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  • Top 5 Things to Consider in Purchasing a Breast Pump

    SV Moms
    admin
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Whether you are expecting a baby soon, have just had a baby or are having difficulties getting your baby to attach to the breast, you would probably find it convenient to have a breast pump available that you could use when required. So to help you out we have put together the top 5 things we believe you should consider before buying a breast pump: Frequency of Use To save you time and hassle in choosing the best breast pump for you, you should first determine how often you would want to use the pump. If you are a mother who only plans to use a pump once or twice a week, you may be best…
  • Hello!

    Kimchi Mamas
    Kimchi
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Hello Kimchi Mama Readers! It's me... Mary! Long time no see. I am not sure why I haven't blogged in a while... I just haven't. But today I got to thinking about Kimchi Mamas and felt like I should write a post. What have I been up to? Mostly just the usual... working, mothering, you know. My younger son started...
  • Video Chat With Doctor – Using LiveHealth Online #spon

    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families
    Beth B.
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    *Disclosure: Sponsored partnership with LiveHealth Online.      Parenthood has many requirements and playing Doctor to my kids scares me the most. While I can usually figure out any computer problem, medical issues always cause me stress.  Does my kid have a fever? Could it be a stomach flu, skin rash, food allergy, grass allergy or even homework allergy?  For some odd reason it seems like my most complicated questions about pediatric medicine pop into my head when the Doctor’s office is closed. Calling the on-call doctor can take time and seem impersonal. So when I heard about…
  • If You Must Have a Mommy Makeover Buy A New Lipstick. The End.

    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom
    Jessica Gottlieb
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    There have been a rash of publicists emailing Mom Bloggers asking them they’d like a Mommy Makeover. Maybe they think that since the kids went back to school we are all going to collectively look in the mirror and shriek, “What happened to me!?” If, like me, you’ve enjoyed the summer with your kids, you’re probably past due a trip for a haircut but nicely tanned and looking relaxed. Not to worry, the Mommy Makeover can fix that too. They’ll fix everything, whether it needs fixing or not. By far my favorite predatory Mommy Makeover came from Lucid PR.
  • Things I SHOULD Say

    Brain Soup For The Dysfunctional Soul
    Shannon akaMonty
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Just to counterbalance my last post...things I don't say often enough and shouldn't assume that you already know.(#YIIAY Lisa)1. I don't hate you. Mostly.2. Your posts always make me smile with delight at your happiness.3. It is utterly comforting to know I can ask you for anything, any time.4. I'm glad I met you.5. Your friendship sometimes makes me a nicer person.6. I sincerely appreciate you and all that you do for me. In fact I like you well enough that I'd probably appreciate you if you did nothing for me ever.7. Sometimes the laughter at your posts is what gets me through the day.8. I…
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  • Top 5 Things to Consider in Purchasing a Breast Pump

    admin
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Whether you are expecting a baby soon, have just had a baby or are having difficulties getting your baby to attach to the breast, you would probably find it convenient to have a breast pump available that you could use when required. So to help you out we have put together the top 5 things we believe you should consider before buying a breast pump: Frequency of Use To save you time and hassle in choosing the best breast pump for you, you should first determine how often you would want to use the pump. If you are a mother who only plans to use a pump once or twice a week, you may be best…
  • 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…
 
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    Kimchi Mamas

  • Hello!

    Kimchi
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Hello Kimchi Mama Readers! It's me... Mary! Long time no see. I am not sure why I haven't blogged in a while... I just haven't. But today I got to thinking about Kimchi Mamas and felt like I should write a post. What have I been up to? Mostly just the usual... working, mothering, you know. My younger son started...
  • Condolences

    Kimchi
    7 Jun 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Our deepest condolences to the family of Paul Lee, the victim of the shooting this past Thursday at Seattle Pacific University. If anyone has any connection to the family or their friends, please share so that we can help however we can.
  • Be the true hero that you are!

    Kimchi
    6 May 2014 | 8:26 am
    Watching your child going through something painful is extremely difficult for any parent. We often wish we could take the pain away. We wish we could feel it for them instead. Watching our children go through their first heartbreaks can be torturous. Seeing them experience life’s disappointments is not easy. The good news is that we can help! We can...
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    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families

  • Video Chat With Doctor – Using LiveHealth Online #spon

    Beth B.
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    *Disclosure: Sponsored partnership with LiveHealth Online.      Parenthood has many requirements and playing Doctor to my kids scares me the most. While I can usually figure out any computer problem, medical issues always cause me stress.  Does my kid have a fever? Could it be a stomach flu, skin rash, food allergy, grass allergy or even homework allergy?  For some odd reason it seems like my most complicated questions about pediatric medicine pop into my head when the Doctor’s office is closed. Calling the on-call doctor can take time and seem impersonal. So when I heard about…
  • 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…
 
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • If You Must Have a Mommy Makeover Buy A New Lipstick. The End.

    Jessica Gottlieb
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    There have been a rash of publicists emailing Mom Bloggers asking them they’d like a Mommy Makeover. Maybe they think that since the kids went back to school we are all going to collectively look in the mirror and shriek, “What happened to me!?” If, like me, you’ve enjoyed the summer with your kids, you’re probably past due a trip for a haircut but nicely tanned and looking relaxed. Not to worry, the Mommy Makeover can fix that too. They’ll fix everything, whether it needs fixing or not. By far my favorite predatory Mommy Makeover came from Lucid PR.
  • Apparently Mojo Is Not a Poodle

    Jessica Gottlieb
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Remember when I had a well behaved rescue dog and wrote a post about how to bring one into your home? Well, you can ignore that because Mojo was a straight up asshole these last few weeks. I brought the dog trainer back in (along with the cat specialist – yes, I deserve to be mocked for this) and found out that Mojo is not a poodle. Which is weird because he totally looks just like Junior. According to the trainer Mojo is feeling insecure because Junior is the alpha dog around here and there’s no work being done. I’ve had 24 years of poodles and the big one was eight pounds.
  • Tocaloma: Thank You Gifts

    Jessica Gottlieb
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Every August as camp winds down I go in search of the best gift ever for the owners of Jane and Alexander’s favorite camp. They’re both women so we’ve done candles, purses and keychains. We’ve done wine and food and the only gift I’ve never given them is a public referral. This is the problem with owning a summer camp. My kids each started at Tocaloma when they were four years old. In the first years they went the minimum number of days in part because it was expensive and in part because they were little, and how much time does a four year old really need at…
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    Brain Soup For The Dysfunctional Soul

  • Things I SHOULD Say

    Shannon akaMonty
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Just to counterbalance my last post...things I don't say often enough and shouldn't assume that you already know.(#YIIAY Lisa)1. I don't hate you. Mostly.2. Your posts always make me smile with delight at your happiness.3. It is utterly comforting to know I can ask you for anything, any time.4. I'm glad I met you.5. Your friendship sometimes makes me a nicer person.6. I sincerely appreciate you and all that you do for me. In fact I like you well enough that I'd probably appreciate you if you did nothing for me ever.7. Sometimes the laughter at your posts is what gets me through the day.8. I…
  • Things I Wanted To Say

    Shannon akaMonty
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    Just a fun little exercise in which I relieve the pressure of Not Engaging and point no fingers.(#NINAY Lisa)(heehee)(I knew you would ask)1. You haven't heard from me because sorry, I can't bear watching you make the exact same decision over and over again when it's destroying your life.2. I question the state of your mental health.3. You actually are an idiot in a good disguise.4. Grow up and get over the one-upmanship. This isn't high school, that ship sailed about 30 years ago and it's very unattractive.5. There comes a time when you have to stop dressing like you're still in your 20s.
  • Sweatin' it out.

    Shannon akaMonty
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    Let's take a moment to talk about sweat.I know, ew.I've used Secret deodorant for many, many years - and recently I've discovered that it may be "Strong enough for a man", but it can't hold a candle to the stank that is menopause sweat.OMG.If there's one thing that mightily offends my scentsors, it's the stink of  BO.I mean, I like the smell of skin sometimes, especially a lover's special scent. But nasty pit-smell? NO THANK  YOU.At first I thought maybe Secret had changed their formula and it was no longer Strong Enough For A Man but Made For A Woman, then I realized it was NOT…
 
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    Miscellaneous Mum - Trying to find the objective correlative, everyday

  • My Creative Process Ecourse For Beginners

    Karen Andrews
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Have you ever thought you would love to learn how to write a short story or poem but have no idea where to start? Do you want to improve your writing? You might even have a novel in you. Submit your work to publications? Incorporate creativity into your daily life? I have worked as a writer for many years and have asked myself the above questions – and more – over this time. I constantly talk with aspiring writers and bloggers. When I ask what their hardest obstacle is, the answer is often the same: just getting started. Whether you blog, write, journal or secretly scribble, this course…
  • Fresh Flowers Want to Deliver {Giveaway}

    Karen Andrews
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    I adore flowers. I’ve recently talked about how I’ve started to buy a rose for myself every week. I also enjoy giving them as a present, but admit that my track record of ordering flowers online for recipients I can’t deliver to personally has been rather hit-and-miss. Service has been average, as have been the quality of the flowers. I have good news today – Fresh Flowers are offering a lucky reader the chance to discover for themselves the loveliness of their range. Just take a look at the following three bouquet options.   1. Sweet Splendour $109 With its…
  • The Weekend That Was

    Karen Andrews
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Do you ever sit down on a Monday morning to have a chat with a friend or write a blog post – such as this – and think back to the weekend that was and wonder to yourself, “Hang on, what did we do again?” That’s how I feel about Saturday. Not a Saturday, six months ago; two days ago. Trawling back through my memory I remember it was a lovely day… we walked to the library… oh, that’s right we watched the new Captain America movie on DVD (yawn)… and that’s about it (if you don’t include my regular, shouty “Let’s get…
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  • How do You do Your Homework?!

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

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

  • August Drink and Click™ Photowalks

    Lotus Carroll
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:58 pm
    All of these photowalks are free and everyone is invited, so please join us!• Tokyo, Japan with Holger Feroudjhttp://goo.gl/bRDmhQ• Austin, TX with Juan Gonzalezhttp://goo.gl/LXcGU1• Portland, Oregon with Wick Sakithttp://goo.gl/A8CzX0• Rades, Tunisia with Mohamed Amine Harazihttp://goo.gl/qC93aJThe August Challenge is “Contrasting Colors”. The image attached to this post is a macro photo of a ladybug that I spotted exploring the oak tree in my back yard. Isn’t it beautiful? I used a 100mm macro lens at f/2.8 to capture this, and processed it in Lightroom.A photo…
  • My Heart Skips None Of These Beats

    Lotus Carroll
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:41 pm
    The last bit of summer vacation is pressing in on us, and it has largely become this: the frantic run from pool to platform on repeat, a near maddening loop of frenzied obsession, the intense need to squeeze in as much flight, falling, plunge and ascension as possible before the school bell once more rings.   He is reborn over and over again in an unrealized effort to slow the sinking of the sun. It is both beautiful and somehow tragic in its simple impossibility; it is all at once the sweetness of youth and his slipping grasp on it. My heart swells and tightens as I watch him hurry to…
  • The Drink and Click™ Show, EP14 with Guest Jordan Oram

    Lotus Carroll
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    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 Jordan Oram to discuss his photography and recent projects, including the release of his eBook, Crossing Canada. He also shared the philosophy and reasoning around why he travels the way he does, connecting with others and “encouraging awesomeness” in the people he meets along the way. Jordan’s website with all of his content and updates can be found here: http://jordanoram.comIf you’re interested in downloading one of…
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    TravelingMamas.com

  • 6 Things to Know Before you Visit DiggerLand USA

    edVAcationMama
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:14 pm
    1. The ambiance is constructiontastic. If your kiddo loves yellow trucks, dirt, and heavy machinery they will be in heaven. 2. Diggerland USA has the largest rope climbing course in the World. It is a great workout for your muscles but even going up one level will make you feel like you accomplished something huge when going home. 3. Measure your kids before arrival. Strict height requirements make ride selections hard for those under 3ft. Those under that height can play in the Kid Zone. 4. Wear sneakers good sneakers. A rock climbing wall is 32 feet tall and is ready to climb high in the…
  • Frugal Travel Find: COOLinary New Orleans

    RollingMama
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    More than fifty restaurants are participating in COOLinary New Orleans.  The entire month of August features special menus and pricing at restaurants throughout the city.  Patrons can enjoy a two course lunch for $20 or less and a three course dinner for $35 or less in America’s most delicious city. Peruse the menu and make a reservation at some of the best restaurants in the Big Easy by visiting www.coolinaryneworleans.com.  If you are planning a trip to the city, consult the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau for information.  Hotel restaurants participating in COOLinary New…
  • All-inclusive for Families: Grand Palladium Bavaro – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

    MommyMusings
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:38 am
    My 10-year-old daughter and I just got back from our first visit to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for a four-night stay at Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort & Spa. As first time visitors to both the island and the hotel, we felt welcome for the moment arrived. Grand Palladium Bavaro is one of the largest family-friendly all-inclusive resorts in the area, with a wide variety of accommodations, dining options, and activities with both adults and kids in mind. The Location Located right on the beach along the east coast of the Dominican Republic, Grand Palladium Bavaro is a quick 30 minute taxi…
 
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    Adventures in Babywearing

  • Saturdays In The Summer By The Sea

    16 Aug 2014 | 4:32 pm
    I love Saturdays. It's really my only day with a bit of structure this summer. Jeff and I take our daily walk down to the ocean but add in an extra half mile or so on the weekends. We are back before the kids are awake and I'll go get donuts or make pancakes or like today I wanted to bake muffins but didn't have enough flour but we did have pancake mix, so we had blackberry pancake muffins (pancake batter baked in mini muffin tins) and we've been eating them all day.Around 9 am I get my bin and bags ready to pick up our CSA shares. I hit the drive up at Human Bean for my iced latte. (Usually…
  • These Things I Should Be Writing Down

    3 Aug 2014 | 6:28 pm
    As I've abandoned any sort of regular record keeping of our life in the recent year or more (one of the best years of our lives yet, to be sure, so very worthy of being written about) a tiny panic sets in that if I don't write down the good stuff, the little things, will it be remembered? Will they think back to this summer that they picked pints and pints of blackberries in our yard each day? This morning as I poured batter onto a hot griddle and watched them excitedly forage for the fresh fruit we'd add to our breakfast? Our grilled dinners around the table and then eating homemade…
  • 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…
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    The Bloggess

  • Search terms that make me question what’s going on in your life.

    thebloggess
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Every so often I look at the things people were searching for on the internet that brought them to this blog.  Then I shake my head at humanity.  Then I copy the least offensive but most baffling searches and share them here with you.  Because I’m a giver.   What people were searching for on the internet this week that led them here: “How to know I’m not in a coma” “accidental lesbian” “u didn’t have to hang up on me you shuld have told me u dont want me to call you poem” “monkeys kissing people walk on the vagina”  (It…
  • I’m insulted in several ways.

    thebloggess
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    I think most cats technically already have great mustaches, but you just can’t tell because we don’t shave the rest of their bodies, and I think that’s probably very sad for them because they can’t show off their dapper kitty facial hair. Or at least, that was the reason that I gave Victor when he asked me why I kept trying to stick a fake mustache on Hunter S. Thomcat.     PS. This is unrelated but I thought I’d share.  You know when websites use algorithms to figure out what you’d be most likely buy and then they put those recommendations on…
  • I’m not talking ’bout the weather.

    thebloggess
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Conversation I had with Victor when he heard me singing along to Dan Seal’s  “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight“: Victor: Seriously?  If there was a competition for fucking up lyrics we’d have to build another house to store all your trophies. me:  I’m pretty sure that’s how the song goes.  “I’m not talking ’bout the weather. And I don’t want to change your mind.  But there’s a warm wind blowing the stars around.  And I’d really love to see you tonight.” Victor:  No.  It’s “I’m not…
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    So Close

  • Exceptional service from Clicks Pharmacy

    Tertia
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:09 am
    Last week I received the best customer service I have ever received in my life.  I was so blown away that I thought I had to share it with as many people I could. One of the prescription medications we use has been out of stock across the whole country.  I tried my usual pharmacy and was told that they hadn't had it in stock for a while. I then tried the other pharmacies in the area, nothing. I started phoning wider - nothing. I eventually called the manufacturer in JHB and was told that there hadn't been stock in a while, it was a country wide shortage. I panicked! I suspected…
 
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    mod*mom

  • Circus in town :: ringling

    modmom
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:51 pm
    contemporarymuseumart lacma circa 1965 Circus Family ad Todd WalkerRingling Bros + Barnum&Bailey® presents LEGENDS!  The Greatest Show On Earth   "Children Of All Ages experience unimaginable family fun as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious visions that have only existed in your imagination + now materialize before your eyes: the Unicorn, Pegasus + a Woolly Mammothfamilies can come to the arena floor to…
  • mod*miss school shopping :: dolls

    modmom
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    mod*miss back to school shopping timewe checked out target + thriftshops for a mix of new + vintage clothes, supplies + room refreshers.this year mod*tween gets a locker, so she was excited target sent her a chandelier (also for doll house)!abullseyeview.com/-totally-ridiculous-but-totally-awesome-school-suppliesvintge-paper-dolls-mod-missy-go-along-1970http://pamelavelner.wordpress.com/2011/08/31/missy-go-along-mod-fashion-paper-doll/
  • Cat Mom :: Catification by Kate :: world cat day

    modmom
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    cat mom Kate, founder of hauspanther :: Catification book being a cat mom parallels nurturing, protecting, cherishing of child mom, + requires imagination, information + products to express your style as you care for + enjoy your familyKate created + curates a cat-family community from her perspective as cat mom  :blogs cat activism:catification: use of space:cat care: food, health :cat style:healing comfort of cats:cattoos:designs + sells toys:organic catnip:giveaways:favorite products...hauspanther.com/
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    Pregnancy Stories By Age

  • Shocked to find herself pregnant

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    Can I just add in an e-mail I received, from a woman named Suzanne...Who was shocked to find herself pregnant at the age of 48 years old! She's already the mother of five children, the oldest 28 years old.So it was definitely a shock!Stock Photo credit: AnGeL..,by el7bara, on FlickrSome rights reservedTODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:Conquering Infertility:Dr. Alice Domar's Mind/Body Guide to Enhancing Fertility and Coping with Infertilityby Alice D. Domar and Alice Lesch Kelly -- Infertility is a heartbreaking condition that affects nine million American couples each year. It causes tremendous…
  • Women do give birth successfully in their 40s

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    Well, I think it just goes to show that there's enormous variability in human beings.Yes, women do give birth successfully in their 40s.. The oldest lady that I ever delivered giving birth to a child created with her own eggs.She was in fact 50 years old, and this was a son, after she'd had 11 daughters.So I told the husband it was time, they really could stop now.But ...Stock Photo credit: Tiny hands,by Melissa Wiese (Mel B), on FlickrSome rights reservedTODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:Infertility:A Silent Struggle and a God Who Hearsby Whitney Cornelison -- The road of infertility is one of…
  • Lovely new baby son at 44

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:54 am
    It isn't a question, it's just to say that nature isn't always against the older mother. My daughter is 44 years old on Saturday.She has a daughter of 23, a son of 19 and another daughter who's 14 years old, on Sunday. And she has just given birth, three weeks ago, to a lovely new baby son. He was quite the shock, but a very pleasant shock.Stock Photo credit: Sssch! Sleeping... Taking a nap to grow,by Pontus Edenberg, on FreeImagesSome rights reservedTODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:Hannah's Hope:Seeking God's Heart in the Midst of Infertility, Miscarriage, and Adoption Lossby Jennifer Saake --…
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  • All the fixins

    dooce
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:59 pm
    This time I'm not stepping too far outside of my comfort zone, but at least I won't be wearing yoga pants.
  • Sweet and senile

    dooce
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    I guess this is what happens when you're in your sixties.
  • My smirking Butternut

    dooce
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    Shades of Daisy Hamilton are surfacing.
 
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    Stories of Pregnancy and Birth over 40 years old

  • Midlife Baby Boom

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    Famous Moms Over 40Biological clocks be damned, more American women than ever are having babies at an age when previous generations might have been sending their kids off to college.The number of women delivering their bundles of joy after age 40 has doubled in the past two decades, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.Meet a diverse group of women - from Madonna to Sarah Palin - who have defied the odds of giving birth at 41, 51 and beyond.This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on TheDailyBeast.comRead more: Famous Moms Over 40Photo Credit: Kirsten GillibrandAll Rights…
  • Oldest Mother Will Live To See Daughter Married

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Rajo Devi Lohan gave birth, following controversial IVF treatment, at the age of 69.Five years later, the 74-year-old says having her daughter, Naveen, has made her stronger and helped her live longer.She believes her desire of seeing her little one marry is giving her the strength to fight on and live to see the special day.Rajo, who lives in the remote village of Hissar, India, with Naveen, her husband Ballo and his second, younger wife Umi, said: 'The only reason I am still alive is Naveen. She is a gift to me from God and, until I get her married, I cannot afford to die.'This Pregnancy…
  • Mary Stuart Masterson, 44, pregnant with twins

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    March 9, 2011 -- Actress Mary Stuart Masterson, 44, and husband Jeremy Davidson, 39, are pregnant with twins!The two babies will join their 17-month-old brother whose name has not been revealed."In five months we are going to have three kinds under the age of 2," Davidson pointed out.  "We are in happy shock about it"This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on MSN.comRead more: Mary Stuart Masterson Pregnant With Twins!Originally posted on March 9, 2011Stock Photo credit: Jim Spellman/WireImageAll rights reservedTODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:The Brotherhood of Joseph: A Father's Memoir of…
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    My Frugal Baby Tips

  • Diaper Rash: Yeasty Diaper Rash

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    My grandmother gave me a great tip - to kill yeasty diaper rash.Photo credit: chronic-shock, on FlickrSome rights reservedBurn 1/2 cup flour in a clean frying pan. (It smells bad)Store in airtight container and put a little on the baby with each change.I know it sounds strange... but it works great! Almost free!Thanks to Ruth Liew for this Frugal Baby Tip!SUGGESTED READING LIST: • Get Pregnant Naturally -- Get pregnant quickly and naturally and give birth to healthy children without drugs or surgical procedures • Prince or Princess? -- Can you really choose your baby's gender?
  • Diapering: Storing Diapers in Washing Machine

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    I do not use a diaper pail, I just put my used cloth diapers straight into the washing machine with no water (I have a front loading).Then every two days I do a rinse and short spin the diapers with cold water (and a bit of vinegar).Then do a hot wash with organic detergent (only a TBSP).Hang the diapers to dry and start all over again.Any smell is trapped in the washing machine and I never usually need to do laundry more often then every two days so it works out perfectly.Thanks to Mandy for this Frugal Baby Tip!Photo credit: lownote, on FlickrSome rights reservedSUGGESTED READING…
  • Baby Wipes: Handi-Wipes Baby Wipes

    Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    For a newborn... Instead of buying throw-away baby wipes, I cut up Clorox Handi Wipes into fours, and dampen them.Then I carry them in a Tupperware case for away-from-home diaper changes. At home I have a Tupperware dish of water on my change table (fresh each morning), and a stack of Handi-Wipes quarters ready to dip and wipe.Wash in a net laundry bag with a load of laundry. Hang bag over clothes line to dry.Thanks to Helen Rolfe for this Frugal Baby Tip!Photo credit: by bess grant, on FlickrSome rights reservedSUGGESTED READING LIST: • Get Pregnant Naturally -- Get pregnant quickly…
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    Mommies With Style

  • Don’t Miss Out on These Amazeballs Labor Day Weekend Sales #FashionFriday #CouponCodes

    Whitney
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:29 am
    Coupon codes galore for this weekend’s Labor Day celebrations!  Some of these seem too-good-to-be-true so hop on them!  Lots of end of summer style sales to be had if you’re good and can buy and hold onto stuff until next season and there’s also plenty of new fall items that are debuting this weekend.  You can generally find good deals the first weekend or two something’s out and with it being the long weekend there’s some extra coupon code love going around.  You know these retailers love to put out a good code for certain holidays and it may be awhile…
  • Detox & Juice Cleanse w/Evolution Fresh Review {DAY 1}

    Whitney
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    Today is day two of my “reset.”  I’m very lightly doing a juice cleanse detox using Evolution Fresh juices I picked up at Whole Foods yesterday.  I am not following any specific plan other than to eat way healthier, lightly and to try and reboot myself from some of my bad eating habits that I’ve picked up over the last couple of months. Here’s how yesterday went.  I woke up hungry. I had semi-started the day before by eating a really light dinner.  I had a bowl of butternut squash soup from Whole Foods.  It was delicious, organic and seemed healthy enough…
  • Invisalign: the Smart Choice for Braces for Tweens & Teens #InvisalignTalk

    Whitney
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    A small part of me still gets a pit in my stomach when I think about my middle school years.  I was so awkward.  And the girls!  Girls can be so mean.  There are just so many hormones flying around and just about everything is awkward physically for kids.  For years, when I’ve looked back at those years, I’ve thought “thank God that’s behind me!” Only, it’s not.  Because now I’m a Mom of two kids who will eventually be teenagers.  I’m already seeing some of the hormones developing in my 10 year old.  And since getting through puberty is…
 
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    Kids Activities Blog

  • When Should Kids Go to the Dentist & Orthodontist?

    Holly
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    When the kids were younger, it was really clear when they needed to go to the doctor!  You had a schedule of what checkups were at what months and years along with immunizations that they had to have. Childcare and school requirement for this information made even a procrastinator like me abide by what was needed! But dentists?  Orthodontists?  These things are a little more flexible.  When things are flexible sometimes they get pushed back. Yes, I am talking about myself here! One of the things I have loved about being on the Mom Advisory Board for Invisalign is that I have been able to…
  • 100 Engaging Activities for Babies

    Liz
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Finding fun activities for babies can be challenging.  I remember having a baby and thinking, what should I do with him?  Obviously just talking and playing with toys is wonderful, but if you’re looking for some new fun ideas, we have a bunch! We love all these ideas that think outside of the box and get your baby engaged and having fun!  Remember, out of everything they have to play with, YOU are their favorite toy! 100 Engaging Activities for Babies This baby game just needs an empty cardboard box and a few small plastic balls.  The simplest activities can keep a baby busy! With…
  • Breakfast Balls

    Rachel
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    I have three boys, and they wake up hungry, very hungry. They have a mission to eat me out of house and home so I am constantly looking for meals that are filling, lots of protein, to tide them over. Breakfasts can be especially challenging as I am not perky in the morning, don’t always have time to make eggs, and often we need to just grab something and go. I was thrilled to have discovered this recipe for PB&J energy bars.  We adapted it, a LOT – I did not have most of her ingredients on hand, to make our Breakfast Balls.  But it still tastes a bit like PB&J……
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    Fluid Pudding

  • Complaint Department

    fluidpudding
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    1. Within 24 hours of moving into the house, the kitchen sink backed up and leaked water into the cabinets and onto the floor. Because the sellers of our house purchased a home warranty for us, the warranty company had to schedule an “approved” plumber. He arrived this morning, used the words “retarded” and “illegal” more than once to describe our plumbing (I’m okay with illegal.), told us that what’s normally covered under the warranty isn’t covered today because it’s less than 30 days from the purchase of the warranty, and then…
  • Yards and Miles

    fluidpudding
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    So much has happened, and not much has happened. The girls started school and are liking it as much as you can like being a new kid in a big place where everyone else seems to know one another. They’re doing fine and they’ll do fine. I went to Chicago for a day with Tempe and my mom for our annual yarn/fiber celebration. While there, we ate salads and cheesecake and we knit in front of a fireplace. I believe it was just what we needed. I came home with yarn to make three shawls and fiber to create something that may eventually become a pair of socks. (It all depends on if I can…
  • Like an oscillating fan that is plugged in and working…

    fluidpudding
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:17 pm
    The girls have started at their new school and we move into the new house in nine days. Everything just keeps happening and happening. Two survey guys came over this morning with sketch pads and chewing tobacco. According to the tiny pink flags in our yard, it looks like one of our neighbors has been cutting a patch of our grass as if it’s his own. Because I fully suspect that his wife will talk him into charging us for this unsolicited trim, I’ve decided to beat him to the punch by suing him for trespassing. I’ll be leaving super early on Saturday morning (like, 4:30 in the…
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  • Fresh Karma

    Momo Fali
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:47 am
    I woke up early this morning and thought (because it’s all-consuming right now) about this move to a new home. This time it wasn’t the sentimentality that hit me – I’ve come to terms with the fact that we’re leaving our house of 17 years and it doesn’t matter where we are, as long as we are together we will make it a home. That’s sappier than a pine tree, but true. And, it wasn’t about the work going on in the house – we’ve finished tearing out carpet, landscaping, a good friend installed a new shower, the painters are almost…
  • O Captain! My Captain!

    Momo Fali
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:16 pm
    When I was a teenager my life was, quite frankly, a mess. I won’t go into details, because that isn’t what matters now. What I will say is that I was existing, but not living or experiencing much beauty. I felt unloved, I was in an abusive relationship, and had a lot on my plate. Depression is a terrible, debilitating beast and I found myself deep in its clutches. I managed to climb out with the help of three things; a great teacher, extended family and, you may not believe this, but it’s true, Dead Poet’s Society. The words of my English teacher, “…you…
  • Free Weight

    Momo Fali
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:03 pm
    At the BlogHer ’14 Closing Party last Saturday night, I was in the front row when Rev Run from Run-D.M.C. took the stage. Sure, I’m white with size 11 feet which make it impossible to dance without tripping over myself and it’s true that the front row should have probably been reserved for attendees and not employees, but I also know that life is short and opportunities to be sweat upon by one of the pioneers of rap don’t happen very often. If at all. I also laid down on the floor in the middle of the Expo Hall with a dog from Pets Add Life. You know why? Because pets…
 
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    Single Mom Seeking

  • Small as an Elephant: Book Give Away with Jennifer Jacobson

    singlemomseeking
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    Small as an Elephant, by Jennifer Jacobson, is one of the most beautiful, heart-wrenching middle grade novels I’ve ever read. Jack’s mom is gone again. This time, she has left 11-year-old Jack alone on a campsite in Maine. When he wakes up, there is no sign of his mother, who suffers from bipolar disorder — no rental car, camping gear or food. Can he find his way back to Boston before the authorities realize what happened? I’m honored to have Jennifer here today to chat about her gripping novel. Thank you! Q: Ever since Jack can remember, his mom has been unpredictable,…
  • 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.
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    Tammy Gibson | A Mom in Red High Heels

  • Back-to-School Night in Really Great Jeans

    Tammy Gibson
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    This year will be the first time ever that both our kids will be in school for a full day, at the same time! We’ve been homeschooling one or both for 4 years and as they enter 5th and 8th grade, we are all ready for the exciting year ahead! Both will be attending the same school. It is a small school and a close community. After a year of experiencing it with our daughter, we have fallen in love with the staff and families involved. I have to say, I am super proud of my son who made the decision to head back to school! We put no pressure on him to return, the choice was entirely his…
  • Refresh Your Wardrobe with Fall Florals

    Tammy Gibson
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    Have you been keeping an eye out for fall fashions that you can add to your wardrobe? I have because you know what they say, when you are looking for something specific to buy, you won’t find it. So, when I decided that this fall I would embrace fall florals, I found a great one on ThredUp! I am not a flowery person. While I LOVE fresh flowers, I don’t really enjoy wearing them. Are you like that? If so, a fall floral is a great time to work a little botanical into your wardrobe because the hues are darker and moodier. I don’t feel overly girly in this skirt because of the…
  • 7 Ways to Save More on Summer Clearance

    Tammy Gibson
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
    While Labor Day weekend offers a nice three-day reprieve for most of us, it also signals the end of the summer season. Our only consolation for letting go of warm days and late nights is the summer clearance sales that come with the closing of the season. As with most shopping holidays in recent years, Labor Day sales are showing up earlier than normal. However, the best deals are worth waiting for, and since fashionistas aren’t known for reigning it in during a good clothing sale (myself included), I’ve rounded up seven ways to make the most of summer clearance sales. 1. Make a…
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    A Mommy Story

  • CCS Transportation Department Twitter Abuse

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

    Christina
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    School started on Wednesday, but it hasn’t been as smooth as I’d hoped it would be. Honestly, this has probably been one of the hardest back-to-school weeks we’ve endured. The week started with me getting what I thought was a small cold. By Monday evening I could tell it was spiraling into something worse, so I kept drinking lots of water, taking vitamins and supplements, and hoping it would go away. On Tuesday I was feeling run down, but determined to finish getting supplies packed into backpacks and clothing set out so everything would be perfect for the first day of…
  • Back To School Time!

    Christina
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    We’re now less than a week away from school starting, which has everyone in this house excited. Yes, even the kids. Summer camps are over, and this week they’ve been tortured with having to entertain themselves most days while I work. At this point, going back to school is a welcome alternative to the boredom of being at home and occasionally having to be super quiet while I’m on a call. They really do like school, though. We went to the school last night for a “welcome back” ice cream social, and Cordy and Mira were so excited to see their teachers and some of…
 
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  • This week in Happiness, brought to you by crying teenage girls

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

    Suburban Kamikaze
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:18 am
    In hindsight, it is easy to see how we were led down the bunny trail.  At 16, the girl is an impeccable strategist, capable of exploiting every shift of mood and circumstance. She has a long history of successful campaigns, going as far back as the toddler years when she would appear next to my bed in the wee hours holding teeny-tiny toddler footwear in her hands and insisting that it was time to seize the day. "Shoes?" she would say, raising her teeny-tiny eyebrows at me in an expression that said, "I can't believe you are still in bed at 3:45 a.m., you slacker, but I…
  • Maybe you should just chill-ax: a teenager's guide

    Suburban Kamikaze
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    Should you? Should you just chill-ax? How can you be sure? Chill-ax. The teenagers are here to help with this simple guide to stress management:   Out of gas at 7 a.m. and you need to get to work. Chill-ax. There's plenty of time. Probably. Out of gas at 7 a.m., you need to get to work, AND you discover the same person who left your car on empty in the driveway left a pile of fast food wrappers on the passenger seat. Chill-ax. They were going to clean it up. Or else it wasn't them. Out of gas at 7 a.m., you need to get to work AND the same person who left the car on empty and the…
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    Where's My Cape?

  • Incriminating blobs

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

    KC
    4 Jun 2014 | 3:06 am
    Step 1: Do not even THINK of starting potty training (or "bathroom independence" if you are very uptight) until your child is wearing the largest diaper size manufactured for children. This will ensure bladder capacity is massive. (Waiting until child requires adult incontinence undergarments due to size is waiting too long.) Step 2: Watch all of your child's friends graduate from the Toddler class until child is now only friends with much smaller, developmentally immature children. (It is okay, all part of the master plan. No shame.) Step 3: When you start worrying that child will be wearing…
  • Blowout

    KC
    27 Apr 2014 | 12:52 pm
    A work trip took me to San Diego again (that's 2 times in 6 months - what?) and like a piece of scrap metal to a magnet, I returned to Escher Mall. This time, it was to a blow-dry bar.  I had first learned of the place during my initial disorienting visit last October, when I searched in vain for a round brush there (only to discover I had not actually forgotten my round brush, thereby confirming my slow but sure descent into dementia land). It was a dazzling storefront with this fabulous golden egg chair thing in the window fit for a princess; it was all too glamorous for my eyes. So,…
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  • Ice Cream for Breakfast: Creamy Iced Coffee

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    Hello ice cream, meet iced coffee. You two are a match made in heaven. What could be better than ice cream for breakfast?
  • Sweet Avocado Ice Cream

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    We've said it before, and we'll say it again, getting your kids to eat vegetables is a challenge! We love finding new
  • Ice Cream Bread

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    Some bread recipes can be complicated, but not this one! Not only is this recipe one of the easiest bread recipes we could possibly make, but it’s…
 
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    Cool Mom - Fun Videos and a Blog for Moms - Motherhood, Kids, Babies and Parenting on Coolmom.com

  • Hold me I’m frightened…

    Daphne
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:27 am
    Rex started kindergarten.  I was surprised by my reaction.  Felt fine.  Till we crossed the threshold of the campus that was filled the chaos and crowds of Kuala Lumpur right before the Japanese approached. Then I wanted to cry.  Sob. … Continue reading → The post Hold me I’m frightened… appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
  • Picked another winner

    Daphne
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Last night GeorgeMckenna won the school board seat in LA for District one.  Mark and I were there. Happy the experienced guy won and the Mark Ridley Thomas machine did not prevail.  But, what did we eat?  They served some … Continue reading → The post Picked another winner appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
  • Accelerated Math Summer

    Daphne
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Was on the fence about pushing Viv into this… but once we got going it’s like going halfway around a lake, you got to finish it!  It’s been a chore for all involved. I’m not sure, is math harder now, … Continue reading → The post Accelerated Math Summer appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
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  • We are Nomads Armed With Chia Pouches

    whoorl
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:15 am
    This post is sponsored by Mamma Chia. Thanks for supporting this site! Between moving, the housing fiasco, kids starting school, and acclimating to a new city, my family has essentially become nomadic. We are ALWAYS in the car – driving to school, racing to an appointment, getting lost (this city is not how I remembered!), or on the way to meet up with family and friends. (Also, let’s be honest, we aren’t that pumped about spending time on top of each other in our current living situation.) I’ve become Queen of Snacks over the past few weeks (let’s be honest,…
  • I’m Living in a Stress Dream

    whoorl
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    This. This is how I’ve felt for the past three weeks. Where do I even begin? Well, it’s been a fiasco. Some of you know a little of the story from Facebook, but here goes. We finally got word that our (very late) belongings were arriving in Oklahoma City last week. The day before move-in, we dropped by the rental condo to take some final measurements, noticed some wetness and staining on the living room floor, and called the landlord who promised to check it out immediately. The next morning we woke up, took Wita to her first day of pre-K, and prepared for the big moving day. D…
  • Sally Beauty Giveaway Winner + A Beauty Consultation

    whoorl
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    This post is sponsored by Sally Beauty. Thanks for supporting this site! Congratulations to Kristiina, who won the Sally Beauty $45 gift card. Cue fanfare! Part of the giveaway was a beauty consultation of sorts, and I must admit, it made me a bit nostalgic for the good ol’ Hair Thursday days. Kristiina, feel free to take my advice or spend your gift card on whatever you please! Let’s get crackin’… 1.Palladio Baked Eye Shadow in Bronze – While poking around on Kristiina’s blog and social media, I noticed she has really lovely blue eyes. There really…
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  • Back to School with Scholastic GIVEAWAY

    Kas
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The start of a new school year is about to get a lot more fun, with the introduction of a brand-new collection of imagination-inspiring, brain-boosting products from Scholastic, the most trusted name... More here
  • First Look at Paul Rudd in Marvel’s ANT-MAN

    Kas
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:51 am
    Marvel Studios began principal photography today in San Francisco, California, on its newest Super Hero franchise Marvel’s “Ant-Man.” The film brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members... More here
  • Time for a RECAP of 2014 SummerSlam #WWEMoms

    Kas
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This past Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, SummerSlam was EPIC and crazy entertaining. Whether you watched in person or watched from home, it was a good time for all. Did you miss it?... More here
 
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    Simply Being Mommy

  • Cinnamon Sugared Almonds

    Crystal Reagan
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    TweetI’m proud to partner with CVS/Pharmacy for this Gold Emblem Summertime Snacking Campaign. I am being sponsored to help lead this campaign, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers. My kids are back in school, y’all.  You know what that means? I’ve been able to catch up on so much work and I’ve even had time to play in the kitchen. With the kids home for the summer, we were busy playing in the pool and enjoying summer so much, that I didn’t…
  • A Visit to a Local State Park

    Crystal Reagan
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    TweetDuring the summer here in Texas, it’s hard to spend a great deal of time outdoors! The bugs are big (and they bite) and the heat is unbearable most of the time. As soon as you walk outside, sweat begins to form on your forehead and above your lip, and it’s just gross. But despite all the obstacles that appeared to be standing in my way, my family and I did something we had never done before. We visited a local state park. I know, I know. Shame on me. But really, it’s the whole big bug thing. I just can’t, y’all. They’re so big, and they bite. Really…
  • How to Load the Dishwasher

    Crystal Reagan
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    TweetI am a member of the Cascade Kitchen Dish Council. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Up until recently, I didn’t know there was a right way to load the dishwasher. I had my right way, my husband had his right way, and then there is the real right way. Believe it or not, the way you load dishes into the dishwasher has a tremendous impact on how well the dishwasher cleans the dishes. After visiting with the folks at Cascade and putting everything they told me to use at home, I’m a believer that proper placement plays a huge role in how effective the dishwasher is…
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  • Kawela Endurance Triathlon

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

    lavagal
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Big shoulders on the Big Island made doing the Ironman 70.3 a relaxing ride. Wish we had bigger shoulders on Oahu’s roads!  Yesterday during our Boca Hawaii Summer Triathlon Training workout three of my teammates were in accidents with motor vehicles while we were riding our bicycles. No one was fatally injured, all are on the mend, and to the best of my knowledge, each was a victim of hit-and-run rudeness. It is illegal and morally wrong to leave the scene of an accident or to not assist people who are hurt. In 2012 Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie signed the Vulnerable Users Law,…
  • Thoughts Become Reality

    lavagal
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    One of my dear friends from childhood named Sue, someone with whom I can spend a total of 15 minutes with every five years and still have a perpetual connection with (thanks to Facebook and perhaps thanks to our spirits), often gives her friends daily spiritual vitamins upon which to reflect. Today it was something from Marianne Williamson: On Meeting Limits with Unlimited Thought Our power lies in meeting limited circumstances with unlimited thought. It is not what happens to us, but what we choose to think about what happens to us, that determines what will happen next. If our circumstances…
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    Sleepless Nights.

  • You don’t get to speak for me

    Veronica
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Recently I saw a callout for writers to come forward and express interest in doing some sponsored work on a variety of topics. One of those topics was disability, so I put my hand up. Skimming through the comments briefly, I saw a number of support workers put their hands up to talk about disability as well and I immediately got shitty. The thing is, unless you have a disability, or possibly are the parent of a severely disabled kid, you need to shut up. You aren’t the minority group being spoken about. Your job is merely to shut up and listen. In the wake of the Federal changes to how…
  • Soap, Spring and Sunshine

    Veronica
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:25 pm
    A month on Cymbalta (give or take a few days) (take, mostly) and things are slowly evening out. My pain is back under control, I’m no longer feeling quite so scatty and distractable and if my jaw is dislocating a hundred times overnight, well at least it isn’t aching all day as well. Spring is sprunging here. My fruit trees are trying desperately to squeeze out some early blossoms and the sight of the swelling buds brings me so much joy. The nights are icy and there is frost on the ground in the morning, but the days are long and sunny and there is a patch of sunlight in my…
  • There’s always an upside.

    Veronica
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:35 pm
    I started Cymbalta twelve days ago. I think. Let me count. Yes, twelve days ago. Which of course means my brain has gone on holiday. I think I spent 2 hours yesterday sitting in front of the fire doing nothing. My brain just turned off and there I was, staring at the flames and nothing was working. I find myself gazing into space, thinking about nothing. Everything is an effort. Like moving through treacle. But if I take them right before bed, I can’t sleep. WOE IS ME. I need something to pull me out of this god forsaken grey fogginess, but I suspect the only thing which will work is…
 
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  • Ice Cream for Breakfast: Creamy Iced Coffee

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    Hello ice cream, meet iced coffee. You two are a match made in heaven. What could be better than ice cream for breakfast?
  • Sweet Avocado Ice Cream

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    We've said it before, and we'll say it again, getting your kids to eat vegetables is a challenge! We love finding new
  • Ice Cream Bread

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    Some bread recipes can be complicated, but not this one! Not only is this recipe one of the easiest bread recipes we could possibly make, but it’s…
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  • Preventing Back-to-School Sickness with Essential Oils

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    Back-to-school time is often filled with anticipation, excitement and germs! Wait, what?! Germs?? Yes, GERMS. Thankfully though, there are easy, healthy and natural ways to prepare for the germs and boost your child’s immunity at the same time. Although my children don’t attend school or daycare, they still spend a lot of time around other kids through enrichment programs, play dates, park days, etc., and I’ve come to appreciate and rely on several doTERRA essential oils for preventing illness and attacking it when we do get hit. I love that doTERRA essential oils are…
  • Talking about Unschooling with Barb Lundgren

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    I recently had the opportunity to attend a free talk about unschooling by Barb Lundgren, a mother to three (now) adult unschoolers. Barb is also the founder of the Rethinking Everything Conference and the editor of Home Education Magazine, devoted entirely to unschooling. The talk was at the co-housing community of Nyland in Lafayette, Colo., and was facilitated by Leslie Potter of Pure Joy Parenting. I took some notes and would like to share a little bit about what I took away from the evening. It may seem a little disjointed, but I just wanted to put these thoughts “out…
  • 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…
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  • My, How They Grow

    Sarah Visbeek
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
     First Day 2007...     First Day 2008... First Day 2010... and Yesterday. I think I must have something in my eye.
  • Summer's End

    Sarah Visbeek
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    You can feel it in the air.  A crispness.  The sense of anticipation.  The deliberate savoring of the last few lazy breaths of summer. Here in New England, the wind-down has already begun, as the temperatures begin to dip at dusk and the sweatshirts are donned. Backpacks are unburied.  School supplies are checked off the list.  Summer reading is done.  Or not. School starts on Tuesday for us,
  • The Cape Cod Mystery

    Sarah Visbeek
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    We had a WONDERFUL vacation at the Cape this year!  After taking last year off, it was nice to remember how relaxing it is to go away with good friends.  To laugh, to play cards, to watch all our children play on the beach.  Good for the soul.  I highly recommend. This year, however, wasn't without its share of drama.  No, we didn't lose a child.  No, we didn't bust through a screen door
 
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  • 10 Steps to Teaching at Home Successfully

    Fred Lee
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We are constantly learning in our house, and we homeschool throughout the year, much to the chagrin of our kids. It is, however, not as bad as it at first sounds. With homeschooling, doing a little learning all year round is not as agonizing when you're spending a fraction of the time each day doing it while allowing yourself time off for for travel and other assorted activities. Plus, you can't beat the uniforms.Even still, that doesn't mean that we completely ignore the regular academic calendar. Our kids are involved with the local schools on many levels, and most of our friends attend the…
  • 4 Jobs Your Kids Should Be Doing to Make the Morning Rush Easier

    Nancy Flanders
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The race to get out of the house on time is usually a crazed one. Kids searching for shoes. Parents searching for keys. And the clock tick-tocking away. We all know what we need to do to be better prepared in the morning, but it's easier said than done. Let's face it, not all of us are super organized, plan ahead, Pinterest-perfect parents. But, when the entire family gets together and works as a team, life can be so much simpler in the morning.Don't spend your evenings alone packing all of your children's things for school. And don't spend your mornings constantly reminding your children of…
  • The 5 Best Baby Monitors

    William Tran
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    While it's important to keep a close eye on your infant at all times, there will come times where you won't be in the same room as your child, whether it's because you're sleeping in your bedroom, making meals in the kitchen, or working elsewhere in your home. In those situations, a baby monitor can help you maintain a close watch on your child no matter where you are in your household. It's especially handy for alerting you to when the baby wakes up or is in need of your assistance. Parenting Squad is here to help you find the best baby monitor for your home and needs with our top 5…
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  • Tomato Jam, the Video Version

    Carmen Staicer
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    I've talked about it here before, but one of my favorite summer things is growing tomatoes. They are FANTASTIC things, summer tomatoes. The very best thing. Winter tomatoes are nasty things, but summer - ahhhhh. Last year I was exposed to the beauty, the wonder, the very elegance of tomato jam. Delicious with any meat, especially beef, fantastic with bacon on a sandwich, scrumptious on an everything bagel with veggie cream cheese. Truly, this stuff is generally just amazing.  I've shared jars of it with friends and I've been asked for the recipe several times, so I thought…
  • I Know Why I'm Crazy

    Carmen Staicer
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:17 pm
    I know, I know - Back to School always kills me. Every stinkin' year. You'd think, with 18 of these under my belt, I'd know that when I start to feel like I'm totally going to lose my cool all over the damned street, I should just take a step back and reflect and take a day or two. But! Like clockwork, every year - I'm on this blog, complaining like crazy. Just go with it, peoples. I'll be better - no, not better,not sane, but less crazy - by maybe the end of September.  I'm crazy because I have too much in my mind.  Tonight, when I stood in the shower and…
  • Bagel Bites - A Delicious Snack - and a Giveaway for You!

    Carmen Staicer
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    Now that school is starting for the year, I know a lot of us are looking for a quality after-school snack to share to calm the masses and stifle the complaining. I know that when I pick my kids up from school, the first thing they say is, "I'm so hungry!!" Especially the first couple of weeks of back to school, when they've gotten used to pawing through the panty whenever the mood strikes. That easy access to food whenever is probably the most difficult adjustment. Well, that, and wearing uniforms again. :)in my mind, the best snack for my kids is a high quality one, and one of my…
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  • Birthdays this Week

    SusieJ
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:49 pm
     
  • Not So Simple Syrup As A Mixer For That Raspbery Mint Julep

    SusieJ
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    There’s nothing quite like the taste of a black raspberry-laced Mint Julep on a blistery, hot end-of-summer day. Or Margarita, depending upon your preference.  But when mixing your own, for your own backyard BBQ, there’s always that issue about the simple-syrup or cordial.  I’ve never liked the idea of adding those grocery-store mixers, laden with corn syrup, sugar or other sweeteners.  This summer at the lake we experimented with using the Raspberry-flavored Ginger Bug Soda as the “mixer.” Wow. And with fresh black raspberries popping every day, it was hard…
  • The Room

    SusieJ
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:25 pm
    “Do you have his room ready yet?” I can remember how the words hung over my head, ringing in my ears like a mantra, as my belly began to grow. I made the stencils myself… Carefully printing out the cursive font on card stock and cutting them free with an exact-0 knife. I still have those stencils…. they are in such good shape, that I could paint, “The Cow Jumped Over the Moon,” again, in that pale yellow paint, adding a cow, a cat and a fiddle…. I remember that my mom, after the baby shower, was worried that I didn’t have enough crib sheets, so…
 
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  • Ice Cream for Breakfast: Creamy Iced Coffee

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    Hello ice cream, meet iced coffee. You two are a match made in heaven. What could be better than ice cream for breakfast?
  • Sweet Avocado Ice Cream

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    We've said it before, and we'll say it again, getting your kids to eat vegetables is a challenge! We love finding new
  • Ice Cream Bread

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    Some bread recipes can be complicated, but not this one! Not only is this recipe one of the easiest bread recipes we could possibly make, but it’s…
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  • Activity #305: Alter your board books

    Whitney Moss
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    We had a board book that I didn’t like too much. The illustrations were too wishy washy and there were too many words. We also had a board book that I loved, by Todd Parr, called This is My Hair. Bold illustrations and simple text. Plus funny. I decided I wanted the first book to be more like the second book. And I needed a Father’s Day gift for my husband. So, I painted over the cover of the book, put stickers on it to make a new title, and pasted all sorts of stuff on the inside. The main theme was “This is my dad”. I made a cartoon-like image of my husband’s…
  • Sawyer’s third birthday party: Bubbles on a budget

    Heather Flett
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    I recently learned that there are professional bubble-blowing entertainers that you can hire to make bubbles as big as a car and enclose party guests in soapy orbs, but those guys charge $300 for a 45-minute show. Dazzling as that would be, I figured I could save $275 and have nearly as much fun by hosting Sawyer’s third birthday party at our closest playground. We threw a bubble birthday party, and it was not hard at all. Apparently, I’ve been acquiring bubble tools and solution for years now: when we hauled out all our bubble gear, we didn’t need to buy a thing. If…
  • The day my husband visited me “at work”

    Laura Wifler
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    The reason I’m able to be a stay-at-home-mom is a double-edged sword. My husband, Mike, has a great job, but it’s pretty demanding. Twice a year I basically become a single parent for about 4-6 weeks, while he works 12-14 hour days, 7 days a week. About five weeks into this past season of single parenting, my husband surprised us by coming home early on a random Friday. At 11 a.m. he texted me and asked if I wanted to go out for lunch – of course the answer was, “YES.” Followed quickly with a “HOW?” Next thing I knew, he was walking in the back door with a fistful of flowers…
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  • Fifteen

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    It was fifteen years ago today. The hottest day of the year. I was to vow to love, honor, and cherish my best friend all the days of my life, and I was a bundle of nerves. As I walked down the aisle,... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • First Day

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Sending the kiddos off to school after what seems like a long summer is always bittersweet for me. This year, however, it was especially so. While they were all most certainly ready for the routine... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • Get The Amazing Spiderman 2 at Walmart and Enter the #BeAHeroContest

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Some of my older kiddos saw The Amazing Spiderman 2 when it was playing in theaters. I, on the other hand, couldn’t get past the fact that someone other than Toby McGuire was playing Peter... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
 
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  • This Week: Labor Day Weekend, 5 Great Plays, & Summer's Last Hurrah

    Roberta B
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Another Labor Day, another chance to honor hard work by taking a few days off—like our NYC editor, Raven, who is away in Martha's Vineyard celebrating the end of summer. Even without her here, Mommy Poppins can lead the charge away from labor this holiday weekend, and toward all that is fun, festive and/or FREE this week, in easy reach of the city. Feel free to bury your heads in the sand for one more weekend before facing the back-to-school music. Care to escape the city for, say, Elizabethan England? It's never too late (or at least not until late September); the New York…
  • Best 5 Off-Broadway Shows for NYC Kids

    Raven Snook
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    As someone who's been taking her nine-year-old daughter to theater since before she could string together a coherent sentence, a lot of parents ask me which family shows are worth their time and money. It's a tough question: People's tastes vary widely and I find that kids outgrow some shows as quickly as they do shoes. Plus, NYC's theater scene is constantly changing (in fact, two of the productions I originally highlighted in this post just a year ago have already closed, that's why it's time for an update). One big piece of theater advice that I give all families:…
  • Things to Do Labor Day Weekend 2014 with NYC Kids: Richmond County Fair, Unicycle Festival, Tug Boats and Carnival

    Raven Snook
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Labor Day holiday is always bittersweet—it's the last weekend before the kids head back to school, so we want to make sure we pack in lots of super summery fun to make the most of these last warm, carefree days. Perhaps one last trip to NYC’s great beaches and outdoor pools is in order before they all officially close for the season on Monday. But there are too many cool things to do to sit around moping about the end of summer. Looking for a great day or weekend trip? We've got lots of destination inspiration in our NYC Family Getaways Guide, including Labor Day…
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  • Making the Most of Your Workouts

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

    workoutmommy
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:34 am
    With 4 little kids running around,  I usually need to get my fitness on the fly. Like when I do kettlebell workouts in my kitchen.  (in my pajamas!) Or when I take my kids to hills and we run sprints. Or  when I workout with my sandbag in my backyard. Or when I run stairs with a weighted vest. I love fitness equipment that is portable, easy to use, and affordable. When MostFit told me they offered a suspension strap  for under $30,  I jumped on the chance to try it out. I highly recommend this one gang!  It can do all the same exercises  as the “other” one for a much better…
  • The “continental” breakfast at a hotel

    workoutmommy
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    This weekend I went away with my boys to a family wedding.  We stayed in a nice hotel and for the most part I was able to make good food choices. On the return trip home,  my car keys somehow disappeared and I ended up stranded at a hotel with 4 small kids and no means of transportation.   (the spare key was back home and we would have to wait until the next morning to get it.  Ugh.)   The next morning we set out to eat the free continental breakfast offered by the hotel.   My feeling of  ”great, I am saving money” turned into  ”I would pay anything to have better…
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  • My state of decline

    Linda
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
    I’ve been thinking about aging lately. Maybe by “lately” I mean “since this morning, when the bright sunlight shining through my bathroom window made me recoil hissing from the mirror like those gross projectile penis-tongue vampires in The Strain,” but anyway I’ve been noticing that in addition to the usual aging suspects — wrinkles, generalized bagginess, and the magical ability to gain ten pounds in one sitting — I have all these weird things going on since I turned 40. For instance: • Ridged nails. I read that as you age your nails start…
  • Perverse attractions

    Linda
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:57 pm
    In Ann Patchett’s This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage she writes about deliberately exposing herself to poison ivy in order to leave summer camp: “Like virgins to a volcano, we threw ourselves in. We rolled in it. We picked it. We rubbed it in our hair and stuffed it in our shirts and ground it into our eyes. Reader, we ate it. (…) We turned to a plant as Juliet had turned to a plant before us: to transport ourselves out of a difficult situation.” When I was in outdoor school — a weeklong camp Corvallis middle schoolers were sent to — I did something similar.
  • Everything is easier for me if you are there

    Linda
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    Last Wednesday Dog had her spay surgery, which went fine except for the part where I had to hand her leash over to the nice vet assistant and walk away while Dog tucked her tail between her legs, tried to follow me, was brought up short, and looked at me, you know, with her face. Then I picked her up several hours later and she walked over to me, all druggy and confused, and pressed her nose against my legs, like thank god you’re back you won’t BELIEVE what they did to me. O, the guilt. Anyway, she recovered nicely but they sent me home with this GIANT sheet of heavy clear plastic…
 
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  • Back to School Apparel at Walmart #wmtmoms

    Renee Ross
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Back to school season is in full swing. My son has been in school for three weeks already - we start early in the South. I chalk it up to hot summers that feel like you are living somewhere in the midst of Dante’s inferno. Being a native New Yorker, I know that kids in my hometown will be starting school next week. I really enjoy shopping for school clothes. It was always a right of passage for me, a new year, a new opportunity and new clothes. I love clothes! My mom helped form my personal style and as a child I not only looked older than most kids but I dressed like a business…
  • Invisalign an alternative to traditional braces

    Renee Ross
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Freshman year in college. Wearing braces and a big smile!When I was in high school I asked my mother for braces. I was probably the only kid in history who willing asked for such a thing. I was in the 11th grade, 16 or 17 and unhappy with my one errant front tooth that stuck out just a little too much for my liking. My mother didn’t see the big deal but acquiesed when I requested a trip to the orthodontist. The verdict was I needed braces and I got them. I thought the braces would be removed by the time I was ready for college but no my doctor thought they should remain in place for another…
  • Verizon Ellipsis 7 tablet saved my life! #vzwbuzz

    Renee Ross
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:17 pm
    There are many things that bring me joy but I had no idea how much joy I could garner from an electronic device. This thing has literally saved my life the week and it is something that both my son and I have been using for the past few weeks. I guess you are wondering what I’m talking about? It is the Verizon Ellipsis 7 which runs on the 4G network. This is a 7 inch tablet with HD display that is good for both work and entertainment. It is small enough to fit in my purse and so light I wouldn’t even notice. But let me explain how it saved my life. Last week for some unknown reason my…
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  • Avalon Bay AB-WINE12S Wine Cooler Review

    23 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    I received an Avalon Bay Wine Cooler for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. This summer has been amazing for the garden but all those organic veggies are really hampering my wine storage in the fridge… I usually like to keep a few bottles at the ready, just in case of emergency, but there is simply no room for any bottles among the
  • L'Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation Review #VLBlurfection

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:17 pm
    I've never been a big foundation wearer because it always seemed so… fake. Now that I'm getting older, I am a bit more understanding about the desire to, uh, blur the lines. L'Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation does just that, creating a luminous, dewy finish that is less pancake and more sheer radiance.  That might sound silly but it's true. The coverage is more opaque than I ordinarily
  • Inexpensive Ways to Create a Fun Children’s Bedroom

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Creating a stylish, yet fun bedroom for your kids doesn't have to be expensive - there are plenty of easy ways to decorate and spruce up their personal space. As it’s for the kids think bold, bright colors and try to pick a consistent theme that can be used throughout the room. Consult your kids One of the easiest ways to keep your kids happy with the end result is to involve them in
 
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  • New Theme: Goran

    Thomas Guillot
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    We have a new free theme to announce today: Goran! Goran Designed by yours truly, Goran is a functional, responsive, multi-purpose theme that’s a perfect option for your business website. Learn more about the free Goran theme at the theme showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes.Filed under: Themes
  • Projects Around the World

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’re inspired to see bloggers doing things they love and using this platform to make their voices heard. Here’s a look at some interesting projects around the globe. Russell Chapman: Telling the stories of Syrian refugees Image by Russell Chapman Last year, photographer and writer Russell Chapman documented the conflict in Syria and spent time in Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. His book, Syria: Refugees and Rebels, compiles images of his time there. Russell is currently working on a project to tell the stories of Syrian refugees rebuilding their lives in Jordan.
  • Ferguson: Ten Bloggers Speak Out

    Ben Huberman
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Many details about the violent death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, remain unclear. What is beyond doubt is the intensity of reactions to this story — in the media and in neighborhoods all over the US (and beyond). Here are ten personal perspectives on this event and its aftermath, from writers representing a diverse cross-section of the WordPress.com community. Image by Shawn Semmler (CC BY 2.0)   Gukira Writer and scholar Keguro Macharia reacts with his usual incisiveness to one of the signature chants of post-Ferguson protests : If “Hands Up, Don’t…
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  • Inspire Writing with BIC Kids {Giveaway}

    Bridgette Duplantis
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    This post is written by the Experimental Mommy. While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions are 100% mine. With another school year started, we are in the thick of homework, projects and research papers.  I am happy that my daughters’ school puts an emphasis on creative writing and I am thrilled that my kids have started their own blog to reinforce what they are learning in school. But in this digital age, why is handwriting important? Research has shown that writing fosters children’s emotional and cognitive development, helps foster critical thinking skills…
  • My Fashionista is Helping to Raise Money with Schoola #Clothes4Schools

    Bridgette Duplantis
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    This post was written by the Experimental Mommy and brought to you by Schoola.com.  All opinions remain 100% mine. It’s time to pack up the sandals, beach bags and pool toys.  My daughters began school two days ago and we are trying to get back on routine.  On the first day, they both came home with activity schedules and I was pleased to see that Art remains in their school (albeit one day a week).  With many schools lacking funding, creative arts programs are generally the first to go. Fortunately, Schoola.com is here to help. Schoola is an online shop dedicated to recycling…
  • Back to School Nail Art

    Bridgette Duplantis
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:41 pm
    This post is written by the Experimental Mommy.  While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% mine. It happened.  Summer is officially over and my two daughters have returned to school.  In honor of the big day (and searching for inspiration on Pinterest), my daughters decided to make the first day of school fun with themed nail art.  Here’s how you can have Back to School Nails, too! Nail Art is all the rage in my house right now. But with a 6 and 9 year old, the finished product doesn’t always come out the way you planned.  Through trial…
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    Balancing Motherhood

  • Refreshing and Simple Vodka Cocktails

    Alicia Lewis Murray
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    There are three drinks in this photo. I will neither confirm nor deny drinking all three of these simple and refreshing vodka cocktails. Did I say there were delicious? Well, they are. So easy to make, that even a non-mix-master can make these and still look like a rock star bartender. Here are the links […] The post Refreshing and Simple Vodka Cocktails appeared first on Balancing Motherhood.
  • The Porch Sipper Strawberry Vodka Cocktail

    Alicia Lewis Murray
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Nothing sounds better than sitting in a rocking chair on the porch with the cool breeze passing by. This is how we spend many of our evenings here in the mountains. Enter “The Porch Sipper” adult beverage. Just a hint of strawberry in this vodka makes this a light and refreshing drink. It’s perfect for […] The post The Porch Sipper Strawberry Vodka Cocktail appeared first on Balancing Motherhood.
  • Redifining School Lunches

    Alicia Lewis Murray
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    School has only been in session one week and I’m already having a hard time coming up with lunch ideas for the kids. And the first two days were half days with no lunches! Our school has a new cafeteria and offer hot lunches every day. It’s really exciting, but just isn’t in our budget […] The post Redifining School Lunches appeared first on Balancing Motherhood.
 
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  • Thank you, Robin, Chris and Kim

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

    Lill Hawkins
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Just because I’ve been a little irritable lately, what with having the flu for over a week, a couple of family members have accused me of being cranky. Me? Cranky? No way. I defy anyone to show one instance of … Continue reading →
  • I’m Only in One Doldrum

    Lill Hawkins
    9 Aug 2013 | 11:33 am
    I’m not in THE doldrums, yet. That would be an area of calm, boring water north of the equator where the tradewinds don’t blow. The word probably comes from “dold”, think dolt, for stupid and “drum” which is akin to … Continue reading →
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    Hormone-Colored Days

  • Even More College Admissions Tips

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    I started blogging nearly 10 years ago when my kids were in early elementary school, so it makes sense that now college admissions is my biggest educational obsession. I like using the blog to bookmark helpful resources for myself, while at the same time sharing them with friends and readers. (Wait, isn't that what Pinterest is for?)When I say my old friend Marsha wrote this, I mean she's really old. Okay, not really, but she's from the original network of mombloggers I connected with way back in 2007, which is like the stone ages in blogging terms. (Pinterest? Caveman blogger don't know…
  • Three Tips for College Planning

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    typography from www.wordle.comThis is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Kaplan Test Prep. I received compensation to write this post, and any opinions expressed are my own, and reflect my actual experience.I am officially the mom of two high school students, a freshman and a junior. As excited as I am for my boys to return to school and its routines, I'm keenly aware that the clock is ticking. Next year is it for my older boy. Next year is the last time I'll shoo him out the door to make the morning bus or have a chance to take a first day of school picture*.Our high school provides a meet and…
  • Fiske's Guide to Colleges 2015

    4 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    My oldest is about to enter junior year of high school, so we're increasingly focused on his future. Most likely he's headed to college, though some of his co-workers and students this summer encouraged him to follow the money and put his tech skills to use right out of high school. For now, however, college is the thing.Susan Goodkin, the college consultant I've been featuring on my G+ Hangouts, mentioned that she's a fan of the Fiske Guides, so when I was offered a chance to review the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2015, I jumped.I love this book. It's going to be my go-to resource for quite…
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    Mile High Mamas

  • Foodie Friday: Grilled Chicken Paillards with Peach and Arugula Salad

    Guest Blogger
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    Labor Day, summer’s last hurrah, is a feast day. And mostly — tell the truth! — we tend to overdo it. Ribs, steaks, burgers and hot dogs? Check! Vegetables and other light fare? Not so much. The standard routine amounts to the summer version of Thanksgiving, except that after the meal everyone collapses onto the lawn rather than a couch. Allow me to propose an alternative — a dish that’s simultaneously light and refreshing and substantial: chicken paillard. Paillard is a French culinary term referring to a piece of meat pounded thin, then grilled or sautéed. In this case,…
  • “Exasperating” video goes viral when mom announces pregnancy to preschooler

    Amber Johnson
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:29 am
    “What were you thinking?” It’s not very often that a 4-year-old responds that way to his mom after she happily announces she is pregnant.  But that’s exactly how Tré reacted to his mom Shanee Gibson Hart from Fort Lewis in Washington. And do you know what else? He claims: “This is exasperating.” Parents these days. Video
  • Hello Kitty not a real cat? Gretchen reveals her real mom!

    Amber Johnson
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:13 pm
    I first heard it on the Today show this morning: Hello Kitty is not, in actuality, even a cat. I wondered if my entire life was a lie? Apparently I wasn’t the only one and be sure to check out our beloved Gretchen’s hilarious post about the matter. Late last night, the news broke. The internet went wild. Bafflement ensued. The masses learned Hello Kitty is not actually a Felis catus sporting a Redis Hairbowis near her pointy little ear. Many expressed shock and wonderment at the news. Of course Hello Kitty is a cat. She has ears and whiskers! Next, you’ll be telling us that…
 
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  • They May Not Be, But I Am!

    Susan
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    Please press the play button below! http://fourinarow.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/05-Happy-From-_Despicable-Me-2_.m4a
  • Now and Then

    Susan
    3 Aug 2014 | 5:49 pm
    I think these pics were taken in ’75: My sisters, older brother, parents and me (in front). Before my little brother made his appearance. Mom, my sisters, older brother and me. Last week, my husband and I traveled to DC with the kids. Luke, Sam, Maria, Andrew and Jack. Anyone notice the recurring theme?  Sam was a grump!  Maybe because he had just been in a plank after getting into trouble: Andrew was angry, too, minutes before: One other thing…  Check out the very first picture again… Notice anything? Where are all the people?!?  Every picture I have (unless closely…
  • Keys to Happiness

    Susan
    2 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    Last Friday I spent the day cleaning the house and packing for 7 people.  Our summer vacation plan was to drive to Maryland to visit friends and experience a little culture for a week. Instead of rushing to Maryland, I wanted to go slow, take the scenic route, ban all electronics and layover in Pittsburg.  We could then get up on Sunday and go to mass at the beautiful cathedral in downtown Pittsburg, enjoy a nice breakfast and then drive the last 4 hours to Baltimore. The electronics ban lasted for about an hour.  Thank goodness, I had had the foresight to bring iPods and movies just in…
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    Queen of Spain Blog

  • Ferguson

    Queen of Spain
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    I, like many, have been struggling with the events in Ferguson, MO. It’s hard to get the words out, and nothing seems right. So I’m going to first do what is most important right now: LISTEN TO PEOPLE OF COLOR and HEAR their experiences. These are women I know, love, and respect. I think their words really say it all and then some. “…it is hunting season for our children and truly it always has been. The world has no love for dark people… Black people. And no matter what I say the truth shows up everyday.”- Babz Rawls Ivy Kelly Wickham brings our attention…
  • Merck for Mothers Will Help Me KEEP HUGGING YOU at Every BlogHer

    Queen of Spain
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    One of my favorite things about the annual BlogHer conference is being able to physically wrap my arms around women I love. The rooms are filled with blogger after blogger, all of whom I want to just tackle and hold tight when I see them. What can I say? This is what happens when you grow close in a community of women. Now imagine if in the next 10 years, nearly 3 MILLION of those wonderful women we love- mothers- will lose their lives if we don’t do something about preventing maternal mortality. That is exactly what the Merck for Mothers campaign set out to do at BlogHer ’14 by…
  • Summer Boredom Hits….

    Queen of Spain
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:41 pm
    My daughter hasn’t gotten out of her owl PJ’s since Monday. My son hasn’t brushed his hair since Tuesday. My Goddaughter has binge watched three shows on Netflix. Yup, we’ve hit that part of summer where it’s not quite time to go back to school, but everyone is a bit bored. I’m in treatment, leaving them at home and me hooked to an IV. So I’m devising a plan to get everyone OUT of the house and active lest the first day of school arrives and everyone begins to whine that we did nothing and went nowhere. First of all, if they say we did nothing and…
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    Blonde Mom Blog

  • Get Your Jam On With Sol Republic Wireless Headphones (#Giveaway)

    Blonde Mom
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Love these headphones SO much (and they come with an awesome travel bag.) I’ve loved listening to music my entire life but I’ve never owned a nice pair of headphones…until now. Sol Republic sent me a pair of their awesome Tracks Air wireless headphones. My 9-year-old and I were home when the box arrived and she absolutely could not wait for me to tear open the box. As you can see, she was pretty blown away by the sound. My One Direction fan listening to a favorite song.   I’ve been wearing them at work and I’m honestly not sure why in the heck I’ve…
  • Nashville: Lower Prices Coming to a Kroger Near You

    Blonde Mom
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Disclosure: I received a Kroger gift card at this blogger event. As always, though, all thoughts and opinions posted on my blog are all mine. While I am a huge bargain shopper and rarely pay full price for anything, I have a confession to make. I hate clipping coupons. Hate it! I’m a total coupon slacker. I do, however, shop sales and generally plan our meals and snacks around the best deals. I’ve been shopping off and on and Kroger for years. There’s a Kroger conveniently located near my daughter’s school, making it easy to make a mad OMGWHATSFORDINNER run, not that I…
  • Effective Time Management Tips To Organize Your Busy Life

    Blonde Mom
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
      Welcome to my annual 15 Minutes to Fabulous series! Over the past few weeks I’ve featured 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 a work colleague of mine from Nashville, Rodney Bowen. Rodney is a productivity (and SEO) ninja. Be sure to visit his informative blog and follow him on Twitter for his insight on marketing, faith, and fatherhood. Our lives are full.  Filled with activities competing for our limited…
 
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  • Pueblo & Company – Bead Loom Jewelry for the Mother Earth Inside You

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

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

    Diane Kidman
    22 May 2014 | 9:56 am
    I apologize for this hideous image. I really tried to find a cute cartoon, but there’s no way around it, roaches are ugly. They do look better dead, though, don’t you think? If you want to learn how to get rid of cockroaches as naturally as possible, you, my friend, have come to the right place. That’s because I’ve been taking the crash course in roach control. In my new home state of New Mexico, if you live within four walls and have a roof, you have cockroaches unless you treat for them. You can put your food in airtight NASA containers. You can scrub the floors…
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    Girl's Gone Child

  • Sundown at Moonlight

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
     I don't remember the last time I spent every day of the week at the beach. I must have been in high school because that's what we'd do then. We'd wake up and ask for a ride to the beach. Or we'd walk, if we were at my friend, Meredith's house. Her backyard had a treehouse with a view of the beach, the kind of thing kids dream about unless it's a part of their reality. It was part of mine and only now do I truly appreciate what that means. Mere's dad built the house himself and we spent our summers in sleeping bags beneath the stained glass and its collage of stars. Sometimes we'd sleep,…
  • Alli Collection Scarves/Capes (and Giveaway!)

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:25 pm
    My friend, Alli, illustrator extraordinaire, has just come out with her first collection of silk scarves and they're beautiful and lively and interesting and today I get to share them with you and give one away. (Hooray!) Here are some of my favorites from her debut collection, inspired by "Little Edie Beale and the spirit of iconoclastic women."Each Little Edie scarf is an expression of romance, boldness, fortitude and longing. And like Little Edie herself, these images are imbued with a childlike whimsy and innate chicness. There's also a delicious ironic pleasure in wearing a…
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    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:07 pm
    "I was learning to play a Townes Van Zandt song called "Loretta,"…and I started thinking about how many songs were just a woman’s name, and how these women are frozen in time, and frozen as archetypes, frozen in black and white. And I thought they deserved to be colored in." "To me, it was more about bonding to the female archetype than it was responding to the male side of it," she explains. "It was stepping into the character of the female***Songs that Tell Her Side of the Story by: Esme Patterson GGC
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    acte gratuit: A look at life in between naps.

  • First Week of School for 2 and 3

    acte gratuit
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Gabe and Sam started school last week at yet another new school.For Sam, this is yet another major life change. Let's quickly review:Preschool - Miss JudeanK and 1st grade - Sollars Elementary in Japan2nd grade - ME3rd grade - Charter School4th grade - ME5th grade - OEEvidently, his teacher is one of the best so we're hopeful he'll have a good year and make some good friends. One plus is that he'll be at the same school as his cousin.(Did I ever mention one reason we left the military is because one of our children doesn't handle change well?  To protect this child's identity I'll call…
  • European Vacation Day 3 - Ste-Mère-Église, Normandy Beaches, and The American Cemetery

    acte gratuit
    12 Jun 2014 | 11:12 pm
    The next morning, Wes asked the lovely proprietor of our BandB if we could eat breakfast at 7:30am instead of 8:30 so we could get an early start.  She graciously agreed and than proceeded to serve breakfast promptly at 8:30.  Which worked out great since Doug and I were a bit jet-lagged and it's just possible we weren't exactly ready to go right exactly at 7:30a.m.The breakfast, however, was worth waiting for and included a delicious croissant, crusty bread, a selection of different cheeses, yogurt, granola, various yummy jams, and heated milk with…
  • European Vacation Day 2: Breakfast in Versailles, Dinner in Normandy

    acte gratuit
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Tuesday morning at 6:30 am we arrived (a little early) at Charles de Gaulle airport in France. A few minutes later Wes and Tami arrived to pick us up. They had driven from Germany and stayed the night in Paris.From the airport we headed straight to see Palace of Versailles.Since I left a still-nursing baby at home with my sister, I had to take frequent breaks to pump. (and dump.) While Tami and I sat in the car chatting (and one of us pumping), Wes and Doug wandered off to find us some breakfast to eat in line.Delicious success! Pain au ChocolatSome yummy meringue thingyThat morning at…
 
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    Surrender, Dorothy

  • I'm Teaching a Workshop on Writing

    Rita Arens
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Recently The Writers Place in Kansas City asked me to teach a workshop. And I said yes! Here are the details: PITCHING, QUERYING AND SUBMITTING: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT SENDING IN YOUR WRITING Saturday, 10/25, 2 – 4 PM  Teaching Artist: Rita Arens  What separates a good essay from a viral essay? What do you need to know before you query an agent with your memoir? How much can you expect to make with online publishing? Bring your questions and your query letters for this hands-on session.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: $40 nonmembers / $30 members …
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  • Labor Day: A Time to Recommit

    Liz Shuler
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:19 am
    This Labor Day, throughout the nation we will pause to recognize the incredible achievements of America’s working women and men. We will gather in communities to march in parades, host barbecues and celebrate the people who really make this country run. But we also should recognize that despite our sweat, our sacrifice and our innovation, too many families are struggling to get by. This hasn’t happened by chance. Increasing political and corporate attacks on working people have pushed wages down for decades. Good jobs have become harder to find. Unemployment remains too high. Large…
  • My remarks on wage discrimination for Women's Equality Day

    Laura Mui
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Hello, I’m Laura Mui and I am chinese american, a mother to an incredible young person, partner, sister, spouse, daughter, therapist, teacher, friend, colleague, and a human being.  Before I say a few words about my personal experience with wage discrimination, I’d like to express my sadness and pain for Michael Brown, his family, the Ferguson community and for our entire nation.  I believe the system that allows anyone, the police included, to kill our young people, especially our young people of color without due justice, is the same system of inequality that turns their cheek to the…
  • Should firearms be presented as wholesome family fun?

    Gloria Pan
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:38 pm
    The news a nine-year-old girl accidentally killed her firearms instructor with an Uzi submachine gun during a family vacation has shocked people across the country and the world. As absurd and irresponsible as it is, the gun industry aggressively markets firearms use as "wholesome family fun." Bullets and Burgers, the Nevada establishment where the deadly incident occurred, is TripAdvisor's #1 attraction in Las Vegas with nearly 1,000 five star ratings, with the user reviews repeating the industry's anyone-can-have-fun-with-guns enthusiasm. Gun safety and responsibility continue to get pushed…
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    This Full House

  • So, you've got a kid "not" going to college - ME TOO!

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    One of the many things I love about blogging, that really hasn't changed in the last eleventy years, is it gives parents (like me) an opportunity to revisit a moment...that may otherwise have drifted off in the ebb and flow of nurturing a family...or a much simpler time...lost among the trials and tribulations that go along with raising teens...because TEENS! Now, we have Facebook. So, it's sort of fun to be able to reconnect with childhood friends, seeing our kids all grown up and moving onto college **sniff-sniff** and how in the heck did THAT happen, because in my mind,...
  • Did I ever tell you about the time I tried to sell my twin brother, in kindergarten?!?!

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    It was the first day of kindergarten. My grandmother dropped us off at the front door and I still remember my begging her to take me back home with her. It's not like the school would miss me, there were tons of other kids waiting in line AND none of them had a twin brother...like I do. My brother, however, was totally on board with kindergarten -- because the school had a playground and naptime was mandatory. How bad COULD it be? Still. I had this plan: We would alternate going to school. My brother would go on Monday, Wednesday...
  • Outing (and then dousing) my social media-shy husband for the #IceBucketChallenge!

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Many of you already know my husband, Garth (not his real name) does NOT allow me to use his real name, let alone post pictures of him, here on my blog. Aaaaaand, especially for new friends visiting with us for the first time, here's why: because living with a professional dork is hard, yo. Tagging him on Facebook? Yeah, that would be a big HELL NO and FUHGEHTABOUTIT! However, one of our mutual Facebook friends tagged him for the #IceBucketChallenge to help bring awareness to ALS, because she knows my husband has a REAL BIG heart and will out (and...
 
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    and baby makes 6!

  • Back to school dinner 2014

    Jody
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    Sunday night we had our back to school dinner. There are two kinds of mothers.  Those who are ready for school to start and for the kids (and adults) to be back in some kind of a routine, and those … Continue reading →
  • Evening

    Jody
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Some marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers, a fire, and mi familia. You would not believe how bright and clear the stars are on this beautiful piece of property. It’s the weekend finally! Make it count!
  • Cooling off at the Llano river

    Jody
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The last part of the week the kids begged to drive up to the Llano river for a swim. We used to live there, and it is always nice to head back for a visit to our old stomping grounds. … Continue reading →
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    いい出会いができるって本当?

  • はっきり言っておバカですね

    admin
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    ギャルの返信内容は、メリットとデメリットが存在します。 どんなに良い内容を書いていたとしても、 今までの出会い系サイトの場合、 そこで同じ話を何回もするようでは、 SNS攻略のカギはプロフィール作りと言われています。 自己アピールはホドホドにしておいたほうが、すると、そもそも最初から積極的になるという概念がないのです。…
  • あまり安いのも心配でしょう

    admin
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    有料出会い系サイトで探している時は、ただの交際とは全く話が違ってくるわけですよね。ところが近年になって、 少なくとも試しに会ってみる?くらいの冗談が言い合える仲になっていると良いですね。仕事での成功話とか、 例えば、女性が安心して利用できる出会いのためのサイトはやはり無料の出会い系サイトではないでしょうか。…
  • 私は独身男性で年齢は35歳です

    admin
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:04 am
    出会い系サイトの達人たちは、プロフィールの写真を目当てに突撃するなら別だが、 この方法でやっていれば、 男性経験がほとんどないのは奥手な性格が原因だったようで、例えば実際に顔を会わせて「おはよう」というのと、 やっぱりサクラがいない無料出会い系サイトにはカカオトーク…
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    Woulda Coulda Shoulda

  • Poster children

    Mir
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    And lo, it did come to pass that the edict came down from the grand high ruler of the land (if we agree that by “land” we mean “this particular science class my kids are taking”) and the charge was thus: create a poster of determinate size and scope and breadth and beauty. First, the […]
  • Rites of passage everywhere

    Mir
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    Every time I think I’m getting the hang of this parenting gig (don’t worry, it doesn’t happen all that often; just the rare, delusional flash of perceived competence), something new comes up. Chickadee’s been doing marching band for years, y’know, so I figured I had the routine down and everything would be old hat with […]
  • A fitting end to the summer (part 2)

    Mir
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:51 am
    I think I promised you some super-exciting content about our last visit to Costco. (I tell you what, this blog is worth EXACTLY what you’re paying for it. Such value!) Before that, though, apparently I am falling down on my chronicling duties by not verifying that 1) my children went back to school and 2) […]
 
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  • The Mighty Zah, Kindergarten Champion of the World

    amalah
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    (Congratulations to readers Sarah and Kathryn for winning the cloth diaper thing! Condolences to me for never coming up with a better name for it than "the cloth diaper thing.") Yesterday, Ike had his one-on-one visit with his new preschool teacher, who was formerly Ezra's preschool teacher. It went supremely well, as soon as I unhooked him from my legs and left the classroom and he stopped meowing like a cat. Five minutes later he was sitting at a little table, getting his first Official Montessori Lesson and loving it. And acting way, way more civilized than the 3-year-old…
  • First Day, First Crisis: Done & Done

    amalah
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    I decided to shoot a little video yesterday of the boys getting off the school bus.  I now have about six minutes of other people's children getting off the school bus.  Because my children? Were not on the bus.  The bus driver was about to shut the door when he noticed me standing there, my phone still pointing at the exit and a Tina-Belcher-like uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh starting to come out of my mouth. "Uh oh," he said. "Who are we missing?" "Noah and Ezra?" I replied, as I continued to pointlessly record this interaction. For posterity. For…
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  • Other Settlements Possible After Resolution of 500 Avaulta Mesh Lawsuits, Bard Says

    Lalaine Sy
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    C.R. Bard has advised the Securities and Exchange Commission in its quarterly report dated July 25, 2014 that it has reached an agreement to settle pending vaginal mesh lawsuits in different state and federal courts. This agreement was made with two law firms handling the cases of plaintiffs and may involve about 500 pending lawsuits, according to a news release. This number of Avaulta mesh lawsuits is only a portion of the total claims filed against the company in the different state and federal courts across the country. Total number of vaginal mesh lawsuits already filed has been placed at…
  • Vaginal Mesh Banned in Scotland

    Lalaine Sy
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:23 pm
    In a very unprecedented move, Scottish authorities, through Health Secretary Alex Neil, imposed a ban on the use of transvaginal mesh for the repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). This action has been hailed by concerned sectors from different countries as a move towards the right direction, as they acknowledged that the vaginal mesh controversy has become a global problem. Many wished the same could have been done in the United States, which could have prevented the serious injuries suffered by thousands of women who were implanted with these mesh…
  • Postpartum Hemorrhage and Other Common Conditions after Childbirth

    Lalaine Sy
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:05 pm
    For any mother, giving birth to a child will always be considered as a milestone in her life and as a woman, a source of great fulfillment. Embracing that little bundle of joy will negate the months of difficult pregnancy, the labor pains, and the challenges during the actual delivery. It is only very unfortunate that while childbirth may bring extreme joy and happiness to the mother, she may have to deal with possible complications after giving birth. It is not uncommon for mothers who just gave birth to encounter health issues even if they may be considered as healthy mothers and after…
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    The Domestic Diva

  • Is there a No-Contract Plan for Smartphones?

    The Domestic Diva
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:17 pm
    (sponsored post) I’ve been a smartphone user for several years now. I remember when I made the switch, it was absolutely life changing. Nowadays, I can’t imagine being anywhere without my smartphone. I don’t rely on my phone for calls and texts like most people do. Rather my smartphone is what ties me to the internet world. I’m on most of the popular social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube daily. I ... Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • Travel Friendly Perfume for your Carry-on Bag

    The Domestic Diva
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:01 pm
    I’ve already mentioned several travel tips to help keep you looking fabulous on the go like what to pack in your handbag when traveling, what makeup to pack in your carry-on bag, and what 3 oz or smaller liquids to pack plus some of my favorite on-the-go products like a travel friendly makeup brush set, Maybelline Baby Lips, and the Beijing Go Eyeshadow Palette. Today I’m offering another travel tip that will make packing a little easier. We ... Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • Be A Hero with the Amazing Spiderman

    The Domestic Diva
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:47 pm
    (sponsored post) Living in a household of all boys, you probably can guess that we are all obsessed with superheroes. One super hero in particular my boys are especially fond of is Spiderman. Ever since they were little guys, they have been obsessed with this character. And like any true super hero fan, any time a new action movie comes out they want to be one of the firsts to see it. The Amazing Spider-man 2 is now ... 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

  • Today I Learned: How to Enable Flash Developers

    Phil Hollows
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Not having Flash development experience in-house, we were puzzled recently when we received a support request from a Flash guy wondering why a file we’d never heard of (crossdomain.xml) was giving a 404 file not found error when he requested it. Because it wasn’t there, obviously. Thankfully, the developer in question was kind enough to throw us a link about why that file was needed for Flash, and a few minutes later we had everything we needed to know. Thanks, Chad! So if you’re a Flash developer, crossdomain.xml is now available on our servers to permit you to use…
  • New: RSS Image Enclosures Now Visible

    Phil Hollows
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    A funny (peculiar, not haha) thing about major media site RSS feeds is that not only are the feeds often little more than a plain text (and so kinda boring) sentence, but also that their RSS feeds tend to include thumbnail images as enclosures. Enclosures are the part of a feed typically used for podcast media files, and the problem with stashing an image as an enclosure is that most people won’t see it, since the picture isn’t part of the main content. As a result, the feed and downstream feed usage (e.g. email subscriptions) are much less engaging for us carbon based life…
  • The FeedBlitz API: Workflow for Building a Plugin

    Phil Hollows
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    The goal of this example is to show you what API calls to make so you can programmatically add a subscriber’s email (and other information) to a list at FeedBlitz. Let’s assume you’re developing a plugin for WordPress; any WP plugin developer should be able to integrate with FeedBlitz! The example below isn’t limited to plugins, of course; it can work with any web site, product or service you can extend programmatically.  You use simple Web requests, so it’s pretty easy for a web developer to do. Prerequisites The user of your plugin will need: A FeedBlitz premium account At…
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    Working Moms Against Guilt

  • 10 Back to School Tips for the Good Enough Mom

    Susan
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Is it just me, or has the whole “back to school” season become one more competition to show just how awesome of a mom you are? From the uber-specific school supply lists we’re supposed to source (reference this “artisanal” list of school supplies on The Science of Parenthood if you need a laugh on this subject) to back-to-school teacher gifts and parties(!) people are planning on Pinterest, I feel like the mompetition is getting a little out of control. I’m volunteering to be the voice of sanity and reason for all us working moms (and SAHMs, for that…
  • Bringing Home Baby Number Two

    Stephanie Tsales
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    This isn’t how it looked on Pinterest After 41 grueling weeks of pregnancy and a long multi-day induction, my husband and I recently welcomed a new baby girl, Kendall, into our family. From there it was inevitable, I was going to have to leave the hospital filled with helpful and caring nurses and delicious meals on-demand to head home and face life as a mother of two young children. Kendall is a month old today, so I’m still new to life with two kids. That said, here are my thoughts so far on bringing home baby number two. Foreigner lied: It doesn’t feel like the first…
  • 3 Easy Ways to Clear Clutter … From Your Kid’s Brain

    Allison Bell Bern
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    You may have heard of the “summer slide,” or the loss of learning that naturally occurs between the last day of one school year and the first day of the next. It’s a normal occurrence, given that humans generally can’t remember everything they’ve been taught, but too much of it is not so good. Working moms don’t always have a lot of time to spend considering how much learning their children are retaining, and, often, their children are just fine anyway. But with summer starting to wind down, some WMAGs might be looking for a few (relatively) painless ways…
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    the Disney Driven Life

  • Story Time With NDK 8-29-14

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 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! Happy Friday, NDPs! To start off…
  • Military Discount Tickets for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

    Kelley L. (NDM#490)
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
      Disney is offering a generous discount on tickets to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World for select dates in September.  This offer is valid for active duty and retired members of the U.S. military, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserves.  Valid military ID is required at time of purchase.  The military member can purchase up to 6 tickets.  Tickets must be purchased in person at any Walt Disney World ticket booth, Guest Relations or Shades of Green.  Online purchases are not available for the military discounted tickets. The military discount tickets can…
  • New Listings For Disney XD September 2014

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
      It’s time to change the calendar. Can you believe September is here? September is packed with all your Disney XD favorites new episodes! Here is the listing of the new episodes lined up for the new month on Disney XD!     Sunday, September 7 Original Series – Episode Premiere Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors “Agent Venom” (8:00 AM – 8:30 AM ET/PT) When Spider-Man’s classmate Flash Thompson is infected with Venom, will he become a hero or Spidey’s newest villain? TV-Y7 FV    Monday, September 8 Original Series –…
 
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    Joy Unexpected

  • Flu Season is Coming and I’m So Ready.

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

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

  • Aaron Paul's own birth made headlines in 1979

    Sara McGinnis
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Aaron Paul has been famous since August 27, 1979, when he made his way into the world unexpectedly early. The Breaking Bad actor, who recently married the beautiful Lauren Parsekian, has opened up about his "amazing" mother, who never even made it to the hospital to deliver him. Take... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Can parents take gender neutrality too far?

    Charlie Brooks
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    by Charlie Brooks posted in Mom Stories Emily Roper recently posted an interesting perspective on the way she feels whenever somebody says something like, “The girls don't stand a chance” when talking about her son's beautiful blue eyes. She has a PhD and a research focus on gender and identity in physical activity. I'm just... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Why did these people have kids?

    Laurie Gelman
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    by Laurie Gelman posted in Mom Stories When you decide to have kids (hopefully you make the decision before it is made for you!) there are certain things you need to understand. From just about day one, kids are noisy, messy, all consuming, frustrating, sleep depriving, cash sucking, time robbing little monsters who give you... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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    Stimeyland

  • The Bus Stop

    Stimey
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:22 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
  • Post-School

    Stimey
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Stimeyland Has Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/Stimeyland (Click here to get to the subscription page.) Once you clicked the above and are on the new subscription page, just click how you want to subscribe at the top right. I know this is SO obnoxious. I'm sorry. Please subscribe!! I promise lots of funny new embarrassing stories and heart-string pulling posts if you do! Please? OR! Visit www.stimeyland.com and subscribe by email from the sidebar. http://feeds.feedblitz.com/stimeyland
  • Pre-School

    Stimey
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:09 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

  • Coney Island Amusement Park Adventures

    Kimberly
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Sean and I visited Luna Park, a Coney Island Amusement Park, as media guests a couple of weekends ago. (Michael had a fever, so Reggie stayed home with him.) Sean is a little adventurer. He wanted to go on practically all of the rides. We started off at The Carousel, which was a nice calm ride. That was the last time that my stomach was settled for the day! The next ride, “Happy Swing” unsettled my stomach for the rest of the day! I don’t know how that happened…it was one of the easiest/ “mild thrill” rides, but for some unknown reason, the back and forth swinging motion did not…
  • 6 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Rides for Families

    Kimberly
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    While we were in Virginia for a family wedding, Reggie, the kids and I visited Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA. I was able to snag 2 free media tickets and we paid for the other 2 tickets. I grew up regularly visiting Busch Gardens, so I definitely wanted Reggie and the kids to experience the amusement park. At first, I was shocked at how pricey the tickets had become ($62 for kids 3-9 and $72 for ages 10+), but it had been over 20 years since I last visited the park. After doing a search on Google, I did find a AAA discount code. I’m glad that we went though…the memories were…
  • Beautiful Sky

    Kimberly
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    “The sky is especially beautiful,” I commented on a ride back home to my mother’s house in Virginia. “That’s because of the rain,” my mom responded. That conversation regarding the natural connection between a beautiful sky and rain basically sums up the last month of my life. In the words of Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock: Well it seems to me that Joy and pain are like sunshine and rain “The rain” Last month, I was in Starbucks after church getting my weekly frapp when I received a call from one of my sisters. “We have been trying to reach you all morning,” she said. “Mom…
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    Smiley Cat: Christian Watson's Web Design Blog

  • 10 Tips to Write More Clickable and Shareable Headlines

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

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

  • Watch: Trailer for Series about Transgender Parent

    Dana
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:03 am
    Last January, I wrote about the pilot for Transparent, a half-hour drama that centers around a transgender parent who is just beginning to transition. Amazon Studios had promised to use viewer feedback to determine whether to produce the full series — and I’m happy to say the results were favorable. Watch the trailer below. The series, created and directed by Jill Soloway (United States of Tara, Six Feet Under), will be available to watch in its entirety (a la Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black) on September 26. Everything I said about the pilot still holds true for me after…
  • Facebook Adds Gender-Neutral Terms for Family Members

    Dana
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:12 pm
    When Facebook earlier this year added many nonbinary options for indicating gender, I complained that the range of choices to indicate family members who are also on Facebook remained traditionally gendered. No more. They’ve just added gender-neutral options for many family members — so, for example, you no longer have to say your sister’s genderqueer child is your niece, if ze isn’t. You can now choose gender neutral options for your child, sibling, sibling’s child, cousin, parent, grandparent, step-sibling, step-parent, step-child, or in-laws if they don’t…
  • Help Foster Change for LGBTQ Foster Youth

    Dana
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:03 am
    A new study has found that one in five foster youth in Los Angeles are LGBTQ — which means they are over-represented compared to LGBTQ youth in the general population. They’re also twice as likely to report being treated poorly and twice as likely to live in a group facility compared to non-LGBTQ youth. But a bold project is working on a new model of caring for LGBTQ foster youth, in L.A. and across the country — and it needs your help. The Los Angeles Foster Youth Survey (LAFYS) was funded as part of a landmark $13.3 million, five-year grant awarded by the U.S. Department…
 
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    Pajama Mommy - A Women and Mothers Blogger Community A Women and Mothers Magazine

  • Need a little extra cash?

    Head Mommy
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    With summer quickly winding down and the back-to-school and holiday seasons quickly approaching, it’s always nice to make a few extra bucks to help cover the expenses both create. Every year my family puts together a larger garage sale during our hometown’s festival days, helping me rid my house of extras.  Due to scheduling conflicts and busy schedules, we didn’t hold one leaving me with bags of children’s clothing, toys and a bunch of other extras.  Every year that we have this sale I put the money towards their new school wardrobes, helping cut back on the hit it…
  • Food for thought.

    Head Mommy
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:15 pm
    As a parent, I find myself struggling daily.  I want my children to grow up being good, honest and hard-working individuals.  I want them to know right from wrong, to understand tolerance and to have one hell of a back bone to defend themselves and those around them.  I pray they know that violence is never the answer and that words can cut twenty times deeper than any blade on a knife.  To respect their elders, authority figures and themselves. Sadly in today’s world, it’s hard to teach your children these things and make them stick.  We live in a world built from fear,…
  • Life’s been busy.

    Head Mommy
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    For those who have been long time followers (Heyyyyyyyyy!)– you’ll know that life has been hectic on this side of the globe. Beuford, Boo and I finally moved into our new home about a month ago and goodness gracious– who knew moving would be so much work?  The house isn’t finished quite yet, but it’s livable and we’re happy to be on our own again.   During my hiatus from pjmommy, I was busy working and trying to finish the odd jobs on the house.  I’ve been enjoying my children, my family and friends.  I’ve been to a funeral or two and had…
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    Confessions of a Pioneer Woman | Ree Drummond

  • A Hard-Working Todd

    Ree
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    I’ve been looking through old photos and wanted to share a few of my baby.   Todd has always been a hard working cowboy.       Shoot, even when he was still a toddler, he was so committed to his job that he sometimes went to work in his pajamas. Now that’s dedication.       He’s never shied away from hard labor. If enormous boulders need to be moved, he won’t stop until it’s all done! And okay…they were rocks. But still.       And he totally volunteered to dig all the post holes on this day… And he…
  • His One True Passion

    Ree
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a dedicated Charlie update, and because his life has been so monumentally busy and fulfilling lately, I thought I’d do it now! So what has Charlie been doing? Charlie’s been sleeping. A lot.       He’s also been sleeping quite a bit.       In addition, he’s been spending a great deal of time pursuing the art of sleep.       Occasionally, he takes a break from all the hectic pace of his sleeping…       To devote a little time to yawning.      …
  • Binders, Bras, and Bulls

    Ree
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    1. I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again: I thought I was busy when my kids were babies. I thought things would get a little less crazy once they got a little older. I thought that once they became teenagers, they’d be so much more self-sufficient and wouldn’t require as much time on my part. HA! Hahahaha hohohoho HAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! Ha? Ho. I thought wrong. It turns out that having teenagers makes life five million thousand trillion hundred times busier than having babies. And I just have two! What if all four of my kids were teenagers? I wouldn’t even have…
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    GoodyBlog

  • The 6 Beauty Products That Saved Me This Summer

    Tracy Perez
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    With summer winding down (major sigh), I decided to take stock of the beauty products that became my seasonal staples for looking and feeling good with minimal effort. Sunscreen’s a given, but there were a few exceptional new finds, so I thought I’d share them with you. 1. Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Wash and Moisturizer I suffer from heat-induced eczema, which means I get an itchy, red rash all over (but mostly on my legs) when my skin is dehydrated. Uncomfortable, and not a cute look. I switched to this body wash and its accompanying moisturizer, and wow, what a…
  • Megan Hilty: Making Memories Even Before Baby Arrives—You Might Want To Steal These

    Ruthie Fierberg
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    Parents caught up with former Smash star and Broadway headliner Megan Hilty and her singer-songwriter hubby Brian Gallagher at the launch of Wendy Bellisimo’s new collection for Destination Maternity. Due in September, this first-time mama spills about dealing with her cravings, making special memories with her baby girl before she arrives, and the song that makes her daughter go wild. P: You’re coming into the home stretch. What has been the most surprising thing about your pregnancy? MH: How much I’ve enjoyed it! I’ve really really loved being pregnant. She’s been an…
  • Best Deals for the Week Across the Web

    Goodyblog
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    By Susan Yoo-Lee, Editor of Savings.com There’s almost nothing better than getting something on a steep discount or for absolutely free, and this week’s deals will help you do just that. From eBay and Famous Footwear to Yoyo, Best Buy and Gaiam, use these deals to buy one item and get the second for sale or for free. That’s our favorite way to shop. eBay. Buy 1 and get 1 50% off sitewide (Coupon code: HALFOFF). Expires 9/8/2014. Famous Footwear. Buy 1, get 1 50% off sitewide (No code needed). Expires 9/14/2014. Yoyo.com. Buy 3 books, get 1 50% off (Coupon…
 
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    thevintagemama.com

  • Before You End Your Marriage, Try This…

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

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

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

  • Wedding Bells

    angella
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:16 pm
    My sister Dayna and her (now) husband Matthew (Our sister Courtney is also dating a Matthew)(We’re keeping things simple around here)(On that note, my Matthew’s sister is a Jennifer and his brother married a Jennifer)(It can be confusing for the kids) got married last week in Victoria. Matt and Dayna are world travellers, and spent the month of August exploring Canada and the U.S. before and after their wedding. They came through our area two weeks ago with their entourage on the way to their wedding and it was so great to sit on our deck with them, to help with wedding…
  • New at YMC

    angella
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    I have two new posts up at YMC: - 5 Tips For Tax Deductions - How Much Does The Tooth Fairy Pay At Your House? © Angella Dykstra 2005-2013 All rights reserved. | Originally published for dutchblitz.net as New at YMC.
  • About A Boy

    angella
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Nathan, my second boy, my middle child, turns ten today. Ten. Double digits. Still a boy, but veering toward being a man. His legs get longer every day and he is now only a few inches shorter than I am. (I’m 5’7″. Our Doctor thinks he’ll be about 6’4″ when he finally stops growing.) He is my Nathan, my Nate Diggity, my Heen, my Green-Eyed Monster. He loves soccer and basketball, street hockey and running. He loves his new scooter that he got from his aunties, and he loves taking jumps on the ski hill. He is our Sporto, and has not found a sport than he did…
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    Mommycosm

  • Bringing blogging back...

    Mommycosm
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    I just want to put on record that I really miss old school blogging.  You know, before Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest were even on the scene.  Back when "Ashlie" anonymously blogged because she had something to say or share, even if it was random.  Especially if it was random.  We blogged to make each other laugh or think or just feel less alone in the world.  We used two spaces after periods. Dinosaurs may or may not have roamed the Earth. Mommycosm started as an experiment.  After losing my "real" job , I spent a few years transitioning from hobby…
  • Wordless Wednesday: truth

    Mommycosm
    19 Mar 2014 | 7:58 am
      A picture says a thousand words, right? This isn't a typical shot that I would share online.  It's not a glossy, happy shot of me looking my thinnest and most care-free surrounded by loved ones.  heh It IS, however, arguably the rawest shot of me taken lately.  I actually paused and said "whoa" when I stumbled across it today. Raw. In all ways - including the fact that I didn't alter it or use a filter.  I had no make up on (obviously).  Clearly got snapped in a moment where my current emotional state was bubbling to the surface... all while hiding under a hat…
  • NH based America's Team to play softball in Spain

    Mommycosm
    21 Jan 2014 | 9:32 am
    From July 14-22, 2014, America’s Team New Hampshire will be participating in an exciting and challenging tour of Spain, stopping to play softball games in the cities of: Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona. The team is comprised of NH based varsity athletes that possess a good attitude, strong academics, excellent character and a passion for the game of softball. Why am I sharing this here at Mommycosm? I have the honor of being the head coach for this team.  Yes, I'm still coaching at the high school.  In fact, 5 of my players are now on the roster. My travel bucket list…
 
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    Boss Sanders

  • As Of Today, August 18, 2014

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

    bosssanders
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    We have GREAT days where we zoom through school at lightning speed.  There are days where I feel peaceful and full of joy.  Other days, I feel like we are struggling just to all make it to the end of the day, alive…much less with peace or joy.  For the days when you feel like you’re doing it all wrong and that you are the only one bordering on insanity, feel free to come back to this post.  Please know that the following is not my EVERY DAY… but these days come and go.  It’s just part of the season of life that we are in right now… with a newly adopted 7…
  • 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…
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    Virtual Coach

  • @barbling: Good stuff! Complete Video Guide to Google Hangouts http://buff.ly/SaMrO8

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    This Just In! Good stuff! Complete Video Guide to Google Hangouts http://buff.ly/SaMrO8 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!
  • How To Build High Converting Mobile Websites In 7 Minutes Flat Without Previous…

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    This Just In! How To Build High Converting Mobile Websites In 7 Minutes Flat Without Previous Experience, Coding Knowledge Or A Designer? Check this out http://askbling.com/mobilep 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: 21 Steps to Create an Awesome LinkedIn Profile – Jeffbullas’s Blog http://buff.ly/1pHmEeX

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    This Just In! 21 Steps to Create an Awesome LinkedIn Profile – Jeffbullas’s Blog http://buff.ly/1pHmEeX 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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  • Keeping Your Dogs Safe & Pretty

    Kerry Sauriol
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Back in July I did a giveaway and post about Bayer Advantix K9 Flea & Tick treatment for Dogs.   The treatment has worked very well in what appears to be a very bug filled summer this time around.  We have had not flea issues at all and have been very happy to not find ticks on any of us despite us being surrounded by grassy play areas here for human and pets.   It has been the best and quickest working treatment we haveused over the years, and we will be making sure we are using it year round just in case. Part of my review also included a “spa” treatment for one our…
  • Summer Staycation Fun at Splashdown Park

    Kerry Sauriol
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:17 pm
    An extra long summer this year, thanks to the strife between the Government and the BC Teachers, means more days to find fun activities for the whole family.   Thankfully the Greater Vancouver area has a wealth of things to do.  One thing we as a family had NEVER done (weird I know!) was visit Splashdown Water Park.   Thanks to the folks behind the YVR Bloggers group, I was able to change that and met up with a ginormous gang of fellow bloggers and their families for a great day out. I am not a big ‘thrill’ ride sort of person so I was always a bit leery of taking the kids to…
  • Is the Nokia Lumia 635 Ready for School?

    Kerry Sauriol
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Honestly, until there is a practical and affordable plan for smart phones for the whole family, my kids will have to wait and (poor babies) rely on the school wifi and their iPods to reach me.  We are shelling out $135 for two of us right now and that is just enough thank you. But is the Nokia Lumia 635 a contender when that happens?  Absolutely.  It has a great price point with both Rogers and Telus offering it at around $200 for no term or month to month. I have cringed watching my 12 year old’s buddies destroy one smart phone after another. HOW is this okay?  The Nokia Lumia…
 
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    Cheaper Than Therapy

  • Because I Don’t Have To Wear Pants…To Buy Pants {Sponsored}

    ali
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    When I moved to Canada, I worked out a very elaborate cross-border shopping solution, so I could continue to shop at my favorite stores that hadn’t come to Canada yet, or did ship to Canada, but had astronomical duties and fees to get to my home. No joke, I once bought a bathing suit that was a steal at $11, but I had to pay $43 in duties when the delivery man showed up at my door. Real steal. My parents and siblings live all over the map — the north, the midwest, the south, the west coast. So, I figured out where I was going to be visiting next, and I just shipped all of my purchases…
  • Apples Don’t Grow On Trees & Other Things Crazy People {Me} Say

    ali
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    It’s amazing how productive a person can be when given a few hours to herself. Now just imagine how productive a work-at-home mom can be when given a few child-free hours during hell week**. (The answer is very, VERY) First thing I was productive at? Eating 6  Oreos.   Also, spilling all over my adorable green skirt. (So I will probably be productive at doing laundry as well) **Hell week, to those of you who are new here, is the week between when camp ends and school starts. Now, before you start in on me with “Don’t you love your kids, Ali?” the answer, my god,…
  • Sometimes There Are Bonnets

    ali
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    Isabella: Wah, I’m tried, and cranky, and hungry, and thirsty, and hot, and Josh is looking at me and Emily’s elbow is touching me. That was the scene in the car on the way home from Wonderland. That’s pretty typical for Isabella. Amazing, until she’s not anymore. The child is up early every day “Duh, I don’t want to miss out on creating something wonderful, Mama.” Up early, with epic bedhead, guns blazing, ready to face the world with full force and gusto. Usually in a tutu. She loves everything…school, camp, family outings, heck, even errands…
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    Baby Mum-Mum

  • Understanding Food Labels: Part 2

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

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    We all have to eat, and navigating through the grocery store is no easy task these days, especially if your child has food allergies or is gluten intolerant. Reading food labels is critical for both choosing healthy foods and avoiding allergens.  This is the first in a 3 part series for understanding food labels. Ingredients […]
  • Child Safety Week: Pool Safety for Kids

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    19 Jun 2014 | 10:47 am
    June is National Child Safety Awareness Month in the US, and next week, June 23 through 29, marks Child Safety Week in the UK.  Summer brings all sorts of fun, but also a new set of potential dangers for little ones.  This year’s Child Safety Week theme is “Safety: It Takes All of Us”, inspired […]
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    zoot

  • Happy Bullet Journal Birthday To Me!

    zoot
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:54 am
    Embarrassing Preface: I have not broken out my “real” camera to photograph my kids in MONTHS. But this morning? I dug it out to – basically – take pictures of a notebook I carry in my purse. For a blog entry I’m writing about that notebook. To celebrate that notebook’s birthday. Do I write blog entries celebrating my kid’s birthdays? Not usually. I feel like this little tidbit says more about me than I would like it to. August 29th, 2013 I did it. I stuck with one calendar/planner for an ENTIRE YEAR. I have never done that before. EVER. IN MY LIFE. I…
  • Sibling Bond…When Does It Happen?

    zoot
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:36 am
    My brother and I are as close as adults as two siblings who live on opposite sides of the country can be. We don’t speak often, but when we do it always revives my spirit because A) He’s funny as hell and always makes me laugh and B) He just gets me. I feel like I can just barely explain something that’s bugging me and he’ll understand exactly where I’m coming from. A lot of it relates to use suffering the same great loss and having the same hole in our hearts from that. But a lot of it is just having the same upbringing and baseline experiences to relate to. I…
  • Let’s Get Productive/Fit/Happy/Calm/Positive/Healthy/Organized!

    zoot
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:59 am
    Some days I wake up ready to RULE THE DAMN WORLD.I’m the kind of person who is always trying to better myself. Some days I think this is how everyone is because I am just surrounded by those kind of people – both online and IRL. (In Real Life. It’s how the cool kids speak.) But then I hear periodically that there are people who just stay with the status quo, probably wanting to be better in some way, but never really trying. I don’t know any of those people but I’d like to think if they hung out with me for a day, they’d change their view. There’s is…
 
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    Blue Badger

  • Rose Petal Syrup

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    I made rose syrup this weekend. It's really simple to do. I'm going to use it for making soda, marshmallows for summer s'mores and rock candy. And I'm going to experiment with making a rose-peppercorn bbq sauce for lamb. I think the kids will love the soda and candy though. I don't use food colouring because the roses will color the syrup, can't wait to try it with my lavender roses. Here is the recipe:6 cups sugar2 cups water2 cups rose petals (from the garden or and organic source, do not use any rose that has been sprayed with anything)Put everything in a large panBoil for about ten…
  • Things To Buy

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    This cute little ice cream headband by Em and Sprout. $14
  • Mimo Baby Monitor

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Technology has come so far since my boys were babies. A monitor a baby can wear attached to a bodysuit? Sounds like the perfect thing for parents who want extra peace of mind. That is exactly what the Mimo Smart Monitor does. Shaped like a cute turtle complete with a lily pad base station, the monitor attaches to the bodysuit and will tell parents about their baby's respiration,  position ,skin temperature, and activity level. The device can even tell if your baby is asleep or awake. The information is sent in real time to a smartphone.The lily pad has a microphone that even allows…
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    Blissfully Domestic

  • 12 Fall Photography Inspirations

    AngEngland
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:06 am
    1. A Blast of Red – A reminder that all things end and trees with leaves all turned red is just an amazing sight to see. Red is the color of leaves, autumn flowers, and warm candlelight so find the reds of autumn and capture them on film. By Amixer, deviantART. 2. Family Portrait – Fall is indeed an amazing time to grab your camera and take a family portrait. Learn what to wear to take a great photo with the right color combinations. By Blissfully Domestic. 3. Drying Grasses – You can make any subject pop by taking advantage of the neutral and soft colors around it. By The…
  • Have you seen the new Keurig MINI Plus? (with savings opportunity)

    Shanna
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
      By Heather Stewart More pencil, more books, more teacher’s dirty looks—it’s back to school! Or as my mom likes to call it, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Fair enough, but I know she’ll miss my face in a few weeks! I’m starting my first day of junior year at my university in just a few days so this isn’t my first rodeo. There are a few things about college life that I know to be VERY true: you live in cramped, drab quarters, and you have to endure quite a few late nights to hit the books.   Enter the Keurig MINI Plus Brewer. It is the big idea…
  • Crowd Pleasing Potluck Ideas

    Kelley Grant
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:24 am
    I’m not sure about you, but I love a great get together.  Two things come with a great together – good friends and good food.  When my friends and I get together we normally have a big dinner at someone’s house.  We all pitch in and bring things so that the host doesn’t end up making everything.  But sometimes it tough to try and come up with a dish for a potluck dinner.  [Trust me, I know!]  So I’m sharing up some crowd pleasing potluck dishes!  We have appetizers, drinks, main courses and of course desserts.  Everything you need to have a perfect…
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    vintage everyday

  • Faking street hazards for safety manuals, 1931

    John VE
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    This series of photographs by the Automobile Club of Southern California attempts to demonstrate the danger which children playing in streets pose to drivers and to remind them to stay alert when behind the wheel. The images were all taken in the Wilshire Boulevard and McCadden Place area of Los Angeles.See more »
  • Old Photos of Americans in World War I

    John VE
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:25 am
    American troops assemble prior to a march through London before they are shipped off to the Western Front during World War I.American machine gun platoon moving through a French forest towards the front lines during World War I.American artillery spotter checking range of his units shells during the Meuse-Argonne offensive, World War I.American soldiers of K & M Companies, 326th Inf., 82nd Div. advancing on German positions during World War I.American soldiers resting during a lull in the fighting, World War I.See more »
  • Lee Radziwill and Jackie Kennedy on the Almafi Coast, 1962

    John VE
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:02 am
    Lee Radziwill and Jackie Kennedy on the Almafi Coast, 1962. Photo by Benno Graziani.
 
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    Daily Plate of Crazy

  • Unmailed Letter to an Old Friend

    D. A. Wolf
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    May 22, 2004 Dear S, At last, one of those rare weekends when L is here with D and M, and I have 48 hours to myself. Well, not entirely to myself, but chunks of time and that’s pretty good. M is doing better, by the way, finally. It was heartbreaking for so long, but we’re definitely on the upswing. Before I forget – a nice moment. M was able to persuade L to go with him to an art class, the Saturday class he takes at the college that I told you about. He wanted his dad to see him in this environment where he is “the little kid” standing at the easel surrounded…
  • The Economics of Fedoras and Fussiness

    D. A. Wolf
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    By Brian Sorrell I fear that some may misapprehend my affection for the fedora, as its important functions might be lost on those who do not embrace the inestimable value of a well-crafted hat. When you select a fedora, go with fur felt, preferably with a leather sweat band and a high quality silk lining. At the back, just at the lip of the band, you will notice a little bow, which is a nod to the hatters who went mad back when fur felts were treated with mercury. These days, it is Scotchgard and shellac, so if you’re trying to go vegan, better look toward straw and cotton instead. A…
  • Standing on the Down Escalator

    D. A. Wolf
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    I’ve seen this statement retweeted numerous times. In a profile piece on The New York Times, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is quoted as saying “I don’t have anything in common with people who stand on escalators.” Given the lifestyle of the man in question – billionaire philanthropist, media mogul, former major of the Big Apple – you could say he doesn’t have anything in common with many people. However, as the meaning of his statement is that he has no time to waste (which he clarifies, as if it weren’t already clear), even when…
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    Born Just Right

  • Why I hide my arm – An adult perspective

    christinemcminn
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    I’d like to introduce you to Christine. I’m lucky to have met Christine during this summer’s Nubability Athletics camp. (I snagged her for a selfie – she’s notorious about avoiding photography.) She attended the summer camp as an adult mentor. Before meeting her in person, she has offered fantastic insight on the Born Just Right Facebook page and right here in this website’s comments section. We had some really great conversations this summer and I asked her to offer some insight on growing up with a limb difference. I know as a parent, I’ve…
  • Even Jordan gets nervous in new situations

    Jen Lee Reeves
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    I had mentioned earlier this week that Jordan was jumping into cross country. She jumped into all kinds of running events in the last year and wants to join in on kid triathlons next year. I’m really excited for her because she’s turning into a great runner and cross country is a fun way to get more involved. What took me off guard was her nervousness during our first evening practice. I don’t know why I am not more prepared. (She started off with some nervousness when she tried basketball for the first time earlier this year.) When we got to practice, there were kids and…
  • How to respond to difficult questions

    Jen Lee Reeves
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:40 am
    Difficult questions can be aggravating. A physical difference is noticeable… and many cultures around the world struggle with accepting differences. Even if we live in a culture that doesn’t make it easy to live with a physical difference, I focus on helping Jordan grow up with confidence and the knowledge that she can try it all with one hand. A part of that goal comes with the extra step of helping her learn how to respond to the questions and not taking them too seriously. Some of the questions are appropriate. (We think questions are better than staring.) Some questions are…
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    The Art of Simple

  • #72: Somebody sewed that shirt

    Tsh
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:19 am
    by TshPodcast time! This episode explores the world of ethical fashion—for kids. Hayley Morgan is starting a new clothing line with the hopes of transforming how we think about dressing our kids. I talk to her about slow fashion and owning a small family business, what it means to be a working mom with young children, and why it matters how we spend our money. (That five dollar shirt didn’t really cost five dollars, and yep—somebody actually sewed that.) (If you’re reading this via email, head here to listen to the episode.) And head here for the show notes! Friends of The Art of…
  • Kathryn’s release from social media compulsion

    Tsh
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Name: Kathryn O’Brien Location: Southern California Occupation: Author, blogger, educator Blog/site: Kathryn O’Brien Tell us one way you are simplifying your life. I’m simplifying my life by taking control of my technology, before my technology takes control of me. It’s not like I’ve given up electronics altogether; I’d rather give up my toothbrush than my laptop. But I have made a few changes. For one thing, I’ve discovered the most brilliant feature on my smart phone; it’s called the off button. Turning off my notifications has allowed me to use social media on my…
  • 5 life lessons in 37 years

    Tsh
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    by TshTomorrow I turn 37. And while the past few weeks been insanely full packing up our home, selling anything we don’t need, putting anything we’d like for the next year in backpacks, and then hanging out with friends, I’m still hoping to practice my annual ritual to celebrate another year of life: chill. My favorite birthday activities involve reading with a hefty cuppa coffee by my side, watching my kids play, getting a bit of alone time to journal, and perhaps go on a date with my favorite boy to celebrate, gin and tonic in hand. I’m an easy-to-please gal. I’ve learned a lot…
 
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    We are THAT Family

  • Parenting Doesn’t Get Easier. But We Can Go Easy on Other Parents

    Kristen
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:25 pm
    That screaming boy in Target. That mismatched messy girl in the restaurant. That eye roll. I have silently judged, questioned and mentally accused the mothers of these children. Because I was an excellent mother- Before I had kids. And then I became a mom and I discovered just how wrong I’d been.   Because if the world judged how great a mom I was by my well-behaved kids who are styled to perfection without ever displaying attitude or laziness–I would be in deep trouble. Parenting is hard. The kind of hard that knocks you off your feet, leaves you gasping for air,…
  • WFMW: Saying YES is Always More Than You Bargained For

    Kristen
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:46 pm
    I’m happy to introduce you to this week’s guest poster Jennifer for my Wednesday series Yes, Works For Me! Please welcome her and be encouraged by her yes to God and continue to link up what works for you. When I said “Yes!” to my younger daughter’s life, refusing to discuss termination with my doctor, I had no idea what that would mean. All indications were, despite the doctor’s fears, that our daughter was just fine. Later we realized that she does, indeed, have medical and neurodevelopmental issues, and she is a struggling learner too. All of this information has…
  • Saying Yes. Again.

    Kristen
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Four years ago we said yes to the improbable. The impossible. It seems like yesterday we sat down and planned out something we would call Mercy House. It seems like forever ago. 2011 “Several times over the course of the weekend, the audacity of this crazy idea would hit us. Terrell and I would pass a knowing look over our kid’s heads or he would squeeze my hand in reassurance or just whisper the name of Jesus in my ear. We waivered between extreme exhilaration and total nausea but we simply could not deny that we felt the undeniable presence of God in our conversations and the…
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    Scary Mommy

  • An Apology to My Friends And Family

    Kiran Chug
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Image via ShutterstockI’m sorry.To the man I fell in love with in the days when I had no worries, to my two beautiful darlings who make everything brighter, to my family who keep everything going with their endless support, and to my friends who I’ve been rubbish to for too long: I’m sorry.I’m sorry for shouting.I’m sorry for snapping.I’m sorry for being grumpy.I’m sorry for not being much fun these days.I’m sorry for crying.I’m sorry for not seeing the brighter side.I’m sorry for rarely laughing.Sometimes, after changing that millionth diaper and being up all…
  • 25 Reasons I’m Glad My Kids Are Grown Up

    Sharon Greenthal
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    As I watched my youngest packing boxes to head back to college for his senior year, I felt a mixture of Momma pride – he’s all grown up (almost!) and also a tinge of the empty nest blues. I guess that never really ends, but it does get easier. I’ve grown to love the empty nest, and so will you. Much as I miss many parts of being a parent of school-aged children, there are many reasons I’m glad my kids are grown up…1. Filling out the same forms with the same information every.single.year. Maybe it’s different now, but back in the day (um, that would be 2010), in my school…
  • 10 Things You Can’t Do In Public While Pregnant (But Totally Want To)

    Lola Lolita
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    Image via ShutterstockWhen you’re pregnant, there are myriad things you wish you could just up and do no matter where you are and whom you’re with — things you probably do in the privacy of your own home without reserve. The thing is, you can’t in public. I mean, you could, but you’d either no longer have any friends or get arrested, and nobody wants that. Here are just a few of them:1. Ice your vagina. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only pregnant person who’s had swollen labes and excruciating pelvic pain for the majority of the third trimester.
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    Karen Cheng's Fashion and Life

  • 3 Ways to Wear – A Tropical Print Top

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 pm
    I was born on a tropical island – think blue ocean, blue skies, green jungles and palm trees – so I have a soft spot for tropical prints! I picked up this cute tropical print skirt from ClubCouture at a great price, and have been enjoying how much I can mix and match with it. 1) Blazer and Bralet Splashing out in sporty-luxe look, I’m wearing a blazer (also from ClubCouture) and bralet from boohoo.com. 2) Big White Summer Shirt I found this awesome white shirt in a thrift store. It had embroidery, lace, tassels and made from a gorgeous cotton fabric. It was in a size 16, but…
  • Architects and Heroes

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The other day, I dropped my aunty off in Subiaco for a doctor’s appointment. While I waited for her phone call (to be picked up), I found myself with 2 hours to spare. Trying to avoid the mall-type shops on Rokeby Road, I wandered into the local op shop… and bought myself 3 awesome books (total of $9). Then I found a secondhand bookstore and found another 2 books (total $4)! I was so delighted with my buys, that I needed a coffee and snack to celebrate. I stumbled across Architects and Heroes, a new cafe that I’ve been hearing about in the local social media circles. It was…
  • Riding, volunteering or donating?

    admin
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Photo of me riding 200km over 2 days for The Ride To Conquer Cancer, October 2013. Photo by Ze Photography. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that for the past two years, I rode in The Ride to Conquer Cancer to raise money for cancer research. The event is a 200km ride over two days, and is designed specifically for people who are NOT already experienced cyclists. It’s for newbies and beginner cyclists! In 2012, when I took up the challenge to RIDE 200kms, I was very motivated about raising cancer awareness and raising funds for cancer research. This cause is…
 
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    The Chronicles of a SAHM

  • Lululemon Peplum Tank Love

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

    Cynthia Wheeler
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    I've had neck pain for about 6 months now. It's not unbearable pain...just constant. These days when you see a doctor they ask, "On a scale of 1-10, how does the pain feel?" For me...that's a solid 6.I did something I've never done before. I went to a chiropractor. I asked a ton of questions, talked to a lot of people, and a lot of them said, "Make sure he's not a witch doctor." Not really sure what that means. I was a little nervous about it, but I have felt like I've wanted to crack my neck for the last 5 years. I sucked it up, and went.My chiropractor is a runner, which I like. He did all…
  • Get 'em thinking again...#StreamTeam

    Cynthia Wheeler
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team. I received a welcome kit which includes a year’s subscription to Netflix. Opinions expressed are my own. I can't believe some kids are going back to school next week! That said, I think in Chicago, we are at the halfway point of summer break. While I'm taking them to museums to keep them engaged...there is a lot of vegging in front of the TV going on here:/ I was super happy to find some great educational options on Netflix to give their brains a boost.The first thing out of my son's mouth was, "SO...this is educational?" I said, "No it's…
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    theysmell.com

  • Embracing My Mess with Delta Faucet #HappiMess

    Kimberly Grabinski
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    Having a messy kitchen makes me twitchy. I’m the type of person who can’t walk past clutter and spills…The post Embracing My Mess with Delta Faucet #HappiMess appeared first on .
  • We gotta wear shades

    Kimberly Grabinski
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Even when it is overcast out, I squint if I go outside. The eye doctor once told me that…The post We gotta wear shades appeared first on .
  • 5 Reasons to Experience Adventure in Gulf County, Florida #GCFLnofilter

    Kimberly Grabinski
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    This post brought to you by Gulf County, Florida. The content and opinions expressed below are that of What’s…The post 5 Reasons to Experience Adventure in Gulf County, Florida #GCFLnofilter appeared first on .
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    MotherhoodLater.com - World’s leading website, eZine and community for midlife moms.

  • Different Struggles, feel the same By: Lori Loesch

    Lori Loesch
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:37 pm
      I am a writer. I will write my thoughts on paper.  This does not mean that I feel what I have written, everyday.  I have great days, good, bad, the worst, days.   I love to write and I feel like I could do cartwheels, ok, maybe just fairy leaps across the meadow, for this God given gift.  I blog for Motherhoodlaterthansooner.com, and for that, I am over joyed.  More fairy leaps!  Looking at the other woman that blog for MLTS, their accomplishments are such, that I feel as though I have arrived.  To be blogging next to these intelligent, woman is, for me, almost unbelievable.
  • GUEST BLOG POST: Cultivating Inventiveness by Julia Cameron, author, The Artist’s Way for Parents

    Robin Gorman Newman
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:33 am
    The Artist’s Way for Parents: Cultivating Inventiveness – The Boredom Myth *Excerpted with permission from The Artist’s Way for Parents by Julia Cameron. Copyright © 2013 by Julia Cameron.  Jeremy P. Tarcher; Penguin Group USA – A Penguin Random House Company.    CULTIVATING INVENTIVENESS The very act of creation might be defined as inventing something new, making something from nothing. Mining the daily realities of our lives for creative opportunities, we teach our children to do the same. We can find fun in unlikely places as we approach seemingly humdrum activities…
  • WISHING YOUR FAMILY A WONDERFUL BACK TO SCHOOL YEAR!!

    Robin Gorman Newman
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
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    The Motherhood

  • Three SIMPLE Ways To Give Back

    The Motherhood
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo Credit: Akron Ohio Moms The word “SIMPLE” has a new meaning for us at The Motherhood. Our ongoing partnership with Champions for Kids for the SIMPLE Service and SIMPLE Giving programs has taught us how easy it is to give back right in our very own communities. Over the course of the summer, our bloggers truly went above and beyond as they organized service projects on behalf of Champions for Kids, and they taught us that anyone can make a difference – it’s really that SIMPLE! Below, we’ve shared three amazing service projects that remind us why it’s so important to…
  • Share Your #ReasonToSmile with Dreyer’s to Trigger a Donation to Children in Need through Operation Smile

    The Motherhood
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    We all scream for ice cream during the summer, and now there are a few more reasons to love Dreyer’s, in particular. Here are our top three: 1) Pinspiration. Dreyer’s has mouth-watering and clever new Pinterest boards that you should check out at your earliest opportunity. 2) Tasty Treats. We’re running a delicious blog and social media campaign on behalf of Dreyer’s, which invites some kitchen-crafty ladies to create their own gorgeous dessert recipes (and talk about a fun way to spend time with your kids, too). Just look at this Mini Cake Filled Banana Split by…
  • Get Ready for Back to School with a #Moms4JNJConsumer Twitter Party!

    The Motherhood
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Can you believe it’s already back-to-school season? We’re just getting used to the idea here at The Motherhood, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® for a Twitter party all about refreshing and re-energizing your routine as you and your kids prepare for the beginning of a new school year. Join us for the Biggest Back-to-School Twitter Party on Wednesday, August 27, at 1 p.m. ET to celebrate and share your own ideas for getting back into the swing of things. You can RSVP to the party at the Twtvite, here! As you’re stocking up and preparing for the new…
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    Housewife Hellraiser

  • Veggie Cooking Times – Handy Chart!

    Laura
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:56 pm
      Image credit: Lark & Larks As someone who is always either under-cooking or over-cooking veggies, I was happy to come across this cute little cooking time cheat sheet from  Lark & Larks! I almost want to hang it inside my cupboard door. I’m kind of a sucker for animated vegetables. Don’t you think it’d be funnier, though, if they were running the other direction, like away from the cooking recommendations? Noooo, don’t eat me!  
  • 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…
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    Home - Outdoor Baby Network

  • Top 3 Electric Scooter for Kids

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:31 am
    Electric scooters are a thing of joy for kids. The latest models are brilliantly designed to encourage kids to ride them and also keep them safe during the ride. Electric scooters are light in weight. They make the playing time of the kids not only fun but also offer complete movement to the body. The height of the scooters can be adjusted as and when the kid grows up. Some of the electric scooters last even when the kids become adults. While selecting kids electric scooters, parents should make sure that the wheels of the scooter are sturdy enough to maintain the balance. Many electric…
  • 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…
 
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    moosh in indy.

  • random ankles

    Casey
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Last week Cody took Vivi into the restroom at a restaurant so she could do her business. When she was done, he asked her to stand with her nose in the corner so he could do his as well. Afterwards she burst out of the restroom and shouted “DAD DIDN’T SIT DOWN AND HE PEED OUT OF HIS BELLYBUTTON!” as soon as she saw me. Last night on FaceTime she asked my dad if he was pregnant. She also currently hates trees. (She has for awhile, one evening she simply got out of the car, looked around and said “I hate trees.” Her position has yet to change.) She blames all of her…
  • straight teeth without getting stabbed by metal (sponsored by Invisalign)

    Casey
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    So, braces are a teenager thing, right? Wrong. I figured orthodontists and talk of braces wouldn’t be a worry I’d have for at least a few more years, but after being a fly on the wall at a conference full of of dentists and orthodontists last year it turns out a child’s first visit to an orthodontist should occur no later than 7 years old and extreme issues can be avoided with minor intervention now. Which is to say, Addie’s teeth are a wee bit crowded in her mouth, each year I’ve watched them shift around and my worries of her dealing dental issues until she is…
  • meeting mr. cleveland

    Casey
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:50 pm
    When we told Vivi we were going to Cleveland for the weekend she asked if he was nice and if he had toys at his house. She’s still wondering who Mr. Cleveland is, and she was a little disappointed she never got to see his house — but all in all she was pretty pleased with him, his museums, his bowling alley, and his pancakes. We all were. Pictured Above: Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Jack Flaps, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Great Lakes Science Center. Special thanks to the Cleveland CVB for providing us with accommodations, meals, and attraction…
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    Lit and Laundry

  • The power of a picture

    8 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Drama Girl is about to have her 18th birthday party.  I thought it would be fun to create a little slideshow of pictures of her to show at the party.  Also, apparently, I want to torture myself with sentimentality.Here she is cuddling with a teddy bear I had made for her.  You can barely see it in the picture but it's right next to her face.  She named him Rainbow Flowers and he's gone on a lot of adventures with her.And there they are again, that little girl and her bear.  This picture is killing me.  Credit and thanks to Jeff Bartee Photography.
  • The Mysterious Halloween Town

    6 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    I've started another project.  Of course I have.  I'm all about starting more things than I can finish in a lifetime.I've been seeing lots of pictures on Instagram of this project.  The pattern is by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery and is coming out in four parts.  I have the first two and this is most of part 1 complete.  I think I might switch the white moon to yellow.  The beauty of Instagram is seeing how other people have changed the pattern.  It's fun to stitch along with others who are working on the same project.While I stitch, I've been listening to a…
  • Hattie Hedgehog

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    How adorable is this?  The fifth in the series of free advent animal patterns from Brookes Books Publishing.I think I'm going to finish each of these into an ornament, and rig up some kind of garland to display them all.  Since the patterns are coming out once a month, I still have plenty of time to figure it out.And here is my jar of 2014 scraps to date.  It never looks like much, but it's a big wide jar and it represents a lot of stitching hours.  I'm posting this as part of Daffycat's "TUSAL" (totally useless stitchalong).I've become an instagram addict.  So many…
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    Twinfatuation

  • The Bracing 2 - The Boy-Child

    Cheryl Lage
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    Two+ hours in the orthodontist's chair and He-Twin's teeth are en route to revision.A painful dinner-time bite into intentionally overcooked tortellini took that perfect patient smile off his face for a bit...but spurred an empathetic elegy from Double Daddy on his own nine (yes, NINE) years in braces.Seems straighter teeth won't be the only blessing brought by Darren's braces. Let the conversations on canines, bicuspids and transpalatal device continue....
  • Way Back When-esday: Beach Babies

    Cheryl Lage
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Dateline: August 2005Twins' Age: 3Spending this week at the beach with our big kids (now nearly TEENAGERS) and remembering their first beach trips warm my heart his mid-week.Play along with Way Back When-esday...looking back with love since 2007!Dive into those digital files and share a photo find on your blog. On Facebook. Via Twitter. On Instagram...whatever your social media venue(s) of choice. Be sure to include the hashtags #WBW and #Twinfatuation in order to share in the virtual photo album reverie! 
  • A Little Bit of Ribbin' Makes My Monday

    Cheryl Lage
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    His mom-Me eats her pizza and doughnuts with a fork...due to a fervent dislike of getting her hands grubby.Thankfully, He-Twin didn't inherit her neuroses.He's a saucy one, my son.Play along with Makes My Monday---easing weekends' ends since 2007!#MMM #MakesMyMonday
 
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    Poot and Cubby for Women Site

  • One year terrorist crackdown in China

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

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

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

  • Ice Cream for Breakfast: Creamy Iced Coffee

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    Hello ice cream, meet iced coffee. You two are a match made in heaven. What could be better than ice cream for breakfast?
  • Sweet Avocado Ice Cream

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    We've said it before, and we'll say it again, getting your kids to eat vegetables is a challenge! We love finding new
  • Ice Cream Bread

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    Some bread recipes can be complicated, but not this one! Not only is this recipe one of the easiest bread recipes we could possibly make, but it’s…
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • DIY- Easy Labor Day Chips and Dips

    Monica Brady
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:45 pm
    When I think about Labor Day, I think about the beginning of football season… I also think about cookouts and fun with friends. It’s still technically Summer time, which means it’s pretty hot outside. I don’t want to spend all day cooking snacks, so I go for something quick and easy. Something I used to make for all of our cookouts while we were living in Japan, that was really quite popular, are these very easy dips. All you need is a can or two of chili beans, or a jar or two of salsa, depending on how many people you need to accommodate, and cream cheese! If they…
  • Exclusive Footage on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu-Ray Combo Pack!

    Monica Brady
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Have you seen the Amazing Spider-Man 2 yet?  We had the chance to watch it on our recent airplane trip across the country, and it was awesome! If you haven’t seen it yet, you really should, and if you have seen it, and want to again, it’s out on DVD & Blu-Ray and now you can own it! Walmart has a great price on their Blu-ray combo pack for $19.96. The pack includes Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. The Blu-ray combo pack is a must-own with 13 deleted scenes plus 100 minutes of extras! You can get The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu-Ray combo in your local Walmart stores nationwide…
  • Back to School DIY School Supply Cake for Teacher!

    Monica Brady
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    It’s that time again! The kids are having mixed feelings about going back to school. On one hand, they can’t wait to see all of their friends again, but on the other hand, they really don’t want to sit in a classroom and do homework again. Me, well, I’m mixed too. I love having the girls at home, and we’ve had a great Summer, but I also can’t wait to see what new things they learn this year. One of the craziest things about Back to School season, is school supply shopping, and in our area, it’s serious! The sales, the crowds, the aisles and aisles of…
 
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    A Cowboy's Wife

  • Delta Embraces the #HappiMess, and So Do I

    A Cowboy's Wife
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:17 pm
    I’m excited to have recently partnered up with Delta Faucet to share my HappiMess, and hopefully you’ll share your #HappiMess too!  If you do, you can enter to win an amazing Delta Kitchen & Bath prize package valued at over $2400!  Oh, now you’re listening huh! Sometimes a mess just happens.  It might be intentional or accidental but there are actually some good things that can come from them, aka, a HappiMess!  You might know Delta because of there sophisticated, innovative kitchen & bathroom hardware but this initiative they are pushing, shows a different…
  • Get Your Game On, Texas Style

    A Cowboy's Wife
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    In Texas, you go big or you go home!  As the football season rolls in, so do new fashion trends.  Well, actually, here in Texas, we kinda just create our own trends.  There was a time though, when women only wore cowgirl boots on the ranch, to rodeos (with jeans), or long dresses.  Today, everyone has their own style and the ladies ain’t afraid to wear boots with jeans, skirts, shorts, and well, just about anything y’all! Country Outfitter‘s tagline is “We Know Country” and while they have a large variety to suit all sorts of styles, they definitely know…
  • Epson LW-600P LabelWorks Label Maker with Wireless Technology

    A Cowboy's Wife
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    There is something about electronics that make me squeal with nerd noises!  Some gals love jewelry, some love clothes, but I love technology.  This Epson LW-600P LabelWorks label maker is dreamy and all tech’d up with innovative features!  And, it’s mobile y’all! **nerd rockets of excitement shooting off everywhere** So first off, you’ll see that the size is definitely quite mobile.  It’s light, fits in my hand easily, and can run off AA batteries. You’ll need to open up and put them tape in, which is seriously the easiest thing I’ve ever…
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    Mamanista!

  • Celebrate Smokey Bear’s 70th Birthday with a Twitter Party!

    Debbie
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:36 pm
    “Only YOU can prevent forest fires.” Most Americans know this phrase and could undoubtedly identify it as Smokey Bear’s classic mantra. Did you know that 9 out of 10 forest fires are started by humans? And that, thanks to Smokey and his familiar phrase, we have reduced the number of acres lost to wildfires from 22 millions to today’s yearly average of 6.5 million? Smokey is an important figure in our society. And this year he is turning 70! Can you believe it? He doesn’t look at day over 20 :) Will you help us celebrate him? First, sign Smokey’s birthday…
  • Monster High Party!

    Tara Arichabala
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:58 pm
    My daughters gathered a few friends, all their Monster High toys, and threw a Monster High viewing party!  They watched the Monster High Clawesome Double Feature Fright On and Escape from Skull Shores while playing with their new Lagoona Blue Picture Day doll toy. This newly released Monster High movie was tons of fun to watch. “Escape from Skull Shores” was about the monsters on school break. Their ship wrecked and they were stranded on a strange island. Frankie Stein was captured by a Beast. You have to watch to find out what happens in this surprising twist!!!  In…
  • Get Interactive with Tiggly Shapes

    debhelper
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    Technology is a part of our society and culture in a way it has never been before. Growing up, we did not have the amazing technological advances our kids do today. Many of us still remember the overwhelming amazement over the first color television, the first home computer, and the first mobile phone. These devices changed our lives forever. All of these technological advances are now part of not only our every day lives, but the curriculum of educational upon which our children are learning. Computers are standard classroom items, as are tablets and smart boards. While we have a duty to…
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    Real Life with Sarah

  • The Words that Describe Her Dreams

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

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

    Sarah Pinnix
    29 Apr 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Let me tell you about my man! When I met Judd, I was about to start my student teaching. I immediately knew we had a connection, and he says it was love at first sight for him. A short four months later we were married and began our journey together as husband and wife. Little did I know that 17.5 years later, we would have three beautiful girls and he is still my best friend! Not many dads are willing or able to do the things he does for our family. I don’t know why I am so blessed, but I treasure him every day. Let me count the ways he is totally our “all star dad.” 1. He…
 
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    5 Minutes for Mom

  • Share Your Truth – The Good, the Funny, the Honest and the Real #DareToBare

    Susan
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:16 am
    Susan here… letting you know about a chance to win a trip to Hawaii and many other fabulous prizes. I’ll also be sharing a couple of confessions! Yes, I’m revealing two confessions as part of the #DareToBare contest. Just so you know, I am a paid ambassador for Bare Snacks™, I am not eligible for the prizes and this post is compensated. Do You Dare to Bare? Share your truth… the good, funny, honest and real for a chance to win a trip to Hawaii and many other great prizes from Bare Snacks™ – the creators of a line of delicious Snacks Gone Simple. Bare…
  • Ask the Domestic Life Stylist: How to Fight Morning Sickness

    Lisa
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    Ask The Domestic Life Stylist Lisa our resident fine living expert answers your questions each Thursday. Submit a question here. If you are a blogger, this is a great chance to have us feature and link to your blog! ___________________________________________________________________ I just found out that I am 6 weeks pregnant with our first child and I am so excited. The only problem is, the accompanying nausea is pretty much unbearable. Whether I eat or drink the results are the same. Is there anything that I can do to make this nausea go away? Teresa, California Congratulations on your…
  • Triple Flip – Canadian Mompreneur Creates a HIT Clothing Store for Tweens #Giveaway

    Janice
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:27 pm
    This is Janice, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom, here with a review and giveaway for my daughter’s favorite Canadian clothing store. If you are in the US, no worries, they ship internationally. Triple Flip provided gift cards for review and giveaway purposes, but our opinions and love for Triple Flip is all our own. Imagine the PERFECT store for tween girls… A store with clothes created just for them — for real girls, who want to express themselves with exciting, unique clothes designed to fit their bodies and their fun, cartwheeling lifestyles. A store where tween girls are…
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    Burgh Baby

  • Tiny Humans Can YELL

    burghbaby
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Do not be fooled by this angelic little face. This kid is having the worst week of her life. My return to work has turned her world upside-down, but C'MON, WE DID THIS THE NICE WAY. Baby steps, that is. Instead of surging straight into daycare, the kid has a whole week of hanging out with dad. Throw in the little bit of continuity that is her sister, and life shouldn't be that rough. Shouldn't be. But it is. Despite being in the same house with mostly the same routine as most of the rest of her life, poor Mila is so angry about every little change. So, so angry. Which is to say, she's really…
  • Good Job, You Guys

    burghbaby
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Somewhere between this one making me fall over laughing because, well, THIS: (Pro tip: If you don't want the world to call you "Grandma Alexis," maybe don't grab a walker when your mom takes you roller skating.) and this one making me fall over laughing because I AGREE, PINK TUTUS ARE AWFUL something really fantastic happened.   You guys did that. All of it. 60 backpacks65 rulers140 notebooks19 packs of paper32 pairs of scissors48 highlighters50 bottles of glue30 boxes of markers180 pens54 packs of crayons48 erasers20 packs of multi-color pens75 folders90 glue sticks10 packs of index…
  • Britney Spears Would Be So Proud

    burghbaby
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:49 pm
    We all have flaws in our character and if you say you don't, there it is. There's your flaw. You lack self-awareness. I have many, many, MANY flaws, of course. I'd put "lets words fall out of mouth before thinking" at the top of that list. For Alexis, that list would start with "can't see the grey area." What I mean by that is that her world is very black and white. There is no grey. For example, if her cheer coach says the girls need to stand with their hands on their hips between cheers, by god, the child is going to stand with her hands on her hips. A swarm of bees could land on her…
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    Happy Home

  • 2014 kitchen trends: how to create an ultra-modern kitchen

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

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

    admin
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:58 pm
    It’s often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and it’s not hard to see why. As well as serving as food preparation areas, they can be living spaces, dining rooms, play areas and even home offices, often all in the space of a single day. Here are some of the reasons why we attach so much significance to our kitchens. The importance of meals There is something deeply human about sharing a meal with people. Of course, we all need to eat, but sitting down to food with loved ones is about much more than simply filling up. Over a tasty meal, people can catch up on each others’…
 
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    Cowgirl Yoga

  • Cowgirl Commentary on the Latest Yoga Drama

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

    17 Aug 2014 | 2:26 pm
    My feet have been on my mind a lot lately, after all this hiking. I have a bit of an obsession with footwear, which is ironic since I spend a lot of time in bare feet on my yoga mat. Off the mat, I prefer cowgirl boots, anything with good arch support, and I must - I repeat, must - wear slippers around the house. As someone who appreciates fancy footwear, I also own a lot of flip flops for this purpose.A few months ago, I tried a pair of OOFOS slip ons. I pretty much haven't stopped wearing them since. With their cushioning and arch support, it feels like a foot massage every time I come home…
  • Tea + Yoga = Bliss

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Get ready for it - I am gearing up for a conversion from coffee to tea. Yes, you read that right. The Tea Spot has convinced me that this is a good thing. This will be worthy of its own post...meanwhile, I'd like to introduce you to The Tea Spot and its founder, Maria.The Tea Spot is the total tea solution that makes loose leaf tea an everyday luxury, so you can live an inspired and healthy life. Based in Boulder, Colorado, it was founded in 2004 by Maria Uspenski, a cancer survivor drawn to the health benefits of tea during her recovery. She set forth to promote wellness by making loose leaf…
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    Cool Zebras

  • My Boy Has A Lot Of Promise

    Heather
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:49 pm
    My son started 5th grade 2 weeks ago. He goes to a school that has a short 6-week summer break and starts the next grade at the end of July. School is then in session for 9 weeks, followed by 3 weeks of break. We love the schedule for the most part. It's difficult in some ways now that my oldest child is in middle school and is on a traditional school calendar, but we wish that she was on the modified calendar still!K Man has been diagnosed with dysgraphia, fine motor skill delay and short-term memory impairment. We have taken him for testing twice since 2nd grade. He tests with a high…
  • Now There Are Two in Double Digits

    Heather
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Yes, it's true. K Man is the big 1-0. He started fifth grade on Monday, then yesterday he had his tenth birthday and it's a whole lot of growing up in two days. He's growing into such a handsome and smart guy. He's funny and loving (most of the time). He can also tick me off to no end, but that's not surprising considering he has two stubborn parents. Love this boy so much.********* If you have the time, please consider clicking through to my blog. Also, if you comment, I get warm fuzzies and I think you're cool...even if you're not. ;)(But you totally are you know.) Thanks!
  • 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…
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  • Social Protection Offers Tools To Help Prevent CyberBullying

    valmg
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    This is a sponsored post. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions expressed are my own. School starts next week in my area. In some areas of the country it’s already underway. Sadly, for some students the end of summer signifies not only the end of summer fun and a return to schoolwork, but also a return to a hostile environment where they are bullied by fellow students. Back in the early 1980s when I was in high school I was verbally and emotionally bullied. As I’ve mentioned before, it wasn’t called bullying then. The worst of it was when I was at school. At…
  • CAR REVIEW – 2014 Ford Focus

    valmg
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    I was provided with a 10 day test drive of the Ford Focus featured in this post. This post has not been monetarily compensated. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way. Recently I attended a conference in Boston. As I am in New Jersey, it takes literally about the same amount of time to fly there as it does to make the 5 hour drive. It’s one hour to the airport, 1-2 hours before flight, hour in the air, disembarking, and that’s if there’s no delays and I’m not checking…
 
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  • Mid-Year Review: How is this Year Shaping Up for Your Nonprofit Goals?

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

    Devon Reeser
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Lacking the five years of experience, Masters degree, and other checklist requirements to get that green fundraising job you want? Don’t worry! Most non-profit fundraising jobs require someone with skills outside of what can be quantified on a list anyway. The key is to know what those unquantifiable skills are and how to prove that you have them. If you can’t fit the cookie cutter mold of the perfect paper candidate for your ideal job, make yourself stand out by highlighting your prowess in the following five areas.     1. Knowledge and passion for green Most green non-profits…
  • Getting Your Grant: 10 Things to Focus on Besides Writing

    Devon Reeser
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    To get grant dollars, whether from private foundations or government agencies, your writing should be secondary to other preparations. Too many nonprofits make the mistake of investing in a solid technical writer and spending hours preparing a lengthy proposal with perfect grammar, while ignoring what is really important. Yes, writing counts, but make sure you think about these ten aspects as well, and maybe even before you bother contracting that writer! 1. Budget Do you have a well-defined budget for your program? You want a detailed breakdown of tangible expenses, i.e. not just a line item…
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  • Get a Shot – Give a Shot

    Victoria
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to summer yet. But whether I like it or not, school starts next week and Summer 2014 is almost completely on its way out. Back to school is now the main focus of our days as we take the last dips in the pool and towel sand off our legs from the beach. And for my older children age seven and over, school required immunizations also come into play for them. I’m lucky my children don’t have a fear of getting shots. They get them and make a big deal about choosing the character Band Aid that they wear afterwards. And if they are offered a…
  • Learning Fun Facts about Family

    Victoria
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    Meet my great great aunt Agatha Victoria and cousin Arthur. I grew up seeing that photo (taken in the late 40s) on my grandmother’s mantle but thanks to Ancestry.com — the world’s largest online resource for family history — I was able to see the signature Aunt (as we call her) wrote on emmigration and naturalization papers. Pretty cool, right? Aunt was born in 1899 and named after Queen Victoria (who was born in 1819 named Alexandrina Victoria  – Brits traditionally use their middle name usually not the first one.). Aunt was a British citizen. Two family members…
  • Feeling Back to School Emotions

    Victoria
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    Disclosure: This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Del Monte, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #DelMonteBTS  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV We had a blast this summer! From dipping our toes in new waters to having fun with friends and family; it was a summer of smiles, laughs and silliness. I know it’s August and there are a couple of weeks left of summer but the weather here is starting to get chilly unexpectedly. Not the kind of weather you expect because you are seaside. It’s the kind of weather that reminds…
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  • 10 Back To School Organization Tips – For MOM (i.e. Her SANITY)

    Jenny On the Spot
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Back To School. Three words. Three words that involve A LOT. A lot of time. A lot of money. A lot of planning. So Back to School organization TIPS arrrrrrrre in order, friends. *Though this post is not a sponsored post, it is inspired by my friends at Balance Bar. You can read my #balanceisinthebag […] 10 Back To School Organization Tips – For MOM (i.e. Her SANITY) is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post 10 Back To School Organization Tips – For MOM (i.e. Her SANITY) appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • #FallYall… It’s On Its Way! Featuring: BOOTS

    Jenny On the Spot
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have I ever told you that Fall is my favorite season? I am certain my great grandmother played a big part in that. I love Fall, y’all. Or as Twitter might say, #FallYall. Some reasons I warmly welcome this chilly season: • I just love the smell. There is a smell… • Crisp mornings. • […] #FallYall… It’s On Its Way! Featuring: BOOTS is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post #FallYall… It’s On Its Way! Featuring: BOOTS appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • Thank Goodness It Is Back To School. Related: PARTY TIME!

    Jenny On the Spot
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fruit of the Loom for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Thankgoodness it's back to school… A.K.A #TGIBTS, y'all! I was reminded the other day that I am not the only mom ready for the start of the school year… not the only one […] Thank Goodness It Is Back To School. Related: PARTY TIME! is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post Thank Goodness It Is Back To School. Related: PARTY TIME! appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
 
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  • Creative Idea for Displaying School Pictures

    Kristen Andrews
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    I wanted a creative way to display Will's school pictures and I love the Dr. Seuss quote, "Oh, the places you'll go" so I created a picture frame that you can add pictures to!  Here is what you need:Picture framePicture frame wireClothes PinsCustom Vinyl with the quote "Oh the places, you'll go" (I recommend Kellon Designs, the owner was super easy to work with and the quality is excellent) School Pictures  How to: 1. Attach picture frame wire to the back of the picture frame.2. Hang picture frame on the wall.3.  Arrange pictures with clothes pins.4.  Apply your custom…
  • With God all things are Possible

    Kristen Andrews
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    With God all things are possible necklace Matthew 19:26 Sterling Silver Jewelry Religious Matthew 19:26: But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.Let this necklace be a reminder that With God All Things Are Possible.  Product details: The With God All Things Are Possible necklace is a 7/8th inch sterling silver disc that has been handstamped in fancy font, the piece includes a simple yet beautiful cross charm and both charms hang on a 18 inch sterling silver bead ball chain. If you would like to upgrade to the 18…
  • A visit to Greenfield Village

    Kristen Andrews
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    We are so lucky to live so close to Greenfield Village.  We spent the afternoon there and Will had the opportunity to make candles, which if you didn't know is a very long process.  I have a new appreciation for candle making.  If you are very in Michigan Greenfield Village is an attraction you shouldn't miss.  Visit their site Greenfield Village for all you can see and do!
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  • Homemade Olive Oil Biscuits {Recipe} #PantryInsiders

    Stefanie Fauquet
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:41 pm
    This post is brought to you by Pompeian as part of the #PantryInsiders program. All opinions are my own. Did you know that August is National Olive Oil month? Yep. One of the most used pantry staples gets its own month, and to celebrate Pompeian is encouraging everyone to take the Pompeian Pledge and swap olive […] The post Homemade Olive Oil Biscuits {Recipe} #PantryInsiders appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Share Your Summer Vacation Pictures with OnStar #whereintheUSA

    Stefanie Fauquet
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and the OnStar blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. I’m so not ready for summer to be over. These past few months have been some of the most fun-filled and exciting to date. My family took off on a couple of […] The post Share Your Summer Vacation Pictures with OnStar #whereintheUSA appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Marinated London Broil {Recipe}

    Stefanie Fauquet
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:37 pm
    I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Beef Checkoff. I received products to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.  Do you remember those beef commercials from the nineties and early 2000′s? Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. Well, guess what? That campaign is still running strong, and […] The post Marinated London Broil {Recipe} appeared first on Mommy Musings.
 
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  • Getting things done...

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

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

    Tired Mama
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    Robin Williams died yesterday. In one of the newspaper articles reporting his passing he was quoted about the difficulties of acting as a profession, “You’re hot, then you’re not. When you’re hot, people throw themselves at you. I once got stopped by a cop: ‘Hi, Mr. Williams. I’m not going to give you a ticket, but I do have an idea for a film.’ And when you’re not hot: “People walk away from you.” I can't believe people walked away from Robin Williams. I mean, seriously? If I had ever seen him, and it had been even remotely appropriate, I'd have walked up to…
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  • “Friends” Reunion Skit on Jimmy Kimmel Live

    Kim Tracy Prince
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    Retro “Friends” cast picture There is so much here to love. My favorite is Kimmel’s imitation of David Schwimmer’s Ross. Or maybe the laugh track. Hey, if Huffington Post and Vanity Fair and every other ginormous website can post this, why can’t I? I LOVED FRIENDS. The post “Friends” Reunion Skit on Jimmy Kimmel Live appeared first on House of Prince.
  • Spiral-bound Family Time by Dotmine Day Planners (Review)

    Kim Tracy Prince
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Everyone has their own special way of organizing time. As if we humans could do that. It’s the charade of control that we enjoy, isn’t it? Blocking off hours on the calendar labeling them “DO NOT DISTURB,” scribbling commitments in a time slot months in advance, adhering (or not) to a schedule. Writing lists of things to do. And paper. Glorious smooth sheets of new-smelling paper, blank blocks of days, ripe with possibility. Somebody stop me before this gets ridiculous. Too late? I love me a good planner. By “good” in my case I mean simple, straightforward,…
  • Wordless Wednesday: First Day of School 2014

    Kim Tracy Prince
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:38 pm
    An InLinkz Link-up The post Wordless Wednesday: First Day of School 2014 appeared first on House of Prince.
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    Love That Max: Special Needs Blog

  • The Special Needs Blogger Weekend Link-up: Last summer hurrah

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    It's the Labor Day Weekend link-up, and it'll be here through Monday, for your posting and reading pleasure. 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: The life skill more kids with special needs should learnWhere 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's that perfume I'm wearing? Eau de Pee

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:40 am
    Tap tap. Tap tap. That is how I get woken up these days, a bunch of taps on my shoulder or boobs or whatever body part Max happens to hit. He has to use the bathroom.This is major. It used to be that sometimes Max wet his bed in the morning, but for the last few months he has stayed dry overnight and when he wakes up, he's gotta go.He is heading toward being fully potty trained, except for two things. One, he cannot pull his bottoms or undies up and down on his own. And two, when he pees it goes everywhere. Although the same could be said of some fully grown men I know and I am not naming…
  • If it makes you happy

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:40 am
    We're vacationing on The Crystal Coast this week, North Carolina's Southern Outer Banks. It's glorious here—the beaches are beaches at their best, untouched and uncrowded. The water's amazingly warm. We're staying in an Emerald Isle Realty rental house with this view from the back deck:Max has loved jumping into waves and just sitting on the deck and staring out at the ocean. But there's another view he can't take his eyes off of: that of every single fire house we've passed. We've been doing the fire station tour of the area; three down, at least several more to go. Above, the Indian…
 
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  • Vacation

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

    Marinka
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    Love stories are so dull. And they’re all almost exactly the same. Girl meets boy. Girl and boy decide to go to Ireland together in August. Girl realizes boy is bat shit insane. How many times can you hear this story before rolling your eyes and thinking “this again?” In case it’s new to you, I’ll tell you what happened so you can see my predicament. A few weeks before we’re supposed to go to Ireland together, he starts this Q&A with me about whether or not I suffer from jet lag when I travel across multiple time zones at the speed of light. Or maybe…
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  • California by Edan Lepucki: Dystopian Fiction for Adults

    chefdruck
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Dystopian fiction is so addictive that it colors my view of the world. After too much binge reading, all government entities begin to look threatening, from the overly jovial crossing guard at school to the angry tea party candidates on TV. But when I binge on too much young adult dystopian fiction, the world becomes even more disturbing with the addition of teenage romance. As much as I enjoy young adult literature, there’s only so much unfulfilled sexual tension and young love that I can take. Edan Lepucki’s novel California was a welcome respite from all that teenage angst.
  • Brown Butter Vanilla Coconut Pound Cake

    chefdruck
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    We’ve been back from Hawaii for a week. Eight days and nine long nights of endless jet lag bed hopping. Hawaii is paradise, but the jet lag is hell. It took back to school boot camp to rehabilitate the kids, and not a minute too soon. After spending Saturday night laying at the foot of the bed to escape the two little squirming bodies in my warm and cozy spot, I was ready to head back to Hawaii, all by myself. Pretty much the happiest Steve and I have ever been. Instead of running away, I’m keeping the Hawaiian paradise feeling going as long as I can in my cooking, with lots of…
  • How to Take the Stress Out of Making Videos

    chefdruck
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Creating videos used to be an activity I hated. Whether I wanted a video for my blog, to enter cooking contests like the Ben’s Beginners’ Cooking Contest, or to help my kids with school projects didn’t make a difference. Making videos was daunting and stressful, until I learned one simple rule: You don’t need to be the star of your video, and probably shouldn’t. To be an effective video subject, you need great light and audio. No one wants to see a tired looking person whispering at the screen. It’s much easier to let pictures, words, and music share your…
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  • Sonoma wine country for families: What to do with the kids

    Susanna
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Let’s not kid ourselves, think Sonoma, and you probably think wine. Preferably in a glass and in your hand! And it’s no wonder, this California county has more than 400 wineries. Really good award-winners too, like Buena Vista, Jordan and Simi. Couple that with Northern California sunshine, and you have a recipe for a really good […] The post Sonoma wine country for families: What to do with the kids appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • San Francisco: Getting the most out of City Pass

    Susanna
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    Visiting San Francisco? Lucky you! I’ve travelled around the world and the “city by the bay” is one of my favourites. It’s small enough to be manageable, but cutting edge too – with that unstoppable Northern California energy. San Francisco offers some of the best museums and activities in the world, especially when it comes to […] The post San Francisco: Getting the most out of City Pass appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • A girls’ weekend in Austin, Texas

    Susanna
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    If I lived in Texas, I’d live in Austin. It’s a vibrant green patch famous for its tech start-ups, music scene and food trucks that serve items like Navajo fry bread tacos, jerk chicken and curry goat. It’s a very cool place.Actually, it’s a very HOT place, often reaching the 100s in summer. Air con, and a swimming […] The post A girls’ weekend in Austin, Texas 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

  • Pet Treats featuring @MintiesTreats and Betsy Farms

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

    Nancy
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Hey y’all!  This will be my last post as a Huggies Snug and Dry Plus Ambassador, so let’s start with the super exciting news…we’ve selected the winner and Tabithia B. should check her email!!  Congratulations! I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. I know you’ve read my opinion on these already, but the Costco exclusive Huggies Snug and Dry Plus Diapers and Natural Care Plus Wipes have far exceeded my…
  • Reflections of Laughter and Sadness

    Shera
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    In a time when the world seems upside down and more evil than ever. Where the balance of society and culture has shifted remarkably in the wrong direction. Light and hope are absolute necessities. While all of the desperation and need should not be taken lightly, it should not be shoved under the carpet nor forgotten, those like me must sometimes seek solace, reprieve and relief from the heaviness of it all or we will suffocate. We do this by breathing in the little things of life. The daily joys of silly kids, the beauty of the world around us, the love and laughter of family and even the…
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  • What I do to enjoy my 1 1/2 hour commute to work (part 1)

    Kimberly Cargile
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    Hi everyone! I have put together a 3 part series to show how to make your commute a little better.  I do actually drive 1 1/2 hrs to work and 1 1/2 hrs home so I have picked up a few ideas to make the drive not only bearable but actually kind of fun.  Let me know what you think Life at 523
  • Things I've Learned This Week

    Jennifer Marshall
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    ** The first day of school is a blessing like no other. ** Homework's about to unleash its evil wrath upon us very, very soon. ** I'd be much better equipped to run this three-ring circus if I had a whip. ** Brad and Angelina finally got married.  And I still don't care. ** Some people take crazy and multiply it by a BAZILLION. ** Providing a place to eat is about the last purpose served by our kitchen table. ** My thinking cap has been knocked off my head.  Permanently, I'm afraid. ** It's a sad, sad day when your children's social calendars are busier than yours. ** If it's important,…
  • My BEST TIPS for Back to School Shopping

    Karen Peterson
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    I just had the BEST, BEST day with my 6 year old.  She’s about to head into Grade 1, and we hit the mall for some back to school shopping together. Do you look forward to back to school shopping or is it something you dread as the school year approaches? I love shopping for anything or anyone, but I’ve learned that shopping with 3 kids can be a challenge… each waiting for the other to try on different items.  Eventually the boredom sets in and it’s hairy-scary times! However, over the last few years I have devised a plan that makes the back to school shopping (or in fact seasonal…
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  • THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

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

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

    4 Aug 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Hi,Steve here. I asked my mom to let me know what she thought of Charlie Baker, Massachusetts candidate for Governor. Baker spoke at her retirement community, Brooksby Village, today. Packed house for @CharlieForGov at Brooksby Village today #mapoli #magov #LetsBeGreat pic.twitter.com/5O43vd2dle— Scott F. Conway (@S_F_Conway) August 4, 2014@CharlieForGov speaking to hundreds of people at Brooksby Village today @erickson_PRTeam pic.twitter.com/CegfWvny6T— Dani Baldassare (@DaniB_Erickson) August 4, 2014Charles D. Baker Sr. introducing his son @CharlieForGov to 100's of…
 
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  • Outfit Inspiration: Get The Kids To School On Time!

    Desiree Fawn
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    I’m currently counting down the minutes days until my daughter head back to school on Tuesday morning. She is SO excited to see her friends again, to be back doing all of her activities and work, and of course to show off the new outfits she’s picked out during out back to school shopping trips. Since she’ll be dressing her best (in whatever outfit she puts together on that first morning back) I figure I should at least try to look presentable, eh? However, we all know that not EVERY morning will go smoothly, and not EVERY morning will I be even out of my jammies by the…
  • Invisalign: The Smart Way to Straighten Teeth for Teens {giveaway}

    Mom Spark
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    This post is sponsored by Invisalign. Being a teen is hard. Not only do I remember my own teen years quite vividly (a scary thought!) but now that I’m watching my son move through his adolescence I am reliving the potential for awkwardness at every turn, a sometimes shaky self-confidence, and the desire to fit in with peers. There are a lot of bumps in the road as our kids move from child to teen on their way to adulthood, and one BIG bump for teens can be having to wear braces. It’s been something we’ve been thinking about recently for our eldest son, knowing that the end…
  • Moms Get Acne, Too.

    Mom Spark
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:43 pm
    This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. You know what I thought I was done with after high school? Acne. You know what’s been pestering me each year since? Acne. I had hoped in my younger years that pimples were a pesky problem that would fall behind me, but apparently I had another thing coming! Though I rarely have more than a few at a time (always at the worst times, right?), I’ve been on the hunt for a new product to try for a while now, hoping to find something that would bring a little relief. Everyone has different skin care needs — from dry skin, to acne breakouts, and…
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    Please Pass the Salt

  • {wrapped}

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

    Moriah
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    So, I’ve been doing a little weight-loss experiment. I tried gluten-free and there was no change. A friend recommended looking at the numbers of the ‘other’ carbs I was eating and that was rather eye-opening. So I cut out those, too. I generally try to be sugar-free as well. Anyway, we had dinner over at our neighbors house last week and she made these grain-free cookies and perhaps I’ve been living under a rock, but I had never heard of them before. So I’m sharing this super simple recipe in case you’ve been living under a rock, too. (Also, obviously not…
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    Moriah
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Spent some time this week updating this site with the last couple of sessions!
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    Moomettes Magnificents

  • Campfire Cooking | Pudgy Pie Iron | Cooking With Kids

    Cindi Moomettes
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    My favorite camping out meals are created using pudgy pie makers (additionally referred to as pie irons). The ones we use are made of cast iron, but they can also be made from aluminum. Most have long handles. Our family uses pudgy (or pudgie) pie makers to make delicious treats for lunch and dinner.Campfire Cooking | Pudgy Pie Iron | Cooking With Kids is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Lake Compounce | New England | Family Theme Park | Review

    Cindi 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

    Cindi 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
 
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    Bizzie Living

  • Do You Really Have to Spend Money to Make Money?

    Anna Hicks
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    One of the oldest sayings in the world of business and money-making is that “you have to spend money to make money.” It’s a saying that is usually repeated to people who are hesitant to invest money in anything that isn’t a savings account or who are skeptical about the cost of supplies needed to start up a new business or money-making adventure. The simple truth is that, these days, you don’t always need to spend money to make money. You can simply fire up the computer you already have, do a few online gigs and viola! You’ve made a few bucks. Yay! But, while the gig economy is…
  • Wordless Wednesday – Ballerinas

    Stephanie Elie
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:34 am
    We had a busy weekend, not only did we need to get ready for school, but Miss M accidentally injured her foot while practicing turns around the house. Unfortunately she got the clumsy gene from me. I should have anticipated the hectic weekend since we  literally closed down the hair salon getting Miss M’s and Cam’s hair ready for school on Friday night. Apparently everyone and their mama had the same idea of getting it out of the way on Friday night. Then I went for a run in-between Miss M’s two auditions (and the rain)  and just when things started to calm down, WHACK!
  • 5 Surprisingly Monetizable Hobbies – Is one of them Yours?

    Anna Hicks
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    There are lots of things that you can do to start your own business—even while working full time at another job! Even if you aren’t ready to start a fully-fledged business just yet, a great way to bring in extra money is to find ways to monetize your hobbies. Obviously there are some hobbies that are easier to monetize than others. For example, if you love knitting but your family has threatened revolution if you force anybody into another handmade (and insultingly ill appreciated) sweater, you can always sell your work on Etsy for material cost and a little extra for profit. But what…
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    Moomettes Magnificents

  • Campfire Cooking | Pudgy Pie Iron | Cooking With Kids

    Cindi Moomettes
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    My favorite camping out meals are created using pudgy pie makers (additionally referred to as pie irons). The ones we use are made of cast iron, but they can also be made from aluminum. Most have long handles. Our family uses pudgy (or pudgie) pie makers to make delicious treats for lunch and dinner.Campfire Cooking | Pudgy Pie Iron | Cooking With Kids is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Lake Compounce | New England | Family Theme Park | Review

    Cindi 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

    Cindi 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
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    Mommie911 Blog

  • Ice Cream Cone Party Sandwich Recipe

    mommie9
    9 Aug 2014 | 4:37 am
    Who doesn’t love ice cream?  And ice cream screams party, so why not make this yummy and adorable ice cream cone sandwich for your next party?  Or just make a fun surprise for lunch one day! We love creating fun sandwiches for both kids and adults.  This is one of our most favorite so far.  [...]
  • Rock Collecting & Rock Painting for Kids

    mommie9
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    It’s fun to combine an outdoor activity and an art project for a day of fun.  Kids need the exercise and they always enjoy a bit of collecting just about anything.  This project involves a real rock hunting expedition that you can take close to home.  Choose a trip to a wooded park, a hiking [...]
  • DIY Duct Tape Bracelets

    mommie9
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:04 pm
    What You Need: If you haven’t tried any crafts using duct tape, you are missing out.  There are so many things that can be made with duct tape.  Duct tape now comes ins o many colors and designs that it’s almost impossible to not get creative with the sticky stuff!  Your imagination will run wild [...]
 
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    Mommy Misadventures

  • RIP Robin Williams

    Michelle
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    I don’t usually care about celebrities. I do follow a few entertainers on Twitter and Facebook, mostly because they may occasionally post something I find interesting. But as far as caring about a celebrity’s comings and goings, I can usually care less. But hearing that Robin Williams had passed away was a real blow to […]
  • An Open Letter to George Takei

    Michelle
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    I've always admired George Takei. Until now, that is...
  • 5 Things to Do to EVERY WordPress Installation

    Michelle
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    You’ve got WordPress installed, your theme is up, and everything looks gorgeous. Your website is ready to go, right? Well… almost. Here are five things you should make sure to implement in every WordPress installation you do. 1. Take Care of Your Site’s Security WordPress is a prime target for would-be hackers. The top three […]
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    Jendi's Journal

  • Awesome Dog Toy | Pride Bites Review

    Jendi
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    I’m pretty amazed at this dog toy. When they offered to send me a dog toy to review I said sure, but did not really believe what they told me about how good the toy is. I thought, “Our labrottie tears up toys in about 10 minutes so we’ll see. Maybe this one will last a day or two.” As you can see and hear in the following video the toy met and exceeded my expectations. Thunder, our dog, loved it right away. I don’t mind the kids throwing it in the house because it is like throwing a piece of foam. It has hit pictures on the wall, and come to think of it –…
  • A Bouquet Of Love By Janice Thompson | Book Review

    Jendi
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
    Here’s another fun story that takes place on Galveston Island. A Bouquet of Love is a light, easy read with a bit of a twist. The love problems aren’t between the hero and heroine; it’s among the heroine’s family. So while the story has a romance the main spotlight is on the family problems – which is a different kind of love story. To top it all off – it’s a Greek family with many strong opinions and crazy conflicts. This book works fine as a stand alone story. The most notable characters from the Weddings By Design series are all included in this…
  • In Perfect Time By Sarah Sundin | Book Review

    Jendi
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    I have been eagerly awaiting Kay’s story and it did not disappoint. The Wings Of The Nightingale series gets better with each book; unfortunately, I think that In Perfect Time is the last of this series. I think you could start with this one and it would make sense, but it will have more meaning if you read them in order. The hero and heroine in this story keep crossing paths since she is a flight nurse and he is a pilot. Both of them go through major life changes as well as emotional changes. Physically the most trying time was when they were forced to crash land behind enemy lines and…
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  • Homeschool Planner Blues..

    Beckie Tetrault
    10 Aug 2014 | 3:22 pm
    I am going crazy trying to find just the right planner for our new school year. Half of me wants to just order this one from Etsy:But I have a hard time spending $20 on myself, when I can probably create something from a composition book and some markers.. I have not needed a paper calendar for years now, but I want a more flexible way to document the children's learning this year, and while I love the Homeschool Helper App, I want to be able to just jot things down then transfer them to the app to create reports for the children's charter school. I am thinking some pictures cut…
  • How Weird Al changed my whole day..

    Beckie Tetrault
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:29 pm
    I've had a rough day today. And I was in tears, when this song came on my Spotify, and changed my whole outlook on the day..So I decided instead of a long post about how irked I am with my insurance, I'm going to make a list of the things I am thankful for today, August 4th, 2014...1. I am thankful I have a clean, safe place to sleep every night.2. I'm thankful my hubby makes the coffee around here, because I am terrible at it.3. I'm thankful my kids are happy and healthy.4. I'm thankful I can take a hot shower when ever I please.5. I'm thankful my husband has a job, when so many others do…
  • 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…
 
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    Resourceful Mommy

  • You’re Not a Bad Parent – The Marshmallow Hypothesis

    Amy
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    This post was originally published 9/12/2009. Last week my dad handed me an interesting article he was reading about children and self-discipline. The basis of the article was new research showing that children can be taught self-discipline (is ‘taught self-discipline’ oxymoronic to anyone but me?). While I agree that parents can work with children to encourage patience and similar traits, the theory had some major flaws in reasoning that are important to us as parents because this sort of faulty thinking is a main source of something we all know well… Mommy Guilt. The story…
  • Kalahari Resorts Twitter Party

    Amy
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Did you know that the average family spends less than eight hours together per week? With all of the demands of work, school, activities, and life in general, quality family time is becoming more and more rare! Kalahari Resorts and Conventions recognizes “Family Time” as being endangered and are on a mission to save quality family time. At Kalahari Resorts, families can come together and create life-long memories, and have been doing so for more than a decade. All Kalahari Resorts feature an indoor and seasonal outdoor waterpark, well-appointed guestrooms, full-service Spa Kalahari, a…
  • Cookie Crumble Ice Cream Sundaes with HERSHEY’S Syrup

    Amy
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    This post is part of a sponsored blog campaign. All opinions are my own. There is perhaps no dessert more quintessentially summer than the ice cream sundae, and no sundae is complete without the smooth, satisfying taste of Hershey’s Syrup. With the final days of summer upon us, my family decided to treat ourselves with delicious ice cream sundaes topped with Hershey’s Syrup. While we enjoy Hershey’s Syrup in each flavor – Milk Chocolate, Caramel, Strawberry, and Special Dark – we used Milk Chocolate and Caramel for our special sundae creations. We decided to combine more than one…
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    Mom Fuse

  • LuLus Labor Day Sale! Up to $35 off & Free Shipping!

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: LuLus Labor Day Sale! Up to $35 off & Free Shipping! **DISCLOSURE: This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a commission if you make a purchase using those links. Let’s face it. We all love a great sale at our favorite store. We anticipate holiday weekends not only for the extra days off work, but for the fantastic shopping opportunities that await. Lucky for […] Mom Fuse - For Moms. By Moms.
  • Labor Day Coupons for BBQs, Picnics & Parties

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: Labor Day Coupons for BBQs, Picnics & Parties Labor Day weekend is literally just around the corner and we have some great Labor Day coupons for you! $1.00 off (2) Classico Pasta Sauces – 68% – $0.29 Per Click Average BOGO on LITTLEST PET SHOP PET PAWSABILITIES toy – 57% – $0.24 Per Click Average $1.00 off FINISH POWERBALL, GELPACS or Cleaner – […] Mom Fuse - For Moms. By Moms.
  • Zulily Frozen Sale = Up To 70% Off Disney Frozen Clothes, Toys & More!

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Zulily Frozen Sale = Up To 70% Off Disney Frozen Clothes, Toys & More! This post contains affiliate links. Frozen is on Zulily!!! Frozen is on Zulily!!! That is what I have been hearing from my daughter since we found out that you can get some awesome deals on the Zulily Frozen Sale which includes clothing, toys and more. Zulily Frozen Sale My daughter has been obsessed with the […] Mom Fuse - For Moms. By Moms.
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    Hip Mama's Place

  • Back-to-School Snacking with RITZ Fresh Stacks Crackers

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    With back-to-school, comes the challenge of finding good after-school snacks for the kids. Good thing, we got RITZ Crackers that are tasty and convenient! With a bit of creativity in the kitchen, I got fun, yummy snacks that my kids love any day! If you haven't tried the new and super convenient RITZ Fresh Stacks yet, these buttery and flaky crackers are just what you need to add to any of your kids' school lunch or snack. They come in three great-tasting flavors: Original, Whole Wheat and Everything. A little more than two servings (each RITZ Fresh Stacks package contains 13 crackers),…
  • AMC Theatres: Score up to Four FREE Tickets to the Movie "Begin Again" (Aug 29th - Sept 1st)

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    Love Indie films? Then check out the AMC Independent Facebook page as they are offering a mobile coupon good for up to 4 FREE tickets to see the movie "Begin Again" (starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo) at a participating AMC Theatre near you. Show dates are valid for 8/29 to 9/1 only. Go here to find showtimes at an AMC theatre near you.NOTE: The promotional tickets are limited. Your coupon will not be honored if the desired performance is sold out. Call your AMC theatre ahead to verify if the promo is still available. Don't miss out on the latest fab deals, cool freebies, fun…
  • FREE Children's & Family Activities This Week and Beyond

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Here are some free children’s and family activities available this week and beyond. Note that each event may vary by location/venue, so call your local store/event venue ahead to verify the times, dates and activities being offered. American Girl Store -  Girls ages 8 and up can enjoy various hands-on crafts, a scavenger hunt, free giveaways, and more. Next event will be on August 28th-31st celebarting the debut of the inspiring BeForever characters! At this special event, your girl can be among the first to learn about this exciting world and find a character she loves! Check your…
 
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    MomDot

  • Frozen Treats with Mott’s New Bold Juice Drinks

    trisha haas
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Two months ago I was walking through Walmart and on a whim picked up one of those packs of ice pops. You know the ones…they have 10 flavors and about 400 sticks just waiting to be frozen?  I saw nostalgia and fun. Turns out frozen treats are something my 2 year old has been waiting […]
  • Back To School – Easy Teacher Gifts – Crayon Bouquet

    Lynsey
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    We are less than two weeks in to Back to School Season and the after school activities are in full swing.  Cheerleading (Oh yes, she came home with a Cheer Application!), homework, and school projects have already begun to consume our afternoons. As much as we love Summer, we love Back to School as well, […]
  • Target Coupon for Simple Products! $1 off (printable)

    trisha haas
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    I have a deal alert for you!  You can save $1 on participating Simple products at Target!     I am really excited about this deal, because not only are these products amazing for my skin, but I love saving money at Target.   (the no makeup look!) Phoenyx and Charlotte keep me running every […]
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    Blog By Donna

  • How to Boost Your Facebook Page in Five Easy Steps

    Donna Chaffins
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Facebook has become far more than just a way to stay in touch with friends. Facebook is now a powerful way to increase business, increase your brand and bring new customers to your storefront. For Facebook to benefit you efficiently, however, your Facebook page must be properly done. Your brand is everything and presenting it in the proper light can make huge strides in economic growth. Here are five quick and easy ways on how to boost your Facebook page: Take your time choosing pics It is amazing how many people throw up a random picture for an avatar with no care of what it looks like. If…
  • You can Save Money at Target with Target Pharmacy Rewards #TargetSponsored + Giveaway

    Donna Chaffins
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own. My son just started back to school last week. I know, can you believe the summer is over and school is back in session? I know, me either. With school starting back all across the U.S. this month, I’m sure many parents like me can relate to the drain on the purse/wallet. Well, you can save money at Target with Target Pharmacy Rewards. It’s all the more reason I love Target Pharmacy. When you fill five prescriptions you get 5% off a day of shopping. You can earn rewards faster by filling your pet…
  • Dark Hope: Book One in the Archangel Prophecies Trilogy by Monica McGurk #DarkHopeBook #CleverGirls

    Donna Chaffins
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    I am an avid reader. Yet, I’ve never done a book review on my blog before. There are several reasons why, but the main one being that if I love a book, it is difficult for me to be concise. My husband laughs at me because I’ll tell him about a book I read and he says that now he doesn’t need to read it because I give such detailed reviews that it was as if he read it himself. I really want to do more book reviews, so I am working on being concise and not giving spoilers. The first book I’ve chosen to review is a good one… make that a GREAT one! Dark Hope: Book…
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    STYLEMOM

  • Vancouver Fashion Week Announces its Designer Lineup for the Spring/Summer 2015 Season

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

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

  • My Top 4 Favorite Pinterest Recipes

    Cecelia
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
      1. Pasta with Italian Chicken   2. Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies   3. Mile High Peanut Butter Pie   4. Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili   5. Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip Manga! The post My Top 4 Favorite Pinterest Recipes appeared first on Underwear in Our Kitchen.
  • Inspirational Quote

    Cecelia
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    The post Inspirational Quote appeared first on Underwear in Our Kitchen.
  • Cascade Platinum: No Pre-rinse Needed

    Cecelia
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine. For nearly 10 years now a group of friends get together for once a month for Gourmet Club. The host makes a main dish with others bringing appetizers and dessert. I […] The post Cascade Platinum: No Pre-rinse Needed appeared first on Underwear in Our Kitchen.
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    Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen

  • A Giveaway for California Avocados and a Recipe for Avocado & Banana Frosty {Back-to-School Nutrition: Podcast #251}

    The Meal Makeover Moms
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:42 pm
    The blogosphere has been buzzing with fun and healthy recipes for back-to-school lunchboxes. Our recipe for California Avocado Orzo Salad was part of the buzz, but now we’re shifting our culinary attention to after-school snacks. Our avocado and banana frosty features our favorite super fruit—California avocados—and it’s guaranteed to hit the spot when your kids get off the school bus. Read on for the recipe, and be sure to tune into this week’s Cooking with the Moms radio show for more avocado recipes as well as back-to-school nutrition tips. Disclosure: We…
  • 10 Back-to-School Good Nutrition Tips and a Lunchbox Recipe for California Avocado Orzo Salad

    The Meal Makeover Moms
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    It’s hard to believe that between us, we have two kids in high school, one in college, and one paving her way out in the real world! Our kids may be getting older, but we’re still busy at work cooking up new lunchbox recipes for our kids … and yours. Our latest, greatest creation is this avocado orzo salad featuring naturally nutritious California Avocados. Read on for the recipe along with our top 10 back-to-school nutrition tips. Disclosure: We created this recipe for the California Avocado Commission and were compensated for the recipe and social media outreach. All…
  • Bite-Size, Back-to-School Lunch Ideas from The Recipe Redux {August Challenge} … And Our Recipe for Peachy Peanut Butter Pancake Bites

    The Meal Makeover Moms
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:46 am
    Our kids go back to school next week, which may seem pretty late compared to our friends who live down south, but no matter when the school bus starts to wind its way through your neighborhood, chances are you’re thinking about school lunches … and what to pack for your kiddos. To the rescue is this month’s Recipe Redux cooking challenge filled with bite-size nibbles perfect for lunch boxes and pint-size appetites. For our contribution, we created these adorable Peachy Peanut Butter Pancake Bites, which kids are more than welcome to eat without a spork! Adding jazz-appeal to…
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    Uppercase Woman

  • New Project: #500WED with Lift.do

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

    Cecily Kellogg
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
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  • Bitter {Just Write}

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

  • Straight Talk on Straight Teeth #InvisalignTalk

    Felicia Carter
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    I know all too well what it feels like to be the girl with crooked teeth.  Luckily, I had parents who thought it was important for me to have straight teeth and got me braces very early on.  Yes, I was the 5th grader with the monstrosity of a retainer that had to be taken out just so that I could speak!  It was horrible, but my teeth were straight.  The part no one told me is that if I didn’t continue to wear that retainer that my teeth would start to shift again and shifting they are! So, when I started hearing about Invisalign and all of the technology behind it I was super…
  • How to Blow the Biggest Bubble! #JuicyFruitFunSide

    Felicia Carter
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    There was something I truly enjoyed when I was little.  It was bubble gum.  And not just any bubble gum.  The kind of bubble gum that would allow you to create the absolute biggest bubble.  You know, the bubbles that splat all over the front and side of your face?  Those kinds of bubbles.  My brother was actually the first one to teach me how to blow the perfect bubble and I started to learn how to create the biggest bubble.  It started to become a bit of a challenge and competition between the two of us on occasion.  So, why not teach my own son the art of blowing the biggest bubble…
  • Wordless Wednesday: First Day Cuteness…

    Felicia Carter
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:59 pm
      “Don’t blink,” they all said. Boys, always remember Phillipians 4:13.  You are my precious soon to be men.  I love you with all of my heart! 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 (3455)
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    My Mommy Manual (For the Journey)

  • Am I Raising An Entitled Kid?

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

    Zen Mommy
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    If you spank your kids as a form of discipline or you believe in spanking, let me say this to you before you go any further:
  • When did “like a girl” become a put down?!

    Zen Mommy
    28 Jun 2014 | 1:49 pm
    A group of actors, young and old, are audition for a commercial. They are all instructed to perform simple tasks but “like a girl.” Run like a girl. Kick like a girl. Throw like a girl.
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  • Blink

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:27 am
    This one time, I blinked. As hard as I tried to keep my eyes open, my involuntary reflex took over and my eyes shut. Just for a micro-second. Then, they opened. There stood these kids. They looked really familiar. I knew them so well. Yet, there was something different about them. Gone were the finger dimples. Gone were the pudgy cheeks and folds within folds. A couple were a split second away from towering over me. Others had a bird’s eye view of my grey roots. It just happened. So incredibly fast. This upcoming school year is marked by firsts and lasts. My oldest daughter is headed to…
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: The Best One Yet

    admin
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    I love superhero movies. I’m a huge Thor fan. And I’d be remiss not to give a big nod in Superman’s direction. When I say ‘superhero’ movies, I totally mean Marvel, though. So, let’s talk about the new flick in theaters today…Guardians of the Galaxy. This one was the best in show. Guardians of the Galaxy does not disappoint. Not in the least. It was full of fun, action, funny…you name it, it was there, all wrapped up tightly in an excellent storyline with a perfectly cast band of characters. I think this movie is fine for kids 10 and up.
  • 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.
 
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    Harassed Mom

  • Does uniformity mean you are conforming? The great uniform debate.

    LauraKim
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. ~Dr. Seuss A uniform does not a conformist make…..or does it? We received a letter from Jacks school asking us to please vote on the implementation of uniforms from Grade RRR (which I think is the 3/4 year olds?) which means, if it is agreed on, that Jack will wear a uniform from next year. I asked online what everyone thought of the idea and the responses where, as they always are with kid related stuff, divided. At the time I asked the question I was still very much…
  • The baby may like us after all. I think. Maybe.

    LauraKim
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:08 am
    For many months I was convinced Emma didn’t like us, particularly me. She seemed unhappy all the time. Apart from the lack of sleep, she just seemed miserable. She hardly smiled and just always seemed like she didn’t like us much. I battle to bond with my children as newborns, it takes me 2/3 months to feel confident enough to say “we have bonded” but with Emma it is only now that I am feeling that bond*. There always seemed to be something wrong. Breastfeeding was a nightmare (not her fault), then she had horrible cramps, then she stopped sleeping, then she stopped…
  • Swimming our way to an empty bank balance! What do extra muruals REALLY cost?

    LauraKim
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:52 am
      Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back… play for her. Mia Hamm   Cameron started swimming with his club last week, it was a very tough week for him. As kids do, he didn’t believe me when I said that a swimming training session is tough. The first two days were tough and he has been in bed way before bed time more evenings than not but he is loving it. I can see he is loving it. He wants to be there, he wants to be up there with…
 
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    Alpha Mom

  • A Terrible, Horrible, Not-So-Good, Very Bad Preschool Transition

    Amalah
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    Please help me, oh wise and knowing Amalah. I have read the entire internet and have no idea what to do next. My son, who turned 3 in June, started preschool about a week ago and the transition has gone… not well. Every morning has been at least an hour of tears and clutching hugs and a series of heartbreaking comments about missing Daddy snuggles or being a little too little to go to school. He cries as I drive him to school, carry him in to his classroom, sign him in, leave the classroom and blow kisses at the good-bye window. His teachers say he listens and participates, but stays…
  • Single Mom: 5 Tips for Bringing Vacation Home with You

    Kristen Chase
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:03 pm
    My blissful six days in Hawaii were exactly what the doctor ordered. Well, except for the part jet lag combined with a crappy cold I got on the last day, which was a very small price to pay for the best and possibly only true vacation I’ve had without my kids since I had my first ten years ago. Not surprisingly, I started to dread my re-entry to regular life, especially with back to school right around the corner. The thought of all the juggling, the paperwork, the driving here, there, and everywhere was enough to upset my happily healed-up stomach. But instead of tucking my vacation…
  • Card Sharks: Fun Games To Play With Your Kids

    Wendi Aarons
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    My boys came home from two weeks spent at summer camp and on the drive home, I asked them to tell me their favorite activity. I expected to hear them rave about the jet skis, the pool slides, the dances, or the awesome sport courts, but their answers came as a huge surprise. “Cards,” they both said. “We loved playing card games.” “Well that would have been nice to know before I spent thousands of dollars on camp fees,” I thought to myself. “Next summer I’ll plop down $2 on a pack of playing cards and call it a day.” I’m kidding, of course, because the truth is that I’m…
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    Crunchy Green Mom

  • Ski season is sneaking up! Check out Mountain Resorts

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

    6 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    Dear Me…     Right now I am double your age. I have taken baby steps into my 40’s and you are doing the same into your 20’s. Two kids and one on the way it’s looking like a very busy life is coming up. My advice… STAY THE COURSE! I promise you it is an interesting life that lies ahead and worth every single step, even the ones on broken cobblestone. You will move back and forth to
  • 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
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    Stacy Uncorked

  • Holland House is Not Your Ordinary Cooking Wine! (Review and Slow Cooker Chicken w/Wine Mushroom Sauce Recipe)

    StacyUncorked
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:54 pm
    It’s no secret I’m a wine girl, right? I mean, I drink wine, I make wine, I cook with wine and I drink wine. Oh wait, I already mentioned the drinking wine part. Years and years and years ago I made the  unfortunate mistake of using cooking wine to enhance a recipe. You know the […]
  • Nintendo’s Tomodachi Life is Hilarious and Fun! (@BestBuy #NintendoatBestBuy)

    StacyUncorked
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:48 pm
    If you like playing video games, there’s a new one out you really should check out. Tomodachi Life has become Princess Nagger and my newest addiction. Doesn’t that look cute? It seems to be the only game in recent days that actually pulls her away from Minecraft, Spore and Pokemon – so that’s saying a […]
  • Monkey in a Ball

    StacyUncorked
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Anyone familiar with video games has probably heard of the game “Super Monkey Ball”. If not, it’s a game where these cute little monkeys are running around inside a ball on crazy tracks, picking up bananas and gold coins as you go, trying to reach the goal before time runs out. You are basically the […]
 
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    BrainFoggles

  • How to Prepare Your High School Kid for College #JourneytoCollege

    Connie Roberts
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Kaplan Test Prep. I received compensation to write this post, and any opinions expressed are my own, and reflect my actual experience. After one daughter who has already finished college and grad school, I can tell you how hard it is to prepare your high school kid for college. She did very well in school and could have gone to pretty much any school she wanted. Even so, the planning was overwhelming. But, as a parent who wants the best for my daughters, I did the best I could. Now, I have another daughter in high school. She’ll be starting…
  • How You Can Support 5 Charities Inspired By Kids Through The Kid Coalition #SocialGood

    Jennifer Shusterman
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Kids today seem to be much more conscious of the world around them and how they can make a difference. In fact many kids today are coming up with great ways to help combat social and environmental issues through charitable acts, and The Kid Coalition is on a mission to help make the dreams of kids like this happen. The Kid Coalition is a group that brings together young people that have started humanitarian movements. The group works to help by raising awareness through Tomorrow’s Roundtable, a documentary series that addresses social and environmental issues by creating campaigns using the…
  • Teaching Our Children About Charity- A Lesson in #SocialGood

    Jennifer Shusterman
    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…
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    The Poshpreneur

  • Products Tips for The Average Joe

    poshy
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Tips In Relieving Joint Pain Arthritis is known to be a very common disorder of the joint which leads to swelling, stiffness, inflammation and pain of the joints. Due to this disorder, lives of people become very difficult. Few of the most usual kind of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylosis and more. Arthritis is not considered to be a self healing disorder. Arthritis is a disease condition in which treatment will be necessary for swelling, pain and stiffness of the joints to be healed. Lessons Learned from Years with Options In the following…
  • The Beginners Guide To Options (Chapter 1)

    poshy
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Joint Pain? Do You Need to Know How to Handle It? You will need to establish the purpose and cause for the joint pain itself, this is first and foremost. This is important because there can literally be tons of reasons for your joint pain and you need to know what it is. Joint pain can be cause from the symptoms of such things as disease, inflammation and injuries. Firstly, the pain can sometimes be caused by when the ligaments that support the bones are torn or stretched. Sprains are how we most commonly refer to this. When you suffer from a sprain, you could be looking at some serious pain…
  • Getting Down To Basics with Remedies

    poshy
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Simple Considerations for Joint Pain Management Nagging joint pain is one of the most recorded health concerns in most health facilities which has seen health expert move to look for a wide range of interventions to bring the situation under control. It is true that medical doctors have recommended the use of other alternate methods to turn around the problem of joint pain given that medication alone cannot bring the situation under control. Before embarking on other types of interventions and therapy to sooth joint pains, you will need to understand that it is crucial to go for a method that…
  • Study: My Understanding of Cigarettes

    poshy
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    What Benefits Do People Get from Smoking E-Cigarettes? Cigarette smokers are always in great danger of getting afflicted with a disease caused by the dangerous substances found in tobacco. In spite of the risks smokers find it hard to kick the habit. This is not surprising at all since tobacco contains nicotine, a known addicting substance. Aside from the nicotine many smokers find the act of smoking soothing and relaxing which makes it even more difficult to stop. Some people succeeded in finally and permanently kicking the habit but after debilitating struggles. Many of them did not do it…
  • Getting To The Point – Services

    poshy
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    Why You Should Finish Your Basement There are different kinds of basement systems available today, yet there is one type of basement system that will truly be able to satisfy homeowners. Such type of system is the Owen corning basement system which have panels that are highly insulated and with quality and best through the installment of the professionals. Such panels are in fact very beneficial because it is very resistant against mold, mildew, moisture and will give you easy access for removal or replacements and has high insulation property. Another thing is that it had undergone different…
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    Strocel.com

  • Six Years of Jacob

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

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

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

  • Spinach pie!

    bubblesncups
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
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  • The Last TCBY?

    bubblesncups
    16 Aug 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Filed under: Fun stuff Tagged: Froyo
  • Recipe: Banana Bread Win

    bubblesncups
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:38 am
    Recipe from Fannie Farmer Cookbook 11th edition: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=898981 We skipped the pecans and threw in the chocolate chips. Also did add 2 tbsp of melted butter. Filed under: Recipes Tagged: recipe
  • 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
    Peninsula walk by the Levitt Pavilion in WestportFiled under: Uncategorized
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    The Crazy Suburban Mom

  • Thank you all

    Tracy Reinhardt
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:34 pm
    I had some goals when I started my blog in February 2009. For many of those years I blogged every single day. I blogged on weekends, I blogged when I was on vacation and when I wasn't blogging, I was... Visit my blog for the full crazy suburban fa la la..
  • The soft pile at ground zero

    Tracy Reinhardt
    10 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
    A few hours ago I had a planner related meltdown on facebook.  Everyone was so kind about it; coming up with suggestions and offering assistance.  You guys got me though this... Visit my blog for the full crazy suburban fa la la..
  • 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..
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    Genny Heikka

  • Here are some moms (with great parenting advice) you won’t want to miss!

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

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

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

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

  • Paradise on the beach, Port Stanley edition

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    With thanks to the Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation for our wonderful stay in Port Stanley. We stopped to watch Ontario’s oldest draw bridge lift up at the mouth of Kettle Creek, allowing a few sail boats to set off into Lake Erie for the day. We trailed behind the boats on foot, enjoying the picturesque ... [Read more...]The post Paradise on the beach, Port Stanley edition appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • So how’d the camping go?

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    Funny you should ask. We rolled into a campsite outside St. Thomas, Ontario just after 4pm. I’d picked this particular campground solely for it’s proximity to Port Stanley, Ontario where we had a full slate of family fun scheduled for the next day. (Stay tune for a full recap of that adventure in a day ... [Read more...]The post So how’d the camping go? appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Planning a family holiday? I hear camping is cheap.

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    Image adapted from flickr. It’s summer. Let’s go on a family holiday! First, set your budget. I hear camping is cheap. 1. Buy a tent. Get a tent that’s big enough to fit your entire family plus your gear and that’s reasonably easy to put up. (Vintage is great for dining chairs and statement hats, ... [Read more...]The post Planning a family holiday? I hear camping is cheap. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • How much project management information do you share?

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

    Ron Rosenhead
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    It was said seriously and with a clear message: “I am a qualified and skilled project manager.” To give it a context; this was during a two day project management course where I had worked the groups hard on a case study project. They were on the ‘home straight’ looking at project monitoring and control. I suggested that there were … Read More >Related Posts:Do you need more skilled project staff?Are people skills the final project management frontier?360 assessment for project staffDo you search for development needs of project managers?What do you need to change to be more…
  • 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…How can you really develop project…
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    Crazy Texas Mommy

  • A typical Tuesday night at our house

    12 Aug 2014 | 5:42 pm
    She wants to work as a personal trainer while she's in college. I guess this is the first step?
  • Important facts about prepping for the upcoming school year-if you're me.

    7 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    This week has been a flurry of decorating one of my two classrooms. I really need to be at school finishing up classroom #1 as I type this, but I'm waiting for my capri pants to dry since we can't wear shorts due to parents coming in and out of the school this week. I guess parents think teachers don't do heavy lifting, deep cleaning and redecorating in shorts. I wonder if they also think we live at school? Anywho, in this week of craziness, some points about me, decorating a classroom and possibly not being the brightest bulb in the box have been driven home. The following is a list of…
  • We may need hearing aids to go along with our glasses.

    3 Aug 2014 | 7:24 pm
    The following is a re-enactment of the conversation we had at the supper table tonight:Max: I'm going to try to get accepted to West Point.Me: So, you're really going to do the military thing? Like, for real?Max: I guess not since you obviously don't approve.(Disclaimer: I have nothing against the military. However, Max is my child, so the thought of him having to go to war is terrifying. I'm also a pacifist. I joke a lot about being stabby and punching people in the trachea, but I don't even spank my people, tempting as it may be, because I really don't think violence is…
 
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  • Nevada City Bail Bonds Helping Get Our Father Out Of Jail

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    I learned all about how the bail bonds system worked when my father was arrested last month on charges of assault. My sister and I were very scared because nobody in our family was ever arrested, and of course we didn’t know what to do when we had to hire a bail bondsman. The first thing we did was go online and research all day what happens when you hire a bail bondsman and what is the procedure. After figuring out what to do, we contacted Nevada City bail bonds to help us bail our father out of jail.
  • Private Detective Scientific Method

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:06 am
    Today more and more people are becoming interested of this private investigation job. If you are one of those people then reading this post can be a good start to following that dream. One of the best P.I’s today is the private investigator jersey city. Do you want to become one of them? That is not hard to do. All you need is to enroll at a private investigation school and take up private investigation courses. Private investigation job can be done on a part time basis which means it is not something that can take all your time. Continue pursuing that dream!
  • Uplifting my spirits by helping others

    21 Aug 2014 | 3:21 pm
    To be honest, for the past few years I’ve been depressed. In part, I think that’s because I haven’t really found my purpose yet. I’ve been working at the same cubicle for 5 years, and my life seems to be going by the same, boring schedule day in and day out.  I need to make a change in my life. I want to help others, and live a life that I find worthwhile. That’s why I’ve started looking into Fort Lauderdale radiologic technologist training. The training I need is so close to home, and the hours are flexible, and to top it all off, will jumpstart my…
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  • Staples helps celebrate Back to School Time "Firsts": Kindle Fire HD (with WiFi) #Giveaway #BTS

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

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:46 am
    My daughter and I enjoyed playing around with the Mary Kay make-up goodies so much last week, that we are bringing you a new look from week two's Project Runway Episode. Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • Door to Door Organics Delivers After-School Snacks #SnackAttactics #Giveaway

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:44 am
    The countdown to the start of school is under a week from now in our household which means the return of the after school snack attack.  Like many moms, this means I need to pull out my "A" game when it comes to healthy but fun snack options and Door to Door Organics here in Chicago is helping me stack the deck.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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  • enjoying the final days of summer {one bubble at a time}

    Sarah
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:13 pm
    I participated in this #JuicyFruitFunSide sponsored campaign on behalf of One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own. With one more weekend left, it’s time to cram in some final dog-days-of-summer activities!  This Labor Day weekend, cannonball into the pool, grill big fat steaks and fill up the water balloons — one last hoorah!  Stock the […]The post enjoying the final days of summer {one bubble at a time} appeared first on In The Know Mom.
  • seed your soul {Mamma Chia} + giveaway

    Sarah
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:43 pm
    This review and giveaway of Mamma Chia was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Mamma Chia. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine. I remember when I first heard about the amazing benefits of chia seeds, the richest source of Omega-3s in the plant world.  They are also an […]The post seed your soul {Mamma Chia} + giveaway appeared first on In The Know Mom.
  • 5 foods to freeze for school lunch {Del Monte}

    Sarah
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:31 am
    This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Del Monte, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #DelMonteBTS http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV” Summer is coming to an end, and while to many of you that is depressing, it’s really exciting for us here in the hot hot desert.  Fall […]The post 5 foods to freeze for school lunch {Del Monte} appeared first on In The Know Mom.
 
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  • Here there be dragons! (infant/toddler costume dragons, that is!)

    Kristy
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
        Last year was a totally lame year for us in the Halloween costume department. I played the I-just-gave-birth card and didn’t dress up. We let the kids pick out cheap costumes at Target – they were THRILLED. Ingrates! (One day they will appreciate my hours of labor at the sewing machine to make them custom, adorable costumes. One day…) Anyway, to make up for it, this year I plan to dress up. I’m not buying a ready made costume, or a slutty-fill-in-ANY-profession-or-object. Jesse and I were brainstorming and we decided to go as our favorite binge-watching…
  • You’ve got mail

    Kristy
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:54 am
      Brecken loves to draw, but he really has no interest in printing. He regularly takes twice as long to finish work than his fellow classmates. When homework calls for printing practice it’s like pulling teeth to get him to focus. So I stopped fighting him on it. Instead I went to the craft store and bought a little mailbox. It looks like a miniature version of our real mailbox. I set it by their chore charts and told them it was their personal mailbox. Then I put a stack of stationary and little cards in their supply drawer and let them figure out the rest. They did not…
  • MTV Cribs, baby style

    Kristy
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    Jesse: “What is this charge for three hundred and ninety-eight dollars?!” Me: “That’s for the new crib.” Jesse: “We never agreed to buy that crib!” Me: “Yes we did, remember? You said to get the ugly one, I said ‘gross’, and then your mom said to just get it because we can use it for the next five years. It turns into a toddler bed, you know.” Jesse shakes his head in exasperation. Then he pulls up a very mod, oval crib on his computer screen. Jesse: “I still think we should have gone with this one. How much could this…
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  • Almost Back to School Series

    Heather
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I’m the snail of back to school this year, still gnawing away last year’s summer school, trying to get reluctant teens to finish up projects mama requires before next year. We’re actually finishing last year a week before we start this year… and I promised my kids a “Year End” party, so this year, our “Year End” party is also going to double as a “Back to School” party. { This might be why the teens lovingly refer to me as the wicked homeschool witch. } You win some, you lose some. Hopefully they will forgive me when they CLEP out of…
  • Menu For the Rest of August

    Heather
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Watermelon Boy Tell me about your menu problems. We ate out this past weekend for a date night treat and there’s nothing worse than spending 25$ and finding that you can’t stand the Pho. We got veggie broth because it was the only thing without MSG, and it was lackluster at best. Pho Sho! I was kicking myself for thinking I could eat soup of any kind out again – or out of a can again – after having it for so many years with home made chicken broth. Trust me on this – home made chicken broth has revolutionized not only our taste buds and our wallets, but it has…
  • When Hollywood Gets it Right

    Heather
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Don’t you love it when there are movies worth going to see at your local theaters that your entire family can watch? There were a few of them lately that we enjoyed enough to add to our DVD collection… and there are a few we are anxiously awaiting. Here’s a quick snapshot and blurb about each one – in case you haven’t heard of them yet… Becoming a hero wasn’t his goal, it just happened because he did the right thing. PLANES; FIRE & RESCUE Movie notes from the PR team: PLANES; FIRE & RESCUE is a new comedy-adventure about second chances,…
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  • Carowinds To Add World's Tallest Giga Coaster and An Epic Makeover of the Park

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

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

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

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

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

    Alaina Forbes
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Guest post by Ronda Markwith  My StorySo let me start off by saying, I’m kind of a social bee. Before getting married, I worked in retail and I, for the most part enjoyed it. I love working in an environment where I can meet other people, chat, give a smile, and just overall have the opportunity to brighten someone’s day. However, we had our first child within 10 months of being married, and we had already decided that when that day came I would become a stay-at-home mom. I knew it would be a big change, but didn’t realize just HOW  BIG. It is hard to carry on a conversation…
  • Direct Sales Company Reviews

    Alaina Forbes
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    I often get a lot of questions on the blog regarding many of the direct sales companies out there that offer opportunities to work from home. Because my blog has always focused on work-at-home jobs rather than businesses, my information on these work from home businesses is limited. For this reason, I have decided to begin a guest post feature offering reviews of some of these popular direct sales companies from independent consultants who work for these companies themselves. If you have any questions regarding the company, please contact the author themselves through their contact…
  • Weekly Customer Service Work From Home Jobs

    Alaina Forbes
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Here is a summary of this week's best work from home customer service related jobs.Aspire is hiring for home based concierge jobs both part-time and full-time. This position is available in the following states AL, AZ, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MA, MI, MO, NH, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, and WA. These positions assist customers through phone, email, and/or chat. American Express is hiring work from home travel counselors in Texas, New York, New Jersey, Conneticut, and Illinois. Agents take incoming calls from card members and assist them in booking travel. Previous…
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  • Dreaming

    Jules
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:41 pm
    I have the most vivid dreams. I don’t dream as much, that I can remember, when I stay up late or sleep less than 7 hours. Lately, though, I’ve been making an enormous effort to get to bed before 10:00pm so that I can be up by shortly before 6:00am. The result of which has been dreams. Crazy dreams, scary dreams, bizarre dreams. So many dreams, but none more memorable than one during the early hours of Thursday morning. My mother and I, as well as teachers from school, were invited to a private audience with Pope Francis. After the audience, we lead him in a procession into mass.
  • The William Morris Project: 2014 | Revisiting School Work Storage

    Jules
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    I survived my first day of school as a teachers aide! I came home exhausted but aware of the fact that I have to be more organized at home than I have ever been if I want to juggle everything successfully. To that end, I decided yesterday I was going to work on how I store homework and classwork throughout the year. My proven method worked until last year. Having both boys in elementary school meant a dramatic increase in paper, and it was no longer easy to pull out what I needed when discrepancies arose. There was too much stuff, and I was getting bad about discarding the items that…
  • Newbery Challenge | Island of the Blue Dolphins (1961)

    Jules
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on 2010-02-08 Genres: Action & Adventure, General, Girls & Women, Historical, Native American, Newbery Gold Winner, People & Places, Survival Stories, United States, Young Adult Pages: 192 Goodreads Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Far off the coast of California looms a harsh rock known as the island of San Nicholas. Dolphins flash in the blue waters around it, sea otter play in the vast kelp beds, and sea elephants loll on the stony beaches. Here, in the early 1800s, according to history, an Indian…
 
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  • Monaco Addict Dress Giveaway

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    Do you enjoy wearing clothes with the same design as your child's? I certainly do, so I'm happy to bring you this chance to win some nice pieces from Monaco Addict for you and your little angel. Hosted by Coupon Crazy Mommy and Dividing by Zero Sponsored by Monaco Addict One lucky reader will win their choice of Mother & Daughter dress or t-shirt set from Monaco Addict! Giveaway ends 9/12
  • $150 Visa Gift Cards Giveaway (3 Winners)

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We are getting closer to the end of summer as the kids are heading back to school. Did you take a good family vacation while you could? Our family visited a lot of fun places this summer and on quite a few of our recent trips, we chose to rent a car for the sake of convenience, safety, and cost control. Car rental can become necessary in your home city as well. For instance, when your own car is
  • Eating Together As a Family at Chronic Tacos & Gift Basket Giveaway #ChronicTacos #spon

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Everyone in my family is passionate about food. We love to try out cuisines that reflect cultures different from what we are used to. When we pick a restaurant for our next culinary adventure, we prefer one that offers not only amazing food, but also a unique family dining experience. So we are happy to have discovered Chronic Tacos as a great place for eating together as a family. How many
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  • Highly Sensitive Parent Series: happy noses, happy parents

    Megan Tietz
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Today, we're continuing the Highly Sensitive Parents series by looking at the first topic that I included in my Highly Sensitive Parents post: scents and smells. As HSPs, we're learning to embrace the fact that our senses are more fine-tuned to our environments than others. Because I am writing specifically to parents, I want to focus on creating sensory-rich and sensory-happy homes in ways that are practical to life at home with children. And as we have discussed before, life at home can be stinky! In my original 15 Tips post, I began the smell section by noting that we need to be proactive…
  • when love rhymes with Pokemon

    Megan Tietz
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    This girl. For those who have read Spirit-Led Parenting, can you even believe that my baby Dacey is nine and a half? A long-legged fourth grader learning more each day how to live into the person she was created to be? How that brown-eyed baby in the pages of our book can possibly be this old is just beyond me. When I read back passages of the book to myself, I think about how it is all so clear now. All of the struggles we went through, she and I, when she was an infant, all of the ways she resisted self-soothing to sleep and how she wanted to be held all the time, all of her "high-needs…
  • Highly Sensitive Parent Series: Fundamentals for HSPs

    Megan Tietz
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    photo by Carlie Jeen Co. via unsplash It continues to completely amaze me how many people have responded to the Highly Sensitive Parents post that I published last June. Even more than amazed by the response, I have been utterly humbled as I have heard from so many parents who have said that discovering they are HSPs has changed their lives. That's big stuff, y'all. I've given a lot of thought to how to continue building a community of conversation and support for those of us who are highly sensitive and in the trenches of parenting. I want to take each of the sensory categories we discussed…
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  • JORD Watch

    LoveOrHateDebate
    3 Aug 2014 | 4:51 pm
    The JORD watch. Who would want to own a wood watch? That was my first thought when I was approached by the Jord team to review their watches. However, Jord’s designs and unique style caught my eye. These watches are different than any I’ve ever seen as they are made of 100% natural wood. Most watches tend to be very heavy in weight. Not only is this watch light, but it has a diverse color scheme. From a weight standpoint, this is extremely convenient for those who are not used to wearing heavy objects on their wrist. I also liked that these watches are not extremely feminine or…
  • The OZONATOR

    LoveOrHateDebate
    4 May 2013 | 1:48 pm
    The What if I told you that there’s a small “green machine” that will not only save you money, but will keep food fresher for longer and neutralize mold, bacteria and odor in your fridge. I’m really not a believer in gadgets, so I was skeptical – to say the least. Imagine my surprise when I noticed my berries and green leafy veggies lasted so much longer. I can’t claim that I’m 100% vegan, but I’m getting there. Up until now my biggest challenge has been keeping my very expensive produce in the fridge longer than a few days. When this company sent me a unit to try out,…
  • Sente Skin Products, Anti Aging Skin Alternative

    LoveOrHateDebate
    8 Jan 2013 | 9:50 am
    Happy New Year Everyone! Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays is winding down, I hope that all of you have written your New Years resolutions, and will not only plan for them, but carry them out. My plan for the year is to continue to do everything drug free, meaning the less chemicals I digest through taking any kind of medications, and the less preservatives I ingest through injections, the healthier I will be. Having said that, I’m heading towards turning 48, and those lines called “wrinkles” are making a point to stand out. Since I’m no longer a candidate…
 
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  • Be a Hero with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 {Video}

    Melanie Edwards
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    My three-year-old baby boy has been a Spider-Man fan for quite a while and though he’s also a fan of other super heroes, he continues to have a special fondness for Spider-Man. His obsession for Spidey probably began when he met your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure. Since then, he has watched Spider-Man cartoons, read books, and acquired numerous Spider-Man products – from undergarments and pajamas to bedsheets and toys. The boy is fully decked out in Spider-Man gear! You can imagine that anything Spider-Man related is a hit in…
  • Fun After-School Snack Idea: Pastelillos de Pizza (Pizza Empanadas) {Recipe}

    Melanie Edwards
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:04 pm
    When living in Puerto Rico, we used to eat all kinds of pastelillos, more commonly referred to throughout the rest of Latin America as either empanadillas or empanadas (and sometimes pastelitos too). The fillings varied from pastelillos de carne (ground beef empanadas) to pastelillos de cangrejo (crab empanadas), but some of the most unique pastelillos I ate growing up were pastelillos de pizza (pizza empanadas). As a child, the combination of pizza flavors inside the crispy empanada dough made for a pretty awesome snack. When thinking of after-school snacks I could make for my own children…
  • Fighting Acne with illuMask Anti-Acne Light Therapy Mask {Review}

    Melanie Edwards
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:36 pm
    As I’ve mentioned, I seem to be having issues with acne lately, something I thought was a thing of the past! It’s clear a visit to the dermatologist is in order so I can figure out what is going on with my skin, but in the meantime I’m not opposed to trying out new products. I recently tried the AcneFree Advanced Deep Cleansing Duo system and fortunately also had the chance to try another skin care product through my participation in the Walmart Moms program, the illuMask Anti-Acne Light Therapy Mask. This mask uses light therapy to treat acne – check out what I…
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  • Friday Fun: Baby Got Class

    Natalie Snapp
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Oh. My. I cannot tell you how much I laughed when I watched this latest from the Holderness family . . . Who cannot relate? Because if you can’t, I’m not sure we can be friends. But I love you anyway.   The post Friday Fun: Baby Got Class appeared first on Natalie Snapp.
  • The Everyday Radical

    Natalie Snapp
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    So on Tuesday, we talked about this whole movement to be “radical” in our faith. You can read more about it here. This is Part Two… Here’s the thing: we’re not all called to Africa. We’re not all called to sell everything, travel the country with an RV and proclaim Jesus to the world. We’re not all called to be homeless on Skid Row for months at a time. We’re not all called to adopt. I’m incredibly thankful for those who are. But sometimes, I think it can become more about showing the world just how “radical” we are. Sort of…
  • A PhD in People Pleasing? Why, Yes, I Do Have That Degree . . .

    Natalie Snapp
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A while ago, I got this beautiful package in the mail. I wasn’t expecting anything and the outside of the box looked so lovely. So being the almost 41 year old woman that I am, I ripped into that package like my kids unwrap presents on their birthdays. This is what I found: And who could resist that? So yes, I accepted the invitation to participate in Lysa’s blog tour for her new book, The Best Yes. Last May, I was blessed to spend a day with Lysa and some other ladies from the Proverbs 31 team learning how to integrate some really great writing strategies into Heart Sisters and…
 
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  • Orkin Fact or Fake Back-to-School Scientific Prize Pack Giveaway and Blog App

    Finamoon
    23 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    I have the opportunity to give away a Orkin Scientific Back-to-School PRIZE PACK below free for posting this information. All information and giveaway prizes are provided by Orkin and PartnersHub. "Daddy longlegs are poisonous.""Mosquitoes prefer adults over children.""Ants can survive underwater." You've heard the myths about bugs before. Do you know what’s fact and what's fake?Take Orkin's Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake™ Quiz to test your knowledge, and be sure to watch every clip for the scoop on these infamous bug myths.Orkin uses the latest technology and unparalleled training to…
  • Planting a Fruit/Nut Orchard and Edible Garden with Food Stamps (SNAP EBT)

    Finamoon
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    My daughters and our homemade raised beds.A while back we made 2 raised beds for a garden (the third in this picture never got finished) out of used lumber we had lying around. Back then we didn't know how we were going to furnish the soil or plants because we didn't have the means or the money to that we knew of. We just knew we wanted a garden and that we loved the idea of a raised bed garden to tide us over until our greenhouse was built and the aquaponics system was put in.Then we got on Food Stamps (SNAP EBT) because my husband, Brian, has been out of work because of a disability (an…
  • Baby’s First Book Blocks by Dan Stiles

    Finamoon
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    We received this product free to facilitate this review. Affiliate links may be in this post. Thank you for supporting this blog. Dan Stiles is a local author and artist that lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughters. He has done many things including  fabric, books, posters, t-shirts etc. His silk screen prints and other things are very colorful and stylized. Baby’s First Book Blocks by Dan Stiles are 4 wonderful chunky board books that comes in a boxed set for babies that combine books and blocks together. This mini series will grab your baby's attention with its bold…
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  • Friday Photo Fun #DailyPhoto

    Audrey McClelland
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    It’s Friday… let’s have some fun!4 brothers. 1 sister.
  • 1st Day of School Success

    Audrey McClelland
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:49 pm
    The first day of school was yesterday.It was – thank goodness – a full success.The boys woke up at 6AM, ready to rock and roll! They did their hair. They got their outfits on. They got their new shoes. They even brushed their teeth without me asking. Everyone was “on” yesterday, even me and Matt.Actually… it’s funny, for some reason Matt thought school started at 8:00AM, so he was running around trying to get everything done and ready. Finally at 7:45AM, I was like, “Why are you rushing?” He said, “They need to be at school by 8AM!”…
  • Emmy Fun in L.A. with Keurig #KeuriginHollywood

    Audrey McClelland
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    I’m in LA, baby!L.A. is one of my most favorite places to visit.It’s gorgeous here. It’s fun here. And it’s the total glitz and glam of the world (to me).I’m here with Keurig for some Emmy Awards fun and fabulousness and I’m just THRILLED to be here! Keurig is one of the sponsors of the Emmys, so it’s exciting to be here and see what goes on with being part of the Emmy Awards! Since being here means I need to be fueled up and ready to go, go, go… I love that Keurig is here with some delicious coffees to brew and enjoy. Yesterday I got to use and…
 
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    The Survival Mom

  • If You Just Moved Here… Living in Tornado Country

    Amy Van Riper
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Where exactly IS “tornado country?” Most people know about Tornado Alley which includes northern Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska at its core (though the boundaries are not completely defined).  Some may even know about Dixie Alley, the Southeast’s tornado corridor that encompasses much of the lower Mississippi Valley, including parts of Texas and Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and parts of both North and South Carolina. Tornadoes are less frequent in numbers in Dixie Alley but often are stronger and have longer tracks. They also cause more…
  • When it comes to food storage, don’t forget the side dishes!

    The Survival Mom
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:12 pm
    You may want to pin this and try these recipes later! Click here or on image to pin. As a young wife and mother, I wasn’t much of a cook. When I told my  husband we would be having tacos for dinner, that’s what we had. Tacos. No side dishes. No parsley garnish, even. Now we eat a little better and our meals always include one or two veggie side dishes. Augason Farms sent these recipes for side dishes to me, and I wanted to share them because both sound delicious and contain Augason Farms products that have long shelf lives. That’s one of the secrets to a well-rounded food…
  • Prepping for Back to School

    Jessica Hentze
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
      Amidst the joy of summer time swims, cold Popsicles, and sleeping in, the new school year sneaks up on us. I dread the whirlwind back to school shopping as advertisements plague the airways, and other media. I feel my wallet emptying before I even make the shopping list. Not to mention the kids exclaiming, “I must have this one!” Here are a few things I have learned to prep for back to school season. It will help save money, time, and some sanity. School Supplies Every year, we use the same basic school supplies. Most stores overstock these items. I’ve learned to wait…
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    teachmama.com

  • how to get kids to talk about school: what every parent must know

    amy mascott
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a paid Quaker Classroom Ambassador, I am eager to share information about Quaker Up For Classrooms.   School is underway for us, and what I’m realizing more and more is that it’s sometimes tough to get my kids to talk about school. As a parent, I’m curious. I want to know everything: Who did they sat with at lunch? Who did they play with at recess? How do they like their tablemates? What book did they start in Guided Reading? Who hosted the morning tv show? But it’s hard. The kids are tired at 3pm, they’re even more tired at 7pm, and the last thing they…
  • shutterfly 40% off everything for labor day: teachmama fab find

    amy mascott
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
              So this is a little different, I know, but I think you’ll dig it. I’ve been blogging for a long time now. A long time.  Almost six years.  Yikes. Along the way I’ve become privy to some really awesome, totally worth-your-time (and your dime) deals.  A lot of them are affiliate deals–meaning I share them, you buy them, and I get a teeny, tiny percentage of the sale, like a lot of the Amazon links you see on the site. And though you might think it’s shady, it’s not. I only share things that I think are worth…
  • teach kids game playing etiquette

    amy mascott
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Originally published 12/7/09 but republished today because, well, it’s worth it–   When I first started teaching, in order to make ends meet, I ran several after-school activity clubs at an elementary school near the high school where I taught. I headed anything from Craft Club to Calligraphy Club to Board Game Club to Chess, Checkers, and Mancala. I ended up doing about a million sessions of Chess, Checkers, and Mancala because the same group of kids signed up for every single session for three straight years. What I learned–among many things–is these little…
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    Here Be Willers

  • About Us

    Kathleen Penick
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Welcome! At HereBeWillers we recognize that there are a lot of issues relating to parenting that many people can relate to. That’s why our sole purpose is to highlight these common issues that matter most to moms and families in general. We cover various topics on parenting, health and wellness, and so much more. It’s a place where readers can expect to be educated, enlightened and engaged. Just as society as a whole continues to evolve, the challenges that families face also change from time to time. Our string of blog type articles will keep you up-to-date with the modern concerns such…
  • Kids Nutrition: Avoiding Childhood Obesity

    Kathleen Penick
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    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 has doubled in the past couple of decades. Unhealthy diets and shifts in lifestyle have contributed to the spike. This includes overeating, poor nutrition and lack of physical activity. There are ways that parents and society as a whole can help curve this epidemic. But first, let’s explore why the topic of childhood obesity is so necessary to address. Medical Issues Associated with…
  • Working as Equals: 21st Century Co-Parenting Takes Effort

    Kathleen Penick
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:14 am
    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 modern technology giving youth unprecedented access to life beyond home and school, parents can struggle to strike a workable balance between overindulgent parenting and isolating strictness. Child-rearing as co-parenting equals can be extremely rewarding, helping to produce adults who are mature, responsible, sociable, and flexible, but takes conscious…
 
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    The Shopping Mama

  • Welcome to My World: Travel to NYC with Pam Kirkbride of Triple Threat Mommy

    Serena
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    We are so excited for the next installation of our travel column with a visit to NYC to learn more about Pam Kirkbride of Triple Threat Mommy. As a busy mom of two girls, Pam relishes in all that NYC has to offer – all while running her consulting company, Triple Threat Mommy Media. Check out some of her go-to places when she is out-and-about in NYC. The Shopping Mama: What is your favorite FREE thing to do with your kids in your city/town? Pam Kirkbride: We love to take our bikes and ride around the island (Manhattan Island, that is). Downtown, we have newly developed bike lanes…
  • Style Watch: Transitioning to Fall

    Maureen
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    I think one of my favorite pieces to wear in the summer time is a romper.  It has all of the best warm weather components of a dress, shorts, and even a skirt combined into one easy, go-to look.  There’s no need to mix and match, you won’t run into any possible wardrobe mishaps like you would in a skirt, and really, it’s all about finding something new and different that makes a romper so fun. So, here we are, on the cusp of a seasonal change and it’s soon going to be time to store the summer favorites and bring all of your fall must-have’s to the front.  Of…
  • Friday Food: Delicious Granola Recipe

    Serena
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:10 am
    Back to school is the perfect time to get into a healthy routine.  Protein packed breakfasts are key to getting through a hectic schedule, according to entrepreneur, television host, and co owner of BIRD Bakery, Elizabeth Chambers, who makes her own granola. Elizabeth’s granola is made with olive oil instead of butter and honey in place of sugar, which makes for a perfect guilt free breakfast that keeps adults and kids happy on the go.  It also makes for a great snack, ice cream topping or yogurt mix that makes for a balanced breakfast – offering the perfect combination of salty…
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    The View from My Fishbowl

  • True Dud - Otherwise Known as My Thoughts on the Less-Than-Stellar Series Finale of 'True Blood'

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    SPOILER ALERT. If you have not yet watched the season finale (or any episode of this season's True Blood) you need to stop reading. Right. Freaking. Now. You have been warned. I'm a very fickle television watcher and it's a rare thing when a show can hold my interest for more than a season or two.I used to watch Grey's Anatomy. Then I stopped and never really went back. I was a HUGE fan of LOST when it started and then it sort of jumped the shark and I quit. But then I went back and it sort of redeemed itself with a not-too-bad finale.The Sopranos? Watched it all. Hated the finale.
  • Back to School

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    Today is the day.Back to school.Somehow I have a second grader and a fifth grader. Not sure how that happened...other than the fact that time flies when you're having fun.The house is strangely quiet this morning. As a work-at-home mom I get used to having the kids at home all summer...watching Disney Channel, playing in their rooms, building forts in the basement.This summer was full of fun and adventure and was the busiest summer we've had. And now it's back to the daily grind of wake up early, pack lunches, wait for the bus, and homework.But the kids are excited to head back to school ...
  • Wrapping Up Summer

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Well here we are ... nearing the end of summer.It's kind of hard to believe that summer break is over in just two days and the kids are heading back to school. I think that summer feels as if it flew by because, well, it did.Emma says it feels like it went really fast because it was winter FOREVER this year and summer was way too short. I think she's right.We had a summer bookended by vacations. We started the summer with a week-long trip to a beach house in the Outer Banks. And we spent last week at Walt Disney World.I have to say that beginning and ending summer with a vacation is the way…
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    The MamaZone

  • Bringing Memories Back to Life With YesVideo

    Anitra Elmore
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:57 pm
      There it is, the drawer where movies, music and memories go to die. It’s an homage to our favorite movies and music of years gone by. And, nestled within those cases, is the last surviving videotape in our house–the video of our wedding. What a sad sight–the biggest day of our life, trapped in a plastic container with a tacky little sticky note marking the occasion.  This 20th anniversary year is the perfect time to liberate and restore these awesome memories and thankfully, YesVideo was able to make that happen. YesVideo is a home movie transfer service…
  • Orkin Fact of Fake #Giveaway

    Anitra Elmore
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    -Sponsored Content- Introducing Orkin’s Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake™ Quiz “Daddy longlegs are poisonous.” “Mosquitoes prefer adults over children.” “Ants can survive underwater.” You’ve heard the myths about bugs before. Do you know what’s fact and what’s fake? Take Orkin’s Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake™ Quiz aboveto test your knowledge, and be sure to watch every clip for the scoop on these infamous bug myths.   About Orkin Orkin uses the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop a treatment that’s right for your home and…
  • The Maze Runner in Theaters September 19th

    Anitra Elmore
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    Ready for a great new movie? I’ve got the details on The Maze Runner! It’s an action-adventure film based on the best-selling YA novel by James Dashner. It’s releasing in theaters September 19. Read on for a bit about the movie and a peek at the trailer. About The Maze Runner When Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can…
 
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    Dear Crissy

  • Help teachers help our kids #QuakerUp

    Crissy Page
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    I’d like to thank Quaker for sponsoring this conversation about Quaker Up For Classrooms. Opinions are my own. I can hardly believe that my little boy, Evan, started pre-kindergarten this year. He looks like a little man and I’m so proud of him! During our back-to-school shopping, some of the items on Evan’s school supplies list included cleaning supplies for the classroom and some items to be used by the teacher, like dry erase markers. I was more than happy to help by providing these items, especially after recently learning that teachers spend more than $1 billion a year…
  • Softness makes all the difference

    Crissy Page
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    This post brought to you by Huggies and Kleenex. All opinions are 100% mine. I don't always buy in bulk, but, there are some household items that we use so much, that it just makes sense to purchase more than one at a time. When it comes to tissues, running out simply isn't an option, so I love being able to pick up several boxes at a time from Sam's Club! I'm not going to lie, Evan has started school and the kids have both been sick already, after just one week. Fall and winter are brutal and I like to make sure the little (and big) noses in our house are treated with some…
  • Le Creuset Cast Iron Stainless Steel Cookware and Casabella giveaway ($1,000)!

    Crissy Page
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    This giveaway is sponsored by Le Creuset and Casabella. Opinions are my own. Fall is just around the corner, and I know that I’m feeling inspired to do much more cooking as the weather begins to cool down! I’m also very excited because I have teamed up with some great bloggers as well as Le Creuset and Casabella to bring you one amazing giveaway. You can enter below to win this incredible Le Creuset/Casabella prize pack! Details below. What you can win: Le Creuset Stainless Steel and Cast Iron Cookware Set (RV $810) Casabella Cleaning Set (RV $200) The cleaning set includes: Soap…
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    Child Mode

  • Cuddly Bandages ~ Taking First Aid Up a Notch

    Nadia Carriere
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    The funniest thing happened to me and made me realize just how small this world really is. While scrolling through my favourite Instagram account of all time Rachel Brathen, the infamous@Yoga_Girl, I... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • RECALL: 2.2 Million Ace Bayou Bean Bag Chairs After Two Deaths Reported

    Nadia Carriere
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    Another big recall to announce! A few days ago 2.2 million bean bag chairs made by Ace Bayou were recalled following the deaths of two children. The zippers on the bean bag chairs can be opened and... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • Mickey’s Haunterrific Festivities At Walt Disney World To Start Next Week!

    Nadia Carriere
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    It’s that time of year again! If you’re heading to the Walt Disney World Resort in the next month or so, you’ll be able to catch the infamous Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party,... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
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    One Bored Mommy Blogspot

  • Something To Confidently Smile About - Colgate #GIVEAWAY With $100 Gift Card

    Courtney Clipperton
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    You've been waiting all week for this, right?All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge from Colgate/Palmolive for these review/features!  I was offered only samples of the product and $100 gift card to purchase more Colgate products for my family, in response to my honest opinion of their products.See the big bright white shiny smile on my face??  That's because, after all that I've gotten to share with you about Colgate products (Colgate Total Lasting White Mouthwash and Colgate Kid's Mouthwashes), I get to finally offer (1) of my LUCKY One Bored Mommy Readers…
  • Colgate Total Ambassador - Part 2 - Colgate Kids Mouthwash

    Courtney Clipperton
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do your kids like brushing their teeth?  Do they floss every day?  Do they use mouthwash too, to complete their teeth cleaning routine? I try to make sure mine do!  TRY...being the opportune word!All products were sent on behalf of Colgate-Palmolive for review purposes only!  I was given a $100 Gift Card to use in purchasing more Colgate products for my families oral hygiene.As you know, if you read yesterday's post, I was offered the position as a Colgate Ambassador...to try out some new Colgate Products before they arrive on store shelves.The second part of this feature…
  • Colgate Total Ambassador - Part 1 - Colgate Total Lasting White Mouthwash

    Courtney Clipperton
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Oral hygiene...as you know...is very important in our home!  Why?  Two reasons, because our smiles are one of the first things that make a FIRST IMPRESSION on people and because dental issues are not cheap!  But really, because I care about the health and well being of our mouths, from the inside out!All products were sent on behalf of Colgate-Palmolive for review purposes only!  I was given a $100 Gift Card to use in purchasing more Colgate products for my families oral hygiene.I was delighted to be chosen as an Ambassador for Colgate Total...to get to share with you some…
 
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    HomeToHeather

  • Make It: Home Command Center

    Heather
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:08 pm
      I’ve wanted to DIY a Menu Board / Home Command Center for a long time now.  I am a visual person and I need to have things out where I can see them or it’s out of sight, out of mind.  That said, I don’t want a bunch of clutter sitting around either.  While it would be a lot easier to not need stuff, that’s not exactly how life unfolds.  I also wanted to check out our local reclaimed reno supply store and there were loads of unfinished cabinet doors in great condition. It was like this Memo Board DIY was meant to be.  I headed to the craft store and bought…
  • Come See Me! #cilontheroad

    Heather
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Remember when you were a kid and you got a new box of crayons? You’d open them up and smell their waxy smell and the possibilities felt absolutely endless.  You could do anything with those colours.  Make anything. Rainbows, unicorns or flying pigs even.  Some how, that endless enthusiasm for colour changed as we grew and choosing paint for our walls became stressful.  Colour no longer felt fun. This is not right.  Colour should still be fun.  It should still help us feel possibilities not limits.   For the next four weeks I’ll be hanging out at Home Depot stores on…
  • Skillet Corn Bread #glutenfree

    Heather
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:43 pm
    A while ago, I was invited to tour the Sabra factory in Virginia.  I learned all about how dried chic peas are transformed into velvety hummus in so many varieties.  I learned that hummus can be paired with sweet things like figs and raisins and even mixed into chocolate mousse.  Their chef was a true magician! And as I’m always in search of innovative gluten free recipes I knew that Sabra hummus was the answer to our lack of corn bread goodness.  Because it’s naturally gluten free, hummus is something we love to eat in our home.  We usually eat it in the traditional way,…
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    hollywood housewife

  • friday links - labor day weekend edition

    hollywood housewife
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
      The eat-at-home challenge has been equal parts awesome and annoying. I know that I've saved money and eaten better, but it's also been frustrating to take "quick fixes" off the table, pardon the pun. Like this week when The Gorilla was working late and the kids and I were both melting down hard and the only thing I wanted to do was drive-thru somewhere for french fries and chicken strips to quell the hunger and the cravings. But I made grilled cheese and we soldiered on. The main thing that I'm realizing is that cooking (at least the types of meals I'm…
  • designer backpacks

    hollywood housewife
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    When I first started to see higher-end designers display backpacks, I thought...well this won't last long. Because what kind of stylist adult human wants to wear a backpack? But don't ever listen to me. I swore never to buy Uggs and stuck my tongue out at Birkenstocks. And now my closet holds both of these things. I actually do carry a backpack when I'm traveling with the kids, because I usually have a lot of stuff and I need to be relatively hands-free. I stick with an athletic one (this Ogio backpack has served me well for years), but maybe just maybe I'm only kindof sortof…
  • how i instagram

    hollywood housewife
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Instagram is just a whole different type of social media than the others. For those of us used to communicating with words, the visual aspect has been fun and stretching of my creativity. While I've dabbled with improving my "good" camera abilities, it happens in fits and starts. I'll go weeks without picking up my Nikon. My phone, however, is always within reach, and I've gotten a lot better at using it to capture the moment. I wish I had a whole arsenal of tools in my belt (there are so many good apps and tricks out there), but I've tried a bunch of them and still…
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    Following In My Shoes

  • Wearing My Game-Day Boots and Making Game-Day Food: Slow-Cooker Asian Barbecue Sausage Bites

    Rachel Lacy
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:43 pm
    August 28th, 2014. A day the Husband has been counting down for months and months and months. Break out the boots, y’all. It’s game-time in Texas and the Aggies have returned. If you haven’t lived in a college town — whether as a student or resident — you have no idea the electricity you feel all over town on game days. The energy is palpable. The cowboy boots and tail-gait tents come out early in the morning, and we — young and old dressed in our maroon — spend all day watching the clock, waiting and waiting and waiting to get our game-day party on.
  • Not Your Mother’s Lunch Tray: Planetbox Rover Review

    Rachel Lacy
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Paleo Chocolate Chip Muffin, Apples, Black Forest Ham and Cheese, Carrots. Stored in a Planetbox Rover. Happy Birthday note from Lunchbox Love. Silly Eyes from Bento USA. In This Bento:– {I Heart Lunch} Today, my second miracle — the first baby who gave me the experience of pregnancy and delivery — turned FIVE. Holy cow, y’all!  How is this sweet baby five???? Sigh … Around here, on birthdays, the Birthday Boy or Girl gets to choose every meal for the day.  Mr. Boy debated each meal all day long yesterday, going back and forth on what he wanted.  Eventually,…
  • The First Week Back to School (grain free meal-plan 8-25-14}

    Rachel Lacy
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:24 pm
    It’s here: the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. Well, technically, it came and went … about 15 hours ago.  I’m a wee bit behind today. Regardless, August 25th marked the return to the classroom for the state of Texas — and our Little Lady joined the throng of little feet that crossed streets and school parking lots, waving excitedly at classmates. Since I love a good tradition, we had our annual Back-To-School Breakfast this morning; now, I know it’s not everyone’s “thing,” but I love celebrating occasions through food.  And going to school?  Well, that…
 
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    Lizzie Bermudez

  • Summer Lovin’! My Top 5 Favorites

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

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

    admin
    18 Nov 2013 | 9:06 am
    My Dot Complicated Story: I Wanted To Delete Myself From Social Media There was a time when I considered it a dream job. I was chosen to launch and host a TV talk show in San Francisco. But not just any ordinary talk show – it would be a daily, live interactive program where viewers could participate through Twitter and Facebook. I know, I know, it’s not so cutting edge today, but back in 2010, no one was doing it. For the local TV scene, it had tremendous promise. Well, it was a great ride for nearly two years. And then…it happened. The show was cancelled. To say that I was crushed was…
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    Cora's Story

  • It’s time to say goodbye

    admin
    9 Aug 2014 | 5:04 pm
    After not writing here for long stretches, I don’t know that this post is even needed. It’s obvious I’ve shuttered this blog. I kept the window slightly open for so long, worried about losing my crutch. It’s time to close it all the way. This place was more than my crutch. At times this blog […]The post It’s time to say goodbye appeared first on Cora's Story.
  • Tiny little forgotten headstones and other thoughts

    admin
    20 May 2014 | 3:24 pm
    I’m still here. I’m processing things privately these days. Doing a lot of living. Spending lots of time away from computer screens and iPhone apps. After Cora died, I spent a long time feeling the need to be immersed in my own thoughts, which I processed and shared with others through this blog. The theme […]The post Tiny little forgotten headstones and other thoughts appeared first on Cora's Story.
  • What’s the Best Way You Can Help a Grieving Family?

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:31 pm
    *Disclosure: I am a paid GiveForward Brand Ambassador.  I was compensated for this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.  Affiliate links used. Money. That’s what grieving parents often need most. We are extremely lucky people with very generous family and friends. When Cora died, her funeral was paid for. When the funeral home told me […]The post What’s the Best Way You Can Help a Grieving Family? appeared first on Cora's Story.
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    The Mom Maven

  • Amp up Your Style with TRESemme

    Cindy Schultz
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” Global Influence compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”I have been growing my hair out for a year. It is finally just past my shoulders. My hair hasn’t been this long in decades! I started growing it out…
  • Clean the Air with Filtrete Filters #healthierhome

    Cindy Schultz
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 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.”I suffer from year round allergies. Living in Florida where things are blooming all year round makes it difficult to manage at times. It seems every season something…
  • Easy Recipes-Meatball Sub Casserole

    Cindy Schultz
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    My boys love meatball subs! When I saw this recipe on Pinterest, I knew I had to try it. When I read the recipe itself  I knew it needed a little tweaking to make it perfect. Here is my twist on a Meatball Sub Casserole.   Meatball Sub Casserole Scroll down for printable recipe. Ingredients 8 slices of frozen Texas Toast 8oz cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1 tsp Italian seasoning 1/4 tsp ground pepper 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese, divided 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 1 lb frozen fully-cooked Italian meatballs, thawed 28oz jar pasta sauce Directions 1. Preheat the oven…
 
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    mommyshangout.com

  • Sweeping Saturday 08/23/2014

    Jen Williams
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours!
  • Tips for a Good Job Interview through Videoconferencing

    Jen Williams
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you are doing a job interview through a videoconference, you may be wondering what you can do to land the job. First impressions are everything, and they are particular hard to land when it isn’t in person. There are a few things you should and should not do to leave a good impression when you are... [read more]
  • Sweeping Saturday 08/16/2014

    Jen Williams
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours!
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    Naptime Radio

  • Episode 131: Allergies

    Heather and Kate
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Heather and Kate discuss back to school and birthdays, get biz buzzed with Alli P., power nap (through a million distractions) on allergies and wrap with Nodelman.  Enjoy and thanks for listening!
  • Episode 131: International Parenting Trends

    Heather and Kate
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Heather and Kate discuss birthdays, cops and Lacey, get biz buzzed with Alli P., power nap on international parenting trends and wrap with Nodelman.  Enjoy and thanks for listening!
  • FLASHBACK - Episode 040: Bullying

    Heather and Kate
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Heather was on vacation last week so we are going back in time to episode 40: Bullying.  Enjoy and thanks for listening!
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    just another mommy blog...

  • Why I'm Angry. Hint: I Don't Hate the Police

    22 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    It's 3:12 in the morning and no, I haven't gone to bed yet.My mind is racing and my heart is hurting and I just can't turn it off.I literally want to run away from these conversations. In fact, I can. It's pretty damn easy. All I have to do is talk about something cute or funny. I can make an observation about the weather or the school year, and no one will think any less of me. I can let this fury just sliiiide away, if I want it to. And I do. I really want it to slide away. I really want to release the pain of knowing how huge the gap is between my side and your side. I…
  • Educmacation

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
    The 2014 school year has begun without nearly as much pomp and circumstance as in years gone by. Justin is a sophomore at public school and is doing fine (knock on wood!). No big surprises for him and he seems to be feeling like an old pro now that he's in his second year back at school.Didn't take a first day photo of him because I am a sucky mom who doesn't wake up at 6 am.Evan is in 7th grade! SEVENTH. This is insane. I started homeschooling him near the end of first grade, so to think that we've been doing this for almost 6 years is pretty astonishing. Obviously, we're doing SOMEthing…
  • Remember when?

    17 Aug 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Remember the days, "back in the days" during early* blogging, where you felt the need to announce that you were "taking a break" so that people wouldn't get "worried" about you because you hadn't written in more than 3 days? And remember that it WAS an actual, REAL worry? I mean, I READ blogs EVERY DAY. I read them and clicked them off of lists and connected in ways other than Facebook and texting and IT MATTERED if I didn't write for 12 days (like I just did). People NOTICED and CARED and would email you with concerned messages of "Hey, hon. Noticed you hadn't written. Is everything…
 
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    Mommy Niri

  • Get screening passes to see Dolphin Tale 2 (100 available)! #Boston

    Nirasha Jaganath
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Dolphin Tale 2 has our family excited. Dolphin Tale had something for everyone in my family including my hard-to-please hubby who has a huge love for animals. For me having a special needs child I have a super soft spot for anyone in the face of adversity. The kid get caught up in the whole adventure of “will they” “won’t they”. Of course that was all in the 1st installment so the climax has built up well for Dolphin Tale 2. The movie releases September 12th, but of course I get you a chance to see it earlier. You can see a special screening on the 8th of…
  • Dragons Interactive Story App and a chance to win $50 iTunes gift card!

    Nirasha Jaganath
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    A few months ago I scored a bargain and bought 2 iPad minis for my girls (which NEVER happens for Apple products). My hubby was reluctant about letting the girls have their own devices since we are extremely cautious about them being online, but I maintained they needed their own pace to creatively try new things. Plus, both my girls have been learning programming (Scratch and Blockly) so they have been using their screen time for good. It was why when I was asked if I would check out the new Dragons Interactive Story App  I said yes. I am extremely biased when it comes to everything…
  • 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…
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    Traveling Mom

  • S.E.A. Aquarium in Singapore

    Heather Barnard, Expat TravelingMom
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    Photo credit: Heather Barnard / Expat Travelingmom I’ve been to quite a few amazing aquariums in my life, including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Atlantis Resort Dubai and the Dubai Aquarium, so my expectations are pretty high.  We were recently invited to experience Singapore’s S.E.A. Aquarium on Sentosa Island, and I can proudly say, they’ve got it right! The entrance to the aquarium is by far the most engaging one I’ve ever seen.  Greeted by a life-size ship vessel, called Bao Chuan, we began our journey by traveling back in time. The ship comes to life and introduces a brief…
  • Road Trip to Crater Lake National Park in a 2014 Kia Soul

    Anuja De Silva, Cosmopolitan TravelingMom
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    Photo credit: Anuja De Silva/Cosmopolitan TravelingMom Crater Lake National Park is an easy addition to a summer road trip through the Pacific Northwest. On our way from Seattle, we stayed overnight in Eugene, visited Crater Lake and drove back to Portland the next day. It also gave us an opportunity to test drive Kia Soul and get a sense for how it suited us for long drive with a toddler. Here is what we learned about Kia Soul as a possible car for a family road trip. 1. Comfort When you plan a trip that requires more than eight hours in the car, comfort is going to be key. Before we saw the…
  • 7 Fun Things to Do in Austin with Kids

    Rebecca Darling, Texas TravelingMom
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    Photo Credit: Rebecca Darling/Texas TravelingMom Austin, the Live Music Capitol of the World, is well known for it’s music, it’s food, and it’s laid-back, relaxed atmosphere. But is it fun for kids?  YES! There are a ton of fun things to do in Austin with kids, making it the ideal place in Texas to visit. In Austin, you get culture, history and outdoor fun. 7 Fun Things to do in Austin with Kids Photo Credit: Rebecca Darling/Texas TravelingMom Thinkery: The Austin Children’s Museum just reopened in a brand new location and caters to children of all ages.  With modern…
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    Big Binder

  • Camping At The Hungry Horse

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

    Jennifer Rees
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today we had the great pleasure of joining in all the fun of tournament week at the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft.  I was really excited to be invited, because the driving mission of the Meijer LPGA Classic tournament is focused on feeding the hungry, with all proceeds benefiting the Meijer Simply Give program, which, as you likely already know, replenishes the shelves of food pantries throughout the Midwest. There are some fun events yet to come this week; check them out on the tournament’s ‘events’ page: The event we attended today was the Meijer LPGA Kids Day…
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy Review (Is It OK For Tweens, And Other Useless Commentary)

    Jennifer Rees
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    We are at the tween age; where eye rolls pepper conversations, but holding my hand is still not verboten. It’s hard to know when A.P. is ready, is not ready, or is already over most of the entertainment options available to us. I wasn’t sure about Guardians of The Galaxy, which opened today. I hate action movies, personally, but thought A.P. might like it.  He’s kind of a rule follower; so since the movie is PG 13  we talked before we even decided to go about what he might hear and that there may be some inappropriate language. We were able to attend a screening last week…
 
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  • Let’s Talk Money and Marriage

    Lisa Thompson
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Did you know that one of the biggest tensions in marriage can be money?  It’s true!  Today I’m talking about marriages and money over on Mint.com! Come join the conversation!    
  • 7 Ways to Save Money By Finding New Uses for Old Items

    Lisa Thompson
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    When most of us make the decision to start saving money, we typically focus on the actual dollar amount being spent every month.  We use coupons, shop resale stores and hit the bargain bins at retail stores.  While those are all good ways to save, you can also save money by reusing old items that you would normally throw away.  For many of us, our parents and grandparents knew how to get the most use out of everything they owned.  While some of their methods were over the top and quite frankly, sometimes gross, there are great ways to save money by finding new uses for old items. 1)…
  • Restaurant Coupon Roundup {8/23/2014}

    Lisa Thompson
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week! Bakers Square – $5 Off 2 Entrees & 2 Drinks (exp: 8/29/2014) Biggby Coffee – $1.99 Any Size Iced Coffee (exp: 8/31/2014) Boston Market – Free Kids Meal with Individual Meal Purchase (exp: 8/31/2014) Carrabba’s – $10 Off 2 Dinner Entrees (exp: 9/30/2014) Corner Bakery – Free Bakery Fresh Sweet with Lunch or Dinner Entree (exp: 9/9/2014) Juice It Up – Buy 1 Get 1…
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  • Vacation

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

    Marinka
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    Love stories are so dull. And they’re all almost exactly the same. Girl meets boy. Girl and boy decide to go to Ireland together in August. Girl realizes boy is bat shit insane. How many times can you hear this story before rolling your eyes and thinking “this again?” In case it’s new to you, I’ll tell you what happened so you can see my predicament. A few weeks before we’re supposed to go to Ireland together, he starts this Q&A with me about whether or not I suffer from jet lag when I travel across multiple time zones at the speed of light. Or maybe…
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    Hanging By a Thread

  • All in Good Time {Timelines and Lifetimes}

    Hanging By a Thread
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Life is all about timing. Maybe you already had this figured out, but I'm just starting to catch on. I have always had a hard time with the concept of time though…. This past spring, during Lent, I found a list of tasks for each day leading up to Easter,...
  • {Without} Caution

    Hanging By a Thread
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    Sometimes it's best to throw caution to the wind….I know it sounds risky, but trust me. I speak from experience. I'm a cautious kind of person. I don't take warnings lightly. I'm really more of a test-the-waters-and-heed-the-signs-foretelling-the-fate-of-a-reckless-leap-from-the-deceivingly-placid-shoreline kind of person. And yet…sometimes…sometimes you just have to let go and take...
  • End of Summer {My School Year Prayer}

    Hanging By a Thread
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:36 pm
    When I was a child, I knew summer was over when I slid on a new pair of jeans and felt the confining, new, stiff denim against my legs. I can still remember that feeling. I lived my summers in shorts and swimsuits and jeans meant back-to-school shopping and that...
 
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    Not Your Typical Mommy

  • Dolphin Tale 2 VIP TIckets Giveaway

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:22 am
    We didn't hop on the Winter train until about 6 months ago. Dolphin Tale was on television and the girls and I sat down to watch it.And all three of us were hooked. We loved Winter's tale and it was a really good family movie. So when we heard that Winter's story was continuing, we all squealed.On September 12th, Dolphin Tale 2 hits theaters and introduces Winter's relationship with Hope and how it came to be. And I can tell you, when the trailer came out... I cried twice... and then watched it again.The characters are ones that we love, especially Winter…
  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Starts Sept 1

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Halloween has to be my FAVORITE holiday of the year. I love everything about it. The candy, the costumes, all the fun.The only thing I'm not a big fan of when it comes to Halloween is being scared. I'm a chicken, what can I say?This is why I adore Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party! It's mild but so much fun. The girls and I go every year (I also adore the crowds, because there's barely one there!!!). Disney just made a big announcement for the party. Check out the press release below:"LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. –Not-so-spooky ghosts and goblins return this fall – while dastardly…
  • Back to School with Mabel's Labels

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    When it was time to go Back to School, the supply list was insane. Forget the clothing and shoes, we needed backpacks, lunch boxes, pencil cases, pencils, calculators, glue... Oh geez, the list was exhausting.And massive.And costly.I was petrified they would lose the supplies I had just spent all my hard-earned money on!Enter Mabel's Labels.(I couldn't get a picture of the pack untouched because as soon as they came in, Roo snatched them up and distributed them on her supplies!) I am a HUGE fan of Mabel's Labels because they deliver on what they promise. Labels that stick to anything and…
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • Just Hold On

    Dawn Camp
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    We’ve been at Six Flags since noon on a perfect July day, but it’s dark now and we haven’t eaten in hours, the kids determined not to waste a moment when they can stroke the sky, inhale the wind, defy gravity, or test the limit of their fears. Food in your tummy isn’t wise when roller coasters are involved, anyway. The park closes in 30 minutes and my 12-year-old son leads us to the Gotham City section of the park, his day apparently incomplete unless he rides the Batman, a roller coaster too intense for my 9- and 10-year-old daughters. He races away and they steer me…
  • IKEA 2015 Catalog and $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

    Dawn Camp
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:24 pm
    I recently attended a blogger event at IKEA Atlanta, celebrating the launch of the 2015 catalog. I’ve been to IKEA many times, but I learned more about their products, showrooms, and corporate philosophy. I’ll share highlights here and images from the new catalog. Enter at the bottom for a chance to win a $100 IKEA gift card! Living Spaces Because we are readers and homeschoolers, our home brims with bookcases, four of which are IKEA. Stand them side-by-side and they look like built-ins. Open-backed styles show the wall color behind them or work well as room dividers.
  • August 2014 Desktop Calendar

    Dawn Camp
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    My, how this summer has flown! This month’s desktop calendar image comes from a lovely bouquet of wildflowers from a farmers’ market on an old town square. I processed it with a vintage feel because that’s how the bouquet felt to me, sweet and simple. Download August’s Desktop Calendar! Small Large X-Large Do you update your desktop with these calendars each month? Feel free to share with your friends via Facebook or Pinterest. Thank you for using them—they’re made for you! August 2014 Desktop Calendar is a post from: My Home Sweet Home © 2014 My Home…
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  • Get Inspired and Organized with these Free Printable 2014 Calendars!

    Eren Mckay
    16 Aug 2014 | 3:24 am
    Free Printable Calendars 2014 Are you looking for pretty calendars that you can print out for the remainder of the year 2014? Well then you’ve come to the right place! In this post you’ll find printable monthly calendars for the months of August, September, October, November and December of 2014 – all of them have watercolor painted artwork that I created to make your life more inspiring and brighten up your day! Each time you look at where you are and where you’re going, you can feel peace and joy from the healing colors on them. Yay! Instructions on How to Save the…
  • Maya Angelou Dies – Legendary Poet, Author, Actress

    Eren Mckay
    28 May 2014 | 7:26 am
    I just found out that my favorite poet and author Maya Angelou died today. When I saw her last tweet, I was so inspired that I had to create this image with it. She is an amazing inspirational woman who truly changed the lives of people all around the world. She told her story of pain and never gave up in fighting for a better world. I love Maya. I really do. Here’s her original last tweet: Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God. — Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou) May 23, 2014 I’m feeling very sad but at the same time I know that she is in a…
  • Blending Colors with Different Brushes When Creating Art

    Eren Mckay
    21 Sep 2013 | 1:00 pm
    Working with a paint brush is very different than working with colored pencils or dry pastel. In order to understand what the end result will be, you need to really pay attention to what each tool is capable of doing. There are a variety of different factors that influence how the stroke of paint will come out: • the type of brush • the size of the brush • the movement of your stroke • the amount of pressure you put on the brush • the amount of paint you have on the brush • the amount of water you have on the brush • the type of paper that you’re using (thickness) • the…
 
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    Rage Against the Minivan

  • Friday Finds

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    1. Herschel Survey Kids Bag by Herschel Supply | Gilt2. Black & White Chevron Zip-Up Jacket | Zulily 3. Settlement Kids Bag by Herschel Supply | Gilt4. Eggplant with California Figs and Leeks | GFreefoodie.com5. Leopard genius slip-on shoe | Zulily 6. Green Plate healthy Blueberry Pistachio Nubblers | greenplatefoods.com7. Snackaby | products snack and sandwich lunch set8. Chalkboard Balloon Kit | Anthropologie9. Hoja Bracelet Set | Anthropologie 
  • The form letter for unmet expectations

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    I have found myself in another crushingly busy season where every day I look at the tasks on my to-do list, look at the time I have allotted for completing said tasks, and then wallow in a pit of despair because I AM TYPE A AND THAT’S WHAT WE DO.   I am seriously so behind in every single area of life that I’ve decided to just make up a sort of multiple-choice form letter that I can email to people, highlighting the answers that are relevant to that particular person I have disappointed.  Here’s the first draft:Dear everyone I know,I am so sorry that I havenot returned…
  • What I Want You To Know About Being The Stepmom

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. Today’s guest posts is by Sarah McManusRepeat after me: Stepmom. Sarah is Maggie’s stepmom. You can do it!For some reason, strangers have trouble with this sentence. When I pick up Mia (10) or Maggie (8) from one of their lessons, the lengths to which the Mommies will go to avoid saying this word is…
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    Mommy Nani Booboo

  • #Blogust – Firsts and Dandelions

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

    Jenni Chiu
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:14 pm
      I have recently returned from San Jose where I attended the BlogHer annual conference and a special event hosted by Merck for Mothers.  Merck for Mothers is a “10 – year, $500 million initiative focused on creating a world where no woman dies giving birth.”  I became a blog […]
  • Ferguson – I Don’t Know How We Got Here and I Don’t Know How We Get Out

    Jenni Chiu
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:56 pm
      Mike Brown Ezell Ford John Crawford Eric Garner Just in the last thirty days, the above four men have died at the hands of police.  The circumstances were different in all four cases with the exception of two very real and frightening facts – they were all unarmed, and […]
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    Miscellaneous Mom

  • An Open Letter to My Daughter (and Yours)

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

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

  • Make My Food Famous with Monti Carlo

    Bekki
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    Two years ago, I had the privilege of interviewing “Monti” Carlo, a mother and home-chef turned reality show contestant on the hit show Master Chef. You can check out that interview HERE.When she was on Master Chef, I couldn’t help but root for her. (What can I say – moms have to stick together!) She wasn’t only a talented chef, she was funny, charming, and REAL. To my delight, when I had the chance to talk to her, she was exactly the same way, making me feel as though I was chatting up my best friend from college. This week, I had the chance to speak to her…
  • Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

    Bekki
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:53 pm
    I am a BIG believer in homemade cookies. During the school year, I try to always have homemade cookies on hand to throw in the lunchbox, or serve up with some fruit as an after-school snack. Nothing is more comforting than a cookie and a glass of milk. These cookie bars are so incredibly easy to make, and come together with a few pantry staples. I love not having to wait to make multiple batches. With cookie bars, simply mix up the dough, pat it into the pan, and bake! These tasty little bars also features Skippy® Creamy Peanut Butter (a pantry must-have IMO!) I found the recipe HERE. Peanut…
  • This is Where I Leave You – Movie Trailer #TIWILY

    Bekki
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    *This post is sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures. I received a promotional item and/or compensation in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. As an avid reader and book enthusiast, I am always delighted when quality literature is made into a feature film. Jonathan Tropper’s ingenious piece of fiction is now a major motion picture, set to hit theaters on September 19th!! With an OUTSTANDING cast and an incredible story, This is Where I Leave You is a must-see movie this fall. Gather your book club, set a date, or head to the theater for girls-night-out and make plans to see…
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    The Mom Writes

  • [Giveaway] Win a Gorgeous Planner from A Diligent Heart

    The Mom Writes
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:02 am
    Confession: I’m a sucker for planners. Pretty planners. You know, that a few months ago, I was delighted to review and giveaway Raine Boyd’s Lime Tree Fruits planners. Well, today, I have something beautiful and bright for you: A delightful 2014-2015 planner from A Diligent Heart. … Read full post The Mom Writes
  • Time Management Tips with Soul: The Easiest Way to Make Time for Your Husband

    The Mom Writes
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Am kicking off a new series of posts this month, called Time Management Tips with Soul. Too much of our time goes in watching the clock. I feel, however, time is all about treasuring the moment and being more intentional rather than rigid about it. … Read full post The Mom Writes
  • The #1 Productivity Tip for a More Productive Start to Your Day as a Mom

    The Mom Writes
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:28 am
    It’s no secret that I’m an early riser. I’ve been known to wake at unearthly hours like 3:30 A.M but I enjoy that, it’s how my body clock functions and it also means that I’m out like a light by 9:30 P.M. … Read full post The Mom Writes
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    A Frog In My Soup

  • Pet Treats featuring @MintiesTreats and Betsy Farms

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

    Nancy
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Hey y’all!  This will be my last post as a Huggies Snug and Dry Plus Ambassador, so let’s start with the super exciting news…we’ve selected the winner and Tabithia B. should check her email!!  Congratulations! I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. I know you’ve read my opinion on these already, but the Costco exclusive Huggies Snug and Dry Plus Diapers and Natural Care Plus Wipes have far exceeded my…
  • Reflections of Laughter and Sadness

    Shera
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    In a time when the world seems upside down and more evil than ever. Where the balance of society and culture has shifted remarkably in the wrong direction. Light and hope are absolute necessities. While all of the desperation and need should not be taken lightly, it should not be shoved under the carpet nor forgotten, those like me must sometimes seek solace, reprieve and relief from the heaviness of it all or we will suffocate. We do this by breathing in the little things of life. The daily joys of silly kids, the beauty of the world around us, the love and laughter of family and even the…
 
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    4tunate

  • 10 Back-to-School {Oily} Essentials

    Jennifer Murray
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    Now that the pencils have been sharpened, (I sharpened 90 for the first day of school – can anyone beat that?), and the last Frozen lunchbox has been fought over in the back-to-school aisle, it’s time to focus on being prepared for the infamous “Back-To-School-Bugs”.  They are back with a vengeance, and it’s time to stock up and be prepared.  I’m so thankful we have our oils this year to help us stay healthy and fight off any bugs that come our way, especially with our transition away from homeschool. (It’s been our healthiest 8 months on record…
  • Conquerors

    Jennifer Murray
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
        “Daddy time me and see how long it takes for me to get to the top.” “I’m next!” “Ready?” Hand over hand, step by step, climbing higher and leaving fear in the dust… Letting go of what we previously held on to, and holding on to what lies ahead… And that’s pretty much the way this transition to full-time school has went for all of us. Courage begot courage. It took steady upward motion; Looking up, not behind. The faster you climb, the less fear has the power to overwhelm. Instead, confidence grows where it was once…
  • When Your Kids Teach You A Lesson in Humility…

    Jennifer Murray
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:38 am
    Post by Brad Murray Have you ever been completely embarrassed by your children’s behavior in public or in a setting with family or friends? No?  I’m convinced you are either lying or don’t yet have children.   Before I say more on this topic, our kids are very well behaved in public generally.  We have received numerous compliments while at restaurants and other public venues, and for that I am very thankful.  However, there are those rare times when everything falls apart. Before we had children, I was that guy that scoffed at parents whose children were rebellious in…
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    As Mom Sees It

  • Disney Magical World For Nintendo 3DS: Game Play For All Ages

    Mom
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    Sometimes, we review products that are meant for adults and some are meant for kids. There’s usually a distinct difference between the two; mommy gets all the cool tech and boring beauty products (I love ‘em, the kids don’t) and the kids get all the fun toys, games and kid’s clothes. Sometimes that line is... Continue Reading... The post Disney Magical World For Nintendo 3DS: Game Play For All Ages appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • Easy DIY Teacher Gift Ideas That Kids Can Make

    Mom
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    This year, I have the distinct honor of being a Quaker Classroom Ambassador! This means that I get to help spread the word about the partnership between Quaker and Adopt A Classroom. From now until September 30th, you can purchase specially-marked Quaker products and enter the unique codes online. For every single code entered, Quaker... Continue Reading... The post Easy DIY Teacher Gift Ideas That Kids Can Make appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • Comfort Foods: Pasta Recipes To Last Through Winter

    Mom
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    There is something so comforting about a hearty pasta dish. Forget carbs as a side dish; bring it on as the main course, especially as the temperatures start to get cooler and we seek out our favorite comfort foods. This collection of hearty and comforting pasta recipes is a sponsored post on behalf of Foodie.com... Continue Reading... The post Comfort Foods: Pasta Recipes To Last Through Winter appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
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    Mama On the Go

  • Don’t Forget Your Stamp Duty Payment

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

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

    Jane
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:17 am
    The summer holidays are almost upon us and although our children will be at their happiest as they have no school and long hours of sunshine to play out in, they tend to get bored and frustrated around the same people in the same setting during the holidays after a short time. This is when the days become long for moms as we are required to think of ways to keep them entertained in a hundred different ways to keep the boredom and fighting away. At times like these once bedtime comes around we’re grateful for the peace and quiet and here are our favorite ways to unwind after a long day…
 
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    The Mom Around Town

  • The Best Hair Tie EVER!

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

    Paige Dunn
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Yesterday I flew to Sun Valley, Idaho. When packing up for a trip, you have your go-to tools. I realized one of my most important tools I hadn’t shared with you yet. Truly, I don’t hit the mall, airport, park, or anywhere I need to bring things without it. It’s called The Mommy Hook. So simple, so effective. It makes it so you can clip all your bags together and hang them from your stroller. It’s amazing. I don’t have much to say about it except it makes my life easier. It’s well made. If I forget it, I kick myself. In short, if you don’t have one,…
  • Smoothies: Your kids think it’s juice. You know it’s practically salad in a glass.

    Paige Dunn
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Smoothies—this is a great way to get all sorts of amazing food in your kids with them thinking they are having a juice. Always toss in some protein powder and Barlean’s Greens powder, berry flavor. (This stuff is amazing, packed with probiotics, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and of course tons of greens.) Omega Swirl by Barlean’s is a fish oil that’s mango and peach flavor. I also toss in some cinnamon (balances blood sugar) and whatever greens are in the fridge—spinach, kale, parsley . . . they are all great. Then I throw in a cucumber, beets, or carrots. Now to make it…
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    Kid Things

  • Rock Your Hair with TRESemmé at Walmart

    Crystal Herron
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    This is a sponsored post through Global Influence. I have to admit, on a daily basis I don’t usually do a lot with my hair. In fact, I’m currently sitting here rocking the “mom” ponytail. In my defense, though, my hair is super thick, long, and naturally curly. It takes quite a bit of work to make my hair look nice. That work usually starts with TRESemmé shampoo. Just so you don’t think I’m lying, that above picture is taken directly from my shower and those bottles, which I bought with my own money, are almost empty. Their Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner combo controls my…
  • Labels for Education Baked Potato Toppers #cbias #Labels4Edu #shop

    Crystal Herron
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias Now that the kids are back in school, one might think I would have more time for myself. I foolishly thought so, too. The fact is, however, that last week was crazy. In an attempt to do everything between the time they left for school to when they came home, I barely had time to blink, let alone eat a decent lunch. I’m vowing to remedy that this week, though, along with gathering some Labels for Education, too. Labels for Education is a program where you can earn supplies…
  • DIY Color Strips Glass Calendar #InspireStudents #pmedia #ad

    Crystal Herron
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Office Depot, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #inspirestudents http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV My kids have been back to school for only a week and I already feel like our schedules are disorganized. For example, there was a meet your child’s teacher night last Wednesday and of course we forgot all about. It just started and this is simply another sign that our daily routines will only escalate and quickly get out of hand. Not only do we need a way of recording things like Teacher…
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    MommPosh

  • Healthiest Breakfast Ever – Maple Chia Oatmeal

    gpomp73
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:03 am
    Related Post: Chia Seed Pudding Parfait This is a quick easy breakfast to make Sunday night, leave it in the fridge, and simply have with breakfast for the week. Make one jar for each day – enjoy all week. 5 minutes serves 1 Vegetarian Ingredients: •1/4 cup old fashion oats •1/4 cup yogurt •1/3 cup milk •1tsp. chia seeds •2 tbsp. Vermont maple syrup •1 8ounce jar with a lid Directions: 1.Place milk, yogurt, oats, chia seeds and maple syrup in the jar. 2.Seal with the lid and shake until everything is mixed. 3.Place in the fridge and boom! Breakfast is served!
  • Fashionable Fridays: Back To School Trends For Boys

    gpomp73
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Yes, moms, it is that time already to start shopping for new outfits for your children. So here’s a new look at what’s in style for BOYS. If you are a mom of boys (like I am) you know how simple shopping for them can get, however this semester try something new….layering and bold colors.  All in all, you can take your bold colors and take them through fall just by layering. Also, the skater cool look is not going anywhere. even though it’s been around for a couple of seasons.  The skater look is all about looking cool. you know, think hoodie, skinny jeans , lots of…
  • My Heavenly Experience at Sweet Heaven Family Spa

    gpomp73
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hello Spa Lovers, over the weekend I visited the newly opened Sweet Heaven Family Spa located in Hartsdale, NY (only 30 minutes outside of New York City) for Lil B’s back to school haircut. I have been growing out his hair throughout the summer and now that with Kindergarten bearing its head in only a few short weeks I decided that this would be a perfect opportunity to visit and naturally review the family spa located right on Central Park Avenue in Westchester. Sweet Heaven Family Spa is like no other in Westchester…it offers a unique approach to spa, wellness and beauty for…
 
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    Memphis mom, parenting & life blogger | a belle, a bean & a chicago dog

  • Need Disney-themed Stuff? Head to These etsy Shops!

    Liz
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Need a Frozen dress? Head to etsy. Looking for an alternate idea for a Disney character autograph book? Search etsy for “Disney autograph book”. Counting down to your next Disney vacation? etsy shops have you covered! When people ask me where I find all the cool, cute, and awesome Disney stuff that I’ve purchased for our girls or our Disney vacations, the short answer is always, “I found it at an etsy shop! I’ll send you the link!” - – - – - – - I’m a big fan of etsy. I shop on etsy for interesting and handmade birthday, Christmas,…
  • On the Eve of a New School Year

    Liz
    3 Aug 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Throughout the almost 6 years (gasp!)  of having this blog….even with my long blogging droughts…I have written something to acknowledge the new school year. It may be because I have school aged kids, but in my mind, the start of a new school year is so much more defining than the change of the calendar year. With this school year, Madelyn is now a 1st grader and Kate, a 3rd grader. Maddie can no longer show her age with just 1 hand. She’s also starting this new school year with 2 missing teeth. Kate finished out 2nd grade with a few braces. She is now an older elementary…
  • Madelyn Rose Turns 6 (Planes: Fire & Rescue Edition)

    Liz
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    At 3:22 pm on July 22 (or 2:22 pm if we account for time zone differences), Miss Madelyn Rose turned 6. This birthday is one that her Daddy and I both had a hard time with simply because 5 was SUCH an adorably perfect and wonderful age with Roo! If you ask her, she’ll tell you that Daddy wanted to “freeze” her at age 5, and that I insisted she’s “5+ years old” now, and not 6. With our move one county north, plus our best friends’ move 2 hours east back to their home town, we decided to approach Birthday #6 a bit differently. We invited 2 families to…
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    Sweet Potato Chronicles

  • Netflix & SPC's Back-to-School Craft

    Laura Keogh
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Last year, before the beginning of school, one of Scarlett’s friends hosted a Back-to-School party at her home. It was really low-key—just a few classmates, snacks and a great craft. When I picked Scarlett up she couldn’t wait to show me the pencil holder she had made. It is one of my most favourite crafts she has created–not only is it functional (we may literally have one million pencils), but it is so darn cute. I’m pretty sure it will be one of those things I hold onto and will, one day when she’s 30, cry over due to its cuteness. Now that it’s back to school time again,…
  • Netflix & SPC: That Back-to-School Lunch Game

    Ceri Marsh
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Here we are, people, it’s September. Are you ready? I pride myself on being pretty organized most of the time. But this year? Ay caramba, I’m a disaster. I’m scrambling to pull together the requisite backpacks, lunch boxes, thermoses, water bottles, etc, that my kids will need to start a new school year. And emotional preparation? Have I mentioned my baby starts school this year! Leaving the nest of our beloved daycare seems not to be phasing Julian at bit, but I am a wreck. I have way more anxieties about him going to school than I did with Esme. Or maybe time has just obscured them?
  • Grocery Giveaway!

    Ceri Marsh
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:54 am
    We're sad that summer is winding down but it was so jam-packed with fun that we really can't complain. For us, there were lots of small and big trips, lots of swimming, barbecuing and picnic-ing. We were also lucky to partner with Metro groceries, doing events and cooking demonstrations on tv. We love Metro's philosophy of offering fresh, local produce. It's important for us to know where our families' food comes from and Metro makes that easy. Did you catch us on CityLine this morning? We whipped up some great make-ahead recipes that are going to save you once school gets rolling. And as a…
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    The Ultimate Juggle

  • Predictions for 2014 Job Market for Graduates

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

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

    admin
    27 May 2014 | 9:19 am
    I’ve been juggling too much lately, but I guess I have time to host a quick Retirement Carnivals! Enjoy the picks this week: Debt Guru @ Debt Free Blog writes Caution!: Ten Warning Signs of Debt Problems – Being in debt can be a serious issue. Financial problems can follow you for your life. The […]
 
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    Raising Rockstar

  • Rockstarism #240 – Almost Drowning Makes You Love Swimming 0.1% Less.

    Aileen
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:10 pm
    #240 As Rockstar comes back from school one day…… Me: How was swimming today, darling? (Rockstar gives enthusiastic thumbs up) Ah good, enjoyed it did you? Rockstar: I would say 99.9% of the time. <thoughtful pause> Would’ve been 100% if I didn’t almost drown.   (Before anyone freaks out – “almost drowned” to him is whenever his head goes under and his feet don’t touch the ground right when he wants them to. Why yes, he is a fusspot, even though he enjoys pool playdates. And yes, when the Miss figures that out she is so going to…
  • Little Miss-Speak #20 – I’m Right Here!

    Aileen
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am
    #20 Feeding time in the Rockstar household… (As I’m walking by…) Rockstar: Mum. The Miss vomited a-ga-inn…. Miss: Koko. NO TALKING. Miss right here! Now you don’t…. There. Now you see it :D Most toddlers would cry on their first day getting on the school bus. This one started up much later when she wasn’t allowed to eat a “bis-kit” (she just passed on the “bis-kit” before she had to get on the bus!!). The real hollering however came when she abruptly decided she wanted to wear her back pack while strapped in. Then she…
  • Rockstarism #239 – Appropriate Punishments By Tiger Brothers

    Aileen
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:32 pm
    #239 So there was this passage in “How To Behave So Your Children Will, Too!” (which btw greatly amuses Rockstar that I am reading) and I thought the example of a staged conversation between a 7 year old and his parents was a bit funny and so I ran it by Rockstar as well… Me: Do you know what a time-out is? Rockstar: Yeah. It’s basically when you have to go stare at a wall quietly for awhile. Me: Oh. So you know about these types of punishments already. Rockstar: Yeah. <shrugs> Some of my friends get them like, all. The time. Me: Do you think it’s an…
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    Telecommuting Moms

  • Direct Sales Company Review: Scentsy

    Alaina Forbes
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Guest post by Ronda Markwith  My StorySo let me start off by saying, I’m kind of a social bee. Before getting married, I worked in retail and I, for the most part enjoyed it. I love working in an environment where I can meet other people, chat, give a smile, and just overall have the opportunity to brighten someone’s day. However, we had our first child within 10 months of being married, and we had already decided that when that day came I would become a stay-at-home mom. I knew it would be a big change, but didn’t realize just HOW  BIG. It is hard to carry on a conversation…
  • Direct Sales Company Reviews

    Alaina Forbes
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    I often get a lot of questions on the blog regarding many of the direct sales companies out there that offer opportunities to work from home. Because my blog has always focused on work-at-home jobs rather than businesses, my information on these work from home businesses is limited. For this reason, I have decided to begin a guest post feature offering reviews of some of these popular direct sales companies from independent consultants who work for these companies themselves. If you have any questions regarding the company, please contact the author themselves through their contact…
  • Weekly Customer Service Work From Home Jobs

    Alaina Forbes
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Here is a summary of this week's best work from home customer service related jobs.Aspire is hiring for home based concierge jobs both part-time and full-time. This position is available in the following states AL, AZ, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MA, MI, MO, NH, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, and WA. These positions assist customers through phone, email, and/or chat. American Express is hiring work from home travel counselors in Texas, New York, New Jersey, Conneticut, and Illinois. Agents take incoming calls from card members and assist them in booking travel. Previous…
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    The Divine Miss Mommy

  • Chex™ Honey Peanut School Fuel + $40 Publix Gift Card Giveaway

    Stacie Haight Connerty
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    I grew up eating Chex™ Mix. It was something that we just always made for sleepovers and around the holiday times. These days, we use Chex™ Mix as a lunchbox treat and an after school snack. My kids are serious about their snacks and they are very particular about what they will or will not eat. I am always looking for new recipes that my kids will love and that I can easily make at home. CHEX™ HONEY PEANUT SCHOOL {Read More} The post Chex™ Honey Peanut School Fuel + $40 Publix Gift Card Giveaway appeared first on The Divine Miss Mommy.
  • Check out the SIMPLR™ Product Protection Plan + $150 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway #SIMPLRplan

    Stacie Haight Connerty
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf SIMPLR™. Kids are pretty tough on things. My kids for example have broken keys off of every single computer I have ever owned with the exception of my laptop that I use now. They just don’t take care of things like my husband and I do. Can you imagine losing this laptop pictured below for days on end especially when you work from home? I would cry. As a parent, {Read More} The post Check out the SIMPLR™ Product Protection Plan + $150 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway #SIMPLRplan appeared first on The Divine Miss Mommy.
  • Shake it up with International Delight Iced Coffee #IcedDelight

    Stacie Haight Connerty
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:17 pm
    I am an iced coffee drinker. I mean I LOVE iced coffee. I like regular coffee too but I just find iced coffee so much more refreshing. I even drink it in the winter. My husband and I both like to drink it. It is a fabulous drink especially on one of those hot days that the south is famous for. We seem to have an awful lot of those lately. So I am going to share with you one {Read More} The post Shake it up with International Delight Iced Coffee #IcedDelight appeared first on The Divine Miss Mommy.
 
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    Dagmar's Home

  • Wordless Wednesday With Linky: Cape May Vacation

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    The post Wordless Wednesday With Linky: Cape May Vacation appeared first on Dagmar's Home. Cape May Vacation Hi there, everybody — sending you all sunny greetings from beautiful Cape May! We had to wait for the last week of summer, but we are finally enjoying a 3-day vacation in Cape May, NY. I’m trying to get some work done here, but I didn’t have time to post my next […] The post Wordless Wednesday With Linky: Cape May Vacation appeared first on Dagmar's Home.
  • Seeing the Statue of Liberty — Only Took 21 Years

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    The post Seeing the Statue of Liberty — Only Took 21 Years appeared first on Dagmar's Home. Statue of Liberty Visit I moved from Germany to America 21 years ago, which seems like a lifetime ago. Well, it is — half a lifetime. I lived in Los Angeles for many years and then moved to Westchester, NY, seven years ago after meeting Don, marrying him at Lyndhurst Castle, and having baby L. […] The post Seeing the Statue of Liberty — Only Took 21 Years appeared first on Dagmar's Home.
  • Back to School Nut-Free Banana Muffins

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    The post Back to School Nut-Free Banana Muffins appeared first on Dagmar's Home. School is starting in 10 days, and I’m once again struggling with wanting to send my son to school with something yummy and healthy that doesn’t get bad or mushy by the time he eats it. I don’t know about you, but I find it difficult to figure out a healthy school lunch because of […] The post Back to School Nut-Free Banana Muffins appeared first on Dagmar's Home.
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    Globetrotting in Heels

  • OOTW: let me introduce you to my boyfriend

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

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

  • It's Football Season!!

    Mom of 12
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:44 am
    Guess what we did last Saturday? OK, I admit it. I already gave it away... We got to watch the pre-season Pee-wee football games! I love it that Sport is so good at football. He's not big enough for the A team, but he made Super B again this year and he is playing Center and both sides of the line. He was just given a spot on starting Defense this week which is saying something because they have
  • The Trebuchet

    Mom of 12
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:16 am
    I borrowed this definition from Wikipedia. A trebuchet is a type of catapult that was used as a siege engine in the Middle Ages. The counterweight trebuchet appeared in both Christian and Muslim lands around the Mediterranean in the 12th century. It could fling projectiles weighing up to 350 pounds (160 kg) at or into enemy fortifications. Its use continued into the 15th century, well after
  • Free Flowers from Bouqs

    Mom of 12
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:57 am
    She was so surprised! A couple of weeks ago I was approached by the Marketing Director of The Bouqs Company. He had this great deal for me, I could get an amazing bouquet of their gorgeous flowers for free if I would just agree to write a blog post about it. Now you know me, I LOVE free stuff, besides, I had just the right person in mind who would be so happy to know that her family loves her
 
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    Create-Celebrate-Explore

  • Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley

    Tonya Staab
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:38 pm
      Earlier this year I was invited to spend some time in the Carmel area. Those of you who have been reading along for a while will remember that we lived in Monterey for a couple of years, so I was eager to get back. I decided to take advantage of the trip over the summer because the kids would be out of school and could spend some time visiting their dad. It turned out that my new love didn't have his children over the week that I was scheduled to go so he was able to join me, which I was thrilled about. I'm going to break this up over two posts because we were invited to stay at…
  • The Centsible Life: DIY Sewing Room Storage

    Tonya Staab
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Still unpacking over here. I swear it may never be finished, and some days I'm tempted to just leave everything in boxes and just dive in whenever I need something, because let's face it, this isn't our forever home so at some point all of this stuff has to be packed up again, right? But, instead of being so practical, I'm convinced that I this house will look like a home if it kills me. And it just might. Dammit though, it will be finished ... most likely right in time to start packing it all up again. And with that, head on over to The Centsible Life where I'm…
  • Versatile Furniture | One Piece, More Than One Use

    Tonya Staab
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:47 pm
      A while ago I showed you my new Sauder sewing cart.  If you entertain at home, it's important to have a piece of furniture that's versatile and that you can use for a number of different things. My sewing cart is just that piece. The fact that it's on wheels is a huge bonus, because moving it from room to room, or even wheeling it outside as a party food cart works amazingly well. Note: If the above image looks familiar, it's because this party table is from the yellow party post for CorningWare. If you are on Pinterest, you've probably seen many photos from other lifestyle…
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  • Build a capsule maternity wardrobe with Storq

    Courtney Strimel
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    During my first pregnancy, I bought loads of maternity clothes. Honestly, it was daunting trying to get dressed every morning. What would fit that week? What looked good together? It was a hassle. During my second pregnancy, I wizened up and made the decision to create a capsule maternity wardrobe. With a small collection of high-quality basics, getting dressed was a breeze. If I had it to do over again, I would create the same wardrobe but it would come from one place: Storq. With four exceptional basics–dress, leggings, skirt and tank–you’re covered stylishly from the…
  • Varsity looks reign supreme this back-to-school season

    Christine Fox
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:10 pm
    As a mom, I often long for the innocent cool kid look of yesteryear. You know the slicked back greaser hair, poodle skirts, rolled jeans and letterman jackets. Lucky for my nostalgic heart, the hair and poodle skirts may never come back but the jeans and letterman jackets have made a huge comeback for this back-to-school fall season. Kids everywhere can sport the varsity look with a cool jacket, long cardigan and hip tees. Now if they only brought back 5 cent soda shops, I might call it a win-win for all!  From left to right, top to bottom: Varsity Dress, $19.94, at oldnavy.com Stripe…
  • Get personal with monogram jewelry for fall

    Courtney Strimel
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Looking for a trendy new fall accessory? This one has your name all over it…literally. Although it’s really very classic, monogram jewelry pieces are showing up everywhere suddenly. And even if ‘preppy’ isn’t your thing, the newest styles look and feel fresh thanks to funkier fonts and unexpected shots of color. Also, the old rules of letter placement within monograms can go totally out the window. Your own initials work, but why not do something different like the kids’ initials? The styles featured below are some of my absolute favorite monogram jewelry…
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  • Stylish and Comfy: The Defender Shoe for Men from Hotter

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:17 pm
      It had been awhile since my husband has had new shoes.  The problem with many on the market today is that they are overly casual-looking or too "spiffy" for most of the events in his life.  When we received the Men's shoe Defender from Hotter, we were instantly attracted to how dapper they looked; they could, however, also been worn with jeans and a business casual shirt.  In short, they
  • Get Unlimited Talk & Text, plus 1GB Data for $45 with GoPhone

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    I never thought I would be one of THOSE families. The ones with a bunch of cell phones.  As my kids age, and we find ourselves traveling more, however, having at least 3 phones in the family is becoming necessary.  When I first started using a smartphone in 2009, contracts were the ONLY way to go.  Now, we have many more choices, and even the best plans can be month-to-month. Walmart's
  • They Swim! They Glow! Meet Our New GloFish!

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I am a little too old for starting a hobby such as keeping fish.  I have always felt a bit guilty, however, that we have had chickens, turkeys, geese, goats, cows, and frogs -- but never fish.  Doesn't every child deserve to at least watch fish swim in their classroom?  Since we homeschool, and Walmart gave me the opportunity to keep a few of the GloFish variety of fish in our home, I
 
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  • Online Furniture Shopping made easy with Sauder Experience

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

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

    Jenna
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Did you know 50 percent of families save for their kid’s college education? If you didn’t know, chances are you’re part of the 50 percent that doesn’t save – and, hey, there’s nothing wrong with that! Lots of financial advisors urge parents to think more about saving for their retirement, rather than saving for their […] The post Saving for College: Doable or an Impossible... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Shop Back to School at Carter’s | OshKosh B’gosh new Canadian Site + Giveaway (Can)

    Stacie
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    One of the downfalls of living in a smaller community is the lack of selection when you’re heading out shopping. I have two very fashion conscious daughter who always want to look their best. Sometimes it can be difficult to find clothes they like in a town with only a few stores to shop for… [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: Shop Back to School at Carter’s | OshKosh B’gosh new Canadian Site + Giveaway (Can). Thank you for helping…
  • 6 Back-to-School Tips

    Stacie
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own. School starts here the day after Labour day. I registered both girls at their new schools this week. Olivia is going into grade 11 and Bridget into grade 5. Both girls are looking forward to going to their new schools and I’m… [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: 6 Back-to-School Tips. Thank you for helping to stop content theft!!
  • Back to School Shopping with RBC Rewards + Giveaway (Can) #RBCRewards101

    Stacie
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Disclosure: I am part of the RBC Rewards Back to School Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own. I’m sure we’ve all done this one time or another. We hear about a new site that… [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: Back to School Shopping with RBC Rewards + Giveaway (Can) #RBCRewards101. Thank you for helping to stop content theft!!
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  • Places That You Can Visit While In the French Riviera

    Angela
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    When it comes to going abroad for a holiday there’s always a ton of different options available, you could go and enjoy the clubs and pubs of Majorca, the tourist traps of America or Amsterdam for the lovely scenery. However, there’s one place that tends to be the number one holiday location in everyone’s travel books to visit at least once and that’s the French Riviera. This beautiful location is home to a wealth of fun activities and breath-taking places to see. Rather than go through all of them we’ve listed what we consider to be the best places to visit whilst you are in the…
  • SOL REPUBLIC Tracks Air Headphones Review & Giveaway

    Andrea
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    Press Sample Music plays a huge part in our daily life and I have been in the need for something that is versatile when it comes to headphones and I think I finally found it..   We recently had the opportunity to review the SOL REPUBLIC Tracks Air Headphones. Powered by a large digital amplifier and Motorola’s wireless expertise, Tracks AIR sound engines produce a rich, detailed sound that is equal to or better than wired.  Tracks AIR connects to two devices at once, so you can watch a movie on your tablet and seamlessly take a hands-free call with the touch of a button. Wired…
  • LEGO Backpack/Lunchbox Review & Giveaway

    Andrea
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    Press Sample Ever since my boys were old enough to piece things together they have had such an interest in LEGO products.  All last year their greatest obsession was LEGO Ninjago, so I knew this next review would be ideal for the upcoming school year.  LEGO Bags for school. LEGO® Bags, now the sole designer and distributor for LEGO®-branded kids’ bags and backpacks in North America, announces the launch of its 2014 back-to-school line, featuring ergonomics, visibility and coordinating lunch options. With durable construction and comfort features such as contoured padded shoulder straps,…
 
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  • iPad Book Teaches Lesson After Loss + Free Coloring Pages

    Samantha Gregory
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    “Guppy Butter is the tale of a young girl who begs for a puppy, but gets a Guppy instead. What happens next is both humorous and tragic. Adults and children alike will enjoy reading this book together or alone. They will laugh out loud and feel a tug on their heart as they read the story. It teaches kids the lesson that even after a loss, life goes on. Come meet Fido, Q and the rest of the crew in Guppy Butter.Free coloring pages and word searches can be found atwww.guppybutter.comHave your kids color the images and then send them in to be posted on the website and the books Facebook…
  • Outsource Your Cleaning with Maid Sailors

    Samantha Gregory
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:28 am
    Sometimes you just gotta call in help to get the cleaning done. It may be for a dinner party, your birthday, or illness. There is no crime in letting someone else do the work for you. I’m a busy mom and business owner so my house is not always spotless. Sure I could make the kids do it but it just won’t have that hotel look that I like. So I need to call for help that will do it the way I like it. Maid Sailors was started to remove the hassle of finding, booking and paying a professional cleaner. At Maid Sailors, we believe that having a clean home leads to a fuller, healthier and…
  • How to Protect Your Child’s Identity

    Samantha Gregory
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    I’ve heard of and know a few people who have had their identity stolen as children. It’s mostly family members who where the culprit. Please do not use your children’s identity to open accounts for any reason. They deserve a financial future that hasn’t been ruined by you or any of your family members. By Jason Alderman I’m sorry to report that child identity fraud is alive and well in 2014. If anything, the problem may be worsening as identity thieves devise new methods to steal – and use – children’s personal information. Most commonly, they’ll…
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  • Prepare for Back to School: Build a Better Breakfast by Rethinking Cereal

    Danielle
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    My small dude made his way in to my room this morning even before I was fully awake, “Did you enjoy your day off, Mommy?” I wasn’t sure I heard him correctly. Day off? It’s Wednesday. It’s 6:30am. I was pretty sure I worked yesterday. And I’m getting ready to work today….so….? It IS early and I’m not a morning person. I shook my head to clear the ‘I-haven’t-had-any-breakfast-yet-fog’ and tilted my head in confusion. “I did everything for you, Mommy. I made lunches for school AND I made breakfast.” Breakfast.
  • 5 Back to School Organization Ideas

    Danielle
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I swear I was just putting the Winter coats and school paperwork away. Yet, here I am again, making plans for another school year, shaking my head – amazed that the days of sunshine and pools are slipping away and my children have, in fact, entered a higher grade. When did this happen? I’m promising myself I will DEFINITELY be organized this time around. Each year, the routine begins and I feel as though we are just a few steps behind…. we haven’t quite figured out school lunches, I’m worried I missed something on the school supply list and I swear I forgot all…
  • How to Dress for Early Fall

    Lauren Dix
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:10 am
    Summer is officially winding down, and with the start of the school year right around the corner, Fall is on my brain. I’m ready to whip out my boots and sweaters, aren’t you? If your local weather isn’t quite on board yet, there are still ways to incorporate some Fall fashion into your wardrobe! Booties If you’re not ready to break out your knee length boots yet, booties are a great early Fall alternative that will last you the entire season. You can even wear them with skirts and dresses if it’s still too warm for jeans or long pants!  Vests Can’t…
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    United States of Motherhood

  • On Swear Jars: Reason #8653947 Why I love My Daughter

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:36 pm
    I have found Reason #8653947 why I love my daughter! She made us a swear jar!Yep I had been complaining about everyone's salty language of late--myself included because I SWEAR it's contagious--and she hustled off and came back with this!  She also has aggressively enforced it and even self-policed herself. She even tried to nail her dad to the wall for calling her a knucklehead.  Ohhh okay I call that excessive. Knucklehead is fair game! Now %&$¥* will cost you a quarter!!
  • Ladies Days: I want a Vagina Cake! Celebrating Your New Moon!

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:39 am
    Ahem...there might have been a tradition of my parents take us out to dinner when we "became women." Yep, all five girls in our household.Horrifying.This takes it to a new level of awesome-ly awkward! My teen daughter is lucky I didn't see this two years ago...Bwahahahah!
  • Reduce Reuse Recycle in the Garden: Hydrangea Branches at Stakes

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    8 Jun 2014 | 3:03 pm
    It's official: I am so crunchy! Heh! Reduce, reuse recycle? Check!!I trimmed back a huge amount of dead hydrangea wood last fall. At the last minute, I took it out of the garden bin and put it aside for a bonfire. For the record, dry hydrangea branches?  Spectacularly hot and fast fires for s'mores in the outside fireplace. Anyhoo, today I needed to stake my 40+ tomatoes and I had none of those painted green stakes I usually use in the garden shed. Then I had an a-ha  moment! Duh! Why am I paying for and putting painted sticks in my #organic tomatoes root…
 
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • 10 essential modern gadgets for the woman on the go.

    cjblythe
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Following is my list of 10 essential modern gadgets for the woman on the go. I do have a few of these myself and the others I describe are on my own wishlist. I must get Mark to read this post.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top four home decor trends in 2014.

    Guest Author
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    For many people looking to decorate their homes, they want to have the latest design trends that capture the essence of their personalities, while showing their good design tastes. The top four home... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Isaiah Mustafa fails the ALS ice water challenge.

    cjblythe
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Isaiah Mustafa, ‘the Old Spice guy,’ accepts the ALS ice water challenge – unsuccessfully. In case you lived in the wilds of Borneo, the Australian outback, the African desert, the tundra of Siberia,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Four Ways to Show Your Love of Vintage at Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

    SavvyMom.ca
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    Brace yourselves. It’s that time of year again. September means the end of summer (sigh) but it also means a new year and a fresh start. Get back-to-reality with our Savvy Guide to September.
  • Calgary: Calgary: The Savvy Guide to September

    SavvyMom.ca
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Brace yourselves. It’s that time of year again. September means the end of summer (sigh) but it also means a new year and a fresh start. Get back-to-reality with our Savvy Guide to September in Calgary.
  • Ottawa: Ottawa: The Savvy Guide to September

    SavvyMom.ca
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Brace yourselves. It’s that time of year again. September means the end of summer (sigh) but it also means a new year and a fresh start. Get back-to-reality with our Savvy Guide to September in Ottawa.
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  • Bye, Bye Baby Bed!

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    One of the first milestones of toddlerhood is making the transition from crib to big kid bed. It’s a switch everyone makes, but how do you know when your child is ready? And how do you make it easier for them? Most kids make the switch between ages 2 and 3, when they are about 34 to 36 inches in height. When they can stand in their crib and potentially get out, you know it’s time. The first part of a smooth transition is making sure the idea appeals to your child. Toddlers tend to crave the familiar and are just starting to assert their individuality, so you don’t want to just surprise…
  • These Prints Are LOUD!

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Adventurous dressers are sure to enjoy the new trend in pants: loud prints. For too long girls’ pants have been limited to conventional solid colors and classic prints, even as cuts and styles have evolved. Now children’s clothing designers are experimenting with vivid prints designed to turn heads and get attention. Girls can use these prints to create everyday looks when paired with simple shoes and tops, or go all-out with a loud-on-loud outfit. Check out some of our favorites: Part punk and part glam, these pants offer an edgy look. The simple cut lets the print speak for itself.
  • Keeping a Journal

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Journaling can be both educational and therapeutic for kids. It’s more than just a way to practice writing; it allows kids to reflect on their emotions, an important process and something they might not ordinarily do.   Getting a kid to start a journal, especially if they aren’t crazy about writing, can be a tough sell. Emphasize the open-ended nature of the project. It’s their journal and they can fill it with anything they want. If they want to write about things they saw on TV or their favorite videogame, let them. It doesn’t have to be full sentences. There can be doodles. No…
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  • Back to School Organized with Fox 29

    joey fortman
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    Way too much fun with Fox 29 last week so we're spreading the love this week too!I can't believe this is the last week of camp for my son.  I'm actually kind of depressed about it.  Not because he has to go back to school so much - but the fact that summer is over and I NEVER MADE IT TO THE SHORE!!!  That is just heartbreaking.  Cape May has always been my happy place and I can't believe I've missed it.  Ugh. Mega bummer. Oh well... guess that means I'll have to make up for it when I go to Turks & Caicos with my hubs in October!  Weeeeee!Ok, so let's get…
  • Back to School College Products on Fox 29

    joey fortman
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Today was another great day of Back to School with Jennaphr Frederick on Fox 29!We talked COLLEGE today!  After hitting up the beautiful Cabrini College we hit up the hottest gifts you can send your college kid of to school with!GREAT GIFTS FOR COLLEGE KIDS:*Keurig Mini - College Edition  Awesome, I know.  EVERY coffee drinker knows all about Keurig!*FRESHeTECH Speaker Systems - In the shower or connected to your bike - be jammin' in style with these great and VERY durable speaker systems!  From the Splash Shower Tunes to the All Terrain - you can slather them with mud or…
  • REAL MOM BTS GUIDE #RealMomBTS

    joey fortman
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:35 pm
    REAL MOM MEDIA BACK TO SCHOOL GUIDEYES!  It's BACK TO SCHOOL TIME!Check out our latest Real Mom Media Back to School Guide.  We're proud of our guides and this one is no different!  From organization to shoe strings to lunch with allergies - we covered every corner of a moms journey with back to school time. I know.  We're JUST as depressed as you are.  Where on EARTH did summer go?!?!
 
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  • 14 Delicious Breakfast for Dinner Recipes

    Anne Younger (The Megalomaniac Mommy)
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    *This post is sponsored by Foodie.com. I received compensation in oder to facilitate this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* If there is one thing our family can’t get enough of when it comes to food, it’s anything breakfast related.  For some reason, breakfast, no matter what time of day it is served, is always a […] The post 14 Delicious Breakfast for Dinner Recipes appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Unleashing Her Inner Rock Star & Amping Up Her Style with TRESemmé

    Anne Younger (The Megalomaniac Mommy)
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    *This post is made possible by participating in a blog campaign by Global Influence on behalf of TRESemmé. I was compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.*  With the kids heading back-to-school next week and Libby entering her first year of high school, we made […] The post Unleashing Her Inner Rock Star & Amping Up Her Style with TRESemmé appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Heading Back-To-School with Microsoft #MicrosoftB2S + $500 Gift Card Giveaway

    Anne Younger (The Megalomaniac Mommy)
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:12 am
    *This post is a sponsored post brought to you by  Lunchbox on behalf of Microsoft and Walmart.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.* How would you like a some financial help with your back-to-school shopping with a $500 Walmart Giftcard???  Keep reading to find out more details! In just over […] The post Heading Back-To-School with Microsoft #MicrosoftB2S + $500 Gift Card Giveaway appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
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  • iPad Book Teaches Lesson After Loss + Free Coloring Pages

    Samantha Gregory
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    “Guppy Butter is the tale of a young girl who begs for a puppy, but gets a Guppy instead. What happens next is both humorous and tragic. Adults and children alike will enjoy reading this book together or alone. They will laugh out loud and feel a tug on their heart as they read the story. It teaches kids the lesson that even after a loss, life goes on. Come meet Fido, Q and the rest of the crew in Guppy Butter.Free coloring pages and word searches can be found atwww.guppybutter.comHave your kids color the images and then send them in to be posted on the website and the books Facebook…
  • Outsource Your Cleaning with Maid Sailors

    Samantha Gregory
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:28 am
    Sometimes you just gotta call in help to get the cleaning done. It may be for a dinner party, your birthday, or illness. There is no crime in letting someone else do the work for you. I’m a busy mom and business owner so my house is not always spotless. Sure I could make the kids do it but it just won’t have that hotel look that I like. So I need to call for help that will do it the way I like it. Maid Sailors was started to remove the hassle of finding, booking and paying a professional cleaner. At Maid Sailors, we believe that having a clean home leads to a fuller, healthier and…
  • How to Protect Your Child’s Identity

    Samantha Gregory
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    I’ve heard of and know a few people who have had their identity stolen as children. It’s mostly family members who where the culprit. Please do not use your children’s identity to open accounts for any reason. They deserve a financial future that hasn’t been ruined by you or any of your family members. By Jason Alderman I’m sorry to report that child identity fraud is alive and well in 2014. If anything, the problem may be worsening as identity thieves devise new methods to steal – and use – children’s personal information. Most commonly, they’ll…
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    Wifely Steps

  • Beautiful things don’t ask for attention

    Toni
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:08 am
    This reminds me of blogging, and of the gems you find in the blogging world. When you write out of love, when you write from your essence, the world will take notice. Attention will come naturally, but more importantly, your message is heard. Beautiful things don’t ask for attention, but more often than not they […] The post Beautiful things don’t ask for attention appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • Waking Up Together

    Toni
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:08 am
    Waking up together would be lovely. Can a working Mom handle it? It’s all about perspective. After spending 4 days at home with my 4-year-old (stayed home on Friday to care for my sick son, then there was the weekend, and then a replacement leave for Monday), it was time for me to go back […] The post Waking Up Together appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • Choco Yema Cupcake from SLICE

    Toni
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:26 pm
    There are a lot of cupcake shops out there, but I’m discovering that I’m slowly liking cupcakes in one place more than others. Heehee. SLICE is a restaurant that serves full meals and yummy desserts, but so far what I’ve tasted are the cupcakes and the coffee. I’ll definitely eat more there another time, but […] The post Choco Yema Cupcake from SLICE appeared first on Wifely Steps.
 
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    Making Time for Mommy

  • Win Your School Supply List!

    Alicia Marie
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The month of August is filled with all sorts of school related expenses. School supplies, new clothes, backpacks and lunchboxes, school physicals, and more seem to take up every spare penny we have this season. Because of this, I’m excited to share about a way that you can win your school supply list so that’s one less expense you have to pay for. Thanks to Great Clips for sponsoring today’s discussion. Great Clips is fulfilling school supply lists with the #GREATLIST. Upload your school supply list to www.greatclips.com/greatlist between now and Sept. 5. Daily winners…
  • Easy DIY Teacher’s Gifts

    Alicia Marie
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Looking for a creative gift for your child’s teacher? Today I wanted to share a couple easy DIY gifts I made for the kids to give. Not only are they easy, but they are quick and inexpensive, too! Thanks to QVC for sponsoring today’s crafts! Lately I have been kind of obsessed with Washi tape. If you don’t know what that is, it’s like colorful masking tape. You can buy it at any craft store and even in the aisles of your favorite big box store. Some have stripes or designs and some are solid color. I had a really cute polka dot printed one that I wanted to use so I…
  • The Picture Of Me

    Alicia Marie
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:36 am
    So excited to be working with Ancestry.com this month because I want to share what I found with you all! I was poking around on Ancestry.com trying to fill out my family tree and I found my late Grandfather’s information and noticed someone had posted some pictures of him. As I was looking at them I realized one of the pictures had me in it! True story! This picture was over 30 years old and I’d never seen it before! My Grandfather passed away in 1992 and I only got to see him a handful of times in my young life so this picture means a lot to me. I loved seeing the pictures of him…
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    Musing Mommies Mom Podcast and Mommy Blog - Interviews, Giveaways, Health, Wellness, and Mothering advice

  • Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 252 {What is going on?}

    Admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 252 Wednesday Aug 28th 2014 This week the Musing Mommies have a very special guest. A master at camouflage, he shows up unexpectedly and stays for the whole show. MuMo Dawn had to forcibly remove him from her home the next day. However, he did contribute to this week’s topic! What’s happenin’??? ‘Ow YOU doin’? Brother, brother, brother…what’s going on? And I say, hey, hey, hey, hey. I said hey, what’s goin’ on? Tune in to find out! Peace, Love & Chattiness, ~Dawn and Kim Please share us with your…
  • Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 251 {Things we totally love and are looking forward to}

    Admin
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 251 Tuesday Aug 19th 2014 Have you caught your first whiff of Fall yet? Do you feel it in the air? It’s almost here! The Musing Mommies, Kim and Dawn, are dreaming of all good things this week as they discuss what they are looking forward to. Tune in to find out just what it is the Chatty Mommas are drooling over. 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…
  • Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 250 {Counting down the days}

    Admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 250 Wednesday Aug 13th 2014 This week the Musing Mommies, Kim and Dawn are counting down the days. School is right around the corner, and it’s all they can think about. Listen in to find out what’s on the list of things to do, how much “summer” is left, and if Dawn will be selling her children to the gypsies. 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…
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    CoffeeJitters

  • Lee Museum of Warped Art and Hysterical Do-Dads: family wedding photos and do-dads

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:06 am
    I am in possession of most of the old photographs and do-dads from our family history, and on occasion, I rummage through those items and take a stab at getting some of them scanned so we have a digital record that can be shared around the country. Most of the pictures I rummage through are multiple copies of old school photos, but every once in a while, I find something interesting. The pen doesn’t work, it’s 44 years old. Apparently, this is the pen that the best man presented to my dad, the groom, “for use in signing his life away.”  This cracks me up. I wonder if…
  • Giveaway: Back-to-School Palooza

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    Welcome to the Back-to-School Giveaway Palooza Sponsored by: Failing Perfect, Dibsies Personalization Station, Zazzle, Fundanoodle, and Educational Insights Hosted & Organized by: Failing Perfect Co-hosted by: Here We Go Again, Ready?, Intelligent Domestications, Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains, Spaceships and Laser Beams, Peace and Chaos, and The More The Merrier I can’t believe it’s that time of year again! It’s time to get those kids ready to go back to school. It seems like just yesterday when we were looking forward to the start of summer. Because we love our readers…
  • Beauty is imperfection

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:13 am
    The dress is on backwards, her (my) shoes are on the wrong feet, she’s holding her camera backwards, her hair is a mess, and there’s a dog pinned under the door. Also, the lighting is off, and it’s not well focused or composed. There is not a thing I would change about this picture. This snapshot tells a story about our life. It’s messy, and lively, and it’s spontaneous. It’s beautiful, and those little imperfections are part of what makes it… well… perfect. I love this picture. Beauty is imperfection   I have a mint green blanket that my…
 
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    Kidsumers

  • Win a Febreze Noseblind Kit ARV $50 {Canada} #noseblind #pgmom

    Sheri
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    As a parent who has already made it through the pre-teen phase once and is now deep in the throws of it again, only with two children this time, I am all too familiar with the concept of noseblind. noseblind [nohz-blihnd], noun; Definition: The gradual acclimation to the smells of one’s home, car,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • WestJet Flies from Calgary to Islands of Loreto {Press Release}

    Sheri
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    Islands of Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico [July 22, 2014] – Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, the newest member of Villa Group Resorts, is thrilled with the recent announcement that WestJet, Canada’s most-preferred airline, will launch non-stop weekly service between Calgary and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Introducing the New LG G3 Smartphone #LGG3

    Sheri
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:28 pm
    With so many smartphones on the market, it’s important to do your research and choose the one that is perfect for you. LG has the new LG G3 that may be just what you are looking for. This new phone offers: Advanced OIS+ Camera Laser Auto Focus – Laser Detection Auto Focus LG G3’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    dude mom

  • Dude Mom Life: Dude House Sounds, Vol. 4

    DudeMom
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    So many of our conversations end in me laughing.  Or, shaking my head.  Or shaking my head while laughing. Their minds are just so amazing and I guess a filter is something that grows in during puberty. Or, never… Dude Mom Life: Dude House Sounds, Vol. 4 After his bath… Dude 3: It’s like I’m Superman.  With the glasses.  And he has this same curl right here.  I wish I could fly like Superman. Dude 2: I don’t know if I want a hair cut or not. Girls like curls. Dude 3: Yeah they really do. They’re always trying to touch them though. On a good hair day… Dude 3: Mom, I’m not…
  • Baby Baking: Advanced Maternal Age 35 & Pregnant

    DudeMom
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:06 am
    Baby Baking is a weekly pregnancy series written almost entirely by our pregnant writer, Vanessa.  Note, official DudeMom is not, now or ever again, expecting a baby. Most of my friends already have kids. Multiple children. Most of them school aged. They had their kids in their 20s (or before!) just like I thought I would, but things didn’t turn out that way. I spent a lot of time wishing things were different and wondering if it was ever going to happen for me. I celebrated my 36th birthday 12 weeks pregnant. They call it “advanced maternal age,” I call it basically just…
  • Happy Mamas: Back to School Happy

    DudeMom
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:53 pm
    If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: back to school season is not joyful for me. I miss The Dudes.  I miss our slow mornings and our lazy evenings.  I miss our day trips and our adventures.  I miss sitting by the pool and wading in the lake and hanging out with friends and flip flops.  I MISS ICE CREAM FOR DINNER. But, it’s not all bad. Channeling all of the happy mama vibes on this one! 7 Things I Love About Back to School 1.  I work out.  Although, this entire summer I’ve not been working out really at all.  I say I’ve gained 12…
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    La Jolla Mom

  • Luxe with Kids at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC

    La Jolla Mom
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    The excitement started to brew as the Pentagon, Washington Monument and more became visible through in our airplane window as we descended into Washington, DC. Living on the West Coast, a visit to the nation’s capitol is a luxury for our family. Soon, our 7-year-old will see the famous monuments, museum artifacts and government buildings in her text books and (we’re hoping) the connection between these pages and visiting them in real life will engender even more of a desire to learn. Truth be told, I’d forgotten how cool Washington, DC—especially the Georgetown…
  • 5 Reasons to Choose Gulf County Florida for a Fall Family Vacation

    La Jolla Mom
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gulf County, Florida. All opinions are 100% mine. The kids may be back in school but fall is still a perfect time to take an off-season family vacation. Gulf County is located in Florida’s panhandle and home to 43 miles of natural shoreline. Absent are high rises and traffic but present are spectacular sunsets, an abundance outdoor activities and the Dead Lakes, one of the richest ecosystems in Florida. It’s the perfect place to unplug for a weekend with the family. Of course, summer is a great time to visit Gulf County, Florida…
  • Fun Things to Do with Dogs Around La Jolla – #DogVenture

    La Jolla Mom
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    Maybe it’s the casual lifestyle and year-round beach weather but dogs are spotted all over San Diego dining on restaurant patios, shopping and socializing with their families. Sponsor of this post, DogVacay, asked us to share our favorite dog adventures or DogVentures. If our dog could type, here is what I’m sure would be his list of things to do around La Jolla with dogs. 1. Go to the Beach Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach before 9:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. from November 1 – March 31 and after 6:00 p.m. from April 1 through October 31. We typically go to La Jolla…
 
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    Amanda Magee

  • All the Flavors—sad to happy to wow

    amanda magee
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    “We’re going to try and have an adventure, ok?” I gently cajoled. “Really, what is it?” They asked. I shook my head, “I want it to be a surprise.” They blurted out guesses that quickly began to make my plans for an afternoon at the county fair seem kind of lame. “Nope,” I said trying to keep my spirits up as I weaved defensively through the weekend traffic. “Mom, is it ok if I take a nippy-nap?” Finley asked quietly. “Sure, of course. Do you feel sick?” I asked worried. “Yes, do you feel sick, Fin? Are you…
  • Avoiding an Idle Mind

    amanda magee
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    This week was awful. My disbelief and heartache were unrelenting and compounded by Sean’s absence. I needed escape or purpose or both because everything felt hopelessly out of control. But what to do? I drew upon a combination of needing to change things and remembering that I am capable. Our laundry room has long been the root source of my unhappiness. I mean, the laundry just never ends and the room never fit. The shelves in the cabinets were too short, too shallow, and the wrong height. The wallpaper border always made me feel like I was living in someone else’s house. I…
  • Scattered Thoughts

    amanda magee
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    I have a few closet admissions—I’ve always like Rick Astley, not leaving the house on Sunday is something that I cannot abide, I have never gotten R.E.M. (the band, or sometimes even the sleep),  I kill spiders, ants, and other crawly things, but I almost always try to save moths. Here’s the thing, the only part of those admission that really matters is R.E.M. Because at the end of the day, particularly these past few weeks, everybody really does hurt. In Ferguson. In Gaza. Next door. In bed next to you. Across the country. In the penthouse. In the encampments. Online. In…
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    Fox In Flats

  • The 6 shoes every woman needs in their collection

    FoxInFlats
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Get the basics right, and build from there. The post The 6 shoes every woman needs in their collection appeared first on Fox In Flats.
  • A moving weekend

    FoxInFlats
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Packing tape, Pinot, and pasta from a friend. The post A moving weekend appeared first on Fox In Flats.
  • The DIY breakfast face mask

    FoxInFlats
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:35 am
    Yup, you can even eat these if you're REALLY in a hurry! The post The DIY breakfast face mask appeared first on Fox In Flats.
 
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    Marketing Mama

  • secrets

    Missy
    10 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    In today’s age of compulsive-selfies and over-sharing online, our Facebook and Twitter streams are filled with happy pictures and stories about our friends and family. But some things don’t get talked about online. Especially when we are struggling in our jobs or marriages. In the last few years, I can’t tell you how many friends and acquaintances have confided in me about their failing marriages and asked for advice because I’ve been in their shoes. Usually it’s because they are either going to ask for a divorce, or their spouse has asked them for one. Sometimes…
  • sleepy heads

    Missy
    9 Aug 2014 | 7:23 am
    My first stop in the  morning is always to my children’s bedrooms to say “good morning.” Yesterday I found these two cuties having fun together in Alex’s room. I was struck by their sleepy eyes, messy hair and big smiles. And in their cute pajama sets and Avery in her robe. It was one of those moments I wanted to remember forever. So much so that I had an overwhelming urge to go find my phone so I could take a picture. And even though it turned out grainy and a bit blurry, it captured the essence – the love and happiness – of the moment. And the…
  • Update on Minnesota Blogger Conference 2014

    Missy
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    Attendees from the first MN Blogger Conference gathered at CoCo St. Paul back in 2010. Five years ago, Arik Hanson and I started the first conference in Minnesota solely devoted to Minnesota bloggers: The Minnesota Blogger Conference. We started the event because we saw a need (at the time): to help bloggers from different walks of life, who blog about different topics, come together and learn from each other. And, to be honest, just to network and get to know one another. With the help of many, many people, we’ve pulled off four #mnblogcon’s plus a couple of mini-blogcons and happy…
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    A Daily Dose of Toni

  • Ad: Go Back To School With Microsoft Surface and Walmart $500 Giveaway #MicrosoftBTS

    Toni Patton
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    We’ve been back to school for about a week now, it’s hard to believe I have a 4th, 5th, and 9th grader. As with every year, comes more expenses…I swear we spend more each year than the last. Thankfully, Microsoft and Walmart have teamed up to giveaway a $500 Walmart Gift Card, you’ll get to Read More »» The post Ad: Go Back To School With Microsoft Surface and Walmart $500 Giveaway #MicrosoftBTS 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....
  • Sponsored: Wound Care Help From Johnson & Johnson {Walmart Giftcard Giveaway} #JNJWoundCare

    Toni Patton
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    Those faces are the ones who really depend on me as they learn their way in life. Sometimes that is for guidance, but more often it’s to treat their “boo-boos”. With three very active kids, there is no lack of scrapes, cuts, and bumps. Right now I have one in football, one in soccer, and Read More »» The post Sponsored: Wound Care Help From Johnson & Johnson {Walmart Giftcard Giveaway} #JNJWoundCare 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....
  • Shop, Dine and Stroll At Universal CityWalk In Orlando @UniversalORL

    Toni Patton
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    I’ve already shared all about Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Diagon Alley, the final post in this Universal series is all about Universal CityWalk. Over the course of 2014, CityWalk has been expanding to make itself bigger and better, some of the expansions to CityWalk include: Hot Dog Hall of Fame, Antojitos, Menchies, Bread Box, Read More »» The post Shop, Dine and Stroll At Universal CityWalk In Orlando @UniversalORL appeared first on A Daily Dose of Toni. This is just a bit of what I had to say, to hear it all come on over and read the rest of the post....
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    {So Wonderful, So Marvelous}

  • To That Girl, In Her Twenties.

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

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

  • Are You Going to Lose Your Mommy? – Part III

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

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

  • This Is Where I Leave You - Official Movie Sneak Peek #TIWILY

    Barb Webb
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
    What happens when you mix brilliant ensemble of actors with an emotionally-charged rich dramatic script?  You get what is sure to be a wonderfully rich, deep and entertaining movie experience!  One I know that we are looking forward to seeing and expect that you will be, too.Based on the best-selling book by Jonathan Tropper, THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU is a touching story of love, family, and choices.  Take a look:About the film: When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood…
  • 4 Family Fitness Picnic Ideas to Help Your Crew Stay Active During Back-To-School Season

    Barb Webb
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    It may be back-to-school season, but this time of year everyone is itching to get outside to soak up the last days of summer play.  Which is great because school time generally means families get less active time together. Instead of eating in, take your family to the park for a picnic dinner complete with a round of fitness fun! After school or on the weekend is the perfect time for an impromptu picnic to encourage adding more exercise to your weekly routines.  Use the following ideas to up the fitness factor of your park and picnic play time:Have a Jungle Gym ChallengeIf you…
  • Up To Scratch? Immaculate Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cookie Mix #glutenfree #IBBakesWell #PlatefullCoop

    Barb Webb
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    Love that baked-from-scratch taste?  Me, too!  Thanks to Immaculate Baking through Platefull Co-Op, I'm currently enjoying some terrific gluten-free baked goods!  Of course, as per usual, all thoughts and opinions of these products are that of Rural Mom.  The taste of homemade cookies, still warm and fresh from the oven zapped me right back to my childhood!  Whether it was my mother, my grand mother or my next-door neighbor's, I sure had plenty of cookies to enjoy!I love offering my children that same experience and I know they look forward to each batch,…
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    Keeping the Glass Half Full

  • My Inevitable Back to School Blog Post

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

    samanthamcgarry
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    They are everywhere. They are taking over. No surface is spared. When you remove them from one room, they appear in another. And then back again. On floors. On chairs. Everywhere. Transformers. Bionicles. Hero Factory. Chima. Well done, toy manufacturers, well done.
  • I Am The Plant Torturer

    samanthamcgarry
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:51 am
    Here in the US, you call it “green thumbs.” In the UK, it’s called “green fingers.” In France, it’s “les mains vertes” (green hands.) Whichever the digit or the color, sadly, I don’t have them. For I, my friends, am The Plant Torturer. For decades, I have entertained hopes of designing and planting colorful flower beds. I dream of vegetable gardens overflowing with home-grown tomatoes, cucumbers, raspberries, green beans, kale and carrots from which to nurture my family with nutritious hearty fare. My home would be resplendent with…
 
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    dominiquegoh.com

  • Writer’s Workshop: On Your Own

    Dominique
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    You're readingWriter’s Workshop: On Your Own 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 holding on to a pole It has been nearly 20 years since I graduated from high school.  Back then I was all eager to be set free. I was finally legally an adult and could  do whatever I wanted.   I did not need to be accountable to the elders for  every  little thing that I do. I only needed to answer to myself. I thought it would be great as I didn’t not need to have to  worry about…
  • More Outrageous Pictures from Alive Museum

    Dominique
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:32 pm
    You're readingMore Outrageous Pictures from Alive Museum by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Petting the giraffe Being at the Alive Museum last week as part of my birthday celebration was really fun. Here are some more pictures that we took that day. Restraining a dinosaur This year Tiger girl and I got to be up and close with a giraffe. Last year when we were at the Trick Museum at Jeju island we took a similar picture but with a  dinosaur instead. Tiger girl and us posing for a photograph…
  • Jex Malone by C.L. Gaber & V.C. Stanley

    Dominique
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:50 am
    You're readingJex Malone by C.L. Gaber & V.C. Stanley by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Jex Malone Book cover   Jex Malone by C.L Gaber & V.C. Stanely  is a story about what happened when Jex went to stay with her estrangled father, a detective,  during the summer.   She was very reluctant to spend the summer with her Dad as he has been vastly absent from her life so far since her parents divorced. It was the first time that Jex was up in Nevada for the Summer. She  thought…
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    SANses | A Singaporean Mummy In Sydney

  • #ArtByJayvon

    Sandra
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Jayvon is a very active boy. Very. He literally cannot stand still. And he cannot stand… being bored. This is something only parents with active boys can identify with. Now, the hubby and I do our best to “rein” him in, lest he get into MORE trouble at school, and a while back, we realised one of the (very few) things that can occupy Jayvon is art. He absolutely loves to draw. And recently, with a lot of practice in school, he has started writing short stories and drawing an illustration to accompany it. He is also crazy about art shops, and he is always thinking of ways to…
  • The City Harvest Case So Far – My Reflections

    Sandra
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Blogging about City Harvest Church is kind of like a walk on the wild side. Because one knows it is a topic that, for lack of a better word, polarizes people. It doesn’t help matters when there’s so much negative about the church out there on the mainstream media, forums and other blogs. But I am not someone that would shy away from talking about something so near and dear to my heart. Yes, I’m living in Sydney, and have been for the last 15 months. And yes, I still identify myself as a “City Harvest Church member” – a badge that many, unfortunately, have chosen to take off. But…
  • Kids’ Milestones

    Sandra
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Milestones. First step, first word, first smile, first burp… When it comes to our kids, these are so important and photo-moment-worthy! Here is my absolute favourite moments. The day we became a family. And erm, fair warning here – there is one no-make-up, just-popped-a-child-out-of-my-you-know-what, still reeling from the meds, tired, not-eaten-for-many-hours, tired kind of look. I also was having a case of hive soon after giving birth, and my eyelids were puffy and swollen and I looked like I’d been in a battle. But if you know Jay’s birth story, you know that it…
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    Minivan Momma

  • So, How Was My Week?

    24 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    I hate writing posts like this. It's the little things, y'all, that make or break a week, a day, a moment. And in the grand scheme of things? I've got my health. I've got my family. We've got our home. We are fat, fit and fabulous. What do I have to complain about, right?Really, this is simply a case of first world problems. Wednesday was just a rough day for me. I couldn't quite put my finger on why, but I was irritated and, I'm sure, irritating. Nothing was going right and I just couldn't pull my day together.I think I held it together fairly well. The folks I encountered didn't say…
  • #IceBucketChallenge

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:41 pm
    If you have no idea what the #IceBucketChallenge is, you need to leave this blog right now and catch up with the rest of the world. Also, where have you been for the past month or so?The basic gist is this: You are challenged by someone you know to either douse yourself with ice water or make a donation to the ALS charity of your choice. Personally, I like the ALS Organization. Ideally, you should do both. And then you challenge whomever you want.I encourage you, however, to not just douse yourself with ice and make a donation, but to find out about ALS. It's commonly known as Lou Gehrig's…
  • From The Back Seat

    17 Aug 2014 | 5:46 pm
    On our way home this weekend, we stopped at got a RedBox, Frozen. Brian and I have never seen the movie--we might be the last people in the free world to have not seen this phenom. We have now officially heard it, though.When it came to the part (spoiler alert) when one sister is saved by the other sister, I reached to the controls and hit the pause button. I turned in my seat to face my two daughters--sister, just two years apart, and said, "Does this scene speak to y'all?"SourceDaughter 1 quickly answered, "Yes."Daughter 2 responded with, "Eh ... not so much."And the next fifty miles went…
 
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  • You can be the Grandma

    Susan
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:32 pm
    “I’ll be the Mum and you can be the Grandma,” said Miss Four. “Wait, what?” I said, tearing my eyes away from the very important work I was doing on the computer (Facebook). She thrust her doll at me. “Baby wants Grandma.” “Um, okay then but I’d like you to know that I’m a bit young to be a Grandma.” She looked carefully at my gray hairs, crows-feet and deplorable fashion sense, and smirked. Yeah okay, some of the girls I went to school with are grandmothers now, but that doesn’t mean anyone is allowed to think that I…
  • The rainbow loom dilemma

    Susan
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:26 pm
    My six-year-old son will be having a tonsillectomy in a few days. He’s pretty scared about it, but the promise of a special gift for being brave is helping him get through the anxiety. I asked him what he would like for his gift and he immediately answered ‘a Rainbow Loom’. They’re all nuts about them in his class at school, and I imagine they’re quite good for improving dexterity. Sure, why not? Plus it will be something to keep him occupied while he’s recuperating from his operation. Then I read the news reports about Illinois banning personal care…
  • Conversations with my dog

    Susan
    29 May 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Dog: Ooh you’re going to the toilet. Great I’ll come with you. Hey you just shut the door in my face. Me: Go to your bed Dog. Dog: What? Why? Is there someone else in there with you? Me: Stop sniffing back and forwards along the bottom of the door. Dog: I just had to make sure there wasn’t someone else in there with you. Me: Who, apart from you, would want to be in here with me while I’m going to the toilet. Dog: The cat. Oh no, she’s in there with you isn’t she. That’s not fair I wanna be in there too.Llemme in, lemme in, lemme in. LET ME IN. Me: The…
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  • Wake Up, Sistahs – GIRLilla Warfare IS Back

    Lisa
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr No more lounging, no more chill time at the beach, pool, club, backyard, or wherever you vacay — because those dreaded school forms are now facing you again. The “just sign this … and this … and this” is back with an inky black vengeance. Not to mention the pressure: carpools, tryouts, buying books, supplies, gear, clothes, classes, tutors, doctors’ appointments  – all of that and more is eyeballing you. No worries, Ladies — GIRLilla Warfare is in the house, and you are SO not alone. At GIRLilla Warfare, there is no subject left…
  • Summer Solstice: GIRLilla Warfare Hits the Beach … and the Books

    Lisa
    9 Jun 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr Even bloggers need a vacation … well, kind of. GIRLilla Warfare is taking a Summer Break and will be back in the Fall just in time for Back-To-School … when Motherhood and To-Do is in full swing. I will be enjoying the summer with my peeps, and working 24/7 on my second book — Agent’s orders. Like my debut novel, Fugitive Colors, “Book Number Two”  will be filled with love, passion, and suspense — only this time around the heroine will be a Mom on the Move. It will be GIRLilla Warfare-meets-Tom Clancy. Stay tuned … I will miss you,…
  • The “M” Word: Here’s Why ‘Middle Age’ IS the Hottest Term in the Dictionary

    Lisa
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:03 pm
     By E.J. Gordon The term “Middle Age” immediately conjures up a milieu of knee braces, balding heads, and AARP subscriptions. But by definition, once you’re around 40 or so, you’re considered middle aged. It seems these stages of life are more about where you are rather than how old you are, so using that way of thinking, once your kids aren’t babies anymore, once you’ve started running your kids from school to the ortho to baseball practice, once you’ve said at least once, “Wow, I can’t drink like that anymore,” once you’ve seriously considered a cortisone injection to…
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    A Yummy Mummy? Really?

  • How to survive the school holidays

    Yummy Mummy? Really?
    2 Aug 2014 | 4:06 am
    To many parents, the prospect of 7 weeks of school holidays causes mixed and conflicting emotions. For working parents, on one hand there is an opportunity to spend more time with the children than the two day weekends usually allow, assuming, that is, you can book some leave. On the other hand, most working parents get less than 30 days annual leave a year, so the school holidays present a logistical childcare challenge. You are torn between wanting to be delighted that the children are not at school, but actually feeling fairly gutted that the children are not at school.This is also because…
  • The New Hobby Dilemma

    Yummy Mummy? Really?
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    The New Hobby Dilemma: how many classes should you take before knowing it's not for you? Children come with a host of undiscovered talents. We don't know what they will be good at. We don't now whether they will take to swimming like a duck to water, or if they will splash and cry and splash some more and scream the place down and try every trick in the book to convince us they don't need to learn to swim.Whilst swimming is a non-negotiable for us (being a life saver it is compulsory attendance for our girls), other hobbies are all up for debate. Ballet dancing, horse-riding, singing,…
  • 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…
 
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  • Satan’s Mother

    Crystal
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    Yesterday was a HARD day. So hard, I think I turned into Satan’s mother. Or maybe Satan himself. Here’s proof: Okay. Maybe this is a little overboard. Maybe I didn’t threaten to burn down Bikini Bottom or ask Santa for a refund on last Christmas. But I’m pretty effing sure yesterday was HAAAAARDDD! Disclosure: No children or fictitious sponges were hurt in the making of this video or otherwise.  And I’m not really a pyro. I haven’t owned a lighter since that Skid Row concert back in the early 90s.  
  • How I Earned My Wrinkles: A Book That Causes Laugh Lines

    Crystal
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:13 am
    I recently had the pleasure of reading humorist Anne Bardsley’s new book, How I Earned My Wrinkles. And I swear … this might be the first book that actually causes laugh lines. I could not stop giggling! The book is a hilarious collection of stories that Anne groomed from decades of being a mom, wife, and woman of this crazy world. From growing up in a reserved, yet quirky family to welcoming her own grandchild, you’re invited to follow along as Anne relives some of her most memorable (and comedy-infused) moments. My favorite stories include The Punk on the Beach, which brings to life…
  • The Seasons of Depression

    Crystal
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:13 pm
    An old cherry tree sits just outside my bedroom window. For several seasons I’ve watched it blossom to life—ripening with evergreen and fruit. I’ve also witnessed that life slowly drifting away in the cool autumn breeze. As the branches empty one by one, I sit and gaze without expression. Each leaf that falls reminds me of a ten-year-old girl buried deep in a closet, hiding behind bags of old clothes. Ashamed of the tears, she desperately tries to hide her sorrow from the world. A tattered Mickey Mouse muffles her sobs. She’d soon grow into a rebellious teen, a soul standing on the…
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  • Today I Learned: How to Enable Flash Developers

    Phil Hollows
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Not having Flash development experience in-house, we were puzzled recently when we received a support request from a Flash guy wondering why a file we’d never heard of (crossdomain.xml) was giving a 404 file not found error when he requested it. Because it wasn’t there, obviously. Thankfully, the developer in question was kind enough to throw us a link about why that file was needed for Flash, and a few minutes later we had everything we needed to know. Thanks, Chad! So if you’re a Flash developer, crossdomain.xml is now available on our servers to permit you to use…
  • New: RSS Image Enclosures Now Visible

    Phil Hollows
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    A funny (peculiar, not haha) thing about major media site RSS feeds is that not only are the feeds often little more than a plain text (and so kinda boring) sentence, but also that their RSS feeds tend to include thumbnail images as enclosures. Enclosures are the part of a feed typically used for podcast media files, and the problem with stashing an image as an enclosure is that most people won’t see it, since the picture isn’t part of the main content. As a result, the feed and downstream feed usage (e.g. email subscriptions) are much less engaging for us carbon based life…
  • The FeedBlitz API: Workflow for Building a Plugin

    Phil Hollows
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    The goal of this example is to show you what API calls to make so you can programmatically add a subscriber’s email (and other information) to a list at FeedBlitz. Let’s assume you’re developing a plugin for WordPress; any WP plugin developer should be able to integrate with FeedBlitz! The example below isn’t limited to plugins, of course; it can work with any web site, product or service you can extend programmatically.  You use simple Web requests, so it’s pretty easy for a web developer to do. Prerequisites The user of your plugin will need: A FeedBlitz premium account At…
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  • No more baby scrubs

    Daphne
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:14 am
    Phew, Friday! It’s been quite a week and I’m glad to be reaching the end of it. Started out with Finn catching a bug from school and you know how it is with multiple kids at home, germs multiply faster than a warm petri dish. I told Finn not to touch his little brother but he would forget and try to kiss him or pat him on the head with his drippy germy mucus fingers and I’d be like “NOOOOOOOOO” but then it’d be too late so sighhh, party on, germfest, I’ll bring the champagne. On Tuesday evening, the inevitable happened. Theo started having a runny…
  • 4 kids? Nailed it.

    Daphne
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:44 pm
    A month in and we’re still trying to get our groove with this 4-kid routine. It’s turning out to be trickier than I thought – meal times that have to sync with nap times that have and milk times and bath times and a whole bunch of other unscheduled times like spelling practice and reading and crazy games. More often than not, it’s just a series of mayhem moments that last throughout the day. But then right there in the middle of a crazy day, there’s one of these moments, the “4 kids? Nailed it!” kind of moments.
  • One for all, all for one

    Daphne
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:56 pm
    These days, my 3 older kids have formed a kind of camaraderie, like a secret kids musketeers clubhouse code that us grown ups have no access to. On one of the afternoons last week, it was getting too suspiciously silent at home so I went into the kids’ room to check on them. As I approached the room, I heard Kirsten whispering, (I’d describe it as more of a panicked yell poorly disguised as a whisper) “She’s coming, she’s coming! Quick!! <giggle giggle>“ I was prepared for worse but thankfully, their choice of mischief for the day was to build a…
 
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  • Top 5 Posts About Motherhood

    Swapna
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:18 am
    Motherhood is an often talked about topic on this blog and well it would be awkward if it was not, since this is a mommy blog and all. Through the years I have tried to capture my thoughts and experiences in various posts. A Mom’s life may look simple, routine and boring at the surface but every mom goes through a wondrous journey. Sometimes it is nice to take a look back and recall the past full of beautiful memories, happiness and yes some scary incidents too. Recently I got a beautiful email about our recent post Being a Good Enough Mother and it’s just one of the many I get…
  • How To Choose Glasses For Kids

    Swapna
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:54 pm
    In our previous post where we talked about EYE CARE TIPS FOR KIDS, we mentioned that by following those steps, you could safeguard your child’s natural eyesight and keep them away from spectacles as long as you can. However, in spite of your best efforts, your child might still need glasses. This isn’t your fault as some kids are genetically predisposed towards vision problems. So don’t blame yourself; just follow our tips to get the perfect pair of glasses for your little one! Tips to choose spectacles for kids 1. Fit – First of all, the glasses shouldn’t fall off…
  • Being A Good Enough Mother

    Swapna
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:29 am
    I was talking to another mommy recently and she was facebook chatting to me about baby led weaning.  On the other side of the smartphone I was virtually nodding away till I couldn’t pretend any more and I had to ask her, what exactly is baby led weaning? After a virtual pause at her end she very patiently explained it to me.  In case you are a brave soul to admit that you didn’t know that too, it means letting your child feed themselves from the very start of weaning without resorting to mashed and pureed stuff. Now my daughter is 5 years old and I don’t have a very good…
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  • Parenting & Dealing with Childhood Obesity

    Bril
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:39 am
      One of the leading problems effecting today’s youth is that of childhood obesity. One of the most important parenting tips that could ultimately save a child’s life is to deal with the problem early and yet with great sensitivity. The truth is that dealing with this delicate parenting issue early may help save a child from dealing with obesity and other related illnesses in later life.   Over the years, the presence of obesity in children has dramatically increased. Many experts attribute this surge, to over exposure to video games, television and computers. Others suspect…
  • Fostering a Love for Learning in your Child

    Bril
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    So, your child does not sit in one place when it’s time for homework? Let us rewind back to the time when the child was a toddler. If you spend a fair bit of time with the child early on, reading, telling stories, writing or just listening as the child was trying to piece sentences together, chances are, you are not going to have to deal with this problem later. If you have been able to get the child into a routine of reading or any other form of age-appropriate learning, the love for learning has in all likelihood, already developed. The child now sees ‘studying’ to learn new things as…
  • 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…
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  • The Sound of Silence

    Monica Sakala
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    In August 1992, my parents dropped me off in Iowa City. It was my freshman year in college and once they were done getting me settled into my crowded, not fancy or decorated like the kids today, dorm room, it was time for them to leave. My mom, not usually a very emotional person, started crying. I vividly remember thinking “Why is she crying, I’ll see them at Christmas.” Yep. This is how emotional of a person I am. Frankly, until I had kids, I made sport out of making my younger sister cry because I was that kind of big sister.  You know, the crying is for losers, kind of…
  • Summer Kids Theatre: The Big Friendly Giant Review

    Monica Sakala
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    “Mommy, I am going to read The BFG next,” casually remarked my 8-year-old at the conclusion of Imagination Stage’s current stage production of Roald Dahl’s The BFG. Could there be a better, more concise, or positive review of a play than those words? Especially coming from my not-overly-inclined-to-read-on-a-whim kid. It was music to my ears. One week later, she has officially cracked the book, further proving just how much she enjoyed the play. The BFG (James Konicek) and Sophie (Megan Graves) celebrate friendship and bravery in THE BFG at Imagination Stage through…
  • A Father’s Guide to Mother’s Day

    Monica Sakala
    9 May 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today’s post is a win-win for everyone: Moms & Dads. Declaring myself the official spokeswoman for mothers the world over, Dads, I offer you this much-needed insight and guide for Mother’s Day. What is Mother’s Day? Is it a day of epic failures and unrealistic expectations? Is it a day of miserable crowded brunches? Is it a day of breakfast in bed and afternoon spa time? Is it a day of unfulfilled dreams and hopes? It could be all or most of those things, depending on who you ask. So let’s cut to the chase. Funny as it is, we don’t want this, really ever: We…
 
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    Nourishing Joy

  • Classic Cherry Clafoutis

    Kresha Faber
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Cherry season is nearly over, but until the last fruit drops from the tree, I will be reveling in the summer sweetness only cherries can offer, so today in my monthly contribution over at GNOWFGLINS, I’ve shared the recipe I use for classic cherry clafoutis. Mmmmmmm….. Of course, there are so many incredible ways to enjoy cherries — eaten fresh, dehydrated, in cookies, homemade Larabars, sourdough cakes, cheesecake, jams, syrups, and scrumptious dessert sauces. That’s just to name a few. And if you need inspiration, check out the GNOWFGLINS’ Pinterest board or…
  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #85

    Kresha Faber
    25 Aug 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…
  • Real Food Homemade Cheez Whiz & Homemade Velveeta (gasp!)

    Kresha Faber
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:33 pm
    I know, I know – the very idea of Cheez Whiz and Velveeta are the very anti-thesis of real food, that good-for-you, nourishing, feel-good food that leaves you wanting more. Even typing their names makes me feel a little like I’m writing heresy. But since I keep seeing recipes from people I love and respect who swear “it’s just better with Velveeta” – everything from queso dip to broccoli casserole to swearing that a Philly cheese steak just ain’t a Philly without squeeze cheese AND since I am so so passionate about providing easy ways for people to…
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  • Top 7 Reasons You Should Go Camping with Kids

    Guest
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m Joanna from Lazy Mom’s , and I’m extremely exited to guest blog on Mom Favorites today and share my camping with kids experience! Believe it or not, I’m no camping lover. I’m a city girl, who loves her comfort and hates bugs and public washrooms. Between you and me, my definition of perfect family vacation is in an all inclusive hotel by the sea! Why then am I sharing about camping with kids? Because I believe that sometimes comfort is much less important, especially when it comes to raising smart and sensitive children. And going camping with kids will help…
  • DIY Rope Bracelet: Fashion from a Hardware Store

    Guest
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Howdy Friends! I am Carmody of Paper & Fox , your source for Crafty Projects and Clever Ideas. I grew up and live in Charlotte, North Carolina with husband and two little boys. I am a big “DIY” fan and I don’t believe you need a lot of money to decorate, style or add fun to your life. I believe that doing things with your hands makes you happy. I enjoy going to hardware stores by myself….. no kids jumping in and out of my cart. I also don’t like following my husband around the hardware store searching for a particular type of nail or light bulb. I like to…
  • Warm Quinoa Salad – Power Lunch or Fantastic Side

    Guest
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    By Guest Blogger Cassie of The Thrifty Couple Quinoa is pure awesome! Think about, it is like a dream food: easy, healthy, protein filled, frugal, yummy and versatile! That is why our thrifty family has a good supply of quinoa on hand at all times. We prepare it many different ways, but one way is a family favorite, crowd favorite, potluck favorite, summer favorite, winter favorite…. you get the picture! So now we get the privilege of sharing this favorite quinoa recipe with you! Warm Quinoa Salad with Corn & Black Beans Ingredients: 2 Cups of Vegetable broth (you can also use…
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  • RSVP for the #AmericasTea Twitter Party

    Jenn
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:48 am
    Photo credit:  Will Cook for Smiles Do you love a good Twitter Party?  You know we do, and we’re excited to host a party about what makes a cup of Bigelow Tea so wonderful. What sounds better than a relaxing cup oftea during this busy back to school season, so brew your favorite Bigelow flavor in your favorite cup and be sure to join us Wednesday, September 3 at 7:00-8:00 pm ET for the #AmericasTea TwitterParty. We’ll be chatting about how we enjoy our tea and sharing tea pairings and recipe ideas with all the tasty Bigelow Tea flavors available at Walmart. Ofcourse…
  • Family Vacation Destination: Loon Mountain, New Hampshire

    Jenn
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    Thanks to Loon Mountain for sponsoring our visit to their Adventure Center. All opinions are my own. Set in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire, and only two hours from Boston, you’ll find a wonderful adventure for the entire family at Loon Mountain. This area is a great destination for winter sports, but the fun does not stop when the snow melts. Summer comes alive at Loon. They have created an amazing activity-filled park including an Aerial Forest Adventure, ziplining over the Pemigewasset River, a scenic gondola sky ride, and much more. Thanks to our wonderful host…
  • Back to School Fitness: Operation Flat Abs

    Jenn
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    Back to School Fitness: Operation Flat Abs There’s a light at the end of the tunnel!  Although the kids may be lamenting summer’s end, moms everywhere are rejoicing the return of a regular schedule… The return of sanity. This year, let the sweet relief of “back to school” afford you the opportunity to take care of yourself, and to work on your own health and fitness goals. One goal that many of us mamas want to work on involves the midsection… The tummy. The miracle of carrying children often coincides with the “miracle” of a stubborn belly…
 
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    Mommy Edition

  • Fun Stay At Home Date Night Ideas For Married Couples

    Rachel
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:06 pm
    It’s Friday night and you feel like you and your spouse haven’t connected in ages. However, it’s pretty close to pay day and you can’t pay for a babysitter right now. What to do? Fear not! Here are some great tips for a cheap date night at home! Late Night Movie. Put the kids to […]
  • 10 A’Ha’s Mommy Money Lessons On Living With Less

    Amy
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:22 pm
    I remember being pregnant with my first son and reading everything I could about new babies and what exactly you’re supposed to do with one. I worried we would not have the money to cover everything you are “supposed” to get for a new baby. I was right. We didn’t have the money! Guess what? […]
  • 18 Ways To Boost Metabolism, Energy And Weight Loss

    Natty
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Metabolism is a word we see and hear on almost a daily basis. We are bombarded through media coverage with diet pills, supplemental powders, weight loss programs, and super food lists to help boost metabolism, have more energy, and burn fat away. Unfortunately, starting at the age of 25, without proper diet and exercise, our […]
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    Great Moments In Parenting

  • Born Different

    cecily
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    My daughter is three and half years old and a tiny tornado of love, laughter, and light. She can count to 10, and she knows her ABC’s by sight. Some people are surprised that she knows her colors, but I’m not. She knew those first. Her absolute favorite things in life are Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, her dad’s iPad, and Pharrell’s hit single “Happy.” She can dance like nobody’s business. Her name is Dorothy, and she has Down syndrome. I try to tell people how cool she is, but if I mention the words “Down syndrome,” I get a lot of looks that imply sadness or even pity.
  • And What Does Your Mother Do?

    MOM2Three
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    We were on vacation, five people crammed into a tiny hotel room. I told the kids they needed to find something to do for a few minutes so I could shower and the husband could get the car. “It must be hard,” my seven-year-old son said. “What?” “Trying to take care of yourself when you have to take care of kids, too.” “Well, it is,” I said. I was relieved to hear that he understood. But lest my honesty removes the possibility of grandchildren, I quickly added, “But my life is so more full now that I have you. It felt empty before.”…
  • Proof Positive

    Melissa Madole-Kopp
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Listening to an NPR show discuss the Ferguson, MO, shooting in the car this morning, my daughter asked, “Why don’t they just call people by their name? Not black or white, they have a name. I just want to know their name and if they are good people.” The post Proof Positive appeared first on Great Moments In Parenting.
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  • That Moment You Tell Your Kids…

    Shivani Cotter
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:48 pm
    They don’t have to wear school uniforms any more…
  • Dear Summer…

    Shivani Cotter
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:43 pm
    It’s so hard to say goodbye… Big Life Changes Are Ahead.  I’m scared, anxious, and excited for the future.  From new schools to new endeavors, a business decision made with a leap of faith… September is quickly approaching, and our family is about to jump into an unknown world… no longer safe for any of us, but big.  Very Big. My girls are going to a new school.  Even though I feel like I am throwing them to the wolves, I know their new adventure will be amazing!  My world is changing too!  Everything I have worked…
 
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  • Just Another Day In the Bean House

    tracy
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    The resident did not move for a few seconds, she remained frozen with her eyes struggling to lock on Jim’s, pen in hand and held in mid air inches above the clipboard.  She was young and in her twenties, a pretty girl with long straight brown hair that she often throughout the night tucked behind her ears.  Her mouth was agape whenever she zeroed in on Alex’s story, incredulity spread across her face. “Just another day at the Bean House.”  That was the response my husband gave this past Monday when the resident doctor in the emergency room was taking yet another history of our…
  • Sebastian’s First Piano Recital

    Theresa
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:34 am
    Most parents know, children learn in tiny little steps.  As adults, we know those steps never stop presenting themselves. In our own lives, we have projects we want to complete or goals we’d like to achieve and so we keep taking “baby steps” to do so. My oldest child, Sebastian is just six. He has been playing the piano for a year now and even though I can’t say he loves it like baseball, he still works hard at it and enjoys perfecting a new song. A new song always brings great challenge and it’s then that he gets a bit frustrated and expresses dislike for the piano. We listen to…
  • Meet Lakota Bean

    tracy
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    Alex broke my heart again the other day when I left him in the living room to play and I went into the kitchen to fix dinner.  Five minutes later when I returned to check on him he was at the exact same spot I left him in, curled up in a ball, stimming and staring off into space.  Right then and there my heart sank and stomach turned.  He does this the second I leave him alone every single time throughout the day, he begins to stim, his eyes get fixed on nothing particular, and his mind is just gone.  I have nightmares about it, about him being left alone and forgotten, by himself in this…
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    We Are MOMO

  • BEING A STEP MOM IS A DOUBLE EDGED SWORD

    Amy Elizabeth
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Step Mother is one of the most difficult titles to carry, as well as the most rewarding.  I don’t know if there is a better scenario for the term “double edged sword.” Not everyday is going to be perfect.  You won’t win all of the battles, in fact you may lose more often than you […] The post BEING A STEP MOM IS A DOUBLE EDGED SWORD appeared first on We Are MOMO.
  • 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.
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    Oubly.com

  • It’s a Girl! 7 Adorable Baby Shower Ideas for Your Little Duckling

    Anna Keizer
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Think duckies are only for the tub? Think again. If you’re lost among a sea of baby shower ideas for your little one, why not enjoy some duckling revelry? Especially for expecting mothers who want to forego the pink and purple that often signal a girl-themed shower, a ducky affair might just be the right kind of celebration for you. To get this party started, Oubly has waded through multiple baby shower ideas and come up with seven great ways to make your duckling shower the fun and memorable bash you deserve. Door Signage Door Signage via Pocket Full of Prose Let your guests know where…
  • 5 Popular Cocktail Recipes for Your Labor Day BBQ

    Paulina Kay
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    You’ve been working hard all year, and now it’s time to take a break. With the long Labor Day weekend coming up, laughs, lawn games, and libations are sure to ensue amongst friends and family. As such, I encourage you to make your last task shaking up a refreshing summer cocktail. Stop taking the boring case of beer route, get out the shaker, and start mixing up one of these delicious cocktail recipes! 1. Blushing Whiskey Sour Source: Klein Worth Co Servings: 1 Ingredients: 3 blackberries 2 ounces Simple Lemon Syrup 1 ounce whiskey crushed ice Instructions: Add all ingredients to shaker…
  • Dog Wallpaper: Make Your Desktop Impawsibly Cute

    Oubly
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Is there anything more delightful or loyal than dogs? If so we have yet to come across it. Dogs have a loyal, love, and companionship which has bestowed them the moniker of “man’s best friend.” The team at Oubly decided to go with the theme “man’s best friend” and designed 9 impawsibly cute dog wallpapers to download for your enjoyment. Each design contains a positive and uplifting quotation about friendship. Share Oubly’s dog wallpaper with people who have had a ruff day to show them you care or with friends and family to show your appreciation.
 
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    Our Growing Roots

  • {This Moment}

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:03 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. (I had to share more than one photo in this series, because it was so hard to pick just one).
  • Summer Memories

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:27 am
    It's a hot day. The air is humid and heavy. It is the kind of day where your hair sticks to your neck and you can practically feel yourself melting in the heat.I had made the plan to go out mid-afternoon so I could escape the confines of the house and the humidity outside. Errands in the air conditioned car and perhaps an iced latte splurge sounded phenomenal. My kids were outside. They had gone out early while dew still covered the grass. Even in the early morning hours the sun was hot. All their faces red, beads of sweat on their brows. They looked so uncomfortable. They hadn't stopped…
  • Why Can't We Be Friends? {Transparent Tuesday}

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    I originally wrote this for my friend Lydia's blog. (My first ever guest post). We have a busy week this week - so enjoy this old, but new to my blog post.  I remember when I was in high school and starting college I didn't think I'd be able to get together with all my friends at the same time. As a homeschooler I didn't have a clique that I belonged to or a large group of friends that all hung out together. Therefore, my friends were a smorgasbord of people. From the long haired, trench coat wearing guy I'd met while taking drivers education to my two preppy best friends that I…
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    Norfolk Mums

  • Britain revealed as a nation of grubbies!

    NM
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:04 am
    Method Natural Cleaning, an eco cleaning brand, have recently released the results of their latest poll. It has lifted the lid on some of Britain’s dirtiest little secrets – we want to know, how clean is your house? Personally, I am a ‘clean freak’ although I refuse to be called OCD. My family has an army background so I have been brought up to do the chores, keep the house clean and keep to a good routine. I grew up thinking this was normal but soon learnt after sarcastic comments from others, most people aren’t that clean! When I saw the infographic I was…
  • A one in 18 million miracle

    NM
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    Sarah Waller is a typical four-year-old full of energy and a passion for children’s cartoon Peppa Pig. But when the little girl goes to school for the first time in two weeks it will be an extra special moment for her and her family following an eight month battle with a rare cancer. When a tumour was found on her liver two years ago, her parents feared the worst when doctors told them that their daughter was one in 18 million to be diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, which had spread to her lungs. However, the girl from Barnham, near Thetford, bravely fought off the cancer, which involved a…
  • Lunch Box Inspiration

    NM
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s nearly the end of the summer holidays and it will soon be time to embark on those mad morning rushes to get the kids ready for school. Whether your child is about to start school or are about to start their third year, there is so much pressure nowadays to feed your children healthy food. Although it might not feel like a good thing sometimes, teaching your child about eating a healthy and balance diet will help them now and later in life. Having said that, getting children to eat can be a challenge. Maybe they are fussy, maybe they don’t like anything labelled…
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    Living on Love and Cents

  • When God Moves

    Heather Brummett
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    It is no secret that the last 11 months have been very challenging for me and my little family. When we moved to a new state, left behind family and friends, and started a new life in this small town, I struggled.  I knew it was what God wanted for us and knew we were […] The post When God Moves appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • Heaven Is For Real Review & Discussion Ideas For The Family

    Heather Brummett
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Heaven is for Real is a beautiful, heartfelt story of a boy, his family, his church, his community, and God! I am very excited to share this movie with you. This is one of my favorite books and movies! You are probably aware of the book and the movie and what it is about. In […] The post Heaven Is For Real Review & Discussion Ideas For The Family appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • Easy No Bake, Gluten Free Snack: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls (with High Protein Option)

    Heather Brummett
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    This weekend I really wanted an easy gluten free snack. I searched Pinterest and found recipes for peanut butter balls but most were full of gluten and sugar. I decided to make my own gluten free snack balls using my belly friendly ingredients. You will need: 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil (room temperature, almost pure liquid) 1 […] The post Easy No Bake, Gluten Free Snack: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls (with High Protein Option) appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
 
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    Change-Diapers.com

  • Cloth Diaper Giveaway Roundup for 8/29/14 (Plus Linky for All Giveaways)

    Maria Moser
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Cloth Diaper Giveaway Roundup Friday is time for a new cloth diaper giveaway roundup. Subscribe to our RSS Feed or subscribe via email. If you’d like me to list your cloth diaper, accessory, baby wearing (etc.) giveaway next week, send a link and description to maria at change-diapers.com, or Fill out my contact form for […]       
  • ModCloth’s NYC Casting Call

    Maria Moser
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Post contains affiliate links. I expect to be compensated for this post as a ModCloth affiliate. Fashion mavens, rejoice! ModCloth is inviting you to come showcase your unique style at their #FASHIONTRUTH Casting Call for ALL event in New York City on September 3rd. All you have to do is show up in your cutest […]       
  • Pediped Flex Review & Giveaway (9/10) U.S. & Canada

    Maria Moser
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Pediped Flex Review & Giveaway I received a product at no cost for review purposes. Post contains affiliate links. We’ve been huge Pediped fans since my 5 year old was a baby. I wrote about the originals when he was wearing them in 2010, and all but one, very loved pair was passed on to […]       
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