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  • RIP Paul J. Kim

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

    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families
    Beth B.
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:58 pm
    One of the top questions I get from readers is how to control their kid’s screen time. Now that kids have access not only to computers but also smartphones, tablets and other devices it is even more challenging to set up a system to help them be safe and limit the time they spend using devices.  I have explained in many of my posts that I believe helping your kids control their screen time and understanding internet safety starts with age appropriate and regular family communication on those topics.     Jodi Gold MD is a child and adolescent psychiatrist that has a unique…
  • Poodle Pancreatitis

    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom
    Jessica Gottlieb
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    I missed everything Tuesday. I missed most of the afternoon Sunday, all of Monday and everything Tuesday too. I missed the LA Auto Show and I missed driving Toyota’s Mirai, the new Fuel Cell Vehicle. I missed out on participating in my own life because I have a poodle with pancreatitis. In case you were wondering pancreatitis is diagnosed with four hours spent at the vet’s office and $387. Something happens to make it work out that way but I’m not sure what the actual logistics to it are nor do I much care. Junior has been moaning, crying and not eating. He wouldn’t…
  • 5 Rules of Raising Teenagers

    Mom On Planet Teen
    Michelle Lamar
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:35 am
    The Five Rules of Raising Teenagers was originally published over on Huffington Post.  Here’s an excerpt: If you haven’t experienced the third circle of hell in parenting, a.k.a parenting a teenager, you might want to skip this blog post. Raising teenagers is the ‘Twilight Zone’ stage of child rearing. As a parent of a teen, you will be faced with situations daily that aren’t in the parenting books. Here are a few examples of challenges you might encounter: A classmate steals your daughter’s cell phone… and sends out inappropriate photographs. Your…
  • My First ComicCon: A (mostly) Pictorial Essay

    Brain Soup For The Dysfunctional Soul
    Shannon akaMonty
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:44 pm
    #WWTulsaCCSo I got home today from the Tulsa ComicCon. It was sort of a surreal experience; not only did I get to actually leave hearth and home (and children OMG YES) for the best part of 3 days, I went to this huge event ALONE.Yes.ALONE.Which, as you know, is how I typically prefer things, but most of you also know I am not really sociable on my best day and  I tend toward introversion and wall-hugging in large crowds, parties...dates. Whatever.Let me take a quick moment to say THANK YOU to the considerable number of people it took to make this trip possible and hella fun (since it…
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    Kimchi Mamas

  • RIP Paul J. Kim

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

    Kimchi
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    The BBC is reporting a 50 year dinosaur mystery has finally been solved . . . And it's weird! Korean and British researchers have come up with what appears to be one of the WEIRDEST dinosaurs ever reconstructed. Part of the mystery stemmed from the HUGE, long arms of this bad "...the long forearms with giant claws may have been...
  • Hello!

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

  • Screen Smart Parenting

    Beth B.
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:58 pm
    One of the top questions I get from readers is how to control their kid’s screen time. Now that kids have access not only to computers but also smartphones, tablets and other devices it is even more challenging to set up a system to help them be safe and limit the time they spend using devices.  I have explained in many of my posts that I believe helping your kids control their screen time and understanding internet safety starts with age appropriate and regular family communication on those topics.     Jodi Gold MD is a child and adolescent psychiatrist that has a unique…
  • Luxury Family Travel At Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa #TheMomsEscape

    Beth B.
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:26 am
    Disclosure: Travel and accommodations were hosted by the Dreams Resort.       The Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa recently partnered with The Moms (Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein) to invite a group of lifestyle bloggers to tour Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa in Mexico. The trip, called “The Moms Escape,” was a wonderful escape to the beautiful Mexican Caribbean. While I had traveled to Cancun years ago, this is the first time I had toured an all-inclusive resort open to adults and kids.         Although we spent time touring the…
  • Moms With Apps Survery Results: Thoughts On Kid’s Apps

    Beth B.
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Moms With Apps and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.     As parents we want our kids to engage with technology in a positive way that inspires learning as well as entertainment. The challenge is helping our kids choose appropriate apps and setting screen time limits. Moms With Apps is a website that offers information about kids apps, including How To Choose Apps For Kids. I have twin 11 year old boys that like using their tablets or my smartphone for their screen time. I use resources like Mom With Apps to help me – help them…
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • Poodle Pancreatitis

    Jessica Gottlieb
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    I missed everything Tuesday. I missed most of the afternoon Sunday, all of Monday and everything Tuesday too. I missed the LA Auto Show and I missed driving Toyota’s Mirai, the new Fuel Cell Vehicle. I missed out on participating in my own life because I have a poodle with pancreatitis. In case you were wondering pancreatitis is diagnosed with four hours spent at the vet’s office and $387. Something happens to make it work out that way but I’m not sure what the actual logistics to it are nor do I much care. Junior has been moaning, crying and not eating. He wouldn’t…
  • Visiting Los Angeles With Kids

    Jessica Gottlieb
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    There are a million travel articles about how to visit Los Angeles with kids and they will tell you a lot of the same things. Go to Disneyland, go to the beach, try the El Capitan. I have been able to be Disneyland free for at least the past five years, “go to the beach” is lame, it’s like someone just points West and says, “go”, and though the El Capitan is a great place to see a movie, it’s what you do before and after that matters. I’ve partnered with Expedia to bring you some tips for visiting Los Angeles with your family. Los Angeles is the…
  • The LA Auto Show is Coming

    Jessica Gottlieb
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Remember a couple of days ago when I was all, “I love my kids and I want to spend time with them.”? Well, that was a few days ago & I still love my kids but I am about to abandon them for three days and I’m totally okay with that. It’s AUTO SHOW TIME. I’m starting to get emails from the manufacturers about parties, press conferences and off sites and I realize that I’m looking forward to this more than I ought to. The folks at Lexus won’t tell me what they’re unveiling but I did recently attend an event where I got to sit in and start the…
 
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    Mom On Planet Teen

  • 5 Rules of Raising Teenagers

    Michelle Lamar
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:35 am
    The Five Rules of Raising Teenagers was originally published over on Huffington Post.  Here’s an excerpt: If you haven’t experienced the third circle of hell in parenting, a.k.a parenting a teenager, you might want to skip this blog post. Raising teenagers is the ‘Twilight Zone’ stage of child rearing. As a parent of a teen, you will be faced with situations daily that aren’t in the parenting books. Here are a few examples of challenges you might encounter: A classmate steals your daughter’s cell phone… and sends out inappropriate photographs. Your…
  • Why Pugs are the Perfect Dogs for Halloween

    Michelle Lamar
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The American Kennel Club uses the phrase “Multum in Parvo” to describe the Pug breed.  “Multum in Parvo” means “a lot of dog in a small space.” It’s no wonder that Pugs are the perfect dogs for Halloween.  Pugs are so ugly they are cute. And some of the noises (and smells) that come from the breed make some people wonder if pugs are actually from this world. Royal families and world leaders were bitten by the “pug bug” hundreds of years ago.  Dig if you will the history of Pugs from the AKC: China is the earliest known source for the…
  • Teenagers: Bad Takes on a Whole New Meaning

    Michelle Lamar
    24 May 2014 | 2:05 am
    This post on Raising Teenagers was originally published on Huffington Post.  Here is an excerpt: As the mother of two teen daughters, there are daily parenting challenges that can’t be found in parenting books. The “third circle of hell,” also known as parenting teenagers, can be rough. Some of my best friends have already lived through this parenting stage and survived it with their sense of humor intact. I’ve learned there are five absolute rules of parenting teenagers that will save your sanity. I shared the first absolute rule and so the second rule should go down…
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    Brain Soup For The Dysfunctional Soul

  • My First ComicCon: A (mostly) Pictorial Essay

    Shannon akaMonty
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:44 pm
    #WWTulsaCCSo I got home today from the Tulsa ComicCon. It was sort of a surreal experience; not only did I get to actually leave hearth and home (and children OMG YES) for the best part of 3 days, I went to this huge event ALONE.Yes.ALONE.Which, as you know, is how I typically prefer things, but most of you also know I am not really sociable on my best day and  I tend toward introversion and wall-hugging in large crowds, parties...dates. Whatever.Let me take a quick moment to say THANK YOU to the considerable number of people it took to make this trip possible and hella fun (since it…
  • I just invented a new game: FACEBOOK BINGO

    Shannon akaMonty
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    I win almost every day. Anyone else want to play?
  • My fallback career.

    Shannon akaMonty
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    This is what the stationery section of all the stores would look like if I were in charge.Maybe I could print them out and sell them on street corners.#IfIWroteHallmarkCards#ShouldBeAHallmarkCard (notice mine are the best ones. Is all I'm saying.)
 
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    Miscellaneous Mum - Trying to find the objective correlative, everyday

  • 23. Waiting #nanowrimoprompt

    Karen Andrews
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:24 pm
    22. Waiting Violet squatted awkwardly over the toilet seat, tilting her pelvis to angle the urine stream with as much precision as possible. She uncapped the stick and stuck it in the flow, taking care not to splash her fingers. This was a skill, she’d discovered. One nobody told you about. It was her third morning of testing – third time’s a charm, she said to herself. Three minutes later, the second pink line practically glowed in the tiny window. Though, in truth, the result was the same as the first and second test. She just wanted to be sure. And after three days…
  • 21. Break Up & 22. A Phone Call #nanowrimoprompt

    Karen Andrews
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:06 pm
    I will be using the last ten days of the #nanowrimoprompt to post linked flash fiction-ish, non-chronologically ordered, pieces here on the blog. I sat down yesterday and started plotting them out, and they felt like they were getting a natural connection. I’m not sure how this will go, but that’s okay! Creativity is messy! 21. Break up   22. A phone call “Frank, there is a ‘Violet’ on the phone who wants to speak to you.” “Uh – I don’t know who that is.” “Well, she’s pretty insistent. Says you should remember her…
  • Christmas Gifts Ideas for the Exercise and Entertainment Lover (well, okay, me)

    Karen Andrews
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:54 pm
    When asked what I want for Christmas I usually draw a big blank. I’m too busy worrying about getting gifts for other people sorted to even think about myself. Also, because December is my birthday and wedding anniversary, I’ve traditionally already been spoiled enough! However, this year, I thought I would draw up an ‘ultimate’ guide that might help some of you if you’re stuck on ideas. It’s no secret that I love anything to do with exercise and entertainment/pop culture, so these suggestions are oriented on these interests. 1. Twin Peaks The Entire Mystery…
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  • Clash of Clans Reminds Me of Business

    Aruni
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    My 12 year old son made an interesting statement while we were driving to soccer practice today.  He said that Clash of Clans, a game he plays often on my iPhone and the mini-iPad that he and his sister share, is like business.  He said it out of the blue.  He hears me and his dad talk about businesses and companies often. I asked him why he thought that and he said because you can join clans, you have to find clans, and then sometimes people are nice or not nice in those clans.  You can leave clans, some you can just join, some you have to be invited to join, and others you have to ask…
  • Read ‘Em, Weep, and Laugh

    Aruni
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Below are some really great, entertaining, and thought provoking posts & articles.  Please check them out and let me know what you think. Good at math (Seth Godin) – This post arrived in my in box after my 9 year old daughter told me she wasn’t good at math.  I told her she was too young to make that decision.  I told her that only after she has taken Calculus that she could she tell me she didn’t like math or it wasn’t her best subject.  She then asked me what Calculus was and she, her brother and I laughed out loud at that silliness. Reconceptualizing Your…
  • InnoTech Women in Tech Summit – October 15, 2015

    Aruni
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I was fortunate enough to be invited to be one of the coaches at this year’s InnoTech Women in Tech Summit event.  InnoTech Austin, presented by Presidio, returns to the Austin Convention Center on October 15, 2014. The 11th annual event will include all new topics and speakers for a fresh and exciting conference. I have not had the opportunity to attend InnoTech in the past. I’m looking forward to the experience and to networking with a bunch of new and interesting people.  For those of you in Austin, I look forward to seeing you there!
 
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    Lotus Carroll

  • Emotional Arsonist

    Lotus Carroll
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
     true fires of the heart burn long after last tending and only completely die out when the pulse fails        This work by Lotus Carroll is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. To license commercially, please email.
  • The Drink and Click™ Show, with Michael Bonocore

    Lotus Carroll
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    It’s time for another episode, so grab your drinks and come hang out and chat with us! Hosts Juan Gonzalez and I are geared up and ready to talk to guest Michael Bonocore about his photography and related projects, and life in general. Joining the discussion are panelists Mel Peifer, Eustace James, Stacy Vitallo, and J.J. Bentley, so we’ll get to see what they’ve been up to lately, too! We’ll also be unveiling the winners of the October “Nightmares” Challenge. See the finalists here: http://goo.gl/GV3bX5 Thanks to our October prize…
  • “Your Greatest Fear” Challenge Winners

    Lotus Carroll
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    Congratulations to the winners of last month’s Self Portrait Challenge!First Place: Jake JohnsonSecond Place: Yvette van TeeffelenThird Place: Karin NelsonFourth Place: Darla HueskeFifth Place: Paul BagleyYou can see their photos below. Eeeeek! Great job, guys! photos are slightly cropped for the purpose of the mosaic – you can view the originals in the event linked below The winners got prizes and their photos will be featured in the Winners Category at The Art of Self Portraiture Community here: http://goo.gl/qc7VOBig thanks to all of our fantastic October…
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    TravelingMamas.com

  • Shop and Drop at a Hotel

    RollingMama
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Photo by Jim Twardowski Hotel Indigo Houston, Texas   ‘Tis the season to shop.  Hotels across the country are offering  travelers some delightful packages by partnering with mega malls and boutique shops.  From San Francisco to New York City, hotels are enticing shopaholics with everything from discounted stays and gift cards to free parking and complimentary meals. Pack your bags and bring an extra–empty suitcase–for all the wonderful items you will find. Here’s a dozen destinations and hotels with great ways to save while you shop. Alexandria, Virginia The…
  • Frugal Hotel Finds: Houston, Bloomington, and New Orleans

    RollingMama
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Royal Sonesta Houston, Texas   Kick off the holiday season with the royal treatment on the rooftop of Houston’s fabulous Royal Sonesta.  Book a stay for Thanksgiving Day, November 27, and view the annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting ceremony and 7 pm fireworks.  Guests also receive dessert, hot chocolate, and champagne for two.  Other perks include a $25 credit good for the three on-site eateries, complimentary self-parking for one vehicle and a 4 p.m. late checkout. Rates for the package start at $169 per room for double occupancy. Need an extra day to snag some holiday gifts at…
  • Living Like a Local – The Guesthouse Hotel in Chicago

    BoulderMama
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    Let’s face it, traveling with small children is no walk in the park. From schlepping gear to dealing with picky eating, it can frankly, be a total pain the butt and result in less family travel time. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Not when you visit the beautiful, family-friendly city of Chicago and stay at The Guesthouse Hotel that is! The Guesthouse Hotel is a gem in the north part of Chicago, situated just south of the trendy Andersonville neighborhood’s shopping district. A section of The Guesthouse was originally built as luxury condos – and those finishes…
 
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    Adventures in Babywearing

  • So much tired

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:58 pm
    The moving company is coming for an estimate tomorrow afternoon and then the realtor will be here after that. Jeff's parents will be here in a couple days for Thanksgiving and I can't fit one more thing into our fridge or pantry. I'm wondering where to put all our laundry for the house listing photos. I will be so relieved after all of this is over. I actually have long things I want to write but I am just so tired. Until next time.
  • Pieces of me

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Ivy had Nutcracker rehearsals at the theatre today. I stood in the wings and felt glad that this is our life. That my kid gets to experience this and hang out in the theatre and become so comfortable and confident on stage so young. It was one of those moments when I could see some of my favorite parts of me that made it into her. 
  • Until the light turns green.

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:08 pm
    This morning was an everything behind schedule morning. An "I'll just bring your lunch to school later get in the car now!" morning. After drop off, while stopped at a red light in the rain I had a bit of a pity party. There was the morning and then the remains of the day still to come and all that would fill it, as well as a Mountain of people and things I choose not to write about. I invited it all and sighed and pity partied until the light turned green. Didn't change anything, didn't really make anything better, But it felt kind of right to give it all some acknowledgment. I see you. I…
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    The Bloggess

  • EVERY day is Cat Day

    thebloggess
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    Apparently National Cat Day was October 29th and I missed it, so I guess that explains why Ferris Mewler threw up in my shoe.  In my defense, it was just World Cat Day in August.  Why do cats need so many days?  No clue.  But to make up for whatever I did to offend the cats I’m sharing the pictures I took of Ferris Mewler, who was ignoring me badly in spite of the fact that he would starve without me: Is it just me or is he flipping me off in that last picture?  Because I think he is. This is exactly why people prefer dogs, Ferris.   And now, the weekly wrap-up of…
  • The things you don’t know might just bite you in the…well, not the ass, exactly.

    thebloggess
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    Last week I was discussing the taint with my friends (as you do) and wondered aloud how that part of your body even got a name and one of my friends was like, “Seriously?  Because it t’aint your butthole and it t’aint your genitals.”  And I just sat there with my mind blown because I HAD NO IDEA. This is exactly what friends are for.  To help you with your taint.  Not literally though.  Being a friend means never having to physically help with someone else’s taint. That should go on a greeting card. Anyway, I was just thinking about all of the other…
  • UPDATED: The Church of Bloggessianism. Choose your title, strangelings.

    thebloggess
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    A few weeks ago I was accidentally made the leader of a church which doesn’t actually exist and now we have over 2,000 members.  I’m pretty sure than makes me some sort of Pope so please send me hats. More about that here if you missed it. We decided that it would be nice to have some commandments, but “Commandment” seemed a bit pushy so we’re leaning more toward “Helpful Hints” or “Life Hacks”.  I came up with the first few.  The rest are a few of my favorites you’ve come up with.  Feel free to add your own: Current Life…
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    So Close

  • So how long do you and Dad do it for?

    Tertia
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Mom, what is rape*?”  asks Adam in the car on Saturday afternoon. It was just Kate, Adam and myself on the way back from the Root44 market.  A question that sparked off the most wonderful conversation between the three of us.  The timing was perfect.  The two of them were sitting in the back, me in the drivers seat, staring straight ahead and trying my best not to let the grin creep into my voice. Not at the rape question of course, but at the conversation that followed after my explanation. I explained to them that rape was when one person wanted to have sex and the other person…
  • The best father in the universe

    Tertia
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:47 am
    Kate and I are very close.  She is always on my side / on my team.  She is going to live with me forever because she doesn't like boys and is never getting married.  She loves her father, but he is a boy so he is at a major disadvantage. Plus he likes to tease her and she doesn't like being teased.  Adam and Marko often do things together (they have a lot in common, they both love sports, cars, motor racing etc) and Kate and I are very happy to stay home.   Recently Adam and Marko went away to Durban to the Top Gear car show and so Marko told Kate he would take her away on a…
 
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    mod*mom

  • centurion lounge :: private club in public airport :: san francisco :: Amex

    modmom
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:55 am
    peek in private lounge at public airport :: Centurion Lounge :: San FranciscoAmex invited us to check out their new private lounge for card members that's above the check in + homeland security search area in Terminal 3 at SFO. They sent a car to pick us up + whisk us into this lovely modern space with toddler playroom, private cafe + luxurious restrooms with showers. A magician amazed us + a face painter decorated us, after we sampled from the cafe's brunch buffet. There were photo portraits of iconic San Francisco people included with the contemporary style furnishings, wallpaper,…
  • halloween mystery :: crypto mansions, murder, mausoleum :: amasastanford family

    modmom
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:23 pm
    halloween murder mystery :: who poisoned Mrs. Stanford with strychnine in 1905? Stanford University President, David Starr Jordan? her private secretary? both? Amasa Leland Stanford family crypt on Stanford University campus. Bare breasted female sphinxes in front originally, were moved to rear, + replaced with male sphinxesStanford's wed in 1850 in New York, moved to California at Gold Rush 1855            Amasa Stanford built his own Governor's mansion in Sacramento, California. New York native…
  • baby boomer whiz kid :: Woz

    modmom
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:56 pm
    steve Woz wozniak midcentury whiz kid, invented the personal computer, founded the Children's Discovery Museum on Woz Way in Silicon Valley + taught 5th grade in public schools :)PBS documentary The Boomer List, profiles of 19 midcentury childhoods, airs tonight + streams at pbs.orgWoz is always a whiz kid at heart :) woz.orgi took these stills with my iPhone at the palo alto apple store, where iPhone 6 lines wrap the block
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  • My ailing Butternut

    dooce
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Sharing my bed with the other kid this week.
  • UGHHHHHHH

    dooce
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:21 pm
    I'm sure that there are at least fifty posts on my site with that title, but this one... this one really deserves it.
  • Gifts with a bit of loving touch

    dooce
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    Gifts with a little more warmth than anything plastic or sporting a screen.
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    Mommies With Style

  • Ski PA: My Skiing Kids & How 4th & 5th Graders Ski for FREE in Pennsylvania!

    Whitney
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:59 am
    Last year, when it came to my kids and skiing, the student surpassed the teacher on the slopes.  Yes, scary but true, my boys finally both hit a point where they zoomed past me and ski a lot better than I will ever be able to. It was the year we really invested time into getting them both lessons and learning to ski the right way.  My ski level is that I can pretty much get down anything on the east coast but I don’t particularly WANT to ski down the black diamonds.  My husband’s an expert skier and still enjoys the moguls and thrills of the tougher runs.  Which is a good…
  • This Weekend at Your Local Barnes & Noble: Discovery Weekend – Holiday Sales & Kids Activities#BNDiscovery

    Whitney
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:03 am
    When I got the invite to attend my local Barnes & Noble this week for a bloggers night out, I was all HECK YES for a couple of reasons. Besides the fact that I adore Barnes & Noble and could seriously spend a full day in there just wandering around looking at books and gifts, this event was a mile from my house! At my local Barnes & Noble! I pretty much never get local blogging events so I was pretty excited for this one. Plus, I got to see a bunch of my bloggy girlfriends, topping it all off for a great evening.  We were getting a little preview of what’s to come with this…
  • Movember #Giveaway from NEUTROGENA & Panasonic #FashionFriday

    Whitney
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:33 am
    Is your guy doing Movember?  I case you haven’t heard of it, here’s a little explanation via Google: Movember (a portmanteau from the Australian-English diminutive word for “moustache”, “mo”, and “November”) is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and other male cancers, and associated charities. I find I look forward to November every year and seeing the couple of guy friend’s I have who take part in Movember posting…
 
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    Kids Activities Blog

  • 13 Things You Never Thought You Could Mail

    Rachel
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    The best things come in small packages.  That’s what my mother always told me (I’m short, very short), but I know I am not alone in getting a big smile when there is something fun in the mail. You can put that smile onto someone’s face by mailing something so unique – it will be a surprise for them to discover. This is a great way to gift a stocking stuffer to a pal without breaking the bank.   Wacky Items you can Mail You can purchase tiny, tiny little packages perfectly packaged and filled with random surprises for your penpal. Super cool!  Instead of sending…
  • Join us for a Twitter Party with Activision Family Games on 11/25 at 1pmCST!

    Jamie
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:10 pm
    We are delighted to be working with Activision Family Games to bring you a Twitter party with full of games, and giveaways on November 25 at 1pm CST. To celebrate the twitter party with @AtviFamily, we have a giveaway worth over $350! To participate in this twitter party, just follow along with the #AtviFamGames hashtag on Twitter on 11/25 at 1pm CST! You can follow all the twitter party hosts here: @AtviFamily, @4kidsactivities, @jamieharrington, @KellysLuckyYou, @mommye, @StacieinAtlanta, @CrystalandComp, @KelliBMiller, @JennyOnTheSpot, and @DaDaRocks. We will be talking about some of the…
  • Going Back to Work or Staying Home with Kids? 8 Tips to Help You Decide.

    Katie
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Am I going back to work or staying home with my kids? I’ve had to answer that question twice, and both times, I’ve answered differently.  Whether you are going back to work or staying home with your kids, everyone seems to have a very strong opinion on the matter.  And, for some of us, it’s not a question of “yes” or “no.”  Instead, there are a lot of factors involved in making the decision.  Here are 8 things to consider when you’re making the decision… What is the best choice for you? Are you making a choice that YOU are…
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  • Also? None of the duck face crap.

    fluidpudding
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    After months (and months) of listening to Meredith plead her case regarding Instagram, Jeff and I finally caved and allowed her to create an account last night. (Last week she presented us with an article (written by a mom) that mentioned all of the positives about letting your child create an Instagram account. It was a good article. In fact, it was probably the thing that nudged us into the “We’re now considering it” circle.) Anyway, I know you don’t care about this, but I’ll throw it out there anyway. These are the rules we created in order for our 11…
  • Happy Birthday to My Dad!

    fluidpudding
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:08 pm
    I lucked out when it comes to dads (and moms, and siblings, and extended family). (Also, husbands, kids, pets, and friends.) When I’m nervous about fixing a toilet or changing out a light fixture or using a chain saw, my dad is the guy who jumps into his car, drives to our house, and helps us get the job done. Best of all, he never laughs at me or makes me feel silly when I mess something up or I’m not able to fix something correctly. Several years back, my dad drove an hour in the rain to deliver a pot of chili to my office. He left it in the front seat of my car (along with a…
  • The Weakest Link

    fluidpudding
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:44 pm
    What I’ve done: 1. Waited for the bus with Harper. 2. Baked cookies and delivered them to some friends at the girls’ old school. 3. Came home and finished a freelance chapter. 4. Picked Meredith up from school and gave her coat to a dry cleaner lady. 5. Started knitting a hat for a baby. 6. Ate a veggie burger. 7. Fell asleep on the couch. 8. Got up to get ready for bed. 9. Remembered NaBloPoMo. 10. Hello there. And good night.
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  • Friends

    Momo Fali
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    This post was inspired by Netflix. Come see what we’re watching. If you had to pick one friend with whom to get stuck on a deserted island, who would you pick? I would be hard-pressed to choose between my very sensible, resourceful, crafty friend and the friend I have who would slap me in the face and tell me to stop freaking out, instruct me to enjoy the sunshine, and help me figure out how to make alcohol out of coconuts. I am fortunate to have a diverse group of friends on whom I can count. They each speak to the different parts of my personality – though, I’ll be honest,…
  • Friendsgiving

    Momo Fali
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    I’m feeling thankful for my friends lately. Maybe it’s because it’s Thanksgiving week, maybe it’s because I’ve really needed them lately, or maybe it’s because Netflix is bringing us all 10 seasons of “Friends” starting January 1st! Remember the Thanksgiving episodes of “Friends”? Who didn’t want a group with whom you could play football in Central Park? Who didn’t want a Monica preparing dinner? Who didn’t want Brad Pitt at the table? If I invited my closest friends to Thanksgiving dinner, it would be a crew that…
  • My Girl

    Momo Fali
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:15 pm
    On Monday, she volunteered for her service project after school then went to basketball practice. On Wednesday, she volunteered again, then dog-sat for her grandmother and babysat her brother. On Thursday, we got a letter saying she had made honor role again. On Friday, she watched our neighbor’s infant and he slept in her arms. Today, she made my favorite cookies. I think I’ll keep her.
 
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  • Feel Good About Your Online Shopping

    Tammy Gibson
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Doesn’t it feel nice to give? As we roll into the season of giving, I want you to remember to focus on that. It’s easy to stress out on finding the perfect gift, freak out over how much is being spent, or scold yourself for not planning ahead while you are doing last minute shopping!  You lose sight of the blessings you are providing to others. Giving is good. It’s always great when your gift purchases are on sale or you can cash in a coupon code for a better deal. It elevates to a new level when your purchase also donates a percentage to a worthy charity. I’m always…
  • Family First, Always

    Tammy Gibson
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Do you ever get caught up in life, goals and planning for the future that you forget to enjoy what is right in front of you? Even when your plans and goals will benefit those you love, it’s important to live and love in the moment and put your family first, always. I’m guilty of being caught up in figuring out how to get to the future I dream of, pondering my plans, sulking that I don’t already have everything I want.  When I get into these moods, I am a grumpy pants and lost in my own thoughts. Guess what happens to my here and now? It’s miserable. I am…
  • Ace Every Holiday Party Look

    Tammy Gibson
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    The holidays are here, and that means one thing: holiday parties. With all the excitement that surrounds us during this time; buying gifts, scheduling vacations, entertaining friends, we’re sometimes left with that last minute question—“what am I going to wear tonight?” And unfortunately, the answer to that question isn’t the same for every event. Luxury resort and ready-to-wear designer Marie France Van Damme shares her dressing tips for every kind of holiday party. Marie France Van Damme’s Tips for Holiday Party Dressing Attending your office holiday party: Even though it’s…
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  • My Daughter’s Growing Up And I Hate It

    Risa Green
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:58 am
    So, I took a bunch of time off to finish my new book, but thank you to everyone who texted and emailed and left Facebook messages wondering if and when I’d be back. I’m back! And here’s what happened while I was gone. Six months ago, I had a daughter who was in elementary school. Although she was rapidly getting taller and looking less and less like a child, she was still a child. She didn’t have a cell phone, or an Instagram account. She still shopped in the kids department at Nordstrom. I’d pick her up from school and she’d talk to me in the car on the way to wherever we were…
  • Green Bean Casserole Recipe

    GeorgeLarson
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    When serving Thanksgiving dinner there are tons of ways to make classic Thanksgiving recipes. You can multi-task during the cooking process, with this alternative way to make a green bean casserole.  While using the oven to cook, use the stove top to make this delicious side dish! Stove Top Style This recipe allows most of the cooking to be done on the stove top. The last 30 minutes are spent in the oven, so here’s what you do: When the entrée (turkey) is removed to be carved, place the prepared casserole in and the Thanksgiving dinner will be timed properly! Ingredients 4 (15…
  • Explaining Bill Cosby to Kids

    Leslie Morgan Steiner
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:39 pm
    My job is to write and speak about the complexity and impact of violence against women. This means I talk, almost every day, about stories people would rather avoid. The Bill Cosby rape allegations were naturally something I recently wrote about, and discussed in radio and TV interviews. Often when tackling tricky subjects in public, I give my three kids a heads up. Just in case they see me online, or a friend or teacher at school mentions my opinions to them. I know, because they’ve told me rather…um…directly…that they don’t like being ambushed by my job. Additionally, I do want…
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    A Mommy Story

  • Big Hero 6 Delivers On Big Action For All

    Christina
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:14 am
    Big Hero 6 is a movie we had been waiting on for most of this year. With Disney and Marvel coming off of huge successes from Frozen, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy in the last year, we had high hopes that this would be an equal success. After all, both Marvel and Disney seem to have hit their stride in storytelling – combining forces should be a slam-dunk, right? For the most part, yes. Big Hero 6 gave us much of what we wanted. It’s a superhero film through a Disney lens, perfect for kids while also still engaging and entertaining for adults. It…
  • Stopped In My Tracks

    Christina
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:20 pm
    At the beginning of October, I had officially caught the running bug. I mean, I had been running for awhile, but had finally reached that point where I looked forward to lacing up my running shoes. I wanted to get out on the road and leave any stress behind for 40-60 minutes. And then in mid-October, while out for a typical mid-week short run, I noticed a pain on the outside of my right foot. I usually have little aches during a run, and most of the time they go away after a few minutes. It wasn’t super painful, so I continued on for the last half mile or so. When I got home, I took off…
  • Maleficent Comes Out Of Hiding Today

    Christina
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I’m not sure who came up with the idea of releasing new Blu-ray and DVD movies on a Tuesday, but it certainly makes your Tuesday a little brighter when a movie you like is now available to everyone. Today is one of those days: Maleficent is now available on Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand. I reviewed this movie when it was released to theaters back in May, and my review of the film itself still stands. (Go read the review if you haven’t already.) The film still works amazingly well on the smaller (48″) screen. I’m…
 
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  • Chicken pot lie

    Suburban Kamikaze
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    It is a longstanding tradition here at Suburban Kamikaze to begin every Thursday with a confession. Ok, so that's not true.  But now that we have, it could be a thing. And we are desperately in need of "a thing" here at Suburban Kamikaze, where the stuff of big-time blogging - cats, recipes, readers - is in very short supply. We tried to establish a more disciplined theme and publication schedule once, but it was anarchy trying to corral all of the other themes and it also turned out that there was not as much interest in the stuff under my couch as I had anticipated. But…
  • 99 Reasons to Drink in the Suburbs #33: Pinot No

    Suburban Kamikaze
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    As the creator of a 500 black sweater wardrobe, I am not in a position to play fashion critic. But I can't help but feel that that any wine bottle that goes out wearing one of these "Autumn Wine Sweaters" is making a mistake. I'm not saying there isn't a bottle out there somewhere with the grapes to pull it off. But, generally speaking, putting a sweater on a wine bottle is a terrible idea. I am pretty sure. As the owner of 500 black sweaters, I have a bit of authority on the subject, so I'm just going to come out and say it: these are terrible sweaters. And no…
  • 99 Reasons to Drink in the Suburbs #32: Lime does not heal all wounds

    Suburban Kamikaze
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    There is nothing quite like a lime to put you in the right frame of mind for the coming of winter. A lime reminds you that no matter how cold and dreary it is wherever you are, in other parts of the world people are warm and probably getting ready to grill some chicken in the backyard.  Lime-covered stemware that arrives in a box on your doorstep on your birthday reminds you that no matter how many miles separate you from the warm, chicken-grilling people, they are thinking of you and sending warm, chicken-grilling thoughts your way from the backyard. Or from the pool. Or from one of those…
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  • Going the extra mile

    KC
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Girl, 9, asked us to sign her up for Girls on the Run this past Fall - a program designed to instill confidence, body acceptance, and overall empowerment through running. It involved practicing a couple of times a week after school and culminated in a 5K at the end of the season (a week ago). We thought this would be a great idea. She has good endurance while swimming but during soccer games, had the running endurance of one of the people showcased on "My 600lb Life." The Husband was perplexed. "She has our genes!" I reminded him that, yes, and 50% of those were mine. Practices seemed to be…
  • In the closet (with a style maven)

    KC
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    The Husband is truly gifted at giving presents. Even while we were dating, he never wanted to give me something that anyone could give me. No florist's bouquet but hand-picked wildflowers. As the years have passed, his presents have only grown more thoughtful. Perhaps my most favorite present to date was the essay he wrote me for our 10th wedding anniversary which I still take out from time to time to re-read. It is pure treasure. For Christmas last year, he gave me a session with a style expert to take my closet to the next level. When I told this to my friend recently, she said, "That is…
  • Incriminating blobs

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

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:23 pm
    If you have no idea what you want for Christmas and you're a busy working mom, check out this for inspiration! You could always "accidentally" send this…
  • Christmas Gifts for the Kiddos

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Ever scratch your head at what to get the kids for Christmas? Think no further! Here are some awesome gifts they will love.
  • Makeup Gifts for Moms

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Here are some makeup gifts moms will love to receive for Christmas! Anything that looks pretty or smells good is a winner in our book.
 
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  • potluck ransom

    Daphne
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
    I love pot lucks.  I like hosting pot lucks. However,  rules must be observed.  Put your name on your stuff.  I can’t run everyone down ” did you leave the powder blue bowl?  The Winnie the pooh platter?  The silver … Continue reading → The post potluck ransom appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
  • volunteering for school lunch

    Daphne
    8 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    When I did this video about volunteering to serve lunch at Vivien’s school I was treated very differently.   I thought it signaled the start of my children’s disinterest in me and concentration on their friends.  But, now that Rex … Continue reading → The post volunteering for school lunch appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
  • full body sanitizer?

    Daphne
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    on my way home from dropping off my kids today..which resembled Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride due to copious amounts of street consctruction.. I heard a doctor who has treated Ebola and other fun diseases that it helps to have a … Continue reading → The post full body sanitizer? appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
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  • Odds and Ends – Monday Edition

    whoorl
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:56 am
    1. Are you listening to the Serial podcast? Please tell me you are listening to the Serial Podcast. It is so so so good. (And if you are listening, the chart above pretty much nails it. More hilarious Serial charts here.) 2. This makes me want to hurl a little bit. 3. Great article on hormone disruptors – this totally plays into the cosmetics situation. 4. I am making these pumpkin pie truffles pronto. (Paleo!) 5. Jen has read Whoorl for a long time, and recently sent this article she wrote my way. Jen, you are kicking some ASS. 6. I love love love this chocolatey, bronzy smoky eye.
  • It’s All Going By Too Fast

    whoorl
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    This post is sponsored by OneDay. Thanks for supporting the site! How many photos do you think you’ve taken of your kids? I mean, technology has really upped the ante when it comes to documenting (and sharing) our lives. And it’s pretty crazy how a photo can bring back a flood of memories. For instance, this one: This photo was shot on Mother’s Day several years ago, approximately 3 hours before I came down with the Worst Stomach Bug Ever. Like, sleeping-on-the-bathroom-floor-next-the-toilet-kind-of-stomach-bug. Ahhhh, the memories. The thing is, though…it…
  • The Bangs are Back

    whoorl
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Lovely readers, what would I do without you? I listened to the majority and went for the bangs. I think it was a fun choice, and I’m so much happier with the length. (I’ve also figured out a way to make loose waves even looser, if that’s possible. It’s just like the slightest bend in the hair and it’s awesome. More to come.) ((I’m like a chef – constantly recreating a recipe, except that uh..it’s my hair. Does that make sense?)) Also, my husband is doing cartwheels over the look, so that’s always a bonus. Now if you’ll excuse me,…
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  • Live Action Cinderella Images and Trailer

    Kas
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new... More here
  • LIBBY’S® Pumpkin Roll Thanksgiving Recipe

    Kas
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:27 am
      Ingredients CAKE: 1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel) 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground... More here
  • Mega Bloks Hot Wheels Super Race Set GIVEAWAY

    Kas
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:47 am
    MEGA BLOKS HOT WHEELS™ SUPER RACE SET 8-IN-1 About the Super Race Set 8-in-1 Rev those engines and wait for the green flag to drop with the Super Race Set by Mega Bloks Hot Wheels™! Build up to eight... More here
 
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  • Family Play Date in The Woodlands

    Crystal
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    TweetThis is a partnered post with Gymboree. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Living fairly close to a big city provides plenty of options for fun family outings. We are blessed to live in an area where there is so much to do right in our backyard. Just north of Houston, The Woodlands is growing and becoming a hot spot for families. From parks, to hands-on museums, there is so much to do. One of the places we like to frequent is the Woodlands Waterway. In addition to a cruise around Waterway Square in The Water Taxi, there are a variety of restaurants, shops, entertainment…
  • 50 Years of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer + Giveaway

    Melanie
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    TweetThis is a partnered post with Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. On the first day of Christmas, we will be decking the halls with hand-made embroidered decorations. On the second day of Christmas, we will be belting out our favorite holiday tunes (Michael Buble’ is incredible). On the third day of Christmas, we will make Gigi’s fudge. These are just some of the family traditions that make it really feel like the holidays. But there’s one movie that brings up all of the warm, fuzzy feelings of Christmases…
  • RSVP for the #HeartMyHair Twitter Party

    Crystal
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Tweet PHOTO CREDIT: Great Contradictions Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know I do and I’m so excited to co-host a Twitter Party next week about hairstyles! On November 25, 2014 at 1:00pm ET, please join us for the #HeartMyHair Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing the new Conair Curl Secret and the Infiniti Pro 3Q hair dryer, and giving you a chance to win prizes! During the holiday season there are so many occasions and opportunities to style your hair. Since I work from home, most days I wear the ‘mom ponytail’ and the holidays are the perfect excuse for me to…
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  • On blogging and Facebook

    Jenn
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:54 pm
        Today was one of those days that kicked my ass. Physically. Mentally. Spiritually. It brought me to a place where I thought “I want to blog about this.” But then I thought, “No, I shouldn’t. I may upset so and so.” Or “My blog has been down and I doubt anyone reads it [...]
  • On looking back on the past

    Jenn
    2 Nov 2014 | 9:57 pm
    A few days ago an old friend posted a picture of some young band geeks. It was me and my high school friends. It was an amazing time to take a trip down memory lane. We laughed over hairstyles. Mocked the notes on the chalkboard. Checked in on where everyone was these days. Teased about [...]
  • On going to bed and other misunderstandings

    Jenn
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    After being married to the same person for almost 25 years, you learn where your strengths and weaknesses lie.  Areas where you are strong and also where you are incompatible.  I have to confess something to you.  There is an area of incompatibility that Clint and I have suffered through for years.  Come here so [...]
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  • You Just Climbed Koko Crater Not Koko Head (which is way easier)

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

    lavagal
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    This is the last week before the quarter ends, so school teachers aren’t calling in sick and substitute teachers like me are not getting called to work. What a gorgeous day to be outside! Hot. Hot. Hot. But beautiful. There is nothing like living in Hawaii. Nothing. After we drove along the Ka Iwi Coast taking in the sights, and getting a video via Instagram, we came back home for a cold lunch. Cold wheat linguine for me dressed in sesame oil, shoyu, sesame seeds and green onions; target-rich tossed salad for him. Naps. I was craving an ocean fix so bad. I couldn’t go out at Sandy…
  • Infrared Yoga and Recovery, Healing and Optimism

    lavagal
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Before I get to the yoga part: On Saturday, September 6, I swam in the inaugural North Shore 5k Swim, finishing in less than two hours, and in third place women’s fin division. What a great finish to a great race season. The week before my finish in the Waikiki Roughwater Swim was considerably slower, thanks to the current. That swim really beat me up. But, I absolutely adore swimming in the ocean. I will confess I spend the first third of an ocean race wondering if I will be a meal. Then, when I start passing other swimmers, I gain confidence and find a comfortable pace. My final third…
 
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    Sleepless Nights.

  • Puddling jumping fun

    Veronica
    8 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
          
  • On not blogging and bath salts

    Veronica
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:12 pm
    There was a point recently when I realised, I’m not really a blogger anymore. And it’s sad, a little, because I love blogging and I love where blogging has taken me. But after seven years, I’m tired. I jumped on the PR roundabout and fell off again 18 months later when I realised I didn’t enjoy selling my space to companies looking to make a quick impression and an even quicker dollar. I told stories, and then didn’t again. My children grew up fast, too fast, too fast to share their stories anymore. It takes a while to readjust. From mummy-blogger to…
  • Springtime chaos. It’s fun, but you know. Chaos.

    Veronica
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Evelyn is obsessed with cows. Cows and butterflies, and flowers and outside. Basically she’s obsessed with Springtime. “FWOWERS!” “COOOOOWS!” “BUFFERLIES!” “OWWWSIDE!” She is over the moon to have a paddock filled with calves and their mothers across the road. She spends a lot of time demanding to go outside and watch the coooows. Failing that, she will stand forlornly at the window until they wander into view before she loses her mind and makes everyone come and look because COOOOWS! It’s adorable. I showed her Mount Gnomon…
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  • Christmas Gifts for Working Moms

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:23 pm
    If you have no idea what you want for Christmas and you're a busy working mom, check out this for inspiration! You could always "accidentally" send this…
  • Christmas Gifts for the Kiddos

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Ever scratch your head at what to get the kids for Christmas? Think no further! Here are some awesome gifts they will love.
  • Makeup Gifts for Moms

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Here are some makeup gifts moms will love to receive for Christmas! Anything that looks pretty or smells good is a winner in our book.
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  • Blogstipation and Catching Up

    Sarah Visbeek
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    Oh hey there.  Pardon me for a sec while I dust off the keyboard here.  With anything, the longer you go without doing something, the harder it is to jump back into it, amirite?  Exercising Blogging especially.  And now I'm totally backed up.... Which leads me to Halloween.  Only a mere 2-1/2 weeks ago. Applying fake blood on the tough football player.  That he immediately smeared all over
  • That Time I Met Donnie and Jenny

    Sarah Visbeek
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    Honestly, for the amount of bad blog pitches I get in my inbox in a day - "Review and give away this set of hair bows!"  (I have boys.) "Review this baby product!"  (I no longer have baby boys.) "Write about this in exchange for a link!  Write about that in exchange for...nothing!  Tell your network to like our FB page!  Tweet out our information!"  (Ummmm, no.) Every once in a while (the
  • Navigating Napa: Top 5 Winery Recommendations

    Sarah Visbeek
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    First of all, let me preface this by saying that if you're going to Napa, you really can't go wrong when it comes to winery tours and tastings.  All of them are unique.  Each place has their own character and flair.  There's really nothing NOT to like.  All you really need to tour is a car, a map, and a listing of wineries that don't require appointments.  And a designated driver, of course
 
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  • 6 Fun and Easy DIY Thanksgiving Centerpieces

    Fred Lee
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Thanksgiving is a special time of the year: family, friends, good food and good times, not to mention football and time off from work. What's not to love? For many of us, Thanksgiving means gathering with the people we care about to appreciate all that we have in our lives, and while there is some work involved, it can be both fun and rewarding.Part of the fun is getting the house ready for the festivities, and that means seasonal decorations around the house, including a festive centerpiece to put on your table that will impress everyone and get them in the mood to celebrate. Best of all, a…
  • 5 New Christmas Books to Get You into the Holiday Spirit

    Nancy Flanders
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Christmas is coming! Children are already eagerly anticipating the big day. Nothing keeps the countdown excitement in the air better than Christmas stories at bedtime (or anytime). New Christmas children's books are currently being released to add some new magic to the season.Jingle PawsNothing could bring a cat and mouse together except Christmas. In this book from the author of Goodnight Moon, a cat searches the house for the mouse he thinks he hears. He stumbles upon the Santa of pets, Santa Paws and is excited to see all the gifts he brings for the animals of the house.Here Comes Santa…
  • 5 Simple Ways to Teach Your Children to Be Thankful

    David James
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Thanksgiving is on the horizon and it's the perfect time to give thanks for all the blessings in our lives.And here's a challenge — this Thanksgiving resolve to make giving thanks a part of your family's daily routine. Whether that means a quick and meaningful word of prayer before a meal or something more elaborate, we have much to be thankful for and should try to remind our children of that everyday.Here are a few ways to teach your children about being thankful:ServiceDevelop a sense of serving others in your family's life. What does that mean? It means putting others first in areas of…
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  • The Morning Routine

    Carmen Staicer
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
    There's a funny thing going around, in which women share their morning routines. It's a riff off of an article in which 12 Women Leaders share their routines.  Routines which include early morning yoga, quinoa cereal, egg whites, gourmet breakfasts lovingly prepared for gracious family members, and vegan muffins - and spin class. And do not contain any yelling OR swear words.   Clearly, I'm doing it wrong. I thought, for kicks, I'd jot down my morning.  4:04 - Wake bolt upright, convinced I've overslept. Grab for my phone, check the time, realize I have to pee like…
  • Hello? Hello? Is This Thing On?

    Carmen Staicer
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:16 am
    Geez. Give me a blog and a bunch of new Facebook fans and I fall off the face of the internet.  Let's play catch up.  First - I know that everyone is on pins and needles, because about 5 months ago - maybe 6, who remembers this stuff - I commented that I needed to find a white shirt. There's something about a white button down shirt that I just find very appealing. You can wear them with jeans, pencil skirts - speaking of which, how does one just lose a pencil skirt from last winter (inquiring minds want to know?) - or dress pants. Except. It's really, really hard to find a…
  • One Day More - the Grocery Edition

    Carmen Staicer
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    I was going to have my daughter sing this, but it never quite worked out. To the tune of "One Day More" from Les Mis, just put the song on and read along. :)   One day more…. Another store, and yet more groceries This never ending chore of feeding them Children who seem to always eat will surely want to eat again   Buy more food!   Paycheck did not last so long How is it gone before I know it?   Buy more food!   Tomorrow, it will be pay-day! And the food will all be carted   One more day without doritos   Will we make it after all?   One more day to be creative   Will we…
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  • How The Little Ice Age Effect Will Play Into Your Holiday Travel Plans

    SusieJ
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    This snow? This cold? This early? Before Thanksgiving? This isn’t the first time. In fact, that adorable Thanksgiving song, “Over the River and Through the Wood,” (yes, it’s wood and not woods), which was written in 1844, also refers to snow at Thanksgiving. …the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the white and drifted snow. What you may not realize, is that at the time the poem was written, parts of the world were undergoing The Little Ice Age, a colder era with earlier winters. This is what it was like: In the winter of 1780, New York Harbor froze, allowing people…
  • Tag-A-Long Rosie

    SusieJ
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:04 am
  • The Salt Rub: An Easier Alternative to the Turkey Brine

    SusieJ
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:16 am
    Admittedly, brining a turkey does bring out flavor, and adds sweet juiciness to even the driest parts of the turkey. However, making room for a two-day bird-bath in your refrigerator delivers quite a challenge to an already-over burdened, holiday-stocked refrigerator. Last Thanksgiving, I turned the same aromatic herbs I typically use for a turkey brine into a salt rub.  This is similar to the way in which you cook cheap cuts of read meat, to seal in the moistness.  The process was effortless, and the results were outstanding. Just like the brined turkey, the rubbed bird was tasty and…
 
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  • Christmas Gifts for Working Moms

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:23 pm
    If you have no idea what you want for Christmas and you're a busy working mom, check out this for inspiration! You could always "accidentally" send this…
  • Christmas Gifts for the Kiddos

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Ever scratch your head at what to get the kids for Christmas? Think no further! Here are some awesome gifts they will love.
  • Makeup Gifts for Moms

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Here are some makeup gifts moms will love to receive for Christmas! Anything that looks pretty or smells good is a winner in our book.
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    Rookie Moms

  • When to use black and white filters

    Whitney Moss
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    More than once I’ve heard the tip to filter your photos to black and white in order to mask the fact that your children’s outfits were excruciatingly mismatched, and not in a quirky stylish way. When San Francisco mom Yuliya Patsay posted this cute baby photo on Instagram, and was transparent about her reasons for using black and white, I asked if I could share it, too. I don’t like to hide all the trappings of real life all the time (wanna see my home office?) but sometimes a dated couch and carpet setting or even an overly bright piece of baby gear (Fisher Price, I’m…
  • Lipase in my breastmilk or why does my breastmilk stink?

    Whitney Mattocks
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    Heather asked me to share my story with you because we hope to help out lots of frustrated mothers who have tried everything else to get baby to take a bottle! Excess lipase wasn’t something I read about anywhere and was a little blind-sided. Luckily there are some great resources for nursing moms out there: lactation specialists and the website kellymom.com. I consulted both and learned what to do. I’ve been pumping since my daughter Garrity was about 2 weeks old. I started because I had oversupply issues and Garrity was basically choking on my milk, so at the suggestion of a lactation…
  • 9 gender-neutral toys for kids of any gender

    Whitney Moss
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:13 pm
    A friend of mine, mother to one little boy, told me she loved the “Dollhouses for Boys” post I did last year. Funny, because in my mind, that post was for parents of boys and girls equally — anyone who didn’t want pink plastic to take over their playroom, especially families with boys AND girls who would like toys to be inviting to all kids. Here are some more great unisex toys that come free of any commercial baggage. This post contains affiliate links. Everything by Kid O, but I especially like their push walking toy and the squirrel pull toy. My toddlers loved…
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    Mom Blog | From Dates to Diapers™

  • Virgin Mobile Custom {Exclusive to Walmart} Review

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Josh has been able to try a few different phones recently and he says his new LG Unify is the best! He just recently changed schools, and on this new phone he has plenty of data and text messages to... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • What Parents & Teens Need to Know About Cyberbullying

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Julia and her best friend, Melody, are trying to move on after their first hand experience with how awful being the victims of a cyberbully can be. While they are doing well and thriving in their new... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • Trying to make sense of it all…

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    8 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    I have seen a whole lot of ugly this year. One thing after another. Things that may not seem to be much when standing alone. But, together? It’s almost too much. I’m trying to make sense... 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

  • What's Open on Thanksgiving Day in NYC 2014: 11 Things to Do with Kids Besides the Parade

    Stephanie Ogozalek
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Yes, everyone knows about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. But what happens once it's over? Your dinner doesn't start for another few hours, and if you're not the one cooking, you're going to find yourself with free time on your hands. Luckily, this is the city that never sleeps. There actually are things to do on Thanksgiving Day in New York City that don't involve eating turkey, watching giant balloons or camping out for Black Friday sales. Here are 11 fun ways to spend part of Thanksgiving Day with your kids. Happy Thanksgiving to your family from all of the moms at Mommy Poppins NYC!
  • Black Friday Sales in NYC: Best Deals & the Scoop on Small Business Saturday

    Alina Adams
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last year, the big Black Friday news was that many stores were actually opening on Thursday. For 2014, that trend continues with select stores opening earlier than ever on Thanksgiving Day—Old Navy is throwing down the record-breaking gauntlet of 4pm, and many other chains are following suit with 5 and 6pm doorbusters. (At this rate, people will be having Thanksgiving turkey breakfasts.) More shopping hours probably means even more shoppers. So as always, you should be prepared to stand on long lines and dash through crowded throngs of fellow bargain hunters while wielding your shopping…
  • This Week: Behind the Scenes at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Holiday Shows for NYC Kids, Best Holiday Light Displays in the Tri-State Area

    Raven Snook
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Are your kids giddily crossing out the days on your wall calendar like mine? She can't wait until Thanksgiving arrives because she loves Macy's big Parade, plus she knows that means the other holidays aren't far behind (we do Christmas and Hanukkah in this house). Already, our regional sites are posting about the most spectacular holiday houses on Long Island and in New Jersey, along with only-in-the-suburbs seasonal experiences like Santa train rides. In addition to being excited for next week's festivities, we're psyched about this Saturday's Mommy Poppins Night at the New Victory Theater.
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  • When life gets busy, eat some protein

    workoutmommy
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:33 am
    My oldest was in his first soccer tournament this weekend that involved a 2 hour drive, 6 hours on the field, and a 2 hour drive back home.  (yes, I really should pay more attention when I agree to these things!) Since I didn’t want to go the entire day without eating or be put in a position where I had to eat the food being sold on the field, I did a little pre-planning and packing for the trip.  Protein is key for keeping yourself fueled and feeling full, so here are some of my go-to protein sources. *hard boiled eggs:  Yes, I eat the whole thing and it is delicious.
  • Tips for staying fit during the holidays

    workoutmommy
    8 Nov 2014 | 3:53 pm
    As the holidays are rolling around,  too many people throw their fitness plan on the back burner because they are “too busy”.   Honestly though…does life ever slow down? Aren’t we busy all year long? Keep your focus by reminding yourself you have worked too hard for the past 10 months to blow it all over the next two! Kohl’ s asked me to share some tips for keeping fit during the holidays, so here are a few to get you started. Have a plan:   schedule in your workouts and make them happen.  No excuses. Delicious foods and desserts are available all year…
  • Workouts in my driveway help keep me sane

    workoutmommy
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:24 am
    My kids were off from school yesterday for election day and while I really wanted to  hit the gym for a solo workout, it just wasn’t going to happen! So we all headed outside to the driveway for some exercise.  I did kettlebell swings,  push presses, and walking lunges  while my little guys burned off energy by riding bikes, scooters, and climbing trees.   (and in full disclosure, they fought, argued, and wrestled more than I like to admit!  The stress from having to redirect them over and over definitely added to my cardio factor!)   I wonder what my neighbors think of us?   Oh…
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  • Achievement unlocked

    Linda
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    I want to tell you of some happy coincidences I’ve experienced lately. Happy coincidences isn’t really the right term, but it’s going to have to do for now, as I nab a few moments away from the burbling, hopefully-lazy probably-chaotic Sunday spread before me. In span of one week a few momentous things happened. Thing the first: I reached out to my mother via email, to try and send a jet of well-intentioned air against the cobwebs that had grown impossibly thick between us. Just opening the lines of communication. I wrote her, she wrote me, it was wonderful. I saved her message and read…
  • Golden repair

    Linda
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:38 am
    Okay, this is not going to turn into the All Self Improvement, All the Time blog (although if it did, that would totally be okay because that is just how I am honoring my truth right now) (haaaaaaa they say this a lot in Barre3 but it’s usually with respect to how it’s acceptable to modify a move if it feels like your butt muscles are going to burst into flames and melt gruesomely off your body like that scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark) but as a follow up to yesterday’s post I wanted to share one more thing with you that I personally find really inspiring and who knows, maybe one of…
  • Golden days

    Linda
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    I’ve sat down to write a blog post a few times recently when I stopped and thought, Oh, I’ve already told that story to like four people. It occurs to me that this is sort of a new problem to have, a problem that’s not really a problem at all but is actually very cool. I’ve been engaged in enough real-life conversations lately that I’ve already told my stories to the point where I feel like I’m repeating myself. That’s kind of … awesome. Everything is pretty awesome, lately. Yes, I’m singing the song in my head now too, I’m sorry. If the only way to fix one bad earworm is…
 
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  • Thanksgiving Kids Craft Paper plate turkey

    Renee Ross
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:09 pm
    I can’t believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner! We had a Thanksgiving meal at my son’s school and now he is on vacation for a full week. My son is asking me to make my famous sweet potato pie but I am fearful that I’ll eat the entire thing before I leave for New York. To distract him from the pie, we got busy and made a holiday craft that is fun and simple for the kids to make. This time I was able to simply go to my craft drawers which are filled with items from Walmart and let my son make a Thanksgiving turkey from a paper plate. I originally saw this craft on Pinterest and…
  • CleanPath sustainable household cleaners

    Renee Ross
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:53 pm
    I really do not like shopping. I especially don’t like shopping for household cleaners. I mean, if I have to shop, I want it to be something like clothes or shoes....things that really bring a smile to my face. Household cleaners? Not so much. Whatever I can do to shop as infrequently as possibly for the necessities, I sign up for. Which brings me to CleanPath. I have to admit that using CleanPath cleansers actually DOES bring a smile to my face. CleanPath is a line of  innovative, sustainable products carried at Walmart. I think the idea is ingenious  and I wish I’d thought of…
  • Quit Together. Win Together. The Great American Smoke Out November 20th

    Renee Ross
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    During my childhood my mom was a smoker. In the 80s and being a smoker was almost a norm. I can still remember her favorite cigarettes, Virginia Slims Menthol because she would send me to the corner store to buy a pack for $1.15 (there were no laws against selling smokes to minors at the time) This particular brand was marketed toward women, commercials featured the long thin cigarette with women looking very posh. The hazards of second hand smoke were just beginning to be talked about but smoking was still permitted almost everywhere including restaurants. As a matter of fact, I can remember…
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  • Beautiful Skin Care is Simple

    8 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    You may have noticed that I'm a bit of a beauty product aficionado. I love trying new makeup and skincare. That being said, I am also super lazy about skincare and cosmetic regimens. I like the theory of indulgent thirty step facial exfoliation processes but there is admittedly very little chance that I would ever actually succumb to such a daily ritual, no matter how baby-soft and pore-free it
  • Action Cameras for an Adventurous Holiday Season

    8 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    The holidays are looming – there are only 71 days until Christmas!  I've always heard that men are hard to buy for but I don't think that's true. The stereotypical tie wouldn't work for my husband, true, but he's pretty easy to shop for. Especially this year. Bob loves to take photos. He takes them mostly with his iPhone and DSLR but I know he'd love to have a camera that loves the outdoors as
  • Transparent – What to Binge-Watch This Weekend

    27 Sep 2014 | 2:32 pm
    I'm still pretty into my Amazon Prime account. It's a great deal if you use Amazon a lot, especially with their exclusive programming, such as their pilots and original series. This weekend sees the launch of Transparent, which looks poised to be a cult favorite. It stars Jeffery Tambor as a middle aged and recently transgendered woman reinserting himself into his family.  All ten
 
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  • Explore Longform with Writing 201

    Michelle W.
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    We often think of blog posts as being just a few paragraphs long, or being a “less serious” kind of writing. Not so! In this challenge, we’ll focus on writing longform pieces that are equally at home on your blog or in a magazine. Whether you have trouble organizing your thoughts in longer pieces of writing or simply want to challenge yourself as a blogger, Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post can help. What is Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post? Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post is a four-week course to help those beginning to explore longform writing (or who are frustrated…
  • Just Released: New Blogging U. Ebooks

    Ben Huberman
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Our recent Writing 101 and Writing 201 Blogging U. courses were a huge success — so we thought you should be able to enjoy them even if your schedule didn’t allow you to take them in real time. We’re happy to announce that both courses are now offered as free ebooks, available for download in .pdf, .mobi (Kindle), and .epub (iBooks) formats. While conceived with nonfiction writers in mind, fiction writers (we know you’re out there, NaNoWriMo participants!) could find both courses just as useful. Which ebook should you choose? Writing 101: Build a Blogging Habit…
  • Emoji Everywhere 🎃

    Marcus Kazmierczak
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Emoji? What are they? “Emoji” is a Japanese term meaning “picture character.” It’s a standard for showing smileys and other little symbols inside text. But unlike traditional smileys that are made up of a sequence of letters like , every emoji has its own letter. Emoji blossomed on smartphones, where quickly picking out an emoji is often faster than typing out a long sentence. Today we’re rolling out hundreds and hundreds of emoji across WordPress.com — 872 to be exact. Do they look familiar? That’s because Twitter has graciously decided to open-source their entire set,…
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    Product Reviews by The Experimental Mommy

  • Stitch Your Pictures with Kwilt

    Bridgette Duplantis
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    This post was written by the Experimental Mommy and brought to you by Kwilt and The Motherhood. All opinions remain 100% mine. As a Mom, I can never be far away from a camera. Add to that the fact that I am a blogger and pictures become my lifeline.  I have precious memories stored on Facebook, Instagram, my iPhone and my iPad but connecting them to create an entire storyline can be cumbersome and time consuming.  But, I was recently introduced to the new app, Kwilt which has been a great tool for stitching together photos from different places to give family, friends and even my sponsors a…
  • Don’t Miss a Thing with TV Everywhere

    Bridgette Duplantis
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:54 pm
    This post was written by the Experimental Mommy and brought to you by TV Everywhere. All opinions are 100% my own. Who loves the holidays? The lights, the music, the cooking, the family, the merriment…..the lines.  I love almost everything about the holidays.  While I try to do most of my shopping online, there is inevitably a gift or two that focus me into the local mall and if you know me, you know patience is not my virtue. Standing in line is one of my least favorite activities in the entire World but I just learned about something that could make this experience SO. MUCH.
  • Get a Headstart on Holiday Shopping with $700 Giveaway!

    Bridgette Duplantis
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    With the holidays a little over a month away, could you use a $700 Home Depot Gift Card or a $250 Target Gift Card?  It’s easy to enter…just follow the instructions below and start pinning!  ENTER HERE
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    Balancing Motherhood

  • Gingerbread House Competition Teaches More Than Baking

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    For the second year now, my kids made a gingerbread house as part of The Omni Grove Park Inn’s National Gingerbread Competition. It’s a pain-staking process that takes a ton of time. People think I’m crazy for doing it. Each time we visited Asheville during Thanksgiving or Christmas we would go to the gingerbread competition […]
  • Customized Boy’s Birthday Cake

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    As many of you know, I make a big birthday cake for my kid’s each year. That’s two cakes a year. Not too bad. This year my son couldn’t decide on a theme for the cake. It’s been easy in the past. We’ve done a pirate ship for a party at a pirate-themed mini golf […]
  • Broccoli and Mushroom Quiche

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    I love quiche. They are simple and elegant and can be eaten for breakfast or for lunch. Secret: we eat them for dinner too! This guy is a fan favorite at my house. I have a basic base recipe for the quiche and then add different ingredients based on my mood or what I have […]
 
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  • Talkin’ Turkey

    Lill Hawkins
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:08 am
    As my daughter so aptly put it this morning when she looked at the thermometer, “It’s not even up to none degrees!” Well, to be honest, it’s all of 3 degrees out there now, but with the wind – and … Continue reading →
  • Thank you, Robin, Chris and Kim

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

    Lill Hawkins
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Here’s a post I wrote back in 2007 when my 17 year old and our Black Lab, Jetta, were 10 years old and my 24 year old was 17. They and I are jonesing for another Berryman CD, so if … Continue reading →
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    Hormone-Colored Days

  • It's Going to be a Very Chicago Weekend

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:13 am
    Chicago from the LakeI love that we live close enough to Chicago to enjoy the best that the city has to offer. On a weekend morning, we can hop on the expressway and be downtown int he blink of an eye (not so much during rush hour, though). We can also take the train in when we don't want to deal with driving.This weekend I'll be in the city for two fun events.First up, Dance Theatre of Harlem at the Auditorium Theatre.I've heard about this racially diverse dance troupe for years through a social media friend who's on their board and I'm excited to see them perform. It's been more tan 15…
  • The Family Dinner: Throwback Thursday

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This post was originally published at The Chicago Moms almost four years ago to the day.The family dinner is both a uniter and a protector. Sitting down to shared meal not only provides an opportunity for family members to talk about their day, it creates a point of connection and support after a busy or stressful day. Family dinners impact children.  Recently, yet another study indicated that the the benefits of the shared meal stretch far beyond the kitchen table, helping keep kids off of drugs.So why aren't more families gathering around the table to eat and (hopefully) share a few…
  • How We Talk about Israel

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Yeah, I doodled. Don't judge.Around the time of Brant Rosen' resignation, I read several articles about rabbis who are allegedly unable to criticize Israel for fear of alienating or angering their congregants. I have no doubt this is true in some congregations, but this can't be true everywhere. It certainly isn't true in mine despite what played out in the media. But still, it's been a while since we've had a large-scale community conversation about Israel.Roughly 100 members of our synagogue recently gathered to discuss Israel. Thanks to JRC's Israel Program Committee with assistance from…
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    Mile High Mamas

  • THE POLAR EXPRESS Delivers Big Holiday Fun for Colorado Families

    gretchen
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    For years, the Colorado Railroad Museum has been a popular destination for railway lovers of all ages. Fans of all things chugga-chugga and choo-choo always find something interesting to explore as the museum is constantly restoring and adding to their deep collection of railway cars, engines, and artifacts. They host many creative and innovative events throughout the year. Fittingly, they are capping off another fantastic year of fun with something extraordinary. For the first time, the Colorado Railroad Museum is hosting THE POLAR EXPRESS™ experience. It is more than just a train ride.
  • The tools every parent must know to keep your kids safe on the Internet

    Amber Johnson
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    One of the parents from my daughter’s class, Chris Roberts, created this checklist for ensuring our younger “web surfers” remain safe. I think it’s a great list, so, with his permission, I am sharing it here for safe explorations.  For the younger children – 12 and under: 1.    Create separate user accounts for each child on the home computer. 2.    Enable strict content filtering on the computer. 3.    Install anti-virus, malware software, etc. 4.    Establish a select list of sites they’re allowed…
  • Barnes & Noble Discovery Weekend includes Puppet Making and Holiday Singalong

    Gretchen
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:38 am
    I can’t say I love love love shopping. At least not in the way that several of my friends can make sport of it. I usually am more like a “guy” when I go in get what I need and get out. It may be because of the way my mom and sister shop. When I was a child I would dread my mom telling us (my sister and me) that we were going to Lee Wards (a craft store) or lest we allow her in the shoe department of ANY department store. We could be there for HOURS trying on shoes that all seem to look a bit alike. But everything is a bit different in a book store. I could escape to my…
 
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  • Boo!

    Susan
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    This year, with the exception of Andrew, the kids all made their own costumes.  (With a little help.) Jack was the Ranger from the Ranger’s Apprentice series of books. Here is the first group of kids that went Trick or Treating together. Emma was a Minion.  Maria was Cleopatra, Lucy was an indian, Luke was an FBI SWAT team member, William was a ninja, Sam was a cowboy, John was Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andrew was a fireman (at this time) and Annette was a fairy princess. (Names in bold are my kids.) Earlier in the day, Andrew was Batman. Toward the end of the evening, Andrew was visited by…
  • One Organized Mama

    Susan
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Despite the usual chaos of the morning, I brilliantly remembered to write Jack a note and give everyone after-school instructions.  Jack has a doctor’s appointment this afternoon, so I made arrangements for Maria, Luke and Sam, since Jack, Andrew and I wouldn’t be back in time to pick them up from school. I wrote Jack’s note on the back of an index card: Dear Mrs. M––– Please send Jack to the office by 3:10.  He has a doctor’s appointment this afternoon. I handed Jack the note, which he set down on the counter.  As we were backing out of the drive, I asked…
  • Television

    Susan
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    I have no idea what I just bought. You would think that with just one small child at home, I could make a phone call.  Ha. I have spent an endless amount of time now researching how to get my internet/TV/phone bill down.  I do NOT need 3,579 channels.  I do not need a home phone – except for emergencies.  I DO need decent internet.  But that’s IT.  Apparently this is impossible to get for under $200 a month. I, however, am determined to try.  So, I’ve researched online and finally decided to make a phone call. Get this:  it would cost me MORE to downgrade to just 39…
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    Queen of Spain Blog

  • No Fight at MY Fridge

    Queen of Spain
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I’m not going to lie, this family, sometimes, has (!gasp!) fast food for dinner. We allow our children to have pop (you crazy people call it soda) while at a theme park and occasionally at home or elsewhere if the situation warrants – we love pop for belly aches, or to wake up sleepy kids who were up late gaming (another no-no) because they like the flavor or because Mom or Dad has one sitting on the table and they want a sip of something. We even, now sit down when I tell you this, feed our children junk food, sugary cereal, sports drinks filled with sugar! I could go on and on…
  • When You & Your Dirty Kids Are Just Another Number

    Queen of Spain
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:15 am
    It’s been awhile now since I stood before the judge in that cold courtroom on Wilshire. Since I heard the worlds “entirely disabled” and “incapable of any work in this economy.” It was like a punch in the gut and a weight off my shoulders all at once. I would continue to collect my long-term disability benefits, as contracted to me by my employer…however this appeal meant the long-term disability benefit insurance company could now deduct what I would be receiving from Social Security and what my kids would be receiving, since their Mom was now entirely…
  • An Attack on Valerie Jarrett is an Attack on ALL Women

    Queen of Spain
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    You might have missed my twitter rant over the weekend. I had officially HAD IT with the attacks on Senior White House Advisor Valerie jarred and I basically LOST IT via a TweetRage: RAGE inducing. An entire article on why POTUS should fire @vj44 with 0 reasons given http://t.co/iGfYSBI8xH They’d never say this of a man — Erin Kotecki Vest (@QueenofSpain) November 8, 2014 & WHY should POTUS shake up a damn thing? @vj44 has been the only constant – steady and smart- Who actually gives a damn about everyone — Erin Kotecki Vest (@QueenofSpain) November 8, 2014 Unreal. Calling…
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    Blonde Mom Blog

  • 10 Delicious Donuts For Dreary Days

    Blonde Mom
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:20 pm
    We discovered the goodness that is the limited edition Entenmann’s pumpkin donut this weekend. I bought a dozen of the delicious donuts yesterday and, no surprise, they were gone by this morning! Donuts are a great winter dessert. There are so many fun ways you can prepare them. Here are some fun homemade, and some not so homemade, donut treats and donut inspired treats! Olaf Donuts Baked Pumpkin Donuts Donut Hole Acorns   Eggnog Donuts Reindeer Donuts   Simple Apple Cider Donuts Banana Bread Donuts (Great way to use overripe bananas!) Baked Strawberry Donuts Coffee Stirrer…
  • 10 Ways to Style Black Skinny Jeans

    Blonde Mom
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    I’m finding tons of fun ways to style my new Lee black skinny jeans, from black boots (Elaine Turner) to black polka dots (top from Belk) with an accent of lavender (button-down top from Walmart) to bold colors like a mustard cardigan (Walmart), turquoise scarf (Five Below), and purple coat (Kenneth Cole). They’re dressy enough to wear to my office. Lee Jeans recently sent me a pair of their Easy Fit black skinny jeans from the Platinum Label line. Not only are they super comfortable (they are made with 3% spandex which means they aren’t binding, but have lots of give), they…
  • Things I Love Thursday

    Blonde Mom
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:36 pm
    It’s been a few weeks since I published a Things I Love Thursday wrap up. I definitely wanted to post today as many of us, including myself, will be enjoying way too much turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie next week and relaxing in front of a fire or football game. I’m not sure if I’ll be posting next week so here are a few things I’m loving lately, from a new to me beauty product line to a fun new board game for kids…let’s face it, you can only play Hi-Ho Cherry O so many times, right? Battle Sheep – In a wired world where kids zone out to too many…
 
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    Girl's Gone Child

  • On Unexpected Pregnancy, In Film

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:33 pm
    First came Knocked Up, then came Juno, and now, Obvious Child which I wrote about this week on Mom.me. When I first started this blog, it was assumed that because I kept my unplanned pregnancy, I was not pro-choice. There is an assumption that women who support choice are not mothers themselves—certainly not young, unexpected ones.And I know that many of you disagree with me. You disagree for religious reasons or personal reasons and while I respect that, I also feel it is more important to stand behind what I BELIEVE than it is to sit quietly and say nothing, --which is what I…
  • "Make, not Break."

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:28 pm
    I wrote that quote inside my brain several years ago after reading something that made me angry. I said out loud, to the wall, "THIS MAKES ME WANT TO BREAK SOMETHING!"Because it did.A lot of things have made me want to break things over the years. I've wanted to break voices, specifically anonymous ones (who aren't so anonymous anymore thanks to commenting systems like disqus. I love disqus) and computers (specifically mine) and the ambush-style mobs that select their ambush-du-jour and blindly follow the Emperor's New Pitch Fork without thinking for themselves."Make, not break."Because we…
  • Gifts that Give: To The Market

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:23 am
    Passport Bag $18, (hand woven by the Women's Skill Development Organization of Nepal)I met Jane Mosbacher Morris at the AYA summit in DC and was blown away by her story, efforts and the work she has done both past and present, specifically with To the Market, a survivor-made goods website that launched last week.In Jane's words: I founded TO THE MARKET because I believe in the power of economic independence and the impact that the dignity of work can have on transforming a survivor's life. I spent the first part of my career focused on the intersection of women and…
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    acte gratuit: A look at life in between naps.

  • The New House

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

    acte gratuit
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    (Published out of order--this was the first "new house" post I wrote but never finished and published.)We're officially homeowners! (For the third time...hopefully the last).We moved out of our three year rental against our will and into another rental for four weeks. Just after signing the lease on the second rental (hereafter known as "Half-way House") we discovered our dream home had fallen out of escrow.  We didn't think we could afford it, but the mortgage lady worked some dark magic and we somehow got it.  Now, when I say it is my dream house, I'm being disengenuous. It is not…
  • First Week of School for 2 and 3

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

  • First World Reasons I Am Hostile Today: A List

    Goon Squad Sarah
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:20 pm
    1) Somebody put dirty clothes on top of the unmatched sock basket and put it in the laundry room and then the cats peed on it. 2) My socks keep falling down in my boots. 3) Leaves in my house. 4) My daughter’s American Girl doll keeps looking at me funny every time I go downstairs. 5) Snakes 6) Still mad about having to wash all of the socks again.    
  • White Says I Have to Call this One “I Like Gold Butts and I Cannot Lie”

    Goon Squad Sarah
    11 Sep 2013 | 11:12 am
    I was screwing around on Facebook on Friday afternoon when I saw a new status pop up. It’s not how I imagined being in Rolling Stone…. but I’ll take it!!!! I immediately clicked through. Rolling Stone! Plus Mike is one of my more interesting friends. He is a performer in Cirque du Soleil. I’m thinking that if he was surprised that this was how he finally ended up in Rolling Stone it was going to be good – and also weird. This was going to be awesome. I was not let down.   Photo: Scott London, Rolling Stone Later that day I was over at my neighbor’s…
  • Kicking the Can

    Goon Squad Sarah
    6 Jul 2013 | 4:28 am
    I finally kicked. I am proud to say that I have gone eight days without eating a Pringle. I have no idea how you just reacted to reading that sentence. You might be confused. You might think I am am idiot. If you follow me closely on Twitter you might be proud of me, having been updated on my escalating Pringles problem. If you are my daughter you are happy because it means I stopped eating the chips I said I was buying for you. This is no joke. I was up to a can a day. I generally chose sour cream and onion, but any flavor would do. Well, not any flavor.  Those dill pickle ones are…
 
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    Surrender, Dorothy

  • And Again

    Rita Arens
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:37 am
    Never give up.  That is my philosophy. In writing and, it seems, in running. I'm querying THE BIRTHRIGHT OF PARKER CLEAVES and BELLA EATS THE MONSTERS. I just signed up for the Kansas City Marathon's Half-Marathon. It is in OCTOBER. That should be warmer, right?  If I just keep trying, I will eventually succeed. Because that is how it works.
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    All Blog Posts

  • Support Walmart Workers

    Liz Shuler
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:27 am
    Walmart. On one hand we have the Walton family—Walmart’s owners. With almost $150 billion in wealth, they are the richest family in the nation. On the other hand, we have Walmart workers, most of whom work for less than $25,000 a year. Most are women. This year on Black Friday, thousands of Walmart workers and community allies will be striking and protesting all over the country, demanding $15 an hour and full-time jobs. I stand with the Walmart workers. Let me count just some of the reasons why: 1.    For the workers and their families struggling with low pay, insufficient hours and…
  • Let's encourage schools to keep it up!

    Karen Showalter
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Thanks to the new USDA nutritional standards for school meals and snacks, the days of junky snacks and greasy lunches are ending! Most moms and dads are thrilled with these changes. In fact, a new poll shows that parents support healthier school food policies by a 3-to-1 margin! (1)   As parents, we know that when our kids eat healthy foods, they not only perform better at school, but they also learn healthy habits that last a lifetime.   Now, we must keep the momentum up at the local level. As moms and dads, we know a little encouragement and persistence can go a long way.   Help us tell…
  • Send message of support to brave mom at Supreme Court hearing

    Sara Alcid
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Our definition of bravery is standing up for what you know is right. Even if it means standing up for a very long time — and especially if it means standing up to a powerful corporation when victory is uncertain. Meet Peggy Young, the definition of brave: When Peggy, a UPS driver for 10 years, found out she was pregnant, her doctor recommended that she avoid lifting more than 20 pounds. But UPS refused her request for “light duty” — even though the company provided accommodations to people with disabilities, on-the-job injuries, and even to people who had lost their drivers’…
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    TheMacMommy

  • What's On My iPhone

    11 Nov 2014 | 2:43 am
    People always ask me what apps they should install on their iPhone or iPad. I've been wanting to make a mini catalog like this for a long time and I finally started to scratch the itch. I've created a "What's On My iPhone" Pinterest board. I've embedded it below using a script. If for some reason it doesn't load properly, just click this link. For each pin I've included a short and sweet reason for why I chose to install the app and what purpose it serves. I started getting punchy after pinning for a while so some of them are a little silly. Several of them I wrote as if my great aunt were…
  • How To Make an iPhone Wallet

    24 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    It's 7:38 AM and I'm tired, haven't yet brushed my teeth, the kids are fighting over a toy and dragging their feet trying to get out the door to go to school on time. I'm rushing to get organized while throwing on something that resembles clothes and I'm lucky if I manage to slip on some matching shoes because thank goodness I only need to look presentable from the waist up during the morning drive-and-drop-off at my eldest son's school. Do you know this dance?I'm here to tell you that rushing out the door to run errands without grabbing a purse now is so liberating! My iPhone in its new case…
  • I Look Exactly Like This When I Can't Find My iPhone

    12 Jun 2014 | 9:29 am
    Yeah, I can't stop watching it either.
 
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    This Full House

  • Wordless Wednesday: Rollover, And Over, And Over...

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    Linky Love Bytes: Wordless Wednesday HQ Follow my blog with Bloglovin ©2003 -2014 This Full House with a fan page on Facebook, a way for you to subscribe to receive This Full House blog post by Email and everything! Related articles Garth and the Amazing Technicolor Dream House Wordless Wednesday: Under the Boardwalk Wordless Wednesday: Goodnight (and good job!) Sun He's Army Strong, Mom's Still in Training
  • The Growth Plates

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    It's been 10 years since my parents sold their house and moved further down the shore to live in a retirement village, or what my kids fondly refer to as "Camp Mama and Papa," but they each have their own very special memories about the house on 10 Union Street and enjoy sharing stories that usually begin with, "Remember that time at Mama's and Papa's old house?" and end with my youngest not having a clue about what they are talking about. "You were just too little to remember." It's tough being the youngest, sometimes. Okay, mostly every day, especially...
  • Wordless Wednesday: Under the Boardwalk

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    Before my claustrophobia and nyctophobia set it or the terribly weak walls of my bladder, you know, gave out -- you're welcome! Linky Love Bytes: Wordless Wednesday HQ Follow my blog with Bloglovin ©2003 -2014 This Full House with a fan page on Facebook, a way for you to subscribe to receive This Full House blog post by Email and everything!
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    Velveteen Mind

  • Let's Go Exploring

    velveteenmind@gmail.com (Megan Jordan)
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    I have been busy. Fall is an exciting time for me this year. I have been anxious to tell you all about it and now is the time! Heather King from the The Extraordinary Ordinary  (#JustWrite fame) and I are launching Writing Threads, a community for writers. From our announcement: We understand the life of today’s connected writer. You wake up in the morning with every intention of knocking out some substantial writing and then take “just a second” to check on your email or “peek in” on Facebook. Then in the hectic daily grind, your energy is sapped, your emotions…
  • An Experiment and Proposal on Hope

    velveteenmind@gmail.com (Megan Jordan)
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    Did you know that you can burn snack chips as kindling if you need to start a fire and can't find any twigs or brush? You can and I can tell you that Ruffles Sour Cream & Cheddar make the best choice, as they have the longest burning and most consistent flame. You know, just in case you are on your way to a Super Bowl party and get trapped in a blizzard. I know this because this was the experiment Quinn, my nine year old, chose for his science fair project this year. Like many of you, we knew about the science fair project for a long time but put it off. On the eve of the deadline to…
  • Perpetual Stillness Machine

    velveteenmind@gmail.com (Megan Jordan)
    13 Mar 2014 | 9:37 am
    The first rule of the Internet Hiatus is:  You do not talk about your Internet Hiatus. Definitely not during your Internet Hiatus. I've been offline, more or less, since mid-November. I didn't announce that I was going offline, I just went. The end. I did not feather my hiatus nest with a hashtag, inviting others to join in so we could all share tips online about how great we're doing staying offline. A hiatus is healthy, you should take one, too, and frequently, but it sort of messes up my hiatus when I'm busy monitoring questions about yours. Or checking your social media updates on…
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    and baby makes 6!

  • The ghost of Christmases past…And baby makes 6! version.

    Jody
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    There was a time between October 2009 and July of 2012 where I rarely wrote here, if any. Most months were a single post with a picture, and not much else.  Let’s call them “The Missing Years” of And Baby … Continue reading →
  • Bats, ghosts, witches and things that go bump in the night.

    Jody
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    Halloween is over.  Yesterday I boxed up all of our decorations, and we said our goodbyes to Mr. Skeleton for another year.   I just love the month of October and all the fun it brings.  Sad to say goodbye … Continue reading →
  • Halloween week is here

    Jody
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Spooktacular week is here, and we kicked it off with Mr. Skeleton picking the kids up from school.  Love that dude.  Here he is last year…I forgot to take a pic yesterday. We will be cooking fun Halloween themed dinners and … Continue reading →
 
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    いい出会いができるって本当?

  • 試してみてはいかがでしょう

    admin
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:03 pm
    その職業に就いている人との出会いを求めている人を自宅で仕事 経験を積むのにも最適ですよ。 ちなみに、 優良出会い系サイトに登録して、出会い系で女の子と出会うためにまずメル友になる方向でメールの送受信を 行っていますよ。ファーストメールを心がけましょう。 私のブログは決まった周期で更新されるので、またその義務というのが特に売り手にはあるのです。 この人なら。 、 利用はもちろん無料ですから、…
  • メールのたびに写メを送るという男性もいるようですね

    admin
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    相手に話をしてみてください。 ただしせフレとはちゃんと合流できるかというところですが、 どうしても悪いイメージがつきまとうものですが、 悪徳出会い系サイトがこのようなメールアドレスを購入し、 、…
  • 素晴らしい夜を過ごしました

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:07 am
    ですから家でできるバイトお試しポイントを貰えることがあります。メールが読まれ、 でも、 たいていの文章は、…
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    slackermama . com

  • Photo op.

    Marilyn
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Your ads will be inserted here byEasy AdSense.Please go to the plugin admin page toPaste your ad code OR Suppress this ad slot. from Instagram: http://ift.tt/1Fh2oV1 © Marilyn for slackermama . com, 2014. | Permalink | No comment Post tags: Instagram
  • Scenes from a Warm Bed. aka: I am feeling so lazy rn.

    Marilyn
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:11 pm
    from Instagram: http://ift.tt/1zSptyW © Marilyn for slackermama . com, 2014. | Permalink | No comment Post tags: Instagram, lazy
  • New Video! – where my demons hide || Oliver & Felicity

    Marilyn
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Oliver is damaged, broken. He’s getting better, with Felicity’s help, but he still has a ways to go. Felicity has suffered in the past and as a result, she’s careful with her heart. They are in love with each other, but can they each put aside their demons so they can be together? Song: “Demons” cover by Boyce Avenue ft. Jennel Garcia Software: Final Cut Pro Spoilers for: season 3 through 3×07 (promo) © Marilyn for slackermama . com, 2014. | Permalink | No comment Post tags: love
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    Woulda Coulda Shoulda

  • Toes are delicious

    Mir
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    There are a couple of times I’ve written about volunteering at my kids’ school (or schoolS, back when they weren’t at the same one), and it nearly always evokes at least one indignant WELL THAT IS FINE AND WELL FOR YOU, MS. PRIVILEGE PANTS, BUT NOT EVERYONE CAN DO THAT response. Being me, I thought […]
  • The flow, man, the flow

    Mir
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    That’s me, a go-with-the-flow kind of person. Nary a care! No anxiety! No stress! Haaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahaha! Hey, at least I can always make myself laugh, right? Right. I’m working on that whole go-with-the-flow thing. Why, I recently realized that my car is missing a hubcap. Where did it go? I have no idea! Oh well! Also, […]
  • Politics are sexy, yo

    Mir
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    What you can read from me this morning over at Alpha Mom: Why and how I talk to my teens about the democratic process. What you will not find in the Alpha Mom post: The fact that my husband and I set out to our local polling place just as soon as the kids left […]
 
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  • Band of (Just & Only) Brothers

    amalah
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    I picked Ike up from school yesterday, and as I was buckling him in, he surveyed his brother's empty booster seats and promptly burst into tears.  (BREAKING: 3 year old remains 3 years old; filled to brim with drama, inner turmoil) I assumed he was upset because Noah and Ezra weren't in the car — they are never in the car, we go directly from Ike's school to their bus stop only EVERY DAY OF HIS LIFE, but hey, don't let our thoroughly established routine get in the way of your freakout, kid — and reminded him that he'd see his brothers in just a few…
  • Say, Backpack

    amalah
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    Hi blog. I really have nothing interesting to talk about. But I guess that's never stopped me before, soooo... Do you remember Ike's whole HUGANNAKISSANNAHIGHFIVE goodbye song-and-dance/separation strategy thing? (Aside: Yes, my 3 year old talks in CAPSLOCKNOSPACEBAR. So does yours, I bet.) Last week, that abruptly backfired on us and dropping him off at school once again became A Whole Thing, With Drama, Lots of Tears, Tiring, as Ike would demand one full round of HUGANNAKISSANNAHIGHFIVE after another, and yet never seem satisfied or ready for us to leave. Eventually we'd just…
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    The Domestic Diva

  • DIY Thanksgiving Table Burlap Poinsettia Centerpiece

    The Domestic Diva
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:58 pm
    (sponsored post) Before we know it, we will be gathering around our family table for Thanksgiving.  When it comes to Thanksgiving, typically the meal is what steals the show.  So when it comes to your Thanksgiving table centerpiece you want to keep it simple yet beautiful and inviting for guests.  As a Walmart Mom, I […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • A New Way to Clean Your Home with CleanPath

    The Domestic Diva
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:51 pm
    (sponsored post) With the holidays starting next week, that means that many of us will be scrambling around trying to make our home clean and inviting for guests. Every year, my family and I go through a cleaning phase where we clean the house from top to bottom in preparation for the holidays. This year […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • DIY Thanksgiving Fall Manicure using Drugstore Products

    The Domestic Diva
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Are you ready for some turkey?  I know I am.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  I love reliving Turkey Day over and over as I feast on leftovers for a week.  Plus, Turkey Day means that Black Friday deal shopping is almost here.  Woo-hoo! In honor of Thanksgiving, I wanted to update my […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
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    Home Ec 101

  • Pre-Thanksgiving Sunday Confessional

    Heather Solos
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:56 am
    Heather says: It’s a chilly rainy, November morning -and yes, this song is stuck in my head- I’m trying to get up the wherewithal to head to church across town. When it’s not my turn with the kids, I sometimes have a very hard time forcing myself to head to Mass even though I know I’ll feel better having gone. It’s more of an inertia problem than an I don’t want to. It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these, right after my first vacation was the last, I think. Life isn’t the perfection of magazines, TV, and Instagram. All of those…
  • Gluten-Free Chicken Gumbo

    Heather Solos
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:07 am
    Heather says: I am ridiculously happy. I was recently doing my weekly shopping and found Pillsbury Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Mix near the regular flour at Publix. It isn’t the fanciest of grocery stores, but it’s generally a step above of say Food Lion. Long story short, this gluten-free flour mix already contains xanthan gum which mimics the elastic nature of wheat gluten. Happy day, I can now make a gluten-free roux that doesn’t break down. The gumbo was still thick after re-heating to take pack for the kids’ lunch. And even better than staying thick? It’s…
  • One Week Until Thanksgiving

    Heather Solos
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    Heather says: We’ve got one week to go until Thanksgiving. This means that it’s time to actually dig out your serving ware and make sure it’s clean. If you ‘re going to polish your silver (who has silver anymore?) it’s time to do that, too. Make room in your refrigerator for your produce and the turkey itself. Yes, this means throwing out those science experiments and those condiments from 2010. Just let it go already. If you are short on refrigerator space you can supplement it with a cooler kept in the pantry, garage, or even on the back porch. Just keep in…
 
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    Working Moms Against Guilt

  • Super Easy Stuffing Recipe

    Sara
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’m probably committing a culinary sin by saying this, but Thanksgiving dinner really isn’t that difficult. Time consuming, yes. Impressive on the table, sure. But dishes like mashed potatoes and stuffing are actually super easy. My favorite stuffing recipe—with sausage, bread and sage—epitomizes the way I like to cook. You don’t need a lot of measuring or exact proportions. You just add ingredients until you’re happy with how it looks and tastes. Here’s how I make Thanksgiving stuffing. Give it a try next week, and add your own twist! Ingredients Dry/stale bread. Tear up…
  • Job Hunting After Having a Baby (with a Newborn and a Toddler)

    Kristi
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:07 am
    Before an interview with both of my baby monsters. Looking for work while caring for your newborn: not advisable. Looking for work while caring for your newborn and rambunctious two-year-old: insane. Yet, this is the position I find myself in. I’ll give you a little background (the abridged version). My family and relocated to our home-state about six months ago, when my husband jumped on a promising job opportunity. We weren’t given much time to make the decision, so I didn’t have time to secure a job before we moved. I was also pregnant at the time, and not certified (in my field) in…
  • Food Poisoning: The Uninvited Holiday Guest

    Susan Wenner Jackson
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:46 pm
    There’s really no “good time of year” to give or get food poisoning, is there? But during the holidays, we tend to host and attend more food-centered parties and celebrations, which increases the odds that somebody might get sick. And Lord knows, you don’t want to be the person who ruins Thanksgiving because you defrosted the turkey incorrectly and half your relatives end up in the ER. Each year, foodborne diseases cause one in six Americans to get sick, 128,000 to be hospitalized, and 3,000 to die, according to the CDC. Not too festive, huh? With the holidays…
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    the Disney Driven Life

  • Disney Driven Week In Review 11-23-14

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
      It’s the Disney Driven Week In Review! We understand that life keeps you busy, so here is a list of what you may have missed! Have you been counted? Sign up today & get counted! We are also a part of Networked Blogs & Bloglovin’! Get our posts delivered to your inbox daily or weekly! Sign up information below. Tonight is the night! Be sure not to miss the new Disney Channel special,”Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy!” Sofia the First and the Curse of Princess Ivy – Sneak Peek Clip! – Catch a special sneak-peek clip of the new special,…
  • Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy – Sneak Peek Clip!

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
      Are you ready? Tomorrow night is the premiere of “Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy,” a new primetime special premiering this Sunday November 23 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel. Ever since we reviewed the book, NDK has been patiently waiting for this special. We are so excited, we are making purple cupcakes for this event! Disney Junior has a great collection of printable activities to help get your little one all excited for this event. In the special, Amber discovers Sofia’s amulet is magical and takes it without permission, inadvertently summoning…
  • Counting My Disney Blessings – A Month Of Thanks

    Rebecca B. (NDI#266)
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
      As part of our “A Month of Thanks” celebration, we asked our readers and contributors to share their stories about why they are thankful for Disney. Here is just one of those submitted. If you would like to share why you are thankful for Disney, please see this article or contact Maria (NDM 130) Disney has been a central part of my life for as long as I can remember. Ask me about any point in my life so far and I will most likely be able to tell you the role that Disney played in it at that particular point in time. Over the years, I have accumulated a plethora of reasons as to why…
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • Holiday spending mistakes you are making, according to America's cheapest family

    Melissa Willets
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Melissa Willets posted in Mom Stories The Economides (yes, that's their real last name) call themselves America's cheapest family. And they're proud of it. Consider that the family of seven spends just $350 on their monthly grocery bill. They have paid off their home, and their cars. And it's not as if they lead a... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Guess which famous families are having Thanksgiving together

    Sara McGinnis
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:24 pm
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have big plans to spend this Thanksgiving with another celebrity family. Violet, Seraphina and Samuel will have a quartet of playmates to hang out with -- the four daughters of Matt Damon and wife Luciana! Ben recently opened up about their holiday plans by... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • 19 deliciously pinchable babies making insanely funny faces

    Melissa Willets
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Melissa Willets posted in Mom Stories Need a little pick-me-up? You're welcome. Roly-poly baby mastering the "nap pout." Adorably chubby baby bathing, and practicing his Michael Keaton impression. The obligatory baby making funny faces in a bucket montage. The "I'm too cool" for this outfit face. And my cheeks are scrumptious. The "I'm... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
 
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  • Who Thought Trees Were Such a Good Idea Anyway?

    Stimey
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Stimeyland Has Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/Stimeyland (Click here to get to the subscription page.) Once you clicked the above and are on the new subscription page, just click how you want to subscribe at the top right. I know this is SO obnoxious. I'm sorry. Please subscribe!! I promise lots of funny new embarrassing stories and heart-string pulling posts if you do! Please? OR! Visit www.stimeyland.com and subscribe by email from the sidebar. http://feeds.feedblitz.com/stimeyland
  • Hats and Cats

    Stimey
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:17 am
    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
  • In Defense of Jerry Seinfeld

    Stimey
    8 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
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    a little pregnant

  • Full scribble

    Julie
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    I'm feeling reflective today. Maybe it's because this morning I had a moment of perfect happiness with Ben, watching his face uncrumple from sleep as he rubbed his eyes with his fists — such a thoroughly little-kid move that I haven't stopped smiling yet. Maybe it's because Charlie turns ten next week, his birthday coming hard on the heels of World Prematurity Day, when I spend the day thinking, I almost missed this. So many do. (No, I cannot explain this picture. Why are we not holding him?) Maybe it's because a friend pointed me to the latest papal finger-wagging about…
  • Microhippie

    Julie
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    I have five minutes before I leave for the dentist, where I will be scrupulously honest about exactly how often I floss, so this is going to be what the young 'uns call a microblog. I just wanted to record a few recent observations about life at Hippie Do As You Please School. Charlie is learning to weld. A parent brings in, I don't know, a travel forge or something, sets it up in a convenient alcove, and...teaches kids to weld. On welding days Charlie comes home incandescent with happiness, full of stories of what thing he welded to what other thing. (The stories...are kind of short:…
  • Que la raison ne connaît point

    Julie
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    This "news" is not new, now eight months old, but I just saw it this week: IVF technology is overused and has health risks for babies, landmark article in British Medical Journal argues Women should ensure they have exhausted all options before resorting to IVF, according to international experts concerned the procedure is being overused. [...] Fifteen global experts co-wrote the article expressing concern over what they say is the liberal use of IVF in many countries. The article warns extended use of IVF increases the risk of harm, with multiple pregnancies associated with…
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    Mom in the City

  • Penguins of Madagascar Movie Event

    Kimberly
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:37 pm
    My family enjoyed a weekend at a Penguins of Madagascar Bronx Zoo event and saw an advance screening of the movie earlier this month. We were planning on watching the Penguins of Madagascar movie when it’s released on Wednesday, November 26th, because the trailer looked so fun… That is why we were happy that DreamWorks […] The post Penguins of Madagascar Movie Event appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • 5 Free 3D Printing & Design Resources for Kids

    Kimberly
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:47 pm
    The way that kids view things changes everything. Back in January when I went to the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, 3D printers were being highlighted. Honestly, I really wasn’t that impressed. I didn’t “get” what the whole fuss was about. Fast forward a couple of months…my oldest son Michael was chosen to […] The post 5 Free 3D Printing & Design Resources for Kids appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Good Food Force National Meeting Highlights

    Kimberly
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:47 pm
    I attended the Good Food Force National Meeting this past weekend in Washington, DC. Hosted and sponsored by MomsRising.org, the event was focused on bringing together volunteer food advocates who wanted to learn more about junk food marketing to kids, healthy school foods and overall strategies regarding how to work in our respective communities to […] The post Good Food Force National Meeting Highlights appeared first on Mom in the City.
 
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    Smiley Cat: Christian Watson's Web Design Blog

  • How to Use Your Existing Organic Search Traffic to Create Better Content

    15 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Inbound marketing through the creation of relevant, useful content is quickly becoming the primary SEO tool to drive more organic search traffic to your site. However, developing content that will rank and drive traffic can be a hit-or-miss affair. There is no guarantee that a piece of content you write will rank highly enough to make the effort worthwhile. The good news is that people are already asking questions on search engines and coming to your site for answers. Rather than start from scratch, why not make sure your content meets the needs of this existing traffic?Here's how to use the…
  • Exploring Navigation Conventions Across Federal Reserve Bank Websites

    26 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The United States Federal Reserve banking system is broken up into 12 districts or regions, each of which is overseen by a regional bank. Don't ask me how but I was recently looking at the websites for these banks. As I did so, I started thinking about navigation design. I am always interested in the similarities and differences in the way that different people organize information that covers the same subject matter. Whether it is the grouping of information on a home page or the ordering of links in a main navigation bar, it is fascinating to see what conventions are followed and (for…
  • Thoughts On Writing Better Ecommerce Product Content

    7 Sep 2014 | 3:44 pm
    A recent article by the Nielsen Norman Group — 3 Tips for Better Product Descriptions on Websites — got me thinking about product content. In particular, I want to talk about the first tip the author provides — 'answer questions.' As a retailer of video security products, I am often surprised by how little information some competitor websites provide about the products they sell.How do they expect customers to be able to make a purchasing decision based on so little information? These are products that cost hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars, so the customer's decision to…
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    [Mis]Adventures of an Ad Girl in New York

  • Just Give Me a Sign

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

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

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

  • New Christmas Book Features Child with Two Dads

    Dana
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    Many of us are starting our holiday shopping this week, so it’s great to be able to share a fun new Christmas picture book starring a child with two dads! The Christmas Truck, written by J. B. Blankenship and illustrated by Cassandre Bolan, is one of the growing number of books in which the fact of same-sex parents is irrelevant to the plot. In it, a child (whose gender is never specified and whose wavy hair could be seen as any gender), prepares for Christmas with his Papa and Dad. After trimming their own tree, they go to visit the tree in their town, which is hung with notes…
  • Stories of LGBTQ Adoptive Families

    Dana
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    For National Adoption Month, here are a few great sources of stories about LGBTQ adoptive families, to go along with the more practical resources I posted earlier. The HRC blog has a number of family stories for the month, along with other posts about adoption. Family Equality’s Allies for Adoption campaign also has many family profiles in its Faces of Adoption section. RaiseAChild.US, which encourages LGBT people to build families through fostering and adoption, has partnered with Huffington Post Gay Voices for “Let Love Define Family,” a series of posts about adoption.
  • Remembering the Transgender People Lost to Violence

    Dana
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    Photo credit: Bangin Today marks the 16th International Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. My thoughts today are with all of the transgender community, their parents, children, and friends. The Day of Remembrance was founded by Gwendolyn Ann Smith to honor Rita Hester, murdered on November 28th, 1998 in Allston, Massachusetts. Transgriot has a good profile of Hester and her legacy. Morgan Collado’s piece at Autostraddle, “Remembering Us When We’re Gone, Ignoring Us While We’re Here: Trans…
 
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    Pajama Mommy - A Women and Mothers Blogger Community A Women and Mothers Magazine

  • Gettin’ educated on piercings.

    Head Mommy
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    As a mama who has several piercings, I thought I knew about piercings.  The process, the cleaning, the maintaining, etc.  However, I was shown up by my wonderful BooBear, the Emergency room doctor and nurses. About two weeks ago my little princess hopped up into our truck and very matter of factly pointed out the blood on her ear lobe.  When I asked what happened and where the earring was, she looked at me in shock.  BooBear didn’t realize the earring was gone, only that her ear hurt and that mama needed to fix it NOW! It took me about two seconds to decide that this was not…
  • Family Game Night

    Head Mommy
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:21 am
    When I made the big switch from night shift to day shift, I vowed to take advantage of the extra time with my children.  For the past several years, I have spent way too much time away with them and had a hard time adjusting.  By far, it was the most horrible time for me in parenting. After going to days (two months ago!), I relished in reading books together at bedtime, playing board games before bed and/or pillow fights (Buford’s favorite).  We enjoy that time together as a family and soak up as much of it as possible.  And quite honestly… I have to soak it up while I can. …
  • Movies, pizzas & root beer floats!

    Head Mommy
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:37 am
    Every Saturday evening the kids and I curl up in my bed with a movie, pizza and root beer floats.  It’s a new little tradition we have started in the new house and absolutely love the snuggle time together.  Because BooBear is really big into making her own pizzas at home, we have started ordering out less and cooking at home. Crust isn’t really our thing in this household. Give us sauce, toppings and lots of cheese– and we’re happy campers!  We have discovered a new love for the Flatout Pizza Crust.  It’s thin, crispy and absolutely delicious!  They are…
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    fromtheparkbench.com

  • Thankful Rhymes and Reasons

    bstapleton1
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:47 pm
    With the first week of November under the belt, everyone is well underway with their reflections on what they have to be thankful for. At least, for my culture it is customary to begin the month and proceed with the first day, and throughout the following days are filled with those thoughts and memories from … Continue reading →
  • Sexual Expectations: Are Magic Numbers the Motive?

    bstapleton1
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Countless times I have heard my male friends, followed up by columns and articles, where men wrestle with the illusion that there is some “magic member number”. I suppose women have had some concerns as well, since the American Society of Plastic Surgeons advised in 2013, breast augmentations, also known as breast implant plastic surgery … Continue reading →
  • Memories of Memorials, Past, Present and Future

    bstapleton1
    29 May 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Most of the readings over the weekend read, “What is Memorial Day?”, or “What does Memorial Day mean to you?” The fact this question begs an answer to is really something I try to remember is not just what was lost, but what still is lost. Memorial Day is not just about a long ago … Continue reading →
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    Confessions of a Pioneer Woman | Ree Drummond

  • Happy to be Horseback

    Ree
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
    The snow is gone and while it’s still nice and cool outside, it isn’t miserably frigid as it was earlier this week. And for my girls this morning, that was reason enough to smile!       You know that thing that happens after you’ve had a terrible bug and felt awful for a few days, and then, once you do start to feel better, you actually feel better than better? It’s sort of a giddy stage that sets in once you realize you’re out of the woods.       My girls were definitely in the giddy stage this morning. Only instead of a terrible…
  • My Love for Winter

    Ree
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    I was supposed to take a quick trip yesterday morning, but it started snowing soon after I woke up and didn’t stop snowing until afternoon. So I put off my trip for the following reasons: * Visibility was low. * Driving to the airport might have been more of an adventure than I was up for on a Sunday. * Even if I made it to the airport in one piece, there was a high likelihood my flight would be canceled or delayed. * Charlie needed me to keep a fire going in the fireplace. * Charlie needed me to rub his ears. * Charlie needed me to scratch his tummy. * Charlie needed me to cover him…
  • Cowboy Compassion

    Ree
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:52 am
    I can’t remember exactly what they were laughing at.       But I’m pretty sure it was their dad falling down. Or someone falling down. I’ve mentioned this before, but there is a common trait among cowboys that causes them to laugh when one of them falls down, gets run over by a steer, gets kicked by a calf, or gets run up onto a fence by a charging cow. Here are some old examples I’ve come across.       Tim getting charged by a cow. He was fine. Everyone laughed.       Josh jumping over a fence to escape a cow. He was fine.
 
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  • Should I Get My Baby Into Modeling? He’s Really Cute

    Goodyblog
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    * By Liz Krieger for American Baby magazine Once in a while I see a kid so deliciously cute, I almost want to tell the parents that it’s their civic duty to share that baby’s beauty with the world. But it’s no easy feat to get your little guy into the pages of, well, this magazine. An old coworker of mine, Stacy, found this out a few years ago while jostling her infant daughter in her arms at a casting call for a commercial. The hallway was teeming with other moms and babies, the whole thing was running late, and as naptime came and went—let’s just say it…
  • Parenting In the Age of Social Media: Randi Zuckerberg Shares Her Tips!

    Michela Tindera
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am
    As the CEO and founder of Zuckerberg Media, editor-in-chief of the digital lifestyle destination Dot Complicated, bestselling author and SiriusXM radio show host, and the sister of a certain hoodie-clad entrepreneur, it’s hard to say if there’s a mom out there who’s more social media–savvy than Randi Zuckerberg. Wecaught up Randi to talk tech/life balance, oversharing on social media, and her favorite job of all. Parents: Your children’s book, Dot, promotes the message that tech devices are great, but so is embracing your surroundings in real life. Do you let Asher,…
  • Shop Healthy — With Affordable Prices

    Brooke Schuldt
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    Grocery shopping can be such a dreaded task. For most parents, you either have to open up your wallet and shell out big bucks for healthy foods, or get over your guilt of buying less-expensive foods that aren’t as healthy. The founders of Thrive Market know your struggles, and they have crafted a pretty smart solution. They’re offering more than 2,500 of the most popular non-perishable products from trusted brands like Tom’s of Maine, Annie’s Homegrown, and Gerber. For $59.99 a year (about $4.99 a month), members gain access to their favorite healthy food, beauty, and cleaning brands…
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  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    Image and text by Gabrielle. Hello, Friends! How are you today? Ready for the weekend? I sure am. It was a jam-packed happy week and I feel like we’re ending it on a happy note, too. Which is great. Tonight the cousins are coming for a sleepover! I have two siblings that live in the Bay Area and we’ve decided to make it a monthly tradition and rotate houses. Last month was at Jordan’s house, this month we’re hosting, and next month it’s Liz’s turn. We LOVE having the cousins over! It’s a funny thing, here we are in the same area, and you’d think…
  • Minted Giveaway

    Design Mom
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    By Gabrielle. We were super excited to work with fabulous stationery company, Minted, on the latest Olive Us video, Love Letter to the Year. And we’re also super excited that they’re sponsoring a giveaway today. Do you know Minted? They are a community of independent artists and designers who create paper goods like holiday photo cards, invitations, party supplies and art prints. The prize they’re offering is a very generous $350 store credit!!! Minted was the perfect fit for the story we wanted to tell in Love Letter To The Year. We were looking for really gorgeous…
  • Olive Us: Love Letter to the Year

    Design Mom
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Images and text by Gabrielle. It’s our holiday Olive Us episode! And it’s a charmer. It’s called Love Letter to the Year and we hope it will have you thinking about your own year, and feeling nostalgic about exchanging holiday cards. Betty’s narration is sweet as can be. And it even features my sister Jordan of Oh Happy Day, and her son Roman! I hope you enjoy the video. I LOVE getting holiday cards in the mail. It’s definitely one of my favorite parts about December. I know it’s a tradition that can seem old school since so many of us connect throughout…
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    Dutch Blitz

  • Welcome To The Gun Show

    angella
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:23 pm
    I’ve written about Matthew’s hunting expeditions a bit, and shared even more on Facebook and Twitter. We’re doing our best to be organic with the meat we consume (Yay, chickens!) and hunting falls into that ideal. He harvests an animal (I used to say he “caught” an animal, but I finally learned the lingo because he’s not hugging the animal. He’s harvesting it), and that meat fills our freezer. A few months ago he suggested that I, too, get my hunting license. I’m not sure how it works in other countries, or even other Provinces, but there are…
  • Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast

    angella
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    It’s no secret that I’m a food blogger over at General Mills Canada’s site lifemadedelicious.ca, and that with my new contract I not only share my recipes over there, but I share their recipes over here. This is a new development this year and I have to say that it’s one of the reasons I signed on again. Life is so busy that it can be easy to fall into a rut (Though you will never take Taco Tuesday away from me. Never ever). Agreeing to try one of the recipes at Life Made Delicious means that I take some time to look through recipes, choose something I’ve never…
  • Sunny Days

    angella
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Life has been nuts, more nuts than usual, and it seems like the only time I can sit down and write here is when I’m at the end of my rope and it feels like I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE. It’s a skewed reality, which is what happens when you share 1% of your life on the Internet and choose to use that 1% to vent. Yes, life is busy, but a lot of it is for reasons that make me smile. I’d like to document the good things, so you can all remind me of them every 28-35 days when I melt down. I’m married to a man thinks he scored by marrying me. I know that I’m the one…
 
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    Virtual Coach

  • @barbling: Toronto man surprises his wife with a $900 ultra luxurious cupcake http://buff.ly/XW1mit

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    This Just In! Toronto man surprises his wife with a $900 ultra luxurious cupcake http://buff.ly/XW1mit 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

    23 Nov 2014 | 4:08 pm
    This Just In! Good night! #coffee Explore the Original Source (Ask yourself – how can you apply this update to your own business?) Hey there! Glad you could stop by… did you know you’re viewing only a portion of the free timely updates available? Join us at Our Authority Marketing Community to get the full range of goodness that’s waiting for you!
  • @barbling: 900 year old European hotel tries to break the language barrier with Google Glass http://buff.ly/1oC8F9t

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:10 pm
    This Just In! 900 year old European hotel tries to break the language barrier with Google Glass http://buff.ly/1oC8F9t Explore the Original Source (Ask yourself – how can you apply this update to your own business?) Hey there! Glad you could stop by… did you know you’re viewing only a portion of the free timely updates available? Join us at Our Authority Marketing Community to get the full range of goodness that’s waiting for you!
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  • Christmas Magic at Capilano

    Kerry Sauriol
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:58 am
    Ok.  I have zip lined.  It was scary.  But I still find THAT bridge at Capilano Canyon to be UTTERLY terrifying.  Yet here I am AGAIN telling you all to go see the gorgeous lights that will make their 2014 debut next Friday.    The lights and decor at Capilano are so lovely, it can’t be missed. The entire park, including the famous suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure and Cliffwalk, is an extravaganza of hundreds of thousands of magical lights. You can warm up in the comfort of the new Winter Pavilion. Family activities include scavenger hunts, gingerbread cookie decorating,…
  • At Least the Nikon D3300 Made Me Look Like a Real Photographer

    Kerry Sauriol
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:23 pm
    I am not a good photographer.  It sucks, any good shots I take are pure luck, no matter what I am using to take the photos.   Back in the olden days, my husband was the chief picture taker of the family and this was with a nice point and shoot, but when the phone’s with camera’s showed up, it has been me using the smart phone camera that takes the majority of the photos.   Our point and shoot is a good camera, but the EASE of using the smart phone means that gets used while the camera sits gathering dust.   This is not good for a blogger.  EVERY single article about making a…
  • Rainy Day’s Are Perfect for Netflix

    Kerry Sauriol
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    This November, we have gone to dry and chilly and wanting nothing more than to hide under blankets to wet and wild and wanting nothing more than to hide under the blankets.   The countdown is on to the Christmas madness, but there is still PLENTY of time to snuggle down and relax, either alone or with your family.   And that is why Netflix is so great. Our family has Netflix on almost every electronic device we own.   My son recently watched The Kings of Summer.  It was a refreshing  change from some of the more “vulgar” shows that appeal to 12 year old boys. When Tara wants…
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    Cheaper Than Therapy

  • I Swear This Was Just An Idris Elba Movie

    ali
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    Last night, somewhere between the hours of 8pm and 9pm* our doorbell rang. I was slightly feverish, due to plague, and forgot to remind the kids not to answer the door. “Mama! There’s someone here for you.” That someone was a young, shivering, wet-from-snow girl, in tears. “I’m so sorry to just ring your bell but I saw that your lights were on and I got turned around and and around and then my phone died and I’m so far from home and lost and can I come in and call a cab?” Two very different instincts immediately kicked in. The first instinct was: OH…
  • The Best Thing

    ali
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:38 am
    The question I have gotten most since my return from Italy has, without a doubt, been: What was the BEST part of your trip? Now, as you can probably imagine, this is a really difficult question to answer, since every single day was filled with the best thing. At the end of every day, I went to sleep announcing that today was a really great day. How could I possibly pick just one? It was easy to pick the worst thing, because as I sit and contemplate which Mucinex will be best to treat my touch-of-plague symptoms, I can easily tell you that the flight home was the very worst. It didn’t…
  • Connected Enough

    ali
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:13 am
    I didn’t bring my laptop with me on this trip. This could be a first for me. Usually I have reason to bring it along, work mostly, but also because it’s a thing I bring along, the same way I always travel with my Orla Kiely makeup bag stuffed inside of a giant ziplock bag. But I decided to leave it at home this time. I bought an overpriced travel data package from Bell which allowed me an occasional instagram update in a non-wifi area or when the wifi decided to hate me, which was a lot of the time, (she says whilst sitting atop a kitchen stool with her arms in the air. Can you…
 
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    Blessings in Life

  • NCCC Mall Davao Supermarket Revisited After Renovation

    CharTherCT
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    We revisited NCCC Supermarket after the major renovation they started last 2013. The multi-million renovation of the NCCC Mall supermarket was done to serve their shoppers better. New City Commercial Corporation (NCCC) promised a bolder, fresher look of their mall’s supermarket. We have not been there since they renovated and we rarely have been south since we moved, for there are many supermarkets in the downtown and northern part of the city where we have been living for the past few years. We used to go to NCCC Mall Supermarket for our grocery errands coming from work (when I was…
  • Prayers to St. Jude

    CharTherCT
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    A Prayer to St. Jude Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally as the patron of hope. Please intercede on my behalf. Make use of that particular privilege given to you to bring hope, comfort, and help where they are needed most. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven as I work with my challenges, particularly (here make your request). I praise God with you and all the saints forever. I promise, blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, to always honor…
  • Superbook Bida ng Pagbabago Road Show with Gizmo at Abreeza Mall Davao

    CharTherCT
    2 Jun 2014 | 3:20 am
    Superbook Bida ng Pagbabago Road Show with Gizmo at Abreeza Mall Davao Superbook is one of the popular TV animated series that tells stories from the Bible. I remember watching it often in the 1980′s when it started. It been shown in more than many countries worldwide, translated into many languages and has been viewed by over a half billion people. We didn’t know that there was going to be a show in Abreeza. We just happen to be there for our regular grocery errand and we saw that there was show going on near the entrance/exit closest to the supermarket. The show was already…
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    Baby Mum-Mum

  • 6 Ways to Get Through the Holidays with Food Allergies

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:11 pm
    The holiday season is officially here, with lots of parties at school, family, friends, and neighbors’ houses. Of course these are joyful times but they can also add extra stress if you or child suffers from food allergies. Even having out of town guests in your home can be tricky because grandma doesn’t always know […]
  • Having a Green Halloween

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Thinking about a green Halloween? Green isn’t necessarily the color that comes to mind this time of year, but the thought of all those Halloween party products and excess waste may have you wondering how your family can enjoy the festivities without harming the environment.   Lucky for us, there is a website dedicated to greener […]
  • Ears to the Ground: Answers About Corn Concerns

    Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Just like gluten, corn is in everything and about 99% of our food has some sort of corn derivative in it.  Sadly, about 88% of corn in the United States is genetically modified.  Besides the clearly stated corn ingredients like cornstarch or high fructose corn syrup, you’ll find corn hidden in other ingredients like dextrose […]
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  • Self Love.

    Kim Zoot
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:28 am
    Today’s daily NaBloPoMo prompt challenged us to take ONE DAY to think about all of the things we love about ourselves that maybe we have no control over. (Because most days we focus on hating the things we have no control over. In my case? The vein on my forehead.) So! Today it’s all about the self love. Things I Love About Myself My curls. I hate my hair COLOR (I know! I’m already doing it wrong!) but after a childhood of fighting them, I really learned to love my curls as an adult. I think it probably really started in my early twenties when my hair got longer and I…
  • The Joy Of Eating Out

    Kim Zoot
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:41 am
    Donnie took over the management of our budget and finances two years ago because I suck at it. I won’t bore you with the details about HOW I suck at it, but suffice it to say that Donnie is MUCH BETTER and we are better for it. We use this tool called “You Need A Budget” which is basically just a spreadsheet, which is what we needed (we tried things like Mint but it just wasn’t a right fit), and we have very specific line-items we’ve been fine-tuning. For example, we started with a “Sports” line item but it was including race fees and bike gear and…
  • Roast and Turkey.

    Kim Zoot
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:20 am
    My Dad was NOT a cook by any means. He actually often discussed his confusion over why people would “slave away” in the kitchen for hours, just to create a meal that is eaten in 15 minutes. He once sat in the kitchen while I was cooking something and said, “So, where do you think this came from? You’re desire to cook meals like this? Because I know it didn’t come from me.” He had a few staples. Frozen eggrolls. (Which I hated.) Frozen fishsticks. (Which I loved.) Cans of Dinty Moore Beef Stew. (Loved.) And Oatmeal. (Loved.) For the most part mealtime was…
 
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    Blue Badger

  • Felt Frames

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Lack of time is one of the main reasons that people give for not sending holiday cards. But the lovely folks over at Felt have taken care of that problem. Just download their app, choose the photos you want, and they will print your cards, hand write a message, and address and send your Christmas cards for you. The cards range in price from $3-$7.
  • Christmas Cuckoo Clock

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    This cuckoo clock stopped me in my tracks. I went back to it several times before deciding it didn't fit in with the direction that of all the ornaments I have bought over the last few years. But the Katherine Collection cuckoo clock is perfection is you have a retro Christmas theme going.
  • AKID Clear Atticus Boots

    12 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    Not really of heavy boots on toddlers, but these clear Atticus boots by AKID are just so stylish. I can just imagine them paired with a cute pair of socks or tights.
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    Blissfully Domestic

  • 13 Birch Bark Crafts

    AngEngland
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:40 am
    I love how birch bark is making a comeback as a crafting material. It’s beautiful, brings in a pretty touch of nature, but has an elegant rustic look that is really gorgeous. Just in time for the holiday season we’ve gathered more than a dozen of our favorite birch bark crafts and home decor DIYs. Handmade Basket by Damask Love - I love this birch bark covered basket. Perfect for dressing up a gift basket or hostess gift basket. Natural Garland by Dream A Little Bigger - I ADORE this Christmas garland. What a gorgeous way to transform your tree into a country Christmas. Napkin…
  • Tart Cherry Sleep Challenge Part 2 – The Results! (Plus a Giveaway!)

    Shanna
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:18 am
    Well 2 weeks zoomed by, and I’m back to report on the Tart Cherry Sleep Challenge. To recap, I committed to a 14-day sleep challenge.  Tart cherries have been shown to provide a natural source of melatonin. In a world where sleep issues are so prevalent and getting a good night’s rest has never been more important, a natural sleep aid sounds like a good choice to make. Turns out not only do tart cherries benefit sleep but there are several studies that show other benefits as well.  Read about them on choosecherries. For this challenge, I drank a glass of tart cherry juice twice a day,…
  • Easy Christmas Ornaments to Create with Your Kids

    Melissa Hillier
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Each year, about this time, I get antsy to make Christmas ornaments with my kids. Crafts are an excellent excuse to sit and spend quality time with our kids or learn more about what’s going on in their little heads. When finished, hang your new ornament on the tree and then sit back and admire your craft together. Today I’ve gathered a bunch of easy and FUN DIY Christmas ornaments you can make with your kids. Let’s get started! /1/ Family Ornaments – Your kids will have so much fun decorating a family of angels from photos of YOUR family! /2/ Bottle Cap Reindeer…
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  • 22 Interesting 1950's Classic Photos of Hollywood Actresses Ride Their Bikes

    Anonymous
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Here's a collection of 22 interesting classic images from the 1950s featuring beautiful Hollywood actresses ride their bikes.Peggy Dow, ca. 1950.Rhonda Fleming, ca. 1950.Rosalind Russell, ca. 1950.Shelley Winters, ca. 1950.Jan Sterling, ca. 1951.See more »
  • The premiere of The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night at the London Pavilion, July 6 1964

    Anonymous
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:14 am
  • 11 Worst Mugshots of Rock Stars in the Past

    Anonymous
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Here's a list of 11 worst Rockstar mugshots in the past and cause of arrest are included...Jimi Hendrix was arrested at Toronto International Airport airport in May 1969 after customs inspectors found heroin and hashish in his luggage. Hendrix, who claimed the drugs were slipped into his bag by a fan without his knowledge, was later acquitted of the charges.An 18-year-old Axl Rose posed for the above Lafayette, Indiana police mug shot in July 1980. This was one of the first of many misdemeanor bust for the future Guns N’ Roses frontman.Music legend David Bowie was arrested in upstate…
 
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    Daily Plate of Crazy

  • Oldies

    D. A. Wolf
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:12 am
    From the euphoric to the melancholic, we all have our oldies but goodies. Read more >>
  • What Men Want

    D. A. Wolf
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    What men want (or so women think)... in a wife, in marriage, and reasons why men choose to marry. Read more >>
  • What Women Want

    D. A. Wolf
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    What women want... or so pop culture would have us believe. Read more >>
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    Born Just Right

  • A rock star runner

    Jen Lee Reeves
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Glow runs are better with glowy necklaces. Jordan spent this fall practicing with our local youth cross country program. She only competed in one meet because we were so busy with fun stuff like football games and family travel. But during those practices, Jordan gained some serious stamina. Girlfriend can run. Just last week, she rain a 5K with me with very little preparation. She walked very little of the race and ended up finishing the 3.1 mile run in 36 minutes. That’s a dramatic six minutes faster than any of the 5Ks we ran together in the last year. I am SO proud of her! Since I…
  • Friendship trumps logic

    Jen Lee Reeves
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    Third grade seems a little young… but friendships are a very important part of Jordan’s life and her self-confidence. I’ve tried to analyze her recent behavior challenges in school and I realize a lot of it leads to her hopes to be liked by everyone. It is fascinating to me because she’s spent more of her young life being okay as someone who stands out and is unusual. But beyond being known, the “like” part of a relationship is more important to her these days. And she’s making really silly choices to connect with “friends.” I don’t…
  • A vision for a go-go-gadget hand

    Jen Lee Reeves
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    Almost immediately after Jordan was born, Randy and I started talking about the ultimate prosthetic hand. Randy had a vision of a hand that included a phone, weapons and tools that would help her through any and every situation. If you’re my age, you probably remember the cartoon version of Inspector Gadget. I want my kid to have a Go-Go-Gadget arm just like him! Fast forward to today and it seems much more possible. I’ve written about the e-NABLE group and how volunteers are building prosthetics for children and adults around the world. It’s pretty remarkable. And then,…
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    The Art of Simple

  • Favorite Advent resources

    Tsh
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    by TshI love the Advent season. There’s something special about the anticipation of something, about enjoying the destination towards a grand event. Advent comes from the Latin word that means “arrival”—it’s the anticipation of a notable person, thing, or event. It always sneaks up on me, and it’s especially true this year—with American Thanksgiving later in November, leaving only a few days before the first Sunday before Christmas. So ’tis the season to get ready, if you want to savor the season of expectation. Head here for my favorite Advent resources. Celebrating it…
  • Weekend links

    Tsh
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:11 am
    Ten thoughts on hosting Thanksgiving :: Shauna Niequist Simplicity, productivity, and the personal uniform :: Modern Mrs. Darcy Hospitality. But not the kind you’re thinking of :: The Nester A simple blessing to encourage hope :: Chatting at the Sky On returning home {Apple & Fennel Stuffed Salmon with Cider Sauce} :: Simple Bites … and while you’re waiting for another podcast, you can listen to this recent one both Kyle and I did with Ryan and Stephanie Langford of EntreFamily. Well, it’s recently launched… we actually talked to them before we even left for…
  • How to simplify the holidays without feeling like a Scrooge

    Kat
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    by KatIf I’m honest, I think it all goes back to the fact I never knew my mom. Don’t worry, this isn’t a sob story, just a fact. I never saw her leave a sink full of dishes or forget the snack she was supposed to bring to my school party. I never saw her stressing out about holiday cards or burn a batch of cookies. …I never saw her fail at Christmas. So, when I grew up with a home and family of my own, media perfection was my only example. I thought that in order to be a great mom at the holidays, I had to do All. The. Things. Here are a couple highlights: There was that year I hand…
 
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    We are THAT Family

  • Dear Exhausted Mothers of the World:

    Kristen
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:54 am
    I lay awake with an unsettled feeling. I searched my mind going over my day, picturing names and faces until I settled on one of my kid’s tucked in bed upstairs. Yes, that’s the one. She’s keeping me up tonight. I thought about the tough day, the words we’d flung at each other and I prayed for her. And I prayed for me. The night before I started thinking about how expensive college is going to be and stayed up an extra hour pondering it. Two nights earlier, I didn’t rest well because of a tension headache from overthinking all I needed to get done. The week…
  • An Advent Roundup

    Kristen
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:53 pm
    I’ll never forget eight December’s ago when I had my youngest child seven weeks early. Gifts weren’t bought or wrapped, stockings weren’t hung with care. I wasn’t prepared. That year changed Christmas for me.  Most of my adult life, I had overdone Christmas-bought too many gifts, spent too much money, focused on the temporal and not the eternal. But that year, I had to let so much go and focus all my energy and strength on what really mattered. Christmas has never been the same. It’s the year we prayed for a miracle and got it. It’s the year we…
  • WFMW: Gratitude Changes Everything

    Kristen
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:30 pm
    If you’re like me, you want to raise kids who are grateful. And not just one day a year. Cultivating gratitude isn’t easy and it’s not an annual thing. It’s a way of living. I’ve been thinking about how to cultivate it in my family. How to stir it up in my own heart. How the gift of thankfulness changes everything. Our favorite book is Running for My Life by Lopez Lomong and we spent several weeks it together last year. It’s the story of an Olympic runner who was a Lost Boy of Sudan. My kids were mesmerized and begged my husband to continue at the end of…
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    Scary Mommy

  • The Daily Fight

    Kate Parlin
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    Image via ShutterstockThere are two adults, two children, and two dogs in my bed. Only a corner of the comforter is covering me, and it’s poking me in the face. I awkwardly twist my sheet-cocooned body to see what time it is. 6:18. Might as well get up.But I look over at the sleeping twins sprawled out between my husband and me, and I just want to stare at them. They’re never this still and I can’t stop looking at them. When did they become such long-legged kids? When their eyes are closed, I can see their baby faces in there, just like they used to look, all bundled into their…
  • It’s Not Hard: 10 Ways to Make Mom Happy

    Toni Hammer
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:22 am
    Image via ShutterstockI’m a pretty relaxed mom. I don’t expect too much from my kids other than the standard mind your manners and be respectful kind of stuff, and I let them do just about anything they want short of bloodshed and amputating each others’ limbs. As any mom knows, if your toddler is happy—you’re happy—but kids don’t seem to understand that the happy road goes both ways. Our days would go a whole lot smoother if they would put forth some effort into making me happy.I was kind enough to put together a list for them and I don’t think I’m asking too much, am…
  • The Thanklessness of Motherhood

    Jill Smokler, AKA Scary Mommy
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Motherhood, as wondrous and fulfilling as it may be, is an utterly thankless job.When else is it considered acceptable to be hollered for when someone needs an ass wiping, and not get so much as a thank you for a job well done?Just last week, I had to turn around immediately after school drop-off, drive back home to find Lily’s cleats, and return to school just to deliver them to her. Did I get so much as a thank- you? No, I got attitude for forgetting her socks. Back when I brought my laundry to the wash and dry in college, I certainly mustered up a smile and a thank-you as it was…
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    San Diego Momma

  • Top 5 Netflix Titles To Give Thanks For This Month

    debawriter
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    I’m a latecomer to Netflix. I’ve had it barely a year and there’s so much on there! (What? Why didn’t you people tell me about this? It’s OK. I don’t hold grudges. You can thank Breaking Bad for that one.)     (I’m a member of the Netflix Stream Team)     Meanwhile, I’m all about finding the new stuff, but I also dig finding some of the old stuff that I’d forgotten I loved. When’s Twin Peaks getting up there? (“Up there” means “Netflix.” Apparently I talk like the old folks do about…
  • Favorite Beauty Finds

    debawriter
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    I don’t know how many times I’ve sat in groups of women talking about the products they use on their hair, faces, and bodies. All I can tell you is that it’s a lot of many times. One of my favorite things is to learn about the cleaners, mascaras, lip glosses, and conditioners other people count as their holy grails, and if there were a beauty retreat where all I do is sit there and listen (and sample), I’d be all in with rapt ears and a ready face for the product slathering.   As it happens, every now and then, I hit upon my own beauty must-haves and consider it my moral…
  • You Know You’re a San Diego Gal When…

    debawriter
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:25 pm
      (Pretty much when I first moved to San Diego. So take the below list with a big crimping iron, which translates to “grain of salt” in San Diegoish.)   You’re a San Diego gal when:   Christmas beach day! Carne asada French fries! Don’t you dare make fun of In n’ Out. Silk Stalkings! You have tank tops in colors not even invented yet. There’s an entire wing in your closet for flip flops. You wait all fall to wear boots, then put on every pair you own during the boot window of 9AM, November 21 to 2PM, November 21. Central Standard time. Your…
 
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    Karen Cheng's Fashion and Life

  • The Slower Lifestyle?

    admin
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:27 pm
    My husband and I once made a promise that we were NOT going to become parents who crammed our children’s lives with tonnes of extra curricular activities, soccer, football, cricket, hockey, tennis, swimming, gymnastics, martial arts, music, languages, and extra tuition. We enrolled them into ONE thing per year – and that was it. Our plan was to… um, spend time with our kids instead?? I have to be honest… the ambitious TIGER PARENT in me found this to be very difficult. I felt an ENORMOUS sense that I was STARVING my kids from new and important experiences. I felt that my children had…
  • Jewellery Obsessed!

    admin
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’m in a bit of a hurry to get some new jewellery for the festive season. I’m stocking up on some clean, delicate styles for lots of mixing and matching – how gorgeous are these?! These bangles and rings are from Wanderlust + Co, who offer free worldwide shipping on orders over $50. These styles are priced from $39 and under. The swallow necklace and matching earrings are just so adorable. I can definitely see myself wearing them all season. These are from The Iconic (by Grace + Scarper) and they’re gold plated sterling silver. They are priced $99 for the necklace and…
  • Burn Out Tank Tops

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:52 pm
    When I was occasionally doing exercise, I felt OK about buying expensive, high quality active wear that will last for years and years. But now that I’m active 3-4 times a week (sometimes more), I go through my gym / running / active clothes so quickly that I often find myself with a pile of used, stinky clothes and nothing to wear! And sometimes “having nothing to wear” becomes an easy excuse for me to skip going for a run for that day haha! So I’ve been looking into more AFFORDABLE active wear – that still looks good and looks a bit different. Let me be honest, sometimes when I…
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    The Chronicles of a SAHM

  • Halloween #StreamTeam Style

    Cynthia Wheeler
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Oh woe are we in Chicago.The kiddos have been hoping for this great weather to hold out through Halloween. Last year, my team when out in a downpour to trick or treat. They got more candy than I could have ever imagined when I was a kiddo. Every house we went too all but dumped their entire bucket of candy into the bags because my kids were one of maybe five who actually went out and trick or treated.Cut to tomorrow. We're supposed to have 30 degree weather, 20 mile per hour wind, and rain. SO...THAT.I have no doubt my kiddos will go out. Free candy ya'll, is what my kids will say. They will…
  • I've become obsessed with movement of water...

    Cynthia Wheeler
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:03 pm
    That's not entirely true. I've actually become quite interested in freezing it. I took this shot today on my run.Yes, I take them with my phone. Yes, I edit on my phone. These days, when I run, I'm thinking..."Where is my picture." These waves weren't very big, but in this one corner, they were crashing up. I stood, and waited. There was actually a woman runner behind me, laying on her back, trying to get the perfect shot of the Hancock Building. I was the annoying girl in her way. While I love the sky in this and the fade out color and the ferris wheel in the distance, it's this that I love…
  • Just keep running...

    Cynthia Wheeler
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    I've become a bit obsessed with photographing waves on the lakefront. Don't know why...but I can't get enough of it.
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    What's That Smell?

  • How Do You Take Your Coffee? Press PLAY with Silk

    Kimberly Grabinski
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    SharesThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Silk. All opinions are 100% mine. Morning traditions are important. They are how we start the day. How we keep from laying in bed until it is time to pick up the kids. Morning traditions help us stay productive and alert. In light of […] The post How Do You Take Your Coffee? Press PLAY with Silk appeared first on What's That Smell?.
  • What Do Seizures & Raisins Have in Common? A Dog’s Life. #ScienceHappens

    Kimberly Grabinski
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    Shares Anyone who know me knows how much I love dogs. I joke that I prefer their company over people sometimes. There is just something about a dog. The unconditional loyalty. They make you feel like the most important person in the world. And all they ask for in return is love. My husband and […] The post What Do Seizures & Raisins Have in Common? A Dog’s Life. #ScienceHappens appeared first on What's That Smell?.
  • My Grown-Up Christmas List – LG OLED from Best Buy

    Kimberly Grabinski
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:14 pm
    SharesThe reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. If you had only one gift on your Christmas list this year, what would it be? Can you narrow it down to just one dream item? For me, this is such […] The post My Grown-Up Christmas List – LG OLED from Best Buy appeared first on What's That Smell?.
 
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  • A Hopeful Happy Holiday Season from Jean Marie Keenan-Johnston

    jean
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:50 pm
         The holidays have offered added challenges for me this year.  Everything actually started getting more and more difficult last winter.  It was my first winter when my disability truly challenged by ability to offer my family any kind of holiday experience.  In past years, I had trouble but I was able to somehow rise above it and find some holiday activities I could give my children while skipping the others I couldn’t manage.  But all that changed last winter when I found myself having the toughest time I’d ever experienced during the colder winter months.  I cut down…
  • MOM THEATRE BLOGGER: Side Show: Review by Robin Gorman Newman

    Robin Gorman Newman
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Directed by Academy Award® and Golden Globe® winner Bill Condon (Chicago, Dreamgirls, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2, Gods and Monsters) making his Broadway directorial debut, this new staging of Side Show includes new music by multiple Grammy Award® winner, Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, and Tony Award® nominee Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls), with book and lyrics by Tony Award® nominee Bill Russell, additional book material by Bill Condon. Side Show is inspired by the headline-making true story of the Hilton twins, Daisy and Violet, who were legends in their time and the highest…
  • Meet Later Mom: Mary Ostyn (November is National Adoption Month)

    Robin Gorman Newman
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    NAME: Mary Ostyn AGE: 47 RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Married to my high school sweetheart, John RESIDENCE:  Nampa, ID CHILDRENS NAMES/AGES: Amanda 26, Erika 24, Jared 22, Daniel 20, Lidya 19, Zeytuna 16, Josh 16, Ben 16, Emily 12, Julianna 9 I am the author of three books:  Forever Mom: What to Expect When You’re Adopting,  Family Feasts for $75 a Week, and A Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family. My Amazon author page feaatures links to all three books:  I’ve been blogging since 2006 at www.owlhaven.net. What was your road to parenthood like?  We were practically…
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    The Motherhood

  • Melinda Gates: “It’s time we move from talk to action.”

    Emily
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    Photo Credit: UN Women Melinda Gates, Barbara Bush and Katie Couric led a fast-paced, fascinating conversation on global health, called #BetterByHalf, in NYC yesterday.  A few highlights: Melinda: I didn’t think I would get involved in this work. I was a political science major in college and worked at Microsoft.  I went to Africa on safari. Barbara Bush: I wanted to be architect, but then I traveled to Africa for PEPFAR in 2003, when HIV/AIDS was a death sentence.  On street people looked like skeletons – they were just born at wrong time in wrong place.  Mothers brought their kids…
  • Don’t Miss the #40WeeksMovie & #BeMyNeighbor Twitter Parties this Week!

    The Motherhood
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:23 pm
    We are hosting two exciting Twitter parties this week, and we hope you can join us! Here’s all the info you’ll need to be a part of the conversation in this week’s Twitter Party Round-Up: #40WeeksMovie Tuesday, Nov. 18 @ 2 p.m. ET Have you heard about Big Belli’s 40 Weeks movie? This first-of-its-kind film follows the entire journey of the pregnancy experience through the eyes of expectant mothers. Join the Twitter chat to see how 40 Weeks helps women educate themselves and feel empowered, supported and connected to each other. Throughout the chat, we encourage…
  • Get ready for America Recycles Day at the #CareToRecycle Twitter Party!

    The Motherhood
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Did you know that only 1 in 5 Americans recycle in the bathroom? Its important to remember the small things we can do to help our planet each and every day! With America Recycles Day happening this Saturday, The Motherhood is so excited to be partnering with the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies for a #CareToRecycle Twitter party on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 1 pm EST! America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to recycling. Care To Recycle encourages you to join in on the bathroom recycling conversation using #CareToRecycle during the party and share…
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    Housewife Hellraiser

  • Barnes & Noble Discovery Weekend

    Laura
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:39 pm
    The other night, I spent some time at Barnes & Noble with several other Denver bloggers, checking out the massive variety of Christmas gifts available and learning all about DISCOVERY WEEKEND, a special 3-day event to kick off the holiday shopping season, happening this Friday through Sunday at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide. Discovery Weekend is designed to help customers find the perfect gift for everyone on their list, and their gift selection goes WAY beyond books – I was wowed by the extensive selection of toys, games, collectibles, and gadgetry, not to mention Barnes…
  • 10 Great DIY Minecraft Christmas Gifts

    Laura
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We just wrapped up a snowy weekend in beautiful Colorado, which has been our first really cold blast of weather this fall. The frigid temps have pushed me into full-on holiday mode, because holy cats, you guys – we only have about six weeks left until Christmas! And as my Minecraft-obsessed children sat side by side on the sofa this weekend, dodging lava and searching for diamonds, this mama hit up the interwebs for some Minecraft DIY inspiration. I found SO many amazing projects! Here are 10 I found that you can make yourself pretty easily. Here are the links to the instructions for…
  • Tulip For Your Home – Fun Canvas Art

    Laura
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Check out this lovely canvas art that I made super fast using just these few supplies, including Tulip For Your Home products from i Love to Create. This will be so pretty in my daughter’s room! You’ll note that this is fabric paint, but it’s so versatile! I first tried to make a pillow, but let’s just say we had an adhesive malfunction. Hey, not every project turns out Pinterest-perfect.  Many thanks to I Love to Create for providing the supplies for this awesome little project!    
 
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  • these bug me, and that’s just the way i am.

    Casey
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    There are two phrases in particular that light my fury on fire, perhaps there are more (I’m sure there are) but for now, let’s discuss these two because maybe they’re you’re pet peeve too or perhaps you say them yourself not knowing how much damage they can cause. 1. “Someone forgot their medication.” There’s a difference between finding a prescription bottle someone left at a hotel and sarcastically accusing someone of irrational behavior because they forgot to take a supposed prescribed medication for a mental illness they may or may not actually…
  • two wii u to two of you

    Casey
    8 Nov 2014 | 10:07 am
    UPDATE: Congrats to Meredith S. and Matt W. for winning the two Wii U Bundles! Another product post, sorry, but when Nintendo asked if me if I wanted to give away two Wii U bundles to you guys I couldn’t say no. Addie was asked to be a part of the Nintendo Kids reviewer program several months ago and she’s been taking her job very seriously. Originally I set her up to write a portion of this giveaway but her little blurb contained so many ALL CAPS DECLARATIONS FOLLOWED WITH WAY TOO MANY !!!!!!!!! I figured I’d bottle her enthusiasm for another project that we’re…
  • coloring your hair at home has come an awfully long way.

    Casey
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:37 pm
    My friend Heather is a self-proclaimed $7 box of at-home hair color kind of girl, but after today she may very well be spending $20 more on her hair color while I may end up saving $70. We’re both in love with the Madison Reed at-home hair color I tried on her today. (Full disclosure, I spend a lot on my hair and I’m very loyal to my hairstylist, so I didn’t want to risk messing up all her hard work with some mail order hair color which is why I enlisted Heather, because $25 hair color was a huge step up from $7 drugstore hair color, she agreed.) Finding a color for her was…
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    Lit and Laundry

  • How *NOT* to make a quilt block

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    I've been following along with Lori Holt on Instagram (@beelori1) as she releases blocks for her new Christmas sampler.  Some are from her Quilty Fun book, and some instructions are only available on Instagram.  I've had quite an adventure with the mitten block.I had this cute Santa fabric, and I thought it would be perfect.  But really it's just too much white with a white background.  The mittens lose their shape.  Also, having the cuff stripes go that way makes them look like jar lids. How about this pretty flower fabric?  And just to get wild, how about…
  • Animal Advent #7

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Here is the dapper Peter Penguin.  Hard to see, but he has a martini glass in each hand.  I think I will pick out the white stitches and make his glasses gold or silver so they show up better.  I love his little eyebrows and the way he leans on the number 7.  Apparently he's flirting with the animal in block #8.  I'm working on her right now and she's adorable.You can find the free pattens for all of these advent animals at Brooks Books.  They are being released one per month, and they don't take too long to stitch.I have a lot of projects going on right now that…
  • Farewell Halloween, hello Thanksgiving season

    3 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
     True to form, Jungle Boy created his own Halloween costume again this year.  The legs are "cat tails" from the costume store and a girl at school helped him figure out how to sew them to his shirt.   We had a great Halloween here.  Lots of the teenagers stopped by our party.  I cooked for two days and it was all worth it.  I'd rather have the kids at my house and know where they are and what they're up to than have them running around who knows where.Later in the evening they got together a game of Clue.  I was sitting in the next room and I could hear the…
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    Twinfatuation

  • Please, Slow the Dance

    Cheryl Lage
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Somehow, it happens so quickly.That whisking-by window of time between toting a baby (in our case, babies) on your hip and suddenly discovering you are standing hip-to-hip with your baby (in our case, babies).Just three years ago, She-Twin donned her first ballet slippers. Sweetly-ridged and fully-crooked "grown-up" teeth gracing her irrepressible "It's my first dance lesson, and I am so excited!" smile.Now, braces are off. Pointe shoes are on.Stunning in every way....
  • 47 is a Prime Number

    Cheryl Lage
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    Today, my darling, the twins' diligent, determined, downright delightful Double Daddy turns 47.In his honor, on this day, fifteen fun images. Why fifteen?47 is the fifteenth prime number, after all.Love you so much, Scott Lage.Happy, happy, happy birthday...and MANY, MANY more!
  • Mentorship Makes My Monday

    Cheryl Lage
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    When an young person wants to become an "official" member of our church, he/she selects an adult whom he/she would like to serve as a mentor. Never a parent or relative, that mentor spends hours one-on-one discussing with their ment-ee their shared faith, a bit about church history, and most importantly, friendship.Back in early 2012, when He-Twin embarked on that path, his selected mentor was no surprise....it was Chris Crowley, known to many as "Pav" (a testimony to his Pavarotti-reminscent tenor) and/or the VCU "Ram Man." In addition to Darren's and Chris' beliefs, the two have long-shared…
 
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  • Christmas Gifts for Working Moms

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:23 pm
    If you have no idea what you want for Christmas and you're a busy working mom, check out this for inspiration! You could always "accidentally" send this…
  • Christmas Gifts for the Kiddos

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Ever scratch your head at what to get the kids for Christmas? Think no further! Here are some awesome gifts they will love.
  • Makeup Gifts for Moms

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Here are some makeup gifts moms will love to receive for Christmas! Anything that looks pretty or smells good is a winner in our book.
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • New, Innovative, Reusable- CleanPath Concentrated Cleaning Products

    Monica
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:07 pm
    I may or may not have a slight love for cleaning products. If it’s new, I’ll try it. If I love it, I’ll keep using it… So, when I was asked to try out a new line of cleaning products, called CleanPath, I couldn’t resist. CleanPath is an innovative, sustainable line of concentrated cleaning products available exclusively at Walmart. CleanPath products consist of a reusable bottle and refill pods which save you money, time and waste.  The CleanPath™ line is based on a new packaging concept developed by entrepreneur and father, Jason Foster. A few years ago,…
  • Let’s Talk Black Friday at Walmart

    Monica
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    Walmart made some HUGE announcements today, regarding their Black Friday sales… Walmart, today, announced the “New Black Friday,” taking the hottest shopping day of the season to the next level. Days – not hours – of deep discounts on the hottest gifts kick off online Thanksgiving morning and lead right into the store’s first event at 6 p.m. The retailer’s “New Black Friday” playbook for 2014 includes five key elements: Five days of deals with tailored events; More deals than ever – online and in stores on the hot brands and licenses such as Apple, Samsung, Beats by…
  • Walmart and P& G partner with Jared Allen in a Salute to Service

    Monica
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    In honor of Veteran’s Day, Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Walmart are partnering with Jared Allen, defensive end for the Chicago Bears, and his foundation, Homes for Wounded Warriors (http://www.homesforwoundedwarriors.com), to help better the lives of Chicago veterans through the support of the Eddie Beard Homeless Veterans’ Housing Program (Vet House). According to the Illinois State Veterans Department, more than half of the veterans in Illinois live in Chicago and the need for housing continues to grow. In fact, there are more homeless veterans today than US soldiers who died in…
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    Kaiser Mommy

  • NaBloPoMo 16 Nov 14

    Dawn
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:19 pm
    I’ve never been a hunter, my family didn’t get into it until later in life, so I didn’t grow up with it so much. Fish and frog legs, but not so much deer and turkey. I never like seeing all the dead deer photos, the glassy dead eyes just get to me. This was opening weekend for rifles in Missouri. I didn’t go, but I was awake to my foot being tickled 40 minutes before morning twilight. I was standing watching a deer’s insides removed a couple hours later. Ten hours after that, I was standing by the next deer. I patted her … Still warm and soft … Laying…
  • NaBloPoMo 15 Nov 14

    Dawn
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:10 pm
    I have stared at my walls for about four years. There are weird angles in this house. Like someone was allergic to right angles or something. The worst corner has been in the living room where the fireplace is. I painted the white fireplace the same cream that has been on the wall, and I painted over it with a beautiful blue (Sherwin Williams Bosphorus). I arranged the dustables toward the main wall to try to drag the eye across. The result
  • NaBloPoMo 14 Nov 14

    Dawn
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Heather Spohr and I have the same chair. Which is something I have loved. Sadly, my cats have also loved it as their favorite scratching place. Today I bought a super lame throw cover thing and did my best to staple the edges (till the staples ran out. Of course.) The animals still adore it.
 
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    Mombie Fitness

  • 2014 Winter FIX Challenge

    erincarrasco
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
    Are you ready to completely transform your body without spending HOURS in the gym.. Are you ready to STOP counting calories, and learn how to eat PROPER portions without feeling hungry? Are you ready to lose between 5-15 pounds in 21 days? Let’s do this!! Give me 30 minutes of your day and we’ll sculpt […] [Visit Real Tech Mom to read the rest of the story!]
  • What is Beachbody Coaching?!

    erincarrasco
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    You’ve probably seen a few things about beachbody coaching and wondering if it’s the right thing for you! If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably googled it already lol But if you are thinking about becoming a Beachbody Coach in Canada, you need to be part of our team! Out of 15, 000 coaches–I’m ranked […] [Visit Real Tech Mom to read the rest of the story!]
  • How I learned to run 5K

    erincarrasco
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    I’ll admit it. I hate running. I’ve never loved long distance running BUT I noticed that all these people who were extra fit and losing weight faster were running! So I wanted in. I also wanted 3o mins away from my kids. (true story) I’ll give you a bit of background. I was a sprinter […] [Visit Real Tech Mom to read the rest of the story!]
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    A Cowboy's Wife

  • Cricut Paper Craft – Angel Wings Memorial Ornament

    A Cowboy's Wife
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    It’s been one year, almost 4 months since my dad passed away.  November 13, his birthday came and went and I thought about him all day.  I really wasn’t sure what to do on that day and so I did nothing.  Today though, I felt like making a memorial ornament and decided to whip out my Cricut Explore.  I’ll be honest, I haven’t had a chance to use my Cricut much but things have slowed just enough finally that I can play with it.  So today, I’m sharing the angel wings memorial ornament I did. I was thinking about fishing.  I can recall numerous moments on the…
  • 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

    A Cowboy's Wife
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:03 am
    I can’t believe it’s already that time again!   PLEASE keep checking this post regularly (bookmark it, whatever you have to do!) because I’ll be adding things daily, even hourly!   These are a few of my favorites so I wanted to get them up ASAP as you begin your holiday shopping this season. I’ll also be featuring a few of these to give you an up close & personal look at them and more details about why our family liked them. I’ll tell you right now, for the guys & gals that love to cook & grill, the laser thermometer is awesome!!!  It’s at…
  • Little Big Town Win Big at CMA’s!

    A Cowboy's Wife
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:47 am
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    RimaRama

  • My Totally Kickass Scratch-N-Sniff Vestal Virgin Notebook

    Rima
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:26 pm
    You cannot tell just how awesome this notebook is by looking at the picture, so you’ll have to take my word for it. I made it using a cool photo transfer technique I found instructions for here. The photo is one I took during our trip to Lithuania, of a statue of the legendary priestess/vestal virgin Birutė. But the best part about the notebook is that it’s burnished with beeswax so it smells like your močiutė’s house on Easter egg decorating day! Birut is famous for her altruism and beauty and the fact that she mothered Vytautas the Great.  She had sworn herself to…
  • You Know How This Ends

    Rima
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:22 pm
    On Saturday I was in a very bad mood, and it got so that I finally had to obey the voice in my head telling me to go for a walk. (The voice is a combination of my mother and Anne Lamott.) When you’re in a bad mood, you never want to follow the voice in your head telling you to go for a walk. You’re like, Screw you, outdoors, with your obnoxious sunshine and your stupid invigorating breezes. Let me just sit here refreshing my Facebook feed every 2.5 seconds and picking at my cuticles until they bleed. You have to put on a pair of socks to go outdoors in Cleveland in snowy…
  • Step Aside, Katniss

    Rima
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:31 pm
    When the Twin Brothers Rama and I were kids, we used to have an LP recording of some very disturbing Lithuanian folk tales. Not only were they read by a woman who sounded like the evil stepmother herself, but the stories always seemed to involve orphaned children, wolves or dragons, and someone who narrowly missed getting skinned alive. Many of these tales also featured some variation of a sister with numerous brothers, and the sister was always being abandoned or getting herself into a pickle from which the brothers had to save her. One classic example is the story of…
 
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    Mini DIY Mom

  • First natural hair care and now natural makeup

    Katherine
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:24 am
    You remember my big claims for soap nuts.  If not you need to read about them.  I still use them in this natural hair care journey I am on.... but now, I am mixing them with Shikakai and Amla and I like that combination EVEN BETTER!Going "no-poo" has been quite the journey.  And I will share more about the ups and downs and the trials and ERRORS in another post.But now I have started to branch out into replacing more and more products that I use on a daily basis.  Especially those products that I apply to my face and body.  With that I am venturing out into some DIY…
  • Soap Nuts - Shout from the house top - I LOVE SOAP NUTS

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

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

    hatakedekonkatu0131
    2 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    僕の出身は札幌です。 札幌のラーメン屋には味噌、塩、正油と3種類のラーメンが存在します。 メニューの先頭は味噌ラーメンで醤油ではなく正油と書くのも特徴です。 一番人気は味噌ラーメンで麺は黄色の太麺で炒めた野菜がたくさんニンニクもたくさん入っているこってりしたラーメンです。 客商売する者は昼に味噌ラーメンを食ってはいけない!と言う札幌限定?の格言まであるくらいにパンチが効いています。…
  • ステカン

    hatakedekonkatu0131
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    僕は現在 賃貸物件に居住しています。 以前に東京都某所の 不動産会社に勤務していた頃は 戸建の売買も行っていて 戸建売出物件のオープンハウス (特定の日時や期間中に一般へ公開して 自由に中を見てもらうこと)なども 行っていました。 日曜祭日は ほとんど、現地でお客様が来るのを ただひたすら待ち続けていました。 売出物件の戸建周辺は 電柱等に 《新築 ○○駅5分 4LDK 5000万円》と 物件の簡単な概要が書かれた看板や…
  • 下品の品格

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

  • November is National Family Caregivers Month

    Debbie
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
      Did you know November is National Family Caregivers Month? It’s a great time to celebrate the more than 42 million people in the U.S. that are caring for an older relative or friend. If you are a caregiver yourself or if you know one, you know that sometimes this means you need extra support. That’s why I’m excited to be posting on behalf of AARP and the Ad Council who have just launched new public service advertisements (PSAs) that illustrate how the changing roles of parents and children can really impact your life. Since the initial launch in the fall of 2012, the Caregiver…
  • Sahara Sam’s to Host 23rd Special Evening at Sam’s on Nov. 14th

    Debbie
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:23 pm
      If you’re local to the Philadelphia area and have kids, you know all about Sahara Sam’s Oasis, the awesome indoor-outdoor water park in West Berlin, NJ.  But did you know that they hold a very special event once a quarter just for special needs children? The event, Special Evenings at Sam’s, or SEAS, is a great time for families and it provides a judgment-free environment for individuals with special needs and their friends and family. The fourth and final quarterly SEAS event for 2014 will be held this Friday, Nov. 14th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and will include a special…
  • Support Our Vets this Veterans Day with OUR VETERAN HEROES™ BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages

    Debbie
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:08 pm
    “I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for BAND-AID® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” National holidays that honor our veterans and military will always be special to me because two men in my life that I love so dearly, my husband and my father, both proudly served our country in the military. My husband (who I met in college) was an Air Force ROTC and then served as Active Duty Air Force. He left as a Captain but we still have many friends in the service. My…
 
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    Real Life with Sarah

  • Cheap and Easy Holiday Decorating Ideas

    Sarah Pinnix
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Do you need cheap and easy holiday decorating ideas? These projects will take you 15 minutes or less and look great! This post contains affiliate links so you can just order the stuff today on Amazon! I love decorating with grapevine wreaths that can be hung on the wall or door, or used in various ways as a centerpiece. Keep in mind that I’m no expert photographer, nor am I Martha Stewart, but they really do look great in person. First, I took some plain grapevine wreaths that you can find for as little as $4.00. Then, I purchased a bunch of artificial mini-poinsettias and berries. I…
  • Maleficent: Should Kids Watch The Movie?

    Sarah Pinnix
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    When the making of the movie Maleficent was first announced, I expected the usual mildly entertaining, slightly darker, live-action retelling of a classic fairy tale, ala Mirror Mirror,  101 Dalmatians, Hook,  Enchanted, or Snow White and the Huntsman. My husband and I watched in the theater on opening night, and what we saw was so much more than we expected. Here, I’ll give you my take on the movie and help you decide whether you want to let your kids watch the movie. Disney’s Maleficient will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and Streaming Video on November 4th (hurry and…
  • Shaming Women in the Name of Modesty

    Sarah Pinnix
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:48 pm
    My heart is very heavy tonight, and has been for some time, when I ponder how women are often seen in evangelical Christianity today. Not just by men, but by other women as well. And I wonder what Jesus would say if he walked into one of our churches on a Sunday morning, or a women’s group meeting, or an elders’ meeting, or our own homes. My intent has never been to bash the Church and I’ve spoken out before about commentators who always try to find fault with the Bride of Christ. I’m not a Bible scholar, but I’d like to share what’s on my heart and ask…
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    5 Minutes for Mom

  • REMINDER #LetsTalkGifts Twitter Party – Nov 25, 8pm ET – US and Canada

    Susan
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:20 am
    Don’t forget to join us tomorrow night for a fun #LetsTalkGifts Twitter Party where we all get in the mood for the gift buying and gift giving season. We have five sponsors donating prizes for the party with some prizes for US participants and some for Canadians. #LetsTalkGifts Twitter Party Before Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales hit, let’s spend some time sharing great gift ideas, chat about who’s on our lists, and reminisce about our favorite and funniest gifts. We have five fabulous sponsors to thank who are donating prizing to the party. Don’t Miss…
  • While Beauty Slept {Book Review and #Giveaway}

    Elizabeth
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When Elise’s great-grand-daughter comes skipping home from the marketplace one day with a tale told by a passing minstrel of a princess locked in a tower for a 100-year sleep, Elise is amazed. She was there and she alone knows the truth of the events that have given rise to this legend. She sits the girl down and traces back over her long life. While Beauty Slept sets the tale of Sleeping Beauty firmly within the confines of our own reality, in a medieval kingdom plagued by war, the pox, political infighting and more. Elise is raised as a poor farm girl with an abusive father and a…
  • Maximum Games Farming Simulator 15 – Christmas #Giveaway

    Jennifer Donovan
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    This giveaway for Maximum Games Farming Simulator 15 is part of our Christmas Giveaway Event and is sponsored. As always, our writer’s opinions are her own. I love playing games as a family. Whether it’s a board game or something on the gaming console or even an app that we each enjoy, it brings us together. I remember the Christmas back when I was a kid and we got the fancy new Atari that had just come out. My mom was as into Asteroids as my sister and me. I guess the game didn’t have a way to save high scores, because I remember we had a pad of paper beside the game that…
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    Burgh Baby

  • The Best Laid Plans

    burghbaby
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:23 pm
    The To Do List for this weekend was a loooooooong one. It's that last minute push before the holiday season crashes into the room and demands my full attention. But. Weather. Saturday's list was destroyed by awful weather. An errand that should have been a quick one turned out to be not so quick because of freezing rain and awful roads and accidents everywhere. While we were fortunate to avoid the really bad stuff and only had to deal with delays, well, DELAYS. Half the day was shot because of the weather. Sunday's list was an even longer one, but when it's 65 degrees out at the end of…
  • More of the Mila Show

    burghbaby
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:07 pm
  • Tiny Human

    burghbaby
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:17 pm
 
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    Cowgirl Yoga

  • Good Yoga Read: Going OM

    15 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    You might have noticed there are a lot of yoga books out there. Not just the tried and true sort, like Iyengar's Light on Yoga or Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi - a brand new genre has popped up in recent years. It seems everyone is trying their mudra-making hand at chronicling the human drama that unfolds within the yoga studio and yoga communities "off the mat". And I have to say, I've found the results less than impressive. We all love yoga, but that doesn't mean all of us should write about it.So I will admit that I was a bit wary of delving into one of the latest entries, Going OM:…
  • Yoga & Horses teach similar lessons

    5 Nov 2014 | 10:55 am
    A stunning late fall afternoon. 9 year old has a riding lesson. I decide to ride Java and grab a halter. The 3 boys in with him decide to get rambunctious and everyone bolts from me like I am the boogeyman as soon as I enter the paddock. Dammit. Horses run, stop, eye me suspiciously like they have never seen me before, run again. I pause, try to approach again, then make them run more (= work) when they turn their butts to me disrespectfully. Double dammit. Ionlyhaveanhourtorideandneedtocatchmyhorse. The sound of pounding hooves stomps out any plan I may have had in mind. Stop.
  • An intimate & inspiring journey, through breast cancer & tattoos

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    I asked one of our Cowgirls vs. Cancer alumnae to share her intimate and incredibly inspiring journey that she has made art, in the shape of tattoos on her breasts. Read this beautiful story and revel in the power of the human spirit. There is nothing beautiful about breast cancer. From your first mammogram as you watch your breasts get smashed between two plastic plates, followed by laying on your stomach in an MRI machine, then on your back for an ultrasound, finally you stick your breast through a hole in a table to get a needle biopsy. You are left sore, bruised, and emotionally…
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    The Green Mom Review™

  • Is Plastic Killing Your Sex Drive?

    Janet
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    Warnings about the danger of phthalates in plastics are once again in the news by way of a study recently presented by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. This time researchers have found a link between soft plastics such as those found in raincoats, rubber duckies, shower curtains and air mattresses* (PVC) and a reduced sex drive in women. The primary reason for this is due to phthalates, which are already known to be endocrine disruptors that reduce testosterone levels in men, women and children and are associated with overall reproductive toxicity. However, the findings that…
  • Rockin’ Green

    Janet
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    What:  Rockin’ Green Laundry Detergent Features:  Rockin’ Green is a line of eco-friendly laundry detergents and cleaning products, particularly for those with sensitive skin. The laundry detergents are free of harsh chemicals and extra gentle on the skin, but they’re still super effective and get the job done well. However, there are other factors besides detergents that affect how well your laundry gets clean. Water type is a huge consideration and Rockin’ Green has a formula for your water type. Green Factor:  Biodegradable and made from recycled materials, recyclable…
  • Charlie Banana 2-in-1 Training Pants

    Janet
    23 May 2014 | 4:48 am
    What: The Charlie Banana 2-in-1 training pants are twice as nice because they also double as a reusable swim diaper! The outer layer is waterproof while the inside is a soft organic cotton lining. Available in 4 sizes to fit children 11-55 pounds in a variety of prints and colors. Features: They can be used as daytime training pants OR a swim diaper. Easy to get on and off and economical compared to buying packs and packs and packs of disposable training pants! Green Factor: Organic cotton and non-disposable Bonus: If you buy them from Diapers.com on Amazon, you can get them for about $6 less…
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  • The Concern with Triclosan in Toothpaste

    SafeMama Kathy
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:14 am
    Mark Burhenne DDS gives us the low-down on whether you should be concerned about Triclosan in your toothpaste. Colgate Total is a best-selling toothpaste with the active ingredient Triclosan, a pesticide that is added to reduce the risk of gingivitis and kill oral bacteria. While it’s been shown to reduce cavities, the problem with triclosan […]
  • Getting Started With Essential Oils

    Kristie
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    By now you probably have heard people talking about essential oils and may be wondering what they are, as well as how to use them.  When my family first started using essential oils my expectations were fairly minimal, I figured our house would smell great from diffusing something natural, instead of using synthetic fragrances and that […]
  • WaterWipes Baby Wipes

    SafeMama Kathy
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    I’ve gotten hundreds of emails asking me my opinion on WaterWipes! I have since added my two cents in the Baby Wipes Cheat Sheet but the kind folks at the copy sent me some to test out.  Granted, I do not have any babes around here anymore but I know a good baby wipe when […]
 
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    Mom Knows It All.

  • Screen It Sunday

    valmg
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:50 pm
    I’m frequently sent information on upcoming entertainment news. I’ll be compiling and sharing the best and most interesting news with you here each week. INTO THE WOODS – New Trailer, Posters and Featurette Now Available!!! “Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the…
  • The Importance Of Well Checkups

    valmg
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:55 pm
    The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them. I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content. I absolutely love my sons’ pediatrician. Both of my sons have been seeing him for years. I can call the office and they know who I am as soon as I say I’m CJ’s or TJ’s Mom. In my experience the whole office is very nice and always try to be as accommodating as possible. I never, ever, shudder at the thought of going there. We…
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • The Dojiggy Giving Program: Nominate Your Organization for a $1,000 Award!

    FundraisingIP.com
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    The is a post from our sponsor Dojiggy: Every year, non-profits and charities help to make the world a better place. They clean up parks and beaches, work towards a cure for cancer and other illnesses, and feed the hungry and homeless. We at Dojiggy work with many of these wonderful charities every day, and often times we see first-hand the tremendous amount of good they do for people and for the planet. This work inspired us to found the Dojiggy Giving Program, as a way to give back to these organizations.     What is the Dojiggy Giving Program? Dojiggy Giving is a way to help…
  • Hello Social Media: #GivingTuesday is Here Again

    Cari Mostert
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, America, along with other countries who’ve joined the party, will wake up to the third annual #GivingTuesday, a nationwide all-day drive to help raise money online for the greater good. #GivingTuesday is a day dedicated to helping others and celebrating the great global spirit of generosity. Seeing that #GivingTuesday falls between Thanksgiving and Christmas, after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, at the start of the busiest time of the year for most of us, the whole celebration could just slip by, under the radar. But #GivingTuesday has captured plenty of…
  • Checklist: Make the Most of #GivingTuesday

    Devon Reeser
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Be ready to make the most of the #GivingTuesday phenomenon this year! This new ‘give instead of get’ holiday season tweeting day showed impressive growth results in only one year – 2013 saw a 338% increase in tweets over the 2012 inauguration year, translating to 90% more gifts (According to Connected Cause). 2014 is forecast to be even more exponential in its growth. So what do you need to do to get involved in this social media extravaganza? #GivingTuesday Checklist   Mark your calendar: #GivingTuesday is December 2nd, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and…
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  • Power the Holiday Season with Duracell

    Victoria
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    Growing up I was lucky during the holidays. My mom would remember to buy batteries in case the toys Santa brought me ever needed them. Seriously, unwrapping a toy and then being excited to play with it only to find out I had to wait until the next day when stores that sold batteries were open would have been disappointing! So every year during the holidays since I am now Santa’s helper I make sure to pick up some batteries for whatever arrives under the tree. Of course, nowadays stores that sell batteries are open on Christmas Day but I don’t want to take chances with all the…
  • Direct Energy and Nest #DEsmarthome

    Victoria
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    One thing I have already noticed about this fall, we’ve already started to pull the blankets out for times when we aren’t asleep. We’ve needed a throw a few times when we were sitting around reading or watching a family movie on the sofa. Direct Energy and Nest provided me with a mixture of energy efficiency and smart home ideas for you! I already do a few of these ideas in our home but I know there is always room for improvement — especially when it comes to new ways to save money during the summer and winter! Here’s what Direct Energy and Nest suggests we all…
  • #Selfie Confidence

    Victoria
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson I used to walk into a room and hold one hand in the other as a way to be less nervous. When people came up to me to talk, I’d have no issue finding something to talk about with them but I could never go up to other people and just start a conversation. I was shy. And there’s a very good chance I also felt I didn’t want to intrude or be a bother so I stayed to myself or only with the people I knew. Years later, I can walk into any room and…
 
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  • Thanksgiving Day Tradition: Family Reunion #PirateThanksgiving

    Jenny On the Spot
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    AHOY MATEYS! The Thanksgiving season be upon us, yarrr…. which be meaning tis time to observe thee FAMILY TRADITIONS and FAMILY REUNION! Today, I am partnering with Pirate’s Booty so it only seems prudent I throw in some piratey speak – lest I be ordered to walk the plank! As the mother of a family […] Thanksgiving Day Tradition: Family Reunion #PirateThanksgiving is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post Thanksgiving Day Tradition: Family Reunion #PirateThanksgiving appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • Should We Stay or Should We Go: Pets and Holiday Travel

    Jenny On the Spot
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:11 pm
    As much as our pets are our family, it is sometimes just impossible or at least very difficult to take our pets with us when we head out for the holidays. Pets and holiday travel, y’all. The question of “What do we do with the dog(s)?” has always been an issue for us. With a […] Should We Stay or Should We Go: Pets and Holiday Travel is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post Should We Stay or Should We Go: Pets and Holiday Travel appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • Emotions And Moving

    Jenny On the Spot
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    At 6 weeks old, my parents moved us into the home I would live in until I left for college 18 years later. My husband and I met in college, married, and moved 4 times before having kids. From a tiny, dirty next-door-to-our-college apartment in So Cal… to a bigger, roach infested apartment with a […] Emotions And Moving is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post Emotions And Moving appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
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  • Hand Stamped Personalized Christmas Tree Ornaments

    Kristen Andrews
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    I am so excited about these new ornaments, custom personalized hand stamped Christmas Tree Ornaments.  You can chose from a Christmas Tree, Star, Snowflake or the adorable Snowman.  You can have these personalized with a name and a date.  You can find them at Kristen's Custom Creations. You can also shop for other Holiday Gifts in my shop, Kristen's Custom Creations. 
  • Mason Jar Gift Ideas

    Kristen Andrews
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    I know I am not the only one with a Mason Jar addiction.  I am so excited about these new items in my shop, necklaces and an adorable key chain. The Be full of joy has a hand stamped mason jar and the hearts are individually stamped inside the jar.  You can find it HERE. The Get your shine on also has a handstamped mason jar and the stars are individually stamped inside of the jar.  You can find it HERE. You can find the entire collection of Mason Jar pieces at Kristen's Custom Creations. I am pretty sure my collection of Mason jars will just continue to grow,…
  • New in the Shop: Silk Ribbon Wrap Bracelets, Leather Cuff Bracelets and Bangles

    Kristen Andrews
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    I have so many new, fun items in my shop!  I love bracelets and these are just too fun!  I have hand stamped leather cuff bracelets, Bangle bracelets with custom charms and beautiful silk wrap bracelets also with custom stamped plates!  You can find the entire collection of bracelets at Kristen's Custom Creations. It isn't too early to start your Christmas shopping!  View my entire collection of hand stamped personalized jewelry Kristen's Custom Creations. Kristen's Custom Creations specializes in custom personalized keepsake jewelry that tells a story, your…
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    Mommy Musings

  • Family Gift Idea: LG OLED from Best Buy #HintingSeason #OLEDatBestBuy

    Stefanie Fauquet
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All opinions are my own. I consider my family to be pretty tech-savvy. We like to stay on top of the latest trends in home entertainment, and upgrade whenever possible to experience […] The post Family Gift Idea: LG OLED from Best Buy #HintingSeason #OLEDatBestBuy appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Fun Gummi Bear Facts + NEW Haribo Sour Gold- Bears

    Stefanie Fauquet
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:09 pm
    This post is brought to you by Haribo. All opinions are my own. Gummi Bears are where its at when it comes to chewy candy! Both my daughter and I love snacking on gummi candy when we’re watching movies or just as a fun treat when we’re craving something sweet. Haribo is our gummi candy […] The post Fun Gummi Bear Facts + NEW Haribo Sour Gold- Bears appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Interview with Fergie + The American Music Awards #ABCTVEvent

    Stefanie Fauquet
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:28 am
    Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that I would have the opportunity to interview Fergie — you know, the amazingly-talented solo artist and female vocalist for The Black Eyed Peas!? As a last minute surprise, Fergie agreed to sit down with us during our time at the #ABCTVEvent to talk about her upcoming performance […] The post Interview with Fergie + The American Music Awards #ABCTVEvent appeared first on Mommy Musings.
 
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    The Adventures of Supermom® - Asheville, NC Life with Michelle Lee including Pictures

  • Friends - Downtown Asheville - Big Iron

    Supermom
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
  • Stay AWAY from the pet store!!! {They have too many flipping adorable furry critters there!!}

    Supermom
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last week I went to the pet store to talk about guinea pigs.  My oldest daughter has one and I was toying with the idea of perhaps, maybe Santa giving the girls one for Christmas.  {I hadn't of talked this over with my husband yet as it was in the thinking about stage in my head.}  While talking about guinea pigs with the clerk I was picking up bunnies and holding them.Then I realized I wasn't putting this one bunny down.I couldn't put the bunny down.Sooooooo.Now the girls have an early Christmas present from us.I impulsively bought a rabbit.  A lionshead rabbit.It's name…
  • Who is Theresa Agnes Newton?

    Supermom
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    One day after work Superdad stopped by our local library and saw this amazing little book from 1926 and he proceeded to tell me about it when he got home.  We love buying books from our library and we've found some pretty good books that way as well.  The next day we stopped by the library and it was still there and I just felt the hopeless romantic come out in me and I was all dreamy about the history of the book.Who was Theresa Agnes Newton??There were notes in her R. Browning school book from Meredith College.  Even doodles on the cover!  Just amazing!  Now you can…
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    Tired Mama.com

  • Only love can break a heart...

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

    Tired Mama
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    My oldest is moving back to school today. It's the third year she's moved away from me to do this, so you'd think I'd be used to it. I'm not.  I miss my daughter when she's not here at home and I worry about her too. I realize the reason she can go and be successful on her own is because I've done my job. I want her to be independent. I want her to not need me. I just want all that and I want her with me too.  And yes, I realize that makes no sense. My heart just doesn't make sense. Does anyone's?
  • Getting things done...

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

  • Being a Stay-at-Home Mom Is a Luxury…For Your Kids (A Dad’s Response)

    Kim Tracy Prince
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    Luxury? Ha! The working spouse is hardly putting his feet up, watching the game and drinking a beer with his buddies. Neither is the stay-at-home parent. The only luxury of having a stay-at-home-mom is felt by the children. And that’s how it should be. One dad responds to the whole “the stay-at-home spouse is a luxury to the working parent” concept, below. Kyle and Brady frolic in the leaves without a care, c. fall 2011 Having had my kids in school – all day! – for over a year now, I’ve relaxed a bit about being super productive with every possible minute…
  • Up In Space

    Kim Tracy Prince
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Photo by Michal Zacharzewski Writing is the art that I love. Obvs. I am comfortable spitting words out on a blank sheet of paper, a blank composition window, a bright white new document in word processing software. Even collections of words that are, at first, meaningless to anyone but myself. Or even meaningless to me. (There is always CTRL-Z.) I also really love music – the music itself moves me but when there’s a particularly clever lyric well then I’m done. Stick a fork in me. I don’t spend a lot of time discovering new music much anymore but Pandora and Spotify…
  • Healthy Winter Hair – #Fabchat Teams Up With Viviscal

    Kim Tracy Prince
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:02 pm
    #Fabchat, the awesome casual Twitter chat I co-host with MomsLA and Romy Raves, is better than ever, happening the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Next week on November 12 we will be joined by Viviscal and a conversation about keeping your hair fabulous and healthy during winter. When the weather is especially dry, and your hair is under a lot of stress because you are styling it for holiday parties and gatherings, it can suffer the consequences. We’ll be sharing and talking tips and advice (and the usual #fabchat hijinks) and really for the first time (at least for me) focusing on winter.
 
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    Momathon Blog

  • Respect, Honor, and Gratitude

    Chris
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    THANK YOU to all veterans and active duty service men and women for your service and sacrifices. Blessings to you and your families.
  • Seven Ways to Share Gratitude at Home

    Chris
    5 Nov 2014 | 11:51 am
    Gratitude seems to be the common element that makes life the best. So here are five ways to share gratitude—family tested and approved.
  • Halloween Costume and Decorating Tips

    Chris
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Looking for Halloween party ideas? How about an easy last-minute costume? Check out my Halloween Pinterest board for party ideas and costumes including: an easy costume DIY Spider Shades, Coffee-Filter Fairy Godmother No-Sew Halloween Costume, Chocolate Marshmallow Ghost cake, Scaredy-Cat Brownies, Pumpkin Mouse Motel, Pumpkin Carving Templates, and much more.
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    Love That Max: Special Needs Blog

  • How parents can talk to kids about ones with special needs

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    First: two storiesOne story, I read about on Facebook. It was posted by a mom of a child with cerebral palsy.So I'm having a sad moment. Daniel and I were at Target walking around. Daniel spies a little girl and smiles at her. The girl looks Daniel up and down with a look of disgust and says loudly 'Ew, gross' and walks away, but continues to look around the displays at him. He looked so sad. I pushed him away and said some people are just mean inside and out Daniel and you can't let it bother you. All said thru tears running down my cheeks....  That was the first time I've ever…
  • The Special Needs Blogger Weekend Link-up: Your virtual hangout

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    What to do if you're new hereThis is a place to share a recent favorite post you've written, or read. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of this post. Where it says "Your name" put the name of the blog followed by the title of the post you want to share (or just the name of the post, if there's no room—you get 80 characters).Like this: Love That Max: On Being A Little Freaked That Your Kid's Getting OlderWhere it says "Your URL" put the direct link to the post.Click "Enter." Leave a comment if you want to say more. Go check out some great posts.Happy…
  • The just-deal-with-it school of life

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:38 am
    Friday afternoon, I had laparoscopic surgery to blast some pesky fibroids. Six, to be exact. One the size of a small grapefruit. Friday night, I went home from the hospital. Saturday and Sunday, I hung out at home and watched a lot of HGTV but I also forced myself to walk around as much as possible. Monday, I did some errands. Tuesday, I went back to work. Today: I'm OK! Mostly."I'm a little tired," I told my friend Jeannie at the office."Your body is recovering," she pointed out, matter-of-factly. Oh, yeah. It's not that I don't have time to recuperate (although between work, the kids, yada…
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  • And We Danced…

    chefdruck
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:47 pm
    The dancing began before the dinner tables were cleared. Since our construction began, our family’s level of chaos and disconnect has grown, as if, like atoms, being forced into  smaller space simply increased our collective manic energy. Or maybe it’s just that the fighting echoes louder in the open ducts and cavernous work area. But on Monday night, we moved as one to the gleaming dark wooden floors. The kids just wanted to see the space, cleared of dust and debris for the first time in two months. But I knew what was coming next. I’d been longing to dance on that floor…
  • Hawaii’s Big Island: a Family Friendly Playground

    chefdruck
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    We had our first Big Island Hawaii adventure on our way in from the airport. We had landed on a lunar landscape, fields of reddish brown lava around both sides of the landing strip. The taxi pulled out of the airport, putting us closer to the frozen sea of rusty colored lava, and we noticed a few cars parked by the side of the road, where the lava formations seemed to bubble up into a large cave. Nothing kicks off a vacation like a little spontaneity, so we pulled over and scrambled down into the cave in our flip flops. No signs, no guides, just a giant hole under a lava field, with no end in…
  • Three Soup Recipes to Keep You Warm

    chefdruck
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    Next week’s Chicago weather forecast is grim. Polar Vortex grim, with temperatures in the negative teens, and snowfall with multiple inches of accumulation. As you check your closets for winter coats and snow boots this weekend, why not throw together a batch of soup? Having it in the fridge next week will do wonders to keep the crew warm and toasty. Throw in an oozy grilled cheese and they’ll be downright happy. I shared my Golden Vegetable Soup with you last week – but here are a few more favorites: Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup This is my standard soup, my go…
 
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    A Modern Mother

  • San Francisco: Tree lighting memories

    Susanna
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:38 am
      We can’t be at the #Ghirardelli50thTreeLighting on Friday, but we’ll be there in spirit! This annual lighting in Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco is what I remember as child. Are you going to a tree lighting this year? What are you memories? A photo posted by Susanna Scott (@amodernmother) on Nov 11, 2014 at […] The post San Francisco: Tree lighting memories appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • 11 cool things to do with the family in the Trossachs

    Susanna
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:43 pm
      Made famous by Sir Walter Scott’s Lady of the Lake, the Trossachs are an area of wooded glens, braes and quiet lochs at the southern border of the Scottish highlands. The Victorians would travel by Caledonian rail, then steamer and horse and buggy to admire the misty lochs, walk amongst the purple peaks and […] The post 11 cool things to do with the family in the Trossachs appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • The Modern Family Goes Ape in Aberfoyle

    Susanna
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:39 pm
      Go Ape in Aberfoyle Wow, what an adventure! The girls have been keen for a while to give Go Ape a go. Our opportunity to fly down zip wires and leap off Tarzan swings came on a recent trip to Scotland.  There are 28 Go Ape courses across the UK, and we were guests of Go […] The post The Modern Family Goes Ape in Aberfoyle 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

  • #GirlsCan with COVERGIRL!

    Nancy
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    I am so excited to be sharing the amazing campaign that Walmart & COVERGIRL are collaborating on with all of our fabulous readers!  They have partnered together to donate $50,000 to Dress for Success! The Walmart gift card, product, and information have been provided by COVERGIRL.  I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. The Walmart gift card, product, and information have been provided by COVERGIRL. You can read our full disclosure policy here. In case you are not familiar with Dress to Success, they are an…
  • Kyocera Hydro Vibe and Virgin Mobile A Great Combination

    Shera
    9 Nov 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Have you ever found that smart phones and motherhood can be a tricky combination? Motherhood is messy and damp and unpredictable at best, phones don’t like any of those things. Some moms can manage just fine, but some want to be able to take pictures in the rain, not worry about the fact that their precious 2 year old spilled their drink by the phone and what happens if the baby spits up on it. Believe it or not, I have a solution for you! I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Sprint. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a…
  • Life Unscripted

    Shera
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:43 pm
    photo © Shera www.afroginmysoup.com Have you ever had a moment when life just wasn’t at all the way you planned? Not in a bad way necessarily, just every single thing that your life always had been, suddenly it isn’t. No predictability, no normalcy, your whole life turned upside down and backwards? I happen to be in this very position. Life is completely unscripted and I’m just having to learn to roll with it. It’s like reading a book and having no clue what just happened. All the characters are the same, the basic setting is the same, the plot just flipped. Let me…
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    Member Blog Posts - Mom Bloggers Club

  • An Apartment in Paris by Caroline Blane

    Susan Keefe
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:49 am
    What a gem! Whether you have ever dreamed of owning a little pied-a-terre, are actually seriously considering it, or just love books about France and being the fly on the wall of other peoples adventures, this book cannot fail to entertain and inform you! When college professors Caroline and her husband Andrew decide to take a six month sabbatical from their work at a university in America and buy an apartment in Paris, not only do they have themselves to think about, but also settling their five year old son Adrian into school. Renting an apartment they settle their young son in, and with…
  • Do scalp micro pigmentation treatment work with long hair?

    Julia Gomes
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    Everyone desires for a full head of hair. But unfortunately, not everyone does have that. Scalp micro pigmentation is an effective technique to treat the hair loss problem in men. Scalp micro hair pigmentation is a non-surgical procedure where the cosmetic tattoo is made to create a look of fuller head of hair. Organic pigments used for this purpose is hypoallergenic. The ultimate equipment used in this process is the ultra-thin needle to apply the pigments in the outer layer of the skin. Why scalp micro pigmentation? If one has a trace of original hair and wants it to look thicker than SMP…
  • The movies we watch

    Lauren Markman
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    I have a confession to make: I really can't watch the movie Planes again. Or Cars. I've seen those movies way too many times. And, seeing as how I didn't really enjoy them the first time, each subsequent viewing has torn away a piece of my sanity. But they are my son's favorite movies. And every time he earns a movie, those are the ones he chooses to watch. But we need to expand his horizons. Carefully. So, lately, when he earns a movie, Mommy gets to pick it. This is how we've watched Frozen, Aladdin and Tangled.  Does my son like these new movies? Sometimes. Sometimes he just wants the…
 
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    Mom Spark

  • 6 Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes That Are Simple And Delicious

    Desiree Fawn
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:16 am
    There’s a lot of pressure put on whoever happens to be chef-ing it up in the kitchen for the big Thanksgiving dinner, but let’s be honest — you don’t have to panic and cook for a week straight just to pull of a tasty meal! Today I wanted to share six last minute Thanksgiving recipes that’ll have your guests begging to take home the leftovers — if there are any at all! Family Favourite Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits via So Fawned Lifestyle | Holiday Cranberry Habanero Dip via Mom Spark | Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes via A Beautiful Mess | Rosemary Apple Tart via…
  • 10 Ways To Use Duct Tape

    Desiree Fawn
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    It’s kitschy, it’s simple, it makes me think of The Red Green Show, and there’s probably some in a drawer in your house right now. Oh yes, today we’re talking about duct tape. This basic silver tape (which now comes in an incredible variety of colours and patterns too!) is strong, useful, and super versatile. Right now I’m going to share 10 ways that you can make it work for you! 01. Remove lint from your clothing. Or pet hair! Just wrap it the wrong way around your hand a few times and give your clothing a pat-down. Keep some in your car just in case. 02. Make a…
  • Dilly Vegetable Dip Recipe

    Ali
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Thanksgiving meals can be quite heavy, not to mention time consuming. While I was looking for an appetizer for turkey day, I wanted to keep those two things in mind. Thank you to Wanda Ann at Memories by the Mile for this recipe. Prepping the vegetables the day before, along with the dip, will save you time on Thanksgiving day, which is always appreciated. Enjoy! Dilly Vegetable Dip Recipe Yield: 2 cups Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour (Chill) Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes Ingredients: 1 cup mayonnaise 1 cup sour cream 1 tsp. Lawry’s seasoning salt 1 Tbsp. dill weed 1 Tbsp. dried…
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    Moomettes Magnificents

  • Holiday Gift Guide 2014 | Baby Gift Ideas | Handmade Baby Blankets Bath Cloths

    Cindi Moomettes
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    This holiday shopping season you looking for the perfect Christmas gift for a new baby? Everyone appreciates a Handmade gift. Here's a few bath gifts and nursery bedding ideas.Holiday Gift Guide 2014 | Baby Gift Ideas | Handmade Baby Blankets Bath Cloths is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Holiday Gift Guide 2014 | Hostess Gift Ideas | Handmade Dishcloths Wash Cloths

    Cindi Moomettes
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:13 am
    This Christmas and Holiday Season don't forget to bring a Hostess Gift to your next Holiday Party ! Everyone appreciates a Handmade gift. Here's a few gift ideas for the home that will last long after the party's over.Holiday Gift Guide 2014 | Hostess Gift Ideas | Handmade Dishcloths Wash Cloths is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Holiday Gift Guide 2014 | Gift Ideas for Women | Handmade Winter Fashions

    Cindi Moomettes
    2 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    The Christmas and 2014 Holiday shopping season is fast approaching ! Everyone appreciates a Handmade gift. Here are some magnificent fashions and practical gift ideas that your family and friends will appreciate for years to come.Holiday Gift Guide 2014 | Gift Ideas for Women | Handmade Winter Fashions is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
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    Bizzie Living

  • Wordless Wednesday – Bugs and Berries

    Stephanie Elie
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:48 am
  • 2 Easy Ways To Make Your Outfit More Socially Responsible

    Bizzie Guest
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    You don’t have to sacrifice savvy for sustainability when it comes to fashion these days. Socially responsible dressing and manufacturing is gaining momentum (it’s the new black) and it is my hope that one day it will become the rule instead of the exception. Reclaimed, repurposed, upcycled, & sustainable are all terms to look for when becoming a responsible shopper, outfitting yourself & family as well as your home. Learn which companies are making concerted efforts to be more responsible. This way you can adjust your buying habits to include purchasing from businesses…
  • Is It Time for You to Change Careers? Let’s Find Out

    Anna Hicks
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:05 pm
    The thing about middle-aged motherhood is that it is a bad time for just about everything. At least, it sure feels that way sometimes. With kids in school, it is a bad time to consider a move, a new, time-consuming hobby, and especially a new job. You’ve just about got everything dialed in to suit your needs for the next ten years, or until the kids move out of the house, whichever comes first. Like a precariously balanced stack of Jenga blocks, even one small change can bring the whole thing crashing down. Despite that possibility, there are good reasons to consider a mid-life career…
 
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  • Holiday Gift Guide 2014 | Baby Gift Ideas | Handmade Baby Blankets Bath Cloths

    Cindi Moomettes
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    This holiday shopping season you looking for the perfect Christmas gift for a new baby? Everyone appreciates a Handmade gift. Here's a few bath gifts and nursery bedding ideas.Holiday Gift Guide 2014 | Baby Gift Ideas | Handmade Baby Blankets Bath Cloths is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Holiday Gift Guide 2014 | Hostess Gift Ideas | Handmade Dishcloths Wash Cloths

    Cindi Moomettes
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:13 am
    This Christmas and Holiday Season don't forget to bring a Hostess Gift to your next Holiday Party ! Everyone appreciates a Handmade gift. Here's a few gift ideas for the home that will last long after the party's over.Holiday Gift Guide 2014 | Hostess Gift Ideas | Handmade Dishcloths Wash Cloths is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
  • Holiday Gift Guide 2014 | Gift Ideas for Women | Handmade Winter Fashions

    Cindi Moomettes
    2 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    The Christmas and 2014 Holiday shopping season is fast approaching ! Everyone appreciates a Handmade gift. Here are some magnificent fashions and practical gift ideas that your family and friends will appreciate for years to come.Holiday Gift Guide 2014 | Gift Ideas for Women | Handmade Winter Fashions is a post from: Moomettes Magnificents | Connecticut Blogger
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    Mommy Misadventures

  • Gifted Kids are the Heroes in Big Hero 6

    Michelle
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Big Hero 6 is a big win as a movie featuring gifted kids being awesome. (No spoilers.)
  • Frozen: The Halloween Drinking Game

    Michelle
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Tomorrow is Hallowe'en. We are totally expecting it to be Frozen-ageddon with all the Frozen themed costumes were are sure to be seeing. So, being us, we've devised a drinking game to keep ourselves occupied. Because we're bonkers like that. (And have the good senses to stop before losing our mental faculties. We think.) Feel free to share!
  • The Costumes We Choose

    Michelle
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    When something as simple as choosing a costume to wear for Halloween, makes me think about the costumes she's starting to choose for herself for the real world.
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    Jendi's Journal

  • Thanksgiving Prayer

    Jendi
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:44 am
    continue read for full prayer Lord, behold our family here assembled. We thank Thee for this place in which we dwell; for the love that unites us; for the peace accorded us this day; for the hope with which we expect the morrow; for the health, the work, the food, and the bright skies that make our lives delightful; for our friends in all parts of the earth… Give us courage, gaiety, and the quiet mind. Spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies. Bless us, if it may be, in all our innocent endeavors. If it may not, give us the strength to encounter that which is to come, that we…
  • Check Out Our New Canvas Map From Paperramma

    Jendi
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    I have some new art on the wall above our piano, and I love it. It’s called an interactive map and it’s from Paperramma. [Tip: Notice that there are two “m’s” in their name. I kept forgetting that, landing on an error page, and panicking for 3 seconds before realizing I forgot the 2nd “m.”] When they asked me what product I would like to review, the maps caught my eye right away. They have a lot of other nice things, and I almost picked a house rules design. The family silhouette prints were really tempting too, but in the end I stayed with what…
  • Tomorrow’s Way | Sunday Poem

    Jendi
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
    Continue reading for full poem I know not if tomorrow’s way Be steep or rough; But when His hand is guiding me, That is enough. And so, although the veil has hid Tomorrow’s way, I walk with perfect faith and trust, Through each today. The love of God has hung a veil Around tomorrow. That we may not its beauty see Nor trouble borrow. But, oh, ’tis sweeter far, to trust His unseen hand, And know that all the paths of life, His wisdom planned. ~ Author Unknown
 
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    Beckie Tetrault (dot) Com

  • ASMR, Migraines and Me

    Beckie Tetrault
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:29 pm
    For the last 20 or so years, I have suffered from debilitating migraines. Each migraine sufferer is different, and my particular migraines usually include vomiting, light sensitivity and brain fogginess. Now I am on a daily medication now to keep them under control, and it is working great, but still a few sneak through, usually because of my bad decision making (a concert, dehydration AND whiskey shots on the same day?). Now anyone who knows me, knows I HATE quiet. I always have a fan, the tv, music or an audiobook going, sometimes more than one. But the problem when I have a migraine is, I…
  • Halloween Post (#2)

    Beckie Tetrault
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Time for me to step up on my soap box, with my annual Halloween Post! There is something I want to remind people about. There are going to be lots of children out trick or treating. And honestly, I'd hate for one of them to see me beat you down. Why, you might be wondering, would I be threatening the nice people who are just handing out candy to kids? Because every year there are a few ignorant f*cks who require my son to say "Trick or Treat" before making with the fun sized Snickers. My son has a speech delay, and while most of the time most people mostly understand most of…
  • Annual Halloween Post (#1)

    Beckie Tetrault
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Every year at this time, I climb on my soapbox like Andy Rooney on a bender, and rant and rave about how people are ruining my favorite holiday, Halloween. My usual favorite topics are the ever amusing Chick Tracts that people have the audacity to give to my children with their fun sized bags of M&Ms (check out the new one for this year, The Walking Dead?), and ANYONE who holds a Trunk or Treat in a church parking lot to help save their spawn from the horrors of the Pagan holiday. This year we have a new horror of Halloween to debunk, the THC dosed candy!! (insert spooky music…
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    Resourceful Mommy

  • DisneyKids November Twitter Party

    Amy
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:42 pm
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and that calls for a magical celebration with family and friends!  Some of our lucky Disney Social Media Moms are currently doing just that by bringing the Walt Disney World Resort magic into their own home and hosting a #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate for their little ones. Since we know you have #DisneyKids of your own, we’re hosting another #DisneyKids twitter party to tell you all about these fun-filled Preschool Playdates! Disney Kids Twitter Party Date: Monday, November 24th Time: 8-9 p.m. EST Location: #DisneyKids…
  • Scholastic OTC Literacy Program

    Amy
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:50 pm
    This post is part of a sponsored post campaign. Compensation has been provided. Just how much do your children know about the dangers of over-the-counter medications? As parents, we do our best to educate our children about the dangers of drinking, street drugs, and even prescription medication but have you talked to your children about how dangerous OTC medications can be before they start using them on their own? You may think that your children understand that over the counter medications can be dangerous when misused and that they know how to read the dosage information on labels, but are…
  • AAA/FamilyFun Road Trip Twitter Party

    Amy
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:50 pm
    It’s time to hit the road again! With Thanksgiving just days away and December holidays around the corner, many of us are packing up and heading out to visit loved ones both near and far! Keeping everyone safe on a road trip is AAA’s top priority, but it’s always better if some fun can be had along the way. AAA and FamilyFun magazine have teamed up to offer tips to help you arrive safe and happy at your destination, no matter how far you have to go. Join us as we chat with AAA and FamilyFun magazine about keeping our families safe on the road, while having lots of fun during our holiday…
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    Mom Fuse

  • Beautiful Thanksgiving Flowers & Centerpieces from ProFlowers

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: Beautiful Thanksgiving Flowers & Centerpieces from ProFlowers I love having a beautiful centerpiece during family dinners. It just makes the table that much more festive and always make for a great conversation started. We...Read the whole entry... »          
  • Food Lion Coupons + (4) $25 Gift Cards to Win

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Food Lion Coupons + (4) $25 Gift Cards to Win This is a partnered post with Food Lion to share the information about the Food Lion MVP Coupon Hub. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. I like to save money, but who...Read the whole entry... »          
  • Chili’s $10 Gift Card Free with $50 Purchase

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Chili’s $10 Gift Card Free with $50 Purchase That’s right! Get a $10 Chili’s Gift Card FREE with $50 Purchase! This is such a great offer and I’m so excited to see Chili’s bring it back just in time for...Read the whole entry... »          
 
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    Hip Mama's Place

  • Thanksgiving Dessert Idea: Easy Pumpkin Mousse Recipe + Win $1,000 in Hallmark's 12 Gifts-A-Giving Sweepstakes

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:42 am
    If you're anything like me, I love getting inspirations around this time of year to make holidays for my family even more special!  :) Hallmark Gold Crown always offers fantastic holiday ideas, tips and inspirations and one thing I want to try for Thanksgiving is this quick and easy Pumpkin Mousse recipe. If you're not too crazy about pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving dessert, then this recipe is a great replacement if you want a lighter, frothier pumpkin dessert option. You can go here for the full recipe. Also, check out Hallmark Gold Crown's 12 Gifts-A-Giving Sweepstakes for a chance…
  • Disney "Frozen" In-Store Extravaganza Event at Target: Score FREE Frozen-Themed Goodies + More {TODAY, 11/22}

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:04 am
    Calling all Disney FROZEN fans! :)TODAY, 11/22/14,  stop by your local Target store from 10am-12 noon, for a FROZEN In-Store Extravaganzaevent. Just come dressed up as your favorite Disney Frozen character and score a FREE FROZEN goodie bag filled with Frozen-themed accessories and snacks - while supplies last!Snap pics in front of an “Arendelle” backdrop and then Instagram your pics using the hashtag #DisneyFrozenAtTarget for a chance to win a trip to Orlando or a $100 Target Gift Card through November 23rd. Need more info? Go to the Target Facebook page or go to Target's A…
  • FREE Children's & Family Activities This Week and Beyond

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Here are some free children’s and family activities available this week and beyond. Note that each event may vary, so be sure call the designated venue/establishment ahead to verify availability, times and dates of each event. *American Girl - Girls ages 8 and up can participate in various FREE events throughout the month of November & December at various American Girl store locations.  Check your local American Girl store for specific times and dates.  *Babies R' Us - Throughout the month of November, you can celebrate your baby’s first Christmas! There will be story…
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    MomDot

  • How many Cups in a Quart Chart. In a Pint. In a Gallon.

    trisha haas
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    So the other day I was talking to my grandmother and she was arms deep in making her famous over the top cookies. These bad boys are like a POUND of butter, flour, eggs, and all things amazing. Sadly if I eat one I gain a pound as well, so we keep them out of the […]
  • Fall Leaf Turkey Card (or Craft)

    trisha haas
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:40 am
    I am so excited to publish this!But first let me back up and tell you a story. I live in the South and we have two seasons: Alive and Dead. The only (and I do mean only) thing that I miss about not having tons of seasonal changes are the beautiful fall leaves I often see […]
  • FRIDAY & SATURDAY ONLY: 15% Off Coupon for Toys”R”Us

    Nina Say
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
    The countdown has officially begun, and I’m sure the upcoming holiday season has starting weighing heavily on your stress level. But I am here to tell you a secret. I freaking LOVE LOVE holiday shopping. Like Love it. To be honest, I “finished” shopping last week which is code for “until I get another really […]
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  • They Coulda’ Been Great: October 2014

    Kate
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
    And finally…our October on Facebook. Check back next month for November. (What is this? All answers are HERE.) October 2 10:36 a.m. George is having an 80’s moment. 6:48 p.m. Assembling Legos at the Knoxville Embassy Suites manager’s reception… George: Can we stay here EVERY time we come to Tennessee? ‪#‎roadtrip‬ ‪#‎MemphisBaby‬!   October 3 5:17 p.m. “Mom – no one is going to care about Dad’s shoes.” And other things I say to my mother before rehearsal dinners… 8:07 p.m. Party of 14. Five kids. My end of the table. And I…
  • They Coulda’ Been Great: August-September 2014

    Kate
    8 Nov 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Almost caught up on “They Coulda’ Been Great.” Here is our August and September on Facebook… (What is this? All answers are HERE.)   August 1 9:24 a.m. “Hey Mom! Is it time to check my planters warts?” #TheGlamorousLife 9:45 a.m. I’m now on Day 3 of putting on exercise clothes with the intention of exercising. Fingers crossed for Day 1 of actually exercising… 4:19 p.m. The amount of time I spend texting with other mothers about where our children are in the neighborhood (“just left my house on bikes – are they at your house…
  • They Coulda’ Been Great: June-July 2014

    Kate
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:49 pm
    And suddenly – it was summer… Our June and July on Facebook… (What is this? All answers are HERE.)   June 1 9:21 a.m. Waiting for kids at the Bike/Walkathon finish line, and happy mine are referred to as bikers not “walkers.” ‪#‎TheWalkingDead 5:54 p.m. It’s not summer until someone loses a toenail running for the ice cream truck. Poor Eleanor! ‪#‎itsnotevensummeryet‬!   June 2 8:42 p.m. “When someone is going to be in a show, you don’t say ‘good luck’ because that’s actually bad luck. You say ‘break a…
 
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  • Double Your Savings by Buying Gift Cards at Kroger #Kr2xdip

    Donna Chaffins
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:38 am
    Thank you Tatu Digital Media for sponsoring this conversation. I want to try a new dessert for Thanksgiving. I know from previous experience that you never want to try a new recipe at a family gathering unless you’ve tested the recipe out first. It’s a long story, but trust me, you want to give any new recipe a trial run, because it is not pretty. It’s embarrassing. Although it gives everyone something to laugh about. It’s a good thing I am thick-skinned. This is NOT the dessert that was a flop – thankfully no pictures of it. THIS dessert was a hit. I’m…
  • Who wants a $100 Amazon Gift Card? Ends 11/28

    Donna Chaffins
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I’m happy to be able to bring YOU another chance to win an Amazon gift card before Christmas. Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Pinterest blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe. Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here. Enter below. Good luck! Entry-Form The post Who wants a $100 Amazon Gift Card? Ends 11/28 appeared first on Blog By Donna.
  • Hinting for the Perfect Family Gift? Check Out the LG OLED at Best Buy #HintingSeason #OLEDatBestBuy

    Donna Chaffins
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:53 pm
    The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. I think my husband has been hinting for a new TV. Okay, I don’t think, I know he’s been hinting for a new TV. And not just any TV, but the LG OLED from Best Buy. We have been talking about taking our TV in our family room and moving it into our sun room and getting a new one for our family room… so, the LG OLED would be perfect. What is OLED TV? The stunning design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21″ thick at its thinnest point. Picture…
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    Maria Melee

  • Today you are six

    Maria Melee
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    My Maxy-Moose, today you are six. You false-started into the world a few days before 11/18/2008, sending me to Labor and Delivery not once but twice.  On the 17th, I dropped your brother off at Grammy and Papa’s and had a light dinner and chatted through contractions that felt like they were starting to mean business. They kicked into gear as the sun went down, and I labored alone on the green couch, clutching your daddy’s iPod and timing contractions with an app that felt very futuristic. In the middle of the night, they were three minutes apart and I woke up your dad and he…
  • On failure

    Maria Melee
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    I didn’t write last night because I sat down with my kids and watched Willow and folded so much laundry it no-shit took me the entire movie to finish. And I didn’t even have time to put it away. When I went to bed at the same time the kids did, I thought, “I didn’t post today. I failed.” Then I thought about how absolutely bullshitty it is to place that much weight on an arbitrary challenge. I’ve blogged more this month than I have in two years, so it’s a success. I spend loads of time writing for others’ gain and very little time writing for…
  • A towel with sleeves

    Maria Melee
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:23 pm
    My soon-to-be 6-year-old hates getting out of the tub because he doesn’t like to be cold. I dry him as fast as I can, but he still freaks out. The other day he saw a Critter book with Critter in a robe. “HE HAS A TOWEL WITH SLEEVES!” Ever since then, he’s wanted his own sleeve-towel. I ordered him one for his birthday and gave it to him early tonight because he was so cute shivering after his post-soccer shower. This kid is such a doll. © Maria Melee, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | If you are reading this anywhere else, some douchenozzle has scraped my feed.
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    A Lil' Welsh Rarebit

  • REDEMPTION

    23 Nov 2014 | 4:52 am
    The Challenge AC Half is on June 28th, which is ONLY 216 days, 23 hours and 36 minutes from now! (But who's counting?!)So, I just joined a new gym: Planet Fitness. It's right up the road and I'm joining the 5am crew tomorrow. Pre-MHWTC, I used to work out at that hour with my FBI agent training partner. I've done it before; I CAN do it again.This morning I slapped on my old FitBit, and am going to work my butt off to get five bars on it every day (five bars = 10000 steps walked).Yesterday I did a brisk four miles and my legs are none-the-sorer today, so I'm going to hit the pavement…
  • I have a confession to make: I hired an interior designer to help me make this old farmhouse our home.

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Let me back up! I'mnot sure why I failed to mention this fact until now! I suppose I didn't want to seem hoity-toity. But let me tell you, this process has been anything but!First: the vast majority of what you see in my home is ME ME ME. (But I'm not that awesome at picking out paint colors.) Second: when I think 'interior designer' I think Cha-ching! Expensivo! But honest-to-God it wasn't ridiculous. And, finally, I know some of you think I could be an interior designer myself, and honestly, I *kind of* do too (it's my next career, in my dreams), but like I said, I'm not great at…
  • Our oh-so-colorful bathrooms!

    14 Nov 2014 | 4:14 pm
    You may have noticed that we're not afraid of color! AND as of today, our WHOLE house has been painted!!!!! (We did a *tiny* bit of it ourselves, but hired most of it out to the pros.) They finished the three bathrooms today: 1) our one full bath - they painted the cabinets, 2) our downstairs powder room - they painted the top half of the walls only, as the bottom half of the walls are horrible old tiles which we'll eventually replace or paint, AND 3) our upstairs laundry room/HVAC/ powder room - they painted all the walls.I LOVE THEM ALL.Voila!First up, the downstairs powder room. Why…
 
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    Underwear in Our Kitchen

  • Nutrisystem Update: Going Strong!

    Cecelia
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:42 am
    With two vacations thrown into the mix– Disney World for my sister’s wedding and New Orleans with some friends– it’s been a bit tricky in the past month to keep moving the scale down. Slowly but surely, I’m making progress and have lost a total of 14.5 lbs! With another 15 to go, I’m halfway […] The post Nutrisystem Update: Going Strong! appeared first on Underwear in Our Kitchen.
  • Sparkup: The Magical Book Reader {Gift Idea}

    Cecelia
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    An educational consultant with a PhD in Curriculum/Language & Literacy, I jumped on the chance to review this brand new product which revolutionizes recordable readings. Sparkup is not new in that it records books. What sets it apart is the ability to record any picture book rather than a pre-selected list of titles. I immediately tried […] The post Sparkup: The Magical Book Reader {Gift Idea} appeared first on Underwear in Our Kitchen.
  • Addicted to The Limited Scandal Collection

    Cecelia
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Already have… And just purchased on my mobile… Proving Scandal shopping sprees are not limited (no pun intended) to the store. The post Addicted to The Limited Scandal Collection appeared first on Underwear in Our Kitchen.
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    The Meal Makeover Moms' KITCHEN

  • How to Make my Nana’s Steamed Plum (Christmas) Pudding for the Holidays

    Janice
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:21 am
    Learn how to make an old-fashioned Steamed Christmas Pudding, or Plum Pudding as my nana used to call it, for the holiday season! This month’s Recipe Redux challenge was the following: “Please share one of your favorite food memories and the healthier “redo” of the recipe.” This was an easy decision. Every year my beloved Nana brought her steamed “Plum Pudding” for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was always my favorite, for reasons I’ll get into later. When I got her recipe card from my mom so I could make it myself, I discovered that the real name…
  • Tabbouleh with the Works + a Recap of the Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers Conference

    Meal Makeover Moms
    15 Nov 2014 | 1:04 pm
    This simple tabbouleh side dish is made with bulgur wheat, parsley, chickpeas, dried cranberries, and juicy tomatoes, and it’s bursting with fresh flavors and filling fiber. When you hear the words, “whole grains,” what foods come to mind? Whole wheat bread? Whole wheat pasta? Brown rice? Nutritious whole grains do, in fact, include wheat, but there are many, many more options out there to choose from including: Amaranth, Barley, Buckwheat, Corn, Millet, Oats, Quinoa, Rice, Rye, Sorghum, Teff, Triticale, and Wild Rice. As for “wheat,” the varieties you’ll…
  • Healthy Vegetable Side Dishes for Thanksgiving: A Recipe Roundup

    Meal Makeover Moms
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:14 pm
    If you asked a group of registered dietitians (especially dietitians who also write food blogs) what they’re making for Thanksgiving dinner, chances are, they’d all say … The vegetable side dish. Thats’s what we’d say! Dietitians love vegetables—that’s pretty obvious!—and Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to show off the freshest produce of the season. We asked Blog Brûlée alumni to share their favorite holiday side dishes, and here’s what we got … and we also tossed in one of our own Meal Makeover Mom veggie creations. Read…
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    Go Grow Go!

  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 50th Anniversary #Rudolph50 {Book Set GIVEAWAY}

    Felicia
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    When I think back to Christmas growing up there are so many movies and stories that come to mind.  However, my absolute favorite has to be Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  Whenever it would come on the television it felt like Christmas was finally here!  The story is magical and the figures never get old. So, we Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is one that we share with the boys every single Christmas season.  We actually own the box set of DVDs and get them out with popcorn on or near Christmas Eve.  I think last year we watched it multiple times.  This year is the 5oth anniversary of…
  • Simplifying Post-Thanksgiving Clean-Up #kitchendishcouncil

    Felicia
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:46 pm
    How many of you are hosting Thanksgiving at your house?  It is what we generally do and I love doing it.  What I don’t love is all of the cleanup afterwards.  After about 10 years of hosting, we have come up with a few quick tips.  Of course, we are by no means master of the clean-up routine, so please feel free to share your best tips in the comments below! 1. One-Pot Meals. I have been a fan of one-pot meals before they were a “thing”.  When you are a busy parent, work and have life going on around you, sometimes what you are cooking takes a back burner.
  • Wordless Wednesday: Monkey toes and bookworms…

    Felicia
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:31 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 (3502)
 
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    Harassed Mom

  • 4 Christmas Gifts for Baby Girls

    LauraKim
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    My mom asked me the other day what she can buy Emma for Christmas. I had no idea. She is at that age where she is happy with a toothbrush and box of macaroni but those aren’t exactly nice gifts, especially from a granny for your first Christmas. So I did what any self respecting person does  – I googled it and obviously found some outrageous things but also found a few really great ideas for babies 0-1 year old. Sea Stack and Learn  Blocks  – these are always a win and these blocks have letters, shapes and pictures on so they learn more than just stacking. Colour Flap Mirror…
  • The day we lost the keys inside the car.

    LauraKim
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Our lives at the moment work well because we have a routine. Everyone knows what they need to do, when and how. When that gets messed with it really does throw the world off kilter a little. My car is currently having the clutch replaced (today is day 4) so I have been driving Davids car (change 1). David usually takes Cameron to school but this morning I had to take him because David needed to be at work early. (change 2). Kiara was the last one out the house so she had to lock and bring the key. She also then opened the complex security gate. I drop Cameron, drop Jack and Kiara and head…
  • {Giveaway} My SmartKid

    LauraKim
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Mysmartkid is a subscription-based continuity programme at a cost of R295 every two months, which uses toys, tools and play-based activities to promote school readiness and the reaching of key developmental milestones in the field of early childhood development. The Mysmartkid programme is also offered in Afrikaans as Myslimkind. I’m  giving one lucky reader the chance to win a x 1 Mysmartkid smartbox filled with educational toys and activities, all you need to do is comment on this post and tell me up to what age the programme caters for? Winner will be announced on Thursday, 27 November.
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  • NaBloPoMo: 30 Days Of Stuff My Mother Found In Her House And Gave To Me

    1 Nov 2014 | 6:58 pm
     My mother is de-cluttering. She is un-hoarding. She is liquidating the contents of her house. And like a museum of my childhood I hadn't intended on visiting anytime soon--let alone, knew existed--each time she visits, my mother, curator, delivers bags and boxes of my past. Like this...thing.What is it? It's a nurse mouse, as much as I can figure. It is also a bank.No one in our immediate family was a nurse or had ever been a nurse when this bank was given to me...when? Who knows. I didn't want to be a nurse when I grew up. Or a veterinarian.The nurse mouse doesn't represent a…
  • I was playing Old Maid and accidentally wrote a John Irving novel...

    21 Nov 2013 | 6:16 pm
    or maybe I accidentally cast a John Waters film?This artwork on this card deck is very difficult to defend unless you're using it as a Rolodex for fringe characters.Read more Josette at PennLive.com © Copyright 2005-2012, Halushki | Josette Plank. All Rights Reserved http://www.josetteplank.com/
  • Laughing At Kmart's Jingle Bells Commercial Makes Me A Bad Santa

    20 Nov 2013 | 10:04 pm
    Well, ring-a-ding-dingaling and fa-la-la-la-liscious! Kmart's new video ad for Joe Boxer underwear has tongues a-wagging over a bunch of comely young men jingling their jangly bits to holiday music.If you're watching this with your Aunt Millie, you'd best bring out the fainting couch and smelling salts.Ready? For your viewing pleasure.Okay, quick poll:What is ringing on these guys? Their hips? Their franks? Or is it the beans?I know what you mean. Wink wink "bells up their bums" nudge nudge.Although, I'm going with Jingle Balls. Isn't the selling point of boxer underwear the loose-fitting…
 
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    Alpha Mom

  • Breaking Bad Family Mealtime Habits

    Amalah
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:14 am
    Hi Amy!! Have been following you forever and love your Smackdown advice. Please be merciful with my situation: When I was home on maternity leave last winter with a colicky newborn I got into a bad habit with my toddler: *whispers* I started giving her most of her meals in front of the TV *hangs head in shame.* At the time it didn’t seem like that big of a deal because it was the polar vortex winter of doom and I spent a lot of time pacing with and nursing a screaming infant. But now the screaming infant is a pleasant 10-month-old who eats nicely in a high chair and my toddler (now just…
  • On Being Sad

    Kristen Chase
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    I’ve been sad lately. My brand of feeling down often manifests as anxiety, which has been rearing its ugly head lately too, but this time around, my sads feel like actual sads. It’s not all day long, mind you, nor is it anything that I find to be worrisome. I’m hyper self-aware, which is a blessing and a curse, but if I felt as though it was interfering with my ability to function, I’d be the first to head to my doctor to have a chat. On the contrary, I’m finding my nightly sadness to be cathartic. See, this is the first time since high school that…
  • Why I Volunteer Even More At The High School

    Mir Kamin
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:18 pm
    My name is Mir, and I’m demanding. It’s true, and I know it. I don’t mean that I’m obnoxious (I hope I’m not) or unreasonable (I don’t think I am), but I do want what I want and I’m not afraid to say so. In this phase of my life, that translates into spending an inordinate amount of time advocating for my children; while the IEP system is in place to accommodate kids like them (with various special needs), IEPs are neither magic nor automatic. My involvement in the process is necessary to make sure things run smoothly, and I consider that both my…
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    Crunchy Green Mom

  • Barnes and Noble Events - November 2014

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Last night I had the pleasure of attending an event at Barnes & Noble, the bookstore, one of my favorite places to go and wander through. When was the last time you took the afternoon and just perused books, looked at new recipes and saw what kind of games were new in the world of family fun night? It’s been a while huh? How about going this weekend? Barnes and Noble is having a Discovery
  • Jawbone Mini Jambox

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:32 am
    It is amazing the way music can change the energy in my house.  My husband started doing breakfast dance parties with the kids while they eat breakfast to help them wake up. I have music playing in my bedroom when I go to bed early to drown out any noises. When we are cleaning or working around the house we usually have dance music on to get the BPM to help our feet move! So when I saw the
  • Mile High Farms - Halloween 2014

    4 Nov 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Mile High Farms is hometown kind of Pumpkin Patch. I have been to almost all of the local pumpkin patches with my family and when it comes to one for the kids, it’s Mile High Farms. There so many things to do with kids. They have a find the gnome game, A tire swing, petting zoo, maze, hay ride and so much more, the owners change it every year and update it to keep us coming back to see how
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    Stacy Uncorked

  • Blessed with A Wonderful World, let’s sing the Thanksgiving Song because it’s All About That Baste

    StacyUncorked
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    It’s Thanksgiving week! I’m looking forward to Thursday without a doubt. Sure, I’m going to be cooking like a maniac, but I love doing that, so that’s no big thing. How many of you have been pre-making some of your … Continue reading →
  • Do Something Wonderfull – Pay it Forward with CaringBridge (#mc #sponsored)

    StacyUncorked
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    We’re officially in the Holiday Season, what with one of my favorite holidays this week, Thanksgiving. It’s definitely a week to reflect and give thanks, and with the rest of the holidays looming, many people are looking for organizations and … Continue reading →
  • Festive Fall

    StacyUncorked
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Remember how I was lamenting that all the fall decor in the area had already been replaced by Christmas stuff and I was wondering if I was going to be able to decorate my new front porch this year? I … Continue reading →
 
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  • Holiday Gift Guide for Women

    Connie Roberts
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    We’re on the easiest gift choices – women’s gifts. We say outright what we want, circle pictures in magazines, leave notes and whisper into our loved ones’ ear. If you need a gift idea for a friend, family member, etc. here’s my holiday gift guide for women: Pure Natural Diva – True botanical perfumes and skin care with all natural ingredients. Created by Tania Reuben and loved by many. Choose a sample set or individual products. Here motto is “We believe in safe scents. Perfect for those with allergies. Prices vary. What’s Good eBeenie –…
  • Holiday Gift Guide: Teens

    Connie Roberts
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Many teens make up their own wish list for their gifts. It’s hard to know what will make them happy at times. The best thing about this holiday gift guide for teens is that the items are cool, or whatever they say now. You can purchase them as an extra surprise gift. Or if you’re looking for ideas, here they are: Melokia 4 String Soprano Ukulele – Melokia translates to Melody in the Hawaiian language, and as its name describes, it offers melodious value. It features a 13″ scale and a 17-fret rosewood fingerboard, allowing players of varying sizes to easily play a range…
  • Holiday Gift Guide | Babies and Toddlers

    Connie Roberts
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Ah, the fun of giving gifts to babies and toddlers. Although, they may play with the box and wrapping paper, we know that soon they’ll be engrossed with your gift. With so many choices, I’ve narrowed it down with the best in my holiday gift guide for babies and toddlers. Flipzles Puzzles – Unique double sided wooden puzzles that encourage children to use both sides of their brain. Kids love to flip the pieces and use the people and objects on the back side for creative play. Then they flip them back to solve the challenging puzzle. The images are personally designed and hand…
  • Holiday Gift Guide | Men

    Connie Roberts
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    I’m not sure why, but men’s gifts are one of the most difficult gifts to find and buy. I dread getting a gift for my husband the most. If you are going through the same dilemma, this holiday gift guide for men is definitely helpful. Take a look and let me know what you think. Vapor Anti-Bottles – For the man who loves the outdoors – hiking, biking, camping, etc. These bottles fold up completely flat leaving room for other items. BPA free, reusable, dishwasher safe and freezable, Vapor helps reduce the use of plastic water bottles. There are even filtration bottles to…
  • Teach Baby to Communicate Baby Sign Language Kit Review and #Giveaway

    Jennifer Shusterman
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:38 pm
    As mothers we want to provide for our children the best we can. We want to communicate with them, understand them, and meet their needs, but with a little one that may not always be possible. There are many times when our babies may become frustrated and cry because we can’t understand what they’re trying to tell us. I’m thankful my 17 month old daughter was an “early talker”. She has been communicating with us through words since 8 months old, and now she uses 2-3 word sentences. That doesn’t mean there aren’t still moments of frustration from her still…
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    The Poshpreneur

  • The Essential Laws of Designs Explained

    poshy
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Employing Professional Services for Ecommerce Website Design Ecommerce website design is a term that describes the tasks that wed designers perform during the creation of website pages for their ecommerce sites. Website design focuses on the jobs that involve the building of a variety of website pages. Different types of information and content are presented on website pages and these contain several pages while using different technologies. Hyperlinks usually link the website pages together. Website pages allow the visual interaction of users. Users have the chance of accessing different…
  • A Beginners Guide To Designs

    poshy
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Would You Like To Know More About Ecommerce Website Design? The world of ecommerce is booming, which means the days of having to have a physical store to be able to run a successful retail store are now no more. But you should know that it is not easy and the success of having a successful store online depends greatly on a solid marketing strategy and most of all an ecommerce website design that is built for success. During this article we will discuss some of the techniques that you can use to make your ecommerce website design a smash hit. First of all, you need to think about your…
  • Study: My Understanding of Services

    poshy
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Are You Interested In Starting Your Own Retail Store Online? To make it successful in the retail business world anymore, the good news is that you no longer have to have a brick and mortar business. The reason for this is the growth of the internet and the boom of ecommerce websites. It will take a very solid marketing strategy and an ecommerce website design that will be built to last, to have a successful ecommerce business, so keep that in mind. During this article, we are going to talk about some of the techniques that you can use in order to make your ecommerce website stand out above…
  • Looking On The Bright Side of Businesses

    poshy
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Use Ecommerce To Boost Your Business Today you no longer need a storefront in order to have a successful business. With the use of ecommerce you can take your business online. A good marketing strategy and a good ecommerce website design are essential for making a good online business. Thinking about how your website is set up and how your customers are going to view your products is what you need to focus on when building your website. The website should be easy to navigate and it should be immediately apparent what your business sells. Simple things like a flash intro can really set your…
  • The Best Advice About Reviews I’ve Ever Written

    poshy
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:54 pm
    How to Look for a Good DJ for Your Wedding For most people, wedding happens only once and this is why it must be prepared well. Although every wedding comes with a lot of things to prepare for, you should never forget to seek the right dj. Music serenades that bride and the groom on your wedding ceremony and wedding reception. Without music, your wedding might come out as boring or perhaps dull. People have long been lovers of music. Wedding is a very special event and for that cause, you must learn how to pick the very wedding music and songs for the actual ceremony and even in the reception…
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    Genny Heikka

  • Even in the rain…

    Genny
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    “Are you okay to go if it rains?” My friend’s text pops up on my phone just before we’re supposed to go walking together. I look outside. Dark clouds hover where it was clear just minutes before. “Sure!” I text back. Even though I don’t hesitate when I answer, I have to admit, if I wasn’t going with her, I might decide not to go. Instead, I might stay home or go to the gym where it’s warm and dry. But we head out together, and the hour flies by. We barely notice when the rain starts to fall…  Read the rest of my story over at…
  • When women are brave…

    Genny
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    We sat there, laughing and nodding as we shared our stories and experiences around the long table. The warmth of the restaurant and evening lights matched the glow of the conversation taking place. We started out with generalities and small talk, but quickly, our voices turned to the significant and meaningful. Before dinner was even served, we were leaning in close and talking about challenges we’ve faced as writers and women, failures we’ve known, issues we still grapple with, and stories from our lives. A few of us knew each other from writing group meetings, but mostly, the…
  • This is why you should slow down today…

    Genny
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Here’s another short video from my talk at the Better Together conference – about why you should slow down and not rush the journey. (Easier said than done sometimes, right?) The poem I share in the beginning was written by a 14-year-old, if you can believe it. His name is Jason Lehman and I was so struck by his wisdom! (If the video does’t display, you can watch it here.) p.s. if you missed the video I shared last week on How to Love, for Real, you can catch it here.
  • Short video from my keynote – How to love, for real (and how it makes you more joyful!)

    Genny
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    I just got some short video clips of my talk at the Better Together M.O.M. conference, and I’m excited to share this first one with you! (It’s about how letting your walls down, reaching out to others, and just being real can make YOU a more joyful person.) I hope you’re encouraged today! How to love, for real:
  • What to do when the path to your dream takes a turn…

    Genny
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    When the song“Oceans”first came out several months ago, I listened to it nonstop. It was as if I was compelled to play it, again and again. I remember one morning, driving with my windows down and the volume up, singing… You call me out upon the waters, The great unknown, Where feet may fail. And there I find You in the mystery, In oceans deep, My faith will stand… I remember pausing, feeling a stirring inside I can’t really explain, wondering for a second what my great unknown might be. But it wasn’t until I finished singing the chorus–tears in my eyes–that…
 
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    Playground Confidential

  • 10 places to give in Toronto this holiday

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    This is a guest post written by local Toronto mom and wonderful person, Rebecca Lee. I don’t know about you, but I don’t need anything this holiday season. Sure, I’d appreciate a new duvet cover and I wouldn’t say no to a fancy mixer, but I don’t need these things. My kid has a list ... [Read more...]The post 10 places to give in Toronto this holiday appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • 5 random facts about me

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    I was tagged in a “5 Random Facts About Me” meme by the talented Susan Goldberg nearly a month ago. I am bad about participating in things like this, so it was only just now, realizing I have an hour before preschool pick up and wondering what I might write in that small window that ... [Read more...]The post 5 random facts about me appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Listen to me whine about how I don’t know what I want to do #firstworldproblems

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am
    Image adapted from Flickr via the CC license. “Focus,” I tell Colum. I am forever begging him to focus on what he’s doing, stop getting distracted and stay organized. Holy cow, am I ever a hypocrite. My life has been like the Russian nesting dolls of distraction for the past several weeks. I’ve lost focus on every ... [Read more...]The post Listen to me whine about how I don’t know what I want to do #firstworldproblems appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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  • Spray It, Don’t Say It

    GrumbleGirl
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    Okay so, you know I hate ironing, right? I do. For me, it’s right up there with vacuuming… though to be honest, I loathe vacuuming just a little bit more. (Okay, a whole lot more.) So, what does a lady trying to curb her perfectionist ways do about all the wrinkles and things? She gets a spray bottle and blasts the shit out of every bit of fabric near her. Now, understand that I’ve always had spray bottles on hand because my kids’ hair required spritzing in the mornings, as part of the hair-doing. I have one with plain water in it, and I have another with a few drops…
  • Kickin’ It

    GrumbleGirl
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Oliver plays soccer. For the first time this autumn, there’s indoor-soccer activity organised by the city we live in, where all kids could join — the boys were sorted by ages 8-10, and 11-15. He’s ten and a half, but smallish for his age, so he was originally grouped with the younger kids, but as there was such a huge number of boys who came out to play (and there were WAY too many) they re-sorted the younger boys, and for the first time this week, Oliver played with boys aged 10-12. Only ten boys turned out, and most of them seemed familiar with each other from playing in…
  • Fully Loaded

    GrumbleGirl
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    I read an essay about what it’s like to be a stay-at-home mother the other day, which was really one of the best pieces I’ve read along these lines. Everyone knows it’s hard. Though this woman’s story wasn’t mine — for instance, I only have two children, and they were intentionally spaced four years apart so I wouldn’t have babiesbabiesbabies all over the place I knew I’d have  hard time handling (you know how frazzled mums drive cars off bridges and things? OH HAI!) and I didn’t suffer sleep-issues when they were small… the whole…
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • Do you really engage with stakeholders?

    Ron Rosenhead
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:48 am
    I came home after a long day looking forward to a lazy evening relaxing. But as I approached my garage (behind my house) the way was blocked by a lorry discharging its load. To explain; there is a building site at the end of the road where a series of apartments is being built (whatever happened to the word flat?). … Read More >Related Posts:Project management terminolgy – what a turn offHow much project management information do you share?Are you burning out your project managers?What do you need to change to be more effective?Out of tiny acorns….. mighty projects grow!
  • So, how good are you?

    Ron Rosenhead
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    I said; “So why not score yourself against the criteria you have just developed? “ The course participants launched themselves into the activity and they took it just a bit further than even I imagined! So let me explain what they were actually doing and how it came about. During a recent project management course we were discussing the need … Read More >Related Posts:How often do you take the helicopter view?Good project management skills are not enoughAre people skills the final project management frontier?Do you believe in this project?Who are your good project management…
  • Have you really tested out your project before delivery?

    Ron Rosenhead
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    Last weekend saw the UK carry out a national exercise to test out the UK’s plans to tackle Ebola. While often being critical of the government this is a good sign; testing to see how well we deal with a possible outbreak of Ebola. It reminded me of the many occasions during courses, when someone describes a big project that … Read More >Related Posts:Stop that project roll out – ensure you pilot it first.Why is project management so fragmented in companies?Do you carry out a primary survey before starting a project?Project managers need to cope with uncertainty. What…
 
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  • Personal Injury Cases to Solve Fast

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Are you a victim of personal injury? Legal representation isn’t something you should choose out of mind. Every victim of careless accident should make sure that he hires the best personal injury attorney. You are going to have a variety of lawyers and attorneys to choose from. That can be the cause of confusion. The choice may be overwhelming at first. To be able to avoid mistakes, you can always do your personal research.  You can surf the web for personal injury attorney details and information. To take necessary steps in finding the attorney who fits you best is very important.
  • Personal Injury Claims

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Do not hire personal injury attorneys that you’ve only seen on the television. This is a serious mistake. If you are considering hiring a lawyer you saw on TV, do as much background research as possible before meeting them. If you don’t, you may live to regret it. When choosing a personal injury lawyer, pay special attention to the size of their firm. Generally, larger firms mean that more than one lawyer may work on your case. These are usually Associate Attorneys who are trying to gain some legal experience, while having a senior attorney oversee and make the final decisions.
  • Private Investigation Person: Get a Referral

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:15 pm
    How to get the right private investigator los angeles to hire? There are several tips that you might want to consider. You can even try them one by one to make it sure that you have a good list of private investigation candidates. First and foremost you can begin by surfing through the web. The internet is of great use when it comes to searching for tips and information. Next, get a referral. Ask somebody you know and trust. Ask what their experience was like. If they had a bad experience now you know who not to hire. Follow those steps now.
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    And Twins make 5! - A Mommy Blog

  • Fragrance Shopping Reimagined: Pinrose

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    My first real job in high school was as a fragrance model.  Yep, I was the often dreaded girl who would approach you in your local shopping mall's major department store and ask you if you'd like to try on a scent.  And as one might imagine, I absolutely wreaked of that particularly scent by the end of the day.  It was on my skin, on my clothes, and in my hair.  It paid well and I met a fair amount of interesting people, but oh how I smelled.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • Comfy Holiday gifts from Isotoner

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    My daughter and I recently had the pleasing task of testing out some of the new Isotoner women's slipper offerings just in time for gift giving season this year. Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • Don't Go Nuts: Nut-Free Soy Butters & Energy Bars

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    If you personally know anyone with a nut allergy, you likely can relate to the fact that the companies and people that make good foods that are nut-free are looked at with hero like status by those impacted.  Two of my 5 kids have nut allergies, so you could say that I'm doubly aware of just how important these brands and the people behind them are.  The dangers of doing something as basic as eating are all too real for us and I'm always excited to share the news about brands that offer my kids safe and great tasting foods.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 -…
 
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  • “It’s A Hard Knock Life” – “Annie” is Showing at Benedum Center – Pittsburgh Now!

    theplus
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:06 am
  • Ahhh, Finally The Fresh Scents Of Spring By Using Febreze #FebrezeSpring @SheSpeaksUp (Spon.)

    theplus
    27 May 2014 | 10:30 pm
    I remember growing up and playing outside in the springtime. I could never wait til winter was over and warmer weather came back. I remember loving to watch the new buds on our apple tree’s and dogwood trees. The winter snow melted, but everywhere still looked white with all of the new white buds everywhere. I had a short walk from our house to my school bus stop. I loved that short walk in the springtime. The fresh scents of spring everywhere. From flowers to berries it was always a smell like no other. Even on rainy spring days, smelling the rain, and sometimes the fresh cut grass…
  • 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…
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  • elevated breastfeeding wear {Kinwolfe}

    Sarah
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:58 pm
    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kinwolfe. The opinions and text are all mine. These days it is pretty easy to be fashionable while pregnant. I mean there are just so many functional yet stylish options and it is a fun time to focus on your clothing, but after baby […]
  • a smart robot who reads color {Ozobot}

    Sarah
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:04 pm
    It’s not everyday I come across something truly unique, and often times I think I’ve just seen it all. Perhaps that is because I am still surrounded with baby and toddler toys, but as my oldest grows even older, the toys get more interesting for all of us.  Enter the most amazing little robot I’ve […]
  • hot holiday toys with a side of charity {Kmart Fab 15 list}

    Sarah
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:53 pm
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  • 13 months!

    Kristy
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:50 pm
      Seren is 13 months old today!     Some stats: She still only has two teeth. She is flirting with walking – she will take two steps and then sit down. She is still OBSESSED with Daddy. She coos to him and squeals when he walks in the room (don’t we all?). She is communicating more and more every day. She likes to play clapping games. She says “hi” when she means “bye” and vise versa. She loves bath time. She is not shy about screeching to let everyone in a five mile radius know when she is displeased. She can melt your heart with a glance.
  • A sensory board for when her senses are bored

    Kristy
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
      I recently went down a things-to-do-with-your-baby wormhole I found on Quirkymama’s Facebook page. I tried to find the exact post, but it was already buried by millions of other similar posts that make me want to cook and craft and parent until I explode. (In a good way.) One of the projects was a lift-the-flap book that used old diaper wipe tops as the flaps. Genius! Another project was a sensory board that had different textures and carpet squares glued to a board. Cool, but kind of blau to look at. I decided to combine the two and make it cute!     The whole thing…
  • A moment of reflection

    Kristy
    15 Nov 2014 | 9:02 pm
    This is my friend Vanessa. She is a wonderful, funny person; a wife and mother; an actress and comedian and many other things. She is a “starving artist” as so many of us are, yet she does things like what you are about to see in this video. I wanted to share this with you guys as a gentle reminder to share. Share kindness and compassion and good will.   I remember one time Vanessa came to class at Second City on a rainy day. She was dripping wet. I asked her where her coat was. She said she gave it to a homeless man because he didn’t have one and he was cold. Yes, she…
 
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  • Learning the Periodic Table can be fun

    Maria
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    This week’s science topic was The Periodic Table so I had a look around for fun ways to familiarise with the symbols and the concepts of the elements and I found a great board game which is available as a free download on ELLEN MCHENRY’S BASEMENT WORKSHOP. The board is a giant Periodic Table and the players use dice and tokens to move along the board collecting pennies according to the element they land on, or for identifying the elements. The purpose of the game is to memorise the elements , their valence and their position on the table. I have also created some flashcards for the…
  • Homeschooling: a more flexible way of learning

    Maria
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    Recently we have adopted homeschooling for my 11 year old son. After sleepless nights mulling over the possibility of him moving on to a more flexible way of learning, we decided to go though with it and now that we have that step I am so pleased with it that all my concerns have been completely cleared. We chose to follow the National Curriculum and went with an online school that gives support with tutors for each subject including tutor marked assignments for every unit. It is a method often used by children who practice a lot of sports and therefore need to manage their time better. For…
  • Educational activity books for Halloween

    Maria
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Perfect for 6 to 12 year olds the Halloween Book of Fun by National Geographic is packed full of quizes, educational games, creative ideas to make your own costume and make up. Great fun for school age kids. Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg is one of my son’s old favourite reads, a great addition to any kids’ library. And who doesn’t like to doodle away? Happy Halloween! is just that, a lot of doodle fun. You can get your copies from Amazon by clicking on the images. Please note: The links are affiliate links that will help raise a little money towards the running of…
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    Sprittibee

  • On Raising Godly Teenagers…

    Heather
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The “Cross Road” with Teens Having toddlers and teenagers at the same time is just HARD, people. I dare you to try it sometime. Lest you start going on about how I’m a saint, let me clear up the record for you: this homeschool blogging mama may have great intentions, but I don’t have it all together. My goal is to journey down the “Cross Road” with my teens, though… even if there are difficulties and failures along the way. It’s our little version of ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’… and I’m happy to see glimmers of progress…
  • Whoo Wants to Create Another Picasso?

    Heather
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    In my house we love art. Not just the realistic kind that most people aspire to… but the whimsical. The abstract. The personal. I mean, there might be a thing as too realistic. When you can’t tell the difference in a photograph and a piece of art, why not use a camera? That’s what I do… I’m a photographer artist. Or you could make art with a piano… or pots, pans, and knives in the kitchen. Art is whatever you create - even if that beautiful thing is a bowl of mushroom and barley soup, or a neatly lined vegetable garden, or a DIY project that makes your…
  • Bibles for Uganda… and Answered Prayers You Didn’t Even Know You Had Prayed

    Heather
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    I had to share my God moment that happened this week… even though it wasn’t something I had on my sadly neglected blogging calendar that was put aside for sick kids with fevers, field trips to the pumpkin patch and getting my handgun license this week. Somehow God was able to sneak in one of His own to-do list items on my overbearing checklist, even though I was totally unaware of Him doing it. He’s awesome like that. First of all, we use Mystery of History curriculum, if you didn’t know that already (if you don’t know what that is, click the Bright Ideas Press…
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    The Pranamama

  • Choosing The Venue Of A Wedding Or Event Party

    Mama
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Choosing a wedding or event venue is very essential in planning the whole event. Having the right venue will make up for other things that could go wrong especially in a wedding. Guests will forget about every other detail and focus on the beautiful wedding venue. Make sure that the venue you choose to go […]
  • What The Plastic Surgeon Does

    Mama
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Plastic surgery is a speciality in medicine that concerns corrective and restorative procedures in the patient’s body in terms of both form and function. While cosmetic surgery is the most commonly known type of surgery, a plastic surgeon will provide a variety of other procedures for their clients. Many types of reconstructive surgeries fall under […]
  • Choosing A Wedding Photographer

    Mama
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Choosing your wedding photographer is an important task prior to the wedding. After all photographs never fail to take you back to that special day no matter how many years may pass. Here are a few tips from Lens to Life on choosing the right wedding photographer. 1)Research on the internet Popular photographers have their […]
 
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    Telecommuting Moms

  • Extra Cash for the Holidays Part 2: Seasonal Work From Home Jobs

    Alaina Forbes
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Last week we started our "Extra Cash for the Holidays" series talking about money making apps that can help you earn some extra spending money for the holidays. For those of you who may need more than what those could possibly earn you in the next month or so, another possibility is taking on a seasonal work from home job. The companies below normally hire every holiday season for seasonal work-at-home positions. There is no guarantee that they are currently hiring however. All of these positions require you to already have high-speed interent.1800Flowers- This flower and gift delivery…
  • Weekly Social Media & Blogging Work-At-Home Jobs

    Alaina Forbes
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:33 pm
     Here is this week's list of work-at-home jobs in the areas of social media and blogging.Social Media News Specialist at Social News DeskBilingual Content Specialist with ICUCWirecutter Social Media ManagerMetraverse Mod Squad Social Media positionsSocial Media for Seattle based VeterinarianSocial Media Community Manager for Fanscape ( can work from home but must be near L.A. for occasional meetings. Xerox Social Media Marketing ManagerLithium Online ModeratorFitness blog writer at Don Health Jewelry BloggerBloggers for Employ The InternetFreelance Bloggers for Urban TwistBloggers for…
  • Extra Cash for the Holidays: Money Making Apps

    Alaina Forbes
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:51 pm
    With the holidays quickly approaching I thought a series of blog posts on how to make a little extra cash for holiday spending would be good. Many people don't have the time for a part-time work from home job but do find the need for some extra income from time to time. This series will cover those types of seasonal jobs, temporary gigs, and extra little things you can do to earn cash when you need it most.For the first blog post we will focus on money making apps. I know many of you are aware of many of the apps that can be used to save you money when shopping for the holidays or anytime of…
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    Pure Natural Diva

  • Keep Your Holiday Tree Fresh & Green This Year

    Tania Reuben
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Keeping your holiday tree green and fresh through the season is possible! Use the tips here and extend the freshness of your holiday tree this […] The post Keep Your Holiday Tree Fresh &... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • Natural Teeth Whitening from the PND Pinterest Page

    Odesk Test
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:10 am
    Are you as addicted to Pinterest as we are? I use it to organize all my  favorite internet finds, plan projects I’ll likely never have […] The post Natural Teeth Whitening from the PND... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • 6 Reasons Argan Oil is a Skincare Essential

    Odesk Test
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Argan oil is one of the hottest new trends in beauty – for good reason too!  After reading this it may become an essential part […] The post 6 Reasons Argan Oil is a Skincare Essential... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
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    Momma's Choice

  • A Day With a Homeschooling Mompreneur! (Video)

    Debbie
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Homeschooling will keep you busy enough, but this mompreneur manages to pull off running a business at home as well! Watch how she does it! The post A Day With a Homeschooling Mompreneur! (Video) appeared first on Momma's Choice.
  • Pinterest

    Debbie
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:02 am
    I’m reading an excellent book on blogging by…(name coming soon) The author is emphatic about the importance of Pinterest as a major part of your blogging strategy. I’m finding out why since lately I’ve been getting into Pinterest more and find it totally addictive! Some of my Pinterest boards include: Getting Organized Crafts and Sewing […] The post Pinterest appeared first on Momma's Choice.
  • Here’s To The Moms Video

    Debbie
    30 May 2014 | 9:20 am
    Google made a video just for moms: (be sure to watch the Parent’s Rap below, too!) Here’s another one you’ll love; The Parent’s Rap: The post Here’s To The Moms Video appeared first on Momma's Choice.
 
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    Pancakes and French Fries

  • I’m Still Blogging, Just Not Here

    Jules
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:45 pm
    I just wanted to let everyone know that I’m still blogging! I just moved my blog over to a new site. There was some confusion with my last post, and I apologize for having written it so poorly. I hope to see you at my new blog! Please visit me at Mrs. Kendall
  • The End

    Jules
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
    After 1531 posts and over 37,000 comments, I’m going to slowly step away from this blog, at least for the time being. I’ve been feeling uncomfortable here for some time. I haven’t been happy with the direction I was taking, and no matter what I did, it didn’t seem to get better. Right now, I don’t want to give up blogging. I do want to go back to blogging the way I used to do, which was in journal format. I started another blog–very simple, no fuss! Where I will be writing about books and my day-to-day life. I named it Mrs. Kendall, since that’s what…
  • Zombie Training

    Jules
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    We decided to let Nico join the Boy Scouts. He loves it! Loves it so much that he gets dressed, without being told, two hours ahead of time. This past weekend the troop went to Corona for the Green Zone 11 Apocalypse Training (survivalist training with the word zombie in it to sound cool). Nico loved it. Mikey liked it. The Mister didn’t have a great time. I couldn’t go because at the last minute I got a coveted appointment with my hair stylist. I hadn’t been in so long that I touched up my roots at home 3 times. When I got out, I texted the Mister that I could head out that…
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    Baby Bump Fitness

  • Consistency

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

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

    Jacqueline
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Downward Dino… Yoga in the ROM with Lolë I’ll admit it, I had my suspicions that the whole “Lolë White”  thing was going to be just a glorified photoshoot and, worse, maybe a bit of a costume party (I hate costume parties). I was wrong. It was wonderful. First of all, it was stunning. 700 people in all shapes and sizes wearing white, organized neatly on yellow mats in the halls of one of Canada’s most excellent cultural buildings. I was situated between a dinosaur, a medieval suit of armor, and a massive geode. I had my concerns about what to wear. WHITE? Come…
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    icefairy's Treasure Chest

  • Melissa & Doug’s Terrific 25 Holiday Gifts List & Daily Toy Giveaway {Holiday Gift Guide 2014}

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Melissa & Doug is well-loved for their huge selection of toys that are both fun and safe for children of all ages. This year, Melissa & Doug has once again hand selected 25 of their best products to put on the Terrific 25 Holiday Gifts List. The list makes toy shopping easy by narrowing down your search from thousands to twenty-five. The toys listed are as long as $4.99 each. From stocking
  • Holiday Gift Under $20: Time in a Box Game from FoxMind

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    What do you think is the one thing that every child wants most? A new toy, a cool outfit, or a trendy gadget? The folks at FoxMind Games believe that their parents' time is the answer. Inspired by a child's need for dedicated care and attention from her parents, FoxMind presents Time in a Box - the Gift No One Else Can Give. The new product, the brainchild of child psychologist and writer Rute
  • Win 1 of 10 $25 Gift Cards!

    22 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Qples wants to improve their online coupon system and would love input from consumers like you. Please help them out by filling out this short 5-question survey about the current method for printing Qples coupons. All respondents will be entered to win 1 of 10 $25 gift cards as a thank-you for your time. Disclosure: I am entered to win a blogger only prize by posting this information.
 
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    SortaCrunchy

  • at long last, the last call

    Megan Tietz
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:48 pm
    It's important to me, for many reasons, that you know the timeline of this decision. I am hyper-aware of my flakiness, and it's really important to me that you know that this announcement doesn't come lightly or off-the-cuff or easily. I waited 48 hours last August from the moment I first knew I was closing SortaCrunchy, waited two full days before I told Kyle. "Really?" He raised his eyebrows, but squeezed my hand tightly in the wake of my resolve. I waited over a month before I began to tell other people. It made my voice tremble, but I was glad to be saying it. There was a deep sadness in…
  • a plus-sized Stitch Fix (help me decide?)

    Megan Tietz
    2 Nov 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Hi friends! On Friday, my very first Fix from Stitch Fix arrived. When I mentioned this on the SortaCrunchy Facebook page, several people asked for pictures, so here we go! I've seen other bloggers sharing their Stitch Fix boxes for a long time, but was hesitant to try it myself. As I've shared a few times, I (still) haven't returned to the size I was before I got pregnant with the twins, and I wasn't keen on buying new clothes, especially since I knew the price tags on the pieces in the Fix boxes were way above my usual thrift store and clearance rack budget. The other reason I had hesitated…
  • So, about those 31 Days ....

    Megan Tietz
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Remember not too long ago when I wrote about my love for LOST? And about the LOST re-watch podcast that I loved so much? I've been growling and grumbling in the general direction of the hosts of that show because they haven't posted a new episode in over a month. A MONTH. I keep checking their Twitter accounts, hoping for some kind of update or SOMETHING. But nothing. They just ... stopped. And it makes me grouchy. Ahem. Welcome to my glass house. Please don't trip on the pile of stones I've made here. So, at the beginning of October, I had every blessed intention of posting every day. I have…
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    MyBrownBaby

  • There’s Hope: How to Transform the Lives of Black Boys

    Denene Millner
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    David Banks, author of a new book about educating and inspiring Black boys, says they can find success—with our help. The post There’s Hope: How to Transform the Lives of Black Boys appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Black Girls Fighting: Is Reality TV Inciting Our Daughters To Violence?

    Denene Millner
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Black girls fighting on reality TV has our daughters thinking they need to use their fists to problem solve—and they're hurting because of it. The post Black Girls Fighting: Is Reality TV Inciting... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Joys of Being An African American Mom: An #MBIBMoms Twitter Chat with MyBrownBaby

    Denene Millner
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Not everything about being an African American mom is about race. Sometimes, the little things confound and bring great joy. The post The Joys of Being An African American Mom: An #MBIBMoms Twitter... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    modernmami™

  • Guineos en Escabeche (Puerto Rican Green Banana Salad): Great Thanksgiving Side Dish Idea! {Recipe}

    Melanie Edwards
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Growing up, Thanksgiving in my family always included a mix of traditional Puerto Rican food. Along with the turkey, you could always find yellow rice on the table, sometimes beans, and many times, guineos en escabeche – green bananas tossed with sauteed onions, olive oil, and vinegar. Guineos en escabeche is easy to make and complements arroz con gandules (yellow rice with pigeon peas) very well. If you’re looking for a new and different Thanksgiving side dish idea, try making these Puerto Rican guineos en escabeche! And for more Thanksgiving side dish ideas, check out the…
  • Learn How You Can Save Money & Reduce Waste When Cleaning with CleanPath Cleaning Products! {Review}

    Melanie Edwards
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:09 pm
    I’ll admit that cleaning supplies is not something I often think about, unless I know we’re in need of more and adding them to my shopping list. But, recently I was introduced to the CleanPath line of sustainable cleaning products, now available exclusively at Walmart. The concept is simple – why keep spending money on cleaning supplies packaged in clunky disposable bottles that contain tons of water and only a little bit of cleaning concentrate? Instead, why not have reusable cleaner bottles where you can add your own water and using a refill pod, mix in the necessary…
  • Walmart Pre-Black Friday Shopping Event: Get Black Friday Deals One Week Early!

    Melanie Edwards
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:14 pm
    How many of you have started holiday shopping already? For seasoned shoppers, getting to a sale early enough to shop is never a problem. The Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are already making their rounds across the Internet, but you don’t have to wait until Black Friday to kick off your holiday shopping! Walmart has some surprises in store for you and your wallet with their Pre-Black Friday event that begins today, Friday, Nov. 21 at 8:00 a.m! The Walmart Pre-Black Friday shopping event will offer low prices on top holiday gifts that match or beat select Black Friday offers from…
 
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    Natalie Snapp

  • For When You Can’t Hear Your Children Argue Even Just One More Time

    Natalie Snapp
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    “Mom, Samuel pushed me!” he declared emphatically, eyes as big as saucers and beginning to moisten with either authentic or dramatic tears (who can know?). “I did not!” the accused retorts, even more emphatically because one-upping is important in these situations. The pick-a-little-talk-a-little game ensues. And I just can’t listen to it one more time because it’s currently running rampant through our home and honestly, I don’t really know how to stop it. So because I’m weary and at-a-loss, I handle it with grace and love by smacking the towel…
  • For When You Get Lost

    Natalie Snapp
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    My GPS was off. Way off. Apparently, numbered country roads not only confuse me but the snazzy devices we’ve all come to depend upon to get us from point A to point B, too. I was lost. And I don’t know about you but when I’m lost, my initial response is to panic. I find myself jumping to dramatic conclusions, assuming I won’t ever find my way out. I just know I’ll have to build a shelter like Bear Grylls and live the rest of my days off the grid. My kids will always wonder what happened to their mother. I’ll try to send smoke signals but they won’t be…
  • Because Small Things Make a Huge Difference

    Natalie Snapp
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I love the story Lysa TerKeurst tells about a little, old granny who stopped to help her on the side of the road early in her speaking career. Lysa was traveling with an assistant when something happened to their rental car causing them to become stranded on the side of the road. It was a Sunday morning and they needed to get to the airport to catch a flight home so time was of the essence. Lo and behold, a white Lincoln Continental pulls-up, driven by an older woman dressed to the nines on her way to church. When she asked if she could help, Lysa explained their dilemma. “Well girls,…
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    AIDAN DONNELLEY ROWLEY

  • Novel News: A Hardcover Deal for THE RAMBLERS!

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    I’m so thrilled to announce that after four-plus years of writing, editing and periodic 4:30am lunacy, I’ve just sold my second novel THE RAMBLERS to the wonderful Lucia Macro at William Morrow (Harper Collins). I’m so incredibly grateful to my brilliant/abidingly patient agent Brettne Bloom who gave me the time and space and guidance I needed to wrestle properly with this story and who just negotiated the hardcover deal. We are awaiting publication date details, but I wanted to share the news and, more importantly, say THANK YOU. For your love and support in my “real…
  • Do not wait for life.

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:16 am
    1. I work so hard. I pour my heart and soul and body and mind into the things I love most in the world and I go to bed each night hoping against hope that I’m doing okay, that my best, however muddled, is good enough and then a day comes and I’m standing on a street corner on an arctic fall day trying to hail a taxi and I look over and I see them. They are bundled and bright, brilliantly disheveled and terribly close and it hits me like a cartoon thunderbolt. My work – quiet, frustrating, edifying, relentless – is paying off. 2. I go on a field trip with my…
  • Don’t judge yourself. It’s a process.

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:13 am
    I have a history of being tough on myself. I like to make goals and to reach them. I have little tolerance for stumbling, for fumbling, for falling short. And yet. And yet the crazy thing is that this is exactly what I celebrate in others, people in my life, people in my stories. It’s not that I’m going around looking for disasters, but rather that I find imperfection – and honest striving – to be curious and compelling things As some of you know, I’ve embarked upon an ambitious month of Wellness for my HERE Year. At the outset of November, I announced lofty…
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    MOMeo Magazine for Work-at-Home Moms: Business Tools | Parenting Advice | Mom Lifestyle Tips | Mom Blog | Mom Forum

  • The Fear of Failure: Words of Wisdom About Facing Your Fears

    Carla Young
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Fear of failure is possibly the biggest obstacle you will ever face as an entrepreneur. Yes, there will be tough days where it seems like nothing goes right. Yes, there will be challenging people who test your patience to the absolute limits. Yes, there will be technical glitches and unexpected outcomes that challenge your creative problem-solving skills to the max. But it’s nothing like the inner critic who whispers in your ear, “What if you fail?” Let’s take a closer look at what failure really means. So what happens if you fail? What happens if you decide to try…
  • The Importance of Marketing Your Book Before You Publish by @heyyojscho

    Justine Schofield
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Every author knows writing a book is a process that requires a lot of hard work, time and dedication. Sometimes, writing a book can take years, so it’s understandable why many authors feel the need to rush the publication process once they have a finished manuscript. However, as tempting as it might be to get your finished book out to the world, authors aren’t doing themselves any favors by impulse publishing. Platforms like Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace make it very easy to “publish” your book. By allowing authors to essentially publish books instantly, these platforms…
  • Ready to Feel the Burn? Try This Ab Crushing Series by @DPEverybodyFit

    Dana Pieper
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Are you ready for a simple and effective core sculpting sequence? You will love this series because it not only will tone your middle, but your heart rate gets up and you will be using all the muscles in your lower body as well. No crunches or planks today — just a great exercise you will keep in your arsenal of favorites! Watch and do it today!
 
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    Making The Best Home For You Family

  • Is Vaporizing The New Way To Smoke?

    yepforsure
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:56 pm
    With the market flooding with a new alternative for smoking, more and more people are drifting towards using vaporizers. Most studies show an evidence of vaporizing being a healthier choice for those who are not able to quit nicotine addiction. It is probably a milder way to pump nicotine in your body while eliminating the consequences of carcinogens and toxins entering your body. But is vaporizing healthy for your lungs? Let’s take a look. But before we do we recommend checking out the G5 Vaporizer. We have the G5 Vaporizer Review article right here for you.   #1 Vaporizing is milder…
  • How To Pick The Best Home For Your Family

    yepforsure
    27 Feb 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Finding the right home is not an easy task especially when you consider the well-being of your family. There are certain things that youhave to consider when you are out there looking for the perfect home of your family. The following points will help you in choosing the right home for your family. The cost of the home. Different homes have different prices due to different factors. You should choose a home that is affordable to avoid financial problems later. Weigh your financial ability and decide which type of home you would like depending on the available funds. Best homes for sale in…
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    Disgruntled Mom

  • Robbing From Peter…

    disgruntledmom
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:57 pm
    This post appears on my other blog…a way, way, different beast. I felt that it was a good post to share here as it represents a big leap in my ability to be brave and put myself out there. So, here it is: Going Live…and Going Out on a Wire There are a lot of ideas in my head. Those things fall along the the lines of, “one of these days, I’m going to…”. Well, today I am going to go ahead and do one of those things. I’ve been struggling, like all aspiring writers do, with when I can actually call myself a writer. For some reason we are hesitant to do…
  • Embracing the Change

    disgruntledmom
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:38 pm
    The past few months have brought a lot of changes to our home. Some has resulted in relief, some in absolute chaos, and one in sad acceptance of how tenuous our grasp on life can be. At the top of our stress list for the past fourteen months was having the paternal figure living with us. Assume that there is one person in the world whom you recall having seen a few times per year (and also assume that you and this person are polar opposites) and that person falls upon hard times and you are their only salvation. Not only does that person move in, but then blatantly disrespects the rules of…
  • The Rules of Battle in a Disgruntled Home

    disgruntledmom
    2 Jun 2014 | 6:34 pm
    This is what made me laugh the hardest all week, and it isn’t going to win me any “Mother of the Year” awards (and let’s be honest, that ship sailed long ago!). The Middle and the Baby were engaged in a little after-dinner sparring match (we are all in martial arts, it’s what we do, we find joy in physically punishing each other, it’s our love language). The rules were set by me, or rather they developed as the battle went on. No elbows. No knees. No nut shots. Other than that, expect to get back what you give. It was a truly amazing battle. They were…
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    Eccentric Eclectic Woman

  • What's In The Bible Series: Why Do We Call It Christmas? DVD Review & Giveaway

    Finamoon
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    What's In The Bible Series: Buck Denver asks...Why Do We Call It Christmas? DVDThis review and giveaway is sponsored by Propeller Consulting, LLC. This post contains affiliate links which means I may receive a commission if you click a link and make a purchase. Thank you for supporting my blog!Phil Vischer, the creator of Veggie Tales has come out with yet another awesome DVD as part of his great series "What's In the Bible?"! This series is a little bit different than the Veggie Tales series in that instead of animated anthropomorphic vegetables telling about the gospel we have Muppet like…
  • Noah A Wordless Picture Book by Mark Ludy Review & Giveaway

    Finamoon
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    This review and giveaway is sponsored by Propeller Consulting, LLC. This post contains affiliate links which means I may receive a commission if you click a link and make a purchase. Thank you for supporting my blog! Noah A Wordless Picture Book by Mark Ludy is an impressive illustrative retelling of the biblical story of Noah's Arc without words. Well technically it has the words, "Methuselah welcomes his grandson, Noah...", on the first page, but then there is pretty much silence. You can see so much expression in the peoples' faces on each page. The artist literally paints epic pictures of…
  • Sam's Christmas Wish by George D. Durrant, Illustrated by Dan Burr Book Review

    Finamoon
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    We received this product free from Shadow Mountain to facilitate this review and participate in the blog tour. This post contains affiliate links which means I may receive a commission if you click a link and make a purchase. Thank you for supporting my blog!Since loosing his job a few week before Christmas, Sam Edwards isn't looking forward to Christmas. He also isn't looking for charity from anyone for him or his family. Christmas brings a mysterious surprise left anonymously at his home, without any tracks to follow. Sam's heart changes when seeing his family's reaction to the gifts and…
 
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    Mom Generations - Mom Fashion and Beauty - Creating a Stylish Life for Moms » Audrey

  • Thanksgiving Day Tradition: FOOTBALL TIME #PirateThanksgiving

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    I’m so excited to have partnered with Pirate’s Booty, one of our favorite snacks around the house, this Thanksgiving! We’ve been fans of Pirate’s Booty since William was a baby! I’ll never forget him eating Pirate’s Booty at the beach during his 1st summer. It was one of the only snacks he would eat! I was happy to be asked to be part of this special celebration this year because this is the first year that Pirate’s Booty will participate in the amazing Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!So to get into the excitement of Thanksgiving and the traditions that come with it, I thought…
  • Audrey Confidential: Update on my Husband’s Surgery

    Audrey McClelland
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram… you probably know that my husband had surgery on Thursday morning to fix his hernia and biopsy 2 areas they’ve been monitoring for a year.After my husband’s surgery 3 years ago, he developed a hernia within the first 4 months. He did too much too soon. The hernia turned into – what looked like a small ball – over the last 3 years. I could tell it had to be uncomfortable for my husband. His clothes didn’t fit right. He couldn’t workout. Physically, I felt like it had to bother him quite a bit, but he…
  • Daily Dish: What does Vagilizing mean? (SAY WHAT?)

    Audrey McClelland
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:17 am
    True story.Someday Henry is going to kill me for blogging about this, but it’s too good not to blog about it! My Henry.He’s so innocent and always likes to try and “keep” up with his brothers.Henry: Mom, what does vagilizing mean?Me: WHAT? (Jaw dropping)Henry: Vagilizing.Me: Who told you that?Henry: I heard Alex say he was vagilizing his swim races today.Me: Oh, Henry…. VISUALIZING. It’s called visualizing. You think about something that you want to happen.(It’s a good thing he asked me rather than someone else. Mama mia! Always on your toes when…
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    The Survival Mom

  • Dem Bones: First Aid and Herbal Response for Fractures

    Agatha Noveille
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:16 am
    Bone fractures are definitely emergencies that require standard first aid followed by professional medical care from a doctor. However, there are several ways herbs can be utilized as whole body support after emergency medical care has been given. Before we get started on the herbal side of things, let’s take a look at standard fracture first aid as a refresher. Fracture First Aid Always keep up to date on your first aid certifications with an organization like the Red Cross, when possible. It gives you hands on training that will be helpful in this type of emergency. Another great idea is…
  • Parboiled Rice: The Rice You’ve Never Heard Of

    The Survival Mom
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    What is parboiled rice? In our family, rice, not potatoes, is King of the Starches. This is because my husband grew up in places like Hawaii, Guam, and the Marshall Islands, eating rice every day of his life. When I started stocking up on various foods, I knew that rice would be a big part of my starches. Potatoes, not so much. Rice is just as versatile as potatoes and has the added advantage of coming in numerous varieties, each with their own particular flavor, scent, and texture. Parboiled rice was new to me when I first saw it on a food storage company website. At first, I thought it was…
  • Safe, Sexy, Secure Concealed Carry Women’s Holster

    Amy Van Riper
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    I own multiple holsters to use when carrying my handgun concealed: inside-the-waistband paddle holster, soft-sided hip holster, and a plastic hip holster. None of them are “bad” but I dislike all of them because they way they sit on my body. With each holster, the firearm is noticeable under my clothes. This is called “printing.” In fall and winter months when a sweater or jacket can be worn, it isn’t quite as noticeable, but summertime (or even fall in Florida) meant not carrying on my body at all. Enter the Can Can Concealment Holster Company! Can Can Concealment offers several…
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  • our favorite thanksgiving printables for BIG kids!

    amy mascott
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    This week is the big week for us–lots of travel, lots of family, lots of friends, and lots of food! Officially, the fun winter holiday season is upon us, and from here until January 2nd, it’s a wild ride. But often that wild ride means that our kids tend to be kicked off of their normal schedules. They get tired. We get tired. They get cranky. We get cranky. And they need some down time. We need some down time. So we’ve gathered a few of our favorite Thanksgiving printables–ones we are printing out and bringing to Thanksgiving meals–so that the kids have some…
  • family holiday cards: how to get the kids involved

    amy mascott
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
      This year, ordering family holiday cards was totally different for us. This year, our family agreed on the photos. Each and every one. And this year, we agreed on the card. We agreed on the message, and we agreed on the language. From start to finish, ordering holiday cards was a family affair, and this year, every single one of us was happy. Mom and Dad were happy. My tween was happy. My third and second grader were happy. No tears. Only a happy family, all five of us. Thank goodness we were all happy, because last year was a total nightmare. Here’s the skinny. . . Family…
  • something has to change and it must start here–with you and with me

    amy mascott
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
      I rarely write posts like this.  And this one took me much longer than I’d like to admit. But yesterday I realized something. Something big. It’s this: if I want change to happen, it has to start here. I’m a mother of three kids, 10, 9, and 7 years old, and if I want change to happen, it must. Start. Here. With me. With my family. Because I know that though I am only one person, my voice makes a difference. And so does yours. Yes, you.  No matter whether you are sitting there reading this your running car in the driveway while your baby sleeps in the back, or…
 
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    Unmotherly Insights

  • Who peed in the vacuum cleaner?

    gettrich
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Sure, you think you can trust Fido around your appliances… Okay, I admit my life is far from boring. But every once in a while I would like something to be “normal” in my world. Well, I guess that wont be happening today. So we got this really cute vacuum cleaner as a gift. (It’s a long story). It’s called a Bumble Bee and it’s a hot little yellow and black Miele canister vac. It worked great…the first time I used it. Then, about a week later, I went to use it again and it wouldn’t even turn on. I thought maybe it was the bag because these little vacuum bags fill pretty…
  • Captain AmeriMom to the rescue!

    gettrich
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    Senator, I am no June Cleaver. I don’t claim to be a spectacular parent. If anything, I see myself as overwhelmingly flawed and barely able to maintain a home, organize a family, and see to it that my kids get wherever they’re supposed to be at any certain time on any given day. So when my 10 year old son, Eli, announced that he wanted to be Captain America for Super Hero Day, which happened to fall on Halloween this year, I thought, “Oh well, here’s another lost opportunity for me to come through as a mother.” I had a busy schedule the day before Halloween and Eli’s pronouncement…
  • Skinny lemon drop martini

    gettrich
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    When life gives you lemons… I have a serious question for you. I’ve been told recently that the best way to handle one’s expectations is to follow the sage advice of Benjamin Franklin and expect nothing so that you will never be disappointed. That’s kind of the way I live nowadays. I refer to it as the “other shoe” phenomenon. I just keep my eyes wide open and wait for the alternative sole to descend. True to fashion, it always does. But lately I’ve been coached by several of my more “woo-woo” pals to “Expect a miracle,” that “You get whatever you imagine,” that…
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    The Shopping Mama

  • Kimberely’s Bakeshoppe Cupcakes Giveaway

    Michelle
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:52 am
    Cupcakes are all the rage now and it’s no wonder why with their thick icing, moist cake and plethora of varities. They are in fact~hand held perfection. But with all that perfection comes with a price tag that is a little steep. Is there any way to enjoy a gourmet cupcake at a price you can celebrate? YES! I bring you, Kimberely’s Bakeshoppe Cupcakes. Kimberely’s Bakeshoppe Cupcakes are nothing short of devine.  Not an ounce of heaven was spared in making these scrumptious cupcakes. Now once you bite into one of the nine delicous cupcake varieties, the bargain price…
  • Republic Bike Launches Mini-Cargo Bikes

    Serena
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    Republic Bike, a custom bicycle manufacturer known for everything between its Google campus bikes to the Urban Outfitters bike shop, is now launching a new, limited edition bike made for kids that browse Design Milk and flip through Wallpaper on potty. Inspired by classic, three-wheeled cargo bikes, the highlight of the design is the front wooden crate, perfect for hauling beginner typography books, Pantone/Crayola conversion charts, or even little puppy Gehry (little sister definitely not recommended). Traditionally used for transporting more prosaic loads, the adult version of this inverted…
  • Experience a New Radiance & Shine Inside and Out {Giveaway} #CVSRadiance

    Kate
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
    As a 20-something living in New York City, I maintained a running joke that I couldn’t enter a CVS store without spending at least $30 (because I wanted everything). I’d go in for one thing and leave with about 10. (That’s a compliment, by the way.) As a mom, I’ve loved the convenience of driving through the CVS/pharmacy window to pick up prescriptions when I have a sick kiddo. As a human, I appreciate that CVS/pharmacy has evolved and is placing an emphasis on the well-being of its customers, from single gals living in NYC or suburban moms to everyone in between,…
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    The View from My Fishbowl

  • If You Can't Take the Heat, Change the Rules

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    Here's a thought - if you have volunteered to serve as a representative for a school or organization and you can't handle criticism, questions, or anything that isn't rainbows and unicorns....perhaps it would be best if you just stayed home and avoided people.Because when (for example) a parent asks a totally valid question on (for example) a school's Facebook page that was (for example) touted as a "place for [School's Name Families] to connect and stay connected" (redundant much?)....I'm thinking the first reaction of a person who is OH-I-DON'T-KNOW the PTO president (just for an example)…
  • Not All Doughnuts are 'The Same'

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    Today was the annual "Muffins for Moms" at the kids' school.The name is a fake-out as there are no muffins, just doughnuts. However, it wouldn't be as cute to call it "Doughnuts for Moms" and they already have a "Doughnuts for Dads" in the spring.Anyway, Olivia always enjoys this event because she can eat a doughnut - which is a rare thing for her thanks to her food allergies. (Food allergies are real jerks, ya know).The school always ALWAYS ALWAYS has a 'nut-free' tray of doughnuts at this event. A.L.W.A.Y.S.Except for this year. Today we walked into the cafeteria to find several trays of…
  • O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! You're Up Before Thanksgiving!

    17 Nov 2014 | 10:37 am
    Yes, that's right.Your eyes aren't playing tricks on you.We decked the halls yesterday.Our Christmas tree is UP.And it's only November 17.Sue me.OHMYGOD! You're combining the holidays! How will the turkey know that it is for Thanksgiving??? It's the end of days. The zombie apocalypse is near.Give me a break. (Also, do you see how excited Emma is? Priceless.)Yes, this is the earliest we have EVER put up our tree. Normally the tree goes up the day before Thanksgiving or ON Thanksgiving morning. And it comes down on December 26 or 27. Why? Because by that time I'm sick of looking at it.Yeah,…
 
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    The MamaZone

  • Double Savings With Gift Cards from Kroger

    Anitra Elmore
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    I love this time of year. It’s time to prep for the only two days I really enjoy cooking and I’m shopping for supplies at Kroger because, once again, they’re multiplying the savings. It’s the perfect place to shop for my holiday cooking and it’s so easy to save on everything I need. It’s also the perfect place to get the jump on some of my holiday shopping. Read on to see how they’re combining a few great offers to help maximize your savings. Double Your Savings and Earn 4x Fuel Rewards at Kroger #Kr2xdip Now at Kroger you can double your savings,…
  • Entertainment Books Just $20 through 11/23

    Anitra Elmore
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:12 am
     This post contains affiliate links. It’s a Pre-Black Friday Sale at Entertainment.com! ALL Entertainment books for only $20 + Free Shipping! Additional books added to order are just $15! (Valid 11/19/14 – 11/23/14) Black Friday and Thanksgiving are right around the corner but that doesn’t mean you have to wait around for amazing savings! The Pre-Black Friday Sale at Entertainment.com: ALL Entertainment books are only $20 with Free Shipping! Plus, any additional books added to your order are just $15, only from November 19th to November 23rd. Our books save consumers money…
  • Family Fun With New Haribo Sour Gold-Bears

    Anitra Elmore
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:32 pm
    We’re walking around the house with sticky fingers and silly grins and we owe a big thanks to Haribo for all the fun. We’ve been fighting over sharing bags of their new SOUR Gold-Bears and enjoying every bite. We also shared some great laughs as we tossed them around and gave them the leading role in a few stop motion and slow motion videos. Take a peek: Subscribe to my new YouTube channel. America’s Favorite Gummi Bears Go Sour The original gummi bear found in signature gold bags across the country is announcing a new flavor roll-out: Haribo Sour Gold-Bears. The company…
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    Dear Crissy

  • TOMS for Target: Give when you buy this season

    Crissy Page
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    Compensation was provided by Target via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target. ‘Tis the season for togetherness, and I’m so excited about the partnership between Target and TOMS that will bring not only some amazing holiday gift choices, but also offers a helping hand to families in need. If you love the TOMS philosophy as much as I do, you’re going to want to visit your local Target starting tomorrow to get in on the #TOMSforTarget holiday-action. This limited time gift collection is…
  • Hunger is closer than you think

    Crissy Page
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:16 am
    This is a sponsored post. Opinions are my own. When you think of childhood hunger, the face of the child next door may not be the first one that pops into your head. However, shockingly, 1 in 5 children right here in the United States of America (an estimated 16 million children under 18 years old) is “food insecure.” I found this statistic staggering, and realized how many times I could be overlooking families who need help. At this point, you may be wondering how you can help families struggling to put food on the table. There are so many ways get involved, and Unilever Project…
  • Cool lunch box: Bentgo Kids

    Crissy Page
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    I received products in exchange for my honest review. It’s official, I’m a lunch box mom. Since Evan started all-day preschool, I’ve been packing his lunches 4 days a week, and by next year I’ll be doing double duty with both kids heading off to school. I’ve been eyeing all of the different lunch box choices available, and was very excited when offered a chance to review a new lunch box from Bentgo called Bentgo Kids. This lunch box is designed specifically for kids ages 3-7, and features easy-to-open latches and a rubberized leak-proof seal. I like that the…
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    Child Mode

  • The Ultimate Gift You Could Ever Receive & How You Can Get One Too! #ToyotaWishmaker

    Nadia Carriere
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
    We’ve reached the beginning of holiday season which means that most of us have children who are making lists of things they want/don’t need. The radio and television are sounding off with... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • chAlk ~ The New Children’s Retail Destination in Toronto

    Nadia Carriere
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
    There are so many children’s apparel shops around, but it’s hard to find stores that offer a more limited collection of unique pieces rather than row after row of the same brand/styles.... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • Grade 4 & 5 Students Ski & Snowboard For Free!

    Nadia Carriere
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
    Well, it’s snowing here today (I KNOW!) so I thought I’d share some positive news about the ski season. Everyone likes free! The Canadian Ski Council (CSC) is offering their CSC’s... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
 
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    One Bored Mommy Blogspot

  • The Day He Met HelioSledge - His @HeroMeLab Hero

    Courtney Clipperton
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:29 pm
    What type of SUPERHERO would your son create if he had the choice?  Would he pick a hero that had super strength?  Would he pick a hero who had super speed?  Maybe even super agility or defense?  The product was sent to me, via a gift code, free of charge for this review/feature by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinions about this product!Being a mommy of two boys, I know how much our boys LOVE a GOOD HERO!  So when our youngest had the opportunity to not only "CREATE" his own super hero, through his vivid…
  • SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration 2014 PREVIEW - #ChristmasatSeaWorld

    Courtney Clipperton
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    I had the honor and delight, on the launch day, to get to head to one of my MOST FAVORITE amusement parks to enjoy all the sights and sounds of the Christmas Season...this last weekend!  It was a lot to take in...because they truly have a lot of fun going on around the park, to celebrate Christmas.The tickets for us to preview the new shows for Christmas at Seaworld were provided by Seaworld free of charge.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest thoughts and opinions on the park, the experience or what I saw or did.So without further ado...I give you…
  • Which Scent Will Be Your HOLIDAY Favorite? SoftSoap Limited Edition Body Washes Have Arrived!

    Courtney Clipperton
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Tis the season...to smell like the season?  Maybe that isn't all that bad...right?  I mean, I love the scent of peppermint...so why wouldn't I love washing and moisturizing my body with something that leaves me with the scent of peppermint...long after my showering?All products were sent free of charge by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by offering my honest opinion about these products!I always love how SoftSoap offers "Limited Edition" lines during the holidays.  This year...I received samples of three of their new Seasonal "Limited Edition"…
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    HomeToHeather

  • Filling up the Walls

    Heather
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    We have delicious high ceilings in this house which we love.  They make things seem so open, airy and light, but they also leave giant walls to fill.  Lots of huge open spaces means things can feel a bit sparse and undone.  The task of filling up our wall space has been a bit overwhelming and shy of dropping a ton of money on artwork (which is out of the budget) I’ve been a little perplexed as to what to do about it. I finally finished a little photo gallery above our sectional sofa – I’ve had this fantastic barn board look name sign for awhile and while it’s not…
  • Holiday Candied Popcorn Bars

    Heather
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Going into the holiday season, I love having a treat recipe up my sleeve that will please everyone, is easy to make and doesn’t break the bank.  This is such a recipe.  These candied popcorn bars are so simple, yet they are sticky and satisfying and hit the right note for holiday entertaining.  The great thing about this recipe is that you can tweak it to what you have on  hand.  Mix up the fruit and seeds or nuts however you like – you could even get crazy and add chilies or something exotic for zing if you’re putting these in front of an adult crowd. I did some with…
  • $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

    Heather
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Guys, I have some awesome news;  tomorrow (Nov 16th) TOMS is launching a limited edition collection at Target Canada stores.  Now, I’m sure you know about TOMS shoes and their one for one giving program where they give a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair they sell – but now, you can give more than shoes.  This collection will give meals, blankets and yes, still shoes, for every product they sell. One for One.  And the products are super cute too.  These are my favorites from the home line, but there are so many choices.  You can get a sneak peek at the entire…
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    hollywood housewife

  • friday links - grateful edition

    hollywood housewife
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    The big news around here is that we broke ground for the backyard remodel. This is a project we've wanted to do for the 4+ years we've lived here, so we're very excited for it to be underway. For the first time in the last few years, I'm truly happy that the holiday season is upon us. Usually I've felt really frazzled and overwhelmed and Where did the year go?! and There's so much to do! And I'm not ready! I attribute that to the general buzz and brain of having tiny kids. Now that we're all a little older, and there's been a lot of heart work happening…
  • rita ortloff art

    hollywood housewife
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Technically, I've known Rita Ortloff for a really long time. I grew up with her husband in our super small Oklahoma town where our parents are very good friends. But I didn't really meet and get to know Rita much until our paths crossed through blogging. And then we just hit it off like gangbusters. She is delightful! I followed her blog Motherhood Is My Cardio as she wrote so many funny family stories. I read with interest when they decided to take a non-traditional education method with their kids. And then out of the clear blue sky, this woman who had never so much as mentioned a…
  • happy everything! {minted giveaway}

    hollywood housewife
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    We got our first holiday card over the weekend. OH YES WE DID. I've barely had time to think about our Christmas cards this year, and that just kicked me right into high gear. The last several years I've used Minted for our cards and I couldn't be happier with the design, customer service, presentation, everything. They are always gorgeous. Last year was the first time I'd used the gold foil printing and it looked luxe and festive. I'll be using Minted for our family cards again this year. I super love how you can upload the photo you plan to use and it gives you all the…
 
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    Following In My Shoes

  • {Gluten-Free} White Chocolate Pumpkin Pie from David Venable’s Back Around the Table

    Rachel Lacy
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    I have a cookbook obsession — grilling cookbooks, cookbook anthologies, paleo cookbooks, slow-cooker cookbooks — I want them all … as my overflowing bookshelf proves.  The one thing each of those cookbooks has in common is the notion of “comfort food.”  Whether an Italian, Mexican, Thai, or good ol’ American cookbook, they all highlight comfort food cooking. A few weeks ago, I was sent a copy of Back Around the Table: An “In the Kitchen with David” Cookbook from QVC’s Resident Foodie by David Venable.  And, guess what?  It’s two-hundred and…
  • Winter is Here: 13 One-Pot Comfort Food Recipes

    Rachel Lacy
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Between the billions of feet of snow and the below freezing temps that hit the majority of our country this past week, I have been craving comfort food. Of course, I can’t lay all blame at the feet of Ol’ Man Winter.  Stress has dealt a few cards my way and I’ve wanted everything rich and delicious and evocative of childhood hugs and cozy blankets. Yeah, food is totally my love-language. I know the majority of us are focused on a certain, important Thursday this month but I’m thinking about every other day … the ones were I don’t want dressing and turkey.
  • Slow Cooker Parnsip-Cauliflower Puree with Roasted Garlic

    Rachel Lacy
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Last fall, I experienced my first parsnip recipe. Roasted parsnip puree. It only took one bite for me to realize that parnsips were what I had been missing my. entire. life. Why DON’T more people eat parsnips? Before that beautiful day last year, the only thing I knew about this root vegetable was that Candace (from Phineas and Ferb for the those not immersed in the world of Kidlet Television) was strangely allergic to them and would begin talking like a burly man anytime she was exposed to them. That’s a tough life and isn’t doing the parsnip any favors. This white root…
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    The Mom Maven

  • Gifts for the Disney Lover

    cindy
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”It is no secret that we are a family of Disneyphiles. That, of course, would mean there is never a shortage of Disney themed…
  • TropiClean Dog Treats

    cindy
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”Your dog’s dental health is important and I don’t know about you but I don’t want to have to brush my dog’s teeth! This month Mushu had the…
  • Holiday Gifts for Bloggers

    cindy
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”If you have a friend or family member who is a blogger you may have no idea what to get them for Christmas, Hanukkah, their…
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  • Sweeping Saturday 11/22/2014

    Jen Williams
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving week!! Wow Christmas countdown just got real! 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!
  • Is the LG OLED TV – The Ultimate Display from Best Buy on your wish list?

    Jen Williams
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:26 pm
    The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.   It’s no secret that I LOVE technology! The truth is I’m usually the one that has to be the first to see and play with a new product on […]
  • Enjoying Friendsgiving with Netflix #StreamTeam

    Jen Williams
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:40 pm
    I am a member of the Netflix #Streamteam and receive perks in exchange for monthly posts. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.   The Holiday Season is here! I must admit this is my favorite time of the year! Starting this weekend, I will be limiting my schedule during Thanksgiving week […]
 
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    Naptime Radio

  • Episode 143: Holiday Prep

    Heather and Kate
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Heather and Kate discuss sniffing laundry and state abbreviations, get biz buzzed with Alli P, power nap on holiday prep tips and wrap with Nodelman.  Enjoy and thanks for listening!
  • Episode 142: Coed Sports

    Heather and Kate
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:38 am
    Heather and Kate discuss homework and Lacey stories, Kate forgets about recording with Alli P. and Nodelman and we wrap up with a power nap on coed sports...are they a good idea?  Enjoy and thanks for listening!
  • Episode 141: Overshare

    Heather and Kate
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Heather and Kate overshare about doctors visits, sex and parenting, get biz buzzed with Alli P. and wrap with Nodelman.  Enjoy and thanks for listening!
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    just another mommy blog...

  • Feeling March in November...

    10 Nov 2014 | 3:46 pm
    It's scary to feel in early November the way that I usually feel in mid-March.* Knowing how much colder and darker it will get in the encroaching months of bleakness kind of makes my stomach churn.Being able to pinpoint the impetus behind a fluctuating mood helps...a bit. It only helps a "bit" because the factors that are in power of my mind's balance aren't really negotiable. It's a non-negotiable fact that I have 3 kids that are very active, which require me to spend a majority of my waking hours just driving and waiting. It's a fact that I have a husband whose job tends to pull him away…
  • I Believe I Can Fly

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    Ever since I was a little kid, I wondered what it would be like to jump out of an airplane. When I was 10, I KNEW I would do it someday.When I was 13, I was pretty sure I would do it.When I was 18, I thought it might not be such a great idea, no matter how awesome it looked.When I was 22, I laughed at the idea of leaping to my certain death from a fully functional airplane.Obviously, I've never skydived before.But I did get to experience the sensation of skydiving!I was invited to check out the iFly Indoor skydiving facility in Naperville, Il (along with the other very awesome and…
  • The Final Single Digit

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    I'm writing this birthday post a few days in advance, because I know myself too well to think that I will be able to write a meaningful letter to you on the day of your birthday. I'll be too busy cleaning the house, baking a cake, and pulling out baby pictures for "just one minute" to write. So, instead, I'm writing this on Wednesday, sitting by the window while you and Evan sleep in and my coffee grows as cold as my feet.You're turning 9 on Friday. The last of the single digit birthdays, it doesn't seem to make people gasp and sigh over the loss of the baby years quite as much as the dreaded…
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    Mommy Niri

  • Instantly Framed: from phone to frame! (Discount code)

    Nirasha Jaganath
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Raise your hand if you take a million more photos with your smartphone! Now keep your hand up if you are consistent with printing and managing your pictures? I thought so! Just too many of you out there like me who are click happy but not so print happy. I don’t know about you but printing at home digs a hole in my wallet with ink and special paper costs. This frustration is not even taking into account the love-hate relationship I foster with my printer, and this is coming from an engineer. I live on my phone. It is my go-to for everything and it has my everything so when someone makes…
  • $300 Minted Holiday Cards Giveaway!

    Nirasha Jaganath
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:38 pm
    The holidays are my favorite time of the year. Everyone is smiling, reflecting and loving. One of the favorite parts of the holidays is the receiving of holiday cards. Seeing everyone’s warm faces as they adorn our walls fills the air with love. It is why I take pride to make holiday cards each year. Truth be told Minted has spoiled me and I can’t bear to be interested in a poorer quality card. Even my husband who is the stingiest with praise is not shy to dole it out with our cards. This is the 3rd year I am using Minted and I can tell you the compliments we get on our cards…
  • Great American Bulb Swap hosted by Cree LED Bulbs

    Nirasha Jaganath
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:47 pm
    I love little changes to my home that not only save the environment but my utility bills too. Cree is going to show us the New Cree LED bulb which is shatter-proof, so wave goodbye to glass shards and also costs a mere $7.97. It lasts up to 22 years and personally I know most of us don’t even stay in one home that long. To celebrate the launch, they are giving away over 15,000 bulbs to event visitors. Want the details?? WHERE:                                   Readers Park in Downtown Crossing                                                …
 
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    Traveling Mom

  • Sustainable San Francisco

    Guest Author
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Photo credit: Kara Suro San Francisco is a pioneering city when it comes to sustainability and environmental responsibility. Not only is it mandatory to recycle AND compost, bins for which you can find in cafes and markets all over the city, but the city government banned the distribution of plastic bags by grocery stores. Then, it went even further by banning the sale of water in plastic bottles. Some people may call this crazy, some may call it extreme, I call it quintessential, sustainable San Francisco! But, the city isn’t all recycling, composting and plastic-product-bans. With great…
  • Dee Snider’s Rock and Roll Christmas Tale Premieres in Chicago

    Cindy Richards, Empty Nest TravelingMom
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Dee Snider narrates the show he wrote. Photo credit: Broadway in Chicago Each summer, Broadway in Chicago gives the city a gift: a free concert at Millennium Park that showcases a song or two from each of the shows that will be stopping in Chicago that season. The 2014 summer concert featured stars from 14 shows. But one guy, Dee Snider, the former frontman for the heavy metal rockers Twisted Sister, stole the show with his preview of the world premiere of his Christmas show, Dee Snider’s Rock and Roll Christmas Tale. So it was that I was looking forward to seeing the show, playing at…
  • Holiday Happenings in Franklin Square, Philadelphia PA

    Mary Dixon Lebeau, EastCoast TravelingMom
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    The lights will be dancing in Franklin Square from now until the new year. Photo by Scott Lebeau We all know the story of Ben Franklin flying his humble kite in that fateful thunderstorm. It may be myth or it may be history, but there’s one thing I’m sure of – in his wildest dreams, old Ben could have never imagined the brilliant dancing lights that will be sparkling for the holidays in Franklin Square this year. How do I know? Well, I asked the historic icon himself. Yes, Ben Franklin was roaming around his favorite section of Philadelphia last week, enjoying the festivities that…
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    Big Binder

  • It’s Going To Be A Rough Winter – Here’s How We Winterized Our New Home!

    Jennifer Rees
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    As you know, we moved late this summer.  It seemed like we had plenty of time to get our house ready before winter hit.  After all; how bad does it ever get before Christmas anyway? Oh…. If the snow storms this week are any indicator; it’s going to be another rough winter. Are you prepared? Winterizing, air-sealing and eliminating drafts can reduce energy costs (which are probably going to be horrible again this year) AND keep pests out who consider your home their winter getaway. Here are some great tips, and how we winterized our own home! This post is sponsored by Dow’s…
  • Big Hero 6 – Should You Take The Kids To See It?

    Jennifer Rees
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    We had a chance to see the new movie Big Hero 6 earlier this week.  I honestly hadn’t heard much about it, but when I asked my kids if they wanted to go, they were VERY excited.  I wondered if I had missed Big Hero 1 through 5? No; this is the first Big Hero movie.  Apparently there is a Marvel comic about it, but that’s way out of my wheelhouse. Actually I don’t know why it is called Big Hero.  Perhaps it is because the main character’s name is Hiro.  He’s a little genius who is the younger brother of another genius, Tadashi, who has genius friends named Go…
  • Don’t Forget Treats For Your Dog!

    Jennifer Rees
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
     I have been compensated to share these ideas with you. All opinions are my own. Halloween is an important tradition in our family.  I used to be really terrible at celebrating it, but as my kids have gotten older I have come to love it.  We have an annual Spooky dinner and hang out with our extended family and everyone looks forward to it. Last year it was a little more exciting that we wanted.  We had a then 4 month old and very, very hyper puppy.  We barricaded him into the kitchen with a baby gate and got ready to enjoy the trick or treaters.  After hearing the door ring about 5…
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  • Restaurant Coupon Roundup {11/21/2014}

    Lisa Thompson
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week! Au Bon Pain – $1 Off $5 Purchase (exp: 12/1/2014) Black Angus Steakhouse – $17.99 Top Sirloin Steak, Lobster & Shrimp Meal (exp: 12/15/2014) Bob Evans – Buy 1 Breakfast Entree Get 1 Free When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 11/29/2014) Daphnes Greek Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off Entree (exp: 11/30/2014) Extreme Pita – Free Bag of Pita Crisps When You Buy a Pita & Beverage (exp:…
  • VTech InnoTab Max Review and Giveaway

    Lisa Thompson
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Disclosure: I received the following unit from VTech in order to facilitate my review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.   As a blogger and a mom of 4, I’ve seen a lot of toys, games,  gadgets, and apps for kids.  And while I have reviewed and purchased some seriously amazing products, nothing has wowed me like the VTech InnoTab Max.  This tablet is designed for kids ages 3-9 (although if your kids are struggling in school, this would probably work for kids even older than 9). The InnoTab MAX is VTech’s 4th generation learning tablet. It’s got a super fast…
  • Retail Coupon Roundup {11/21/2014}

    Lisa Thompson
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go! Bealls – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 11/24/2014) Beauty Brands – $3.50 Off $10 Purchase (exp: 11/26/2014) Bonton – 25% Off Sale Price Apparel + More (exp: 11/26/2014) Carsons – 25% Off Sale Price Apparel + More (exp: 11/26/2014) Dress Barn – 20% Off Regularly Priced Purchase (exp: 12/2/2014) Fannie May – $10 Off Fall Hostess Tower (exp: 11/24/2014) Lakeshore Learning Store – 20% Off Single Non-Sale Item (exp: 12/31/2014)…
 
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  • Wendy's Asian Cashew Chicken Salad

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:26 pm
    I'm making a conscience effort to eat better and in doing so, I'm always on the hunt for a great salad. And Wendy's is my go-to fast food joint because they really do make good food (and my kid's love their Frostys!The newest addition to Wendy's salad menu is the Asian Cashew Chicken Salad.Can I just take a moment to say YUM!Because it was. What I loved most about this salad, besides how tasty is was, is the calorie count. The full size salad (complete with fire-roasted edamame, roasted cashews, red peppers, and a saucy Spicy Asian Chili Vinagrette) only has 380 calories! Yes, you…
  • #WrappedinIKEA Holiday Campaign & Your Chance to WIN!

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:51 am
    I love me some IKEA, truly I do.I make the pilgrimage to IKEA every three months where I spend hours wandering the store, eating their yummy food and planning to rearrange everything in my house.It's a wonderland.Another reason I love IKEA, they do good.Really good.IKEA has always been about helping the community and our local Orlando store is very involved in helping right here at home. Their new IKEA #SoftToysforEducation campaign started at the beginning of the month and for every IKEA soft toy you buy, they will donate a $1 to UNICEF! And the toys are not only adorable, but very…
  • American Girl Opens in Orlando THIS WEEKEND!

    12 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    I'm sure you can hear the squeals already, American Girl is opening in Orlando this weekend.Yes, this weekend.If your girls are anything like mine, they've been fidgeting since I told them about this. They are probably going to explode when there tiny little feet finally cross the threshold. There is a lot planned for the event this weekend so I wanted to share the press release so you'e got all the details to plan your trip."THE FLORIDA MALL HOSTS GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION OF NEW AMERICAN GIRL STOREFree, All-Day Celebrations on Saturday and Sunday with Activity…
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • Everlasting Light (and a DaySpring giveaway)

    Dawn Camp
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:21 pm
    The end of Daylight Savings Time combined with the ever-shortening days of fall throw my internal clock for a loop. I circle the house in the morning opening blinds to let in the sun’s rays, but close them again come early evening. At this time of year my husband only sees daylight at home on weekends. These mini days mess with my mood and my mind and often my patience shrinks like the daytime. I miss the light: it makes me happy. It gives me life. But God’s grace shines brightly in a dark world. As His blood-bought sons and daughters, it is our purpose to reflect that…
  • Win Tickets to See Straight No Chaser in Atlanta!

    Dawn Camp
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    [Contest has ended: Charlotte is the winner!}   Straight No Chaser and I connected at the perfect time. Perfect for me, that is. I met the group in 2009 and have seen them every time they’ve performed in Atlanta, from Center Stage (twice) to the Cobb Energy Center to the Atlanta Civic Center to Chastain Amphitheater and now—to the Fabulous Fox! Leave a comment at the bottom of this post for your chance to win tickets for two to see Straight No Chaser at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on Friday, November 14! Straight No Chaser, a men’s a cappella group founded in 1996 at…
  • Decorate Your November Desktop!

    Dawn Camp
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    My husband and I visited a winery and vineyard on our anniversary and thankfully we found a few clumps of grapes still on the vine. Although it wasn’t the best time of day, photographically speaking, I was able to crouch down and get some backlit images. I’m still doing that only-a-tiny-sliver-of-this-image-is-in-focus thing with my macro lens, but I love the detail in the grapes. And did you see how I emphasized the backlight and then used a verse with light in it? Yeah, I can be clever that way. Download November’s Desktop Calendar! Small Large X-Large So 31 Days of Daily…
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  • Thanks Telsec for My Tablet !

    Eren Mckay
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    The other day I got an awesome Nextbook in the mail that I won from Telsec Business Centres. I’ve been watching them for quite a while and sharing their blog posts on social media. They decided to give away several Android Tablets and I won one of them! Yay! If you’re a business owner you’re going to want to keep reading because I’m going to share with you the advantages and the wide variety of services that Telsec provides. One of the things that they do is offer super affordable virtual offices. If you’re a home based business that needs more privacy for your family, having a…
  • Living in the Now and Accepting Yourself

    Eren Mckay
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:36 pm
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  • Get Inspired and Organized with these Free Printable 2014 Calendars!

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

  • What I want you to know about being a Special Needs Mom

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. Today’s guest post is by Suzanne PerrymanI am a special needs mom. And I have secrets. Things I don’t talk about and stuff that other mom’s don’t know or may have forgotten along the way...Special Needs Moms are lonely. I yearn for more time with friends and family. Authentically, I have a positive…
  • That's what SHE said: morning routines, rules of attraction, turning down band-aids, baby boomers ruining parenting, and more . . .

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:43 am
    Anne Lamott: My Secret Little Prayer | Salon.ComWhen I pray, which I do many times a day, I pray for a lot of things. I ask for health and happiness for my friends, and for their children. This is okay to do, to ask God to help them have a sense of peace, and for them to feel the love of God. I pray for our leaders to act in the common good, or at least the common slightly better. I pray that aid and comfort be rushed to people after catastrophes, natural and man-made. It is also okay to ask that my cat have an easy death. Some of my friends’ kids are broken and their parents are living in…
  • Friday Finds

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    1. Gold y bangle set | Zulily 2. Racer bundle by Little Modern | Gilt3. Ivory necklace | Tom's4. Black Girls Can by Rachel Garlinghouse | Amazon5. Warm roasted sweet potato salad | thecozyapron.com6. Men's Happy Birthday Jesus sweater| Tipsy Elves7. Sweater-knit pom-pom hat | Old Navy8. Leslie quilted short boot | Gilt9. Becca Dress by Olive Juice | Gilt
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  • Kmart’s Fab 15 Holiday Toy List – Giving Me the Gift of Memory

    Jenni Chiu
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:29 pm
      Do you remember what some of your favorite toys were as a little kid? I faintly remember Barbies, Strawberry Shortcake dolls, and My Little Pony… but the three things that get me real nostalgic and weepy are roller skates (used to the Footloose soundtrack in my garage), my Sit […]
  • I am the F-Word.

    Jenni Chiu
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    UPDATED – 11/12/2014:  Approximately 24 hours after this post went live, TIME magazine published their ballot for Which Word Should Be Banned in 2015. The word “feminist” is on the ballot… along with buzzwords and internet speak like “obvi” and “yaaaaas”. If there was ever a time that the word “feminist” […]
  • This Daylight Saving Movie Trailer is My Life

    Jenni Chiu
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
          “Daylight Saving is an imaginary construct!!” This viral video is definitely worth a share. All my life I have been rattled by the population’s agreement to just CHANGE TIME. I grew up in Hawaii where we let nature rule the skies, and time was just time. Then, […]
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    Chasing Supermom

  • Creamy Red Pepper Pasta

    Bekki
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    When I was younger, my mom and I would always make roasted red peppers whenever my dad was away. I loved watching the skins turn black under the broiler, and thought the way they peeled right off was magical. Since that time, roasted red peppers have been a favorite of mine. I love them on pizza, in salads, or simply as a side dish. They are wonderful. Last week, I used roasted red peppers to create a pasta sauce – and it was AMAZING. This is one of the BEST pasta dishes I have EVER made. Scratch that – one of the best DISHES I have ever made. It was rich, creamy, and oh so…
  • Crockpot Apple Butter

    Bekki
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:40 am
    I went the first 33 years of my life without apple butter. I didn’t quite know what it was. Was it butter with apples in it? Was it jelly? What did you do with it? What did you eat it on? I was skeptical. It was new. Then one day, curiosity won out, and I made my first ever batch of apple butter. Apple butter, which has nothing to do with butter whatsoever, is delicious. It is like uber-thick applesauce with extra cinnamon. It is delicious warm or cold. I enjoyed it on biscuits, graham crackers, as a dip for other apples, or straight out of the bowl. (Or you know, off of my…
  • PillowPals – Unique and Special Holiday Gift

    Bekki
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:44 pm
    * I received a free product in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. My oldest son LOVES to draw. He is rarely seen without a crayon or sketch book in hand. His room is filled with pages and pages of his drawings. His creativity astounds me, and as a parent, I want to do everything I can to honor and encourage it. When I was approached by the founder of PillowPals, I was ecstatic. I knew I had found something truly special. PillowPals are a way to truly encourage and delight your young artist. PillowPals are a stuffed pillow creation based entirely on YOUR artwork. The amazingly…
 
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    The Mom Writes

  • **NOW CLOSED**[Giveaway] Overcome Social Media Overwhelm with Social Spread

    The Mom Writes
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:04 am
    As someone who’s worked from home for the last 6 years and spent 4 of those years working as a content and community manager for amazing entrepreneurs and small business owners, like you, one of the things I constantly come across is … Read full post The Mom Writes
  • Books and Blogs that Nourished My Soul: October 2014 Edition

    The Mom Writes
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    October was a lot of fun! We celebrated Diwali, followed by a fun overnight trip to see the Golden Temple, a divine experience that we’d be waiting for many years. It was stunning, serene and so uplifting. … Read full post The Mom Writes
  • Lighting Up Your Productivity and Work-at-Home Life

    The Mom Writes
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Happy Diwali everyone!! For those of you, my friends, who aren’t familiar with this Indian festival… it is the festival of lights that symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Celebrated with glimmering lights, pretty floor decorations {aka a Rangoli, like the one you see below}, gifts, sweets, fireworks and of course, prayer, this festival is how we kick off the holiday season here in...
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    A Frog In My Soup

  • #GirlsCan with COVERGIRL!

    Nancy
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    I am so excited to be sharing the amazing campaign that Walmart & COVERGIRL are collaborating on with all of our fabulous readers!  They have partnered together to donate $50,000 to Dress for Success! The Walmart gift card, product, and information have been provided by COVERGIRL.  I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. The Walmart gift card, product, and information have been provided by COVERGIRL. You can read our full disclosure policy here. In case you are not familiar with Dress to Success, they are an…
  • Kyocera Hydro Vibe and Virgin Mobile A Great Combination

    Shera
    9 Nov 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Have you ever found that smart phones and motherhood can be a tricky combination? Motherhood is messy and damp and unpredictable at best, phones don’t like any of those things. Some moms can manage just fine, but some want to be able to take pictures in the rain, not worry about the fact that their precious 2 year old spilled their drink by the phone and what happens if the baby spits up on it. Believe it or not, I have a solution for you! I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Sprint. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a…
  • Life Unscripted

    Shera
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:43 pm
    photo © Shera www.afroginmysoup.com Have you ever had a moment when life just wasn’t at all the way you planned? Not in a bad way necessarily, just every single thing that your life always had been, suddenly it isn’t. No predictability, no normalcy, your whole life turned upside down and backwards? I happen to be in this very position. Life is completely unscripted and I’m just having to learn to roll with it. It’s like reading a book and having no clue what just happened. All the characters are the same, the basic setting is the same, the plot just flipped. Let me…
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  • Better Than Black Friday! < $5 Gifts at Dayspring

    Jennifer Murray
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
    It’s not even Black Friday, and let’s not even begin the ugly debate of if stores should be open on Thanksgiving, because who needs to go out with deals this good????!!!  All of these that I’m showing you are listed at 5 DOLLARS!  >>> But here’s what’s even sweeter, you can save even more with the promo code THANKYOU15 – making $5 gifts only $4.25!!!!! <<< I think Dayspring has lost their marbles!  Less than $5 gifts, People! And they don’t scream, “You bought this at the flea market”. Most of these items will…
  • Boy Mama Confession: I Let Them Play Ball In the House

    Jennifer Murray
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    I grew up on Indiana basketball. I would watch it on the floor of our family room on our Zenith TV with my pajamas and pom-poms thinking they needed my cheers to win.  Team sports have been part of my childhood and adulthood as I’ve participated and cheered on various teams through the years.  Now I see the passion my own boys have for competition.  Some have more of a drive than others, but all of them have at least average ability and at least one competitive bone in their body (Isaac’s entire skeletal system). We’ve lived in a baby-proof, toddler proof, and now mostly…
  • Essential Pumpkin Bread

    Jennifer Murray
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    Pumpkin is my favorite taste of fall.  Pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin butter, my mom’s pumpkin pie (or Costco’s if I’m in a rush – it’s amazing and HUGE), pumpkin rolls, even those gummy pumpkins! =) Pumpkin Bread is one of my absolute favorites, and I like making a big batch so we can enjoy it most of the week and have some to share. This is my go-to recipe for Pumpkin Bread.  It has turned out great every time I’m made it.  This time I changed it up a little bit to use some of my essential oils that I had on hand instead of a couple of my spices.  The…
 
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    As Mom Sees It

  • It’s #HintingSeason And Want A New LG OLED TV From Best Buy

    Mom
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:28 am
    It’s done. It’s finally done. Our brand new home is built; it’s our dream home and our forever home. As we prepare to move into our beautiful new home, we realize that our tired, old sofa and dated television just won’t do. It’s a house meant for entertaining, so we want a television that highlights... Continue Reading... The post It’s #HintingSeason And Want A New LG OLED TV From Best Buy appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • Unique Scottish Gifts For The Holidays From Heritage Of Scotland

    Mom
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    For those of the Scottish heritage, there is a strong sense of pride and a desire to maintain the connection to their heritage. For the rest of us, perhaps we just like the fashionable plaid handbags and matching umbrellas. Either way, you can find awesome gifts and other Scottish heritage items at Heritage of Scotland.... Continue Reading... The post Unique Scottish Gifts For The Holidays From Heritage Of Scotland appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • 9 Family Friendly Films Streaming On Netflix #StreamTeam

    Mom
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:48 am
    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it’s a time when we get together with family, enjoy visiting with our friends, and this year we’ll be enjoying our first Thanksgiving in our new home! But, let’s be honest; there are certain family members we’d prefer to avoid conversing with, and that’s when Netflix comes... Continue Reading... The post 9 Family Friendly Films Streaming On Netflix #StreamTeam appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
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  • 9 Ways to Save on Diapers

    Jane
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Did you know that the average newborn goes through 10 diapers a day! And that by the time they’ve hit their third birthday, you’ll have spent more than $2,100 buying at least 8,580 diapers! Crazy! That’s a huge expense on a family, so we’ve put together a list of 9 ways you can get free diapers…. 1. Free Samples Believe it or not, there are a ton of companies that will send you free diapers just for trying out their brand. It’s not a long-term savings strategy, but you can definitely get enough samples to last you for a week or so. Every little bit helps!
  • Financing your kids kindergarten

    justinadbroker
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Putting your child in a kindergarten or any other day care center can be very expensive and sometimes not even worth the money you spend Vs the money you earn. As a mother once your maternity leave is over its time to get back to work, however there are many moms out there who are only working part time jobs and are that their earning are low and are barely enough to cover the cost of living with a new born. Creative moms have developed many survival techniques which help them provide more income, send their children to the best kindergarten and still keep their day job which allows them to…
  • Don’t Forget Your Stamp Duty Payment

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

  • Thankful

    Paige Dunn
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Bedtime is my favorite time with my kids. This is when we share our hearts, check in, etc. Every night, we say bedtime prayers and I ask Hayden who we should pray for. We started a new thing lately that we sometimes do instead of prayers. We give thanks. We go back and forth listing all the things we are thankful for. I am loving this! At the end of the day, whether it was a good or bad day, we count our blessings. I started this as an exercise for him because he started showing signs of not being super grateful for what he had. There is no talk of what we don’t have—only what we do. I…
  • Passing the Torch

    Paige Dunn
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Two of my dear friends lost a parent in the past week or so, and it got me thinking. As I read the obituary of my friend Kyleen’s mom, Sarah Barnes, it talked about her family, her hard work in fundraising for cancer research, and much more. The same goes for my friend Stacie; her dad, Bob Craves, has left quite a legacy, cofounding Costco and a nonprofit that sent thousands of Washington teens to college. Both amazing people who will be missed dearly. They both have such impressive resumes. It feels that way a little bit, right? An obituary is sort of your life’s resume. Their…
  • Tired Mom’s Luxury Hair Club

    Paige Dunn
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    Before an event, it takes me minimum an hour and a half to do my hair. Have I mentioned I have an insane amount of hair? Anyway, I stumbled across this great blowout bar in Bellevue called Salon Maison. They offer blowouts and bubbly. They do makeup too. Right now they are starting a blowout club. It’s $99.00 a month for unlimited blowouts. I just signed up to treat myself. This for me feels like a total luxury. I’m actually in the chair writing this as I get a blowout. This place is super girly—chick flicks on the big screen, great music, pink champagne, and splashes of pink. I leave…
 
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    Kid Things

  • Seneca Apple & Pear Chips Variety Pack Giveaway

    Crystal Herron
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Fall is made for apples. It’s also apparently for really cold temperatures this year, but it’s still for apples. Apple pies, apple tarts, a bushel of apples. And Apple Chips. If you’ve never had an apple chip, which I hadn’t until just recently, you’re missing out. To celebrate 20 years of being an Apple Chip industry leader, Seneca Snacks is introducing two new apple chip flavors; Birthday Cake and Sea Salt Caramel. These go with their line of already delicious flavors that include Original, Cinnamon, Sour Apple, Golden Delicious, Caramel, Granny Smith, Dulce de Leche, and Churro.
  • Dove Wants to Know Who You #FeelBeautifulFor

    Crystal Herron
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is a sponsored post through Global Influence. All opinions are mine. My daughter is the most beautiful girl in the world. I may be slightly biased, but I honestly believe she is. From her brilliant smile to the curls on her head and those curious green eyes. Not to mention her fun fashion choices that are hers alone. Even when her face is covered in messy chocolate or spaghetti sauce, maybe even especially then. She’s beautiful, but apparently she’s not a very clean eater, though. And she is who I #FeelBeaituflFor. As her mom, it’s my responsible to show her true beauty. True…
  • The Dark Knight Movie Night Popcorn Treats

    Crystal Herron
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias Oh the weather outside is frightful. Literally. We’re in the negative degree wind chills already and it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. These nights, though, are the perfect kind for a movie night. For a great movie night, you need a great movie and fun treats to go with it. There are these great #MovieNight4Less pallets at select Walmart stores that have everything you need. Since my kids weren’t going to be joining us this time, I picked up The Dark Knight on my trip.
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    MommPosh

  • Tips For Styling Thinning Hair + Giveaway #WomensRogaine

    gpomp73
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:11 pm
    On behalf of Duane Reade I was invited to attend a Beauty Blowout event at Salon Ziba located in Midtown New York City to celebrate the the launch of Women’s Rogaine Foam. In support of their product launch, beauty bloggers were treated with complimentary blowouts and express nail services. Co-hosted by celebrity hairstylist and Women’s Rogaine® Spokesperson Jill Crosby. Passed Hor d’oeuvres and cocktails were served as bloggers were taught tricks and tips on how to get thicker fuller hair. Browse the photos below and enter the $25 Walgreens gift card giveaway below! Looking for…
  • Why We Don’t Like Peanuts (and not the kind you think!)

    gpomp73
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    This post comes after I have read several parenting sites complain about the annual special “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” segueing into the steamy sex scene from “Scandal”. While I agree that it was indeed an oversight, I do believe that another issue should be addressed… Everything about Charlie Brown and friends is depressing, crude and annoying! Which is why you are banned from my home!     There I said it…Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang are way too mean for me and my kids to watch.  Say what you must about Calliou’s whiny voice or Thomas The…
  • Brow Bleaching With Jolen Creme Bleach

    gpomp73
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:05 am
    Let me share a secret….I have been highlighting my eyebrows since the age of 19. Why you ask? Well, ever since I experienced my first hair color change (from shades of browns to blondes) my extremely dark brows would stand out like huge caterpillars. When I learned that I was just part of the celebrity trend, I didn’t feel the need to hide it any longer. So when my friends over at Jolen sent me over their new packaging, which included a bonus size, a handy cup to make mixing bleach easy (this is ideal when using larger amounts for different areas of the body) along with a fun…
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    The Epic Adventures of a Modern Mom

  • Trick or Treat

    Epic Mom
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    My kiddies made these cute little gifts for their classmates.
  • When you realize your parents are people

    Epic Mom
    16 May 2014 | 4:11 pm
    I really enjoyed this video from SoulPancake and thought I would share it with you.  It helps you to reflect on your journey from both the perspective of a child and as a parent.  I hope you enjoy.
  • 5 things I’ve learned after becoming a mom

    Epic Mom
    10 May 2014 | 9:56 pm
    1.) Being a mom is hard work. 24/7. 365. Hard work.  Celebrating the good days and bad days.  You know, those days that make you beam with pride and those days that make your heart painfully ache.  Cleaning up vomit and/or poo, listening to that horrible rattle coming from your child’s chest, soothing them back to sleep after they’ve had a bad dream.  Teaching your kids to crawl, walk, ride their bikes.  As mom’s, you’re bent over with your arms stretched out to them, ready to catch them if they fall.  It feels like we’re contorted in this position for…
 
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    Sweet Potato Chronicles

  • Comfort Food Week: Sweet Potato and Apple Soup

    Laura Keogh
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It's comfort week and I could easily spend our time together in this post complaining about the polar vortex snap that hit Canada, and most of the mid-west States, this week. However, it's too obvious of a complaint and it's also WAY too early for fussing about winter, especially since it's not technically Winter yet. Instead I'll get back to my regularly scheduled whining about the random circumstances in my day that make me cry. Recently, while I was doing a household chore that I dislike nearly as much as chipping ice from my windshield, I thought about how much extra time I'd have each…
  • It's Chilly — Make White Chili!

    Ceri Marsh
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Winter may not officially arrive until December 21st, but the white stuff that twirled and drifted its way to the ground yesterday said otherwise. After spending a day indoors with our two kids and two others over for a play date, the house was getting way loud by mid-afternoon. A rowdy game of Catopoly upstairs and an ill-advised archery competition downstairs sent volumes well above 11. Which, among other things, made it tough for me to plough through my usual Sunday batch cooking session. So, when Julian remembered a gift certificate he had been saving for ice cream I had everyone in their…
  • Kitchen Aid Cook for the Cure

    Ceri Marsh
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:16 pm
    It's probably the world's worst-kept secret that Laura and I are both slightly obsessed with cooking shows. We love every kind — educational, competition shows, broadcast, online — and our kids do, too. And it's also possible that we sometimes stage at-home versions of our favourites. Ahem. If you're a cooking show fan, too, then you're going to want to get in on this action. Our lovely pals over at KitchenAid invited us to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation KitchenAid Cook for the Cure Culinary Showdown last year and it was such a blast. Well, it's coming around again and there's…
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    Raising Rockstar

  • Little Miss Speak #30 – The Problem With Responding

    Aileen
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:44 am
    #29 My turn to get this one… Miss: (to me) Don’t call me “Miss” (abbreviation for her name). Me: Oh, now I can’t call you “Miss” either? Miss: <seriously> I don’t li-ike.  Me: Can I call you “Miss-ee” or “Miss-ee-Miss” or….? Miss: Yes.  Me: Just not “Miss”. Miss: Don’t like “Miss”.  Me (to Rockstar): Hey, I just got it too – the “Don’t call me Miss”. But she explained it’s because she doesn’t like “Miss”, she likes “Little…
  • It’s A People Weekend

    Aileen
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:58 am
    Dedicated to all the very different things about people……. 1) There’s a 30-something guy in one of the tiny Starbucks outlets I visit on occasion – he’s been there I think easily for more than a year, any time of day I happen to pop by (perpetually trying to bag the veggie muffin, at one point). He always seemed to be watching Chinese game shows in the middle of the day. I couldn’t figure how he could do only that, day in, day out. Finally, finally, this week I saw it – remote access Bloomberg screen he scanned briefly before returning to…. was…
  • Rockstarism #344/ Miss-Speak #29 – More Attitude

    Aileen
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:41 am
    #344/ #29 Miss (to Rockstar): Don’t call me “Miss”. (Short for her name) Rockstar: Why can’t I call you “Miss”? I’m your Ko-ko. Miss: I’m Lit-tle Miss (her full name), <pause>  Rockstar (his name) Rockstar: I’m your Ko-ko, Miss Attitude Problem.  Me: You’re also sitting further away from her at dinner tonight because I’m pretty sure she’s going to throw something at you. Miss: YES,Rock. Starrr.  Note facial expressions. Something tells me these two are gonna be loads of fun – when they’re not…
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    Telecommuting Moms

  • Extra Cash for the Holidays Part 2: Seasonal Work From Home Jobs

    Alaina Forbes
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Last week we started our "Extra Cash for the Holidays" series talking about money making apps that can help you earn some extra spending money for the holidays. For those of you who may need more than what those could possibly earn you in the next month or so, another possibility is taking on a seasonal work from home job. The companies below normally hire every holiday season for seasonal work-at-home positions. There is no guarantee that they are currently hiring however. All of these positions require you to already have high-speed interent.1800Flowers- This flower and gift delivery…
  • Weekly Social Media & Blogging Work-At-Home Jobs

    Alaina Forbes
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:33 pm
     Here is this week's list of work-at-home jobs in the areas of social media and blogging.Social Media News Specialist at Social News DeskBilingual Content Specialist with ICUCWirecutter Social Media ManagerMetraverse Mod Squad Social Media positionsSocial Media for Seattle based VeterinarianSocial Media Community Manager for Fanscape ( can work from home but must be near L.A. for occasional meetings. Xerox Social Media Marketing ManagerLithium Online ModeratorFitness blog writer at Don Health Jewelry BloggerBloggers for Employ The InternetFreelance Bloggers for Urban TwistBloggers for…
  • Extra Cash for the Holidays: Money Making Apps

    Alaina Forbes
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:51 pm
    With the holidays quickly approaching I thought a series of blog posts on how to make a little extra cash for holiday spending would be good. Many people don't have the time for a part-time work from home job but do find the need for some extra income from time to time. This series will cover those types of seasonal jobs, temporary gigs, and extra little things you can do to earn cash when you need it most.For the first blog post we will focus on money making apps. I know many of you are aware of many of the apps that can be used to save you money when shopping for the holidays or anytime of…
 
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    The Divine Miss Mommy

  • Go Red Before Bed to Sleep Better {GIVEAWAY ARV $550} #TartCherrySleepChallenge #ad

    Stacie Haight Connerty
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    I am participating in sponsored post series and have been provided with tart cherry product and a FitBit to facilitate your participation in the sleep challenge as well as payment for your posts.If you read my last post, then you know that I have been doing this 14-day sleep challenge with Tart Cherry Juice. If you missed the post, you can catch up here: Go Red Before Bed with the Tart Cherry Juice 14-Day Sleep Challenge This has been an {Read More} The post Go Red Before Bed to Sleep Better {GIVEAWAY ARV $550} #TartCherrySleepChallenge #ad appeared first on The Divine Miss Mommy.
  • #GIVEHAPPY this Holiday Season with OshKosh B’gosh #MC

    Stacie Haight Connerty
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:42 am
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’gosh. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. I have three children. When they were each born, I had hand me down clothes from my sister and the majority of them were from OshKosh. She had loved OshKosh and found it to be the best quality for her two boys. We love shopping at {Read More} The post #GIVEHAPPY this Holiday Season with OshKosh B’gosh #MC appeared first on The Divine Miss Mommy.
  • The Perfect Thanksgiving Feast

    Stacie Haight Connerty
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    Creating the perfect Thanksgiving feast is no easy feat. There are lists to be made. Lots of shopping to do and a lot of planning. There are people who spend weeks or even months preparing for the big day. We thought we would help out by sharing all of the recipes we use each year to create the perfect Thanksgiving feast. We spend a lot of time planning our Thanksgiving menu and then cooking, baking along with everything else has {Read More} The post The Perfect Thanksgiving Feast appeared first on The Divine Miss Mommy.
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    Dagmar's Home

  • Win a $2,500 Gymboree Shopping Spree #BestTimetoBeaKid

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
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  • Think Vegetarian for Thanksgiving

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:34 pm
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  • Wordless Wednesday With Linky: American Craftsmen Show

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:34 am
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    Globetrotting in Heels

  • Bookworms not-quite-Anonymous

    Elisa
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:28 am
    All the bookworms in the house please stand up! Is reading your favorite way to unwind, unplug, and just relax? Would you pick a book over a TV show most of the time? Do you have trouble finding space for all the books your read? I don’t smoke, I certainly don’t do drugs, I barely ever drink alcohol and thanks to celiac I no longer indulge in desserts very often, but I undoubtedly do have a book habit. When I was pregnant with Sarah and was put on bedrest, we spent a bundle on books because I went through three a week (got a little addicted to Sidney Sheldon books, it was the…
  • The return of the blogger… let’s dish!

    Elisa
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    Hey guys! How have you been? My God, have I been slacking on the blogging front. Just on the blogging front though, I swear. There has been stuff going on, things to do, and life just takes over sometimes, you know? What have I been up to in the past 4 months, that my posting has become so sporadic? (Though, I promise, I wrote lots of posts in my head!) Let’s see…Here are some of the highlights, courtesy of Instagram: I went to Venice and Treviso and I attended the most beautiful wedding ever. I went to Sardinia, where I enjoyed hanging out at the beach and indulging in fresh…
  • OOTW: doing comfort right

    Elisa
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    Oh, you guys. I am soooo jet-lagged right now. I think those new X-Ray machines where you have to stand for 3-5 seconds with your hands up as if someone just screamed “Stop! This is a robbery!” are just making things worse, because I have never ever been so jet-lagged in my entire life. It’s like the world’s longest hangover. But hey, life goes on. Stuff needs to get done, errands to run, kids to drop off and pick up and assist with homework, and all that. So it’s not like I can just lounge in my pjs sipping tea and reading chick-lit, I have to be out and…
 
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    Twelve Makes a Dozen

  • Scout's Birthday Party

    Bossy
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:19 am
    Today was Scout's 9th birthday!We had a nice party for her with the family. In keeping with the Minnie Mouse theme from her friend party, I bought a stuffed Minnie to put on top of her cake. She loved it! We ate lasagna and Princess's sourdough bread. Scout was super excited about her Frozen t-shirt and her new scooter! She has never really had one of her own, just hand-me-downs from the older
  • Watching the Jazz

    Mom of 12
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Did I tell you we signed up to play Jr. Jazz basketball again? I know, and yes, I committed to coach Scout's team BEFORE I knew about the wedding plans. Not that I'm complaining, I'm super excited about the upcoming marriage, it's just that basketball is one more thing to deal with when we are already so busy. The games and practices start the first week of December, but we got our tickets to go
  • Gust Blogger: Getting Ready for Christmas by Elder Dog Walker

    Mom of 12
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:58 am
    It's been a while ever since I've got to tell you a little more about the mission. I just wanted to point out that it's been almost a whole year since I served the mission. I have a feeling that this mission is going by too fast. That's why I decided that I want to extend the mission until the end of the school year for these students.It'll be the first time for me that I'm trying to get ready
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    Create-Celebrate-Explore

  • Celebrate The Season and Win Prizes

    Tonya Staab
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
      If you are looking for fabulous entertaining tips, recipes, DIY projects, party ideas and more this holiday season, then join us for some fun starting December 1st. You could win great prizes too. I've teamed up with a Alexia Foods along with a few friends Coryanne Ettiene, Chris Nease and Kristen Doyle for both a Pinterest and Twitter party beginning on December 1st. There will be over $600 in cash and prizes given away by Alexia Foods during the parties, and we have some fabulous ideas to share. Hope you will join us.   When:  Monday December 1, 2015 8pm EST on…
  • Gift Guide for College Guys

    Tonya Staab
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:58 pm
      Jayden moved out of home over the summer. I was heartbroken, but he had always told me that when he started college he wanted to move out, and so he moved in with one of his best friends. This is something that we simply don't do in Australia. I don't know anybody who left home to live in a dorm, or with friends. You simply lived at home and commuted to the closest University that offered the classes you were interested in. I'm probably showing my age right now, aren't I, or maybe this was just where I grew up? It's his birthday next week (he'll be turning…
  • Tips and Ideas for Holiday Appetizers

    Tonya Staab
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
      During the holiday season there's a lot to think about when entertaining at home. The most important questions you need to ask yourself are: How many guests will there be? What will the menu be? What is the timeframe for our party? Have I made sure I have enough space on the hot plates and oven to prepare all of these dishes? If not, are there some that I can make ahead of time? I do to stick to the rule though of not everything has to be homemade. Because it just doesn't. I always have a few staple items that are homemade, for example my cranberry sauce, turkey and  dessert,…
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  • Shiny metallic picks for your best holiday look

    Christine Fox
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:10 pm
    The best thing about the holidays is the opportunity to really let your look shine. From sequins to beading to metallic material, take the opportunity to really celebrate the holiday season in true festive style. A sequined mini paired with a simple turtleneck sweater and heels will make you the hit of the party or for a more modest look go for a gold metallic top paired with jeans and boots. From left to right: Sabine Sequin Stripe Mini, $98, at piperlime.com BB Dakota Valet Sequin Body-Con Dress, $112, at nordstrom.com Sam Edelman Sequined Blazer, $138, at anthropologie.com French…
  • Weatherproof winter boots for kids

    Courtney Strimel
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Tired of winter yet? With fall’s untimely early departure, it’s time to get serious about unpacking our families’ winter wardrobes. If your children are like mine, all the warm, waterproof boots in the house are worn out and too tight. Time to invest in a great pair of winter boots for kids to get us all through the season. If you’re dreading the sticker shock of buying said boots, good news! There are loads of great options that ring it at $50 or less. You’re probably stuck inside right now anyway. Check out the affordable winter boots for kids below and just…
  • Hanna Andersson introduces Hanna Home

    Christine Fox
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Just in time for the holidays, Hanna Andersson has introduced Hanna Home which is a collection of your favorite colors and prints in super soft fabrics for the bedroom. Think rugs, sheets, reversible quilts, storage baskets and decor items, all in true Hanna Andersson style. With six main collections to choose from: Swedish Hearts, Rugby Stripe, Hearts Aflutter, Port Town, Scandi and Swedish Stripes; there’s definitely something from every kid’s style in this new debut collection. You can find the whole collection online at HannaAndersson.com. Frome left to right: Reversible Port…
 
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    Lille Punkin'

  • Save up to 50% off Melissa & Doug Plus Other Toys at Amazon TODAY!

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    I love Melissa & Doug toys. They are of such high quality, that any I buy for my kids last years and years.  I am so excited to see that Amazon is offering an assortment of these toys for 50% off or more all day today and in the days leading up to the holidays through their Black Friday Sales. To see the sales, go to the Black Friday link, and click on the "Upcoming" tab.  You can see how
  • Holiday Recipe: Traditional Sweet Potato with Marshmallows

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    I love trying new recipes during the holidays, but there are some recipes that I can't replace. My sweet potatoes are one of those recipes. I bring them every year to Thanksgiving and Christmas, and they are one of my favorite things to eat cold the next day! My local Walmart had sweet potatoes for under $.50 a pound this week, so I stocked up with enough to feed my large family at
  • Upcycled Wooden Fruit Crates as Bathroom Towel Shelves

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    My husband has been hard at work remodeling our bathroom on a very, very modest budget.  Most of what he has been doing is giving our bathroom a "facelift".  It is a 60's style bathroom with cast-iron tub and sink, both baby blue.  We wanted to keep the look of the tub and work around it.  One of the things he came up with was to paint the bathroom, then put up some shelving so that we could
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    A Hen's Nest - NW PA Mom Blog

  • Hen’s #Giveaway Linky :: November

    Henrietta
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Hey strangers! I’m still on a semi-break but I love looking at everyone’s giveaway listings – so here’s a new one for you to link up on the rest of November! I’ll put up one in December as well and keep the listings updated :D I hope you’re all having a wonderful start to the […] The post Hen’s #Giveaway Linky :: November appeared first on A... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Online Furniture Shopping made easy with Sauder Experience

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

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

  • Luma Comfort HC12B Humidifier Review

    Gina
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:26 pm
    As I sit here writing this review, a cold front is coming through and changing our weather here in New York. The warm fall we’ve had is now turning much colder, and the news has started using the term “Polar Vortex” a whole lot lately! I don’t really mind the cold weather itself, but I’m… [read more] This content was posted exclusively for Simply Stacie. If you have seen this content on a site other than Simply Stacie please let me know in the comments here: Luma Comfort HC12B Humidifier Review. Thank you for helping to stop content theft!!
  • Frozen Sing-Along Edition Giveaway (US & Can)

    Stacie
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Just like there were lots of Elsa’s for Halloween, I’m also willing to bet that their will many Frozen themed presents under the tree this year! I have a 10 year old daughter who was asking for the movie and an Elsa doll. She gave Santa a few ideas on her letter to him earlier… [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: Frozen Sing-Along Edition Giveaway (US & Can). Thank you for helping to stop content theft!!
  • Join the #BlackFridayCA Twitter Party on 11/25

    Stacie
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:53 am
      Have you started your  holiday shopping yet? I’ve picked up a couple Christmas gifts for my daughters, but I’m holding out until Black Friday. Why? Well, why else of course – the amazing sales! The concept of Black Friday is still fairly new to me and I only learned about it a few years… [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 #BlackFridayCA Twitter Party on 11/25. Thank you for helping to stop content theft!!
 
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    MommyPR.com™

  • CouponMate Makes Finding Online Shopping Codes Easier

    Angela
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    Sponsored Ok so I am addicted to couponing, online shopping and saving money. Combine all 3 and I am set for the day!  When I am shopping online, I usually place stuff in my cart then go look for the best coupon codes and/or cash back sites. I try all different ways to get the best deal. This is even more important around the holidays since I share a ton of deals in our coupon group. One issue I do run into is that I recently switched to a Chromebook laptop and as some of you may know, you can’t download any programs to it, so some of my former favorite sites no longer work for me.
  • Minted Holiday Cards

    Andrea
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    Press Sample How many of you are like me, scrambling to get your holiday cards completed this year?  I have finally found the outfits, booked the photographer and now just need to find the perfect photo card.  I recently had the opportunity to browse Minted and fell in love with their Photo Christmas cards selection! A couple of my favorites:   My take:  I was overwhelmed at the vast selection Minted had to offer but quickly found the filters button to help me narrow down my choices.  You can choose how many photos (if any) you want on the front, format type, printing type, holiday…
  • Flutterbye Light Up Fairy #Flutterbye

    Andrea
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    Press Sample Nothing quite captures a child’s imagination like magical fairies.  I recently had the opportunity to review a Flutterbye Light Up Fairy and Surprise Butterfly Diary thanks to Spin Master! Light Up Fairy Flutterbye Fairies can really fly and now they even light up the sky! The magic is brighter than ever before with rainbow lights that shine as she soars. Just give your Flutterbye a gentle whirl to see rainbow lights and skirts that twirl! By pressing the button on her decorative base, she will magically lift off into fairy flight. Guide her movement as she floats just…
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    Mom's Journal

  • 55 Flash non-Fiction Friday: My Day

    Momma Bean
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:38 am
    “How do you know everyone here?” She asked at my baby shower. I began with the people furthest from me. Before I could get to the people on my own side of the table, nearest myself she said, “Oh so they’re all his friends.” She physically turned away to not hear any more. I shrunk. 55 Flash Fiction Friday
  • What comes after 12?

    Momma Bean
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:58 pm
    I had to stop in at the vet’s office today for more IV needles for the cat and a poop test kit for the dog. I lead an exciting life. You wish you could be me don’t you? So anyway I had Lukas with me and I mistakenly popped into the office at the busiest time of the day. He was being a tiny bit obnoxious and wanting my attention. “Come here.” waving his hand to me, “come here mom.” I stepped out of line to see. He was pointing at a toy clock. “Go ahead and play with it. That’s fine.” I told him. And so he proceeded to loudly recite his…
  • Welcome to our spaceship

    Momma Bean
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Getting him into the car requires more patience than I can muster everyday. To get from one end of the house to the other he swipes his hand at the doorway of each room, or goes to the arm of the couch to punch in the code to open the ship doors. Yes, I blame Kurt. He couldn’t just leave the childhood movie indoctrination at Star Wars, no he must include Star Trek and begin the boy at the age of THREE. My kids, when they fight, will yell out, “I’m going to Vulcan neck pinch you!” For fun they practice Darth Vader’s telekinesis neck strangle. Sophia will hold her arm out and slowly…
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    Rich Single Momma

  • [Video] Holiday Travel Boredom Buster Mobile Hotspot

    Samantha Gregory
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:10 pm
    I took the AT&T Unite Pro by NETGEAR for a test drive through the back roads of Georgia. Having a mobile hotspot was really sweet on a road trip. Holiday Travel Boredom Buster Solution In our high-tech world it’s easy to bust the boredom during holiday travel. Planes, trains, and automobiles are the perfect place to have a mobile hotspot on hand for all the mobile devices. Save the expense of connecting to a public or airport network or spotty connection with your own mobile hotspot. My Travel Boredom Buster Experience The kids were getting bored so I pulled out the hotspot so they…
  • Love Paula Deen? Win Tickets to Her Holiday Event in Atlanta!

    Samantha Gregory
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:54 am
    UPDATE: Congratulations to Janice Miller  and Pam Whitlock for winning the tickets to the Paula Deen Holiday Show. Enjoy ladies! She is a Southern food icon and she is coming to Atlanta next week. Paula Deen has had her ups and downs in the media, but one thing is for sure…she can cook her butt off! I will be attending a luncheon as one of her special guests this week (pictures to come) so I’ll get to meet her in person. Unfortunately everyone can attend the luncheon but you can attend her live show here in Atlanta. The Details about the Paula Dean Live Show What: Paula Deen…
  • 7 Free Single Mom Budget Worksheets

    Samantha Gregory
    8 Nov 2014 | 4:55 am
    This entry is part 10 of 16 in the series Single Mom Budgeting New Automatic Printable Single Mom Budget Worksheet! Update: I have created a printable single mom budget worksheet of my own that you can download for free. Simply enter your after-tax monthly income and it automatically creates your budget for each category. Click the image below to download the MS Word file and follow the instructions on page 2 (See the demo video below). It’s a new year and probably time for a new or updated single mom budget. What do you typically use to create a budget? Is it something you will use again…
 
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    Extraordinary Mommy

  • Make Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes

    Jessica McFadden
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Thanksgiving in our family is usuallycelebrated at our house. Although I love to host our family and friends on such a special day, the cooking used to stress me out…until I got rid of the notion that I had to cook all the food the day-of. Now I knock out as many sides as I can in the days leading up to the feast! This helps me feel empowered and optimistic. (I also farm out the desserts to guests who ask, “What can I bring?” There are hostesses and there are bakers, and I fall into the first category.) I do all the shopping on Monday, and on Tuesday I get to cooking! Here…
  • Giving During the Holidays: The Salvation Army and My #RedKettleReason

    Danielle
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    I can feel it. The temperatures start to dip and it instantly feels like the holidays are right around the corner. In our home, that means I’m giddy. (ok…fine…I’m not giddy about the cold, but I DO love the holidays.) I love the spirit, the traditions, the food, the time with family and the opportunity to give. From the time my small people were very small, we’ve always made acts of kindness an active and beautiful part of our season. I’ve always known that my kids don’t do as I say, they do as I do….so, it is important that they see my husband…
  • Family Starts in the Kitchen

    Kelli Stuart
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:04 am
    “Mom, can I help you make dinner?” She looks up at me, her doe eyes wide and unblinking, swimming with the hope that I will say yes. It isn’t always my first inclination to give in to this request. Cooking dinner is not my favorite task. Add to it the stress of an eight year old trying to help and my initial reaction shies toward the solo act of meal preparation. But more often than not, I stop myself from this inward longing to go it alone, and focus more on the privilege it is to share these sweet, fleeting moments with my girl while her hair still hangs in white strands…
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  • 3 simple steps to finally get organized

    i Dream of Clean
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I recently asked you to fill out a survey to tell me your #1 problem when it comes to getting organized. After reading through your responses, there was one overarching question that stood out more than all the others. Over the next few months, I’ll be answering almost all of the questions you asked. But since there was one BIG problem, I thought I’d create a video series to get you started. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed, stuck, or plain ol’ disorganized when it comes to your house, then this mini-series is for you! You may have already  received an email from…
  • 75 Clutter-free Gift Ideas!

    i Dream of Clean
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    The gift season is upon us! But that doesn’t mean we have to give (or receive) the gift of clutter. In fact, clutter-free gifts can have just as much – if not more – meaning than traditional gifts. As I’ve worked on the Clear the Clutter course the last few months, I’ve realized that there is definitely a systematic approach you can take to reduce the amount of unnecessary items in your home. However, preventing new clutter is a whole other story. Instead of adding clutter to our loved ones homes this year, let’s do our best to focus on useful,…
  • No more scanning excuses with Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100!

    i Dream of Clean
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:18 pm
    A few weeks ago I was asked if I wanted I wanted to preview the ScanSnap iX100. Since I already use the ScanSnap ix500 (to scan boatloads of paper at a time) and ScanSnap sV600 (used to scan the kids 3D artwork and books) it was pretty much a no brainer that I wanted to put it to the test. What immediately intrigued me was the iX100’s ability to sync with your mobile phone to scan on the go. I wasn’t sure how that would exactly work. But let me tell you, it’s amazing! Let me start from the beginning. Syncing the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 with my iPhone This ScanSnap connects…
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    United States of Motherhood

  • You Need the Virtually Indestructible KINDLE FIRE HD 7 for the Kids (& You) for the Holidays!

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Oh Mah Squee!! My friends?  I got my very first tablet.  A little baby Fire HD 7 Kids Edition. I know.  I know. Welcome to the 21st century, right?I am already loving it!  So many cool parenting features plus a TWO year warranty replacement NO MATTER WHAT.Yes, you heard me.  No matter what!!  TWO YEARS!!Even if your kid dumps it in the toilet? Yep, replaced free of charge. Yes, I asked the Amazon rep because maybe I've ((ahem)) I mean my kids have dropped a device or two in the toilet! I have to admit I watched in joy when…
  • On Attachment and Dog Sitting: F$ck Cancer

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    Watching Ursula, the gorgeous, glorious, friendly, perfect red head is so bittersweet. I was in love with her the first 5 minutes I met her. Only thing? She has aggressive mouth cancer and only has three month to live. You would never ever know from her wide smiles and wagging tail. Still watching her is bringing up all my grief and sad memories from losing my Seb. Her family hated to leave her, but there was a family funeral. So I am loving on,  spoiling and making this girl's week at my house the best it can be.Guys, I am attached! Sigh...This is the hard part about…
  • Finding Confidence Again with Invisalign #InvisalignBeConfident

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Invisalign® asked for my help to kick off Countdown to Confidence Instant Win Sweepstakes and  share this opportunity for a chance to win $100 instantly each day and boost your confidence with a new smile.Confidence.  It's a tough one for me.  Body image seems to have been something that has held me back for years.  No, not years...decades. If you haven't noticed, I haven't blogged much about it lately.  I've been in a slump. With family and financial stresses, with grieving my dog, with so much on my plate? I more than slumped, my friends. I more than fell…
 
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • My “Are My Kids Spoiled” Checklist…

    cjblythe
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
     To appease my own conscience and assess how we’ve done with our kids, I devised this impromptu “Are My Kids Spoiled” Checklist. At one time, the subject of whether or not my kids are spoiled has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 tips for identifying an excellent dog breeder.

    cjblythe
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Are you looking for the perfect dog breeder but do not know what separates a good dog breeder with just the average ones? If so, you need to follow these five tips for identifying an excellent dog... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Three tools to speak and understand LOLcats language.

    Jessy Troy
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    Of everything on the internet, perhaps the most popular to date are cats. Big cats, little cats, baby cats, old cats, fat cats, thin cats… and yes, LOLcats. I have collected these three tools to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Mommy Living the Life of Riley!

  • Your Dream Vacation is Within Your Reach

    Melissa @ Mommy Living the Life of Riley
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:26 am
    If you love vacations, it’s worth getting membership in a vacation club such as Royal Holiday to get a wide variety of destinations at affordable prices. When you become a member of a vacation club, you’ll have access to hotels, resorts and cruises in popular vacation destinations all over the world and the high quality service that goes with them. With added discounts, your vacation will cost a fraction of the amount it would if you tried to book travel, accommodation and activities separately, and it will save you a lot of time and headaches. Vacation FlexibilityVacation club members…
  • Four Ways to Show Your Love of Vintage at Home

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

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

  • Ottawa: Art Alternatives

    SavvyMom.ca
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    Old Man Winter has arrived in Ottawa. Take an art class or head to an indoor playground—we’ve got ideas for both! But whatever you do, stay warm.
  • Toronto: The Best Bets for Your Birthday Bash

    SavvyMom.ca
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here are some new and unique locations to host your little one’s birthday party around Toronto—creative, entertaining and memorable for all.
  • Calgary: Where to Get the Tree

    SavvyMom.ca
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of the best things about living so close to the Rockies is that Calgary families have plenty of options for a fresh Christmas tree. Before you head off to the woods with your axe in hand, check out our picks for spots where the trees have been harvested sustainably. Here’s where to get the best sustainably harvested Christmas tree in Calgary.
 
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    CookiesKids.com Blog

  • All-Weather Boots

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Meteorologists are forecasting a wet and cold winter. Does your little one have the footwear they’ll need to get through it? If not, now is the time to stock up. CookiesKids.com carries a variety of boot styles for boys and girls, from outdoor-focused snowboots to fashion-forward boots that pull double-duty as cold weather protectors. And with comfort-first features, a great pair of boots can quickly become a child’s new favorite pair of shoes. Here are some of our favorites: These Mountain Gear boots add urban flair to the traditional hiking boot. Perfect for walking to school on wet or…
  • Smart Holiday Budgeting

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:03 am
    We’ve got great sales coming up, but the smartest holiday shoppers are already budgeting to get the most out of their dollar this holiday season. Holiday budgeting isn’t just about saving money; it’s about decreasing the stress associated with the holidays, too. Starting early and sticking to a budget will ensure you can get a gift for everyone on your list without losing your cool. Just like Santa Claus, you are going to need to make a list – not just a list of what gifts you plan to get for your friends and family, but a list of all expenses you foresee for the months of…
  • Fall Outfit Toppers for Boys

    13 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hip hoodies, elegant cardigans to go with his school uniform, or that perfect fall coat – whatever you need to complete his fall look, you can find it at CookiesKids.com. Not only do these pieces add warmth, they can also turn an everyday outfit into a real head-turner. Plus, with our low prices, you can keep him looking fresh without breaking the bank. Check out some of our favorite fall outfit toppers: Faux leather and soft fleece combine on this GS-115 sweatshirt for a look that’s ultra-hip and ultra-practical. Sophisticated and timeless, this T.Q. Knits cardigan can be the perfect…
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    Journal of Joey - Real Mom Media

  • The OFFICIAL Real Mom Holiday Gift Guide

    joey fortman
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:37 pm
    The OFFICIAL Real Mom Holiday Gift GuideI CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!I mean, I've only been working on this thing for the past freaking YEAR! hahaha.  Actually, I have to give the kudos right of the gate.  Yes, I've been connecting, playing & picking the best of the best for the holiday season all year.... but my amazing editor, Stephanie Glover gets the credit for the beauty of it all!  She about killed me a few times - but we all survived and it's ready for YOU!!!!Be sure to check back often as we post and share the products individually throughout the holiday season.
  • #TravelTuesday 2015 Chevy Traverse

    joey fortman
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Well, traveling is one of my favorite things to talk and do!  But the weather is turning me into a pathetic depressed mess.  And this morning when I had to go warm up my car before taking my dudes to school and it was FREEZING in there?!?!  Yeah.  I really was yearning for the heated seats & heated car that I was spoiled with but I digress. Ahem. So, my latest AUTOMOBILE ESCAPADE was with the Chevy Traverse.  I have to tell you that I was actually a bit disappointed in this car.  It had no pickup!!  I don't know if it was because I just came…
  • Xfinity Lunch & Learn

    joey fortman
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:17 am
    One of the coolest things I got to do last week was to host a party at the Philly Mag Design Home.  Now there were MANY great things about this home that I loved!  I loved the design home!  But the Xfinity features are what make it for sure.  They built a coffee bar in the master bathroom.  My question is - can Xfinity home set that to go on? hahaI started connecting with Comcast, gosh  - last spring I think?  I knew for years I needed to learn about the Xfinity packaging & visit the Design Home but I haven't been able to make that come to fruition.
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    The Megalomaniac Mommy

  • Dress Your Kids in Style this Winter with Zutano + $75 Gift Card Giveaway – Ends 12/15

    Anne
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:40 pm
    * I received a promotional item in order to facilitate this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.* Over the last 2 years, we have fallen in love with Zutano clothing and have been fortunate to partner with them a few times.  One of the reasons I love […] The post Dress Your Kids in Style this Winter with Zutano + $75 Gift Card Giveaway – Ends 12/15 appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Frozen Sing-Along DVD **GIVEAWAY** Ends – 12/8

    Anne
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:44 pm
    It’s the announcement Frozen fans world wide have been waiting for……Disney’s Frozen Sing-Along Edition has ARRIVED on DVD! Let it go…Let it go… Experience Frozen, the hit musical comedy from Walt Disney Animation Studios, like never before in a new to DVD, full-length Sing-Along Edition! Follow the lyrics with a bouncing Frozen snowflake. Join Anna as she sets off on an epic journey […] The post Frozen Sing-Along DVD **GIVEAWAY** Ends – 12/8 appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • 15 Months

    Anne
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    On Tuesday of this week, Joey turned 15 months. How is it possible that this happy, sweet, loving and wonderful little boy has already been part of our world for 15 months? It’s crazy to believe that it’s already been 15 months since Joey became a part of our lives.  Having the opportunity to watch […] The post 15 Months appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
 
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    QuirkyFusion

  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical in Boston [Giveaway]

    Christy
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Did you know that it’s the 50th anniversary of the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer television special? There will be a lot of celebrating this year for the famous reindeer and his buddies (I’m particularly excited about the set of U.S. Postal Service stamps), but what better way than to catch the whole gang live at... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
  • The Best Bus Driver–It Takes a Village to Educate a Child

    Christy
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:09 am
      The first day of Kindergarten is nerve-wracking for most parents, but especially when you’re putting your little one onto a bus for the first time. Not only do you have to worry about whether they will make new friends, keep up with their work, and eat lunch every day, but you have to put... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
  • Annie the Musical in Boston [Review]

    Christy
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
      We had the great pleasure of attending the opening night of Annie in Boston this past week. It started with the arrival of Isse Swickle as Annie and Gilgamesh Tagget as Oliver Warbucks via 1937 Packard. The two strolled the red carpet, posing for pictures and signing autographs before heading off to get ready... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
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    Rich Single Momma

  • [Video] Holiday Travel Boredom Buster Mobile Hotspot

    Samantha Gregory
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:10 pm
    I took the AT&T Unite Pro by NETGEAR for a test drive through the back roads of Georgia. Having a mobile hotspot was really sweet on a road trip. Holiday Travel Boredom Buster Solution In our high-tech world it’s easy to bust the boredom during holiday travel. Planes, trains, and automobiles are the perfect place to have a mobile hotspot on hand for all the mobile devices. Save the expense of connecting to a public or airport network or spotty connection with your own mobile hotspot. My Travel Boredom Buster Experience The kids were getting bored so I pulled out the hotspot so they…
  • Love Paula Deen? Win Tickets to Her Holiday Event in Atlanta!

    Samantha Gregory
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:54 am
    UPDATE: Congratulations to Janice Miller  and Pam Whitlock for winning the tickets to the Paula Deen Holiday Show. Enjoy ladies! She is a Southern food icon and she is coming to Atlanta next week. Paula Deen has had her ups and downs in the media, but one thing is for sure…she can cook her butt off! I will be attending a luncheon as one of her special guests this week (pictures to come) so I’ll get to meet her in person. Unfortunately everyone can attend the luncheon but you can attend her live show here in Atlanta. The Details about the Paula Dean Live Show What: Paula Deen…
  • 7 Free Single Mom Budget Worksheets

    Samantha Gregory
    8 Nov 2014 | 4:55 am
    This entry is part 10 of 16 in the series Single Mom Budgeting New Automatic Printable Single Mom Budget Worksheet! Update: I have created a printable single mom budget worksheet of my own that you can download for free. Simply enter your after-tax monthly income and it automatically creates your budget for each category. Click the image below to download the MS Word file and follow the instructions on page 2 (See the demo video below). It’s a new year and probably time for a new or updated single mom budget. What do you typically use to create a budget? Is it something you will use again…
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    Wifely Steps

  • How do you nurture yourself?

    Toni
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:46 pm
    “Have you been nurturing yourself?” My dear friend Andrea asks me this question every now and then. She knows how I can get caught up in the busy-ness of everyday to the point that I’d skip lunch, go home late, fret over home concerns and put my own needs on the back burner until my […] The post How do you nurture yourself? appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • Green Juice for Breakfast (Recipe)

    Toni
    8 Nov 2014 | 4:44 am
    Green juice isn’t so bad. My tummy used to turn at the idea of having various vegetables blitzed and blended into one glass, but over time I’ve gotten used to it. I’ve also begun enjoying it. My Mom is our Head Green Juice maker at home. Whenever she plans to make her own green juice, […] The post Green Juice for Breakfast (Recipe) appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • Fully booked: A love affair with books

    Toni
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    These are twelve signs you’re a book lover: 1. You’d rather read a book than make small talk. 2. If you make small talk, it’s about a book. 3. Your heart breaks a little bit when a good book ends. 4. When that good book ends, you let the book linger in your arms and […] The post Fully booked: A love affair with books appeared first on Wifely Steps.
 
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    Making Time for Mommy

  • Let’s Stop Child Hunger In America One Child At A Time

    Alicia Marie
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:16 am
    Thanksgiving is in a few days which means many families here in America are busy planning their holiday menu. Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce… the list of ingredients needed for just this one meal could fill a grocery cart. We are lucky to be able to enjoy such a meal and really to be able to afford food at all. As incredible as it seems for many living in the land of plenty, an estimated 16 million children under 18 years old live in “food insecure” households which means they don’t know where – or when – their next meal will be. This is one of the reasons…
  • I’m Christmas Shopping From My Couch This Year

    Alicia Marie
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:37 pm
    #spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between our site and Intel. This could include the Intel Corporation providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment. I used to love shopping for Christmas gifts. I enjoyed checking out the ads and made my shopping lists months in advance. I’m normally so on top of things that by Black Friday I am at least half done shopping for the gifts I need. This year is different though. I really don’t feel like shopping. Shopping has went from being one of my favorite stress reducing activities to something I dread. I…
  • Having Faith In Tough Times

    Alicia Marie
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:26 pm
    (Disclosure: I am proud to be working with Brawny® on a series of sponsored posts as they inspire people to be “Tough to the Core.”) The summer before I headed into my Senior year of High School my life completely changed. My {step}mom had been complaining she didn’t feel well and within a couple days she was in the hospital fighting for her life. She had Viral Encephalitis and was in a coma and the cause was thought to be West Nile virus. After weeks she came out of the hospital but the swelling in her brain had caused brain damage and she was never the same. She developed a…
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    Musing Mommies Mom Podcast and Mommy Blog - Interviews, Giveaways, Health, Wellness, and Mothering advice

  • Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 262 {A Show About Nothing}

    Admin
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 262 Monday Nov 17th 2014 The Musing Mommies are back this week after a busy couple of weeks. Listen in to find out what’s been happening, and what is in the future for the chatty duo. ~Dawn and Kim Please share us with your friends and families! We are on Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, Miro, Stitcher and on iPods and mp3 players around the world! We want to hear from you too,  so contact us today and say HI! Email: Kim (at) musingmommies (dot) com or Dawn (at) musingmommies (dot) com
  • Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 261 {Lazy Kids}

    Admin
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 261 Tuesday Nov 4th 2014 It’s Election Day!! Get to the polls and vote MuMo Kim for Podcast President! Her platforms are for increasing bath frequency and meal prep education. Her running mate, MuMo Dawn, stands firm on toilet scrubbing education and multi-stepped propositions for getting chores to become routine.  Let your voice be heard! Or, just listen to ours. With the world today being all about high speed gratification and convenience, are we raising lazy, entitled kids? After you vote, listen in as the Musing Mommies, Kim and Dawn, take on this…
  • Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 260 {Books and Halloween}

    Admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Musing Mommies Podcast Episode 260 Thursday Oct. 30th 2014 “Darkness falls across the land The midnight hour is close at hand Creatures crawl in search of blood To terrorize your neighbourhood And whosoever shall be found Without the soul for getting down Must stand and face the hounds of hell And rot inside a corpse’s shell” Be Safe and Happy Halloween, ~Dawn and Kim LINK: Estrogenic Foods, Herbs That Trigger Precancerous Breasts Please share us with your friends and families! We are on Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, Miro, Stitcher and on iPods and mp3 players around…
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    CoffeeJitters

  • The White House at Night

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    I just returned from a quick, four-day trip to Washington D.C. for ProjectLEAD with the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Coincidentally, my daughter’s kindergarten class has been learning about Washington D.C. in their social studies segments. She wanted me to be sure I got my picture taken with the President. I got this close. The White House is beautiful at night. Our schedule for this trip was very tight: 7:30 am to 7:30 pm, so I did not actually see daylight, with the exception of one quick run to Starbucks, and then the cab ride back to the airport on the last day. But I…
  • Recipe: Koobideh – Persian Ground Lamb Kebabs

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:31 pm
    While my husband was in grad school studying Persian literature, I started exploring Persian culinary traditions as a fun way to embrace and support his studies. One of our favorite meals is the very simple dish of koobideh, ground lamb kebabs, served with roasted tomatoes and basmati rice. The trick to a successful koobideh is to drain out the onion juice. This will help the meat to hold it’s shape better without being to soggy. The ground onion creates a much different experience in the flavor and texture of the dish than simply chopping the onion and adding it to the meat. Print…
  • How to Juggle Cancer and Parenting Series: Stephanie’s Story

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Age at diagnosis: 38 Type of Cancer: Breast cancer Stage at Diagnosis: Stage 2 Treatment Plan: Surgery-bilateral mast w/expanders, Chemo -6 cycles tac, Radiation, Delayed diep Current Status: NED How did you tell your kids about the cancer diagnosis? We used the local Gilda’s club How did your kids respond? It was a very positive experience What are some things you did that worked really well for your family with regards to dealing with the cancer, and treatment, while raising children? I kept their routine as normal as possible Did not give them too much information Let them asked…
 
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    Kidsumers

  • What Will You Decorate? #RespectTheBean #NabobHoliday

    Sheri
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:28 am
    Christmas is such a magical time of year. I may slack off on Halloween decorations and I don’t hang Easter eggs in the trees outside of my house in the spring, but I always decorate for Christmas. I put lights up on the house and my wreath on the door. Our Christmas tree goes up... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Join the #HolidaysHappenHere Twitter Party Nov. 26th at 8pm EST

    Sheri
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Decorating for the holidays is a passion of mine and it comes in second only to browsing the holidays departments of my favourite stores. Few stores have the holiday selection that I find at The Home Depot Canada. They carry everything from candles and ornaments to Christmas trees and lights. Their... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • FLASH GIVEAWAY! Win a Tide Prize Pack ARV $45 {Canada}

    Sheri
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you live with sensitive skin you will understand the importance of finding products that work well but don’t leave you with itchy and scaly skin. When I find those products, I rarely sway from them! Tide has been one of those products for me, and they have stepped it up even more by... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Best Holiday Gifts for Teen Boys.

    DudeMom
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:28 pm
    I. Have. A. TEENAGER. Deepbreath. Deepbreath. Super-big-deep-breath-probably-I’m-hyperventilating-now-OMG. It’s hard to even think about the fact that I am the mom to an official teenager. So many feelings. Okay, I’ll just say it, ALL OF THE FEELINGS. I’m sad and excited and anxious and proud. And having a really hard time figuring out what Santa is going to bring him this year (he’s over it, but he’s still “believing” for my his little brothers’ sakes). Teen boys are just so hard to shop for. They don’t play with toys anymore, they don’t care that much about clothing,…
  • Best Apple Pie Recipe Ever. Because, Bacon.

    DudeMom
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    I stumbled upon a discovery last week while hanging around my mom’s kitchen trying NOT to be suckered into helping with things. I know, that makes me sound horrible, but in my defense, my mom’s house is the only place on this entire planet that I can go and be taken care of while healthy and conscious. Every place else I am the mom and in charge of the taking care of things. Usually all of the things. Basically all of the time. I often joke when I get crazy-lose-my-mind busy that I need a hospital break, a night or two in the hospital here no one expect me to do anything but make it…
  • Friday Finds: Cozy Sweater Weather

    DudeMom
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:29 am
    And never-ever-go-outside-again-unless-you-have-a-portable-fire weather. And, hello-it’s-technically-still-fall-so-why-are-you-trippin-Mother-Nature weather. And even-the-dog-goes-to-the-door-and-is-all-pshaw-as-if weather. I could go on here, but I’m sure you get the picture. Winter decided to sneak in early and, for someone who loathes winter, I’m dramatically unhappy about this. I fully expect Mother Nature to refund me my fall in the form of an early spring. But, since that’s not on the agenda for the next 4 months are so, we might as well stay warm. And cute! Because I’ve been…
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    La Jolla Mom

  • Finding a College that Fits Your Child

    La Jolla Mom
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Though it’s never too early to start thinking about your child’s education, especially when it comes to saving for college in an account like (partner) ScholarShare, choosing a college that fits is a process best left to the high school years when children have a clearer understanding of who they are. Kids Need to Make Choices Kids who are aware of their strengths and weaknesses usually have an easier time with the application process. According to education consultant Deena Maerowitz, selecting a college can be hard for kids who have been shuttled from activity to…
  • 7 Reasons Why Travel Planning Is Easier with Trover – #TroveON

    La Jolla Mom
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
    New social media platforms are released constantly and as someone who struggles with available memory on her iPhone and a general lack of free time online, I take sharing them with readers pretty seriously. So, when I say travelers are going to love the trip planning app and website, Trover, I mean it. Trover blends everything I love about my other social media platforms and then some. Trover appeals to those who enjoy: Pinning travel ideas to Pinterest boards Sharing and admiring pretty photos on Instagram The geotagging and tips left on Swarm Seeing locations organized in a Google…
  • Have Breakfast with Santa at Neiman Marcus San Diego

    La Jolla Mom
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
    In true Neiman Marcus style, the luxury department store offers breakfast with Santa on two Saturdays in December. This year will be our third in attendance and though word is getting out about this usually-sold-out event, I thought I’d tell you why we love it. Doors open earlier than normal, a bit prior to 8:30 a.m., for breakfast guests only. It’s fun to walk in before anyone else can. The breakfast happens at the Zodiac restaurant on the third floor by housewares which later creates the perfect setting for some of the most beautiful pictures with Santa that you’ll ever…
 
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  • Two Pairs of Tickets to the West Coast Premier of ENRON Up for Grabs!

    Suzette Valle
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:33 am
    ENRON is one of the most notorious cases of “willful corporate fraud and corruption” in the United States. Crafted as sprawling tragedy mixed with savage comedy, ENRON follows a group of ambitious men and women through the breathtaking rush of greed and fraud that led to a legendary financial collapse. Along the way we gain […]
  • SDFF ’14 A Suceess. Hosts Jeffrey, Ben Lyons To Return in 2015

    Suzette Valle
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    The 2014 San Diego Film Festival has visibly settled into its own spot under the Hollywood sun. “It’s fun watching this festival grow and become a real player on the scene,” said “Extra” correspondent Ben Lyons  when I asked him what attracted him to host the San Diego Film Festival two years in a row. […]
  • Author, Author! Read all about it! I’m writing a book.

    Suzette Valle
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    There is BIG news to share with you, Mamarzzi Knows Best and The Wrap Hollyblog readers. I have been hired by a publisher to write a book! I will become the author of a children’s book about movies. What else, right? “101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up” is slated for publication in the […]
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    Chocolate Cake Moments

  • Thanksgiving Family Traditions

    Sue Kirchner
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    Looking for some fun ideas to do with the family around Thanksgiving? Our family has three Holiday traditions that we look forward to every year. I hope sharing them inspires you to start some of your own Thanksgiving family traditions and start racking up those fun memories. Giving Back With Thanksgiving coming up, a lot of talk at our dinner table has centered around helping others and being grateful for what we have. My husband and I frequently talk to the kids about giving back but we wanted to find ways to get the kids more involved in activities that help others. So we have started a…
  • Kids Race Car Birthday Party Ideas

    Sue Kirchner
    5 Jun 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Race cars and race car birthday parties are always a huge hit with boys. There are so many fun ideas! To make Mom look like a hero, I wanted to share some easy ideas for crafts and activities to host the best race car themed birthday party ever. I even through in some fun gift ideas to share with Grandma or the Aunts. Party Games and Activities 1. Driveway Race Track. Ask the party guests to bring their fastest Matchbox, Hot Wheel or other car to race at the party. If you have some old race car track from when you were a kid, go ahead and set that up for the race but otherwise, read this post…
  • Inexpensive Kids’ Birthday Party Activity for Any Theme

    Sue Kirchner
    10 Mar 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Note: This is a sponsored post We host a lot of birthday parties at home. Why? I like to host parties! I jump on the opportunity to get crafty, bake up some fun treats, and create an experience that I hope my kids will remember and cherish. It ends up being a heck of a lot cheaper than paying for a party elsewhere. (Not that you can’t spend big bucks on a home party, if you want to.) I also want to do something different which makes me feel unique. (That’s right, it’s all about me.) However, it’s meaningful for the kids, too. This really hit home for me when my daughter was invited to…
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  • Travel Travails Triumph

    amandamagee
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:58 pm
    If it weren’t for suspicious luggage and whispers of a bomb scare and a subsequent lockdown in the baggage claim at Orlando’s airport, I’d have written a proper post. Instead, there is this: a post with two images that capture the most important things about today—the anticipation of an adventure as seen from the window seat and then, after so many hiccups…             And a trip to the beach to do cartwheels and scream as they leapt in the surf hours after bedtime had passed.     Sometimes dwelling on the goo in between…
  • A Blessing for You, Me, and All Living Beings

    amandamagee
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:35 pm
      Thank you, Dani Shapiro and Sylvia Boorstein.
  • Bench Seats and Marriage

    amandamagee
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:35 pm
    I was driving into work, the defroster melting the last bits of frost from the windshield, and the sun shining from the east as if to further the process along. I rode in silence, the air so cold my eyes watered. My mind was blank, deliciously so. I watched the blur through the window, happy to be awake. Quietly I began to think about setting an intention for the day. I felt sheepish, what good could setting an intention do anyway. I make lists all the time, the writing of the items doesn’t make them get done any quicker, if anything it just feels as if it puts my failure to finish in…
 
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    Hearts Make Families

  • Ways of getting affection of your child

    Sys Admin
    5 Nov 2014 | 11:03 pm
    An appropriate communication and pleasant conversation with your child is a skill full art. Kids simply don't talk through the mouth. They utilize the whole body to convey and pass on. Signals, body developments, look, shout... everything and everything let you know something. Nobody comprehends the kids as clearly as parents. The extraordinary trouble in conversation with children is that they never use a proper language. They are at the early phases of understanding and imitating language based open sound and images.  Knowing the children expression will help parents to realize what the…
  • How to indulge up children in house hold chores

    Sys Admin
    5 Nov 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Getting kids into the propensity of contributing around the home can start as youthful as age two, by having them set away their toys when they're set playing with them. By age twelve, there are few family unit errands an adolescent shouldn't be required to ace. What's more once they acquire their driver's permit, it is proper to allot them errands, for example, heading off to the market or grabbing the laundry. Assisting at home shows kids the essentialness of helping a group. It likewise permits them to feel esteemed and able, both of which improve respect toward oneself. Household Chores…
  • How to be the Perfect Parent

    Sys Admin
    5 Nov 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Families are much more than groups of individuals. They have their own goals and aspirations. They also are places where every child and adult should feel that he or she is special and be encouraged to pursue his or her own dreams; a place where everyone's individuality is permitted to flourish. There is an entire history to your guardian youngster relationship that started right now your youth was conceived. To help you better comprehend the present, attempt to addition a few bits of knowledge into where you have been as a family. Invest eventually pondering how you are getting along as a…
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  • about the key to happiness

    Missy
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:58 pm
    When you first wake up in the morning. How do you feel? What is your mood like? Do you start out happy and positive or grumpy and mean? Scared or sad or heartbroken?  What does your heart feel like when you first get out of bed? What does your voice sound like when you say your first words? At what point does your mood start to change? Who impacts your happiness? Kids? Spouse? Traffic? Coworkers? Weather reporter? I took the picture above at a conference last week.* It was the first time I had heard that particular phrase and it got my attention.  ”Never put the key to your happiness…
  • See how EpiPen and Auvi-Q needles work

    Missy
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    I recently came across a series of short YouTube videos which demonstrate using an epinephrine auto-injector for a severe allergic reaction. The videos show a pair of hands holding the devices and injecting them into the air, rather than into an orange or banana like I’ve seen in the past. The neat thing about these videos is you can actually watch the needle and medicine eject from the device, and then watch it retract. This is particularly interesting because many people have a lot of fear and/or anxiety  using these “shots” themselves. The EpiPen is the device produced…
  • Why I give on Give to the Max Day

    Missy
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    For my Minnesota friends, are you participating in Give to the Max Day? What charities are you supporting?I love hearing the stories of why people donate. I was invited to share my story about a non-profit close to my heart by the folks over at Red Current. You can see it here: Saving and Changing Lives Affected by Food Allergies. A big thank you to Red Current for giving me the opportunity to share.  
 
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    A Daily Dose of Toni

  • Dove Wants To Know, Who Do You Feel Beautiful For? #FeelBeautifulFor #ad

    Toni Patton
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:47 pm
    I am so excited to work with Lunchbox, Dove, and Walmart to share with you the #FeelBeautifulFor campaign and the giveaway below. Being a mom is definitely full of so many learning experiences. One of which is what I project my kids pick up, especially my daughter. My boys learn from me, but they relate Read More »» The post Dove Wants To Know, Who Do You Feel Beautiful For? #FeelBeautifulFor #ad 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....
  • Fergie Talks Motherhood, AMAs, Music, and More #ABCTVEvent

    Toni Patton
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Disclosure: Thanks to Disney for sponsoring most expenses during this fun-filled trip to Los Angeles. Thoughts are my own. During my whirlwind adventure in LA, one of the highlights of the trip was getting to sit down and talk with FERGIE! Yes, that Fergie…as in awesome solo artist and female lead of the Black Eyed Peas! You Read More »» The post Fergie Talks Motherhood, AMAs, Music, and More #ABCTVEvent 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....
  • Why You’ll Fall In Love With Disney’s Feast #BigHero6Event

    Toni Patton
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:24 am
    When you head to theaters to see Big Hero 6, because you know you will, you will have the priviledge of seeing one of my all time favorite shorts by Disney, “Feast”. This fun short will tug at your heart strings and will have you begging for a full length movie starring Winston, himself! As Read More »» The post Why You’ll Fall In Love With Disney’s Feast #BigHero6Event 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}

  • Joules | winter Wish List.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Disclosure: This is sponsored content on behalf of Joules.  All thoughts, opinions, and words are my own. The weather here in the Midwest has turned chilly, blustery even.  The leaves are falling, crunching underfoot, and making everything smell like Autumn.   I know, I know… you summer fans are groaning at the thought.  Summer is great, but I am unapologetically, a fall and winter sort of girl.  I love sweater weather, boots, football, hot cocoa and reading a book next to the fireplace.   Even the thought of the first snow makes me deliriously happy.
  • Who Wants to Go to HalloWeekends?

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    October is my absolute favorite time of the year to visit Cedar Point.  If you live in Ohio and haven’t been to HalloWeekends, you should definitely try to get there.  Not only is the entire park decked out in its Halloween finest, but the cooler temperatures make it the perfect time for coaster riding.  There are family friendly, mild spooky tricks and treats for your little ones during the day and up near the front of the park at night.  If you’re a brave soul, there are scream inducing, frights for you too… and that is just the coasters!  Ride all of your…
  • 20 Years.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    I’m in the midst of planning our twentieth reunion.  From high school. As in, I graduated from high school twenty years ago.  Two thoughts permeate my brain.  One, how is that even possible?  Two, my best friend is a hoarder. So, I should tell you that one of my very best friends moved back to Ohio this summer.  She has lived in Florida for my entire marriage and almost all of the time I have been with Dave.  She has seen my kids grow up through pictures and visits twice a year.  I still sometimes forget that she is here permanently.  It is weird and…
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    From the Mommy Files...

  • Uggh! My Kid is Sick…Again!

    mariak1
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
      Been away for a while dealing with my elderly parents. I’ll update you on their situation another time. So much has happened.   Let’s shift back to those small beings living in our home…our kids.   Bebs is home sick today.   Again.   On Monday, I heard about this stomach bug that lasted a day, causing vomiting. I thought, “Phew. Dodged that one!”   Spoke to soon.   We were up all  Tuesday night. Just when you think you’re done changing the bed linens for the night… You know what I’m talking about! Bebs stayed home from school on Wednesday.
  • Are You Going to Lose Your Mommy? – Part III

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

    mariak1
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    When we met last, I began to explain my mom’s first trip to the hospital this year. Mom had a nasty UTI and was administered some heavy duty antibiotics via IV. The infectious disease doctor explained that Mom had something called Emphysematous Cystitis. This is a very severe infection of the bladder. Mom’s bladder was swelled, filled with air bubbles and in bad shape. It was the worst case of it he’d ever seen. And wasn’t responding to the antibiotics. So he increased the dose, and now prescribed two weeks of this therapy. A PICC line was inserted in her arm, where the drug could be…
 
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  • RSVP for the #CleanForTheHolidays Twitter Party December 2 at 1pm EST

    Barb Webb
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party to chat about cleaning for the holidays with O-Cedar ProMist! On Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 1:00pm EST, please join us for the #CleanForTheHolidays Twitter Party where we’ll sharing oodles of holiday cleaning tips, tricks and hacks while giving you a chance to win fabulous prizes!Getting prepped for the holiday season is no easy task. Before, during and after the festivities, creating and maintaining a quick and easy clean-up routine is key to keeping your sanity! Having a handy tool like the O-Cedar…
  • 25 of the Best Holiday #Recipe Ideas for Potlucks and Parties

    Barb Webb
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    It's Holiday party season!Whether you're looking for a great recipe to bring to a church function, the holiday office party, or Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner at your mother in law's house, We've got you covered.  I've scoured our personal recipe files and the blogosphere to bring you 25 of the best holiday dishes and desserts for potlucks and parties. There are recipes for salads, casseroles, sides, and desserts.Try one (or all of them) and let us know what you think!  Feel free to share your favorite potluck recipe in the comments as well. Happy Partying!1. Mashed Potato…
  • Nutri Ninja | Ninja Blender DUO with Auto-IQ Review

    Barb Webb
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    You probably have a smartphone. Why not a smart kitchen appliance? We had the chance to try out the  Nutri Ninja® | Ninja®Blender DUO™ with Auto-iQ™ this holiday season and are truly impressed with the fabulous results! This powerhouse appliance blends, chops, purees and handles produce in a quick, efficient and consistent manner.  An excellent appliance to have as your kitchen helper and fabulous for holiday gift-giving, too!The Nutri Ninja | Ninja®Blender DUO with Auto-iQ is programmed to do different tasks with a touch of a button so you get the same,…
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    Keeping the Glass Half Full

  • Because Fall

    samanthamcgarry
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    Because colors and sparkling sunlight Because carpets of crackling leaves Because the russet smell of the first fires Because pumpkin spices and shades of port Because fall makes me breathlessly happy to be alive Click to view slideshow.
  • How I Measure the Passing of Time

    samanthamcgarry
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    The sheer volume of Cheerios that can be consumed in one sitting They still hold my hand How quickly his buzz cut goes from sharp to disheveled Her diminishing fear of auto-flushing toilets They want their privacy Volume of homework Discussions waver at any given moment between poop, Pokemon and deep questions about religion, life and death and right and wrong. Also tooting. Kids portions at restaurants are now too small (for him) She still wants to snuggle with me at bedtime Their beautifully expanding minds and vocabulary – including awareness of curse words The escalating…
  • Wanted: Distraction Management (For Kids and Parents)

    samanthamcgarry
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    This post had several working titles including “Mommy’s Sorry She Has To Go To Work,” and “Your Focus Needs More Focus.” Either way, there was some serious working Mom guilt combined with a heavy dose of standard parental frustration going on this week. Weekday mornings require the usual routine for all parties, including basics like getting dressed, eating breakfast, brushing teeth and getting assorted necessary items for the day in their designated places (lunch box, backpack, shoes, jackets…) My kids have been doing this all their lives, with varying…
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  • The Future Architect’s Handbook

    Dominique
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    You're readingThe Future Architect’s Handbook by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook The Future Architect’s Handbook Book Cover The Future Architect’s Handbook by Barbara Beck is a 8 chapter book which gives one an insight into how a house is built up from scratch. The book is written for  kids aim 8-12 year old to give them an insight into what an Architect does. Based on the drawings of Arron’s house the reader is shown step by step by Barbara how a house is built.
  • Writer’s Workshop: All About Me

    Dominique
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:49 am
    You're readingWriter’s Workshop: All About Me by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Tiger girl and me It has been a while since I last shared some tidbits about myself here on the blog. Most of the time I write about what experience the kids and I have been having or sharing about the places that we have been. In this post I would like to share with you more about me. The last time I did a post like this was 3 years ago back in 2011. 5 Things which you may not know  I hate crowds. I stay…
  • Experience a Magical Disney Christmas at Changi Airport

    Dominique
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm
    You're readingExperience a Magical Disney Christmas at Changi Airport by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Gigantic Spanish Mickey and Minnie at Terminal 2 Looking to experience some Disney Magic? Come on down to   Singapore Changi Airport  The Magic of Disney can be felt this festive season as the airport comes alive with figurines of Mickey , Minnie and the friends. From now till 5th of January 2015 Changi Airport has been transformed int a a magical holiday wonderland with various Disney…
 
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    SANses | A Singaporean Mummy In Sydney

  • 30 days to go

    Sandra Tan
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Well, to our trip back to Singapore, of course! I am so looking forward to going back, catching up with family and friends, good food galore and no housework to do for three months. Okay, the order might be a bit topsy-turvy but needless to say, I am HAPPY to be back. Can. Not. Wait! We don’t have much stuff planned yet, though there will be some major change. One major change to be exact. Jayvon will be attending Primary One! Now, he’s already attended almost two years worth of formal school here in Sydney, so he’s used to the whole school system (of bells ringing to signal…
  • “So I am in an MLM”, and other great conversation enders

    Sandra Tan
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    There, I’ve said it. Life in Sydney has always thrown me so many curveballs, this is probably just another one. What am I referring to? Well, you probably would have seen some posts I made on my Facebook timeline about some “Crazy Wraps” or seen me post some before and after photos (none of the photos are of ME personally… but that’s only because I am seriously shy of it. So maybe when I’ve scaled back a few more dress sizes haha!) I must admit… I am a tad wary about using this term “MLM” but only because there’s been a couple of…
  • A Behind-The-Scenes Peek: Say Cheese!

    Sandra Tan
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:06 pm
    I would like to think that my children are pretty good-looking. But trying to take a photo to PROVE that… is tough. I thought life was tough when I just had Jayvon, and he was in a “I DON’T WANT TO SMILE” mode. But multiply that by THREE, and you get lots of blurry, out-of-focus shots on the phone. There are muttered threats, frowns, exasperated sighs of “Look HERE!” “Xavier!” “Jayvon!” “Zoie!” “Xavier!!!!” that accompany most photo-taking times, when I *try* to capture the siblings all in one single frame.
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  • Thanks, Rachel and Rachel and Brian

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:15 pm
    In September, my friend Rachel Hough said, "Hey! I've got a lake house--let's go!" So this weekend we did. I've spent the past few months trying to find my new balance. Briley is in the fifth grade (which is the worst grade ever invented if you ask me); Hadley's in her last year of middle school; Brian's busy with teaching and picking up the pieces that I drop as I try to juggle my life. The transition of having my mom at home with us has really been an easy one, but it's a change nonetheless. My last TMI Mom book, Girlfriend Rules, was just published and my next book, Life With Extra…
  • Thank you, Brian

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Brian has been known as Brian on my blog for quite some time. I thought it was urgent to out his name after a reader said, "When you say The Dad, are you talking about your husband or father?" I thought mentioning "our kids" was clue enough. Apparently not. So, his name went public. He chortled lightly when I explained his coming out as Brian. He rolled his eyes just now when I said I wrote that he came out. He nodded his head and restarted his Netflix movie when I told him not to roll his eyes at me. See? See why I need to thank him? He let's me get buy with just about anything…
  • Thank you, Briley

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Today I'm thanking Briley. Briley is better known as Daughter 2. If you keep up with me on Facebook, you know that she's an avid softball-er and keeps me in stitches with her wit and humor.I have no idea where she gets it.The good news is that she's always been this way. Where Hadley's been serious, Briley's been not serious. As a baby, Hadley did more crying than Briley did--this was usually because we wouldn't let Hadley pick up her baby sister, and Briley was all like, "What? I left the womb for this?" But, Briley's also intense. She loves intensely. She gives her whole heart to her…
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  • Shopping in the Dark Ages versus now

    Susan
    1 Nov 2014 | 10:37 pm
    A hairy tale of bargain shopping in ye olden days, and some most excellent advice for looking bodacious in your new attire Way back in 1989 I got a job working in a retail clothing store. In those days if you wanted to get a bargain you had to wait for the big sales which usually happened twice a year. They were brutal. People would be queuing to get in before the store opened, and then carnage would reign as people who you normally considered to be quite sane (despite their questionable 80s attire), went berserk trying to get their hands on all the items they’d scouted the store for…
  • The How to Guide – Sibling Elimination

    Susan
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    How to eliminate a sibling without causing offence Miss 4 created a wonderful cut out family to play with. See the biggest one there? That’s me. I know what you’re thinking – the likeness is uncanny! As I lugged around that giant arm of mine, I asked her who the other people were. The smallest one is Miss 4 (poor thing has inherited my giant arm syndrome), and the skinny one with only one leg is Daddy. As I keen observer of the lay of the land in our household, Miss 4 told me she’d made me the biggest because I’m the boss. Unfortunately, Master 6 came along…
  • You can be the Grandma

    Susan
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:32 pm
    “I’ll be the Mum and you can be the Grandma,” said Miss Four. “Wait, what?” I said, tearing my eyes away from the very important work I was doing on the computer (Facebook). She thrust her doll at me. “Baby wants Grandma.” “Um, okay then but I’d like you to know that I’m a bit young to be a Grandma.” She looked carefully at my gray hairs, crows-feet and deplorable fashion sense, and smirked. Yeah okay, some of the girls I went to school with are grandmothers now, but that doesn’t mean anyone is allowed to think that I…
 
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • Black Friday Frenzy: 6 Tips to Help You Save Money & Your Sanity

    Lisa
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Jamie Kanner The hype is already growing.  I just read a story about one guy who has been sleeping outside of Best Buy in Los Angeles since LAST WEEK to nab a big screen TV for $200. Crazy maybe, but some people are willing to do just about anything to save a bundle. So how do you maximize your savings and stay away from the insanity of it all? View Black Friday Frenzy as a Shopping Mission. The bottom line: You gotta have a plan … Here are my 6 “BFF” top tips: Make a plan AND a list:  What do you really need? For whom are you holiday shopping? If you have kids, go…
  • Shop ’til You Drop? Fuhgetabout It. Kick Start Your Fab Finds At ‘Loree’s Closet’

    Lisa
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Loree Wasserman, owner of Loree’s Closet In case you had not noticed the subtle red, green, and gold decorations that have been adorning every store since before Halloween, the holidays are coming! If it’s not too early for other stores, it’s definitely not too early for us. At Loree’s Closet, the holidays are our very favorite time to shine and we think you’ll love what we have in store for you whether you are styling it up for the party season, prepping for holiday travel, or searching for that perfect gift! Loree’s Closet will be bringing our eBay store LIVE! to…
  • Mom-To-The-Rescue: 7 Failing Parenting Behaviors … Here’s How You CAN Change Them

    Lisa
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman We can all agree that we are very different parents than our own. For better or worse, I believe we extract what we loved and cherished about our teen years and leave out what we dump on our shrink’s couch. And I think after raising two and a half teens (we’re still ‘in progress’ with number 3), I can look back with more compassion; understanding where my parents were coming from and why they felt strongly about certain things. And one thing I believe we all can relate to, as a parent of our generation, is that we admittedly do things our parents would have NEVER…
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  • Q&A with Nina Darnton, Author of “The Perfect Mother”

    Crystal
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:52 am
    A year ago I published The Mother of All Meltdowns, which opened a door to a beautiful story-telling world where moms shared their personal stories of meltdowns and not being perfect mothers. That’s why I was especially intrigued to read the upcoming suspense novel The Perfect Mother from  Nina Darnton, seasoned journalist-turned-fiction writer. Her book poses a universal question of mothers:  do you stand by your children unconditionally, or do you risk uncovering the terrifying truth that you may not know who they really are? Her’s a quick synopsis: The Perfect Mother is a…
  • A Trio of Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes to Try This Year

    Crystal
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    For pumpkin pie fans, Thanksgiving is like a personal holy grail. And while pumpkin pie is certainly fine and dandy, it also has a bit of a been there, done that element to it. If you are ready to take your Thanksgiving dessert options to the next level, try one of these three recipes: Snickerdoodle Bundt Cake For people who are not crazy about the taste of pumpkin, the Snickerdoodle Bundt Cake from Food.com is a terrific option. Rich in cinnamon flavor, this moist cake will top off any delicious meal of turkey and ham. To make the cake: Mix 1 cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon in a…
  • Help Make a Dream Come True! Today Only!

    Crystal
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:26 am
    Hey everyone, I’m posting to see if you’ll help make a dream come true! I’d love to hit the Amazon Best Seller’s List with my new book Clash of the Couples (a book I co-authored along with forty-five fellow bloggers). We recently hit #2 in our category (Marriage) and have been a hot new release several times in the past week. Today, you can download a copy for just $0.99 on Amazon. AGAIN – TODAY ONLY. That’s less than the Starbucks you’re currently sipping and would sure make this lady very happy! So please, please, please…download today! The more downloads, the greater the…
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  • For the Fallen – We Will Remember Them

    Phil Hollows
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. From “For the Fallen” by Robert Laurence Binyon For the benefit of my mostly US audience, in the UK and many other countries we buy paper poppies around the 11th to commemorate those who served and those who fell during the World Wars. The poppies specifically memorialize the killing fields in France and Belgium during WWI where the “lions led by donkeys” on both sides killed each other in…
  • Resolved: Overnight click-through issues

    Phil Hollows
    2 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    Although feeds were being served and email sent OK, some publishers experienced click-through issues overnight; the problem has now been resolved. We’re sorry for any inconvenience. Any subscribers seeing an error message now need to simply refresh the page. Today, job 1 is to update our monitors to better detect this kind of issue, which unfortunately went undetected by our automated system health tracking.        Related StoriesFeeds, Clicks and DNS ProblemsSome Metrics May Be Missing TemporarilyFalse Alarms and Click Through Issues Aug 1 
  • The One Easy Gmail Tip for Tracking and Testing

    Phil Hollows
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    We recently sponsored the slightly-awkwardly-named-but-totally-worthwhile Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta, and so naturally the topic of email came up (surprise!), especially in relation to testing email forms with different email accounts. It can be a real pain to create yet another email address for your site, and so we all have only a few addresses to go around. Right? Wrong! If you have a gmail account – and who doesn’t? – you effectively have an infinite number of email addresses. And I was surprised how few of the experienced bloggers and content marketers I met…
 
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  • A Thank You Sale from Child Label

    Daphne
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:18 pm
    You guys! We’re a few days away from Thanksgiving and as a THANK YOU for your incredible support of my other baby, Child Label, we’re having a special Black Happy Friday sale in this Friday. For 24 hours starting on 28 November midnight, there will be a 40% discount off all products. No promo code necessary as prices will be marked down on the site so just click and checkout, aight? We’re also super excited to unveil some fab new designs. Kirsten saw them and said “these are so cute I’m going to scream”. And she did. AYE AYE CAP’N BIRDS AND BUNNIES…
  • 4 months: Mr Personality

    Daphne
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:52 pm
    This little charmer is turning four months! I feel like it’s taken us forever to get here and I’m starting to enjoy the process as we inch our way to that place where everything stops being so incredibly hard. I’d never describe having a baby as easy but from experience, after several months with a newborn, you’ll wake up one day and discover that you’re finally there. In a sort of baby utopia. You’re able to go back to functioning (and looking) like a normal human person. Whether it’s conditioning or you end up getting real pockets of sleep, you…
  • Conversations that made me smile

    Daphne
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Finn: *tries to take a book from Kirsten* Finn Finn READ!! Kirsten: No, Finn Finn, if you want the book, you have to ask nicely. Finn: Jie Jie, GIVE FINN FINN BOOK!! Kirsten: What’s the magic word? Finn: MEESKA MOOSKA MICKEY MOUSE!! Truett: Hahahahahhahahah I taught him that. Kirsten: Oi, not that magic word!! You’re supposed to say please but ok, here you go, you cute little boy. Kirsten: Oh man that is so cray-cray. Me: That is so what?? Kirsten: Cray-cray! Me: How do you even know that word? Kirsten: It’s just a cool way to say crazy, everyone knows that. Me: Hey,…
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    The Mom Views

  • 9 Tips To Buy Kids Furniture

    Fabida
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    If you’ve watched Toy Story, it’s quite likely that you loved Andy’s room! The blue sky wallpaper with white clouds, kid sized furniture and of course, loads of toys!!   Most of us wished for rooms like that as kids, and now when it comes to our own kids, we’d like to have the best available. But buying kids’ furniture is trickier than buying for adults, in no small measure due to the potential users! So before you go on a mad spending spree and regret later, check out our super-useful buying guide here. Read on!!  How to Buy Kids Furniture   What to do before Buying…
  • Top 5 Brands of Organic Milk in India

    Fabida
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:12 pm
     “The cow is of the bovine ilk, One end is moo, the other milk” This was probably true when Ogden Nash was writing these lines, but today in India, there is a lot that happens between moo and milk!! The milk that is most commonly consumed by humans is cow’s milk. Among other cow milk benefits is its lowest fat content. Milk contains several nutrients essential for the body such as calcium, choline, potassium, magnesium and phosphorous, among others. These help enhance bone health, build muscle and lower blood pressure. Milk is also said to help people with depression and other mood…
  • 6 Ways Health Is Fun With Sunfeast Farmlite

    Swapna
    15 Nov 2014 | 1:15 am
    What comes into your mind the moment you hear “get healthy“!! I am sure, bland, tasteless diets,hours of excruciating exercises in the gym,watching calories and reading the nutrition facts on everything you eat, till your eyes get crossed. What if there were ways to get healthy without all the boring, taxing, annoying and soul sucking things that are usually dictated to us when we want to “get fit”? Well here are 6 completely fun, happy and awesome ways to stay fit, lose weight and get healthy. 6 Ways Health Is Fun  Dance it out Dancing is one of the best ways to get…
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    Etiquette Blog Modern Manners And Tips

  • Etiquette Training Business Bootcamp Webinar Replay

    Elena Neitlich
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    The webinar replay from the introduction to the etiquette business bootcamp is now ready for you to watch if you were unable to watch the webinar live, or maybe you would like to watch it again. This Webinar replay will show you exactly what is inside the etiquette training bootcamp 8 week webinar series. This [...]
  • Etiquette Business Bootcamp, Why Etiquette Is A Great Business

    Elena Neitlich
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    Etiquette Trainer Business Bootcamp Will Begin In January Get ready for our eight week webinar series for members of our Etiquette Moms programs who have joined us in 2014. This bootcamp is designed for existing new members and anyone else who is interested in teaching etiquette as a full time or part time business. If [...]
  • Forget Youtube, just lock her in the stocks.

    Elena Neitlich
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Youtube removed a video after it had been viewed over 85,000 times because it violated the site’s rules banning humiliation, harassment, and bullying. The video was recorded by a mother one day when shadowing her fourteen-year-old daughter at school. With hope of curbing her daughter’s irresponsible behavior (the girl had been skipping classes) the frustrated [...]
 
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    Bril

  • Practising spirituality with children, the Play-Way method

    Bril
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:37 am
    We all have been given a mission to be spiritual companions to our children, grandchildren, and young friends. There are many blessings to be shared across the generations. We also can do more to respect and cherish children’s spirituality. How do we express it? Through creativity, sharing experiences, narrating stories, questions and much more. “Practising spirituality with children-the Play-Way method” – is an attempt to reach out to the inner child in all possible ways the child would cherish. I would like to share learning approaches – art and craft, reading, group activities…
  • Safeguarding your children against dangers on the playground

    Bril
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:27 am
    In our bid to get our children more outdoor play, we must also safeguard them against seemingly harmless outdoors. This article is does not intend to prevent you from sending your child outdoors to play, but to ensure that when you do so, proper safety precautions are undertaken to everybody has a good time. Safety in Playgrounds: The first thing to look out for in any playground is that the play equipment is age appropriate. Younger children paying on equipment meant for older children is an accident waiting to happen. Chances are that the equipment is too heavy, too high or too fast. A good…
  • How can you help your toddler to talk

    Bril
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:51 am
    Remember the time when your baby used to turn its head in the direction of your voice? Not only do babies learn to recognize their mother’s voice right from the time they are in the womb,but they also have a natural interest in human voices. Babies also learn to understand words much before they can start speaking them. This means that words and sentences have already started forming in your toddler’s mind. From here on, you just have to help him enunciate these words. How can you actually help? Talk directly to your toddler: Talking directly with your toddler is the best way for him/her…
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    Nourishing Joy

  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #98

    Kresha Faber
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:55 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…
  • How to Make Homemade Evaporated Milk and Sweetened Condensed Milk (the Easy Way)

    Kresha Faber
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
      Want to avoid all the thickeners and preservatives that some brands of evaporated milk use? Make it at home! Evaporated milk, that slightly thick milk that typically comes in a can, is a fairly easy ingredient to make at home, considering it has only one ingredient: milk. But despite its simplicity, it’s also a bit cumbersome when done in the traditional way on the stovetop, which is how I’ve done it for years. To make evaporated milk, you heat milk and evaporate away 60% of its volume. The final result is silky and sweet and it’s what we use to make many creamy…
  • Thanksgiving Stuffing in the Slow Cooker

    Kresha Faber
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:14 am
    Stuffing might just be my absolutely favorite part of the traditional Thanksgiving feast. The problem, however, is that even when you plan well, the oven tends to be needed for several dishes right before serving, stuffing being one of them. (See our tips on Thanksgiving Meal Planning Made Easy.) So, considering that stuffing is really just a glorified bread pudding, why not move it to the slow cooker? We make bread pudding regularly in our slow cooker, and stuffing works beautifully! And as an added bonus, if you are responsible for bringing the stuffing to this year’s gathering, just…
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    Mom Favorites

  • Motivation Monday Linky Party 118

    Katie
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Welcome back party people! Did you check out our party last week? In case you missed it, you can find it here. Hard to believe that this week is Thanksgiving right? At our house we always make too much food so this week I am hoping for some awesomely original ways to use up all of our leftovers!  I love seeing what you come up with, thanks as always for contributing! Follow the Motivation Monday Hosts Barb of A Life in Balance Facebook | G+ | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter Mitzi of Written Reality Facebook | G+ | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter Lauryn of The Vintage Mom Facebook | G+ |…
  • 5 Winter Survival Tips for Moms: Supplements & Healthy Habits

    Katie
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:16 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias and its Advertiser. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone and should not be construed as medical advice. #24HourEsterC #CollectiveBias} I just got back from a milestone doctor’s appointment. I’m now two months post-surgery and nearly three months post-baby. My body is beginning to feel like normal, a new normal, but I’ll take what I can get. And… I’ve been officially cleared for exercise. This both makes me happy and bummed. I want to be healthy and fit back into my pre-pregnancy pants, but come…
  • DIY Brownie Mix for Holiday Gifts & Bake Sales

    Katie
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    {Fantastic Recipe for DIY Brownie Mix + Printable Label!} I had an oh-crap moment this afternoon.  It involved me forgetting that I was supposed to drop off bake sale goodies for Will’s preschool fundraiser.  Oops. Fortunately, the bake sale isn’t until Sunday.  Unfortunately, Will’s last day of pre-school for the week was yesterday. Which means, not only did I need to whip up something on the fly, I also now have to make a special trip to drop them off tomorrow.  Ugh. I love food.  I love to cook.  Baking though?  It’s just not my thing.  Probably, because…
 
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    Comeback Momma

  • Healthy Thanksgiving Celebrations with Edible Arrangements

    Jenn
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    Thanksgiving is a celebration known for being a high calorie holiday. Consider providing a lighter option for your guests with Edible Arrangements. My kids and their cousins LOVE the cool “fruit bouquets” from Edible Arrangements. They think it’s so much fun to eat “fruit on a stick.” Parents love that it’s a super easy way to get the kids to eat fruit. What a fantastic way to keep the “Kids Table” happy while the adults enjoy their meal. Of course the grown-ups also love enjoying the fruit arrangements. There is such a wide variety to choose…
  • Fall Fashion with Layers, Boots, Scarves and More!

    Jenn
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
    Fall Fashion with Layers, Boots, Scarves and More! I love fall fashion. You can have so much fun creating layered looks. Here are three collections I put together using the amazing clothes from ModCloth.com. They have a wide selection for all of your fall fashion needs. They best part is that they are reasonably priced too. Yippee! My first fall fashion collection is for a weekend. I might visit a farmers market or have dinner with my family in this outfit. How about you? Fall Layers from ModCloth.com by comebackmomma featuring an infinity scarf My next collection is for a lunch with my…
  • $100 Amazon Gift Card Blast!

    Jenn
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:13 am
    Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Pinterest blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe. Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here. Entry-Form The post $100 Amazon Gift Card Blast! appeared first on Comeback Momma.
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    Mommy Edition

  • How To Stay Sane This Holiday Season

    Jessica
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Everyone knows that the holidays can be a bit stressful. Between all the shopping, baking and parties, it can leave you overwhelmed and worn out. To many of us, the holidays and stress are synonymous. But let me let you in on a little secret – the holidays don’t always have to be so stressful. […]
  • Taking Charge Of Your Grocery Bill

    Amy
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:34 pm
    I know of few families who are not struggling with the steady rise in the cost of feeding a family. You can read opposing viewpoints all over the internet, but if you are out there buying groceries, you know that the containers are smaller and the prices are higher. It is difficult to find a […]
  • How To Start Christmas Traditions This Year

    Jessica
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:58 pm
    Want to make this season a bit more magical? Starting some great Christmas traditions is just what this season needs to add that extra sparkle to your family holidays. There are a few things to remember when thinking of what holiday traditions you would like to begin this season. Don’t try and add start too […]
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    Great Moments In Parenting

  • Don’t Judge Me, I’m a Mom

    youbabyandi
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Moms are judged too frequently. I had an incident with my daughter not too long ago at a lodge we visited for a weekend. It was 8 PM at night and we were at dinner shortly after we arrived. She normally sleeps at 8, so she was tired and grumpy. At this point, I’m starving and so is my husband. I quickly get my food and start gobbling. She cries. I try to calm her down, but she is persistent in her desire to leave. She starts screaming. EVERYONE stares. (This place had mostly couples.) A few remain staring. I look around and then hide myself with shame even though I did nothing wrong. My…
  • My Daily Genesis

    Ariel Chesler
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    Sometimes I feel as if my daily life as a parent is like the story of Genesis. In the beginning you created, well… procreated, not the heavens and the earth but a star, or stars, something to revolve around. And somebody decided to call them children. In the beginning, there was Darkness. And it was good. So good. In fact, let’s linger here in the darkness, warm and under the covers for a while more before the cries, and the demands, and the rushing about commences. Actually let me go back. If we’re being honest, before the Darkness there was interrupted sleep. First, there was…
  • Laundry For Moms

    TheDustyParachute
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:36 am
    The post Laundry For Moms appeared first on Great Moments In Parenting.
 
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    Shivani Cotter

  • How To Be Creative In A Pinterest World

    Shivani Cotter
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:22 pm
    How To Be Creative In A Pinterest World Creativity… It’s a phenomenon!  I’m not telling you that you have to create the perfect piece of eye candy so all your Pinterest viewers will worship you and hate you at the same time.  I really love the site, but genuinely believe that my favorite things on Pinterest are not posted by humans, but rather a breed of aliens sent to this earth deliberately to make me feel bad about myself. So… have you ever wasted your time getting creative?  Did you think the outcome would be a masterpiece?  If you answered yes to either of…
  • What’s The World’s Greatest Lie

    Shivani Cotter
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:09 pm
    What’s The World’s Greatest Lie Friends, you are so lucky, because today, I am going to share something with you. It’s so important! I learned this from my “friend” The Alchemist. It’s the worlds greatest lie and you need to know it! My life has been filled with a bit of crap lately. From minor little blimps to pretty major things that would bring anyone down. For the most part, I have stayed up-beat but today… well, today was one of “those” days. No matter how much I tried to stay positive, something kept getting in the way. I wish I knew…
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  • THANKS FOR BEING A STEP MOM

    Amy Elizabeth
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:51 am
    “It is not happy people who are thankful; it is thankful people who are happy.” ~Anonymous I love thanksgiving.  Sure the turkey, cranberries, and pecan pies are good, but it is the meaning behind the holiday that means so much to me.  Giving thanks, tossing around the gratitude like confetti, that is what warms my […] The post THANKS FOR BEING A STEP MOM appeared first on We Are MOMO.
  • I SAW THE ADVENTURE…

    Amy Elizabeth
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:11 pm
    It’s our hearts that choose to be Step Moms.  We start by opening the door to a new world and we see the little faces.  Suddenly we find that we already walked through the door into a new adventure, leaving the world as we know it behind. It was the day after Thanksgiving six years […] The post I SAW THE ADVENTURE… appeared first on We Are MOMO.
  • ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST

    Amy Elizabeth
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:50 am
    If you are a Step Mom, chances are you are not going to get recognition for a lot of the things you do and that’s ok.  Keep doing it anyway. Oh I get it.  I really really do.  You want a successful family.  You put your heart and soul into your role.  From lunches to […] The post ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST appeared first on We Are MOMO.
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    Oubly.com

  • 10 Mouthwatering Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

    Vicki Dean
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    It’s time to dig out those elastic pants folks, Thanksgiving is almost here! Is there anyone that doesn’t crave the sweet delicious tastes of the holiday like pumpkin, caramel, pecan, cranberry, and apples? We have provided 10 unique and mouthwatering takes on the traditional Thanksgiving dessert recipes that include these delicious ingredients and more. Serve any of these and your guests will all leave with smiles on their faces and leftovers in their hands.  1. Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip  Image via: Oh Sweet Basil The heavenly tastes of pumpkin and cheesecake combined into a creamy dip?
  • Enter to Win Free Holiday Greeting Cards

    Oubly
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    We recently launched a fine collection of holiday greeting cards just in time for the holiday season. Each beautiful card is given a glamorous touch with the addition of Oubly’s signature edge painting. Do you need to send out holiday greetings soon?  Well then, you’re in luck. Oubly is giving 10 lucky winners a set of holiday greeting cards. Use the Rafflecopter To enter! Be sure to return on November 21 to see if your one of ten winners. a Rafflecopter giveaway Tweet This Post
  • 10 Ways to Make Stunning Thanksgiving Wreaths

    Vicki Dean
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s Thanksgiving time. Hooray! It’s time to show gratitude and thanks for the blessings around us. And it’s time to smell the glorious scent of pumpkin in the air and see the stunning red, orange and yellows of the season everywhere we go. As you are preparing for your feast and decorating your home with cornucopias and pine, don’t forget that a wreath is a great way to greet your guests and set the tone for the holiday. We have gathered some of the most stunning, creative and easy-to-make wreaths out there. So grab your glue gun and in no time you’ll be able to create any of these…
 
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    Our Growing Roots

  • {These Moments}

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:22 am
     Today, a Friday ritual from Soulemama. Some photos - no words - capturing moments  from the week. Simple, special, extraordinary moments. Moments I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
  • At Libby's House

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    Girl's night. For ten years we've met. We've talked. We've convened on Wednesday nights to eat snacks, talk about our lives, and reconnect with each other. Girl's night started at my house, but it's been at a plethora of different locations. For the last several years girl's night has primarily lived at Libby's house. Libby is one of those people. You know the kind? The kind that touches you to the bottom of your heart. She speaks grace, and laughs easily. She's sweet, caring, and creative. She's the kind of person you look for in a friend. As I was thinking of my favorite places it…
  • Mandazi - Oh How Tasty!

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:34 am
    Have you ever heard of mandazi? I'd never heard of it until this morning. I was reading up on Compassion International's website when I discovered the recipe linked from their kid's magazine - which I also didn't know about until this morning. The recipe seemed very simple and after a quick check I realized I had all the required ingredients. I had nothing of consequence on the agenda planned for this morning, so it was the perfect opportunity to have a little fun with the kids making something new!Mandazi is a food eaten in Africa and it is described as being quite similar to donuts. My kids…
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    Norfolk Mums

  • Ecoegg – The Clever Way to Wash!

    NM
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    There comes a time when you come across a product that you are dubious about trying – for me it was the Ecoegg! Ecoegg told me about their passion of producing eco-friendly products that don’t include any harsh chemicals, are environmentally friendly and good for your health. They sent me my very own Soft Cotton Laundry Egg and some stain remover to test out. How to setup the Ecoegg Setting the Ecoegg really couldn’t be any simpler. Each box includes an egg and two types of pellets, dark coloured tourmaline pellets and white mineral pellets. You simply press the child proof…
  • Is It Ever Acceptable To Leave A Child Home Alone?

    NM
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:17 am
    It’s been reported that a mother who left her six-year-old son home alone for 45 minutes while she attended a driving lesson is battling to get a caution for child neglect removed from her records eight years later. As a result of this case and several others, the government is being pressed to issue clear guidelines governing at what age and for how long children can be left home alone. At present there is no legal age limit on when you are allowed to leave your child alone. It is, however, an offence for a child to be put at risk by not being supervised. [youtube…
  • The Owl and the Pussy-cat

    NM
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    “The Owl and the Pussycat” is a classic poem written by Edward Lear, first published in 1871. It features four anthropomorphic animals – an owl, a cat, a pig, and a turkey – and tells the story of the love between the characters who marry in the land “where the Bong-tree grows”. “The Owl and the Pussycat set out to sea in a pea green boat with honey and “plenty of money” wrapped in a five pound note.” This winter, Puffin are releasing this picture book edition of the classic poem and features beautiful illustrations by Charlotte Voake. The…
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    Living on Love and Cents

  • Christmas on a Budget: DIY Mantel Using Moving Boxes

    Heather Brummett
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    We are swimming in moving boxes. But we are HOME! Yes our real, Texas home! I am so excited to celebrate the holidays with our family here at home. All the boxes got me thinking. How can I reuse them? We have so many! How about a DIY Mantel using moving boxes? It could work. […] The post Christmas on a Budget: DIY Mantel Using Moving Boxes appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • 30+ Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

    Heather Brummett
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Thanksgiving is almost here y’all! It is freezing cold here in Houston. This weekend we are staying in and I would love to decorate for the holidays. Here are 30+ awesome and easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids that I just love! We will give some a try this weekend. Thanks to these awesome bloggers for […] The post 30+ Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • DIY Christmas Decorations: How To Make Colored Popcorn Garland

    Heather Brummett
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
      With a few simple supplies that you probably already have around the house, you can make colored popcorn garland to adorn your tree. This really is a craft for the whole family.  You can decide what colors will best match your Christmas decor. For this project we went with traditional red and green. DIY […] The post DIY Christmas Decorations: How To Make Colored Popcorn Garland appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
 
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    Change-Diapers.com

  • 2014 Black Friday Cloth Diaper Sales & Cyber Monday

    Maria Moser
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Post contains affiliate links. Black Friday-Cyber Monday is a great time to get deals on cloth diapers. If you see something you like, don’t wait because stock goes quickly. I’ll add to this list as new sales/specials are announced. Looking for a particular item or store? Hit ctrl+F on your keyboard (command+F on Mac) and […]       
  • Thirsties Ocean Collection is Here! + Giveaway (12/3)

    Maria Moser
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Post contains affiliate links. I was able to see the Ocean Collection at ABC and was given their new one-size AIO in the school of fish print. I’m in love with these prints, I think because they are the perfect mix of cute and modern/clean thanks to the white background. We’ve been (im)patiently awaiting their […]       
  • Bummis Flannel Fitted Winner Announcement

    Maria Moser
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:16 am
    530 people entered this giveaway with 2243 entries in all. The winner is Melissa B. Congratulations, I’m sending you an email so you can claim your prize!       
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  • Not so fast lady...

    Tracy Evans
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:03 am
    I used to be able to snap a picture of Natalia at any time. Now, I'm lucky if I get her in frame at all. She loves the camera but likes to ham it up so much it's hard to get a decent photo of her without a hand or foot coming at me  at warp speed - most be all those karate lessons.
  • Anything but pink...

    Tracy Evans
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Natalia isn't the kind of girl who worships princesses, Barbie dolls and Disney fairy tales. Her Christmas list rarely contains anything frilly or pink. Natalia's the kind of kid who has to be told to wash her hands so her fingernails don't look like a mechanics. The kind of kid I have to talk into wearing any shade that even resembles pink. The kind of kid who rather skip a shower so the syrup and school glue can set in her hair. And you know what? I wouldn't have it any other way. Now, that she's eight she understands that she has to take some time groom herself so she's…
  • Itsy bitsy spider...

    Tracy Evans
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    Some of the best small town Halloween decorations are just a few miles down the road from my house in an area called the Kentlands. Lots of shops and homes with spectacular displays...makes you wonder where this law office keeps the gigantic spiders the rest of the year...
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    AppleGreen Cottage

  • How to make Christmas tree decorations from felt - TUTORIAL

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    A toddler in your house? Let me show you how to make easy, unbreakable Christmas tree decorations that don't run a risk of being crushed to splinters. There is good chance you'll want to make your Christmas tree safe (and fun) for your toddler, avoiding any thin-glass or similar easily breakable ornaments. We have opted for this solution, leaving the marvellous just-watch-don't-touch glass
  • Get your veggies - Free printables

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Time for your FREE PRINTABLES again! You'll probably remember that first page of free printables with photos of fruit I got you last time. You may or may not yet have found the time to have them actually printed out, but now another page is coming along and it might make the game more interesting :) Help yourself to some veggies! Click here to GET your free PDF file for printing:
  • Turn It Up Tuesday

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hello, it's Tuesday again, and guess what - it's time for another party! I just love it. Have a look at the amazing posts and see which one has been featured. I got to pick one of my favorites too, yeey! You might even find a new favorite blog to read - wouldn't that be perfect? Let's dive in together! Welcome to the 61st week of Turn It Up Tuesdays! We're so happy to have you here this
 
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    Naturally Frugalicious

  • Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Crunchy Topping

    Lilah
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    As the weather gets cooler and more crisp, I am always looking for unique ways to serve sweet potatoes – even if I am the only one that will really eat them. I am still trying to convince my children they are yummy as they are healthy. But until I do, I eat them alone. And I am cool with that. Should I find myself gluttonously ravenously hungry, any extras that no one eats are left for me – which I can (and will) eat without any guilt. Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Crunchy Topping Are you familiar with Nature’s Path? If not, Nature’s Path products include…
  • Show Me the Kwan Game

    Lilah
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:40 pm
    It’s not quite a board game, definitely not a video game, and a whole lot of fun! It plays very quickly and works for any number of players (ages 10+ – can be slightly younger if simple spelling of words is not frustrating). Show Me the Kwan is a fast-paced, dice rolling, word game. Given the chosen category the players must call out fitting words where either the first, second or last letter correspond to the lettered dice that were rolled. Each dice has an assigned point value. At the end of the 1 minute round, all players must count their points on the dice they collected. To…
  • The effect of man-made disasters on wildlife

    Guest Post
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:09 am
    As well as natural disasters, such as tornadoes, hurricanes and floods, some of the world’s most devastating disasters are caused by humans. Throughout history, humankind have inflicted a number of catastrophes that have affected not only people, but have also devastated the environment and put ecosystems at risk. However, while natural calamities may be outside of our control, we can work to safeguard the animal kingdom from man-made disasters. Let’s take a look at some of the main driving forces that lead to self-inflicted disasters. Oil spills Image © Marine Photobank on Flickr In…
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    Potty Training Child

  • PeapodMats- Great Solution For BedWetting

    Susan Nipa
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:11 am
    PeapodMats are the perfect solution for bed wetting. One thing you would have noticed about having a baby in the house is that you may end up doing lot more laundry than you’d expect…and it’s the thing that doesn’t end! Frustrated with bed wetting? Tired of changing and making the bed every day?The tried and tested PeapodMats are so fantastic! They have a top layer of cotton terry towel that’s so breathable and soft, and their middle layer is made of cushioning fibers that can easily absorb large amounts of liquid. These mats have few stitched grind lines that prevent them from…
  • Bed Wetting Tips That Can Help

    Susan Nipa
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:34 pm
    As you keep training your child not to wet the bed, consider a few bed wetting tips that can help ensure drier mornings and make the process easier.Bed Wetting Tips & Solutions Be patientThis is the advice most often given to parents about children’s bed wetting. Although it is difficult advice to follow, it is also sound advice to a point. Since bed wetting often corrects itself in part or in full with time, a combination of some treatments and some patience is often necessary for success.When trying new bed wetting treatments, it is often a good idea to give the treatments time…
  • LumiPotti – The Only Complete Potty Training Product

    Susan Nipa
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:52 am
    Potty Training In The Dark?You wouldn’t would you? Can you just imagine the spills and the near misses that you would be clearing up if you even tried!Potty training your little one from day-time to night-time can be messy and a little bit daunting for both of you. So making night time potty training as easy and stress free as possible is important – we all know what sleep deprivation feels like.We know that no one would probably like to go back to those early days of parenthood when everything was a bit of a blur and you can’t remember much. This is where LumiPotti comes in, the potty…
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    Ruth Alade Inspired

  • Lessons From My Nine Year Old

    Ruth
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    My nine year old recently started learning how to play a trumpet and boy oh boy, are we in for a LOT of ‘noise’! Prior to that, he’d been learning to play the keyboard since he was six and I remember those early days… Tears… resistance….tantrums…. because he thought he couldn’t do it! I knew […] The post Lessons From My Nine Year Old appeared first on Ruth Alade Inspired.
  • Don’t Let The Negative Chatters Weigh You Down

    Ruth
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    I got the inspiration for this post from my husband. He is an ‘addictive sketcher’ and in his latest video, he was talking about how not to let the negative comments people make about your sketches  or drawings weigh you down. As I watched it, it came to me that it actually applies to everything in […] The post Don’t Let The Negative Chatters Weigh You Down appeared first on Ruth Alade Inspired.
  • The 3 Income Producing Activities You Should Be Focusing On Everyday

    Ruth
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:56 am
    When building a business, it’s soooo easy to become distracted and loose focus. There are so many things to distract….Facebook, Twitter, email, ….and oh….’shiny objects’….there’s always a new course or tool popping up every second! And if you are a mum like me, you know that it’s even easier to get distracted with your precious […] The post The 3 Income Producing Activities You Should Be Focusing On Everyday appeared first on Ruth Alade Inspired.
 
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