Set up signs around your neighborhood, in grocery stores and on free online listings, such as Craig’s List. Check with your neighbors and let them know about the expected increase in traffic. …
  • Why Do We Do This to Ourselves? How to Break the Overscheduling Habit

    Carla Young
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    You know how our kids have those epic meltdowns? The ones where they fling themselves to the floor kicking and screaming in a fit of exhaustion? We usually nod knowingly, realizing that what they need is a little downtime. Well, guess what? We have the exact same problem, and while it doesn’t usually manifest itself in throwing ourselves to the floor in a fit, we do have our grown-up version of a meltdown. It’s usually for the same reason: overscheduling. It’s tempting to try to fill every second of your work day with something productive. In fact, if you want to be successful, it’s…
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  • Brian's Health - A Personal Note

    Finamoon
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    My husband, Brian, and I.To whom reads this, let me explain. This is a letter that I have just written up for MetLife, an insurance company that provides long term disability benefits. This letter is about my husband who has been in and out of work since March of 2011 when his symptoms started and has been out of work completely since March 30th, 2013. MetLife denied our claim for long term disability benefits and this is part of the appeal. This is fairly personal information, but I feel the need to share it with you all.The past 2 years have been very difficult for Brian, my husband. Since…
  • Orkin Bug Wisdom Backyard Explorers Kit Giveaway and Blog App

    Finamoon
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Summer is here and Orkin some amazing “Bug Wisdom” to soak in and a “Backyard Explorers Kit” to keep the kids busy at home!When life hands you dung, just roll with it.At Orkin, we never stop learning. Our new “Bug Wisdom” video series is a reminder that some of life’s biggest lessons come from small places. Bugs are smart, curious creatures – we humans can learn a lot from their ways.Take the quiz to discover your “Spirit Bug,” and check out all the GIFs to soak in every nugget of wisdom that these bugs have to offer!The Orkin Man always knows what to look for when he…
  • WONKA Peel-a-Pop Frozen Dessert Pops Review #GotItFree #wonkapop

    Finamoon
    4 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    My girls with the WONKA™ PEEL-A-POP™ promotional items we received with the coupons.We received these products free from BzzAgent to facilitate this review.We received these items in our BzzKit:A coupon for a FREE (up to $4.49) 8-count box of WONKA PEEL-A-POP frozen dessert pops, redeemable at the local Kroger Co. store A Wonka-fied whistle to let kids know when they can come running for a peelable popA WONKA branded beach ball and pair of sunglasses for outdoor summer fun $1-off coupons to share with other parents who also shop at The Kroger Co. Family of StoresA postcard explaining what…
 
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  • The tough part of parenthood

    Audrey McClelland
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:25 pm
    This past weekend my son William was competing in the Long Course New England Championships in Dover, NH. He’s been training since April for the Long Course season, so the Championship meet is the BIG deal for the Long Course season. In swimming there’s 2 seasons – Short Course and Long Course. The Short Course season is always in the Fall/Winter and the Long Course season is always in the Spring/Summer. William also competes on an additional summer swim team at our summer pool club. So, in reality… he’s in the pool quite a bit throughout the year. Since he also…
  • Superhero Fun With the McClelland Family Pool Side #CosplayAllDay

    Audrey McClelland
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:09 pm
    OK, my husband is OBSESSED with Comic-Con.I’m talking… OBSESSED. Every year he tells me, “We should go!” We’ve just never gotten there, hopefully someday we can go together!How cool, right?But I have the next best thing right now.Downy asked me and my family to get comfortable in our own skin and get into the spirit of Comic-Con in our real, day-to-day lives. Since we happen to LIVE on the pool deck with my sons, and happen to be at a swim meet up in New Hampshire (3 hours away from home right now!), I thought – OMG, this is PERFECT. Since my son William…
  • Surprise Trip to Disney World – THEY WERE SHOCKED! We got it on VIDEO! #ESPNatDisney

    Audrey McClelland
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:38 pm
    I was invited to attend a Disney Youth Sports Media Event July 13-15th in Orlando at Disney World, so we decided to just add on 3 days and surprise the boys with a Disney World trip!We’ve NEVER done anything like this before.They were shocked.It was 4AM, but I’ll tell you what… the look on their faces was priceless, especially William’s!An added bonus!?They’re BEST FRIENDS IN THE WORLD planned a trip during the same week, too!! We all flew down and surprised the kids together. It was AWESOME!Check out my post about Disney Sports Solutions.
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  • Try it Today! How to Can Green Beans in a Pressure Canner

    Courtney Wollam
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Green beans are a great candidate for a first-time gardener and for someone new to canning. They grow well in lots of different gardening zones. They grow and produce rather quickly, and the more you pick them, the more they produce. They are easy to can and will provide your family with a green vegetable throughout the winter, making them a great choice for food storage. We love green beans in our house. It’s the only green vegetable my whole family likes, so we eat them about twice a week, with lots of bacon grease. You can find our favorite recipe here. Equipment Required Clean canning…
  • Water Purifier Comparison: The Sawyer Point ZeroTWO and The Berkeys

    John A. Heatherly
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The saying “two is one, one is none” is common in military and survival circles, and for good reason. The principle is especially true when considering water purification, as most people can function effectively for weeks with little food while they require water in greater and more frequent quantities. Today’s water purifier comparison includes two filters that are appropriate for the home or car. They are a bit large for normal backpack carry, though they could be hand carried for some distance if necessary. The Sawyer Point ZeroTWO I snatched up a Sawyer Point ZeroTWO…
  • The Prepared Immune System: Four Herbs to Know (Other Than Echinacea)

    Agatha Noveille
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Your immune system protects you from many threats even on a normal day. After  stamina and physical conditioning for your body, making sure your immune system is in top shape should be your next big priority for health preparedness. The immune system isn’t isolated in one area of your body, though. It’s an incredibly complex system made up of cells communicating in your bloodstream, in your bones, and even in your intestines! A full 70% of immune cells can be found in the gut, and modern research is only just beginning to understand the way “good” bacteria (probiotics) in the gut can…
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  • the fox and the crane: shadow puppets with printables

    amy mascott
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    This week, Liska from Adventure in a Box shares a super-cool, totally new-to-teachmama.com idea.  So cool, it’s nuts. Liska is a toymaker, a creator, a mom, an artist and a lover of books.  She is a Russian who has settled in Canada with her son and husband (and her husband just so happens to have one of the coolest jobs around!). Today, Liska created printables for us and delivers a unique way of sharing The Fox and the Crane fable–with shadow puppets that you can print and use today. Awe-some. Huge and happy thanks, Liska! The Fox and the Crane: Shadow Puppets with…
  • let kids learn on their own time: tabletop surprises

    amy mascott
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    We just finished week number six of our ten week tabletop surprises — a simple but clever way we encourage our kids to learn on their own time. Tabletop Surprises are just that: invitations to learn, play, create, invent, and think–on their own time.  Little fun activities just waiting for someone to come along and try ‘em out. Here’s what we did this week.  A little bit o’ math, a little bit of reading, a little bit of writing, and a bit of critical thinking. Pretty fun.  But next week? Even better. No kidding. Here’s the skinny. . . Let Kids Learn on Their…
  • let kids play: remembering the importance of free time outdoors

    amy mascott
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
          It’s easy for parents to fall into the trap of thinking that summer means camps, amusement parks, pool trips, beach, camping, picnics, and activities nonstop.  Busy, busy, busy. And when we’re not going, going, going, many of us feel guilty. Like our kids always must be doing something. And it’s easy for parents to fall into the trap of thinking that ‘downtime’ means ‘plugged in’ time: free play on an electronic device–a tablet, phone, iPod, computer, DS, Wii, or whatever.  Our kids are learning, right? And having fun? So…
 
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    Shh!! Momma's Writing!

  • Katie’s Hula Hoop

    Lea C
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    The post Katie’s Hula Hoop appeared first on Shh!! Momma's Writing!.
  • Two Sites you MUST Check Before Vacation

    Lea C
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
      Before leaving for vacation, I always make it a point to check two sites before leaving. If you have not joined Groupon or Living Social, do it now. I have found buy one/get one meals, show deals for Vegas and other great opportunities to add to the enjoyment of our vacation. Heck, Living Social even led to […] The post Two Sites you MUST Check Before Vacation appeared first on Shh!! Momma's Writing!.
  • A Little Fourth of July Quote by Erma Bombeck

    Lea C
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:46 pm
    A little humor from Erma Bombeck;   The post A Little Fourth of July Quote by Erma Bombeck appeared first on Shh!! Momma's Writing!.
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    Here Be Willers

  • Kids Nutrition: Avoiding Childhood Obesity

    Kathleen Penick
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    Summary: We want to keep our children healthy and put an end to anything that would do jeopardize their lifespan. Despite the epidemic, parents can help by ensuring that their children get a proper nutrition by eating more fruits and vegetables, consume less sugar and sodium, and increase physical activities. This may require setting guidelines like reducing television or computer time. The number of children overweight continues to be a growing issue in the United States. Recent reports indicate that the percentage of young kids exceeding their expected weight for their height and body type…
  • Working as Equals: 21st Century Co-Parenting Takes Effort

    Kathleen Penick
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:14 am
    Summary: Modern co-parenting can be a challenge. Youth can be quite adept at looking for chinks in parents’ armor, discussions about money and spending can be unpleasant, and proactive communication can sometimes be awkward. However, it is worth it to enjoy the benefits of raising one’s progeny in an egalitarian, respectful, healthy household. Modern co-parenting can be tough. With a less stable economy, more families see both parents working outside the home. With rigid gender roles eroding, mothers and fathers sometimes struggle to determine which roles are appropriate. With…
  • Stay Home Dads: Benefits for the Whole Family

    Kathleen Penick
    23 May 2014 | 6:27 am
    Summary: Men who stay home with children provide the same trust and confidence in the offspring as that of a mother choosing to do the same. Consistent care helps the children learn better and stay healthier. Fun times can be scheduled and golden moments in the lives of children are not missed. Women have typically been expected to be responsible for childcare and the household chores. The ratio of wife-to-husband childcare responsibilities in the US is approximately five-to-one. Couples who have agreed to equal childcare and housework sometimes hit stumbling blocks. Societal norms, schedule…
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    Moxie Mayhem Fitness

  • Clovis Woman’s Dramatic Weight Loss Struggle and Success Inspires Thousand

    Moxie Mayhem
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:03 pm
    This is a success story of a Clovis Woman’s inspiring a lot of people around the valley and also the world in the person of Tanya Smith. Tanya is 35 year old whose weight reached 280 lbs after the recent death of her mother and after giving birth to her 3 children. Because of her weight Tanya was not proud of herself; she tends to stay at home all the time. In fact, her doctor even suggested trying gastric bypass, or also known as Lap band surgery; however, she refused to do it and told herself she needs to do other method of reducing weight. Her goal was to lose 134 pounds so she started…
  • Can Weight Loss Fads Be Dangerous?

    Moxie Mayhem
    21 Oct 2013 | 8:31 pm
    Experts noticed that women now are somewhat too desperate to reach their ideal (and sometimes too good to be true) weight to the point of expecting doctors to give them a miracle. Seeing the “skinny trend” among celebrities now it’s no wonder why more and more women are opting for different ways to become like these famous trend setters. However, instead of using proper diet and exercise to achieve it, these women are more inclined to use different weight loss fads, again, just like their idols. What these women do not realize is that these diet fads are also like trends that simply…
  • Successfully Handling The Holidays While On Diet

    Moxie Mayhem
    7 Sep 2013 | 10:27 am
    Holidays, like New Year, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and more, are just some of the days that dieters dreaded. The main reason is because there are many foods and they are all very tempting. This situation often makes it hard for those to stick with their diets especially when many foods are offered right in front of them. How do you handle the holidays when you’re on a diet is not that easy, but is very much possible. This is very important for dieters to know so that they will be able to save themselves from ruining their hard work diet. Dieting must be consisted of good work out and a…
 
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    The Shopping Mama

  • Warm Milk For Baby On-The-Go With Iiamo Go

    Jennie
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
      What do you do when you are on the go and need to feed your baby a warm bottle but there’s no access to electricity?  iiamo is a company out of Denmark that’s created a bottle that will solve this problem.  With the use of salt and water, the iiamo go can warm a bottle of milk in 4 minutes.  iiamo go is made from polypropylene, 100% silicone and stainless steel.  It’s 100% BPA free and one of the most uniquely designed bottles we’ve ever seen. To use the iiamo go unscrew the bottle and pour in desired milk then remove the trigger from the bottom of the…
  • Travel News: MSC Cruises and Chicco Announce New Partnership

    Serena
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    Exciting travel news for families! MSC Cruises and Chicco recently teamed up to bring even more happiness on vacation with a cruise tailor-made for babies. The brands have joined forces to make a range of Chicco’s outstanding products available to families in custom-built children areas on six ships of the expanding MSC Cruises fleet. MSC Cruises and Chicco partnered to offer an ideal vacation for families with very small children free of any practical worries. Indeed, the well-being of babies is at the heart of the partnership and everything has been thought of in order to help parents…
  • JustFab: Fall and Back-to-School Trends

    Maureen
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    So, fall, you say?  Back-to-School, you say?  Yes – I know it’s still July.  However, I think I speak for most of us when I can say that….time FLIES.  Before we know it our favorite stores are stocking their shelves with back to school…everything.  Pencils, Notebooks, Book Bags, Lunch Boxes, the whole nine yards.  While slightly overwhelming, I think I have a way to bring a little bit of calm back into your life. In the midst of all that back-to-school shopping for all the kiddo’s in your life, might I suggest a little back-to-school shopping of your own?
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    The View from My Fishbowl

  • The One Where I Give Lame Excuses for Not Blogging

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    You know what? It's summer. So I guess that means I'm on summer break from my blog?No?OK. In all honesty I think about writing here a lot. Most of it happens just as I'm about to fall asleep and I have these great ideas for a post and then BAM! The "Simply Sleep" pills kick in and I'm out like a light. And then the next morning I have no recollection of any of those great ideas.It's summer. Which means the kids have been sitting on their butts for weeks eating bon-bons and watching repeats of 'Jessie' on the Disney Channel all day long.OK. Not really.Summer has looked a lot like this: leave…
  • Wordless Wednesday - 32 Days

    9 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    32 days until I'm at my happy place. Not that I'm counting down or anything.
  • The Post Where I Vent About Food Allergies and Insensitive Jerks

    23 Jun 2014 | 5:43 pm
    There are many things in life that annoy me.Bad grammar. Overuse of exclamation points. Tailgating drivers. Slow drivers. Brown M&Ms.And, people who refuse to understand the seriousness of food allergies.It's been almost three years since Olivia was diagnosed with allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, and sesame.In those three years I have become a food allergy advocate for Olivia (and for all the other kids out there who were dealt this very unfair hand). I read all the labels. I do all the research. I warn the waitresses about Liv's allergies. I demand that they tell the kitchen about the…
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    The MamaZone

  • Perfectly Popped Popcorn for Family Movie Nights

    Anitra Elmore
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    This post (and our family movie night) were sponsored by Pop Secret! We like movies. We stream them, we rent them and we watch them on the big screen.  We cuddle on the couch, hover around the iPad and occasionally project them on the wall. We watch currents, classics and LOTS of super hero titles, and argue about our choices A LOT. And, though where and what might change, two things remain constant: we watch together often and there are always snacks involved. This weekend, our red and white popcorn bowls were filled with Pop Secret. I’m notorious for burning popcorn in the…
  • eBay Guides That Make Life Easier

    Anitra Elmore
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:58 pm
    I have taken The MamaZone’s fun all the way to eBay, where I’ve written several guides to do what I love to do: help make mama’s life easier!   Here is a list of the guides I’ve written there so far. I hope you’ll visit, read the ones you find relevant and chat with me in the comments there. If you find them helpful, give them a “thumbs up” and let me know you did. I’m certain you’ll find some useful tips to help you do all you do! eBay Guides to Make Life Easier Guides to Help with the Kids and Family Teaching Kids About Money…
  • Wedding Freebies to Help Prepare for the Big Day

    Anitra Elmore
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    Newly engaged? Knee-deep in wedding plans? I’ve got a few great freebies to help you prepare for your wedding. Read on to see how you can save big for your big day! (By the way, I’m an affiliate and appreciate you shopping through my links!) 10 Free Stationery Samples If you’re searching for the perfect wedding invitation, take a peek at what Wedding Paper Divas has to offer. Browse the site and grab TEN FREE STATIONERY SAMPLES to help you narrow down your choices. Simply use the code 10WEDSAMPLES to order. Free Wedding Website Wedding Paper Divas offers FREE wedding…
 
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    Dear Crissy

  • Some memories take you back

    Crissy Page
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:45 pm
    I received complimentary tickets to a Cincinnati Reds game. Opinions are my own. Photo credit: Jeff Kern A few weeks ago, I received a series of frantic text messages from my younger brother, Matt. He was excited because he nearly caught a Jay Bruce home run at the previous night’s Cincinnati Reds game. He was also pretty psyched to be featured attempting to catch said homer in the game’s highlight reels on local news stations. I’ve never seen anyone so excited about almost catching a ball at a baseball game, and while I told him how cool it was that he had that experience,…
  • Glam summer Beauty Board box!

    Crissy Page
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    This post is sponsored by Mode Media. Opinions are my own. What is better than receiving a big box of full-size hair and beauty products? Nada. Not ONE thing! I’m so excited to share the goodies that were inside my Glam Beauty Board box—it’s chock full of summertime goodies! Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor, $10 With 5 blades and 8 times more glide boosters, the Venus Embrace Sensitive is dermatologist tested for sensitive skin. I’m already a fan of Venus Embrace razors, so, I was really excited to try this one. I love how smooth and silky it makes my skin.
  • Easy chicken stir-fry skillet

    Crissy Page
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    This is a sponsored post on behalf of ConAgra. Summer days are packed full of fun, and that also means I sometimes don’t have extra time in the evenings to plan a complicated dinner. It’s nice to have recipes on hand that are simple but still include fresh ingredients from our garden. This week, I made a super-simple chicken stir-fry that I wanted to share with you. It’s quick, easy and full of flavor! It’s amazing how making a few simple choices when cooking can save so much time. For instance, I love using PAM Cooking Spray for stir-fry. It’s a great start to…
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    Child Mode

  • The Happiest Party on Twitter: #DisneyFamilyTravel

    Nadia Carriere
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    In the mid-1960s, Walt Disney’s dream was to build a family resort destination like no other. The dream became a reality when Walt Disney World Resort opened in 1971, featuring Magic Kingdom as the... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • 2014 Honda Odyssey SE ~ Mileage, Space & Everything You Need To Know About This Minivan

    Nadia Carriere
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    There are two main things I look for in a vehicle – fuel efficiency and space. The Honda Odyssey has both in spades. Over the past two weeks, we’ve been testing out the 2014 Odyssey SE,... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • Oeuf Recall: Over 14,000 Cribs Due To Detached Rail Issue

    Nadia Carriere
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Oeuf recall alert! Yesterday, Oeuf issued a recall including four models of their Sparrow cribs. The cribs were sold in the colors birch, grey, walnut and white. The recalled cribs were... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
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    One Bored Mommy Blogspot

  • @DiamondCandles - A Treasure In Every Candle And Mine Was Worth $5000??

    Courtney Clipperton
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    I love having candles in my home to make our place smell delicious!  Yes...I am one of those, who's sweet tooth helps her choose the scents of candles she purchases!  But what if a candle can be even more than just a fancy fragrance and mood lighting for your home?  What if you actually can find a cool piece of costume or even VALUABLE jewelry inside your candle?  Would you want to buy one just to see what was INSIDE?All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company!  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting about this candle…
  • Prayer Request - FOR TODAY!! Please Read!

    Courtney Clipperton
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I don't ask for this often...but I do ask for it when necessary!  And in my opinion, today is one of those days for me and the kids!  Will you pray for me today?  PLEASE!!I am asking you...those of you who read this blog and care about more than just my product reviews...to please spend a few minutes today lifting us up in your prayers!Your prayers today will help me more than you will ever realize!  SO THANK YOU!
  • Stylish Charging - For Your Cell Phone...ON THE GO @chicbuds CLUCHETTE POWER

    Courtney Clipperton
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    How many times have you been running around, busy as a bee, and not had time to stop and charge your cell phone?  But you really, desperately need to keep it charged...cause what if there's an emergency?  What if that important phone call you've been waiting for is coming and your phone is about to die?  Our darn cell phone batteries just don't hold their charge...especially when we are playing games, taking pictures or sending text messages a lot.All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by…
 
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    HomeToHeather

  • Two Summer Iced Drink Recipes

    Heather
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Second Cup is celebrating summer!  Did you enter the $200 prize pack giveaway yet?  If you haven’t then go enter to win!  If you have, then sit back and relax.  You might want to make yourself an Iced Latte the Second Cup way. They’re sharing their tips and secrets so you can make one at home!  Of course, it’s harder to make a Black Cherry Smoothie so if that’s something you’re after you might be better off heading down to a Second Cup location to pick one up   Iced Latte Recipe Fill a tall glass 2/3 full with ice. Prepare a fresh double shot of…
  • Top Two Tech Travel Toys for Kids

    Heather
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:48 pm
    This summer our road trip has taken us across the mountains to Grandma’s house as they often do and so far it’s been a lovely trip.  Things just seem easier this time.  Maybe it’s because they’re older now – there’s no more lugging around playpens and diaper bags and strollers.  We’re past all the ‘gear lugging’ which is very nice, I won’t lie.  Or maybe it’s because we happened to find two of the most amazing toys to bring along for the ride. I kept these secret until we left on our trip so they would be new and exciting…
  • $200 Second Cup Prize Pack!

    Heather
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    Summer is in full swing!  I have the sunburn to prove it.  I don’t recommend you proving the existence of sun in the same manner I did. Ouch!  Instead grab one of the brand new Black Cherry Smoothies at Second Cup.  They are celebrating in a big way with their refreshing icy beverages!  Check out this line-up: For those who like a little variety in their cup, Second Cup is thrilled to offer refreshingly delicious, icy beverages all summer long. These icy heroes include: Chillatte® – a delicious chocolate frappe, ice cold, creamy and lightly sweet; made with Second Cup premium…
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    hollywood housewife

  • a conversation about criticism

    hollywood housewife
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    If you get the Secret Posts, you know that my husband The Gorilla and I are purposefully choosing presence this summer. Our lifestyle is anything but routine, including frequent travel for both of us and chaotic daily schedules. In the past two months, we've made a very deliberate choice to take a break from that. We've had some of the most meaningful conversations, often in the car. Like this one, about facing public criticism, something The Gorilla knows a lot about. Pardon the colorful language.   Hollywood Housewife: How do handle the criticism? Gorilla:  Who gives a…
  • nordstrom anniversary sale picks

    hollywood housewife
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is one of my favorite store events of the year. I'm not anywhere close to a Nordstrom right now, so I've been browsing online some of the deals. Here are some of my favorites: Frye brown leather cross body bag // Alexis Bittar stone bracelet // Nixon gold & navy faced watch (and also in green) // Rag & Bone gray leather booties If you really want to splurge on some winter basics: Michael Kors white leather hobo // Coach over-the-knee brown leather boots And these deals were just too good to pass up: Nordstrom leather front top (a great price for…
  • books on my bedside

    hollywood housewife
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    I've been happily reading all summer. And some of those things I can't wait to tell you about (like Brene Brown's The Gifts of Imperfection, holy self-revelation), but there are so many things in my reading queue that I thought I'd share in case you need some summer reading inspiration. The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Okay, now look. I'm not giving up my Dr. Pepper habit any time soon, but I'm finally acquiescing to the fact that I need to know more about what I'm putting into my body. I've experimented just a teensy bit lately, and, wonder of…
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    Following In My Shoes

  • Double Espresso Mocha Meringue Cookies

    Rachel Lacy
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:48 pm
    The past 3 days have been a flurry of packing and list-making and reservation-checking … all sandwiched between answering the every popular question, “Is today the day we go camping,” 525,600 times. GAH!! Vacations are wonderful – once you are actually THERE – but, the time leading up to it are nothing but stressful. And, don’t even get [...] The post Double Espresso Mocha Meringue Cookies appeared first on Following In My Shoes.
  • Motts for Tots … {this} Mommy Approved!

    Rachel Lacy
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:56 pm
    I have always spent the past seven years watering down juice. Whether in sippy cups or big kid cups, bottled juice and juice boxes get mixed with water. Yes, even the 100% juice blends get the treatment. Call me crazy but I’ve never been a fan of giving so much sugar out like candy. Even 100% juice [...] The post Motts for Tots … {this} Mommy Approved! appeared first on Following In My Shoes.
  • I Wish They Had MORE Personality {wordless wednesday}

    Rachel Lacy
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
              (obviously, my headline is dripping with sarcasm) Share and Enjoy:PrintStumbleUpon The post I Wish They Had MORE Personality {wordless wednesday} appeared first on Following In My Shoes.
 
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    The Mom Maven

  • #GoBackHealthy with CVS MinuteClinic

    Cindy Schultz
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”It is hard to believe that back to school time is here already! Locally the kids go back on August 18th. There is so much that goes into…
  • Easy Recipes-Creamy Italian Chicken

    Cindy Schultz
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I am a wannabe freezer cooker. Right now there are two things holding me back. The first is the fact that I have 2 square feet of kitchen counter prep space (I’m not exaggerating either, I need a kitchen remodel and expansion!). The second is I need to clean out my freezer. The second reason is easily fixable but the first isn’t. My friend Kim and I want to work together on freezer meals but she has been in temporary living since March and is currently in a small trailer, so she has no room either. Someday we will have our first freezer cooking prep sessions and I promise to tell…
  • Our Febreze #Noseblind Test and Giveaway

    Cindy Schultz
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”If you have been reading The Mom Maven for a while now, you know that I LOVE Febreze products. When I was asked to do a Noseblind Test in my home with our friends I…
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    mommyshangout.com

  • Be sure to enter Savor’s Sweepstakes: Christmas in July

    Jen Williams
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:20 pm
      Let’s face we all love to save money! But sometimes finding the best deals and coupon codes can be a little time consuming. With Back to school shopping in full swing I’ve been spending most of my free time searching for the best deals online while also trying to find coupon codes to help me... [read more]
  • Amazing Dream Team pets ™ Review & Giveaway

    Jen Williams
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
      I recently was introduced to the Amazing Dream Team pets ™ and agreed to do a review and giveaway on my site. I decided that the Magical Cat would be perfect for my four-year old niece to help her create sleep independence. However, when the Pink Magical Cat arrived my daughter informed me that... [read more]
  • 3 supplements to help alleviate symptoms of depression

    Jen Williams
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    When you are diagnosed with depression it can feel like you are all alone, but it’s important to remember that depression affects millions of people worldwide and while prescriptions may help it does not always fix the problem entirely. Depression is a mental disorder that can affect our daily life and the lives of those... [read more]
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    Naptime Radio

  • Episode 127: Technical Difficulties

    Heather and Kate
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    Heather and Kate battle technical difficulties but manage to limp through this episode with a little chatter about their recent beach trip, a biz buzz with Alli. P. and a nugget and news quiz with Nodelman.  Enjoy and thanks for listening!
  • FLASHBACK: Episode 039 - Self Esteem

    Heather and Kate
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:32 pm
    We are on a two week vacation from recording so we are posting two old episodes this week.  Please enjoy this blast from the past originally recorded January 2012.  Thanks for listening!
  • Episode 126: Stop Fighting!

    Heather and Kate
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:20 am
    Heather and Kate attempt to record through endless interruptions!  Welcome to summer!  They discuss Carley and Liv's return home and answer a parenting question, get biz buzzed with a buzzed Alli P., power nap on how to stop sibling fights and wrap with Nodelman.  Enjoy and thanks for listening!
 
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    just another mommy blog...

  • Yes, this is a scheduled post. I'm at BlogHer!

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    I realized that I never posted my own video after the Chicago Listen To Your Mother Show this year. Hmmm. Being a producer does that to you, I guess? I really want for EVERYone's pieces to be viewed and adored, but I kind of think my own is pretty hilarious, too. So, if you have 5 minutes and 9 seconds to spare for a few giggles, here is my 2014 LTYM Chicago piece, "Sweeter Than Honey."It's all true. Every word. In fact, this is one of the TAMER stories I have to share. My kids are going to need therapy, for sure.
  • Tuesday Blurb

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    It's funny that I tend to STOP writing before and after a conference that is dedicated to, well, WRITING.Maybe I need to stop thinking about it as a "writing conference" and start calling it a reason to connect with people I know and like and also a reason to dance like it's a college party without finals or underage drinking....After the past 11 days, I am exhausted but unable to process 98% of what we've done, where we've gone, and the things that have happened (both good and not-so-good) while we've been gone. I can't stop to focus on my cat who looks like she's aged another year in the 10…
  • Welcoming Summer at Raging Waves

    8 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Disclaimer: I received tickets for entrance and complimentary lunches for myself and my family in exchange for an honest review of this facility. All opinions are my own.I love summer! What's not to love? Vacations, camping, fireworks, no school, and lots and lots of time in the water! When Raging Waves Waterpark in Yorkville, IL invited me and my family to attend their blogging outreach day to #WelcomeSummer , I was ecstatic!We've been to Raging Waves a few times over the years. Each time, I walk away saying, "Man, we need to come back more often!" Between the great variety of activities for…
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    Mommy Niri

  • 7 Reasons Migis Lodge (Sebago Lake, Maine) is perfect for a family vacation!

    Nirasha Jaganath
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    I could tell you so many reasons why you should go to Migis Lodge at Sebago Lake Maine, but I thought is better that I show you. When I was invited on a media trip to Migis Lodge at Sebago Lake in Maine, I will admit to knowing nothing about it. Then I mentioned it to a friend and she was so excited and could not stop gushing about the place so I decided to check it out. A few days away with the family would be amazing and I was happy for the excuse. I had no idea the degree of joy Migis would hold for us. There are a lot of pictures because they say so much much than writing does. If these…
  • 5 Reasons to watch Earth To Echo! (Giveaway)! #earthtoecho #Boston

    Nirasha Jaganath
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    I know I wrote a post giving several readers screening passes (you lucky devils I could not make any of them so I paid and watched it on my own) but I said nothing on my thoughts about the movie Earth To Echo  because I had not yet seen it. Also you would recall they had a promotion with Code.org and any movie that promotes coding is a favorite as hubby and I were both software engineers. But now I have seen it, and ma here to tell you why you should go see it too. 5 Reasons to watch Earth To Echo   1) It promotes engineering and innovation! The setup to measure sounds, reroute calls…
  • RECIPE: Cottage cheese in savory rice! #ad #NewHoodCC

    Nirasha Jaganath
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:08 am
    I’m hoping that you have read my previous post where I mentioned that Hood asked me if I would host a party to get my friends to try out the new Hood Cottage Cheese, and even tried out my recipe for Tatsoi and Cottage Cheese. I actually debated sharing with you my chicken recipe there but I wanted to share with you something even more uncommon (and honestly easier that every member of your family will love. Cottage cheese in savory rice! Ingredients: 3 cups cooked rice (I used long grain Basmati rice because that is what I had already – see I told you this was easy) 1/4 cup of…
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    Traveling Mom

  • 10 Things I’ll Miss Living in the United Arab Emirates

    Heather Barnard, Expat TravelingMom
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    It has been four weeks since we said goodbye to the United Arab Emirates.  This has given me time to reflect on what I’ll miss the most about living there, some understandable and some you won’t understand until you live there.  Nonetheless, I believe you can take away valuable lessons from anywhere you live, even if you can’t see it while you’re in the thick of it.  I hope you’re able to enjoy some of these one day. Honor System When we first arrived; we decided to take a drive into Dubai.  Little did we know, the gas station on the way did not accept credit cards, and we…
  • Cave Tours in Carter Cave State Resort Park, Kentucky

    Silvana Clark, RV TravelingMom
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    Photo credit: Allan Clark In our years of RV’ing, we have camped in gorgeous, leafy state campgrounds as well as cramped, inner-city campgrounds next to overflowing dumpsters. Thankfully, Carter Cave State Resort Park, between Lexington, Kentucky, and Charleston ,West Virginia, provided a wide-open site, surrounded by trees and grass. As you can guess by the park name, several caves are available for exploring. One guided tour warned that the strenuous tour, “requires crawling on your stomach through narrow, wet, muddy  spaces.” The description went on to say, “The…
  • Four Things to Do in Toronto with a Toddler

    Anuja De Silva, Cosmopolitan TravelingMom
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    View from Mariposa CruisePhoto credit: Anuja De Silva/Cosmopolitan TravelingMom Toronto has so much to offer for visiting families. That made it a challenge when we we were trying to decide which things to do in Toronto with a toddler during a weekend visit. We focused on attractions that had direct appeal to our 2-year-old son and gave us a flavor of the city. Here are our top four things to do in Toronto with a toddler. 1.Visit Centreville Amusement Park Centreville is an amusement park located in the Centre Island of Toronto. You can take the public ferry or private boat for the 10-15…
 
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  • Five Good Lessons Kids Learn At The Farmer’s Market {Downtown Market}

    Jennifer Rees
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    We spent an entire morning at the Downtown Market; acquiring rhubarb for our Cinnamon Rhubarb Muffins and a whole bunch of other delicious and tasty looking things we couldn’t live without. The vendors are friendly and eager to please.  Especially the Field and Fire bakery guy; he allows me to eat sample after sample and despite the growing line behind me, smiles and chats like I am the only person in the world. The food is everything it should be.  Local and fresh and organic and grass fed and hand made.  There was a tiny twinge of guilt, though, when I first took my kids. I have…
  • Cinnamon Rhubarb Muffins – They’re Locally Delicious

    Jennifer Rees
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Michigan is home to many agricultural delights, provided you are only hungry during the months of June, July, and August. The rest of the year the ground is frozen solid and we have to use ice picks to harvest potatoes. When things like asparagus and rhubarb start sprouting from the ground that so recently was covered with several feet of snow, it stops us in our tracks.  And we make muffins and cakes and casseroles and quiches and pies. Anything but those stupid ice potatoes*. We were not immune from the strong urge to create something delicious out of the strange, tangy and…
  • I Spy With My Little Eye…A Way To Make Family Game Night Happen!

    Jennifer Rees
    2 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    KFC has compensated me for sharing this information.  It is with great pleasure that I do so; and all opinions are my own. Family is everything to me and I fiercely protect it.  In this instance; ‘fierce’ is not an understatement.  I have come close to growling when someone impedes on family time and am probably a little too unapologetic about saying ‘no’ when something else comes up.  It’s a cultivated response; one I developed after my kids were both in school and the world seemed to be crawling in the windows and sneaking into our lives anywhere it could.
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  • FREE Disney Frozen Backpack

    Lisa Thompson
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
      I have a super hot deal for you, but you need to hurry because it won’t last long!  Right now you can get a FREE Disney Frozen Backpack! Kmart has this backpack on sale today for $15.29 and Top Cashback is offering $17 cashback for new members which makes it FREE!  Cha-ching! Here’s how to snag this deal: 1. Click here to sign up for a new Top Cashback account. 2. Check your email for a link to activate your account. 3.  Go here to snag this special offer! IMPORTANT NOTE:  Transactions must only contain one 16″ Disney Frozen backpack priced at $15.29 to ensure…
  • Shopping for School Supplies without Breaking the Bank {Or Losing Your Mind}

    Lisa Thompson
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    Plans for back to school usually include lots of shopping and the more kids you have, the more shopping you’ll most likely need to do!  As a mom of 4, I know firsthand how crazy back to school shopping can be.  I also know that it gets crazier, more stressful, and more expensive if you wait til the last minute. Most schools will have a list of supplies your child will need.  Before you head out, let’s take a look at a few ideas that could save you some steps and some money. 1.  Make a Master List If you have more than one child and they each have a separate list of school…
  • Grace Adele Sale

    Lisa Thompson
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm
    If you’re looking to update your look, you won’t want to miss this Grace Adele sale.  They have some really sweet deals on purses and accessories!  Here are a few of my faves! Avalon Silver Ring $4 Roxie Coral Bag $24 Heather Ocean Bag $16 Tablet Tote $8   Click here to check out all the great deals!
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  • Modern Love, or Something Like It

    Marinka
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Me: Did you get that link I sent you? The one with the movie writeup? Him: Yes. That movie sounds unbearably dull. Me: ALright, I’ll just go by myself then. Him: No, I’d like to see it with you. Me: ? Him: You greatly underestimate how much I love the idea of spending three hours with you when you are completely silent. Me: … I’m trying to think of a comeback. According to the actuarial tables, I still have a few years, but it’s not looking good so far. On the bright side, I’m looking forward to seeing an actual grownup movie in the theatre for the first…
  • Hard to Say

    Marinka
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    I haven’t made my final summer vacation plans with the kids yet, and while that would throw most people into a panic, in my case it’s probably for the best. Because lately I’ve been thinking that maybe I should just go and be in the World Cup. This is certainly a surprising turn of events since I don’t play or particularly like soccer and/or football, but I tell you, I’ve recently developed a skill set that will make me a hot commodity in the whole World Cup business. Specifically in the goal-tending department. Because when you’re a goalie (as I will be;…
 
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  • Jul 27, Happenstance London

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Happenstance is the seventh is a series of restaurants opened as part of the Drake &Morgan Collection
  • Jul 27, Thermae Bath Spa, Bath UK

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:04 pm
    A natural thermal spa gets its supply of warm mineral-water from beneath the ground.
  • Jul 27, Pump House, Bath

    27 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    The Grand Pump House in Bath is located next to the entrance to the Roman Baths on Stall Street. It was built in 1795 and became the place to see and be seen in Georgian society.
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  • Did you hear? We’ve moved to Japan!

    bethany actually
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Wow, it’s been a LONG time since I’ve written here. I notice that I never quite finished posting my 7 Days photos from the last run this past December. Probably because I was in denial about the fact that it was the last 7 Days ever, *sniff*. But I digress. Anyway…yeah, we’re in Japan! In case you don’t follow me on FB/Instagram/Twitter and are just now hearing this news, the Navy surprised Troy with orders to Yokosuka in February. We were originally supposed to be in San Diego till September 2015, so this was a big change of plans, and–I’ll be…
  • Day 6 – 6-year-old me

    bethany actually
    26 Dec 2013 | 11:10 pm
    Day 6 – 6-year-old me, a photo by bethany actually on Flickr. I’ve been meaning to use this ornament in a 7 Days photo for seven years now, so I guess it’s time I got around to it. One of my cousins painted this ornament for me in 1981, when I was 6 years old. As a bonus, there are four ornaments in this photo that were made by 7 Dayers. Becca (smiles2have) made Golden Snitch ornaments for me and Jen when we went to LeakyCon, the Harry Potter fan convention, together in Oregon this past summer. The TARDIS ornament was painted for me by Bonnie. The silver wreath at the bottom…
  • Day 5 – Season’s Greetings from the beach!

    bethany actually
    25 Dec 2013 | 10:45 pm
    When Troy and I lived in San Diego as newlyweds, we decided that instead of being bummed about not having a white Christmas like the ones we grew up with in the Midwestern U.S., we would embrace what’s great about San Diego in December. So we started a tradition of going to the beach on Christmas Day. We’ve continued this tradition for 17 years, whenever we’ve been someplace warm enough to go to the beach in winter. Sometimes we hit the tidepools, sometimes we have a cookout. But we always enjoy ourselves and never once have we wished for snow to play in instead of sand.
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    Hanging By a Thread

  • 5 Things {Beach Rules}

    Hanging By a Thread
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:46 pm
    When I first began coming to Surfside Beach, Texas, with my soon-to-be husband's maternal family, there were a lot of rules. These rules had been in place for several generations at this point. The rules were really more of an enforced schedule. We all got up to eat breakfast, regardless...
  • Rhythms {Oceans & Life}

    Hanging By a Thread
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:13 pm
    It comes in and goes out and comes in and goes out and comes in and goes out, over and over and over forever repeating this dance of indecision, all the while roaring with its fierce, yet calming and mesmerizing voice. The mortal dangers held within this beast are many...
  • Summer & Family {Reunion}

    Hanging By a Thread
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    Summer vacation with family…when the kids go to bed unbathed, smelling of sun and water, mingled with remnants of bug spray and sunscreen…when the adults are too busy catching up with cousins and aunts and uncles to notice that the children are still running about in the dark shadows long...
 
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  • Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores Giveaway

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    I can't believe I'm writing this... but... here goes.It's almost time for back to school.(Oh, this makes me sad).Can you believe it?Summer has just flown by for us and now it's time for Mommy to start looking for the best deals and steals for everything on her shopping list.Thankfully, the wonderful people that run the state of Florida have given us a break, a tax break. The Florida Sales Tax Holiday will be August 1-3 and it's a great saving incentive to get all your shopping done in one weekend (remember, every little penny counts!).I've teamed up with Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores…
  • Review: X-Why-Z Animals, Big Book of Who

    7 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    Roo is crazy about animals.And she's all about the questions when it comes to animals. Why do birds sleep in trees? Where do bats go during the day? Why are chickens closely related to dinosaurs?It never ends.Not that I mind.Except for when I have no clue what the answer is.This summer we've fallen in LOVE with the new series of Time for Kids books about who, what, when and most importantly, WHY?!Roo got the X-Why-Z Animal book in the mail and she's in love (and I'm in love with not having to run to Google every five minutes!)!This is the 2nd book from the new Time for Kids book series and…
  • IKEA is Feeding the Future

    2 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    I remember when IKEA first opened in Orlando. It was THE event around town. My first trip included feeling like cattle as thousands of people shuffled through the designed rooms and functional furniture.I was hooked.So hooked that after spending four hours looking, I came back the next week and did it again (this time it only took 2 hours).Now when I am looking for a piece of furniture, I head there first to get ideas and ultimately end up buying.We make the trek to IKEA at least three times a year, sometimes more and we always load up on essentials because, seriously, IKEA has everything…
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • In Plain Sight

    Dawn Camp
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:33 pm
    18 days. For 18 days I couldn’t find my keys and then suddenly there they were, in a place we’d looked several times. When I offered a reward—a lunch date—everyone looked even harder, but that didn’t help. My 14-year-old daughter picked out a fancy Asian buffet and my husband said that he wanted to win, too. A date is a date. The keys didn’t stay missing because no one looked for them. If you saw where they hid, you’d wonder why we didn’t find them in five minutes instead of 18 days. Sometimes the things we seek are in plain sight, waiting for us to…
  • Summer Reading List: Atlas Girl (with giveaway!)

    Dawn Camp
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Last week I inhaled Emily T. Wierenga’s Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look in my precious spare moments: riding in the car; in the bleachers during baseball practice; late at night while my house slept; and finally getting up early and reading in bed until I finished. I messaged Emily immediately because I had to talk about the book. Although I planned to review it, she offered me a guest post and a giveaway copy and that’s even better. Leave a comment to win!   What My Mum Taught Me About Church (giveaway!) By Emily T. Wierenga “So, I…
  • Summer Reading List: Finding Spiritual Whitespace

    Dawn Camp
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:09 pm
    This post is part of the “Finding Spiritual Whitespace Blog Tour.” To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE!   There’s something decadent about curling up with a good book, probably because as women we deny ourselves downtime, like a privilege we must earn. Surely that’s not just me. Questioning the idea that it’s wrong to rest is one of my greatest takeaways from my friend Bonnie Gray’s new book, Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest (affiliate link). Bonnie defines spiritual whitespace as rest for your soul; I need that. If you’re a…
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    Rage Against the Minivan

  • That's what she said: hipster children, post-partum progress, young men and urge ownership, vacationing with kids, and more . . .

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Postpartum Depression: One Mom's Mission To Stop It | CNNWhile Stone believes there is more awareness today than when she started what has become a mission ten years ago, and that women are finding a safe place to connect with other women who know exactly what they’re going through, she still believes there is a lot more work to do. She still hears stories from women who said their doctors told them they were suffering from the baby blues, which would eventually go away, or not to take medication because it could shrink their brains or who told them they were fine as long as they didn’t…
  • Friday Finds

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    1. Poppet bracelet | 31Bits2. Hi-top sneakers | Gap3. Handpainted still life monograms | Anthropologie4. Seabuck Wonders Himalayan Sea Buckthorn deep hydrating serum | Amazon 5. Sauteed zucchini with mint, basil, and pine nuts | Alexandracooks6.  Striped 3/4 sleeve dresses | Old Navy7. Boy's clothing | Zulily 8. Moto sweater jacket | Gap 9. Claro candles social justice cause | Claro
  • 10 responses to “I’m bored” this summer

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    The next time you’re waiting in line or hanging out at the park this summer, look around you. You’ll see a bunch of parents texting, tweeting, Facebooking, or Instagramming on their smartphones. Chances are, you may also see a few smartphone-less kids looking miserable. It might be our fault. We adults have forgotten how to handle boredom. We’re never bored, because: technology. So it makes sense that our kids—who follow our lead and are on their iPods or iPads or iPhones just as much as us—get used to always having something to attract their attention. They need something to do.
 
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    Mommy Nani Booboo

  • Merck for Mothers and What Motherhood Means to Me

    Jenni Chiu
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    “I split my pubic bone giving birth.” I have said that sentence many times because I think in some way I still can’t believe it actually happened to me… twice.  Was it unexpected?  The first time, yes.  Was it painful?  Incredibly.  Was it life threatening?  No. Giving birth for me […]
  • People of Facebook, Stop Sharing Stolen Content

    Jenni Chiu
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
      If you spend any amount of time on facebook, you’ve probably seen a slew of heartwarming, funny, or entertaining viral videos shared from the James Ellis facebook page.     This fitness trainer is seriously dominating the facebook feeds right now because of all the good video content he’s been […]
  • GemShare, Save Me – I Don’t Have A Dog Groomer Because I Fell Down the Rabbit Hole of Looking For a Dog Groomer

    Jenni Chiu
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    *This post is sponsored by GemShare. Only a little less overwhelming than moving your family to a new town is trying to get settled in that new town.  Since leaving Los Angeles and relocating to the Bay Area several months ago, I have simply unpacked most of the boxes, and found […]
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    Miscellaneous Mom

  • A Pitch Perfect Summer Night for Teens

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

    justheather
    21 Jan 2014 | 5:12 pm
    This New Year cleaning resolution tips post is brought to you by Mr. Clean as part of a Type-A Parent Community Sponsored Post. We’ve spent years trying to get the house clean(er) and the kids to be more responsible at home. Allowance didn’t help. New year’s resolutions didn’t work. Chore system after chore system failed us. Then I saw a simple paint chip craft on Pinterest, and we’ve finally figured it out. The kids are pitching in. They’re doing chores without being asked. And the house is company ready in under 20 minutes at any given time. (Seriously,…
  • 4 Life Lessons Kids Can Learn from Dylan Sprouse

    justheather
    16 Dec 2013 | 2:28 pm
    Scrolling through Twitter this morning, the first thing that caught my eye was about Dylan Sprouse (whom our kids know best as Zach from Suite Life). A few clicks later, and I could see — in all his glory — what the story was about. At some point, Dylan had sent nude(ish) pics to a “friend” who has apparently leaked them for the world to see. Oops. I knew we would be having the digital footprint talk with the kids again today. This isn’t the first time this has happened (Hello, Vanessa Hudgens), and it’s always tricky when these things happen with celebs…
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    Chasing Supermom

  • Learn and Play with Sidewalk Chalk

    Bekki
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    *This post is sponsored by Oriental Trading. I received free product to facilitate my post. All opinions are my own. At our house, summer and sidewalk chalk go hand in hand. Oriental Trading has a HUGE selection of sidewalk chalk! Click to order sidewalk chalk online. Not only do they stock the traditional tubs of assorted colored chalk, they also carry a great selection of novelty chalk. Their prices are incredible We were able to try Stripe & Polka Dot Sidewalk Chalk. This top-rated set of chalk is brightly colored, affordable, and FUN! My four children, who have played with a wide…
  • The Columbia Gorge – #WordlessWednesday

    Bekki
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
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  • Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Hormel ® Bacon

    Bekki
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:28 pm
    BACON! It’s meat candy. It’s the highlight of breakfast. It’s the reason many can’t quite commit to a meatless lifestyle. This tasty meaty treat deserves to be used throughout the day. I firmly believe bacon can and should be a part of not only breakfast, but lunch, dinner, and dessert as well! As a lover of all things bacon, I compiled my ten personal favorite ways to use bacon. My favorite bacon is Hormel ® Black Label ® bacon. I absolutely ADORE their Maple Bacon – you must check it out! Hormel ® had a ton of great varieties of bacon. Enjoy my Top Ten Ways…
 
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    The Mom Writes

  • Life Truths I Want My Daughter {And Other Moms} to Know

    The Mom Writes
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:40 pm
      As I celebrate my 35th {yes!!} birthday on the 23rd, I can’t help but get all misty-eyed and philosophical about life… Yeah, I know!! Manini is 7 and there’s so much I want to tell her and I’m sure I will, too, as years pass us by… but today, I wanted to share a few things with y’all as well and somehow they also are the things I want to share with her, so digging into my 35 years of...
  • Mamas, In Case You Were Wondering…It’s ALL Work

    The Mom Writes
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
    I’d shared this on Facebook a while ago and had promised to delve into it in longer post. These are thoughts that have been bubbling in my head for a while now, especially when I see the so-called “mommy wars” online. … Read full post The Mom Writes
  • How Can We Change How We Feel by Changing Our Talk [PLUS 5 Unhealthy Words To Stop Using]

    The Mom Writes
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Can we change how we feel as moms and home managers by simply watching our words? We tell our kids to “watch their words” often so, why shouldn’t we do the same? … Read full post The Mom Writes
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    A Frog In My Soup

  • Confronting Learning Disabilities – A Parent’s Guide

    Shera
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:09 pm
    The reality of learning disabilities can be a really tough one to swallow as a parent. The idea that anyone would label our child – a child that we know to be intelligent, creative and curious – in any negative way is almost always a shock and can even be devastating. Pair that with the fact that often, parents find out when they show up to what they thought would be a regular school conference, instead they are met with a room full of people they do not know, who are all prepared to present their case against the child. I know that’s not the intent, but that is exactly…
  • Huggies & Costco – A major PLUS! #sponsored #MC #SnugandDryPlus

    Nancy
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Two of my favorite brands, Costco & Huggies, have joined forces to bring you the newest and best in diapers and wipes, and I am lucky enough to be a Huggies Costco Ambassador.  Introducing Huggies Snug and Dry Plus and Huggies Nature Care Plus Wipes – only available at Costco and Costco.com! I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. These diapers, like Huggies original line of Snug and Dry keep your baby clean, and keep messes…
  • Timewarp 2010 – Watch Me Mommy

    Shera
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    It’s amazing looking back through old posts and finding words that I still need to hear and remember. Today I was taking a look back four years ago at posts from summer 2010 – August 25th to be exact. At that point my littlest guys were 4 1/2. I now understand even more than ever that kids never outgrow the need to be recognized and loved. This is such a simple and short post but the reminder is poignant and applies to all our lives in motherhood, no matter where we are at in the process. Watch Me Mommy {Originally posted August 24, 2010 here.} Our boys love to talk to us, some of…
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  • Freezing Summer

    Jennifer Murray
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Can we just stop the calender right here? July 23rd. Freeze, Summer, right there. We have you surrounded. We can all save a small fortune on school supplies and clothes, skip the back to school aisles, and just let this summer simmer a little longer. What do you say? My teacher friends are back in their classrooms preparing for students in just over a week, and I’m in total denial. Thankfully, we have a little longer on our homeschool schedule, but STILL. I ran into Michael’s the other day to grab some jars for my Lavender Bath Salts, and it was painted in Halloween and I could…
  • Trips Are Not Always As They Appear on Facebook…

    Jennifer Murray
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    So if I shared you the following pictures on my Facebook page, you might think, “Wow. What a fun camping trip. Look at those boys always getting along. That’s just lovely.” And that’s how it was {MOST} of the time.  There were hotdogs around the fire, fun games of ladder ball, fishing, and playing in the sand. But what didn’t I take pictures of? My meltdown after not sleeping, feeling dirty, tired of peeing with scary bugs and used feminine products, and just wanting my own bed.  The boys having a rough night staying in the camper for bedtime and not being…
  • When Words Are Harsh

    Jennifer Murray
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    Always thankful when Brad shares his words here… Since the day the Lord blessed us with four baby boys, I feel like I have been on a parenting crash course.  There is no class each year to prepare you for the next phase of parenting, you know?  Have you ever woke up one morning and said, “Wait a minute, this parenting thing isn’t going so well right now, what happened?” A while back, Jen and I were noticing that our children were not speaking kindly to one another.  Sometimes, they were being flat out hateful in their speech and actions.  Angry words, kicks, slaps,…
 
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    As Mom Sees It

  • Easy Twinkie Tiramisu Recipe #TwinkieCookbook

    Mom
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Did you know that, on average, Hostess has produced 500 million Twinkies per year? Of course, since returning to the shelves last year, he demand has pushed that milestone faster than ever, according to William Toler, President and CEO of Hostess Brands, LLC. For families everywhere, Twinkies might mean a forbidden snack, a lunch box... Continue Reading... The post Easy Twinkie Tiramisu Recipe #TwinkieCookbook appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • Planes: Fire And Rescue In Theaters And At Kohl’s

    Mom
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    The kids were so excited about the release of Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue this month that, not only did we go to see the film, but we also picked up some cute Disney Planes gear at Kohl’s. You know, they had to dress the part and show love for their favorite characters! Besides being... Continue Reading... The post Planes: Fire And Rescue In Theaters And At Kohl’s appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • Tory Burch Fitbit Fashion Accessories Collection

    Mom
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    One of the leading names in fitness has partnered with one of the leading names in fashion have partnered to make being active a whole lot more fashionable. Designed exclusively for the Fitbit Flex, the new line of accessories from luxury lifestyle brand Tory Burch features stylish bracelets and a pendant in which the Fitbit... Continue Reading... The post Tory Burch Fitbit Fashion Accessories Collection appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
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    The Thrifty Mommy

  • Today’s Michaels Deals

    The Thrifty Mommy
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    I was pleased to find out that the clearance aisle at Michaels was on sale for an additional 50% off the lowest price. I stopped today and found some great deals. I ended up with approximately $55 of merchandise for only $12! That’s a savings of 78%!    My Deals: Springfield pop princess doll outfits, regular price $19.99, $5.99 Springfield argyle tee and skirt doll outfit, regular price $9.99, $1.99 Art Minds 2-color tie dye kit, regular price $5.99, $.89 4 magic paint poster kits (12 sheets each), regular price $1, $.24 each Scotch 2 pk super glue gel, regular price $4.99, $.49…
  • Today’s Deals at Shoe Department

    The Thrifty Mommy
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Both of my children’s feet have grown quite a bit this year. I knew it was time to purchase new flip flops but I really didn’t want to run out and buy a pair of cheap, thin flip flops that wouldn’t last long. We live on the coast and so during the summer, we wear flip flops a lot. I wanted the kids to have something with more support, but I also was looking for a good deal. I went to Shoe Department and saw that they had Sperry Top-Sider flip flops for $19.99. I liked the flip flops and knew they had good support and wouldn’t fall apart quickly. I decided to stop by…
  • Today’s Deals at Ross 6/24/14

    The Thrifty Mommy
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Hello everyone. I know. I know. I haven’t been posting much. Teaching first graders is tiring and takes a lot of time, but I love them. I’m not home for the summer yet. I just finished attending a math workshop and I have homework! I am also teaching summer school. I spent some money today, which you all know is something I don’t do very often. One of the reasons I am teaching summer school is so that I will have some extra money to buy school clothes, shoes, birthday presents, and some household things we’ve been needing and/or wanting. One of my stops today was Ross.
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  • Amazing Grace

    Paige Dunn
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    What is it about this song that pulls on my heartstrings, makes me well up, and fills my heart with joy? I NEVER tire of it. I sing this song with my kids every night. One day they will realize that I butcher several verses. Oops. They love the song too. Something about it is so perfect and meets you just where you are. Every time I see it sung, the faces of the crowd change. Suddenly it’s raw. Beautiful. Naked hearts. Walls down. People don’t mumble this one. They belt it out with pride. It’s like it is the believers’ anthem. I think it is capturing one of the most important moments…
  • Flip Flop Divine

    Paige Dunn
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    From time to time, I’ll buy something and get compliments on it everywhere I go. When this happens, I think, “Okay, I’m on to something here. Does it come in more colors?” I found my flip flops for the summer and am LOVING them. They are made by Michael Kors. I love their neutral barely blush color. The gold accents give them a hint of glam, which is always fun. I just decided I might need to grab them in black too. Had to share my recent summer fashion find. So love these! .
  • I Ditched My Cable, Loving Apple TV

    Paige Dunn
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    Recently I was given an Apple TV. Little did I know this itty-bitty box would change my TV viewing for good. Oh, and save me mucho dinero. So for the non-techy crowd, let me enlighten you. An Apple TV box is about the size of your palm. If you have one, you can get a Netflix account and watch movies, TV series, documentaries, etc. for a fraction of the cost of a cable bill. The cool thing about Apple TV is you don’t pay a monthly fee. You buy the box, which is quite inexpensive, and that’s it. For a while I had both. I started finding though that I was never using my cable. I then…
 
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  • Stock up on #CartersFallStyle & $50 Carter’s GC Giveaway

    Crystal Herron
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    This post is sponsored by Carter’s through The Motherhood. Opinions are mine. It’s that time of year again. Time for back to school shopping. When kids not only pick up new pencils and folders, but also a few new outfits, too. Luckily, I know a place where all 3 of my kids can get the latest in fashion and you may be surprised. All 3 of my kids, even my 10 year old, can go back-to-school shopping at Carter’s. The largest branded marketer of young children’s apparel in the U.S. now carries for big kids as well, up to size 12. And they have the cutest looks, too, along with the…
  • To My Daughter: Happy 6th Birthday!

    Crystal Herron
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    My Dearest Little Girl, Tomorrow, you turn 6. First, however, some of my favorite pictures throughout your 5th year. You, my love, are stunning. You’re beautiful, and your smile lights up a room. You’re inquisitive and creative, strong for your 6 years. While your brothers are content to sit around playing on their tablets, you’re outside. Always outside. Swimming, running, playing, riding your bike. A constant blur of colorful, wild motion. You are also a feisty firecracker, which we’ve been working on keeping the explosions at a minimum. Because when you explode,…
  • Ground Chicken Cordon Bleu BBQ Burgers #SayCheeseburger #shop

    Crystal Herron
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. #CollectiveBias Cheeseburgers. They really are my favorite food group. Yes, they deserve a group of their own. I know I won’t ever get any complaints at dinner with cheeseburgers. And there are so many different ways to make them, too. I could go all Bubba Gump in Forrest Gump when he’s describing shrimp here, but I’m sure you can come up with a few varieties without that much detail. Cheeseburger with shrimp.
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  • Nicole Richie Speaks Volumes In #CandidlyNicole

    gpomp73
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    Remember her as Paris Hilton’s sidekick on “The Simple Life”??? And now entrepreneur, philanthropist, writer, actress, mother, fashion icon and now most importantly “BFF in my head”, Nicole Richie has made a return on TV, starring in her reality show on VH1 called #CandidlyNicole. And after only watching the first episode I was….. image: vh1 HOOKED! I had expected to like the new series. But realizing that her CANDIDLY conversations with her pals, lil sister, Sofia and famous dad, Lionel Richie is just simply worth watching. #CandidlyNicole is based on…
  • 5 Budget Friendly Bathing Suits For Posh Moms

    gpomp73
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Now that I’m a mom, I’ve become less concerned about tan lines and turning heads than I am about my babies coverage from the sun and potential nip slips. Related Posts:  Beach Essentials So this season I am storing the string bikinis for girls day out and and incorporating the one-piece swimsuit into my “mommy closet”. Here are a few of my favorite one-piece swimsuits worn by our beloved celebrity moms that are both stylish and appropriate for the baby pool. Beyonce is seen wearing a one-piece by Norma Kamali but, instead of breaking the bank opt for this one-piece…
  • Your Guide To The Hat Styles For Summer

    gpomp73
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Not only are hats the perfect way to hide your bedhead while on playdates, but its the easiest ways to add personality to your look.  Here are just a few of my favorite hat looks that I’ve incorporated while out and about this summer. Related Post:  Earrings For Under $100 Floppy Fedora ​Why We Love It: A mash up of the floppy hat and the fedora; and the result is a genius chapeau concoction. Kooringal Medium Brim Floppy Hat ($25) ​Try this hat at your next outdoor music festival paired with a paisley print dress. Related Post: The On-the-Go Accessory Panama ​Why We Love It: …
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  • Sponsored Post: We Want to Hear Your Cheer — Don't Miss This Cool Contest!

    Ceri Marsh
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Did you play team sports as a kid? Growing up in a small town, team sports were huge for me. Those of you who know me now can feel free to laugh at that image. But it's true. Of course sports are a great way to stay healthy and learn about teamwork, but for kids they're also just fun. They're something liberating about being one part of a greater whole. My kids are just getting to the age when they'll be ready for team sports. An early attempt at soccer with Esme when she was four was hilarious if not totally successful. But I think they're just about ready. Watching The World Cup this summer…
  • Netflix & SPC: August Adventures Craft

    Ceri Marsh
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    To say that I’m not an outdoors-y type is an understatement. It’s not that I don’t love the outdoors, because I do. I just need it in doses, you know? I love a cottage weekend. I like to paddle around in a canoe. I’m crazy for a bonfire on the beach. But I’m not ever going to be a camper (maybe just a glamper). I don’t even really love eating on a patio. There, I’ve said it. But I live with some big nature lovers and I definitely want to raise kids who want to get out and have adventures, big and small. This along with Julian’s recent interest in science gave me the idea for…
  • No Bake Week: Watermelon Cupcakes

    Ceri Marsh
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:12 am
    My friend Dorna goes all out for birthdays. Her daughter Violet and Esme have been best friends since before they were three. I'm always teasing her about how crafty she is, to which she replies, "Youtube! You can learn anything on Youtube!" Last year for Violet's birthday she crocheted over a dozen Toteros. They were so cute and I bowed down to her dedication — it's something I would never take on. But my kids love them and always talk about how Dorna made them herself. At this year's party, though, Dorna did something I did want to try myself. After the kids had run through a sprinkler…
 
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  • Xena Warrior Princess And Her Attack Dog

    Aileen
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Over the weekend, Xena Warrior Princess ventured to Victoria Harbor. Her Ferocious Attack Dog came with. Xena And Her Attack Dog – can’t you see how fierce they are? The Miss’ expression says it all. All that’s missing are Rockstar’s ninja turtle weapons on her back. She’s proud of Fierce Attack Dog (who was very much not alone as Fierce Attack Dogs go, this day – there’s lotsa spoiled mutts who probably take ferries with their pet humans here all the time, just I couldn’t take pics with the other dogs because my hands were full keeping…
  • A Little Self-Help On The Weekend…

    Aileen
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:11 am
    1) How To Respond If Someone Holds A Gun To Your Head. (What? Not self-help meh? :D) Written by a former police officer. There’s some disagreement about things like whether to talk to your aggressor, whether to look them in the eye etc, but what I really took away from it was how he analyzed what each person holding the gun to your head was after, and why he was using the gun. Was it a robbery? Hostage situation? Kidnapping? It says if someone is holding a gun to your head don’t drive where they want you to drive to – because a) they are not likely to shoot you when you are…
  • Hello, Kitty

    Aileen
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Did you guys know Hello Kitty offers a smorgasbord of sports equipment? Yeah us neither, but This One Time we pass by the Miss zeroes in on…. yeah the pink what-look-like-tournament-grade soccer balls, basketballs, volleyballs, tennis balls, and – get this – even golf balls. They even have fluffy golf club covers, various sports bags – including giant pink ones for golf clubs – plus badminton, tennis, table tennis and I think even squash rackets. I Dreams In Pinks And a random memory of when I was a fresh grad at my first bank job in Singapore. There was this…
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  • National Cheesecake Day at The Cheesecake Factory ~ Any Slice 1/2 Price 7/30-7/31 #SayCheesecakeContest

    Stacie Haight Connerty
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:33 pm
    This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and The Cheesecake Factory blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. I am someone who loves cheesecake. My daughters, my sister and my niece like it just as much as I do. In fact, many of the special occasions in our family are celebrated at The Cheesecake Factory. We love to eat cheesecake and although sometimes we make it, we mostly go to The Cheesecake Factory because {Read More} The post National Cheesecake Day at The Cheesecake Factory ~ Any Slice 1/2 Price 7/30-7/31 #SayCheesecakeContest appeared first on The Divine…
  • Element Associates Social Suite #EAEvents at Blogger Bash #BBNYC #instaGLAM #Stir4aCure

    Stacie Haight Connerty
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:03 pm
    I attended the Element Associates Social Suite last week during the Blogger Bash in New York City. Here are some of the brands that we saw and loved: JOSEPH NOGUCCI We got to also see the new Miii jewelry collection by Joseph Nogucci.You may have seen my Mother’s Day review about Joseph Nogucci. I love his jewelry!! Miii bracelets are crafted from semiprecious stone beads and gleaming rhodium-plated magnets designed to bring all of your bracelets together in a perfect {Read More} The post Element Associates Social Suite #EAEvents at Blogger Bash #BBNYC #instaGLAM #Stir4aCure appeared…
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Opens August 8 #TMNTmovie

    Stacie Haight Connerty
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:51 pm
    This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Paramount Pictures blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. My kids are extremely excited about the Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles movie coming out soon. One of the things that I love about the TMNT is the brotherhood bond that they have. Together they make a group, have this great team bond, they know that family is important and they are heroes. I enjoyed watching TMNT as {Read More} The post Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Opens August 8 #TMNTmovie appeared first on The Divine Miss Mommy.
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  • JORD Wood Watch Giveaway — Win an Ely Watch

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    The post JORD Wood Watch Giveaway — Win an Ely Watch appeared first on Dagmar*s Home. JORD Wood Watch Giveaway A watch made out of wood? Yes, and isn’t it stunning? I have to tell you, I don’t regularly wear a watch, but since this beauty arrived, I’ve been wearing it all the time. This is the Ely watch by JORD. Their watches are one of a kind and hand-crafted with […] The post JORD Wood Watch Giveaway — Win an Ely Watch appeared first on Dagmar*s Home.
  • Healthy On-The-Go Snack: Banana-Cocoa-Kale Smoothie

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:52 pm
    The post Healthy On-The-Go Snack: Banana-Cocoa-Kale Smoothie appeared first on Dagmar*s Home. This summer has been insanely busy so far. I have Landon in a summer camp that is 40 minutes away and I’m driving back and forth half the day. He also has tutoring and running camp, so we seem to spend an awful lot of time in the car. It’s hard to keep up with […] The post Healthy On-The-Go Snack: Banana-Cocoa-Kale Smoothie appeared first on Dagmar*s Home.
  • Wordless Wednesday With Linky: Shadow Fun

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    The post Wordless Wednesday With Linky: Shadow Fun appeared first on Dagmar*s Home. I had some fun with Instagram during a walk last week. I just love the colors of this picture. If you want to know which two filters I use all the time, here is a post about that. Did you read my Haven conference recap? I’ll be giving away a super-cool watch made out of […] The post Wordless Wednesday With Linky: Shadow Fun appeared first on Dagmar*s Home.
 
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  • Feel-good music

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

    Elisa
    4 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    I have already professed my love for London numerous times. It is simply amazing: great architecture, great public transportation, awesome museums, fabulous shows and musicals, and simply amazing shopping spots. I love the markets, Topshop, Selfridges (especially the Shoe Galleries!), adore Accessorize (duh!) and Paperchase, but I actually also really like taking a weekday morning to pop into Primark. Sure, it is loaded with stuff, lots of it really quite – ehm – how shall I put this… “Things that make you go YIKES”? But if you take the time to dig through the…
  • OOTW: easy summer day outfit

    Elisa
    13 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    There is no doubt: summer has finally hit Zurich. With temperatures reaching above 30 degrees Celsius, this week had everyone putting away their coats and long-sleeve shirts, and reaching for the lightest items in their wardrobe. For me, that means dresses. Whether it’s maxis and flat sandals or skater dresses and espadrille wedges, cute day dresses and sandals more or less constitute my summer “uniform”. Tailored shorts and capris make an appearance now again, sure – but generally, my go to summer outfit involves a dress. I really like basic cotton dresses because…
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  • The Dog Walker's Concert

    Mom of 12
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:09 am
    The Dog Walker has been singing with his Institute Choir all summer. Remember when I told you he had to be downtown at 5:45 am on Pioneer Day? Yeah, they sang in the Tabernacle that day. His smaller choir is combined with choirs from the main campus institute and another from the university. Today they sang at the Historic Church on 8th East and 4th South. It was so beautiful and so was the
  • Guest Blog: Missionary Letters by Elder Dog Walker

    Mom of 12
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:20 am
    I've been asked to Guest-Blog since Mom was feeling a bit tired ever since we've had a camp out in our backyard and a lot of other fun things we've done this weekend. I just wanted to explain another mission thing that I've done during the mission. I guess I probably should've told you who the mission president's name is. His name is President Happy. He's President Happy because he's always
  • Pioneer Day 2014

    Mom of 12
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Remember last year's Pioneer Day celebration? We did the pioneer games and Dutch oven dinner. The kids had so much fun they were super excited to do it again this year. The Drama Queen and I started planning the day before so we had time to get things together. We decided we wanted to do a craft so we tore more than 500 strips of fabric to make authentic rag dolls. Tossing rings 3-legged
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  • Appetizer Recipe: Prosciutto and Pea Crackers

    Tonya Staab
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:38 pm
      Triscuit and Martha Stewart have partnered up this summer for the Triscuit Summer Snackoff Challenge (which I'll share more details about below). My challenge to help promote this and to give you a little inspiration (as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #TriscuitSnackoff) was to create a topping for Triscuit crackers using peas, which is this week's featured ingredient. So I give you Prosciutto and Pea Crackers. They make a tasty little appetizer, that are perfect for summer entertaining. Ingredients: (makes approximately 1 dozen crackers) Triscuit - original crackers 1/2…
  • My New Sauder Sewing Cart

    Tonya Staab
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
      Remember a while ago when I posted about Sauder and some of the gorgeous furniture they have? Well, as luck would have it I was asked if I'd like a lovely piece and so of course I jumped at the opportunity and after days of narrowing down choices, because really I couldn't decide between a new bed for my baby girl, an armoire for her brother or a sewing cart for me, I selfishly chose the sewing cart. Isn't it fabulous? And it gets better, just look inside. From ordering, to delivery and then assembly it was smooth sailing. My lovely man helped me with the assembly ... although I could…
  • Berry Sweet Cupcake Treats

    Tonya Staab
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
      Did you go strawberry picking this season? We forgot, and I simply can't believe it, we've gone every year until now, but thankfully the kids haven't remembered that we haven't been, and as long as I have a constant supply of strawberries on hand they seem to be happy. I even made these yummy strawberries and cream chocolate cupcakes. These are great for a summer get-together with friends. This is what you need to make these fun summer berry sweet cupcake treats: chocolate cupcakes - yes I even used a box, sometimes you just want quick and easy (of course I added in my homemade…
 
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  • Peek + Disney collaboration now available

    Christine Fox
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:10 pm
    One of my favorite kid’s brands in recent years, Peek Kids, has just launched a t-shirt collaboration with Disney. Known for their inspiration quotes on shirts for kids and babies, Peek has taken two of Walt Disney’s famous quotes along with a retro Minnie and Mickey illustration to create four unique t-shirts. Available for babies in sizes newborn to 24 months and kids sizes XXS to XL, the t-shirts are sure to make any Disney lover smile. What’s even better is that the t-shirts will be in the same quality and soft cotton material that Peek is known for and that will make…
  • Show a sliver of skin with summer’s cut-out tees

    Jennifer Davidson
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Whether artfully slashed or with open shoulder and back draping, the slouchy cut-out tee is one of this season’s must-have trends. This dressed up basic looks right at home with a pair of shorts during the day or with a skirt or pants at night. Here are a few of our favorite cut-outs to shop now (or if you’re feeling creative, try DIY-ing your own!). LNA Desert Tee $90.00 – Urban Outfitters Truly Madly Deeply Open-Back Stephanie Tee $24.00 – Urban Outfitters A.L.C. Harper Twistback Tee $115.00 – shopbop.com LNA Dixion Cutout Tee $158.00 $54 – Revolve…
  • Summer savings: budget-friendly bomber jackets for kids

    Courtney Strimel
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    With hot, muggy summer in full swing, it feels a little wrong thinking about back-to-school shopping right now. Jackets? In July? With so many great end-of-summer sales going right now, though, it just might pay off to be a bit proactive on that fall shopping. One of the hottest trends for kids last spring was the bomber. Going into fall, bomber jackets for kids are just as hot, if not hotter. If you didn’t pick one up a few months ago (or if they outgrew them), this is a fantastic time to buy and save on a style they’ll be wanting as soon as cool weather hits. For boys or for…
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  • Plum Organics: One Pouch = One Balanced Meal

    26 Jul 2014 | 10:42 pm
    My son is now 9 months old, and he's not very interested in "baby food." Most single-ingredient foods bore him, and he loves eating things with his fingers.  Even though he's very ambitious with his menu, it's difficult to get him a balanced meal with all of food being dropped in his lap or thrown on the floor. Plum Organics, a brand of baby food and snacks that is available at Walmart, has
  • Top 5 Practical Trends in Back-To-School Clothes for Boys

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    I've partnered with Carter's and The Motherhood to share this post and giveaway with you. Opinions are my own. We haven't always been "on trend" at our house, mostly because our boys like to play rough and be outside all the time.  We seem to be stuck choosing between durable and fashionable, and I hate that we tend to go with durable each and every time. This fall, however, Carter's has
  • Books We Love: New Candlewick Press Books Celebrate Fathers!

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    I don't think you can ever own too many good books.  But what makes a good book? For most families, it includes an engaging story, great illustrations, and lots of laughs.  (A simple life lesson is also a big plus.)  These Candlewick Press books all contain the essential elements to earn our "Books we Love" label, and they say really great things about Dads.  Is there one that you'd like to
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  • Back To School Tech Sweepstakes! Win an HP 14″ Chromebook PC or other prizes!

    Henrietta
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Welcome to the Back To School Tech Sweepstakes! At Mom Powered Media, we believe in higher education and want to help our network readers get there. To help you do just that, we are giving one lucky reader a $500 Visa Gift Card and HP 14″ Chromebook PC. There will also be 20 second place […] The post Back To School Tech Sweepstakes! Win an HP 14″ Chromebook PC or other prizes! appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hen’s Friday #Giveaway Linky 6/27 – 7/3

    Henrietta
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Happy Friday! Summer has finally kicked in and we’ve been having warm stormy days. Pie and I aare planning a fun girl’s day out with my cousin and her daughter – I can’t wait to spend some time together – we see so little of each other these days! I hope you all are enjoying […] The post Hen’s Friday #Giveaway Linky 6/27 – 7/3 appeared first on A... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hen’s Friday #Giveaway Linky 6/13 – 6/19

    Henrietta
    12 Jun 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Happy Friday the 13th all! We don’t consider it bad luck, so have a great day! It finally feels like summer has arrived, the temps are climbing and my daughter is already bored out of her mind :D We’ve been reading a lot and watching a  heck of a lot of Netflix. I hope you’re […] The post Hen’s Friday #Giveaway Linky 6/13 – 6/19 appeared first on A Hen's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Book Review | Remember the Time

    Stacie
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    *I received a copy of this book for review, but was not compensated financially in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based solely on my experiences while reading this book.* Title: Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days Author: Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard with Tanner Colby About… [read more] This content was posted exclusively for Simply Stacie. If you have seen this content on a site other than Simply Stacie please let me know in the comments here: Book Review | Remember the Time. Thank you for helping to stop content theft!!
  • The Best Iced Coffee Ever #HavaJava

    Stacie
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. I drink coffee no matter what the weather is outside. During the winter, I like curling up on the couch with a steaming cup of coffee to warm me up. In the summer, it’s a different story. I’m always hot and… [read more] This content was posted exclusively for Simply Stacie. If you have seen this content on a site other than Simply Stacie please let me know in the comments here: The Best Iced Coffee Ever #HavaJava. Thank you for helping to stop content theft!!
  • Made With Love Review

    Gina
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product. There are few keepsakes as precious as a young child’s hand or foot print immortalized in clay. The years seem to go by… [read more] This content was posted exclusively for Simply Stacie. If you have seen this content on a site other than Simply Stacie please let me know in the comments here: Made With Love Review. Thank you for helping to stop content theft!!
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  • RESCUE!’s New OrnamenTrap Review

    Andrea
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    Press Sample Ever since stepping on a bee while running in the grass barefoot last summer my middle child has been wary of going outside.  We recently had the opportunity to review RESCUE!®’s New OrnamenTrap. Bugs can put a damper on outdoor fun. The new OrnamenTrap™looks like a garden accessory but is actually catching yellow jackets and nuisance flies. This reusable trap from RESCUE!® is the solution for homeowners who want to control pesky bugs in the yard with an attractive device that isn’t recognizable as a trap. Catches queen yellowjackets in spring, and workers from…
  • Organic Pet Food Recipes That Are Good and Delicious for Humans Too

    Angela
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    It seems that more and more people are taking the time to make homemade pet food for their dogs and cats. In all honesty, this is a good thing. As US citizens, we think that when a bag of organic dog food or cat food says that it is made from all natural ingredients, it truly is all natural. American pet owners need to wake up and smell the coffee! There are no federal requirements that regulate the ingredients or quality of commercial pet foods. As pet parents, we all should be up in arms about this injustice. Naturally, most pet parents look at the bags and cans of dog food and cat food…
  • Carter’s Fall/Back-to-School Style & $50 Carter’s Gift Card Giveaway #CartersFallStyle

    Andrea
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Press Sample Every since I gave birth to my oldest son (who is now 8), Carter’s has become a staple in every one of my children’s wardrobes.  Thanks to The Motherhood, I recently had the opportunity to view the upcoming new fall trends and I must say I see many more Carter’s clothing additions coming soon to their closets. It didn’t surprise me to find out that Carter’s is the largest branded marketer of young children’s apparel in the U.S.  In fact Carter’s sells over 400 million pieces of children’s clothes each year!  Carter’s is dedicated…
 
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  • How to Heal by Telling Your Single Mom Story

    Samantha Gregory
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    Single motherhood is hard. It’s a circumstance (not an identity) that can be depressing, agonizing, and down right painful. For me it was one of the hardest pills to swallow because I never saw myself this way when I was growing up. I was the good little church girl who would never become a single mom. But it happened any way. Sometimes life throws you curve balls. You either catch it or get knocked out. It took a while for me to accept the curve ball and finally admit that this was my experience. Before the acceptance I had much resistance, anxiety, and shame. I held my head down and…
  • [Infographic] Single Moms Can Learn CPR the Easy Way

    Samantha Gregory
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:08 pm
    The Red Cross offers online learning programs for CPR training. These programs display pictures, diagrams, easy-to-understand explanations and more. Of course, if you prefer the traditional classroom setting to learn CPR then you can choose that as well. A quick way to remember CPR is by what is known as the “ABC” steps. A stands for Airway, B stands for Breathing and C stands for Circulation. The airway step is when you place the child flat on the ground and then slightly tilt their head backwards. This is the proper position to perform CPR, which leads us to the breathing step. Breathe…
  • [Book Spotlight] Amazon Mom: Journey to Successful Entrepreneurship by Stacy A. McCafferty

    Samantha Gregory
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    This week I’m spotlighting a book by Stacy McCafferty. It chronicles her entrepreneurship journey and can hopefully help you if you are thinking about starting your own journey. Do you dream of a business not only earns you decent money but at the same time allows you the flexibility to be at home with your children? Or maybe you are simply searching for more flex in your work life than you currently have?Finding the perfect work/home balance is a struggle for many people. Read the story of one woman who did just that as she takes you along on her journey from new Mom to running a…
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    Extraordinary Mommy

  • A Letter to My Husband on His Birthday

    Danielle
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    14,235. I know how you feel about numbers. That’s how many days you’ve had so far. Impressive yes? I think so. 39 looks pretty darn good on you. But you know what looks most amazing? How you look as a dad. Do you know that I remember the exact moment that I realized, even before we were married, that you were going to be an incredible father? I know how you love it when I’m right, so for your birthday, my little extra gift to you? I nailed this one. Jeff, on this birthday, I want you to know what a gift you are to Delaney and Cooper. You aren’t simply their Dad. You…
  • Is Heaven For Real? 5 Ways to Talk to Kids About Life and Loss

    Danielle
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    Just more than two years ago, my husband’s uncle passed away. He was a full presence in my children’s world, a bigger-than-life man who we visited for every major holiday and who was never short on a quick hair tousle or a good-natured tease. They didn’t see him every weekend, but they SAW him, they felt him. They knew him. His passing was a surprise and it left a void. That void still exists. This was the first loss our family had experienced. As their mother, I felt ill-equipped to help them navigate what was sure to be a rocky road. How was I to answer the questions, the…
  • How to Keep Your Makeup Melt Free

    Lauren Dix
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Now that we’re in the heat of Summer, one of my major concerns is keeping my makeup fresh. There is nothing worse than devoting a solid ten minutes to applying makeup to only to sweat it all off in moments, right? So here are my top five tips for keeping melt free in the heat! 1. Go light! My biggest tip is probably the most common sense. The reality is: sweat is inevitable. Keep your makeup light and don’t worry about sweating off layers. Try a BB Cream, tinted moisturizer, or DIY your own tinted moisturizer by mixing lotion with SPF and a pump of your regular liquid foundation…
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    iDreamofClean

  • The #1 Secret to Keep Your House Clean

    i Dream of Clean
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Do you ever wonder how your home can go from clean to disaster in less than 24 hours? I sure do. For instance, I woke up early last Monday to a perfectly spotless house. The coffee was brewing when I woke up so I drank it in peace while I read. Then I worked out, got ready, and had an extremely productive day. Everything just fell into place. The following day, my kids and I stayed home all day. Since it was a rainy, dreary day, we just hung out and played. Fun was the name of the game! But at the end of the day, our once spotless house had turned into a disaster area. …
  • #streamlineJULY: a decluttering and Instagram Challenge

    i Dream of Clean
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:55 am
    Do you have too much stuff? Are you trying to figure out where to start when it comes to decluttering? Do you have a hard time letting go of possessions that no longer have value? Many of our fellow i Dream of Clean readers are in the same boat. On a whim yesterday, I got an idea to bring us all together and jump start our decluttering process. #streamlineJULY: a decluttering and Instagram challenge! I think the challenge will be fun if we all do it together. Plus, the daily prompts will help us get creative and see our possessions in a new light as we let go of 31 items over the next month.
  • 3 steps to a super clean, high-efficiency (HE), front-loading washing machine

    i Dream of Clean
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:41 am
    Do you have a high-efficiency (HE) washing machine and need to know how to clean it? Have you ever even thought about cleaning it? When I first got my front loader, I was so excited because of the energy savings. I just couldn’t wait to see how much our water bill would be reduced. What I didn’t expect, was how much more time the new washer takes to maintain than the 25 year old top-loader we previously owned.   I know it seems kinda seems crazy to wash a machine that is supposed to clean. However, taking 5 minutes each month to clean your…
 
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • Mark, salmon roe, and his cats.

    cjblythe
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Mark, salmon roe, and his cats. When Mark refers to the dogs, they’re always “my dogs”. I know they seem attached and like to lounge all over me, come to me for their protection, and run to me for my... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Anne of Green Gables? or Erin Blythe?

    cjblythe
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Is this Anne of Green Gables? …or Erin Blythe? When our daughter Erin was three and my son Stuart was eighteen months, we left Cold Lake, Alberta because my husband was transferred by the Canadian... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Questions to ask yourself before buying a wood stove.

    CJB
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    You may be considering buying a wood stove as they are very popular nowadays because of their efficiency and economy. They allow an escape from the modern setting of the city every time you cook your... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    SavvyMom Today

  • Calgary: Riding the Rails

    SavvyMom.ca
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Take the kids out to dinner and a show—old west style. The Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions offer everything from teddy bear picnics, to railway robberies, mysteries and more.
  • Toronto: Rambles and Revels

    SavvyMom.ca
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s easy to head to the neighbourhood local playground but this summer why not push the boundaries with a historic hike, a spot of culture, or some majestic scenery for the families’ fill of Vitamin D?
  • Ottawa: Where Else to Go

    SavvyMom.ca
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Tired of the same old, same old? Spark their summer spirit and stay close to Ottawa with one of our great Ottawa day trips for families.
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    CookiesKids.com Blog

  • Homesick Blues

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    Homesickness is one of the most common camp-related ailments, up there with bug bites, heat rash, and skinned knees. Unfortunately, it still confounds campers and their parents alike. The American Camp Association says that 10% of kids experience homesickness, but this number is likely much higher because many kids feel homesick but don’t say anything. As a parent, what can you do to keep your child’s homesickness in check? Preventing homesickness can start at home. If it’s your child’s first time at camp and they haven’t spent much time away from home, send them on a few practice…
  • Shortalls and Skirt-alls for Girls – We’re All for It!

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    Shortalls and skirt-alls are an easy solution for the little lady who’s always on the go. These versatile pieces make building an outfit as easy as choosing shoes and a T-shirt to match. And with accents ranging from trendy to rustic, shortalls and skirt-alls also integrate well with more elaborate and fashion-forward getups. Here are some of our favorites: Floral printed jeans are all the rage right now, so Guess carried the trend over into these adorable skirt-alls.   An overall bib combines with tiers of patterned fabric to give this Kidzone jumper a unique look. The sturdy…
  • Road Trips with Kids

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Jumping in the car and going on a summer adventure is a time honored tradition. But as fun as road tripping can be, having kids in the car, especially young kids, can be taxing. The constant noise, bickering, and requests for pit stops are enough to drive even the most patient parents insane. What can you do to make sure your long distance summer travel goes smoothly? Make sure kids have a lot to do in the car. Heavy luggage should go in the trunk, but make sure each kid has a compact carry-on bag as well. Help each child pack their bag with things like books, art supplies, an iPod, handheld…
 
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    Philadelphia Media Mom, Joey Fortman

  • Hotel Hershey in #HersheyPa

    Joey Fortman
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Hotel Hershey in #HersheyPa     I'm still pondering what I like to call 'awesomeness' of my trip to Hershey, Pa with my family last week.  We had an absolutely amazing time!  This isn't the first time I took my family to Hershey but I have to tell you that it's a game changer in my most favorite places to visit!   Hotel Hershey LoveYou all know I just love and adore traveling.  It's such an amazing focus for my family to be able to experience life throw the lens of opportunity.  Yes, I know that not every family can travel.  In fact, my own family never…
  • The Sweetest Place on Earth

    Joey Fortman
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:10 am
    HersheyThe Sweetest Place on Earth Chocolate. Just say the word, and I am there. One of the things I absolutely love about living in Philadelphia is my proximity to Hershey, PA. That's right, Chocolate Town!  I have had the pleasure of visiting many times over the past several years, and I'm heading there again this week as I am what every chocolate lover dreams of.. A HERSHEY AMBASSADOR!  Rough job, I know.  But SOMEBODY has to do it.  I always look forward to my Hershey visits. No, not just because I can stock up on the best chocolate on the planet!  But I love that…
  • Ohhh Baby! 2014 New Baby Gift Guide

    Joey Fortman
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:47 am
    2014 New Baby Gift Guide     We are digging the baby space. My friends Steph & Steph (and their other brother Larry.. get it? HA!) Ok, anyway - yes - we have been hard at work on Blogger Bash, but with the big announcement on Monday about having THE Anne Geddes at Blogger Bash - perfect timing to share with you our amazing New Baby Gift Guide! Steph Glover & Steph Anderson - my two VIM's - (VERY important Mom Friends.  We all need one, ya know!) have put together this awesome guide.  Yes, I played with many of the goodies - but it was their talents that made the…
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    The Megalomaniac Mommy

  • We took the Frebreze #Noseblind Challenge + Giveaway Ends 8/9

    Anne Younger (The Megalomaniac Mommy)
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:34 pm
    *This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Febreze. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.* As you can imagine in a home filled with 2 adults, 5 kids and 1 dog, you tend to have a home that is also filled with a variety of […] The post We took the Frebreze #Noseblind Challenge + Giveaway Ends 8/9 appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Filling Our Home with Great Scents from Scentsy

    Anne Younger (The Megalomaniac Mommy)
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:32 pm
    *This post is brought to you by Barbara Volkema, Independent Scentsy Consultant.  I received a promotional item in order to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.* With a house full of kids running around and constantly on the move, I think it is safe to […] The post Filling Our Home with Great Scents from Scentsy appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • How We Enjoy Our Time as a Family

    Anne Younger (The Megalomaniac Mommy)
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Having a large family that includes three children ages 6 and under doesn’t make it easy for us to get out of the house often as a family.  Before our family was this size, one of the things we loved to do together was dine out.  These days, dining out can get quite expensive, and […] The post How We Enjoy Our Time as a Family appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
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    QuirkyFusion

  • How My Kids Taught Me to Love Reading Again

    Christy
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    Growing up, you could easily describe me as a bookworm. I would spend entire days curled up with a good book and I was always on the hunt for new things to read. I loved the quiet of reading, the focus it requires, the escapism, and the way it inspired me to write. And then... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
  • Peapod Announces Pick-Up Service and Celebrates a Birthday (plus a giveaway!)

    Christy
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Peapod service gets better with a new store Pick-up option. [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
  • Crudite Creations Provides Beautiful and Healthy Veggie Centerpieces

    Christy
    2 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    We had LadyBug’s friend birthday party on Father’s Day weekend. We were getting her a bouncy house for the whole weekend, so I thought it would be a good time to have family and friends over, too. They could make the most of the bouncy house and see our new house. We invited Big Guy’s... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
 
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    Rich Single Momma

  • How to Heal by Telling Your Single Mom Story

    Samantha Gregory
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    Single motherhood is hard. It’s a circumstance (not an identity) that can be depressing, agonizing, and down right painful. For me it was one of the hardest pills to swallow because I never saw myself this way when I was growing up. I was the good little church girl who would never become a single mom. But it happened any way. Sometimes life throws you curve balls. You either catch it or get knocked out. It took a while for me to accept the curve ball and finally admit that this was my experience. Before the acceptance I had much resistance, anxiety, and shame. I held my head down and…
  • [Infographic] Single Moms Can Learn CPR the Easy Way

    Samantha Gregory
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:08 pm
    The Red Cross offers online learning programs for CPR training. These programs display pictures, diagrams, easy-to-understand explanations and more. Of course, if you prefer the traditional classroom setting to learn CPR then you can choose that as well. A quick way to remember CPR is by what is known as the “ABC” steps. A stands for Airway, B stands for Breathing and C stands for Circulation. The airway step is when you place the child flat on the ground and then slightly tilt their head backwards. This is the proper position to perform CPR, which leads us to the breathing step. Breathe…
  • [Book Spotlight] Amazon Mom: Journey to Successful Entrepreneurship by Stacy A. McCafferty

    Samantha Gregory
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    This week I’m spotlighting a book by Stacy McCafferty. It chronicles her entrepreneurship journey and can hopefully help you if you are thinking about starting your own journey. Do you dream of a business not only earns you decent money but at the same time allows you the flexibility to be at home with your children? Or maybe you are simply searching for more flex in your work life than you currently have?Finding the perfect work/home balance is a struggle for many people. Read the story of one woman who did just that as she takes you along on her journey from new Mom to running a…
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    Wifely Steps

  • Meadow Kids Toy Reviews: Animal Pocket Chart and Train Pop and Play

    Toni
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Meadow Kids is an international toy brand from the UK. I was sent two toys to try with my little boy. Thank you, Meadow Kids! Meadow Kids produces key stage 1 toys and books with a focus on “learn and play”. Their product range includes bath time products, toys, crafts and books which you can […] The post Meadow Kids Toy Reviews: Animal Pocket Chart and Train Pop and Play appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • Study in Singapore Graduate in the US

    Toni
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    Study in Singapore, graduate in the US. Sounds interesting, right? If you know someone (your kids, friends, relatives) who will be going to college next year or the year after that, please let them know of this event on August 2, 2014. This is a chance for them to discover more pathways to success (Singapore […] The post Study in Singapore Graduate in the US appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • Sauteed Mushrooms Quick and Easy Recipe

    Toni
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:12 am
    Sauteed Mushrooms is one of my favorite dishes. This recipe is super quick and easy to follow. You can totally enjoy the mushrooms on their own or top it on a salad like I did. Sauteed mushrooms also makes a good side dish. Here’s a 15-second recipe video I posted on Instagram awhile back: Sauteed […] The post Sauteed Mushrooms Quick and Easy Recipe appeared first on Wifely Steps.
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    Making Time for Mommy

  • Indiana Dunes ~ Summer 2014

    Alicia Marie
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Even though I live in the Midwest and am no where near an ocean, I still am able to enjoy the beach. Chicago has numerous beaches along the lakefront but I prefer to head to Indiana and visit the Indiana Dunes. Only an hour and a half away from my day-to-day life is my sandy escape. Overall, I’ve found the Dunes to be pretty clean, the water temperature comfortable and the beach area not very crowded. Here are some of my favorite pictures from our day trip earlier this month.
  • Labeling School Supplies Made Easy

    Alicia Marie
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:39 pm
    My boys start school in less than a month and I am not ready at all! Starting to think of the new school year means that my shopping list and my to-do list is continuing to grow. Admittedly, school supply and clothing shopping is one of my favorite parts of the preparation. Labeling all the supplies (so they don’t get lost) and filling the backpacks though? Not as fun. I’m excited to be working with Bright Star Kids this month to share just how easy packing the backpacks can be once all the supplies have been bought. Bright Star Kids, established in 2005, sells a great range of…
  • Share Your #VacayGoneCrayCray Story

    Alicia Marie
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    (Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) I love going on vacation with my family. It’s nice to just get away and relax. Well, that’s how it’s supposed to be at least! Have you ever went somewhere and had things go awry? I remember one time I was so excited to visit an apple festival in a town about an hour and a half away. It was going to be a road trip and a quick mini-vaca to enjoy some of my favorite Fall traditions. So we got directions from the internet, loaded the car and were off. We drove and we drove and we drove. We could not find this…
 
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    Musing Mommies Mom Podcast and Mommy Blog - Interviews, Giveaways, Health, Wellness, and Mothering advice

  • Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 247 {Dawn coming from the Beach}

    Kim
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 247 Wednesday July 23rd 2014 Dawn is at the beach, Kim is in the forest, all is right with the world.  But they still take just a little time to update you on what’s going on.  Tune in and find out how Dawn’s toes feel, whaaa? Peace, Love & Chattiness, ~Dawn and Kim Please share us with your friends and families! We are on Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, Miro, Stitcher and on iPods and mp3 players around the world! We want to hear from you too,  so contact us today and say HI! Email: Kim (at) musingmommies (dot) com or Dawn (at) musingmommies…
  • Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 246 {Talking This and That}

    Admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 246 Wednesday July 16th 2014 This week the Musing Mommies, Kim and Dawn are talking about…what was it again? Oh, a little bit of this and a little bit of that…Tune in to find out what it is! Peace, Love & Chattiness, ~Dawn and Kim Please share us with your friends and families! We are on Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, Miro, Stitcher and on iPods and mp3 players around the world! We want to hear from you too,  so contact us today and say HI! Email: Kim (at) musingmommies (dot) com or Dawn (at) musingmommies (dot) com LINKS: VITAMIN E OIL, OIL…
  • Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 245 {Turning 40}

    Admin
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 245 Wednesday July 9th 2014 The day used to be marked by bouquets of black balloons, joke bottles of jelly bean “pills”, big parties where everyone wore black and mourned the passing of the upward trajectory of life. It was all down hill from there. Now it seems it’s more about joyful parties, girls’ trips, and celebrating the “best time of your life.” Yes, this week the Musing Mommies are talking about the big 4-0. Tune in to find out if 40 is all it’s cracked up to be. Peace, Love & Chattiness, ~Dawn and Kim…
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    CoffeeJitters

  • Host a giveaway on your blog

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Have you ever considered hosting a giveaway on your blog? Every once in a while, I come across some opportunities for bloggers. I thought I might start sharing them.   This opportunity is for bloggers who would like to participate in hosting a giveaway on their blog. The prize package for this giveaway is pretty fantastic, and includes a Kindle Fire HD and $100 Target gift card among other things.   Signups are now open for The Back-to-School Giveaway Palooza Event Organized by Michelle @ Failing Perfect    Signups Close at 8 PM EST on August 11th. Event will take place…
  • Triple Coconut Cream Pie

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:40 am
    My husband turned 39 yesterday, so we made him a pie. My daughter had some thoughts about what kind of pie we should make. The conversation went like this: Gem: I want to make Daddy a cherry pie for his birthdayMe: I just bought ingredients for coconut cream pie, because it’s his favoriteGem: I think Daddy wants cherryMe: Did you ask him?Gem: Daddy, do you want a surprise? Such is my life. For the record, we ended up making the pie I planned on, and she got away with being cute. It’s a kind of win-win. And, she was a great help in the kitchen. The Dahlia Lounge has the best…
  • Does your blog need a disclosure statement?

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    The term disclosure statement sounds boring, dry, like legalese. It is. It sounds like something complicated, that would be better put off till you have 6 or 8 hours of free-time to dedicate to the project. Or a week. It’s not. It’s really not that complicated. It wont take all that much time. And it’s really important. This may not be the fun stuff of blogging, but it’s important stuff if you are making a living (or even just trying to cover your expenses) while working on the web. It’s important even if you’re not making money from your blog. Just…
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    Kidsumers

  • Creative Summer Photo Opps

    Sheri
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:31 am
    Summer days may be longer, but they all go by so quickly that before we know it autumn starts creeping up on us. The memory of your children’s fun summer days shouldn’t have to fade just as fast. Whether you have the joy of newborn, the curiosity of a toddler, or the antics of tweens... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Happiest Party on Twitter: #DisneyFamilyTravel

    Sheri
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    In the mid-1960s, Walt Disney’s dream was to build a family resort destination like no other. The dream became a reality when Walt Disney World Resort opened in 1971, featuring Magic Kingdom as the centerpiece. If you’ve ever wished to gaze upon Cinderella’s castle, hold Mickey... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Win a Parenting 101 Prize Pack {Canada}

    Sheri
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    Being a parent is stressful, plain and simple. In fact, it may just be one of the greatest challenges of your life – especially if it’s a first. All of a sudden you are responsible for a new baby and books can only help so much. If it’s not your first, it becomes a balancing […]Author... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Dude Style: Back to School Cool #sponsored

    DudeMom
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Last week the school supply lists came out. TELL ME RIGHT NOW WHY THEY NEED 12 GLUE STICKS?! How is summer already basically over? I’m all different shades of sad because we didn’t get to do many of the things I planned for us this summer (multiple bouts of strep throat followed by throat surgery sorta put a kink in our schedule). But, on the bright side… SHOPPING! I used to LOVE back to school shopping with my mom.  She wasn’t one of those wear-this-ugly-sweater-that-buttons-up-to-your-throat-and-hangs-loosely-to-your-knees-parents-just-don’t-understand moms.  She always had…
  • Dear Mean Girls, I’m Bringing Booty Back.

    DudeMom
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:27 am
    Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. Ummmm, liars. Words do hurt. A couple of weeks ago I had a really sad mean girls experience. It happened at a place where I usually feel so happy, a place that I’d grown to feel safe and welcome, a place that is helping me be who I want to be in life. When it happened, initially I thought oh, they’re not being mean like intentionally, it’s more like they’re just saying.  Saying inappropriately, but still, just saying.  Surely they didn’t seek to specifically to hurt my feelings. Or make me feel bad…
  • Baby Baking. It’s Not JUST Morning Sickness.

    DudeMom
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:18 pm
    I feel like this baby wants me dead. I’ve been sick since conception. Throwing up steady for the last 12 weeks. Four to six times a day. Every. Single. Day. To say it’s been rough is an understatement. There are times when mustering up the energy to leave the house takes everything I’ve got, which makes going to work especially hard.  Because instead of thinking about projects and deadlines I’m thinking: I’M ABOUT TO BARF ON YOU! And the advice. So, so much advice. It’s well meaning and thoughtful, it’s just not helpful at all and also, a little bit annoying because I’M ABOUT…
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    La Jolla Mom

  • 7 Things to Eat in Maui’s Kaanapali Beach Resort

    La Jolla Mom
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Our recent family vacation to Kaanapali Beach Resort in Maui included sand, sun, crystal clear blue ocean water and food… lots of delicious food. Part of the reason why we love to travel is to sample local cuisine and open our daughter’s eyes up to the fact that every destination offers interesting dishes to try. Our favorite thing to do is to tap into the knowledge of our servers, which is what I did at these Maui restaurants. Keiki (kids) menus were also available everywhere we went. A Thriving Local Food Scene in Maui Of course, seafood is excellent. And I warn you that this…
  • 10 Places We Forget to Apply Sunscreen

    La Jolla Mom
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    Despite best intentions, there are places on our bodies that many people forget to apply sunscreen to. If we’re accidentally leaving skin exposed, the sun can usually find a way to burn us there. And, any sunburn isn’t good. Even Dr. Oz, who is also a fan of physical sunscreens like our partner Sunology natural sunscreen, says one sunburn is enough to cause wrinkles. One sunburn also increases skin cancer risk. Pay special attention to the areas below next time you apply sunscreen to yourself and the kids. 10 Places We Forget to Apply Sunscreen 1. Scalp For some reason, I almost…
  • 2 Superhero Comic-Con Cocktail Recipes from Encore

    La Jolla Mom
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    Encore Champagne Bar & Dining Room in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter will introduce a team of heroic cocktails inspired by comic book icons in celebration of Comic-Con (July 24-27). If you can’t make it downtown,  two of the Comic-Con cocktail recipes follow should you like to celebrate at home. Comic-Con Cocktails to order at Encore The Hammered Hulk: A powerful blend of Malibu Coconut Rum, Blue Curacao, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Midori, pineapple juice and a dash of Sprite ($8) Kryptonite: A festive mix of Blue Curacao, tequila, lime and simple syrup and garnished with a Cherry…
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  • Comic-Con 2014 is Off to A Swimming Start with Sharknado2 and Penguins of Madagascar

    Suzette Valle
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Thursday, I excitedly attended the Dreamworks press conference for the upcoming animated film “Peguins of Madagascar,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich. After a 30 minute delay, film directors Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell made an appearance. After another fifteen minutes, Tom McGrath, the voice of Skipper, and Malkovich graced us with their presence. Cumberbatch […]
  • Want to Know What I’m Doing at Comic-Con 2014?

    Suzette Valle
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    I must admit. I am very excited for Comic-Con 2014 to start. Each year is like a box of chocolates, I never know who I’m going to get to interview or see at an intimate press conference! For this humble Hollyblogger, Comic-Con just doesn’t disappoint. Being in the same room with talent like Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin […]
  • Seaport Village Outdoor Movie Night during Comic-Con: Hunger Games-Catching Fire

    Suzette Valle
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Comic-Con fans,  Seaport Village’s Outdoor Movie Night is happening next Thursday, July 24! To celebrate the start of Comic-Con, Seaport will be showing a free screening of Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets and/or chairs and meet in the West Plaza fountain area, where the movie will be played at 8 p.m. […]
 
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  • Book review: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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

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

    Wendy McAuliffe
    4 Jun 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Wolfy has been a little slow on the uptake with weaning. He is hopelessly addicted to his milk and hasn’t quite seen the need for anything else. Looking at him, you certainly wouldn’t say he was going without! But at his eight month check a couple of weeks ago our health visitor gently advised that […]
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  • Fierce Friday

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    25 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
             
  • Testing Body Image

    amanda magee
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    We were sprawled out in the backyard. Sean was spraying the big girls down with a hose and Finley was devouring a sandwich in a lawn chair. The cat and dog were at our sides, both seemingly delighted that we were spending the day in a way that they could be with us. As the grass began to get soppy Sean passed the hose to Briar and Avery and gave them a three minute warning. “Three minutes and the hose is done!” “Okaaaaaaaay!” the girls screeched. Briar was in a purple and black suit, Ave a black rashguard with paint splatter accents and matching bottoms. They darted…
  • The Saying Goes…

    amanda magee
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    Years ago in my carpentry days I worked with a guy named Clay. He was from North Carolina and had the kind of drawl that authors take paragraphs to bring to life until it becomes the cadence of your very thoughts. As we would work feverishly in the scene shop at Delftree building sets for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, we’d take smoke breaks and bitch breaks. One late night walking toward the loading dock Clay said, “This whole thing makes about as much goddamn sense as going through your asshole to get to your belly button.” That saying has stayed with me because…
 
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  • Sausage Dip: The Easiest, Tastiest Three Ingredient Dip. Ever.

    Jennifer from LifeDarling.com
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    It’s only three simple ingredients. Three simple ingredients to a party in your mouth, my friends. And it takes so little time, you’ll wonder why no one ever told you the gloriousness of this dip sooner. But no matter! I was making this for dinner the other night – yes, chips and dip are considered dinner around these parts – when I thought, hey! Share this with your people! Ready for The Mouth Party? Sausage Dip: The Easiest, Tastiest Three Ingredient Dip. Ever. Serving Size: Generously serves 4 – 6 people INGREDIENTS 8 oz (one block) Cream Cheese 15 oz can…
  • I Haven’t Gone Missing… Just On Vacation

    Jennifer
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Hi, friends! I just got back from a whirlwind vacation (they’re always a whirlwind, aren’t they? Or maybe “tornado” is a better term to use when five kids under eight years old are involved?) and only now see that it’s been two weeks since I last posted, which was totally unintentional! I had a couple posts ready to go, but for whatever reason, they never published while I was away! User error! Sorry! I’ll have a post ready for you next week. But besides that, what about you? How have ya’ been? How was your Fourth of July? Anything new and exciting…
  • No-Knead Biscuits From Scratch

    Jennifer from LifeDarling.com
    22 Jun 2014 | 10:29 pm
    I know, you don’t believe me. You think maybe these will end up bland and hard as rocks. But no, friends. I assure you, these biscuits are amazingly simple to make, easy on the wallet and DELICIOUS. Let’s get to it: the secret ingredient in this recipe is… MAYONNAISE. And before you write it off, hold on! You cannot taste the mayo in the biscuit. I promise! No-Knead Biscuits From Scratch Serving Size: 12 Biscuits INGREDIENTS 2 cups all purpose flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons mayonnaise** 1 cup milk** 2 – 3 tablespoons melted butter SPECIAL…
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  • Why do people need to carry EpiPens? Why not just call 911?

    Missy
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:04 pm
    I hear people ask this all the time: Why do we need to carry around emergency medications (like the EpiPen and AuviQ) for severe allergies to food or insects? Why can’t we just call 911 and rely on EMTs or doctors to give epinephrine if we need it? Let’s think about this for a minute. Why would doctors prescribe these medications and expect you to carry them around? The answer is because the medicine needs to be given swiftly when a person is experiencing anaphylaxis (severe food allergy reaction involving multiple body systems). Doctors actually want YOU to use the EpiPen at home…
  • out with the old, in with the new (tv)

    Missy
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Watching TV has never been an important part of my life. Except for certain shows I’ve gotten hooked on through the years. You know, the classics (for my generation), like Friends & ER. And then later LOST & Grey’s Anatomy. I remember being so excited when I bought my first new TV when I graduated from college. A 25 inch Panasonic “box” TV that I saved up to pay for. My dear friend Jim Heaslip (who has since passed away) wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing and went with me to buy it. And he carried that heavy TV by himself up 3 flights of stairs at my…
  • so much summer

    Missy
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:25 pm
    For our last bonfire, I prepped all of the Smore’s fixings before we went out to the fire. Made it so much easier to assemble without having to fuss with packaging! We’ve had some incredibly long, hard winters in Minnesota the last couple of years. They are so, so long…  and summer seems so very short in comparison. Two friends have picked up and moved their families to California recently because they’ve had enough of Minnesota. Ironically, they are leaving during the best part of the year. The time where we all make peace with the pain of the past several months and…
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    A Daily Dose of Toni

  • How to Prevent Diaper Rash and Keep your Baby’s Skin Smoother and Rash Free

    Toni Patton
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Perhaps nothing will make you feel like you’re having a mom fail like when you discover your baby has a diaper rash! The appearance of bright red irritated skin on your baby’s bottom can bring out the nurturer in you. And if your happy baby is suddenly distressed, especially during a diaper change, this could Read More »» The post How to Prevent Diaper Rash and Keep your Baby’s Skin Smoother and Rash Free 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....
  • Piston Peak National Park Tour #FireandRescueEvent

    Toni Patton
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    Yosemite and Yellowstone are two of the most notable national parks in the U.S. and that’s exactly where Art Director Toby Wilson, drew the inspiration for Piston Peak National Park. When we had a chance to sit down and really learn about how they research for a movie. Toby started his research with a trip Read More »» The post Piston Peak National Park Tour #FireandRescueEvent 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....
  • McDonald’s Is A Fun Treat, On Occasion, For Our Family Night Out #sp

    Toni Patton
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    Like most families, we cook dinner at home. We love getting to spend time with one another, but I admit, this mom sometimes grows a little weary of cooking every single night. Not to mention the kids grow weary of mom always making them eat the things they don’t like. This is why, as a Read More »» The post McDonald’s Is A Fun Treat, On Occasion, For Our Family Night Out #sp appeared first on A Daily Dose of Toni. This is just a bit of what I had to say, to hear it all come on over and read the rest of the post....
 
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  • Frozen Outdoor Movie Party : Frozen Birthday Party Ideas

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    Disney’s Frozen is still reigning as a giant with it’s legions of pint-sized fans.  Costumes are sold out.  Good luck finding the toys.  Luck is exactly what you’ll need, unless you want to pay an arm and a leg.  There is no end in sight to the fervor for famous sisters, Anna and Elsa.  That fervor very much includes Tate, who knew without a doubt, what kind of party she’d choose for her third birthday. So, uh, tell me.  What made the queen go all ice crazy?  --Kristoff, Frozen Not only did she want a Frozen party, Miss Stephanie would make her an…
  • Margarita Melon : Margarita Appetizer.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:33 pm
    These drunken watermelon bites are perfect for a summer party.  They taste like a mini watermelon margarita and they are so cute that your guests won’t be able to resist.  They have a great tequila flavor, but not enough alcohol in one to make you tipsy.  The sea salt provides a great contrast with the sour of the lime and the sweet of the watermelon.  It’s the perfect appetizer or amuse for a Mexican dinner with friends.  I’m currently working out dinner party details, just so I can plan around these.  Directions Using a melon baller {I just used a metal…
  • Fun Things To Do in Ohio: Cedar Point.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Located on the coast of Lake Erie in Sandusky, is perhaps one of my favorite summer activities in Ohio.  Where else are you going to have a gorgeous view from the best rollercoasters in the world? If you live anywhere near the Midwest, or if you are a fan of roller coasters, you have heard of Cedar Point.  We are fortunate to live a short drive from America’s Roller Coast and head to the park a couple times a year.  Visiting Cedar Point each summer was a highlight of my own childhood and a tradition that we are happy to pass on with our children.  No matter your age,…
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  • Are You Going to Lose Your Mommy? – Part II

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

    mariak1
    11 Jun 2014 | 5:45 am
    Did you ever have one of those days – or weeks or even years – when you said to yourself, “I didn’t sign up for this crap!” I think I’m the poster child! Life seems to get more complicated by the day. Can we start 2014 again? I seem to have lost half a year! Let me explain… I started the year all fired up… I had a meeting with my editor to jump start the rewrite on my molar pregnancy book. I had set some goals. I was going to make things happen. It was going to be my year. Then reality set in. My 5 year-old, who’d spent 3 days in the hospital in November for Encopresis, had…
  • Where Have You Been? Part II

    mariak1
    26 Aug 2013 | 11:44 am
    So where did we leave off before I got consumed by moving? That’s a whole other story. Oh yes. STROKE ALERT! A quick trip to the CT room and back, revealed there was no stroke. Thank God. But… Yes, there was a “but.” Something on the scan didn’t look right, so the doctor ordered a series of MRIs and MRAs. The doctor gave no clue as to what he was looking for nor did he share any of his suspicions. I didn’t even know how many tests I was about to receive until later. Meanwhile, the vertigo was still an issue, especially with all the tests. Another doctor came in and told me in…
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  • Happy Meals Have a New Yogurt Sidekick | Happy Meal #Giveaway

    Barb Webb
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    As part of McDonald's continued commitment to offer improved nutrition choices, they've introduced a new additional side option for Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals of Go-GURT® Low-Fat Strawberry Yogurt.The Go-GURT Low-Fat Strawberry Yogurt is made exclusively for McDonald’s, contains 50 calories and is made with natural flavor. My son has one special word for it, "yum!" Though we try to eat farm to table as often as possible, when we are on-the-go, it's nice to have healthier choices available at my children's favorite fast food stops.  As a mom, I'm thrilled to see Go-GURT in the…
  • Infinite Potential In the World's Pocket - Inside Motorola #VZWBuzz

    Barb Webb
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    Stairwell inside Motorola facility.There is a popular universal belief that if you clear out your mind, creativity will rush in to fill it.  Motorola appears to have taken this credo to heart in the creation of their new headquarters housed in the Chicago Merchandise Mart. From the moment you walk into the front office, to the time you discover the river view lounge above, words like “wow,” “amazing,” and “awesome” pop through your mind like fireworks along the way.“We concentrated laying a foundation to inspire moments and experiences,” Stephen Monaco, Director of…
  • Nature's New Ambassador: Interview with Vin Diesel aka "Groot" #GuardiansoftheGalaxyEvent

    Barb Webb
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The flurry of excitement engulfed the room, a steady building rev of the engine anticipating the thrill of the oncoming course.  As Vin Diesel entered the room, emotions and accolades raced across the walls that could barely contain the full-throttled frenzy."Wow look at this wonderful reception," Vin Diesel said. "You guys! You didn't have to make me feel that good.  My God! This is like... I need to walk in again."So he did.And the interviewer engines red lined.This type of reaction comes as no surprise, Vin Diesel has been charming audiences and press members for decades, since…
 
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    Keeping the Glass Half Full

  • The Words That Mattered Most at #BlogHer14

    samanthamcgarry
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:41 pm
    The words that mattered most at BlogHer14
  • En Route to #BlogHer14 – Eek!

    samanthamcgarry
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Into hour five or maybe six of this flight from Boston to San Jose and starting to feel excited and anxious. I’ve a #BlogHer14 column set up in HootSuite and it’s going nuts. So.Many.Bloggers.All.In.One.Place People who do this blog thing for a living. People with niche interests. People who blog much more frequently than I can. Better writers. Funnier. More interesting. I’m feeling just a teeny bit out of my league. Like I’m not entirely qualified to be part of this club. My goal for the next few days is to not have any goals. I’m going to just let it happen,…
  • Don’t Buy Me Stuff

    samanthamcgarry
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    Back in my 20s when a good friend and I both lived in London, we used to take each other to the theatre for our respective birthdays. We both loved musicals and drama, and it was a wonderful and generous way for us to treat each other. It also helped that our birthdays were several months apart, so we got to see new shows every six months for a couple of years. Fast-forward 20 odd years. Through good fortune and hard graft, I am lucky enough to have a beautiful home and a lot of stuff. More stuff, in fact, than I truly need. My family also has a lot of stuff, especially my kids. When stuff…
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  • Writer’s Workshop: Just Sayin’

    Dominique
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:34 pm
    You're readingWriter’s Workshop: Just Sayin’ by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Doggie boy and Monkey boy sharing a glass of chocolate milk Since the last time I wrote about what the kids have been saying I have been collating all their interesting anecdotes which I’ll be sharing here. As you know kids are blatantly honest  and they certainly don’t mince their words.  It can be both good and bad depending on how you perceive it. Most of the time I encourage my kids…
  • 10Monkeys Math World Giveaway- (WW) ends 5th Aug

    Dominique
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:21 pm
    You're reading10Monkeys Math World Giveaway- (WW) ends 5th Aug by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Interested in giving your child the opportunity to learn Math online? Here is your chance!! 10monkeys Math World Giveaway Sponsored by 10monkeys.com LLC Hosted by Pea of Sweetness Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness 10monkeys Math World is an online Math Program geared for younger elementary aged children around grades K-3. It has fun, eye-catching graphics kids love! 10monkeys Math World takes a…
  • Breathing Easy with Drypers Drypantz

    Dominique
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    You're readingBreathing Easy with Drypers Drypantz by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Tiger girl and me Having an active toddler in the house is both fun and tiring.  They are eager to learn new things and on the go from dusk to dawn.  The only moment that you have time for yourself is when they are fast asleep after exhausting the last ounce of their energy and yours. By the time Tiger girl winds down for the day I’m already too tired to concentrate on the detective novel which I…
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    SANses | A Singaporean Mummy In Sydney

  • The Last Two Weeks

    Sandra
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    So here I sit. At the dining table, with a freshly made cup of peppermint tea. The house is quiet, save for the occasional chuckles of Zoie immediately followed by the shushing of the hubby trying to make her sleep. I can tell that is going to be a losing battle, that. For the hubby I mean. My tenacious girl can hold off sleep for a long, long time. But as I wait for my tea to cool, I just want to turn on the attitude of thankfulness. The last two weeks have so many things to gripe about but I do see the silver lining in the circumstance. This winter in Sydney, the whole family fell ill to a…
  • The One Pot Pasta Disaster (What NOT To Do)

    Sandra
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I was so excited about this recipe for a one pot pasta, that I dedicated a whole post, here on this miracle dish. I AM still pretty excited about this dish. But two days after the first very successful and yummy attempt, I tried the recipe again, and it bombed. Big time. Instead of using seafood and brocoli, I went with canned tuna and carrots. Yes. An odd combination, but it was the end of the week, and I had na-da in the fridge! I also had the very wrong impression that this, while an easy dish, was in no way a fail-proof dish. So, in all fairness, I decided I needed to make a public…
  • Getting Used To Being A SAHM

    Sandra
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I used to be someone with ‘proper responsibilities’. You know, working full time as an Office Manager meant I got to dress up every day. It meant I had emails to answer. Staff to manage. Problems to troubleshoot. Minutes to complete. Purchases to approve. People to meet. Contracts to draft. Coming over to Australia meant I had to give up my job, and I found myself suddenly … Not important. Don’t get me wrong. I love my kids but if I was honest, it was a struggle, especially in the first few months. I had to find my footing, and more importantly, my sense of worth. As a…
 
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  • #Sponsored: Visit Bartlesville!

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Did you see me this morning on Tulsa Live? In case you missed it, here ya go.And, just like I said in the clip, I'm partnering with Visit Bartlesville! for a great giveaway for four of my lucky readers. Yep, you read that right--FOUR of you will win!What can you win? Well, sit down because these prizes ROCK!$50 to Frank & Lola's--This is one of my all-time favorite places to eat anywhere ... not just in "The 'Ville." Some cool things about Frank & Lola's: Their bacon cheeseburger is second to none; kids under 10 always--always--eat for free; and their macaroni and cheese is not on the…
  • Four Lies and A Truth About Writing

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Lie #1: It will get better when your kids are older and more self-sufficient. This is bull shit. It will not. You will find yourself at 10:38 in the middle of summer screaming at them to go to sleep already and then you'll cry yourself to sleep because you know that they will eventually write a book about you and it will become a movie and critics will call it "Chilling--like "Mommie Dearest" only more awful."Lie #2: You set  your alarm to go off early so you can write. This is also bull shit. You will not write. If you do indeed get up (as opposed to hitting snooze), you will…
  • Summer Slush

    10 Jul 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Did y'all miss my time on Tulsa Live! this morning? Well, you are in luck! I'm attaching the video here:Plus, if you want to make Slime In A Baggie, here are some great instructions. And if you want to make ice cream in a baggie, here are some great instructions. And if you want to make fudge in a baggie, here are some great instructions. And, if you want to buy my book, you can do so here. How are you keeping your summer brains from turning to slush?
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    A Yummy Mummy? Really?

  • The New Hobby Dilemma

    Yummy Mummy? Really?
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    The New Hobby Dilemma: how many classes should you take before knowing it's not for you? Children come with a host of undiscovered talents. We don't know what they will be good at. We don't now whether they will take to swimming like a duck to water, or if they will splash and cry and splash some more and scream the place down and try every trick in the book to convince us they don't need to learn to swim.Whilst swimming is a non-negotiable for us (being a life saver it is compulsory attendance for our girls), other hobbies are all up for debate. Ballet dancing, horse-riding, singing,…
  • Parents: please stop pleading with your children

    Yummy Mummy? Really?
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    When did parents stop telling their children what to do? Walk into your local supermarket and you'll discover parents not only asking their children to behave, but pleading with them.I nearly called this post "stop saying please". But it's not really the "please" bit that's the problem, though it doesn't help. Indeed you can't expect your children to grow up saying please when they ask for something if you never use it with them. However, there's a difference between saying to little Charlie, "keep hold off the trolly please" in a matter…
  • Is spelling a lost art?

    Yummy Mummy? Really?
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Is spelling a lost art?Why can't she spell?I was completely shocked this week by a colleague who couldn't spell. She is an intelligent, capable girl in her early twenties, but when, during a team training event, she took over the role of writing down the group's thoughts on a large sheet of paper, we discovered she couldn't spell.Not even slightly. The words she had to have spelled out for her included; 'communicate', 'relationship', and 'development'.I must admit to being shocked. I have always assumed, possibly naively, that everyone that's gone…
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  • O Wines: A Noble Cause, A Delicious Wine

    Crystal
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:11 am
    Wines come in all shapes and sizes. Some are varietal, some blended. Others rare and born in special vintage years. Very few have a philanthropic outlet attached to them. That’s why I was so excited to receive and review several bottles of O Wines. O Wines was established in 2006 in Woodinville, Washington by Stacy Lill and Kathy Johanson with a mission to fund college scholarships for low income, capable young women so they can achieve their greatest potential through education. Each purchase helps send young women to college through the O Wines Opportunity for Success Scholarship…
  • Can cake cure writer’s block?

    Crystal
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    Can cake cure writer’s block? I put that question to the test recently after having a discussion about this major creativity killer. For nearly a month, writer’s block has crippled me. So a friend suggested that I write about something that fires me up; something I’m passionate about. My response, “Cake?” While I was half-joking and being somewhat sarcastic, cake really does make me happy. Unfortunately, it only made my waistline expand. Since cake did not have an immediate affect on my writer’s block, I decided to decorate some cakes with messages and…
  • Fruit Wonder: Banana Three-Way Batter

    Crystal
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    Digging through my gram’s recipe tin today, I discovered a really cool recipe called the Fruit Wonder. It’s a three-way banana batter that you can use to make a coffee cake, loaf, or muffins. I threw together a batch of the muffins, which cooked light and golden brown. They were packed with flavor and delicious warm right out of the over and smothered in butter. Since there is a star next to the recipe, I’m thinking this was a good one. Next weekend, it’s on to the coffee cake! It’s a great way to use up all those really ripe bananas.
 
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  • FeedBlitz: Rewind the Week – Robot Edition

    Eleanor Pierce
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    When I was a kid, I had a pretty clear vision of the future. And all of my ideas about what the future would hold came directly from television and movies. Perhaps I wasn’t a terribly imaginative child … but I digress. I figured we’d all have flying cars, a la the Jetsons, by the time I was grown. And I figured kids of the future would ride hover boards instead of boring old skateboards. TV and movies also gave me the impression that we’d all have a lot more robots in our lives. I, personally, was looking forward to fewer chores thanks to my own Rosie. While I haven’t heard much in…
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    Phil Hollows
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    FeedBlitz API key generation has now been made automatic; the prior manual approval process has been eliminated. Meaning: You can use our API keys in third party integrations without delay. Implication: More uses for FeedBlitz’s APIs are coming soon. Access: Log in to your FeedBlitz account, it’s under My Account | API Keys in the left sidebar. Restrictions: None beyond the requirement that you must be a premium FeedBlitz publisher. By the way: If your current API key appplication was still pending under the prior policies, simply cancel it and then generate a new key.
  • How LinkedIn Works for Your Brand

    Serhat Pala
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    By Serhat Pala Most of us begin our days by checking for messages on Twitter, Facebook or Snapchat. Then we end our days posting updates and catching up with friends and family on Facebook and the other social media networks. Over 54 percent of Americans use social media on a daily basis. Some users check their accounts more than 10 times per day, according to data from Deloitte. But social media is not just Facebook. While Facebook still rules the roost, social media comes in all shapes and sizes: From photo and video sharing sites to social bookmarking to instant messaging to social…
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  • Hey Theo!

    Daphne
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:44 am
    You know how when you meet someone for the first time, and they take your breath away…and you know that you’ve fallen hopelessly and completely in love? This. This is my moment.
  • Primary One Registration, the low down

    Daphne
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Truett starts Primary One next year and this whole school enrolment is supposed to be like a big deal. Alumnis! Parent volunteering! School Advisory Committees! I feel like I should be more anxious about this but I haven’t done any volunteering and my alma mater doesn’t even exist anymore so all I have at this point is a list of all the schools within 1km of our house (C’mon, phase 2C!). There are 5 around here and none of them are the Ivy League equivalent of Primary Schools in the country. Just regular neighbourhood schools that may or may not ruin his future. Kidding! So…
  • Happy thoughts.

    Daphne
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:51 am
    Ok, so it seems like everyone around me is giving birth, like some great cosmic joke that’s so unfunny. In the past 2 weeks, I have FOUR(??!!) friends who gave birth. Even the angry cat at my void deck (whom I always thought was male and just a little bit fat) decided to deliver 3 really cute squishy baby kittens. Meanwhile, I’m still here, as pregnant as ever. Had another round of contractions on Saturday night and the husband was all “I think it doesn’t look so good, let’s go in to the hospital” but I was not to be faked again. I grabbed a hot compress…
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  • Rakshabandhan Special – Edible Rakhi

    Swapna
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:58 pm
    “Our siblings. They resemble us just enough to make all their differences confusing, and no matter what we choose to make of this, we are cast in relation to them our whole lives long.”  Susan Scarf Merrell Rakshabandhan is traditionally a festival celebrating the bond between a brother and a sister, with the brother renewing his promise to protect his sister from all harm. However, with more gender sensitivity today, people are doing away with the notion of ‘protection’ and are using this festival as an occasion to celebrate the love and bonding between siblings. So…
  • A Gorgeous DIY Minnie Mouse Themed Birthday Party

    Swapna
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    Editor’s Note : I have always maintained that even though other parenting websites and blogs may have more readers but I have THE BEST READERS in the world!! I feel like they are all my good friends and in fact I find many readers to be like-minded and they have become real life friends too. I interacted with the super talented Dolly Rai when she contributed to our Father’s Day series last year. Her creativity and her resourcefulness had floored me. Back in June I received an email from her with these lines The best thing about your blog is that it teaches us how to put on our…
  • 8 Time Saving Kitchen Tips

    Swapna
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Moms who want more hours in the day, raise your hands. Unsurprisingly, most of you are raising your hands! Moms, whether they stay at home, work from home or outside the home, have lots of responsibilities. One of the most important one is to ensure that our family has healthy, nutritious meals throughout the day. That is not to say that this isn’t applicable to Dads – our modern Dads are very involved! With all the awareness about healthy eating, we don’t want to eat out on a regular basis, but at the same time, we don’t want to slave all day in the kitchen. We want to have more…
 
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  • Coping with Cyber Bullying: What Every Parent Needs to Know

    Bril
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:59 am
    When you and I were in school we might have experienced bullying, either personally or from a distance, in the classroom, the playground or recess time.  For our children today, bullying has taken on another dimension…the virtual dimension. This is something that you and I as adults may not even be aware of. But parents, this is out there and it is REAL for our children, especially our tweens and teens. Part of the reality is that digital technology and the internet play a huge part in the lives of our children as they use it for school assignments and their social life. This social…
  • A Bedtime Story for A New Day

    Bril
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    Children love stories. All of our childhood, we thrived on bed-time stories from The Mahabharata,The Bible, Akbar Birbal and the Panchatantra. Sadly, technology has overtaken story books. Severalkids of today are just interested in thumbing through an I-Pad story by themselves, where visuals arefed into their brains. There is little space for imagination. There is no wonder or excitement of whatis coming next! Bed-time stories help cultivate a bond with the story teller, it helps form a bed-time routine and nurture a child’s imagination and the capability to follow threads of conversation.
  • Is A Hidden Nanny Camera The Right Way To Go?

    Bril
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    There are very few reasons why you should not get a hidden nanny camera and tons of reasons why you should get one. A hidden nanny camera can save the life of your child and for that reason alone I think that it is a very good idea for all parents to consider getting one. Whether they actually have a nanny or if they just hire a babysitter from time to time, it is just as important in either of the cases. Kids are delicate and they need to be treated with utmost care. That means that they need to be treated with respect and they need to be protected form physical and emotional neglect or…
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  • Summer Kids Theatre: The Big Friendly Giant Review

    Monica Sakala
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    “Mommy, I am going to read The BFG next,” casually remarked my 8-year-old at the conclusion of Imagination Stage’s current stage production of Roald Dahl’s The BFG. Could there be a better, more concise, or positive review of a play than those words? Especially coming from my not-overly-inclined-to-read-on-a-whim kid. It was music to my ears. One week later, she has officially cracked the book, further proving just how much she enjoyed the play. The BFG (James Konicek) and Sophie (Megan Graves) celebrate friendship and bravery in THE BFG at Imagination Stage through…
  • A Father’s Guide to Mother’s Day

    Monica Sakala
    9 May 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today’s post is a win-win for everyone: Moms & Dads. Declaring myself the official spokeswoman for mothers the world over, Dads, I offer you this much-needed insight and guide for Mother’s Day. What is Mother’s Day? Is it a day of epic failures and unrealistic expectations? Is it a day of miserable crowded brunches? Is it a day of breakfast in bed and afternoon spa time? Is it a day of unfulfilled dreams and hopes? It could be all or most of those things, depending on who you ask. So let’s cut to the chase. Funny as it is, we don’t want this, really ever: We…
  • Is Mother’s Day a Farce?

    Monica Sakala
    6 May 2014 | 8:00 pm
    There are 365 days in the year. When you are a young kid, they all blur together. The seasons change. Whether you wear boots and a hat or flip-flops and a swimsuit changes. But the day or the month or the year is largely immaterial. It’s lovely. Then as you get older, you assign meaning to days and months. Anniversaries matter. Days of mourning matter. Rites of passage – marriage, birth of a child, getting engaged, graduating from college. These all matter. They have hype. They have build up. You anticipate them. You imagine what they will be like, what you will wear, if the day…
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  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #81

    Kresha Faber
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    Welcome to Thank Goodness It’s Monday, a weekly blog carnival celebrating natural, joyful living. The TGIM link carnival happens every Monday here at Nourishing Joy and it’s where we share stories of gratitude and joy and link up recipes, tips, and tricks for living natural, intentional, nourished lives. You’ll find posts here on so many topics: cooking from scratch, natural housekeeping, gardening and animal husbandry, frugal tips and tricks, stories of joy and gratitude, answers to prayer, homeschooling, herbal remedies, meal planning, thoughtful parenting… what do…
  • SckoonPads: Is this Beautiful, Organic, Fair-Trade Menstrual Option Worth It?

    Kresha Faber
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
        Over the last three years of this site, you and I have talked a lot. We’ve talked about natural cleaning products, natural personal care products, and natural remedies. We’ve bucked the status quo and talked about women being allowed to eat during labor if they desire and reflected on whether it’s worth it to source out raw milk. We’ve even talked openly about poop in regards to cloth diapering. So, why oh why haven’t we talked about natural menstrual options? Mea culpa. Today that changes. Our monthly cycles and other intimate care are a regular…
  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #80

    Kresha Faber
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:09 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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  • Motivation Monday Linky Party 101

    Katie
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hey ya’ll, thanks for popping by our party! Last week the  Motivation Monday Linky Party brought me one of my new favorite smoothie recipes! What will you guys bring me this week? As always, thanks for sharing and I look forward to being inspired  by your creative ideas!   Features Barb – A Life in Balance 1. Dealing with Delay | Mom’s Morning Coffee 2. The Beginnings of Community | Uncommon Grace Mitzi – Written Reality 3. 20 Back to School Lunch Ideas | Woman of Many Role 4. Triple Treat Berry Dessert | Wheel and Deal Mama Lauryn of The Vintage Mom 5. How to…
  • Exploring Latta Plantation & Nature Preserve: Charlotte, NC

    Guest
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Exploring Latta Plantation in Charlotte, NC by Guest Blogger Sarah I’m thrilled to be guest posting today for Katie, at MomFavorites.com! As a wedding and event planner and stylist, I usually blog about my events, entertaining and décor tips.  However, this post allows me to step out of my normal comfort blogging zone and talk about my personal life with y’all! Do you feel like you’re running out of fun things to do with your family this summer?  You’ve done the pool, the beach, the lake, and the park a dozen times.  Well not to fret, I’m sharing some fun and cheap ways to get…
  • Mom Favorites Guest Blogger Series

    Katie
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s FINALLY that time.  The time where I am taking a bit of maternity leave and I turn MomFavorites.com over to some great Guest Bloggers. You’ll still hear from me every now and then… I’ve got some #MonthofMeals coming your way and a few other scheduled posts.  But for the most part, for the next several weeks, I’m letting fellow writers introduce themselves to you.  They’ll be sharing their best work…. and I know you’ll love their posts as much as I do! Don’t miss the good stuff! Sign up! If you don’t subscribe to our…
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  • Reebok Yoga with Tara Stiles: A Fresh Approach

    Jenn
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:43 pm
    **This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Reebok Yoga with Tara Stiles: A Fresh Approach The Reebok Yoga collection brings a fresh approach to yoga. It is a collaboration that brings together the quality of Reebok apparel and the design of Tara Stiles—both changing the game in the yoga world. Unparalleled athletic gear meets pioneer of a movement. The Reebok Yoga collection is a line of stylish yoga apparel designed to stay put no matter the pose, stick around as long as your yoga mat, and comfortable enough to make…
  • 11 Natural Skin Tightening Tips for Women

    Jenn
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:22 pm
    11 Natural Skin Tightening Tips for Women Skin sagging can happen due to a number of reasons like weight loss, genetic disposition or just natural aging. The sagging of skin is a natural phenomenon and is irreversible. Whatever might be the reason, the effect can be reduced or delayed. The following are a list of natural skin tightening tips. 1. Drink 8-10 glasses of water: Water helps in flushing out toxins and hydrates the skin. As the level of hydration increases, the skin tightens up on the face and neck. The moisture level goes up and makes the skin more supple, and firm. 2. A daily…
  • Use Yoga to Help Heal Running Injuries

    Jenn
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    Using Yoga to Aid in Healing Running Injuries Picture this: A year long wait for a cross country race. A yearlong practice for a shining medal. You’re only a week away from your final performance. It’s Friday. All fit and hearty, you drive out to spend the evening with your friends when it happens. Trying to save the little dog, you bump your car into the tree and fracture your leg. Damn the dog! He is okay, while you are advised a bed rest for at least a month. Injuries often come unexpected, but some are common to athletes, and hence, can be prevented with some precaution. I’m…
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  • 15 Creative And Fun Playdate Ideas For Toddlers

    Jessica
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Being a stay-at-home mom to three children under the age of five, I really count on afternoon naps to catch up around the house or to get a little “me” time. I have come to depend on their playdates to run out their energy so that I can get good solid naps from all of […]
  • The Case For Baby Led Weaning

    Rachel
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:51 pm
    If you are a new parent, I am sure there are tons of things you are currently researching on like infant development, challenges in breastfeeding, baby’s first smile and eventually, you will get around to research when to introduce foods (other than breast milk or formula) to your growing baby. When Should My Baby Start […]
  • Homeschooling vs Public School

    Amy
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Parents with school-aged children are faced with an abundance of choices on how to achieve the best education for their child. Private schools are often prohibitively expensive, homeschooling can seem intimidating and the quality of public schools vary greatly from town-to-town. To obtain the best education for your child research into your local public school […]
 
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    Great Moments In Parenting

  • Risk Assessment

    MOM2Three
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Next week my son starts BMX bike camp, his first ever sleep-away camp. The camp features the kind of roller-coaster landscape you see at the X Games—a big bowl for swooshing in and out of, and ramps to set you up for “big air” jumps. At seven, he’s just beginning this journey, and it’s a bit terrifying. When my son and I watched a video about BMX legend Mat Hoffman, I cringed over the biker’s repeated concussions and surgeries. There’s one shot where he misses a landing and drops out of the air like a bag of potatoes. Oof. We’ve always been outliers as parents, willing to let…
  • Crooked Love

    MOM2Three
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I was born crooked.  I was a C-section baby, and the oxygen apparatus did not work in the delivery room, so the doctor had to give me mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to save my life. The time without oxygen must have caused the Cerebral Palsy brain damage.  My whole left side was affected: smaller, weaker, crooked left arm and leg. When Evan, my youngest son, at age five asked me, “Momma, are you handicapped?”  The query caught me off-guard, but I calmly answered, “Well, yes, I suppose I am.”  He accepted this fact, then thoughtfully added,“ But you’re just a lil bit handicapped,…
  • Returning to Kabul

    Elizabeth Titus
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    In days I will say goodbye to Sabira at Logan Airport in Boston. She will have a long journey ahead, with a 24-hour stopover in Dubai before boarding the flight to Kabul. “Will you be able to sleep in the Dubai airport?” I ask. “No, Liz, it is too dangerous. I could get raped,” is her response. I am Sabira’s host mother in the U.S. She just graduated from a girls’ boarding school in Massachusetts, and in August she will begin college on full scholarship at Trinity College. Our relationship began with both of us wary. After volunteering with a non-profit that supports educating…
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  • Why I Didn’t Write A Post Today…

    Shivani Cotter
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Because I was told to make my “About Me” page more authentic.  It’s one of those pages that I pay little attention to, yet everyone keeps telling me it’s what “SELLS ME.” I’m NOT “SOLD,” but at least I posted it… for now.  You can find my old “About Me” page which is now my “More About Me” page here (if you really feel like delving further into my life).  Honestly, I wouldn’t.  I have no problem talking about myself but… I totally get not wanting to read about someone else.  I will NOT be…
  • When Your Child Is Bullied

    Shivani Cotter
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:06 pm
    “Trust me, everything will be different when you get older.” But I wasn’t older yet, and I was doing everything the greatest thought leaders told me to do… “Live In The Present.” Maybe, just maybe, that’s why it took me so long to start “Living In The Present,” and understanding its power. When I was younger, the terms “present, now, and this moment,” prevented me from believing in a better future. I was so consumed by my “then” reality that I couldn’t begin to imagine a positive future. I was bullied constantly. I was afraid to go to school every day. Some days,…
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  • The Bean’s Wiffle Ball Tournament

    tracy
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    So I was both annoyed and relieved when my phone began ringing in the midst of my latest crying jag.  Now I do not cry often, but when I do it is a nice and hearty yowl.  It was my husband, who five minutes before I had called and slobbered in the phone to.  I just received Alex’s EEG results and recalled to him what we now had to do, what our new normal would be (which is not accurate.  We have had countless new “normals” to adjust to, so for me to even suggest this huge change and new way of life is laughable).  My husband was pretty silent when I told him the news so I was…
  • Petunia Picklebottom Boxy Backpack Diaper Bag Review

    Danni
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    One of my favorite gifts while I was pregnant was the one I received from my wife, Wendy.  She has a thing for stylish bags and since she doesn’t carry one I typically benefit from this.  We had seen quite a few diaper bags since many of our friends and family had babies, so we always talked about which ones we liked and didn’t like.  When I was about 6 months pregnant, Wendy and I went to Buy Buy Baby and she bought me a Petunia Picklebottom (PPB) Boxy Backpack Diaper Bag. Every mom needs a diaper bag and I would not only like to tell you about my bag but I would 100% recommend this…
  • Getting Ready for Cecilia: Fun and Easy Homemade Tutus

    Ami
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    When you scroll through the kids section on Pinterest, there are literally dozens of photos of tutus tutorials on how to make your own.  At the time I first saw all these, I didn’t have a girl child of my own, nor was I pregnant with one.  Now that we are expecting a girl in November, my own tutu making shenanigans have begun! I knew right from the start, I wanted to use the crochet style headbands for my tutus because I liked the look and felt that they would offer a longer wear time because of the elasticity.  On my first trip to the craft store, I bought several white ones along with…
 
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  • What Is A Momo?

    Amy Elizabeth
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    A sneak peek of my new book! My journey in life has been long and winding like most peoples I am sure, but nothing has been more adventurous than being a Step Mom.  The title came with a lot of trials and tribulations, but every night I laid my head down I was inspired to […] The post What Is A Momo? appeared first on We Are MOMO.
  • SUPPORT YOUR MAN

    Amy Elizabeth
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:08 pm
    A happy Wife is a happy life, but a happy man is how our love began. A strong woman lifts her husband up and puts him on a pedestal.  It isn’t hard work and you won’t even break a sweat – I promise!  We fell in love with a guy.  That silly grin, those sparkly […] The post SUPPORT YOUR MAN appeared first on We Are MOMO.
  • FINDING TIME TO BREATHE

    Amy Elizabeth
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:06 pm
    You have to take care of yourself…before you can take care of others… If you are a Mom, more than likely you are giving a small piece of yourself to your entire household everyday.  Eventually though, if you just keep pouring your soul into everyone else around you, the day will come when you have […] The post FINDING TIME TO BREATHE appeared first on We Are MOMO.
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    Happy Mothers Day Quotes 2014 | Poems

  • Lovely Poem on God Created Mothers

    admin
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:19 am
    God knew that little ones need love So He created mothers With understanding hearts and gentle hands that care for others… They feed us and they hug us and they help us find our things… Then later on, they step aside and let us try our wings… We know the’re always on our side whatever may befall, That’s why we need them just as much when we’re no longer small… Yes, God created mothers to give love their whole lives through… That’s why they’re treasured very much especially one like you! The post Lovely Poem on God Created Mothers…
  • Short One Liner Status on Mothers

    admin
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:21 pm
    1) Motherhood: All love begins and ends there. - Robert Browning   2) Where there is a mother in the home, matters go well. - Amos Bronson Alcott   3) The woman is uniformly sacrificed to the wife and mother. -Elizabeth Cady Stanton   4) I got to grow up with a mother who taught me to believe in me. - Antonio Villaraigosa   5) A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them. - Victor Hugo The post Short One Liner Status on Mothers appeared first on Happy Mothers Day Quotes 2014 | Poems.
  • Maa Shayari in Hindi on Pyara Rishta

    admin
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Maa se rishta aisa banaya jaae, Jisko nigaaho me bithaya jae, Rahe uska mera rishta kuch aisa ki, Wo agar udaas ho to humse bhi muskuraya na jaae. The post Maa Shayari in Hindi on Pyara Rishta appeared first on Happy Mothers Day Quotes 2014 | Poems.
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  • 10 Baby Shower Games that Will Make Your Party a Blast

    Anna Keizer
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Will you soon be celebrating a favorite mama-to-be? If you have a baby shower on the horizon, you might be consumed with thoughts of  baby shower themes and delicious finger foods. But don’t forget the baby shower games! After your guests have fawned over your decorations and fed on your scrumptious treats, they’ll want to engage in a little baby shower fun. To make sure that your shower invitees stay entertained all day long, we’ve put together a list of 10 fabulous baby shower games! 1. The Price Is Right Babies need a lot of love, attention—and stuff. Baby bottles, onesies,…
  • 7 Ways to Create the Cutest Floral Ladybug Themed Baby Shower

    Paulina Kay
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The best way to have a super cute yet sophisticated baby shower is to have one inspired by ladybugs and flowers. Both elements basically reduce down to circular shapes, so just use that as your guide. Serve up cupcakes on floral printed plates and don’t forget to have some big balloons amidst flower and ladybug honeycomb arrangements. Floating fresh cut flower heads in a pale of water can serve as a center piece or guide guests to the front door. Freezing berries serves as a garnish for both alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks alike. The possibilities are endless when you start uniting…
  • 5 Super Fun Summer Bachelorette Party Ideas

    Vicki Dean
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Image Source Nurby Are you planning a Summer bachelorette party? If you are looking for the best ideas on planning an unforgettable extravaganza for your favorite bride and her entourage, then you have come to the right place. Summer is a fantastic time for a bachelorette party because the season brings with it the promise of gorgeous, sunny weather and sometimes even the added bonus of seasonal discounts at certain venues. Bachelorette parties are now more about glamour, luxury and pampering and less about partying and risqué business (thank goodness!) which opens up the opportunities to…
 
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  • {This Moment}

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:47 am
    Today, a Friday ritual from Soulemama. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
  • Cloth Napkins

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
    I bought fabric with the intention of making cloth napkins. I'd been looking at other blogs and seeing all these napkin-making tutorials. I was enthralled with all the beautiful face-wiping collections that I was seeing. All I could think about was buying cloth. To make into a square. That I could wipe my face on. So I bought a lovely floral print of fabric. I brought it home and I put it away. It sat there in my closet. I didn't make napkins out of it. I went to the store and bought napkins. I went to the store again - and bought napkins. This happened several more times...That's when I…
  • Baseboards {Transparent Tuesday}

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    Baseboards. Most people wouldn't consider them to be an important aspect in a house. At least, not a very important feature. If we were looking at houses to buy I certainly wouldn't rule out a home due to the condition of its baseboards. And I didn't. There they are. The baseboards and cracked tile floor are one of several things I would like to improve in our kitchen. There's also the fact that the counter is not attached to the wall all along the upper edge.For a while after moving in these flaws really bothered me. Sometimes if I'm honest, they still kind of do. We painted all the rooms in…
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