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  • That relentless planner itch

    The Crazy Suburban Mom
    Tracy Reinhardt
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    After using the Hobonichi Techo planner for a bit I've got some things to share but I'm leaving that for the next post.   I want to digress first.  I obsess over other people's... Visit my blog for the full crazy suburban fa la la..
  • Quotes for Parents Raising Teenagers

    Mom On Planet Teen
    Michelle Lamar
    17 Jan 2013 | 5:47 am
    I have some quotes of inspiration for parents of teenagers, because I think parents of teens need it the most. The challenge of raising teens is that they LOOK more grown-up but then you get a reality check. I had a big reality check recently, when I saw the broken chair in the basement. Apparently my oldest daughter and pals were relay races in my basement, one of the poker table chairs broke. Why did a group of college freshman think it was a good idea to have relay races? Why ask why. Just breathe and read some of these quotes! “Having children is like living in a frat house –…
  • Women & Work: SkillBridge Platform For Consulting Professionals

    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families
    Beth B.
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:58 pm
    I recently looked into what my social good passion project is and realized that covering different ways to find work is tops on the list. One of the areas I am interested in are businesses that support ways to find flexible work, which not only parents but also millennials are looking into to support work life balance. I recently received a press release about a company called SkillBridge that was “founded with the belief that talented independent consulting professionals who are passionate about the work they do, should be able to easily connect with high impact organizations that need…
  • 5 Ways to Look Better in Your Clothes This Spring

    A Mom in Red High Heels
    Tammy Gibson
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    When you want to look your best in the spring, you need to come up with a plan and stick to it. While difficult at first, if you succeed, you will look amazing and impress your friends, coworkers and family. With this in mind, here are five ways to look better in your clothes this spring. Workout: First and foremost, if you want to walk in a room and impress everyone, you need to work out and stay in excellent shape. To enjoy an impressive body, follow a strict routine and head to the gym a few times a week. When in the gym, lift weights and concentrate on core exercises where you work your…
  • 5 Unique Ways to Re-Energize

    Keeper of the Cheerios
    Martha
    26 Feb 2014 | 10:23 am
    After a day (or week) that just wouldn’t end, unwinding may require more elaborate plans than channel surfing or ordering takeout. Looking to relax, but also re-energize? Here are some unusual activities to try out. Make sure your weekend plans leave you with memories and plans to go back out again – and don’t leave you feeling down or tired. Alternative Art Just because you couldn’t draw a stick figure, let alone a person, doesn’t mean that you should keep your artistic talent to a minimum. Instead of picking up a set of paintbrushes, consider trying your hand at alternative…
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    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families

  • Women & Work: SkillBridge Platform For Consulting Professionals

    Beth B.
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:58 pm
    I recently looked into what my social good passion project is and realized that covering different ways to find work is tops on the list. One of the areas I am interested in are businesses that support ways to find flexible work, which not only parents but also millennials are looking into to support work life balance. I recently received a press release about a company called SkillBridge that was “founded with the belief that talented independent consulting professionals who are passionate about the work they do, should be able to easily connect with high impact organizations that need…
  • Top 5 Discoveries From My Teen’s Invisalign Treatments (Sponsored)

    Beth B.
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:59 pm
    When I posted earlier about my need to ensure myson’s future dental health and why I was excited to be on the Invisalign Teen – Mom Advisory Board, I was still apprehensive about my teen son entering highschool as a freshman while starting Invisalign at the same time. Invisalign is a series of nearly invisible, removable “aligners” used by adults and teens to gradually straighten teeth without metal or wires. My son has said that he will never forget the pain of being stabbed with his metal braces, so Invisalign was a great alternative to fix his teeth that were over-crowded. So we…
  • Women Entrepreneur Spotlight: Sofia Keck of Los Shucos Latin Hot Dogs

    Beth B.
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:30 pm
    I reached out to a California Mom Bloggers Facebook group asking if any bloggers in San Francisco wanted to come to a local tech event and was delighted when Sofia Keck (SK) responded enthusiastically yes. Even though the tech event started at 10pm, she attended to help support a fellow blogger  which I appreciated! I was thrilled to also learn about her bilingual blog American Vida, which shares her food, amateur photography, the latest technology and essays on family and culture. I  especially noticed Sofia’s delicious looking food posts, so when she said she was opening up a…
 
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • A Little Bit of Information About Junkets

    Jessica Gottlieb
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:54 pm
    I only have a little information to share. In fact, what I know about junkets could fill a thimble so I’ll graciously share my thimble full of mom blogger automotive junket wisdom with you. The reason I want to talk about the Mom Blogger Automotive relationship is that while sitting in a hotel room last night I popped into Facebook and three of my private groups were busy talking about an article on The Truth About Cars that “exposes” a mom blogger as being a marketing tool. I’m not sure that this was the best instance of exposure. Bloggers of every type long ago…
  • It’s All Rubber and Metal and I Love it

    Jessica Gottlieb
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:29 pm
    If you’ve ever sold automobiles you’ve probably walked into your sales manager’s office to ask for the price of the used car he took in trade just hours ago. Used cars actually made me quite a bit more money than new ones and if something good came in I’d get really excited about it. I’d practically skip into the office with a, “How much are we asking on the conversion van/convertible/coupe?” And, “Isn’t it wonderful?” Then I’d talk about some feature of the vehicle that I just loved. Because there is a part of almost every…
  • No One Told Me About the Black Underwear Ladies

    Jessica Gottlieb
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    My friend Tammy and I have been trying to plan a day at a Korean spa day since Superbowl. Yes, I recognize that isn’t exactly an eon but you would think that two unemployed women could find a half day with some ease. Not so. Yesterday the long awaited spa day finally arrived. It was destined to be perfect. We came together from two different ends of the city, each of us dropping kids off to school and then heading right for the spa and arriving at precisely 9am. For anyone living outside of Los Angeles, please understand that an on time arrival is blue moon event. Two women navigating…
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    Mom On Planet Teen

  • Peeps Show: Marshmallow Peeps Art Contest is Hilarious

    Michelle Lamar
    6 Apr 2014 | 3:58 am
    The Washington Post’s annual Peeps Show inspires weird humor every Spring.  2014 was the eighth year of the Peeps contest showing marshmallow peeps in strange and wonderful dioramas. The Peeps Show contest gives the Internet a reason to take sweet little Marshmallow Peeps and make them do tacky,tasteless–and sometimes very funny things.  For example, one of the entries from 2014 is a Marshmallow Peep funeral. Candy Peeps seem to inspire twisted humor, with prime examples being the Peeps Show contest and the website Peeps Research. One of the most twisted Marshmallow Peeps…
  • Quotes for Parents Raising Teenagers

    Michelle Lamar
    17 Jan 2013 | 5:47 am
    I have some quotes of inspiration for parents of teenagers, because I think parents of teens need it the most. The challenge of raising teens is that they LOOK more grown-up but then you get a reality check. I had a big reality check recently, when I saw the broken chair in the basement. Apparently my oldest daughter and pals were relay races in my basement, one of the poker table chairs broke. Why did a group of college freshman think it was a good idea to have relay races? Why ask why. Just breathe and read some of these quotes! “Having children is like living in a frat house –…
  • Book: ‘The Good Life for Less’ by Amy Allen Clark

    Michelle Lamar
    1 Jan 2013 | 11:55 am
    My friend Amy Allen Clark has a new book that hit stores today!  The Good Life for Less: Giving Your Family Great Meals, Good Times, and a Happy Home on a Budget is going to be a hit. Amy is the type of person who instantly makes you feel at ease—she’s a “Martha Stewart” for mortals.  Slacker types (like me) who consider dust bunnies and take out pizza boxes kitchen staples feel right at home with Amy Clark. Most of the time, books on how to budget and stay organized leave me feeling WORSE, not BETTER.  Amy dishes out advice in a way that isn’t preachy and her…
 
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    Brain Soup For The Dysfunctional Soul

  • You will be ASTOUNDED at what you read in this post! #UpworthyStyleTitles

    Shannon akaMonty
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    Okay, I'm not much of a giver. Usually it's because I don't have anything to give...but to be honest, even if I DID have stuff to give, I probably wouldn't because I'm thoughtless like that. I mean if you need something or want something that I've got, I will most likely say "of course! Just take it." If you ask for something and I have it, I will give it to you. But too often it doesn't occur to me to just GIVE something.On the other hand, I try not to be too much of a taker. What I mean is - if you give me something, I will be surprised and deeply appreciative, but I don't expect things…
  • a day out of time

    Shannon akaMonty
    5 Apr 2014 | 11:54 am
    Apparently the 12th street Love's Country Store in Ardmore is a popular place for Kid Exchange. As we were transferring my kids/wheelchair/duffel bag from my van to the dad's truck, a lady pulled in next to me, a little girl with a suitcase got out & walked to the truck on the other side of my van, hugged Dad hello, hugged Mom goodbye, and the vehicles drove off in opposite directions. Then I went through the exact same scenario myself. A little funny. A little sad. As many times as I've been to Ardmore, I never knew that there was a tiny library tucked on a little side street right across…
  • Compacted.

    Shannon akaMonty
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Most days I don't think much about my responsibilities...I mean, they're THERE, they exist, they get dealt with in order of importance (and insane-making ability).Just life, deal with it, move along.But some days are like this:Today is one of those days.That is all.
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    Miscellaneous Mum - Trying to find the objective correlative, everyday

  • My 2,000th post for my daughter on her 10th birthday

    Karen Andrews
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Age 6 & 7 Age 8 & 9 Dear Keira, As I approached my tenth birthday, I remember mentioning my excitement about the milestone to a neighbour. She shook her head emphatically and said, “You don’t want to grow up”. You’re on the cusp of your own tenth birthday, but I’m not going to say the same to you. You do want to grow up – to live, love and embrace all the experiences the world will throw at you; those you choose to embrace, and others you will have no choice but to. But I’m not going to get ahead of myself. You’re still young, with a head full of delight and curiosity.
  • Cook, Swim, Library, Dance, Travel

    Karen Andrews
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:11 pm
    What follows is a brief update as to how our make-your-own school holiday challenge is going. Cook Mistake one: buying an American packet mix without properly figuring out the conversion differences. Mistake two: buying a red velvet cake with enough added red food colouring to stain whatever part of skin or clothing that comes into contact with it. Happy – weird, macabre – mistake three: it coming out of the pan looking like a brain or part of the intestinal tract. I joked on Instagram it looks like a set piece from Hannibal. It was funny because it was true. Swim “Mum,…
  • Monty Python Killer Rabbit Easter Cupcakes!

    Karen Andrews
    13 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm
    No, you haven’t accidentally wandered over to a cake wreck website. It’s me, hello. Remember when I made Borg Cube Christmas Gingerbread? (If you don’t, you should see it. Now that was a wreck. OF FUN.) Anyway, I’ve had this idea rattling around my head for over a year to make Monty Python Killer Rabbit Cupcakes. Because EASTER. Rabbits… sweets. Get it? Of course you do, you smartie. I’ve never pretended to be a cake decorating whizz, but I’m showing you what I did so you can do you better (“Those who can’t do, teach”). These…
 
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  • This Is A Test Post Of The Blog System

    Aruni
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:48 pm
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  • SXSW 2014: Edu, Music, and Pi Day

    Aruni
    17 Mar 2014 | 5:22 pm
    This is the first time in several years that I did not attend any SXSW interactive events…not a single one.  I don’t feel that I missed out on anything other than not seeing some folks in person who I usually “see” online.  Instead I attended SXSWedu and finagled a wristband for SXSW music, and I had a great time. I was at SXSWedu for my company and it felt to me like the early days of SXSW interactive.  There is so much going on in the world of ed tech.  I learned a lot and we all met some great potential partners.  A friend invited me to go with her to SXSW…
  • Happy Super Bowl Sunday & Groundhog Day!

    Aruni
    2 Feb 2014 | 11:15 am
    I’m not a big football or groundhog watcher, but this year the days have collided.  I don’t plan to watch any groundhogs, but I do plan to see part of the Super Bowl.  Because my son loves sports, we will be going to a friend’s place to the watch the game so he can be with others who like to watch football.   Ah, the things us mothers do for our kids that we don’t have the patience to do for other sports fanatics in our lives. I’m hoping with the recent WordPress update, there won’t be spam links in my email feed, but it’s a crap shoot.  I…
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    Lotus Carroll

  • Drink and Click™ Photowalks Coming Up!

    Lotus Carroll
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    All of these photowalks are free and everyone is invited – join us! • Austin, TX with Juan Gonzalez: http://goo.gl/QMssKS • Stuttgart, Germany with Dirk Müller: http://goo.gl/1Recqr • Kansas City, MO with Mark Hungate: http://goo.gl/OkpdHO The April Challenge is “Black and White Portraits”. Submit your photos from a photowalk and win great prizes! See Details Here: http://goo.gl/4RfN6a Thanks to our great prize sponsors for April: Think Tank Photo, ViewBug – Photo Contests, and Pan Am Brands http://panam.com Drink and Click™ is simple: We meet at a…
  • Happiness…

    Lotus Carroll
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.  ~Francesca Reigler       This work by Lotus Carroll is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. To license commercially, please email.
  • If You Could Kiss Her Just One Time…

    Lotus Carroll
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    …you’d surely burn your lips. Prints Available This work by Lotus Carroll is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. To license commercially, please email.
 
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    TravelingMamas.com

  • 5 Reasons You Should Sail On The Norwegian Epic

    MarvelousMiniMama
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:58 pm
    My husband and I just returned home from a 7-day Caribbean cruise out of Miami, sailing on the Norwegian Epic.  This was our first experience with Norwegian and we had a great time!  Here are 5 reasons we think you should choose the Epic for your next cruise vacation: 1.Freestyle Dining- Norwegian Cruise Line offers a fabulous alternative to the traditional set seating times you find on other cruise ships.  It’s called Freestyle Dining, and it’s awesome.  You can choose from seven restaurants that are complimentary with your cruise purchase, and go eat there any time you want.  For…
  • Cocktails and Cooking Lessons at a Classic Southern Resort

    RollingMama
    20 Mar 2014 | 6:39 am
    When my husband and I want a quick weekend getaway, one of favorite escapes is the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Point Clear, Alabama.  It’s about a thirty-minute drive from Mobile.  Apparently, we aren’t the only ones fond of this charming retreat.  The Historic Hotels of America named the Grand the Top Historic Hotel in the US in 2013. Originally opened on 1847, the resort was used as a hospital during the Civil War. Each afternoon (weather permitting) the hotel salutes the military with a  short patriotic procession on the grounds and the firing of a…
  • Romance in Ireland

    CajunMama
    16 Mar 2014 | 11:45 pm
    What is a romantic escape? Does it really have to be about time with your significant other? Does is have to be a honeymoon trip or anniversary journey? Is it who you are with or is it about where you go? My affair with Ireland began before I visited this magical place. I read about it as a child, with stories of fairies and legends like The Blarney Stone. I read about the mists in history books and her heroes in my romance novels. When the offer was made to travel across the ocean and actually step foot on this island, I jumped at the chance to meet one of my crushes. My entire being began…
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    Adventures in Babywearing

  • Ways to Listen to Your Mother and Consider Her Feelings

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    'Tis the season for Listen To Your Mother and I'm so excited for all 32 cities to take the stage. I hope you'll be able to catch a show (or two?) A couple years ago Jeff interviewed the kids on the sly about ways they should listen to their mother and it was such a treat to come across it again... I had to share. Below is the list they came up with all on their own. Ways to Listen to Your Mother and Consider Her FeelingsDon't annoy herDon't bother her while she's cookingDon't wake her up unless it's an emergencyIf she is resting, stay quietDon't insult her cookingDon't fight…
  • The Best Days Of Our Lives

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Ivy wanted to sit in my lap as we watched Carter's last performance in the youth theater production this Sunday. I hoisted her up and wrapped my arms around her. She told me to stop breathing in her ear.Tuesday is our "day off." It's actually a work day for me but  for the kids, they don't have play practice, youth center, dance, or baseball. Basically, I pick them up from school and bring them home and we stay home and it's glorious. Yesterday was Monday. It was very much not a day off. I took Ivy to dance and then went to the wrong school to pick up the wrong kids.Crater LakeMy…
  • His hair smelled like the back yard.

    21 Feb 2014 | 6:12 pm
    His hair smelled like the back yard. And he curled up so still in my arms, the recliner squeaking with every rock but I kept on, thinking any moment he'd jump up and be off. Legs hanging over the sides but he stayed. Flashess of feelings of when he was new, when he was two, and then they would slip from my reach. Holograms. Flickers of a distant memory and his lashes hit my cheek, I caught him looking up at me and back down again.
 
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    The Bloggess

  • No bunnies died for this picture

    thebloggess
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Today is Thursday, which is good because this week I’ve been swamped with a combination of editing on the book and insanely strange emotions I blame on the moon.  But since it’s Thursday I can just throw an old picture up here and it counts as a post because it’s Throwback Thursday.  Yay for laziness! This is Hailey on her first Easter.  They didn’t have cute etsy hats nine years ago so I had to make my own.  I made it by buying a stuffed animal and scalping it and tying it to her head.  This is what we did in the old days before everyone learned to knit and it…
  • I need your help to solve assholism and get my Nobel Prize

    thebloggess
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    me:  Things aren’t going right for me. Victor:  How do you mean? me:  I can’t make things with words work. Victor:  Could you be more vague? me:  My thing with the words in it isn’t working right. Victor:  Your…head? me:  Sort of.  The creative part that makes words fit together properly.  There’s probably a word for it.  I’d probably know what it was if my head wasn’t broken right now. Victor:  Your head is always broken. me:  Yes, but most of the time that works in my favor.  Right now everything is cloudy and I’m exhausted and I…
  • Playing in the swamp

    thebloggess
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    If you’ve read here long enough you’ve probably seen Brooke Shaden‘s work because it’s the strange, whimsical and macabre photography that goes so well with some of my darker writing. She’s magic. And today she’s coming to Texas so she can photograph me in a swamp.  It’s possible I’ll be eaten by alligators, but – in fairness – that’s probably a really fascinating way to die, and knowing Brooke she’ll probably get some awesomely disturbing  photos out of it.  I give you full permission to look at any death photos…
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    So Close

  • Marko letting his hair down

    Tertia
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:02 pm
    I am the drinker in the family. I am a dedicated, loyal, committed and consistent drinker. I drink 2-3 glasses of Chardonnay Every Single Night. Only Chardonnay. Every night. If there is no Chardonnay, I won't have anything else. There is never no Chardonnay though. And I drink alone because my husband doesn't drink. At all. Nothing. It works out wonderfully well because on the very rare occasion we go out, I always have a dedicated driver. Win! Funny aside: We have a really impressive drinks cabinet at home with just about every type of drink you can imagine. Looking at it you…
  • I would like to keep all three

    Tertia
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:50 am
    We are on holiday in our favourite place, Umngazi. http://www.umngazi.co.za/. It's our fifth year in a row, we love it here. It's the only place where I actually have a holiday as everything is done for you and it is totally focused on family-friendly holidaying. There is a separate dining room for the kids (with kid friendly food of course) plus you are able to hire a nanny to watch your kids while you lie by the pool sipping on your Chardonnay. It took me four years to relax enough to let the nanny actually look after Max but this year I just about got it right. (Except, funny…
  • For Erin

    Tertia
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:23 pm
    This is for Erin who said if I don't put up a blog post in March it will be the only month in 10 years I haven't ever put something on my blog. We can't have that. I actually have quite a bit I want to say but I am on holiday with no laptop and as much as I love my ipad, I do not love typing on it. More to follow shortly.
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    mod*mom

  • pow wow :: California native

    modmom
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    LIFE-MAGAZINE--1967-RETURN-OF-THE-RED-MANi'm interested in attending the Stanford University Pow Wow this year for the 1st time, because i'm part native american + learning about my ancestry to connect mod*tot + pass on to our future generations. so i googled + got a wake up call about the native Gold Rush genocide on websites of Stanford, Museum of California, California Missions, PBS...California Native American History + Stanford Universitytimeline "California Indians had been here for more than 10,000 years before the Gold Rush.They encountered successive waves of explorers, colonizers,…
  • House of Tomorrow 1967 :: ford

    modmom
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:17 pm
    modernmechanix.com/house-of-tomorrow/
  • housewife of tomorrow is a robot :: Miss Honeywell :: 1960s

    modmom
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    1960s "housewife of tomorrow" demonstration with its "inventor" promoted honeywell home technology, computers, hamilton beach electrical appliances, + future fashions. "come see the robot "housewife of tomorrow" plugged in October 10th to 15thThe Hamilton Beach robot "housewife of tomorrow" will be demonstrated in our 15th and Broadway window. She is the amazing robot who is programmed to do all the cleaning. Watch the robot then come to the fourth floor housewares department to register for the free drawing for Hamilton Beach electric knives to be given away twice a day for each…
 
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  • Salad for lunch

    dooce
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Just one of at least a dozen servings of vegetables he should be eating a day, right?
  • For the fridge

    dooce
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    You'll notice she's in a dress that not two minutes after this photo was taken ended up on the floor of her room in favor of another one.
  • New tunes – Coachella

    dooce
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    This will be the first time I've seen Beck live and I imagine I will want to fold him up and take him home in my pocket.
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    Mommies With Style

  • Words of Inspiration, and Change, from Donald Driver at #DisneySMMoms

    Whitney
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:20 am
    Today’s post will deviate from my usual.  These thoughts are inspired by Donald Driver, who you may know as a former Wide Receiver for the Green Bay Packers. These were my first thought when I heard he was speaking: Fun!  Donald Driver!  I loved him on my Fantasy Football team when he played!  Yay Football! Yah Green Bay Packers! What I didn’t know is that Donald Driver is so much more than football.  He’s done some other cool things (like win Dancing with the Stars) and written a children’s book series but he also has the Donald Driver Foundation, an…
  • The Basics On How to Run. Tips for Newbies & Even Advanced Runners! #Running #Fitfluential #RunDisney

    Whitney
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:25 am
    While I was in Disneyland last weekend for a social media conference, I had the chance to go on a Fun Run with RunDisney.  I ran through both Disneyland Parks!  It was one of the highlights of the weekend for me.  I love to run and when it’s warm, I’m out on my local trails a few times a week.  So when I heard we had a Fun Run as a part of the conference, I was all over sign up. The run was co-sponsored by New Balance and RunDisney. I got to test out a pair of shoes from New Balance for the run which was cool.  More on them later (they were great; I got fitted for a pair of…
  • Adding to my @AlexandAni Collection with a Disneyland Charm Bracelet #DisneySMMoms

    Whitney
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:07 am
    If you’ve been living under a rock, you may not know about Alex and Ani.  I feel like they are everywhere. But you will probably the bracelets if you haven’t heard of them.  See the photo above – I added the Disneyland Alex & Ani bracelet to my already growing collection when I was in Disneyland last weekend. I just love the Alex & Ani  line and everything they stand for.  Besides the fact that they make gorgeous bracelets that you can buy and wear based on your own personal life, they have a really cool story.  This is taken from the Alex & Ani Story page:…
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    Kids Activities Blog

  • Over 200 Easter Crafts and Activities for Kids

    Jamie Harrington
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    It’s almost Easter, and for so many of us that means a full weekend of family and fun. If you have a house full of company and meals to make, you don’t have time to come up with Easter crafts and activities too! But don’t worry, because some of our favorite bloggers from all over the internet have come up with over 200 super awesome Easter crafts and activities for your kids to do, and if that’s not enough then check out all the Easter fun we have here at Kids Activities Blog! There’s so much fun here, we don’t even know where to start! Here are just…
  • Craft Stick Flip Flops in Honor of Dollar Tree Flip Flop Frenzy!

    Holly
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of the signs of summer is the return of the flip-flop! Yay!  I am a huge flip flop fan which is why when Dollar Tree asked Kids Activities Blog to help spread the news about their April 21 Flip Flop-Frenzy event {both in stores and online}, it was an easy…YES! Flip Flop Frenzy At 8 am* (*excludes mall stores) Monday morning, Dollar Tree will open up with a frenzy of flip flops!  There will be brand new products and favorite products – get there early because supplies are limited because all Summer Fun products cost just $1 each! Flip-flops are available in solid colors…
  • Craft & Activity SHARE

    Holly
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Welcome! We are getting SERIOUS about highlighting YOUR FUN. We have adored to feature YOUR blog posts and projects over the last few years of It’s Playtime! But we want even more! We have found the more we feature YOU, the better WE are. {insert group hug} We want you to share so we can promote you.  When we promote you, we may use 1 photo from your blog post with a link to the original post.  We hope that YOU and other bloggers will use this as a resource.  Please do not share posts if you are uncomfortable with that. Two Ways to Share Your Post with Kids Activities Blog We have…
 
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    Fluid Pudding

  • The Differences

    fluidpudding
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:18 pm
    As we pack up our house, we sometimes find ourselves sitting criss-cross apple sauce (it is no longer called Indian style) on the basement floor and visiting the memories that spark us as we uncover our forgotten treasures. Jeff: Wait a second. Isn’t that the swimsuit Meredith wore when she took baby swim lessons? Me: It is. Check it out. This is the wool jacket I wore to that idiot girl’s farewell happy hour. Do you remember her? Jeff: I do. Do you use these Pyrex lids? Me: No. Donate them. I remember you actually LIKED the idiot girl, but I saw her as someone who probably had…
  • Downing the Daily Doughnut

    fluidpudding
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
    Something huge happened last night at Fluid Pudding. After thinking about it for a few weeks, I decided to remove the ads from my sidebar. I believe I started running ads in something like 2007, and of course I made that date up, but it may or may not be correct. It seems correct. Anyway: No more. For now. (I tend to make all of my decisions on a For Now basis. It allows me room to wiggle.) Announcement: Please know that I contacted Birkenstock a few years back and told them that I would have their logo tattooed onto my thigh if they would give me a lifetime supply of shoes. Being that…
  • All of this, plus rice pudding for lunch.

    fluidpudding
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    So, today I met with a new gynecologist. If there are any boys in the room, please know that I’m keeping this clean, and by “keeping this clean” I am not referring to any of my parts. “Keeping this clean” means that you will be able to read the following words without wincing. Hopefully. Because, come on. We are adults here. Brief history: The gynecologist I had seen for nearly 20 years hinted that we reached an impasse last October when I refused to let her shoot drugs into my system that would throw me into a chemically-induced menopause. The new gynecologist I…
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  • It…Um…Loves You Too, Kid

    Momo Fali
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    “Mom, can you tell me about the autism arc again?” “Sure, buddy. Autism is like a rainbow. There are people like you, with PDD-NOS, who are on one side of the rainbow and the more autistic behavior you have, the more you slide across the arc. The kids on the other side of the rainbow have a harder time expressing themselves and their feelings, but they understand things just like you do. In fact, even though some of them can’t talk, they are very, very smart.” “What type of kids are in the middle of the rainbow?” “Well, again, they understand…
  • Burning Questions from the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop

    Momo Fali
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:52 am
    After networking and learning at the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop over the weekend, I came home, unpacked, put the business cards I collected into a pile, and started reading one of the three books I brought home. But, before I can really start processing everything, there are some questions lingering on the surface of my brain. I need to ask them before I can dive any deeper. 1. I worked in retail all through high school and college and even spent a couple of years on my feet every day as a lunch lady; so why, outside of pregnancy, do I only get cankles when I’m at a…
  • How Does Your Peanut Grow?

    Momo Fali
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    Roughly one month ago, I took my son for his 11-year check-up with his pediatrician. Yes, he’s almost 12. Don’t judge me. When the doctor walked into the exam room she smiled, reached out to hug me and in a booming voice asked, “Did you think we’d ever see 11?” No. No, I didn’t. What I also didn’t see is that we’d get this far only to to need another specialist just shy of his teen years. After slowly discontinuing to see the gastroenterologist, geneticist, and urologist, and with still-regular appointments with an ENT, opthamologist,…
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  • A Smidgen of Sky: A book give away

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

    singlemomseeking
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Exciting news! I’m starting a new book-giveaway series. I’ll be chatting with authors who write about single parent and blended families. Please join me. First up, I’m thrilled to introduce Erin Jade Lange (above), the 35-year-old Arizona author of Dead Ends. Dead Ends (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013) is a poignant story that pulled me right in. I couldn’t let go. 16-year-old Dane Washington is a bully who takes out his anger on anyone who dares to look at him the wrong way. Until Billy D. comes along. Billy D. has Down syndrome. The boys bond over their missing fathers. Dane…
  • Snapshot: Are you dating again?

    singlemomseeking
    7 Feb 2014 | 9:05 am
    Although five years (!) have passed since I met Chris, I remember the month of February as if it were a framed photo on my wall, my eyes resisting loneliness. I’ll admit it: Valentine’s Day has always brought out the mushiness in me. Every February, I’d vowed to stay open to love. Sure enough, a couple of weeks before Valentine’s Day five years ago, there I was,  sitting at another coffee shop, waiting with expectation and hope. Maybe this time, I’d get get love-struck over a latte? It was another disappointing date. Then a few days later, when I least expected…
 
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    A Mom in Red High Heels

  • 5 Ways to Look Better in Your Clothes This Spring

    Tammy Gibson
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    When you want to look your best in the spring, you need to come up with a plan and stick to it. While difficult at first, if you succeed, you will look amazing and impress your friends, coworkers and family. With this in mind, here are five ways to look better in your clothes this spring. Workout: First and foremost, if you want to walk in a room and impress everyone, you need to work out and stay in excellent shape. To enjoy an impressive body, follow a strict routine and head to the gym a few times a week. When in the gym, lift weights and concentrate on core exercises where you work your…
  • Fast Fixes For Your Spring Wardrobe (+ giveaway)

    Tammy Gibson
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Peter Som for Kohl’s DesigNation is now available in-store! You’ll love the island feel of the collection! It’s sure to make you crave summer!   I was given gift cards to purchase items from this collection that I’ll share with you next week!  My question is, how will I decide?!? Give your spring wardrobe a fast fix with beautiful pieces like these:         What I love about these 4 outfits is that they are SO EASY TO WEAR!  They all look equally great with flats or heels.  Dress them up with statement jewelry or keep your look casual with…
  • How To Do a Waterfall Braid

    Jordana Lorraine
    5 Apr 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Waterfall braid A waterfall braid is a romantic or ethereal style in which some hair is allowed to fall out of each link in the braid, as it travels around the head. This hair can be left to re-join the other hair, or curled for  a different look. In this video for eHow.com, I will show you in detail, how to create a waterfall braid: How to Do a Waterfall Braid on Someone Else — powered by ehow Review: Beginning near one temple, start making a French braid that will travel horizontally, back and around the head Instead of adding hair to the bottom piece, drop it out and take new hair…
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    A Mommy Story

  • Changes to the Gifted Changes

    Christina
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    So some good news: after a lot of outrage by parents of gifted children in our school district, the district has announced it will postpone any changes to the gifted services programs. Well, sort of. Last week, the district administration met after a parent meeting earlier in the day, where they got an earful from parents who were not happy with having the changes dropped on them with no notice and no input. I spent a good deal of time speaking with the superintendent and gifted services coordinator, explaining why I was opposed and how the new plan would be harmful to Cordy, as well as…
  • I Leave for a Week, and Everything Goes to Hell

    Christina
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:24 am
    Forgive me, Internet, for I have sinned. It’s been over a week since my last post, but in my defense, I have a really good excuse: We spent the week at Walt Disney World, partially for me to attend the Type-A WDW Workshop, and partially to have a vacation with my family. There were some amazing moments, and some amazingly good (and bad) timing to certain events, but we’re home again and settled back into real life. I wanted to tell more about our trip to Disney, but then something else got in the way that demands attention first. The day after we returned from our trip, I was…
  • Udi’s Makes Gluten Free Living Tasty

    Christina
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Disclosure: I participated in this program on behalf of Udi’s and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. It was about a year and a half ago that Aaron went gluten-free. At the time, I had first learned about Udi’s Gluten Free foods, and they suggested we try a two week gluten-free challenge. Aaron and I both tried it, completely eliminating gluten from our diets for two weeks. At the end of it, we felt pretty good, but the true test was to see how we felt eating gluten again. I had no trouble going back to gluten. Aaron, on the other hand, discovered just how badly his body…
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  • Photo Friday: Easter Abroad

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Easter display at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh Scotland There's something a little magical about seeing holiday decorations when you travel, isn't there? I just loved this Easter table in the lobby of the Balmoral Hotel in Scotland. Related Links Scotland with Kids Balmoral Hotel with Kids What is Photo Friday? Post a travel photo on your site. It can be about any topic, as long as it is G-rated. The focus of the post should be on your photo. You don't need to be a professional photographer (I'm not), but do showcase your best work, and make it big enough to see well! It's nice to include…
  • Sneaking Education into a Spring Break Trip

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    For me, Spring Break signals the coming end of the school year and the transition towards the lazy days of summer, so I like to plan a spring break that balances both relaxation and a chance to learn about the world around us. That doesn’t mean we’ll spend our entire week in museums, though. With a little creativity, your kids can add to their learning wherever you go. Hands on Area in the Bishop Museum's Hawaiian Hall I've been invited by Residence Inn to contribute to their Family Travel Talk Forum on Facebook this year. I'm joining several other blogging parents and I'm excited to…
  • Welcome Seattle's Child Readers

    13 Mar 2014 | 1:49 pm
    I had the super fun experience of being interviewed for our local parenting magazine, Seattle's Child this month They even featured my family (well, those of us who weren't battling a cold) on the cover! Seattle's Child cover photo March 2014 Here's the full text of the interview in case you haven't read it and would like to: An Interview with Debbie Dubrow About DeliciousBaby DeliciousBaby is about Traveling with Young Kids. We have lots of tips and helpful advice to make your family vacation easier and more enjoyable. If you are new to DeliciousBaby, you might want to check out some of…
 
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  • Suburban wine cellar

    Suburban Kamikaze
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Pairs well with take-out. Click on the image to see the rest of the shelf. 
  • Picket fences hid widespread laundry operation

    Suburban Kamikaze
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:49 am
    If there is one thing I know about the suburbs, it is that things aren't always what they seem.  From the outside everything may look tidy and above reproach, but inside? Your neighbors are having sex with their gardeners. Or  running a large scale marijuana franchise out of the master bedroom. But whose grass is really greener?  That's what Peyton Price set out to discover. For years now, she's been following us in the car pool line, digging into our flowerbeds and peering into the smoke-filled back rooms of the PTA. She has stood on the sidelines and looked into the…
  • Gratuitous Selfie Tuesday

    Suburban Kamikaze
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:17 am
        Return of the sun over the car pool lane. Greater Chiberia, March, 2014.  I do not trust this warm band of light streaming across my cheeks, but I allow myself a fleeting, sun-ish moment of what passes for hope in these parts.   It snows later that same day. 
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    Where's My Cape?

  • Intentions, part 2

    KC
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Me: Who do you want to pray for? Girl, 8: Daddy (away on business) Boy, 6: Daddy and Everyone. Me: I pray for Daddy and all the Sisters. Boy2, 3: Meeeee! [Raises hand]  Last time, I went on an airplane...and then a taxi...and then kesomemsoeejejeemsffeijjessssome! In Boston!
  • Intentions

    KC
    5 Mar 2014 | 6:21 pm
    During bedtime prayers, Boy, 6: I pray for the cold, the freezing, all the Sisters, people with cancer, allergies, immigrants, and people with prion disease.
  • Version 36.0 XY2

    KC
    24 Feb 2014 | 3:19 am
    We are pleased to announce the release of Version 36.0 XY2, which replaces Version 28.0 XY2. This new and improved version offers the following upgrades: More cuteness per squre inch! Will you accept this rose? Look! Real-time growth updates! After finishing dinner nightly, Version 36.0 XY2 announces as he climbs down from his booster seat, "I eat A LOT! Now, I big!" New favorite declarations! Zert time? (occurs following a brief break after real-time growth update above) There's no roof! (When trying to find a space in the Programmers' bed in the morning to wriggle in and snuggle.) My…
 
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    Cool Mom - Fun Videos and a Blog for Moms - Motherhood, Kids, Babies and Parenting on Coolmom.com

  • Commissioner Brogdon

    Daphne
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Note, this post was written last week, but my energy was ebbing and I worried that I wasn’t clear and lacked confidence in my voice following the shooting.  I’m feeling better, looked it over and now I’m posting it.This week … Continue reading →The post Commissioner Brogdon appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
  • And now some TV cooking…

    Daphne
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:35 pm
    I’m not going to sugar coat it: I’m tweaked.  I’m old enough to know I don’t even know what I am now.  But, following the shooting I’m drained, achey, and tweaked.  HOWEVER, I did finally find a video online of … Continue reading →The post And now some TV cooking… appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
  • A shooting

    Daphne
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:04 am
    I’m shaken and achy… here is the reprint from what the LA Times wrote. I mean click HERE to see what they wrote.  I’m grateful to have survived this.The post A shooting appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
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  • Whoorlita’s Wardrobe

    whoorl
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    This post should really be called Ode to the Gold Old Navy Gladiators That Sold Out So Fast I Couldn’t Even Link to Them because, as you can see, Wita currently has quite an affinity for them. Me too, actually. (Although, have you see these ballet flats? Or these sandals? Super inexpensive and cute. And available.) Dress. Dress. Poplin Tunic. Chambray Pants. Jacket. Dress. (Pssst – today’s the last day to get 25% off all full-price and sale items at Shopbop. Just sayin’. And that concludes the shopping posts for the week. God speed.)
  • It’s That Time Again – Shopbop 25% Off Sitewide

    whoorl
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Starting right now. 25% off all full-price and sale items at Shopbop with the code INTHEFAMILY14. I might be pulling the trigger on one of these bags. And I might be perspiring over it. Decisions.
  • Spring Makeup For The Win

    whoorl
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    It’s time to put on our Spring game faces, ladies. This look is easy and fresh and rosy and lovely, and here’s how to do it. Face Even out the complexion with tinted moisturizer, foundation or BB/CC cream. I used Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation in #52 on the forehead, nose, and around mouth. Apply concealer underneath eyes and anywhere else needed. I used Clinique Airbrush Concealer in Neutral Fair. Eyes Use neutral browns and/or bronzes on the eyes. My very favorite eye palette in the world is LORAC Pro Palette. I used Cream over the entire lid and Taupe in my crease…
 
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    Simply Being Mommy

  • Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas for Girls & Boys

    Crystal Reagan
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    TweetThis is a partnered post with Hasbro. Some items included were sent to me to be donated to a local women and children’s center. There are affiliate links within this post. I will earn pennies if you decide to purchase something. With Easter just a few days away, there isn’t much time left to stuff those Easter baskets full of goodies. Instead of filling your child’s Easter basket with chocolate bunnies, take a look at some of these non-candy Easter basket ideas. Easter baskets over the years have changed drastically from what I remember when I was a child. I looked…
  • Frito-Lay Spring Break Pack Giveaway

    Crystal Reagan
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    TweetBecause we live in the south, our spring break has already come and gone! In fact, it’s been a good four weeks since we enjoyed our full week from school and homework. But from the looks of it on social media, it sounds like many children around the country are enjoying their spring break this week. In celebration of the arrival of spring, this past weekend we spent the majority of our time outside, soaking in the sunshine and getting as much vitamin D as we could. The kids played with children in the neighborhood and we all worked together in the yard, planting our garden and some…
  • How to Get a Good Night’s Rest

    Crystal Reagan
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    TweetMedia samples were received. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. If you’ve ever suffered with insomnia, you know how incredibly frustrating it is to lay in bed, absolutely exhausted, but unable to fall asleep. The inability to fall into a deep slumber when you are physically and mentally exhausted, is quite possibly one of the most frustrating experiences I’ve had as an adult. I’ve been there more often than I care to admit, but thankfully with a few changes over the last six months, I’ve been able to fall asleep faster and stay asleep throughout the…
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    Mommy Needs Coffee

  • Singing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” was forbiddden and the rebel who broke the rule. But don’t tell.

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

    Jenn
    13 Mar 2014 | 9:15 pm
    “Sometimes your heart needs more time to accept what your mind already knows.” So many of  you have been so wonderfully kind with your emails, texts, calls, etc checking up on me and my headaches. I haven’t really known how to write about it. I mean, I have friends who are dealing with things that […]
  • I’m totally into Yoga now. The Lenovo Yoga 11s that is!

    Jenn
    19 Nov 2013 | 5:58 pm
    As a writer and blogger, one of my biggest challenges when traveling is which electronic devices to bring. I do all of my blogging and writing on a laptop. I read on a tablet which of course can get very heavy on my arms. I even like to watch movies to pass the time when […]
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    Lavagal

  • Getting Schooled by Little People

    lavagal
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:50 pm
    April 1 was my sixth day of kindergarten substitute teaching. I’m ready for some petulant teen angst, BRING IT. Kinder Microfashion statements. Kindergarteners are interesting little humans. Still young enough to be clingy and demanding, they’re also testing their mettle when it comes to socializing and seeing how they fit in. If I’m just substituting for a day, I really cannot tell who is trying to get away with all they can from who is not having a good day. As the dawn of my sixth day with this particular class approached, I had an idea of: Who is dying. Who is lying.
  • Finding my Zen Zone while Running

    lavagal
    22 Mar 2014 | 12:54 am
    My journey to be a decent triathlete is no one else’s. Sometimes I think a fast runner or a fast triathlete never gives it any thought to how difficult it can be for regular people, for mere mortals, to get past the pain and self consciousness of competition. I know that they have personal lives, jobs, families, heartaches and problems, but the shell of their perfect bodies disguises so well whatever pain they hide inside. Last night I ran with the Boca Hawaii group and as usual I ended up alone for most of the run. I could see my teammates in the distance. Then the dots of their heads…
  • The Curly Peg in a Straight and Square World

    lavagal
    28 Feb 2014 | 12:46 am
    It has always been the case, and at this stage in my life, I’ve accepted it better than anyone else in the world — I don’t quite fit here, there, just about everywhere. My husband gets it, so that makes me one of the luckiest and happiest women alive. Do not marry a man who does not get you. Because. Because the rest of the world doesn’t. I’m OK with it. I’m at peace with it. I do not need the world to get me. I do not need to fit into anyone’s mold. I do not fit in a cube nor a corporate mold. I question authority and sometimes in the past I’ve…
 
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    Sleepless Nights.

  • Spoiler alert: I burned the cupcakes.

    Veronica
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:38 pm
    I woke up this morning and thought “FUCK. I forgot to bake cupcakes!” This is not the first thought I usually have of a morning, which is usually more along the lines of “Oh god, morning already?” and “Can I hear the kids yet?” Backstory: Isaac’s Kindergarten class was having a Pirate Party for a pre-Easter break up. Children were invited to wear pirate costumes, and to bring both some cut up fruit and veg for snack time, and party food for lunch time. When the same thing happened with Amy, I wasn’t caught quite so unawares. Amy had a very…
  • A series of unfortunate soaping events. (To gel, or not to gel)

    Veronica
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:41 am
    Soap, man. SOAP. I’ve decided soap is going to do what soap is going to do. So there’s a process after you pour the soap called gelling. It’s an exothermic chemical reaction whereupon the soap batter hardens, heats up, turns into a gel like consistency and then cools down. It helps to harden your soap and it changes the texture, colours and smell a bit. You can prevent gel by sticking freshly poured soap in the fridge or freezer for 24 hours. Or you can alternately promote gel by insulating your soap with towels to keep it warm. Science, yo. I mostly gel my soaps. It makes…
  • The Year Of Making: Homemade Yogurt

    Veronica
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:20 pm
    A while back I spoke here about my year of making things from scratch, and how I planned to turn it into a series. Shortly thereafter, I got sick, fell apart, got exhausted and only managed to claw myself back to a semblance of humanity when I realised, hey maybe I ought to start taking my iron supplements again. MAGIC ENERGY APPEARS. I’ve felt much less like dying, and so here is my first post in the series. Making Yogurt From Scratch It’s pretty easy actually. You’ll need: UHT milk Powdered milk A tub of starter yogurt Sugar (optional) A container (1 litre is perfect)…
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    Crunchy Domestic Goddess

  • Computer Programming for Kids

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

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

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    16 Mar 2014 | 9:12 pm
    I don’t think it’s a secret that I lean toward natural remedies when dealing with my and my children’s health. I believe that Western medicine has it’s place and we as a family use pharmaceuticals as well as natural remedies, but I prefer to look to alternative medicine first. Two weeks ago on a Thursday evening, my daughter (9) began experiencing tooth pain in one of her baby teeth. By Friday morning, she was in a lot of pain. I started treating her with a remedy I knew could help with tooth pain — oil pulling with coconut oil. I also diluted some doTERRA clove…
 
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  • Girls' Night in New Hampshire 2014

    Sarahviz
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    Then:  October 2008 Back in 2008, none of us had children who were double-digit aged.  Our girls' getaway discussions about our children were primarily focused on potty-training, their eating and sleeping habits, and their behavior.  Along with, of course, the usual complaining talk about our husbands, our careers and our extended families. Well.  The years have flown by and as we
  • When the Hubby is Away...

    Sarahviz
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:20 am
    Things I DIDN'T Do While Hubby Was Out of Town For a Week: 1.  Watch any sports whatsoever. 2.  Watch any weather whatsoever. 3.  Cook a sit-down meal. 4.  Enforce the "shower every night" rule. 5.  Make it to work on time. 6.  Shave my legs. Things I DID Do While Hubby Was Out of Town For a Week: 1.  Watched all my Real Housewives Episodes of NYC/Atlanta/
  • Top 12 Reasons Why I Love Being a Mom to All Boys

    Sarahviz
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:33 pm
    1.  I'm by no means a fashionista, but I *do* enjoy shopping.  Boy clothes are pretty boring, actually.  Especially athletic apparel (which is all my sons wear nowadays).  So I save money by not having to buy frilly exquisite cute clothing. 2.  While boys are definitely physical creatures, they are also kinda simple.  They hit and then forget.  There's no grudge-holding.  They're mad, and
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    Parenting Squad

  • 5 Reasons Why Paternity Leave Is Crucial for Fathers and Families

    Alyssa Chirco
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:29 pm
    When New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy took a two-game paternity leave recently to spend time with his newborn son, he inadvertently sparked a national debate. Because while maternity leave for new moms is often considered a given, men like Boomer Esiason aren't convinced that dads deserve to take time off after the birth of a child too.Despite the outdated opinions of certain male sportscasters, paternity leave is a good thing, for both men and families. Here's why.1. New moms need support.Postpartum recovery isn't easy, and in the days and weeks after giving birth, women are in the…
  • Join us Today 4/17 at 2pm EST for #pschat on Twitter

    Nancy Flanders
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:52 am
    We're talking all about Easter! Join us at 2 p.m. EST today for a fun conversation, and you could win a $10 Amazon gift card. Just follow @parentingsquad and #pschat to participate!What's your favorite Easter candy to share from your child's basket?Do your children know why Easter is celebrated?Have you made any Easter decorations with your child or Easter crafts? Any pics to share?And check out these Parenting Squad posts on the subjects:7 Memorable Ways to Celebrate EasterEaster Decorations to Make with Your KidsChannel: News & CommentaryTipsTags: EasterEaster craftsEaster…
  • Easter Bread is a Delicious Way to Celebrate Spring

    Fred Lee
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:24 pm
    If you've endured a long, cold, snowy winter like we have, then spring has an extra-special meaning. How can you not celebrate the longer days filled with warm sunshine, bright colors, and the surrounding air bursting with life?The change in seasons marks a special time of the year, and the transition into spring is especially enjoyable because it includes Easter. We like to spend Easter together as a family with not much in the way of planning. My wife and I hide candy filled eggs throughout the house and yard, and the kids are still young enough to enjoy searching for them. We usually take…
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  • A Reader Asks a Question

    Carmen Staicer
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    I'm so very, very sorry for the delay in answering the questions you all asked. I'm feeling really slammed lately, but I pinky promise to try to get it together ASAP. Lovely Reader Alyssa asks: I have 4 kids all currently living at home ages 10 to 21, so I like to hear about how other moms manage the day to day of a big family with all the ages and stages and activities-- while trying to take care of yourself and have any time with your husband (and I know you work for pay as well). How do you plan life in your home to both young adults and young kids and their friends and their…
  • Absent but Elsewhere Present

    Carmen Staicer
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:32 pm
    I haven't been here in a week.  I got home from my NY trip on Friday night and early, early, EARLY Sunday morning The hubby and I left for five days in Mexico to stay at the Hard Rock in Cancun.  He won a trip due to the fact that the man works harder than anyone I've ever seen. And we desperately, desperately needed to have the time away. We were both worn out and just at the end of our ropes with everything and so exhausted and  you know, I keep saying spent but it really has been one hell of a slog for us since about, say, March of last year. So I made this fun little video…
  • How I Completely Lost My Cool (and My Mind) in the Airport

    Carmen Staicer
    5 Apr 2014 | 11:41 am
    I traveled to New York City for work this week. I left on Wednesday, and was slated to return home Friday. The trip was great. I had no trouble getting there, thoroughly enjoyed myself in the city, and the meetings were educational, informative, and fun. I really like the company I work for - BlogHer - and my coworkers are top notch.  This is me with two of the women who work on my team. I love them so much. Even though I appear to have unfocused eyes - WHAT was I looking at? On Friday, a driver came to pick me and my coworker Jenny up to transport us to JFK airport. He asked us our…
 
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  • Soaking Seeds for a Quicker Garden

    SusieJ
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
    There have been several moments over the last few months when the thought of growing vegetables and taking care of a garden has been far too overwhelming. The idea of just quitting and doing nothing has taken root. Knowing I will not feel the same way come mid-June, when there is no fresh basil, peas or kale to throw on the table — I am planting a garden now; while there’s still time. I can’t let a moment of weakness spoil the whole entire growing season. What a waste of sunshine, warmth and dirt. I mean, we still have to eat, don’t we?  My plan is to grow one…
  • Hey, Warrior Woman, You Need Some Fizzy Lemon Barley Water

    SusieJ
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:24 pm
    The strong ones, the Roman Gladiators, were called Hordearii, or Barley Men. Barley. The Romans said it was the barley that gave them greater strength and stamina than any other food. Cleopatra has her honey, but I think the women of today need strength and stamina. That’s our beauty potion — Strength and stamina. Do we need another grain in our diet? At the ARS Diet and Human Performance Laboratory in Beltsville, Md., research chemist Kay Behall is studying how eating foods prepared with grains such as barley and oats might reduce risk factors associated with excess weight, type…
  • Mom, Can You Bring My Belt To the Car?

    SusieJ
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Whatever compelled that high school senior to think he could actually hide outside, with a squirt gun, and go undetected in a house full of four boys this morning, was sorely mistaken.  He was promptly spotted, and the words, “get your bathing suit on!” were the signal that this was indeed a real attack.  Senior tag has begun.   Your mission is to surprise your opponents with a water gun attack. Carry squirt guns and be ready at all times.  They will be coming after you too You are only safe on school property You are safe during school hours only — the…
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    Rookie Moms

  • Stuff rookie moms should know about (April 2014)

    Whitney Moss
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    This post contains affiliate links. I used to do these link round-ups all the time but sort of fell off the wagon. Forgive me. * I was charmed by the appearance of this new book, Petit Collage, which provides instructions and templates for 25 home decor projects like this adorable mobile. * Baby Mum Mums, which I loved to let my babies snack on, now come in toddler and big kid versions. You can buy them in bulk on Amazon. My kids like the big kid version in Apple Cinnamon. * Post by Honest Toddler that made me giggle at my desk: Reward Chart for Daddies * Some cute-as-heck stuff at Gymboree,…
  • Taking my baby (and dog!) to the store {Rookie Moms Challenge #5}

    Whitney Mattocks
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    First, before I get into my challenge recap, let me just say that being a mom is the absolute best thing ever! I am so in love with Garrity and absolutely treasure every moment that we have here at home together. I couldn’t ask for a more perfect little girl! So here we go, challenge number 5: go to the grocery store for just one thing. This turned out to be an incredibly easy challenge and I’m happy to report that it was completely uneventful which might not be the most interesting thing to read about, but it’s exactly what this new mama hoped for. We’re on an approximately every 3…
  • Online doctor’s appointments are my new favorite thing (Sponsored)

    Whitney Moss
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Thanks to American Well for sponsoring this Rookie Moms post. Waking up and realizing you have pink-eye/strep throat/a bladder infection is immediate license for a pity party, right? Not only am I suffering from some horrendous malady, but seeking treatment looms as an obstacle that will derail my whole day. That’s the first scenario in which the existence of online doctor’s appointments is better than sliced bread with Nutella spread on it; the second is when I am plagued by a physical issue that’s less urgent, and therefore easy to ignore. Procrastination, I know you well.
 
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    mommy bytes

  • Crochet Granny Square Blanket for American Girl Dolls

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Who would think that having a daughter with an American Girl doll would inspire me to learn to crochet? I guess doing a smaller size blanket is the perfect learning project.  I first saw this free crochet pattern from Liberty Jane Patterns.  After watching numerous YouTube videos on crocheting granny squares, I finally got the hang of putting together these cute blankets.  I used an H8 5mm crochet hook with medium weight yarn. Luckily I could also use a lot existing knitting yarn. In total there are 12 squares in this blanket in a 4x3 rectangle.Of course both dolls needed their…
  • Affordable and Easy 12x12 Wall Art

    17 Mar 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Dova's Back Handspring by Team PhotoAt one of Dova's gymnastics meets, I purchased this wonderful photo of Dova's Back Handspring in mid-flight from Team Photo (here's where having a 70-200mm f/2.8L Telephoto Zoom Lens comes in handy). As soon as I saw it, I immediately envisioned it on the wall as a piece of trendy 12"x12" square wall art, one for me and one for my mom.Looking around web, I found canvas prints, metal prints, photo panels, mounted wall art, the possibilities were endless! The only thing in common was that nothing was really affordable, especially since I wanted…
  • Happy Birthday to Me - Not Too Old to be Fab!

    24 Feb 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Me and my new glasses, photographed by AdamFor once, we celebrated my birthday on time this year (except for this blog post), complete with skiing, a celebration dinner and watching Blue Man Group. If you're in the Boston area, you can get 1/2 price tickets from the awesome ArtsBoston.org. Although I was born in the Year of the Horse, I turned 47 this year, and will only reach my "dodecade" or "dozennial" (why isn't there a real word for every 12 years?) at the end of the Chinese calendar year next January. When I first heard it was theYear of the Horse, I was momentarily confused…
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    Mom Blog | From Dates to Diapers™

  • Entertaining with Aladdin

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:57 pm
    I love a good party, and everyone who knows me knows this is true. Lately, however, the pressure of achieving entertaining perfection makes cuddling up with my kiddos and hubby to watch a good movie... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • #Disconnect2Reconnect :: Unplugging at the Table

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Do you ever feel like technology and online social networks are taking over, robbing you of precious time with your spouse and kids? Even though being online is our livlihood, it also tends to suck... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • Spring Wardrobe Staples at Walmart

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    22 Mar 2014 | 1:44 pm
    To be honest, Walmart isn’t the first place that comes to mind when planning a shopping trip to find clothing for myself. I’m one who loves to find fashionable items at small boutique... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
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    Mommy Poppins - Things to Do in NYC with Kids

  • WeeWork Kids Nature Crafts: Mushroom Prints

    Anna Fader
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:36 am
    Spring signals time to reconnect with nature. DK Publishing sent us a copy of Great Things to Do Outside: 365 Awesome Outdoor Activities and we've been inspired by all the fun activities in it. We shared one of them with you last week and we have another great one to share with you today. These mushroom prints will make kids gain new appreciation for fungi.   read more
  • New NYC Summer Camps: 7 More Great Summer Programs for Kids

    Stephanie Ogozalek
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Although we already published a roundup of the best new summer camps debuting in 2014, we've since learned about so many other promising programs we decided to write a Part II! These seven brand-spanking-new camps cater to a wide variety of ages and interests. While my STEM-loving nine-year-old is particularly excited about the offerings at the Museum of Mathematics and Brooklyn Game Lab, there are enriching programs for tots at Pono and Creative Dream, plus science programs, offbeat athletics and more. Be sure to check out our jam-packed Camp Guide for info on lots of other summer…
  • Astoria Park & Other Places to Play in Astoria Queens

    Kelly O
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    We continue our month-long focus on Astoria, Queens with an in-depth look at its parks and playgrounds. Its namesake green space—the beautiful, 60-acre, waterfront Astoria Park—is unquestionably the neighborhood's crown jewel boasting NYC's largest outdoor public pool, a popular playground and great photo ops with the Hell Gate and RFK Bridges. But there are other smaller Astoria parks and playgrounds worth checking out, too. Some even offer FREE summer programming and beloved annual family festivals. Here are 9 parks and playgrounds to explore in Astoria, Queens. read…
 
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    Workout Mommy

  • Kids on spring break? Add them to your workout.

    workoutmommy
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    My kids are off this week for spring break which means I’ve had to pull out all sorts of creative fitness ideas.  (I could drag myself out of bed before dawn and get it done,  but I am a night owl by nature and the early mornings make me a pretty grumpy mommy.) Here are some of the ways I have managed to fit in workouts this week: *kettlebell swings and/or snatches in the kitchen while the kids are eating breakfast * step ups, pull ups, and tricep dips at the park * long walks around the soccer field * burpees.   Everywhere! * 10-15 minutes of heavy weights each day.   I basically…
  • Flat abs tips, workouts for kids, and my confession as a trainer

    workoutmommy
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    I haven’t written much here this past week because I’ve been busy writing other places.   (and taking my kids to soccer and football practices and games.  I love spring sports, don’t you?!) Here are a few of my posts around the web: Flat-abs secrets from health bloggers:   I’m so excited they included my tip (#2)  in with all these other great bloggers! What do workouts look like for kids:    My kids think gyms are weird,  do yours? Balancing fitness and motherhood:    Before I had kids I was an early morning trainer and used to get so angry when moms would…
  • Injured? So what.

    workoutmommy
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    I have unfortunately have had my fair share of injuries over the years.   About two weeks ago, I re-tore my bum knee doing lateral lunges.    (I had meniscus surgery about 6 years ago).   I knew I wasn’t supposed to do any lateral movements but I got caught up in the class I was taking and forgot all about my previous injury.  The old me would have spent a few days kicking myself for being so careless—these days I’m focusing on the good instead of the bad. I can still walk I can still do burpees I can still do all upper body exercises and best of all, I can still get a…
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    All & Sundry

  • A book you should read: Wave, by Sonali Deraniyagala

    Linda
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    In Wave, Sonali Deraniyagala chronicles the events and aftermath of the Sri Lankan tsunami that killed her parents, her husband, and her two young sons. They had all been staying at a beach hotel together on December 26, 2004, when they were swept up in the water. Only Deraniyagal survived. It sounds horrifically sad, doesn’t it? It is, of course, but maybe not quite in the way you’d expect. Deraniyagala describes her early months of grief and confusion with such unflinching, precise style it takes you somewhere deep inside her experience. You’re not standing on the…
  • How we learn sometimes

    Linda
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Dylan was screaming in pain, the sort of fear-driven sobbing that’s hard-wired right into your nervous system, zero to panic in nothing seconds flat, and I was trying to calm Dylan and assess the damage while also turning my head to vent my frustration in Riley’s direction. Technically an accident but also pure carelessness on Riley’s part and goddammit I’d just said — Just said! Just! Said! — not to slam the door while they were playing and he’d done it anyway, right on his brother’s fingers. I wasn’t sure if bones were broken and a deep…
  • Oh my god Becky look at her butt

    Linda
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    The other day I had the opportunity to hear my own recorded voice and I realize I’m prone to exaggeration but you’re just going to have to believe me when I say that it was THE WORST THING EVARRRRR. I know I have some obnoxiously immature-sounding verbal tics and my voice is kind of nasal and I don’t always come across like the sharpest tool in the shed especially when I’m feeling awkward, but there’s knowing and there’s knowing, you know? I had recorded a phone interview and in playing it back I was pretty horrified by my, like, um, totallys. I’m…
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    Cutie Booty Cakes

  • I love meat!

    Renee Ross
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
    My lunch today. Turkey BLT and Asian salad. My first BLT in years! Recently I discovered something I never knew about myself, I love meat. Now, this is truly a revelation because for about a quarter of a century I haven’t eaten meat other than fish and seafood. No poultry, no beef, no pork for about 25 years! But since I am on a journey to having my best body ever (and really wanting to eat some buffalo wings which don’t help my journey but are delicious! LOL) I decided that I needed more protein. Of course I’ve been eating fish and vegetable protein but quite frankly trying to…
  • Whiten teeth with Colgate

    Renee Ross
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:44 pm
    One of the things that my dentist mentions to me every time I visit is how I have “great” teeth and they are white. I suppose that is relative because I admit that I am quite envious of the various actor and actresses I see with gleaming white teeth. I have always considered whitening my teeth but found the pricing to be cost prohibitive or alternatively the process was unwieldy and I didn’t want to sit around with something in my mouth for hours for whiter teeth.  However, when I was introduced to Colgate Optic White toothbrush and built in whitening pen by Walmart, tooth…
  • Dyeing Easter Eggs - Faux!

    Renee Ross
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Decorated plastic Easter eggsIs is just me or does this year seem to be zooming by? Well, on second thought, this winter wreaked havoc all over the country and I think I’m having selective amnesia about that! But winter weather aside, I really am amazed that Easter is just a few weeks away. Preparation for Easter is pretty minimal in my home. We attend a very laid back church so no brand spanking new attire is needed. The one thing that we do on an annual basis is color Easter eggs. As a child this is something I enjoyed doing and I love sharing this particular tradition with my child. The…
 
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  • 47 Ronin Blur-ray / DVD Giveaway

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:26 pm
    I love Keanu Reeves. I mean, he's made some clunkers over the years but it's hard not to like the guy. From River's Edge through The Matrix, he's managed to stay pretty true to himself. Smart, if not always eloquent, brooding loner type. If I were to pick a male actor to portray me, it would probably be him. Not that anyone has ever asked… Anyhow, from what I gather, Keanu is quite a
  • P&G Best for Me Sweepstakes

    2 Apr 2014 | 6:40 pm
    P&G makes some of the world's favorite health and beauty brands.  Chances are, you're already using something they make, whether it's for your laundry or makeup or pet food. I got to visit P&G HQ in Cincinnati last summer and see just how many of their products I've used over the years. Pretty mind-boggling! (I'm still hoping they bring back the classic brown and silver Vidal Sassoon cherry
  • Spanakopita For Spring With Kontos Fillo

    1 Apr 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Do you have a savory food weakness? Mine is Spanakopita, a delicious traditional Greek dish made Fillo Dough, filled with spinach, leeks, dill, parsley, and crumbled Feta cheese. My mom used to make it with leftover lamb, wrapping the filling into delicate – and time consuming! – fillo triangles.  As much as I love it, I always thought it was a pain in the butt to prepare considering how
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    Tanis Miller

  • Mirror Image

    Tanis Miller
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Since the moment my daughter escaped my womb I've had to hear about how much she looks EXACTLY like my husband, his sisters, his aunts, his grandmothers, his million-times removed fourth cousin, you name it. I always knew this was said with love but that never stopped it from stinging my ego a teeny tiny little bit. Okay. A LOT. After all, my husband didn't just carve our daughter from play-doh in his image. My DNA is mixed in and my side of the family wanted to wrap their tree roots around her as well. However, the older my daughter grew, the more unmistakable her lineage has…
  • To India And Beyond

    Tanis Miller
    13 Mar 2014 | 10:18 am
    "Hello, may I please speak with Ken?" she asked. "I'm sorry, she's not here at the moment, may I take a message," I replied. "Is this Ken's mother?" she inquired. 13 years ago I watched as my little girl with her crooked blonde pigtails, boarded the little yellow school bus and drove off into the vast unknown of her future. She was fearless and excited and I was the opposite. I remember watching the taillights of the bus and worrying that she was too young for such an adventure and I remember chiding myself for such thoughts as I wiped away the tears that had slipped down my cheeks and turned…
  • Stupid Is As Stupid Looks

    Tanis Miller
    10 Mar 2014 | 10:15 am
    In what wouldn't be considered shocking by anyone who knows me or has ever waited for me to update my blog (sorry), I am what I like to call 'selectively lazy.' I often have the best intentions, but I have this annoying habit of putting off today what I can totally do tomorrow.  In my defense, life is short, there are so many books to read, the laundry is unending and, well, anything that resembles work requires a commitment I'm just not ready to make. This tends to drive my husband insane. It constantly shocks him what I will and will not do. Shovel out an entire flowerbed and replace…
 
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    Product Reviews by The Experimental Mommy

  • Inspire Innovation with GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank {Giveaway}

    Bridgette Duplantis
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:01 pm
    This post is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy.  While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% mine. I am the proud Mama of two beautiful daughters.  They love pink.  They love dancing.  They love princess.  But that doesn’t mean that they can’t love math, Science and engineering.  I, too, was a pink-loving twinkle toes who grew up to achieve a Master of Science in Biology and I will encourage my daughters to chase their dreams as well. Toys that teach and encourage imagination are tops on my list so I could not have been happier to…
  • Fueling My Morning with Quaker Shakes {Giveaway}

    Bridgette Duplantis
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This post was created in partnership with Quaker. All thoughts and opinions are my own. With two school-aged children, morning is anything but peaceful.  Once the alarm wakes us from our comfy beds, it is a race to get everyone dressed, lunches made, schoolbags packed and to school on time.  While I would love to say that I wake up extra early to cook a lovely breakfast for my girls, it is just not reality. Because we are so pressed for time, I am always on the lookout for a nutritious, filling and quick breakfast that my family and I will enjoy.  Thankfully, I was recently introduced to…
  • My Mess is No Match for the Eureka Airspeed ALL FLOORS #BringItOn

    Bridgette Duplantis
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    With two little ballerinas in my home, there is rarely a dull moment.  Their tappin’ feet seem to constantly move and it’s hard to get them to stay still even at meal times.  The result? Crumbs. Everywhere. Sometimes it seems like more food ends up on the floor than in their mouths which means clean up not only involves dishes but sweeping and vacuuming, too.  So when I was approached to review the Eureka Airspeed ALL FLOORS vacuum, I was definitely game especially because this vacuum performed better than the Dyson DC41 based on independent testing. How Does it Work: Eureka…
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    Manic Mommies® Media, Inc.

  • We [heart] analogies

    Kristin
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    A few nights ago, my husband was trying to find the word for “an example that helps describe / illustrate a comparable situation” to which our daughter responded… “That’s  an analogy, daddy.” It’s easy to see why our daughter knows what an analogy is (but is struggling with multiplying by 9s) because I use them frequently. We are family that revels in words and descriptions. And because my kids (and my husband) often stop hearing the request, or don’t understand the why, I find a good analogy can cut right to the core of what I’m saying.
  • Podcast: Don’t yell at the volunteers

    Kristin
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:50 pm
    It’s (another) busy weekend as Kristin helps with the opening of her husband’s new velo (bicycle) studio and Erin helps open the little league shed. Having done our duties, we’re taking a timeout to record the show and respond to listener voicemails and emails. Links: Steve the Bike Guy Velo Studio | NY Minute: 30,000 students opt out of NY’s Common Core tests | Google Mail for Education | Organization Conversation on Facebook | Watch House of Cards Online – Netflix | Amazon.com: Avery Self-Adhesive Reinforcement Labels | Breast Tissue…
  • Podcast: Keep Your Words Sweet

    Kristin
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Will this tutu make me run faster? How many times do we have to say it – words matter! This week we’re talking about Mary Barra and GM’s response to the recent recall; Gwyneth Paltrow comparing her stress to those of moms with day jobs; and Self magazine’s tutu gate. We also discuss rug vs hardwood and puking pets. Links mentioned: Mary Barra answers recall issues | Videos with Mary Barra | GM Ignition Update | Self magazine editor apologizes for making fun of cancer survivor’s tutu | Gwyneth Paltrow says it’s ‘very difficult’ being working mom…
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    Hormone-Colored Days

  • Enter the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge by April 22, 2014

    7 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    It's been a while since I posted a look-back post, but this one is especially fun, at least for me. Back on March 31, 2011, I posted about a fun science competition for kids, the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, a cool competition in which a child in grades 5-8 can win $25,000, a cool trip, and the title of America's Top Young Scientist.Today, I'm proud to count this competition among my clients!I'm working with the folks from the challenge to spread the word about the competition. It's an easy entry only requiring a 1-2 minute video outlining out a problem they encounter in…
  • That Time I Nearly Kidnapped a Girl at the Library

    6 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    Yesterday after dropping one of my boys off at the Code Phreaks meeting, I headed into the library where I planned to write while my son participated in the meet-up. A small family captured my attention as I tried to settle and jot down a few notes. A mom trying to do some work on her computer, a dad trying to search the want ads (for a job? a car? who knows?), a fussy baby and an occasionally jittery preschooler.Tempers weren't flaring, but tensions did seem to be rising as the parents struggled to do what they were trying to do while making sure the needs of their girls were met.Perhaps it…
  • Baby's First College Visit

    2 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Welcome to college! This sign was in just about every building.At the urging of the high school counseling staff (It's never too early to start looking at colleges! Don't miss a chance to visit potential schools!) My almost-16-year-old-and-no-longer-a-baby eldest child and I took a day out of Spring Break chillaxing to visit a small college close to our home.My son, a sophomore, has stepped foot on a handful of university and community college campuses thanks to events like Science Olympiad, but he's still pretty clueless about where and what type of school he'd like to attend. I don't think…
 
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    Mile High Mamas

  • Movie review: Disneynature’s “BEARS” a delight for all ages

    Amber Johnson
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    When you grow up near the Canadian Rockies, bears are a part of your vernacular but after previewing Disneynature’s new True life Adventure “Bears” last week, I really fell in love with them. The filmmakers follow a year in the life of a new brown bear family in Alaska–from hibernation in the den with impressionable young newborn cubs Scout and Amber–to leaving the “nest” with their mom Skye while experiencing life’s great wonders and joys in their heartwarming journey.  I’ve always viewed bears as the top of the wilderness food chain…
  • You’re Not Welcome: Are We Raising Mannerless Kids?

    Catherine
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    I’m about to acknowledge something that a lot of parents are thinking, but few will actually say out loud.  But I believe the first step in solving a problem is admitting that you have one and, America…we have a real problem.  So, here goes. Our children are incredibly rude. Not all of them, of course.  But it seems that the older I get, the less tolerant I am of children who don’t seem to understand that there are things that you just don’t do.  And I’m even less tolerant of the parents who seem to think that giving their children lessons in basic manners is…
  • Win a $50 Kohl’s gift card for the New Disney Apparel

    Amber Johnson
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    We’re big Disney fans (be sure to stay tuned for details of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration). But as much as we love Mickey, my kids don’t typically wear commercial clothing so I was unsure what my son would think about Kohl’s Department Store’s new Disney-branded apparel collection for kids under the Jumping Beans brand. My description of having our own little “fashion show” didn’t sit well with him either because as it turns out, most little boys aren’t into the runway scene. #WhoKnew? I was actually excited when we saw this new…
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  • A Great Day

    Susan
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    Unbelievably, my baby is 4. On the day before his birthday, he was able to celebrate at school: After school, we worked on his cake: Andrew was very patient while it baked. The inspiration for the cake was Andrew’s cape: Here’s how the cake turned out: On the day of his birthday, Dan woke AP up for an early donut run.  Then a friend brought MORE donuts after the big kids were in school… I’m pretty sure Andrew had donuts for breakfast AND lunch. After Dad got home from work, it was time for presents!!! After a dinner of chocolate chip pancakes  (’cause who can…
  • Just Hangin

    Susan
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Check out my new bike rack, built by Yours Truly! Now we can hang the bikes out of the way AND they swivel, so they can lie flatter against the wall. Will probably add a shelf, too. Got the how-to from this guy: http://www.texasmountainbiketrails.com/diy-bike-rack/
  • The Boys Don’t Get It

    Susan
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Maria and I just returned from a “Girls’ Trip” to Austin.  My sisters and niece flew in from the west coast and we all met up at my parent’s house. While the boys were disappointed that they weren’t able to go, I’m fairly certain that they had as good – or (in their opinion) an even better – time than we did. What did WE do?  We ate TONS of Mexican food, bought beads and made jewelry, shopped, saw some movies and visited with brothers, friends and extended family. We also took a lot of pictures. While we were gone, the boys ate out, saw a…
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    Eden M. Kennedy

  • March march maaaaarch

    Eden M. Kennedy
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:15 pm
    March was an exciting month. For starters, Peewee almost died. It started with Peewee barfing four times in a row one morning, and having this weird little palsy to his head. I started Googling things like “dog+barf+palsy” which led to “dog+symptoms+poison” which led to me freaking out and calling the vet. But an hour later he seemed to have shaken off whatever it was. I cancelled the vet and we decided to keep an eye on him. You know, they rally sometimes, these little beasts. So we did keep an eye on him and what we saw was that over the course of the next couple of…
  • And now it is February

    Eden M. Kennedy
    24 Feb 2014 | 12:36 pm
    My birthday present to myself this year was going to be a car adapter so I could listen to my phonePod while I drive (safely, without ever looking at it to switch songs, even if I’m listening to some tragic police procedural and it suddenly becomes desperately important to hear Burt Bacharach). Instead, I took a small wad of money that I’d collected in my yoga jar (I put a dollar in a jar every time I practice — someday I hope to save up for a soul of my own!) and went to see Adyashanti (whom I have mentioned twice before) speak at the Methodist church down on Garden Street.
  • But I’m still not going to join a gym or stop drinking

    Eden M. Kennedy
    1 Jan 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Thus beginneth another year at Fussy.org. Updates for 2014 will be monthly, if you’re wondering whether you should drop me from your feed reader or not. Blogging: it’s less urgent than ever! I’m not one to do year-end roundups, but I would like to remember December 2013 as the month I realized I not only needed to but had the resources and energy to stop half-assing so much of my life. (Brace yourself for an explanation that might involve yoga.) Normally (when I’m not sitting in bed playing iPad solitaire) my life strategy* has been to stand just inside the sideline of…
 
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  • Why Do You Blog? The Answer is Magical

    Queen of Spain
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    So why are you still blogging?  Are you hoping to make money? Become famous? Gain followers? Fans? A book deal? Are you blogging because you want to share your family with relatives scattered across the world? Are you blogging because you found a community with which you relate? Are you blogging because you need to vent about life, family, friends, kids, partners, exes, bosses, or other bloggers? WHY are you blogging? It was a question posed by former-NFL receiver Donald Driver at Disney’s Social Media Moms Conference this past weekend-and it sort of knocked me off my chair. (The kids…
  • As the Song Says…

    Queen of Spain
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Yeah…that whole thing about giving them roots and wings to fly and what not???? I’m failing at it terribly right now. Failing. Failing. FAILING. My son is currently at his first ever sleep-away camp and I’m in bed thinking about driving there to either spy on him, or the more likely scenario of nabbing him and bringing him home. HOME. Where he belongs. NOT out in some totally perfect world for him where there are scientists and ecosystems and OCEANS and MOUNTAINS….which leads my mind to rip currents and bobcats and bears and wildfires and his hating socks but being…
  • Two Words: Grumpy Cat

    Queen of Spain
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Grumpy Cat met the Vest Family… …and it was awful. Unless you ask the Vest family…in which case it was AWESOME. More from #AllHailHala who plans on blogging her encounter with the world’s most famous cat, just as soon as she finishes her homework. (UPDATE: Hala has blogged her encounter with Grumpy Cat) What? I had to put her in a grumpy mood SOMEHOW. Thanks to Grumpy Cat’s TEAM (no really, the cat has a team…if I were that Grumpy & cute I’d have a TEAM too…) for making a 9-year old’s dream come true.   *I was invited to attend…
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  • Zen Mowing Mama

    Blonde Mom
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    Not our mower, but we do have a push mower (self-propelled oh yeah!) I will let ya’ll in on a little secret. I like to mow. OK ok I LOVE to mow. I’ve never really been into yard work but I discovered the zen of mowing a couple of years ago. I thought I might be the only mama out there who finds the peace and solitude of mowing appealing but chatting at a soccer tourney with another mom I mentioned I’d mowed the yard recently and confessed to my love for it. “I really LOVE to mow. I know that’s crazy,” I confessed. “That’s not normal,…
  • Eureka AirSpeed All Floors Giveaway

    Blonde Mom
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Disclosure: Eureka provided us with a new AirSpeed All Floors vacuum in order to facilitate this review. No other form of compensation was provided. With two kids and three dogs at our house it’s not exactly easy street at our house when it comes to keeping the floors clean. When Eureka asked me to be part of a blogger campaign to put their new AirSpeed All Floors model to the test, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. My Eureka AirSpeed All Floors arrived in a box which I quickly unpacked. It literally took me less than 5 minutes to assemble and I was ready to rock and roll. Call me a…
  • Softer Shades of Snakeskin for Spring

    Blonde Mom
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Disclosure: Zulily affiliate link used. Snakeskin is really in this spring but you may associate it with darker colors for fall and winter. There are a ton of amazing accessories, bags, and shoes available now in softer shades of snakeskin such as pastel pink as well as bright colors such as turquoise. Plus, by investing in an accessory, you aren’t investing as much into a trend and you can pair it with lots of different looks. I have a favorite pair of taupe open-toe snakeskin flats that I brought out today for work, but I’d love to find some more colorful shoes in snakeskin for…
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  • Artistic Easter Gift Ideas – Some Even Handmade by Me! Introducing Pueblo & Company

    Diane Kidman
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    Easter is barreling down upon us like a mad rabbit on wheels, so if you haven’t found just the right Easter gifts yet, how about trying something artistic at my new shop, Pueblo & Company? You can shop there online at Square Market and find some truly unique handmade items. It’s a small, intimate shop (that means it’s not quite loaded up yet – but it will be full to the rafters before you know it). At Pueblo & Company you’ll find lots of artsy things including my very own handmade beaded eggs. See that photo to the right? That’s one of my works,…
  • Mother Nature’s Baby & a Few Teething Remedies

    Diane Kidman
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:17 am
    I’m excited to announce that the book many of you have been asking me to write (for years!) is not only complete, it’s available on Amazon as of this morning! Mother Nature’s Baby:The Essential Baby Guide to Natural Cures & Chemical Free Living answers the most common questions I’ve gotten from readers over the years. One of the most common concerns is always teething and what can be done to get through the pain a little more gracefully, and of course, without all the over-the-counter medications we’re used to. So to give you a good idea of what’s in…
  • Beyond the Cancer, Into the Cure – A “Don’t Miss It” Book Review

    Diane Kidman
    8 Jan 2014 | 7:16 am
    Like most people, I’ve had scary things happen in my life: flying across the ocean in a 1960s Russian jet flown by pilots who were carrying tumblers of amber liquid back to the cockpit; being yelled at by a foreign soldier in a foreign tongue while he waved a machine gun at me; finding a spider on the toilet seat. But nothing, nothing could have prepared me for the fear I felt when my sister called me on the phone and said, “It’s cancer.” I spent the next many months living in that same amped up, heartpounding fear. My sister, diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of…
 
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  • It was Revi. In the Ergobaby 360. At Kidspace. #whoareyouwearing

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    This post is the book-end of my three month #whoareyouwearing sponsored partnership with Ergobaby which is the most incredible company to work with. I just have to say a few words about them, specifically Christina Soletti, who is one of my closest friends these days and with whom I have had so much fun with during this series. (When I got the idea for it I texted her in all caps and was like LET'S DO A BABYWEARING STORY SERIES AND WE CAN CALL IT WHOAREYOUWEARING! GET IT? OMG I MADE A PUN I LOVE PUNS! And then Christina was like, "Cool! Let's do it!" And so we did.)If it isn't obvious, I am a…
  • Goodnight Moon Game, etc

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:52 pm
    This is really weird because I'm not even really a fan of Goodnight Moon. A thousand years ago I wrote a really snarky post about my utter DISDAIN for Goodnight Moon which STILL gets comments all these 7897829 years later and I always feel mortified because who hates Goodnight Moon? What the hell was my problem? Anyway. The other day Archer and his friend were playing chess and Bo and Revi wanted to play chess with them and there were lots of tears when I had the boys set up outside. Bo and Revi pressed their faces against the window and sobbed because they wanted to play games, too.So.I…
  • Bunny Slope DIY: Sunglasses Glasses

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Hey there, guys. SO. This isn't really a DIY (not that the others were, either) and maybe everyone knows this about glasses but I've spent much of my vision-impaired years confused about which frames are worth investing in and realized, recently, that when it comes to glasses frames, the options are ENDLESS.Literally, endless -- and not in a literally, you guys sense but a LITERALLY literal sense. Literally. Because while eyeglasses tend to have a similar look, size and shape, SUNGLASSES come in every which way design OMG forever.And so.When I went in for my eye exam last month and it…
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    acte gratuit: A look at life in between naps.

  • Words of Wisdom

    acte gratuit
    21 Mar 2014 | 12:18 am
    This is another post about my mom. Sorry. I'm not a very fun blogger these days. Sucks to be you! But I promise this will be the last post about death for awhile! (maybe.)--My mom died at 12:18 a.m. on March 21st, 2013.  We thought maybe she held out for 18 minutes because she wanted to die on the first day of spring.  (Sometimes you try to find solace and meaning in the meaningless when terrible things happen.)  Unfortunately, the first day of Spring last year came early.  It was March 20th.  Some weird calendar anomaly. She missed it by 18 minutes. Also, I want to…
  • Book Review: Montmorency by Eleanor Updale

    acte gratuit
    17 Mar 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Back in 2012, Max got a recommendation from our librarian to check out a book called "Montmorency" by Eleanor Updale.  It was the first in a series and he read it and loved it.  Max loved it so much he convinced Doug to read it, Doug loved it and told me to read it.  We were all hooked.  We subsequently checked out the next three books in the series only to discover Book 4, "Montmorency's Revenge" ended in a major cliff-hanger, and (horror!) there was no fifth book.  In desperation, I wrote this e-mail:Hello Ms. Updale!My husband, 10-year-old son and I recently…
  • Lots of Love

    acte gratuit
    5 Feb 2014 | 10:01 pm
    My e-mail in-box is out of control. It's constantly full of junk and spam and stuff I think I'll get to later.  It desperately needs to be cleaned out--but, since I have slight hoarder tendencies, I have a hard time throwing things away.  Even virtual things. (What if I need that 20%-off-at-Michaels coupon for a craft I'm going to start next month but not complete until October 2017?!?! WHAT IF???)Tonight I opened g-mail to see yet another ad from Old Navy.  Didn't I just get one, like, yesterday???I typed "Old Navy" into my search box, checked "select all" and deleted 20 Old…
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    Surrender, Dorothy

  • We Can All Acknowledge That I Really Suck at Pancakes

    Rita Arens
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    Beloved informed me this past week that he will only be gone three of the four weeks in May.  He is home for one week and two weekdays in April. He was home for two weeks in March, one of which was our vacation and the other of which his father died. He was home for no weeks in February. I wrote about it on BlogHer when I was really in the abyss, then the sun came out, and the time changed, and the days got longer, and the little angel started to play with the neighbor kids after school again and it seemed a little better.  It is better, but it's not. Yes, he's home on…
 
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  • #FoodFri Tweetchat: If you can't sell it, why advertise it?

    Migdalia Rivera
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Join @MomsRising and @PreventObesity this Friday, 4/18/14 at 1 p.m. EST / 10am PST for #NoMoreJunkAds, our #FoodFri tweetchat focused on creating a healthier school environment.Parents scored a huge victory last year when we won the Smart Snacks rule. Now snacks sold in school vending machines and a la carte lines must meet nutrition guidelines during the 2014-2015 school year.However, no rule is currently in place for what can advertised in schools. Advertising and marketing to children in schools requires special consideration because the food industry is reaching children in an environment…
  • No More Mad Men Pay!

    Liz Shuler
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Equal Pay Day was last week—but really, we should be talking about this every day, not just on April 8. I love the AMC hit show “Mad Men.” But I don’t love Mad Men-era pay. You can’t smoke in the office any more, but you can still pay women less than men. If women were asked to work for free for three months of the year, it would be an outrage. But that’s essentially what happens to the average working woman, who is paid just 77 cents on the dollar of a man’s pay. That average woman didn’t see her full year of 2013 pay until April 8, 2014—Equal Pay Day. The Equal Pay Act has…
  • Funny video clip?

    Karen Showalter
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Take Action!I love those images in magazines as much as anyone else -- you know, the images of the mother lightly skipping through the field of flowers with her laughing children. And yeah, once in a while I’ve had a field of flowers moment, but mostly motherhood is something else, something more real, more gritty, more laugh-out-loud funny, and touching. There is joy, frustration, and funnier-than-I-ever-imagined-possible human comedy in the very long-term project of raising children. Yes, there are also the other experiences: The bloopers. Those moments when our children fall asleep in…
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    TheMacMommy

  • Help for Heartbleed Heartburn

    11 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Have you heard about the Heartbleed Bug in the news? You may have seen its logo plastered across your screen at some point. I wonder if sales of antacid are on the rise right about now because I bet it's causing a lot of heartburn lately. If you are not overly concerned with this news at the moment, I'm not here to send you into a panic, but identity theft can really take its toll if you're not prepared. I know from experience and it's not the sort of thing I wish on anyone.It's a whole lot easier to float down the river in a boat without a hole in the bottom of it! Managing your…
  • I Have The Power!

    7 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    While at Macworld/iWorld this year, I visited the Powerocks booth and they gave me some of their awesome products to review for you here on my site. I'm very excited to tell you more about them!So hey, do you remember SheRa? She had the power and now I do too because thanks to Powerocks, I no longer worry about being without power for any of my gadgets. It's like an anxiety chill-pill! Let's just say, whenever I reach into my bag, I now feel like this:Image Credit: The amazingly talented Zephyri http://zephyri.deviantart.comI've been using these Powerocks over the past week or so now, showing…
  • I Am Crazy Calendar Lady!

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    I went to Macworld/iWorld this year! It was a blast! More on that in another post because I'm still digesting it all now that I've pretty much accepted it wasn't all a crazy dream!One of the things that happens at Macworld, is you get very overwhelmed by all that's going on. Yes, there is an app for that and I did use it, but not without first consulting my iPhone calendars. Yes. Plural. I have many calendars. It's just how I roll. If you met me at Macworld this year, you may have been blessed to take a peek at my iPhone and what you would see might make you a little dizzy or even want to bow…
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    This Full House

  • When a teen slams a door, somewhere a local home center has just made another sale.

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    The funny thing about raising teens (by funny I mean less ha-ha-ha and more what-the-huh?!?) is all the stuff you thought you knew about parenting...just stop it, right now...because kids have this really innate ability of having you question almost every move you make, to be totally wrong, probably. Personally, my inner-12-year-old would LOVE to have me forget that I am the parent, take over the situation and let's play a little verbal dodge ball, while where at it. This morning, it's the door slamming. SLAM!!!! Sets my nerves on edge and don't worry, both my husband and I will...
  • Better late than never, admitting you have a problem, being late.

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Like any other 15 year-old boy (at least, the teenagers I've had the pleasure of ignoring me) my son likes to sleep (a lot!) and can fall asleep, at a drop of a hat, standing up, with one arm tied behind his back and holding up a "Do not disturb!" sign with the other, if need be. He gets it from his father. Glen and Holly hiking together in the marshlands of NJ, sort of. The boy is probably lagging behind or running perpetually late, for almost everything, too. Guess who he gets THAT from?!? G'head, I'll wait!!! Although his...
  • And now we're Doofus-dawg-proofing the couch.

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    I was pregnant with our oldest when we moved into our house...what we then referred to as our starter home...on Memorial Day weekend...21 years ago. Okay, so we're really sloooooooooooow starters. Although my husband and I still dream about not having to share a closet (smaller than some other people's pantries) or my waking up in the middle of the night and having to go to the bathroom, all...the...way...downstairs...across the kitchen...through the living room...and waaaaay on the other side of the house...[taking a moment to catch my breath...phew...thanks!]...it's more than what a lot of…
 
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    and baby makes 6!

  • The shape of us

    Jody
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    I once wandered alone in this world searching and searching for someplace in which I fit. Like the missing piece of a puzzle. There were a few arms that hugged me for a short season.  The fit always needed adjustment.  Like … Continue reading →
  • Happy Monday

    Jody
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Cute overload to start your Monday. Roly Poly Roxy Rat Fink with adorable feet selfie. She’s all “Woman, paleease.”
  • Weekends are made for fun

    Jody
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:30 am
    Friday I hit the island for a surf.  Bill was getting off early so we decided to meet up later in the afternoon.  I love it when he gets off early.  Thanks to a good friend who made it possible … Continue reading →
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    Through The Looking-Glass

  • Outrage of the Day: Awesome, Sexist T-Shirt

    Annika
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Isn’t this shirt amazing? And look, there are three* lady writers on it! Three out of 26! Hey, wait a minute. Not only are there at least as many great writers who are female as there are who are male, but like. Women invented the novel, and also science fiction. Probably other genres, too. This would be my favorite shirt ever if the creator had expanded the concept from his own personal favorite authors to a diverse mix of authors of interest to most readers. And, like. Did he mean Thomas Jefferson? Because if he is suggesting that The Declaration of Independence is more important to…
  • Pre-Code Super-Heroines

    Annika
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Lady comics of the 1940s! Be still my heart! The Spider Queen! FANTOMAH! © Annika Barranti & Through The Looking-Glass, 2014 | Permalink | One comment Feed enhanced by Better Feed from Ozh
  • It’s just a jump to the left.

    Annika
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    (and then a step to the ri-i-i-i-i-ight!) Blogging! It’s making a comeback! I am pretty sure of it! My mid-year resolution is to blog more, and I think you should too! Unless you are Violet and never stopped blogging multiple times a day. My hero! Trust me, I’m a blogger. A blogger who needs a haircut. A lot of my Twitter friends blog, but if I met them through Twitter I wasn’t following their blogs. Which, ack. So today I am collecting URLs to add to feedly. In the process, I found myself looking at some of the feeds that are still on my list but haven’t been updated…
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    Woulda Coulda Shoulda

  • Thou shall suck it up and talk about it

    Mir
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    There’s this magical time period when your little kids start becoming more self-sufficient and fun to do things with that do not involve Candyland or being a pretty pretty princess, and for a few years, you can totally be lulled into feeling like being a parent is totally awesome and not that hard after all. [...]
  • Waking up is hard to do

    Mir
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    I commented to someone the other day that I really never know how to react to the (often placating) usage of the phrase “All teens do that, it’s totally normal.” Do they/is it really? On the one hand, I don’t appreciate challenges we face due to my kids’ “extras” being brushed off as no biggie; [...]
  • The best-laid plans

    Mir
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Or, Things I did wrong recently. Or, Life is hard because I am dumb. Or, Allow me to make you feel better about your life choices. I keep telling myself that I should just come over here and post some dog pictures and call it a day—after all, who needs content when you have furballs, [...]
 
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  • We're Home! Now I Need A Vacation.

    amalah
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    Greetings from slightly-more-than-halfway-through Spring Break 2014, which shall forever be known as the time I decided it would be a good idea to go back to Colonial Williamsburg for a couple (non-sponsored, on our own dime) days. Despite what you may have read elsewhere, let me assure you that attendance levels at Colonial Williamsburg are JUST FINE, BORDERING ON BEYOND BONKERS right now.  Since our last trip was solidly in the low season, we arrived with a false sense of confidence and at a distinct disadvantage to everyone else, who showed up with things like "plans" and…
  • On No More Babies

    amalah
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    It recently occurred to me — me, Queen of the Obvious, every bit as whipsmart as your average bowl of oatmeal — that I don't have any babies in my house. Nor do I have any imminently incoming babies. Ike will turn three on June 1st, just some 50-odd days from now. When Noah turned three, he was barely two weeks away from becoming a big brother. When Ezra turned three, he'd already been a big brother for over four months. There was always another pregnancy, another baby, to ease the transition of baby to toddler to boy.  Despite Ike's insistance that we all still call him…
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  • Coloring Pages and Coloring Books; Great Fun for Kids

    russelzaman
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:44 am
    We all love our kids, and spending time with them is something to be treasured and enjoyed. But then the school holidays roll around, and the kids slowly run out of things to do. There are only so many days you can think up challenging activities that don’t completely trash the house. Eventually you have to fall back on some good, old fashioned fun….and preferably something quiet!  Coloring pages are a popular kids activity that never seems to go out of fashion, and with the internet and technology like iPads and phones, there are new and exciting ways to colour in that will keep…
  • Easy and Effective Photography Tips for Newborns and Infants

    russelzaman
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:36 pm
    If you weren’t someone who was big on taking pictures before your baby was born, it probably surprises even you how much you want to photograph your little one now. We get why, though. There’s something that is so innocent, precious and beautiful about a new bundle of joy entering into the world. And being that they seem to grow so fast, you definitely want to capture as many moments as possible. So, if you’d like a few easy and effective photography tips that can give you the kind of results that you are “shooting for”, we’ve got five of them for you…
  • Pregnant Photography – Some Locations to Consider

    mike123
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    Pregancy is the most magical time in a family’s life. Indeed, although it may seem it is all about the pregnant woman, it is just as much about her partner, her other children, her relatives and her friends. Entire communities care for pregnant women, and this is a trend that is really growing. Today, support on a moral and social level is present for all. One of the things that has become more available in that sense is maternity photography. Pregnant photography is something that women can now get advice on, and it is something they can do comfortably in order to permanently document…
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  • RAGE

    7 Apr 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Rage.  This is about rage.  I have not posted in over 2 years (another long sordid legal story), and my first post is about rage.  So if you have better things to do than read about rage, then please go do them now! I'm not supposed to be filled with rage.  I'm supposed to be filled with love and memories and good feelings.  I'm supposed to be grateful for the short time I had my son.  I'm supposed to revel in the gift which he was to us.  Make no mistake, he was a gift.  But still, I am filled with rage.For years I wouldn't allow this rage to…
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    20 Aug 2011 | 1:13 pm
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  • I don’t want to (but I will anyway)

    Mrs. Chicken
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:17 pm
    It’s raining here. It seems like a particularly mean joke to follow March with April showers, especially a March that dumped 12 inches of snow on the locale where my children and I spent our “spring” break. Spring! Break! Here is where you insert the sound of me cackling madly, crazily, like a person on the edge of sanity. That’s me, today. I’m alternately weepy and starving, a conditional treatable only with large bowls of salty potato chips with malt vinegar. What? That’s gross? Judge if you like but keep it to yourself. Some days, only a potato chip will…
  • Inside the in-between

    Mrs. Chicken
    20 Feb 2014 | 12:24 pm
    February is my least favorite month. It’s such a dreary time of year, with its palette of gray and brown, especially in our neighborhood. We back up to a corporate farm and the field outside my kitchen window is a cheerless reminder that winter is still here. We’re antsy and house-bound; summer seems so far away, with her promise of ocean breezes and smoke from the grill. I’m ready for a change of scenery, but then again, we all? It’s been such a frigid season, literally polar. My small band of four co-exists uneasily during the elongating days. There’s plenty…
  • The Blank Page

    Mrs. Chicken
    30 Jan 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Life really gets in the way of living, doesn’t it? Meals and baths and homework and snuggles are all happening here under my roof (for now, at least, unless it gets blown off by this ridiculous winter weather) and I’m keeping my head above water and doing my best to be a mom, wife and worker. My professional life was nice and neat and manageable for about 15 minutes, before it was blown apart again by forces beyond my control, but, you know…eh. Isn’t that the way now? Or as my mother told me over the phone, “You decided to go freelance!” I swear to you, I…
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    The Domestic Diva

  • Can you get a Whiter Smile at Home? Colgate Optic White Review

    The Domestic Diva
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:58 pm
    (sponsored post) My smile isn’t perfect. But despite it’s imperfections I try and take the best care of my teeth that I possibly can at home. When it comes to teeth, stains are bound to happen based on the foods and drinks that we consume on a daily basis. I know that my obsession for coffee and love for sweet southern tea as well as sodas aren’t so great for a white smile. When it comes to toothpaste I try to look for one that has some sort of whitening agent in it. When Walmart asked me to try out the new Colgate Optic White as a part of the Walmart Moms, I was interested.
  • DIY Easter Egg Wire Basket Centerpiece

    The Domestic Diva
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:56 pm
    (sponsored post) What is the activity that immediately comes to mind when you think of Easter? One activity that stands out in my mind is dying hard boiled eggs. The only problem is that other than my husband, the rest of my family isn’t big on the taste of hard boiled eggs. So if we were to dye some hard boiled eggs chances are the eggs would end up eventually going to waste. As a Walmart Mom, I was recently introduced to a new decorating product for Easter. What peeked my interest was that these decorative plastic eggs look like real eggs and can be dyed using fun egg dyeing kits that…
  • New Caress Fresh Collection for the Fabulista in all of us #CaressMe

    The Domestic Diva
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:09 pm
    (product provided) Caress recently announced their newest Caress Fabulista…Kelly Rowland…and introduced their new Fresh Collection. Caress is a great brand for luxurious smelling body washes but with an affordable price as these can easily be found at your favorite drugstore. I was sent a giftbox of the new collection to try out for myself. One of the first things that I noticed about this collection is the scent. The newest Fresh collection makes me picture an exotic vacation destination. The Caress Fresh collection comes in 3 revitalizing body washes: Emerald Rush, Aqua Sparkle,…
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    Home Ec 101

  • Shrimp Quesadillas

    Heather Solos
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:55 am
    Heather says: I promise you, that if you can make grilled cheese, you’ve got these shrimp quesadillas in the bag. In our house as the weather gets warmer we find ourselves reaching for lighter and lighter fare. Shrimp quesadillas are a perfect main dish item for spring and summer. Don’t go too heavy on the cheese, allow the shrimp to take center stage. If you want to go even lighter, skip the butter on the tortilla, it’s delicious with or without. Serve these as a main dish or appetizer with salsa and guacamole. A handful of raw bell peppers are a perfect side. If…
  • How Hot Should My Hot Water Be?

    Heather Solos
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Dear Home Ec 101, Yesterday you posted about running the hot water before running the dishwasher. I see a lot of save money and be green by turning down the temperature of your water heater. What temperature is the right temperature? Will having my water heater set at 110°F make finding that sweet spot in the shower less of a hassle? Signed, Spring Showers Bring May Flowers Heather says: Do not set your shower to 110°F. Your water heater should be set between 120°F and 140°F. Anything below 120°F and runs the risk of setting up a bacterial resort spa. The risk is small, but…
  • Why Should I Run the Hot Water Before Starting the Dishwasher

    Heather Solos
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    Dear Home Ec 101, I have always followed my Mom’s advice about running hot water in the kitchen sink before (and while) turning my dishwasher on. She also says that if you run the cold water at any point while your dishwasher is running, the water in your dishwasher will be cold. My husband recently replaced our sink and garbage disposal and noticed that our dishwasher is only hooked up to hot water. So, do I really need to abide by my Mom’s rules? Wondering About Water Temps Heather says Your mom is partially right. Running the hot water before starting the dishwasher ensures the…
 
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    Working Moms Against Guilt

  • Easy Easter Cards

    Stephanie Tsales
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    First, let me just say that I hate when I find something cute on Pinterest that advertises itself as “easy” – but isn’t. I’m not very skillful when it comes to crafts. I have a short attention span and, like most of us, I have virtually no free time. So for me, easy needs to be…well…easy. Like so easy this tired pregnant not very crafty working mom can do it during nap time. So this year I set out to find some easy Easter cards I could make for the wonderful grandparents, great grandparents, aunts and uncles in our family. After finding lots of things…
  • Green Spring Cleaning Tips

    Susan
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    Spring is in full swing and that means warmer weather, outdoor activities, and less time to spend cleaning. I recently caught up with Marie Stegner, consumer health advocate and blogger for the green cleaning leader, Maid Brigade, to find out some of her green cleaning secrets for healthy spring cleaning. “To save time, I always keep healthy cleaning supplies close at hand,” Marie says. “It’s amazing that you can safely and effectively clean your home with common household items like olive oil, baking soda, white vinegar, and lemon.” I love this approach! I know a lot of the common…
  • I Went Viral For A Day

    Monica
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    and it was one of the coolest and most frightening experiences of my entire life! This is the story about how I ended up on Fox News last Monday. I’m sure many of you read the comments that Gwyneth Paltrow made on E! News about working moms a few weeks ago. If not, read them here so you can follow my story. I will wait while you educate yourself  Pretty ridiculous, right? A friend of mine at work told me about the story and advised I braced myself before clicking on the link, she does not have kids but knew I would not take kindly to her comments. My husband immediately suggested that…
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    the Disney Driven Life

  • Disney Driven Craft Club – April Challenge

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    One of the most obvious ways to bring your Disney obsession home with you is to make it part of your home.  Each month the DDL will be offering some crafty suggestions to help you Disney-fy your home even more than it already is.  Several suggestions will be offered here, but you’re encouraged to take the ideas and make them your own. Leave a comment below with details about your creation or join us in the Disney Driven Crafts Facebook group to share pictures of your wonderful creations.  Some of your pictures may even wind up here on the DDL! Photo Credit: Kristen Kirk Hi Disney…
  • Do you know the DJ Shuffle?

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    “where the magic begins…”  If you have little NDKs running around, you just cannot hear(or read) the words “Disney Junior” & not finish with “where the magic begins…”. If your home is anything like mine, Disney Junior is on the TV constantly.  We are always singing along with the shows. And now, we can sing along with the shows anywhere & everywhere we want! Walt Disney Records has released a brand new album of Disney Junior songs! Last month, “DJ Shuffle” was released with new songs & even karaoke tracks! Nothing like…
  • Birds Eye® Vegetables Teams Up with Disney to Promote Healthy Eating Directly to Kids

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
    The Disney Driven Life has been invited to participate in Disney & Birds Eye’s Step Up To The Plate program! This week we will feature multiple articles featuring press release info straight from Birds Eye, healthy recipe ideas & our own opinions of Birds Eye frozen products. Be sure to read along this week & Step Up To The Plate with us! via press release.. Birds Eye launches “Step Up To The Plate” movement to combat the nutrition gap in America. Birds Eye® frozen vegetables, owned by Pinnacle Foods Inc. (NYSE: PF), announced they will team up with Disney (NYSE: DIS) to…
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    Joy Unexpected

  • She is Rich

    Y
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:33 pm
    I often wonder how my job loss has affected my daughter. She’s had to give up things that she loves (like gymnastics) because there just isn’t any money. I feel like a failure and wonder if she’s upset with me for having put our family in this position. And then today I found this paper in her homework folder. My fears have been put to rest and I no longer have to wonder. She believes she is rich because she has a family. Amazing.
  • I Got to Play a Wedding Photographer For a Day and I Have The Scars On My Feet to Prove It

    Y
    19 Mar 2014 | 7:25 pm
    In 2009, my aunt Heidi passed away unexpectedly. She was the age that I am as I type this.   Forty two. She had many health problems, but no one expected her to pass away the day that she did. It was a horribly sad day for everyone who loved her. I loved her so very much and her death devastated me. She was one of the strongest women I’ve ever known. I know that sounds cliche, but how many women do you know who got SHOT IN THE HEAD and survived?  My aunt did. I knew she loved me dearly. I also knew that if I screwed up in school or got out of line, she would kick my ass. And I LOVED…
  • Protected: The Smith Family 2

    Y
    17 Mar 2014 | 10:51 pm
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • Celebrating 10 years of Mo Willems' Pigeon + giveaway!

    Erin Lane
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:09 pm
    by Erin Lane posted in Products & Prizes A few week's ago, I eagerly shared with you all news of Mo Willems' latest book, The Pigeon Needs a Bath. But little did I know that the release of this book marked the 10th anniversary of the Pigeon! Ten years ago, the Pigeon asked to ride... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Get creative: 12 crafty ways to start your own art party

    Lizelle Green
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:29 pm
    by Lizelle Green posted in Products & Prizes Arts and crafts projects are such a fun way to spend time with your kids. They inspire creativity, hone fine motor skills, and give your child the self-confidence that comes with a job well done. Whether it's a self-contained kit, or the raw materials to take your... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Being pregnant makes me want to improve myself

    Krissie Schmidt
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    by Krissie Schmidt posted in Mom Stories There is never a bad time for self improvement. Many people resolve to improve something about themselves every year when they make New Years resolutions. Some of us have a deep desire to make life changes before they deliver a new life into this world. Pregnancy feels like a grand preparation time.... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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    Stimeyland

  • A Big Move

    Stimey
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 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
  • Hungry Cats

    Stimey
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Stimeyland Has Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/Stimeyland (Click here to get to the subscription page.) Once you clicked the above and are on the new subscription page, just click how you want to subscribe at the top right. I know this is SO obnoxious. I'm sorry. Please subscribe!! I promise lots of funny new embarrassing stories and heart-string pulling posts if you do! Please? OR! Visit www.stimeyland.com and subscribe by email from the sidebar. http://feeds.feedblitz.com/stimeyland
  • Introducing…

    Stimey
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:32 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

  • Cute and Easy Easter Nail Art

    Kimberly
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Easter brings up fond memories for me. As a little girl raised in the south, it was a fun and festive time. My sisters and I would get new, pastel dresses along with our Easter baskets and other celebrations. That is why I like the pastel Easter egg Nail Art “How-To” that Jin Soon Choi (founder of the JINsoon Nail Lacquer line and Jin Soon Hand & Foot Spas in NYC) sent over. It seems pretty easy to do, so try it out if you are into nail art. Enjoy! Easter Nail Art 1 Easter Nail Art 2 How-To: 1. File and shape your nails in a natural square or roundish shape. 2. Apply a base…
  • Indoor Extreme Sports(Extreme Parental Hypocrisy)

    Kimberly
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:59 am
    I really try not to be a hypocrite in any area of my life. However, after hosting Michael’s birthday party at Indoor Extreme Sports, I noticed that I’m in the midst of a parenting hypocrisy dilemma! When Michael asked to have his 10th birthday party at Indoor Extreme Sports, a really great laser tag place in Long Island City, I didn’t think twice about it. It’s affordable, easy for people to get to by public transportation and they take care of everything except the birthday cake. What’s not to love? I purchased their Arena CQB Laser Tag party package and it was great. We had an…
  • 8 Natural Sore Throat Remedies(I tried #1, #3 and #4.)

    Kimberly
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:52 pm
    On Monday, I was scheduled to be interviewed for one of my favorite business podcasts, Entrepreneur on Fire. (The episode will go live in April, so I will tell you more about it then.) The only problem was that I woke up coughing and sounding like Kermit the Frog due to lovely mixture of allergies, cold and bronchitis. With a few hours to spare, I reached out to my friends on Facebook for natural sore throat remedy suggestions. Thankfully, they came through for me. I did a mixture of what they suggested and (thankfully!) was able to get through the half-hour interview without one cough. Below…
 
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    mynameismommy.com

  • How To Create An A Paper About Something

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Taking college admission essay creating service is much much better than hiring someone to write for you. The admission offers want you to create therefore you ought to try writing a much better essay. But there is no harm or plagiarism in taking assist. You can inquire somebody to guide you on how create much better. Writing journal: Write your own ending. The ending is extremely open up finished. No 1 really understands what happened. Some guess that they died; others guess that they lived on. The students are to write their own ending to the story, choosing up exactly where it left off.
  • How To Make Email Marketing Functions For Your Business

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    If you are a journal keeper then you might be concerned about keeping your journal personal. Do you worry about others discovering your journal? One individual I know writes her journal in a foreign language that she is studying so that other people cannot study her journal. Privateness is extremely essential to journal writers. One of the major problems is plagiarism; this is a policy of our customized creating service that we treat plagiarism work as criminal offense. We have not despatched any done order with out report of plagiarism free. For your fulfillment we give plagiarism free…
  • San Jose Colleges Rejoice Beethoven With Essay Contest

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    During their time of research, college students are needed to create various educational papers such as essays. Because of to the complexity and standards that are required in essay writing, they can buy essays from customized writing businesses. Do not be worried on where to purchase essay. We are a quality creating business with professional purchase essay writers. Steer clear of the hustle of writing essays, purchase essays from us. Incase you question how to purchase essay, it is a simple process. Writing journal: Predict what you believe is going to occur subsequent to Jonas. Consider…
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    [Mis]Adventures of an Ad Girl in New York

  • How Online Dating is Like Real Estate

    6 Apr 2014 | 5:52 pm
    What's that you say? Internet dating language is like real estate?For a number of years now, we have been approached with many unsolicited suggestions to give the world of online dating a try.We have also been accosted by many over the years who have a case of "is the grass greener" syndrome, curious to hear what life is like "on the other side".  We have nothing to say to these peeps other than just like anyone else's life, it can be suckier than yours or awesomer than yours, or both from time to time.  Find your own way, is all we're saying.In the meantime, for those who have been…
  • A Different Kind of "Bucket list"

    8 Mar 2014 | 11:01 am
    A lot of Jewish peeps out there have been posting this new infographic below and using it to make all sorts of claims.If it says so in an infographic, it must be true!For those who can't read the teeny tiny stick figures, the chart shows different affiliations of Judaism and statistically predicts how many Jewish offspring they will have four generations later, based on what bucket they choose to affiliate themselves with today.As with all stats, peeps are interpreting it in all sorts of ways.Fear: "The people will die out! We must fear the secular peeps who will make our culture…
  • Friends Don't Let Friends Read Upworthy

    16 Feb 2014 | 3:40 pm
    "Content curation" is one of those buzzwords from last year you may or may not have heard, but y'all are doing it whether you realize it or not.  See, it's just a fancy schmancy way of saying sharing articles, information, videos created by someone else.By selecting from all of the available content created by others out there, and funneling the information via email, your own site, or even just your Facebook feed, you're curating content for others.Some of you are extremely, extremely good at it - so much so, that we are ashamed to admit that for a while Facebook has become our primary…
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    Mombian

  • LGBT Parenting Roundup

    Dana
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    Here are a few items I haven’t mentioned elsewhere, including a blended family profile, the perspective of the teen daughter of plaintiffs in a marriage equality lawsuit, two happenings in New Zealand, and the Argentinian president honoring a lesbian couple at their child’s Roman Catholic baptism. Elixher interviewed Atlanta moms Onyx Keesha and Noble Julz and spoke with them about their blended family. Each has a biological child from a previous relationship, and they have an adopted child as well. Onyx explained: We have a village. We have a very non-traditional family. It’s…
  • How Gay Dads and Their Kids Triggered Administration Shift on Marriage Equality

    Dana
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Two gay dads and their kids played a small but significant role in the evolution of President Obama and his administration on marriage equality. In “How the President Got to ‘I Do’ on Same-Sex Marriage,” a long but worthwhile article in the New York Times Magazine, investigative reporter Jo Becker explains that in April 2012, before the president or anyone in his administration had expressed public support for marriage equality, Vice President Joe Biden was at a gathering of gay Democrats at the home of HBO executive Michael Lombardo and his husband, architect Sonny Ward.
  • New Campaign Aims for Tax Equity for Same-Sex Couples, Parents

    Dana
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    April 15 has come and gone, and even though many same-sex couples can now pay as “Married,” many others, especially parents, still do not get the family tax benefits of different-sex married couples. A new campaign from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force hopes to change that. “Queer Our Taxes” is asking the IRS to do two things: Make a new filing status, “File As Family,” that recognizes us as families and accepts joint filing returns from same-sex couples who are unmarried. Let us Claim our Kids: Create a new “Dependent for Tax Purposes“…
 
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    Pajama Mommy - A Women and Mothers Blogger Community A Women and Mothers Magazine

  • Fashion Friday: Addie’s Closet

    Head Mommy
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Tutu dress: Made by me Hat: Wal-Mart, flowers/leaves added by me Boots: The Children’s Place, flowers/leaves added by me  
  • Fashion Friday: Addie’s Closet

    Head Mommy
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    3/4 Sleeve Shirt: The Children’s Place Jeans: The Children’s Place Sunglasses: The Children’s Place Hair Clip: Claire’s
  • You want to what?

    Head Mommy
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Being sick is never any fun and sometimes the tests they need to run can be a little much.  At the ripe ‘ol age of thirty, I had my first endoscopy and colonoscopy.  Neither one were on my bucket list, but both were necessities to get to the bottom of my issues.  I’ll admit that I was a tad bit nervous about having these procedures done.  The thought of someone sticking tubes down my throat didn’t alarm me, but the thought of people probing my bottom end with a colonoscope was a little less than thrilling. I’m sharing this with you not for my benefit, but for…
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    fromtheparkbench.com

  • NOAH and the Ark of Strife Caused On and Off Screen

    bstapleton1
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:26 am
    I have heard so much about the movie, NOAH. It has amazed me what has transpired from this, but it also pretty impressive. I haven’t seen the movie, yet. I will see it though, because I feel any movie that would inspire people to look for scriptures in their Bible to refute it, or perhaps […]
  • Factoring the Plan of Fives

    bstapleton1
    15 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    It is unreal how many fad diets in the past have failed; yet, there are still so many new fad diets that have people still working themselves into a frenzy trying to get a few pounds off here and there. There are some that have been around for ages. I actually read about “The ‘Souper’ […]
  • Eating in Fives

    bstapleton1
    15 Mar 2014 | 11:45 am
    We talked about storage and organization of recipes of all shapes and sizes. I mentioned my newly discovered plan of genius I am using called “Pepperplate.” The beauty of this program is how it takes your recipes and stores them in one section. There are four sections total. The second section, the menu, the third […]
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    Confessions of a Pioneer Woman | Ree Drummond

  • Easter 1975

    Ree
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    Seeing that we’re in the middle of Holy Week, I thought I’d share this photo of me on Easter morning 19 years ago. I was six years old. Gosh, it seems like it was only yesterday! Oh. I’m sorry. I mean 29 years ago. Wow. I can’t believe how fast time has flown! What’s that? This photo was taken 39 years ago? Nah, that’s impossible. If this photo were taken 39 years ago, that would mean I’m now well into my forties, and we all know that isn’t the case! Also, I clearly remember this particular Easter morning—my white dress with light blue…
  • Totally Normal

    Ree
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:06 am
    Everyone’s teenage daughter plops down on the dog bed and takes selfies with her Basset Hound, right?       They do?       Oh, good. I thought for a second that our family was weird. So happy to know that we’re not!       “Yep. Totally normal down here, thanks!” Charlie, man. You’re freaking me out right now.       I think I should change the title of this post to “The Goblin and the Girl.” Look…at his…face.       “GOBLIN? Who you callin’ goblin?”…
  • Beard or No Beard: The Result!

    Ree
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:24 am
    Thank you so much for voting in my “Beard or No Beard” poll the other day, wherein we all took the liberty of deciding what my brother-in-law Tim should do with his facial hair. The results have been tallied. It’s an absolute landslide!     You voted for Tim to keep the beard. By an overwhelming margin, I might add.     Here are the numbers. Wow. I’d better go call Tim before it’s too late!
 
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    GoodyBlog

  • American Baby’s Baby Booty: Enter for a Chance to Win a $400 Organic Crib Mattress from Naturalmat

    Jessica Hartshorn
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Your baby will, ideally, spend a lot of time in the crib. That’s one of the reasons I’m always preaching to pregnant women to consider spending extra money on an organic or Greenguard-certified crib mattress. You want something non-toxic, that’s safe for baby to breath next to for hours at a time. I know the mattress isn’t as fun to buy as the sheets or the crib itself, but I’d argue it’s the more important purchase. Probably the most hyper-natural mattress manufacturer I’ve ever encountered is Naturalmat. Watch this video of them making mattresses…
  • Earth Day: 3 Eco-Friendly Celebrity Moms

    GoodyBlog
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    Hollywood is going green! On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day. From Gisele Bündchen to Jessica Alba, let’s take a look at three green celebrity moms who inspire others to protect Mother Nature. Jessica Alba Actress Jessica Alba and husband Cash Warren are parents to two daughters: Honor 5½ and Haven, 2½. Shortly after her second daughter arrived, the Fantastic Four star partnered with Christopher Gavigan, dad-of-two and founder of Healthy Child Healthy World, to create The Honest Company, an online source to purchase…
  • American Baby’s Babymoon Special: Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach in Clearwater Beach, FL

    Rachel Swalin
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    * Guest-edited by Laura Manske, travel expert This is the seventh in a weekly series of special travel deals. For the first few months we’ll focus exclusively on babymoons. About half of expectant couples say they take a pre-baby vacay; we’ll help you be one of them. THE DESTINATION: Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach, Clearwater Beach, Florida Between the Intercoastal Waterway and Gulf of Mexico, this pink-hued resort with spa, rooftop pool, and three restaurants stands tall on a spacious beach — an idyllic locale for spectacular sunsets. Looking for a fun day trip? St. Pete’s…
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  • Boden Giveaway

    Design Mom
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Yay! I have a giveaway today that I’ve been really looking forward to. I know you’ll absolutley love it. It’s sponsored by the fabulous clothing line Boden, and the prize is a very generous $250 gift certificate! The reason I’ve been looking forward to this particular giveaway is that I’ve been a huge fan of Boden for many, many years (I first started receiving their catalog ages ago when we lived in New York), but this is the first time I’ve worked with Boden here on Design Mom. It’s always fun to connect with a brand I love! If Boden…
  • Oil Pulling Update

    Design Mom
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Image and text by Gabrielle. In January, I wrote a post about oil-pulling and confessed that I hadn’t brushed my teeth since the first week of December. It’s been a few months and I thought I would give a little update. It’s a short update! Basically, I’m still at it. I still oil pull every morning for 20 minutes — even when I’m traveling. I still love it. I still see benefits. I still use this coconut oil. I still haven’t seen the dentist (I know. I know. I need to go!), but I have been to the orthodontist, who took full x-rays. He doesn’t know…
  • Slow Cooker Recipe: Overnight Steel Cut Oats

    Lindsey Johnson
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    By Gabrielle. Images by Lindsey of Café Johnsonia. It’s time for another recipe in my Slow Cooker Series — and this time it’s a breakfast option. Did you know how easy it is to make steel cut oats in a slow cooker? So easy! Put them in before bed and when you wake, they’re warm and ready to dish up. Normally steel cut oats take nearly an hour to cook, which can be tough on a school morning. Using a slow cooker bypasses that hour on the stove, so there’s no active cooking time and it’s ready to go when everyone is getting up and going. It feels good to send the…
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    Dutch Blitz

  • Hooked

    angella
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Back in February, I was getting my hair done at my friend Jenny’s and she showed me all of the things she’d learned how to crochet since Christmas. Her sister Karen — another one of my closest friends — has been crocheting for a long time and it inspired Jenny to buy some yarn and some hooks and watch some online tutorials. I crocheted as a kid, thanks to my Step Mom showing me how. I made scarves but never took it to another level. She made us blankets and I still have mine, thirty years later. That small conversation with Jenny made me want to get my crochet on, so I…
  • Lazy Weekends

    angella
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:15 pm
    If you know me at all, you know that I don’t stop moving. I have three kids and five jobs and I run a thousand (or 35) kilometers a week and I never get my daily to-do list completed. I watch only a few hours of TV a week — if that — because there are deadlines and Mount Laundry and groceries to get and meals to cook and it just doesn’t stop. I haven’t been bored in over a decade and I probably won’t be bored until I’m ninety or so. This past weekend, I made plans to have a few close friends come stay with me at the cabin. Ski season is over, but we…
  • My Babies

    angella
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:13 pm
    I’ve always known that I wanted to be a Mom. I had a pretty good idea of how busy the baby years were, thanks to living with my Dad and Step Mom when they were having their babies. Our own baby years were busy and crazy and chaotic. Our lives are still busy and crazy and chaotic, but instead of diapers and sleepless nights and meltdowns, it’s homework and activities and … meltdowns. At least we can communicate throughout the meltdowns at this stage of life. Kind of, sort of, maybe. I get hit with reality every once in awhile as I’m shuttling my kids around. I’m a…
 
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    Boss Sanders

  • When Adoption Isn’t Easy – The Things Nobody Wants To Say Outloud

    bosssanders
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Sometimes, I just want to be a “plain ‘ol” mom.  I want to be able to sit around a table and talk about my rough days without being looked at with wide eyed horror or like I’m a three-eyed monster.  Sometimes, I just want to be so honest about my thoughts and not judged.  Sometimes, I just need to be seen as a mom, wife, woman… just trying to love Jesus and her family and doing her best to do what’s right.  I’m just like every other mama… I teeter on the line between being a “Trauma Mama” (as my friend, CS calls them……
  • Homeschooling and Adoption

    bosssanders
    5 Apr 2014 | 11:40 am
    “Z” has been home in the US with us for 21 weeks and 2 days. I remember searching the internet for clues on how to school a child who does not speak your language, how to catch them up quickly.  I remember the search for materials that could help us, help him, and help us help him!  I remember finding next to nothing.  I remember calling schools, frantic, asking what they could do for my son (turns out, beyond Spanish students, there’s not much for older children from different languages when it comes to integrating them into school.  Their solution?  Stick him in a…
  • Around the world – MEXICO

    bosssanders
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:23 pm
    We’ve had so much fun studying about Mexico! OUR STUDY OF MEXICO - We found Mexico on the map and learned some fun facts about Mexico (We used online resources, Children’s Atlas of God’s World, Classroom Atlas, Window On The World, A Trip Around the World, Children Just Like Me, Material World, A Life Like Mine) - We learned about and colored their flag - We learned about deserts and the plants/animals there - We painted sombreros and tunics - We learned some Spanish words - We listened to fun Spanish music from Wee Sing and Boca Beth - We watched some traditional folk…
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  • @barbling: A SEAL’s Perspective: 5 Ways to Be a Better Leader http://buff.ly/1j5Faas

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    17 Apr 2014 | 6:28 pm
    This Just In! A SEAL’s Perspective: 5 Ways to Be a Better Leader http://buff.ly/1j5Faas Explore the Original Source (Ask yourself – how can you apply this update to your own business?) Hey there! Glad you could stop by… did you know you’re viewing only a portion of the free timely updates available? Join us at Our Authority Marketing Community to get the full range of goodness that’s waiting for you!
  • Good night! #Coffee

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    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
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    17 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
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  • Opt For Exclusive Wall Stickers to Delight Your Child

    Kerry Sauriol
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:23 am
    If you have a thought in your mind to redecorate your kid’s bedroom, why not plan for renovating it with kids wall stickers, which are a trendy approach to alter a rooms’ image in the easiest and affordable way. The advantageous point of employing wall stickers for kids is, whereas it does not make any effect on the permanent look of a wall, it offers you the optimum means to make your child enjoy the frequent change of their bedroom appearance. Needless to say that kids’ choice, taste as well fondness changes typically as they grow older. In general, wall stickers and decals are top…
  • Hallmark for all Occasions

    Kerry Sauriol
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:33 pm
    These days, I find that I am leaving my ‘prep’ for those special occasions to the last minute. Everything feels like a bit of a scramble.  So once again I say ‘thank goodness’ for places like Hallmark that can keep me looking like I had been planning for WEEKS.  Ha Ha. Springtime is a busy time and I still haven’t done my ‘egg’ shopping for the Easter long weekend.  Hallmark has some really sweet Easter gift ideas and decor for your celebrations this weekend, especially if there is a new baby involved.  I love the Cheery Chick and Blissful Bunny…
  • Groceries of the FUTURE!

    Kerry Sauriol
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    At the beginning of this week I had the opportunity to check out the Grocery Showcase.  This is an industry conference that is not open to the public and designed for brands to showcase their products to the stores they want to carry them. The trade show was a great mix of big brands and small.  It was a real pleasure to meet and chat with so many local food brands and try their products.  It was also nice to hear that many of the larger chain stores happily carry these products.   I recognized many of the names when I was in London Drugs the other day. Gluten Free is the big buzz word…
 
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  • Crumby Holiday: It Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means

    ali
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    There are just so many matzah crumbs in my life right now. My children, who normally eat on a fairly normal schedule (it’s best we don’t talk about the drinking, because I swear to god, my kids drink water like fish—all the livelong day)(Do fish even drink water excessively?), are eating giant pieces of matzah slathered in their favorite Passover-friendly Temptee cream cheese, oh, about every hour on the hour. No really, I’m not even making this up. My mother bought all of the chocolate lollipops in Virginia (and possibly West Virginia too) and yet here they are, noshing…
  • Unleavening, The Music Veto Game, and The Ghosts Of Lexington

    ali
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:46 pm
    We are well into the throws of Passover eve around here, this strange in-between-y limbo stage where you can no longer eat the 8 million things you cannot eat on Passover (leavened things included of course) and where you can’t quite partake in matzah festivities just yet (the unleavened things must wait until tonight’s seder) so I am eating carrots. I can’t quite complain to you exactly since many a Jewish woman will prepare for this holiday for an month in advance by cooking and cleaning and then going back and cooking and cleaning some more. I prepared by buying five…
  • The Fab Four

    ali
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:57 pm
    I used to dread when my husband was away. Business trips, ski trips, press trips. Dread. The dread would begin the day the trip was added to the google calendar and it wouldn’t stop until he was unpacking souvenirs from Utah or DC or Las Vegas. The reason for my dread was two-fold, really. Reason #1 is that the percent of times that my children would fall ill while I was single parenting was 100. 100%. Every single time he went away someone—or everyone—would have the barfs, ear infections, or strep. It was almost comical. Almost. Reason #2 was because being outnumbered 3-to-1 kind…
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  • Just say “no” to these 90s comeback spring trends

    selfmademom
    23 Mar 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Seems like the fashion world is getting nostalgic for a bygone era of bad fashion, i.e, the 1990s. Known for Nirvana and Soundgarden, the 90s can also be identified with the grunge trend — cool on Chris Cornell or Kate Moss, but catastrophic for the rest of us mere mortals. Yet, somehow designers think that we want to see remnants of the 90s again because across the fashion mags all I’m seeing are overalls. OVERALLS!!! Because somehow, somewhere some fancy designer actually thought these are attractive and that we’ll want to pay top dollar for them. All the celebrities are.
  • Best Books for Preschoolers According to Follett’s at Opening Minds Conference

    selfmademom
    6 Feb 2014 | 9:33 am
    Last week I got the chance to attend the Opening Minds Conference in Chicago. Opening Minds is the largest early-education conference in the U.S. that brings together the latest in trends and innovation in early childhood education. They had some amazing workshops and education seminars and I wish I could have attended them all, but one that I wanted to share with you all was Follett’s List of recommended books for preschoolers. Here’s what they are recommending – let me know if you have your favorites for your young ones! Swim Duck Swim Boom Boom Boom I am Abraham Lincoln I…
  • Best New Workouts for Busy Moms 2014

    selfmademom
    30 Dec 2013 | 6:46 pm
    Every year for Chicago Parent I have the fun assignment of testing out the newest workouts that moms can do efficiently and effectively. These classes are typically cutting edge and put me to the test. This year I checked out a bootcamp, yoga, cheerleading (yes I know) and a really oddly-named but effective class called Animal Flow. You can read the whole story on Chicago Parent’s website. Happy New Year and happy working out for 2014!
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  • 3 Reasons Poor People Don’t Like Fruits and Vegetables You Might Not Know!

    jennydecki
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:33 pm
    I’m so tired of people acting like being poor automatically makes you a frozen pizza eating, Twinkie-huffing heifer that bathes … Read More → The post 3 Reasons Poor People Don’t Like Fruits and Vegetables You Might Not Know! appeared first on Beyond Mom.
  • Housing Counselors Are Confusing

    jennydecki
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    Yesterday we went downtown with the youngest to visit the housing counselors that are supposed to be helping us get … Read More → The post Housing Counselors Are Confusing appeared first on Beyond Mom.
  • April Net Worth & Budget Update (a twofer!)

    jennydecki
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:15 pm
    I know last time I made this two posts, but really that’s just kind of delaying the inevitable. This month … Read More → The post April Net Worth & Budget Update (a twofer!) appeared first on Beyond Mom.
 
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  • Ask the Expert- PKU Diet and Mum Mum’s

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    For many years, Mum Mum’s has been dedicated to providing healthy, allergen free foods to help keep families healthy. Mum Mum’s has their own registered dietitian, who is also a Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist and celiac who serves as the Mum Mum’s nutrition expert.  Mum’s often have similar questions, so as a new regular feature […]
  • 5 Ways to Manage Food Allergies

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    18 Feb 2014 | 11:55 am
    Anyone with a food allergy or a child with food allergies can attest to the fact that managing food allergies is no easy task.   There is hope, however, and getting a handle on those allergies makes life a lot easier. Before you know it, you will be a food allergy pro.  Here are 5 […]
  • 5 Ways to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    8 Jan 2014 | 10:23 am
      If you are wondering how the holidays flew by so fast, you are not alone.  It seems months of anticipation build up only for the few short weeks of the holiday season-only to disappear so quickly.  When it comes to kids whose calendars pass by days until the next holiday, parents quickly begin to […]
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  • Focusing On Something Other Than Easter Candy

    zoot
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:23 am
    It’s that time of year again where I’m surrounded by piles of used tissues and speaking with my sexy smoker voice of years past. I only suffer from bad allergies for a few weeks in early Spring every year, but man…DO I SUFFER. I do better if I keep a constant supply of Zyrtec in my system…but “better” is so relative. But I’m kinda sick of feeling crappy. And that goes beyond the last week of allergies. It goes to the last three weeks of stress with this new challenge we now face in our lives, now that Donnie has decided not to try to move with his…
  • Zoot v15.6

    zoot
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:37 am
    In a recent Tyler Oakley video (I have a whole entry planned on why I think his videos appeal to people from all walks of life) about his new vision board, he said something that really jumped out at me. There is no final version of myself. - Tyler Oakley It struck me first as a parent of a son off at college. He is having a completely different college experience than the one I expected…getting involved in groups I never thought would have appealed to him. But then, I thought back to my own college experience and acknowledged I did the same thing. And then I stopped a…
  • Reasonable Goals.

    zoot
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:07 am
    It is time for that 3′ish weeks every Spring where I’m miserable from allergies. I get various levels of relief from various medicines, but then the side-effects of those medicines cause an assortment of issues. Or maybe there’s the side effects of just being exhausted from not being able to sleep restfully for long periods of time. Basically, it’s 3′ish weeks of feeling different shades of shitty. And of course, whenever I feel shitty, the first things that is sacrificed is my parenting skills. After I picked up the kids from school yesterday, things went South…
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  • Acrylic Cribs

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Acrylic cribs used to be extremely expensive, but now if you like the look you can find one at any price point. So if you want to splurge or save there is a crib out there for you.The Nurseryworks Special Edition Vetro Acrylic Crib in Blue is the choice of celebrities. But the striking crib also has a celebrity price tag at $3950.The Spot On Square Roh Crib has a mid-century modern vibe. $2249The Ubabub Nifty Clear 3-in-1 Crib is another retro crib, but it converts to an even cooler mid-century mod toddler bed. $1550The Babyletto Harlow Crib gives you the acrylic look at a wallet friendly…
  • Artifact Uprising Mobile App

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Artifact Uprising has made getting those digital photos off of your Iphone or Ipad and onto tangible photo books or prints simple as 1-2-3. Making a photo book with the app is one of the easiest photo book making experiences I have ever used. I really wish that I was able to make a hardcover book, but currently it is just for softcover books and prints. the Artifact Uprising app is free in the App Store.
  • Chocolate Easter Eggs

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    I thought I would repost this since it is almost Easter.I saw on NotCot that Dean and Deluca is selling 6 chocolate filled egg shells for $55. Do not waste your money, filling egg shells is a relatively simple project. I have no artistic ability and I manage to do it every year. The directions are still on Martha Stewart. We get are egg cartons from Omlet, they hold just four eggs, but you can just as easily use half dozen or dozen cartons from the grocery and they are also for sale on Etsy.
 
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    Blissfully Domestic

  • Capture the Moment WITH Mom {#MomIsHere}

    Melissa Hillier
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
      On my iPhone, I have right at 1,400 photos. Some photos are from my recent trip to Disney Social Media Moms, some are from my family’s recent trip to Walt Disney World, lots of daily pics of my five kids and so much more. Want to take a wild guess at how many of those pictures I’m in WITH my kids? Maybe a handful. For real. I rarely get in front of the camera with my kids. Us moms are generally the ones taking the photos. We don’t stop to ask someone else to snap a shot or, if we’re being honest with ourselves, we don’t really want to be in front of the…
  • 10 Sweet Ideas for Easter Peeps

    Melissa Hillier
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    There’s something about those brightly colored, sugar coated marshmallow puffs called Peeps that make us smile. For generations, Peeps have been popping up every year around Easter time to adorn our baskets. They’ve always been a staple Easter candy in my home. What about yours?? Today I’ve gathered 10 Sweet Ideas for Easter Peeps that go beyond the basket. /1/ Peeps Cupcakes – These brightly colored cupcakes will gain the attention of every child, young and old.   /2/ Chocolate Bird’s Nest Cookies – Chewy chocolate coconut macaroons are shaped into…
  • Ten Free Online Photography Resources

    Tracy
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:38 am
    In the perfect world, we would have unlimited time to spend on learning a new skill or craft. My passion, if you couldn’t guess already, is photography. I absolutely love taking classes, online courses and mentoring sessions, but my schedule (and bank account) don’t always allow for those as often as I would like. If you are serious about learning how to use your camera I highly suggest investing in at least one class, at least once in your life. But int he mean time, I have compiled a list of ten FREE online resources to help you learn photography. I have used nearly all of the…
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  • Tina Turnerat the Lake Amador Gold Rush Festival, 1969

    John VE
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    Pictures of the Queen of Rock n Roll Tina Turner rocks the stage at the Lake Amador Gold Rush Festival of 1969, when an estimated 40,000 people flocked to the small Californian county and its surrounding hills from all over the country to experience love, peace and rock n roll...(Photos by Steve Rudzinkski, via Messy Nessy Chic)
  • At Alvernia High School Courtyard, Chicago (date unknown)

    John VE
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Alvernia High School Courtyard, Chicago, IL—Date unknown. Left: Sister Luciann (Terita) Schulte, Sister Seneca Kane, Sister Prudentia Wekemann (via)
  • Turkey of 1988

    John VE
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    Trojan Horse at Troy"Big wigs", Republic Day at CanakkaleRepublic Day at CanakkaleVeterans, Republic Day at CanakkaleRepublic Day at CanakkaleSee more »
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  • How Jack has been spending his time, summed up in 4 seconds.

    Leslie
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
  • Lucy is 6!

    Leslie
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:54 pm
    She woke up to balloons. And birthday greetings. “I have so many special things,” she smiled. After a day at school and piano class, we celebrated with cake. And a round of her new HedBanz Game. It was a happy birthday for my sweet girl. The world is a better place with her in it.
  • A girl I love is turning six tomorrow.

    Leslie
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:27 pm
    I made inside and out rainbow cupcakes for her to share with her friends at school. These are the prettiest three. Let us assume the rest look as good as this, if not better! This is the one I took a bite of - - for quality control purposes and also so you could see what the inside of the cupcakes look like.
 
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    Daily Plate of Crazy

  • The Things We Say

    D. A. Wolf
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:48 am
    I hear the words slip out before she can censor herself. She’s enraged, which is nothing new, but this time she’s especially hurtful. I tell myself “sticks and stones can break my bones, but names can never hurt me.” This is a child’s attempt to deflect pain, and no longer a child, I know there is no truth in this saying. As often as I observe the way her moods come and go, no matter how many times I tell myself she doesn’t mean it, name-calling stings. The words become a brand, a wound, a definition. The words make me smaller. Self-censorship? My mother…
  • Face Time

    D. A. Wolf
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    There are times you just want to sit across from the person you need to talk to, to listen to, to influence. The person from whom you hope to glean knowledge, perspective, answers… possibly a job. You don’t want to look bored. You don’t want to look too eager. Yet our expressions, our gestures, our “je ne sais quoi” are often best communicated non-verbally. And that means face time. Maybe it’s face time on your iPhone or face time on your tablet or face time on a larger screen, via Skype. It’s not as “fleshed out” as exchanging in the same…
  • Nuit Blanche

    D. A. Wolf
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    Considering the French term for an all-nighter, a “white night,” I suspect it has to do with the way we feel in the morning – a bit blank, as though some of our brain cells have been erased, zapped, or covered over with white-out. J’ai passé une nuit blanche…  I stayed up through the night, sleepless, working on this and that. Of course, the white night more likely refers to lights on, without the relief of darkness to bring us a little comfort… and rest. Though insomnia held me in its grip initially, I gave up on trying to sleep at a certain point, and…
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    Born Just Right

  • The Magic of Amy Purdy

    Jen Lee Reeves
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    Being different and overcoming obstacles sometimes brings out the very best in us. I tell Jordan and Cameron that often when we face tough stuff in life. We can choose to let it make us sad, or we can find the good in the bad and keep living a positive life. I know those words may be tough to believe at times. But that’s how I take each day. And then others prove it for me. Let’s take Amy Purdy. Photo courtesy Adaptive Action Sports I learned about Amy because she’s the co-founder of Adaptive Action Sports. She’s a rock star snowboarder who earned a bronze during the…
  • Showing it Off on the Dance Floor

    Jen Lee Reeves
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    I mentioned earlier this week how proud I am at the risks Jordan takes on a regular basis. One activity that’s been a constant since Jordan was two and a half years old is dance. I tend to just consider is an assumed activity until I step back and watch her. That’s exactly what I did earlier this week during Jordan’s dance class just after they got to try on their recital outfits for the first time. Dang. She shines. She’s confident. It’s awesome. I absolutely know for a fact that I couldn’t shine like that at her age. I was singing solos in my church…
  • Two Hands Are Not For Everyone

    sarahjohnson
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    Sarah with her prosthetic as a child. My journey with prosthetics started with I was five months old.  My parents knew that I was going to need to learn how to crawl, and realized early on that I would need a prosthetic limb in order to do so without major difficulty. They took me to Shiners Hospital in Chicago and had me fitted for a passive arm (a prosthetic created to resemble the body part that it is replacing, it’s typically used for cosmetic purposes). When I was 18 months old, I became the youngest person ever at Shiners to receive a myoelectric (this type of prosthesis has…
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    The Art of Simple

  • Surprised by Motherhood

    Tsh
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:15 am
    by TshI was never one of those girls who dreamed of becoming a mom. I mean, I always assumed I would eventually, but it wasn’t a dream of mine. It was more of a practical thought—down the road I’d do the mom thing. Which is one of the reasons I resonated so much with my friend Lisa-Jo’s new book—because it’s not every day the author of a book on motherhood admits that she never wanted to be a mom. The title says it all, and describes very much my daily experience with three young people who share my roof. These are my words in the first few pages, and I still agree…
  • One simple way to avoid identity theft

    Charlie Park
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    by Charlie ParkIn light of the Heartbleed bug mess, this seemed like a timely topic to revisit. Ready to be scared a little bit? The odds are very, very good that — at some point in time — a website you use has been hacked, and your e-mail and password from that site have been compromised. Ready to set your mind at ease? It’s simple and easy to set up your online life so that you’re totally safe if that ever happens again (and to protect yourself now, in case one of your passwords is out in the wild). I know that normally I talk about money stuff, but today I’m going to…
  • Escaping the cycle of never-ending busyness

    Tsh
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Name: Caroline Starr Rose Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico Occupation: Children’s author Blog/site: Caroline Starr Rose Tell us one way you are simplifying your life. I made the seemingly crazy decision to stop teaching to pursue writing full-time without an agent or a contract. It felt way counter-cultural but was the best and right decision for me. Five years later, I have a wonderful agent, one book out and three more under contract. But even more than that, I have escaped the cycle of never-ending busyness. I won’t say I’ve got time management all figured out, but I…
 
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  • from hot mama to chilled babe

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

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

    14 Feb 2014 | 8:04 pm
    I sit by myself on this Valentine's night sipping on a glass of wine and eating a dinner of buttered toast with raspberry jam, a full moon bathing the trees in wondrous light out my home office window. I am content, more than content, bordering rapturous...to have this time to myself to write and contemplate the bounty that is my life in the here and now.Tonight, my husband is engaged in a gift of volunteerism, partaking in a scripted play of Where the Wild Things Are for our church's Parish Camp. I can imagine him fully engaged to the awe and amusement of both children and parents, as he…
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    I Should Be Folding Laundry

  • Elijah turns four

    Beth
    29 Mar 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Today was Eli’s fourth birthday. Last night I sat down with him to ask him a few very important questions. (which he didn’t enjoy all that much) What’s your name? Eli Harrison Fletcher Crunch Hi Eli. Hi How are you? Good. What’s tomorrow?  Um, my birthday. How old will you be? FOUR. Are you excited? Yeah. Why? Cause I es-cited I gonna be four, Mom. What are we going to do tomorrow? Eat green peppers and nachos and hot dogs and drinks some milk and juice boxes and it will be a colorful day on my birthday. (mom, that’s super long.) What kind of birthday party are…
  • Anna turns Eleven.

    Beth
    25 Jan 2014 | 6:56 pm
      Today is Anna’s birthday. This year is definitely one of those years where I reflect on the fact that this sweet little being made me a mom ELEVEN years ago. On the day she was born, it wasn’t at all how I had dreamed it would be. I wasn’t able to hold her until she was five days old, I felt her soft, warm skin for the first time when she was three days old. I woke up after surgery (having no idea that they were going to put me to sleep) to find out that she was on a ventilator. But as the hours passed, we watched her health improve and after just a week in the NICU,…
  • Noah turns ten.

    Beth
    20 Jan 2014 | 8:39 am
      I’ve been on a blogging hiatus. Not because I don’t enjoy my blog but simply because I just didn’t have any time left for it. Noah’s birthday is today – I couldn’t possibly go this year without chatting with him about his birthday. Noah truly is one of the sweetest, most thoughtful and tenderhearted humans I have ever encountered. I love this day and celebrating with an amazing gift he is to all of us. Last night, we talked about his birthday. Here’s what he had to say about his day and well, his life, in general. Hi Noah. So, what’s…
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    We are THAT Family

  • What Scares Me More Than Being Inadequate

    Kristen
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:58 pm
    I used to think my greatest fear was inadequacy. I believed these words for a very long time. You could never do that. You aren’t good enough. You cannot make a difference. You will fail. But the day I said yes to something bigger than my capability, I discovered being inadequate -not having all the answers, not being successful, not being enough–these weren’t my deepest fears. My deepest fear was rooted in the unleashing of my yes. I realized the unbelievable, unspeakable power of that little word would thrust me into an unknown world of faith-walking and desperation for…
  • WFMW: The Golden Tote

    Kristen
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:42 pm
    I spent 10 minutes looking for my denim jacket the other day. I looked everywhere–in my closet, car, laundry room. I finally gave up, scratching my head in wonder. It turned out my teen daughter looked quite stylish that day at school. Can anyone else identify? I’m just glad we aren’t the same shoe size anymore. A friend told me it was a high compliment–that my teenager thinks (some) of my wardrobe is cool enough to wear. I’m honored. Sort of (because I was also a bit cold without my jacket). But I have to admit, my daughter knows the latest fashion trends way…
  • How to Have the Best 10 Minutes of Your Day With Your Family

    Kristen
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:17 pm
    I get it. I know just how hard it is to get dinner on the table and five people around it who are all going five different directions at five o’clock. Mondays my oldest has church youth group and Tuesdays my son has after school honor band practice and Wednesdays we meet with other families for Bible Study and Thursdays, we have dental and eye appointments or –well, you get my point. Some days the window for all of us to be together is so small, it would be easier to just eat on the go or at least separately. And other days when we have long moments to linger –that’s…
 
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    Scary Mommy: An honest look at motherhood

  • 10 Reasons It’s Awesome Having Twins

    Diana McDevitt
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:14 pm
    1. The 2 for 1 deal. I did not enjoy pregnancy and counted down the days until it was over and I could shed the 75, yes 75 pounds that I gained and feel like I had some control over my body again. Having twins is incredibly hard, but knowing I’m not going to be pregnant again (or at least for a very, very long time) is a big plus. 2. The attention. Being pregnant with (and being a mom to) twins, you feel like a celebrity.When they’re babies, everyone you walk by will enthusiastically exclaim, “Is it twiiiiiins?!?!” The answer to this question is so painfully…
  • 5 Pregnancy Milestones (You Won’t Find In Books)

    Rachel Guyah
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    1. The first day you wake up and don’t feel the urge to vomit. There’s no denying it: The first trimester is a real bitch on your appetite. After a few too many trips to the porcelain gods, you eventually learn to subsist on crackers, toast and ginger ale, pathetically nibbling on them like some sad supermodel while your friends and partner nosh on pad thai and pizza (jerks). However, one day you will wake up and feel fine! Actually, you’ll feel more than fine. You’ll feel absolutely, positively, fantastic—and ravenous, like a bear that just woke from hibernation. Instead of…
  • The Danger of Swearing Around Children

    Shannon Bradley-Colleary
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Me to Bridget (age 9) when I fail as a mother: Honey, I’m sorry I lost it with daddy in front of you today. Bridget: You mean when you yelled you were sick of his fucking napping all the time while you slave away? Me: Yes, I did use the F-word and it was very wrong, but I never say that in front of you. Bridget: That’s the fourth time you’ve said the F-word in front of me. Me: That’s not accurate. Bridget: You yelled What the fuck?! at daddy that time at the train station at The Grand Canyon in front of everyone. Me: Because your father just had to “quickly buy…
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    San Diego Momma

  • What To Get Your Husband For Your Anniversary

    debawriter
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:14 pm
      I never know what to get my husband for anything. I used to try to dress him up with my holiday gifts, buying jeans and rugbies from the Gap and Banana Republic, but once he realized I was living some ’80s-Chicago-preppy dream and attempting to Jake Ryanize him, clothes as presents were off limits.   Then there was the year I bought him brass monkey bookends because once a guy on the basketball court called my husband a “skinny monkey;” but there’s only so far you can go with inside-joke-monkey humor.   Of course, he never gives me much direction with…
  • Listen To Your Mother: So I Did

    debawriter
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:42 am
      I knew Listen To Your Mother was coming. It’s a nationwide show, and surely one of the productions would settle somewhere near San Diego. I’d tried out before – in Los Angeles in 2011 – but had read something funny, which if you knew me in person, was an unwise choice. Writing funny and reading funny are two very different things, and my forte sits solidly in maudlin and angst anyway. Not to mention, the LA talent was amazing and worthy of the city and no, I didn’t make it.   I don’t want to perform, that’s too out there and visible for…
  • Time Savers from a Crazy Person

    debawriter
    4 Mar 2014 | 7:45 pm
      I don’t know what it is exactly – but I turbo hate to waste time on food and person prep. It’s like I just need to get to the next thing, and pesky irritants like using a cutting board to dice vegetables or taking my clothes off to iron them are too distracting. So, I cut corners in the most dangerous and obscure ways I will outline below. Please avoid doing any of these time savers unless you are Houdini’s descendant or a voodoo master skilled in limb reanimation.   Time Saver #1: Use your palm to cut food. Don’t use a cutting surface that…
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  • Liam Turns 5!

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:04 pm
    My little chicken turned 5 years old and we had a kind of mini festival for him – celebrating his birthday over a few weeks, with lots of different groups of family and friends. For all his best friends from school, we threw him a huge party in our backyard. We put up a bouncy castle, we had snacks and lots of play time. My older boys organised and lead some simple games for the kids, like relays, egg and spoon races, “What’s the Time Mr Wolf” chasey games. I was so proud of them, it was a fun party! I made a two tiered cake, which Liam requested to be in the theme of…
  • A Bit of Refurb Magic

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    Last month, I realised that I had quite a few clothes that I didn’t wear anymore because they “didn’t quite fit right”. For example, I have a skirt with a waist that is a bit too loose. Or the legs of some pants are a bit too long. Or the neckline of a top is too low. And so on. So I spent a few hours going through my wardrobe and pulling out all these items… and to my embarrassment, I made a VERY BIG PILE. All these unworn clothes! Thus I began My Reburb Project, promising myself that I will spend a few hours here and there, sewing up a few of these unused clothes. I’m so…
  • The Joy of Rainfall Showers

    admin
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    Earlier this month, my sister got married at a fancy shmansy hotel in Perth. Because I was a bridesmaid, and because I was going to be out and about doing wedding things from 6am to 11pm, I knew I needed a place to crash during the day – thus I booked a room at the hotel. It was an excellent decision. The wedding reception dinner ended late. It was too late for my youngest boy, so my husband took him home early (hello 9pm bedtime!), leaving my older two boys to stay overnight at the hotel with me. This is us at 11pm, after a looong day. We were at the lift lobby about to head to our hotel…
 
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    The Chronicles of a SAHM

  • Chocolate Cake in a Cup...Who Knew?!

    Cynthia Wheeler
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:34 pm
    I found myself in a conversation this week involving making meals in a mug. Yes, meals in a mug. Is that a thing? Yes it's a thing, check it out here!It fascinated me, and left me wanting to try it. I thumbed through the recipes, and decided to start with Chocolate Cake in a Cup. 'Cause, I love chocolate cake...so why not?Here's what you need:1/4 c. all-purpose flour 1/4 c. sugar 1/4 c. cocoa powder a big pinch of salt 1/4 c. milk 1/4 c. butter, melted 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 tsp. vanilla extract heaping 1/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips, and a…
  • Family Movie Night is Back! #NetflixKids

    Cynthia Wheeler
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:43 am
    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.Since joining Netflix, we have been doing Friday family movie night! I don't think we are different than any other family. We are all SO busy! It's nice to sit down on the couch after dinner on Friday, pick a movie that we can all enjoy together, and RELAX.I always think there is NO WAY this family will agree on a movie, and yet, there is so much to choose from that so far, we always do!Last week's movie was The Emperor's New Groove.I can't…
  • Oil Pulling..Yep, I'm doing it!

    Cynthia Wheeler
    18 Mar 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Let me start by saying...I don't have a dog in this hunt. I'm not selling anything. It makes no difference to me if you try oil pulling or not. I tried it. LOVE!I am by no means a hippie. I hate the smell of patchouli. If you had told me a month ago that I would be oil pulling, I would have told you you were cray cray. Yet, here I am...pulling oil through my teeth as I type this.I read about it on Facebook, I had coconut oil in my cupboard...whitens teeth...I'm in!Here's what I do:     -I take about a third of a teaspoon of coconut oil and put it in my…
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    Healthy Lifestyle Chicago Area Mom Blogger

  • Apparoo app of the week – Tic Toc Time

    Kimberly Grabinski
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:22 pm
    The Apparoo App of the Week this week is Tic Toc Time! Each week I bring you great a new app that you can get at a great discount or even free thanks to Apparoo. About Apparoo: Welcome to Apparoo, your trusty source for mobile app recommendations. We know you don’t have time to sift through thousands of app […]The post Apparoo app of the week – Tic Toc Time appeared first on Healthy Lifestyle Chicago Area Mom Blogger.
  • What’s in your soap? Pure & natural clean with Grandma’s Lye Soap

    Kimberly Grabinski
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    After discovering my coconut allergy last year, bath and body products became a real challenge for me. You’d be surprised at how many ingredients in those types of products are coconut derived. It was a frustrating time for me full of experimenting and sacrifice. One of the most challenging thing was finding a shampoo that […]The post What’s in your soap? Pure & natural clean with Grandma’s Lye Soap appeared first on Healthy Lifestyle Chicago Area Mom Blogger.
  • How to be a responsible dog parent

    Kimberly Grabinski
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    This post brought to you by American Kennel Club. All opinions are 100% mine. When I was a younger adult I became afraid of dogs. I was bit by a friend’s dog that I thought I was friendly with and my trust of all dogs was shattered. I used to play with this dog. He […]The post How to be a responsible dog parent appeared first on Healthy Lifestyle Chicago Area Mom Blogger.
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    The Motherhood

  • Nutrish Natural Food for Cats is a Purrfectly Tasty Solution for Your Feline Family Member

    Erin
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Disclosure: The Motherhood is working with Nutrish Natural Food for Cats to organize and manage a compensated blog campaign. The stories, photos and opinions shared in this post are my own. I never had any intention of adopting a cat, but sometimes life takes us in unexpected directions. When Cooper walked into my office at The Motherhood two years ago to say she was helping someone find a home for an abandoned, four-week-old kitten, and did I know anyone who might be interested in adopting her, my first thought was, “My husband.” The furry family member who entered our lives soon…
  • Join us for a #LISTERINE Twitter Party Tomorrow

    The Motherhood
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    We’re inviting you to improve your oral health and positively influence your family with the #LISTERINE 21-Day Challenge! Check out the Twtvite for details on a Twitter party on Wednesday, April 9, at 1 p.m. ET, where you can learn more and RSVP. The Twitter party details are also listed below, so read on! Learn about the big impact LISTERINE® Brand mouthwash can have on your oral health and practical ways to make it a priority in your life – and your kids’ lives – with fun tips and advice we’ll share during this Twitter party! The LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge…
  • Happy Friday from The Motherhood!

    The Motherhood
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    Enjoy the weekend. We’ll leave you with this uplifting reminder that obstacles can sometimes be opportunities! See you next week!   The post Happy Friday from The Motherhood! appeared first on The Motherhood.
 
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    Housewife Hellraiser

  • Crock-Pot Customer Service Rocks!

    Laura
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    You know me, man, I love the deals. So when I found this adorable chevron-patterned Crock-Pot on clearance at Target in January, I snagged one for me and one for my girl Arin, too, even though I had two Crock-Pots in my cupboard! I think I only paid around ten bucks for this fantastic model, which I actually had wanted for a long time. It’s going to be perfect for transporting hot meals to parties. Really could’ve used it last fall when Arin threw her Souper Saturday party and I took my Beer Cheese Soup. The lid seals up tight with little spinner locks on the sides. SADLY, I…
  • Hardware Removal Surgery – Done!

    Laura
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:48 pm
    And it’s over! On Monday morning, my kids headed back to school after spring break. On Monday afternoon, I had surgery to remove the hardware from my tibial plateau fracture/ACL repair surgery from 16 months ago. Look, here I am! Don’t I look thrilled? This was while the nurse was placing a 2nd IV in my other hand, after the first one blew out. Man, I hate getting IVs. But I was a brave girl. I had my surgery in a brand new, practically empty facility. I was the last surgery of the day, so it was literally just me and my husband and the staff. Pauly had them all laughing, and the…
  • Peeps Donuts for the Win!

    Laura
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    Dude. I don’t even like donuts, so this looks extra gross to me: But to my kids? It’s like the heavens opened up and the angels are singing. We are spending the last morning of Spring Break getting a sugar rush at the brand new Dunkin Donuts that just opened up near us. (It’s basically across the street from Smoky Hill High School – bad timing for my teenager, who graduated last year!) Mommy doesn’t like donuts, but I do like that Blueberry Iced Tea! Yummy! Dunkin Donuts 16611 E. Smoky Hill Rd Aurora, CO 80015
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    moosh in indy.

  • madrid to be leaving.

    Casey
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:37 am
    The only other time in my life when my body has been this tired and confused were those first few days after bringing home a new baby. I have no concept of time, no memory of eating, I haven’t slept for longer than 3 hours at a time and my head feels all cold and floaty, like I’m just awake enough to remember to keep breathing. An opportunity came to me through the dozens of various connections I’ve made in this life and that opportunity had me in Madrid, Spain for the last five days. Until last week I had never been to Europe, traveled overseas or been completely immersed…
  • the one about the hit and run.

    Casey
    12 Mar 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Early Saturday morning I was sideswiped on the freeway and sent spinning into the center median of I-70. Whoever hit me simply drove off, they didn’t even slow down. After getting a clear look at the damage on my car today there’s no way they could have been unaware of hitting me. (Also, if you’re in Indy, it was a light silver SUV of some sort that hit me, the damage would be on their driver’s side front fender, there would most certainly be dark purple paint from my car.) It’s amazing how many thoughts go through your head in such an intense moment, I almost…
  • on fearing and finding.

    Casey
    2 Mar 2014 | 1:48 pm
    It’s a very strange thing to have really big emotions. When you’re young they’re looked upon as a flaw or weakness, and it continues that way until you’re grown — unless you learn how to use them. I’m still trying to figure out how to use mine. Creativity seems to be the best outlet for them, photography — having my camera in my hand is equal to holding onto something steady and solid. It can say things I can’t and see things I can’t describe. Writing is the same way. Being able to write has saved me countless times. I’ve been hesitant to…
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    Twinfatuation

  • My Sweet Little Eggs

    Cheryl Lage
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Dateline: Easter 2003 Twins' Age: 1 and a 1/2
  • TwinSpin Online Series Submissions!

    Cheryl Lage
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    From our long-time friend, and fellow twin-mama, Judy Faulkner Krause:New show for twins needs your videos! Twin Spin the brand new live and online series celebrating twins and based on the music of Twin Spin would love to feature your twins.Just have your twins aged 2-13 sing,(or lipsynch) one of these songs from Twin Spin: Twins Are In, Me Me You You, Twins Are Marching, or Double Double Fun Fun. Songs can be downloaded at Twinspins.com for just $.99 each. And yes, they should use the music in the video. Use your video camera or smart phone, it doesn’t have to be professional just a whole…
  • Way Back When-esday: When You Wish...

    Cheryl Lage
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    Dateline: Walt Disney's birthday, 2004 Twins' Age: 3Creating competition between siblings---much less, twins---is rarely encouraged in parenting circles.Needless to say, Double Daddy and I aren't too committed to "the circles." If anything, we're ovoid.Prior to this day, wishes were only made on stars, Santa's lap, and accompanying coins thrown in fountains.  This would-be wish-bestowing wishbone, perhaps unwilling to participate actively in sibling rivalry, never relented.If you ask me, I'm betting both their wishes came true.Play along with Way Back When-esday---the mid-week, webwide…
 
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    Poot and Cubby for Women Site

  • Why People must watch Talk shows?

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    Pakistanis must watch the talk shows because these are the main source of information regarding the latest happenings of political field. When a Pakistani elects a party through his votes then he should that member of that political party are doing their job in the right way. Such information would be attained through talk shows where different political parties’ representatives are invited by the host. Host starts the discussion on the matter and gets the viewpoints of all. Public get the views of not only ruling party but also the opposition, these viewpoints let them understand…
  • Mississippi to execute the first woman in 70 years

    admin
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    Despite the fact that her son has confessed to killing his dad a Mississippi court has sentenced Michelle Byrom to death. If the sentence by lethal injection goes through the 57 year old will be the first woman to be executed in the last 70 years. Watch msnbc live stream for the latest political updates from around the globe. When Michelle Byrom was in hospital back in 1999 for double pneumonia her husband Edward Byrom Sr. was fatally shot in Iuka, Mississippi. Edward Byrom Jr. shot his father using a 9mm handgun which belonged to his grandfather and fatally shot his dad after he had slapped…
  • Really Happy With This Service

    admin
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    I had been looking for “love” for quite some time now and was having no luck. I had met a few people offline here and there on different dating sites but nothing was really more than a date or two. It takes so much time to go out to places, meet people you are attracted to or interested in, and hopefully narrow it down to someone who you get along with and have common interests with. The whole dating thing can really take a lot of out of your time and money, this is why I was happy when I came across some Beyer & company reviews online, I was quick to contact this company and…
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • Old Time Style in a Modern World- Edison Bulb Wax Warmer

    Monica Brady
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:46 am
    Scented wax warmers are all the rage right now. You can find them from many different companies, in many different styles. Some are supporting your favorite sports teams, and others have words of encouragement, or animals. Most often, you’ll find them in solid ceramic so minimal light comes out of them… They’re hiding the lightbulb inside, because why show off something no one really wants to see? All of that is changing with the new Edison Bulb Wax Warmer from ScentSationals at Walmart. Their distinct line of Edison Wax Warmers is inspired by vintage light created by the…
  • A Must Have for Emergency Kits: Rayovac’s Virtually Indestructible Spotlight

    Monica Brady
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    Summer is almost here, and we are getting ourselves prepared for Hurricane season. As much as I really hate to think about the possibilities of a storm hitting us, I know that there’s always a chance, living in coastal North Carolina. While we don’t anticipate any flooding or anything too crazy, you can never be TOO prepared for an outrageous situation. We look for a lot of water proof, or water resistant items that we can put in our emergency kits. We also like flashlights that are as bright as possible. We live away from the city, so if there were to be any sort of power…
  • Whiter Teeth in Just 2 Days?

    Monica Brady
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    Colgate is launching a one of a kind toothbrush with built in whitening pen that will deliver whitening beyond surface stains! The new Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Built-in Whitening Pen promises Whiter Teeth in 2 days, and since it’s all built in to the toothbrush, it’s easy to use twice daily! The new Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Built-in Whitening Pen provides effective whitening, affordability, AND convenience…all from one product. I let my hubby test it out to see what he thought about it. Here’s what he says about his experience: I recently tried the…
 
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    A Cowboy's Wife

  • 5 Ways a Royal Caribbean Cruise Will Turn a Shy Girl Into a ‘Fly Girl’ #SeastheDay

    A Cowboy's Wife
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Recently, I embarked on a journey across the ocean, into the not-so-deep Mexico.  I call it a Brandcation, but you’d probably know it better as a cruise.  More specifically, it was a Royal Caribbean cruise on the Liberty of the Seas ship.  Thanks to the fabulous sponsor, Royal Caribbean, I had the opportunity to sail away on a 5 day/4 night cruise, along with 39 other bloggers. Imagine my fear of being with 39 other bloggers, that I didn’t know.  Just a handful I knew online but that’s about it and as an introvert at heart, I was terrified of being ‘that…
  • Easter Chocolate Dipped Bunny Peeps

    A Cowboy's Wife
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:10 am
    Here’s an easy and fun way to dress those plain ol’ marshmallow peeps you see everywhere!  Chocolate dipped with sprinkles y’all. Doesn’t get any easier than that and what a great treat for the kiddos school party or church Easter egg hunt! Push a stick through the bunny, dip in melted chocolate, and sprinkle with all the colorful sprinkles! It makes you look like you’re super food crafty but it seriously can’t get much simpler than that. Oh wait, actually it can because I have some cookies coming soon that are even easier.  It just adds a fun touch to…
  • My Time, as a Walmart Mom, Has Come to a Close

    A Cowboy's Wife
    17 Mar 2014 | 5:27 pm
    While being a Walmart Mom has brought me a flood of opportunities, in many ways, it has also prevented them.  Being so exclusive with Walmart meant that I couldn’t work with Sears, Best Buy, Kohl’s, H.E.B, etc.  Not necessarily because Walmart didn’t allow it, but because it was a clear conflict of interest on both sides.  I totally understood that and it was a sacrifice I chose to make to continue my Walmart relationship. After several years as a Walmart Mom, we’ve decided to part ways. I’ve greatly enjoyed my time with them, but I’m so stinkin’…
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    Politics to Parenting and Everything in Between

  • Would you buy a girls leopard print string bikini for your little girl?

    Patty Garza
    5 Apr 2014 | 5:54 pm
    I don't know what makes Elizabeth Hurley and other fashion designers think our children should be wearing two piece, string bikinis, but hopefully the backlash she is getting will awaken fashion designers like her to stop pushing this on our kids. Sure parents can choose not to buy them but why market them in the first place and oversexualize children? We have enough high teen pregnancy and single mothers, thanks to oversexualized TV and movies, and other problems in our society where the innocence of childhood is becoming lost.The Stir: Former model and now children's clothing designer…
  • Ouch!! ‘Troubling’ New Trend Called ‘Eraser Challenge’ Has Kids ‘Mutiliating Themselves’

    Patty Garza
    30 Mar 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Strange...what are kids thinking...or not thinking these days. I can't see how anyone would want to do this but if it gives them the attention they seek/need I guess that is one reason. I hope they learn this is unhealthy behavior and damaging their skin. Hopefully now that parents and the school are aware of this new 'trend' they will put an end to it.TheBlaze.com:“Students have explained the Eraser Challenge this way: kids take an eraser and begin ‘erasing’ their skin while saying the alphabet and coming up with a word for each letter,” Muharem wrote. “Once they get to the letter…
  • ICYMI: Here are this past weeks most popular @littlebytesnews tweets

    Patty Garza
    29 Mar 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Here are this past weeks most popular @littlebytesnews  tweets.  Enjoy and let me know what you think!Listed by rank, date and headline:1Mar 25, 2014http://ht.ly/2F17mZTopNews: Malaysia’s prime minister: plane crashed in Indian Ocean, no survivors  2Mar 16, 2014#breaking #news Founder of controversial Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps Sr., said to be 'on the edge of deat... http://ht.ly/2ELmLW3Mar 16, 2014http://ht.ly/3i9Got BREAKING: per The Mirror: #MH370 Pilot Moved Out Wife and 3 Kids THE DAY BEFORE Disappearance4Mar 17, 2014http://ht.ly/3ibWqO Missing Jet…
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    RimaRama

  • “What I Did on My Summer Vacation” by RimaRama

    Rima
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:35 pm
    On my summer vacation, I went with my family to Lithuania and we visited a water park. In this essay I will talk about the ways in which Lithuanian water parks differ from ones in America. Upon hearing the words “water park,” we in the United States tend to conjure up images of tropically themed spaces where lifeguards tirelessly patrol brightly colored oases in which children wait for gigantic buckets of water to be overturned on their heads and creepy robotic dolls come alive at 8:00 pm in the lobby. Not in Lithuania. After leaving Vilnius, we stayed for a few days in the spa…
  • I’m Good Enough, Smart Enough, and My Amber Brooch Will Return to Me

    Rima
    7 Oct 2013 | 4:39 pm
    Last week my husband surprised me with a precious gift out of the blue. Was it diamonds? Pearls? Chocolates? No, it was an antique amber brooch with a million year old insect petrified inside of it, and I loved it. As a woman of Lithuanian descent, I’m a big fan of amber jewelry, but pieces with fully intact inlays like the one the P-Dawg got me are especially neat because, well, they’re fossils. I mean, how cool is it to be wearing something that lived thousands of years ago? That your husband got you out of the blue because he loves you? I was going to wait for a special…
  • StalinWorld

    Rima
    16 Sep 2013 | 4:09 pm
    A friend of mine who was born and raised in communist Lithuania has a trendy tee-shirt with a hammer and sickle on it. “How can you of all people wear that thing?” I once asked him. But he didn’t see a problem with it. “Soviet Union is place where I grew up.” “But what about the atrocities?” I demanded. “What about all the people who were tortured and exiled? And what about the poor Lithuanian children who could not attend Holy Mass?” “Those things didn’t happen to me,” my friend responded. “I was just regular…
 
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    Mamanista!

  • Rainy Day Toys & Crafts

    Liza
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:13 pm
    My family and I are seriously craving some sunshine and warmth after this brutal winter. We couldn’t be more excited about Spring. Constant thoughts of running in the grass and playing outside all day are seriously disrupting our productivity at work and school. Spring, that beautiful fickle thing, also means lots of RAIN. After spending a good 4-5 months inside with snow storms galore, we’ve maxed out our indoor activities. Week one had mommy putting together incredibly intricate projects that entertained for hours. By month 4, we were trying to figure out who could throw a toilet roll…
  • When Spring Colds and Allergies Hit, Go with the Original Smith Bros for Relief!

    Debbie
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    *I was sent a package of Smith Bros products to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*   The weather this spring has been unseasonably cold here in the Philadelphia area where I live and with the constant flip-flopping of cold to warm back to cold again comes allergies, colds and the flu. Lovely. When the coughing starts, the last thing I want is nasty, foul-tasting cough drops. Yuck. So when Smith Bros sent me their care package, I was so excited to try out their products and let me tell you, what a difference. As cough and cold experts for over 160 years, Smith…
  • We’re Enjoying the Moment and #MomIsHere

    Candace
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    Right about the time I had my second son, I noticed that I was disappearing. I could have sworn I was there but I seemed to be fading away. Sometimes there would be a hand holding the baby or helping with a craft or a possibly a foot would accidentally find its way into view but, for the most part, I had vanished. What could be causing this strange malady? To be with my children while they were young, I had left teaching full time in the classroom to work from home part time. I spent most days, 24/7 with my children: feeding them, playing with them, teaching them, and learning from them. And…
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    Real Life with Sarah

  • How Do You Share the Easter Message With Your Kids?

    Sarah Pinnix
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:05 am
    Each year, around this time, I start seeing the bunny- and egg- themed trinkets in the stores, along with the pastel candy wrappers.  Why, oh, why does candy have to be a major focus of each and every major holiday?!  I know it’s just to derail my efforts at staying in shape! Anyway, with all the allure of Easter Baskets and a mysterious, life-sized bunny who breaks into our houses at night, it’s hard to keep the focus on the real message of Easter: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ! There are so many fun things we can do to keep Christ’s death and resurrection in the…
  • Orange-Beet-Carrot Juice That Actually Tastes Good

    Sarah Pinnix
    5 Apr 2014 | 8:42 pm
      My husband and I were so excited to start juicing when we finally decided to buy a juicer. My husband immediately started experimenting with different fruits and vegetables and was able to drink the juices with no problem. Some tasted better than others, but he was able to get them all down. I, on the other hand, was disappointed because every juice I tasted would illicit a gag reflex and an upset-feeling stomach. I wrote this on Facebook, thinking I was just strange to have difficulty getting it down: I am a juicing failure. Just about every juice I’ve tried makes me want to…
  • “I’m With the Band!” Festival Disney’s 10th Anniversary

    Sarah Pinnix
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:17 am
    My husband will tell you there is one reason he made it through middle school, high school and college. It wasn’t his interest in math, or reading.  It wasn’t the cute girl who sat next to him in science class. Or maybe it was, a little. Math and reading are essential skills that every child needs; he learned those subjects and more. But the thing that made my husband come alive was music. Music was the reason he got out of bed each morning to get his tired, teenaged body to school dragging his french horn behind him. It was the reason he applied, and was accepted to a four year…
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    MomLogic

  • Viral Video: Kimmel Asks Kids To List All the Bad Words They Know!

    MomLogic Staff
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Jimmy Kimmel -- inspired by a viral video of a little boy listing all the bad words he knows to his uncle -- asked some youngsters to repeat all of the "naughty" words in their vocabulary for "Jimmy Kimmel Live."And they knew some pretty naughty phrases!
  • Josh Duhamel Wishes Fergie "Happy Birthday" With Baby Axl Jack!

    MomLogic Staff
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:18 pm
    This probably made Fergie's day! Josh Duhamel shared the sweetest snap via Instagram of him holding their baby boy, Axl Jack, with a birthday note for the Black Eyed Peas singer.
  • Kim Zolciak Slams Critics, Shows Post-Baby Bod From The Front!

    MomLogic Staff
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Kim Zolciak has a message for the haters!The mother-of-six posted a selfie earlier this week, showing off of her amazing post-baby body. But, the former "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star received some backlash from the pic, with critics asking for a front photo of Zolciak's fit figure.
 
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    An Island Life

  • Mega Bloks Skylanders Giveaway

    Kailani
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:28 am
    Build your favorite pirate with eight legs and no pegs, then swap bodies to create ultimate combinations with Mega Bloks Skylanders SWAP Force™ Wash Buckler. Control the forces of evil by building a magnetic robot hero, then swapping bodies to create ultimate combinations with Mega Bloks Skylanders SWAP Force™ Magna Charge. These super-sized buildable heroes with special micro axises let you pull them apart and swap with other Mega Bloks Skylanders SWAP Force™ heroes. Create the perfect combinations to defend Cloudbreak Islands and stop Kaos’ evil plans! Ideal for ages 5 and up!
  • RIO 2 in Theaters April 11th (Giveaway)

    Kailani
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:12 am
    Blu and Jewel are back for an all new adventure in Rio 2! The entire cast of the animated smash RIO returns in RIO 2, and they are joined by a new flock of top actors and musical talents. Rich with grandeur, character, color and music, RIO 2 finds Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and their three kids leaving their domesticated life in that magical city for a journey to the Amazon. They encounter a menagerie of characters who are born to be wild, voiced by Oscar nominee Andy Garcia, Oscar/Emmy/Tony-winner Rita Moreno, Grammy winner Bruno Mars, and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth.
  • Learning the Wonders of Science with Netflix

    Kailani
    29 Mar 2014 | 12:43 am
    Science has never been one of my favorite subjects but with all the great movies and televisions shows offered on Netflix I can see how kids can get really inspired by the world around us. One of our family favorites is the show How Do They Do It?  Each story in the series takes us behind the scenes to show how to do the things, and make the things that form the modern world. See how simple things are often the products of the most extraordinary, highly scientific engineering processes. What we enjoy about this show is that they take everyday ordinary items and explain how they work in a way…
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    the calm before the stork

  • overcoming resistance: the spring camp adventure edition

    calm mama
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
    Today’s story really starts yesterday. Yesterday, I had to work, so husband took son for day out of a-wandering, a-kite-flying, etc. There was a trail hike, slug discoveries, and the occasional trip-and-tumble, including a sidewalk scrape at day’s end. When…Read more →
  • strange conversations

    calm mama
    2 Feb 2014 | 1:58 pm
    This morning, on the way to our “Jewish” class… Not “Hebrew School” as we are not learning hebrew, but rather a class at our synagogue of choice (Renewal, feminist, politically and socially aware, multi-cultural, all kinds of families, etc.) for…Read more →
  • Kauai with 5-year-old: Round 4, Days 1-8

    calm mama
    26 Aug 2013 | 2:39 pm
    In years past, I have more or less diligently blogged our biannual family tradition: Traveling to Kauai with our one child as he grows, plus grandparents and aunt. This was our fourth trip, so I thought I’d do things a…Read more →
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    Burgh Baby

  • Surely I'm Not the Only One Who Has Projects that Take Years to Finish

    burghbaby
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Sometimes I post things just so I will do something about them. This is definitely one of those times. Way back when we moved into this house nearly five years ago, Alexis picked a bedroom. This bedroom, in fact. Except, when she picked it, it was a plain white box. In an effort to make the whole moving situation easier for her, we immediately let her pick out new bedding and a theme for the room. She obviously decided on rainbows and fairies, so I set out to paint some murals for her. The painting of the murals was going REALLY well from my perspective, right up until I got to the fairy…
  • Chachi Plays. Again

    burghbaby
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:28 pm
    This is Chachi. I've known Chachi for a minute or two. It's been just long enough for him to learn to find joy in driving me crazy by taunting me via The Twitters, running up to me and hug-tackling me whenever I see him in person (Have I mentioned that I am anti-hug? I'm anti-hug. Yet, he's still alive ... ), and various other forms of torture. In other words, he's a pretty good guy. He's also a HUGE geek. The biggest. I've never met anyone who geeks out over video games as much as he does. Y'all, he has video game tattoos. Mention Zelda to him and you just might end up in a half hour…
  • Back Again Because It's The Cup

    burghbaby
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:51 pm
    (It's so shocking that The Toddler grew up to love cheerleading, isn't it?)
 
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    Happy Home

  • Noguchi Table –for Interior decoration

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    Arizona is one of the states in South-western region of United States which is referred as the sixth largest and 15th most populous of the 50 American states. It’s one of the capitals and its largest city is Phoenix. It is also known as four cornered states and is sharing borders with Utah, Mexico, California, Nevada and a single point in common with South-western corner of Colorado. They are powered with wonderful resorts like Ski, Tucson and Flagstaff. Arizona has been recognized as one of the centre of Native America art, where they are having larger number of galleries which are…
  • Start Up Your Own Record Store On The Cheap and Easy

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    The American dream is to run your own business and to be self-sufficient. There are many ways to do that; you could become a plumber or you could do construction. But why not do something even more fun, like starting up your own record store! Now’s the time, as the used vinyl market (and the new vinyl market) are at recent highs, and only increasing. It’s becoming a status symbol of the truly cool to have a record player, and you can capitalize on that. Also, it’s fun as heck to wake up each morning and realize your only obligation is to head over to the shop and listen to records and…
  • Synthetic outdoor decking

    Jonathan
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:11 am
    Scaffold Gradually it has been implementing a new fashion to decorate the garden soil or outside backyard. The outdoor decks have been gaining ground to more common and cheaper options such as tiles, but also less durable and aesthetic. The time has come to demonstrate that the best option for the outer exterior is made ​​of engineered wood flooring. This material has become an excellent alternative to decorate the exterior of the home and is ideal because it achieves a natural environment for the terrace or garden. It also eliminates one of the main drawbacks of natural wood versus…
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    Cowgirl Yoga

  • Cowgirl Yoga goes mermaid

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    Second half of April and it's my first post of the month?! But I have a great excuse - I was offline and on vacation, on a boat in French Polynesia. Not kidding. Here's a picture of me doing mermaid pose in Bora Bora to prove it.In theory, we all understand the benefits of disconnecting. In practice, it's tough to implement. It overlaps both business and pleasure. I always struggle with this because I view social media as a means to connect with others - I've "met" some pretty cool people I might not have otherwise crossed paths with, and I've built my business on this platform. I also always…
  • Cowgirl Cupcakes

    28 Mar 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Because it's Friday, let's keep it light as the frosting of a cupcake, and muse upon the following: why is a cupcake the stuff dreams are made of? It's the perfect dose of sweet, indulgent, and cute. It can turn a day around. It makes you feel like a kid again. Therefore, we are adding Cowgirl Cupcakes to the retreat menu this season.When we lived in London three years ago, I would tube across town to get cupcakes from a certain place. I mean, they had lavender cupcakes. A year or so ago, a Bozeman couple opened Mountain Cupcakery. The couple is cute, the shop is cute, and needless to say the…
  • Self-care is non-negotiable

    20 Mar 2014 | 3:51 pm
    I was recently interviewed by the lovely Jenni Hulbert, health and fitness coach and founder of the Nature Fed Wellness Movement. Of course I love to talk about what I do, I can and will go on and on...but I also love it when I come up with a message that resonates. With me. (And hopefully others too.) One of those things I say that I keep coming back to, like it's material that needs to be reviewed and studied. Here's the item that's been on replay for me:What’s the one message you hope every person who attends a Big Sky Yoga Retreat rides away with?That self-care is non-negotiable. It is…
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    Mom Knows It All. - PR Friendly New Jersey Mom blogger on family, product reviews, tech, games and more.

  • Planes Fire & Rescue Print & Play Activities

    valmg
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:27 pm
    In celebration of the upcoming release of PLANES: FIRE AND RESCUE I have some fun activities for you. Print & Play Activities The post Planes Fire & Rescue Print & Play Activities appeared first on Mom Knows It All. - PR Friendly New Jersey Mom blogger on family, product reviews, tech, games and more..
  • New #Maleficent Featurette The Legacy And Embrace Your Inner Evil Sweepstakes

    valmg
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:08 pm
    The new “Legacy” featurette, from  MALEFICENT,featuring a behind-the-scenes interview with Angelina Jolie, is now available. “Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between…
 
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • Sample Proposal Letter: How to Write an Environmental Proposal Pitch that Appeals to Funders

    Devon Reeser
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    “Green” is in, and more and more funders are giving to environmental causes, but donations to environmental nonprofits and projects still only constitute around 7% of US philanthropy (Giving USA).  While funders see environment as a worthy giving sector, it is hard to compete with cancer, children starving, religion, or education. If you are an environmental nonprofit, you need to make your proposal stand out from the competition to get those limited dollars! Here are three keys to making your proposal better than the rest, and a sample letter to help you get started. Link your cause to…
  • 5 Ways to Use Earth Day to Put Your Nonprofit in the Green

    Devon Reeser
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    If it seems like every other advertisement is adopting a “green” strategy to show product alignment with environmental friendliness, you are not seeing things. Corporations, nonprofits, and even government agencies are hopping on the green bandwagon because it pays off. Studies show that a majority of people value green, and more than 35% will pay more for green, even in a bad economy. In fact, consumers think that organizations and corporations have an obligation to try to be green. So, if you are a nonprofit that believes in green but has not necessarily aligned itself with green to…
  • 4 Steps to Use Reputation Marketing to Boost Fundraising

    Devon Reeser
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    Reputation marketing has become a buzz phrase in the small business world, as 95% of people now check ratings for small businesses online before choosing a restaurant, dentist, hotel, or other service-based product – more than 50% with regularity. (More on local search and reviews on BrightLocal.com) The result is that businesses are scrambling to form, market, and manage fabulous reputations for themselves online.  Since your nonprofit is trying to elicit investment via donations, reputation is one of, if not the most important asset you have, and you should be focusing on building,…
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  • Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari

    Victoria
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Last summer, the Bronx Zoo introduced their interactive exhibit Dinosaur Safari. It was revamped and redesigned this year for opening day April 12th and will be open until Labor Day, September 1st My four kidlets and I headed there to see what was new! We boarded a wagon driven through a two acre area of the Bronx Zoo home to over 30 animatronic dinosaurs. While on the safari, visitors learn how scientists create how dinosaurs looked, sounded and acted just from what they learn from fossils. The “Paleontologist” narrator of the tour deputized everyone on the tour and shared clues…
  • Spring Break with Kleenex

    Victoria
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m up late at night watching everything taped on my DVR and I’ll admit to a Netflix binge at times. Sometimes there are pretty emotional episodes. I will admit to reaching for a Kleenex tissue. But with spring break coming up (finally!!) there will be less tearjerker movies being watched and more time spent outdoors exploring the city with my children and visiting friends. I can’t tell you how happy I will be to turn off the alarm and enjoy some quality time with my kiddos that isn’t stuffed into the few minutes afterschool when they are done with homework but before…
  • Beautiful Confidence with Bliss

    Victoria
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:37 am
    When people ask you “What’s your best feature?” I always answer “my legs”. Seriously. I don’t know what it is but they have never failed me. My hair could be having a bad day, my arms could need some toning but time after time, my legs truly show up and show off for me. Which is why it’s probably strange to say they are also the part of me that I think needs some help. But only during the summer. The back of my legs at the top have cellulite. Sure if I actually went to the gym and worked out this wouldn’t even be a conversation but we all know…
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    It's @jennyonthespot!

  • On The Spot with Lucy: She Recommends SmartyPants Vitamins!

    Jenny On the Spot
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    I was recently asked if my family and I would give SmartyPants Vitamins a whirl. I’m always a little nervous when I get asked to take part of a product review… because you just never know if it will be a hit or not. Plus, we’ve not had great luck with vitamins. Read: my kids […] On The Spot with Lucy: She Recommends SmartyPants Vitamins! is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post On The Spot with Lucy: She Recommends SmartyPants Vitamins! appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • My Home Style: Vintage Eclectic

    Jenny On the Spot
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I like the word eclectic. It’s a creative way of verbally cushioning the edges… or like knocking down a wall in a corner. Nobody puts baby in a corner. I digress… VINTAGE ECLECTIC Fancy, but thrifty? VINTAGE: I would say my home style falls into a “vintage eclectic” style category. My own “vintage” ranges from […] My Home Style: Vintage Eclectic is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post My Home Style: Vintage Eclectic appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • And the Clorox Ick Awards go to…

    Jenny On the Spot
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    In case you missed it, the Clorox Ick Awards happened last week! It all went down on Twitter… and YouTube. The hilarious Rachel Dratch, along with Second City Communications took messy stories folks shared on Twitter (using the hastag #ickies) and worked their improv magic on those tweeted messes… Did you miss it? NO WORRIES! […] And the Clorox Ick Awards go to… is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post And the Clorox Ick Awards go to… appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
 
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    lifefrommylaptop.com

  • Easter Activities for Children’s Church

    Alyssa
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:52 am
    As a former children’s minister and current children’s ministry volunteer I have planned my fair share of children’s church activities.  For me it is important for kids to not only have fun, but to also learn and I am a believer in being able to do both simultaneously.  I try to locate or even create from scratch activities that have a Biblical meaning to them.  That way you mix games or creativity with the lesson and make it all the more memorable for the children. Easter Activities  Roll the Stone Away Game – The roll the stone way game uses small balloons and a…
  • How to Organize Your Closet

    Alyssa
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:48 am
    This weekend I spent some time cleaning and organizing.  My closet had really been neglected over the past few months and needed my attention.  This is usually a big job and can take several hours so it is perfect for a Saturday.  The process has several steps depending on how much stuff you have obviously.   I have way too much stuff and really should clean my closet more often. Here’s the Process Step 1:  Pull out everything from the shelves (if you have them) and anything that has fallen on the floor.  In my case my kids had pulled things down and we had a lot in the floor.
  • Do You Need to Take a Faith Leap? {At The Humbled Homemaker}

    Alyssa
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:24 am
    Today, I am over at The Humbled Homemaker sharing from my heart about taking faith leaps in life.  Taking a leap of faith can be extremely scary, I am hoping this will be an encouragement to you.  Here’s a small snippet . . . A faith leap is stepping out of your own comfort zone into the hands of God. Is it time to take a faith leap in your life?  There have been several times in my life that I knew without a doubt it was time to take a faith leap. Did this make the step any less scary?  No way.  Sometimes no matter how strong your faith, there is still some amount of fear.Just…
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    La Dolce Vita.....

  • Mother's Day Gift Ideas Hand Stamped Custom Jewelry

    Kristen Andrews
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    Mother's day is just around the corner, May 11th 2014!  Hand made jewelry makes the perfect gift.  We have something to fit everyone's taste.  Find the full collection at Kristen's Custom Creations.
  • Spring Cleaning Sale 15% off anything in the shop

    Kristen Andrews
    5 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Please enjoy 15% off anything in my shop!!! Kristen's Custom CreationsEnjoy 15% off your entire purchase by entering code 15OFFSPRING, offer not valid with prior purchases or with any other offer. Expires 4/14/14To shop please visit Kristen's Custom Creations.
  • Tagua Nut Jewelry a Pop of color for Spring

    Kristen Andrews
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    It has been a long winter, so a pop of color is just what I need.  Here are some facts about Tagua Nut jewelry and why I feel good wearing it. Tagua Nuts – also known as Vegetable Ivory are seeds that come from the tropical rainforest of South America. The seeds are sliced, dyed and polished. Each Tagua Nut is unique and has it's own variations making each a one of a kind seed. Tagua Nuts are very close to the density of animal ivory. Tagua is replacing the slaughter of mammal ivory (elephants and other) in the textile and fashion industries. In one year, one tagua palm produces as…
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    Mommy Musings

  • Girlfriend Getaway Weekend at Caribe Royale #CaribeRoyale

    Stefanie Fauquet
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    My mom and I just got back from a fabulous ‘Girlfriend Getaway’ weekend at Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida. Believe it or not, this was our first mother/daughter trip together, and we had such a great time that I’m thinking about making it an annual event — hopefully next time my sister can join in. […]
  • Top 10 Experiences on Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas #SeasTheDay

    Stefanie Fauquet
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Earlier this month I attended my first Brandcation event on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. A total of 40 bloggers, including myself, set sail for Cozumel, Mexico on the 4-night cruise from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I went in knowing just a handful of the women, but I came home with dozens […]
  • Scotts Bonus S: Before and After

    Stefanie Fauquet
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:13 pm
    This post brought to you by Scotts Turf Builder. All opinions are 100% mine. For the past few months I have been working with Scotts Turf Builder to bring awareness to the new & improved Bonus S formula and how it can help clear out weeds in southern lawns. When I first received the product I thought for […]
 
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    House of Prince

  • Wordless Wednesday: How To Make Green Eggs

    Kim Tracy Prince
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    An InLinkz Link-up
  • When Your Move-a-Body Friend Is the Body

    Kim Tracy Prince
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:47 pm
    2010, Granada Hills, CA On the night of Lisa’s funeral, we gathered at her house, the other Notre Dame ’93 gals and I. Lisa, Lisa, Suzanne, and Julie (yes, there were three Lisa’s, once.) We drank her liquor. We told stories in her living room. And then we stayed the night. Suzanne and I slept in Lisa’s bed. The bed where she died. The bed where her body was found. It should have been morbid and possibly even creepy. Maybe it should have made us uncomfortable. I wanted it to make me sad and uncomfortable. I am not sure why. It’s not like I had an absence of…
  • Flashback Friday: Welcome To Motherhood

    Kim Tracy Prince
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Kyle was born nine years ago yesterday. He nursed like it was his job. It was his job. And I was super hard core about timing him and keeping track of what side was up next, etc. Notice the badass sports watch. I was not kidding around. I look pretty blissed out in this photo, but I assure you that nursing hurt like a motherfucker at first. Ladies, if you’re reading this before or during your first days of breastfeeding and you’re wondering if you’re doing it wrong, relax. You’re probably doing it right. It just takes some getting used to. I don’t miss…
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    Momathon Blog

  • Entryway Organizing Tips

    Chris
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:49 pm
    When the kids walk in the door, the entryway quicly becomes a clutter magnet. the good news is you can make this space organized and kid-friendly with just a few stylish ideas.
  • Spring Fever in a Skiing Paradise

    Chris
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:25 am
    Breckenridge is a skier's paradise—offering terrain for all levels of skiers. Breckenridge was second-most popular ski resort in the nation last year in skier visits and right behind Vail Resort in the top of the charts spot. The newest additon to Breckenridge is Peak 6 on the far north end of the ski resort. Expanding the resort with 543 acres of new skiable terrain, the resort acreage grew by nearly 25 percent.
  • A Sunny Urban Oasis in Linden Hills

    Chris
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:57 am
    Just so everybody knows... It's March and it's not warm and sunny in Minneapolis today. But I found this photo taken during much warmer days and decided I needed to talk about this sweet and sunny shop. I've posted about...
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    Love That Max: Special Needs Blog

  • What goes around comes around in our special needs community

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:40 am
    Five years ago, a friend I met through this blog let me know that Duke University had stem cell clinical trials for kids with cerebral palsy. She had a child with special needs, too, and she'd gone to an informational meeting at John Hopkins about stem cell therapy for children with disabilities. She thought I should know about what was happening at Duke. "I picked up an extra packet at the conference for you... It has a lot of info that may interest you!" she wrote.I got in touch with the Duke University doctor in charge of the stem cell program, Joanne Kurtzberg, M.D. A few months later,…
  • Does the punishment fit the crime for this bully?

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:40 am
    One thing's for sure: South Euclid, Ohio resident Edmond Aviv has issues. Court records say the 62-year-old harassed his neighbors, the Purghs, for 15 years, as reported in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The family has two adult children with developmental disabilities, cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and a paralyzed son; the husband has dementia. Records indicate that, after suing the family in 2010 because he was annoyed by the smell of fabric softener coming from their dryer vent, he dumped fabric softener on their lawn. He also had a fan blow kerosene fumes onto their property. Mom Sandra…
  • Why this night was different than all other nights

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:40 am
    We celebrated Passover last night, momentous because Max sat through the seder (the traditional dinner) for the first time, and because I only had to go on Facebook twice to ask for advice about cooking brisket (consensus: I needed to cook it for an hour more).During the seder, the youngest child asks The Four Questions—really, four answers to one question, which is "Why is this night different than all other nights?" The answers go on to detail what's special about Passover, including the fact that we eat matzo (flat, unleavened bread), not bread.But last night, there were five answers:…
 
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  • Rome!

    Marinka
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    I’m in Rome. I’m sorry I didn’t tell you, but I thought if I did, you’d get all clingy and start dropping hints about how you love Rome/always wanted to go and/or have a Prada purse. So I took the easy way out and snuck out behind your back, without alerting you. And there’s nothing that you can do about it. You don’t get a say. I’m here with my daughter, who’s sort of the perfect traveling companion. We’re very gelato-compatible–it’s like I birthed her or something. I’m working on a post (tentative title: Meaning of…
  • Better

    Marinka
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:48 pm
    If it’s true that it’s better to be lucky than smart, then I have it made. Because when the trailer for the American Blogger documentary came out earlier this week, I had friends who contacted me to spoof it. And I’m smart enough to jump on it. Enjoy: Thanks to Neil, who always has the best ideas. And more news! I’m very braggy because I was asked to contribute to a new humor collection, Moms are Nuts. My essay is about some of Mama’s eccentricities, and even though I obtained Mama’s permission before writing it, I wasn’t able to get them to change…
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    chefdruck.com

  • Navigating the Daunting Jungle of Luxury Oven Brands: Going Beyond Viking and Wolf to the Realm of Open Burner Ranges

    chefdruck
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    As soon as Steve and I decided to renovate our kitchen, I started dreaming about luxury stoves. After years of jealously running my hands along friends’ sleek Viking stovetops, it was finally my turn to pilot one of these gorgeous machines. But taking the plunge on my dream luxury stove has been more overwhelming than buying a new car. In the last month and half, I’ve fallen in love, hard, over and over again, only to fall out of love, like a jilted lover, reading about my crush’s bad behavior on passionate Houzz, Garden Web, and Chowhound discussion boards. Choosing the…
  • Homemade Chopped Liver with Golden Raisins and Hard Boiled Eggs

    chefdruck
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:33 pm
    The lack of love given to chopped liver has always mystified me. How can something so good get so little respect? What is it… CHOPPED LIVER???? Yes, the word LIVAH isn’t the sexiest around and the brown mousse could be more appealing, but you shouldn’t be shallow and judge chopped liver on looks and name alone. The combination of hard boiled eggs, sweet raisins, and chicken livers slow sautéed with sweet onions, balsamic vinegar and gewurtzaminer is heaven on a cracker. This recipe takes some time and love, slowly sauteeing the onion to coax out its sweetness then layering…
  • a Delicious Dive into the Core of Ben and Jerry’s Headquarters

    chefdruck
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Before we dive into the details of my time at Ben and Jerry’s Headquarters, jump in your car and make your way to the nearest Ben and Jerry’s store. It’s free cone day today! In my six years of blogging, I’ve had my share of amazing invites. Being invited to spend three days at the Ben and Jerry’s headquarters in Burlington, Vermont was definitely the sweetest of them all. Ben and Jerry’s Factory Flavor Graveyard – which ones do you mourn? In addition to eating mountains of ice cream and meeting Ben and Jerry’s executives (who are as liberal and…
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    A Modern Mother

  • Wales: Going down a coal mine, literally

    Susanna
    21 Mar 2014 | 11:56 pm
      Visit Wales sent the Modern Family to The Valleys to see what they could discover and learn. A part of the trip, we stopped by Blaenavon, a World Heritage Site which is the birthplace of the industrial revolution. A living historical jewel, Blaenvaon offers several places to visit (see list below). But the absolute MUST […] The post Wales: Going down a coal mine, literally appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • Wales: Learning to fish in The Valleys

    Susanna
    14 Mar 2014 | 11:37 pm
      Drive through a housing estate in the Cwmcarn Valley, and you suddenly enter a magical forested area. Once a colliery, the Cwmcarn Forest has reinvented itself as an outdoor adventure playground that offers extreme mountain biking, fishing, walking and glamping in pod-like wood cabins. There’s something for just about everyone, including a STUNNING drive through […] The post Wales: Learning to fish in The Valleys appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • What do kids really learn from a family holiday?

    Susanna
    24 Feb 2014 | 7:22 am
    When I was a young urban professional (remember yuppies?) holidays were all about getting away from the stress of work life.  Warm destinations with swimming pools were popular. So were snowy havens with lots of sporty options. Sometimes there was a bit of office one-upmanship (wouldn’t it be cool to go to INSERT SWANKY DESTINATION). […] The post What do kids really learn from a family holiday? 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

  • American Museum of Natural History Easy Readers

    Shera
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:06 am
    As I mentioned in my last book review, my youngest two sons are struggling readers. When I hand them a book to read they typically groan and trudge through it with difficulty and frustration. I love books that hit on a child’s interests to help keep them engaged even when the words might be a little difficult. These types of books tend to help keep children engaged, focused on finding out what it says and cause less frustration. Any time I find books that fit this criteria, I am one very happy mom! Sterling Children’s Books sent me a copy of World’s Fastest…
  • Puddle Pug by Kim Norman

    Shera
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    I love books, always have and always will. Sadly, I cannot say the same for any of my 6 sons. Not one of them enjoys sitting down and reading, every single one of them finds it a mundane and boring task. That’s what I get for creating 6 very energetic, athletic and on-the-go, cannot sit still children. In an ongoing effort to help my younger ones enjoy reading, I am constantly searching for fun books that are both entertaining family reads as well as interesting beginner books to help my struggling to read kiddos. So when Sterling Children’s Books offered to send me a review copy…
  • In the Midst of Devastation

    Shera
    26 Mar 2014 | 1:24 pm
    I often find myself in a quiet state of pondering this week. Since the mudslide in the Oso/Arlington area of Washington state last Saturday, thoughts have been heavy. We do not live in that community specifically, but still, a sense of heaviness and thoughtfulness has settled over so many of us who live even remotely near the small, now devastated area. The days drone on with an overwhelming sense of heartbreak as the chances of rescue dwindle and the official death toll rises. In an instant on an otherwise serene Saturday morning, so many local families’ lives were changed forever. As…
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  • Weekly Photo Journal Process

    Persnickety Mama
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Thought I would share my photo journal process on the blog today! With all the photos that I take with my phone | camera I always struggle with actually printing any off, so they sit on my computer, never to be seen again. Recently I decided to try and do a scrapbook/photo page a week to try and use some of the photos, but also add a journal aspect to try and help my feeble mind to remember everything we get up to in a week. This is the process that I use to put it together! Selecting my fave photos from the week and write up my journalling card. Choose paper and some embellishments... Do you…
  • display your kids art!

    Bridget Berliner
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:17 pm
    here is what i did this morning---i found these great peel and stick frames on amazon and put my sons art inside them---the refrigerator was becoming overloaded! i like the outcome and think i will order more and make our entire hallway a living exhibit that i will rotate throughout the year.
  • Blog post re:product review

    Teresa Kelly
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    A new product review is now on my website at http://bitly.com/1r2nTBM.  I hope it's useful if you're in the market for an essential oil diffuser.  Leave a comment if you've found another brand that works well!
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    My Mom's Blog by Thoroughly Modern Millie

  • MY ADVENTURES ON THE TOWN

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Do you remember the 1944 musical "On The Town?" Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Jules Munshin perform as three sailors who have a 24 hour leave in New York. They somehow manage to find love and incredible adventure in the Big Apple.I thought of that movie because I recently had two adventures on the town. It's just about a month since I had my surgery and I haven't done much of anything except eat, drink and not be merry. The healing process takes a lot longer than 24 hours so, no exciting adventures for me.BUT I must tell you that I did have some exciting experiences("loosely…
  • Mad Men is Back and My Mom Can Relate

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    Hi, Steve here. My mom was going to make a post about Mad Men being back for a new season, but she was underwhelmed with the new episode. More: ‘Mad Men’ Enlists the Graphics Guru Milton GlaserWe'd talked about the photos we were going to use to illustrate her Mad Men post, and they are too good to leave on the cutting room floor. So here they are:Mom and Dad, Mad Men Style.Me and Mom when I was 1. 70's Mom.Me and mom, 2014.
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY RONNI

    6 Apr 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Today happens to be April 7.It's a special day for one of thee most special, talented, knowledgeable, humorous, thoughtful, caring and good looking bloggers in the world. That happens to be my opinion, but anyone who reads Ronni's blog, "Time Goes By" will surely agree with me.As far as "good looking", just take a look at this photo of "sparkling Ronni!"Whatever you are doing Ronni, keep on doing it. Wishing you much happiness and joy today and all year long!
 
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    Mom Spark

  • How to Make Cake Pops with Your Kids – A Video Tutorial

    Mom Spark
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:56 pm
    This post is sponsored by Bounty. Coined by my husband as “heaven balls,” cake pops have become quite a staple in the Bellgardt household. Whenever there is a special birthday, event or celebration, you can bet that I’ll be in the kitchen rolling and dipping cake pops. Fortunately, I have a 6 year-old cake pop helper who is a master of scooping and dipping “heaven balls.” He’s also a total dreamboat. Just take a look. Have you ever made cake pops before? If not, check out the recipe below! LEMON CAKE POPS INGREDIENTS & TOOLS 1 lemon cake (made from store-purchased cake mix) To…
  • Apple MacBook Pro Laptop GIVEAWAY!

    Mom Spark
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Mom Spark has teamed up with Pretty My Party, Food Folks and Fun, Gimmie Freebies and an amazing group of blogs and businesses to bring you the Apple MacBook Pro Laptop Giveaway! PLEASE USE THE RAFFLECOPTER FORM BELOW TO ENTER The more entries you complete on the Rafflecopter form, the higher your chances are of winning. If you don’t have time to fill out all of the entries you may come back and complete any entries that you may have missed. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway Thank you to our sponsors for making this giveaway possible. You can see the entire list of sponsors on the…
  • Try Dollar Tree for Inexpensive Summer Fun! #DTSummerFun

    Mom Spark
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dollar Tree via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine. Have you ever had that feeling, in the middle of winter, where you really can’t quite remember what it’s like to have the summer sun beating down on you? The idea of wearing anything but boots and a parka seems completely foreign, and you start to convince yourself that the snow will NEVER EVER MELT? This year has definitely felt like that… up until just recently, when the hints of springtime began to take over, reminding me once again that PERHAPS if…
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    Moomettes Magnificents

  • Here Comes Peter Cottontail | Healthy Easter Basket Ideas | Gift Ideas for Kids

    Moomettes
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:15 am
    Easter baskets don’t have to be full of chocolate and peeps. Here are some great ideas that will fill your Easter basket without all the extra fat and sugar.Here Comes Peter Cottontail | Healthy Easter Basket Ideas | Gift Ideas for Kids is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Web Hosting Checklist for Moms | Reliable Web Hosting Services | Blogging Tips

    Moomettes
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Web Hosting Checklist for Moms: This Decision Can Make or Break your Business, affordable web hosting for work at home moms, mom bloggers and ecommerce sitesWeb Hosting Checklist for Moms | Reliable Web Hosting Services | Blogging Tips is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • eBay Sellers | Do the Auction Bump for Extra Exposure for Sales!

    Moomettes
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    eBay Auction Bump Sites Here’s a tip I’d like to pass along to help your sales and get some FREE ADVERTISING.  Online Shopping is going to be very popular this year, given the exhorbitent cost of gas, and many people are going to be looking for ways to stretch their hard-earned dollars. When you go ...eBay Sellers | Do the Auction Bump for Extra Exposure for Sales! is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
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    Bizzie Living

  • Can You Help Your Computer Live Forever?

    Bizzie Guest
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:14 pm
    You spent a lot of time and money putting together your dream computer. You spent hours researching your cards and connections. You spent a ton of money on extra RAM and the best processor on the market. You want your “baby” to live forever. So, what can you do to make that happen? 1. Secure It A recent blog post on the Trend Micro Internet security site points out that we are almost completely dependent upon the Internet and web based services to live our daily lives. This makes us incredibly vulnerable. Think about it for a second: how much would your life change if you suddenly…
  • March Words to Live By

    Stephanie Elie
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:22 am
  • A Mother’s Day Wishlist

    Bizzie Guest
    11 Mar 2014 | 7:58 am
    Mother’s Day is on May 11, which means that it’s time to start thinking about what you want on your Mother’s Day wishlist this year. Brunch with the kids is great, but sometimes you may feel like you want something that shows a little more… appreciation. With that in mind, here is a Mother’s Day Wishlist crafted just for you. If there’s something on it that you like, make sure to let your family know before the big day! A spa day This one is pretty obvious; after brunch with the fam and that bouquet of flowers your kids picked out of the yard, a spa day is…
 
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    Moomettes Magnificents

  • Here Comes Peter Cottontail | Healthy Easter Basket Ideas | Gift Ideas for Kids

    Moomettes
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:15 am
    Easter baskets don’t have to be full of chocolate and peeps. Here are some great ideas that will fill your Easter basket without all the extra fat and sugar.Here Comes Peter Cottontail | Healthy Easter Basket Ideas | Gift Ideas for Kids is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Web Hosting Checklist for Moms | Reliable Web Hosting Services | Blogging Tips

    Moomettes
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Web Hosting Checklist for Moms: This Decision Can Make or Break your Business, affordable web hosting for work at home moms, mom bloggers and ecommerce sitesWeb Hosting Checklist for Moms | Reliable Web Hosting Services | Blogging Tips is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • eBay Sellers | Do the Auction Bump for Extra Exposure for Sales!

    Moomettes
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    eBay Auction Bump Sites Here’s a tip I’d like to pass along to help your sales and get some FREE ADVERTISING.  Online Shopping is going to be very popular this year, given the exhorbitent cost of gas, and many people are going to be looking for ways to stretch their hard-earned dollars. When you go ...eBay Sellers | Do the Auction Bump for Extra Exposure for Sales! is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
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    Mommie911 Blog

  • Parenting Is a Balancing Act

    mommie9
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony. Thomas Merton You have to determine the appropriate actions to take when your child breaks the rules.  Will you first give a warning for misbehavior, and the next time a consequence?  It is best to know what the process [...]
  • DIY Bunny Candy Container Craft

    mommie9
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    As soon as Spring arrives, we are always in search of some Bunny fun.  We love to make crafts that remind us of Spring and bunnies sure do that for us.  This adorable craft uses recycled coffee creamer containers.  Just follow our simple directions and you will have some bunnies in no time.  These candy [...]
  • Yummy Bunny Crepes Recipe

    mommie9
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
      What a fun Easter morning breakfast !  Or make these for dessert!  Turn your favorite filled crepes into Bunnies for Easter.  They’re easy to make and fun to eat. We actually plan to serve these for one of our Easter brunch surprises on Easter morning. This is a kid-friendly food that you can make [...]
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    Jendi's Journal

  • The Shepherd’s Song By Duffey & Meyers | Book Review

    Jendi
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    The idea of this book intrigued me because of the way that the written Word is the central part of the story. I love to stick tracts here and there as I go places. I never know if they help anyone, but I have faith that if I put the Word out there the Lord will handle the rest. The Shepherd’s Song: A Story of Second Chances is a collection of short stories that work through Psalm 23. [I really wish that they would have used the King James Version for the Psalm.] Each story focuses on 1 phrase of the psalm; and many have a connection to sheep. Some of the short stories are reminiscent of…
  • Tide And Tempest By Elizabeth Ludwig | Book Review

    Jendi
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    Tide and Tempest is book three in the Edge of Freedom series by Elizabeth Ludwig; but I enjoyed it even though it’s the only one of the series that I have read. I could tell where the characters from the other stories interacted with this story. If I read book 1 or 2 I’ll know a general outcome, but most of the time I figure that out anyway. It did seem a bit slow to get started but everything gets set up just so for the climax. The main gist of the story is about finding a murderer and not getting killed; the romance is almost the subplot. There is quite a bit of violence and…
  • April Showers|Cover Song

    Jendi
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    This song was published in 1921 for a Broadway show and first made popular by Al Jolson. The tune is by Louis Silvers and the lyrics are by B. G. DeSylva. It has been recorded by many artists since then, and it seemed appropriate to use it this time of year!
 
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    Resourceful Mommy

  • Doozers Twitter Party

    Amy
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:11 pm
      Preschoolers are busy and creative little people, but sometimes there’s nothing better than getting them to snuggle up on the couch and watch a favorite show. We’re excited to help Hulu launch a fantastic new series for preschoolers! The Doozers are just as busy and creative as our own preschoolers, so they are sure to become a favorite! Doozers is the first Hulu Original for kids! The CGI animated preschool series comes from The Jim Henson Company (Dinosaur Train, Sid the Science Kid) and DHX Media (Yo Gabba Gabba, SuperWHY!). Watch Doozers on Hulu at http://hulu.tv/f7f beginning…
  • Treat Mother’s Day Twitter and Pinning Party

    Amy
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Mother’s Day is one of our favorite times of year, giving us the opportunity to celebrate some of the most amazing people in the world. We all want to make the day special for all of the women who have an impact on our lives. Treat Cards offers amazing personalized cards and gifts, the perfect way to show your appreciation for the special people in your life. Please join us for an updated Twitter and Pinning Party combo as we celebrate Mother’s Day with Treat Cards! How to Participate: We want this to be easy and more importantly – fun!  The only requirement to participate and be…
  • #FlatoutLuvsHungryGirl Twitter Party

    Amy
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am
    Spring makes everything so fresh and new, so it’s only natural to want to freshen up your diet, your food and your outlook on life! Fresh foods, warmer days and the promise of summer just around the corner are simply inspiring! Flatout and Hungry Girl have teamed up to help you on your way to a fresh, new you this spring. With great new recipes, tips, and a jump-start plan for looking and feeling your best from the new book The Hungry Girl Diet and Hungry Girl Flatout Fold-Its, you can get a fresh start to a healthier you!   Lisa Lillien, @HungryGirl herself, will be joining us…
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    Mom Fuse

  • 2014 Mother’s Day Gift Guide: New and Expecting Moms

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: 2014 Mother’s Day Gift Guide: New and Expecting Moms Mother’s Day for both new moms and expecting moms can be a very exciting and rewarding day. Whether they’re expectant moms getting ready for their little one to arrive or new mothers who are experiencing all the joys of parenthood we’ve found some pretty cool gifts any new or expecting mom will enjoy. 1.  2.3. [...] Mom Fuse - For Moms. By Moms.
  • 2014 Mothers Day Gift Guide: Fashionista Moms

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: 2014 Mothers Day Gift Guide: Fashionista Moms Someone once said fashion and motherhood just “go together” and we believe that just because you’re a mom doesn’t mean you can’t look fashionable while doing it! Here’s our top picks for the fashionista mom. 1. 2. 3. 4.5.6.   1. Darby’s ($25) – If mom is looking to add some “pop” to her wardrobe [...] Mom Fuse - For Moms. By Moms.
  • The Ultimate Blog Party 2014 #UBP14

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: The Ultimate Blog Party 2014 #UBP14 If this is your first time visiting Mom Fuse welcome and I am so happy to have you here! So if you’re new let me formally introduce myself, if you’ve stopped by before welcome back! My name is Jessica. I am a mother to 5 year old twins, wife, and animal lover. Well it’s been [...] Mom Fuse - For Moms. By Moms.
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    Hip Mama's Place

  • *HOT* Deal from York Photo: Custom Travel Mug Only $8.99 Shipped + 40 FREE 4x6 Photo Prints (New Customers Only)

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:04 am
    Looking for a great gift that won't break the bank?  Then, you'll love this hot new deal from York Photo! Now through 4/27/14, if you are a new York Photo customer, you can get a custom Photo Travel Mug for just $3 (a $13.99 savings!) when you use coupon code TRAVELFAST. You’ll need to pay shipping of $5.99 for the mug.  Plus, as a new customer, you are also entitled to get 40 FREE 4×6 prints! These would be perfect as a Mother’s or Father’s Day gift!  Limit 1 mug offer per new customer.Don't miss out on the latest fab deals, cool freebies, high value coupons,…
  • FREE Better Homes and Gardens Magazine For A Year!

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:34 am
    This free magazine offer is available again, if you missed it last time! For a limited time, you canrequest a FREE One Year subscription (12 issues) to Better Homes and Gardens magazine, courtesy of Freebizmag. There is no credit card info required when you sign up and you will never receive a bill. No strings attached! :) Don't miss out on the latest fab deals, cool freebies, high value coupons, fun giveaways, sweepstakes and more! Subscribe to the Hip Mama's Place email newsletter, Hip Mama's Place feed reader, or simply "Like" Hip Mama's Place on Facebook and/or follow Hip Mama's…
  • Pep Boys: FREE Rain-X Glass Cleaner & Wheel Cleaner Wipes Valued Up To $13.99 (After Mail-In Rebate)

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:16 am
    Here’s a great deal at Pep Boys to help Spring clean your car! :)  You can pick up the NEW Rain-X 2-in-1 Glass Cleaner Rain Repellent Wipes or NEW Black Magic Wheel Cleaner Wipes at your nearest Pep Boys before April 21st and get them totally FREE with this Try Me FREE Mail in Rebate.   The offer is valid now through 4/21/14.  You can purchase either one of the car care products at Pep Boys and you will get a rebate by mail for $6.99; or you can buy both and score a rebate check by mail for $13.99.  Be sure to call your nearest Pep Boys store to confirm their…
 
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    momdot.com

  • Finding Neighborhood Community This Easter

    trisha haas
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    For the past 6 years that I have lived in Mobile I have been trying to get my family to the local Easter Egg hunt at Bellingrath Gardens. Its this amazingly large Easter Egg hunt where all the kids trade in eggs for little prizes but more importantly its a time for my family to […]
  • Buy 3 Knorr Sides, Get 1 FREE (& Win!)

    trisha haas
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:53 pm
    There are two ways I make dinner. Taking the time to plan it or going out to eat. I have found that after a long day of chasing a 2 year old, arguing with a 9 year old on common core mathematics and stressing over the day to day cleaning, cooking is the last thing […]
  • Salt, Sugar, Flour Toddler Science Experiment

    trisha haas
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    When it comes to science, starting early shouldn’t just be a must, it should be fun. Kids are naturally curious and the household is one of the best places to encourage your kids to learn by doing. In our house I have a large spread of ages. I have a 2 year old and a […]
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    Blog By Donna

  • How Teachers Change Lives & Adopt-a-Classrooom #TeachersChangeLives #ad #CGC

    Donna Chaffins
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    In fourth grade I fell in love with my teacher. No not a crush on a male teacher, but a true admiration and respect and love for my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Curry. I loved all my previous teachers from Kindergarten through third grade, but not the same kind of love I felt for Mrs. Curry. She was the first teacher I had that really loved what she did. Being a teacher. I may have been a child, but I knew she loved being a teacher. And I loved being her student. She inspired me so much that I wanted to be a teacher. I did go on to get my degree in education. Although I never took an actual…
  • How to Spend Smart for a Brighter Financial Future

    Donna Chaffins
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    Everyone who knows me, knows I’m frugal. I try to save what I can, and I like to think of myself as a smart shopper. Spending money is easy. Too easy. But if you have to spend or want to spend, it takes a little more work to do it smartly. To spend money smart it takes: Information – Know what your finances are. Keep track of your banking accounts and do research before you shop, especially if you’re shopping for big items. Motivation – Sit down and make a budget and always pay yourself first. It will be motivating to know you’re putting yourself first. Even if…
  • Make Your Life Easier with Target Pharmacy and $50 Target Giveaway #TargetSponsored

    Donna Chaffins
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours. I will only endorse companies, products and services that I believe, based on my own experiences, are worthy of endorsement. My friends and I were talking around Christmas about how we all shopped at Target at least once a week. I know I’m a regular at Target. I have spent hours at a time in Target on many occasions. I enjoy shopping for gifts, household items, clothing, electronics and even grocery shopping and getting our prescriptions filled at Target. I’m a busy…
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    STYLEMOM

  • New Online Shopping Destination The Collecte has Launched!

    Tayelor Kennedy
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    Online shopping has a new star.  The Collecte is fast becoming the online shopping destination for home decorating enthusiast and fashionista’s! If you’re looking for a unique piece of art or jewelry look here: http://thecollecte.com.  The designers that you’ll find are a warm mix of our global landscape.  They come from various walks of life sharing their creative prescriptive on life with us. Take a look around The Collecte.  The jewelry, clothing and artwork are quality pieces that you will...
  • The Summer Essential Collection from New York Fashion Designer Yunes Swathe

    Tayelor Kennedy
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:46 pm
    The spring and summer collection from Yunes Swathe is a collection that resembles the classics of the late graceful Audrey Hepburn.  Fashion designer Ingrid Hernandez,  made it easy to go from the boardroom to dinner with the swap of shoes, jewelry and lip color.  Having a few key pieces in your closet will take you through the entire work and wedding season. Ingrid Hernandez is the creative mind behind the Yunes Swathe collection.  Hernandez, a financial professional turned fashion designer...
  • Vancouver Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014: Opening Gala Recap

    Tayelor Kennedy
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:47 pm
    VANCOUVER FASHION WEEK’S FALL/WINTER 2014 COLLECTIONS, PRESENTED BY COVERGIRL, PANTENE AND OLAY, STARTS OFF WITH A TEASER OF DESIGNERS’ COLLECTIONS AT THE OPENING GALA Photo credit: MJ Kim Whoever said there’s no diversity on the runway has never been to Vancouver Fashion Week. Tuesday’s Opening Gala was a celebration of ethnic and stylistic diversity. From flamenco dancers to classical pianists,designers from Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, with models short, tall, and of all ethnicities, the Fall/Winter 2014...
 
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    High Impact Mom

  • Marvel’s "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" Serves Up HOT Action

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

    Amanda
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:14 am
    Although the historical origins of April Fools’ Day are uncertain, one thing is clear – children love this annual day of silly pranks and jokes.   In addition to the pure fun of telling jokes, the experts at Kiddie Academy point out the educational benefits of exercising your family’s funny bone year-round. "When children tell jokes, they are actually playing with language and vocabulary, making associations between words and concepts.  This is an important component of literacy education," says Richard Peterson, vice president of education, Kiddie…
  • Avoid Dirty Dozen vegetables and load up on the Clean 15

    Amanda
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Does your family eat organically? Or are you thinking about eating more organically in the future, but aren’t sure you can afford it?  Yeah, we’re the same way. While I can’t afford to buy the organic choice every time, I do make it a priority to purchase the items listed on the EWG’s (Environmental Working Group) Dirty Dozen shopper’s guide in organic form.  For my family that means making grocery priority adjustments for the items my family uses the most and forgoing some items all together when I can’t find them organically. We also make a concentrated…
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    The Mama Bee

  • Why do men dominate “women’s work”?

    Mama Bee
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Last week The Atlantic reported on a study that indicates male babysitters are paid at a higher rate than female sitters, even though babysitting has traditionally been “women’s work”. Theoretically women, as a group, should have developed expertise and networks over the years that would lead to higher pay as sitters. I’m not talking about comparing one individual’s qualifications or salary to another’s — I’m talking about statistics. Statistically men, who have dominated financial services for centuries, make more in that industry; women should have the same advantage in…
  • Our Mentors Have Forsaken Us

    Mama Bee
    27 Sep 2012 | 7:33 pm
    I’m getting tired of hearing from executive and former executive women with grown children who have suddenly come to the realization that having a fulfilling career and a family is hard.  Recently these women have talked down to today’s working mothers, letting us know once and for all that we can’t “have it all”, that we shouldn’t strive for “perfection”, and that they wouldn’t recommend their daughters follow the same path. Thanks for the tips. Let me put fears to rest.  Today’s working mothers are under no illusions.  We know…
  • All Choices Are Not Made Equal

    Mama Bee
    23 Jul 2012 | 6:04 pm
    In Gayle Lemmon’s recent Atlantic post about Marissa Mayer, Lemmon quotes an aunt as once telling her “never import other people’s limitations.”  I was reminded of this reading New York Times health columnist Jane Brody’s piece today The Ideal and the Real of Breast-feeding, in which she argues that the “breast is best” campaign is making women, particularly working women, feel profoundly guilty. First let’s acknowledge that breast-feeding is very hard, regardless of whether you work or not, and some women are better off not doing it for…
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    A Lil' Welsh Rarebit

  • Team NOLAs trip in pictures

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:40 pm
    So, we took a few pictures on our trip to New Orleans. Here they are. Captions are below the photos.Me, Missy and Col leaving my house for the Big Easy.Us drinking at the airport...waiting and waiting for our flight, which was like 7 zillion hours delayed.Going a little crazy waiting for to board the plane. Thank god for the Ben and Jerrys kiosk!We're on the plane finally!Just some of the gear I was given and I bought at the expo.Self explanatory. We got matching shirts that said "Tri Like a Girl", oh yes we did!I left a little bit of room to sleep on my bed...The night before the race…
  • My Ironman New Orleans 65.3 Race Report

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    So, I didn't become a Half Ironman in New Orleans. I was disqualified for being too slow. Exhaustion set in on the bike and I just didn't have it in me to keep up the required pace on the run. I completed 65.3 miles of the 70.3 distance. That's the short version. Here's the whole story:SWIMMy Team NOLA teammates and I were in the 15th of 15 swim waves. The race course officially closed 8 hours after the last swimmer jumped in the water. So, the swimmers in all the waves before us had up to an hour longer than us to finish the race. Why they put the oldest women in the last wave is just beyond…
  • The Love Run

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:13 am
    This is the first official race photo of myself I've ever purchased. I love it. That's Dawn next to me with the hood over her visor. This race meant so much to me -and to have a picture of me around mile 6, capturing my enthusiasm for the day, is just priceless to me. :)
 
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    Underwear in Our Kitchen

  • Circle of Life on an Airplane

    Jena
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:07 am
    Check out this awesome video of the Disney Broadway cast of the Lion King singing the Circle of Life to passengers of a plane. Cecelia and I will have to come up with comparable entertainment when we head to Walt Disney World next month for my Disney Wedding Planning session/runDisney Expedition Everest challenge. We sing like ANGELS. Enjoy! The post Circle of Life on an Airplane appeared first on Underwear in Our Kitchen.
  • Top 5 Reasons Netflix Rocks

    Cecelia
    29 Mar 2014 | 1:49 pm
    This post is brought to you by Netflix.  As mentioned previously, I’ve recently become re-acquainted with Netflix and am more of a fan than ever. The kids have been introduced to new shows such as How Stuff Works and  Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I’ve been attempting to influence my children to be Star Wars fans for years so this is a perfect way to ingrain them. But there are plenty of other reasons why Netflix rocks: 1. The kids can access movies on their iPads. Movies take up a ton of space on the iPad; now that they each have their own profiles they are able to log in and…
  • Top 5 Apps I Couldn’t Live Without

    Cecelia
    16 Mar 2014 | 1:43 am
    #1 Feedly Rather than having to go out looking for your favorite education articles, Game of Thrones news, ADHD updates or just about any topic in the world you like to read about, Feedly brings the content to you. Just search or add a URL, and as long as the website has a blog (RSS) component, it will now be included in your “feed.” Available for Chrome, Android & iPhone/iPad 2. USA Today While we’re on the topic of getting news, my day would not be complete with this fantastically designed app. With tabs for news, life (celebrities!), travel and more, it’s my…
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    Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen

  • A Recipe for White Bean & Roasted Garlic Dip, and an Afternoon Eating Vegetables with Kids Cooking Green {Part 1}

    Liz
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:42 pm
    In 2007, Lori Deliso and Liza Connolly, two Lexington, MA moms concerned about the lack of “real” foods in kids’ diets and the desire to teach children about the benefits of eating locally and sustainably, cooked up a five week after-school program called, Kids Cooking Green. I joined the team along with two other dietitians to teach nutrition, and over the years, it’s been exciting to see the program expand to other communities in the Boston area. When you water and nourish a plant it grows, and so has KCG. Encouraging kids to try new vegetables can often be as simple…
  • A Recipe for Japanese Sesame Slaw and Busting Myths about Canola Oil, PLUS: A Giveaway for a Cherry Wood Salad Bowl and OXO Salad Shaker {Podcast #242}

    The Meal Makeover Moms
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:22 pm
    On this week’s Cooking with the Moms radio podcast, we shared some amazing emails from listeners including a note from Lori, a mom of two kids ages 10 and seven, who uses our Recipe Reviewer Chart to entice them to try new foods. Lori had this to say: “My son, especially, dislikes trying new foods. This chart worked like a charm. He was actually eager to try new foods and even decided he liked some of them. Miracle! For the first round, I opted to make the incentive prize worthwhile. $10 cash. Did you notice the Peanut Butter Power Cookies? They both loved those.” For those…
  • A Vegetarian, Kid-Pleasing Recipe for Goat Cheese Pistachio Pizza!

    Liz
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been a foodie. I can still taste my Nana’s lemon sponge cake at Thanksgiving, my mom’s baked ziti, and the cheese pizza from our local pizza place in New Rochelle, NY, which, by the way, cost just 25 cents a slice back in the 60s and 70s! Fast forward to today and things are clearly more expensive, but they’re also much more varied. Take that slice of cheese pizza for example. Back “in the day,” I never would have imagined a pizza topped with goat cheese, pistachios, honey, and red onions, but that’s exactly…
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    Uppercase Woman

  • Today Is An Impossible Day (sort of)

    Cecily Kellogg
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:47 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.
  • Recovery, Again

    Cecily Kellogg
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:21 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.
  • Supaman

    Cecily Kellogg
    30 Mar 2014 | 11:00 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!

  • Giveaways Galore {4/17/14}

    Felicia
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Make sure to check out the Giveaway Linky List to promote your giveaways on other blogs! Make sure to link up at Jolly Mom as well! 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 (3385)
  • Wordless Wednesday: First game of the season…

    Felicia
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:06 pm
    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 (3385)
  • What Has Your Mom Inspired? #eBayMom

    Felicia
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:39 pm
    When you think about all you are as a mom and who made you that way I’m sure your mind probably goes to a few key people that molded you.  Even if you don’t have a mother, there was likely someone in your life that was a mentor and helped shape who you are today. I am so fortunate to have the mother that was given to me.  She is lively, funny, creative and always up to something.  My mother is a woman who is always on the go!  She has wonderful ideas and (even though she would tell you differently) has quite a bit of energy.  If you ever have a crafting or sewing emergency…
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    Peapod Squad Stuff

  • No Makeup Selfies for a Cause: I’m Joining the Conversation

    Monica
    29 Mar 2014 | 8:51 am
    For days now I’ve seen these no makeup selfies posted on social media accounts. “Post a no makeup selfie for breast cancer awareness” they say. And kind-hearted women who desperately want to do SOMETHING to help jump on the bandwagon. So they wash the layers of pretty paint off and post a picture of themselves feeling somewhat vulnerable. And I suppose there really is a tiny degree of bravery in that, because sadly our society doesn’t fawn over our plain-faced selves. Now before I say anything else, I want to be completely clear. The women I’ve seen posting these…
  • Same but Different

    Monica
    5 Apr 2013 | 7:39 am
    People are always asking me if the triplets are a lot alike. Well, yes, as much so as any siblings would be. And obviously, Split and Snap look just alike. But they each have their own personalities, their own ways of looking at and processing the world around them, their own ways of responding to one another and the rest of us. Today I was watching them playing with Legos, and I was immediately intrigued by the differences in how they play with these brightly-colored little building blocks. Split is very meticulous with his. He’s all about the process. It can’t just look like a…
  • In Memoriam: Ms. Betty

    Monica
    27 Mar 2013 | 6:46 pm
    I still remember the day Anne said, “Hey, I’ve got someone I’d love for you to meet. Can I bring my friend over for lunch one day? She helped take care of triplets in NY and could really be a great resource for you.” You met me when I was terrified, bearing within me three of God’s most precious gifts to me. You made me smile immediately. You made me feel like you’d been part of my life forever. My babies came. You rocked them. You changed them. You fed them. You played with them. And everyone saw how well you cared for them. But I also know how you cared…
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    My Mommy Manual (For the Journey)

  • Taking Love Off The Line

    Zen Mommy
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    Why? Why must we continue to discipline our children from a place of fear? of distant authority? of the sort of not-enoughness that soooo many of us were raised in? .... In the words you use. In the actions you take. Tell your child. Your love is theirs. Unconditionally. It just IS.
  • You Know You Are A Parent When…

    Zen Mommy
    19 Feb 2014 | 7:16 am
    (The truth is always funnier than anything we could possibly make up.) Embracing the little moments of this day (the messy, imperfect and oh so sweet little moments of life with little ones...) with you.
  • Embrace the Chaos

    Zen Mommy
    10 Dec 2013 | 10:01 am
    When motherhood offers up the unexpected there is really only one thing left to do. Embrace it.
 
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    Rock And Drool

  • Happy

    admin
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:01 pm
    For much of my life I had a lot of starting. With just as much stopping. Maybe it could have been blamed on ADD. Maybe not. Maybe it was fear. Maybe laziness. Maybe what I would start just wasn’t the right thing for me. I always began with gusto bordering on OCD. I would throw myself into something and think that it would be my niche. The one thing I could do that would help produce some sort of income for my family. The one thing I could do that would make me happy. When that didn’t happen, I would give up. You see, I always had this expectation that I would be wealthy. Not that…
  • Painfully Bittersweet Zit

    admin
    14 Mar 2014 | 6:51 am
    I’ve been pretty much banned from writing about the teenager people in my family. I won’t mention names, they know who they are. I’ve also been pretty much banned from writing about the husband person in my family. Again, no names, the guilty party has to live with his guilt. I do have one victim left in this house. He’s 10. He knows I blog, he knows what a blog is, but he doesn’t know REALLY what I write about. In fact, he’s quite oblivious. In a cute way, of course. I started this blog back when my youngest was around 3. Well, not THIS blog…but…
  • Ban “Bossy”?

    admin
    12 Mar 2014 | 11:11 am
    There is this…um…ridiculous new movement taking the world by storm. It’s called BanBossy and what it is basically for is, well…to do away with using the term ‘bossy’ when describing girls. Or women. If you’re shrugging your shoulders trying to understand the point, know that it’s my same reaction. See, I’m of the mindset where, if you don’t like a word, you just don’t use it. And to try to ban a word like BOSSY? It’s a freaking waste of time. How about setting up a DOT COM to ban hate words like the N word. Or how about…
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    harassedmom.co.za

  • The one where I am honest!

    LauraKim
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    My friend Julia checks in with me now and then. She often specifically asks me “How are you doing?” – knowing Julia well enough to know she isn’t looking for the standard “I am fine” answer. She is asking how I am really doing and she is probably the one person I have admitted to that it is not really fine. I know it may sound weird because Emma is nearly 9 weeks so we should be adjusted, have our routine and be more settled and I suppose we are but the last two weeks have been emotionally rough for me. Five people need me ALL.THE.TIME. FOR.EVERYTHING!
  • Dear Family

    LauraKim
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    My dear children, I birthed you all. I know you all better than you know yourself. I know when you are scared, happy, frightened and hungry. I know what makes you anxious. I know where you happy places are. I know you! I also know where you go to school, who your soccer coach is, who your dance instructor is and how you need your shoes to be tied. I know what I need to know to get you to where you need to be. What I do not know, however, is where you put your shin pads when you came back from soccer. I do not know where you put your school socks after you wore them. I do not know where your…
  • Help! My toddler has OCD

    LauraKim
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    My day started off so well this morning. Despite my washing getting wet and being 10 minutes late for Yoga it was still a great morning. Emma isn’t sleeping much during the day but she is happy to chill in her bouncy chair so I managed to get a lot done. Then Jack arrives! And my zen all goes out the flippen window. I know WHY he is acting out and that it is largely his attempt to get control but I still need some help in how to deal with it. The biggest issue right now is his shoe laces! He will only wear this pair of takkies with laces (we have tried a variety of other shoes and he…
 
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    Alpha Mom

  • Parent Truisms

    Kelcey & Wendi
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    Just like no two snowflakes are the same, no two parenting experiences are the same. However, there are certain things about the highs and lows of raising kids that seem to ring true for almost every mom and dad. We’re sure you’ll relate to at least a few of these. 1. The more time you spend preparing your children’s dinner, the less time it’ll take them to declare, “dis is ucky I want toast!” 2. If you find a forgotten sippy cup under a car seat, for the love of God, do not open it. 3. Don’t bother vacuuming your car after a road trip. It’s easier to just buy a new…
  • Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby

    Mir Kamin
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:26 am
    Recently I got into a small Facebook spat with some friends of a friend (totally my fault; sometimes I forget that the Internet is the wrong place for reasoned discourse) because I defended the placement of a beginners-guide-to-bondage-and-related-sex-play video on a government-funded, specifically-for-teens sex-ed site. Most of the people in the comment thread were outraged, and I made what I thought at the time was a fairly bland comment about knowledge being power and “if you think teenagers aren’t doing this stuff, you don’t remember what it was like to be a…
  • The Worst Support Group in the World

    Amalah
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Amalah, I need your advice. Over a year ago I had a miscarriage and joined a “support group” for …well, support. However, this group turned out to be a bunch of catty women who spent their time hating everyone and wishing ill-will on every pregnant woman they could. I became disgusted with their actions and the negative energy they gave me. I’m the kind of person who absorbs whatever energy is around me. I had hung around with them for almost a year. After breaking away from the group I became pregnant for the second time. One of the other girls in the group got…
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    Crunchy Green Mom

  • Teaching My Daughters - How to Jump start a car - March 2014

    4 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm
    This is one that I forget all the time, so having a way to remind my girls is helpful for all of us. Especially if my daughters have me, 'forgetful' memory. Lock my keys in the car? Yep. Leave the lights on? Oh yes. Have the radio on while I have my phone plugged in and playing on my laptop while sitting in the car awaiting practice to end? I am doing it now. (From The Art of Manliness:
  • Full Heart Thursday - Colorado Local: SAME Cafe

    27 Mar 2014 | 1:19 pm
    I came across a great local restaurant I had no idea existed here in Colorado. I was watching a video online (I think it was on Upworthy) and it came across as a commercial. It was for a restaurant called SAME Café. Let me tell you their motto: SAME Café’s mission of serving good food for the greater good says it all. Committed to presenting culinary delights to all who walk through the door
  • Colorado Snowmobile Tours - Spring Break ideas

    22 Mar 2014 | 8:44 am
    Colorado snow hasn't found the time nor the desire to stop this season. It's beautiful up in the mountains and all of the white powder we have had makes it even more fun. So, how about a deal in Snowmobile tours for the 2014 season. High Country Snowmobile Tours Get away from the crowds on a Colorado snowmobile vacation and create your own back country adventure. Snowmobiling is an
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    Stacy Uncorked

  • Kitty Antics: Doggy Bed Takeover

    StacyUncorked
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    When we were Basement Dwellers occupying my parents’ basement while looking for a house, a tiny little stray kitty appeared in their backyard.   Naturally we couldn’t leave the poor thing out in the cold, and adopted the scraggly little thing, who went through a few name changes (including ‘Shatner’) before his final name of […]
  • Princess Nagger Waxes Poetic: Random Tuesday Thoughts Rebel

    StacyUncorked
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I survived the Testosterone Spring Break, and everyone is back on a regular schedule – almost.  Today Princess Nagger is testing into her new school district’s Gifted Program for next year – she could have avoided the testing, since she was already pre-qualified when we transferred her into the new school district (since she’s been […]
  • Ready Set Roll in a Cop Car Sober… Look At You!

    StacyUncorked
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Well whaddaya know.  I survived Testosterone Spring Break.  Of course I didn’t get the stuff done I wanted to get done, but that’s OK,  it’s a new week, right?   Speaking of a new week, this week’s Monday’s Music Moves Me Theme is a freebie, so naturally I’m having some fun – some of the […]
 
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    The Ohana Mama

  • join me at the #imuaball

    Sarah Burns
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:15 am
    This Saturday I’ll be live Tweeting, Instagram-ing and Facebook-ing my adventures at the Imua Family Services Fantasia Ball, taking place at the Hyatt Regency in beautiful Kaanapali. (you can follow along via the hashtag #ImuaBall) I was very honored to be asked to be part of the social media team for this year’s Imua Ball. It’s not only one of, if not THE most, fancy and fashionable events on Maui every year, but it’s also for an incredibly wonderful cause that is near and dear to me as a mama. Imua Family Services is the ONLY organization focused on helping…
  • go on an adventure

    Sarah Burns
    21 Feb 2014 | 1:56 am
      It doesn’t have to be far far away. It can be the “slow” road, the longer route home from school drop off. Or the highway along the shore. It can be a stop off to watch the whales. Or a hunt for sea glass. Go on an adventure, big small, near, far, just do something different today.  Happy aloha Friday!
  • o.m.g. Girl Scout Cookies are Coming!

    Sarah Burns
    1 Feb 2014 | 11:45 am
    I’m working with Mom It Forward and the Girl Scouts of America. The following is a compensated post, however all memories and opinions are my own. :) When I was little I was a Girl Scouts of America Brownie. I wasn’t a Brownie for long and didn’t even get a uniform but for the short while that I was part of the organization I was given some pretty cool memories. I remember being able to spend time learning and having fun with some of my absolute best girlfriends. I remember taking the train up to Los Angeles to visit the Children’s museum with my troop – it…
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    BrainFoggles

  • 10 Apps for Social Good #socialgood

    Connie Roberts
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Using smart phone apps for social good is an easy way to give back to nonprofits and to make a difference. Here are 10 apps for social good: Donate a Photo Add a photo each day using this app and Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to a cause of your choice. Some examples of the nonprofits are Shot Life, Save the Children and Water.org. You can take a photo or use one from your camera roll. This is such a simple way to help others. (iPhone and Android) Charity Miles This is one of the most popular social good apps as it has won the SXSW Dewey Wilburne Interactive Award and is in the running…
  • Fight Toxins with Seventh Generation #FightToxins

    Connie Roberts
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:57 pm
    This is a sponsored post by Seventh Generation. All opinions are my own. We are bombarded with toxins, poisonous substances, in our homes, in our water, in the air and in the products we use every day. Seventh Generation is working to reform a law will protect us against toxins. Along with this brand we can get involved with their work to fight toxins. Seventh Generation is a green company whose products are environmentally safe, are made with plant based ingredients and are never tested on animals. They foster a community to influence customers and other brands to be kind to the earth and to…
  • 18 Websites for Social Good #socialgood

    Connie Roberts
    30 Mar 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Those of us who write about social good on our blogs or share on social media want others to take part in this effort. We also want to help out causes that are important to us. I have found websites for social good that help you achieve this purpose. Causes – Share and discover social good causes that are your passion. Kiva – Lend money to entrepreneurs. Mashable Social Good – Mashable has a category just for social good. You can find the latest social causes and ways to help them. Mom Bloggers for Social Good -  A community of bloggers who write and share about all types of causes.
  • Hop on Over to Kohl’s for Spring Fashion

    Connie Roberts
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:13 pm
    I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Kohl’s. I received a gift card as a thank you for participating. Kohl’s Spring Fashion is here. As well as waiting for weather and season change, I’m waiting to update my clothing. Kohl’s is my go-to store for fashion. I love their large choice of clothing and their low prices. I watched the Kohl’s Spring Fashion Google Hangout to check out the new spring trends. They are really exciting! Pink is hot again. The different hues really change your look and your attitude. I can’t wait to try out some rolled-cuffed…
  • See’s Candies Fundraiser with VolunteerSpot

    Connie Roberts
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Walking through the mall one day I was greeted by a woman in a white dress and big black bow tie. Holding out a tray of chocolate treats to tantalize me. It worked. I mean I stop for free chocolate but I was in for a surprise. This was no ordinary food of the gods. This was See’s Candies. The one that’s been around for 90 years and still going strong. With over 1 million avid fans of Facebook. And customers who will go to the extreme to get their fix. It’s much easier now by buying online. Thank goodness. Photo Credit: See’s Candies and VolunteerSpot Along with Volunteer Spot, the…
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    The Poshpreneur

  • The 4 Most Unanswered Questions about Procedures

    poshy
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Understanding the Benefits of Dental Implants It’s no secret that one of the keys to success these days is having a great smile to work with. By flashing your teeth at someone else, you’ll be indicating that you are a friendly person who can be trusted with either a business or personal relationship. Many people find that they can get their feet in the door of places just by having the right kind of smile. After you understand just how critical it can be to your success to have a great smile, it’s easier to see why people often want to correct any impurities in the way they…
  • The Best Advice on Implants I’ve found

    poshy
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Why Installing Dental Implants Is Beneficial Losing one or more of your teeth can be quite embarrassing due to the gap that is usually left. This gap can affect how you smile, chew and can alter your diet and nutrition. Even though this may not be such a big problem, you may have long term problems like bone loss that may be because of losing teeth. Therefore, it is of great importance for a person to replace lost teeth immediately. An individual normally has the option of putting dental implants, dentures or bridges. Installing dental implants can be quite beneficial due to various benefits…
  • A Simple Plan For Researching Businesses

    poshy
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Steps in Cleaning the Sewer Pipe The possibility of a sewer drain that it could become clog is when a non-recyclable material makes its way to the sewer drain. Elimination of the blockage must be performed so that the sewer drain will not be clogged. If the sewer line is not broken, an ordinary person can eliminate the blockage to prevent the sewer drain from clogging. Declogging of the sewer drain must be done over and over again until the blockage is found. The main sewer drain must be located at the outside part of the house. A wide pvc pipe termed as a soil stack is a three to four inches…
  • A 10-Point Plan for Products (Without Being Overwhelmed)

    poshy
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Options You Have When It Comes To Garage Flooring Most houses usually have garages that are used for a number of things. One may have a garage for parking their car while it may also be useful for storing items that one may not be using. Some people have even converted their garages into office spaces to reduce the cost of having to rent office space. Therefore, a garage can be used for many things and not only for parking vehicles. In order for one to make use of this room well enough, they would need to make sure that the garage floor is good enough. There are different types of garage…
  • Practical and Helpful Tips: Cures

    poshy
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Looking for Some Hair Loss Treatments? If you have some hair loss problems, looking for a remedy should be done next. It is imperative to think about treatments associated to hair loss. Hair loss has its own cause and you need to know much about it if you want to pick the right treatment. You would also like to have cosmetic procedures done on the top of your head if you do not want to suffer from ridicule due to baldness. But, medical consultations have to be considered. If your hair loss is associated with your medical condition, then, you need to get the doctor’s prescription about…
 
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    Keeper of the Cheerios

  • Saving up for the perfect holiday

    Martha
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:03 am
    Saving up for a holiday is hard enough, but when you’ve got kids to feed, clothe and entertain, putting away a few extra pennies can seem almost impossible. But don’t despair, by choosing cheap family holidays with the Co-operative Travel and making a few small savings every day, you and your brood could be enjoying sun, sea and relaxation before you know it. Set some goals If you all know exactly what you’re all working towards, making a few small sacrifices along the way won’t be as hard, and your kids will understand why they can’t get those brand new trainers or the latest games…
  • 5 Unique Ways to Re-Energize

    Martha
    26 Feb 2014 | 10:23 am
    After a day (or week) that just wouldn’t end, unwinding may require more elaborate plans than channel surfing or ordering takeout. Looking to relax, but also re-energize? Here are some unusual activities to try out. Make sure your weekend plans leave you with memories and plans to go back out again – and don’t leave you feeling down or tired. Alternative Art Just because you couldn’t draw a stick figure, let alone a person, doesn’t mean that you should keep your artistic talent to a minimum. Instead of picking up a set of paintbrushes, consider trying your hand at alternative…
  • How Different is Crete to Greece?

    Martha
    20 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    More than just another Greek atoll, Crete is almost a country unto itself. Back in the Bronze Age, it was the centre of Europe’s first civilization, the Minoans, and has a rich, fascinating history that is still evident today. Fast forward to today and Crete is the largest, most populous of the Greek islands and has become a haven for holidaymakers looking for sun, sea, and sand. However, as opposed to alternative mainland retreats, Crete has several hidden treasures, cultural traits of its own, and a time-honoured way of life, especially in rural areas. If you’re looking for a more…
  • Life and Paychecks

    Martha
    19 Feb 2014 | 4:34 am
    Having worked a really long time that is anything longer than 9 years in an organization is like giving a major part of your life into something. And it is not wrong to be wanting something in return for that long a commitment. Your job is either something that you are passionate about or something you do not care about but regardless of the case all your efforts could have been otherwise put into something else hence are only justifiably rewarded by Superannuation funds. Your savings are not for bets Superannuation funds such as this one can help you save for your retirement. They take away…
  • Breakthrough Game Released by Cancer Research UK

    Martha
    18 Feb 2014 | 4:25 am
    The Helping Hands program from The Rational Group, owners of the PokerStars brand, has recently participated in a program to release a new game to the public. In coordination with Cancer Research UK, the company released Play to Cure: Genes in Space, a game that analyses data from human genetics based on how people play the game. Hailed as a scientific breakthrough, the game has already saved countless manhours of research work and has brought together the very disparate worlds of science and gaming. Genes in Space was released on February 4th, which has been designated as World Cancer Day…
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    Strocel.com

  • School as Childcare

    Amber
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:36 pm
    This coming weekend my kids will have four days off of school, since public institutions are closed for Good Friday and Easter Monday where I live. Last weekend they got three days off, because Friday was a professional development day for teachers. The week before that was a full week where they went to school five days in a row, but it followed on the heels of a two week long Spring Break. Chatting with other moms on the playground after school, I often hear the comment that it can feel like there are a whole lot of days when the kids aren’t in school. I can relate. Days off from…
  • Five Things I’m Forgiving Myself For

    Amber
    6 Apr 2014 | 2:28 pm
    It’s the weekend, so I’m writing another Forgiveness Friday post. Once again I’m thinking about forgiveness. Today, specifically, I’m forgiving myself for a few things that have been nagging at me. You can find my other posts on forgiveness by checking out the Forgiveness Friday tag. As I said, today I’m thinking about forgiving myself. It’s not the first time I’ve written about the importance of letting go of your own shortcomings. Today, specifically, I’m forgiving myself for five little things that have been weighing on me, and causing me to…
  • What I Learned in March 2014

    Amber
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:29 pm
    It’s April already! Where does the time go? Once again I am, in fact, overdue for my monthly review. I didn’t want to let it go, however, because monthly reviews are one of my favourite traditions. Here’s how it works – every month I come up with some things I learned, and not always the easy way. Then, I ask you all to join in with some recent revelations of your own. Or this time, perhaps you can share some less-than-recent revelations that occurred over the past year. Either way, we all learn and grow and what-not. Or at least share a laugh at our own expense,…
  • Me and My Mason Bees

    Amber
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:30 pm
    I am very suggestible when it comes to gardening. When my West Coast Seeds catalogue arrives each spring I have a very hard time narrowing my order down. I want to buy all the seeds, and all the supplies. I am very much a bandwagon jumper. Sometimes this pays off, like when I discovered my fabulous potato planter bags that make potato harvesting a breeze and free up garden space. Sometimes this doesn’t pay off, when I bite off more than I can chew and my crops fail. This year I’ve undertaken an experiment, prompted by my catalogue, that may or may not pay off. I’m keeping…
  • Owning Your Anger

    Amber
    21 Mar 2014 | 11:38 am
    It’s been over a month since I published a Forgiveness Friday post, but I haven’t forgotten about this series. Once again I’m thinking about forgiveness. You can find my other posts on forgiveness by checking out the Forgiveness Friday tag. I am (very, very slowly) making my way through Forgiveness Is a Choice by Robert D. Enright. One of the things that he talked about at the beginning of the book is the need to recognize your anger. His assertion is that many of us are carrying a lot of anger around, which we don’t acknowledge. As long as we remain in denial about…
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    Bubbles n' Cups

  • Polish Up Your Soapbox: How to Rant Without Being a Big Stupid Jerk

    bubblesncups
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:05 am
    Originally posted on The Daily Post:We all need to let off steam sometimes, and what better place than the internet? We certainly advocate for thoughtful, reflective posts, but the odd rant can be a lot of fun to write — and to read. Can you rant without sounding like a big stupid jerk? You can, with…
  • Recipe Reveal: The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies?

    bubblesncups
    21 Mar 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Recipe Reveal: The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies?. YES! I got to try them and I am giving Patty Gay my vote for BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES EVER! The secret is in the molasses and Ghirardelli chocolate chips. I must try making these!Filed under: Recipes Tagged: chocolate chip, cookies, Ghirardelli, homemade brown sugar, molasses, sugar
  • It’s not always what you say, it’s how you say it

    bubblesncups
    21 Mar 2014 | 3:40 am
    The siblings have a squabble, his feelings are hurt and he comes running to me. “What happened?” I ask. “Say sorry,” I tell her. “Sor reeee,” she says. It’s insincere, and the younger brother knows it. “It’s not okay,” he replies. He continues to sulk. A few days later she hit him by accident, only […]
  • It’s Bloggy Out There!

    bubblesncups
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:51 am
    As many of you know, I have a lot of blogs. Today I got carried away and wrote some new posts, but submitted them to, well, multiple blogs…multiple times. Sorry! The good news is, I’m back. I can’t wait to share again! So stay with me, and thanks for reading!Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: apologies
  • Black Cat Grille in Redding, CT

    bubblesncups
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:58 am
    This catfish sandwich was not dry at all. It was perfectly cooked and went well with the sauce and the fixings! Yes, there is a kid menu. Brunch is served on weekends. 58 Redding Road Redding, CT (203) 587-1276Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: beers on tap, kid menu, pub, Redding
 
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    The Crazy Suburban Mom

  • That relentless planner itch

    Tracy Reinhardt
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    After using the Hobonichi Techo planner for a bit I've got some things to share but I'm leaving that for the next post.   I want to digress first.  I obsess over other people's... Visit my blog for the full crazy suburban fa la la..
  • The trail of breadcrumbs

    Tracy Reinhardt
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    About three weeks ago I bought the DIY Fish yearly chart.   I needed a way to wrangle all the tiny things, get more done in a timely order, and see my progress. What I didn't realize was the... Visit my blog for the full crazy suburban fa la la..
  • Big poopy face

    Tracy Reinhardt
    27 Mar 2014 | 3:28 am
    At the moment I'm not having planner issues, I'm having habit issues.  There are things beyond a to-do list that need to be done regularly and I struggle with them.   My daily pages are a... Visit my blog for the full crazy suburban fa la la..
  • No more limp noodles

    Tracy Reinhardt
    24 Mar 2014 | 9:52 am
    This post took three months and three people to come to fruition; it's often like that in our planner community.  Figuring it all out takes time and only one person is rarely responsible for the... Visit my blog for the full crazy suburban fa la la..
  • I'm curious....

    Tracy Reinhardt
    11 Mar 2014 | 8:34 am
    How much does everyone's planner weigh?    I'll start... I put my A5 Malden on a Weight Watchers scale this morning (appropriate, right?) and here are the results; first in... Visit my blog for the full crazy suburban fa la la..
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    Genny Heikka

  • Where the bliss hides (and a giveaway that will help you find it)

    Genny
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s in the feel of your baby’s sleepy head on your shoulder as you carry her through the grocery store pushing the cart with one hand. It’s in the quiet singing of your preschooler as he sits in the corner during his timeout. And it’s the smile of your eighteen-year old as he walks across the stage to get his high school diploma that–after all the challenges he had in school– you weren’t sure he was going to get. Bliss.  It’s there. Sometimes we just need a little help finding it… Which is why I’m so excited about this giveaway over…
  • Hard to believe… it’s almost here!

    Genny
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:49 pm
    It’s a little surreal being less than a month away from my official book release date. To be honest, it’s a little scary too. I fluctuate from being really excited, to wondering how my book will do, to worrying that I’m not doing enough to promote it because I’ve been so busy. But then I remember why I wrote the book in the first place. It wasn’t because I wanted to sell a gazillion copies or make a bunch of money or make a name for myself. It wasn’t any of that. I wrote this book because I couldn’t not write it. In fact, I took a seven month break…
  • The Video: Talking about Part-Time Author Podcast on Good Day Sacramento!

    Genny
    23 Mar 2014 | 1:01 pm
    As promised, here’s the video from this morning when I was on Good Day Sacramento talking about my podcast, writing and books. What a fun time!
  • Ten tips for conducting successful interviews

    Genny
    22 Mar 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Because I frequently interview guests on my podcast, I was recently asked to share some interview tips with a group of writers. So today, I thought I’d share with you what I shared with them. While interviewing doesn’t have to be a stressful thing, it should be something you prepare for and approach with thought if you want it to go smoothly… Here are ten tips to think about when interviewing someone: 1. Be yourself. That’s what makes you interesting, and it will make the interview more interesting. Don’t be staged; just be you. 2. Set the person you…
  • Over at The Mom Initiative today (talking about teenagers)

    Genny
    13 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    Glorious. It’s not the typical word you hear when people talk about teenagers. But that’s exactly how I’m describing teens over at The Mom Initiative today. Stop by and find out why. Looking forward to seeing you there!
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    Playground Confidential

  • Hey, Rebecca! Can we talk about bullshit Internet baby advice?

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    Hey Rebecca, A fellow mom in my mom’s group was horribly sleep-deprived, sobbing and feeling emotionally bombarded by all the bullshit on the internet that tells her she is to blame for the night-nursing her ten-month-old baby is doing. Can we talk truthfully about what it’s like to breastfeed a nearly-one-year old? Signed, Sick of […]The post Hey, Rebecca! Can we talk about bullshit Internet baby advice? appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • How to stop sounding like a douchebag parent in 5 easy steps

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    Your child is a wonderful creature filled with intellectual curiosity and boundless joy. She is a fucking delight. No, I’m serious. I bet she is. And you deserve some credit. You are a committed and fully engaged parent who takes great pains to make sure you do things the right way. Your entire family is […]The post How to stop sounding like a douchebag parent in 5 easy steps appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Peaches Geldof, motherhood and how we still don’t get it

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:51 pm
    I spent the morning reading about Peaches Geldoff. Strangely, I’m having a hard time processing this one. She’s a pseudo-celebrity made famous by birthright. I really didn’t know much about her apart from the occasional tabloid headline. This doesn’t feel like a deep personal loss for me and yet I can’t shake this sense of […]The post Peaches Geldof, motherhood and how we still don’t get it appeared first on Playground Confidential.
 
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    Mommas in the House - A blog that focuses on true momma experiences

  • The Knot Genie Supreme Will Take the Ouch Out of Brushing

    Susan
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    Does your child’s hair get tangled often? Do you see knots in their hair? Are they crying and kicking because it’s very painful when you brush? If you said yes to any one of these questions, then I have the solution for you, the Genie Supreme from The Knot Genie. After countless times chasing my kids around the house to brush their hair so they didn’t look like they were wandering the streets all night, I had to find another solution for brushing my kids’ hair. I tried over a dozen brushes sold at big box stores and boutiques, and nothing worked. It was a waste of…
  • US News & World Report, Parents, Ladies Home Journal, More, Woman’s Day

    Susan
    5 Mar 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Hey guys! Along with revamping my other blog (my full-time job), I’ve been contributing content for US News & World Report, Ladies Home Journal, More.com and Woman’s Day. If you haven’t had the chance to read them, I will list some below for you to enjoy. As always, thanks for all your support! US News & World Report 5 Blogs That Will Save You Money 5 Easy Ways to Save at the Grocery Store How to Save on Furniture By Upcycling Ladies Home Journal (Best Deals) Top Fashion and Beauty Deals for Week of Feb 24 Top Fashion and Beauty Deals for Week of March 3 More.com Top…
  • Save Time and Energy with SchoolKidz Teacher Tailored Program

    Susan
    24 Feb 2014 | 8:57 am
    SchoolKidz Teacher Tailored Kit Are you familiar with getting your school’s back-to-school list and then dreading the fact you have to go out into the sea to fetch those items? That scenario is one that is common among us parents. The mere fact of dragging the kids around stores to get the items is scary in itself (remember, it’s summer break). Well, if you’re like me, saving time and energy is the way to go after a long summer of having kids home every day. If you’d like a hassle-free solution to get your school supplies this back-to-school season, look no further…
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    GRUMBLE GIRL

  • Spelling It Out, However You Wanna

    GrumbleGirl
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:51 pm
    The other evening as I was getting gussied up to go somewhere, I caught Oliver leaning in the bathroom doorway, watching me. I’d been plucking a few stray grey hair from my head, and quickly explained to him that though they didn’t really bother me, I found them distracting sometimes. When I catch my reflection, I keep thinking that white thing I see is a bit of fluff, or dry scalp or something… so I just get rid of it so it doesn’t bug me. He: You have lots of them in the back. Me: I’m sure I do. I can’t see them, so they don’t bother me at all. But…
  • Ear-Candy: When The People Cheer

    GrumbleGirl
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    Who doesn’t love the Roots, right? I swear, those guys are so busy, I don’t know how they have time to record new stuff. And yet they did. Ohyestheydid. A new album is said to be released later this year called, …And then You Shoot Your Cousin. I’m listening to this track is on a loop today… I know it won’t leave me now. I do so love a twinkly piano – they tend to lend a sense of mystery, like the one at beginning of She’s a Rainbow, by The Rolling Stones – you don’t get a sense of where it’s going at first, but then it quickly…
  • Ear Candy: Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker (USS)

    GrumbleGirl
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    I dunno, man… this tune’s been rattling around in my head for weeks, and I just dig it. This duo – USS – is from Toronto, and I like the rhythm of their drum-and-bass dance groove, which also feels a little grungy too me. It makes me feel like stomping the last of Winter into the ground when I walk around, though it’s technically Spring (so says the calendar) but there’s still too much chill in the air for my liking. Makes me cross, I tell you. STOMP! STOMP!! But I suppose the title of this track, Yin Yang, says everything about what the world is and does.
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • I do not take account of my time. Do you?

    Ron Rosenhead
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:12 am
    The group were really impressed with the skills of their colleague. I was running a project sponsorship programme, and to make a point, I asked the group about the skills people had outside of work. One of the group spoke about making wedding cakes. She showed us some photographs of cakes she had finished. They were amazing, and had great … Read More >
  • Who owns project management in your company? *

    Ron Rosenhead
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:53 am
    I did an interesting piece of work recently. The company had its own project management approach which had been updated. The PMO Manager wanted some training to ensure that people not only knew about the revised approach, but refreshed their project management skills. I have now run several events for this client and it is clear that: the previous project … Read More >
  • How many of your projects follow this learning route?

    Ron Rosenhead
    12 Mar 2014 | 2:47 am
    Five years ago the press had a field day: Disastrous Opening Day for Terminal 5 British Airways reveals what went wrong with Terminal 5 Technical glitches hit Terminal 5 opening Rebuilding of Terminal 2 started in July 2010 and will re-open in June this year. The bosses of Heathrow are as you could imagine ‘cautious’, and are looking quite carefully … Read More >
 
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    Mom\'s Education Sites

  • A Slip And Fall Case

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:10 am
    This is this misconception that everyone who is looking to sue because of a slip and fall is just out for the money. It seems like all it takes is for someone to slip on a puddle of water on private property for them to “lawyer up” and sue the owners. While there are definitely some cases like that (and some lawyers who make a living off of those types of cases), most of the cases do involve legitimate slip and falls that were caused by the negligence of the owner. Whether certain items weren’t cleared from a path, or an owner knowingly ignored a problem that ending up…
  • Choosing a private school

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:56 am
    People need to realize that private schools are becoming increasingly popular and that is no wonder, since most of them can already provide students with amazing education. However, if you asked me to name a school that is considered the best private school in Broward Fl, I would definitely start telling you about St. Mark's Episcopal School. However, that would take me a lot of time and that is why I think that it would be better if you visited its official website. That way, you will be able to read important information about it, as well as see some photos that you will surely like.
  • The Experts Required to Settle Your Slip and Fall Case

    13 Apr 2014 | 1:56 am
    If you have slipped and fallen on a stone floor, you need a stone flooring expert to help prove your case. That is completed when the landowner does not enjoy pulling the difficulty to the tribunal. Oftentimes, if it’s company entity, the shop owner might be occupied with safeguarding his good will in the industry. At once, the casualty would even be saved in the hassles of operating from pillar to publish as an easy way to employ an appropriate harm lawyer for representing the situation. Here is the most appropriate alternative, since the sufferer can negotiate using the…
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    And Twins make 5! - A Mommy Blog

  • Champions for Kids and #SIMPLEGiving Info + April 2nd Twitter Party Invite

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    I was recently contacted by the Motherhood to help them get the word out about Champions for Kids and SIMPLE Giving. I wasn't familiar with either the organization or the program prior to last week, but after learning more I was happy to share all the details about who they are and how they are trying to help.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • Fun Shirts for Boys this Spring: Seaplane

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    We had a beautiful Spring day in Chicago this past Sunday, finally.  And their baby cousin's christening was the absolute perfect setting for the twin's to show off their snazzy new dress shirts provided by Seaplane.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • The Caress Fabulista Army has new members including Kelly Rowland

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:03 am
    I'm excited to announce a new project of mine.  I was invited earlier this week to join the Caress Fabulista Army and this morning I received word that the fabulous celebrity, Kelly Rowland, has joined the Fabulista Army too.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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    theplussizemommy.com

  • Where Is Flight MH370? – My Theories #MH370

    theplus
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:15 am
    picture courtesy of wikipedia. It has been 14 days now since Flight MH370 has disappeared, gone, off radar, with no trace, or hardly any trace of where it might be. It is a harrowing ordeal for the families involved, and quite scary for everyone else. As families wait for answers, and as the governments seek the jet’s whereabouts there have been so many theories floating around about where it might be. Also all of the pun-dents in the media take guesses and use their knowledge from history to take stabs at what might have happened. People everywhere are talking about it, it is an…
  • Honey Bunches Of Oats Greek – Blogger Giveaway ~ WIN a Jambox Smart Speaker (and More) & Anyone Can Win $500 Visa GC #bunchofbeats

    theplus
    21 Feb 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Honey Bunches of Oats is celebrating what it means to start your day off with many Smiles through the power of music. Honey Bunches of Oats new brand anthem, “Smile While You Shake It”, is a contagious upbeat song inspired by samba beats and cleverly incorporates the cereal box and breakfast utensils as percussion instruments to make it fun for families to dance along. To encourage fans to join the movement, Honey Bunches of Oats is giving away $500 Visa gift cards every week from now until June 16th! I am currently holding a giveaway of my own to one of my readers who is also a…
  • PERSEVERANCE

    theplus
    5 Feb 2014 | 2:42 pm
    I know I am very late on this post, but I had to take a long time to think about what my word for this year would be. I finally came up with the one that fits me for 2014. PERSEVERANCE.  The past few years have been extremely hard for me. I kept trying to get back on track, but couldn’t seem to stay on. I kept taking on tasks and opportunities that I failed to meet the guidelines for. My blogs stats have fallen to embarrassing numbers. I cannot tell you how much I could once again apologize to companies, brands, PR folks, and even friends who have set me up with campaigns that I have…
 
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    In The Know Mom

  • jot: a lightweight stroller with high performance {Trends for Kids} & Giveaway

    Jaime
    12 Apr 2014 | 1:14 am
    Living in a hilly, rugged town, I originally found no need for a lightweight stroller with our first daughter. Instead we went with a jogger that was heavy but durable and able to handle the local trails and suitable for jogs when we wanted to go on a run. Even though the jogger was cumbersome […]The post jot: a lightweight stroller with high performance {Trends for Kids} & Giveaway appeared first on In The Know Mom.
  • Easter books for all ages {Easter}

    Sarah
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:54 pm
    The tulips are bursting, the eggs are on sale, time to break out the Easter books, moms!  Here are a few of my favorite picks this year, perfect to buy now and read for bedtime or put in the Easter basket: Ollie’s Easter Eggs by Oliver Dunrea Gossie, Gertie, BooBoo, and Peedie are all dyeing […]The post Easter books for all ages {Easter} appeared first on In The Know Mom.
  • real food for babies {Beech-Nut}

    Sarah
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:43 am
    This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Beech-Nut and MomSelect. When my daughter was an infant, 7 years ago, there were not as many options in the baby food aisle.  Full of preservatives and artificial who-knows-whats, the jarred “foods” were quite questionable and therefore undesirable.  Making your own was really only the natural […]The post real food for babies {Beech-Nut} appeared first on In The Know Mom.
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  • I’d take a self-cleaning toilet over a self-cleaning oven any day

    Kristy
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    The person that designed my toilets must have been a very privileged individual, and therefore never had to personally clean a toilet. There are way too many unnecessary nooks and crevices in these stupid toilets! It’s bad enough dealing with these fancy schmancy curvy toilets on a daily cleaning basis, but when your seven year old unloads an entire digestive tract worth of vomit on top of one, the cleaning of it takes hours. I blame Jesse. She was puking on the tile floor just fine before he hollered for her to aim for the toilet. “Nooooooo!” I cried in slow motion,…
  • Tesla the Opportunist

    Kristy
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    Tesla is usually very nervous around the baby when I’m holding her, but when I put the baby on the ground she’ll take full advantage of the situation. Tesla has figured out that if she lay close enough to the baby’s feet, every time the baby kicks or dances, Tesla gets a massage. WARNING: The following video contains massive amounts of cute.   Tweet This Post
  • What the butt?

    Kristy
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    I found this crumpled up on the ground beside my car minivan. It was penned by Brecken. His penmanship has improved a great deal this past year. He still throws the odd capital letter in the middle of a word here and there, but he did use the correct spelling of  the “butts” he intended, which is more than several adults I know are capable of doing. Also, he has a point; Karis is, in fact, butts on occasion. Tweet This Post
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  • Washington Talks Equal Pay for Women

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:13 am
    How did you observe Equal Pay Day yesterday? I was chained to a computer all day, then made the mad dash to the after-school homework and dinner routine. So, pretty much business as usual. Read Full PostWashington Talks Equal Pay for Women originally appeared on About.com Working Moms on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 08:13:07.Permalink | Comment | Email this
  • Why an Office Job Isn't So Simple for Working Moms

    31 Mar 2014 | 1:37 am
    Actor and lifestyle maven Gwyneth Paltrow made headlines last week with the announcement of her upcoming divorce from Coldplay front man Chris Martin after more than a decade of marriage. But the biggest uproar came over her ill-advised comments that her experience working as a movie star is harder than other working moms' office jobs. Read Full PostWhy an Office Job Isn't So Simple for Working Moms originally appeared on About.com Working Moms on Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 08:37:29.Permalink | Comment | Email this
  • We Set Examples in Self Appraisals

    13 Mar 2014 | 12:30 am
    It's the time of year for self evaluations at work. Instead of dreading it, think of the opportunity you have to set an example of self appraisal for your children! Just as we look back at our performance and identify areas of strength and need for improvement, so can they. Read Full PostWe Set Examples in Self Appraisals originally appeared on About.com Working Moms on Thursday, March 13th, 2014 at 07:30:01.Permalink | Comment | Email this
 
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  • Homemade citronella candles in decorated mason jars

    Maria
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:27 am
    We are preparing for the warm weather here in Spain, but to truly enjoy outdoor living we have to make sure we keep mosquitos away. Trying to keep it natural I have planted lots of geraniums, rosemary and lavender that as well as looking lovely they work as natural mosquito repellent. Another renowned natural repellent is citronella, you can buy citronella candles, burring oils and all sorts from local garden centres and even supermarkets. There are a lot of types on the market, but it is always best to read the small print because they often contain chemicals. I have made my own citronella…
  • Washi tape Easter Card

    Maria
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:01 am
    After the success of my Washi tape Christmas cards I thought to give it a go with Easter Cards too. This is a very simple Easter card kids can make. All you need is some card, Washi tape, paper, glue and  scissors. Cut a piece of card the size of your choice (if you are using already made envelopes, make sure it fits before you decorating it) and fold it in half. Draw a rabbit shape on the front of the card and cut it out with a scalpel (this part requires the help of an adult). Cut a piece of paper smaller than the folded card. Cover the paper with Washi tape front and back without leaving…
  • How to decorate a bottle with yarn and salt

    Maria
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:04 am
    Since we have moved to Spain I have been collecting bottles. Whenever we go out for a meal or even just a drink I come home with a new bottle. Soft drinks and water here normally come in glass bottles of various shapes that are just too pretty to leave behind so I just bring them home and decorate them. This particular one has been sitting on my crafts table for a couple of weeks and today I decided to turn it into a vase for the wire flower I made at the weekend. All I used is a long piece of natural string, salt and glue. First I painted the bottom half with glue, then I wrapped the string…
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  • Popping in before Passover…

    Heather
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    I thought you might like to know that I’m alive; along with all four of my children. We’re not totally well, at least not the three year old, but we are on the way! The ringworm ordeal was a total doozy. Let me tell you. We’ve had a busy bunch of weeks – in-between washing everything that stands still in our house. I’m coming to grips with the fact that this three and a half weeks plus spring break week are putting our school year into July or later. Whatever – I’m OK. It’s too hot to do much in Texas past July anyway. Might as well keep our…
  • Still in the Saga… and a Story of How God Answered a Prayer

    Heather
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:42 pm
    It’s funny how God brings you through layers of new revelations if you stick with Him through a difficulty. You get a glimpse of the beauty in the pain of a transformation at the potter’s wheel. This last two weeks has been a flurry of motion – doing the next thing – putting fires out – refocusing on family and dropping all other distractions. That’s what you do in a health crisis… you double down and lick wounds. When the quiet comes, even in the motion… always the constant sound of the washer and dryer rumbling, the little ones being little,…
  • Little Rascals and a Give Away

    Heather
    29 Mar 2014 | 4:29 pm
    I have some little rascals at my house. I can relate with movies like Dennis the Menace and most recently, Little Rascals Save the Day. I was glad to get a chance to review the DVD before it hits the stores on April 1st. Since I have my copy, I’ll be picking up a copy of Walter Mitty (also out April 1st) instead. My boys… well, the younger two, liked The Little Rascals Save the Day much better than Walter Mitty, though. Mitty was a little above their age level. I talked about that movie over at the Homeschool Post yesterday when I put up the Field Trip link-up for March. Have you…
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    Zensible Mama

  • DIY + Recycle: Unique Gift Wrapper Using Old Calendar

    Maricris
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I'm one who always want something unique, with personality and decoratively creative. Moreover, I love to recycle and save money. In this project, I was able to put these factors together and came up with these cute designs for my daughter's birthday - turning old Calendar pages into decorative gift wrappers that will blow your mind away but not your budget! Choosing the right images to use, plays a crucial role in making these gift wrappers presentable (no pun intended). In this project, I selected the Easter eggs, flowers and the clover - all totally relating to the recipient who is…
  • Top 10 Signs of Aging Women Hates

    Maricris
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    "Old age is the revenge of the ugly ones" - French ProverbAfter doing my rather funny impromptu video about why I hate gray hairs, I was inspired to survey real women about aging and what they hate about it! Their responses were phenomenally unanimous! And they told it like they felt it!So here's the not-so-hot deal on aging according to you!And more they hate: "That I always look and feel tired and losing weight just ain't as easy as in my 20s." - Stacey Heneveld"Weight, tired, grays make me CRAZZZZY!!!" - Ashley Johnson"I don't mind the gray hair or wrinkles. I do mind the slower…
  • Why I Hate Gray Hairs And I'm Not Alone In This

    Maricris
    30 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Yes, right on the bat, I would tell you that I hate gray hairs! Seriously. Imagine yourself looking older than you really are! That's what gray hairs would do to you. Then there's the pain in the rears of getting it colored, covered, hidden, camouflaged... Ah my hair! Not only is it time and money-consuming, it is rather very cumbersome!I can hear you saying "Just embrace it!"  Trust me, I've heard that so many times. Not just from other women-friends but more from my unfazed-by-gray-hairs, indifferent, male peers who would endlessly rag me about embracing it. But no. I can't. I won't.
 
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  • What You Should Know Before You Apply For A Home Loan

    Mama
    30 Mar 2014 | 6:24 pm
    When you are thinking about buying a home, there are a few things that you should do before you go to a lender for a home loan. Any homeowner wants to get the lowest interest rate possible. This can save you money year after year. The firs thing that you should do before applying for a home loan is check your credit report. It is important to know what type of shape you are in credit-wise. Knowing your credit score is the first step. The second step is to check all of the negative items on your credit report. While credit bureaus do their best to keep credit reports accurate, there could…
  • Retractable Clothesline For Inside Of Your Home

    Mama
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:46 pm
    A retractable clothesline is a great way to dry clothes without a dryer machine . It is also ideal for clothes which you wouldn’t want to put into a machine. A retractable clothesline is a great way to save space in your home simultaneously saving on electricity or gas to dry your clothes. In regions that are mostly warm , it is unnecessary to use gas or electric dryers. By using an indoor clothesline, you can dry your clothes naturally, saving money and at the same time contributing towards the environment and leading a more sustainable life. Installing a retractable clothesline for…
  • Outdoor Living – Some Of The Best Ideas

    Mama
    13 Mar 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Some of the best outdoor living spaces can help one enjoy the warmer days and nights outdoors, without letting go the comforts of the house’s inner space. When working on the outdoor living area, it’s recommended to get started with pools and patios, pathways, and then buy some furniture that fits into and also complements the space. Luxury options such as water features or outdoor bars can be considered. Though these could be on the expensive side, they are certainly durable and the years of enjoyment and pleasure would make up for the initial costs. Patio and Barbeque A patio or…
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  • UHaul Hiring Work-At-Home Customer Service Agents

    Alaina Forbes
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Uhaul, known for their moving and storage resources has also moved into the portable storage solutions field by offering the U-box. Right now Uhaul is hiring Ubox agents to work from home providing quotes and placing reservations. Past customer service experience is desired along with basic computer and keyboarding skills. Pay is $9.25 an hour.  Apply for this position on the Uhaul website.
  • Chat Based Customer Service Agent Needed

    Alaina Forbes
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Weebly offers easy website building, hosting, ecommerce, and domain names. If you have a good understanding of website technology as well as building websites you may be a good match for their current work at home position. This remote customer service position will provide answers to customers via email or chat. This position will be around 30-40 hours a week and pays $15 an hour. For more information and to apply visit the Weebly job site.
  • Work at Home Transcriptionists Needed

    Alaina Forbes
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Tigerfish, a well known transcription company, is currently hiring transcribers to work from home. This is a great opportunity as most transcription companies that hire from home require previous transcription experience. Applicants with Tigerfish need to be fast typists and know the English language well but no previous transcription experience is needed. You must be a legal U.S. resident or citizen as well as have high speed internet. The job entails listening to audio files and transcribing them per instructions. For more information on how to apply, visit the job opening.
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  • Stuff Kids Say About Books, Vol. 1

    Jules
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ve been taking impromptu surveys of the kids. I ask them if they like library time, if being in the library has changed how they view reading, if it has changed how much they read, and how I can do better next year. I have a ton of these, so I’m going to spread them out a bit. I guess this is really more for me, to remember my first year in the library and how it changed my life. 3rd Grade I read more now because I figured out reading is fun. :::::: Some books have lessons for kids. :::::: Sometimes people can’t afford books to read, so we get to get them here. :::::: I…
  • Newbery | Jacob Have I Loved

    Jules
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated . . .” With her grandmother’s taunt, Louise knew that she, like the biblical Esau, was the despised elder twin. Caroline, her selfish younger sister, was the one everyone loved. Growing up on a tiny Chesapeake Bay island in the early 1940s, angry Louise reveals how Caroline robbed her of everything: her hopes for schooling, her friends, her mother, even her name. While everyone pampered Caroline, Wheeze (her sister’s name for her) began to learn the ways of the watermen and the secrets of the island, especially of old Captain…
  • Books with Bullies

    Jules
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    I received a couple of emails asking for book recommendations, which I love. I don’t have all the answers, but I do like researching, and I’m smart enough to know when I’m out of my depth or when more than one voice may be beneficial. One email, in particular, struck close to home. It’s about bullying. Or, maybe bullying isn’t the right word, because I think that word gets overused. Playground politics might be a better way to describe the weirdness that surrounds 4th – 6th grade boys. This year has been challenging for Mikey. He’s sensitive to…
 
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  • $25 Home Depot Gift Card Giveaway {Blooming Into Spring Blog Hop} #bloomintospring

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    What do you love most about spring? The weather, the flowers, new fashion trends, or...? I'm more into gardening recently and started to try growing my own veggies in the backyard. It's a fun activity for the children and marks our new move to green living. Bloggers from MPM Blogging Network have teamed up for this Blooming Into Spring Blog Hop, during which you could win spring-themed prizes,
  • Semi-Coma: Evolution of My Intermittent Consciousness Blog Tour: Guest Post

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    This is a guest post written by Gulten Dye, Author of Semi-Coma: Evolution of My Intermittent Consciousness. The Story Behind ‘Semi-Coma: Evolution of My Intermittent Consciousness’ This book is about self-discovery and the journey that awakened me to the many facets of life. The road hasn’t always been easy with its tolls and junctions. It’s about my struggle to discover who I really am, what
  • $10 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash Giveaway {Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop}

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:38 am
    Welcome to the 4th Annual Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Read Now Sleep Later. During this week-long event, you can hop around over 100 blogs, each giving away a prize valued $8 or more. Giveaway entries are capped at 12 each so that you can move on to the next stop fast. Let's get hopping! My GiveawayI'm giving away a $10 Amazon gift card! The
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  • For Holy Week: Thursday

    Megan Tietz
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    For Maundy Thursday: What does Maundy mean? "Derived from the Latin word mandatum, meaning 'commandment,' Maundy refers to the commands Jesus gave his disciples at the Last Supper: to love with humility by serving one another and to remember his sacrifice." (source) As we consider Christ's humble serving of His disciples, the washing of feet and the teaching of the bread and the wine, the promise of the new covenant, what is can we do but sink under the weight of the Father's love for us: subscribers may need to click through to see video How deep the Father's love for us, How vast beyond all…
  • Songs for Holy Week: Wednesday

    Megan Tietz
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:53 am
    In some faith traditions, the readings for Holy Wednesday reflect on Judas' betrayal of Christ. May today be one in which we reflect on the ways we, too, have betrayed Christ and His work in our lives. Perhaps not selling him out for pieces of silver, but trading Him instead for reputation, power, convenience, and selfishness. And yet, He loves us. How can it be? subscribers may need to click through to see video No condemnation now I dread; Jesus, and all in Him, is mine; Alive in Him, my living Head, And clothed in righteousness divine, Bold I approach th’eternal throne, And claim the…
  • Songs for Holy Week: Tuesday

    Megan Tietz
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    It is Tuesday of Holy Week, and by now, there is certainly the temptation of distraction. In addition to the urgencies of daily life, plans for Easter Sunday are needing attention. If we aren't intentional, Tuesday will slip by without a chance to acknowledge its importance in this week set apart from all the others. For today, let's ask Christ to be our vision, our best thought by day or by night: subscribers may need to click through to see video Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart; Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art. Thou my best Thought, by day or by night, Waking or sleeping,…
 
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  • Wild Oats Marketplace Organic Products Now Available at Walmart

    Melanie Edwards
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    My husband and I occasionally purchase organic products and I’ll honestly say that one of the reasons we don’t do so more often is due to the cost. The cost of buying every single item our family needs in the organic version would make us go over our grocery budget, so we do what we can and buy organic when able. If your family is very conscious about buying organic products, however, you’ll be happy to know that you can soon find a new line of organic and natural foods at a much lower price with the introduction of the Wild Oats brand to Walmart! Wild Oats Marketplace…
  • Celebrating Latino Children’s Literacy for Día de Los Niños with John Parra

    Melanie Edwards
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:15 am
    I’m very excited to share with you that I’m participating in Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL)’s 2nd annual Día Blog Hop! This year, the blog hop has paired up 24 authors and illustrators with 24 Latina bloggers to support and encourage Latino children’s literacy. You can find the full schedule of all participating bloggers and the list of authors and illustrators that have submitted either a written piece or illustration on the L4LL site. Be sure to visit each blogger that has already published a guest piece on their site and continue to follow the blog hop through the…
  • Fun for the Kids and Family at SeaWorld’s Just For Kids Festival

    Vanessa Morales
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Have your kids ever wanted to have a party with penguins from Antarctica or see Elmo and his Sesame Street friends dancing and singing in person? Well, activities like these and many others are available at SeaWorld’s Just For Kids festival. SeaWorld is continuing their 50th Celebration in 2014 with this fun, made-for-kids event. They describe it as a “celebration through the eyes of a child.” We were extended the opportunity to experience the festival as guests of SeaWorld and my little munchkin and his cousins couldn’t get enough. If it weren’t for Florida’s amazing…
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  • When Our Mistakes Become Our Best Teacher

    Natalie Snapp
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Writing and reading have always come easy for her. She was incredibly verbal as a toddler and she has a way of arranging words into a poetic dance at just nine years of age. She doesn’t really have to work at it – to her, writing is as natural as walking. But math is a […]The post When Our Mistakes Become Our Best Teacher appeared first on Natalie Snapp - Embracing Life Just South of Perfect.
  • A Letter To My Sons (As You Prepare to Start Dating),

    Natalie Snapp
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    You all know how I feel about humility . . . It’s the building block to all healthy relationships – but we cannot experience true humility in our earthly relationships if we are not able to humble ourselves to God. A wealthy man who gives to charity but isn’t humble exhibits a heart that longs […]The post A Letter To My Sons (As You Prepare to Start Dating), appeared first on Natalie Snapp - Embracing Life Just South of Perfect.
  • Praying for Boys, Part Three: Going It Alone and Encouraging Boys to Dream

    Natalie Snapp
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Maybe you’re a single mom going it alone. Or maybe you’re a spiritual single mom – married to an unbeliever who leaves the parenting up to you. Or maybe you’re neither of these and just feel alone now and then. Or a lot. While this chapter is supposed to focus on single mothers, I have […]The post Praying for Boys, Part Three: Going It Alone and Encouraging Boys to Dream appeared first on Natalie Snapp - Embracing Life Just South of Perfect.
 
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  • 24 Hours in South Carolina

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    My uncle died. He was not well for some time and his death was neither expected nor unexpected, but certainly sad. He was Dad’s older brother. When I learned that there would be a small memorial service at my family’s home in South Carolina, I honestly didn’t know what to do. It’s not easy to steal away from my life here. Three kids and school and all sorts of commitments. I emailed my cousin saying I probably wouldn’t make it. But then I booked a flight. I spent all of 24 hours there. It was a surprisingly wonderful time with family I don’t often see.
  • The Here Place

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Found this gem while flipping through O Magazine recently. It was a weekend morning and I was home in my pajamas with my big old cup of coffee and I read these words and lit up. Loving the here place? Loving it hard, as Toni Morrison implores us to do? Isn’t that what it’s all about? I think so.
  • On Death & Social Media

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:31 am
    On Sunday, I posted the following on Facebook: I am sitting at JFK airport waiting to board my flight to South Carolina for my uncle’s memorial service. In the cab, I posted something to Instagram about this unexpected trip and then I deleted my post because it seemed strange/odd to be mixing something as complex and private as death with something as light and airy as social media. But now here I am wondering what you all think about using Facebook & its brethren media to communicate/process these difficult things. I’m well aware that this is yet another such post, but now I…
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    MOMeo Magazine for Work-at-Home Moms: Business Tools | Parenting Advice | Mom Lifestyle Tips | Mom Blog | Mom Forum

  • Dealing With Online Critics: How to Respond to Criticism of Your Brand by @Alicia_LW

    Alicia Lawrence
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Even the most popular brands (and people) get criticized sometimes. What matters is how you handle the negative comments. A critic can easily turn into a fan if you can rectify the situation. Gini Dietrich’s new book “Spin Sucks” has an entire chapter devoted to dealing with criticism, whisper campaigns and trolls. Below is a list of tips, based off of my own experience and some of Gini’s advice in her book, to help you fix the situation when you receive criticism online. 1) Aim to Understand Our natural tendency when we read a negative comment is to ignore, blame someone else, or in…
  • Get in Shape: A Simple Sequence to Strengthen Your Back and Core by @DPEverybodyFit

    Dana Pieper
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is great 3-part sequence to tone your upper back, core and shoulders.  You will need a light set of weights and a mat or towel if you are on a hard surface.  The series will be challenging and fun. Be sure to repeat the series 3 times through on each side.
  • A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop by @KathyBuckworth

    Kathy Buckworth
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    “Kathy, not everything is funny.” I got this feedback from my boss during one of my last formal job performance reviews. My initial reaction was that I found that pretty funny. And so shortly after, I left corporate life and started writing about how really funny it was to try to juggle a full time job and a house full of kids. I wrote for 20 minutes a day. This was mostly due to the fact that the impetus to leave my job was to start a maternity leave with my fourth child, coupled with the fact that my nanny had decided to take her own leave, of us  (two events I’m not totally…
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    Eccentric Eclectic Woman

  • Foraging with Kids by "Wildman" Steve Brill Book Review

    Finamoon
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    We received this book in eBook format free from "Wildman" Steve Brill to facilitate this review.People these days have become so disconnected from nature. Our society has gotten so far away from gathering wild food. Foraging used to be a normal everyday occurrence, a way of life and a need for survival. Now it seems people are furthering themselves from this essential skill and losing touch with the natural world around them. Even agriculture is becoming far and distant for some. I for one, do not want my kids to grow up without this knowledge. I do not want this to become a forgotten skill.
  • Teach Your Child Herbs With Herb Fairies!

    Finamoon
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Herb Fairies is a magical tale of plants and their remedies as told by wonderful storytelling and fairies that look like the plant they are named after. These 13 interactive e-book stories were written by Kimberly Gallagher, the creator of Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Board Game. These help young and old alike learn herbs in a fun way. I love to use these in homeschooling! Both my sons and daughters love these.Kimberly's husband, John of LearningHerbs.com will be releasing some really cool FREE recipes, coloring sheets, posters, activities and information packs along with information about…
  • Zeenie Dollz Review and Giveaway

    Finamoon
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    We received this product free from Zeenie Dollz to facilitate this review and an opportunity to host a giveaway.The Zeenie Dollz are gorgeous dolls that teach children how to be more environmentally conscious and eco-friendly. There are a total of 6 dolls that represent a different cause and what they protect. These 12 inch dolls are made from recyclable, non-toxic materials: ABS and TPR plastics (not PVC like other dolls). They also have joints that feature 24 points of articulation for maximum poseability and playability. All the dolls come with a doll stand, brush, colorful bracelet and…
 
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  • Mom Generations Makeover

    Audrey McClelland
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Yes! We got a makeover. We haven’t had anything new in 5 years! So… we were due. New logo. New template. New content. New EVERYTHING! Our NEW YEAR starts today!!! We’re BEYOND happy with the look and we hope you like it, too!! We hope it’s easier for you to navigate!
  • #TBT Easter 2006 – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    Audrey McClelland
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:59 pm
    I love what my friend Jessica Turner from The Mom Creative is doing with Throwback Thursday… she’s asking people to share the story behind the Throwback Thursday photos. Every photo tells a story, but many times… we don’t know the true, real story behind a beautiful photo. There are all different kinds of stories – some happy, some sad, some meaningful, some powerful. There is power in sharing the story because it allows that photo to live in a completely different way. Today I’m sharing a Throwback Thursday photo from April 2006. I took the boys to get a…
  • The Mom Challenge: Take 5 Minutes for a Walk/Run/Bike #GettingGorgeous #Giveaway

    Audrey McClelland
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:09 am
    Are you ready for our 2nd Mom Challenge? We’ve got a FABULOUS giveaway for this week, too!!! Prize is a pack from A Girls Gotta Spa which includes Energizing Citrus Body Wash and Lotion. The Mom Challenge: Find time this week to go for a walk. Take a picture of your surroundings. Tag @audreymcclellan, @verasweeney and @agirlsgottaspa and use the hashtag #GettingGorgeous to qualify.
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  • Product Review: The no-batteries-necessary UVPaqlite

    The Survival Mom
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:59 am
    Click image for larger view. Just yesterday afternoon I sent my son on a search for 3 AAA batteries for my headlamp. It was time for my CERT class and I wanted to make sure I had a bright work light after sundown. Eventually he found the batteries, and therein lies the problem with almost every emergency light source in the house. Batteries. They die and need to be replaced, which requires a steady stream of purchases. If they’re re-chargeable, they have to be charged — when you remember to charge them! The answer to this dilemma is a light source that never requires batteries,…
  • Product Review: The Abeego Wrap, something a little different for your emergency kits

    The Survival Mom
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    Thanks to Earth Easy, I’ve been playing around with a new product called the Abeego Wrap. The Abeego Wrap is a natural alternative to plastic wraps, such as Saran, and plastic storage bags. The Abeego is a flat piece that resembles canvas, but it’s made of beeswax, jojoba oil, hemp, cotton, and tree resin. It can be wrapped and fitted around any number of objects. In my kitchen, it became the designated onion-wrapper whenever we had an unused piece of onion. In spite of this use, the Abeego didn’t retain the smell or flavor of onion and we used it with other foods. Because…
  • Survival Mom Radio Network Re-cap

    Brenda
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    In case you missed some of the shows from my radio network, here they are! This week, I interviewed Dr. Susanne Bennet about simple ways to combat allergies. You can listen here. I also spoke with Fernando Aguirre of Modern Survivalist about common prepper myths. Check out that interview here. Every month our network of all-women hosts produces dozens of podcasts, all about 30 minutes long, for you to download to your iPod or iPhone, mp3 player, or listen directly from your computer. You can visit our network’s website directly by clicking here. Take a look at the wealth of information we…
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  • easter egg pattern match game: for kids, by kids

    amy mascott
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Easter is right around the corner, and we’re psyched. Not only does Easter mean egg painting and candy, family time and spring flowers, fresh starts and new hope, it means my kids get to spend some time with faraway cousins. Maddy, Owen, and Cora are thrilled to see their little cousins who are much younger than they.  My kids are 10, 8, and 7 years old, and their Pennsylvania cousins are 3 years, 19 months, 12 months, and 4 months old. So this year, as we relaxed a bit after a whirlwind Disneyland adventure (more on that later!), the kids put some time into a little homemade gift for…
  • how to throw a rockstar frozen birthday party—snacks to serve

    amy mascott
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
      Frozen is all the rage these days, so it’s no wonder that my Cora wanted a ‘Frozen’ birthday party for her 7th. So that’s what we did. Starting last summer, we brainstormed and planned for her birthday.   And then in December, after we saw Frozen, we brainstormed, planned, and then re-planned. She had to have a Frozen birthday.  She just had to. And though she had to learn the tough lesson that her whole little world could not come to an at-home Frozen birthday party, she did muddle through.  When you’re almost 7, you have to make some tough decisions, and no, I was not…
  • stay connected: teachmama.com on the web

    amy mascott
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    I know you’re out there.  So let’s get–and stay!–connected! With all of the crazy changes to facebook lately, I just want to make sure we’re doing all we can to stay connected in whatever ways work best for you–my readers. And for good reason. Because there’s a ton of awesome going on over on our facebook page, on instagram, and just about everywhere. So real quick, here’s the skinny. . . Stay Connected–teachmama.com on the web: I know this is a strange post, but my bloggy pals have done it and have found it successful. Why? They’re…
 
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  • Holy CaCa!! It’s April already?!!

    Lea C
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:35 am
    Lea here, just a quick update. I’m going through a bit of an overhaul right now. I just took the leap and went with a Genesis system on the little blog to try and get it looking a little neater. This means one thing, a new thing to learn. I have no idea how the [...]
  • What we’re doing this Spring!

    Lea C
    3 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    Mr. C’s birthday is coming up this spring so guess were I’ve decided we’re going??   VEGAS!!!!   It’s be a first for me and we weren’t able to stop on our way home from California. We were dragging that trailer and didn’t want to park it in the city. It was bad enough in [...]
  • I’m Ready to Tell This Story Now…

    Lea C
    15 Feb 2014 | 5:15 pm
    This has taken me some time to come to terms with but I think I’m ready to tell this story now. Something occurred the end of October that really took me for a loop. A stranger called. She said she had really hard news for me, I better sit down. One, my mother died….fifteen days [...]
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  • Freedom

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

    gettrich
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:26 am
    Shit happens. It’s one of those proverbial laws of nature. Given that, I’m not so sure why it always seems to knock us for a loop when it comes to pass. The truth is that we craft our lives in ways we think will allow us to bypass the shit nature inevitably is going to splatter all over us. Until we can’t. Until one day you meet the shit storm of your life and it confronts you, collides with you, commands your attention. And when that happens, you’re almost always naked, or wearing your crummiest pajamas and no make-up. But shit is not something you can ignore. There’s no room for…
  • Zillow be damned!

    gettrich
    10 Feb 2014 | 8:23 pm
    You know how you just know certain things about your kids? Like, your daughter may be delightfully quirky, but she simply wasn’t born with the grace to end up as an Olympic figure skater? Or your son might be the next Jay Leno, but chances aren’t good that he’ll win a Nobel economics prize? We all make certain assumptions about our children based on the reality of who they are and their strengths and weaknesses. Take my eldest, Levi, for example. He’s unusually bright, brimming with kindness and one of the funniest 13 year old boys I’ve ever encountered. Barring some unexpected…
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    Here Be Willers

  • Test Post

    Mehedi Hasan
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:48 am
    Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum. Lorem Ipsum is…
  • Hello world!

    headmin
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:21 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging! The post Hello world! appeared first on Here Be Willers.
 
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    The Shopping Mama

  • European Travel with Kids: Paris, France

    Kate
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    The past couple weeks have been a major whirlwind for our family. It’s gone a little something like this: week in London, family visiting from the States, travel to Bruges and Keukenhof and girls family trip to Paris. Phew, I’m tired just typing about it. I hope to share photos from each of our adventures, but today I’m excited to share my favorite pictures from our trip to Paris. My mom, sister, niece, daughter and I hopped on the high-speed train from Germany to Paris. It zooms through the countryside at 200 miles per hour, making the trip a short two and a half hours.
  • Baby Trend Inertia Infant Car Seat {Video}

    Kate
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    As a new parent, one of the single most intimidating things you do is install your baby’s first car seat. It doesn’t help when you open the corresponding installation guide and it’s 100 pages long, right? That’s why we are always eager to find and share car seats with a simple and accurate installation process. If the process is easy and straightforward, we’re less likely to mess it up. The Baby Trend Inertia Infant Car Seat is loaded with features to help you achieve a proper installation and safe ride for your baby each and every time. 20-Second Infant Car…
  • Thursday Giveaway Link Up

    Kate
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Happy Thursday! Easter is only days away. If you’re still working on stuffing baskets, we have lots of ideas! Check out our Easter Basket Shopping Guides: Baby’s First Basket Arts & Crafts Easter Basket Ideas Easter Basket Ideas for Little Bookworms Minecraft Easter Basket Ideas     Enter to win $100 Kohl’s Gift Card. While you’re linking up giveaways, head over to Baby Loving Mama to spread the word there, too. And you must enter to win the South Hill Designs Personalized Locket giveaway. Have a great day! The post Thursday Giveaway Link Up appeared first on The…
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    The View from My Fishbowl

  • On Being a Nerd and What #IWantMyNerdHQ Means

    13 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
    OK I'm going to admit something here on my blog.I am a nerd.There. I said it. What a weight off my shoulders.Back in the day (you know, when I was much younger) being a "nerd" was not a cool thing to be. People made fun of nerds. And most people equated being "a nerd" to reading too much or being too smart. (Both of which are totally cool by the way).I'm pretty sure I've always been a nerd. When I was younger you would usually find me in my room reading. (See we didn't have computers or the Internet back in the stone age, so we had to read. Books. Made out of paper.).And I loved school. A…
  • Sing Into Spring Giveaway!

    1 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    The 'tween' CD set! Anyone who knows me is fully aware of my Disney "geekness" ... I love all things Disney, including the music. So imagine my excitement when I found out about the "Sing into Spring" giveaway that I'm hosting. It's all about Disney music and you're going to love it! (So will your kids).My girls are big fans of Disney Channel - especially shows including Austin & Ally, Shake It Up! (which is no longer on Disney Channel), and even Teen Beach Movie. The one thing that all these shows have in common is great music. As much as you try to resist, you have to admit that the…
  • My Allergy Adventure [Alternate Title: The Day They Had to EpiPen Me. Twice.]

    18 Mar 2014 | 9:03 am
    Yesterday was one of those days.I had to be at the allergist's office at 9 a.m. for my "penicillin challenge" - which really does sound like some sort of Hunger Games type challenge when you think about it.Here's the back story: Back in January when I had the plague (OK, it was strep throat but it felt like the Plague), my doctor prescribed an antibiotic for me that she thought would 'work' and not cause me any additional issues. [I have a low tolerance for antibiotics and we were running low on options]. I took the antibiotic (clindamycin) for the full 10 days and then I broke out into hives…
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    The MamaZone

  • Springtime, Peeps and Great Wolf Lodge #WIN

    Anitra Elmore
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    Does anything say spring quite like PEEPS? Once those bunnies and chicks start popping up in stores, you know the warm weather won’t be far behind. Our house has already been invaded by a brigade of PEEPS and I’m sure many of your homes have been invaded, too. And, if you’re a Great Wolf Lodge visitor, you’ll be excited to know PEEPS have invaded the lodges as well. Read on to learn more about their V.I.PEEP program and for a chance to win some PEEPS goodies and a gift card right here at The MamaZone! Great Wolf Lodge’s V.I.PEEP Program Spring is always an…
  • Entertainment Books Just $10.40

    Anitra Elmore
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This post contains affiliate links I usually buy my Entertainment books at the beginning of the year. I’m not sure why I didn’t this year, but I’m glad I waited! I’m getting mine today because they’re on sale for just $10.40 plus $2.49 shipping. It’s a pretty sweet deal to help make your tax day a bit better. If you’ve waited like I did, you only have a few days to grab one at this price. The sale runs April 15th-17th and you’ll want to be sure to grab yours and tell a friend (use the handy click to tweet button below). [Tweet "Pick up an…
  • What Mama Learned Last Week

    Anitra Elmore
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:53 am
    Well, I learned quite a bit last week and I know you’re on pins and needles waiting to learn from my mistakes. At least, that’s what I tell myself when I share my mistakes with you and hopefully, you’ll humor me. This week absolutely flew past and as it flew, it left a residue of North Carolina pollen all over the place. That led to one major lesson that’s nothing to sneeze at: it’s time to break out the allergy medicine (I’m looking for something homeopathic that really works, so if you have some suggestions let me know). Now, on to the other stuff I…
 
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    Dear Crissy

  • Your sole connection to the road #ContinentalMom #ForWhatYouDo

    Crissy Page
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    When I think about safety behind the wheel, I think about car seats. I get car seats. I know how to shop car seats—I understand how to install and latch and position them to perfection. Car seats are my comfort zone. Frankly, beyond my thorough knowledge of proper child restraint, I’ve been a passenger instead of a driver when it comes to vehicle and driving safety, relying on my husband to concern himself with the car and its tires. And there they are, your tires. Tires that I’ve been oblivious and indifferent toward. Tires, that are the only parts of your car that make…
  • Layered Boston cream pie with almonds

    Crissy Page
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    Layers of light and fluffy angel food cake, cool and creamy vanilla filling, a waterfall of semi-sweet chocolate and almonds make up this seemingly-fancy but super-easy layered Boston cream pie recipe. To add my own special twist, I sprinkled sliced almonds to the top of the cake. Doesn’t it make it just that much prettier? Plus, who doesn’t love a little crunch of almond? I can’t get enough of easy desserts, and easy desserts that look this impressive are an added bonus. In reality, this recipe took only minutes to make, because the base is store-bought angel food cake…
  • Mini soft pretzels

    Crissy Page
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    This post is part of a compensated campaign. Opinions are my own. The #SocialCircus rolls on, and all of this big-top-banter has made me think of one thing—circus food! In fact, I’ve been craving a big, soft, chewy pretzel and decided to use that inspiration to make some fun mini soft pretzels for the kids. The best part? They are super simple to make! While I love the idea of making soft pretzels from scratch, when it comes to snacks for the kids, quick and easy are king. These mini circus-inspired pretzels really couldn’t be any easier to make because they feature…
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    Child Mode

  • ROAR Into Spring with #RoyaleTigerTowel! RSVP For Our Twitter Party To Win!

    Nadia Carriere
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Spring is here! At least that’s what the calendar says. The snow is still flying here in Ontario, but I’m trying to ignore all that and focus on the date instead. Each day brings us... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • Shopping Perk Alert: Amazon Prime Will Donate With Your Every Purchase

    Nadia Carriere
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:47 pm
    As I was adding items to my shopping cart on Amazon.com today, I noticed something interesting. Amazon Prime members can elect a preferred charity and Amazon.com will donate money to that charity for... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • Room Review ~ Azul Beach Resort in Cancun Mexico

    Nadia Carriere
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Several weeks ago, I shared my experience of the Azul Beach Resort in Cancun, Mexico on Babble. Having stayed at both the Generations Maroma and Azul Beach, this resort came in as my all-time... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
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    One Bored Mommy Blogspot

  • The Newest WEIGHT WATCHERS Frozen Treats - Guilt Free SUMMER Sweetness!

    Courtney Clipperton
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    BATHING SUIT weather...UGH...do you dread it as much as I do?  It will be here soon!  Are you confidently ready to be seen in public in your bathing suit?If you're already realizing that, now it's time to get fit...loose a little bit of that WINTER weight you packed on (that was hidden with your sweater and long pants), but yet want to find a guilt free sweet treat to indulge your taste buds with...All products were sent free of charge for this review/feature!  I was not monetarily compensated by posting about my honest opinion of these products!let me introduce you to the…
  • Director Of Operations - Would You Apply For This Job?

    Courtney Clipperton
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    This video has gone viral and it's no wonder...Make sure you tell your MOMMY thanks for everything!  Being a mom is not an easy job, but it's the most REWARDING job you'll ever invest yourself in...MIND, BODY AND SOUL!I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not compensated by re-posting this viral youtube video!
  • Secret Clinical Strength - Keeping Body Odor Under Control...$25 Walmart #GIVEAWAY

    Courtney Clipperton
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Summer is coming, which means the HEAT will be on! There is nothing worse than smelling as sweaty as you feel, when it's super duper hot outside!  My parents used to say, "it smells like Campbell's Soup".  HA!  Trust me, it's not a good thing to smell like that...all day long...or at all!  But there are plenty of other factors, besides heat, that can cause you to sweat and smell bad...What if there was a product, for women, that will provide you with 100% confidence that you will be body odor free for up to 48 hours?  Would you be interested in hearing more.  And…
 
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    HomeToHeather

  • 10 Tips for a Memorable Easter Egg Hunt

    Heather
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:23 pm
    “Hey Nate, what’s your favorite part of Easter?” I asked him. “Finding Easter Eggs!” he answered. The fun is absolutely in the hunt and often, the treasure we find is a bonus.  This year, make your hunt special by following these 10 tips: Do: Hide a variety of items. Use hollow plastic eggs to hide items from stickers, to small toys, to jelly beans and of course, chocolate! My kids love temporary tattoos and craft supplies in addition to their chocolate eggs. Don’t: Make it too easy. Most of the fun is in the hunt!  Kids pre-school age and younger will need items out in plain…
  • Simple, Decadent, Hollandaise Sauce

    Heather
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    There are few things we allow ourselves at breakfast as decadent and rich as Hollandaise sauce.  And because it’s so rich we feel as though it’s complicated and difficult but I promise you – it’s not.  It doesn’t require special equipment either; just a whisk!  Knowing how to make this simple sauce is something worth while to have in your cooking arsenal because it can make a plain dinner special  in a matter of moments. Your guests will think they’re at a fine dining restaurant and nobody has to know how simple it really is. My favorite way to enjoy…
  • Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese!

    Heather
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    Oh boy.  My relationship with Macaroni and Cheese goes so far back.  It’s complex and intertwined with emotion.  As a kid, Dad’s night to cook would mean he’d whip up a batch of the blue box dinner.  He would almost always stir in cut up hotdogs.  I’d squirt some ketchup on top and it was a beautiful thing.  My grandmother made the most incredible, classic macaroni and cheese casserole with onions and crunchy bread crumbs on top.  The corners would get crispy and the inside was gooey and it was heaven.  She taught me how to make a béchamel based cheese sauce…
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    hollywood housewife

  • forgotten drouin and ferrier village. or, orphan prevention and human trafficking.

    hollywood housewife
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:22 pm
    I'm in Haiti this week with Help One Now. Read about why I'm here and how to help.   When we pulled up to Drouin, it was after a long ride in the car. Hours on the bumpy and winding dirt roads. Through tiny villages and weaving around trucks spilling out Haitians. We drove until we came to what felt like the end of the earth. It wasn’t the end of the earth, but it was Drouin, where mud huts meant you were doing better than most of the community.Drouin is an area of rice farmers far from any cities. After the 2010 earthquake, foreign aid poured in from all over the world, much…
  • humanity 101. i needed to see it.

    hollywood housewife
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:03 pm
    I'm in Haiti this week with Help One Now. Read more about what I'm doing there by clicking here. We landed in Haiti late Saturday afternoon and the ride from the aiport to the hotel about an hour away was more intense than I was even expecting. The roads are non-existent or completely shot, so our two-car caravan made its way through tents and rubble, passing rows of people sitting on the destroyed concrete, just a few feet from the tires of our SUVs. There were chickens in the road, and roosters chained to rocks. There were signs and grafitti everywhere, unstable structures climbing…
  • my personal blogging truths

    hollywood housewife
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    I've been blogging about blogging all week because Blogging Is My Favorite. Read about Blogging Boundaries, When and How Much I Blog, Blogging and Social Media, also Blogging Tools and Resources and How Bloggers Make Money. Now that you’ve listened to me ramble all week about my passion for blogging, I’m going to lay out a few of my personal blogging truths. I still feel like blogging is part of the wild west, there are no set rules and everyone approaches it differently. But after a few years at this game, I’ve found a rhythm that works for me.Be consistent. From the beginning…
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    Following In My Shoes

  • Grilled Chipotle Club Wafflewich

    Rachel Lacy
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Y’all. I am not ashamed to admit my love of all things cheese. And bacon. And chicken. And waffles. (Nope. No shame.) Add the spicy-smokey flavor of chipotle peppers and I’m in my happy place. Sandwiches were a hard thing to give up when I went grain-free. Not that I haven’t had a sandwich here...  Read More » The post Grilled Chipotle Club Wafflewich appeared first on Following In My Shoes.
  • Champions for Kids

    Rachel Lacy
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:12 pm
    From the time they are born, our kids are learning everything from us.  How to walk and talk.  How to eat and choose healthy foods.  How to feel empathy and show compassion for others. Often times, it isn’t easy to find philanthropic agencies that will allow whole families (especially those with small children) to donate...  Read More » The post Champions for Kids appeared first on Following In My Shoes.
  • The Facts Up Fronts Label Is Here To Help

    Rachel Lacy
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:38 pm
    It’s hard to be an adult these days and NOT be aware of the fact that a more healthful lifestyle is a must. Shows like Dr. Oz, The Doctors, and The Biggest Loser all focus on helping groups of people be more mindful of healthy eating and exercise. We know we should read labels, eat...  Read More » The post The Facts Up Fronts Label Is Here To Help appeared first on Following In My Shoes.
 
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    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.
  • My Grief Will Last a Lifetime, and So Should Your Sympathy

    admin
    2 Apr 2014 | 1:51 pm
    The “there is not time limit on grief” motto is one that Iv’e repeated enough, read enough and thought enough that I feel like I’m comfortable with it. It’s a fact, and I don’t care if other people accept it or not. If my grief lasts my entire life, ebbing and flowing and becoming a […]The post My Grief Will Last a Lifetime, and So Should Your Sympathy appeared first on Cora's Story.
  • Tell Congress: No More Toxic Chemicals! (Sponsored)

    admin
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Disclosure: I was compensated by Seventh Generation to write this post. Opinions are my own. Before I became pregnant, I didn’t give much thought to what I put in and on my body, or exposed myself to. I cleaned with whatever was near. I wore whatever makeup I thought looked pretty and I didn’t give […]The post Tell Congress: No More Toxic Chemicals! (Sponsored) appeared first on Cora's Story.
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    The Mom Maven

  • Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate Tampa Tickey Giveaway

    Cindy Schultz
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    A few weeks ago I told you Disney on Ice “Let’s Celebrate” was coming to the Tampa Bay Times Forum in May. Now here is your chance to win a 4 pack of tickets to either the May 15 or 16, 2014 7:00pm show. If you cannot attend the show in Tampa, FL on one of those two dates please do not enter this giveaway. This giveaway is for US residents only. The winner must be able to attend a show in Tampa, FL on either May 15 or May 16, 2014 at 7:00pm. The giveaway ends at 12:00am on 5-1-14. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter. The winner will be notified by email and they with…
  • Time Management for Bloggers Part 2-Social Media

    Cindy Schultz
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:08 am
    Social Media can be both the biggest time waster and the best traffic driver for a blogger. Since it is a very important tool we need to make sure we are managing it successfully and optimizing our time while doing it. In my post Printable Social Media Checklist I shared how I use my checklist to keep me on track and make sure I am utilizing all of the major social media platforms. If you haven’t read that post yet, please do. You can download my checklist for FREE and I have already received a lot on great feedback from people who have started using it. In last week’s post Time…
  • Review- Belly Bites from Chewy.com

    Cindy Schultz
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Disclosure: I am a Chewy.com blogger. I received these dog treats for the purpose of this review. The opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine or my dog’s. As a blogger for Chewy.com I receive lots of treats for Mushu to try. I am happy to say that most of them she has loved and Belly Bites are one of her favorites. The day the box arrived I gave her a treat and usually she will sniff a treat, play with it a bit and often the treat will sit there a while before she decides to eat it, not this time! The Natural Balance Belly Bites get gobbled up as soon as I give her one! About…
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    mommyshangout.com

  • 5 Things That Can Raise Car Insurance Rates

    Jen Williams
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:16 pm
    One financial writer described a car wreck as a one-two punch. The collision happens first, and a higher insurance premium is the second blow. This is how things work in the insurance industry. Most drivers understand that some things can cause their insurance rates to rise. Causing an accident, getting a traffic ticket and adding […]
  • Sweeping Saturday 04/12/2014

    Jen Williams
    11 Apr 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!!
  • #JustBrewIt with Keurig® K65 Special Edition Brewing System

    Jen Williams
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:19 pm
      I hate to admit but I just started drinking coffee this year! My parents and grandparents always had a cup of coffee in their hands when I was younger. I remember one day I tasted it and UCK I never tried it again till here recently.  I was shocked that I actually liked it […]
 
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    Naptime Radio

  • Episode 117: GMOs

    Heather and Kate
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:16 am
    Heather and Kate discuss Carley's big lie, get caught up with Alli P.'s fabulous travels, power nap on GMOs and wrap with a new thaaang from Nodelman.  Enjoy and thanks for listening!
  • Episode 116: Special Guest Star

    Heather and Kate
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:38 am
    Heather and Kate chat about their mindful failures, get biz buzzed with a very special guest star and wrap with Nodelman.  Enjoy and thanks for listening!
  • Episode 115: Mindfulness

    Heather and Kate
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:22 am
    Heather and Kate rant about reply v reply all, get biz buzzed with Alli P., power nap on mindfulness and wrap with the one and only Nodelman.  Enjoy, and thanks for listening!
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    just another mommy blog...

  • When do they start listening to their mother?

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:06 pm
    "Hey, guys! GUYS! Up! Up! Up! Get up and get dressed; we only have 30 minutes till we have to go!"Silence."GUYS! NOW."Brush my hair. Powder my nose. Hear nothing from the other room and so I call out,"Evan and Corinne?!? Are you moving?"Silence."HELLOO!?!? CAN YOU HEAR ME?!?"Grunts acknowledge me. Barely.Once they are finally vertical, the process still seems to be centered around the idea that nothing can get accomplished in the morning until I have yelled it. It should be noted that I never START with the yelling, though they will probably "remember" these days quite differently when they…
  • Something else to add to my invisible bucket list so that I can then immediately check it off...

    13 Apr 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Friday, about 9 am.How do I get myself into these situations? Rhetorical question. I know EXACTLY how and WHY I get myself into these situations, but still, I have to ask myself the question. Repeatedly.I know all too well exactly how I find myself sitting in a random vestibule in a high school fine arts center, surrounded by empty chairs that will soon be filled by hopeful, teenaged writers. I made a vow to myself, many years ago, to take more risks than I walk away from. The only real regrets I have are the risks that I've yearned to do, but have missed out on, simply because I hesitated a…
  • Just a little Monday non-rant*

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    This post is probably not direct at you. You are probably a very open-minded, courteous person, who understands that we do not, and CAN not, all walk the same path in Life. Can you imagine how crowded that path would be? Can you imagine how BORING the dinner conversations would sound if everyone on Earth always saw the same sights, breathed the same aromas, tasted the same foods, and spoke the same thoughts? I would never assume to know what is best for you or your family. If you are the crunchiest of vegans or the most frequent customer of fast food restaurants, it is not my place to judge…
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    Mommy Niri

  • Heaven is for Real screening passes! #Boston

    Nirasha Jaganath
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    I am still in sunny California on vacation but no reason you can’t enjoy a treat of a screening while I’m away. How about passes for you an a friend to see Heaven is for Real? More details about the movie Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.   The film stars Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® award winning actor Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and…
  • Get passes to DisneyNature’s Bears #Boston

    Nirasha Jaganath
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    My hubby is a die hard nature movie freak (no exaggeration at all) and DisneyNature movies have been a perfect way for me to introduce my kids to nature movies. Not once have they ever whined during a DisneyNature movie, in fact they are just as glued to it as any other movie. DisneyNature Bears is coming out next week and while I will be away and miss the screening, you my lucky readers can get a chance to see it. Can you think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day??   More details about the movie In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure…
  • RECIPE: Easy steps to homemade organic Paneer (Indian cheese)!

    Nirasha Jaganath
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:04 am
    My 6 year old loves all things cheese. So I was anxious to get her to try paneer (an Indian type cheese). It is pretty much blander than regular cheese and takes its flavor from whatever it is immersed in, similar to tofu (a favorite of my 8 year old).  I was (almost) sorry I introduced her to it. She became addicted and craved it more. While I was happy she liked it, I was getting poorer buying. Paneer is many things but cheap it is not. I thought I should just make my own, I used to make my own before kids anyway. The super added benefit of making my own, is that I can make organic paneer.
 
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    Traveling Mom

  • Camping 101: What to Know Before You Go

    Amanda Williams, Camping TravelingMom
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    Photo Credit: Amanda Williams/Camping TravelingMom Some lessons are learned the hard way, like the one about what you need to know before you go camping. That’s how we learned to pack our trunk smarter. Everything is piled in the back of your car. Our toddler is safely secured in his car seat. It’s pouring rain. Rain rocks. It means mud pies and splashing. The family is stoked. Then we get a flat tire. We search for a gas station with ‘free air’ in a town that happens to be having some kind of festival – huge influx of traffic and chaos. My husband is growing increasingly…
  • Where to Eat Lunch In London

    Guest Author
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    Photo Credit: April Harris Knowing where to eat lunch in London can be difficult. Not only can it be expensive but there is a huge amount of choice.  Having lived in or near London for much of the past 20 years, I definitely have my favourite restaurants. The wonderful thing about London is that I’m always discovering new – and new to me – ideas for where to eat lunch in London. Prices in London restaurants are higher than in the rest of England; familiar fast food outlets are likely to shock you with their prices and some ‘American style’ restaurants can be a real tourist trap.
  • Road Trip to Gettysburg: The Indoor Edition

    Mary Dixon Lebeau, EastCoast TravelingMom
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    Photo courtesy of Destination Gettysburg Take a history major, his teenage brother and his little sister. Mix with a congenial daddy driver and a minivan. Then add a Traveling Mom with a map and 24 hours free. That’s the recipe for our most recent family road trip, to Gettysburg PA. For the history major, the trip was a no-brainer. After all, the small town and surrounding battlefields of Gettysburg are practically haunted with history. These are hallowed grounds, the bloodiest battle of the Civil War being fought here almost 151 years ago, one of the most visited military parks in the…
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  • My Goals for the Week {4/14/2014}

    Lisa Thompson
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    I’ve literally been in survival mode for the last month, but I need to get my life back on track!  With that in mind, my goals are a little bit different than usual, but hopefully this will get me moving in the right direction. Family/Homemaking Goals 1. Read 6 chapters of The Boxcar Children to the twins. 2. Make bed and do 1 full load of laundry every day. 3. Go through 10 bins in the garage. This should hopefully help me get the 11 bags I still need for the 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge. Personal Goals 4. Exercise 5 times. 5. Drink 3 liters of water per day. 6. Be in bed by 10:00…
  • 5 Tips for When You Feel Overwhelmed

    Lisa Thompson
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    The past 6 months have been seriously hard.  The past 8 weeks have been the hardest of my life.  During this time I’ve felt extremely overwhelmed.  Without going into details, here’s a brief overview of the last 6 months. 10/1 – Adoption of the twins finalized 10/8 – We decide to homeschool our son since he is extremely behind academically and is exhibiting behavior problems at school (Hubby and I both work full time, but we work from home so we juggle our schedules to make this work). November – Basketball season begins and we have lots of late nights with…
  • Mabel’s Labels: Save $2 on the Limited Edition Camp Combo

    Lisa Thompson
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    As a mom of 4, my life tends to be busy year round.  But summer is busiest of all!  The kids are out of school, we have various camps, our daughter K plays travel basketball and then throw in a family reunion and some other vacation and life is officially insane.  With camp season just around the corner, you’re probably already scrambling to sign your kids up (or trying to find 10 extra jobs to pay for all the crazy camp fees) and soon you’ll be sorting through the piles of sunscreen, swimsuits and sneakers. If you want to help your kids be a little more organized and if you…
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    Marinka NYC

  • Rome!

    Marinka
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    I’m in Rome. I’m sorry I didn’t tell you, but I thought if I did, you’d get all clingy and start dropping hints about how you love Rome/always wanted to go and/or have a Prada purse. So I took the easy way out and snuck out behind your back, without alerting you. And there’s nothing that you can do about it. You don’t get a say. I’m here with my daughter, who’s sort of the perfect traveling companion. We’re very gelato-compatible–it’s like I birthed her or something. I’m working on a post (tentative title: Meaning of…
  • Better

    Marinka
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:48 pm
    If it’s true that it’s better to be lucky than smart, then I have it made. Because when the trailer for the American Blogger documentary came out earlier this week, I had friends who contacted me to spoof it. And I’m smart enough to jump on it. Enjoy: Thanks to Neil, who always has the best ideas. And more news! I’m very braggy because I was asked to contribute to a new humor collection, Moms are Nuts. My essay is about some of Mama’s eccentricities, and even though I obtained Mama’s permission before writing it, I wasn’t able to get them to change…
 
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    Hanging By a Thread

  • A Steep Learning Curve {On Sports and Being a Boy Mom}

    Hanging By a Thread
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:18 am
    I never meant to be a boy mom. I'm not an athlete. I don't love sports or camping or fishing or bugs or messy, dirty activities. Needless to say, there are a lot of things I have had to learn over the past 7.5 years as mom to two rambunctious,...
  • My Life {in a Bag}

    Hanging By a Thread
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:42 pm
    As I was stuffing my laptop into my old leather bag, the one I've carried since law school, I realized that the contents are a pretty good representative of who I am. Now, whether this a positive or negative, I'm not so sure. I like to be prepared for what...
  • The Light at the End of the Tunnel {An Answer for My Son}

    Hanging By a Thread
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:43 pm
    When it comes to my children there isn't much I won't do. I will love and support and teach and comfort and guide and listen and pray and cuddle and nurture and stand back and stand behind and cheer on and advocate. That's my job; my most important job. My...
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    Not Your Typical Mommy

  • Hunting for Easter Eggs w/ Pixar

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:23 am
    I love Easter. There's something fantastic about the whole thing.Pixar Films has released this cute short video where you can join the hunt for Easter Eggs!How many hidden gems can you find in your favorite Pixar Films?
  • Hunting for Easter Eggs w/ Pixar

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:23 am
    I love Easter. There's something fantastic about the whole thing.Pixar Films has released this cute short video where you can join the hunt for Easter Eggs!How many hidden gems can you find in your favorite Pixar Films?
  • Letting Go… Kinda

    11 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    Last week, I was brave enough to take 7 little girls to Epcot for the day (not alone, don't freak!) for a special visit.  My oldest was one of those 7 girls.And I'm not really sure how to explain it, but something shifted that day for the two of us.It happened when we went to Turtle Talk with Crush and the kids got to sit on the floor in the front while the parents sat on the benches behind them. Roo and I got separated and normally I would be right behind her on the first bench, close enough to touch. This time I was back on the third bench on the opposite side of the room.And inside, I…
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • Throwback Thursday: Classic Easter Photo

    Dawn Camp
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    This 2005 Easter morning photo is a classic representation of motherhood, even though I’m not in it: mom plans the children’s clothing in meticulous detail—matching shoes and hairbands, coordinated outfits, nothing but the best—and just wants one photo to commemorate her efforts. {You moms know that I probably wore an old, un-ironed dress and didn’t have time to fix my own hair. This remains undocumented, because I’m not in any of the photos.} The kids want no part of it—too young to understand mom’s tireless efforts—except for the oldest (and you can…
  • Photoshop World Atlanta, Day 2 #PSW14

    Dawn Camp
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Today was the second of Photoshop World here in Atlanta (find the day 1 recap here), another great day of inspiration. My husband attended two sessions, visited the Expo Hall, and met some of my KelbyOne (formerly NAPP) buddies, which made it extra special for me. Here’s what I did: Session 1 Class: Thinking Outside the Box Instructor: Joel Grimes Track: Photoshop Skills I was a little late for this class, which started at 8:15 a.m. (that’s my perfect excuse), but I wish I’d seen the whole thing. He showed samples of stacking images in camera (like on this website) and…
  • Photoshop World Atlanta, Day One

    Dawn Camp
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Today was the first day of Photoshop World, the place to become a serious Photoshop ninja. Photoshop World (or PSW) is held twice a year: on the east coast in the spring and on the west coast in the fall. After attending in Las Vegas, Orlando, and Washington, D.C., I’m tickled pink as the cherry blossom in my neighbors’ yard to see the conference right here in Atlanta. It’s hard to choose sessions with so much awesome taking place at once (classes in 7 categories—Beginners 101, Photoshop Skills, Creative Cloud/Graphics, Photography Techniques, Lighting, Lightroom, and…
 
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    Rage Against the Minivan

  • Easter Week for stoics (Why I love Jesus but I’m kind of meh about Easter)

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    I have a confession to make about Easter . . . Each year, it brings up some uncomfortable feelings for me. You see, on the personality scale between pragmatic and emotional, I’m way over on the boring end of the bell curve. I tend to be a very logical, calculated person. I don’t like schmaltzy love songs or romantic movies or grand gestures. I make decisions with my head and not my heart. I would prefer a committed and steady relationship to an impassionate love affair. I like the practical. I like lists. I like analyzing and understanding. And while I’m not a completely emotionless…
  • What I want you to know about having a famous televangelist as a grandfather

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:33 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 Angie Schuller WyattMy grandfather is Dr. Robert Schuller of the Crystal Cathedral. He's sort of a big deal. For three decades he was the most widely watched televangelist on the planet. He created televangelism in the 70s when people only had three television stations to choose…
  • Wednesday's Child: Wesley

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Every Wednesday I share about a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday's Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. Wesley is 15 years old and having a family is his greatest desire. "I've been in foster care since I can remember . . . I want a family that is nice. I would do stuff for them when they are old."Perhaps Wesley's story will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids.
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    Mommy Nani Booboo

  • I’m Starting a Team

    Jenni Chiu
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
      You guys. I’ve been looking for a way to get active again, and I think I’ve found it. Who wants to be on my team?          
  • Words No Makey From Brain to Keyboard

    Jenni Chiu
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
      There is so much going on right now that the words in my brain seem to be constantly twisted and pulled out my ears and nostrils… only to be roughly handled by a giant bartender with a shaker cup who then pours them down my gullet for me to […]
  • Worth a Share – I Can’t Begin to Understand Why This Video Exists

    Jenni Chiu
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
        This is not really a blog post.  I came across this and now my world is topsy turvy and I don’t understand how some things actually exist.  I cannot bear the weight of what I’ve seen myself, so I must share it with you.       I’m […]
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    Chasing Supermom

  • Attitude is Everything – Choose a Good One

    Bekki
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    It was a Saturday afternoon, and my oldest daughter and I were on our way to catch a puppet show in Portland. We hopped in the car and headed downtown to watch the artistry of Tears of Joy. We arrived at the theater with plenty of time to settle in, participate in a few of the crafts out in the lobby, and look at the puppet displays. I noticed an empty spot RIGHT IN FRONT of the theater. Jackpot. (Here is where I should mention that I’m terrible at parking!) I tried. I failed. I decided it was best to move on, and find a different spot. We circled downtown Portland for quite awhile,…
  • 10 Signs You Might Be Addicted to Candy Crush

    Bekki
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:24 pm
    *This post contains affiliate links, which help support my family. All opinions are my own. Love it or hate it, it’s likely on your phone. Whether you’re a seasoned player or relatively new to the game, those brightly colored candies probably take up more time in your day than they should. If a candy bomb makes your day or you are constantly re-arranging items in your head to make groups of 3-5, read on my friend – you just might be addicted to Candy Crush.   1. When your partner enters the room, you quickly close the app and pretend to be doing something else. What?
  • Organize in Style with See Jane Work from Office Depot – Giveaway!

    Bekki
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:57 pm
    *This post is sponsored by Office Depot. I received free product to facilitate my post. All opinions are my own. I am a bit of an organizational junkie. With four kids, a work-at-home job, and a ministry to run, I am constantly dealing with paperwork, toys, schoolwork, art projects, products…..there’s SO much we as mothers have to keep track of! While I desperately try to have “a place for everything, and everything in its place,” I typically find that my intentions are better than my follow-through. Office Depot to the rescue! Office Depot makes it easy to store and…
 
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    うちわの秘密解明

  • その他のうちわについて

    blogger
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    うちわは丸亀うちわ以外にも日本にはたくさんあります。 まず「京うちわ」です。 京うちわの始まりは、倭寇(わこう)によって、西日本に伝わったことがきっかけです。 京うちわの特徴は柄が中骨と一体ではなく、挿柄として後から取り […]
  • 丸亀うちわの作り方について

    blogger
    8 Mar 2014 | 2:59 am
    うちわの作り方ですが、大きくわけて骨作りと貼りの2つの工程があります。 まず骨作りですが、まず竹をうちわに適した長さ、約40㎝~45㎝に切断します。 その後、その大きさの竹を20~30本集め束にし、3~4日水に漬けます。 […]
  • 丸亀うちわの種類について

    blogger
    13 Feb 2014 | 10:58 pm
    まず、柄の種類からご紹介していきましょう。 柄には3種類あります。 一つは丸柄と呼ばれるもので、竹を丸いまま柄にしたもので、二つ目に平枝があり、これは竹の管をうちわの柄の幅に割って削った平らな柄のことです。 そして組と呼 […]
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    The Mom Writes

  • On Living Life Through This Blog

    The Mom Writes
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    “Blogging and writing shouldn’t be an end in itself. It should spur us on to keep on living, to get out there and live life. And from that life, our best writing flows.”- Tsh Oxenreider. … Read full post The Mom Writes
  • Starting Your Own Business? Learn to See Both Sides of the Fence

    Guest Post
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    This is a post by expert columnist Cassie Lee. Do you have a home based business? What are your reasons for wanting to go down this challenging path? After all, it is easier to work for someone else and receive a regular salary every month. … Read full post The Mom Writes
  • 3 Tips to Finding Unexpected Work Hours in Your Busy Day

    Guest Post
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    This is a  post by columnist Martine de Luna I’ve been working at home for around four years now. I can say that I’ve found my rhythm, concerning the “work-life juggle” that we WAHMs are so familiar with. It’s not been easy, but through time I’ve been able to — … Read full post The Mom Writes
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    A Frog In My Soup

  • American Museum of Natural History Easy Readers

    Shera
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:06 am
    As I mentioned in my last book review, my youngest two sons are struggling readers. When I hand them a book to read they typically groan and trudge through it with difficulty and frustration. I love books that hit on a child’s interests to help keep them engaged even when the words might be a little difficult. These types of books tend to help keep children engaged, focused on finding out what it says and cause less frustration. Any time I find books that fit this criteria, I am one very happy mom! Sterling Children’s Books sent me a copy of World’s Fastest…
  • Puddle Pug by Kim Norman

    Shera
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    I love books, always have and always will. Sadly, I cannot say the same for any of my 6 sons. Not one of them enjoys sitting down and reading, every single one of them finds it a mundane and boring task. That’s what I get for creating 6 very energetic, athletic and on-the-go, cannot sit still children. In an ongoing effort to help my younger ones enjoy reading, I am constantly searching for fun books that are both entertaining family reads as well as interesting beginner books to help my struggling to read kiddos. So when Sterling Children’s Books offered to send me a review copy…
  • In the Midst of Devastation

    Shera
    26 Mar 2014 | 1:24 pm
    I often find myself in a quiet state of pondering this week. Since the mudslide in the Oso/Arlington area of Washington state last Saturday, thoughts have been heavy. We do not live in that community specifically, but still, a sense of heaviness and thoughtfulness has settled over so many of us who live even remotely near the small, now devastated area. The days drone on with an overwhelming sense of heartbreak as the chances of rescue dwindle and the official death toll rises. In an instant on an otherwise serene Saturday morning, so many local families’ lives were changed forever. As…
 
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    4tunate

  • Wait ‘Til They’re Good and Ready…

    Jennifer Murray
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    It’s been a big week here at Casa de Murray… 1st Baseball Practice Running Club And Riding Around the Block with No Training Wheels! {Like A Boss} Our mantra around here has always been “wait ’til they’re good and ready”, which has been super helpful with major milestones like sippy cups, potty training, and the like.  We’re not rushers. I remember when they were babies and being around other moms who wanted to pay the comparison game whenever we got together.  Are they rolling over yet?  Have you started feeding them cereal? Are you planning their…
  • Finding Beauty In the Brokenness: Something Tangible {Giveaway}

    Jennifer Murray
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    One thing I really struggled with in the hard days of grieving over our loss, was that I had nothing tangible to remember this precious life with…yes, its days were much shorter than we desired, but they still COUNTED. There was LIFE that lived, and it shouldn’t be forgotten. I had kept myself from the baby aisles during the first trimester, even though I was so anxious to start hunting for deals. {We had gotten rid of everything – and I mean EVERYTHING that even slightly represented “baby” in our home either through handing things down to other multiples moms…
  • How To Fight A Sinus Infection Naturally With Essential Oils

    Jennifer Murray
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
      I finally caved and joined the wonderful world of essential oils. After hearing so many good things from close friends who were experiencing such amazing and vast results, my curiosity could no longer be contained.  Now I’m kicking myself for dragging my feet for so long!  My Young Living Essential Oils are my go-to instead of over-the-counter medications or trying to ignore symptoms altogether – which was my typical way of dealing with illness or discomforts in the past. So how do I use the 11 oils from my Young Living Premium Starter Kit?  Here’s a few…
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    As Mom Sees It

  • Naturalizer Partners With Designer David Bromstad

    Mom
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    Has anyone seen spring?  I’ve been looking for it, but it’s been really difficult to find. I thought it was here the other day because we had our windows open and the heat off, but by the next day, there was snow on the ground and freezing temperatures. Darn it, we were *this close*. I... Continue Reading... The post Naturalizer Partners With Designer David Bromstad appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • #Disney Sweepstakes for $1 Million And LA Trip #MillionDollarArmEvent

    Mom
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:03 pm
    I am so thrilled to be heading to L.A. with Disney for the premier of their new movie starring Jon Hamm, Million Dollar Arm. The film is about a sports agent who uses unconventional recruitment strategies to bring super talented cricket players to play Major League Baseball in an attempt to save his career. Maybe... Continue Reading... The post #Disney Sweepstakes for $1 Million And LA Trip #MillionDollarArmEvent appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • Prepare Yourselves! It’s A Rabbids Invasion #Giveaway #Rabbidstoys

    Mom
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:13 pm
    The Rabbids Invasion has begun and just in time for the Easter holiday you can deliver the Easter Bunny on a more funny note. These crazy rabbits are not just for Easter and will make great gifts anytime of the year. Both of my kids – ages 3 and 14 – love Rabbids and there... Continue Reading... The post Prepare Yourselves! It’s A Rabbids Invasion #Giveaway #Rabbidstoys appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
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    The Thrifty Mommy

  • Dayspring.com: Medallion Necklaces 50% Off

    The Thrifty Mommy
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Dayspring.com is having a sale just in time for Mother’s Day. Right now you can get their Medallion necklaces for $8.49! These necklaces feature messages of hope and Scripture on six different designs. Each necklace has a vintage flair with scripture on the back. I can’t decide which one I like the best. Dayspring also has many other gifts for mom. Also, all Mother’s Day cards are 30% off this month. No coupon is needed. This post contains affiliate links. FacebookTwitterDiggItTechnoratiDel.icio.usreddit
  • 10 Tips for Dry Skin and Eczema

    The Thrifty Mommy
    23 Mar 2014 | 3:17 pm
    During the winter months, the indoor heat and outside cold air can dry out your skin. Although spring is officially here, many of us suffer with dry skin and eczema all year long.  I have suffered with eczema and dry skin for over 20 years and have learned some tips along the way. Some of these may help you. 1.  Moisturize frequently. It’s best to moisturize your skin within a few minutes of taking a shower or bath. This is because your pores are open and absorb the lotion. Moisturize troubled places throughout the day. 2.  Use a humidifier. Heating systems blow hot dry air…
  • 20 Ways to Save Money on Groceries Without Coupons

    The Thrifty Mommy
    9 Mar 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Since returning to full-time teaching a few years ago, I am not the couponer that I used to be. I enjoy using coupons and saving money, but I don’t have much time to match up coupons and sales.  I am still saving a lot of money though and I’m definitely getting my groceries for less money than I would if I shopped primarily at a discount store such as Wal-Mart. Today’s shopping trip is a perfect example of such grocery savings. My grocery bill before deductions was $251.86. After the sales and savings my bill was $121.43. That’s way more than I normally spend, but I…
 
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    Mama On the Go

  • 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…
  • How To Run Tighter Financials In Your Small Business

    Jane
    10 Dec 2013 | 1:26 pm
    When you are running a small business, there are countless issues you need to bear in mind. From achieving sales targets to sweeping and cleaning your premises, and everything in between, small businesses often rely on the owner and one or two other staff to cover every business function. This becomes more challenging when you get into technical areas, like legal and finance. At its most basic, tracking expenditure and finding a solid way to keep on top of your financial data is essential, allowing you to unlock the potential for better planning and more significant results. But what tools do…
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    Everyday Eve

  • Nursing Process… Car Trouble… Fun times!

    Eve
    4 Apr 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Our Beautiful Borrowed Boat I am almost halfway through the nursing program and am feeling the stress! Tests every 2 weeks, clinicals, reading, case studies, etc. On top of that, our car broke down- blown head gasket! Our father-in-law thankfully had a car we could borrow for a while, so that is helping, but the gas mileage is terrible- about 12 miles to the gallon if we are lucky. Because of the triples gas expenses we are so broke right now that isn’t even funny. Yesterday I had to dig for change to get Taylor some milk. Of course she is growing like a weed and now all of her pants…
  • Christmas Colds and New Year Resolutions

    Eve
    28 Dec 2013 | 8:39 am
    This year has been awesome, between new friends and visiting family I couldn’t ask for more. Well, that’s a lie, I would love to have more time, or more money, but I couldn’t ask for more of anything I could actually get!  With the new year coming, I am making a plan to make next year even better.  With only 492 days until I graduate as a nurse, I want to enjoy every painful minute of the process… Nursing school is intense, fun, wild, and a little stressful; but even with all the stress this is the only time I will do this, so I should cherish it somehow! One of my…
  • Nursing School Updates

    Eve
    15 Sep 2013 | 8:56 am
      So, I am four weeks into the nursing program.  I am both loving it and hating it at the same time. I understand the content, I am loving learning new things, and even though I have NEVER read so much for a class I enjoy it. What I am not enjoying is the drama, the cliques, the ‘not knowing what to expect’ because the program made so many changes with our class that it is a hot mess now.  I did pass my first two tests though- so yay!  However, even with all the unease, this will make graduation so much sweeter, the groups will change, the people will change.  I…
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    Tree, Root, and Twig

  • Our Thoughts on the New Free Mobile Services from Scratch Wireless

    Stacey Nerdin
    24 Mar 2014 | 12:43 pm
    *Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Scratch Wireless. I received a product sample to facilitate my review. - – - Earlier this month I introduced you to Scratch Wireless – a new free mobile service – and  my 12yo son’s new Motorola Photon Q Android smartphone. Now that it’s been a few weeks with the phone and services, we’ve come back to share what my son and I think! About Scratch Wireless First, a little about Scratch Wireless. When you purchase a Scratch Wireless smartphone, you get: free unlimited…
  • The Results of My LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge

    Stacey Nerdin
    7 Mar 2014 | 9:29 am
    *Disclosure: I received a Target gift card to purchase LISTERINE® Brand products from Johnson & Johnson and The Motherhood as part of my sponsored participation in the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge. All opinions expressed are honest & my own. - – - Last month I let you in on a little secret: I’m a bit lazy when it comes to my oral health routine. I brush my teeth in the shower and generally fall into the “out of sight, out of mind” category when it comes to brushing at night or spending any time rinsing or flossing. But I committed to changing that with…
  • New Fresh Pan Pizza from Papa Murphy’s

    Stacey Nerdin
    6 Mar 2014 | 9:45 am
    *Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Papa Murphy’s and Mom Select. All opinions expressed are honest and my own. - – - When it comes to family dinners, my main priority is the time we spend together. Of course, I want us to enjoy what we eat, and the ideal is to have fresh, high-quality food. But I harbor no guilt when the meal isn’t made from scratch; dinnertime is ultimately a means for us to come together and connect. With a traveling husband and four kids at home (three of whom tend to have busy schedules), I often rely the convenience of…
 
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    Kludgy Mom

  • The Perspective Of Being An Older Mom

    Gigi Ross
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Moms share some universal experiences and feelings. But what about perspective? Do you think that older moms approach parenting in a different way? Melissa from Home On Deranged does – and she would know. She had first child at 40. Read on to hear how being an older mom has changed her perspective. The day I found out I was going to be a first-time mom, I was already 40 years old. The day I found out I was going to have another, I was 41. Sure, my head was filled with all the bad possibilities that the doctors said were likely with my “old eggs.” It wasn’t until…
  • Loving My Child Through Anorexia

    Gigi Ross
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:05 am
    What happens when your world turns upside down? What happens when you learn that your daughter has an illness that you never thought she’d have? What happens when she has anorexia? Today, Jennifer writes a beautiful post about how she faced this challenging situation with her own daughter. I am a homeschooler. Not just your run of the mill homeschooler, but part of an even stranger subculture. In my 15 years of homeschooling I have ground wheat, baked sourdough bread, lived off the grid, raised chickens and even wore denim dresses for a blessedly short time. After sixteen years of…
  • Telling The Truth To Tween Girls

    Gigi Ross
    19 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you have tween girls (or soon-to-be tween girls), this post will make you laugh. It will also make you afraid. It least it did for me! We all have to decide what, where and how much to share about sex, puberty and all things grownup with our tween daughters. But it’s not as easy as it might look if you haven’t actually been there yet. Trish Bittman is in the thick of it. And she’s here to let us know the kinds of questions to expect – and where you might struggle with telling the whole truth. As mothers we often find ourselves saying things we never imagined we…
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    The Mom Around Town

  • Don’t Be a Foil Slave, Get Balayage

    Paige Dunn
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    I hear from moms all the time that they need a new look. They are needing something to brighten them up. I found a great solution: balayage. I used to be a slave to the foil grow-out. With two little ones, I just couldn’t be hitting the salon that often. I needed something a little more forgiving. Ty, at Gene Juarez in Bellevue, helped me make the switch, and I love it. Ty is a dynamic, artistic, fun, great-at-what-she-does colorist. What is balayage? It’s a French method of adding color to hair. Of course, that means it is painted on; it’s an art form. Ty describes it as a sweeping…
  • Mosquito-Repelling Plant That Smells Great!

    Paige Dunn
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    Mosquito season is around the corner. I find them and their pesky bites soooo annoying. I also don’t like smothering my kids in repellent that claims to be safe for them. I might not be able to avoid some of this when playing outdoors, but at least I can prevent it in my yard! I was so surprised when I came across the citronella plant while browsing Amazon for interesting herbs for a gift. I quickly called my horticulture judge mom, who was stumped. Could it be I had found a cool plant she didn’t know about? I knew then this was something new and not just to my wannabe green thumb. It’s…
  • Blog Party 2014—Big Giveaways!

    Paige Dunn
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Picture by Natalie Wallace Hey, welcome to Mom Around Town! I’m Paige, mom of Hayden (four and a half) and Pemberley (sixteen months), co-founder of the non-profit MOMentum, and a former actress. Thanks for checking out my site. Make sure to visit the Bringing Sexy Back section for ideas about looking and feeling beautiful with the zero time you have to invest in that. Blog Party is all about visiting as many blogs as you can this week, commenting, and tweeting to help build a network. Click here to see what blogs are participating. Let’s talk prizes! I’m happy to announce my prize is…
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    Kid Things

  • Sprinkle of Spring Vanilla Almond Bark Pretzels

    Crystal Herron
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I remember when I was first introduced to almond bark. It was with my mom’s friend, Nancy, and I was still a young kid around 10 years old. I believe she was trying to entertain me while I spent an afternoon at her house. Vanilla almond bark pretzels are a failproof way to entertain me, both then and now. She heated the bark until melted in the microwave and I proceeded to dip in pretzel twist after pretzel. I remember that it was almost impossible to wait until the bark hardened, though it really takes no time at all. Those pretzels needed to be in my belly! I had almost forgotten about…
  • Isabelle Grace Jewelry: A Gift for Mother’s Day

    Crystal Herron
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    If you’re a mom and you think about Mother’s Day, which is soon coming up, what is it that you really truly want? I know for me, aside from sleep and maybe a few more notches of patience, I want something personal from my kids. A piece that I can keep close to my heart, that is uniquely a treasure of our family. That is what I found with this fully personalized Stacked Initial Necklace that I was sent from Isabelle Grace Jewelry. It’s stunning and absolutely perfect for what I wanted. With this fine silver piece, you have your choice of 3 initials along with the order in which they’re…
  • Picnic at the Park with Wet-Nap #showusyourmess #pmedia #ad

    Crystal Herron
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Wet-Nap but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #showusyourmess http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV There’s a park with a playground and some swings, an open grass area to run, and benches to sit just a few blocks from our house. We used to visit every day, all of us including the dog, taking walks to play before the snow of winter struck. Letting the kids run free is a perfect way to stretch our legs and take in some sun. It’s been a long winter and a late start to spring, we definitely need an…
 
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    MommPosh

  • Printable Easter Worksheets

    Mommy
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:14 am
    With Lil B heading into Kindergarten in September (wow, how time flies!!) and improving his scissor and fine motor skills, I am always online researching education website to give him the head start he needs, while all having fun!   Check out these printable worksheets with a oh so cute Easter theme! Related Post:  A Letter To My Son On The First Day of School Have a blast celebrating the Easter holiday by coloring in this combination of Easter icons including Easter eggs, bunnies, and chicks! Take your time coloring in the detailed designs and patterns on the eggs.
  • Your Morning Routine Just Got A Little Easier + Giveaway

    Mommy
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    Mommy Posh received a Keurig Special Edition machine to facilitate this review. The views expressed here are entirely our own. Making an instant cup of your favorite beverage just got that much easier all thanks to the K Cup from Keurig Special Edition.  Whether your morning starts with a cup of hot joe, tea, hot chocolate or ice coffee, Keurig K Cups comes in handy in achieving your morning routine. Since I’m the only coffee drinker in the house, it can be a waste of time and money to invest in a good coffee brewer.  So when I got the honor to review the K cup Keurig Special…
  • The Perfect Accessory For The On-The-Go Mom

    Mommy
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    With Mother’s Day right around the corner, what’s better than to give the gift of jewelry.  OK, not just your ordinary piece of jewelry, but pieces that you can customized and make your own price.  Sounds too good to be true?? Not really.   Anjolee allows you to customize your jewelry with thousands of unique jewelry designs by metal type, diamond quality, size and length. This feature is available on the largest collection of fine jewelry including diamond bracelet designs, diamond necklaces, wedding and bridal rings, earrings and gemstone jewelry. Their customization system…
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    The Epic Adventures of a Modern Mom

  • You weren’t an accident…

    Epic Mom
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:26 pm
  • The LEGOLAND winner is…

    Epic Mom
    21 Mar 2014 | 7:36 am
    Thank you to all of my Epic readers who entered the giveaway for 4 tickets to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto.  A hearty congratulation to our winner, Tracey W.  Please expect an email from me shortly.
  • Ripley’s Aquarium Toronto

    Epic Mom
    18 Mar 2014 | 6:31 pm
    We recently went to Ripley’s Aquarium and had a phenomenal time. The kids were super excited to see sharks, stingrays, jelly fish and octopus and fish galore. Once you step foot on the movator, be prepared to experience what it would be like to stand on the bottom of the sea, but without getting soaked. I couldn’t help but let you know some helpful tips for if you want to go. Buy your tickets online. Go early (like 9am), to bypass the crazy long crowds. Go on a weekday if you can. Bring a backpack with some snacks. Charge your camera and make sure you have enough memory to capture…
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    Sweet Potato Chronicles

  • Zesty Chicken with Red Beans & Rice

    Ceri Marsh
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:19 pm
    We're going through a really good food phase in our house. Esme has decided she loves mussels and squid and over a recent ramen lunch, Julian announced that he loved Korean flavours. But I'm scared to make too much of it. I do worry that the parenting Gods will smite you if you're too cocky, you know? Like whenever I stupidly say something about how rarely my kids get sick I know we're due for a month of pink eye and chest infections. This actually happened less than a month ago, no joke. Still, I'm cautiously delighted. You can go ahead and picture me whisper cheering (yey!). But where my…
  • Chickpea and Cauliflower Curry over Brown Rice

    Laura Keogh
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    I'm hoping I'm getting this one in under the wire. In other words, Winter better finally be over. I'd like to tuck away all my hearty recipes until next fall and start chatting chilled salads and skewers. So sayonara, soup. And buh-bye, chili. It's been real fun sharing the past few months of ice storms, polar vortexes and snow-past-my-bum but I've got a grill to see about a burger, um-kay. Not only is my grill ready for duty but my family (any myself included) has gotten weary of Winter eating. Does that make any sense? We all so desperately want to throw something over an open flame and…
  • A Quick Bite With Sophie Dahl

    Athena Tsavliris
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Way before Sophie Dahl was runway famous, I used to sometimes find her drinking tea at the kitchen table of my friend Cass' Notting Hill home. I was intimidated by that insouciant cool that some girls just have. Plus, she was the wide-eyed Sophie from theBFG – the beloved book of all our childhoods. Fast forward to her modelling days, and overnight, she became a sensation. From Richard Avedon to Tim Walker to Steven Meisel, she was photographed by all the greats and landed on the cover of Vogue six-times. The infamous Tom Ford for YSL Opium campaign, where Sophie appeared, stark naked…
 
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    Raising Rockstar

  • “Parskles!”

    Aileen
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:14 am
    Actually I think “Sparkles” is easier to say, but what do I know… A-and she held it up like Simba (Calm down, that’s the very safe, non-toxic, water-based little kiddie version.) Imagine her hard at work saying “Parskles” quietly to herself over and over and it’ll be about right… The stuff comes off with (baby) soap and water and a little elbow grease, which is a good thing, since it gets all over the bed. The Miss has a couple classmates who come in with mum-and-daughter pedis, and while we’re really not there yet, she just loves…
  • Prada and Iguana

    Aileen
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:17 am
    Blast from past… In one of my first Prada dresses, about 7 years old, battered little Burberry bag superglued together… and the iguana’s name is Iguana probably because the handler didn’t want to bother with teaching me the animal’s real Thai name… I don’t know what the furry thing is but it was almost weightless (Iguana is surprisingly heavy) and I’m in this weird position because I had to keep it from pawing at the other animal (which is quite dumb, come to think of it, because Iguana had serious CLAWS – the handler was going “No…
  • The Rockstars On Their First Day Of Easter Break

    Aileen
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:23 pm
    After a rousing session of jumping on the bed with the Miss, Rockstar got upset the previous night when he couldn’t fall asleep. He also fails to sleep in the following morning. At times like this Rockstar would rather get up and get some of his regular math practice done than toss and turn futilely trying to get back to sleep, so that is what he does.  He then finishes early, and gets to escort the Miss to Chinese (she is completely not off for Chinese tuition, as it turns out – so we’re having both kids work especially hard on their Chinese, this holiday period. The only…
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    Telecommuting Moms

  • UHaul Hiring Work-At-Home Customer Service Agents

    Alaina Forbes
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Uhaul, known for their moving and storage resources has also moved into the portable storage solutions field by offering the U-box. Right now Uhaul is hiring Ubox agents to work from home providing quotes and placing reservations. Past customer service experience is desired along with basic computer and keyboarding skills. Pay is $9.25 an hour.  Apply for this position on the Uhaul website.
  • Chat Based Customer Service Agent Needed

    Alaina Forbes
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Weebly offers easy website building, hosting, ecommerce, and domain names. If you have a good understanding of website technology as well as building websites you may be a good match for their current work at home position. This remote customer service position will provide answers to customers via email or chat. This position will be around 30-40 hours a week and pays $15 an hour. For more information and to apply visit the Weebly job site.
  • Work at Home Transcriptionists Needed

    Alaina Forbes
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Tigerfish, a well known transcription company, is currently hiring transcribers to work from home. This is a great opportunity as most transcription companies that hire from home require previous transcription experience. Applicants with Tigerfish need to be fast typists and know the English language well but no previous transcription experience is needed. You must be a legal U.S. resident or citizen as well as have high speed internet. The job entails listening to audio files and transcribing them per instructions. For more information on how to apply, visit the job opening.
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    The Divine Miss Mommy | Atlanta Georgia Mom Blogger | Travel Blogger

  • Easy DIY Monogrammed Easter Eggs

    Stacie
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Easter is quickly approaching and I know that many of you are planning to dye eggs this weekend, right? We love going all out and doing some really fun eggs. This year we are monogramming our eggs among other things. These are so easy and fun to make. They take just minutes and your kids can even do them by themselves. They can really great creative with letters, numbers and shapes. There is no wrong way to do these eggs. {Read More} The post Easy DIY Monogrammed Easter Eggs appeared first on The Divine Miss Mommy | Atlanta Georgia Mom Blogger | Travel Blogger.
  • Easy DIY Maintenance for Your Home #underoneroof #ilovelennar #ad

    Stacie
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    This post is sponsored by Lennar, the leading builder of quality new homes across the nation. At Lennar- Everything’s Included, offering the best value at an incredible price. Their homes demonstrate customer commitment by showcasing outstanding new construction and homebuilding excellence. Lennar asked me to share with you about Easy DIY Maintenance. You can also check out HGTV.com to get ideas for your own value-adding home improvements from Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott. When I bought my first home {Read More} The post Easy DIY Maintenance for Your Home #underoneroof…
  • Eat Your Favorite Foods Without Worry ~ CharcoCaps® Anti-Gas Formula #CharcoCapsNoMoreGas

    Stacie
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    We all have our favorite foods, right? I know that I do and mine have pretty much been the same my entire life. For the longest time I never really had to worry about what I was going to eat. I didn’t get heartburn and most foods didn’t cause gas. This happened until my mid-30′s. After that I seemed to have problems a few times per week. Gassy, bloating and more all from my favorite foods. I love cheese, bread {Read More} The post Eat Your Favorite Foods Without Worry ~ CharcoCaps® Anti-Gas Formula #CharcoCapsNoMoreGas appeared first on The Divine Miss Mommy | Atlanta…
 
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    Dagmar*s Home

  • American Well Provides Quality Healthcare Via Online Visits

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    The post American Well Provides Quality Healthcare Via Online Visits appeared first on Dagmar*s Home. {This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Well.} Do you ever have a health question you’d love to get answered right away instead of having to go to the doctor? Ever wondered about a rash on your kid’s arm that you don’t feel requires a visit to the doctor but […] The post American Well Provides Quality Healthcare Via Online Visits appeared first on Dagmar*s Home.
  • Wordless Wednesday Linky: Roar!

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:57 pm
    The post Wordless Wednesday Linky: Roar! appeared first on Dagmar*s Home. For this week’s Wordless Wednesday I’m sharing pictures I shot two weekends ago we went to a lovely 2. birthday party for L’s cousin Emma at a playground. L got his face painted and it was a total coincidence that he was wearing his Tigers shirt. Plus, Don calls him “tiger” all the time. This […] The post Wordless Wednesday Linky: Roar! appeared first on Dagmar*s Home.
  • “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” Link Party #21

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:55 am
    The post “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” Link Party #21 appeared first on Dagmar*s Home. Time for the next “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” link party! If you found an amazing deal lately, new or vintage, then play along and link up! Here is my favorite pick from the last party: Robin from Redo It Yourself Inspirations bought a battered foot stool and upcycled it with a few belts and paint. […] The post “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” Link Party #21 appeared first on Dagmar*s Home.
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    Traveling with Baby

  • Best Shoes for Kids: Part I {Review of Florsheim Kids}

    drdolly
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:29 pm
    My kids have been trying different brands of shoes for the past 6 years.  We’ve tried numerous brands from brand new shoes to slightly used but new-to-us styles from consignment shops.  Sometimes, we’ve forgone shoes after only a few moments of wear due to discomfort or “hot spots.” Some brands just didn’t hold up well with wear either in terms of durability or how well they looked even after one day of wear. Over the years, we keep going back to the same 3 brands because of their durability, flexibility for small feet, comfort, and styles.  Even though my…
  • Into Our Arms – Gotcha Day Anniversary

    drdolly
    27 Jan 2014 | 9:08 am
    Anxiously waiting for our daughter’s name to be announced, she appeared with wide and fearful eyes.  Immediately when we reached for her, she cried and wailed and reached out her arms for the woman from the orphanage who carried her in. Gotcha Day was stressful. A small, practically furniture-free room full of nine families (and extended families) and their crying (sometimes screaming) children.  This entire scene played out for three long hours. But, she was in our arms. Small and frightened. Crying tears that would never cease. This is a real life gotcha day. There’s no fairy…
  • Healthy Gluten-Free Travel Snacks for Baby: NurtureME {Review}

    drdolly
    19 Jan 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Sometimes it’s hard to think outside the box for feeding your little one healthy options when you’re on the road.  There’s raisins, and other types of fruit, but then too much fruit is also too much sugar.  If your child tends to do better on a gluten-free diet, then your options are even more limited. Moms ask me all the time about gluten-free options for their toddlers and young kids.  Other than healthy nuts and fruit (which don’t work so well for toddlers with few teeth), it’s tough to think of road-friendly snack options that are healthy, simple, and…
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    Globetrotting in Heels

  • The colors of Notting Hill

    Elisa
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:38 pm
    I already gave you the highlights of our weekend in London here, here and here, and I already told you I fell in love with Notting Hill immediately, but I thought I would show you a few more reasons reasons why. I could describe what I saw when walking through the streets of Notting Hill after visiting the Portobello Road Market, but I think the photos speak for themselves: Amazing, right? I cannot posibly overstate how much I would LOVE to score one of these gorgeous houses! How about you?
  • The market the blows all others out of the water

    Elisa
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    This is the third post about our last trip to London. You can read the first two posts here and here.   After two days of torrential rain, we were all really happy to wake up on Saturday to a gorgeous sunny (albeit a little chilly) day. This was the day I had most been looking forward to – the day of the Portobello Road Market! The excitement was mounting, as we crossed the Tower Bridge to get to the Monument tube station. The crowded tube was a little bit of a buzzkill, but by the time we got to Notting Hill and enjoyed a bit of that lovely sunlight on our walk to the Market (and a…
  • Sunday Trippin’ with Melissa of Design, Eat, Repeat

    Elisa
    6 Apr 2014 | 3:36 am
    I found Melissa’s blog following one of her gorgeous, colorful printables. And once I landed on her blog, I couldn’t get away.  It was just filled to the brim with lovely, colorful, and just plain irresistible little bits: delicious recipes, fun printables, gorgeous party ideas, and all so beautifully photographed that it felt like it was just jumping out of the screen and I could just reach out and grab it. What better fit for Sunday Trippin’ than someone whose creativity just cannot be contained? Here she shares some of what inspires her with us.   1. If you could…
 
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    Twelve Makes a Dozen

  • Monster Concert

    Mom of 12
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:06 am
    Have you ever been to a Monster Concert? The theory is simple. Our elementary school bands are small and they don't have equal numbers of instruments, and sometimes the school productions are a little weird. So they bring together all the little bands and combine them into one large program called a Monster Concert. Sport happens to play the trumpet in our elementary school band. This is his
  • Taking the Pins Out

    Mom of 12
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:20 am
    Today was a big day for me, one that I have been looking forward to for quite some time. My visit with the hand doctor! I am just so tired of being laid up. Nice and straight Last Friday, one of the pins got pushed a little too far with the plastic part of my brace and started forcing its way beneath the skin of my finger. It was painful, so I tried to move the pin slightly so that it wasn't
  • Guest Blog: Timbuk-four by Sport

    Mom of 12
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:11 am
    When we were handing out the flyers for the food pantry, we got a big box from our neighbor, Mike. The box was from a chair he had just bought and he thought we might like to play in it. When Bean Dip, Taco, Scout and I came back from Minecraft Madness at the library, four of my siblings (including nephews) popped out of the big box! The next morning, the kids were playing in it again. At
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    Create-Celebrate-Explore

  • Cove: 10 Cheap, Amazing Updates with Spray Paint

    Tonya Staab
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    Did I tell you that I'm now writing over at Cove Financial? I'll be providing do-it-yourself tips a couple of times a month for homeowners, or those of you who are looking for ways to update and re-use what they already have.  There's really great information on there from friends of mine too including home buying tips, how to save money, home deductions, and lots more. As far as do-it-yourself though, this is the kind of information you will find from me: My latest post is up, so if you are wanting to give new life to your worn out home decor or fixtures, then I've got…
  • The Pigeon: Book Themed Baby Shower Idea

    Tonya Staab
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:42 am
      Mo Willems latest book The Pigeon Needs a Bath! hit stores on April 1st. Host a book themed baby shower centered around this book for a mommy-to-be with these tips and ideas. A book themed baby shower is a great way to introduce your favorite children's book author to your friends and family. Here are some ideas for getting the guests involved and to keep gift giving and activities simple. Baby shower activity: Buy plain onesies or plain t-shirts in assorted sizes and have the guests hand-paint a scene from a book, or fun sayings from the book onto the clothing with fabric paint. Baby…
  • Easter Brunch Recipe: Shredded Hash Brown Nests

    Tonya Staab
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:57 pm
      Every year I put together a fun Easter brunch to enjoy after the kids have run around the backyard collecting eggs full of treasures. I rarely put out the same thing, although there are normally a few staples such as bakery items and fresh fruit, and I always put out a homemade hot dish. So, if you are looking for a quick an easy Easter Brunch recipe, these shredded hash brown nests are perfect for a pot luck or brunch with family and friends. Ingredients: Ore-Ida Shredded Hash Brown Potatoes Bacon - 1 piece for every 3 hash brown nest Large Egg - 1 per hash brown nest Fresh Thyme Pinch…
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    StyleBakery » stylebakerymom

  • The must-have shoe: Havaianas + Mara Hoffman flip-flop

    Christine Fox
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Everyone wears flip-flops sometime during the year. I know it’s snowing still in some parts of the country but soon enough we’ll be shedding those winter boots and making way for sunshine in our flip-flops. So start your summer shopping now and get a pair of the hottest flip-flops from the all new collaboration, Havaianas + Mara Hoffman. The fun and bright bohemian world prints featured on the flip-flops will make your feet sing this summer as you head to the beach and pool. With four prints to choose from, each pair also features a Mara Hoffman designed pin on the sandal that is…
  • The only 5 spring nail polish colors you need

    Anna Rice
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Is there anything more difficult than choosing a nail polish color? I could stare at the options at the salon or the drugstore for hours. But this season we’ve narrowed down the 5 spring nail polish colors that you need to care about. These hues range from bold to classic so you can rock them anywhere, from the beach to the office. The 5 must-have polishes? Here are our picks: 1. Apricot – It’s feminine, but less obvious than pink. 2. Minty Green – Minty blue was so last season. The color was everywhere, but this green is a bright that pops and is pleasantly different. 3.
  • Gift a new mom and her baby with Stork Stack

    Christine Fox
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Most moms have access to everything need but what they don’t have is the surprise of having a box of fun and useful products delivered to their doorstep for both themselves and their baby. Stork Stack is a new monthly subscription service that for $28 each month delivers hand-picked products (at least 5 items) for expecting moms in their third trimester through babies and toddlers up to 3 years. The great thing is you don’t have to sign-up for a monthly service but rather can just gift one box for the month or multiple months if you like the service. You can also send a Shower…
 
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    Kelly Tirman| Kelly Tirman

  • Do You Want Your Kids to Know How to Spend Money Wisely?

    Kelly Tirman
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Do you want to set your kids up for future financial success? Then start now. That’s the first rule of introducing your kids to financial education – the sooner you start, the better. Money management is probably the last thing on the minds of most kids – I know this is the case with my “princesas” – […]The post Do You Want Your Kids to Know How to Spend Money Wisely? appeared first on Kelly Tirman.
  • Yes, I’m Gonna Try and Pull at Your Heart Strings

    Kelly Tirman
    17 Oct 2013 | 12:49 pm
    I know a lot of causes tug at your heart strings and I’m hoping I can add one more. As you may remember, I visited Haiti last May. I went there to donate my time and provide business training to local artisans. While there we traveled around Haiti meeting artisans that make products for stores […]The post Yes, I’m Gonna Try and Pull at Your Heart Strings appeared first on Kelly Tirman.
  • Cancer Prevention Starts with YOU

    Kelly Tirman
    23 Jul 2013 | 6:21 pm
    Finding out someone you know and love has cancer can be a devastating blow to any person or family. My grandmother passed away from Cancer long before Cancer research was even a discussion topic, or the word Cancer was casually muttered during dinner conversations or chats with friends. My mother was to turn eleven the […]The post Cancer Prevention Starts with YOU appeared first on Kelly Tirman.
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    Lille Punkin'

  • Review of Stacy's Pretzel Thins

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    My kids like to eat pretzels, and I admit to choosing them over chips when I want a salty snack.  While most pretzels can be dry or bland, the Stacy's Pretzel Thins I tried recently had great texture and flavor.  I really couldn't stop eating them! The Pretzel Thins came in 2 flavors: Simply Naked and Honey Dijon.  To be honest, I'm not a honey mustard fan, but even with them not being my
  • Our Plan for Summer School -- and 20% Savings from AOP!

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:10 pm
    So many homeschool moms I know are gearing up for the end of their school year.  Since we have had a new baby in our home at least every 3 years, however, we seem to always be playing "catch-up" through the summer.  Whether you are schooling year-round to keep your little minds sharp, or you need the extra time to get through your studies, you won't be alone! If you're looking for a way to
  • Dyson, Doll, and Teething Toy Recalls - Plus more!

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:43 pm
    We have quite a few recalls to report on today.  Be sure to click on the link for each for full details, including how to return or repair the item. Dyson recalls portable bladeless heaters due to fire hazard Walmart recalls dolls due to fire hazard  BebeLove recalls infant walkers due to fall and entrapment hazards Infantino teething toys recalled due to choking hazard Coleman Runestone
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    A Hen's Nest - NW PA Mom Blog

  • 25 Family Fun Easter Recipes & Crafts

    Henrietta
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    With less than a week left before Easter arrives, we’ve been searching for delicious and fun ways to spend some of our Spring break together. From orange rolls to book page bunting and Bunny tails to Easter cheese balls – here is a list of 25 great recipe and craft ideas for a very hoppy […] The post 25 Family Fun Easter Recipes & Crafts appeared first on A Hen's Nest... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Toy Coupons to fill those Easter Baskets!

    Henrietta
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
     It’s always fun to put a little surprise in the kids’ Easter baskets! Get great savings with these toy coupons for fun games like Scrabble, Scattergories, Twister and Dance Rave. Also, save $2.00 off a $7.99 or more HASBRO MR. POTATO HEAD toy, $5.00 off SESAME STREET purchases over $19.99 and $3.00 off adorable Furreal Friends Snuggimals Walkin Ponies and […] The post Toy... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hen’s Friday #Giveaway Linky 4/11 – 4/17

    Henrietta
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Happy Friday! I think Spring has finally chased away the cold weather! Hopefully it’s the same in your area! Not much going on this week, just getting ready for Easter. Can you believe it’s just over a week away? Be sure to stop by and enter to win an assortment of delicious HERSHEY’S Easter Candy! […] The post Hen’s Friday #Giveaway Linky 4/11 – 4/17 appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Canoodle Toy Review & Giveaway (US & Can)

    Maureen
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product. My three young children are always looking for fun, creative toys to play and build with both indoors and outdoors. As a mom,… [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: Canoodle Toy Review & Giveaway (US & Can). Thank you for helping to stop content theft!!
  • Skintimate® Signature Scents® Mandarin Burst Moisturizing Shave Gel Reader Reviews

    Stacie
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Last month I shared a review of the new Skintimate® Signature Scents® Mandarin Burst Moisturizing Shave Gel and 20 readers had the opportunity to try the product. They sent me in their reviews and one of them will win a $100 Visa Gift Card! But before I announce, see what the winners thought of the product: 1.… [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: Skintimate® Signature Scents® Mandarin Burst Moisturizing Shave Gel Reader Reviews. Thank you for…
  • Join the #PlaytexKnowsBabies Twitter Party 4/24 9pm EST

    Stacie
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. I used Playtex products with both my girls when they were babies/toddlers. I had the Playtex bottles for feeding, pacifiers (or as we call them sousies), the Diaper Genie, cups, etc. As a young mom back then, Playtex was a brand… [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: Join the #PlaytexKnowsBabies Twitter Party 4/24 9pm EST. Thank you for helping to stop content theft!!
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  • Delta Children’s New Spiderman 3D TWIN bed

    Andrea
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    Press Sample Having two boys that have always loved Spiderman, I knew this next review was sure to be a hit…. Delta Children’s new Spiderman 3D TWIN bed: This wonderful brand new Disney 3D Spider man Foot Board is the perfect piece to transition your little superman from crib to big boy bed. Constructed with a high quality plastic and metal frame, the foot board is both lightweight and sturdy providing safe sleeping and exceptional durability. The foot board features a 3D Lightning Spider man making sleep time fun and exciting. Delta Spiderman Twin Bed Features: Holds up to 200…
  • Easter Baskets from The Fruit Company

    Andrea
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:14 am
    Press Sample Easter is this coming Sunday and while I adore spoiling loved one during this time with tasty treats, I try to limit the candy giving.  I recently had the opportunity to review an Easter Basket from The Fruit Company. I was fortunate enough to received the Easter Treats Basket: Now here’s an Easter basket to suit your taste – sweet, crunchy and sublime.   Filled with Easter favorites: a solid milk chocolate foil carrot, gummy carrot candy, brilliantly-colored candy sticks, delectable chocolate Jordan almonds, and the best Green D’Anjou Pears and Navel Oranges under…
  • The Sweet Dreams Collection

    Andrea
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
    Press Sample Being a mom of three young kids I am amazed at how I run from the minute I get up to the minute I gratefully lay in my bed.  Unfortunately while my body begs for much needed rest, I often have times where I can’t stop my mind from running through those countless details needed for my upcoming day.  I recently had the opportunity to review some products from The Sweet Dreams Collection to help aid me in falling asleep faster. The Sweet Dreams Collection – Official Products of the National Sleep Foundation The Sweet Dreams Collection is a suite of products  formulated…
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  • Cool Book Review for Single Moms

    Admin
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:17 am
    A few years ago I read a really great classic book called “Psycho-Cybernetics” by Maxwell Maltz. It’s kind of old but it has some profound tips and techniques for overcoming any emotional damage in your life to help you to become a better you. You will become the  person that the Creator, our God has designed you to be. Maxwell Maltz was a plastic surgeon who noticed that when he performed plastic surgery on different people, their self image, how they viewed themselves, seemed to change overnight. But then there were some people whose self image didn’t change. It didn’t matter how…
  • Show Your Rich Single Momma Style

    Samantha Gregory
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:05 am
    Do you think I’m the only one who is a Rich Single Momma? Hardly! You are a Rich Single Momma too!  If you are lucky to have healthy kids, a roof over your heads, live in a 1st world country with running water and a microwave, you are rich!  You are here for a reason. Your purpose may not be clear but it doesn’t matter right now.  All that matters is that you are alive and well.  You are above ground instead of six feet under.  No matter how jacked up your life may seem right now you are doggone blessed to be here! Your kids need you to get it together so you can move from…
  • How to Afford an Elite Summer Camp Program

    Samantha Gregory
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:02 am
    Last year my daughter attended an aviation camp for a week at no cost to me other than a $25 application fee. This camp is not widely publicized but is what I consider an elite camp because it includes flying lessons and a day trip to another city. My sister found the camp during a search for summer camps for her kids. The camp is sponsored by corporate partners so most kids were able to attend at no cost, but there are other camps out there that offer specialized experiences that may require a premium price tag. So how can you afford to send your bright kid to this kind of camp without…
 
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  • How to Clean Baseball Pants to Perfection

    Danielle
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    This isn’t one of those times that I tell you I am a miracle worker except maybe I AM. Especially in the eyes of my small dude. And also maybe in the eyes of the other baseball moms on Coop’s team. You see, the Rookie’s season just started last Sunday – as in nine days ago. The team played League games on Sunday, on Thursday, and then Tournament games on Friday, two on Saturday and two innings at 8am on Sunday until a torrential downpour and lightening put a halt to the game.  In case you weren’t aware, baseball is a superstitious game. This means, at least in…
  • Tips for Teaching Kids a Second Language

    Natalia Simmons
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hello again! I am so happy to be back here again at Extraordinary Mommy. Last time I was here we talked about traveling with kids. Because, well, that’s a really big part of my life and I thought I’d share a few tips I’ve picked up along the way! Hope you enjoyed it! If you missed it, my family is made up of a Bahamian-born-and-raised husband, a Southern California girl, and two beautiful little mixed boys. We spend our time between France and California mostly, with visits to The Bahamas when we can. You can read more about me over here. Living in France on and off for the…
  • The Truth About Community and Stolen Content: A Lesson from The St. Louis Observer

    Danielle
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm
    On Friday I felt the punch in the gut that comes with seeing your site’s hard work appear, stolen, on someone else’s site. And not a sentence, not a quote, not just one picture (and I don’t think ANY of those are acceptable either) but I first saw one full post – a post that had been written by Kelli Stuart, one of the contributors I pay to write here for ExtraordinaryMommy. And then I learned there was another post.  And then another. (this above post  had appeared here on our site that very morning) Then I learned that there was a full Google Proxy feed running…
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  • BISSELL “One Step Challenge” – BISSELL Symphony™ All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop vs. Broom & Mop

    i Dream of Clean
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    BISSELL gave me a challenge I couldn’t resist. They asked me to test their new BISSELL Symphony™ All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop. I immediately accepted the challenge because I’m always looking for a way to make cleaning easier. Plus, you may recall that I’ve been on a quest to find the best steam mop around. Since the Symphony is a steam mop AND vacuum, there’s a possibility it could top the list. We shall see… Of course, I had to put it to the test first. And test I did. My challenge was to compare the Symphony All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop to a…
  • Spring Cleaning Challenge Finishing Touches

    i Dream of Clean
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    We are one day away from the end of our challenge! Can you believe it?!?!? I hope your home is in much better shape than it was 14 days ago!! From what we can tell, you’ve been scrubbing, decluttering, organizing, cleaning…and even having a little fun. We are so proud of you! We have one more challenge for you today and that’s to complete the finishing touches. You know…dust, polish, sanitize. Take a few minutes today to dust bookshelves, cabinets, lamps and other furniture. Polish wood. Clean mirrors and glass. Sanitize doorknobs, handles, and light fixtures. Clean…
  • Spring Clean Floors – Spring Cleaning Challenge Day 13

    i Dream of Clean
    13 Apr 2014 | 1:07 am
    We’re nearing the end of our challenge. That means we’re moving onto the floors! Since we all have different types of flooring in our homes, we decided to compile a list of tips and how-to guides for as many types of flooring as we could think of. So, here’s what we came up with: How to deep clean and *really* vacuum your carpet Cheap and easy hardwood floor cleaner DIY linoleum cleaner Must have cleaning tools to Spring clean your floors Easy way to clean grout The best steam mop for you How to remove nail polish from wood flooring Do you have a floor cleaning need we…
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  • A change in perspective

    becky scott
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:13 pm
    I used to spend so much time here, putting my thoughts to “paper” and publishing for anyone to see. My kids are only 6 and 3, and there are so many stories to capture about them. Maybe things like Facebook have ruined that for me, where I can dash off a thought whenever, instead of composing something more … interesting … than I do now? But I don’t even know where to (re)start. My oldest is in kindergarten and I don’t know for sure what’s okay and what’s not anymore. Will he enjoy my stories about him? Be mad that I put them online, opening both of us to criticism? (I got a…
  • Social Media Marketing World 2014 – who’s with me?

    becky scott
    10 Mar 2014 | 8:36 pm
    (Links in this post are affiliate links.) I went to Social Media Marketing World last year and really enjoyed it. Learned a lot and met some great people. And guess what? I finally decided to do it again this year. Why? Lots of networking opportunities. You meet new people and get to talk shop as much as you want with people who understand what you do. But don’t approach it from a “What can you do for me?” attitude. Just treat everyone with respect and realize that person you meet now could send you business or answer a question or just become a really awesome friend. It’s in San…
  • Looking back on 2013

    becky scott
    3 Jan 2014 | 10:10 pm
    It’s time for my yearly retrospective. I’ve been doing this for about 5 years now. For previous years see these: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009. Just copying my entry from last year. This retrospective was originally inspired by Linda at Sundry Mourning. 1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before? So much went on this year! Bought a new van. Hired a nanny. Got some new clients. Went to Austin. Went to NYC. Went to Belgium. Finally closed on our house. Crazy, crazy year. 2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? Nope. 3. Did anyone…
 
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    United States of Motherhood

  • Ignore the Freaking Scale, Please?

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    This? This is why you should ignore the scale & listen to your body......and crossfit & eat paleo! Heh! I started my health & fitness journey in Costco-size Kirkland capris...X-large & squeezed on like a sausage. Then I lost 35 lbs & went down to large. Today my pants kept falling down during wall balls and burpees....after indulging at Disneyland for 5 days!! I thought I was being silly to buying medium goals pants at Costco today,but guess what? THEY fit. And according to the dang scale? I weigh 3 lbs more than when I bought the larges.
  • Easter Basket Ideas for Teen Girls That Won't Break the Bank: I Gotcha!

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:51 pm
    So your kids are older and aren't impressed with kites and sidewalk chalk, but don't want to let the fun end?  Yet you don't want to stuff their basket entirely with sugar, dyes, and preservatives?Yeah, I so get it. I got you!As a mother of two, I have some tried and true items that won't break the bank for teen Easter baskets: Six Bucks Each! Set of two microfiber towels in Easter Egg colors for less than $6 each. Roll them up in some cute ribbon and half your basket is full.  Perfect soft, absorbent towels for the beach or for year-round swimmers.Under $20 StealOh hello!
  • Never Forgotten, My Love Seb

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Sebbie's ashes were just delivered from the vet. I held it together until he left, but am sobbing right now. My poor pup. He is so missed. I put him next to our beloved Grendel's ashes in a place of honor in the living room. Never forgotten...#heartbroken
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • Have you asked yourself why Kraft Dinner isn’t creamier? Well, it can be!

    cjblythe
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Kraft Dinner (KD) has always been a favorite in our family – well, I should qualify that by saying everyone except Mark. He can take it or leave it. His theory is that he ate so much of it... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pic of the Day!

    cjblythe
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:11 am
      Be sure to check out previous ‘Pics of the Day‘ on the archive page. A Stunning Spectrum of Humanity [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Thirteen signs I’m in MENOPAUSE!?

    cjblythe
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    Lately I’ve been asking myself if I could possibly be in menopause. Then, after making this list of symptoms and comparing them with the cartoon at right, I was left in no doubt. In the winter,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Zen Mom

  • The Zen Mom Confessional

    zenmom
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:47 pm
    This post is something that’s been on my mind for awhile. Sorry I’ve been a little MIA lately, I’ve been at the next stage of my mom journey and I have not shared it with you. I’m slowing... Click on www.thezenmom.com or title for more.
  • First 5 California-Why I’m Making More Time For Play!

    zenmom
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:38 am
    I just got back from a weekend ski trip with the family and on the flight home I sat next to a mom of 3 who is now an empty nester. I’m not sure how we got so deep into … Continue reading... Click on www.thezenmom.com or title for more.
  • Oscars 2014: The Vanity Fair Social Club With The Insider

    zenmom
    28 Feb 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Here in SoCal it’s Stormwatch! I know, it’s nothing compared to what others have been going through across the country this year, but it’s definitely wet. Hoping it will clear up by... Click on www.thezenmom.com or title for more.
 
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  • 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…
  • How to Align Your Digital Brand With Your Vision

    Britt Michaelian
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Whether you are lifestyle business owner, an artist, a small business owner or a mom and pop store, your brand must be a direct reflection of your ultimate message and vision. Your brand is comprised of many facets from your logo and imagery around your core offerings to the copy used in social media, PR and advertising. When your digital brand is in sync with your vision, your audience will clearly understand how your brand will help them live a better life. If you fail to design your brand in a way that is aligned with your vision, unfortunately you may never reach your vision of greatness.
  • Social Media to IRL: Taking Twitter Connections to the Next Level

    Britt Michaelian
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Twitter is a great platform to connect with people all over the world. If you tweet often enough, you may even feel like your Twitter connections know you on a different level than your offline friends. We truly are living in a new era of connection possibilities, which is why knowing why you are participating in social media to begin with is essential to knowing how to maximize your connections. If you find yourself tweeting with someone often, sharing personal experiences and really developing a genuine friendship, this is usually an indication that an IRL connection would be welcome. It…
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    SavvyMom Today

  • Calgary: The Bunny Stops Here

    SavvyMom.ca
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Stop hopping around looking for ways to enjoy Easter with the kids—try some of these fun activities at the Calgary Farmers’ Market instead. You can get your Easter dinner shopping done while the kids hop off some of that energy.
  • Toronto: Hop on Down

    SavvyMom.ca
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Easter is for everyone, but especially fun for the young. We’ve rounded up some egg-citing (sorry) events in Toronto for the entire family to enjoy.
  • Ottawa: Easter in the Capital

    SavvyMom.ca
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    It feels like winter has trapped us at home forever, but this Easter holiday weekend we’re determined to get outside and experience some events in the great outdoors. So dig out the rubber boots and the splash pants—there’s plenty going on in the capital.
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    CookiesKids.com Blog

  • Toys that Teach

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Savvy parents are always looking for new and engaging ways to educate their kids. Whether your child is pre-school age or struggling in an academic subject, a little boost to enhance their learning experience is always beneficial. But how do you make it fun?  Many parents and kids have already discovered the value of learning through play. When you teach with toys, that most dreaded school subject becomes a lot less intimidating. Here are some of our favorite teaching toys: Scientific Playsets: Many of today’s great scientists can trace their interest in the natural world to a childhood…
  • The Best Loafers since Sliced Bread

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    A good pair of loafers is essential for any young man’s wardrobe. The comfy no-lace design makes them an easy option for school attire, dressy events, and casual wear. But with so many designers taking loafers in exciting non-traditional directions, finding the right pair can be a challenge. Before choosing a pair, consider the need they will fill. Will they be the footwear for his school uniform? His casual summer shoe to slip on and off? Take a look at some of our favorite pairs for inspiration. This pair from Akademiks combines elements of a traditional loafer with some more modern…
  • Time-Out Alternative: Time-In

    10 Apr 2014 | 2:04 pm
    When it comes to dealing with a child’s bad behavior, the time-out is one of the most tried and true tools in a parent’s kit. The prevailing wisdom is that it gives kids a few minutes to cool off, reflect about what they have done, and realize that their actions have consequences.  However, there are lessons a time-out doesn’t teach, like regulating your emotions, cooperating with your parents, or deescalating. Some parents are doing the exact opposite of the time-out and using a technique known as the time-in. A time-in is when you sit your child down calmly to comfort them and talk…
 
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    Philadelphia Media Mom, Joey Fortman

  • Experience Kissimmee and #RockYourVacation

    Joey Fortman
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:55 am
    Kissimmee, FloridaLiving the Dream   Many people have been asking me about my trip to Kissimmee that I went on a couple weeks ago.  I've been DYING to sit down and really share with you what I did...where I went...all of the insanity that happened over a four day period! There is soooo much to share - so I'm going to share with you all the awesomeness to be had over 2 parts.   The first part will be the 'thrill-seeking' Joey side of my trip.   Yes.   Kissimmee and that part of Florida isn't just about snow birds or theme parks!   One of my biggest goals this past…
  • Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

    Joey Fortman
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am
    Great time with Jennaphr talking about Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas! I love ALL of these products.  They are fabulous.   From Alex Toys to Melissa & Doug - plenty of play fun.  Green Toys, Beatrix Girls and that crazy show Rabbids Invasion will surely keep your kids entertained! Also, be sure to check out Wild Hogs.  Those bunny poppers are hysterical!  (They have other amazing ones too for the older kids to play with - those will be shared here on ye-blog soon!)         Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29
  • Just Between Friends Milwaukee #JBFMilwaukee

    Real Mom Editor
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:14 am
    This past weekend, we were back at it with shopping with our favorite friends, Just Between Friends. This time, we headed to #JBFMilwaukee to check out their HUGE sale!  Located at State Fair Park in the Wisconsin Expo Center Hall C, with over 493 consignors and a 55,000 square foot venue, there are plenty of deals to be found!  Of course, we had to do a little shopping while at the sale. Being limited to a carry on suitcase, we had to make sure we picked only the best deals! So what did we get? You can view the full review of our shopping haul in the video below. …
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    The Megalomaniac Mommy

  • Keep Up With Kids On The Go With HUGGIES Little Movers Slip-On Diapers #FirstFit

    Anne
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation. As you can probably tell from pictures, our little Ellie isn’t so little anymore.  At just over 2 years old, this little girl is constantly on the go […] The post Keep Up With Kids On The Go With HUGGIES Little Movers Slip-On Diapers #FirstFit appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Be On Time with a JORD Wooden Watch + Giveaway – Ends 5/9

    Anne
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    *This post is brought to you by JORD Wooden Watches.  I received a promotional item in order to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.* Zack has been after me for awhile now to get him a new watch.  Me….I don’t really have an excuse as […] The post Be On Time with a JORD Wooden Watch + Giveaway – Ends 5/9 appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Devious Maids Season 1

    Anne
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:10 pm
    *I received a promotional item in order to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.* Since we ditched cable over a year ago, there are quite a few shows we haven’t seen but I have heard about.  One of the shows a lot of my girlfriends […] The post Devious Maids Season 1 appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
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    QuirkyFusion

  • Dremel Multi-Max Oscillating Tool Saves the Day (More than Once)

    Christy
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
    A few months ago, on a whim, I bought a Dremel Multi-Max Oscillating Tool. I already had a Dremel Rotary tool, but I wasn’t using it to the full potential. Honestly, I was never quite sure when to use it and couldn’t grasp what it would be good for. The Multi-Max was a bit more... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
  • Never Put Purple Stucco on Your Bedroom Walls

    Christy
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:59 am
    I have only lived by myself once. It was about a 6-month stretch when I needed to get out of a crazy apartment situation and Big Guy wasn’t quite ready to commit. It’s pretty ironic since I’m such an introvert, but financially it always made sense to share. I loved that apartment, but it had... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
  • A House Love Affair

    Christy
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    My love affair with our new home... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
 
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  • Cool Book Review for Single Moms

    Admin
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:17 am
    A few years ago I read a really great classic book called “Psycho-Cybernetics” by Maxwell Maltz. It’s kind of old but it has some profound tips and techniques for overcoming any emotional damage in your life to help you to become a better you. You will become the  person that the Creator, our God has designed you to be. Maxwell Maltz was a plastic surgeon who noticed that when he performed plastic surgery on different people, their self image, how they viewed themselves, seemed to change overnight. But then there were some people whose self image didn’t change. It didn’t matter how…
  • Show Your Rich Single Momma Style

    Samantha Gregory
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:05 am
    Do you think I’m the only one who is a Rich Single Momma? Hardly! You are a Rich Single Momma too!  If you are lucky to have healthy kids, a roof over your heads, live in a 1st world country with running water and a microwave, you are rich!  You are here for a reason. Your purpose may not be clear but it doesn’t matter right now.  All that matters is that you are alive and well.  You are above ground instead of six feet under.  No matter how jacked up your life may seem right now you are doggone blessed to be here! Your kids need you to get it together so you can move from…
  • How to Afford an Elite Summer Camp Program

    Samantha Gregory
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:02 am
    Last year my daughter attended an aviation camp for a week at no cost to me other than a $25 application fee. This camp is not widely publicized but is what I consider an elite camp because it includes flying lessons and a day trip to another city. My sister found the camp during a search for summer camps for her kids. The camp is sponsored by corporate partners so most kids were able to attend at no cost, but there are other camps out there that offer specialized experiences that may require a premium price tag. So how can you afford to send your bright kid to this kind of camp without…
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    Wifely Steps

  • Blissmakers Tea Time at La Creperie, New Manila

    Toni
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:07 pm
    {Blissmakers Tea Time: My favorite corner that afternoon} Make it Blissful, formerly known as Dainty Mom, is the blog of Martine. She recently rebranded it to expand the range of inspiration. From a personal blog on motherhood, it now is an online community for inspired, meaningful living. Blissmakers of Make It Blissful came together a […] The post Blissmakers Tea Time at La Creperie, New Manila appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • Real Coffee Review

    Toni
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:06 am
    {My Real Coffee Lunch Experience} “Real Coffee! You’ve got to try their Calamansi muffins!” my sister said. When she heard I was going to Boracay, Real Coffee was on her must-eat recommendations. Real Coffee is in Station 2, a very short walk from Le Soleil and d’mall. Calamansi muffins have to be ordered a day […] The post Real Coffee Review appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • Shopping with my husband

    Toni
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    {My new favorite pink top my husband chose for me.} Shopping with my husband is stress relief for me. I can always count on him to recommend what looks good on me, even if I don’t think it looks good on me in the store. I’m not very fond of clothes shopping. Grocery shopping I […] The post Shopping with my husband appeared first on Wifely Steps.
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    Katie the Scrapbook Lady

  • Planning for Easter weekend

    Katie the Scrapbook Lady
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    I’ve been so distracted lately that I haven’t even thought about or planned anything for Easter. Now that it’s just a few days away, I figured I better try and get myself in the mood for something since I know my daughter will want to decorate eggs and even though my kids are older, they still like to do egg hunts. I pulled out my April 2014 Martha Stewart Living magazine and that did the trick. Looking at all of those pretty pictures and creative ideas got my wheels turning, and while our celebration won’t be very fancy, it’s still great to find inspiration!   I always like to…
  • a shift in memories

    Katie the Scrapbook Lady
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’m excited to be bringing my Digi Night Out template set to my Scrap Shop. This pack includes 4 layered 12x12 templates that will help you get a lot of memories scrapped in a fun and creative way!   You can purchase the templates by following this link. Only $5 for the entire pack. On sale for $3.50 through April 22, 2014   Here’s a layout to illustrate how much fun you can have with this template set. This is me as a baby! link to credits   Don’t forget to pick up some of my free goodies as well and also check out my free video tutorials.
  • Today is the chance to change yourself for the better

    Katie the Scrapbook Lady
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
      What will you do with today? We always have the chance to make ourselves better each day. I’m hoping to make the most of the opportunity.   I used the Waterlogue app and Rhonna Designs app for this piece.  
 
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    Making Time for Mommy

  • Family-Friendly Event: Run Or Dye Chicago {Giveaway}

    Alicia Marie
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:21 am
    (Disclosure: I will receive compensation and admission to this event in exchange for this promotional post.) Run or Dye, the world’s most colorful 5K, is headed to Toyota Park on May 24, 2014!  Bring all your friends and run a color-blasted 5K, where you get showered in safe, eco-friendly, plant-based cornstarch dye every kilometer. Then enjoy the world-famous Dye Festival afterward, where you can Tie-Dye the Sky (not to mention all your friends!) in this ultimate celebration of life, friendship, fitness, and fun. Run or Dye is for everyone! Whether you’re a recovering couch…
  • 5 Candy-Free Easter Basket Ideas From Crayola

    Alicia Marie
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:25 am
    Can you believe Easter is this weekend already? Though it’s later in the year, it completely snuck up on me. We still have to see the Easter Bunny and color eggs! One other thing still on my list is to put together the Easter baskets for the boys. Every year I try to incorporate things my kids can use past the Easter holiday. Crayola helped me get off to a great start by sending me a box full of goodies. My kids are going to be so excited! Here are 5 wonderful Easter basket filler ideas from Crayola: 1) Crayons and Markers. Crayola crayons have always been a staple in our Easter baskets…
  • Join The #MagicAtPlay Twitter Party Tomorrow

    Alicia Marie
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    (Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I am a Kohl’s Disney Ambassador but all thoughts are my own.) Twitter is the place to be tomorrow afternoon! Join me at the #MagicAtPlay Twitter Party from 12-1pm CST tomorrow, Thursday, April 17th, to chat about kids fashion trends this season and how Kohl’s new Jumping Beans “Americana” line from @Disney fits all occasions for summer fun. I just received a special box in the mail and let me tell you….these outfits are adorable! Here are the party details: What: #MagicAtPlay Twitter Party When: Thursday, April 17th, 2014 from…
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    Musing Mommies Mom Podcast and Mommy Blog - Interviews, Giveaways, Health, Wellness, and Mothering advice

  • Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 234 {It’s Tax Day So Happy Easter}

    Kim
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 234 Tax Day April 15th 2014. Happy Hippity Hoppity, y’all!!! Have you set your bunny trap yet? Have you left out cookies for the chickens? Wait, WHAT? Which holiday are we celebrating now? Easter has snuck it’s little fuzzy butt up on us and here we are without proper chocolate and a plastic grass bedding prepared. Tune in to find out what’s going on with the Musing Mommies, and if they are prepared for the long-eared chicken that doesn’t know about proper refrigeration.  Or, something… Peace, Love & Happiness, ~Dawn and Kim…
  • Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 233 {A Quick Hello}

    Admin
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 233 Tuesday April 1st 2014. Hurry up, girls, all we have time for is a quickie! A quickie chat that is! This week on the Musing Mommies, Kim and Dawn are overwhelmed with work and packing and all the things going on, that just a quick chat will have to do. Tune in to find out what’s stressing the MuMos out! Peace, Love & Happiness, ~Dawn and Kim Please share us with your friends and families! We are on FacebookTwitteriTunes, Miro, Stitcher and on iPods and mp3 players around the world! We want to hear from you too,  so contact us today and say HI!
  • Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 232 {Bullying and Standardized Tests}

    Kim
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 232 Tuesday March 25th 2014. It’s officially SPRING! The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming and MuMo Dawn is in flip flops once again! See? Ok, so it was for 5 minutes – then she realized that it was only 50 degrees out and she put her Converse back on. Hooray for warmer(ish) toes! And what does spring have to do with this week’s Musing Mommies Podcast – absolutely nothing! But, Kim and Dawn do go deep on the subjects of Bullying and Standardized Testing. Listen in to find out what got everyone “in a tizzy.” Peace,…
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    CoffeeJitters

  • Shrine

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Every day we take a long walk around our new neighborhood, and every day I find a new reason to fall in love with our new home. Today, we stumbled across this little shrine A plaque inside the shrine had the following invitation: Leave your thoughts, prayers and wishes. Twice a year they will be burned and your intentions will join the universe.     I also enjoyed the inscriptions on the benches:
  • The Big C and Me: my cancer story

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:11 am
    As it turns out, over the past few years I wrote quite a few pieces on cancer; I decided to pull them all together into one place to make them easy to find. This turned out to be a much bigger projected than I expected. I’ve cataloged more than thirty here so far, and there are many more to add. . This is a work in progress. I will continue adding the posts already completed as well as the new posts to come, so check back from time to time. Tags are coming soon to allow for searching by topic. It has been an eye opening exercise to go back through these posts and see how my attitude,…
  • Ultimate Blog Party 2014

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:43 am
    I look forward to the Ultimate Blog Party every year. I love making new connections, and I make a few new friends each time around. I started my first blog in 2001, and this one has been going since 2004. That’s a decade. It’s hard, at times, not to compare myself to the celebrity bloggers, and wonder why I haven’t hit the big time. But their stories are not mine, and my story is not theirs. So what is my story? The answer to that question is continuously evolving. Right now, I am the mother of a 5 year old, wife of a 38 year old, former cancer patient in the midst of…
 
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    Kidsumers

  • Join the #RoyaleTigerTowel Twitter Party April 23rd 9pm ET

    Sheri
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:43 pm
    I don’t recall ever being as eager for spring to arrive as I have this year. It’s not just the warm temperatures that I’m waiting for, it’s also the blue skies, the chirping birds, the flowers and even the spring cleaning. I love that first warm day when you can throw open... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Win a Smoothie Prize Pack ARV $175 #NaturallyAtHome

    Sheri
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:14 am
    For a lot of years I ate a bowl of cereal every morning. I still know the importance of the having breakfast, but my bowl of cereal has been replaced with a morning smoothie. I enjoy smoothies for a lot of reasons. They taste great (usually), they are quick and easy to make and I […]Author... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why it’s Important That Your Child Gets Outdoors

    Sheri
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    With the rise of technology, parents may be tempted to do away with old playtime favourites, swapping the cricket bat for an iPad or a playground for a television screen. The world seems too dangerous a place to let children run wild and not much can go wrong if they’re sitting in front of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Gardening & Other Earth Day Activities #Sponsored

    DudeMom
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:12 am
    Dude #3 is a gardener and getting it ready for the season is one of his favorite Earth Day Activities. He plans it, he plants it, he tends it, and he harvests it.  All I do is grub what he grows. At five years old he had enough veggies to keep us in salsa for the entire winter, even after he shared his goods with Mimi & Papa, and every house on our street. He already started his seedlings for this year and has put in his request for mulch.  He even got me in the spirit (and promised to keep everything I grow alive on my behalf)! I spent a whole day working on my golden jars (Not because…
  • Harem Pants & Hotness. Win a $100 Kohl’s GC! #Sponsored

    DudeMom
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:03 pm
    After months of never ending snow and freezing weather like only people cursed by a singing, magical princess in a far off ice castle could understand, yesterday’s temps hit 80 degrees in my neck of the woods! Eighty. Degrees! Shave your legs, bust out the nail polish, and leave your coats at home! I got to enjoy the sidelines of baseball and soccer for the first time all season where I was pleased to work up a very unladylike sweat doing nothing more than sitting in my chair while cheering my children in their athletic exploits. It was perfect. Particularly because I followed up my sweaty…
  • Human Hacks: How Moms Can Make Life Easier

    DudeMom
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Parenting is hard. Humans can’t seem to agree on much, but every one who has ever been in charge of raising up a kid can probably agree on this. Personally, I think the struggle is part of what makes being a mom awesome.  The daily unknown, the constant challenges; it’s like an adventure every single day of your life. Wondering if your kid is going to wake up six times or three tonight, if he’s going to barf in the toilet or in your lap, if he’s hiding in the closet because he thinks it’s fun or because it’s where he prefers to drop his loads.  The unknown is what makes…
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    La Jolla Mom

  • Shop the #eBayMom Mother’s Day Gift Guide and Win

    La Jolla Mom
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:04 pm
    It is never too early to start thinking about Mother’s Day.  Those looking for gifts in all price ranges should head straight over to the eBay Mother’s Day Gift Guide. As you shop, group your potential gift ideas into a collection on eBay (sponsor of this post). Use #ebayMom in your collection title and include at least 8 items to be entered to win a $500 shopping spree. There are weekly winners between now and May 11 so go ahead and create as many collections as you like! Need some inspiration? How about this… Buy Mom Something Pretty Mother’s Day is the perfect time…
  • Recipe: Brockton Villa’s Fabulous Coast Toast

    La Jolla Mom
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    One of the best restaurants for breakfast or brunch with a view in La Jolla is definitely Brockton Villa. Overlooking La Jolla Cove, the welcoming ambiance in this historic cottage (built in 1864) begs for lingering over mimosas with friends any day of the week. Brockton Villa is famous for their Coast Toast, which definitely kicks your standard French toast recipe up a few notches. I love it. They’ve generously provided the recipe, should you like to wow your kids or guests with this decadent dish. Print Recipe: Brockton Villa’s Fabulous Coast Toast Serving Size: 6 people…
  • The Tourist’s Guide To China’s High Speed Trains

    La Jolla Mom
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    We recently took G trains from Shanghai to Hangzhou and then onward to Beijing in business class. The goal of this post is to provide insight (that I couldn’t find online prior to my own journey) into what it’s like to take China high speed trains from and to help navigate non-Mandarin speakers through the departure, journey and arrival process. Why Take A High Speed Train In China? C, D and G high speed trains reach up to 400km/h, are non-smoking and (in our experience) are surprisingly clean in all classes of service. High speed trains can be the quickest option, depending on…
 
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    MamarazziKnowsBest.com

  • Got A “Million Dollar Arm”? Enter Disney’s Pitching Contest for $1 Million Bucks!

    Suzette Valle
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Disney is giving amateur baseball pitchers in the nation a chance to compete for a $1 million prize in the Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest. The Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest is being held to celebrate the opening of Disney’s MILLION DOLLAR ARM, an incredible true story about two young men who went from never […]
  • The San Diego Museum of Art Presents Art Alive 2014

    Suzette Valle
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    The San Diego Museum of Art will be holding Art Alive 2014 from April 11-13, 2014. The 33rd annual Art Alive is the Museum’s only annual fundraiser, and features over 120 floral designers who will transform famous works of art from The San Diego Museum of Art’s Permanent Collection into exquisite floral displays. As the Museum’s […]
  • Touch&Know® Drug Test Kit Essential In Arsenal of Parenting Tools

    Suzette Valle
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Besides death, a parent’s worst nightmare is to find out your child is involved with potential killers: drugs or alcohol. No amount of sugar-coating this topic will change the harsh reality that drugs and alcohol have permeated every level of society and practically affect every age group. Recently, some third-grade kids were caught smoking pot […]
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    Amanda Magee

  • Buyer’s Remorse

    amanda magee
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:04 pm
    We are a few weeks from diving headlong into a kitchen renovation. It will be a small business owner’s mix of paying professionals for their skills and then doing a bit of grunt work ourselves to keep costs down and our pride in check as we can’t seem to feel good about anything with which we didn’t do some of the work. Still, kitchens are expensive no matter how you slice it. I would love to buy all new appliances as the ones that we have, fairly recently purchased though they are, present daily nightmares. The stove is one of those flat surface,…
  • 13 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am

    amanda magee
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
      Seventy inches, maybe 69, all mine hazel eyes, moody hair, constellations of freckles this upper lip that gets caught on a tooth skin that erupts in chills at the sound of a stretched cotton ball a throat that tightens and eyes that sting more often as the years pass, sometimes from joy other times not I’m getting better with not with not fair and not my problem not like others and not ready yet   The gift of these years is this my 70 inches, or maybe 69, finally fit I touch each one, rather than shrink from I know the outline and color my edges I can stay in the lines or…
  • A Light Touch

    amanda magee
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
      Sean and I wrote a post back in November, which we shared here a few weeks ago. It was a post that, as one commenter wrote, did not resolve itself. I’ve struggled with how, when, and what to respond with in this space. We knew we were running the risk of judgement, maybe even putting people off with touching on such a delicate topic.  I’ve been deeply humbled by the private messages that I have received from men and women who felt a connection to our words. Wisdom, regrets, anger, they all came through with unflinching honesty. Sean took serious heat in some of the…
 
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    Marketing Mama

  • Discount tickets to Water Park of America

    Missy
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
    We love going to the Water Park of America for the Big Quack event each year! You can go to the famous Water Park of America for only $15 per person at a special event May 4, 2014 – that’s about 1/2 of the usual price! The Food Allergy Support Group of MN is hosting a water park day at Water Park of America and is selling tickets at a discounted rate of only $15 per person. Ticket sales raise money to provide education and support programs for families with food allergies. This year the Big Quack event (cute name, right?!) will be Sunday, May 4 from 4 – 8 pm at…
  • recipe :: pickle roll ups

    Missy
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    Yesterday I posted this picture of pickle roll ups on my Instagram account and people went crazy! Tons of likes and comments from people who love them – and a couple people who (gasp) had never heard of them before! So I thought I better crossover to my blog and make sure to document the magic and deliciousness of pickle roll ups for those of you who haven’t been fortunate enough to try them yet. You might ask yourself what type of event are pickle roll ups most suited for? And the answer is EVERY event. They are a crowd favorite at Minnesota events – such as summer BBQs,…
  • when everything stops

    Missy
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:46 pm
    A few days ago, my son was in the ER, transferred to a second hospital by ambulance and admitted overnight. To respect his privacy, I’m not sharing details about my son’s illness. Thankfully, he was discharged from the hospital and is back at school, in good spirits and doing well. Like most parents, my focus was 100% on my son and making sure he was well taken care of while everything was happening. But after everything had settled, I needed to take time to process what had happened. That’s what this poem is about. Thanks everyone for your support, we really appreciate it.
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    A Daily Dose of Toni

  • What’s New, For You, At @MomCorps ! #MC #Sponsored #MomCorpsYou

    Toni Patton
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Mom Corps YOU. I received a free trial to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. I’ve been telling you, the last few weeks, all about Mom Corps YOU.  It’s a great service for moms who are re-entering Read More »» The post What’s New, For You, At @MomCorps ! #MC #Sponsored #MomCorpsYou 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....
  • Take A Trip To Puerto Rico!

    Toni Patton
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    This post brought to you by Puerto Rico, The All-Star Island. All opinions are 100% mine. I am aiming to add many more tropical places to my travel bucket list, places like Puerto Rico.  We've had so much rain lately, I want sun and the only rain I want is the one in the word Read More »» The post Take A Trip To Puerto Rico! 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....
  • Healthy Essentials Is Ready For Earth Day 2014 #Moms4JNJConsumer #ad #HealthyEssentials

    Toni Patton
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    Earth Day is right around the corner.  Johnson & Johnson Healthy Essentials is ready to help you do your part with some great recycling tips for your bathroom and of course other Earth Mother content! Not only do they have great tips to share, but mega savings!  With over $55 in coupons for products, you Read More »» The post Healthy Essentials Is Ready For Earth Day 2014 #Moms4JNJConsumer #ad #HealthyEssentials 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}

  • Chocolate Butterscotch Nests.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    Easter is just a week away, these quickie chocolate & butterscotch nests are something we LOVE to make at our house.  Just a couple ingredients and a few minutes, they are so easy, it is one of our favorite Easter traditions.  The kids can even help… or if they’re like mine, steal the chocolate eggs and leave you to do the nests yourself.  I might even try to use them as Easter place cards with names written on the eggs in edible marker.    You will need: 12 ounce bag of chocolate chips {I use dark chocolate but, milk or semi-sweet are just fine too.} 12 ounce…
  • Oma.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Before Dave and I got married, he came home and handed me a box from his Grandma with my name on it.  In it, her pearl necklace.  Her husband gave it to her and she was gifting to me.  She didn’t do it at my shower, she did it in her special Kelly way and it’s something I will be forever grateful to have been given.  I cried, both for the sentiment and for her welcome into the family with something so personal.  She has noticed and delighted every single time I wore that necklace over the last nine years, she’d pat her neck and wink at me.  Yesterday, I…
  • Starting With The Spoon.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    28 Mar 2014 | 11:32 am
    Dave told me that I needed to come clean to all of you about some of my quirky little things.  I believe his wording was, “People think you are normal.  I beg to differ.  Start with the spoon.” When we were registering for our wedding, I chose our flatware by how it felt in my hand.  The look wasn’t important and the pattern name escapes me.  Names apparently aren’t important to my brain, but a fork that I am going to eat with every single day of my life needs to feel right in your hand.   Right?  {This is where you nod and agree with me.} So,…
 
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    RuralMom.com

  • Cast Iron Skillet #Recipes - Rosemary Roasted Red Potatoes

    Barb Webb
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you're looking for a terrific side dish with simple prep and cook time, Rosemary Roasted Red Potatoes will quickly become your new favorite go-to. 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3 sprigs fresh rosemary 2 tablespoons onion, finely minced 2 pounds red potatoes sea salt and pepper, to taste Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.  Remove rosemary
  • Cracked Black Pepper Turkey & Cheddar Bavarian Melt #Recipe #DeliFreshBOLD #spon

    Barb Webb
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Thanks to a little inspiration from Oscar Mayer, I'm taking my lunchtime sandwich routine from ordinary to BOLD!  This sponsored post was written while participating in my partnership with Oscar Mayer and One2One Network, but as always, all opinions are my own. I received  Deli Fresh BOLD coupons and other related items from Oscar Mayer/Kraft Foods. When the kids are at school, lunch is
  • Start a New #Easter Tradition with Lollipop Seeds That Sprout for Kind Deeds

    Barb Webb
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Every year, I look for something fun for Easter that also has an educational aspect.  This year, I was tickled to learn about Lollipop Seeds That Sprout for Kind Deeds, a new interactive activity for parents and kids that encompasses some of the values I hold dear. Lollipop Seeds That Sprout for Kind Deeds teaches kids about the importance of kindness while getting in the spring holiday
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    Little Creek Life

  • One Dress, One Shirt, One Month

    Athalia Jane
    30 Mar 2014 | 3:43 pm
    I lay awake at night thinking about them. Day breaks and I ponder where they are now. I wonder if they have eaten or if they are cold or if anyone has shown them kindness. I wonder if they have lost hope or if they still hold fast to the belief that good, kind people still exists and are working to find them and help them. I pray fervently for their hearts and their minds: that they will find healing. I pray that they will be rescued and that tomorrow will be different. I pray that tomorrow brings freedom. Human trafficking is modern day slavery. Cases of human trafficking have been reported…
  • Oh my Lard!

    Athalia Jane
    9 Mar 2014 | 11:11 am
    We have several hundred pounds of pork meat in our freezer. To make the most of all the cuts, we bought Beyond Bacon cookbook. We canned pounds and pounds of sausage for Christmas. We watched videos on how to brine bacon. We are working up the courage to cure our meat in a new-to-us charcoal smoker, which is still sitting in the box on our porch, and this week, we borrowed our neighbors' meat grinder to render the fatback into lard and crispy lardons. We began traveling down the road to slow food and local eating several years ago. It has been a journey to assess what we eat, where it comes…
  • Family Portrait: The four of us

    Athalia Jane
    23 Jun 2013 | 7:36 pm
    I have been plotting a family-of-four photo shoot for a number of weeks, and the perfect timing came 'round last night. We were home and rested. It was not raining (like it is tonight) or fifty-three degrees cold. Everyone was in a good mood (or at least we all were up until the camera started rolling). The sun was setting, so the light was soft. I had portrait whites picked out and ready for us all to wear. I lugged a heavy church pew down into our field and set up the tripod. The church pew had been used earlier that afternoon as a seat on a bus. Blueberry had boarded it several times to…
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  • Postpartum Depression

    Jennifer
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
        The Reality of Motherhood Affected by Postpartum Depression   Postpartum depression, a moderate to severe depression that affects a mother any time from the birth of the child up to a year after, is not what a new mom with a precious baby in her arms expects.  The normal expectation of any new mother is one of joy and bliss of motherhood. Unfortunately, the reality is that postpartum depression can happen to any new mother.  According to the Center for Disease Control, between 11% and 20% of pregnancies result in the mother being diagnosed with postpartum depression. …
  • Saying No Thanks to Sick!

    Jennifer
    8 Feb 2014 | 12:37 pm
    With five children in the house, it’s easy for one of them to bring an illness home, which can then easily have a domino effect on the whole family. And most moms know how if feels to care for children, while sick themselves!  ”I can barely walk, but I’ll be right there baby, what do you need?”  I am now dealing with that very concern, with my two youngest right now. Yesterday, my youngest son decided to throw up, almost in the toilet, while we were visiting at his aunt’s house. I was just grateful it was all over her floor, rather than all over the inside of…
  • Life, Run With It. A Review of Mizuno Wave Prophecy 3

    Jennifer
    15 Jan 2014 | 11:46 pm
    I’m an advocate for running, mainly because I love it (forget that it promotes health!). I don’t expect everyone to share my love for running. For me, especially when running outside, it’s exhilarating and magical in a way. When I run, I feel part of everything, and I’m in love with all of it. I have a sense of gratefulness for life. While I try to recognize this daily and routinely, it can definitely be a very elusive state of mind, as we sometimes feel we’re running against the wind…even in subzero temps at times, as the game of life works itself out…
 
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  • #AllAboutYou Link & Pin Party Week 15

    Luci McQuitty Hindmarsh
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Luci McQuitty Hindmarsh#AllAboutYou Link & Pin Party Week 15 I’m taking a week off from hosting #AllAboutYou this week, as our Easter plans are copious and combined with more house remodelling. So Zaz at Mama and More is being joined by regular #AllAboutYou linker-uper, Angie, from Reasons To Dress as a guest host. So pop over to either blogger – or better still, both! – and get involved in this week’s #AllAboutYou. I’ll be back on board next week, raring to go! Happy Easter everyone! Joining in with #AllAboutYou For those visiting for the first time this…
  • #AllAboutYou Link & Pin Party Week 14

    Luci McQuitty Hindmarsh
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Luci McQuitty Hindmarsh#AllAboutYou Link & Pin Party Week 14 I’m starting off this week’s #AllAboutYou by saying RIP to Peaches Geldof. No doubt the media will have a field day with the story of her demise. But ultimately Peaches was a daughter, a sister, a wife, a friend, a relative and most importantly, a mother to two very young boys. I remember the sadness I felt the day her mother’s death was announced. I feel the same sadness on hearing of Peaches’ passing. Whatever the cause of her death, whatever the reason, it’s nothing short of a tragedy that a…
  • London snaps

    Luci McQuitty Hindmarsh
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Luci McQuitty HindmarshI’ve not posted any of my London snaps for a couple of weeks, time has just  been racing away with me – that’s what happens when you choose to remodel the house, the garden, the everything in one fell swoop, plus all the usual parenting shenanigans. Anyhoo… here’s some of my most recent snaps. East London and in particular, Hackney,  is still queen of my heart when it comes to snapping, but I caught sight of some torn down poster billboards in the Tottenham Court Road tube last week and had to whip out my iPhone for a few pix. Coffee and…
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    Keeping the Glass Half Full

  • Seven!

    samanthamcgarry
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    On this day, seven years ago, you arrived – two weeks early. You’ve not been early for anything ever since. You are my funny girl, my ray of feisty sunshine, my karate ninja, my pop diva. You know your own mind & I love that. You can now read (oh the places you will go!) You are blissfully unaware of your beauty. Your exquisite almond eyes and deep red lips. You love love love your “rocky” music. And you move like Jagger. You are my concert companion: first Bruno Mars, then Maroon 5. (Sshhh, there’s more in store this summer!) Your appetite has grown as your…
  • Losing My Marbles?

    samanthamcgarry
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    I am not someone who loses things or leaves things behind. Over the years, I’ve known plenty of people who lose their car keys and such on a regular basis. At university, I lived with a girl who every day was in a panic about not being able to find something or other. However, I am turning into one of these people, if the last two weeks are anything to go by. Let’s examine the evidence: Wed of last week: Drove to a meeting in town. Returned to parking garage to the realization that I had left my wallet at home. Fri of last week: Left my entire bag overnight at Dream Dinners.
  • Encouraging Children to “Follow Their Grief” When A Pet Dies

    samanthamcgarry
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    (As many of you know, our golden retriever Angel passed away last December and, for me, one of the hardest parts was observing my kids’ grief and supporting them through it – an ongoing process, for sure. When Lisa reached out to me with a proposal to contribute a post on this very this topic, I said “yes please!”) Guest post by Lisa Cohn When our Golden Retriever, Lucy, died suddenly a year ago, I was devastated. I couldn’t sleep or eat. Every part of my daily routine felt empty without her—walking in my neighborhood, shopping in a dog-friendly store, or…
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  • Writer’s Workshop: Vastly Loved

    Dominique
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:52 pm
    You're readingWriter’s Workshop: Vastly Loved by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Our new wedding bands This month was a month of shopping for me. I was revamping the kids wardrobes and sprucing up pockets around the house.   I purchased quite a lot of new items for everyone but the item which I love the most was the new set of wedding bands which R and I bought to replace our existing ones. The wedding bands which we used to wear was bought way back in 2000 when we decided to get…
  • Roses and Cactus

    Dominique
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:48 pm
    You're readingRoses and Cactus by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook White Rose Roses has always been one of my favourite flowers. I love the sweet smell it gives of and the ruffles in it’s petals are really appealing. Pink rose Having a mixture of both pink and white roses in a vase would certainly brighten up the house.  It is a pity that roses are not long lasting and those that I do buy do not last more then a week at home. A flower like cactus I think I would be better of keeping…
  • Encouraging a Struggling Learner – (Part 2)

    Dominique
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:53 pm
    You're readingEncouraging a Struggling Learner – (Part 2) by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Doggie boy posing for the camera In Part 1 of this post I outlined the difficulties that Doggie boy had in learning.  Focusing on using his Auditory learning skills wasn’t really working well so I needed to change my tact with him.   As Doggie boy isn’t able to absorb a lot of information at one sitting I have to break it down into parts for him. A longer time frame is needed  for…
 
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  • He is 6. I Repeat, He Is Just 6.

    Sandra
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    Sometimes I forget. That my boy has only just turned 6. And sometimes, rationale flies out the window at the drop of the hat, and when an awesome song comes to mind, it has to be belted out, and loud. No matter the location – middle of the shopping mall or the middle of the night. (The above is just from yesterday – a special trip to the Fish Market as it is the start of the Easter break for him, for crabs, which are his absolute fave. He doesn’t get a chance to go on normal school days, as the Market closes at 4 p.m., and weekends are full of hungry tourists, we shun this…
  • Older. Again. *gulp!*

    Sandra
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:10 pm
    So I am a year older. And this is possibly the lowest-key birthday period in my last decade – but nonetheless still one of the sweetest, since I get to spend it with my favourite people. Two things the hubby knows to bring a smile to my face. Desserts and shopping. And he ticked both boxes. As he has classes on Monday afternoons, he decided to celebrate a day earlier. The morning started with him wanting to bring Jayvon in on the little secret – “Psst, Jay come over… It’s Mummy’s birthday tomorrow and…” and before he finished whispering, my…
  • In the not-that-distant past of mine

    Sandra
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    Dork alert. See if you can spot me in the above picture. My 12-year-old self. (Or at least I think I was 12. But I might have been 11. I have no clue.) And now, the reason why this horrendous photo is seeing the light of day? I blame my friend, who blogs over at Gingerbreadmum.com. Who decided it would be a lark to host a linky on “Old School Memories”. #ChallengeAccepted. My primary school memories are fuzzy at best. I blame the three pregnancies. But I do remember one incident vividly. In my last year there (and the year we take the PSLE), my Chinese teacher came right up to me,…
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  • The Tall Man and Neighbors

    11 Apr 2014 | 10:22 pm
    I have a friend who has taught her little girl that "the tall man" never stands alone. Just the other day, this little girl, stood all of her fingers straight up from her hand and said, "Heaver?" (which is toddler-speak for Heather), "The tall man never stands alone."This monkey let his tall man stand alone.  SOURCEI didn't ask my friend why she had to teach this lesson to her pre-schooler, I just chuckled and assured the tiny tike that the tall man, indeed, never stands alone. And for a four-year-old? This is a valuable lesson.This week, though, my tall man--actually, my tall men--stood…
  • Fleetwood Mac, Misti and Checking Out

    7 Apr 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Recently, my chick Misti and I had the privilege of speaking to a state-wide group of over one hundred moms. We were billed as--get this--the entertainment. We did not disappoint. Misti spoke very eloquently from her notes about Listen To Your Mother (you're coming, right?). I rambled in a nonsensical manner about peeing in the shower and painting with poop. But, ya know what? This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone.But, before we entertained the moms, Misti and I were treated to a lovely lunch. We were seated at a table with six of this organization's past state-presidents. We were…
  • My Life As Shaved Turkey Breast

    28 Mar 2014 | 7:35 pm
    When I eat a sandwich, I eat the crust area and outter edges  first. I'm a lazy sandwich maker, I don't spread the mayo to the edges and I just squirt the mustard in a circle. Sometimes in a smiley face if I'm feeling particularly saucy. So, I eat the edges first because they are the less. They are the least good part of a sandwich. And, my method pays off when I pop that last bite in my mouth. The last bite that has the mound of turkey and mayo and smeared mustard, lettuce and onion and possibly pickle. It's so much better than the edge.SourceLately, my friends, I've been on the edge.
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  • 6am storytime

    Susan
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:53 pm
    I am fortunate that every morning I get to listen to a story once I’m awake. Grudgingly awake I might add, usually from being bounced on, but you can’t hold a grudge for too long in the face of such enthusiasm for the new day. This morning Missy Moo “read” to me from the word search/sudoku puzzle book she’d found in her big sister’s room. This is it, verbatim: ‘Once upon a time Mrs Carrot went to the sukermarket to buyed some carrots. He ated the carrots to make him more oranger. Then he got some carrot juice to make him see in the dark.’…
  • 50 shades of sparkling

    Susan
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:28 am
    When I was a kid if an eyelash came out whilst rubbing my eyes I would make a wish and blow it away. I’m not sure where that tradition came from, but it’s one that I’ve passed on to my kids. This evening while Missy Moo (4) was in the bath, I was looking in the mirror and bemoaning the number of gray hairs that have sprouted. One hair in particular caught my attention due to it’s inability to lie flat with the rest of my hair, and I deemed it necessary to do some extreme plucking (i.e. accidentally pulling out all the normal coloured hair around it as I tried to grasp…
  • How to make a mermaid outfit

    Susan
    2 Mar 2014 | 7:14 pm
    I was given a few boxes of fabric recently, and as soon as I saw the blue I knew it was destined for mermaidendom. The kindergarten my daughter attends has a couple of well-worn mermaid skirts and much-too-large-for-the-children bikini tops that are regularly played with. I decided it was time they had more practical outfits for the children that could be worn over their clothing during cooler weather. This is what I came up with, and to say it has been a hit with the girls is an understatement. How to make a mermaid costume What you need: Flesh coloured spandex fabric for the bodice…
 
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  • He’s Gotta Have It: Hot (AND Happy) Wives, Money, & Cool Cars Are What REALLY Keep Men Young

    Lisa
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Evan Field All men are very different in their crusade to conquer their fears of mortality. The one thing we do NOT freak out about is our aesthetic value. As we men age, our image is very important to us, but superficial image issues fester in other places that are higher on the totem pole than our physical looks. There are reasons for everything, and there are many guys who DO care about their hair color, skin tone, belly size, unibrows, etc. I will say this … there is absolutely no excuse for nose hairs protruding from the nostrils. That’s just as bad as an open zipper. We tell our…
  • Competitive Parents: Did She Just Say THAT?

    Lisa
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Anonymous Mom I had another one of those “WTF! I can’t believe people really say these things!” moments last week. I was at dinner with a friend who was talking about a soccer coach at a Division 3 school who was interested in her daughter playing for the team. The problem was that the average ACT score at that college was a 23 and “who wants their kid going to college with those kind of kids!” Now I’m not saying that my friend’s daughter should choose a school that doesn’t meet her academic abilities or standards just for the chance to play soccer at the collegiate level.
  • True Detective: How to “Out-Lie” Your Lying Kid

    Lisa
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman Ahhh, the innocent lies of teenagers … they feel so infallible they would rather take their chances and lie through their teeth rather than risk not being able to do what they want. In their adolescent desire to have the freedom to go wherever they please, most will stop at nothing in their effort to get out that door without so much as a goodbye. The faster they run, the more suspicious we become.  Yet, the stories we share with our friends are sometimes truly funny because all our teens are so ridiculously clueless.  And the pattern is repeated over and over again,…
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  • Pool Party Games for Kid Birthday Parties (Guest Post)

    Crystal
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    I sure didn’t want to see the kids at my son’s birthday party sitting around looking like they were not having fun. When we had the party at our family pool – the pool was the main entertainment, and fun was in abundant supply. The kids would play for a while on their own, but they still might need some organized games to liven things up. Here are some great possibilities I found: Treasure Hunt. I had the kids line up on one side of the pool, facing the wall. I told them they needed to listen carefully to see the treasure hit the water, so they could go find it, and it was hilarious to…
  • Sailormouth Moms: I’ll Call Your Father!

    Crystal
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    The post Sailormouth Moms: I’ll Call Your Father! appeared first on MommiFried.
  • Southern Charm: A Taste of Scandalous Modern-Aristocracy

    Crystal
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    My new obsession in TV watching is Southern Charm on Bravo. I know. I know. It’s a reality TV show and I denounce them at all costs. Except this one. Because it’s different. And scandalous. And like royalty gone mad! Never heard of the show? Here’s the rundown: New series Southern Charm goes behind the walls of Charleston, South Carolina’s most aristocratic families to reveal a world of exclusivity, money and scandal that goes back generations. The fast-paced, drama-filled docu-series follows six Charleston singles, Craig Conover, Cameran Eubanks, Jenna…
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  • RD Recipe: Cheater Chicken Pot Pie

    RDAmanda
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:06 pm
    I will be the first to admit it… I am a cheater. I didn’t really cheat on anything important in school and I’d never cheat on my husband, but I cheat a LOT around the house. Case and point, my Cheater Chicken Pot Pie. It looks and tastes like it takes a long time to put together, but it really is done in a snap. RD Recipe: Cheater Chicken Pot Pie   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 30 mins   Cheater Chicken Pot Pie Author: Realistically Domestic Recipe type: Main Cuisine: American Serves: 4 Ingredients 2-3 Chicken Breasts 2 cups of frozen mixed…
  • Don’t Mind The Dust

    RDAmanda
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:34 am
    Update: Unfortunately, we lost a lot of content in the move, so please don’t mind the missing posts and big breaks between posting dates. We will just have to bust some ass to create some more awesome things in the very near future. Thanks for understanding! Original Message sent March 2014: I am working on transferring Realistically Domestic to another host today. It may take a couple days to get everything back to normal, so please don’t mind the dust while this construction is going on. This move will bring a LOT of new and fun things and I cannot wait to share it all with you!
  • RD Cooks: Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup

    RDAmanda
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    I knew I wanted to make tortilla soup this week, so I purchased all of the things I thought I’d need to make it. Well, a few days, and many recipes, later, I ended up using half of the things for other meals. Dumb, I know. I really need to keep better track! So, this recipe ended up being totally off the cuff and it turned out amazing! And so, so easy. I kept thinking about how proud of myself I was with this one as I devoured my bowl at dinner. Yes, devoured. Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup 1 lb of chicken (Cut of your choice. I used breasts.) 2-12 oz. cans of vegetable or chicken broth 1…
 
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  • Stay Fresh and Clean with Pure 'N Fresh Cologne

    Lexi Fernando
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:36 am
    Everyone's quite psyched about summer break – basking in the white sands, taking a refreshing swim, and just spending quality time with family and friends. With the summer months only a few days away, it is not surprising that most teens are caught daydreaming about going on a vacation to their dream places. However, before you hit the vacation mode, there are a few other things to think about. Completing school requirements and getting all prepped up for graduation are just some things you need to worry about – and these are enough to raise your stress levels!Keep Calm and Stay…
  • Tips for Getting Your First Tattoo

    Lexi Fernando
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Image source: Jaime Tud TattoosGetting your first tattoo is a big deal. Some even say that it is a rite of passage. While there are many reasons why you may want to get a tattoo, you have to remember that it’s pretty much a lifetime commitment. There are methods of removing unwanted tattoos, but they are expensive and not always as thorough as you had hoped. So, if you don’t want to find yourself regretting your decision the morning after, take a look at a few of these tips before you head to one of the tattoo shops in Lafayette, LA.Choose The BestDon’t just walk into the first tattoo…
  • Important Factors for Finding a New Refrigerator

    Lexi Fernando
    12 Mar 2014 | 5:17 pm
    You may be in need of a new fridge for a variety of reasons, whether you are moving into a new home, have expanded your family, or because your old refrigerator has become an energy hog. When it comes to purchasing a new refrigerator, the good news is that you have a wide variety of options to choose from. But this can be bad news too, as you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed at the variety of options. Here are some considerations to keep in mind when shopping for one of these must-have kitchen appliances in Garden City. Measure ThoroughlyThe first consideration you should have is size.
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  • Getting Daft Punk’d

    Daphne
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:18 am
    Tru: Mom, what’s the meaning of get lucky? Kirsten: I know! Lucky means that means good things happen to you, right? But it’s not really luck, it’s because God makes good things happen to us. Me: That is a killer answer, how do you even…ok consider me impressed. Kirsten: You told me before what. Also, I have brains in my head. Me: Well done, those are some superior brains. Tru: Then what is “I’m up all night to the sun, I’m up all night to get some, I’m up all night for good fun…?” Get some what? Me: Uhm, uhm, uhm, well, clearly this…
  • Of April showers and other blustery things

    Daphne
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:37 pm
    It’s been raining a little more than usual lately and I love rain. Specifically, I love to be snuggled up nice and cosy in my blankie whenever it rains because the only way to enjoy rain is not be caught in it. My kids love rain too, except they have very different ideas about what to do about it. Every time it rains, they come running to me all dressed up in their rain gear, holding their tiny brollies (which by the way, is so irresistibly cute) and they flash their puppy dog eyes asking if they can go play in the rain. I suppose if I had rain gear as cute as theirs, I’d want to…
  • Oh hello terrible twos, didn’t think I’d see you again so soon

    Daphne
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:37 pm
    It’s been years since I last encountered the nightmare known to moms as the terrible twos. In fact, it’s been so long that I almost forgot what that’s like. Hahahaha, who am I kidding? I remember EXACTLY what’s that like and it’s not a whole bag of fun. Finn’s been having himself a feeling explosion in the last few weeks. Like there are so much of these complicated toddler feelings bubbling inside that his little chubby body is not able to contain all of it. And then *BOOM*, his feelings are suddenly all over my living room. I mean, I adore his super cute…
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  • DIY Solar System Model

    Swapna
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    Earth Day is observed on April 22 every year, and is the day considered to be the start of a global movement to save the environment. For young kids, this day might not sound very important, but we can always do little things at home to ensure that they are at least aware of how people are trying to help save the earth and everything in it. This DIY Solar System craft is for the preschoolers and kindergartners, who don’t know that the earth we live on is just one among many planets and how these planets are related to the sun. This is a simple yet useful way to introduce that concept and…
  • India Circus Review- Designer and Contemporary Home Decor Products in India

    Swapna
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Online shopping for home decor products in India has gone off the charts lately. There are so many options to choose from, whether your house decor style is Modern, ethnic, royal, rustic, cottage, oriental, boho chic, eclectic ,contemporary or so on. There are so many websites and independent boutiques that cater to every decor whim of yours.  But one name has always stood out for their “designer sensibility meets Indian eclectic” style. Meet India Circus by Krsna Mehta. ( Click here to reach their Website : IndiaCircus.com) Krsna Mehta, the design director of India Circus is…
  • How to Plan a Birthday Party with Picnic Theme

    Swapna
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:45 pm
     The weather is getting hotter and soon it’ll be blazing! Before it gets so hot that we can’t step outside, why not make the most of the present climate and have a picnic based birthday party for your child who is born in the most beautiful weather of the year – Spring!! When it’s a picnic party, it’s bound to be lots of fun! In case it’s really hot and you’d like to opt for a pool party instead, check out Swapna’s super-awesome pool party here.  Considering the current weather, it would be best to have the party in the late afternoon. Don’t start too late, or you’ll…
 
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  • Daily Chores Help Children Learn To Share Household Work And Take Up Responsibilities

    Bril
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:39 am
    If you want to teach the right behavior to your children as part of your behavior management plan, you must identify and ensure that your children have some chores to do on a regular basis. This is because chores make children understand that they need to share the household work as a member of the family along with others. Making your children carry out some specific chores every day is also helpful in teaching them the importance of taking up responsibilities. Children who do their daily chores with a lot of discipline learn as to how they can become responsible adults. Most adults are…
  • How You Can Help Children With Aggression

    Bril
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:28 am
    Pulling Hair! Hitting! Biting! It’s even possible that your child showed a fit of rage and lashed out or even hurt someone. Your child may have been bothered by some other aggressive child. If you’ve experienced these issues or situations, you’ve finally joined the crowd. Almost every parent struggles with helping and understanding the child when he hurts someone else. Most parents don’t even understand the underlying cause when their children are hit by others. It can be a big shock when your sweet son or daughter suddenly throws something at someone or bites a new baby in the…
  • Work-Life Balance

    Bril
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:14 am
        This Blog is dedicated to all our working Moms out there… The maintenance of a work-life balance is usually a very delicate affair for most working women. If you are a working mom out there, you would probably agree with me that a great deal of dedication and prioritization is required in order to steer clear from the potential conflict that a mismanagement of this balance is likely to cause. However, every dark cloud has a silver lining; there are working moms who have successfully managed to attain this balance. Looking at their lifestyles, there are similarities in…
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  • The Case for Average

    Monica Sakala
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:57 am
    “What’s average? Happiness first” tweeted Washington Post reporter Brigid Schulte, back to me. I had asked her “Who said average can’t also be awesome” in a previous tweet. I love social media (but I have no idea why her tweet is showing up so blurry in the image, #sorry). I love the instant gratification from chatting with a reporter about the remarkable, insightful and important piece they have in the paper. In this case, I’m talking about Schulte’s piece “Pushing for a Course Correction” on the front page of today’s WaPo…
  • The Top Five Toddler Truths

    Monica Sakala
    14 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today I bring you one of my favorite blog posts…a blast from the past….something everyone can relate too – whether you are struggling through the toddler years right now or have once before. Read on and have a good Friday laugh. ——————————————————————————————————————– My baby just turned four….my reaction, you ask? Part this: And part…
  • A Dad’s Double Life

    Monica Sakala
    11 Mar 2014 | 10:54 am
    Hello readers! Today I’m turning over the pages of WM to a dad who was inspired by his kids, found a hole in the kinds of books he was reading to his kids, and turned that into a real book. It’s an inspiring story for anyone who has an idea and sometimes, it’s fun and important to highlight the Dads here on WM. Also, it serves a reminder that Dads are also chasing different dreams, balancing work with life and figuring out what to give up along the way. With that, I give you Matt Damman (I know, I know, so close but not quite Matt Damon).
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  • Honey-Glazed Ham (Viking Style)

    Kresha Faber
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Like this recipe? Be sure to follow our Real Food Recipes board on Pinterest! Whether it’s Easter, Christmas, or just Sunday brunch, there’s nothing as easy as a honey-glazed ham to feed a crowd (or just make you feel good). And that’s nothing new, as curing hams and preserving pork with salt and smoke has been part of many cultures and traditions for centuries, including the Scandinavian Vikings. (Perhaps a surprising mention from a culinary standpoint, eh?) And these particular spices, which have been attributed to the Viking culinary tradition, create a delectable glaze…
  • Asparagus Leek Bisque

    Kresha Faber
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:10 am
      It’s spring. The snow has finally melted and given way to rain, the onion and garlic tops that overwintered have produced a few shoots in my garden, and the first rhubarb leaves promise delightful pies and crisps in another month’s time. Thus, my favorite season has officially arrived: Asparagus Season. Asparagus is a sign of love. Forget Valentine’s Day sentimentality — when you plant asparagus, it’s a sign of commitment, hope, and vitality. Since asparagus takes three years to produce stalks worth eating and then defies any efforts to uproot it, asparagus is a seal in your…
  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #66

    Kresha Faber
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:11 am
    Welcome to Thank Goodness It’s Monday, a weekly blog carnival celebrating natural, joyful living. The TGIM link carnival happens every Monday here at Nourishing Joy and it’s where we share stories of gratitude and joy and link up recipes, tips, and tricks for living natural, intentional, nourished lives. You’ll find posts here on so many topics: cooking from scratch, natural housekeeping, gardening and animal husbandry, frugal tips and tricks, stories of joy and gratitude, answers to prayer, homeschooling, herbal remedies, meal planning, thoughtful parenting… what do…
 
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  • Beautiful Spring Strawberry Salad

    Katie
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Don’t forget to pin this Great Big Bowl of Wonderful (a.k.a. Spring Strawberry Salad)! As I continue to creep along in this infernal hot-mess I call pregnancy, I’ve learned to manage my days by giving in to my cravings: lots of naps, pajama pants (except for when jumping into photos with my kids), and eating.  Pretty much whatever I want, whenever I want. Eating whatever I want has resulted in a few empty bags of Mini Cadbury eggs (holy heck those things are uh-mazing), bottomless caffeine-free Diet Cokes, and fruit.  Lots of fruit. To combat the detrimental effects of…
  • Are you there? Take the #MomIsHere Photo Challenge with Sprout!

    Katie
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Confession time: I am terrible – TERRIBLE – at managing my photos.  There’s really no excuse, except that it’s gotten so out of hand I don’t even know where to begin.  So I don’t.  When my phone’s storage was full, I just got one with more memory so I didn’t have to worry about going through, transferring and deleting pics.  When my camera runs out of memory, I dump all of the photos somewhere and start over. They are literally all over the place – on share sites, my blog, shutterfly, my phone, dropbox, and my camera.  It’s a…
  • Easy & Elegant Easter Dinner Menu

    Katie
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:17 pm
    I did it folks.  I made Easter dinner, documented the ingredients and how I cooked it as I went, then photographed it.  All before Easter.  I’ll take my bow now.  I promised an Easter Dinner Menu in my #MonthofMeals, and here it is.  Super easy, way elegant, and a fantastic way to celebrate spring with your nearest and dearest! Just so you know, I decided to make EVERYTHING on this menu around 3pm on a random weekday.  By 5:30 everything was prepped and the roast was in the oven.  The menu will serve 8-10 depending on the size of your lamb roast. And that adorable Oreo Trifle?
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  • Our Family Earth Day Tips Featuring Ology at Walgreens

    Jenn
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:06 pm
    It’s a busy, busy world we live in. We often get so caught up in our own worlds that we forget how we can impact the world around us. As Earth Day approaches, I took some time to chat with my kids about creating a healthy home and the social responsibility of leaving behind a better Earth for everyone to enjoy. We discussed ways we can help make our home earth friendly. Here are the Family Earth Day Tips we came up with together: Buy Earth Friendly Products Whenever possible, we try to purchase products that are healthier for the environment, without harsh chemicals. Products made from…
  • Workout Wednesday (WOW!) Link Up

    Jenn
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Happy Hump Day all. I am thrilled to announce that I am beginning to co-host Workout Wednesday with some awesome bloggers. The bad news is that I have an infection so I need to lay low for a week or so. That said, here is a great home workout for your butt and thighs. No equipment necessary! This workout is from my “Living Room Fitness Series” on my YouTube Channel. Enjoy and link-up your fitness posts too!   The Workout Wednesday Link Up was created and hosted by Diatta Harris of Femme Fitale Fit Club & Sheila Simmons of The Frugal Exerciser. A few amazing bloggers…
  • 3 Easy Steps to Improve Your Nutrition

    Jenn
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    We sometimes get so caught up in weight loss and fads that we lose sight of what’s really important – our health! Here are a few tips to help you improve your nutrition, no matter your goal. Write it down. Tracking your nutrition will allow you to get an understanding of where you are and where your nutrition may be lacking. You can either use an app like Myfitnesspal to track everything for you, or you can just write it down and manually add up your nutrients. I recommend logging for at least 3 days before ever adding up the nutrients such as calories, carbs, fats, and proteins…
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    Preschool Activities and Printables

  • Color Matching and Paintbrush Craft

    rebecca
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    This post was originally created by MomTrusted here Color Matching and Paintbrush CraftPractice color recognition with these fun ‘paintbrushes’. You’ll need paper, scissors, Popsicle sticks, glue, and crayons. Cut the paper into approximately 3×4 rectangles. On each piece of paper, write a color name in the correct color. Have your child add ‘paint’ to each brush by coloring one end. Glue each brush to a Popsicle stick handle. When the glue is dry, your preschooler can pretend to ‘paint’ different objects in the house by matching the colors. See…
  • Make Your Own Plates Part II: Scrapbook Style!

    Angela Conley
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm
    This post was originally created by MomTrusted here Make Your Own Plates Part II: Scrapbook Style!We’ve been having so much fun making these plates.  Here’s another style we tried…Scrapbook! We used scrapbook papers, scissors, glue, and buttons for this design.  Scanned our creation and sent it over to Makit to finish them.  So much fun and they would make fantastic Mother’s Day gifts too!! Get your plate template here and here are the instructions.     See hundreds of other family projects and activities here. Love this post? Support us by using our FREE…
  • Multi-colored Hand Stamps

    Susan
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:19 pm
    This post was originally created by MomTrusted here Multi-colored Hand Stamps   Make your own handprint stamp, and use all the colors of the rainbow to make this project!  As you stamp, you can use the process as an opportunity to talk about differences, working together, and equality.     You’ll need A “block” to make your stamp on.  We used a piece of linoleum, but a block of wood or the bottom of a flat jar or cup would work just as well. Adhesive moleskin (yes! The stuff you use on uncomfortable shoes) Stamp pads in lots of colors Big sheets of newprint   Trace…
 
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    Mommy Edition

  • 10 Types Of Mommies You’ll Find At A Moms Group

    Jessica
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:48 pm
    A moms group is a great resource and support group for new and even the most seasoned mothers. Whether you are a stay at home mom or a working mom, we all need a place to compare notes, create opportunities for your kids to make friends or maybe you just need an outlet to vent. […]
  • How To Cook Delicious Spaghetti Squash

    Kimberly
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:06 am
    Spaghetti squash is an interesting vegetable to say the least. Not only is it ever-so-tasty, but the uniqueness in that when you cook it, the flesh comes out looking like strings of long spaghetti. Some may say that’s just strange, but we call it “delicious.” Whether you are a spaghetti squash veteran or a newbie, […]
  • How To Treat Diarrhea In Toddlers (Age 1-4 Years Old)

    Natty
    31 Mar 2014 | 12:39 am
    Be ready, as the following information about your child’s poop may make your stomach turn, but it is the truth about toddler diarrhea. How common is toddler’s diarrhea? Colored stool: what are they? Should I be worried? What are the possible causes for a toddler to have diarrhea? What are the symptoms of toddler’s diarrhea? […]
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    Great Moments In Parenting

  • The Perfect Anniversary Gift

    HomeDad
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:57 pm
    What do you get the woman you love to celebrate 16 years of marriage? In my case, I knew the answer. There’s only one thing my wife wants more than anything else, and that’s a healthy future for our son. Along with being a bright, energetic, playful kid with a quirky sense of humor, our son is also one of 30,000 Americans living with Cystic Fibrosis. So every year we walk to raise money in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the life-saving research it funds. And this year, I decided to see if I could raise $5,000 as my anniversary gift to my wife. So I took to the…
  • They Grow Up So Fast

    Alicia Lomba
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Picture of a funny first grade writing assignment: Favorite Song? “Get Lucky.” They do grow up so fast. The post They Grow Up So Fast appeared first on Great Moments In Parenting.
  • Chop Chop!

    BlakGold
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:39 am
    Chop chop! I have a fast-paced tech career in the mobile advertising industry. I write massive amounts of code and construct mobile ads for many top brands. In addition to my ad agency day job, I run several entrepreneurial ventures. One of my moonlighting duties is running a successful health, wellness and nutrition site with my college buddies, and another is developing a highly popular social network and entertainment destination for fathers. During the day, I work. At night, I work. And at all times of the day, I parent. I’m a father to a wonderful seven-year-old son with Autism…
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    Manners Mentor

  • Caller I.D. Etiquette, Should You Call Back Missed Calls?

    Maralee McKee
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    By: Maralee McKee Hello my friend and welcome to Q & A Thursday! Today’s question is about caller I.D. etiquette and involves something that’s happened to all of us more than once. I especially like this question because the person who wrote it was kind enough to not only email me her thanks for answering, she also shared the follow-up of what happened next. It’s interesting, I’ve answered over 1,500 manners questions via email. What would you guess is the percentage of people who write me back to say thank you? If you guessed one percent, you’d be right.
  • The Top Eleven Manners of Graduation for Guests and Graduates

    Maralee McKee
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:05 am
    By: Maralee McKee A surprise arrived in my mail; it was a high school graduation announcement from a precious young lady. I remember the day she was born! I also remember her attending one of my children’s etiquette courses when she was no more than eight or nine. I held her announcement in disbelief. I keep thinking, “It just can’t be that she grew up that quickly.” If you have a child who’s already graduated, you’ll know much better than I, but the insurance TV commercial from several years ago was right, wasn’t? “Life comes at you fast!” The Countdown At my home, we…
  • Q&A’s: Too Many Gifts to Buy & How to Congratulate Your Boss

    Maralee McKee
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    By: Maralee McKee I pray today’s Q&A Thursday finds you in the midst of a great week! Can you believe that tomorrow is Friday? I hope you have some fun planned for this weekend. I find I schedule every day so fully that I forget to have fun. I don’t know yet what “fun” is going to look like this weekend. However, I’ve made a promise to myself that it’s going to be on the McKee family agenda. Yep, sometimes you have to schedule fun, but scheduling doesn’t make it any less enjoyable in the midst of it or less memorable afterwards. Today or tomorrow,…
 
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    WordPress.com News

  • New Theme: Fictive

    Caroline Moore
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Fictive is about your style, your look, and your story. With plenty of ways to customize, it's a great option for a travel blog or personal website.
  • The WordPress.com Transparency Report

    Jenny Zhu
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    WordPress.com is proud to release our first-ever transparency report. Get schooled on the number of information requests, takedown demands, and national security requests we've received.
  • Five Minutes with David Cole

    Krista
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Meet and get to know former Justice League of America superhero and Happiness Engineer extraordinaire, David Cole.
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  • FAITH OR LEMONADE AND CANCER

    Shivani Cotter
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:17 pm
    When Life Throws You Lemons And The “C” Word… First, DO NOT… I REPEAT… DO NOT listen to anyone who tells you to make lemonade and soak in it. Why would you ever want to ingest something causing you pain! I do however suggest making the lemonade and passing out to your annoying neighbor, or maybe an evil housewife who regurgitates rumors all day long… Actually, don’t even make the lemonade. I was thrown lemons yesterday. As I sat in the passenger seat of my car, I got “the call.” Typically, I dread phone calls from my doctor, but I thought…
  • Bad Things Happen

    Shivani Cotter
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:22 pm
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    Quest for a Happy Nest

  • Organic Egg Shortage – Supply or Demand Problem?

    Abigail
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:38 am
    Photo Credit: Molly DG on Flickr As many of you may have noticed in grocery stores, there are signs indicating that there is an organic egg shortage and supply will be limited. Now why eggsactly is there a shortage? Most people have decided its because of increased demand but that is only part of the story. It is true that more people are choosing organic options. However, there is a massive issue on the supply side. The recent shortage was in fact caused by farmers switching their chicken category to free range from organic, allowing the chicken to be fed conventional feed. The farmers…
  • IRS Holding $760 Million of Tax Payer Money, Is Some of It Yours?

    Abigail
    21 Mar 2014 | 6:09 am
    Photo Credit: Sushi Ina on Flickr The IRS announced that it is holding approximately $760 million in unclaimed refunds for tax year 2010. It owes nearly 1 million tax payers a refund! Can you believe that nearly a million people that were entitled to a refund did not file for it? Not only that, remember that Earned Income Tax Credit I wrote about, where the government gives you money? You can still file for that too! That could be up to an additional $5,660 in your pocket, in addition to your refund from withholdings. The deadline to file for your 2010 if you want to claim a refund is fast…
  • Is it a $2 million dog or lion?

    Abigail
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:01 am
    Photo Credit: Igrvv on Flickr A Chinese property developer recently purchased a Tibetan Mastiff for nearly $2 million at a pet fair! Yes just 1 dog. The next highest purchase was also a Tibetan Mastiff but at about half the cost. Whew! Still that’s a lot of money to spend on a dog. Tibetan Mastiffs obviously, are from the Tibet region in Central Asia and are large like most Mastiffs. They come in a variety of colors such as solid black, black and tan (golden), red and blue grey. Because of the high price, there is a lot of fraud committed by unscrupulous breeders. What exactly makes…
 
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    Vocal Moms

  • Cupcake Birthday Cakes and More!

    Theresa
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy….my baby boy is turning six!!! Where did the time go? He was my first baby and is still my sweetest  angel or maybe I was sweeter and nicer when I just had one and that’s why my other two are terrors?! I’m just kidding, there sweet too!! Anyway, my oldest child is Sebastian and he is turning six. We have always just had family birthday parties and never had a birthday party out for any of the kids. I am a part-time stay at home mom; I work May-September and stay home during the fall, winter and spring. Therefore, we only put our children in pre-school the year…
  • Enjoying Spring Activities for $30 or Less

    Danni
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    With the warmer weather in the rise, we have been enjoying MANY outside activities that do not cost much or are free.  I thought I would share a few of these with you all.  This year, now that we have a walker, the activities can be more fun and of course challenging, especially when you have a little Miss or Mister Independent.   UNDER $20 – Aquarium – Our first activity for the spring. we choose two local Aquariums.  Most places of this kind will run specials at times or are on the cheaper side anyway.  This was top on our list because Addyson is in love with animals of all…
  • “Wow, I Never Thought That Deep About It.”

    tracy
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    “Wow, I never thought that deep about it.” That was the response I got when I explained to my husband my reasons for not wanting him to be alone for too long with our special needs son this past Friday night.  I think it is ingrained in us that our Friday and Saturday nights are supposed to be our wind down to an exhaustive week, where we actually have some time to catch up with some friends (and each other) and have a few beers.  I have this nagging guilt in me, and let’s be honest about this, my husband actually put it there himself. After working nonstop day after day he needs some…