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  • Controlling the Computer Clutter: How to Become a Digital Neat Freak

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    Carla Young
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Is your computer chock-full of digital clutter? Is your hard drive overflowing with old files? Are your folders a random jumble of documents? Is your email inbox your main (if not only) reliable storage system? Is your VIRTUAL desktop a LITERAL mess? It happens. To the best of us. You start off with good intentions. THIS time I promise to keep my hard drive neat and tidy, THIS time to promise to delete old files, THIS time I promise to stick with a consistent naming convention. THIS time I promise to save documents to a folder and not the desktop. Only THIS time is like all the other…
  • Trend Update: Are Digital Consumers Happy With Smart #Tech Devices?

    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families
    Beth B.
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    What factors and usability issues need to be overcome for consumers to adopt technology?     I have a simplistic attitude towards consumer technology that stems from my background in programming, database design, usability testing and technical project management: the device have a good interface and fit in the workflow of my daily life. This sounds easy but in reality has been my biggest challenge. I have experienced usability challenges on everything from smart watches that are not smart, which this BGR blog post documents very well, to smart devices, which  TechCrunch also…
  • I am Home!

    Kimchi Mamas
    Kimchi
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    We often get stuck in the past. We pay a high price when we do. When we dwell too long in negativity that we have experienced, we often lose out on many great possibilities. Difficulties in our lives, especially those that seem to occur and re-occur, are usually the road map to our own hero’s journey. If we spend too...
  • Dolby Atmos Tech Update and Insurgent Preview!

    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families
    Beth B.
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    .Please see the bottom of the post for giveaway details (GIVEAWAY CLOSED)!   Last Tuesday I not only had the opportunity to attend a preview of the movie “Insurgent” (released Friday March 20, 2015)  but the location was in the San Francisco office of Dolby Laboratories Inc in their theater set up for Dolby Atmos audio.     My sons and I read the Divergent book series and saw the first movie “Divergent“. Insurgent is the second this great adventure series and has also a top rate cast that includes Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller,…
  • Bring it On and American Sniper

    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom
    Jessica Gottlieb
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:47 am
    I’m living on bread and butter and whatever else is making it’s way into the sandwiches. Mostly ham, always with at least one cheese. I might be gaining weight but it’s happy weight so it’s good. I think. Alexander arrived in Paris just a few hours ago so we settled him in and went for a walk along the St. Martin Canal. We found baguettes and wine from Bordeaux along with Coca Cola for Alexander. My leg is healing nicely but I’m still walking a bit slower than usual which is oddly a good thing. Without a little ache in my calf I’d never have wanted to be…
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    Kimchi Mamas

  • I am Home!

    Kimchi
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    We often get stuck in the past. We pay a high price when we do. When we dwell too long in negativity that we have experienced, we often lose out on many great possibilities. Difficulties in our lives, especially those that seem to occur and re-occur, are usually the road map to our own hero’s journey. If we spend too...
  • 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...
 
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    Techmamas - Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families

  • Dolby Atmos Tech Update and Insurgent Preview!

    Beth B.
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    .Please see the bottom of the post for giveaway details (GIVEAWAY CLOSED)!   Last Tuesday I not only had the opportunity to attend a preview of the movie “Insurgent” (released Friday March 20, 2015)  but the location was in the San Francisco office of Dolby Laboratories Inc in their theater set up for Dolby Atmos audio.     My sons and I read the Divergent book series and saw the first movie “Divergent“. Insurgent is the second this great adventure series and has also a top rate cast that includes Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller,…
  • How To: Mobile Photo Printing and MyPrintly.com Photo Crafts

    Beth B.
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:21 pm
    I have always open about the dichotomy of being equally tech savvy and craft challenged. Even looking at the beautiful crafts on Pinterest makes me hyper ventilate..When I took the time to understand what caused my advanced state of craft issues, I realized that I just need simple steps to follow. Of course, when those steps involve technology that helps automate some steps, even better! When I was asked by MyPrintly.com (disclosure: my client) to create some videos with steps on how to use the HP Envy Printer to print from iOS and Android mobile devices, I jumped at the chance. Not only…
  • Trend Update: Are Digital Consumers Happy With Smart #Tech Devices?

    Beth B.
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    What factors and usability issues need to be overcome for consumers to adopt technology?     I have a simplistic attitude towards consumer technology that stems from my background in programming, database design, usability testing and technical project management: the device have a good interface and fit in the workflow of my daily life. This sounds easy but in reality has been my biggest challenge. I have experienced usability challenges on everything from smart watches that are not smart, which this BGR blog post documents very well, to smart devices, which  TechCrunch also…
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • Bring it On and American Sniper

    Jessica Gottlieb
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:47 am
    I’m living on bread and butter and whatever else is making it’s way into the sandwiches. Mostly ham, always with at least one cheese. I might be gaining weight but it’s happy weight so it’s good. I think. Alexander arrived in Paris just a few hours ago so we settled him in and went for a walk along the St. Martin Canal. We found baguettes and wine from Bordeaux along with Coca Cola for Alexander. My leg is healing nicely but I’m still walking a bit slower than usual which is oddly a good thing. Without a little ache in my calf I’d never have wanted to be…
  • You’re Kind of a Bitch of a Mom Blogger

    Jessica Gottlieb
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:11 pm
    This weekend someone texted a link to a post on Scary Mommy along with the words, “read to the end”. So I did. I sputtered and reread the words and then I thought I’d read it again, I was incredulous. I haven’t read Scary Mommy since it was a one woman website and I knew it was raw, who doesn’t like raw? I didn’t know that it was for bad mothers. Not the kind of bad mothers like Catherine Connors, the tongue in cheek Her Bad Mother, but the kind of mothers who really do need some parenting classes, some boundaries and maybe a chat with their own families.
  • Reflecting on 9 Years at The Wesley School

    Jessica Gottlieb
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:20 pm
    I’ve just signed the contract for Alexander’s High School. Now that we’ve completed the application process for a second child I’d like to talk to you about The Wesley School where both my children attended elementary and middle school. In the coming weeks parents of middle school kids and then a week later elementary students will get their acceptance letters and have decisions to make about which school to attend. This is written for you, the prospective parent. Hopefully it will help you make a decision. As a rule I do not blog about my children’s schools.
 
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    Karen Andrews - learning through life and creativity

  • Au Revoir!

    Karen Andrews
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Hello! Here we are a few days out from our trip and I feel like I need to leave a few reminders and notes before I go. My life over the past few weeks has been led by ‘to do’ lists and meetings (why is March so busy?) and so, along the way, when people have asked if I’ve been excited about the trip, my honest answer has been that I haven’t had a chance! And this is still the case, although when I catch a look at our passports, or some Euro notes that we already have, then the excitement factor does start to dial up a bit. Both Keira and I have packed (so have the boys…
  • Tips on How to Market Your Book

    Karen Andrews
    15 Mar 2015 | 1:02 pm
      I had the pleasure of talking to Summer Land last week via Skype about writing and marketing your book once it has been published – a sometimes tricky topic but, as I mention in the video, Summer does it very well. Further details below. As ever, you can watch the video or just listen if you would prefer.   Topics Discussed - How Summer pitched the idea of her book at the Sydney Writers’ Festival – and that book was picked up on the strength of that pitch! - How the book was structured. Given some of it was collected from existing blog content there was a balance…
  • What I’m Reading – March 2015

    Karen Andrews
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:31 pm
    I had a really good library visit last week. You know those magic days when you walk in and stroll along the shelves and pluck down titles you’ve known about for a long time but haven’t gotten around to reserving or finding some other way. Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett is one of those titles. I’m about to start it, and have heard very positive things, but first wanted to get Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell under my belt. My hold on it finally came in and I knew I had to finish before we went overseas because no doubt there’s still a long line behind me.
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  • Back A Dream in Honor of International Women’s Day

    Aruni
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:25 pm
    I don’t often publish promotional content on my blog, but when someone reached out to me for this campaign that goes through the end of March 2015, I thought it was worth sharing.  You can help an entrepreneurial woman towards achieving her dream by checking this opportunity to help via Kiva.org out.  Please watch the video and read the information about how you can participate below. More than seven billion people live on Earth. That’s seven billion hearts beating. Seven billion bodies breathing. Seven billion minds creating thoughts and ideas all over the world. Yet, so many face…
  • Entrepreneurial Traits and Multi-tasking

    Aruni
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Happy New Year!  I thought I’d get a new post out before the 15th of January, but here we are half way through the first month of 2015! My boss shared this link: The 7 Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs (Tenacity, Passion, Tolerance of Ambiguity, Vision, Self-belief, Flexibility, and Rule-breaking) with our team a while back.  I was surprised that they said most entrepreneurs weren’t neurotic.  I’ve met more than a few neurotic entrepreneurs and have felt like one myself at times…maybe they define it differently than I have seen others exhibit it. There are so many…
  • Crossing the Corpus Callosum – Music & Analytics

    Aruni
    27 Dec 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Entrepreneurs can be a little conflicted at times.  Some of us are very analytical and logical.  Some are very creative (artistic, musical, etc.) and conceptual.  Some are both. For those of us who cross the corpus callosum often, it can cause some interesting right brain/left brain integration challenges and short circuits.  I know this from personal existential experiences…we can sometimes be misunderstood.  We know how to use a spreadsheet, but all of our ideas and feelings can’t always be confined to a logical process of deduction.  Maybe it’s like wearing bi- or…
 
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    Lotus Carroll

  • “Love Is…” Challenge Winners

    Lotus Carroll
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Congratulations to the winners of last month’s Self Portrait Challenge! First Place: Javier Toledo Second Place: Kelly Richards Third Place: Steffie Neve Fourth Place: Martin Heller You can see their photos below – this, my friends, is Love. <3 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 http://goo.gl/qc7VO Javier’s first place image will become the avatar for the Community…
  • In February 2015

    Lotus Carroll
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’ve started taking a lot more photos with my phone than I used to take. I still shoot with my larger camera(s), but I’ve enjoyed the simplicity of using my phone: I don’t have to “pack” it up, I don’t have to lug it around, I don’t have to worry about lenses (though I do have little ones I can put on my phone). When I take photos with my phone, I get taken back to the basic idea of capturing a moment, rather than worrying so much about things like fstop and shutter speed. It’s kind of liberating! Now, don’t get me wrong, I love being…
  • February Self Portrait Challenge: “Love Is…”

    Lotus Carroll
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Love – there are so many different conceptualizations about what it is, and people often disagree both about what is is and how it makes them feel. We figured that we’d let you guys battle out your feelings about that on the “Self Portrait Stage” for this Challenge. Tell us: Is Love Cruel? Is Love Kind? Is it something else? What is Love? Let’s see how you can conceptualize this with your self portraits! Your image can be serious, sappy, tragic, humorous or whatever you like, and can deal with any kind of love you are moved to emulate… get creative and…
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  • Beau Rivage Entertainment Lineup 2015 @BeauBiloxi

    CajunMama
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:03 pm
    We just got the lineup for the amazing headliners at Beau Rivage in Biloxi! Beau Rivage Resort & Casino’s 2015 entertainment calendar is full of exciting headline acts for every taste. Whether it’s the biggest comedy stars or iconic legends, the 1550-seat Beau Rivage Theatre showcases incredible artists from every genre. Additional acts will be added regularly throughout the year. Please check beaurivage.com for entertainment updates. All headline shows are in the Beau Rivage Theatre. Tickets for select performances are on sale now and can be purchased at (888) 566-7469 or…
  • Road Trip with @Enterprise Rent-A-Car {plus giveaway}

    CajunMama
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:59 am
    It’s that time of the winter where cabin fever has surely set in and many families are itching for a road trip adventure. Here in Louisiana we’ve just celebrated the Mardi Gras Carnival season, which is actually a family friendly experience. With Mardi Gras season over, it doesn’t mean the end of Good Times, it’s only a prelude to the springtime festivals and fun happening all around Louisiana. With just a few weeks left of winter, we’re chomping at the bit to get out of the house and take a winter road trip. While my family loves to take road trips in our own…
  • Carnival Vista to offer new options for family cruise travel #TakeInTheVista

    CajunMama
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:10 am
    Yesterday Carnival Cruise Lines revealed details and images of the highly anticipated Carnival Vista. While we’ve been waiting to see what’s new, the offerings for families is more than we could imagine. The Carnival Vista builds on the success of previous Fun Ship 2.0 offerings along with being Carnival’s most innovative ship ever. Currently being built by Fincantieri in Montfalcone, Italy, this newest Fun Ship is scheduled for an inaugural season beginning May 2016 with Mediterranean and European itineraries. The Carnival Vista will then grace the port of New York until…
 
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    Adventures in Babywearing

  • And here, the Ides of March

    15 Mar 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Here's some things to write down: I didn't think it would be like this. This time I'm in, where I am, how I am handling it all. Not saying I am disappointed or not, it's just that I didn't think it would be like this.Before we moved to Ohio I knew we were ready for a change, long overdue actually. So when we ended up finding out that we had to move again so soon from there I took it hard. Most people would say it was a good thing that I didn't lay down any roots but I saw it as missing out on even having the chance to plant something. I soon found that I would love it here- the ocean, the…
  • Things to write down :: first of Feb

    7 Feb 2015 | 6:59 pm
    We got to our hotel on Tuesday night and I looked out the window at the glowing Space Needle and thought we've got to stop meeting this way. It was an actually okay drive. We beat traffic there and back and I'll just say that I'm glad to not be in a car right now. The infusion went fast- I'll definitely be asking for more 8am start times. He's growing in weight and height. This is very very good. I even slipped in a little visit with Joy- one of our new directors for LTYM: Seattle. She came to see me at the hospital. Noah and I hightailed it out of there when we were done before noon and…
  • Oh to sit still

    3 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    It is days like these when I long to be trapped under a nursing, sleeping baby. I remember it, sometimes frustrated by it, not being able to get up because it would wake her but also having nowhere else to be. I could stay there.Someday I might want to recall a play by play of life right now. That would look something like sleeping a little late today 7:26 am... and my first thought was Monday. And not in a good way. Carter's already up. He helps me wake everyone else and I get breakfast going/lunch packing/empty the dishwasher/dig in laundry basket for clothes yet to be folded and put away…
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    The Bloggess

  • And that’s why I don’t trust hypnotists

    thebloggess
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    One of my friends went to a hypnotist to stop smoking and it made me think that I need to find a hypnotist to hypnotize me into thinking that I’m doing a good job in life. But then I started worrying that maybe I’d already used a hypnotist to make me think that I was doing okay but that the hypnotism has just worn off.  And if that’s true then I should I find the hypnotist and ask for my money back, but I can’t because I don’t remember going to see a hypnotists.  And that sort of makes sense because if he’s a really good hypnotist he probably…
  • Stop reading.

    thebloggess
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:26 am
    Stop reading this right now. Seriously.  Stop it. You can’t stop, can you? Or can you?  Have you stopped?  If you have, I’m applauding you.  You can’t hear it because you’ve stopped reading but trust me, you are awesome.  And you know what else you are?  You are a LIAR.  Because you are still reading.  You’re still reading because you don’t listen to authority and you’re not about to let some stupid-ass warning keep you from doing whatever it is you want to do.  And you know what?  I am with you. WE’LL READ WHATEVER WE WANT TO AND NO…
  • Jesus. The google searches I’m going to get for this one…

    thebloggess
    22 Mar 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Facebook just suggested I wanted to see a story entitled: “Man arrested for breaking into funeral home to perform sexual act on female corpse” My first thought was, “YOU DON’T KNOW ME, FACEBOOK.  That is NOT the kind of weird shit I want to know about and I really don’t appreciate what you’re implying.” My second though was a mental image of a man performing a strip-tease while standing on a corpse, but I’d guess that’s not what happened.  I don’t know for sure because I didn’t click through.  I think it’s the…
 
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    So Close

  • Why is it always the same moms selling the hot dogs?

    Tertia
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
    I have a question for the parents of school going children re extra curricular involvement in your child's school. Or put another way: Why is it always the same parents who volunteer to cover books / work at the cake sale / sell hot dogs? I am not trying to judge, I am trying to understand the reasons why some people don't volunteer to help out. I have thought about it, and these are some of the reasons I can think of: Many parents work full day - they are simply unable to help out during the day. Maybe some parents believe that the school should be doing this and not asking the…
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  • A candid moment in Zanzibar

    dooce
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:35 am
    "These women are not only the caretakers, they are often the teachers, the health care providers, the community leaders."
  • Tanzanian sunset

    dooce
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:43 am
    One way in which I catalog my travels.
  • A baby African antelope

    dooce
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    I actually did try to figure out how to get this one on my plane home.
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    Mommies With Style

  • Black & White #FashionFriday

    Whitney
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:16 am
    I stumbled across a few fun black& white themed pins this week on Pinterest and got on a black & white kick. Here’s a couple of the pins – Love these looks. So year round and versatile and you can always snazz up any of these looks with a colorful scarf or shoes if you feel like you need a little splash of color: I love the Gingham shirt in these pins… I have one from J.Jill that’s similar to this J.Jill yarn-dyed linen big shirt ($79) and it goes with just about anything. Here’s a more casual black & white look which will work soon with spring…
  • Laundry Room Makeover REVEAL!

    Whitney
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:03 am
    Remember back in January when I posted about Mud Room Organization?  Our front foyer has been a dumping ground for kids shoes, backpacks and jackets for years and I CAN’T STAND IT. Hubby had started talking about us giving our laundry room some sort of “mud room” functionality – in other words, make the laundry room (the room that’s away from the normal stream of traffic in our house) the dumping ground. I looked at a few options and fell in love with a proposal from a rep who came out to visit from Closets by Design.    She spent over an hour sitting at my…
  • Love the Positivity in this Workout Gear Line: THINK

    Whitney
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:02 am
    Positive thinking and empowerment: that’s what THINK women’s fitness apparel promotes with their line.  Check out this tank top I wore to the gym yesterday: The THINK Strength tanktop is $32.  It’s a really light, loose fitting tank that was perfect for my workout.  You can get THINK Strength but also Beauty, Courage, Hope, Love & Positive.  See the complete line here. I also wore it with these matching THINK Strength Yoga Pants, $59. I just love everything about this line.  They’re promoting positivity, a healthy lifestyle AND??!  At the end of each month,…
 
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    Kids Activities Blog

  • 20 Healthy (and super cute) Egg Recipes For Kids

    Birute Efe
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Eggs are one of the most common breakfast items for many families. We eat eggs almost every morning. Understandably it gets boring after a while and it gets harder to get kids to eat a healthy and nutritious egg breakfast. Mama has to get creative. That’s why I sat down and found the best egg recipes for kids. I had 3 criteria: healthy, easy to make and cute to look at. I will admit – not all of these egg recipes are easy to make, but you can always improvise and make it your way. 1.Healthy Egg Flatbread Pizza. No kid will say NO to this! via lajollamom 2. Carrot Crescents Filled…
  • Make Deviled Egg Chicks

    Shannon Carino
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Deviled egg chicks are the perfect addition to a spring table! Nothing says cute quite like a platter of little chick eggs looking up at you and they’re a great way to use out all those boiled eggs for Easter.  Use your own favorite deviled egg recipe and you know your little ones will gobble them up! What You Need to Make Deviled Egg Chicks: Boiled eggs Mayonnaise, mustard, and other deviled egg fixings (I use just mustard/mayo) Baby carrots Black olives A sharp knife A butter knife A straw with a small opening How to Make Deviled Egg Chicks: Boil your eggs in advance and let them…
  • 20 {No-Prep} Fine Motor Skills Activities

    Jamie
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    When you have a toddler, it can be hard to find activities that keep them busy and don’t involve any prep on your part! These fine motor skills activities aren’t just fun to do, but they’re easy to set up as well. I know that’s so important when you have little ones running around! Fine Motor Skills Activities: This bottle sorting game is so easy you can actually play it right at the table in a restaurant. All you need is a bottle and some toothpicks. Or you could try the bottle sorting game with pipe cleaners or pom poms to practice color matching at the same…
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    Fluid Pudding

  • I think I’ll just stick with Waffle Pit Party. (With emphasis on Pit and not Pity!)

    fluidpudding
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    I’m just going to say it. If Madonna ever calls and wants to grab burritos with me, I will turn down the offer. I probably won’t say this to her face, but I really don’t think we’re compatible. And that’s okay. She’s MADONNA, which means she probably has a lot of friends (both genuine and not so much). I don’t have a lot of friends, but I really like the ones I have, and there’s no room for Madonna in my Hyundai. (I also don’t have room for Mariah Carey, Ashley Judd, or Elisabeth Hasselbeck. In fact, it just took me nearly 20 minutes to…
  • I said, “In these shoes? I doubt you’d survive.”

    fluidpudding
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:06 pm
    On the third day of spring break we found a new favorite popcorn place after we ate cookies at our favorite cookie place. On the fourth day of spring break we went to the zoo. And that’s where I remembered that the zoo makes me sad. On the fifth day of spring break I baked Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, and it was just as good as it sounds. Also on the sixth day (which happens to be today) we joined new friends for lunch at the biggest Chinese buffet I’ve ever seen and then we walked something like 382 miles on the Katy Trail. (I’ve been walking a lot lately. Up…
  • Everybody’s got something to hide, except for me and my monkey lamp.

    fluidpudding
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:27 pm
    It just occurred to me that Fluid Pudding is nearly 13.5 years old. It’s face is starting to break out, and it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a lady. This has been a tricky week for many reasons that I refuse to go into. Many reasons for which going into is refused by me. Of which going into is refused? Anyway. You don’t need to know. This is what you need to know. (Here I sit on a wooden chair in my kitchen smelling like patchouli oil (because I DO) and determining what it is that you need to know. This is how the world works sometimes.) I finished the Stone…
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  • Seize the Radish

    Momo Fali
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:03 pm
    When I was young my mom used to tell me to taste every kind of food I was offered; if I didn’t like it I would never have to eat it again. It turned out that that only thing I didn’t like were radishes. For nearly four decades I ate everything but radishes, because radishes tasted like dirt. Until a few days ago. Last week I ate a delicious radish. I had a radish awakening, if you will. And, if you won’t, please pass the radish over here. © Alexey Lisovoy | Dreamstime Stock Photos I’m actually not speaking metaphorically – or maybe I am – it doesn’t…
  • My Tribe

    Momo Fali
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    I was going to sit down and write thank-you notes this weekend to the hundreds (really, that sounds crazy, but it’s truly hundreds) of people who have reached out to me in the last couple of months; cards, emails, gifts, texts, wine, food…so much food…phone calls, visits from old friends and time spent with family. I have a LOT of people to thank. It’s a little overwhelming. Also, my pants are tight. Instead I drank wine with my sisters, reconnected with an old friend from high school, played games at an arcade, enjoyed a full day of sunshine and laughter with some of…
  • He Speaks the Truth

    Momo Fali
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:07 am
    My 12 year old son has been known to have anxiety and OCD. To know him is to love his perfectionism, his lining up everything in the colors of a rainbow, and his constant obsession with rings. Right now we have a little extra anxiety going on, so in addition to seeing a therapist I made an appointment with the pediatrician. She had him complete a survey on his inner-most feelings. And, while we have concerns about some of his behavior clearly we don’t have to worry about self-esteem, because when he checked off Item 25 he scoffed then said, “Oh, please! EVERYBODY loves me.”
 
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    Tammy Gibson | A Mom in Red High Heels

  • 9 Reasons to Organize Your Closet

    Tammy Gibson
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    With the weather changing to spring-like temperatures, you’ll need to pack away your winter clothes and boots.  Now is an excellent time to get some spring cleaning done and sort through your closet. Before you give up trying to organize “that mess,” let me give you the benefits of an organized closet. When your closet is stocked with ONLY items you love, and wear, a few magical things start to happen: Getting dressed each morning is quicker and easier. When you have less choices, you can clearly see what your options are and a decision is made swiftly. Spending less time…
  • Crepe Erase First Impression

    Tammy Gibson
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:37 am
    “I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Crepe Erase. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” As we age, we spend a great deal of time trying to prevent aging on our face.  We use many products, receive treatments at the dermatologist and maybe even do some facial firming exercises to help reduce the signs of aging.  With this anti-aging strategy, we many times forget about the skin on the rest of our body- the sagging skin above the knees; the loose skin under our chin; the…
  • 8 Tips You Need To Look & Feel Your Best This Spring

    Tammy Gibson
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:56 am
    The winter woes are almost behind us; we’ve been cooped up, living under layers, craving comfort foods, working out irregularly – and possibly even struggling with a spell of seasonal depression? Rejoice! Springtime is near and while we welcome the season happily, it’s a little easier said than done to adjust mentally and physically so quickly. Are you ready to jump right into regular workouts? Ready to bare your bathing suit-body? What do new seasonal beginnings actually look like? Talk about pressure.. Spring Recharge: 8 Tips For A Healthy Seasonal Transformation Nutritionist…
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  • Thai-Inspired Carrot Quinoa Soup

    Elisha Joyce
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:54 am
    Today I want to share a recipe for a soup I made a couple of nights ago: a thai-inspired carrot quinoa soup. Traditional carrot soups are usually creamy – and we’re not a creamy soup kinda family. We like bulk. We like texture. We want to eat a bowl of soup and feel like we’ve eaten… not be left with feelings of ‘what else is comin’.” THIS soup did just that – satisfy. Here’s what you’ll need: 8-10 large carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/4″ rounds 1 medium onion, diced 3 large garlic cloves, diced and smashed 1 large stalk of lemongrass, quartered and pounded (or three…
  • How to Raise Independent Kids

    ModernMom Staff
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:57 pm
    I have found that many teenagers are being coddled too much by doting parents.  So when it comes time to go to college, they break down because they haven’t been taught independence skills.  I have seen so many kids so sheltered that they have a terrible time with the basics of doing laundry, cleaning, and making a schedule ( that the teenager makes and follows).  I truly believe practicality and common sense are just as important as book knowledge to be able to deal with the pressures of the world. This was an e-mail that I received right after someone asked me to write a blog on how…
  • Peep Kebabs Dessert Recipe

    Jane DeLaney
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:46 pm
    Who doesn’t love Peeps? The delicious marshmallow treats hit shelves around Easter time every year and they are just so sweet! For an extra-decadent holiday dessert, try this recipe for Peep Kebabs: Ingredients Peeps® in assorted colors Large marshmallows Decorative sprinkles Sanding sugar Brownie cake mix 3 T chocolate pudding 1 c milk chocolate chips (This is plenty for 6 or less skewers) Wooden skewers Directions Bake brownies according to box directions adding 3 tablespoons of chocolate pudding mix/powder.  Let cool completely. Melt chocolate chips and dip whole marshmallow in…
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  • Race Recap – runDisney Princess Enchanted 10k (Part 2)

    Christina
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    [Note: This is part 2. You can find the first half of my recap in Part 1.] The Race At 5:30am, the Fairy Godmother took the stage with the race announcers, and provided the countdown for the first corral. Fireworks burst into the sky as the first group took off running.  The first corral’s fireworks signaling the start of the race. I shivered and continued to wait as three more corrals moved past us to the start line and went through their own countdowns. Finally, it was our turn. My mylar blanket fell off of me as the group was moved to the start line. I wasn’t going to need it…
  • Race Recap – runDisney Princess Enchanted 10k (Part 1)

    Christina
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:39 pm
    [Note: I tried writing this recap as a single post. It was nearly 3000 words. To spare your eyes, I’m breaking it up into two parts.] It was after last year’s Disney Social Media Moms Conference, where I ran a two mile fun run through Disneyland, that I decided I wanted to run in a runDisney race event. I loved running through the parks, and wanted to do it as part of an official race, with a medal. I really hadn’t run anything more than a 5k, and the idea of traveling across several states just to run another 5k was not going to work. If I was going to do it, I had to…
  • Review: Disney’s (Live-Action) Cinderella

    Christina
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    In case you haven’t noticed, we’re big Disney fans in this household. Just a few weeks back, the entire family traveled to Walt Disney World to spend a week in the resorts and parks, and to take part in the Princess Half Marathon weekend. (I promise a recap post on that is coming soon!) While at Disney, we saw promotions for the new live-action Cinderella movie, of course. And why not – the castle in Magic Kingdom is named for her, she was the most popular princess for a long time (before Rapunzel, Anna and Elsa came along), and her story is one that is known by just about every…
 
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  • Snowy spring renews age-old weather debate

    Suburban Kamikaze
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:26 am
    People are always asking me, "Suburban, we know that you are a creature of the tropics trapped in a frozen wasteland of deep-dish pizza eating people who mispronounce their vowel sounds, but if you were to move back to South Florida, wouldn't you miss the change of seasons?"  Spring in the Heartland: Leave your hats and gloves behind. It's an interesting question, and one that we in the Kamikaze Weather-Related Complaint Department have given some thought to.  First, the deep-dish pizza contingent, while obviously wrong, does not have as big a slice of the demographic as…
  • 8 Things Moms of Teenage Girls Can Cross off Their List of Worries

    Suburban Kamikaze
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:38 am
    8. Are we getting enough sprinkle cupcakes in our diet? 7. Do we have enough nail polish to get us through to the end of time? 6. Am I doing enough for the Victoria's Secret shareholders? 5.  Where should I look for that expensive new scarf/sweater/bracelet that has gone missing? 4.  How can I be sure there is enough drama in my life? 3. How will I ever keep up with the stuff that Taylor Swift did this week? 2. Where can I find someone willing to give me the unvarnished truth about my appearance? 1. What if something I did, or said, or wore was stupid? How would I know?  The No…
  • This week in lost causes: Perspective

    Suburban Kamikaze
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:01 am
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  • Version 48.0 XY2

    KC
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:51 pm
    We are pleased to announce the much-anticipated release of Version 48.0 XY2 which replaces Version 36.0 XY2. This version features the following upgrades: Look! New aminals {sic} accessories!* Make mealtimes special (and dangerous)! Wolf ears to unleash the wild beast inside! *Selection varies. One size fits all. Aminals accessories can't be easily laundered, be forewarned. Look! Surfer mode! (sample convo during surfer mode activation) Female programmer: I love you. Version 48.0 XY2: Why? Female programmer: Because you're my son! Version 48.0 XY2: I'm not your sun! I'm a kid, DUDE! Advanced…
  • What my Fitbit thinks

    KC
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:49 am
    "Hmmm....taking the elevator again? I'm totally recording this." "La-la-la-la-la. In the bathroom. La-la-la-la-la. Nothing to see here, carry on!" "Nice! 30 minutes of "running!" Finally, woman! This is what I've been waiting for all week." "Took me off at 4pm? She's given up on life." "Hey, if running around the house at the kids' bedtime helps you make your 10,000 steps, go for it! I'm tired of being the neighborhood Fitbit disgrace at our Fitbit potlucks." "She must be really sick to not even put me on today. Call 911." "Well, I prefer pants if you must know, but I realize you enjoy…
  • Santa Claus in the house

    KC
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am
    At our kids' school Gala and Auction a couple of months ago, The Husband and I spent a lot of time trying not to be intimidated by the live auction. First, there was a Glamazon auctioneer who reminded me of a Stepford Wife on robo-auctioneer mode. Second, people clearly had done this before, adeptly flashing their number cards at high-speeds with subtle nods of their heads. Items were going for high bids - surprisingly high. Generosity was in the air, and important factor: there was an open bar. It was nearing the end and we still hadn't raised our number card into the air, but we wanted…
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    20 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
    This collection of outfits for little girls are perfect for spring! Colorful floral and tribal patterns paired with denim and light weight blazers will…
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    20 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
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  • Let’s try something new…

    Daphne
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:51 pm
    So, haven’t posted lately because Mark and I are consumed with opening a NEW eatery.  It’s the first time he has done a fast casual concept.  I give you a news links HERE  Please like it on FB or instagram. … Continue reading → The post Let’s try something new… appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
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    Daphne
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    Ah, the joys of home ownership.  Just when we felt like we were getting ahead. Paying the bills and I was starting to fantastize about a trip this summer our water heaters were about to burst.  Along with some other … Continue reading → The post Basement Vacation appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
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    3 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    So, I’m trying to lose my grief weight and it’s not easy when the deeper I get into my 40’s my metabolism seems to slow at a logarithmic rate.   Give up wine.. no.  Give up white sugar, mostly I … Continue reading → The post white flour fantasy appeared first on Cool Mom - Funny videos on parenting and pop culture.
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  • Odds and Ends

    whoorl
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    1. Daughter tells her mother she hates her. Mother does this. Pretty epic. 2. This makes me so happy. DANCE, PEEPS. 3. Things looking pretty grim? You’re bound to feel better after watching one (or many) of these. 4. Tom Hanks does Tom Hanks. 5. This is so terrifying. Sadly, I don’t think teens are the only ones distracted. 6. Shifting gears, I was hoping to add a pair of white jeans to my capsule, but am having the worst luck. I’ve tried these, these, these, these, and these. (I know, right? Citizens of Humanity is usually my go-to for jeans – I know the fit, I love…
  • Winter Capsule Wrap-Up (And Spring Preview!)

    whoorl
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:25 am
    Hi ho, here we go. I am officially transitioning into my Spring capsule (full capsule will be on the blog next week!), but, in the meantime, I’d like to share my official thoughts on my first capsule wardrobe go-around. Let’s start with some of the issues. When Weather Rules Your Life You guys, Oklahoma weather is insane. Completely unpredictable and a real pain in the ass when it comes to choosing from a limited amount of clothing picked for a particular season. If I were still living in Southern California, wearing a capsule would be a total breeze, so you ladies out there, I…
  • Odds and Ends

    whoorl
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    1. I love faces, and I’ve been pinning them like crazy this past month. 2. I very much resonate with this post by Grace Bonney of Design Sponge. Great read. 3. What is the purpose of love? According to genes and human history, this answer might differ from what we are raised to believe. 4. Cardio makes you fat! Science says! 5. But wait! It’s already being refuted. Better hop back on that treadmill. 6. Do any of you use coconut oil for toothpaste? I just don’t know. 7. An open letter from your horrible Facebook friends. Good stuff. 8. I am so down with this denim trend. A…
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  • #InsideOutEvent Coming up!

    Kas
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    I’ve been able to sneak some info for you guys about PIXAR’s upcoming film INSIDE OUT that hits theaters June 19, 2015. Well next week I’ll be sharing even MORE fun from the... More here
  • NEW Film NOBLE PLUS Downton Abbey GIVEAWAY

    Kas
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Are you a fan of Brendan Coyle? You may know him as the loveable Mr. John Bates in Dowton Abbey. He has a new movie coming out that is sweeping up the awards at film festivals right now: They broke... More here
  • The Visionary Behind Each Costume in Cinderella: Sandy Powell

    Kas
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:47 am
    Sandy Powell has been in the business for quite some time now. She’s done a bit of costume designing for every genre. Whether she is styling gangsters in The Departed to Prince and Princesses... More here
 
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  • Celebrate Earth Day with Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom

    Crystal
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm
    TweetNext month I’ll be making the journey east to Orlando, Florida to learn more about Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom. I’m incredibly thrilled to break my own traveling hiatus to spend three days celebrating at Walt Disney World with 24 other bloggers as we experience Disney in a whole new way — without children! I’ve done it before, but I’m so excited to do it again. During my time in Florida I will have the opportunity to see Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom (narrated by the one and only Tina Fey), interview Disneynature Ambassador Dr. M Sanjayan and…
  • Birds in a Nest with Cheese and Bacon

    Crystal
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:17 am
    TweetThis is a partnered post with Eggland’s Best. As always, all thoughts and opinions stated are my own. I’ve been making Birds in a Nest for my family for years. It’s such a fun take on the traditional eggs and toast breakfast and the kids absolutely love it. When I was making Birds in a Nest for myself this week for breakfast, I decided to add another breakfast favorite — bacon! And since I was adding bacon, I decided to go ahead and add some cheese too. I just couldn’t resist, y’all. I was a big fan of Birds in a Nest before adding bacon and cheese,…
  • DreamWorks Animation’s HOME Movie + Giveaway

    Melanie
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:09 pm
    TweetThree days…that is what stands between us and spring break. As much as I’m looking forward to beach days and outings with my kiddos, I’m also looking forward to just hanging out at home. I remember home; it’s the place we drop off backpacks on our way to Girl Scouts, gymnastics, and PTA meetings. Three days…I can’t wait! I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the same day we kick off spring break, DreamWorks HOME is set to hit theaters. DreamWorks Animation’s newest film HOME is the story of Oh, a lovable alien and fugitive from his own…
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  • Time continues to move forward, pushing us along with it

    Veronica
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:13 am
    Two weeks ago I changed the name on my Sleepless Nights facebook page. Today I requested it be merged into my Veronica Foale Essentials page. It was time. I knew it was time and yet, I’m still a little sad about it. As business decisions go, it’s a smart move. Merge my social media profiles, streamline any time spent updating pages, consolidate my fan base. As someone who has spent nearly eight years writing here, it was a big move. It’s sad to make the change from Sleepless Nights branding to Veronica Foale Essential branding. It’s a new chapter, sure, but a new…
  • Sales, business, and writing.

    Veronica
    8 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    We didn’t have a market this weekend, and my long suffering joints breathed a sigh of relief. I took less painkillers and I let the exhaustion creep in, just a little bit. We’ve been working hard, all of us, and it was time for a break. The nature of my particular disability means I can only push it so far before it begins to push back, and while I am more determined than smart sometimes, taking this weekend off was the smart thing to do. I celebrated of course by making lots of soap, catching up on the work I’d been otherwise unable to do, due to markets, travelling, family…
  • Rotten eggs smell bad. Rotten duck eggs are like vile grenades from the pits of hell.

    Veronica
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:17 am
    I was in the kitchen when I heard Nathan shouting at the puppy. “Come back here, drop it! Shit.” The door flew open and Heidi skittered in on the lino, followed closely by Nathan, swearing. Heidi dropped something and darted back outside, Nathan hot on her tail, kicking whatever it was she dropped outside on his way. It was about here that I realised things were going to be terrible. “What is it?” I shouted after them, heading to the bathroom window – which incidentally is not frosted glass, which is why I have to check for stray farm workers before I strip naked…
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    20 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
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    20 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
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  • Fractured

    Sarah Visbeek
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:12 am
    Since January, I have been training to run a half marathon on March 29th.  Even throughout the Snowiest Winter on Record this year (true fact), I ran outdoors when I could (rarely) and indoors on a dreadmill when it was too cold or too snowy (which was most of the time, it seemed).  I never knew I could run 7 or 8 miles on a treadmill.  How immensely boring, right?  But I did it. I did a long
  • You've Got a Friend

    Sarah Visbeek
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:41 am
    As I settle into my early 40's, I find myself becoming less and less interested in the superficialness of social interaction. Meaning, I'm kind of picky and I like it that way. At this stage of the game, I'm consciously making the choice to surround myself with women whom I'm comfortable around. These women have actually known my husband longer than they have known me!  I first met all of
  • Movie-Induced Narcolepsy...It's a Thing

    Sarah Visbeek
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:20 am
    We all have our crosses to bear.  But this, this affliction that I have, well, it's kinda embarrassing. You guys, I fall asleep during the movies. At home, this behavior is much more acceptable, if not actually expected, after almost 16 years of marriage.   1.  Hubby puts a movie on.  2.  I fall asleep.  3.  He wakes me up after the movie is over to go to bed.  Lather, rinse, repeat. As a
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  • The Dirty Habit that Can Improve Your Child's Health!

    Jessica Velasco
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    For many parents, “dirt” is a four-letter word. Don’t track it in the house. Don’t pick it up. Don’t eat with it on your hands. Yuck!What if we were to tell you dirt, mud, grime, and germs were good for your child’s health? It sure would make spring a much more bearable — and enjoyable — season! Fortunately, there is scientific proof that playing in the mud is a healthy childhood activity.Get Outside Already!The average child spends at least seven hours a day inside. Over the last 20 years, the amount of time that children spend outside has steadily decreased. In those same…
  • 4 Easter Basket Gifts So Awesome Your Kids Won’t Notice the Missing Candy

    Nancy Flanders
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Sugar, sugar, and more sugar. That’s what Easter morning means to so many children (and adults)! But do they really need every type of candy in their basket? Probably not. This year, substitute at least some of the candy with these adorable gifts. They won’t even notice that there’s less candy in there.Bunny SlippersAdorable, warm, and fuzzy. Kids love slippers and kids love bunnies. It’s a win-win, especially with ones as cute these slippers that we found on Etsy.Easter PuzzlePuzzles are great for motor skills, memory, and problem solving. That sounds much better than a sugar crash,…
  • 5 Decor Tips for Nesting Mothers-To-Be

    Nancy Flanders
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This is a guest post by Julia Marchand, writer for TinyPrints. If there's one thing that a mother-to-be feels (other than nausea), it's the urge to fluff and primp her baby's nest. Decorating a nursery is an important part of baby preparation, as it's likely that Mom won't feel ready until every pillow is in place and every onesie has been washed. For first-time moms, pulling it all together can seem especially intimidating. Here are a few tips to keep you on the right track for creating an inspiring space without getting overwhelmed:1. Keep it SimpleAdjusting to a newborn’s schedule…
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  • Helping the "Tomorrow Me"

    Carmen Staicer
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    It's a concept that I frequently use, and yet, I didn't know the official name until I saw it mentioned yesterday on Facebook.  Helping the "Tomorrow Me".  For example, I know that tomorrow morning, I'm going to be super crazy trying to get everyone ready, and packing lunches takes a lot of time and effort - so I pack them the night before. I know that I will have a terrible time getting my makeup together, so I pack up the bag and put it in my purse to take out to the truck with me so I can do it while I'm waiting in the truck for the school doors to open so I…
  • Adulthood - Overrated or Underappreciated?

    Carmen Staicer
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Sooooo, I was reading Facebook, like I do 394757383 times a day - it's the curse of working online in Social Media, your Facebook is open all the danged day and I am super ADD and distracted and one of my friends posted that she just - was giving up. She was done. She was done being an adult. Done with all of it.  This is me. Almost all the days.  But I started thinking about being an adult, and I think it's pretty cool. After all, hypothetically speaking, I can do what I want, right? I mean, if I was to spend the entire day in bed watching House of Cards - yes, I'm…
  • Dreaming

    Carmen Staicer
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:02 pm
    I have spent most of the past few days wrestling with alligators (real or imagined, only you can decide), picking my battles, and suiting up for infantry work.  Just another week, eh? But what I wanted to talk about was dreams.  I am a *vivid* dreamer. I dream all the time, every night, several times a night.  My husband does not ever dream. I mean, I'm sure he does - but we have been married 25 years and he has never ever ever remembered a dream. Ever.  I think that's so weird.  Not my image, credit here: http://jamajurabaev.deviantart.com/art/Dreamscape-VIII-197991736 This…
 
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  • We Waited Until the Late Afternoon

    SusieJ
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:51 am
    Share This: when the sun wasn’t so hot to start our excursion. And, we saw a tortoise. There were a couple of snakes, but they were too fast for the camera. Everyone was throughly and satisfactorily worn out. One complete day. Related posts:How it's gonna beT...Treading the High Places of the EarthI...Stop Storing Lettuce In Your FridgeW...Make a Giant Photo Poster for Under $10S...I'm Doing Her A Good&...Fake Eggs, Fake MilkT...
  • On Choosing Not To Wrestle Alligators

    SusieJ
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    Share This: I really shouldn’t be running. Not cut out for it, and I never have been. At least I run alone. I don’t ask anyone to run with me, and I don’t ask to join others — I’m Not a burden. I run in places where people don’t even know my name. Even as a kid the thought of having a tight chest and becoming out of breath has kept me far from the track. As I age, however, I see the discipline of running as a way to master control over so much that can’t be reined in. Running is my private thing. It’s not about the physicality: It’s about…
  • That Flush of Spring Break is Over

    SusieJ
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    Share This: The early flush of spring break quickly wore off as life began to hit us hard. The evenings I had hoped to spend catching up with my son, lingering over warm vegetable-laden soups were quickly replaced with this: Kids, in order by age:Z,A,D,J Who knew that the hairstylist that was running late on a Tuesday afternoon could cause such an avalanche of misfortunate timings. Including a lost pair of sunglasses, Z missing J’s performance and maybe even a C on a science exam. Me: “Get in the car. You need to drive J and me to the high school – we need to be there right now!”…
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    20 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
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    20 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
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    20 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
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  • Cool coloring books for adults? Yes!

    Heather Flett
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    I had never even considered the idea of coloring books for adults until a few weeks ago, when Jessica Ashley mentioned that they help keep her focused on long conference calls. Wait, what? That’s awesome! I asked her for some recommendations and before I knew it, I had bought myself two coloring books and a set of fancy markers. Side note: my birthday was coming up so I told my kids that if they didn’t have a present for me they could give me the coloring books and markers. Holden thought shopping for my own self was ridiculous but the others thought it was fantastic: Milo,…
  • 25 Activities to try during your maternity leave

    Heather Flett
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:45 am
    When I have a long stretch of unstructured time, I just about lose my mind. I like to have goals and a to-do list, even if its someone else’s list. Running out of ideas for what to do with your baby during maternity leave? Here is my list of goals for you. Try to choose one outing or activity to build your day around. Afterward, you can spend the rest of the day staring at your baby or hiding from your baby and I won’t judge you one bit! Be fearless 1. Observe Fearless Fridays. 2. Talk about sex. 3. Go on a recon mission. 4. Take your baby swimming. Scary and fun. 5. Take your…
  • Tech Tuesday: All-you-can-read children’s books from Amazon

    Heather Flett
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Thank you to Amazon for sponsoring today’s post. When my oldest son started reading, I learned that there are two Holdens: the one that is constantly in motion, never stops talking, wants to touch every single thing and the one that quietly reads for hours at a time. I need that second one in order to live with the first one. You get me? No matter what, we make time for reading every day. We keep lots of books — both old-fashioned and electronic — in the car to reach our reading goals. Since our route around town is pretty straight, the boys do it while I drive. Kindle.
 
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  • LUVS Super Absorbent Diapers {Review}

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:59 am
    I was very particular about the diapers I used with each of my babies, but it differed with each one. Julia was my LUVS baby, and boy how I wish their Super Absorbent diapers were available to us... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • Easter Candy Baskets {DIY}

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    15 Mar 2015 | 10:58 pm
    I have always been a sucker for sweets, especially sour gummies. They are my downfall, I must admit. In spite of trying hard not to have too many sweets in the house, I figured it IS Easter. And what... Would you like to read the rest of this post? Be sure to visit fromdatestodiapers.com for the full post.
  • Easy Easter Pudding Cups

    Christine - From Dates to Diapers
    14 Mar 2015 | 9:54 pm
    My kids have always loved to play with me in the kitchen. With Easter coming up, I decided to let them help me create a special treat. They like to call them “dirt cups”, after a dessert... 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

  • This Week: Spring Break Day Trips, Easter Crafts, Free Swimming Lessons Lottery

    Ravelle Worthington
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    While the official start of spring came with yet another snowstorm, temperatures are on the rise and hopefully here to stay as we gear up for spring break! If you're looking for ideas on how to spend the time, check out these fun excursions in nearby Jersey or our roundup of spring break camps, with something for all ages and interests. The upcoming break isn't the only thing on New Yorkers' minds. Hundreds of parents, teachers and education advocates are preparing to protest against Governor Cuomo's controversial education reform proposal in support of NYC public schools this Saturday. Also,…
  • The Wonder of Learning: A Free Reggio Emilia Exhibit for Kids to Explore

    Kelly O
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    As a parent of two young daughters who attend a Reggio Early Childhood Center called Amazing Magic Beans in Sunnyside, Queens, I was beyond thrilled to hear about The Wondering of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children exhibit. In previous years, Reggio exhibits have designated a small interactive area for kids due to space constraints. We lucked out this year with two different discovery-based ateliers in large open spaces where children can play and explore to their hearts' content. We went as a family and the girls had so much fun, we literally had to drag them out of there at closing…
  • Egg-Cellent Games

    Ally Noel
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:32 am
    This simple idea is a great way to re-use all those plastic eggs the Easter Bunny may leave behind. All you need is a permanent marker to turn those eggs into these learning games.  There are so many different ways to make this game fun for your child. You can practice uppercase and lowercase by drawing the letters on each side of the egg and matching them.  Or, you can discover compound words by writing each half of the compound word on each end of the plastic Easter egg and see how many words you can create. Get some hands-on experience with word families by writing the endings on one…
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    Workout Mommy

  • Flip that tire!

    workoutmommy
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:36 pm
      I love the wisdom of Winnie the Pooh!  No matter how bad things may seem today,  tomorrow is a chance to start over again.   Tire flipping is a FANTASTIC workout—try it out and let me know what you think! copyright owned by www.workoutmommy.com Please do NOT reprint without permission. Flip that tire!
  • Spring Workout ideas!

    workoutmommy
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:14 am
    Spring is FINALLY here and I could not be more thrilled! I am not a cold weather fan at all, so at the first break of warm weather, I take my workouts outside! Here are some of my favorite spring workout ideas: Walk: Not only is it a great form of low impact exercise, but walking daily can drastically reduce your stress levels. I like to wear my Fitbit and see those steps add up. Feel free to add me as a Fitbit “friend”! Ride your bike: While I love a good spin class, nothing beats the feeling of fresh spring air on your face as you ride around town. Riding bikes outside is a must in your…
  • Age is just a number!

    workoutmommy
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    I have many friends who tell me they are too “old” to start a fitness program. Just another lame excuse that makes me want to scream!   Let me introduce you to my Uncle John.   He will be 72 years young in May and did not start a fitness/running program until his late 40s. In 2003,  we ran the NYC marathon together and while I have long since retired my running shoes, he keeps on going! He finished the NYC marathon again in 2014:   And just last month he completed the Ft. Lauderdale Half Marathon! He is living proof that age is just a number!  (and he is definitely one…
 
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    Cutie Booty Cakes

  • Skylanders Easter Basket - DIY

    Renee Ross
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:59 pm
    It is hard to believe that Easter is just around the corner. This year is truly flying by! I have already prepped an Easter Basket for my son using items that are available at Walmart. My son is a huge Skylanders fan, we have Skylanders Giants, Swap Force and Trap Team so I just know he is going to be ecstatic when he receives his basket this year! I choose 6 megablocks featuring characters from the game($2.00 each)  and added them to Skylanders pail ($4.98) that I found on the 20 foot wall of licensed themed merchandise at Walmart. Check out the video of my finalized Skylander…
  • Galaxy s5 S Health app keeps me healthy! #vzwbuzz #connectedlife

    Renee Ross
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Compared to most people I think I live a fairly active lifestyle. Of course, this is contingent upon my mood, sometimes I’m more active than others but overall I’d say I’m more frequently active than not. One of my favorite ways to stay on top of my activity is to wear an activity tracker but sometimes that isn’t feasible. If you’ve seen them, they aren’t the most fashionable things around! But the one “accessory” that I am pretty much never without is my phone. My Galaxy s5 is always with me, as a social media professional, it is important that I am always connected. This…
  • Annie movie night

    Renee Ross
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:10 pm
    My son and frequently have movie nights. I admit that sometimes when he picks out the movie it is one we’ve seen a dozen times and I end up doing more sleeping than sharing quality time. However, there are movies that are winners that both of us derive equal amounts of enjoyment from and this is when the magic happens. I was excited when Walmart sent me the newly released Annie blu-ray DVD combo pack which includes the Sandy the dog plush toy (available only at Walmart) I was quite sure we had a winner. My son didn’t know anything about Annie before seeing the movie. I of course am…
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  • #Write_On This April!

    18 Mar 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Remember last year's #Write_On campaign? Well, April is almost upon us again and #Write_On is back, bigger and better than ever! This year, Egg Press and Hello!Lucky are teaming up with Paper Source and Sakura to challenge friends, families, and fans alike to write 30 letters in 30 days over the month of April, National Letter-writing Month. As a special incentive, free letter writing starter
  • The Lonely Life

    16 Mar 2015 | 5:51 pm
    Sort of an introspective sci fi indie film featuring crazy animation and Will Oldham, The Lonely Life is a short film by Mike Aho from ((sounder)). Streaming on on Juxtapoz.
  • Sesame Street Parodies Takes on House of Cards

    1 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Sesame Street Parodies has done an incredible job of spoofing pop culture over the past couple of years, and their take on House of Cards, reimagining Frank Underwood as the Big Bad Wolf, is no disappointment.   I particularly like the scales of justice and the onscreen texting device. I haven't seen a whole bunch of these since the True Mud (spoof of True Blood) a while back but
 
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  • The Business of Freelancing, Blogging, and Books, According to Author Jennifer Armstrong

    Mark Armstrong
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    First, I should note: I am not related to Jennifer Armstrong. But! I have followed her writing closely over the years — first during her years at Entertainment Weekly, and more recently as the author of books like Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted (Simon & Schuster), which offered a definitive history of the classic TV series. Her blog also happens to be a must-follow on WordPress.com: She gives glimpses into her current work (she’s doing a Seinfeld book next) and she’s refreshingly transparent about the business (and hard truths) of being a freelance writer in 2015. I spoke with…
  • New Themes: Saga and Satellite

    Caroline Moore
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, ladies and gentlemen! Let’s take a look at our two newest free themes, Saga and Satellite: Saga Saga, designed by the talented Justin Tadlock, is a theme tailor-made for writers, by a writer. The theme’s impeccable typography and attention to detail make for an enjoyable reading experience, and with support for large featured images and multiple post formats, Saga is flexible enough to be used as a photoblog, a personal journal, or a tumblelog. Read more about Saga on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes! Satellite…
  • Press Publish Livestream

    Andrea Middleton
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Kathy Cano-Murillo will present on how she became A DIY Success. Press Publish, the very first blogging conference organized by WordPress.com, will be held in Portland, Oregon, this Saturday. (Psst! We’ll be in Phoenix hosting Press Publish on April 18th, 2015.) Erick Prince-Heaggans will present Around the World in 80 Posts. Because this is the first event of its kind, we’re eager to get as much feedback from attendees as possible. And since it’s not always easy for people to travel to attend conferences, we’ve decided to bring Press Publish Portland to you (or at least to your…
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    Product Reviews by The Experimental Mommy

  • Building Up My Budding Engineers with GoldieBlox

    Bridgette Duplantis
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:07 pm
    I have never been scared of a little hard work. Tackling a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Minor in Chemistry, I plowed full steam ahead to Graduate School. After graduating with a Master of Science in Biology, I landed my dream job in a Government laboratory.  As I worked my way up the career ladder, I got married and had two beautiful daughters.  Life was great. And then it happened.  Budget cuts.  And with the budget, went my job. My daughters saw me at the lowest point of my life as I struggled to figure out what was next for me and how I would support my family.  I took a job as…
  • Newborn Must Have: Little Loved Ones Waterproof Crib Mattress Protector

    Bridgette Duplantis
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    This post was written by Linzy of Crawfish Tales and made possible by Little Loved Ones. All opinions remain 100% honest. So I am on child number 2. Which basically means that in order to prepare, my hubby went up in the attic and pulled out all of the bins of baby stuff. After a good wash, everything was ready to reuse. No questions asked. Simple and done. About three weeks ago, my two month old spit up all over her bed. Not the kind that is cute that you wipe up and still put them to bed. This was the crazy kind that entails new pajamas, new sheets and new mattress protector. Well I had new…
  • Hop Over to Babies “R” Us for Easter Fun

    Bridgette Duplantis
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    This guest post was written by Linzy of Crawfish Tales. A gift card was received to facilitate this review. All opinions remain 100% honest. The good ol’ Easter Bunny will be hopping his way into town soon. But the Easter Bunny gets the short end of the stick, err…carrot. He doesn’t have a workshop full of elves to help out like Santa does. So the Bunny will take all the help he can get and he better start early! The folks at Babies R Us have decided to take on the challenge of helping the Bunny out. They have put together this one stop shop online to make things easy to find and…
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  • 10 Sweet Easter Cupcakes

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Easter is almost hear and I haven’t made any desserts yet! Yikes! I’m behind schedule. These cute cupcakes might just get me in the mood to bake some bunny cupcakes for Easter. Here’s a roundup of some of the sweet ones we found around the web: Hidden Carrot Cupcakes {A Mom’s Take} Easter Bunny, Chick and […] The post 10 Sweet Easter Cupcakes appeared first on .
  • The World’s Easiest Cinnamon Donut Holes

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:02 pm
    I saw these things on Pinterest and decided I had to try them at home. I’m a sucker for breakfast treats. Well, treats of any kind. And, these looked too easy not to try. Perfect for a busy working mom. I bought all the ingredients (there are only a few: canned biscuits, butter, sugar, cinnamon) […] The post The World’s Easiest Cinnamon Donut Holes appeared first on .
  • Skinnytastse Cookbook

    Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:58 am
    I received a copy of this beautiful cookbook and can’t stop looking at it. The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor is from Gina Homolka, blogger over at Skinnytaste.com. At the beginning of the book Homolka shares her story of weight loss struggles: being a skinny teen and able to eat anything she […] The post Skinnytastse Cookbook appeared first on .
 
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    Hormone-Colored Days

  • College Road Trip: Cancelled

    9 Mar 2015 | 4:42 pm
    The whole college thing is a complicated dance. You want your kids to lead because in the end this largely about your child and his choice. But on the other hand, if you simply relegate yourself to the role of follower, your child might might miss out on certain opportunities, like actually being organized enough to apply to college the fall of his senior year of high school.The college counselor at our high school is a big advocate of campus visits. So with Spring Break on the horizon we started planning an epic college visit road trips: 4-5 schools in as many states with brief stop in…
  • Why Your Kid Should Apply to Harvard

    5 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    First off, I'm hosting a  #STEMchat tonight (3/5) on Twitter. The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is sponsoring this chat on the science of everyday life. If you have a middle schooler, encourage them to participate in fabulous competition (click the link for entry details). Things are set for the chat and I've finished up a few other projects which means my mind has room to wander again and college admissions is one of the first places it goes.The college recruitment mail has been showing up at our house since my oldest son took the PSAT as a sophomore. This means that…
  • Updates

    11 Feb 2015 | 7:44 am
    I know things have been pretty quiet around here. You can keep up with me over at The Maker Mom blog and TMM Facebook page, where I post at least one interesting item a day, usually at 10 AM.I'm hosting a #STEMchat this Thursday evening, 2/12, at 9 PM Eastern. Join us! We're talking engineering with a fabulous panel thanks to sponsor Georgia-Pacific. Look at the cool graphic they made for the chat.Speaking of graphics, I'm trying to stay on trend by including more graphics in my posts. I love this quote I pulled from a recent STEM Girl Friday feature, though I might have gone a bit heavy…
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    Mile High Mamas

  • Your Guide to Celebrating Easter and Spring in Denver

    Amber Johnson
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:58 am
    When I was growing up, Easter meant that the crocuses were in bloom and we were going to look for a new dress to wear to mass and brunch on Easter Sunday. What I looked forward to the most, however, was the scavenger hunt my father put on for us, with challenging clues we had to answer to move on to our next treasure. And the fact that spring had arrived. In the Christian faith, all over the world, Easter is a celebration of the resurrection of Christ. This celebration merged with pagan beliefs in 15th century Germany. The Teutonic deity Eostra was the goddess of spring and fertility, and…
  • Denver Art Museum to offer free general admission for youth ages 18 and under

    Amber Johnson
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    The Denver Art Museum (DAM) announced today that it will offer free general admission to all youth ages 18 and under for the next five years, thanks to a five-year gift from Scott Reiman and the Reiman Foundation. A one-year grant from Kaiser Permanente Colorado also will support the Free for Kids program. The Free for Kids program begins today, and will continue through spring 2020, with the goal of securing ongoing support for the program. Free for Kids at the Denver Art Museum will fund general admission to all children, including school tours and other youth group visits. This incredible…
  • Mile High Mamas Spring Break Ideas (as seen on 9News)

    Amber Johnson
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:06 am
    Is Spring Break flying by too quickly? Watch us on 9News My20 this morning during the 8 a.m. hour for some of our favorite and fun ways to spend Spring Break in Denver! And in case you missed it: Spring Break 2015 in Denver–Over 50 Activities Featured!   See the 9News segment here: http://www.9news.com/story/life/moms/2015/03/25/spring-break-ideas-for-kids/70380040/
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    Queen of Spain Blog

  • The (Digital) Kids Are Alright

    Queen of Spain
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:56 pm
    I really think you need to suck it up and realize what was normal for US as kids is not normal for OUR kids. Sure, get fresh air, get exercise, go play outside…but let’s face it, when it comes to ‘play a game’ or ‘read a book’ all of that is now done digitally. Yup, that means their iPads or their computers or their phones…ONLINE. I was recently reading a few posts about bloggers limiting screen time, not even allowing their kids any screen time and even some who refuse to allow their children to play any games at all or use any ‘smart’…
  • God in my Grilled Cheese

    Queen of Spain
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:51 am
    I think I have a twisted relationship with the chaplain at Henry Mayo, the hospital where I’ve found myself too many times in the past 3 months and where I find myself in bed and typing this blog post. Ok, so it’s probably just a very twisted relationship on my part…although NOW I think he’s in on it, maybe. Maybe it’s wrong to call it a “relationship,” but more of a really screwed up game of mental chess we have going on. Hang on, let me back up. You see way back on one of my very first stays here long ago in 1999 or 2000, before Lupus and babies…
  • Ashes

    Queen of Spain
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:18 pm
    I’ve been swearing like a sailor lately. For no other reason than the kids are a bit older and they know not only what each cuss word means, but that they aren’t allowed to use them (unless on the family bed or to ask questions or…well, under circumstances we’ve agreed upon as a family). I’ve also discovered how much I missed cherry blow pops and rock candy and the sugar from candy has essentially made up the bulk of my diet for the past year. When you are feeling sorry for yourself you can come up with a million reasons why one more lollipop is entirely deserved…
 
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    Blonde Mom Blog

  • Budget Friendly Spring Dress Options

    Blonde Mom
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:03 pm
    This time last year I was looking for the perfect spring dress to wear to my niece’s wedding in upstate New York. Whether you have a bridal or baby shower to attend or you’re headed to Nashville’s Steeplechase, you might need help finding dresses on a budget. My new favorite online consignment store is ThredUp. Not only have I bought a few things for myself and my older daughter, but I have also consigned some clothes. It’s not a huge pain in the rear like traditional consignment sales, either. No wire hangers! Thank you sweet baby Jesus! And no pinning index cards and…
  • Tips To Help Your Child Fly Solo

    Blonde Mom
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    My older daughter (who will be 13 this summer..be still my heart) just flew for the first time solo to Tampa to visit my sister. Now with her on the cusp of teendom, I wasn’t concerned about whether or not she was ready. She’s been excited about this trip for months! There were several things I factored into the decision, however, and I thought I’d share them with you so you can help get your child ready to fly solo. Spring break girl…life is tough for 7th graders. Here are four things to consider when deciding whether or not your older tween or young teen is ready to…
  • All About That Beach: Seven Sexy One-Piece Swimsuits

    Blonde Mom
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Happy first day of spring! It is spring, right? Nashville is damp and dreary today but I am daydreaming about the beach. Next week is spring break for my girls and my older daughter is down in sunny and warm Tampa visiting with my sister and niece. Meanwhile, I am all about this at work today…   And this… Oh and most definitely this. I just bought a strapless swimsuit top in navy on sale at Target to go with black bikini bottoms I already owned. My other two swimsuits from last summer are both one pieces and I really love them. There are some super cute one-piece bathing…
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    Girl's Gone Child

  • I'd like to buy a bowel... movement IN A TOILET, please!

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:12 pm
    This week on Mom.me, I wrote about poop.Which happens to the best of us.(Just preferably in a toilet.)Archer and Fable were fully potty trained by now, so we figured...WRONG. We figured wrong. All kids are different, you guys. Who knew?During Christmas break, Bo did her first potty poop in a gas station bathroom and we thought, THIS IS IT!It was not it.Although she did poop in every gas station bathroom between LA and SF on our road trip up the coast earlier this year ... But a home bathroom? A clean bathroom? Yeah, not her deal. "Bo. DUDE. Why do you only poop in gas station…
  • Craft Services

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:18 pm
    The following post was sponsored by Seedling. Thanks, Seedling!The box came late Monday afternoon and in my head, knowing that this post was set to go live Thursday, I was like, "there's no way I'll have a post by then..." but by Tuesday evening, the kids were rocking their necklaces, finishing their capes, hatching their dinosaur eggs and excavating their excavation sites. By Wednesday morning, I was on the Seedling website bookmarking gifts for the kids' birthdays. Seedling, for those who (like me) had never heard of the marketplace before, is a one stop shop for…
  • The Vegetarian's Guide to Cooking... An Entire Roast Chicken

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The following post was written by my mom, WWW. It is the 2nd in a series of posts written for vegetarians looking to cook the occasional meat dish for their carnivorous family. You can read the first post, here. (Thanks, Mom!)Since I don’t eat meat, I usually bring a vegetarian meal when helping out a sick or recuperating friend. But recently, a friend asked for a chicken dish, so I decided to resurrect my tried and true favorite roast chicken recipe from our meat eating days. It felt really weird buying whole chickens—I haven’t bought any in at least 6 years—but I realized as I…
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    Surrender, Dorothy

  • Get Ready for the Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt!

    Rita Arens
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:03 pm
    It's nearly time again for the Young Adult Scavenger Hunt. (woot) We have eight outstanding teams this season. I am going to be a part of #TeamOrange. The Scavenger Hunt runs from April 2nd through April 5th beginning and ending at noon Pacific time on those days. If you've never been a part of the hunt before, you should give it a try. It runs like a giant blog hop, introducing you to new YA authors and books along the way. There are tons of prizes including a grand prize for each team. If you win one of the grand prizes you will get a book from each author on that team! For more…
 
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    True Mom Confessions

  • Want to know how hard it is to be a mom? Read on!

    admin
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:27 pm
    “You are going to be a mom!!! Oh, that’s the most wonderful thing that could ever happen to you!” This is one of the most typical and common reactions that you will get when you tell anyone that you are pregnant and going to be a mom. Everyone will be quick to tell you how it is going to be one of the most amazing and life-changing experiences in your life and how you should just relax and enjoy it to the fullest. However, no one tells you the flip side and of course there is one to this situation just like to any other. To be frank, motherhood initially is a major phase in…
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  • A Mother Whose Son Was Shot By Police 50 Times Needs Our Help!

    Monifa Bandele
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Take Action!Mothers in New York State are asking for our help. A group of families who have lost loved ones to police brutality, dating back to 1994, have come together to urge Governor Cuomo to appoint a special prosecutor for police brutality cases.  Right now, through executive order, Governor Cuomo can make a difference. Join us in supporting these moms in their fight for justice: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/NY_StateJustice/   These moms are not alone. Shortly after the news that there would be no state indictment for the officers who killed Eric Garner, NYS Attorney General…
  • Time for Justice for Children in New York

    Marian Wright Edelman
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Co-written by Melanie Hartzog Executive Director, Children's Defense Fund-New York Under New York’s juvenile justice system a child as young as seven can be arrested for a crime, and a 16-year-old is automatically charged as an adult. These laws are shockingly behind the times — bad for children and bad for public safety. New York is one of only four states to create a juvenile jurisdiction for little children who are barely old enough to shed their baby teeth and still believe in the tooth fairy. And they are expected to have the cognitive development necessary to participate in and…
  • Families Need Stronger Protection Against Superbugs

    Anya Vanecek
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:31 am
        Last year, President Obama formed the 'National Task Force for Combating Resistant Bacteria' to put together a 5-year plan to prevent what many experts see as the public health crisis of our time: antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Its members released their plan this morning.   It isn't bad, but it also doesn't address one of the major contributors to the growth and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria--or the sicknesses and deaths they cause. This a big deal. Here's what you need to know:   The Plan proposed today by the National Task Force for Combating Resistant Bacteria does…
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    This Full House

  • Why I Won't Be Calling Dibs On The Bath Tub, Anytime Soon!

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:48 pm
    One of the many things I miss (sort of) from when our kids were littler (i.e. being able to shop for 3 girls and 1 boy, at the same time AND at the same store) is bath time and the kids loved bath time, too! Except for our youngest, Hope -- she hated taking showers, even more! The girl hated, Hated, HAted, HATed, HATEd, I mean absolutely HATED taking showers! She even faked taking a shower with a container of baby powder (aftermath pictured above), because her middle sister insisted that their father and I would NEVER...EVER...know the difference and,...
  • Teenagers, You Goth To Love Them!

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:38 pm
    One of the BIGGEST fallacies you'll ever hear about parenting teenagers...IMHO, as a parent of teens, four times over, maneuvering through waves of hormonal and emotional angst for the last 9 years...both theirs AND mine...is the popular belief that parents of teens are entirely responsible for their children’s behavior. That is SO not true! I am mostly responsible for my teens behavior, but not entirely. Like adults, teenagers have their own agenda and many times (okay, mostly) it involves doing exactly the OPPOSITE of what their parents would do in almost any given situation and, well,…
  • Toiletexting: It's A Real Problem - At Our House, Anyways!

    Liz@ThisFullHouse
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:40 pm
    I started blogging in 2003 (with 4 kids home all under the age of 10) and I remember how most of my mom and dad friends (at the time) thought I was soooooooo crazy, because who has the time...really?!? Photo of my Mom with her grandrugrats, taken circa 2003 B.P. (before picmonkey) They were right, of course! Those were some crazy-busy daze, my friends! On the other hand, blogging was (and still is) cheaper than therapy. And then Facebook happened (i.e. one of the top ten BIGGEST time sucks in internet history) and now we can ALL meet up for...
 
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    Velveteen Mind

  • How Can a Small Pledge Make a Major Impact? Using Social Media for Social Good #MyPledge15

    velveteenmind@gmail.com (Megan Jordan)
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    This post made possible by BMF as part of the #MyPledge15 social good campaign.  Ten years ago this year, I stood in the front yard of my parents' Gulf Coast home trying to identify the direction from which a ringing bell was sounding. That ringing bell meant hot food. I walked to the street and waited, hesitantly and hopefully flagging down the white truck emblazoned with an iconic red cross as it approached our intersection. I felt awkward and unworthy as I approached the slowing vehicle. This was a middle class neighborhood, not a village struck by a tsunami. This was Hurricane…
  • Let's Go Exploring

    velveteenmind@gmail.com (Megan Jordan)
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:34 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 Artist Must Never Be a Prisoner

    velveteenmind@gmail.com (Megan Jordan)
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc. - Henri Matisse I have long been a prisoner of my own rules. Rules that I set for myself, thinking that they will help guide me but that surely bind me, instead. I frequently turn to this space when I feel the pressure of those bindings begin to tighten. Or perhaps it's not the tightening that I'm feeling but rather the outside limits of my self-imposed constraints when I begin to stretch myself again. I push against my own rules…
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    and baby makes 6!

  • When parents get ahold of their childs selfie stick

    Jody
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    I had no idea there was such a thing as a selfie stick until my daughters friend got one, and then Mia got one for her birthday (more no that later). Let the narcissistic fun begin! Bill and I grabbed … Continue reading →
  • One of my passions

    Jody
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    I have been a long time supporter of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. What they do for the worlds most endangered creatures is extraordinary and I am very thankful for the fact that they put their lives on the line to do … Continue reading →
  • 10K

    Jody
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:58 am
    Waves, where are you? The ocean has been flat for a couple of weeks and we are itching for some surf.  Contests cannot run with ankle snapper sized waves, so when I got the call that the last Open contest … Continue reading →
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    いい出会いができるって本当?

  • あなたを避けてしまうでしょう

    admin
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    気になる相手と友達になる為のノウハウというのは数多くありますが、弊社のサイトでは、間違いのない自宅でできる副業を使って、信頼でき、短時間で素敵な出会いが現実のものとなるための、最新出会いテクニックを絶賛公開中です。 よくある無料自宅でできる副業とは言え、費用がかからないのは入会のみで、使う際には費用がかかったといった場合もちょくちょく見かけますし、その辺りに意識が回らないと後で泣きを見ます。…
  • というどころではないでしょう

    admin
    8 Feb 2015 | 8:02 am
    、ある程度実績を重ねていることがわかるので、信頼して入会することができるのでお薦めです。 最優先で印象に残るメールの書き方については、様々に知っておくことです。 勉強したのと不勉強なままとは、全然違います。あなた自身の必要としている出会いテクニックが、ぐんぐん高められていくと思います。…
  • みるみる熟練していくはずです (3)

    admin
    1 Feb 2015 | 4:01 pm
    、パソコンやスマホから入会を申込めるし、やり取りなども当分はPCを使ったコミュニケーションといった所です。 本人が興味を持っている領域のクラブ等にあちこち参加してみると、自ずから同じものの好きな異性との出会いのチャンスが広がっていくわけです。ものおじしていないで出席することが肝心です。 良質で真面目な台東区…
 
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    Woulda Coulda Shoulda

  • Life is hard, and then you apologize

    Mir
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:41 am
    If some bizarre set of circumstances arose such that I could only say two phrases for the rest of my life and NO OTHER WORDS (wow, as the person my family regularly refers to as “she who makes with the many words,” what a terrifying prospect THAT is), I don’t even have to take time […]
  • Because I’m the meanest

    Mir
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    They say you should be careful what you wish for, you know. Sometimes I think I WISH MY CHILDREN WERE MORE SELF-SUFFICIENT and then… I have to learn how to let them be more self-sufficient, no matter what that looks like. It’s kind of agonizing. Because if they would JUST… it’d be so much easier […]
  • Apparently not Australian

    Mir
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
    It comes as no surprise to anyone who’s known me for any length of time that my favorite topic of conversation is dogs. Specifically, my dogs. Because they are smushy wuvvy fluffy balls of ridiculousness. “Help, my teeth don’t all fit in my mouth.” When the bible talks about pure love and devotion, I believe […]
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    amalah . com

  • Boss Cat

    amalah
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
    Some work-from-home days are more amusing than others.  My home office is a goddamned disgrace right now, completely cluttered and messy and disorganized, and naturally my solution is to simply ignore the problem and work somewhere else, like at the kitchen counter. I'm sharing my workspace with a few stray Bioncles and breakfast crumbs, but overall it's a much more soothing environment.  Of course, working in the kitchen means my brain is only a few feet from the refrigerator and it KNOWS it, so I didn't make it very long before the snack cravings took over. I decided…
  • Killingme, VT

    amalah
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    This was Them, last Thursday morning, approximately one minute into our drive up to Killington, Vermont.  This was Me. Jason's brother has a condo at the ski resort, and it's been over 10 freaking years since we've gone there, much to my ski bum husband's displeasure. But making the drive while pregnant, or with a baby, or with someone still potty training (and we've had at least one of those things going on every winter for the past decade) has always killed any chance at visiting. This year we had no such excuse, other than my own abject terror. (This was Me…
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    The Domestic Diva

  • Affordable Easter Basket Ideas

    The Domestic Diva
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:10 pm
    (sponsored post) One of my favorite Easter family traditions is the hunt for Easter baskets on Easter morning. Instead of hiding eggs, our “Easter Bunny” hides the kids baskets somewhere in the house to be found when the children wake up. My parents did this with me when I was younger and I have passed […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • Family Movie Night Tips: Sing-a-long with Annie

    The Domestic Diva
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:11 pm
    (sponsored post) My family loves movie nights.  Not only are movie nights at home more budget friendly but they are also a great excuse for some family fun time.  Almost everyone loves the story of Annie.  As a kid I loved the story of Annie and I knew I wanted my boys to know the […] Thank you so much for subscribing! Head on over to my blog (it's much cuter over there) to finish reading this post ...
  • How to Style Naturally Curly Hair (Video Tutorial)

    The Domestic Diva
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:23 pm
    (sponsored post) Curly hair can be tough to style.  As a Walmart Mom, in the video below I share with you how easy it is to get beautifully defined curls using a few products from Walmart. The products I use in the video below to shampoo, condition, and style my hair are:  Dove Quench Absolute […] 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

  • Friday Free-for-All

    Heather Solos
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:35 am
    Heather says I had a couple of questions come in this week that I didn’t post. 1. I have a loveseat that got wet how do I fix it? I wrote back and found out that it isn’t leather, it’s sort of cloth, but I never got a definitive answer on how wet. Without being able to give her a full answer on her question, I don’t feel right dedicating a whole post to it. If a piece of upholstered furniture has been damaged in a flood, it’s almost certainly a total loss, unless the water has been extracted exceptionally quickly. Even then the furniture would need to be…
  • Menu Monday 29

    Heather Solos
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:15 am
    Heather says Ah, Spring  when a young man’s fancy when Heather’s schedule explodes and she wonders if cloning technology could please step things up a bit. This week I’ll be headed to Atlanta, I’m speaking at WordCamp and I’ll be helping out in the Happiness Bar (think Apple Store version  not martini) at least for the hour(s) I’m assigned and more likely as long as they’ll let me be useful. It’s my time speaking on a topic not grief related since everything fell apart and I’m so glad to feel like I’m hitting my stride once again.
  • There’s A[n Unwelcome] Party In My Plants

    Heather Solos
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:48 am
    Dear Home-Ec 101, I have a dilemma in that I looked up the tiny flies that are strolling around my plant soil. I found that they are called fungus flies and live on the decaying soil matter. I’ve sprayed the soil with Home Defense both bug spray and soapy water (nope), put a dish of apple cider vinegar with a drop of dish washing liquid in it to bait them (nope), and most recently, put coarse sand on top of the soil so the “babies that hatch” can’t crawl up and out and die (yech). Needless to say, they are no longer visible on that plant but the fliers have moved on…
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    Working Moms Against Guilt

  • Fashion Tips for Working Moms

    Christie Gibson
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:14 pm
    Forever 21 is a store. Twenty-one is an age. At what age do you think women should stop shopping at Forever 21? I’m going to be honest. I still shop at Forever 21. I do still buy a few things from there, but age has given me the wisdom to distinguish between right and wrong. And yes, there are right and wrong fashion choices for the professional working mom. Old ladies still shopping in Juniors I recently read an article about specific clothes women shouldn’t wear after a certain age. There are tons of articles on this topic, and everyone has an opinion. Some say screw it, wear…
  • Baked Chicken Tenders

    Terry Brooks
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    Homemade baked chicken tenders are a go to in my house! This version of the frozen, pre-breaded tenders has a total of seven ingredients. Huge Mom win for time, money, and health! A national brand (not naming any names) similar to this recipe has 32 ingredients!! Boo! This baked chicken tenders recipe is quite versatile, too! I love to a nice, clean meal for dinner. My son, on the other hand, isn’t always interested in chicken fingers and a big salad. For him, I will throw together a quick kid-friendly, healthy Chicken Parm oven pizza (baked chicken fingers, marinara, small flatbread,…
  • I Still Struggle With Date Night

    GuestContributor
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    By Julie M. I’m a working mom. It’s what I’ve always known. It’s a part of who I am. I worked up until the day I was induced with my first child. It was 10 days past my expected due date. Every day that I walked through the door at work, my co-workers were surprised. I’m not sure if it was because I remained pregnant or if it was because I was still going to work. Either way, I told them I wanted every day of my maternity leave to be with my new baby, not wanting a day of it to be waiting for her to be born. Twelve weeks after my daughter’s birth I…
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    the Disney Driven Life

  • A Conservative Traditionalist’s View – The Neurotic Tales

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
      Since kick off, I have not been a fan of the Festival of Fantasy parade in Magic Kingdom. There. I said it. Online, for the whole world to see. Now, before you send me hate mail, I have found a way to finally appreciate this performance. But, let me back up to opening day and explain. When it was announced that “Celebrate A Dream Come True” (CaDCT) was retiring, I was sad, but not for the reasons you think. I was quite over the reused floats and matching wigs. The music, though, was catchy, and was the first parade NDK really identified with. Just a toddler when it started,…
  • Story Time Favorites With NDK *Spring Break Edition*

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
      **Disclaimer – I received these books for review purposes from the Disney Book Group. All opinions are my own. Story time is always a favorite in this Neurotic Disney home. NDK (Neurotic Disney Kid) is old enough to read, but not too old to still be read to! Books are wonderful on so many levels. We keep them everywhere – even in the car! Disney Books are a great way to keep Disney at home. Disney Book Group was kind enough to send these books for NDK approval – be sure to look for the NDK Review after the description of each book! Spring is here! Easter and Passover…
  • “Fancy Nancy” Coming to Disney Junior

    Maria H. (ndm#130)
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
      “FANCY NANCY,” THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES, OPTIONED FOR ORIGINAL ANIMATED TV MOVIE AND SERIES, SLATED FOR PREMIERE IN 2017 ON DISNEY JUNIOR © Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser/Harper Collins Burbank, CA/New York, NY (March 27, 2015) – “Fancy Nancy,” the New York Times bestselling book series by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, has been optioned by Disney Junior for development of an original animated TV movie and series, as well as for related role-play items and other consumer products licensed by Disney Consumer Products.
 
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • First birthdays: Big Bash or intimate affair

    Stacy-Ann Gooden
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:38 pm
    by Stacy-Ann Gooden posted in Mom Stories When it comes to first birthdays, some parents throw a big bash while others make it an intimate affair. This has become a hot topic within the BabyCenter community. PreemieMamaLlama is planning her little one’s first birthday celebration. She writes, “We weren’t really planning a “party” per say... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Brandi Glanville has begun praying for LeAnn Rimes

    Sara McGinnis
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:50 pm
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Brandi Glanville wants it to be clear she and LeAnn Rimes are far from friends, but she's started praying for the singer anyhow. Reaching out to her Bravo fans the woman who has sons Mason and Jake with ex-husband Eddie Cibrian wrote about how the recent crash of Germanwings flight 9525... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • A Germanwings pilot says what we all need to hear before flight

    Betsy Shaw
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    by Betsy Shaw posted in Mom Stories So many questions and emotions whir through my head when I hear about devastating and freaky tragedies like the Germanwings plane crash. And they all lead to one thing: Life is so incredibly fragile and we are kidding ourselves if we think we are somehow entitled to be... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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    Stimeyland

  • Victory. Is Mine.

    Stimey
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:06 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
  • Remind Me Never to Sign Up For a Spring Marathon

    Stimey
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:02 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
  • Winter is an Asshole.

    Stimey
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Stimeyland Has Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/Stimeyland (Click here to get to the subscription page.) Once you clicked the above and are on the new subscription page, just click how you want to subscribe at the top right. I know this is SO obnoxious. I'm sorry. Please subscribe!! I promise lots of funny new embarrassing stories and heart-string pulling posts if you do! Please? OR! Visit www.stimeyland.com and subscribe by email from the sidebar. http://feeds.feedblitz.com/stimeyland
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    Mom in the City

  • DreamWorks Animation Home is Full of Heart

    Kimberly
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:53 pm
    Last week, my mom called to ask me if I had seen the DreamWorks Animation HOME movie. Obviously she had not been checking up on me on my Facebook account because I had already shared this photo from my friend Adam (DaDa Rocks): My mom asked because she had seen the HOME commercial on television. […] The post DreamWorks Animation Home is Full of Heart appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Spring in NYC 2015 – 15 Fun Things For Families To Do

    Kimberly
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Forget about the snow that is falling today. Spring is here! Besides the allergy “issues”, I love everything else about this season. From the warmer weather to the overall idea of new beginnings, I love this season. I also appreciate the fact that there are so many different fun events for families to do together […] The post Spring in NYC 2015 – 15 Fun Things For Families To Do appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Wordless Wednesday(Scenes from Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center)

    Kimberly
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center 581 NY-17A Tuxedo Park, NY 10987 (845) 351-1122 The post Wordless Wednesday(Scenes from Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center) appeared first on Mom in the City.
 
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    Smiley Cat: Christian Watson's Web Design Blog

  • Time for a New Adventure

    15 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    It's been very quiet on the Smiley Cat blog so far in 2015. The reason? I have been looking for a new job, which has occupied most of my free time in-front of the computer. The good news is that I have accepted a position based in Bangkok, Thailand. How about that for a change of scene from Austin, Texas?My wife and I (well, mainly my wife) had been thinking about a move abroad for some time (although you could argue that being British I am already living abroad). We decided upon South East Asia and after that it was up to me to find a job that would get us out there. After several months of…
  • My Top Web Apps and Software of 2014

    1 Jan 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Two years ago I posted about my best apps and software of 2012, and so I thought I would revisit my list to see what has changed in 2014.I won't go over in detail the software that I am still using from my previous list. Suffice to say, I am still using almost all the apps on a regular, if not daily, basis. Here's what I have added to my core toolbox in 2014. LastPass What's it for: Password management I was probably using LastPass back in 2012 too, but I thought I would call it out as is it so essential to my online life. I rely on its Firefox and Chrome browser extensions to manage my many…
  • Ecommerce Mobile Home Page Design Gallery

    26 Dec 2014 | 3:38 pm
    I am (finally) working on a mobile design for the main ecommerce website I run. As I started thinking about the layout of the site and of the home page, I wanted to see what approaches leading online retailers were taking for their mobile designs, and what ideas and best practices I could apply.The sort of questions I was looking for feedback on were wide ranging, including: Would a short or a long home page be more effective for my customers? What balance should there be between providing category navigation on the home page and on presenting featured offers and products? Should the search…
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    Los Angeles Mamma Blog

  • Splurge / Save – Not What You Might Expect

    admin
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:47 pm
    Kohl’s and Bloomingdale’s are carrying remarkably similar baby bodysuits. I want your opinion on this. So, when you think of Kohl’s you probably think save and when you think of Bloomingdale’s you probably think splurge. Am I right? Think again. Here’s what I found while looking around on the internet for baby clothes.   Bloomingdale’s $20   Kohl’s $30   Bloomingdale’s $20   Kohl’s $26 What do you think? Remarkably similar, no? I found this quite funny, and definitely unexpected. The post Splurge / Save – Not What…
  • First Comes Baby Then Baby Fat Comes Off With FitTea PostNatal

    admin
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:45 pm
      Now that I’ve had a baby, losing the baby weight is not the easiest thing to do! I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about if you’ve had a baby before. So… if you, like me, are a mom looking to lose weight post baby– you aren’t alone. I gained over 40 pounds while pregnant! And I just don’t feel like myself. While most of the weight does shed once the baby is born, your post baby body needs help. Eating less just isn’t going to cut it, especially when you feel hungry and still crave things for what seems like all the time.
  • So, I had a baby…

    admin
    13 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    And when you have a baby, especially if it’s a c-section (I know, because my first one wasn’t a c-section and it felt like it was so much easier to recover) you need something extremely comfortable to wear, and I mean extremely because everything hurts. This is especially true for undergarments– thank you too! Seriously, these underwear are (and have been) a life saver. But they’re awesome for anytime use, of course. I had the pleasure of trying the hipster underwear in pink, and the bikini underwear in black (both pictured below) and I loved them (and highly…
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    Mombian

  • Help Stop LGBTQ-Discrimination Bill in Indiana

    Dana
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:02 am
    The Indiana legislature on Monday voted in favor of a “religious freedom” bill that is a thinly disguised attempt to allow anti-LGBTQ discrimination. Here’s how you can help stop it, wherever you live. Governor Mike Pence has said he will sign the legislation, reports the Indy Star. It would stop state and local governments from “substantially burdening” a person’s exercise of religion, except in cases of a “compelling governmental interest” and using the least restrictive means possible. As the Washington Post says, however,…
  • Families and LGBT Equality: Past, Present, and Future

    Dana
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    Janson Wu, executive director of GLAD (Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders), is leading one of the several LGBT legal organizations bringing marriage equality before the U.S. Supreme Court this spring. I asked him recently about the interplay among marriage equality, parental rights, and other issues that impact LGBT parents and our children, and about the past, present, and future of our movement. Early victories of LGBT parents in family courts “have helped us to think big.” The early victories of LGBT parents in family courts “have helped us to think big,” Wu said. He…
  • Kerry Washington Speaks of Allyship at GLAAD Media Awards

    Dana
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    At the GLAAD Media Awards last weekend, actor Kerry Washington received the Vanguard Award—and used her acceptance speech to talk about what it means to be an ally across many types of identity. The Vanguard award is “presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality,” and Washington proved she was worthy of the honor. “I think some stuff needs to be said,” she told the audience, and then said it: History tells us that often we don’t [band together] … women, poor people, people of color, people with…
 
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    Confessions of a Pioneer Woman | Ree Drummond

  • If Charlie Had a Wife

    Ree
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:04 am
    If Charlie had a wife, this is what she’d wake up to every morning. (Whether you’d envy her or pity her is the best indication of how much you appreciate Basset Hounds.)     All I know is, whoever this imaginary wife is, she’d have to be okay with morning breath. (And “morning breath” is probably a generous way to put it.) We love you, Charles! Morning breath, Basset lips, floppy jowls and all.
  • Charlie Plays Ball!

    Ree
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:44 am
    Yesterday was National Puppy Day! But it’s perfectly acceptable to post photos of Basset Hound puppies the day after National Puppy Day since they are notoriously slow.       Oh, Charlie!       How very…little he’s changed through the years.       He’s made us laugh…       He’s made us…laugh.       I could go on and on and on and on and on…but I’ll just sum it up by saying…       Life wouldn’t have been the same without the lethargic…
  • A Beautiful Weekend to Burn

    Ree
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:41 am
    Marlboro Man burned over the weekend.       It’s that time of year. In case you are wondering what would compel a rancher to set the world on fire, here is a post Marlboro Man wrote a couple of years ago. It explains the craziness!       Whenever a person burns their ranch around here, they usually go out that evening and make sure all is well.       And to the untrained eye, this sight doesn’t really look like all is well!       But it is. I promise. The wind was low that day, no crazy gusts to worry about, and the guys…
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    Design Mom

  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:29 am
    By Gabrielle. Photo by Kristen Loken. Hello, Friends! How are you? Was it a good week? For me, its been really, really fun, because advance copies of my book started to arrive at reviewers’ homes this week, and a whole bunch of really lovely mentions have popped up on Instagram. I’m tagging them #designmombook if you’d like to check them out. The other big happenings at our house this weekend are that Oscar gets back from a school camp today (can not wait to give him a gigantic hug!), and Ben Blair flew to Colorado this morning for the wedding of our nephew Justin. Of course…
  • Call It A Day: Kate Twitchell

    Design Mom
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Gabrielle. All photos taken by Kate. Kate’s first letter to me included three short and sweet sentences, one of which was “I’m a hippie mom in Oregon who’s blind.” And my immediate thought was how in the world does she get through her day with two little ones? To add that she’s hearing impaired seems more than a little unfair, but trust me: you will not feel a smidge of sorry for this upbeat doer of a parent. (You will, however, mist up at her last few sentences. You can trust me on that!) Her positivity is contagious. I admire her so, so much, and I…
  • Design Mom Goes Blonde

    Design Mom
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Video by Gusto at Life in Digital. Photos by Matt Harrington. If you’ve been following along on my hair saga, you may already know that right before Christmas this past December, I went blonde. Here’s a time lapse video that takes you from before to after. It was filmed on the first day I went lighter — an eight hour process that is condensed in this video to less than 2 minutes. I had been wanting to try something totally new with my hair for months but had kind of stalled out, and when I found out my friend, the amazing hair stylist Rubi Jones, was coming to…
 
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    The Vintage Mama

  • Moving Toward Amazing

    Lydia Hernandez
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:27 am
    You have a spark. A drive. A unique calling. You feel like moving toward something. Something amazing. A million amazing things. Some little, some big. You want to make a difference. To be a better version of yourself. Not just for you, but for your children, your grandchildren and everyone who’s lives could potentially be […]
  • Single Mothers and Self-Efficacy : A Literature Review

    Lydia Hernandez
    14 Mar 2015 | 11:34 pm
    The following is an excerpt from a research essay I did on single mothers and self-efficacy…clearly a  subject that is near and dear to my heart. I chose this particular subject because I seemed to encounter many single mothers who would ask me, “how are you able to do so much, when I can barely […]
  • Social Media and the Divorcée

    Lydia Hernandez
    26 Dec 2014 | 12:02 pm
    We had the difficult talk with the children. I talked things over with my parents and siblings. I had the conversation with my aunts over tea and depended on them to tell the rest of the family. I was divorcing. But social media required a different approach. Here’s some tips for handling social media like […]
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    Dutch Blitz

  • Happier

    angella
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Many years ago (Eight, maybe?), Nataly Kogan took a chance on me and hired me for my very first freelance writing gig at her (former) site Work It! Mom. My duties expanded and I was in charge of recruiting guest posters, creating slideshows, making gift guides, and more. Nataly sold the site to create the Happier App and like everything Nataly touches, it’s exploded into something awesome, just like her. They’ve branched beyond the app and have a shiny website called, of course, Happier. Nataly emailed me a few weeks ago to ask if I’d be willing to work with her again (OF…
  • The Best Baked Enchiladas

    angella
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:49 pm
    This month’s box of goodies from the lovely people over at Life Made Delicious was all about Old El Paso. This was fine by me, because I’m all about Old El Paso, and have been since before I was married. Tacos and nachos and salsa, oh my! My love of Mexican-inspired food has been embraced by my family and features heavily in our dinner rotation. We have Taco Tuesdays (Since long before the LEGO movie), and our Friday-homemade-pizza-and-various-appetizers-night usually includes nachos or some kind of salsa dip. The box I received included three different Old El Paso kits, and a…
  • Welcome Home

    angella
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Forgive me, folks, for it’s been two weeks since my last blog post. I don’t know about you, but February seemed to whiz by, and then I spent the first week of March getting ready to fly up North to see my Mom and my sister. It’s been fifteen years since I was last in Kitimat, and that was to see my newborn nephew on a quick weekend trip. I spent the first thirteen years of my life in that small town and was curious to see how much had changed, and how much had stayed the same. Spoiler alert: A lot has changed, and a lot has stayed the same. The purpose of my sister and I…
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    Virtual Coach

  • @barbling: These sweat-resistant headphones are perfect for athletes http://buff.ly/1A11TvM

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:28 pm
    This Just In! These sweat-resistant headphones are perfect for athletes http://buff.ly/1A11TvM 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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    27 Mar 2015 | 5:16 pm
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  • TINKER BELL AND THE LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST – On Blue-Ray Now

    Kerry Sauriol
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:12 am
    We have been blessed with some pretty decent weather here in Vancouver over the Spring Break so we haven’t had too many days where we needed to find QUIET home entertainment…but we have had a few downpours and so thank goodness for the arrival of this little DVD.    We have all loved the Tinker Bell series of movies. The quality of storytelling, and production on these DVD’s has been amazing.  From beautiful music to magical stories about our favourite fairy friends….these are all keepers for the DVD collection. This newest installment explores an ancient myth of a…
  • Be a Better Bunny this Easter

    Kerry Sauriol
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Easter is a fun holiday for kids. After all, most Easter traditions revolve around kid activities. Even so, Easter tends to be a fairly low-key holiday. For Christmas and their birthdays, kids will spend weeks looking forward to their presents. At Halloween, some kids will spend days on their costumes. Easter, on the other hand, is towards the end of the school year when everyone is starting to think about summer. But kids are only young once, so why not play up Easter a little bit extra this year? Here are a few things you can do to make this year’s Easter extra special. Make Easter…
  • Bring Your Kids Art to Life With Crayola Colour Alive

    Kerry Sauriol
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:54 pm
    We are crawling into the last few days of Spring Break here and while I have been still working at my part-time job, my mom has been truly tested by keeping the three kids occupied and alive while I am gone.  Crayola has once again stepped into the fray and entertained them for a few hours inside the house and out. I love that Crayola doesn’t go crazy with the gendering of their stuff.  Instead you get a ‘selection’ of things to draw or colour that a boy or girl might depending on their preferences.  So they have had fun with Skylanders, Mythical Creatures, and even…
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    Cheaper Than Therapy

  • Don’t Just Say Yes — Get Your Calendar Out

    ali
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:57 pm
    “We have to get together for coffee soon.” “Let’s totally have drinks!” “I would love to go for lunch—I never see you!” “It’s been way too long, I miss your face. Plans?” These are actual things I have said, on more than one occasion, to more than one person. And here’s the thing. I have every intention in the world of grabbing that coffee, drinking those drinks, having that lunch and making those plans. Every intention. But then, you know, everything else in my life happens. Someone isn’t feeling well, someone needs…
  • Pancake Heroes And One-Hour Martinizing

    ali
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    When I make pancakes, they always look a little bit what I’d imagine pancake autopsies would look like. Or a failed science experiment of sorts. But my kids don’t care. They are happy to eat them even if they are never shaped the way pancakes are supposed to be shaped. And sometimes there are chocolate chips or sprinkles in them and then I’m basically hero for the day. “Did you try to make them look like penguins?” I had not tried.  “Yes! Of course! I knew you guys would love penguin pancakes!” See? HERO. Until yesterday, of course. When on a…
  • I Will Probably Always Have Knobby Knees, Though…

    ali
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:14 am
    I am thankful that my mom’s blue eyes and my dad’s green eyes trickled down to me in the form of a little b/little b and I get to be one of rare 2% of the population with green eyes. And most of the time I’m thankful for the head of hair that I was given that requires almost no products or treatments or machinery to receive compliments. Sometimes I’m not as thankful about the way my DNA was distributed. Full thighs, knobby knees, a good chance of heart disease, and a lifetime of mouth things. Oh yes, mouth things. I have a very small mouth and a very large inherited enamel problem, so…
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  • Fourth Go At The Race That Started It All

    Zoot
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:28 am
    In March of 2012, after training with my first running group for months, I had a go at my first trail race. It was the McKay Hollow Madness 25K and we all found out that maybe that wasn’t the best race to be our first, each time we told someone it was going to be. “You know it has the word ‘madness’ in the title, right?” Training with my small group for that race is still something I hold dear to my heart. Those friends helped build my confidence over those few months, making me feel like I could take on bigger things eventually. I highly recommend trail running…
  • Lazy Spicy Collards

    Zoot
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:12 am
    Preface: This was supposed to be a “recipe” entry but I kinda got wordy about being a #LazyHerbivore and the recipe is, like, a million words away. Feel free to skip all of the crap in the middle. And remember – my recipes are lazy at best. It’s more like, “Here’s some crap I through in a crock pot and it turned out tasty.” Oh! If I ever do a cookbook that will be the title: Crap Vegans Can Throw In A Crockpot That Will Turn Out Tasty. I’ve struggled with the word “vegan” since day 01 of giving up eating animal products. It started…
  • Easy and Impossible.

    Zoot
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:25 am
    The house is officially on the market with an MLS listing and everything. It’s been almost 48 hours and no one has come to see it so I’m already have visions of 12-month upkeep of this damn clean house and I’m considering drinking my blues away and it’s only 4:10am. But then I remember that our old house was bought by the 2nd person to see it. And it still took about 6 weeks. So, you know, CHILL OUT KIM. It is weird how I find the upkeep of this clean house both easy and impossible at the same time. When I’m doing small things like putting up a toy that has been…
 
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    Blissfully Domestic

  • Easter Entertaining and Decor Ideas

    Deborah von Donop
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Hop In, it’s going to be fun. Get your home ready for Easter with these simple and charming decorations that will bring joy and festivity to your home. Are you getting ready for the Easter Holiday?  We’ve found a few decorative details that will create a festive mood and add the finishing touches to to a wonderful day of memories.  Entertain your guests with this selection of decorative accents and springtime treasures.   Greet your guests and neighbors daily with this festive Easter wreath on you front door. // Easter Wreaths   14” Tissue Paper Pom Poms: Add…
  • Sweet and Savory Grilled Pork Ribs Recipe

    Melissa Hillier
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    The weather is already warm here in Florida. Now is the perfect time to light up the grill. WalMart is the ultimate source for your barbecue essentials and great pork deals on your grilling favorites like bratwursts, pork chops and ribs- Extra Meaty Back Ribs, St. Louis Style Spareribs and Spareribs. Look for these popular cuts when shopping the meat case. My husband has perfected his rib smoking capabilities over the years, and yesterday he grilled some pretty amazing ribs for us. His ingredient list is really short and his prep time is more simple than you would think. Once he puts them on…
  • Easy Entertaining: Mashed Potato Bar

    Sara Barton
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    One of the things I love about entertaining is being able to serve up great food to my favorite people, but I do not love the stress that goes along with entertaining. It took me a long time to learn how to enjoy my own parties because I spent more time in the kitchen than I did with my guests. Eventually, I learned to lighten up and serve foods that my guests could customize to suit their own tastes, which took a lot of stress off of me. One of my favorite foods to serve guests is mashed potatoes – they economical, easy, and pretty much everyone loves them, plus they’re a great…
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  • A woman sunbathes on Bournemouth beach on her August bank holiday in 1944

    John VE
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:56 am
    A woman sunbathes on a wartime bank holiday surrounded by barbed wire on the beach at Bournemouth, 1944. (Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
  • Marianne Faithfull & Mick Jagger: 37 Pictures of the Grooviest Couple of the 1960s

    John VE
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Below is a collection of 38 pictures of the grooviest couple of the 1960s, Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull. Besides being beautiful and the inspiration for a number of the Rolling Stones songs, Faithfull was herself the author of one of their best, "Sister Morphine."See more »
  • Adhesive Bras: A Ridiculous Fashion Innovation of 1949

    John VE
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    In May 1949, Charles L Langs featured a pair of bra cups a woman could affix to her breasts with an adhesive that caused neither pain nor sticky residue when removed. The purpose of the invention of his new brassieres, called Posĕs (pronounced “pose-ease”), was to allow a sunbather to achieve an even suntan. The idea struck inventor Charles L. Langs when he witnessed his wife Mary fidgeting discontendtedly with the straps of her regular old swimsuit.Charles L. Langs sitting at his desk full of his inventions.A model wears Poses, designed by Charles L. Langs.Poses make their first public…
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  • The First Walk of Spring

    Leslie
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:06 am
    It was warm enough to shed our jackets, yesterday. After school, when Dave and Julia went to softball practice, the rest of us headed out for a walk, along with this thing. The Scooter. Sun-bleached and worn, it bears the hallmarks of an often-used, well-loved toy. But I do not love the scooter. I don’t think the kids really love the scooter either, though they declare it at the start of every walk. We have to take the scooter! The scooter is so fun! We can’t leave without it! No, they don’t love the scooter. They love the idea of the scooter, because as soon as we’re…
  • The Book Nook

    Leslie
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:12 am
    Some good friends of ours have both a closet book nook and a beneath-the-loft-bed hideaway. Every time we visit them, the kids each find time to steal away into one or both of these spaces. Even with the Super Fantastic Ultra-Terrific Most Amazing Mega-Fun Time Friend Party raging around them, they’ll choose to step away and tuck up in that cozy space for some quiet time alone. So, we’ve made our own. We moved a bookcase under the loft, added some plump pillows and soft lights, and there you have it. We considered curtains, but Jack the Rip-Downer suggested it was not the best…
  • Jack is 2

    Leslie
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    Can you believe it? Two years old. If you ask him, he’ll tell you he’s five. He likes five a lot. But he turned two yesterday and, for a moment, we’re all even. Jack is 2, Bee is 4, Lucy is 6, Julia is 10, I’m 38, and Dave is 42. Jack’s favorite part of his birthday was singing the birthday song and blowing out his candle. He practiced all day for the big event and relived it again and again after. I made him a Peppa Pig cake. He ate George.
 
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    Daily Plate of Crazy

  • Blooming… Success at Any Age?

    D. A. Wolf
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    I wouldn’t necessarily refer to individuals who know success late in life as late bloomers. I’d say the notion of being a perpetual bloomer may fit better. After all, even the person hailed as an “overnight” success is generally someone who has worked many years, and will continue to do so in order to maintain his or her achievements, and expand on them. The New York Times takes up the issue of starting something new later in life, or persisting in a passion well beyond the age we associate with gaining skills, embarking on new ventures, and racking up significant…
  • Meeting Challenges Head On: When “Too Hard” Is Worth Pursuing

    D. A. Wolf
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:27 am
    They say when the going gets tough, the tough get going. I have certainly found this to be true. But when it comes to facing challenges head on, how do you decide when “too hard” is really too hard? How do you know when to test your own mettle? I’m not really asking about knowing when to quit, although that’s certainly related. Instead, I’m wondering about one’s ability to discern the difficulty of a task that awaits, recognizing constraints, understanding the activities involved as climbing a (small) mountain, yet going ahead anyway. What makes some of us…
  • Are You Feeling Invisible?

    D. A. Wolf
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:34 am
    “I know I’m invisible,” a friend said a few weeks back. It was an unguarded moment over a quick drink, and I understood the subtext and it’s this: I am past the age when heads turn or people notice my appearance for all the right reasons. And I accept it, though with regret. My friend is a busy woman, an accomplished woman, a woman who looks forward and not back. Yet that doesn’t mean she can’t feel the occasional pang glancing into a mirror and noting the changes. For two days I mulled her remarks and the undercurrent of determined resolve in her voice as…
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    Born Just Right

  • Being true to myself… As a grown up

    Jen Lee Reeves
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:33 pm
    I have spent years helping encourage Jordan to be herself. Be proud. Don’t hide. As I’ve focused on those lessons, I’ve spent a consistent amount of time hiding something about me: My hair color. I started going gray when I was 18. That was a while ago and through the years, my hair has gotten whiter and whiter around my face. It got so consistently glowy, I had to dye my hair every three to four weeks. I’m not someone who has a lot of time to keep up with hair color. It stressed me out. I would get angry at myself for allowing it to continue. So this past December, I…
  • A Disney On Ice-Inspired Elsa

    Jen Lee Reeves
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:35 am
    Not to outdo our big #DisneySide party last weekend, Jordan and I also traversed through messy post-snow highways to see one of the final St. Louis showings of Frozen Disney on Ice. As I’ve mentioned before, Jordan has realized a connection with Elsa. In the movie, the snow queen’s frozen powers lead her to hide from the public eye but eventually realizes just being herself makes her life (and her kingdom) a better experience. Jordan is proud to be openly different and I think that makes her forever connected to Elsa. As a special experience, we traveled to the show with…
  • Sharing our #DisneySide with a pile of kids

    Jen Lee Reeves
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    It’s my second year sharing a really fun party focused on all things Disney. We received free products in order to host a #DisneySide @Home Celebration from Disney Parks and Mom Select. The opinions expressed here are my own. If anything, our love of Disney became incredibly clear last year. We had a chance to visit Walt Disney World three times (including one of the sweetest moments ever), I ran in a runDisney race at Disneyland in January and we mix in Disney fun at home as often as possible. That’s why the kids were super excited when I told them we were picked to host…
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    The Art of Simple

  • Cuppa reads

    Tsh Oxenreider
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Greetings from Croatia, where we’re actually staying in an apartment in Diocletian’s palace, built in 305 C.E. No big deal, right? (Except that my response when we turned the corner to see our apartment was, “What in the world?!”) I hope you’re having a good weekend, friends, and regardless whether spring weather has come your way yet, I hope you’re feeling a bit of newness and life within. It’s one of my favorite times of year. • If I had to pick one soapbox, it’d be the case against helicopter parenting so prevalent in America—I like what…
  • When it isn’t simple

    Kara Fleck
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:02 am
    Sometimes it just isn’t simple, is it? Sometimes it’s complicated. Sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes it’s broken hearts and tough decisions and just keeping our heads above the water. A post about complication and chaos might not seem like a good fit for a simple living blog at first glance, but something tells me I’m not the only one whose life sometimes runs right off the rails, despite my desire to live simply. I know that most of the Art of Simple writers and I can tell you that, even though we write in a place where the focus is on the art of simple living,…
  • My minimalist, natural beauty routine

    Tsh Oxenreider
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Last night, as we were packing for our next journey from Italy to Slovenia, Kyle found something I’ve been looking for since Thailand (which was now four months ago)—my facial cleanser. It’s funny, that with such a scant amount of possessions to our name, something would still get lost in the shuffle of stuff. Sure, facial cleanser is no big deal. I could technically buy more anywhere, and with the amount of makeup I’ve worn this year (read: almost nil), I don’t need to sweat scrubbing my face more than a few times per week. But still… it made me happy to find it. It’s around…
 
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    We are THAT Family

  • 10 Fun Ways to Keep Easter About Jesus

    Kristen
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
    The Easter Season is the perfect time to practice intentional parenting. It’s more than bunnies and baskets and golden eggs-it’s an opportunity to teach our children about the most important event in history. If we didn’t have the Cross, we wouldn’t have forgiveness. If we didn’t have the Resurrection, we wouldn’t have hope. If we didn’t have Jesus, we wouldn’t have anything.   Here are 10 fun (and easy!) ways to keep Easter about Jesus: Read The Parable of the Lily and plant (or force) a lily bulb Create this easy, beautiful…
  • The Hard Prayers of a Mother

    Kristen
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:34 pm
    We stand toe-to-toe. Just like we did when she was a strong-willed three year old only I’m looking up at my teenager instead of the other way around. The argument has changed, but the passion and determination are the same. I remember rubbing my hand over my swollen belly so long ago -praying that my daughter would be strong. I prayed that she wouldn’t give in to others, that she would fight for what she believed in. All I can say is God answers prayers. Just usually not how I thought He would. When my kids were babies I prayed I could sleep. (Very holy prayers like,…
  • Dear Kids: This Is What I Want You To Know About For Better Or Worse

    Kristen
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:40 pm
    Last Saturday I watched my nearly 21-year old nephew face an audience of friends and family in khaki dress pants, matching suspenders and a pink bow tie. He was waiting for his bride to meet him at the front of the church. And I watched for my 8 year old who would be dropping pink flower petals down the aisle any minute. “He’s so young,” I whispered to my husband. “He’s only a year and a half younger than you were when I waited at the end of the church aisle,” he whispered back. Yeah. “But it does seem just like yesterday he was the baby I accidentally threw into the ceiling…
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    Scary Mommy

  • Why I Hate Playdates

    Stacey
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Image via ShutterstockI even hate the word “playdate.” I don’t think any dates should be involved in playing. Kids should just play. Preferably outside or at somebody else’s house.Whatever happened to being locked out of your house by your mother and forced to play with your only sibling on the rusty swing set out back?Growing up, every Saturday of my life until I left home for college was exactly the same. My sister and I would get up around dawn, watch the Smurfs and The Flintstones, and trash the basement. At a reasonable hour my mom would call us up for breakfast, which…
  • Spring Break With Kids vs. College Spring Break

    JD Bailey
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Image via ShutterstockIt’s Spring Break time. Fifteen years ago, that phrase was magical. Florida, sunshine, partying, cute boys…Now? Now it means my kids aren’t in school. Which means I still want to drink copious amounts of alcohol throughout the week. But for very different reasons.But cheer up, my friends in similar boats! There are some amazing similarities between college spring break and spring break as a parent of young, school-aged children…1. Scantily clad girls are running around unchecked, giggling and screaming.2. There are grumpy grown-up residents yelling at the kids to…
  • Moms Know What They’re Doing And Other Misconceptions

    Joelle Wisler
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Image via ShutterstockBefore I became a mom, I thought moms knew what they were doing. Most moms have known their children for a long time, so they must have some idea about things like, whether their child despises footed pajamas or not. Well, I knew that my 3 yo loved footed pajamas. So I bought her 5 pair for Christmas. And now the only pajamas that she will shove herself into every night are designed for an infant but they don’t have “hot feet” which, apparently hurts her soul.Well, it turns out that the biggest myth of all is that moms know what they are doing. It’s…
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    San Diego Momma

  • Another Chicago Story

    debawriter
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:31 pm
    My first attempt at parallel parking sucked. Although I’d lived in Chicago until my high school graduation, I didn’t go downtown much, so parking between tightly packed cars was never an issue. But now, newly returned to the Midwest several years after high school, I needed to learn to squeeze between two cars with millimeters to spare. That is, if I were to carry my scant life belongings into my friend Lisa’s Lakeview apartment. My 32-inch Zenith might end up being a little unwieldy, but I did just survive a cross-country drive with my now ex-boyfriend and a breakdown in Vegas,…
  • Netflix Family Movie Night

    debawriter
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:23 pm
        We finally did it. Last month, we canceled our cable movie subscriptions and went Roku. Now, we watch everything on Netflix and I have to say, I don’t miss Cinemax and Showtime too much. (The channel that played all “A Haunting In… shows? That cancellation hurt a little.)   Anyway, along with a whole new world of big screen wonders opening up to us on Netflix has come a tendency to indulge in Family Movie Nights on one or both weekend days. Cuddled up on the couch, fighting over blankets, yelling for someone to make pizza STAT, it’s all become a…
  • The Chicago Stories

    debawriter
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:46 pm
    As I drove to work the other day, my life played before my eyes. It does that sometimes, random bits of memories fly into my brain unbidden and I’m back to 26, waiting at a lakefront bus stop beset by wild wind, untethered and lonely, feeling quite like a failure for not being further along in my career. Or an image of me standing on the el platform will come as a jolt, and I see myself clad in a chiffon flowered skirt, black sateen blazer, and platforms, all very itchy in 89-degree weather, on my way to a downtown temp agency to apply for something requiring Excel skills that I faked.
 
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  • Dictation

    admin
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    The other day I was waiting to pick up my kids from school, sitting in my parked car, when I realised that my head was about to explode, because I had all this shit (stories, half sentences, ideas and thoughts – did you see that? I made an acronym!) swirling around in my head, and if I didn’t write it down, I knew I would forget them. So I fiddled around with my smart phone and I decided that the quickest way to do this… was to use the dictation function to “write down” some of my sentences. I’ve never dictated my writings before. I’ve always found it…
  • Building a Stylish Waredrobe: Khaki Jacket

    admin
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:42 pm
    I’ve owned a khaki jacket for years. In fact, I have two khaki jackets, which I wear every year when the weather cools down. I pull them out at the start of Autumn, I wear them through Winter and even through Spring. Khaki jackets usually describe the casual, “parka” style coat.  They look great with a variety of neutral colours (blacks, denims, grey, whites, navy, patterns) so you can throw them over most outfits and it looks pretty fab. They are great value. Anyway at the end of last winter I tore a hole in one of my jackets, because I was walking too close to a wire…
  • Two wrongs don’t make a right!

    admin
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    I needed to buy my boys some new running shoes. So what did I do? I took ALL THREE KIDS out to the shops with me, of course – what on earth was I thinking?!?! The result? When we got home, I realised that I had grabbed TWO RIGHT SHOES for Child 1. For Child 2, we couldn’t find the exact brand/style/colour/size shoe of his liking, so he came away empty handed. And for Child 3, I had grabbed a box with Size 11 shoes, but inside had Size 10 shoes? Ugh. Parent fail. Shopping fail. Whole day wasted.
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    The Chronicles of a SAHM

  • UNBREAKABLE! #StreamTeam

    Cynthia Wheeler
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:39 pm
    I thought March would be all about binging on House of Cards (which I totally did)...then a little gem called Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt came along. *sigh* LOVE.This is the best. show. ever. I really hadn't intended to watch it. It's hard to invest in a new show. That said, my best friend was in town, and Ellie Kemper was being interviewed on the Today Show about it. I looked at Steve and said, "Let's just watch it, instead of watching her talk about it."Ummm...we fell in love in the first 10 min. It's quirky, odd, funny...everything I love. Oh...did I mention it stars Jan Krakowski? I miss…
  • Ever After High...and Whoopie Pies! #StreamTeam

    Cynthia Wheeler
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:51 pm
    Miss Maggie LOVES Ever After High. Ever since she found it on Netflix, she's had it on a consistent rotation. (Truth be told, I like it. I am a sucker for illustrated characters, and these are really good.)When the Ever After High Party set from Netflix came in the mail, she was over the moon planning her party.What shall we serve???When having a viewing party for a few friends, one must serve something sweet...no?Let's just say mommy was thinking ahead. You see, I woke up Friday feeling like grown up Christmas morning. This greeted me in my inbox...There is no better way to wake up in the…
  • Snow Days

    Cynthia Wheeler
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Not Boston snow...but Chicago has a lot!
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    What's That Smell?

  • Saving Energy the Eco Way During Winter

    Kimberly Grabinski
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    Longtime readers will already be familiar with my easy ways to save energy at home the whole year around, and how a bidet can help the environment, but in the winter weather it can be hard to justify turning down the thermostat and hot water. I’ve made this guide mostly for homeowners looking for more […] The post Saving Energy the Eco Way During Winter appeared first on What's That Smell?.
  • Nutrition and Wellness for Your Canine Kids with HardyPet

    Kimberly Grabinski
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:36 pm
    One look at my Instagram feed and you will see that I have more than just 2 kids. In addition to my human children I also have 2 furry four-legged kids who get treated just as well as (if not better than…) the human ones. Which means we are just as concerned about their wellness […] The post Nutrition and Wellness for Your Canine Kids with HardyPet appeared first on What's That Smell?.
  • Maple Syrup Bacon Wrapped Chicken Recipe

    Kimberly Grabinski
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:03 pm
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Harvestland by Perdue. All opinions are 100% mine. I am very particular about the food my family eats, particularly when it comes to chicken. I want my family to have only the best free from anything extra. I like to know where our chicken […] The post Maple Syrup Bacon Wrapped Chicken Recipe appeared first on What's That Smell?.
 
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  • THAT BACHELORETTE SHOW Ticket Giveaway from MotherhoodLater.com

    Robin Gorman Newman
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    Need a fun moms night out with girlfriends?   Here ya go…… MotherhoodLater.com is hosting a ticket giveaway for three (3) lucky winners.  Each receives four (4) tickets – you arrange the date.  The show runs on Saturday nights.  To enter: email robin@motherhoodlater.com.  put BACHELORETTE SHOW in the subject line.  Tell us why you’d like to see the show.  And, please LIKE our Facebook page.  Winners will be notified via email by April 11th. From the creator of The Awesome 80s Prom comes a fun new Off-Broadway show  – That Bachelorette Show! The…
  • Helping My Son Make the High Self Esteem Grade by Robin Gorman Newman

    Robin Gorman Newman
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:46 am
     My son, who recently turned 12, transitioned into public middle school this year, and it’s been nothing short of challenging in more ways than I ever would have anticipated. We’ve had to change his classes, deal with the departure of a new teacher, bring in a learning specialist, create strategies for tracking homework, books, long term projects, tests to be signed, etc., etc.  Anyone whose child is in the Common Core curriculum knows just how hard it is….on everyone.  Homework is given even on weekends and over holiday periods.  Some days, it feels like my son is a…
  • Older Mom, Keeping Up With the Children, by Lori j Loesch

    Lori Loesch
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:47 am
    I’m a later than sooner mom.  That said, raising a family is tough, especially in this complicated world we live in.  Being an older mom, is tougher.  I am going through menopause, and it feels like it’s killing me.  I feel like a stranger in my own body, the body I’ve had for 52 years, is now a stranger to me.  My ten year old daughter, I can tell by her tone of voice, has had enough with my ‘hot flashes’.   My daughter is in the fifth grade, and from what I’ve heard, and witnessed, it’s a rough transition, from elementary school to middle…
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  • Industry News Round Up: Facebook and Instagram Updates

    The Motherhood
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    It’s been a busy week for Facebook and Instagram. In case you haven’t had a chance to delve into the latest news, here’s a quick summary: Three upcoming changes for Facebook  We may start to see news content hosted inside of Facebook, instead of links that direct users to another media site. This will make consuming content on Facebook more seamless, especially for those accessing it on mobile devices. Some initial media partners will include The New York Times, BuzzFeed and National Geographic.  And while we’re all familiar with Facebook’s autoplay videos,…
  • Upcoming March Twitter Chats!

    The Motherhood
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Spring has finally sprung, and what better way to celebrate than with these exciting spring-themed Twitter chats? Here are all the details you’ll need to know to join us. We hope to see you there! #EarnItFrameIt Wednesday, March 25 @ 1p.m. EST Graduation season is right around the corner! After all the hard work, time and money spent earning their degrees, it’s a well-deserved moment of celebration for students and their families. The Motherhood is celebrating this halllmark occasion during the #EarnItFrameIt Twitter chat! We’ll be talking about great gift ideas, and the…
  • TM Book Club: “The Beauty of Grace” Inspires

    The Motherhood
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    No matter who you are or what your situation, every one of us has moments when we need to hear, “You are loved,” “There is a plan,” and most of all, “You are enough.” “The Beauty of Grace,” written by a longtime friend of The Motherhood, Dawn Camp, is an amazing reminder of these very things and so much more. With a compilation of stories that speak to purpose, perspective, surrendering and worship, this book is like a modern day devotional, made up of honest stories from everyday men and women. Dawn’s photography pairs beautifully with…
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  • ABC, Meme With Me

    Casey
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Hey! Remember memes? They used to be all the rage when I started blogging eight years ago. This one was on Facebook, and today, I’m feeling slightly nostalgic. A – Are you single? Not in the least, very happily coupled, thank you. B – Birthday? April 28, 1982 C – Crush? Currently John Stamos for this Instagram photo. D – Drink you last had? Tropical Red Bull. It isn’t the necessarily the concept of Red Bull that I love, it’s the flavor. And the little can. It’s quite possibly my most favorite indulgence. E – Easiest person to talk to?
  • yeasty beastie and the three year itch.

    Casey
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:17 pm
    (tmi ahead…you’ve been warned (dad.)) It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about my vagina and all of her related accessories, attachments, and ailments. You see, I have had trouble down yonder since I was 18: abnormal paps, several colposcopies, two LEEPs, countless vaginal ultrasounds, a hysterosalpingogram, a D&C, a laparoscopy, endometriosis, and PCOS in addition to serving as an escape hatch for two babies. Really my entire reproductive system should just be given menopause off. Like, “Okay ladies! You’ve done enough, go ahead and sit menopause…
  • the religious elephant in the room.

    Casey
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:02 pm
    About one year ago, I stopped going to church. There’s a million reasons why, and if I were to give you the reasons you would either nod your head in agreement or you would give me the standard church answers every Mormon learns within the first year or two of membership. That is perhaps my greatest issue with the LDS church, it has become more about the culture and stereotypes rather than the doctrine. I do not have any real problem with the LDS church, in fact I have the utmost respect and gratitude for it coming into my life when it did. I needed a strict set of rules and guidelines…
 
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  • Marmalade quilt top done

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
     I finished this quilt top and taped it up on the window to admire the colors.  I think it looks like stained glass up there.  The pattern is called "Marmalade" and is from the Kaffe Fassett book "Quilts Grandeur."  I'm still deciding what fabric to use on the back.  If I am likely to display it up on a wall, I will just use something I have around, like a solid.  If I'm going to have it on the back of a chair or something, I might use another Kaffe fabric, so the back is just as pretty as the front.I'm also debating how I want to quilt it.  I keep coming…
  • What I Learned While Starting 15 Projects in 15 Days

    16 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
    finish #1: freebie from Bent CreekStarting a project is the hardest part.  Aristotle said "well begun is half done" (maybe without the rhyming). Just getting all of the fibers and fabric organized for each project took weeks of effort.  But the payoff to all the careful organizing was a palate of great colors to work with and the perfect fabric all ready to go. A Christmas Carol by Cross Stitch Collection MagazineIt's hard to make time for myself a priority.  I tried to get an hour of stitching in first thing in the morning after my routine chores were done.  I felt the…
  • More stitching starts and a reading challenge

    6 Jan 2015 | 10:41 pm
    Today's start is from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.  A super cute small piece for Thanksgiving.  I almost finished it, but ended up going to the movies with Jungle Boy this evening.  It will be fun to pick this up next time and finish it up.Yesterday was not as productive, but still a start:It's just the door from a Country Cottage Needleworks piece called "Bless Our Home."  A nice patriotic little cottage to finish up before summer.Now for a fun book challenge.  Go check out Bringing Up Burns for her 26 book challenge for 2015.  She has a fun list of prompts to…
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  • Way Back When-esday: Strollin', Strollin' Strollin'...

    Cheryl Lage
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    Dateline: June 2003Twins' Age: One and a halfYes, it was heavy, but I'd buy another Graco DuoGlider again in a heartbeat. Ours was given to us by our Sunday School class and was loved and used near-daily for years. How I wish it had an odometer! Would love to know the mileage we put on it prior to passing it along for yet another era of dual toddler toting.The glimpse of our cuties "looking out" to meet a peer (whose Mommy and Daddy had been in our prenatal class) at the mall food court warms my heart this mid-week.Play along with Way Back When-esday...looking back with love since 2007!Dive…
  • Twinspiration Continues and Makes My Monday

    Cheryl Lage
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    Yesterday marked ten years---TEN YEARS---since the final manuscript for Twinspiration was submitted for publication. (Of course the day before yesterday marked ten years since Double Daddy composed all of his insightful, paternal perspective paragraphs...in a single night. Think it's fairly obvious who the REAL writer is in our family....)Now, three printings later, an updated, second-edition is being contracted....a happy reunion with the lovely folk at Taylor Trade Publishing, an imprint of Rowman Littlefield. They are the courageous crew who took a leap of faith with an unproven, minimally…
  • Way Back When-esday : Like Sands Through the Hourglass

    Cheryl Lage
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:04 am
    Dateline: March 8, 2004Twins' Age: 2Two tots in a turtle sandbox.Glimpses of my tiny toddler twins warm my heart this mid-week.Did you realize Twinfatuation was the originating host of Way Back When-esday?We've been looking back with love since 2007... so please join in, play along!Dive into those digital files and share a photo find on your blog. On Facebook. Via Twitter. On Instagram...whatever your social media venue(s) of choice! Be sure to leave a comment here. Include the hashtags #WBW and #Twinfatuation via Facebook/Instagram/Twitter in order to share in the virtual photo album…
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  • Spring Fashion For Little Girls

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
    This collection of outfits for little girls are perfect for spring! Colorful floral and tribal patterns paired with denim and light weight blazers will…
  • Sweet Strawberry Reduction

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
    Mastering a strawberry reduction is one of the easiest and most useful things you can do in the kitchen. Put this delicious and sweet sauce on cakes,…
  • Nutella Smoothie

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    Chocolate hazelnuts are a popular sweet treat all over the world. They pair wonderfully with many different kinds of fruits and come together perfectly…
 
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • Find All Your Easter Basket Needs at Walmart

    Monica
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:05 pm
    If you haven’t gotten all of your children’s Easter Basket fillers yet, DON’T WORRY! From the coolest toys and candy, to beautiful Easter baskets and other fillers, Walmart has you covered! This year, Walmart has a variety of fun, unique and exclusive Easter products available, from Grocery and Seasonal to Toys and Entertainment! Walmart has a great new selection of beautiful willow, bamboo and woodchip baskets. They look like baskets you’d find at many high end retailers like Pottery Barn… but they’re a fraction of the price! I fell in love with the Wooden…
  • New- LUVS Super Absorbent Diapers

    Monica
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Hey! Moms with babies!!!! Have you heard? There’s a more absorbent diaper in town! New LUVS Super Absorbent Diapers are here! They are 15% more absorbent than regular Luvs and are available are available NOW at your local Walmart store! Why are they a great choice? Well, these new Super Absorbent diapers are contoured for  a great fit, even between the legs! They have an Ultra-Absorbent leak guard core that helps lock wetness away. The leak barrier leg gathers help trap leaks so you can stay worry free during the night. The LUVS Super Absorbent diapers also have refasten-able stretch…
  • DIY- Easter Cross Door Decoration

    Monica
    15 Mar 2015 | 12:52 pm
    I know wreaths are the big “in” thing right now. I made a really pretty one last year for Easter, but this year, I wanted to do something just a little bit different. This year, I made a really neat Cross “wreath” out of sticks and twigs taken from my own back yard, and some supplies that I got from my local Walmart store. This cross took me all of 15 minutes to make, and cost me less than $15 to make. I just love how it looks on my front door! Want one for your self? Check out the video below for easy to follow instructions! Here’s what you need: Sticks and…
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  • They’re Ba-ack!

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

    Rima
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Recently in the mirror I started noticing something about my face. Mainly that it wasn’t what it used to be, beauty-wise, and specifically that it looked tired. At first I thought it was simply a matter of staying up too late binge watching Scandal on Netflix, even though it’s turning into musical beds just like my mom always said Falcon Crest did in 1983. I started making an effort to go to bed earlier and eat more salmon, but still my face looked the same. Eventually it dawned on me that what I was dealing with was less an issue of fatigue and more an issue of this is what I…
  • Artist’s Dilemma

    Rima
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:10 pm
    I Did Not Draw This Today I was reading in the sunroom when I heard a loud buzzing sound. I turned my head to see a gigantic insect ricocheting from window to window and at first I thought it might be a wasp, but when it stopped to rest on the wall I could see that it wasn’t.  It was like a cross between a beetle and a dragonfly and Franz Kafka, and it was quite impressive in that grotesque way that large unidentifiable bugs are. I killed it with the Yellow Pages. Then I put the Yellow Pages on top of the dead insect and made a mental note to ask the P-Dawg to remove it when he…
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  • あぁ、やられた・・・

    hatakedekonkatu0131
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:51 am
    期限まで後残すところ1週間なので今日の休みには絶対行って行いと失効にな 午前の受付が11時まで。 後 15分だけどバイクで行けば余裕よ^^なんて思いながら途中、お財布が空っぽ に近いことに気付きコンビニへGO。 前でATMを使ってたおばちゃん・・・ お (ATMに悪戦苦闘中)「あれ、おかしいなぁ。ちょっと店員さん。これ外の光が 内心、ヤバイなぁと思いつつ急いで更新センターへ=333 案の定、11時3分の到着のためOUT!!!
  • 自宅待機

    hatakedekonkatu0131
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:53 am
    寒い~!部屋の温度が10度だったのでエアコンつけました。 いくらコタツが暖かいと言っても、潜り込んでいてはな~んの 用事も出来ませんからね。 月曜日、背中にできたデキモノ・・・粉瘤(アテローム)を取る 手術をしてきました。日帰りで1時間程度なので気楽なもんですが 部分麻酔の効き目を信用していなかったので少し怖かったです。 取ったモノを見せてもらったのですが、大きさは少し大きめの…
  • 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。…
 
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    Mamanista!

  • Ambi Toys are BACK and in full Retro Swing!

    Liza
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    If you’re a classic toy lover like me, you may already be familiar with the iconic Ambi® brand, the manufacturer of infant and toddler toys with a fabulously retro design and feel. In years past, only a few items were available in the US for purchase. Now, the ENTIRE 44 piece Ambi collection is available in the US, under the direction of Galt Toys!!! For forty years, Ambi® Toys have been developing infant toys with a purity of design and color to meet the stages of children’s development, always with an emphasis on quality and safety. What I love about this line is that they…
  • AT&T NETGEAR® Unite Wi-Fi Where you Need It

    Mamanista
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:55 pm
    I travel fairly frequently and even if it’s just locally to a hotel for a meeting, I always get frustrated with the lack of access to Wi-Fi, especially if I am not a guest in the hotel. Sometimes, if there is Wi-Fi, it’s not always fast and reliable. So when I was learned about AT&T’s new portable NETGEAR ® Unite Wi-Fi, I jumped and picked one up. I am never without my phone, laptop and iPad. It’s safe to say I am always digitally connected! A mobile hotspot creates a secure Internet connection at fast speeds for your laptop, tablet and other Wi-Fi devices. In other words, it…
  • The Snuza Hero is a True Hero for New Parents

    Debbie
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:14 pm
    If you’re a new parent, you’ve got to get your hands on the Snuza Hero for your own peace of mind and your baby’s health and comfort. The Snuza Hero is a portable and easy-to-use movement monitor, which clips onto baby’s diaper to ensure that normal movement is maintained. Hero detects even the slightest abdominal movement and will alert you if your baby’s movements are very weak or fall to less than 8 movements per minute. If no abdominal movement is detected for a period of 15 seconds, Hero will gently vibrate. Often this vibration is enough to rouse the baby, and Hero…
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    5 Minutes for Mom

  • Lunch in Minutes: Stuffed Bread Bites #Recipe

    Rachel Lacy
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
      I’ll be honest, I’m not sure what these are — hand pies, stuffed bread, kolaches or “hot pockets.”  But, ultimately, I suppose it doesn’t matter much.  What DOES matter is that this concoction of french bread dough, cheese, and meat is something that my Kidlets gobble up without any cajoling. And, when you sneak veggies into it, it’s an even sweeter victory. This came about after I picked up the wrong product off the store fridge shelf.  I wanted biscuits, a request from my husband.  Instead, I picked up french bread dough… only slightly…
  • Does Your Blog Pass Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test?

    Susan
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:08 pm
    We’ve all known for a long time how important it is to make our site readable on mobile devices. But now, Big Daddy Google is laying down the law and demanding you make your site mobile-friendly on THEIR TERMS. And you’ve only got until April 21st to make it happen or you’ll start to lose traffic. The good news is if you’ve recently installed a good WordPress template or had your site redesigned professionally, chances are high that your site will pass Google’s test. And the second-best news is that if your WordPress blog does NOT yet pass the Google…
  • Send a Treat, Make Someone’s Day with Instacandi #Giveaway

    Jennifer Donovan
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:06 am
    Jennifer D. is here to share her experience with the fun gift service Instacandi in this sponsored giveaway. Quick, think: Who do you know who could use a pick-me-up today? Who would like to know that someone cares? Does that person like candy? If you are like me, you could name several people who would love to receive a special, personal treat in her mailbox.  If not, let me give you some ideas that came to my mind: A child or niece at college who gets a sweet greeting from home A friend who has lost her job or experienced some other disappointment A friend who has a sick child (for the…
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    Travel Past 50

  • 250 Tinggly Gifts for Travelers

    Kristin Henning
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:35 pm
    We travelers can be tough to please, and even harder to shop for. Despite our claims of being easy going, we’re generally a fussy and selfish bunch, and not particularly graceful when accepting gifts of heavy books for coffee tables we no longer own. Like most adults, we don’t want stuff we can’t use. We […] The post 250 Tinggly Gifts for Travelers appeared first on Travel Past 50.
  • Temple of Sobek, Kom Ombo, Egypt

    Tom Bartel
    14 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    The temple of Sobek at Kom Ombo is yet another of the fascinating temples along the Nile. I like this one because it’s dedicated to Sobek, and who doesn’t like crocodile headed gods? Sobek is one of the creator gods, and is closely identified with the pharaohs, the Nile, the military, and sexual prowess. And […] The post Temple of Sobek, Kom Ombo, Egypt appeared first on Travel Past 50.
  • Cruising the Nile, Sonesta Style

    Kristin Henning
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:37 am
    If you know anything about us, you might say Sonesta Nile Cruises was taking a risk inviting us to enjoy a 4-day 3-night river cruise from Aswan to Luxor, Egypt. Tom has a reputation for abandoning ship before the vessel pulls away from the dock. We’re both virgins when it comes to river cruising, and […] The post Cruising the Nile, Sonesta Style appeared first on Travel Past 50.
 
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  • Friday Nights Are Crazy Around Here

    burghbaby
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:04 pm
  • Like Stealing Donuts from a Baby

    burghbaby
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:54 pm
    Every Thursday, while Alexis practices flipping through the air at gymnastics class, Mila and I sneak away to Dunkin' Donuts. We would stay and watch the flipping, but it's far too crowded and impossible to find the Big Kid in the midst of the chaos, so donuts are better. Way better. We find our way to the inside of the Dunkin' Donuts because I need to lay eyes on my prey in order to  select it. But no worries, I move in for the kill very quickly. I have a hierarchy of donuts that is thoroughly developed. That means that I know I'm starting with Boston Creme and working my way through…
  • Fun Around the Corner

    burghbaby
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:49 pm
    Mila found the playroom. Mostly her increasing ability to find things that she remembers but can't see is pretty fantastic. She's better at remembering where she left her pacifiers than I am, for example. But that whole "I'm just going to meander over to the opposite side of the house thing" is a challenge. A big challenge. Considering how much noise the Tiny Human makes at all times of day, she sure does know how to silently sneak off to another room. And don't get me started on how FAST she is. Yesterday, in the time it took me to walk a paper towel four feet to a garbage can, she was gone.
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    Cowgirl Yoga

  • Mountains, Metaphors & Breast Cancer on Kilimanjaro

    22 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Retreat alumna Deirdre is climbing a mountain for a cause. A BIG mountain. I asked her to be a guest blogger to tell you about it. As she gears up for this big event, we are gearing up for our 2015 retreat season, which as always kicks off with the Cowgirls vs. Cancer retreat. Through C vs C, we are proud to be sponsoring Deirdre to come train with us in Big Sky before she hits Kilimanjaro, on our late July Yoga & Advanced Hiking retreat (only ONE spot left if you'd like to join us!).Trekking up a mountain such as Kilimanjaro seems like a novel idea. It provides metaphor. Much to…
  • Ask the Cowgirl Yogini: How can I start meditating?

    14 Mar 2015 | 2:33 pm
    It seems fitting to follow up a post on Montana Malas with my answer to the question, How can I start meditating? AND, to report in that it's only March and I am moving right along with one of my New Year's Resolutions: Meditate More.Many people are intimidated by meditation and are more drawn to the physical yoga practice. Let’s face it, we don’t value sitting still in our culture. But you don’t have to sit still for long periods of time in a perfect lotus pose in order to meditate. I teach a meditation practice that emphasizes the cumulative benefits of being able to change how you…
  • Montana Mala Making

    7 Mar 2015 | 7:53 am
    Guest post by Caitlin K., who teaches with me on our B-LUXE Cowgirl Yoga retreats and leads a Montana Mala Making workshop! Mala making has become my favorite meditation. Setting up a quiet space with my beads, an intention and a chant takes me immediately to my happy place. Mala means “garland” in Sanskrit. Mala beads, also known as “prayer beads”, traditionally consist of 108 beads or stones strung together and finished with a tassel or a charm, and are used for keeping count as the user chants, or mentally repeats a mantra during meditation. A mala can be as simple or as…
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  • Babo Botanicals Miracle Moisturizing Cream

    SafeMama Kathy
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:51 pm
    It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed anything but I saw that babo Botanicals had some new products and wanted to check them out.  I’ve been a fan for years, especially for her Lice Shampoo options for when you need some extra protection.  Kate Solomon founded Babo Botanicals when she had her first child and […]
  • 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 […]
 
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    Mom Knows It All.

  • This Week’s Winners

    valmg
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    To select the winner of these giveaways I used “Giveaway Tools”. I did confirm each winner selected by the plugin was eligible. Master Lock Push Button Portable Key Safe winner – Austin B Lash Factory 3D Fiber Lash Mascara winner – Jeanine C Thanks to all who entered the giveaways! Please consider subscribing to my feed so you don’t miss out on the latest posts, reviews and giveaways. The post This Week’s Winners appeared first on Mom Knows It All..
  • CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEW – In The Rainforest

    LisaMarie
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    The product(s) featured in this post was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. This post has not been monetarily compensated. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way. Some of the posts on this site, such as this one, contain an affiliate link. This means I MAY get paid a VERY SMALL commission if you purchase the product or service. In the Rainforest Author: Kate Duke Age Range: 4 – 8 years Grade Level: Preschool – 3 Series:…
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  • 18 Fundraising Resources for Environmental Nonprofits

    Devon Reeser
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    ?Whether you are looking for new prospects, or some fresh fundraising ideas for Earth Day, you need a crash course in proposal writing, or you have no idea how to get started about development planning, these resources are musts for any conservation, environmental education, or green activist group! Grants These sites will help you hone a prospect list and loan ideas about where you can look for funding: 1. Fundsnet Services has 17 pages of the best foundations funding environmental nonprofits.   2. The Center for Nonprofit Excellence regularly updates an impressive list of national…
  • Direct Mail and Free Gifts to Boost your Fundraising on a Budget

    Devon Reeser
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    Despite the virtual Smartphone and email era we are in, direct mail is still the best way to attract new donors, both young and old, to your organization. While most might assume seniors prefer snail mail, Forbes reported that even 18-34 year olds respond better to paper in hand. And young and old alike want to be offered something in return for their gift.  What do you offer then if you have a nonexistent budget and seemingly nothing to offer? And what is the cheapest and best way to both send what could be an expensive appeal and then get that gift to new donors? Follow these tips for a…
  • Your Favorite Sports Are Charities? The Truth of the 501(c)(6) Tax Loophole

    Devon Reeser
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    The NFL is a multi-billion dollar industry – but did you know that it is classified as a charity? The recent economic downturn made the public, and in turn Congress, nationally challenge the NFL and other professional sports associations – namely the NCAA, the NHL, the PGA, and the US Tennis Association – for making money but not paying taxes. Are they getting away with tax evasion, however, as Senators claim? Read here to learn the background of why sports associations have exempt status and whether or not it actually matters much for the rest of America. Tax law code from a different…
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  • DreamWorks HOME

    Victoria
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:35 pm
    When I was a little girl I didn’t fit in. My voice never sounded like some people thought it should. The way I looked and the things I liked weren’t in keeping with stereotypes. There were many times I felt like an outsider. It shouldn’t have been a surprise that I was bullied by older students in high school for not fitting the mold. Thankfully as an adult I don’t have any issues with friendships. DreamWorks Animation has a movie called HOME coming out on March 27th where an alien misfit named Oh becomes friends with a young girl who has been left behind when the…
  • Go Commando with NKOTB

    Victoria
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:57 am
    When I was a little girl I was a big fan of New Kids on the Block. Every free moment my friends and I had during the school day was spent talking about Joey and Jordan or Donnie, Jonathan and Danny. There was all one guy we thought was the cutest and I am sure our parents all grew tired of how many times we played and replayed their cassettes as we learned the lyrics to the songs. My mom was awesome when it came to my love of music. She would buy me Bop magazine and every street vendor selling bootleg cassettes from NKOTB concert tours knew me because she let me buy them because that was the…
  • Staying #NYTough This Winter

    Victoria
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:42 am
    My local meteorologist just announced this is the coldest February since 1934. That isn’t a typo. We’ve had to deal with constant cold weather this month that hasn’t happened for over 80 years! It’s no wonder no matter who we talk with, everyone has had it with the snow and the slush and the stinging air. As pretty as it looks, I’m counting down until spring arrives. Until then I’m staying as tough as possible through this winter. Stocking up on cold weather essentials like Vicks NyQuil to battle a cold and making sure I don’t find myself without a…
 
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  • How To: Edible Peeps Play Dough with Lucy

    Jenny On the Spot
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    You guys. This week is practically literally covered with the rainbow-colored fine sugar… the sweetness that coats Peeps. So much, if fact it feels like a Peeps-A-Palooza! My recent adventures in Peeps (as seen here and here) has lead us to our next sugar covered marshmallowy goodness – PEEPS PLAY DOUGH. Lucy and I can […] How To: Edible Peeps Play Dough with Lucy is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post How To: Edible Peeps Play Dough with Lucy appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • How To: Marshmallow Vodka Infused Peeps

    Jenny On the Spot
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    I kinda went a little crazy with the Peeps. Did you see the Peeps necklace video? It just happened. I bought so many Peeps (so many colors!)… So I got a little crazy. Peeps necklaces one day, a few Peeps crafts another day(video coming next Tuesday!), and even edible Peep playdough (video coming tomorrow!). WHO […] How To: Marshmallow Vodka Infused Peeps is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post How To: Marshmallow Vodka Infused Peeps appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
  • The GMC Acadia Denali: My Car For A Week

    Jenny On the Spot
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    A week or so ago my family got to enjoy a special treat. We were the proud borrowers of a GMC Acadia Denali for an entire week. That whole week felt sexy because of it. I mean, lest you forget our usual ride is the standard-issue minivan. Nothing against the minivan, but you guys… The […] The GMC Acadia Denali: My Car For A Week is a post from: It's @jennyonthespot! The post The GMC Acadia Denali: My Car For A Week appeared first on It's @jennyonthespot!.
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  • Making Decisions Based on Faith

    Alyssa
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Everyone makes decisions differently.  Some people are able to make decisions quickly while others ponder over a decision for days.  I am the someone who has difficulty making decisions, especially big decisions.  I am definitely a ponderer.  My dad is a ponderer and that always got on my nerves because when I’d ask him if I could do something or have something he’d have to “think about it”.  I was always impatient, but now I understand better.Over the years I have determined some things that help me to make better decisions.  Ultimately, as a Christian I have…
  • Traits Needed to Become a Virtual Assistant

    Alyssa
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Just like there are certain skills that are helpful for a virtual assistant to possess there are also certain traits that it is good for a virtual assistant to have as well. Because of the nature of the work we do as virtual assistants it is important to have certain character traits. They simply lend themselves to the types of things we do and handle. These character traits include, but are not limited to:Traits Needed to Become a Virtual AssistantResponsibility – Because you are working for other people and taking the responsibilities of their business upon yourself it is important that…
  • Healthy School Lunches for Your High Schooler

    Alyssa
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Though I don’t quite have a teenager, I know that many people struggle with feeding their kids lunch for school no matter what the age. I struggle with my 11 year old son because he’s a BIG eater.   It might be a little harder to know exactly what he (or she) is eating when you’re not around, and it is all that much more important that you provide him with a healthy and appealing lunch. Get your teen involved in choosing and even making his lunch to really ensure that he eats it and doesn’t buy a bunch of junk while at school. Here are seven healthy lunch ideas you…
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  • Kristen's Custom Creations 15% off entire purchase

    Kristen Andrews
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    Please enjoy 15% off your entire purchase by entering code SPRING15 at check out.  Offer valid until 3/22/15 and not valid with any other offer or on prior purchase. Shop at Kristen's Custom Creations. 
  • Everyone 3-in-1 Bath Products

    Kristen Andrews
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:34 pm
    I love the Everyone Soap 3-in-1.  This 3-in-1 is shampoo, body wash and bubble bath can be used by the entire family. Made with mild and natural ingredients, this soap contains no artificial fragrances and has added benefits of pure essential oils. Smells breezy and fresh. My skin is so sensitive and I have used this and just love it.  I get so tired of using fragrance free products so this is a real treat.  You can find them at Target.  The moisturizers are lovely too, such a treat for your body.  Enjoy! 
  • Paleo Bruschetta Chicken

    Kristen Andrews
    10 Feb 2015 | 5:57 pm
    I have tried a lot of Paleo recipes and this Paleo Bruschetta Chicken is one of my all time favorites.  The recipe is from Paleonewbie.com. Ingredients4 medium tomatoes, diced2 tbsp olive oil2 tbs balsamic vinegar2 cloves of garlic, minced1 tbsp basil1 small jar (8 oz) of artichokes, liquid drained1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and liquid drained (organic if available)1 1/2 lbs uncooked chicken breasts, dicedSalt and pepperInstructionsPreheat oven to 350º FIn a mixing bowl, combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and basilNext add the diced tomatoes, artichokes and olives.
 
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  • Easy Mealtime Cleanup with Bounty with Dawn

    Stefanie Fauquet
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:49 am
    This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Bounty. All opinions are my own. Does anyone actually enjoy cleaning up messes? I know I don’t. And being a mom means the messes are neverending. The biggest messes for me to clean are always in the kitchen. Whether it’s spilled milk from breakfast or baked-on grease in the […] The post Easy Mealtime Cleanup with Bounty with Dawn appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Sponsored Video: What is the Greatest Flavor on Earth?

    Stefanie Fauquet
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:31 am
    This post is brought to you by Knorr. All opinions are my own. What is the greatest flavor on Earth? When I first heard this question, my mind raced. I tried to think back to all of the amazing meals that I’ve had in my life. Was it even possible to single out the “greatest” […] The post Sponsored Video: What is the Greatest Flavor on Earth? appeared first on Mommy Musings.
  • Easter Baskets for the Skylanders Fan

    Stefanie Fauquet
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    My 10-year-old daughter is in love with Skylanders. I’m not sure when she got hooked on it, but it’s one of her favorite games to play on our XBox 360. I know she enjoys collecting the interactive figures, which surprisingly feature a good number of female characters in addition to male— Skylanders is definitely not a […] The post Easter Baskets for the Skylanders Fan appeared first on Mommy Musings.
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    The Adventures of Supermom® - Asheville, NC Life with Michelle Lee including Pictures

  • Throwback Thursday #TT {Michelle as a little girl.}

    Supermom
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:49 am
  • Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are by Shauna Niequist

    Supermom
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Areby Shauna Niequist I was just looking at this little book as it was sitting on my desk.  After a recent family scare with someone very very very important to me...I wast to savor every moment of every day.  Shouldn't we all be doing this??  I look forward to this devotional book and I look forward to making that delicious lasagna recipe in it!!Sink deep into the everyday goodness of God and savor every moment!In this daily devotional, Shauna Niequist becomes a friend across the pages, sharing her heart with yours, keeping you…
  • Wooly Clouds Crocheting {Created by Michelle Lee of The Adventures of Supermom®}

    Supermom
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Starting a new business.  How does one go about that?  Seriously because this is all new to me.  So different from blogging.  Crocheting is not like typing up a blog post every couple of days.Yet, here I am.Starting a new business.  It just sort of happened.  One day I was telling Superdad that I wished there was something I could do involving something that I enjoy doing and I'm good at doing.  IE:  CrochetingThen in a few days Wooly Clouds Crocheting was born.Superdad brought up Wooly and I REALLY liked that!  It goes with my whole theme, the one…
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  • Wordless Wednesday: Coffee Time

    Kim Tracy Prince
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:02 pm
    I had people over for coffee this morning – a rare opportunity to use my grandmother’s china coffee creamer and sugar bowl. So dainty, so feminine, so shut up in a cabinet and lonely most of the time. The post Wordless Wednesday: Coffee Time appeared first on House of Prince.
  • How To Survive Little League…Tips For Parents

    Kim Tracy Prince
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    Brady’s very first baseball tryout, age 4. This is our family’s fourth baseball season, so by now I have settled into a rhythm with a toolkit in the trunk that helps me navigate and sit through practices and games. On a new link-collection site created by my advertising network, Mode, I built a “story” out of different articles on the internet that I pulled together that any parent getting into youth sports can appreciate and use. This includes a link to the umbrella chair I wish I had, an article about how parents spend too much money on kids’ sports (Amen!),…
  • Is There Love After Death? “Soul Sessions” by Carson Gage

    Kim Tracy Prince
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Have you ever met someone and been struck by an instant attraction? Not just physical attraction, but a curiosity about her, or an inexplicable need for more information about him? What about those chance meetings that result in lifelong companions or love connections? Sometimes it does seem like you’re meant to be with another person, whether it be love or friendship. That’s a concept that Carson Gage explores in his novel Soul Sessions, a story of one man’s journey to identify what’s missing in his life. Seemingly at the top of his game, mid-30’s Nick Dalton is…
 
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  • The Special Needs Blogger Weekend Link-up: Share your best

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    What to do if you're new hereThis is a place to share a recent favorite post you've written, or read. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of this post. Where it says "Your name" put the name of the blog followed by the title of the post you want to share (or just the name of the post, if there's no room—you get 80 characters).Like this: Win an awesome new mobility device for kids: the ScootWhere 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. 
  • There is no Wikipedia page to explain God's plan

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:35 am
    In the days since seven children from a Brooklyn, New York, family perished in a home fire caused by a faulty hot plate, like many people, I have not stopped thinking about them, their parents or the surviving daughter, Tzipora. The faces of those beautiful children are in my head and in my heart. I say prayers, asking God to give the Sassoons strength—even as I ruminate over God's intent.Tragedies are always hard to comprehend, but this one is as unfathomable as it is horrific. Seven children, ages 5 to 16, gone. The father, Gabriel Sassoon, has shown unbelievable endurance, flying to…
  • What this teen with cerebral palsy did to fix a bad situation is genius

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:35 am
    Archer Hadley had a problem with his high school: It wasn't accessible to him. The 18-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, couldn't yank open the front doors from his wheelchair. Foul weather made the situation particularly miserable. This is his story, told in a mini documentary, one of 15 recently honored at The 2015 White House Student Film Festival. This year's theme: The impact of giving back. So here's what struck me about this story, particularly today on National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day. Archer and his parents could likely have sued the school to make it more accessible. Per the…
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  • Hoisin Rainbow Stir Fry: the 10 Minute Dinner Solution

    chefdruck
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    I haven’t been up for a lot of opposition lately. No appetite to force the kids to broaden their palates, expand their horizon, try new foods. The chorus of no’s is just too much. But I tire of the same old tried and true dishes, the creamy bolognese sauce, the oven roasted sweet asian chicken thighs. I crave novelty, when all they want is familiarity. Last night’s Hoisin Rainbow Chicken Stir Fry made us all very happy. Asian flavors are our bridge, the type of cuisine that pleases us all. With so many people at the table, making everyone happy is a small miracle, a bridge…
  • One Goal: a Tribute on Ice

    chefdruck
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    Caring for an ailing parent while mothering four children puts you in the middle of a tug of war of responsibilities, a difficult middle place of two identities: mother and daughter. The Middle Place is a term that Kelly Corrigan captured eloquently in her memoir of the same name, a beautiful tribute to her dad, Greenie, a great man who passed away a week before my father. In the two and half years that my father struggled to recover from his double lung transplant, I traveled back and forth to Toronto too many times to count. I would return home, broken, depressed, eyes still filled with the…
  • a Healing Two-Step Chicken Soup

    chefdruck
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Soup heals. Broken hearts. Clogged sinuses. Tired children. Bloated bodies. Whatever the woe, soup heals. A big steaming bowl. A deep spoon. Fortified with a bowl of soup, even the worst day can have a glimmer of hope. For the first few days after my father’s death, I was ravenous. There was something primal, disturbing about my appetite, but I could not get enough food into my mouth. I craved steak, cheese, foods with big taste, and I ate them with gusto. My mouth was the only thing that felt alive. Then, as my grief moved on to the next phases, my appetite faded. My strength…
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  • London: Girls weekend in Marylebone

    Susanna
    15 Mar 2015 | 3:23 am
      Getting together with old  friends for a quality period of time is like dusting off a room of your life and sifting through memories while cultivating new ones. Girls weekends, proper ones where you shed kids/husbands/responsibilities, are quite fun. Liberating even. A little reminder that being a mother is not just about the kids, but it’s […] The post London: Girls weekend in Marylebone appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • Oxford: Day trip to Blenheim Palace

    Susanna
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:04 am
      On our recent road trip to Oxford in our Fiat 500L MPW we stopped by Blenheim Palace in Woodstock. It’s only 20 minutes from Oxford, and is the home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.  Now a world heritage site, Blenheim Palace was given to […] The post Oxford: Day trip to Blenheim Palace appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
  • A stylish weekend in Oxford: 7 things to do with kids!

    Susanna
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:22 pm
      Ah, Oxford, the city of dreaming spires! With 39 colleges, world-class museums and architecture, dining and shopping, Oxford is one of England’s most vibrant cities.  Since my Volvo XC90 broke down and left me stranded on the M3 for three hours (!), we’ve been test driving alternative vehicles, including the new Fiat 500L MPW 7-seater. With the […] The post A stylish weekend in Oxford: 7 things to do with kids! appeared first on A Modern Mother. **Read the rest of this post on A Modern Mother**
 
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  • Confessions of A Mom Of All Boys

    Shera
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    I am the oldest girl in a family that started with three girls. I was the girly girl big sister. My life was surrounded by little girls, even as a teen I would help care for a family of little girls for weekends or weeks at a time. If you’re starting to get the picture, girls are what I knew…. They were what I had always been comfortable with. Whether it was helping them pick out fun outfits or doing their hair and nails, I loved (still love) all things girly. When I was in college my brothers came along. Outside of babysitting and working in a daycare, it was really my first real…
  • Preconceived – The Importance of Individualized Parenting

    Shera
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:12 am
    We go into parenting with a lot of preconceived ideas. But although having our first child shatters many of those, it also adds a whole new set of preconceptions to the list. Thing is, these new ones are no better than the original ones. In fact, in many ways they’re worse. If allowed to take root or if gone unchecked, children end up living in shadows, not developing true individuality and often become rebellious and develop bad habits because of our altered expectations. Allowing myself to look at any of my children based on my experiences with another of them is the worst possible…
  • Choosing the Right Razor for Your Husband

    Guest
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    Are you planning to give your loving hubby a present for a special occasion? Why not give him an electric shaver? Compared to regular shaving blades, these products and very convenient to use. The blades aren’t sticking out so your husband won’t get scratched or wounded while shaving his stubbles. In addition, you can even use electric shavers even without water. Since this grooming tool has been widely used by men, a lot of models have been appearing on the market. Although it is a good thing that you have a lot of choices, you have to keep in mind that not all of them are created…
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  • Martinis and Minivans | Weird Mom Combos | MomCave LIVE | Ep 38

    Jennifer Weedon Palazzo
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm
    This might just be our funniest episode yet. Warning--don't watch this one in front of the kids!
  • BODYARMOR drink – Adult and Kid Approved!

    Courtney Kaczmark
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    My family is very active.  We love being outside in the woods.  We love walking/running/bike riding.  We love training for Obstacle Course Races.  We love to play organized sports and unorganized sports.  Our kids are growing up in this culture, which is important for their health.  I don’t worry about childhood obesity when it comes to my children, because we lead an active and healthy lifestyle.  And it feels great! Part of being active (which I care about) is adequate hydration and nutrition.  I recently learned of BODYARMOR Sports Drinks, and I LOVE it!  They are very…
  • Much Sun

    Melissa
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
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  • A VERY SPECIAL SUNDAY

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Stop and think about it - "If you don't go out, nothing happens." Weeks ago I received an invitation to a cousin's 100th birthday party. It was called for noon time, at a town close to Rhode Island, that's at least a two hour ride from where I live.My thought was "I want to go to this special party, honor my cousin and share this special time with family that I haven't seen in a very long time.I'm no chicken and the thought of getting up early, making arrangements and going on that long ride was a turnoff.I thought about it, and thought about it some more, and finally decided that was what I…
  • BREAD, MILK and TOILET PAPER

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:58 pm
    The Boston area is bracing for a huge blizzard that could bring as much as 3 feet of snow!This reminds me of the Blizzard of 1978. The governor of Massachusetts, Mike Dukakis, dressed in a casual sweater, appeared on television to advise the people to prepare for a massive snowstorm. I had never paid attention to what the governor of the State was up to, but I listened to him, was impressed with what he had to say, how he said it and what he was doing to handle this major event.Ever since then I have followed his career, through good times and bad. He always got my vote.Now, back to what's…
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    This photo brings back such good memories of a fun childhood. I love how my mother is laughing so much. And it's funny that my dad set up this shot. ;-)My mom says: "That photo says it all! Those were the days my friend. Happy Thanksgiving!"
 
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  • There is ALWAYS Something

    fixitmommy
    7 Mar 2015 | 8:14 am
    See, she was fine last night! I swear y’all I cannot make this stuff up. So this is finally the last weekend of Girl Scout cookie sales. It’s been a long six weeks of sales, but there is finally a light at the end of that tunnel. Let’s just remember last year. The last Wednesday of cookie sales is when the Little One took the “epic fall” off of the monkey bars. She and I spent the last two days of cookie sales on the couch trying to keep her pain under control, while The Husband, the Big One and a couple great friends sold their booties off unloading 165 boxes of cookies. It was a…
  • I Cannot Make This Stuff Up

    fixitmommy
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:06 pm
    We are all busy. We all seem to have several directions in which we are pulled. Today was one of those classic several-things-to-do and not-a-lot-of-time to do them in days. It started last week. After driving the MomMobile somewhere, I noticed a stinky burning plastic-like smell coming from under the car. I tried to ignore it. Then it happened again on Friday and Saturday. So on Saturday afternoon, I pointed it out to The Husband, who basically shrugged his shoulders and blew it off. Then on Saturday evening we went to dinner, upon returning home, I pointed out the smell again. This time The…
  • Part 2 of the arm saga – Recovery and Karma

    fixitmommy
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:40 pm
    So we got sent home from the hospital on March 6, surgery day! Sarah was in a lot of pain. We struggled to keep ahead of it, so there was lots of tears and sadness the first few days. They gave her Tylenol with Codeine for pain. The problem is whenever she took it, she became a hot, sweaty, cranky and uncomfortable mess with arm pain. It just made her miserable, so we opted to stick with plain old Motrin for pain and she was much happier. She got to spend a week on the couch, literally. She would get up to go to the bathroom, but that was about it. She ate, slept, played, read, everything on…
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  • Sponsored Video: Coming Home is Always Best

    Mom Spark
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:36 am
    You guys know that travel is a HUGE passion of mine. You’ve seen my snapshots from India, and my selfies in London. You know I recently got back from Armenia and that each of these experiences has left an indelible mark on who I am as a person. I think that’s what I love about travel — the fact that it changes you, your ideas, your place in the world, and it leaves you craving more. Every single time. However, no matter where my travels take me, there’s nothing like the feeling of stepping through my front door when I get home, seeing the faces of my family, and cozying up in a…
  • A Grown Up Take On Your Easter Best

    Desiree Fawn
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:49 pm
    When I was little, each Easter morning I’d rush downstairs to see what the big bunny had left hidden around our living room. I would also find my “Sunday Best” outfit waiting for me too! I loved this tradition of having a brand new outfit to wear each Easter — usually to brunch, or church, or to visit with family. My daughter Gretchen, who turned six this winter, has been enjoying a similar tradition with one of her grandmas. Each Spring, grandma picks out a special Easter dress, which inevitably becomes G’s favourite dress for the rest of the year. Now that…
  • 5 Ways To Make Bathtime Fun!

    Mom Spark
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:02 pm
    When both of my kids were babies, bathtime was always a time of day I looked forward to. The baby days are hectic at best, and even when we had a quasi-schedule of activities, errands to run, and things to do, there were many days that just felt HARD, no matter what. You probably have these days too — when you’re just waiting for bedtime, wishing you could have a nap, and wondering if you were really cut out for this whole “mom thing”. Bathtime, however, was my light at the end of the tunnel. I knew that as soon as I plopped my squishy baby into the tub, they’d be completely…
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  • one quick dinner

    Moriah
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:56 pm
    I know I haven’t posted in a while but I need to share this “recipe” with you. For all the fellow overwhelmed mommas with kids that walk in at 4:30pm with hungrycrazy eyes – slacker moms unite! This is my slightly healthier version of hamburger helper. And we have it a lot because it’s easy and my kids snarf it down. I use the square organic beef that Costco sells and I don’t even know how much is in one of those pouches. Be right back. Ok, 1.34 pounds. And a chopped onion. Brown meat completely with the chopped onion. When the meat is fully cooked and…
  • the Christmas musical

    Moriah
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:31 am
    “The Miracle on Bethlehem Street” – so funny and cute. Loved watching all the kids and they did a great job! (Madeline – a Roman herald & Drew – hotel staff)
  • O Christmas Tree

    Moriah
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:40 pm
    I’ve been a walking disaster for months. Most recently weepy over this book, resonating deeply with how she describes her spiritual life and her view of God. Tearing up regularly thru worship at our contemporary church we attend Saturday nights. In a word, basically, a mess. So two weeks ago I thought hey! I’ll get myself back into the gym! And I took the littles ONCE and we’ve been fighting fever virus and sickness ever since. (To top it off while the kids were sick last week, Andy was out of town on a business retreat. When he got home Thursday I pretty much collapsed.)…
 
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  • Dauntless By Dina L. Sleiman | Book Review

    Jendi
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    I enjoy the story of Robin Hood so when I saw that Dauntless (Valiant Hearts) was similar I decided to read it. Then when I got it I worried that it would be too similar, but the author addresses the similarities right up front in the beginning and I didn’t mind at all. Bottom line: I really enjoyed this book. I can honestly say that I wasn’t sure how this plot line was going to turn out. I was pleasantly surprised by all the things going on. What I thought was going to be the climax was only half way through the book! That turned out to be a good thing. The heroine is well…
  • How To Catch A Prince By Rachel Hauck | Book Review

    Jendi
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    There’s a supernatural twist in How to Catch a Prince (Royal Wedding Series) that I wasn’t sure about at first. Rachel Hauck worked it into the story very well; and it definitely made me think. It is an interesting element, for sure, with the mix of earthly and heavenly…hmm… The story is told from the hero and heroine’s view points [with a tiny bit from an antagonist]. I think it is well written without overlapping/repetitive information and no confusion. The heroine lives a very different lifestyle than I do, but the focus on her feelings and actions make her…
  • The Beauty of Grace Edited By Dawn Camp | Book Review

    Jendi
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:07 pm
    I’ll admit that I asked to review The Beauty of Grace as soon as I saw the words “Dawn Camp” and “photography.” I didn’t really look at what it was actually about! I’ve liked Dawn since I met her at a blogging conference years ago. She has 8 children, home schools, has her own website and shop, as well as freelances for other sites, keeps up to date with photoshop and photography, and now has a book! Just reading all that gives me hope that it is possible for me to have a family and a fun life. The book is a collection of “stories of…
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  • Walt Disney World #FreshEpcot Twitter Party

    Amy
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:17 pm
      Spring is an amazing time of year, with everything springing back to life after the cold days of winter. Nowhere is that more apparent than at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World Resort. With colorful character topiaries and garden displays, a variety of Outdoor Kitchens offering tastes of the season, fun outdoor concerts and so much more, there is something for every member of the family to enjoy, from preschoolers to grandparents and everyone in between! Join us as we chat about the beauty and excitement of the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival…
  • Libby’s #SpringSpruceUp Twitter Party

    Amy
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:46 pm
    After a long, cold winter for many of us, we’re rejoicing over every little sign of spring! Days are getting longer, warmer, and busier. We’re spring cleaning our homes and revamping our meal plans to fit the tastes of the season and all those fun spring activities and holidays. Libby’s is ready to help with plenty of great spring menu ideas at GetBackToTheTable.com. Join us as we chat with @LibbysTable about refreshing our menus and homes for spring and discuss our spring holiday plans! As always, we’ll have amazing prizes to give away throughout the party hour, too! We hope to see…
  • Adhesive Reminder Tags aka I Wish I Could Text My 5th Grader

    Amy
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    In 2013 I wrote a book called Raising Digital Families For Dummies, and for a few months I spent countless hours telling reporters, radio DJ’s, and television talk show hosts that parents need to set strict digital limits for their children, creating digital family contracts that legislate everything from screen time allowances to cell phone charging stations. “Don’t hand over the keys to the digital kingdom too soon!” I cautioned parents. Then I realized how often I wish I could text my child. My most recent texting urge came while I was standing in the…
 
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    Mom Fuse

  • Pizza the Healthy Way

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:12 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Pizza the Healthy Way Baking a pizza at home with the family is a fun way to spend an evening, and it can be healthy, too, when prepared the right way. Use whole grain crusts Make your own dough or buy whole wheat or whole grain pizza dough. Personal-size pizzas can also be made with tortillas, English muffins or pita bread. Sauces Go light on the sauce because too        
  • Planning a Vacation in Europe

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:13 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Planning a Vacation in Europe For many people, a European vacation is a dream that they someday hope to achieve. If you have the means and the vacation time to take your European vacation this year, there are many plans you need to make beforehand. While it may seem a little overwhelming at first, getting these plans completed well before your departure can help you travel throughout Europe without worry.        
  • So Easy Soups – Soup Recipes

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:53 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: So Easy Soups – Soup Recipes With the frost temps of winter upon us, there’s nothing more comforting than a tasty bowl of  soup, easy soups are even better!  To celebrate National Soup Month we’ve simplified homemade soup to make it “so easy”.  All you have to do is start with store-bought chicken stock, add fresh veggies and cooked chicken and in less than 15 minutes you’ll have a great bowl        
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    Hip Mama's Place

  • Giant Eagle: Get $10 OFF Your Next Shopping Trip with Coinstar Cash In

    HipMamasPlace
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    Do you shop at a Giant Eagle store or have one nearby? Then you might like this deal.  Just gather up all your coins and cash it in at any Giant Eagle store near you and when you have $40 or more, you’ll be able to score a $10 Giant Eagle store coupon. Your $10 coupon will print on your voucher when you convert your coins to cash, a NO FEE eGift Card, or a charity donation. This is a limited-time offer and only valid from March 26 thru April 8, 2015. You can redeem your Giant Eagle coupon by April 22, 2015.  We don’t have this store near us, but my! I remember when I used to…
  • FREE Beauty Samples: Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation and Philosophy Live Joyously Fragrance

    HipMamasPlace
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:06 am
        You can get a FREE sample of Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation + free shipping. Offer is available while supplies last, so grab yours before they’re gone. You can also sign up for a free sample of Philosophy Live Joyously Fragrance sample. Looks like a good one to try for Spring! The post FREE Beauty Samples: Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation and Philosophy Live Joyously Fragrance appeared first on Hip Mama's Place.
  • FREE Advanced Movie Screening for “The Age of Adaline” in Select Cities

    HipMamasPlace
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:19 pm
      Looking for an excuse to get together with your girlfriend? How about going out for a movie? If so you can head here to see if you can get free movie passes for new movie, The Age of Adaline ,on April 15th. This movie, starring Blake Lively, is being released in theaters nationwide on April 24th. But you can avail of the free advance screening with this offer.  Don’t wait to claim your spot if you’re interested, as spots will fill up quickly. The post FREE Advanced Movie Screening for “The Age of Adaline” in Select Cities appeared first on Hip Mama's Place.
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    MomDot

  • Learning to Embrace the Curl

    Nina Say
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own. There are some things in life that we can never truly predict, like a child having curly hair. I know what you are probably thinking, it is pretty obvious it came from my husband. That is true, but since he has always kept his hair […]
  • Saving Big on Vacation Time

    trisha haas
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Wow, can you believe it’s Mid March?? I have to admit that I am looking forward to the end of school as much as my kids are. We also have a family vacation coming up and booked a trip to Disney! It will be Phoenyx’s first time and other than the horrific car ride I […]
  • Power Rangers Dino Charge

    trisha haas
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    Power Rangers Dino Charge Toy Its been a long time since I was a kid (like a long time) but I can still remember how popular Power Rangers since I was a teen. Seeing them around now where I can introduce them to my kids is a fun and nostalgic way for us all to play, […]
 
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  • They Coulda’ Been Great: February 2015

    Kate
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Without a hint of spring in sight…at least we made it through February. Here are the Facebook highlights. (What is this? All answers are HERE.)   February 1 7:04 p.m. “So do you want to say hi to my mom, or are we still talking?” -Eleanor’s way of saying she’s ready to get off the phone. 7:58 p.m. Me: So what exactly is the “Puppy Bowl”? Chris: WHAT?!? Me: I mean, I’ve heard about it, but I don’t know what it is… Is it kids playing football? Or puppies…? Chris: IT’S PUPPIES! Apparently, I’m fired. (In my…
  • They Coulda’ Been Great – January 2015

    Kate
    1 Feb 2015 | 5:58 am
    Well that was fast. What happened to January?  Guess time flies when you’re having fun…or sitting at home with your kids on ANOTHER snow day… Here are the Facebook highlights. (What is this? All answers are HERE.)   January 1 11:05 a.m. January 1, 2015: the day that felt like a Sunday but mocked parents everywhere by only being THURSDAY. countdowntoschool‬ it‬‘snotfestiveanymore sotired‬ 2:03 p.m. Just sat down at Adventure Theater to see “Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol” and as soon as we’re settled, George asks, “mom, can I take…
  • They Coulda’ Been Great – December 2014

    Kate
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:24 am
    Happy New Year! I’m hoping to write a bit more this year – but for now, here is a look back at our December on Facebook. (What is this? All answers are HERE.)   December 2 8:28 a.m. All I have to say is THANKGOD “Movember” is over! Oliver looked ridiculous.   December 5 7:34 a.m. I just had to explain what rubber cement is to my kids. Is that still a thing?   December 7 6:06 pm This one may kill me.   December 11 10:14 p.m. I’m only hyperventilating a little bit…   December 14 6:57 p.m. Twins are playing Uno in the other room……
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  • Spring Coach Purse Giveaway Ends 4/10

    Donna Chaffins
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Beautiful Spring Coach Purse to win! Spring is when the trees blossom and the flowers bloom. It’s when the grass grows and the rains come. Nothing says spring like a beautiful Spring colored handbag. How about a pretty baby blue robins egg Coach purse? It’s almost Easter and what fun it would be to find out you’re the winner of this beautiful Coach bag. My blogging friends and I came together to offer an eggcellent purse in this Coach giveaway. Please be sure you follow the rafflecopter to thank all the bloggers who put their time and effort into this beautiful bag so…
  • How We Give Our Dog the Nutrition He Needs to Be His Best #ProPlanPet

    Donna Chaffins
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ProPlanPet #CollectiveBias Our dog, Baxter, is very much a part of our family. Sometimes I think he runs the house. I do know the little fella is big on attitude. As a member of our family, his nutrition is just as important to us as our own. Purina® Pro Plan® does just that… it provides our dog with the nutrition to be his absolute best, helping him to be energetic and resilient, and maintaining an ideal body condition, healthy skin, and a stunning coat. I had an appointment the…
  • Affordable Secrets to Plan a Trip to Rome

    Donna Chaffins
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:35 am
    Rome, Italy is the seat of history and romance, and travelers all over the world believe that everyone should see Rome at least once. However, this may not be possible for people who have small vacation budgets, or is it? There are myriad ways to visit and enjoy Rome on a budget. The first step is to visit Hipmunk to find all the secrets for an affordable trip to Rome. All Roads Lead to Rome Since Rome is such a popular vacation destination for people from all over the world, it seems to be crowded most of the time, but the high season is from June to September. The low season, when the hotel…
 
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    Maria Melee

  • This is the only way to raise your kids

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

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

    Maria Melee
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:01 am
    I had the opportunity through Tampa Bay Bloggers to see Annie at the Straz Center, which used to be the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center when I was a kid. I rarely attend these kinds of events because good lord so busy and single mom and blah blah blah but I wanted to do this because theater has been part of my life, always. No one in my family had any involvement on stage, but my mother and grandmother introduced me to musicals very early on. My godmother in California also introduced me to Sondheim and obscure musicals like Metropolis. I grew up wanting to a limber dancer from Cats or a…
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    Meal Makeover Mom KITCHEN!

  • A Roundup of a Dozen Healthy Egg Recipes for Easter {Podcast #263}

    Meal Makeover Moms
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    Eggs and Easter are a delicious and nutritious combo, so this year, we rounded up a dozen (ha ha, get it?) recipes from some of our favorite dietitian bloggers to keep your little Easter bunnies—and you—happy and healthy.On this week’s Cooking with the Moms radio podcast, we share two new MMM recipes for Chirp, Chirp Deviled Eggs and Eggy Asparagus Omelet Pie, give a shout out to the health-boosting recipes shared below, and dish about the amazing health benefits of eggs. Read on, click around, tune in, and happy eating!12 delicious and nutritious #egg recipes from some of…
  • Eggy Asparagus Omelet Pie is Too Cute for Kids to Resist

    Meal Makeover Moms
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    Celebrate spring with the season’s freshest asparagus, and use it in this playful, savory pie that everyone at your table will love.From late March to June, you’ll find fresh, local asparagus at the market. Asparagus contains folate, fiber, vitamin C, and iron, and it’s versatile too. Add it to omelets and quiche, grill it, or steam and then toss with olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper for a simple side dish.We love asparagus, and we also love eggs, another superstar ingredient in this recipe. They’re inexpensive, available year round, and they’re packed with…
  • Chirp, Chirp Deviled Eggs … And 4 Surprising Nutrition Facts About Eggs

    Meal Makeover Moms
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    These adorable deviled eggs will delight your kids on Easter … or any time of the year. Even though they look fancy, they’re incredibly easy to make. No worries: You will NOT experience a Pinterest fail when you make them.We love eggs … yolks included. In fact, if you toss the yolks away because you’re fearful of dietary cholesterol, read on, because we’re gonna bust that myth wide open.Our Chirp, Chirp Deviled Eggs begin with hard-boiled eggs. Here’s a link to our How-To Guide for Making Hard-Boiled Eggs in case you’re looking for a tried-and-true…
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    Go Grow Go!

  • National Have Fun at Work Day {free printable} #KleenexBetseyStyle

    Felicia
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:57 pm
    I’m showcasing the new Kleenex Brand Ready to Care Collection by Betsey Johnson as part of a sponsored series with Socialstars. #KleenexBetseyStyle Did you know that April 1st is National Fun at Work Day?  Yes, it is also April Fools day, but let’s keep things positive, ok?  For those of you who have been following me for some time, you know that I also work as a school counselor.  I love my job for many reasons, but I know that while I become stressed, those around me need a little pick me up every once in a while as well.  Right now those people would be the teachers at our…
  • Bare Leg Weather Ready #Aveeno

    Felicia
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:48 pm
    I cared for my skin from the inside out with Aveeno® Active Naturals as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #Aveeno Last week came the very first day of spring.  While I can’t say it feels completely like spring here in WNC, I can say that we have had a few days when I wanted to be bare leg weather ready!  When it is hot, my toes and calves need to be exposed or else this girl is literally a hot mess! While I am not ultra concerned about the appearance of my toes and legs, I want to make sure I’m not scaring people away.  And here’s the deal to those momma’s…
  • Around These Parts: Busy, busy, go away… (#WW link up)

    Felicia
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:58 pm
    If you follow me on Instagram I have to apologize.  That is my favorite form of social media and lately I have been so busy at the school that I have not been very active and there have not been many beautiful pictures.  I love pictures.  I love pictures that tell a story even more.  So, that leads me to THIS picture that found us a few hours away from home trying to reconnect as a family.  Sometimes busy is just too much.  I miss that little guy up there with that penguin.  I miss my other little guy who is not so little anymore and of course, my best friend, Matthew.  I treasure…
 
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  • Efficient Tactics In The Auto Connection In Manassas – Questions For Consideration

    Mylestones
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    Check Out These Ideas For Buying A New Car Buying a car is a huge investment that should not be taken lightly. Whether you are buying new or used, there are many things you should consider about your car of choice before you make the purchase. Use the tips in the following article to help you narrow down your choices and make the right decision. When you’re purchasing an older vehicle consider other sources for needed financing in order to avoid having to carry collision auto insurance coverage on a vehicle where it might not pay to have such coverage. Non-car loans or coming up with…
  • The Emerging Opportunities In Common-Sense Programs For Speedy Weight Loss

    Mylestones
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    Ready To Lose Weight? These Tips Can Help! As many people will tell you, losing weight is hard work and it can only be achieved through having willpower and working hard. Use what you’ve learned here to jump-start your efforts. Incorporate those tips you find work for you into your weight loss plan. At some point, you will hit a plateau in your weight loss, so change up your exercise routine. Your muscles will adapt to work outs if you do not alter them making them less effective than they were when you started them. Always consult a nutritionist when thinking about embarking on your…
  • Basic Guidance On Painless Tactics In Quantumlinx

    Mylestones
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    Search Engine Optimization Made Easy With These Tips Optimizing your website for good search engine performance is not a mysterious ritual. SEO is a well-established part of online business strategy. Experts in the field can tweak websites to drive these sites, right to the top of the search engine results pages. This article will share a few of the best ideas for improving search engine rankings. The Associated Press (AP) style of references is great for newspapers, but is not all that Search Engine Optimization (SEO) friendly. No matter what the AP rules say, it’s helpful to use full…
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    ROCK AND DROOL

  • A Bit of Existence and A Dollop of Fate #amwriting

    melissa
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
    I’m going to keep continuing with Sylvia’s story for a bit. Because, I’m enjoying her. I think she may end up being a very compelling character, no? So, today I’m joining a writing challenge from over at Velvet Verbosity. It’s a 100 word writing challenge using the word “witty’.  And then, after the 100 word challenge, I’m going to continue on with another 500 words by joining the Light and Shade Challenge. That challenge uses either a picture or a quote. I’m using the quote. It’s by JK Rowling, “We touch other…
  • He’s a Magic Man #amwriting

    melissa
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:47 am
    I wrote a little story last week using a name, place, object prompt and some of you asked for me to continue on with Sylvia’s story. So, that’s what I’m going to do. Once again, I’m joining the weekly prompt challenge over at Studio30 Plus.  The prompt for this week are the words legerdemain or sleight of hand, ‘n’, meaning artful trick or deception. I thought this word would tie in perfectly with Sylvia’s story. Sylvia sat at the kitchen table, her hands crossed neatly in front of her as she waited for Jim to come home from work. Glancing at the…
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    melissa
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    Oh look! Age of Ultra, the new Avengers movie is coming out in May. May 1st, more specifically. I’ve been waiting. And waiting. AND WAITING. I’m way too excited. I’m all about Thor. Oh, and Loki. But Thor. Avengers: Age of Ultron Spot – “BOSS” YouTube Link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WM915QsOyI Like THE AVENGERS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/avengers Follow THE AVENGERS on Twitter: https://twitter.com/avengers Visit the official website: http://marvel.com/avengers Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will hit theaters everywhere on May 1st!
 
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  • {Week 10} Grateful for freedom of speech.

    Laura-Kim
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:31 am
    As I type this I am listening to the podcast of the interview Gareth Cliff had with Steve Hofmeyer. It was a really interesting debate. Say what you may about him but Gareth can hold a good debate, he removes emotion which many of us battle to do when we are trying to arguing our point. In between writing and listening I am also taking part in a discussion on a Facebook group about monetizing your blog. There are differing views and opinions. Some I agree with some I don’t. I have been lucky enough to engage in some really healthy debates and discussions online and in person. Ansie and…
  • You will always be the one they look for in the crowd.

    Laura-Kim
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:56 am
    A lot of fellow bloggers have stopped blogging all together or stopped blogging about their kids the older they get. I totally understand that but I am finding there is so much more to blog about Cameron than the younger three at the moment. I am trying to keep it more to how I feel and how I am reacting rather than sharing his story. Cat wrote yesterday about how the stage will pass when her child will hug her in front of everyone, and a few other things. The older my kids get and we pass from one stage to another, the more I am realising how parenting changes and for me, gets so much…
  • {Sponsored Video} Crumpets Taste Like Home

    Laura-Kim
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:41 am
    I come from a family that enjoys food dare I say we are comfort eaters. We all enjoy good food and aren’t shy to go back for seconds, which may be why I cannot lose this last 8kg! Birthdays and Christmas are always a big deal, punctuated by good food. Cakes, cookies, gammon and roast turkey. My mom is famous for her Christmas feasts, I tried one year to replicate it but nothing ever compares to my mom’s Christmas feast. They were very much a part of my childhood and are a very important part of my kids year, Cameron’s in particular. She wasn’t all about the roast meat though, my mom…
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    Maryland Mommy

  • Music Monday: St. Patrick's Day History Song

    Erin McAllister
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    Happy Music Monday, St Patrick's Day Edition!With tomorrow being St. Patrick's Day I thought you all might enjoy this song that teaches the history of the holiday!And if you want to know more about it you can check out the History Channel's great St. Patrick Day page! http://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-dayI especially love the St. Patrick's Day by the numbers Infographic http://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day/history-of-st-patricks-day/interactives/st-patricks-day-by-the-numbers
  • Joke Break: Ernie and Bert

    Erin McAllister
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    This joke break is brought to you by Sesame Street's own Ernie and Bert. I couldn't resist. lol
  • Toy Tuesday: Lego, Mega Bloks, Playmobil, Disney and Nintendo- Our Top 5 Favorite Brands!

    Erin McAllister
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:50 am
    So as you have probably noticed posts are appearing here again... haha. It's about time, right? With that I am excited to be working on a whole new site design as well as you've probably noticed a new name! But what's even better is I will be introducing lots of great new weekly posts and content for you dear readers to enjoy such as this one.... Toy Tuesday. *YAY*  {{Everybody Cheer}}Every Tuesday I will be sharing with you a new toy our family is playing around with. As a lot of you know I used to write a toy column for the examiner. I only stopped due to just not having enough hours…
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    Alpha Mom

  • Earth Hour Candle Craft

    Cindy Hopper
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    On Saturday evening, March 28th, we celebrate Earth Hour by turning off the lights for one hour starting at 8:30 pm local time until 9:30pm. You can show your commitment to our planet by joining in this annual celebration. Here is a fun little candle craft so you will be ready when the lights go out! This clever little process transfers a drawing onto a candle. Supplies needed for this candle craft: wax paper hair dryer candle white tissue paper scissors markers glove Directions for this Candle Craft: Step One: First, cut a piece of white tissue paper the width of your candle and just long…
  • Lesson Learned: All Apologies

    Mir Kamin
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
    Years ago, Chris Jordan wrote what is perhaps one of my favorite posts here at Alpha Mom. It’s called Seven Rules On How To Apologize and I wish we could make it required reading for the human race. Apologizing is hard for everyone, and near-impossible for some. I don’t know whether admitting wrong-doing is just too uncomfortable for people, or compassion is lacking, or what, but the apology often feels like a lost art, to me. Recently we had a situation where a teacher behaved in an inappropriate manner towards one of my teenagers, and I am typing this very slowly because when I…
  • Dear Former Self, Welcome Back.

    Kristen Chase
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:23 pm
    With my kids with their dad this past weekend, I spent some time with my single-no-kids friend and did all sorts of single-no-kids things. Remember those? We wandered aimlessly around New York City, then finally stopped for brunch around 2:30pm. Yes, my first meal of the day was at 2:30pm. We sat and ate and talked and ate some more. Absolutely no agenda. No plan. No list or responsibilities or obligations. I still remember feeling so lost when I had my first child, mourning the loss of my former self, wishing and hoping there would be a time when she would be able to make an appearance…
 
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    The Ohana Mama

  • How to not get antsy

    Sarah Burns
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:03 pm
    You are exactly where you are supposed to be I believe in this saying with all my heart. Where you are at this very moment is where you are meant to be. It’s where you will rest or gain clarity or it’s where you will let the bubbles form, like in a hot tea kettle starting to push you to the top for release. It’s where you’ll be catapulted from, or it’s where you will grow your roots. But it’s where you are supposed to be right this very minute. There are no coincidences or even luck. We are all on a path, a road that will lead us somewhere, even off…
  • Hiking with Kids in West Maui

    Sarah Burns
    2 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Maui has some great spots to take the family on a hike. Here are a few ideas on the West side. If you head to Kapalua there are a few different hiking trails that are good for the kids. ☛ By DT Fleming beach is a trail that goes back into the valley a bit.  It’s easy for kids.  Park at DT Fleming Beach and then walk a small ways back up Lower Honoapiilani, past the preschool, where you’ll see the entrance to the trail. It’s not long but the perfect length to explore. ☛ Just past Fleming Beach is the Honolua Ridge & Maunalei Arboretum Trails. We LOVE this trail. …
  • hey there: a day in the life

    Sarah
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:01 am
    Oh hey there and aloha. Yup, it’s me, the girl who took off from blogging for nearly all of 2014. Don’t be fooled, I didn’t give up social media and the online world completely. I was still taking photos of our Maui life and sharing it here and here. So I’ve been around. But I thought it was time that I hang some new pictures on my virtual wall here at home and say aloha to old friends. So here we are. Aloha! A day in the life of this maui mama After an early work meeting, I hit Starbucks with the kids and the beach for 30 minutes. They built kingdoms that looked…
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  • FunBites Food Cutters Make Eating Fun

    Jennifer Shusterman
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    I received a free FunBites Food Cutter in exchange for my honest opinions. Affiliate links are included for your consideration. As a mom of little ones I’m always looking for fun and exciting ways to get my children to eat. My toddler will eat just about anything you put in front of her, but my 5 year old is an extremely picky eater. She doesn’t like to eat anything that isn’t cut into small pieces, and she will sometimes pitch a fit if she doesn’t have “crazy pieces”. In our house “crazy pieces” are pieces of food cut into shapes. One day it…
  • #beBRCAware About BRCA Gene Mutations

    Jennifer Shusterman
    14 Mar 2015 | 10:17 pm
    I received $150 from AstraZeneca, and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience. This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/AstraZeneca. We all know how devastating cancer can be. If you ask a group of people if cancer has effected their lives in any way most will say they have either lost a loved one to cancer or have their own cancer experience to share. Women are constantly reminded how important it is to get screened for breast cancer. We reach a certain age when mammograms become a part of life. We subject ourselves to dreaded pap smears to check for many…
  • Keeping Germs at Bay

    Jennifer Shusterman
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Just when we thought we would see this Winter pass us by without a single flake, the snow decided to hit full force. I’m usually a sucker for a good snow. I love seeing everything covered in white.   I love building snowmen with the kids, sledding down the hill, and enjoying a little bit of downtime from the hectic pace life usually brings on a daily basis. As with a lot of small southern towns ours completely shuts down during snow, so you really have no choice but to stay at home. I guess you could also say I’m the typical southerner who gets all excited to see the snow,…
  • Caught in the Act with the Guardzilla All-in-One Security System

    Jennifer Shusterman
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:37 pm
    I received compensation and a free Guardzilla All-in-One Security Protection system  in exchange for a product review. All opinions on the product are my own. I was offered the opportunity to test the new Guardzilla All-in-One Security Protection system, and I immediately thought this could be a great product for our family. Not only can I place the camera in any room of our house and monitor our girls via my Android smartphone, but the Guardzilla is a cost effective home security system for someone on a tight budget like me. The Guardzilla system launched on January 18, 2015, and is…
  • How I Used Oriental Trading to Throw a Mardi Gras Birthday Party for Less Than $100

    Jennifer Shusterman
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:55 am
    I received a box of sample products from Oriental Trading in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no other form of compensation was received. I love to throw parties. We usually celebrate all the big holidays, birthdays, and other occasions with a party. Sometimes I like to throw a huge get together, and other times I like to keep it simple with just a few close family and friends. We always have a great time, and seeing all those smiling faces makes me happy. The downside to being the party host is parties can get pretty expensive. While I tend to go bigger for my…
 
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  • My Life in Numbers

    Amber
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Well, hello there. How are you? I feel like there’s a lot going on in my life that I haven’t updated here. The hunt for a new vehicle to replace the Silver Bullet. My continuing obsession with poetry. My journey towards becoming a math teacher. My love of tea. My podcast. I’ve decided to summarize it all numerically, because that’s how I roll. This happened Counting up my Life Number of poems I have written so far in March: 33 Varieties of tea in my tea cupboard right now: 34 Days since I found I got in to teacher training at SFU: 20 Kilometers I have driven in my…
  • On Returning to Poetry

    Amber
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:25 pm
    I have been writing poetry. This is something I used to do as an angst-ridden 12 and 13 year old. I generated overly obvious rhymes and hit myself over the head with my own hopes and fears. I remember sitting down with pen and paper while I was babysitting, churning out three or four poems in an evening. I fancied myself quite the poet. I don’t have any of those poems anymore. I feel a little bit sad about that. I stopped writing poems by the time I was 15, other than the occasional piece for a class or for a laugh or one time for the fabulous Samantha Reynolds of bentlily. Last…
  • Hannah + 10 years and 12 days

    Amber
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:21 pm
    There were a few things that I gave up when I became a mother: Bathroom privacy Adequate sleep The ability to leave the house in less than three minutes A rigid adherence to schedules It should come as no surprise, then, that I’m sitting here writing about my daughter’s 10th birthday almost two weeks after the big day. This is just how I roll these days. It’s been a decade, now, since Hannah made her surprise entrance into the world six weeks ahead of schedule. The fear over having a preemie has long subsided. So has my desire to maintain my pre-baby identity. I’m okay…
  • Farewell to the Silver Bullet

    Amber
    3 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
    Sometimes life brings the unexpected – events that are completely out of your control, and you could have never seen coming. Such an event happened to me last Friday. I had just set out from my house to run some errands when another driver turned left out of a townhouse complex driveway and straight into me. Luckily I wasn’t going that fast, and I did have a second to see her coming so I had time to brake and slow down further. As a result I wasn’t hurt, and neither was the other driver – at least not physically. My car wasn’t so lucky. My silver Honda after the…
  • Picky Eater

    Amber
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    It’s been a while since I opened Use Your Words by Kate Hopper, which is unfortunate because it really is full of great ideas. Today’s post was inspired by one of the writing exercises in that book. The other day my six-year-old announced that he was a vegetarian. Actually, though, that’s not exactly right. We were doing his home reading, and the story he brought home from school featured a bunch of animals going fishing. His response? “Fishing isn’t nice. Fishing kills living creatures.” I asked him if he was becoming a vegetarian and he replied,…
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  • 9 must-haves to get through a Canadian winter with baby

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Huge thanks to The Baby Show for sponsoring this post and letting me share all my best Canadian baby advice.  And don’t miss the PROMO CODE at the end! The sun is throwing little slivers of warmth our way, snow banks are shrinking and pedicures are being booked. You can almost smell the spring in the air. Not ... [Read more...]The post 9 must-haves to get through a Canadian winter with baby appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • 7 ways you can learn from my Easter hunt mistakes

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    Thanks to Cadbury for sponsoring this post and reminding me to get my Easter hunt game on. Believe it or not, we will be emerging from this deep freeze before you know it, ready to celebrate the reawakening of nature and newness of life that is Easter. And we will do that by hiding chocolate eggs that ... [Read more...]The post 7 ways you can learn from my Easter hunt mistakes appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • I had no idea the Ontario College of Teachers was such a great resource for parents

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:56 am
    This post is sponsored by the Ontario College of Teachers. Thank you, teachers! On the first day of school, each September, crowds of parents and children gather in the schoolyard. At our school, they shuffle along, peering at class lists taped to the brick wall until they find their child’s name. They breathe a collective ... [Read more...]The post I had no idea the Ontario College of Teachers was such a great resource for parents appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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  • Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project managers?

    Ron Rosenhead
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    “This is a long; much longer than a briefing note I would normally get from my manager or sponsor.” These are words spoken by someone on a project management course and words I have heard before. What was being referred to was a case study, 315 words long which took up less than a page of paper. The person went on to … Read More >Related Posts:Why was there real tension in the room?Are people skills the final project management frontier?What do you do when someone does not take responsibility?So, how good are you?Do you use your project manager as a role model?
  • So how do you prioritise your projects?

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:46 am
    This was a question I was asked on a recent project management course. I was able to introduce a simple model which went down well. I wished however I had been able to pull out an article written by Mark Richie of the University of Edinburgh. Entitled Simple Project Portfolio Management he explains the university’s approach to: assigning projects an … Read More >Related Posts:How much project management information do you share?Today’s quiz question on project management is…Who owns project management in your company? *Why don’t they improve project delivery?Steering…
  • Forget a stakeholder? That’s OK – you only wasted $200m

    Ron Rosenhead
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    The group were amazed, so was I and it takes a lot to amaze me. Why? I was talking about the need to identify and manage stakeholders in projects. Some people on the course were a bit sceptical: but there could be loads of stakeholders – it could go on for ages this will extend the duration of the project … Read More >Related Posts:“The problem is not the problem. Your attitude to the…We should make it mandatory for ALL projects!Come on, let’s make it compulsory.So what’s this project going to be like?Making project management compulsory. What do you think?
 
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  • Overcoming a boat accident

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    It is thanks to the Internet that I was able to overcome a very serious issue last year. I am talking about the accident I had with my boat. At first, I was panicking because I was sure that I couldn’t deal with the entire thing on my own. But several days later, while I was talking to one of my friends, I was informed about the services of the best lawyer for cruise ship accident. Without thinking twice, I gave this expert a call and I consulted him about the accident. He provided me with all the help I needed.
  • Protecting Ideas Before They Form Into Something Real

    19 Mar 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Many people think that once they get an idea, and once they actually create the idea and invent something new, that is the time for them to get a patent on their idea. They feel that they need to physically create something before they can protect it. However nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, the best time to protect an idea is when it is in its infancy. Intellectual property lawyers in DC work protecting property that is not tangible. They help inventors and designers protect the ideas that they have even before these ideas are fully formed into something real.
  • Making a claim

    15 Mar 2015 | 4:10 am
    Things You Need To Do If You’ve Been Injured A personal injury isn’t a laughing matter, but it isn’t any reason to sound the alarms either. You can slowly proceed and come away from the experience with something positive to show for it. Personal injury lawyers are here to help you win this battle. Use these paragraphs to gauge each potential relationship. Even if you are in an accident and you do not feel like you are injured, go see a doctor. There are many times that injuries come up later as a result of an accident. Seeing a doctor will show that you had some concerns…
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  • Find Bliss @Kohls ‪ #‎purebliss‬ ‪#‎yesmoment‬ #yes2you

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    I've been part of a private Kohl's Yes2You Rewards preview group along with some other social media influencers who are Kohl's fans for a few months now.  It's been a fun source of info on one of my "go to" stores and it has provided me with some great conversations with peers.  Last week I received a tip in the group about how Kohl's is now carrying products from the luxury spa/cosmetic brands, Bliss.  This was big news among the Yes2You Rewards preview group because you can now earn and redeem Kohl's Cash and YES2YOU Rewards on these high end beauty…
  • Inserting a Little Green into Our St. Patrick's Day with Tropicana #FarmstandGreen

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    As luck would have it, I received a delivery from Tropicana just in time for our family to insert a little green into this St. Paddy's Day morning.  Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • Cinderella Movie & Frozen Fever #Cinderella #FrozenFever

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    My daughter in front of Cinderella's Golden Carriage at Disney's Hollywood StudiosOur family's recent trip to Walt Disney World left us all anxiously awaiting the release of Disney's new live-action feature film, Cinderella.  While visiting the Hollywood Studios park, we were able to see the actual golden carriage used in the film.  Let me tell you ...  it is every bit as stunning as it looks on film, if not more so!  The ornate detailing is unreal and seeing it up close left us all craving oodles more. Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie…
 
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  • the dirty old west and kids {Pioneertown trip}

    Sarah
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:49 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PurellWipes #CollectiveBias Life in the desert can be very dirty.  No, scratch that, it IS very dirty, especially with kids.  Cooped up indoors, kids create big messes; take them outdoors and a whole
  • cherry bourbon marinated skirt steak {grill it}

    Sarah
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:43 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FinalFourPack #CollectiveBias  Messaging below is intended for ages 21+ and is intended to be enjoyed responsibly, in moderation. Coca-Cola is a corporate champion of the NCAA. Often when I am entertaining, I find
  • Hummingbird Cake {Easter celebration dessert}

    Sarah
    22 Mar 2015 | 1:52 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ChooseSmart #CollectiveBias Back in the South where I am originally from, we have this very special cake that is made for all types of celebrations.  It is… The Hummingbird Cake.  Its origins are
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  • Spring; love is a monster, & so is the Chevy Volt

    Kristy
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Friday night I put on a big girl dress and went to a movie premiere for Spring to see Vanessa play a drug addict or something. That’s the short version of this story. The long version involves Jesse’s stupid, awful, evil Chevy Volt. That car has it in for me. Electric things tend to break around me. No, it is *not* operator error thankyouverymuch. Let’s just say I have a magnetic personality! Computers, cellphones, copy machines… Pretty much anything electronic. They will work perfectly for one person, then I’ll do EXACTLY the same thing with the electronic…
  • I’m in – urine – we’re all in for laundry. (I know that doesn’t rhyme.)

    Kristy
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    Every mother has experienced the inexplicable joy of waking up in a warm puddle of pee, be it from a leaky diaper, a newly potty trained toddler, or even an embarrassed older child. This morning around 5AM I found myself in just such a puddle. There were no kids in the bed. Yes, Internet, I totally peed the bed last night. It’s funny, because it only happened once, but if this becomes a regular thing it will immediately cease to be amusing. The silver lining of peeing your bed is knowing you were in a deep sleep, and getting to feel refreshed the next morning despite smelling like a…
  • Playdough business

    Kristy
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Karis has a school project that requires her to produce a product for sale in a third-grade business. (That means that *I* am required to produce a product for sale in a third-grade business.) We decided on viking magnets. They require us to make little round discs out of Sculpty, bake them, decorate them with felt and googlie eyes, and glue a magnet to the back. We need to make thirty of them to start. We set up our workstation in the backyard and began kneading Sculpty. Seren was fascinated. She ever-so-gently demanded we give her some clay.     Sculpty is not recommended for…
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  • Decoupage cardboard tray

    Maria
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:28 am
    This is a simple project to turn one of those cardboard trays often used by supermarkets to place vegetables in. This particular one is a tomato tray. The shape remains the same, but I toughened it with the use of newspaper and lot of glue. Then I decorated with some flowers cutouts and decoupage glue. Material: a cardboard tray, glue, newspaper, 2 brushes, wrapping paper or paper napkins with nice flowers, decoupage glue (better is waterproof), paint. 1. Cut the newspaper in many irregular pieces, apply layers of newspaper on the cardboard tray. Leave until completely dry. You will know when…
  • Spring Zentangle Inspired Art

    Maria
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:15 am
    This is my latest zen inspired by Spring.
  • Learn through play: times tables bingo

    Maria
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:28 am
    The times tables bingo is a fun game to play with as many children as you like. It consists of 12 boards, one for each times table with the results placed at random.  The boards have some numbers missing, with a shamrock in their place. These should be easy to work out as they are the only missing numbers from that particular times table. The game also come with two boards with all the calculations. These need to be cut and put in a bag to draw to play the game. Times table bingo in its integral version can be downloaded here.
 
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  • When You’re on the Potter’s Wheel

    Heather
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:16 pm
    Fork in the Road The other day, in a moment of grief, looking down at the ground in deep thought, I walked right over this pitiful fork. It was at the edge of the driveway next to the waste container the garbage truck had emptied, limb missing and shattered down the length of her body. She called for my camera to recognize her brokenness. This misshapen fork was me. We had something in common. Something cracked and missing. A need. Pain. I got to thinking about how similar we were and how somebody designed that fork and she had just been trying to serve her purpose, but something had gone…
  • Sundays and Signs of Spring

    Heather
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:05 pm
    I don’t know about you, but I am overjoyed that I have a mansion just over the hilltop. Sundays may not be perfect all of the time (rarely), but I feel so blessed to be able to rub shoulders with other saints on Sunday. I love my church family and being around other Christians. They make our walk so much lighter and easier in this life. I love singing the old familiar songs – and reading the history behind them. I love our preacher’s lessons and the passion he shares for the Word. I love taking communion and knowing that my brothers and sisters the world over are sharing in…
  • Celebrating the Moments

    Heather
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:16 am
    I got some really good advice at an Apologia Homeschool Conference a few years ago … and you’ll have to forgive me for paraphrasing it from memory, but it went something like this: “If you don’t celebrate your life, who will? And if you don’t celebrate and have fun and ENJOY homeschooling… will your kids?” Wow. Let that sink in a bit, homeschool mama. I know it gets difficult in those trenches, but how often are we lamenting our lot while the sun is shining and those little ones are watching us frown? I challenge you (and always myself, too –…
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  • 10 Amazing Documentary Films On NetFlix That Will Blow Your Mind Away

    Maricris
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Taking a hiatus from blogging have given me the opportunity to indulge in one of my favorite "sports" - Marathon. No. It's not what you think. In my lingo, it's watching Documentary Films on Netflix via my Roku Player. Yes that. Now, in my watched list are these documentaries that are sure to change the way you think, the way you look at your food or the way you view your world. I promise, it won't kill you to watch these documentaries simultaneously, though it may make your butt bigger if you don't get up from your couch occasionally. If any at all, it will broaden your…
  • Not Dead. Yet.

    Maricris
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:49 pm
    Anyone taking a peek in my blog these days will most likely get a chilling sense of desolation. An eerie feeling that you get when you find yourself walking into the streets of a ghost town. Deserted. Isolated. Abandoned. And probably falling apart. A forgotten planet all on its own. Forgotten by time. Forgotten by the world.You surmise it's dead. I don't blame you.I'd probably think it's dead too.The telltale signs are dastardly obvious, is it not? That could be [partly] true. But before you conclude final cause of death. Here's something you need to know. When a blog remains inactive…
  • Got Old Greeting Cards? Upcycle Them In Time For The Holidays And Save Money!

    Maricris
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Upcycled, Recycled Old Greeting CardsHolidays are coming up and you know what that means, cards and tons of cards to buy and send! With of course an exemption to those who'd rather send e-card - which to my book is cheesy and un-personal...ahem.  But if you're one of those traditionalist as moi, don't be quick in spending your hard-earned dollars yet. Let me tell you ways to save some moolah by simply upcycling those cute old cards you have collecting dusts in your shoe box somewhere, into new adorable ones. Yes it can be done. Knowing me, I always find a way.You can call this a form of…
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  • The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies Blu-ray DVD Combo Pack Giveaway #TheHobbit

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, the third and final installment of the trilogy, is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD. If you didn't have the chance to watch the movie in theater, now it's your chance for a catch-up in the comfort of your home. The combo pack would make an awesome gift for Hobbit fans looking to complete their movie collection. And I'm very excited to bring
  • Pride Book Blast: $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

    24 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
    Rosie Somers debuted The Temptation Series with Pride, one of the seven deadly sins that may destroy a person's well-being. Take a look at this Christian YA novel and enter to win your choice of a $50 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash! About Pride Seventeen-year-old Gabriella Pierce is used to taking care of herself, but she’s about to become responsible for a whole lot more. When she gets a
  • Ultimate Coupon Binder Giveaway

    24 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Are you an avid coupon user? I'm so used to saving with coupons that I would feel something is missing if no coupon can be applied during checkout. Have you considered becoming a couponer but dread the trouble of clipping and keeping things in order? Whichever case applies to you, you would love this chance to win an Ultimate Coupon Binder, which will help you stay organized while enjoying all
 
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  • Custom Kids’ Easter Baskets Under $15!

    Melanie Edwards
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Every year for Easter, my mom would give me a nice basket filled with hand-picked items she put together. They weren’t extravagant gifts, but her baskets always had a special touch and were very thoughtful. I have picked up on her little tradition and do the same for my children. Honestly, she does too! You can imagine that my kids love getting their personalized Easter baskets from both mom and Abuela! The great thing is that it’s super easy and affordable to put together your own Easter baskets for the kids with the Easter offerings available in Walmart stores! I was able to…
  • Have Your Own Slime Moment During the Kids’ Choice Awards with this Edible Slime Recipe! {Video}

    Melanie Edwards
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Remember the days of seeing kids getting slimed on Nickelodeon and wishing you could have your own slime moment? Well, in honor of the upcoming Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, you can make your own slime at home to recreate the slimy fun! My kids always love playing with slime at school, but I had never tried to make our own at home. I’m not sure why, though, because it’s super easy! Check out this really simple edible slime recipe and be sure to read on for details on the Kids’ Choice Awards! You’ll want to be prepared for the show! Edible Slime Recipe for Kids…
  • 5 Family Movie Night Ideas for Watching Annie on Blu-ray & DVD!

    Melanie Edwards
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    My girl is really into watching musicals these days; she loves to sing along to the songs! One classic musical she hadn’t yet seen was Annie, a movie from my childhood that was recently revived. With the release of the new Annie movie on Blu-ray and DVD last week, now your children can enjoy the story of Annie in a whole new (more modern) way! We had a fun family movie night watching Annie thanks to the Annie Blu-ray and DVD gift set we received. Check out our family movie night ideas and why we think you should definitely pick up Annie at your local Walmart store! We love watching…
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  • On Obtaining Wisdom And Chasing Decisions

    Natalie Snapp
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Sometimes it feels like I live in that movie from the 1990’s, Groundhog’s Day (and yes, I know I’m dating myself here). In it, Bill Murray’s character experiences the same day over and over again. Which can be true in the life of a woman. There’s a template we live by and within that template, there are certain things we must do every single day. Pack lunches. Lay-out clothing for the next morning. Get kids up. Feed them breakfast, make sure their teeth are brushed and hair is combed, and do you have your permission slips/homework/Monday folder? They’re the…
  • Life Unstuck by Pat Layton

    Natalie Snapp
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Three years ago, I boarded a plane from Charlotte to Atlanta after attending my first-ever She Speaks Conference. I had just pitched my first book, Heart Sisters, and was sitting back in my seat to just exhale. Moments later, a bubbly and bright woman looked at me and declared her seat was next to mine. “Were you at She Speaks?” I asked because I could just tell. As soon as she confirmed my suspicion was correct, we began to talk. And talk. And talk. Until the wheels touched down in Atlanta – and I still wanted to talk more. We had an insane amount in common. Talking to Pat…
  • When We Think It’s Impressive to Be Busy

    Natalie Snapp
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    * Friends, I’m in Book Launch Land. I’m feverishly working to prepare for the release of Heart Sisters: Be the Friend You Want to Have. I’ll be re-posting some oldies (but hopefully you’ll think they’re goodies!) now and then so I can focus more on the upcoming release. Thanks for understanding . . . Oh – and I so appreciate you taking the time share on social media. This is the way of the writer these days and will help get the word out about Heart Sisters! A few years ago, I was talking to a woman who was in a panic because she didn’t think her kids…
 
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  • ADR Friday Loves 03.27.15

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
      i’m loving… … this powerful piece from a friend I admire. … these sustainable party goods. … this guy. … this remembrance. … these sneaks. … this parenting piece. … this NYC store. … this Charleston store. … these custom art prints. … this dress. … these bars. … this book. … this site about life in the messy middle. (Congrats, Allison, for being named Editor-at-Large!) … these dreamy shades. … this color wheel of grief. … this B-School. … this topic. … this…
  • Why We Judge Others

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    I’ve been thinking a lot about judgment and how it gets in the way of happiness. It’s my decidedly unscientific belief that the time spent making moral (good/bad) judgments about things outside ourselves detracts from our own sense of well-being or happiness. I also believe that when we feel strong judgments – and when we articulate those judgments – what we are feeling is almost always about us and not actually about the person/thing we think we are judging. Recently, I can think of two instances where I felt, and probably acted, very judgmental. The good news is…
  • 3 Quotes That Might Inspire You

    Aidan Donnelley Rowley
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:20 am
    Do you find these quotes to be inspiring? Which is your favorite and why?
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  • Finish Strong: The Final Part of the Shoulder Sculpting Series by @DPEverybodyFit

    Dana Pieper
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Here’s the last week of your shoulder soreness! Add this to the last 2 weeks of exercises or it’s effective on its own. You will feel your core, upper back and lower body burn alongside the shoulder work to create a compound toning and sculpting series. Enjoy the sweat with every rep!
  • Controlling the Computer Clutter: How to Become a Digital Neat Freak

    Carla Young
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Is your computer chock-full of digital clutter? Is your hard drive overflowing with old files? Are your folders a random jumble of documents? Is your email inbox your main (if not only) reliable storage system? Is your VIRTUAL desktop a LITERAL mess? It happens. To the best of us. You start off with good intentions. THIS time I promise to keep my hard drive neat and tidy, THIS time to promise to delete old files, THIS time I promise to stick with a consistent naming convention. THIS time I promise to save documents to a folder and not the desktop. Only THIS time is like all the other…
  • Business Building Basics: 6 Things Every Start-Up Needs to Get Right

    Carla Young
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Sometimes start-up success is all about getting the basics right. Too often good ideas get lost in a poor delivery or unfairly judged because of a shabby business card that doesn’t represent the quality behind it. Today, more than ever before, you have less time and a lot less bandwidth to win over your audience before they move onto to the next BIG idea. “I don’t get it” no longer means “Tell me more.” It means “CLICK…I have moved onto the next thing.” 6 Things Every Start-Up Needs to Get Right: Value Proposition — Before you do…
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  • Easter Stories: Classic Tales for the Holy Season Book Review and Giveaway

    Finamoon
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Easter Stories: Classic Tales for the Holy Season BookI received this book free from FlyBy Promotions to facilitate this review. Affiliate links may be in this posting. Thanks for supporting my blog. Easter Stories: Classic Tales for the Holy Season from Plough Publishing is an anthology of short stories for the Easter season. This softcover book is filled with 27 classic tales that are from world-famous storytellers such as C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy, Selma Lagerlof, Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Goudge, Maxim Gorky, Ruth Sawyer, Anton Chekhov, and Walter Wangerin and others. The pages throughout the…
  • The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies Blog App and Giveaway

    Finamoon
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:59 pm
    The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies is being released to Digital HD NOW and the Blu-ray and DVD is coming March 24th 2015! I cannot wait! I am a huge fan of LOTR series! I want to someday get all of them in DVD/Blu-ray. I am so envious of you, my readers, in this giveaway that I have for you today!From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the third in a trilogy of films adapting the endearingly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" brings to an epic conclusion the…
  • The Critical Thinking Co. World History Detective Book 1 Review

    Finamoon
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:04 pm
    The Critical Thinking Co. World History Detective Book 1 (Gr. 6-12+)I had the privilege of testing out the World History Detective Book 1 (Gr. 6-12+) for The Critical Thinking Co. free for this review. This is a Schoolhouse Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.The Critical Thinking Co. has award winning products that help students of all abilities achieve higher academic results with lessons that develop and sharpen their critical thinking skills. They have fun and easy to use products with lessons in standards-based reading, writing, mathematics,…
 
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  • Video of the Day: Laughing with the Stomach Flu

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:28 am
    The stomach flu raged through my house this week.First Victoria. Then Ben (he got a very mini version of it). Then William. Then Henry. Then ME!My husband and Alex (although, I feel like Alex had a mini version, too!) were all “so far” saved.I was on the couch ALL DAY yesterday nursing a sick stomach and just felt HORRIBLE. I literally had Victoria glued to my side all day. It was almost as if she knew I had what she had and she just wanted to make me feel better.I’ve been taking a ton of “day in the life” videos lately and posting them on my YouTube and Facebook…
  • Hemangioma Update on Victoria – 20 Months

    admin
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:19 am
    Victoria is now 20 months old!I haven’t updated on her hemangioma in MONTHS, so I wanted to give everyone an update. No news is good news, right? It’s become truly such a piece of her, I’ve forgotten it’s even there. It’s strange for me to say that because last year at this time, I was a nervous wreck about it. It had just ulcerated and we were so scared. Fast forward a year… it’s pretty amazing how everything does just heal on its own. I didn’t believe anyone when they told me it would eventually get better.Here’s a little update from me…
  • Daily Video: Trust Falling with your Brothers #TheMcClellandBoys

    admin
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    There’s never a dull moment in my house.Never. A. Dull. Moment.Yesterday was all about “trust falling.” You remember that as a child? You free fall backwards into someone’s arms. I refused to let them do it without pillows underneath them and without me watching. As every mother knows, it can be a recipe for disaster.I’m not kidding, the boys were crying they were laughing so hard. My husband even got in on the fun!After doing dozens of double rounds, they decided to do a brother trust fall together.They asked me to video it, so I knew it was going to be good!Oh,…
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  • Is a Storage Unit a Viable Survival Cache?

    Jim Cobb
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:10 am
    For quite some time now, caches have been rather popular amongst the prepper/survivalist crowd. Most commonly, this involves filling a large diameter PVC tube with gear and supplies, sealing it up, then burying it. Often, these caches are hidden somewhere along a bug out route, thus allowing for resupply during the journey. One major problem, though, is finding an appropriate location for the cache. To avoid any legal issues, it should always be placed on land you own or that is publicly owned. Several times I’ve heard a recommendation of using cemeteries for cache locations. This is an…
  • Three Thrifty Ways To Increase Your Yarn Stash

    Beth Buck
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Within the community of knitters and crocheters, “yarn stash,” or sometimes just “stash,” is an actual term. It refers to the amount of yarn one has hiding in the closet or under the bed, likely in an attempt to keep one’s significant other from knowing exactly how much yarn you have (or from knowing how much you spent on yarn that month). If you knit, crochet, or do anything that that requires the use of yarn, then you probably have a yarn stash. Knitting is perceived by many to be a thrifty sort of craft. Instead of dropping $50 on a designer sweater, you can…
  • How to Can Green Beans in a Pressure Canner

    Courtney Wollam
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    Green beans are a great candidate for a first-time gardener and for someone new to canning. They grow well in lots of different gardening zones. They grow and produce rather quickly, and the more you pick them, the more they produce. They are easy to can and will provide your family with a green vegetable throughout the winter, making them a great choice for food storage. We love green beans in our house. It’s the only green vegetable my whole family likes, so we eat them about twice a week, with lots of bacon grease. You can find our favorite recipe here. Equipment Required Clean canning…
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  • how to teach summary writing: the 1-hand summary

    amy mascott
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Summaries are difficult. Writing summaries, oral summaries–it doesn’t matter. Both? Difficult. No matter the student’s age, the act of reading something–anything–and either retelling or summarizing is really, truly tough. Summarizing is a skill that must be explicitly taught. And it’s a skill that must be modeled. And it’s a skill that is worth revisiting time and time again, year after year. This year, Maddy’s been challenged with the weekly task of reading her choice of a news article and summarizing it. I love the assignment. Personally, any…
  • how to have a family meeting: what works for us

    amy mascott
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
      Oh, friends. How things change as our kids get older, right? After years of doing what we can to give our kids choices, listening to them, doing all we can but ultimately having the final say–our kids have expressed to us that they want more of a voice in our family. I get it. So we’ve been having Family Meetings. We have only recently begun to have regular Family Meetings, and though they are not perfect, I do think they help.’ We’re still learning. Aren’t we all? Here’s the skinny. . . How to Have a Family Meeting–What Works for Us: …
  • must-have conversation after taking kids to see cinderella

    amy mascott
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
        Last Friday, we saw Cinderella. The new and improved Cinderella from Disney. And it was gorgeous. It was beautiful. From start to finish, the characters were beautiful, the setting was beautiful. The dress. The dress was beautiful. The glass slippers? Beautiful. And the end? It’s picture-perfect. It’s a fairy tale ending, just like we all wanted. Every little girl I know will want to see it. Over and over and over and over and over again. Which is why I truly believe that there’s a must-have conversation every family must have after taking kids to see…
 
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  • Easter Basket Skylanders Style #EggsellentSkylanders

    Jennie
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Do you have a kiddo obsessed with the video game Skylanders? You’re not alone!  And the Skylanders Trap Team is out with two new mini’s and a trap just in time for Easter. In October of 2014 the Skylanders franchise added the Skylanders Trap Team to their repitouire which already consisted of Skylanders Giants and Skylanders SWAP Force.  With Skylanders Trap Team, players can take characters out of the game and place them into physical “Traps” that kids can take with them, effectively bringing the toys to life.  In Skylanders Trap Team, you can play as a Skylander or…
  • Lilly Pulitzer for Target: 10 Looks We Love

    Kate
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:07 pm
    Already prepsters, it’s almost time for the Target collaboration of your dreams. Lilly Pulitzer has teamed up with the bullseye to create a one time only limited edition collection set to hit stores April 19. Target just released the full Lilly lookbook and we are swooning! The collection includes 15 prints, offering a variety of color ways so there is something for everyone. After browsing the collection I am ready to hit a summer pool party. It is truly fun, beautiful and the epitome of Lilly Pulitzer. As Lilly said, “Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink.” Lilly…
  • Kids in the Kitchen: Personalized Aprons from Stuck on You and Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

    Catherine
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    I love when my kids help me in the kitchen. But, having kids in the kitchen takes twice as long and let’s be honest, it can be a messy business too. Keep kid’s clothes protected with these cute, personalized aprons from Stuck on You. Not only do these bright aprons keep their clothes spill free, but kids will feel extra special when they get to put on their apron and come help cook something with you. I got Ariana a red apron customized with her name and a darling bird and sweet cupcake and macaroon design.  Judah is still little, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting…
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    The View from My Fishbowl

  • Shame on Doctors for Fat Shaming

    23 Mar 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Here's a newsflash - I'm overweight.There. Now the whole world (or the 5 people who read my blog) know that I weigh more than I should based on all those BMI charts and scales.I also know how I got overweight - I have a love affair with sugar, ice cream, and other "bad" food. And I hate to exercise. So ice cream + sitting on my ass = Fat Traci.Whatever. I'm working out now and I'm not eating crap at night and my goal is to get back down to my "wedding weight." I won't tell you what that number is, but let's just say it'll take a while to get there.So I know that I'm overweight. I don't need…
  • When I Want Your Opinion I'll Ask for It. (Alternate title: Shut Up Already)

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:35 am
    I'm beginning to hate Facebook.Normally the "social media" site tends to just be annoying and full of humlebragging but the thing that is turning me off lately is the overwhelming trend of posting your contrary opinion on a post when NO ONE ASKED FOR IT.Look, I get it. Everyone likes to post status updated on Facebook. But guess what? You don't need to post your opinion on every status update. If I say "I'm so sick and tired of all this snow and cold weather!" you don't need to post "but you live in Ohio!" or "If you don't like the weather, move!"I know I live in Ohio.I can still hate…
  • Winter - The Halfway Mark

    3 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    I read that today is the halfway point of winter - it's been winter for 45 days and there are 45 days until the first day of spring.I'm currently sitting in my home office freezing. The furnace is set to 71. There is a foot of snow outside. And I'm sitting inside wearing a scarf and fuzzy socks. (This is in addition to my normal "work clothes - yoga pants and a shirt. I didn't want anyone to think I was just sitting here in a scarf and socks - because quite frankly that would be dumb. And horrible.)I may have mentioned before that I hate winter?Yeah.I still do.Winter Storm Linus visited us on…
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  • Great Deal on RO*TEL

    Anitra Elmore
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #JustAddRotel #CollectiveBias You know I LOVE to help you save. Here’s a great deal on RO*TEL for you to enjoy! Great Savings on RO*TEL at Walmart! Are you creating a big snacking spread for the Big Tournament? Looking for ways to spice up game day and save money at the same time? #JustAddRotel is the perfect way to spice up your favorite recipes. From guacamole to pot roast sliders, adding a can of RO*TEL makes a traditional game day recipe into something extraordinary. Click this…
  • Fill Your Pot of Gold with Savings from Walmart Family Mobile

    Anitra Elmore
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:42 pm
     This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MarchIntoSavings #CollectiveBias I love St. Patrick’s Day. Perhaps it’s because I grew up in a town, where everyone felt Irish in March and perhaps it’s because all this green makes me think of saving money! Whatever the reason, it seemed the perfect day to add a new unlimited talk, text and data plan from Walmart Family Mobile. It’s one of the ways I’m filling my proverbial pot of gold this month! Read on for a few other tips that will help you…
  • A Great Wolf Lodge Spring Giveaway

    Anitra Elmore
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:19 am
    We LOVE Great Wolf Lodge (if you’re a regular reader, you already know that). It’s a wonderful place for a family get-a-way and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a member of their amazing Ask-a-Mom Panel. I also thoroughly enjoy any opportunity to share what’s going on at the Lodge. Read on to see what’s new and for a chance to win a Great Wolf Lodge prize pack! Spring Break Fun at Great Wolf Lodge If you’re looking for a family spring break destination, make reservations at Great Wolf Lodge. Not only is it 84 degrees year-round, but this year you can enjoy a…
 
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  • Cucumber body scrub

    Crissy Page
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:27 am
    I love finding new ways to exfoliate and hydrate my skin, and this DIY cucumber body scrub not only makes my skin super-soft, the smell is also intoxicating! The best news is, you can blend this easy cucumber body scrub at home using just a few simple but nourishing ingredients. Cucumber body scrub This cucumber body scrub recipe offers a super way to have a refreshing scrub without harsh chemicals or bold scents overwhelming you. A cucumber scrub is light and smooth while still cooling and energizing. The freshness in the cucumber and optional basil will awaken your skin, while the sugar…
  • Simply Tropical mocktail spritzer

    Crissy Page
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:09 am
    This post is sponsored by Simply Beverages. Opinions are my own. This post is chock full of so much goodness that I’m not sure where to start! Just be sure to keep reading, because I’ll be sharing information about a great upcoming Twitter party toward the end of the post. First off, I was super excited to have the opportunity to try a few brand new Simply Juice Drinks this week. You’re probably familiar with those distinctive, curvy carafes with the green lids from the refrigerated section at your local grocer, and now you can try three new flavors: Fruit Punch, Tropical…
  • Skip the drive-thru and savor the kitchen

    Crissy Page
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    Welcome back to our ongoing series highlighting Wolf’s Reclaim the Kitchen project. Today, I want to share a little story with you about how I’ve been motivated to reclaim the kitchen and reclaim precious time with my family. I love the picture above. It’s my mom and my son assembling a homemade pizza. When I look at photos like that one, I realize that I’ve been really busy since having kids. Busy is a funny word and has a lot of negative connotations. In fact, I’ve been discussing the word busy with some of my peers and most of us agree that it’s not a…
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    Child Mode

  • GapKids + Junk Food Releases 2015 Kids Collection!

    Nadia Carriere
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    Junk Food comes out with the best designs with original and quirky touches each and every year and I’m always sure to purchase a few pieces from their collaboration with Gap. Keith Haring... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • The runDisney Princess 1/2 Marathon 2015 ~ My Experience

    Nadia Carriere
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:23 am
    Until 3 years ago, I had never ran a mile. I loathed running with all my being and never dreamt that one day I would run a race what to speak of a 1/2 marathon. After giving birth to my son I came... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
  • Dreams Do Come True! On My Way To The #PrincessHalf!

    Nadia Carriere
    21 Feb 2015 | 4:03 am
    I learned something in 2014. Something that completely changed my life and the way I look at things. I learned that wishes do come true if you work hard enough at them and do everything you can to... This is a teaser only. Visit Child Mode for the full article, photos and more!
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    One Bored Mommy Blogspot

  • If You Plant A Seed by Kadir Nelson

    Courtney Clipperton
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    It's Spring Time...and I am all about planting seeds and watching things grow!  In fact, I just planted lettuce, spinach and zucchini in the back...along with the other plants that grew from seeds last year.All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by Harper Collins Publishing. I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about this book!Watching plants grow and flourish is something wonderful and miraculous.  To take a dried out, tiny little seed and see a huge plant, with fruit, become of it...is something truly fun & amazing to…
  • Mother's Day & Father's Day - Books From Harper Collins To Read With Your Little Ones...

    Courtney Clipperton
    21 Mar 2015 | 5:47 pm
    As you know...Mother's Day & Father's Day is coming.  A day to celebrate Mother's & Father's everywhere for their love, dedication and sacrifice.  I personally, as a Mother, couldn't think of any better way to spend my entire day...than with the ones that call me "Mommy".All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by Harper Collins Publishing.  I was not offered any monetary compensation in return for my honest opinion about these children's books!So when books came from Harper Collins for us to read together about this type of celebration, it gave me…
  • Two New Stories - Aqualicious and GOODNIGHT ALREADY!

    Courtney Clipperton
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:44 pm
    Two new books arrived at our front door!Two books that made my kids giggle and want to read even more books!This makes for a very happy mommy!All of the  products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the Harper Collins Publishers.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about these books.We love Harper Collins Books...especially when we get to see what all the excitement about these new books truly is all about.Aqualicious by Victoria Kann is the story of Pinkalicious' (have you read these adorable books) family...who goes on a…
 
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    HomeToHeather

  • Real Superheros are Born Through Conversation

    Heather
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    by Sarah Brazeau What do I want my kids to be when they grow up? Do I hope that they will be doctors, play professional sports, become teachers? Not necessarily. I do hope that they will grow up to do whatever makes them happy…and that they will be superheroes! Superheroes, not like Batman or Superman, but real everyday superheroes that go above and beyond for their friends, family and complete strangers. My parents set a great example for me, my Dad was a volunteer firefighter, my Mom volunteered to lead our Brownie group and they were always willing to help out, whatever the need may…
  • Win! Costa Mesa Trip and Shopping Spree

    Heather
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:39 am
    I’m so excited to share this with you guys.  I’ve been telling you all about the fabulous time I had in Costa Mesa, California and now you can enter to win a trip including hotel, airfare from Calgary, and $2500 to shop at South Coast Plaza!  You want this trip, trust me.  It’s only open to Alberta and BC residents (flying out of Calgary and Vancouver) so you have a really good chance of winning. South Coast Plaza will blow your mind.  I know, I know, we have pretty stellar shopping here in Calgary but it’s nothing like what you’ll see in Costa Mesa.
  • Costa Mesa – A More Relaxed California – Explore

    Heather
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
    Beach I only managed to spend a short amount of time at the beach in California so I stuck to the nearby Huntington area and it has everything you’d want.  A pier, waves fit to surf on, sandy beach, volleyball nets, good eats and loads of sunshine.  It was only a 15 min drive to where I was staying in Costa Mesa so it made sense to head over there. While I was there I was surprised to see a baby seal sitting on the beach.  I thought it was a pretty special occurrence but have since learned that over 1000 pups have been abandoned on Californian shores.  It’s quite a problem…
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  • friday links - peace brunch edition

    hollywood housewife
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
      Every year for the past four or five years, I've taken the same photo on the same porch in Colorado wearing the same clothes. It marks the time, doesn't it? Kinda makes me wish I'd done more of these types of photos with the kids. It's never too late to start, I suppose.  This week on the HH facebook page we had genuinely interesting conversations about panini presses and not-ugly alarm clocks. (Both of which I'll be purchasing soon, I think. Enablers!)  We also talked about this disturbing article and this very true article. I'll write an introductory post about it soon, but…
  • the parents circle (and a brunch invitation)

    hollywood housewife
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    Of all the sites we visited and experts we heard from in Israel, meeting the women of the Parents Circle was one of the most moving. The Parents Circle is a joint Israeli & Palestinian organization made up of over 600 families who have lost an immediate family member in the conflict. We talked and made jam with some of these women, mostly grieving mothers, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim, all who spoke of how the Parents Circle had given their sadness a purpose as they worked towards peace-building. These stories are hard to hear. Some of these deaths came from snipers or mistakes. The…
  • we cheer for one another

    hollywood housewife
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    I’ve been skiing my whole life, more or less. I could take it or leave it.When I was little, my family was the one in line when the lift opened at 9am, and strategically managed our time so that we caught the last ride up at 3:55pm before the lifts closed. I thought I was a really good skier because my parents told me I was. But then I went on a spring break trip in college with my boyfriend and some friends, and after bragging about my downhill skills I crashed in such an openly fantastic way on the first run that my ego and my ankles limped through the rest of the week. Since then I’ve…
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    The Mom Maven

  • Peanut Butter Cup Trifle Recipe

    cindy
    27 Mar 2015 | 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.”One of the new-to-me desserts I discovered after spending time on Pinterest was the trifle. A trifle is a layered English…
  • Win it Wednesday 3-25-15

    cindy
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Today is a rough day around here, Jordan heads back to the mission field with The 99. I am so proud of him going back to complete his second year but his extended winter break makes it harder for me to let him go again. Add to that the fact that I am not able to take him to the airport today and that makes this mama a bit sad. Jordan has been offered a new position with The 99, IF he agrees to stay through November instead of ending his service in July as originally planned. He is praying about this decision and will discuss more with the director when he arrives in Tulsa. Please pray for his…
  • Freeman Beauty Makes Beauty Affordable

    cindy
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned for free from Influenster 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.”One of my favorite beauty treatments is a good facial. I have never had a professional facial but over the years I have tried many at home facial…
 
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    Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams

  • Sweeping Saturday 3/28/2015

    Jen
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours! After you have submitted your links feel free to share this post on your social networks for even more exposure! The post Sweeping Saturday 3/28/2015 appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • LENOX SQUARE, GLAMOUR AND GQ TEAM UP FOR “LOOKBOOK LIVE”

    Jen
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
        Lenox Square, a Simon mall, is inviting shoppers to ‘Make A Date With Style’ at LOOKBOOK Live, a spring fashion event taking place Saturday, April 25 from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. in collaboration with Glamour and GQ magazines. LOOKBOOK Live translates spring’s hottest fashion trends from the runway into real life styles, and shares where to shop for the looks you […] The post LENOX SQUARE, GLAMOUR AND GQ TEAM UP FOR “LOOKBOOK LIVE” appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • Great Savings on RO*TEL at Walmart!

    Jen
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:34 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #JustAddRotel #CollectiveBias Are you creating a big snacking spread for the Big Tournament? Looking for ways to spice up game day and save money at the same time? #JustAddRotel is the perfect way to spice up your favorite […] The post Great Savings on RO*TEL at Walmart! appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
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  • Episode 157: Social Listening

    Heather and Kate
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Heather and Kate discuss anger and teeth, get biz buzzed with Alli P., power nap on social listening and wrap by giving Nodelman a hard time. Enjoy and thanks for listening!
  • Episode 156: Kids and Stress

    Heather and Kate
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:51 am
    Heather and Kate discuss babies, cats and disobedience, get biz buzzed with Alli P., power nap on stressed out kids and wrap with Nodelman. Enjoy and thanks for listening!
  • Episode 155: Oops!

    Heather and Kate
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Heather and Kate rehash last week's power nap then discuss the birds and the bees, get biz buzzed with Alli P, would have power napped on some cool stuff but Heather deleted it and then wrap with Nodelman. Enjoy and thanks for listening!
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    just another mommy blog...

  • On Feeling Sad

    20 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am
    Sometimes the world reminds you of just how unstable a human life is. Tiny and precious details crumble in front of your eyes and there is nothing, NOTHING, you can "do" about it.Babies develop brain tumors.Mothers lose their breasts.Marriages dissolve in courthouses.Lonely people grow lonelier and hungry people don't seem to grow at all."Overwhelming" is such an insignificant word... It's almost insulting, to be honest. Linguistics shouldn't count in a post like this. I should be able to just say "I feel sad" and people will know that I actually mean "I feel fucking devastated and furious…
  • I love Illinois

    9 Mar 2015 | 8:43 am
    On mornings like today, how does anyone ever say they hate Illinois? The sky is absolutely BRILLIANT in its shade and clarity. The morning sun is cutting the clearest and most amazing shadows through the branches and upon the snowy ground. The snow... ah. The snow. Currently in a state of slow melt due to the sudden temperature elevations, it's positively sparkling.Yes, the winter has been long, but... has it? Has it really? It's already March and winter is nearly over! It hasn't been the worst winter ever, and definitely not the worst in comparison to other states out East.Have you gone…
  • A damn fine cat

    23 Feb 2015 | 12:25 am
    In the fall of 1995, I had had a really crappy day. Like, WHOA, shitty-shitty, crappy. To be honest, I cannot remember why. It might have been that the classes I was taking at the community college weren't all quite as inspiring as their paragraph descriptions in the course booklet led them to appear. It might have been that my boss, whom I adored, at the telemarketing company was in the midst of one of his many relapses into the hell that his alcoholism threw us all into. It might have been any number of many things. It doesn't really matter now, but what is relevant is that I was 19 and…
 
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    Mommy Niri

  • Advance Screening DreamWorks new movie Home (Passes available)

    Nirasha Jaganath
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    Home is a movie my kids spied as a trailer while watching another months ago and my little one noted that it was close to her birthday so wanted it as her birthday surprise party. Don’t you love how excited kids get about their birthday? My favorite thing about this movie is the appeal to all kids about that time they felt like they did not fit in. Albeit it be an alien with these feelings, but feelings are feelings! I’m also biased that the movie has a girl in the movie as the main (earth) character and not as a sidekick as relegated to most movies.   More details about the…
  • Alvin Ailey hits #Boston! Win 4 tickets!

    Nirasha Jaganath
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    As far as I can remember I have been in awe of Alvin Ailey. And all of this just from blurbs and on television. The moves mesmerized and captivated me to literally jaw dropping moment. There is no doubt that talent oozes out from the performance. About Alvin Ailey Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. The Ailey company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25…
  • Party, with a Side of a Cause! #PartyLikeAGoodSport #ad

    Nirasha Jaganath
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:59 am
    In a world of “gimmees” setting a tone of gratitude at birthdays seem most apt. Last year we asked guests to bring in canned food for the joint birthday for my daughters and it was giving a present to the guests to as I heard them express gratitude of doing something charitable. I love that at Good Sports they have created a whole system to ease giving back in a creative and fun way. They have, to date. provided equipment to over 1 million kids in need. I can’t stress how important it is to get exercise and yet kids are getting fewer and fewer opportunities to do so. Adding…
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    Traveling Mom

  • Girls Getaway & Springtime Fun in Park City & Alta, UT

    Mimi Slawoff, Los Angeles TravelingMom
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Photo Credit: Paul Marshall, Ski Utah. Taken outside the Riverhorse restaurant in downtown Park City, Utah. While Utah’s mountain resorts would have liked a bigger snowfall this winter, there’s still plenty of the fluffy white stuff blanketing the slopes to finish out the ski season in style. In fact, now is a great time to enjoy spring skiing conditions as well as a host of festive activities and events, including Easter egg hunts, free concerts and demos to test out next year’s skis. On a recent four-night girls getaway ski trip to Utah, we were lucky to ski bluebird days in Park City…
  • Family Fun in Houston with CityPass

    Susie Kellogg, Unstoppable TravelingMom
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    Photo Credit: Susie Kellogg / Unstoppable TravelingMom There is a lot of family fun to be had in the city of Houston. In  the four years we’ve been traveling down there, we have never ventured into a museum or other attraction.  Instead, we’ve visited like a local, hanging out in Hermann Park, shopping in the underground tunnels, and done a few touristy things like Skyscraper Canyon, riding the Light Rail and touring the Cathedral and the Chase Tower.Truth be told, we’ve never really had the budget to enjoy more than the free things to do in Houston. That is, until we discovered the…
  • Holiday Inn Express Savannah, Georgia: A Review

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro, Gringa TravelingMom
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom Before my recent trip to Savannah, I knew almost nothing about this southern city. What I did know were only two things: southern hospitality and that Clint Eastwood made a movie about a murder of dramatic proportions. In most cases, not knowing is good for me because it allows the place to completely surprise me. But for some reason I didn’t think that Savannah was going to surprise me as much as it did. Because I didn’t know anything about it I wasn’t sure about where to start searching for hotels. As I researched I learned that…
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    Big Binder

  • Ohana Means Family, And Family Means…

    Jennifer Rees
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    I worked with MomSelect and Disney Parks to bring you this information.  All opinions are my own.   Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind… or forgotten. That’s one of my favorite lines from a movie I have come to adore; Lilo and Stitch. I didn’t pay attention to it it at all until this past summer, when we visited the Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World.  Lilo and Stitch are the main characters there, and the resort is themed in a gorgeous South Pacific Island decor with tasty food like pulled BBQ pork sandwiches, chicken wings, and…
  • Peace Wanted: Apply Within

    Jennifer Rees
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    I go in waves of reading blogs. Sometimes I read cooking blogs and get inspired to make amazing meals for my family every day because if they can do it – so can I, right? RIGHT? Sometimes I read home organizing blogs and am enlightened to the ways of a tidy, organized home and I commit to daily decluttering and vow never to leave a dirty dish in the sink again. Sometimes I read working mom blogs and realize that I need time for myself and I aspire to make sure I am scheduling facials and pedicures and time alone on a regular basis. I have been perseverating on homemakeing blogs lately.
  • Fruit Crêpes with Reese’s Spreads

    Jennifer Rees
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Last week we had ourselves a snow storm.  The kids were home from school, and my husband was stuck at work.  We were practically starving to death, but then I remembered I had a jar of Reese’s Spreads we hadn’t devoured yet. I also remembered that I knew how to make crêpes, (I am willing to pay extra for that fancy thing over the e) and I saved our lives by pulling together a delicious little meal/treat. The Reese’s Spreads taste exactly how you think they would; like a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup in a spreadable form.  It’s too sweet for me to have as a…
 
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    Simplified Saving

  • Retail Coupon Roundup {3/20/15}

    Lisa Thompson
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:06 am
    If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go! Aaron Brothers – 50% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 3/28/2015) Aeropostale – 30% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/22/2015) Big 5 Sporting Goods - 20% Off Up to 2 Regular Priced Items + More (exp: 4/24/2015) Carters – 25% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 3/23/2015) Express – $15 Off $30, $30 Off $100 or $40 Off $120 Purchase (exp: 4/1/2015) Hancock Fabrics – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/24/2015) Kohls - 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/22/2015) Lord…
  • Restaurant Coupon Roundup {3/20/15}

    Lisa Thompson
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:04 am
    Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week! Bob Evans – $4 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 3/31/2015) Buca Di Beppo - Dinner for Four for $40 (exp: 3/29/2015) Carvel Ice Cream – $1 Off Any Cup or Cone (exp: 3/31/2015) Dennys – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 3/23/2015) Einstein Bros Bagels – 20% Off Any Purchase (exp: 3/25/2015) Logans Roadhouse – The Logan 11 oz Sirloin Steak, Farm Fresh Salad, 1 Side, and Choice of Appetizer for…
  • Zaycon Chicken is Back!

    Lisa Thompson
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Disclosure: Zaycon provided me with a complimentary case of chicken, however, I have purchased all my Zaycon chicken in the past. As usual, all opinions are my own! Hey local Fort Wayne friends (and everyone else too)!  I just wanted to let you know that Zaycon chicken will be delivering to Fort Wayne on March 24th, 2015. If you live elsewhere in the country, Zaycon is probably heading your way too, so be sure to check the Zaycon website. I absolutely love Zaycon chicken.  If you’ve never ordered from them before, Zaycon sells 100% natural chicken with no added…
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    Hanging By a Thread

  • Chocolate Fix {Anna’s Flourless Double Chocolate Brownies}

    Hanging By a Thread
    21 Mar 2015 | 5:33 pm
    I really love chocolate….I mean I REALLY LOVE CHOCOLATE…good chocolate, that is. I don't mess around with cheap chocolate that tastes merely sweet and white chocolate isn't chocolate so don't even try to put it into the chocolate category. Now, I like my chocolate in many forms: hot chocolate, pudding,...
  • In the Eye of the Hurricane {Peace}

    Hanging By a Thread
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:36 pm
    "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." ~Philippians 4:7, King James Version It's funny how unrelated and seemingly unimportant instances link together. A month or so ago, I accidentally left the lights on in my car one evening and...
  • Fear{Less} and Faith{Full}

    Hanging By a Thread
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:39 pm
    When I said, "My foot is slipping," your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul. ~Psalm 94:18-19 In January, I said my "word of the year" was "Fearless." I wasn't quite sure why it came to me, and honestly,...
 
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • It’s Time to Dust Off Your Camera! today at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    My camera and I tend to hibernate in the winter, when the temperature is low and the scenery bland. But spring’s arrival brings mild temperatures and fresh sights sure to lure us outdoors. Here are four compelling reasons to dust off your camera and get out there and shoot! Capture Spring’s Blooms While They Last Beautiful blossoms usher in the spring, but many disappear too soon. Here in the southeast I watch for the daffodils first, followed by the cherry blossom and the dogwood trees, just in time for Easter. You can find beauty and interest even in the weeds, like the white puffball…
  • Picks & Pans: Movies, Music & More

    Dawn Camp
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:57 pm
    I stay pretty busy and I’ll bet you do too! Life can be crazy hectic and sometimes we just need a break. I take my entertainment seriously and I thought it would be fun to share more often about movies, music, Netflix and Amazon Prime offerings, and podcasts, both picks and pans. Maybe you’ll discover something fresh and new and by all means, feel free to share your own recommendations! Movies Cinderella (PG) – I have fond memories of the original animated version of Cinderella. It released on VHS when our oldest son was little and we watched it a lot. My 15-year-old…
  • March 2015 Desktop Calendar

    Dawn Camp
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    My first instinct was to use a photo from a couple of weeks ago for this month’s desktop calendar, when the world was covered in ice, until my girls came in from walking the dog this morning and said it feels like spring. Spring! And we’ve still got the soggy remains of last week’s snowman’s clothes lying in our front yard. Your calendar is a day late because I’ve been busy busy busy finishing The Gift of Friendship, which will be next year’s follow up to The Beauty of Grace. I may be just a teeny bit biased, but I believe you will love this book. Lately…
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    Los Angeles Mamma Blog

  • Splurge / Save – Not What You Might Expect

    admin
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:47 pm
    Kohl’s and Bloomingdale’s are carrying remarkably similar baby bodysuits. I want your opinion on this. So, when you think of Kohl’s you probably think save and when you think of Bloomingdale’s you probably think splurge. Am I right? Think again. Here’s what I found while looking around on the internet for baby clothes.   Bloomingdale’s $20   Kohl’s $30   Bloomingdale’s $20   Kohl’s $26 What do you think? Remarkably similar, no? I found this quite funny, and definitely unexpected. The post Splurge / Save – Not What…
  • First Comes Baby Then Baby Fat Comes Off With FitTea PostNatal

    admin
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:45 pm
      Now that I’ve had a baby, losing the baby weight is not the easiest thing to do! I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about if you’ve had a baby before. So… if you, like me, are a mom looking to lose weight post baby– you aren’t alone. I gained over 40 pounds while pregnant! And I just don’t feel like myself. While most of the weight does shed once the baby is born, your post baby body needs help. Eating less just isn’t going to cut it, especially when you feel hungry and still crave things for what seems like all the time.
  • So, I had a baby…

    admin
    13 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    And when you have a baby, especially if it’s a c-section (I know, because my first one wasn’t a c-section and it felt like it was so much easier to recover) you need something extremely comfortable to wear, and I mean extremely because everything hurts. This is especially true for undergarments– thank you too! Seriously, these underwear are (and have been) a life saver. But they’re awesome for anytime use, of course. I had the pleasure of trying the hipster underwear in pink, and the bikini underwear in black (both pictured below) and I loved them (and highly…
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    Rage Against the Minivan

  • Friday Finds for New Moms

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Over the past few years I've heard from some great companies that are making ingenious baby gear, but because I'm well out of that stage, it has felt disingenuous to talk about those products since I'm obviously not trying them out myself.  When I found out my assistant/email whisperer/writer Lindsey Anthony was expecting, I asked her if she'd like to help me create a Friday Finds of all of the best baby products out there. I love the stuff she found and I wish some of these had been available when I had infants. Thanks Lindsey!Dear new moms and mamas-to-be, I feel…
  • Blue Apron’s family plan

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:40 pm
    This post is sponsored by Blue Apron For the past two weeks, we have been trying Blue Apron’s new family dinner plan. I have written about blue apron before. It is a service that sends recipes along with exact measurements of the ingredients that he will need, so that it takes all of the guesswork and shopping out of creating meals from scratch. The family meals are $8.74 per person, delivered in a refrigerated box so that you don’t have to be sitting at the wait when the box arrives. Because I like to cook but hate to shop, this is a really ideal service for me. All of the groceries I…
  • What I want you to know about living with fibromyalgia

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    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 Emily McCallister. My name is Emily McCallister. I am 24 years old. I have lived with fibromyalgia for 10 years. According to mayoclinic.com, fibromyalgia "is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood issues."…
 
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    Mommy Nani Booboo

  • The Harry Potter Nerd and the Funk Lover in me Just Had a Party

    Jenni Chiu
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
        The Harry Potter nerd and the funk lover in me just had a party and it looked like this:     This video from KFACETV just came out mere hours ago and it is already in YouTube’s top ten. Probably because it is full of awesome. The curlers… wait for the curlers… and enjoy. […]
  • Original Patent Settles Toilet Paper Debate. I’m Looking at You, Husband.

    Jenni Chiu
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:35 pm
      Since the dawn of time (give or take some centuries) there have been two types of people: Those who open the Oreo and lick the cream… and those who eat it whole. Those who sweeten their tea… and those that would never. Those who cough into their hand… and those who use their elbow. […]
  • Gorgeous for Good – Because It’s Time for Me

    Jenni Chiu
    14 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    Those of you who have been long time readers here know that for the last year or two I have been physically and mentally tapped out. There has always been somebody else to take care of, and the consistency with which I have put myself last finally broke me last year when my body went […]
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    Chasing Supermom

  • Upcoming Zaycon Foods Chicken Breasts Sale

    Bekki
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    *This post is sponsored by Zaycon Foods. Zaycon Foods provided me with complimentary product in exchange for my post. All opinions are my own.   Have you ever tried Zaycon? It’s one of the BEST ways to get farm-fresh, high-quality food at an affordable bulk-rate! Stock up for your family or split a case with a friend! This Saturday, I’ll be headed to a location near my home to pick up my case of boneless, skinless, chicken breasts. We have ordered with Zaycon previously, and were so impressed with the quality and taste, as well as the ease of pick-up. When you order a case of…
  • Thomas the Tank Engine Birthday Party : Train Party Ideas

    Bekki
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    *This post contains affiliate links. Your purchases help support my family. All opinions are my own. Thank you! My boys love trains – especially my four year old. This year marks the third year in a row he has opted to have a Thomas the Tank Engine birthday party. I wanted to throw a fun, unique, and creative party for Harry and his friends. I wanted the kids to make, play, and enjoy their time together. Here are a few ideas we used that helped give my little train enthusiast a happy birthday! Salt Dough Train Ornaments Salt dough ornaments are a really fun and easy project. We…
  • 10 Creative Birthday Gift Ideas for Kids

    Bekki
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you’re anything like me, you struggle to come up with birthday gift ideas for all of the parties that happen throughout the year. With multiple kids in school, finding creative and affordable gifts can be a challenge. And let’s be honest – most kids don’t need more toys! When my child is invited to a classmate’s party, we often don’t know the family well and don’t know what the child already has. I always worry about giving a child a gift he/she either has or doesn’t like. I came up with a list of fun gifts that won’t break the bank,…
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    A Frog In My Soup

  • Confessions of A Mom Of All Boys

    Shera
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    I am the oldest girl in a family that started with three girls. I was the girly girl big sister. My life was surrounded by little girls, even as a teen I would help care for a family of little girls for weekends or weeks at a time. If you’re starting to get the picture, girls are what I knew…. They were what I had always been comfortable with. Whether it was helping them pick out fun outfits or doing their hair and nails, I loved (still love) all things girly. When I was in college my brothers came along. Outside of babysitting and working in a daycare, it was really my first real…
  • Preconceived – The Importance of Individualized Parenting

    Shera
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:12 am
    We go into parenting with a lot of preconceived ideas. But although having our first child shatters many of those, it also adds a whole new set of preconceptions to the list. Thing is, these new ones are no better than the original ones. In fact, in many ways they’re worse. If allowed to take root or if gone unchecked, children end up living in shadows, not developing true individuality and often become rebellious and develop bad habits because of our altered expectations. Allowing myself to look at any of my children based on my experiences with another of them is the worst possible…
  • Choosing the Right Razor for Your Husband

    Guest
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    Are you planning to give your loving hubby a present for a special occasion? Why not give him an electric shaver? Compared to regular shaving blades, these products and very convenient to use. The blades aren’t sticking out so your husband won’t get scratched or wounded while shaving his stubbles. In addition, you can even use electric shavers even without water. Since this grooming tool has been widely used by men, a lot of models have been appearing on the market. Although it is a good thing that you have a lot of choices, you have to keep in mind that not all of them are created…
 
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    4tunate

  • Parenting In the Sweet Spot

    Jennifer Murray
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
      I think I’ve been pretty forward in this space about the struggles and heaviness of parenting. I like to be real and authentic, and I’m thankful for an outlet where I think many of us find solidarity in the hard days. However, it seems at times that we are over-bombarded with this message. Yes, motherhood is the hardest job on the planet – it’s an under-appreciated and a sacrificial role. Absolutely, it is trying and tasking to a degree than one can simply not understand until you are ALL IN. It’s a battle field of messes, conflicts, missing sneakers,…
  • 7 Reasons NOT to Buy Essential Oils From a Grocery or Health Foods Store

    Jennifer Murray
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    When I first started exploring a more natural approach to living, one of my first steps was getting rid of my toxic cleaners.  I started using vinegar and water for most cleaning tasks, but I didn’t love the smell and had read that essential oils can help with cleaning tasks.  I thought that might be a good way to mask the smell (especially for my husband who was pretty much repulsed by it, which led to him cleaning fewer toilets) and asked around where I could buy them. I had heard of Tea Tree and Lavender, so when I saw them at my local grocery store I was thrilled. They cost…
  • Favorite Devotionals for Kids

    Jennifer Murray
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    We aren’t doing a lot of things right around here, but one thing I don’t think we’ll ever regret is reading the Bible to our kids.  We’ve made it part of our nightly routine, and I KNOW we have all benefited from it. We’ve read a variety of books to them at night from biographies, to devotionals, to kids Bible’s, to just reading Scripture, and I thought I would share some of our favorites with you.  Sometimes it’s hard to find a good devotional for your family that covers a range of kids, that is solid theologically, and that is on their level.
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    As Mom Sees It

  • Celebrate Baby’s First Easter With Fun Family Activities At Babies “R” Us

    Mom
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:03 pm
    I don’t want to scare you, but Easter is close; really close. It doesn’t feel like it because the weather is far from being spring-like; we had snow yesterday and today. But, one of our favorite places for baby is hoping to help us “warm up” to thoughts of Easter and spring! This is a... Continue Reading... The post Celebrate Baby’s First Easter With Fun Family Activities At Babies “R” Us appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • You Won’t Believe The Transformation Of Our Custom Sunroom

    Mom
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:18 am
    This room isn’t just a room; it’s our family’s favorite room. It’s one of the reasons I fell in love with the house we’ve built, even before we built it. We knew that this would become the main attraction of our home. The room where everyone migrates.  I can tell you with absolute certainty that... Continue Reading... The post You Won’t Believe The Transformation Of Our Custom Sunroom appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
  • Why Disneynature Films Are More Than Just Amazing #MonkeyKingdomEvent

    Mom
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:24 am
    There are sure to be a number of blockbuster films this spring and summer, but only one will help you support our planet and entertain your entire family. No other film will plant a tree, totaling over 3 million trees. No other film protected over 40,000 acres of coral reef, or migratory corridors, or safeguard... Continue Reading... The post Why Disneynature Films Are More Than Just Amazing #MonkeyKingdomEvent appeared first on As Mom Sees It.
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    The Mom Around Town

  • I Triple Dog Dare Me

    Paige Dunn
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    For some reason, I’ve always hated having things out there in the world that I’m afraid to try. It haunts me, pokes at me, laughs at me. The “thing,” the “challenge” is always changing. The most recent has been yoga. I came out of the womb inflexible. Gym class when we had to test how many inches we could reach beyond our toes is still an embarrassing middle school nightmare that pops into my mind, leaving me shuddering. I went to physical therapy and the therapist told me I needed to go to yoga. What?! Does he have any idea what he is suggesting to me? Every time I have tried…
  • Easter Eggs 101

    Paige Dunn
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    My love for Easter eggs started when I was a little girl. Every Easter, my mom would bring out her precious collection of eggs. She and a friend would make beautiful eggs adorned with ribbon and jewels and things like that, and every year she would add to her collection. I would look at them and try not to touch, thinking they were the most beautiful things I had ever seen. I have memories of blowing the yolks out of the eggs and about passing out. I loved dying them, too. Past that point, the process got too involved and I would disappear outside for a game of tag with the neighbors. This…
  • Naficy Rejuvenation Center

    Paige Dunn
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:42 pm
    Naficy Rejuvenation Center Year of Giving Month of March – Giving to MOMentum We are so excited to announce that Naficy Plastic Surgery and Rejuvenation Center is supporting MOMentum in the month of March. 100% of non-surgical treatment profits collected on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, will go directly to MOMentum. To see a list of non surgical procedures, click here. To get more information on this, contact Naficy directly: By phone: 425-450-0880 By email: information@seattleface.com Via their website:  www.seattleface.com MOMentum wants to thank Naficy staff in advance for their…
 
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    Mommy Posh

  • My Shaving Confession with Gillette Venus Swirl Razor + Giveaway #NewVenusSwirl

    Mommy Posh
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I know that shaving is a very personal and private matter, but when it comes to what the right shaver to use, well then, that is where I come in… Here’s my confession: Shaving my arm hair has been my little secret, since like forever.  Once during a manicure, the manicurist lotion my arm and smoothed […]
  • Curb Your Appetite With MealEnders + Giveaway

    Mommy Posh
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    This post come to you after a week of stress eating…come on, please tell me that I’m not the only foodie here. Emotional eating usually catches up to me when I am dealing with a little bit of stress and because of that it has derailed my diet for the past week. Well with a […]
  • OshKosh B’gosh Children’s Spring Collections #ImagineSpring

    Mommy Posh
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Disclaimer: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation With on the trend collections, OshKosh B’gosh has always been the go-to store when it comes to shopping for my boys. While you may think that OshKosh only carries denim […]
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    Memphis mom, parenting & life blogger | a belle, a bean & a chicago dog

  • Disney Cruise Family Vacation Planning Tips

    Liz
    21 Mar 2015 | 2:09 pm
    I think it was February 2014 after watching a few Disney Cruise Line specials on TV that we decided to plan our first Disney cruise. We had a completely magical Walt Disney World experience in October 2013, drastically improved from our first foray to see the Mouse back in 2010, when Madelyn was simply too young for it to be fun for any of us. A couple good friends had told me, “If you love the Parks, you’ll absolutely die for a cruise! It’s so relaxing! Everything is done for you! The kids will love it, and you and Craig will be able to have some adult time, too!”…
  • An Opryland Dreamworks Christmas: 2014 Edition

    Liz
    8 Mar 2015 | 8:21 am
    We took our 3rd trip to Gaylord Opryland in Nashville during Christmas time in December 2014. We previously visited in 2011 for Kate’s birthday, and in November 2013 with our good friends. To provide a brief explanation of Opryland at Christmas…the resort basically transforms into a winter wonderland complete with lights, decorations, and oodles of special shows and events all focused on the Christmas holiday. There are lots of “Country Christmas” options, but that’s not our style, so we stick to the ICE!, Dreamworks, and general kid-friendly Christmas…
  • Top 8 Reasons Why Our October 2014 Disney Trip was Even Better than our October 2013 Disney Trip

    Liz
    3 Jan 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Ahead of our Walt Disney World vacation this past October, there were some things that I was anxious-excited about. We had had a very wonderful and magical family vacation to WDW in October 2013, but the introduction of Magic Bands and Fast Pass+ (these were rolling out in Fall 2013), “Frozen” taking over the world (thus making it nearly impossible to secure Anna & Elsa Fast Passes), and Be Our Guest dinner reservation madness created a lot of additional “excitement” (if you could call it that) to the preparation. Cinderella’s Castle The dedicated planner…
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    Sweet Potato Chronicles

  • St. Patrick's Day Kale and Banana Smoothie Bowl

    Laura Keogh
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am
    With a name like Keogh, you can bet we'll be having some good, clean St. Patrick's Day fun. Scarlett and I will be dressing up in our cutest green blouses and maybe even adding a few buttons for "flair." (Did you get the Office Space reference? Tell me you did.) My Irish husband always rolls his eyes at our overblown spirit for the holiday, but we can't resist a reason to dress up, throw a party and eat things that are green. This green smoothie bowl, sweetened by 2 bananas, makes chowing down on this shade of the rainbow a little sweeter, especially for little eaters (they don't always have…
  • Leftover Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork, Caramelized Onion and Sweet Potato Quesadilla

    Laura Keogh
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Here it is. My last recipe for the slow cooker pulled pork dish I gave you the other day. It's another so-simple-I-can-run-one-more-errand-before-going-home dish. Although, I do need to consider the fact that you may not have any more pulled pork. Or that you never made the pulled pork. Or that you absolutely hate pork. In that case, you can still make this recipe and love it. Photo by Maya Visnyei As you probably already know, quesadillas are a great way to use leftovers because they make something out of nothing. You know what I mean? You have a bunch of random stuff in the refrigerator…
  • Leftover Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Burrito Bowl

    Laura Keogh
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
    Did you make it? The slow-cooker pulled pork? I told you there would be lots of leftovers. Isn't it glorious?! Looks like you have dinner for a few nights. But don't worry. You won't fatigue of the pork because I have two great recipes that incorporate the meat and they don't, in any way, resemble the piled-high sandwich you stuffed yourself with the other night. In fact, if you didn't make the pork–and don't know what I'm talking about because you just tuned in–or you're vegetarian, don't worry. This recipe and a quesadilla coming tomorrow can stand alone on their own delicious merits.
 
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    The Ultimate Juggle

  • Kitchen Appliances

    theultim
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Recommendations: Single Cup Coffee Maker Juicer Dishwashers Wine Cooler Best Blender The post Kitchen Appliances appeared first on The Ultimate Juggle.
  • Making Essiac Tea

    theultim
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Take a look at EssiacProducts.com for purchase information. The post Making Essiac Tea appeared first on The Ultimate Juggle.
  • Benefits Of Pine Bark Extract

    theultim
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    The lack of sufficient exercise on a regular basis and a balanced and healthy diet, can result in your feeling unfit and unwell. Many people question whether the fitness routines and vitamins that are readily available today, actually contribute towards keeping them healthy and giving the results promised. Some of these only provide benefits for a short period of time, as opposed to the long term effects that you may be hoping for. You may be one of the many persons looking for meaningful ways to prevent joint pain, reduce any signs of premature aging, as well as effectively combat a myriad…
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    Raising Rockstar

  • Rest In Peace, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

    Aileen
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:09 am
    One of the message boards in Singapore International School here in Hong Kong, where students write their condolences Here’s another… One of our neighbours whose children attend the Singapore International School in Hong Kong sent me those.. I also found this… Personal Encounters With Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Been watching former university mates post of their vigils, reading Singaporean and non-Singaporean friends’ much more timely responses to the loss…….. “I won’t deify him, for there were people who suffered from his decisions.” - from…
  • Rockstarism #363/ Miss-Speak #43: The “Attitude” Siblings

    Aileen
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    #43 More good news for us… Miss: More candy please, Mum-may. Me: Sorry no, darling, you’ve had enough. (In fact Rockstar being Rockstar already walked by and told both of us off about the candy.  He thought I doled out too much to her. And no, he didn’t have any.) Miss: Mum-may says yes! Yaaay! Me: Of course not! Miss: Mum-may says OF COURSE! Yaaay! Me: Wha- no, I said of course NOT. You heard “of course”?? <dismayed – I  hate disappointing them when that expect something and here she thought……> Me: Hey. You did hear, “Of course…
  • The Original Un-TGIF

    Aileen
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:49 pm
    So far into the week I don’t know if this is late or early… 1) After all the Toddler Shaming Debate stuff ignited by a dad posting his daughter’s pic with a sign stuck to her PJs declaring she had pooped in the shower and he had had to clean it up? Here’s *sshole Cats Being Shamed For Their Crimes. Because they won’t grow up to have Facebook or Instagram or even Wifi. That we know of. Never getting a cat. Before the Cat People scream at me – half dead rodents are fine, I actually have relatively high rodent threshold from hamster breeding days (they…
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    Telecommuting Mommies

  • Weekly Work-at-Home Job Leads

    Alaina Forbes
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:42 pm
    Here are this week’s best work-at-home job leads. Click on each job to visit the company website or job listing for more information. Chegg Online Tutors Freelance writers for The Word Cottage Night shift work from home test scorer Bloggers covering a wide variety of topics for Law Street Media Writers for Wisebread Amazon customer […] The post Weekly Work-at-Home Job Leads appeared first on Telecommuting Mommies.
  • The Unsuccessful Blogger’s Income Report

    Alaina Forbes
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Okay, maybe unsuccessful is a little harsh. After all, this blog has opened me up to all kinds of opportunities. For those of you that do not know how this blog originally came about you are welcome to stop by my “About Me” page.  Soon after I started this blog in 2009 I was offered […] The post The Unsuccessful Blogger’s Income Report appeared first on Telecommuting Mommies.
  • Nordstrom’s HauteLook Hiring Work-At-Home Representatives

    Alaina Forbes
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:54 pm
    If you have excellent customer service skills and are searching for a work-at-home job, this position might be of interest to you. Nordstrom is currently hiring customer care reps for their HauteLook division. Troubleshooting and resolving customer issues is the main goal of this position. The company would like someone with 6 months of retail […] The post Nordstrom’s HauteLook Hiring Work-At-Home Representatives appeared first on Telecommuting Mommies.
 
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    Divine Lifestyle

  • Sponsored: Knorr Flavors of Home

    Stacie
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    My husband is a chef. He has studied cooking for years and in fact, he is very good at it. He cooks dinner 4-5 nights per week and while he is always very creative with the entrees, the sides he sometimes leaves to Knorr. Rice is one of the quickest sides to make and it happens to be a favorite of my family’s as well. The Lemon Garden Chicken pictured above is one of our ... The post Sponsored: Knorr Flavors of Home appeared first on Divine Lifestyle.
  • All the Fun in Orlando on a Budget

    Stacie
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Orlando, Florida is the Theme Park Capitol of the World, and one place most people like to visit over and over again. The hospitality industry offers a lot of cheap hotels, so you can save your money for the entertainment. Many of the inexpensive hotels are all suites, where you get a fully-equipped kitchen to lower you vacation costs even more by preparing your own food. Sites like Hipmunk will help you find all the ... The post All the Fun in Orlando on a Budget appeared first on Divine Lifestyle.
  • Educational Resources Abound + Win $5000 for Your School on BeALearningHero.org #LearningHero

    Stacie
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    As parents, we really don’t get the opportunity to be with our kids every day while they are in the classroom, do we? I have to admit that I sometimes need a little help when it comes to helping my kids with homework. Clearly, I am not smarter than a fifth grader or at least it is not as fresh in my mind as it probably is for my kids. Homework and tests can be ... The post Educational Resources Abound + Win $5000 for Your School on BeALearningHero.org #LearningHero appeared first on Divine Lifestyle.
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    Dagmar's Home

  • Easy Easter Tablescape and Mantel Decor at the Blue Cottage

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:15 pm
    The post Easy Easter Tablescape and Mantel Decor at the Blue Cottage appeared first on Dagmar's Home. Come on in! The Blue Cottage is all decorated for Easter. Happy spring — we finally made it! I decorated our living room for Easter: our dinner table, the mantel, and all around the room. The most work went into my easy Easter tablescape. Easy Easter Tablescape I love styling tablescapes — every holiday and special occasion is an excuse for another one. I really enjoy shopping for new items and getting ideas at different decorating stores. While browsing, I think of the items…
  • Add Protein to Your Diet With This Simple Trick

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:32 pm
    The post Add Protein to Your Diet With This Simple Trick appeared first on Dagmar's Home. If you had to make a choice between working out or eating healthy, which one would you choose? I’d choose eating healthy, because as a busy, working mom, I don’t find the time to work out much. After a long winter with tons of snow and below-average temperatures, we had the first beautiful, warmer day here on Tuesday — perfect for a walk around the neighborhood. Instead of putting on my sneakers after I got home from running errands, I quickly needed to turn around and drop…
  • Choose Kindness — Why I’m Glad I Did

    Dagmar Bleasdale
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:20 pm
    The post Choose Kindness — Why I’m Glad I Did appeared first on Dagmar's Home. A couple of weeks ago, someone was really mad at me. He was mad at me for something I had no control over. It wasn’t my fault, but he wanted to blame me. He was unreasonable. He made threats even though I tried to explain that there was nothing I could do. I tried to not take it personally. Another nasty email — and I wanted to lay into him and say: “Listen, I don’t have anything to do with this and can’t fix this for you! You are being unreasonable! It’s unfair…
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    Globetrotting in Heels

  • Stamp of approval: fabulous natural skincare by Kaeng Raeng (and a giveaway!)

    Elisa
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:21 am
    I am constantly on a search for natural beauty products that perform as well as their less-natural counterparts. Sometimes my search is fruitful, other times not so much (which is why my morning routine still sometimes involves conventional products). Face cleansing is an especially tricky area — both in natural and conventional beauty — because most products seem to have been formulated to strip paint off a car. (Or at least that’s how they feel on my face.) But sometimes, I come across something that is such a welcome and unexpected surprise, that I cannot wait to share it!
  • The power to be YOU.

    Elisa
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:28 am
    It has been a lovely day. Actually, life has been pretty lovely of late, as well. Sure, there are a few hiccups, but but the truly important things? They are going in the right direction. So I’d say the scales are leaning towards awesome. Sometimes we take for granted all the wonderful things and people we have in our life. Our culture has conditioned us to always shoot to be better, which unfortunately, more often than not, involves using others as our measuring stick and forgetting to look at what we do have and what  we have accomplished, in our race to have more and do better.
  • Loving it!

    Elisa
    7 Mar 2015 | 1:51 am
    necklaces // lip palette // ceiling pendants  (see them in action here) // cuff // mug // clutch // blazer // heels Getting married this spring? Here are 15 completely awesome off-the-rack wedding dresses. How to be a London transport ninja. Life decluttering and blog realizations… Ally says exactly what I’ve been thinking, here. Beautifully colored display at the Istanbul Spice Bazaar (by ThisOffScriptLife, on Instagram) “Shoe sale energy” and how to inject it into your everyday to live a more passionate, purposeful and productive life. Want to highlight the…
 
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    Twelve Makes a Dozen

  • Blast From the Past - San Francisco, 2004

    Mom of 12
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:42 am
     I may have shared some of these pics with you before, but I was excited to find the entire file this time. We took 2 trips to San Francisco in consecutive years, so I hope I'm getting this one in the right year. (If I'm not, I'm sure the Dog Walker will 'nicely' let me know.) We drove down and spent about a week there touring the sites and seeing the bay. That was the first time we
  • Definitely Spring

    Mom of 12
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:22 pm
    It's definitely spring! The flowers are poking out of the ground, everybody's grass but mine is starting to turn green (remember when the Dog Walker spilled a whole bag of fertilizer last fall?). Weeds are growing in the garden area and of course my tiller is broken. I also had to arrange rides for softball/baseball practice tonight and the schedules are finally out for games. Yeah, you are
  • Planning for Graduation

    Mom of 12
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Today was a milestone day. After school I escorted Princess and the Dog Walker to the main campus at SLCC for the graduation fair. It was so fun to watch the two of them try on their caps and gowns and anticipate their upcoming commencement! It's been 3 years since we have had a graduation in the family and now suddenly we have 3, two for Princess and one for the Dog Walker. Princess is
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  • Spring Fun With Kids in SoCal

    Tonya Staab
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I was part of The Every day, care™ Project with Whirlpool® as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #EveryDayCare You survived winter, now flowers are blooming and you can venture outdoors again. I say that as if I don't live in Southern California, where granted we had snow for a day, and we sat in front of the fire almost every night, but I'm pretty sure the winter coats were only pulled out a couple of times. It's definitely warmer now though, our backyard is filled with flowers, blossoms are appearing on all of the trees in our neighborhood, and it's time for…
  • A Simple Spring Waffle Bar

    Tonya Staab
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:29 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EggoWaffleBar #CollectiveBias We love brunch. Almost every week I put on a big brunch for all of the family, and each week I like to mix up what I put out. Brunch is normally a serve yourself bar and is centered around a particular item, for example baked goods, a hot brunch, pancakes and quiche with fresh fruit have made their way onto the brunch table. This time, I put together a waffle bar. A Spring themed waffle bar is perfect if you are hosting brunch, an afternoon party, or a party…
  • Divine Lifestyle: Bunny and Chick Candy Packages

    Tonya Staab
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    It's almost Easter and if you are looking for a last-minute idea for classmates, neighbors, or just to make something cute for the kids Easter baskets then I have a fun little project over at Divine Lifestyle for you. Head on over to download and print the free printable for these bunnies and chicks.
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  • Spring’s must-have pant: culottes for every body type

    Courtney Strimel
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    If you are looking for the perfect trendy item to incorporate into your spring wardrobe, culottes are it. Acting as the perfect fashion hybrid, this body-skimming style easily substitutes in place of skirts, pants and shorts. And they really can go literally everywhere. Pair culottes with a simple tee and sandals or dress them up with light sweater and heels for a night out. Another major plus: they can be extremely figure-flattering. With or without pleats, at the knee or mid-calf, a little trial and error is bound to let you own this trend for spring. Left to right: Maternity Crepe Culotte…
  • Sandal season has arrived

    Christine Fox
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:10 pm
    It’s time to pack away your beloved boots and get those toes painted pretty for sandal season. From comfortable footbed sandals to gladiator style sandals, your feet will welcome the fresh air and you’ll how versatile they are going with everything from cutoff shorts and maxi dresses to jeans and wide-leg pants. From left to right: Aldo Zenna Sandal, $55, at piperlime.com Sam & Libby Marci Quarter Strap Sandals, $44.99, at target.com Sam Edelman Gigi Sandal, $69.95, at nordstrom.com Birkenstock Gizeh Birko-Flor Thong, $94.95, at nordstrom.com Flat Strappy Sandal, $49.90, at…
  • Hop to it: top bunny picks for kids

    Courtney Strimel
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    ‘Tis the season for utter cuteness. Even the most stoic, hardened grownup is bound to offer up a few oohs and ahhs thanks to the glut of pastels and baby animal motifs. In my book there’s nothing that screams “cute” and “spring” like bunnies. The bunny picks below are practically guaranteed to delight. From newborns to big kids, most of these tops, sweaters and pajama sets come in sizes to fit everyone. And if you have a kid who prefers to play it cool, the fun Psycho Bunny tee is a must-have. Clockwise: Mini Boden Fun Crewneck Sweater, $54, nordstrom.com…
 
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    Lille Punkin'

  • Easter Basket Ideas That are Sweet (but not Sugary)

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:58 pm
    If candy and sweets are not your idea of good Easter basket ingredients, you may be surprised to know that one of our favorite educational toys company, Educational Insights, has a few really adorable items that are perfect for this year's Easter basket! We took a look at two top items and give them thumbs up for quality, usability, and adorableness..  The first is the GeoSafari® Jr. Bright
  • #ChickWatch: Day 14 - Videos of our Egg Candling

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Up until now, there hasn't been much exciting out our eggs.  We turn them every day (3x) and we pray.  Last night, however, we candled with the new candler we bought.  It was such an exciting event! Here is a photo (taken in the dark... it's a little blurry) of a viable egg.. And a non-viable egg.... And here's an amazing video!  Watch the movement of the baby chick. We can see
  • 5 Easy Character Easter Basket Ideas for Under $20 each!

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:55 pm
    We have always had "modest" Easter baskets for our kids.  It's not that we didn't want them to have something fancy, it's just that -- with 6 kids -- it's a real budget breaker to go all out.  This year, however, I had a challenge: Find Easter baskets for 5 of my 6 kids, for under $20 each.  While assembled baskets could be found for between $10 and $20 dollars, they didn't have anything that
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    A Hen's Nest - NW PA Mom Blog

  • How You Can Use Television as an Aid to Education

    Jenna
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:07 pm
    As parents, especially first-time parents, we’re all trying to do the best for our children. We may make some mistakes, but we genuinely want to keep our children out of harm’s way and turn them into well-rounded individuals. We worry daily about the dangers that our children are exposed to, from other people, their friends, […] The post How You Can Use Television as an Aid to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Parental Involvement Is the True Core of Education

    Jenna
    3 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    It is obvious to everyone that the U.S. education system has problems. We are falling behind in math and science. It is hard to imagine much of a technological future without math and science. But while the problems are easy to identify, the solutions are rather more difficult to nail down. The problem is easy […] The post Parental Involvement Is the True Core of Education appeared first... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top Three Picks for Must See Family Movies in 2015

    Jenna
    23 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    When we’re not having family movie night at home, you can usually find us at the nearest movie theater checking out the latest flicks. Aside from being able to watch the magic happen on the big screen, you also get to create new moments together. My kids and I especially enjoy the extra butter popcorn […] The post Top Three Picks for Must See Family Movies in 2015 appeared first on A... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Simply Stacie

  • One-Pot Unstuffed Pepper Pasta #OnePotPasta

    Stacie
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I love taking a familiar recipe and adding my own unique twist to it. I find when I’m stuck in a dinner rut, it helps me to come up with new and interesting meals to serve to my family. However, I don’t “do” complicated. I like recipes that have simple ingredients that are easy to… [read more] The post One-Pot Unstuffed Pepper Pasta #OnePotPasta appeared first on Simply Stacie.
  • Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova

    Stacie
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    I received a copy of this book for review, but was not compensated financially in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based solely on my experiences while reading this book. Title: Inside the O’Briens: A Novel Author: Lisa Genova About the Book Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old police officer from the… [read more] The post Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova appeared first on Simply Stacie.
  • Be a Savvy Spender with RetailMeNot Canada + Giveaway #RMNchallenge

    Stacie
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
    Disclosure: I received a gift card to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. I first learned about RetailMeNot at BlogHer 2011. They had a booth set up in the expo hall. Back then they weren’t in Canada. Things have changed four years later because RetailMeNot.ca is now here! I only recently found… [read more] The post Be a Savvy Spender with RetailMeNot Canada + Giveaway #RMNchallenge appeared first on Simply Stacie.
 
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  • @BabiesRUs Is Throwing a Baby’s First Easter Party! {In Store 3/28}

    Angela
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:44 pm
    Babies R US is throwing a Baby’s First Easter in a big way! Beginning in March, stores nationwide will be stocked with everything parents and gift-givers need to make this Easter special, such as Easter-themed apparel, My First Easter products, gift basket ideas and more. Plus, on Saturday, March 28 from 10-11am, parents can bring their little bunnies – dressed in their Easter best – to Babies“R”Us stores nationwide for festive, interactive activities for the family. Attendees can experience a Bunny Hop around the store, photo opportunities and craft and story time, as well as…
  • TeaMi Review & Coupon Code

    Angela
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Press Sample You would be surprised what products and foods have dairy in them. Yes, tea can! So when I was offered TeaMi and seen the Colon & Skinny were both vegan friendly I took the chance to review them. TeaMi Skinny Tea: Oolong, Yerba Mate, Lime leaf Extract, Lotus leaf, Ginger Root, Dandelion leaf, Rhubarb Root. Teami Colon Cleanse Tea: Senna Leaf & Root, Hawthorn Berry Extract, Lotus Leaf, Lime Leaf & Extract, Psyllium Husk Seed, Phaseolus Calcaratus Seed, Rhubarb Root, Poria Cocos Stem Bark, Valerian Root. I had always wanted to try a detox tea and from the immensely…
  • GoodNites* TRU-FIT* #WalmartTRUFIT, #IC, #ad

    Andrea
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for GoodNites* TRU-FIT*. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating. My 8 year old wets the bed averaging 1-2 x/wk.  It came as a bit of a surprise to me since my oldest boy never has but when I spoke to other friends I was surprised at how many children have this same issue.  Bed-wetting happens to both boys and girls alike and it is something that they can not control.  We have never shamed him for it and it has taken years of explaining for him to understand that it is not something that is his…
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  • Vlog: Rich Single Momma Says… How to Stop Worrying About Money

    Samantha Gregory
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Rich Single Momma SaysIn the first video blog of Rich Single Momma Says you will learn how to stop worrying about money. The reality is worry and whining is a waste of precious time and energy. If you are chronic worrier or whiner, you are probably caught up in a hard to break habit. That doesn’t mean you can’t break the habit but you must learn to get through it. I worried about money all the time. It was on my brain 24/7 especially being a single mom. But I learned that money is energy and loves being around people who are on the same wave…
  • How to maximize your tax refund and cut monthly expenses

    Samantha Gregory
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:31 am
    (BPT) – Tax season is in full swing and everyone is hoping for a refund from Uncle Sam. What will you do with yours? Whether it’s several hundred or several thousand, if you use your refund smartly, it can provide the jumpstart to boosting your budget and living financially well this year and beyond. Americans expect to cash in during tax season, as nearly three-quarters of all taxpayers anticipate they’ll receive a return of $500 or more this year, according to a national survey conducted by Straight Talk Wireless. Furthermore, nearly 80 percent of Americans consider tax season as…
  • [Affordable Cars for Single Moms] Mitsubishi Mirage

    Samantha Gregory
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Driving the Mitsubishi Mirage was a new and fun experience since I’ve never driven this brand.  For one week I drove it through wintry weather, rain, and sunshine. I see driving as a sport more than a task so when I try out a new car I look for certain things. I like a solid feel, great handling, and extras. The mirage is not exactly a sporty car, but it does have a cute sporty look. Inside was surprisingly spacious so my son’s long legs had plenty of room. It handled well and once it got to a higher speed it felt pretty solid. During the initial acceleration it felt like it was…
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    Extraordinary Mommy

  • Style: Day to Night ‘Date Night’ Outfit Ideas

    Natalia Simmons
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:02 am
    I am going to assume that most of you ladies reading this are busy women. Working, raising children, cooking dinners, running errands — you know the drill. So when it comes to a fun night out, who has time to create a whole new outfit? I know I don’t. I just want to upgrade the outfit I have on. Unless, of course, there are remnants of the day left on my clothing to remind me of my day job! Thankfully, my kids are getting older and I don’t have as much of that anymore. So today I thought I would share with you three different ways to upgrade an outfit to be ready for an…
  • Spring Accessories to Brighten Your Wardrobe

    Lauren Dix
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:31 am
    It’s been a snow-filled Winter for most of the country, so I am more than ready for a little Spring. Are ya with me?! Even if the weather isn’t cooperating for you yet, there are plenty of ways to infuse a little bit of Spring into your wardrobe! My favorite Spring staple is always floral print. From shoes, to scarves, to jewelry there a multitude of options! Floral sneakers? Colorful cuffs? Yes, please.   1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 If floral print really isn’t your thing, then brights are a great alternative! Even if you’re still feeling the freeze, brights are the…
  • Tackling F-e-a-r: Lessons from a School Spelling Bee

    JSmith
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    F-E-A-R of E-M-B-A-R-R-A-S-S-M-E-N-T. It can paralyze even the most confident of us. We see an opportunity to do something great, something we know we can do, but that trepidation of being made fun of overcomes us … pushing us off the stage before we could take a step up onto it. This is the story of a little girl overcoming her greatest fear and proving that putting oneself out there … is A-O-K. At Assumption School, the reward for winning the 5th grade class spelling bee is the opportunity to compete… on stage… in front of the entire school…for the right to represent the student…
 
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    iDreamofClean

  • How to Deep Clean Oven

    i Dream of Clean
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:14 pm
    As part of our deep clean the kitchen series, we’ve been working hard to deep clean our kitchen appliances over the past few days. Everything from the dishwasher to the microwave to the stovetop. Now it’s time to deep clean the oven!  When I think of cleaning the oven, I pretty much just think of cleaning the inside. You know, following the instructions on a conventional oven cleaner or using baking soda (which I don’t really think works that well). However….today is about us figuring out how to DEEP CLEAN the oven. That means every single nook and cranny. So, this…
  • Deep Clean Sink and Garbage Disposal

    i Dream of Clean
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    A dirty sink can make or break the way a kitchen looks. Even a “clean” kitchen can feel dirty if it has a dingy, gunky sink. Thankfully, you can have a clean sink in less than 5 minutes if you do it right. As part of our deep clean the kitchen series, take a few minutes to deep clean your sink and garbage disposal. Deep Clean the Sink The first step when cleaning your kitchen sink is to get rid of the dishes. Obvious step, I know. But if you have dishes in your sink, take 5 minutes – or 50 minutes if needed – to clean the dishes. Then…get to work cleaning…
  • How to Deep Clean Every Kind of Stove Top

    i Dream of Clean
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    A sparkling stove top and a clutter-free counter can make your kitchen look super clean. But dirty stove grates can make your kitchen look old and dirty in a hurry. As part of our deep clean the kitchen series, take a few minutes to deep clean your stove top today. How to Deep Clean Every Kind of Stove Top I’ve pretty much talked about how to clean every single item in the kitchen over the years. And since there are several kinds of stove tops, I’ve talked about those too. So, choose the kind of stove you have in your kitchen and click on the link below to find out how to deep…
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  • A little news

    Jordan
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:21 pm
    Obviously I don’t post here often anymore, but today I have a very good reason. His name is Benjamin. Benjamin joined our family on March 8. He’s pretty cute, so I think we’ll keep him. Today: pinch proofed! As I just had a baby (#5!), pretty much everything will be on a delayed schedule.
  • A baby’s smile

    Jordan
    14 Aug 2013 | 11:14 am
    I could tell right away that Hazel was going to be a smiler. She smiled in her sleep constantly. Though it took her a couple weeks longer than the other kids to start smiling as much in her waking hours, smiling quickly became her favorite activity, and she especially likes smiling at me. Today at church she was engaging in her favorite smiling-at-me hobby when my friend commented, “Doesn’t it seem like they can see into your soul?” I joked back, “If she could, she wouldn’t keep smiling.” (And then I commented, “Nah, she’s my favorite. She…
  • Dear new neighbors

    Jordan
    19 Jun 2013 | 1:25 pm
    When I’m upset, I blog. Dear new neighbors, For the past two and a half weeks, I’ve felt extremely lucky to live in this neighborhood. Thank you for welcoming us. Thank you for looking out for our children—and most especially for CALLING THE FREAKING POLICE FOR “NEGLECTING” OUR CHILDREN. That one right there—that‘s what it means to be a good neighbor, right? I’m guessing you heard me shouting to my 3-year-old that I was leaving her. I’m guessing that you somehow missed the massive fit she was throwing. You couldn’t have known that…
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  • On Swimming Daughters, Tampons & Pads, oh MY: Staying Active Always & Separating the Men from the Boys #FitToPlay #ad

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FitToPlay #CollectiveBias Today we are talking about women's issues.  Women's physical issues.  You know that time of the month.  Aunt Flo.  The rag. Our monthly visitor.  The one that leaves a crime scene in our pants? The Red Menace.  Yep, that's the one...coming like a perry fairy in the night leaving us with women's flu!Still clueless?  Those that have the red badge of courage know exactly what I mean.  The CRIMSON tide! Some might even call it…
  • It's Spring Tomorrow: Five Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Smartphone @att #ATTSeattle

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:06 pm
    It's the first day of spring tomorrow.  Yep, we will all start buzzing around to clean our homes.  What about our phones? Today’s connected devices serve as virtual closets, storing our emails, photos, documents and apps. By keeping your technology tidy, you can help improve battery life and performance.AT&T has some tips to help them ensure everything they own is cleared of clutter, including the one item that’s almost always with them: their smartphone. Check out the following spring-cleaning tips for a spic and span smartphone:…
  • On Home Owners Associations: Yes or NO? #HOA

    Heather Murphy-Raines
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Cracking up. Anyone who has ever dealt with a HOA will get this.Our HoA is on a roll with letters and $50-100 fines sent with ((gasp)) "photographic evidence" of visible garbage cans (a sliver of a can seen behind a bush) that have been there for a decade without comment, visible moss (yes this is freaking Seattle-we haz moss), and basketball hoops on the street in a family neighborhood where the average household has 3.9 kiddos.Luckily we have been spared, but last summer I also was sent photographic evidence of "weeds," in my front yard with no actual weeds in the picture. We ignored them…
 
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • How to spring clean your way to energy efficiency.

    Guest Author
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    With spring in the air, you might feel the urge to brush, scrub and dust away winter. While you’re in the swing of making your home spick and span, why not take a few extra steps to spring clean your... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Innovative road marking technologies improve road safety and traffic management.

    Guest Author
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:44 pm
    New and innovative road marking technologies are bringing road markings into the 21st century – improving the safety of our roads and the manageability of traffic flow.   These innovative... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Three ways to teach your kids good energy saving skills.

    cjblythe
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    The average utility company customer, when complaining about a high bill, will attribute the staggering cost to the same culprits time and time again. Those culprits are their kids, who often cause... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Calgary: 11 Easter Excursions

    SavvyMom.ca
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s time to get our chicks in a row and start planning Easter excursions with our families. From specialty brunches to visits with newborn bunnies, there are hoppin’ events happening all over the city. Here’s a look at the best of them.
  • Ottawa: Good Eggs

    SavvyMom.ca
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    We can’t wait to get out and celebrate Easter weekend with these fantastic family activities. Here’s where we’re going and what we’re doing Easter weekend in Ottawa.
  • Vancouver: For Peep’s Sake

    SavvyMom.ca
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Easter weekend in Vancouver is cracking with family activities. Here’s how we’re spending our long weekend in the city.
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    CookiesKids.com Blog

  • Getting Your Child Excited about History

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Knowledge of history is connected to a number of other crucial skills, like reading comprehension, critical thinking, contextualizing facts, in-depth research, and more. Making your child a lover of history will inevitably lead to intellectual growth and a nuanced understanding of how the past shapes the future. But many kids, even good students, don’t find their school’s history curriculum intriguing. If you want your child to develop a lifelong love of history, it’s partly up to you as a parent to spark their interest. The good thing about history is that there are so many ways to…
  • Hybrid Shorts for Boys

    19 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Every boy needs standbys like cargoshorts and cutoffs, but this spring and summer it’s timefor him to branch out a little bit. Hybrid shorts styles like jogger shorts and cargo capris are arriving at CookiesKids.com daily, and they offer fashionable little guys a great way to stand apart from the crowd. Plus, these new styles are up to 50% below department store prices. Check out some of our freshest hybrid shorts styles here:  http://www.cookieskids.com/Product.aspx?l=00000000000000000000&p=AKA04053Combining cargos and joggers, these Akademiks shorts create a practical, go-anywhere…
  • Why Is Breastfeeding Best for Baby?

    17 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    Most new moms know that breastfeeding their baby as often as possible – ideally every meal for baby’s first 6-12 months of life – is the optimal choice for a healthy baby and mother. However, not as many new mothers know why breastfeeding is superior to using formula. Let’s go in-depth and explore why breastfeeding is the superior choice.Babies who are breastfed tend to be significantly healthier than babies who are given formula. Breastfed babies have fewer ear infections, colds, and digestive problems. When you breastfeed baby, not only are you giving them healthy nutrition, your…
 
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  • #HonestFeeding with Honest Company

    joey fortman
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    When Hudson was born 2 years ago one of the things that I wanted to do BETTER the 2nd time around was be more informed on my buying choices.  With Boston, I see now where the issues are developing from me not taking control of his eating situation. Or any situation where I am an educated consumer and fed him the RIGHT choices. It's tough.  You want your kids and family to BE healthy.  You want to know that you're doing the very best you possibly can to MAKE THEM EAT HEALTHY.  And then you find out that there is crap in your kids food that they use to make motor oil…
  • Mom Confessions: Just Between Friends #JBFPhilly

    joey fortman
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Knock Knock... you there?Hi.  I'm Joey Fortman.  Mom to two boys; Hudson & Boston.  I have a dog Rocky and my husband is a sports nut who runs a sports radio station in Philly. Go figure.  And no, I'm not a sports fan.  I am the loudest one on the sidelines at my sons soccer games but don't tell anyone. So, I use to have this 'blog' where I'd go and share my deep dark secrets & struggles as a new mom in a new world of the unknown.  Fast forward to today.  In 2015.  And I'm about as far from that 'real mom' as I've ever been!  Blogging…
  • 9 Things About Mothering an Almost Two Year Old

    joey fortman
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:59 am
    Well... here I am.  An emotional roller coaster trying to navigate my way to the end of the exit before I end up throwing up in a paper bag from nerves, sadness, stress...life, ya know.  Trying to keep a dry eye today is almost impossible.  ( MEGA Thanks to my dear friend Debbie for allowing me to get lost in my tears with you.  And my amazingly organized friend Darla came over yesterday and fueled my heart with good and bad emotions too.) Darla is working with the Just Between Friends Philly sale as an ambassador and she's been amazing in helping me clear…
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    The Megalomaniac Mommy

  • Are You Brave Like Bilbo? + Giveaway – Ends 4/18

    Anne
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
    From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpieceThe Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of [...] The post Are You Brave Like Bilbo? + Giveaway – Ends 4/18 appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Bocandy Box – What’s Inside?

    Anne
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:37 pm
    As you know, I’ve been checking out all of the different subscription boxes and whatnot, that are out there these days and it’s time for another. Thanks to the generous folks at Bocandy we recently had the chance to find out what their subscription boxes are all about. Bocandy is a monthly subscription box filled with delicious sweets [...] The post Bocandy Box – What’s Inside? appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
  • Mini Vacation on a Budget

    Anne
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:37 pm
    Since the kids are going to be on Spring Break after school on Friday, we thought we would plan some fun things over the next week. We are starting their vacation off by heading to the WBAY-TV 2 Pet Expo after school on Friday to check out all of the different animals and exhibits.  I [...] The post Mini Vacation on a Budget appeared first on The Megalomaniac Mommy.
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    QuirkyFusion

  • Big Apple Circus Metamorphosis Comes to Boston [Giveaway]

    Christy
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:23 pm
    I’ve mentioned a few times that LadyBug loves the trapeze, but now both of my kids are taking circus classes. LadyBug is into the tricks, especially silks, trapeze, and stilts. Bug prefers the clowning, but now has taken to the silks as well. What I love is that with two vastly different personalities and skill... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
  • Champions for Kids – SIMPLE Giving #SnacksforStudents Makes it Easy to Help Kids in Need

    Christy
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:50 pm
    Every week our PAC reminds us (via newsletter) that they are collecting food and snacks for kids in our school. We have several homeless families in our community who rely heavily on small, makeshift food pantries in our schools. When The Motherhood reached out to me to see if I would help match local community... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
  • Lenovo Y50 Gaming Laptop Review

    Christy
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
      I have been using the Lenovo Y50 gaming laptop for the past few weeks [I am a Lenovo INsider and received the Y50 for review purposes]. While I don’t necessarily play the most hardcore of games, I do enjoy a lot of titles that tax your average laptop. A good gaming laptop requires a... [[This is an excerpt. Please visit the site for full content. Thanks!]]
 
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  • Vlog: Rich Single Momma Says… How to Stop Worrying About Money

    Samantha Gregory
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Rich Single Momma SaysIn the first video blog of Rich Single Momma Says you will learn how to stop worrying about money. The reality is worry and whining is a waste of precious time and energy. If you are chronic worrier or whiner, you are probably caught up in a hard to break habit. That doesn’t mean you can’t break the habit but you must learn to get through it. I worried about money all the time. It was on my brain 24/7 especially being a single mom. But I learned that money is energy and loves being around people who are on the same wave…
  • How to maximize your tax refund and cut monthly expenses

    Samantha Gregory
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:31 am
    (BPT) – Tax season is in full swing and everyone is hoping for a refund from Uncle Sam. What will you do with yours? Whether it’s several hundred or several thousand, if you use your refund smartly, it can provide the jumpstart to boosting your budget and living financially well this year and beyond. Americans expect to cash in during tax season, as nearly three-quarters of all taxpayers anticipate they’ll receive a return of $500 or more this year, according to a national survey conducted by Straight Talk Wireless. Furthermore, nearly 80 percent of Americans consider tax season as…
  • [Affordable Cars for Single Moms] Mitsubishi Mirage

    Samantha Gregory
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Driving the Mitsubishi Mirage was a new and fun experience since I’ve never driven this brand.  For one week I drove it through wintry weather, rain, and sunshine. I see driving as a sport more than a task so when I try out a new car I look for certain things. I like a solid feel, great handling, and extras. The mirage is not exactly a sporty car, but it does have a cute sporty look. Inside was surprisingly spacious so my son’s long legs had plenty of room. It handled well and once it got to a higher speed it felt pretty solid. During the initial acceleration it felt like it was…
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    Wifely Steps

  • 20 Years of Friendship

    Toni
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:46 am
    20 years of friendship. I remember the first time I met each member of my college barkada (circle of friends). It mostly during freshman year orientation, with most of us coming from the same homeroom or the same course. We were all strangers but gravitated towards each other naturally. We were all a little nerdy, a little bit geeky, a little bit sarcastic. We all shared the same humor. We loved the same songs. Within a month, our group was formed. Who would've thought that in June 1994, this band of guys and girls would stay strong and connected through 20 years. It's a beautiful…
  • Delight in the moment

    Toni
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:40 pm
    What's the difference between time flying by and time creeping by? Delight. When you're in the moment, engaged in delight, everything has a purpose. Everything feels like it matters more. Read more... The post Delight in the moment appeared first on Wifely Steps.
  • Cinnamon Rolls, My Aunt & I (Short Story)

    Toni
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:26 pm
    "I grew up to taunts of my schoolmates, but paid them no heed. The victor was always me. Me licking the vanilla frosting off a strawberry cupcake. Me picking out dried apricots from my fruit bread. Me nibbling on the icing of a gingerbread cookie. My schoolmates would watch me rise from the ground and head over to my lunchbox, where I would find respite in my aunt's baked goods. They would watch me take a bite out of each sweet but stood their ground. Pride kept them from wanting to ask if the raspberry filling of my pie tasted as good as it looked." Read more... The post Cinnamon Rolls,…
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    Making Time for Mommy

  • Baby’s First Easter (Babies”R”Us Events Nationwide)

    Sinisa
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:24 pm
    This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. The biggest joy a parent gets is seeing their child’s firsts. No matter if it is their favorite holiday or baby’s first steps. those are the most precious memories. With spring underway all thoughts turn to Easter and a Baby’s first Easter is a most wonderful time that will turn into a great tradition for years to come. Easter is a special time for me on a personal level and as a parent. Since we had kids it has become even more so. Lots of great memories and smiles and lots more candy and toys and Easter egg hunts and…
  • ROBOTS-4-U And Art & Design Summer Camps Now Enrolling

    Alicia Marie
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Planning your summer fun? I have two new camps to share with you today that are all about S.T.E.A.M. education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)! The first camp is ROBOTS-4-U - where fun, thinking and learning comes to life!  Campers will be learning about Robotics and Science, in an independent and exciting way! The other camp is the DYNAMIC ART & DESIGN Summer Camp – where technology meets creativity. Campers will have a BLAST, while learning and playing in a dynamic environment. The camps are for girls and boys ages 7 to 14…
  • Worry Free Outdoor Fun

    Sinisa
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:04 pm
    This is a product-sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Puracyn® Plus Duo-Care™ Wound & Skin Cleanser. The opinions and text are all mine. Today the temperature outside reached 64 in our Chicago suburb. This is very exciting for everyone, especially for active families that will be thrilled to go hiking and biking and play sports outside in the fresh air. For my family this means it is time for baseball, soccer and the playground. This also means it will be a time full of scrapes, cuts and bug bites. As a parent I know this is unavoidable and I hate to see my boys suffer.
 
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    CoffeeJitters

  • Lisa Bonchek Adams

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    7 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    It has been almost exactly 5 years since my world was turned upside down with the words “It’s cancer.” In those years, there have been many things that sustained me: my family, my friends. I know I’ve written extensively about how my girls in YSC have held me up and helped me keep it together. But another thing that helped me through this hell-ride of cancer survivorship is the voices of other bloggers with cancer. Through the magic of the interwebs, we were able to find each other, encourage each other, and be there for each other. These voices, I could recognize from…
  • Listen to Your Mother

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:20 am
    I’m supposed to be on vacation right now. Actually, I AM on vacation right now, hidden away on a cabin on an island with a few close friends, but I just had to share something. I recently did something brave and scary: I worked up the nerve to audition for Listen To Your Mother. What is Listen to Your Mother? LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER features live readings by local writers on the beauty, the beast, and the barely-rested of motherhood, in celebration of Mother’s Day. Born of the creative work of mothers who publish on-line, each production is directed, produced, and performed by local…
  • How to deal with disappointment

    Judy Schwartz Haley
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:39 am
    I know that one of my jobs as a parent is to teach her how to deal with disappointment – but not like this; this isn’t what I had in mind. We should be working on learning how to gracefully accept that she gets what she gets for dinner, and not necessarily a doughnut. We should be working on accepting the fact that she’s not getting a pony for her birthday. We should be working on understanding that all fun activities end eventually, and when the playdate is over, we need to gracefully go home. Instead, we had to cancel our vacation last minute because I came down with…
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    Kidsumers

  • Dairy Farmers of Canada show milk’s health benefits in a captivating way

    Sheri
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    Dairy Farmers of Canada wanted to highlight all the surprising ways milk benefits health – like how it could help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. So they made this beautiful and unexpected video to promote the benefits of milk and their free Get Enough Helper App. The video – which features a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Join the #DanetteForEaster Twitter Party March 30th at 8pm EDT

    Sheri
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:03 am
    As someone who has been limiting the sweets coming into her home, the Easter candy aisles are making me cringe. Not only do I not want my kids to end up in a sugar coma for days, I also know I will indulge in too many sweet treats if they are in the house. I... Read More »Author... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Join the #ActiviaChallenge Twitter Party March 26th 8pm EDT

    Sheri
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:29 am
    I believe that a healthy digestive system is necessary for our overall well being. Up to 66% of the population suffers from minor digestive issues like gas, bloating and discomfort. Ingesting probiotics daily can help with this, and Activia is a delicious and nutritious probiotic yogurt. Activia is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Arguably Awesome: Best Big Boys Toys

    DudeMom
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    Thanks to Happy Mama Sharon and her inspirational idea for next week’s Happy Mamas post (she challenged us to pick something in our house and commit ourselves to organizing it), I decided to start something huge today. It was emotionally draining, physically challenging, and a true test of my mental fortitude. I smiled, I laughed, I took a ton of photos, and then I sat down on the floor and cried my eyes out. I’ve never had such an intense cleaning experience in all of my life (well, there was that one time, when Dude 2 barfed while running to the toilet and then slipped and fell in it…
  • Affordable Family Mini Getaway Ideas for Spring Break Fun

    DudeMom
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:46 am
    Figuring out a getaway for a family of five can be challenging. There are expenses and schedules and finding a hotel that doesn’t require you to bed share with your man-sized teen to worry about. We usually invest in one major family vacation a year, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like to get outside and have fun with The Dudes or provide them with educational travel experiences on a more regular basis. We are fortunate to live within commuting distance to the nation’s capital, one of the top destinations for tourists both international and domestic. The beauty of this location is…
  • The Curly Process: Hair Care Tips for Naturally Curly Hair

    DudeMom
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Curls are a funny thing. They’re eye catching and engaging to passersby who want to touch them (and sometimes ask to). They come in all shapes and sizes. Even on one single head, they’re unique and varied. Like snowflakes, no two curls are the same. Often straight haired ladies say they wish they had them naturally growing from their heads too, sometimes they even pay actual money to enjoy them. Sorta I get that. I’ve always wanted straight hair. The easy to manage, not needing a regimen, just hit it with a blow dryer real quick and roll type of straight hair. I’ve never craved volume…
 
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    La Jolla Mom

  • What Happens When Your Flight Attendant Doesn’t Show

    La Jolla Mom
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    A funny thing happened at the airport this morning (insert sarcasm). We checked in for our 6:30 a.m. commuter flight from SAN to LAX and as the clock turned to 6:00 a.m., we still weren’t boarding. We waited. Nothing. Finally, a staff member announced that our flight attendant failed to show up. Commuter flights are on regional jets that are staffed by only one flight attendant. Apparently, she has spent the night in a local hotel that crew members usually stay in. Once her she became tardy, American Airlines had the hotel check her room. There was no sign of her or her belongings. As…
  • Why We Give Our Daughter a #LifeWellTravelled

    La Jolla Mom
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:38 am
    She had a head start on a life well travelled, having been born in Hong Kong. It’s one of the things that sets my almost 8-year-old apart from the other kids at school here in the U.S. and she’s darn proud of it. Memories of life rocketing around Central in a stroller, play dates at Ocean Park, and the LRC playground are a blur, but she knows they happened. The trips we take back to Hong Kong are by far the most meaningful because we have life-long friends there, revisit favorite places and do something new each time. But it’s mostly because they keep her connected to her…
  • The Luxe Kid’s Guide to New York City

    La Jolla Mom
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    The truth is that there is never enough time to explore all of the fabulous things to do in New York City with kids. Combined, this short list of eclectic options including sweet treats, retail therapy and sightseeing make NYC a favorite destination of my 7-year-old. Eloise at the Plaza Have an Eloise fan? Head on over to The Plaza Hotel’s Eloise at the Plaza store where kids can not only browse everything Eloise, but have an opportunity to play dress up and flip through books in the reading room. And if this isn’t enough, remember that The Plaza Hotel has a (very pink) Eloise…
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  • Cinderella Family Activity Sheets

    Suzette Valle
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:37 pm
    If you already saw Disney’s live-action film, “Cinderella,” why not keep the fun going with these activities provided by the studio! Choose from these beautiful coloring sheets, a word search, or maze to spark your own imagination.     These activities are available for download. Cinderella_pdf_550cb69110774 High resolution Coloring Sheets Cinderella_pdf_5503692f1e7be High resolution Word Search Cinderella_pdf_55036744bf72b High resolution Line […] The post Cinderella Family Activity Sheets appeared first on MamarazziKnowsBest.com.
  • Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron New Clip Available

    Suzette Valle
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:56 am
    Avengers: Age of Ultron will open in theaters May 1. In the meantime, watch this new spot courtesy of Marvel and Disney. When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test […] The post Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron New Clip Available appeared first on MamarazziKnowsBest.com.
  • Crafting Community’s Annual Family Camp in Palm Springs Announced

    Suzette Valle
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    The Sixth Annual Crafting Community is set for May 1 – 3 at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs. Read on to find out more about this unique family vacation and how to get tickets! “Crafting Community, or Family Camp as a lot of guests have started calling it, is such a unique event, where travel, art, fashion, […] The post Crafting Community’s Annual Family Camp in Palm Springs Announced appeared first on MamarazziKnowsBest.com.
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  • Friday for the Heart

    amandamagee
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:58 pm
    I am driving north tomorrow for a retreat with my business partners. A man I admire once said that he liked to call them “advances” rather than retreats, as they are intended to move you forward. Either way, it’s a day when we’ll talk about what’s working, where we want to be, how we want to get there, and why we are grateful to be on this adventure together.   It feels odd to take a foot off the pedal in order to move ahead, but we all need that. Whether we own a business, have a family, or just wake up in the morning, we all need little bits of time when…
  • Not Yet

    amandamagee
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:45 am
    “Mom, it’s wiggling again, like seriously wiggling.” She had her finger wedged in the side of her mouth as she said it. Her head was in my lap, the clock read 8:20. All of us girls were cuddled up tight on the couch, pjs on, teeth brushed, watching The Voice. Sean and I had talked in the kitchen earlier in the night. “They all have their homework done and Briar was amazing helping me this afternoon,” I whispered. We were standing close, sweet reward for a full night’s sleep and a day that went unexpectedly smoothly. “I say we get them fed and washed…
  • Expectations: Yours, Mine, and Ours

    amandamagee
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    Potentially the most tedious thing about this post is that it is such a tired, damn argument. I’m not the first to write about it, nor will I be the last. I was trucking along, chatting with friends on twitter while I surfed in another window to the side. It was a perfectly lovely time, until an alert came through for a new email. I checked it on my phone.     Presumably the email was sent to make me feel as if the sender and I were tight. Good friends. Real friends. Why? Because together we were going to celebrate a better, truer, more real kind of woman. We were going to…
 
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  • my karate kids had their first tournament

    Missy
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:44 pm
    These two kiddos begged me to learn karate for at least a year before I gave in. And you know what? I’m so glad I did. For a year now they’ve been attending classes twice a week, sometimes three, through National Karate. They’ve each grown so much taller they’ve already had to increase their uniform size once during the year. They’ve gone from no belt to white belt to gold belt to green stripe to green belt to green belts with purple stripes…. in other words these kiddos have kicked some serious karate butt. And yesterday they participated in their first…
  • Discount Tickets to Water Park of America

    Missy
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Get tickets to the famous Water Park of America for only $15 per person at a special event April 19 from 4-8 p.m. – that’s about 1/2 of the usual price! The Food Allergy Support Group of MN is hosting a water park day at Water Park of America and is selling tickets at a discounted rate of only $15 per person. Ticket sales raise money to provide education and support programs for families with food allergies. This year the Big Quack event (cute name, right?!) will be Sunday, April 19 from 4 – 8 pm at the Water Park of America. The entire water park is reserved for this event…
  • story :: praying to St. Anthony for missing item

    Missy
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:04 pm
    I’ve been missing a very special ring for months. It has a lot of sentimental value and I save it for special occasions, which is why I wore it last summer to my 20th high school reunion. I haven’t seen it since. I’ve searched high and low for this ring, pulled out my bed, the dresser, went through all my drawers… to no avail. I was thinking about my ring yesterday and a colleague suggested I pray to St. Anthony to help me find it. So last night, before I fell asleep, I asked St. Anthony, out loud, if he could help me find the ring. I think there is a famous little…
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    A Daily Dose of Toni

  • Dreamworks HOME In Theaters Today + Prize Pack Giveaway

    Toni Patton
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Today, in theaters nationwide, we will get to meet the Boovs and Oh! In fact, before or after the movie, the Boovs want you to have a little fun with them at home with some fun printable activities! Download some Dreamworks Home printables including coloring pages and MORE! Home Maze, Home Puzzles, Home Bookmarks, Connect the dots, Spot the Characters, Spot Read More »» The post Dreamworks HOME In Theaters Today + Prize Pack Giveaway 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....
  • Penguins of Madagascar on DVD, It’s Time To Party With Your Favorite Penguins #PenguinsInsiders

    Toni Patton
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Penguins of Madagascar They’re cute…they’re cuddly…they’re back! From the creators of MADAGASCAR comes the hilarious new movie that proves global espionage is for the birds! In DreamWorks’ PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, your favorite super-spies—Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private—join forces with the elite North Wind team to save the world. It’s a side-splitting, globe-trotting adventure the whole Read More »» The post Penguins of Madagascar on DVD, It’s Time To Party... This is just a bit of what I had to say, to hear it all come on over and read the rest…
  • Busy Morning Breakfasts With El Monterey Breakfast Burritos #MomWins #SP

    Toni Patton
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Disclosure: This post is sponsored by El Monterey, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. Mornings can be very hectic in our house. I have 3 kids and they have two completely different school schedules. My first round (the younger son and daughter) have to be at school no later than 7:30 Read More »» The post Busy Morning Breakfasts With El Monterey Breakfast Burritos #MomWins #SP appeared first on A Daily Dose of Toni. This is just a bit of what I had to say, to hear it all come on over and read the rest of the post....
 
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  • Stick It Out.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:41 pm
    When we were married in 2005, I was educated, owned my own house, had a retirement account, and a whole lot of love for my future husband.  In my head, I was an ideal age.  Twenty-nine is old enough to know better and young enough to have children, if you want them.  I had travelled, dated a sufficient number to realize that Dave was an extraordinary man, and knew how to live a happy, fulfilled life on my own.  We had done pre-Cana, adopted a scruffy rescue poodle, had discussions about future children, and a system in place for handling our finances.  I wasn’t just…
  • Mondays.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:29 am
    Since the stroke, which Meme likes to refer to as the ‘thing that happened,’ my mom and her siblings have assigned days that everyone is responsible for calling or visiting.  She’s convinced it was my mother who cracked the whip on her siblings, but it wasn’t, though Janet is pretty whip cracking, I’ll give her that.  The daily calls and the stipulation that we could install an emergency alert system in her house, is the deal to keep her independence.  It’s all slightly BS.  Secretly, I believe that they’re all afraid of her stubbornness and she’s just…
  • Press (re)Start.

    Michelle Albright-Peters
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:08 pm
    View image | gettyimages.com When I don’t want to do something, I have a really hard time starting.  When I’m stressed.  When I’m tired.  When I am embarrassed, angry, and overwhelmed.  It is easier to hide or immerse myself in something mindless, have you played Trivia Crack?  My mostly rational mind is clued into the fact that this is a by-product of the ADD, but my overwhelmed reaction (ding ding ding, also the ADD) sees it as a series of hurdles.  And you know my booty isn’t making it over any hurdles. The thing is, it bothers me, being away from here…
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  • Please call to schedule additional screening…

    Maria A. Karamitsos
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    The next morning I got that message. The one we dread. Huh? I called. “Can you come on Tuesday?” I tried to keep it in perspective, since I was warned that I’d likely get the call. “Tuesday’s 3 days from now,” I thought. Perspective. I set the appointment, telling myself I’m OK. Over the next few days, I’d remind myself repeatedly, that it was a formality; I’m OK. I even tried visualization: The doctor says, “We had to double check, because we don’t have any comparison images. Everything’s fine. See you next year.” That morning, my husband and I discussed the day’s…
  • Well thank you, Ashton Kutcher

    Maria A. Karamitsos
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s about time that this issue gets some traction. And now that an A-list celebrity – and a man – has raised the issue, maybe there will finally be some action. If you missed it, you can read it here. Mr. Kutcher sounded off about the lack of diaper changing facilities in men’s bathrooms. And he’s right. I’ve been talking about this for years. I’ve heard a few dads lament that they can’t take their infants to the store with them (giving Mom a much-needed break); what would they do if Junior needed to be changed? And now that we have stay-at-home dads, what are they to do?
  • Have You Gotten the “Panini Treatment” Yet?

    Maria A. Karamitsos
    17 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    I’m not talking about lunch. If you’re over 40, you know what I’m talking about. MAMMOGRAM. I hadn’t had one yet, even though I’m over 40. With all my health issues, I think my doctors thought I was being monitored closely, and if anything were going on, it would show up in the CT scan and x-rays I had prior to beginning the chemo resulting from the malignancy of the molar pregnancy, and then later the many MRIs and MRAs I’ve had to have over the last 2 years due to the vertebral artery dissection. In December, I went for my annual check-up. You know, the glorious visit with the…
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  • Upgrade your snack time with Boursin Gourmet Cheese #sponsored

    Linda A. Kinsman
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:14 pm
    My husband and I are cheese lovers. When we’re shopping together, we can often be found, heads together discussing a new variety of cheese.  In a way, you could say trying and learning about different types of cheeses is one of our hobbies, much like going to estates sales are. When Smiley 360 offered to send us some complimentary Boursin Gourmet Cheese,I happily agreed. While I did receive a gift card to thank me for my time, all opinions and love of a good cheese are my own.Boursin Artisanal Cheese got its start in 1957 in Normandy by Francois Boursin. Francois was inspired by a…
  • Disneynature’s MONKEY KINGDOM Educators Guide #MonkeyKingdom

    Barb Webb
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Did you know that Toque macaques are like us?  I just learned that they live in families, are exceptionally social animals and communicate using a wide variety of facial expressions, body postures and vocalizations. This fun fact and oodles of other interesting information can be found in the printable, downloadable MONKEY KINGDOM Educator’s Guide below!This special gift from our friends at DisneyNature includes lessons and activities targeted to grades 2 through 6.  Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever monkey in MONKEY KINGDOM and it can be for you and your family, too…
  • Get quick relief from life’s many pains with Salonpas®

    Linda A. Kinsman
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
    Spring has nearly sprung and my family and I simply can’t wait for another outdoor season on our land.  From weeding and seeding to scrubbing porches and patio furniture, welcoming spring means a lot of chores, which can lead to tired, sore or strained muscles. That’s why I was excited to work with Salonpas®,who sent me a box full of their products to try and share my thoughts with you. All opinions are my own.Salonpas® belongs to a class of pain relievers called topical analgesics. These topical pain relievers have been proven to be a powerful and safe way to help relieve mild to…
 
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  • Spoil Your Kids and Yourself at Spoiled! on Melrose

    Tisha Berg
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
    We all love to spoil our kids and we all also like to be frugal.  Those two things don’t often go together.  But, with the opening of the first storefront of Spoiled! reclaimed clothing seller, both CAN co-exist!! Bizmommy was privileged to attend the grand opening of this great store on 8178 Melrose Ave.  It was sponsored by Nicole Murphy and she was there along with her delicious new Pura Vida Tequila.  There was music, food, a clown and a kids fashion show which were all great fun.  But, the stars of the evening were the clothing and the prices! Displayed nicely around the store…
  • America’s Family Pet Expo Comes to the OC

    Tisha Berg
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    April 10-12 come visit America’s Family Pet Expo at the Orange County Fair and Event Center.  If you love animals, this is a must-attend event.  There will be thousands of animals, pet products and adoptions. There are plenty of interactive exhibits, educational shows and demonstrations, as well as the latest in pet trends and products for sale, so, even though you can’t bring your own pet, they will certainly benefit from the visit. New to the Expo, is the Purina Pro-Plan Performance Team, a high energy dog agility show that will surely be an audience favorite!  Splash Dogs…
  • Soul Man Going Live March 18th

    Tisha Berg
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:42 pm
    We are very excited to announce The Soul Man starring Cedric “the Entertainer,” Niecy Nash,  Wesley Jonathan and John Beasley will premiere it’s 4th season live.  That’s right, live!  Catch it March 18th with all the fun and excitement that goes with a live shoot.  It’s a funny show and you’re sure to be hooked. The post Soul Man Going Live March 18th appeared first on Biz Mommy L.A..
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  • These 11 Things I Believe

    samanthamcgarry
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:23 am
    I believe in the magical powers of cheese. I believe a good night’s sleep trumps getting up early to exercise. But I also begrudgingly believe that one helps the other. I believe we all should listen more and assume less. I believe that bagpipes are the devil’s instrument. Much like country music. I believe in silliness. I passionately believe that every gun-related death is preventable and that more can and must be done to reduce gun violence. I believe Congress must pass the latest proposed bill on background checks. I believe that colors, flowers and Stevie Wonder can…
  • Can You Train Kids to be Focused?

    samanthamcgarry
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:38 pm
    “Your focus needs more focus” is a quote from the Karate Kids that we cite over and over and over to our kids. And over. This isn’t the first time I’ve written about focus issues in our family. My son, he’s a happy, joyous kid. He wants to be the life and soul of every situation: the goofball in the classroom. He’s confident, he’s kind, he’s funny. He also often speaks out of turn. His enthusiasm and assertiveness can come across as bossy and opinionated. He is also very easily distracted. Doodling, making origami, side conversations.
  • 16 Acceptable Snow Day Behaviors for the Working Parent

    samanthamcgarry
    9 Feb 2015 | 6:45 am
    I may or may not have done – or be currently doing – all or some of the items below. Let’s get real: No bra, no makeup. Often no clothes. (But note: clothing is recommended when going outside to shovel) Lifted all restrictions on the kids’ screen and TV time Shaken your fist in rage at Mother Nature Threatened children with cookies/toys/violence should they utter a word during your conference calls or break their bones while jumping up and down on a creaky bed upstairs and directly over your work area Mandatory slippers Excessive Facebooking and Twittering Realized…
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  • Bridging the GAP: Reinforcing the learning of Chinese

    Dominique
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:54 am
    You're readingBridging the GAP: Reinforcing the learning of Chinese by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook     Assessment books which we use Chinese Language is not an easy subject for me to teach. Being an English teacher I’m more versed in teaching English and other subjects which use English as the mode of instruction. It has been an ongoing challenge  for me as I try to recall what I was taught during Chinese lessons in school when I was still a student.  Chinese has never…
  • Writer’s Workshop: Surely a Challenge- That’s LIFE!!

    Dominique
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:08 am
    You're readingWriter’s Workshop: Surely a Challenge- That’s LIFE!! by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook Poster on Life Life is never a bed of roses. There are ups and down and different seasons which one goes through.  You never know what is coming at you when you go around a bend. Moments of  triumphant and happiness or agony and despair.  One may experience these feelings on multiple occasions, but, alas for the individual  they  last a mere few minutes or days before they…
  • Shi Fen Waterfall Park 十分 瀑布公园

    Dominique
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:51 pm
    You're readingShi Fen Waterfall Park 十分 瀑布公园 by: Dominique Goh, originally posted on Dominique's Desk. If you have enjoyed this post, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Facebook   Shi Fen waterfall Standing at 20 m tall and 40 m wide Shi Fen Waterfall  Park 十分 瀑布公园  was one of the places we visited during the Valentine’s Weekend in Taiwan.  I have a passion for waterfalls  and showcased some mini ones last week. Nicknamed the ” Little Niagara” this waterfall is a very popular stop along the historic  Pingxi Railroad. There is even a…
 
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  • A tribute to a great man

    Sandra
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:27 pm
    I was born into a Singapore where Mr. Lee Kuan Yew was a man to be reckoned with. His wit, his strength of will, his brilliance – all came together in a man, who is credited to transform Singapore from a small, forgotten, city-state, young and new and abandoned by Malaysia… to the Singapore I have grown to love. Living in Sydney for the past two years has given me fresh perspective on my homeland. There is much to dislike about living in a urban city-state that is packed to its brim with people everywhere, and yet there is also much to love. The almost magical way things work in…
  • Back… to reality

    Sandra
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:47 pm
    After a three-month stint back in Singapore, which comprised a LOT of eating and meeting friends, and eating, and going to church, and eating some more, it was high time for us to come back to reality. Yes. Back in Sydney. In our 2-bedroom rented apartment, having no one else to turn to for household chores, luggages half-unpacked, dinners to cook… The kids have adjusted pretty okay – they are loving the SPACE they have, the frequent trips to our nearest Westfields shopping centre (read: TARGET toys)… and gosh, they are eating us poor by loving the fresh and crisp and yummy…
  • Saying Goodbye Is The Hardest Thing‏

    Sandra
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:53 pm
    In a flash, our three month stay back in Singapore has come to an inevitable end. It was tiring. It was fun. It was fulfilling. And it has come to an end. Maybe because unlike our previous 2-weeks trip back, this longer stay also meant saying goodbyes made it a little harder. Not so much for me or Nic. Sure I will miss my friends, my family. But my heart is breaking at how my little man is handling it. Sure, he puts on that brave face. Over-compensates by sometimes acting up and making the silliest of demands. Playing the fool. Making loud noises. Poking fun at his younger siblings. Well,…
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  • A Day In The Life Of A Momma

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:47 pm
    The number wasn't in my contacts, but I recognized it as the school number. I swiped my thumb to answer the phone because curiosity is a strong influence and said hello."Momma! Where's Daddy? He's supposed to be here to pick me up, and Mrs. H says she can't leave me here unsupervised and Daddy's not here and I have no idea what to do." Hadley said all of this without taking one single breath."And you've tried to call Daddy?""Yes, Momma. Geez."I assured her I'd call him and develop a plan for her.I attempted to call Brian and left three voice mails. I knew for a fact the he hadn't turned the…
  • Maybe it's the carbon monoxide talking ...

    23 Feb 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Let's just start with a cliché: when it rains it pours.Let's do another one: you don't know what you've got until it's gone. Hows about one more: it's always darkest before dawn. What am I talking about? Our week. Yes, I know it's only Tuesday, but it's been L O N G so far. I'm trying hard to spin it positively in my mind.Sure, our car is not running and no one seems to know the issue ... But! At least we have my mom's van to drive. And! The car didn't crap out in the middle of a dark highway without cell service. We currently have no heat ... But! We have a well-insulated…
  • A tale of two shoes

    22 Feb 2015 | 8:16 pm
    The only thing left for us to be totally ready for Misti and Mark's wedding next weekend was shoes. Since Misti and Mark were engaged, our family has been stupid excited for this new chapter in their lives. Misti and I were in the 2012 NWA Listen To Your Mother show and have worked together on the OKC Listen To Your Mother show since then. In 2013, Hadley wouldn't let me talk about the show without asking me what Misti had to say about it. And last year, Briley said, "I can't remember how we're related to Misti." (PS--we're related by heart.)Saturday, we had a perfect opportunity to get our…
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  • The ‘No Crying Clause’

    Lisa
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:18 pm
    Dear Readers: Enjoy a short story about a Hollywood actress living a lie, until one man exposes her truth  … A hot read for your vacation entertainment at the Beach, Après-ski, or during your STAY-cation …   Happy Spring Break, Girlfriends! xoxo LB By Lisa Barr The warm bed reeked of fresh sex, but Ashleigh’s heart was cold and she smelled nothing. Her body continued to move in sync with the lover’s. Her hands, her mouth, her curves pressed against him, yet again. He moaned and whispered sexy things, and Ashleigh responded on cue. She knew her lines all too well. It was a…
  • Freaky Friday: Here’s What Happened When I Traded Places With My Teenage Daughter

    Lisa
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:25 pm
    By Debby Shulman Sometimes our worlds collide. I don’t mean in an astrophysical way, but more of a “Freaky Friday” way, in which your kid says something and you are hearing yourself … or a version of yourself that you haven’t spoken to in well over 35 years. Mind you, I’m not waking up in the body of my 16-year-old (hang on, that comes later), but I am for sure going down the rabbit hole, back into my own 16-year-old head more often than not these days. And it’s dark in there. Little phrases and facial expressions resonate a long forgotten attitude, when I pretty much thought I…
  • THE #1 MARITAL SEX-KILLER … AND 5 WAYS TO FIGHT BACK

    Lisa
    15 Mar 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By E.J. Gordon It’s widely acknowledged that having children dampers our sex lives. When our children are born, our bodies need to heal before we can engage in sex. And when they do heal, we are often too tired from midnight feedings to want sex. As they get older, we deal with the physical fatigue of taking care of our kids. Whether it’s fighting with them at bedtime or needing to hold them all day during their clingy phases, we often say to our partners, “I just don’t want to be touched or needed for one more minute today.” As our kids get older, as we get our physical freedom…
 
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  • Working Moms & Sick Kids: How to Take Care of Jr. & Still Get Some Work Done

    Crystal
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:13 am
    “Mom, I’m sick.” While no mom ever wants to hear these three words, they are especially hard for moms who work outside the home. You want to take care of your child and help him or her feel better, but the thought of calling your boss and saying you need to stay home is also a big source of stress. We have some tips to help you get through cold and flu season with both your family’s health and your job intact. First, know which symptoms require home care The best place to start is to take your child’s temperature; if it’s 100 degrees or higher, keep her home. Other signs that get…
  • Sailormouth Moms: Oh My Aching Mouth!

    Crystal
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    The post Sailormouth Moms: Oh My Aching Mouth! appeared first on MommiFried.
  • 6 Reasons Your “There’s No Snow in Florida” Jokes Suck

    Crystal
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:25 am
    Floridians, I’ve had just about enough of the “sucks to be you” jokes and memes plastered all over Facebook. I get that it’s warm where you are and that there are luscious beaches in all directions. Wahoo! I know the temperature rarely falls below 60 degrees and that normal footwear does not include wool socks. Yippee! I also understand that you have gators waiting to bite your asses off and dog-sized spiders crawling through your bathroom plumbing. But we won’t talk about those. I’m here to tell you why your warm-weather jokes REALLY suck—especially this time of the year, when…
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  • Thank you, sir.

    Daphne
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:48 am
    One time several years ago, I was flying back home alone from Orlando while the husband had to get on a later flight. It was a 16-hour leg to Narita airport and I was looking forward to a nice quiet loner flight where I could binge on movies till my eyes hurt. I had on my earphones and my most sullen do-not-disturb face. Sitting next to me was a middle aged white man who didn’t notice either. When he caught my gaze, he tried to make conversation. “Hi, where are you from? Your English is very good.” He must have heard me when I told the flight attendant, “Apple…
  • Eight and looking great

    Daphne
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:43 am
    It’s our anniversary today and I meant to write something about being married for 8 years. Except that it’s already 11:37 at night and I only just managed to sit down with my laptop. And you know what I’m thinking? I don’t have a secret sauce recipe for this. There’s no magic formula to dealing with all the curve balls that life sends our way. I don’t know, I think marriage is like a dance and we’ve been making up the moves as we go. Sometimes we’re in sync and it’s beautiful. Sometimes I step on his toes and sometimes he steps on…
  • The best part about school is…

    Daphne
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:54 am
    After having spent an entire semester pursuing a formal education, I asked Truett what’s the best part about Primary School and he practically yelled “SCHOOL HOLIDAYS!!” Nice. His favourite part about school is not being in it. Was I really expecting a different answer though? Because I’m not even going to pretend like it wasn’t also my favourite part about school when I was a kid. But I thought maybe I should play my responsible mom card and try to inject some level of enthusiasm into the other parts of his school-going experience, particularly the parts…
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  • Baby Stroller Review- Graco Mirage Plus Stroller

    Debolina
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:32 pm
      “As first time parents, we were always concerned if we are choosing the right product for our angel. From selecting the hospital to the bathing tub, we wanted the best and the right one for our daughter.” I guess all parents go through a similar phase. There are so many products available in the market and we tend to get confused which one to choose and why. Apart from our own screening, it is always helpful if we get reviews from experienced parents regarding the product that they have already used. Hence, sharing a review about a product which has been really helpful for me. Baby…
  • 10 Tough Questions Kids Ask And How To Answer Them

    Fabida
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
      Kids!! You can never know what’s going to come out of their mouths next! Being so adorably innocent, they tend to say exactly what they see or feel and they question anything and everything they don’t understand. The result can be hilarious but embarrassing as well! While every kid is different, we find that there are some common difficult questions that many kids ask. This is probably because kids ask them based on what they see happening around them and the way the world runs is pretty similar everywhere. Here we list 10 of the most common difficult questions asked by young kids…
  • 7 Free Budget Planning Apps for Moms

    Fabida
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:58 am
      We’re nearing the end of the first quarter of the year and this is a good time to take stock of how your New Year resolutions are going! If you’re a Mom, you’ve no doubt got some financial resolutions too, for the family as well as for yourself. But as any personal finance manager out there will tell you, nothing’s going to happen without a good bit of budget planning first! Read This Too: 5 Free Menu Planning Apps For Moms This has been a month of budgets, with the new financial year beginning next month. If you haven’t yet, this is as good time as any to start getting your…
 
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  • Requests: Five Tips for Politely Saying, “No”

    Elena Neitlich
    21 Mar 2015 | 10:53 am
    The expression “Do me a solid” was first introduced on the hilarious 1991 Seinfeld episode titled “The Jacket.” In this episode Kramer requests two minutes of Jerry’s time. KRAMER: Hey. Hey, would you do me a solid? JERRY: Well, what kind of solid? KRAMER: I need you to sit in the car for two minutes [...]
  • Etiquette Training: What the heck is a “Ladies’ Menu”?

    Elena Neitlich
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:47 am
    A “Ladies’ Menu” is one that contains no prices. The “Ladies’ Menu” stems from an old European custom that some restaurants adopted here in the United States in the 1900s. To twenty-first century sensibilities, a “Ladies’ Menu” certainly sounds pretty sexist; shielding women from menu prices. Yet, one must consider the social climate at the [...]
  • Is Gossip Ever OK?

    Elena Neitlich
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:11 am
    “Ugh!” Christine groans to herself as she starts up her car. “I did it again. I got sucked into the team gossip.” Like so many parents Christine, mom of two, spends an inordinate amount of time sitting in the stands of her children’s sporting events. To pass the time she makes small talk with other [...]
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  • Fun in the Sun with Your Little One

    Bril
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:40 am
      Summer holidays are almost upon us. Kids will be home all day. Now what?! How to keep your bubbly little children occupied, so you don’t hear “Mom, I’m bored!” – Words that every mother has dreaded since times unknown. Read on to find out 6 summer time activities that you can plan with your kids even in the Indian summer. Yes, this list is totally meant for the harsh summers that we face every year. 1. Water Fight: This is a simple one. All you need are some spray bottles (the kind that home cleaning liquid comes in) and some water. Fill up the bottles with water and…
  • Your Fussy Eater and His Nutrition; A Unique Way Ahead…

    Bril
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:25 pm
      When there’s too much attention on what and how much your child is eating, you are invariably giving “the power of not eating” to your child. While we agree that having a fussy eater on hand is not an easy task by any measure, sometimes all we have to do is take attention away from fuss. Yes! That’s it. Truth is, you can’t make children unfussy, or miraculously make them start loving a particular food group they earlier despised. If you use threats, commands, bribes, etc it will make matters even worse for you in the long run. Using the above mentioned tactics shows your…
  • Your Child is Vulnerable: Protect Him / Her from Abuse

    Bril
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:53 pm
    The January issue of ParentEdge focuses on Child Abuse. Researching this story and talking to people about this issue was deeply disturbing for me. As a writer I should be able to distance myself from what I write about, but as a mother, how can I? I spoke to people who work with abused children, helping them overcome their trauma and distress, and their stories are chilling and sickening. And the scariest part is that most child abuse begins at home—in places where a child is supposed to be safe and protected, and by people who are in positions of trust and responsibility—caregivers,…
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  • Disney’s “Cinderella”: A Review

    Monica Sakala
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:48 am
    On Saturday, me and the girls were treated to a special invite from Walt Disney World public relations to have breakfast and enjoy a screening of Cinderella. Princess Anna, Princess Merida and their siblings…ready for the Cinderella screening! OBVIOUSLY we cleared our schedules and put on our sparkliest shoes for the grand affair. Honestly, my girls had been chomping at the bit to see this movie for months. MONTHS. Enter my 6-year-old’s struggle to grasp time (read: “Can we do yesterday the thing we talked about the day before tomorrow?”) and I’ve struggled to…
  • On Raising Girls & Raising Boys

    Monica Sakala
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    This morning I noticed the lead on the network news was the 5 NFL football players who entered the field with their arms up, as a show of support for what is happening in Ferguson. What struck me was this:Here Photo Courtesy Associated Press were very influential men using their platform to continue a conversation, to make a statement, to influence others. Step away from your own personal opinion on what they did and Ferguson for a moment to just consider the impact of NFL players using their platform in a very organic way to make a statement, to influence others. It was very authentic. Teams…
  • Disney on Ice Frozen: A Review

    Monica Sakala
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Last night we made our once annual trek across the river, through the woods and into Virginia to see Disney on Ice. Avid WM fans might recall I vowed to never do this again last year, and oh, probably the year before. But see, this time it was different. #StockholmSyndrome This time it was different for one reason: FROZEN. The geniuses at Disney on Ice knew they could hook even the most cynical, the most battle-torn from commuting to the Patriot Center on a weekday evening during rush hour, with that one special word: FROZEN. They had me at FROZEN. I didn’t even put up a fight. Until…
 
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  • Why We Taught Our Kids to Lose (and why you should too)

    Heather Harris
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Note from Kresha: I so appreciate these words from Heather Harris today – they’re needed in our family, for sure! I encourage you to check out Heather’s other posts around the topics of sports and excellence as well: To the Parents of Kids in Sports and Learn to Defend Yourself (this one is especially cool!). If you have kids that are involved in any activity, I am sure you have seen them. The parents who are cheering the kids from the sidelines. Those parents. They are the ones that are yelling at the coach, umpire, or judges if their child isn’t the star of the team.
  • Thank Goodness It’s Monday #115

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

    Kresha Faber
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Welcome to our collection of the best paleo and grain-free slow cooker recipes around! While this site is dedicated to feeding our families real food in its most traditional, basic forms – eat fresh foods, grown sustainably, in season, grown locally, without any processing beyond what you can do in your own kitchen (freezing, dehydrating, fermenting, etc) – there is an increasing need in the “real food” community for recipes that skip the grains, dairy, and other sometimes-difficult-to-digest foods. Also, as I looked around various social media platforms and other…
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  • Motivation Monday Linky Party 134

    Katie
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Hey ya’ll, thanks for popping into the party! Did you get a chance to stop by last week? In case you missed it, you can find it all here.  I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful outdoors lately, I am so glad Spring is finally upon us! Speaking of being outside, any new recipes that are grill worthy, or any crafts/outdoor activities, you know I always turn to you guys for new ideas each week! Let’s make it a great one party people! Follow the Motivation Monday Hosts Barb of A Life in Balance Facebook | G+ | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter Mitzi of Written Reality Facebook | G+…
  • DIY Booze: Spiced Apple Wine Recipe

    Guest
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    Ever try your hand at making wine?  Here’s a fun Spiced Apple Wine recipe to give a go from guest blogger Leona Green! When it comes to fine dining, a bottle of wine is a must-have in every table. You can usually purchase these products in your local stores, or even in online shops. But sometimes, searching for the right item to satisfy your palette can be a really cumbersome task. If you feel that the available choices are not that appealing, then you can always opt to create your very own alcoholic beverage. This project may look difficult and expensive, but in fact, it is not. To…
  • Viewing Party Playdate + White Chocolate Cheesecake Popcorn

    Katie
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    Time to host a viewing party in honor of the Kids’ Choice Awards sponsored by Capri Sun Roaring Waters. This White Chocolate Cheesecake Popcorn is the perfect treat for the event! #CollectiveBias #KidsChoiceDrink This year, my kids are pumped about the Kids Choice Awards. They love the contenders in most of the categories, so as a family we recently sat down to vote for our favorites. We all agreed on some: Best Carton (Phineas & Ferb, of course), Most Addicting Game (hello. Minecraft). Others were a little more fiercely debated like best movie. My kids were resolute about Lego…
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    Comeback Momma

  • 10 Must Haves for any Fashion Challenged Woman

    Jenn
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Inspired by Tim Gunn’s “Guide to Style,” this is a must-have list for any woman, especially the often fashion challenged mom. Think of this list as the items you would want to save if your closet was on fire. No mom should be without these classic items in her wardrobe. #1 – Great fitting pair of jeans A great fitting pair of jeans is an absolute must have for any mom. Use this great guide from Cosmo to find a style that works best for your body type. #2  - Crisp white button-down shirt You can’t beat the classic appeal of a crisp white button-down shirt.
  • The Seven Wonders of Oregon

    Jenn
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    This is a Fashionista Events opportunity. I have had the privilege of visiting Oregon. It is truly one of the most beautiful states in the US. While it may not be on the list of the Seven Wonders of the World, Oregon has a list of its own Seven Wonders that could certainly be added to the world list. The places I’ve seen so far: The coast The Oregon coast is truly spectacular. The cliffs and rock formations are breathtaking. All 363 miles of the Oregon Coast are free and open to all of us. Which means how you choose to explore it is entirely up to you. Mt. Hood Ski it in the winter…
  • 5 Tips to Stick With Your Fitness Routine

    Jenn
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:47 pm
    The real secret to getting a fitter body is simply through Consistency.The best way to stick to your fitness routine is by making exercise a habit. To help you get started, I have five tips that I feel will get you working out on a regular basis while not letting exercise consume your life. Let Your Energy Guide You This is easily one of the more practical tips I feel I’ve come across to help me stick to my daily routines. The premise is pretty simple – Only workout when you can be the most engaged with a routine. If there’s a certain time of day when you regularly run out…
 
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  • Why Teaching Social Skills To Young Children Is Important

    Hillary
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:01 pm
    What Exactly Are Social Skills? These are the skills that are necessary in order to develop positive relationships with others, learn to work well with others, and to build self confidence. Everyone needs to feel, at some level, the acceptance of their peers – that is, a sense of belonging. This is achieved during the […]
  • Top 10 Dollhouses For Toddler Girls (Age 2 to 6 Years Old)

    Loren
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:08 pm
    Here’s a selection of 10 high-quality dollhouses with developmental benefits that will appeal to toddlers and withstand a lifetime of play. Dollhouses are timeless and full of activity. How many hours did we spend engrossed in our own dollhouses growing up? Of course these classic toys still endure today with our own kids, and this […]
  • Books To Help Develop Toddlers’ Speech And Language Skills

    Kimberly
    8 Mar 2015 | 10:53 pm
    A list of good books that will help promote reading as well as encourage speech and language development for the young toddler or preschooler. Read-Aloud Titles Babies learn to understand language by listening to the voices around them. Singing to babies and toddlers and encouraging them to sing along as they are able develops language. […]
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  • How I Won the Morning School Rush

    Krista Genevieve Farris
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    It’s Thursday morning. I’m in the bathroom doing my morning things. Time to flush and mush! My kids haven’t had a full day of school since last Friday thanks to winter storm Wilfred or whatever. Today’s the day, though. They are back in session, baby. A productive day awaits. I might even get a chance to scrub the tub. I’ve got ricotta cheese and turkey meat. I’ll be making lasagna for dinner. Cheese. Oh yeah. I flush, wash my hands and go pour coffee. The radiators are scorching. But outside, it’s five flipping degrees. I tell my middle child to “put on freaking coat.”…
  • Course Correction

    megwalbert
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    I was at least ten miles along when I realized my mistake. I was supposed to go east, but in a distracted moment, I took the west ramp onto the freeway instead. It was a familiar route, one I traveled often, so it was awhile before I realized the exits I was flying past were all going in the wrong direction. My stomach tightened as it occurred to me that a fairly quick 20-minute drive had instantly transformed into an hour-long ordeal. And we hadn’t even arrived yet. I let out a very mature “AAAAUUUUUURRRGGGGHHHHH!” which naturally got the attention of my four-year-old son in the back…
  • Flip-Flops and the Teenager

    Marjorie
    14 Mar 2015 | 4:38 pm
    When my son was a new adolescent, he was still willing to hold my hand, accompany me to the movies, and join me in a friendly board game. This period of acceptance preceded his teenage years, when he naturally attempted to assert his independence–never to be seen in public having physical contact with his mother, never to willingly discuss any detail of social events involving girls, and never–NO NEVER–to wear any footwear other than flip-flops. When the flip-flop phase began, I expected it to be just that–a short-lived period. I was certain that when the leaves changed color and…
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  • How, When and When Not to Correct Someone

    Maralee McKee
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:37 am
    By: Maralee McKee, Manners Mentor We have a family member who has referred to Miami as—”Mi-am-a” her whole life. Now, 90-years-old, and a Florida native and life-long resident, she enjoyed visiting the city many times. She no longer travels, but the word comes up fairly often in conversation as she delights in sharing stories about visiting there when she and late husband were newlyweds and after World War II when they would vacation in beautiful “Mi-am-a” with their two young sons. Did anyone ever correct her pronunciation? Years ago, they sure did. A lot. But, she…
  • Should We Still Say, “Yes, Ma’am!” and “No, Sir.”

    Maralee McKee
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:05 pm
    By: Maralee McKee “I’ll be waiting to pick you up!” I assured Marc. “I’ll be standing right here when you get out!” He shifted his backpack, gave me a nervous smile, and said, “Yes, ma’am. I’ll be glad to see you!” It was the first day of a new school year and my oldest son’s first day ever at his former home school co-op. Nervously, he pushed open the heavy door to the auditorium where all the students gathered first class. The freshly painted metal door shut hard behind him, separating me from my boy. He knew no one –…
  • How to Use Your Smartphone Without Annoying Anyone

    Maralee McKee
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:10 am
    By: Maralee McKee People email me a lot of questions. Until recently, my in-box was overflowing with queries and complaints about the problems that arise because no one RSVP’s. It’s sad, but I think people have given up hope that others will be courteous enough to let them know if they should prepare a place at their party for them. Maybe it’s because I’ve shared the etiquette of it in posts like this one and this quick one, but that’s no longer the number one question I receive. (It’s still high at number two.) Now, my in-box overflows with a different…
 
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  • Moms On Social Media

    Shivani Cotter
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    Moms On Social Media If you are a mom on social media, you’ll want to read this post. #parenting #socialmediamoms #mombloggerTweet This My kids are not on social media… yet.  Some of their friends are though… and some of them follow me. It’s a catch 22 when your kids friends follow you on social media.  It can also make for some uncomfortable situations.  With blogging being a profession of mine, using social media is an absolute must.  I have to use it if I want to make money.  I also have to allow people (even strangers) to view my profiles, and follow me if…
  • Best Website For Parents

    Shivani Cotter
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Best Website For Parents Trust Me… You Cannot Live Without This Have you ever wondered if your kids are watching age-appropriate TV shows or movies? What about the books they read? How often do you personally screen these things or do you assume they are ok for your kids because someone else said so?  Fortunately, you don’t have to wonder any more, thanks to Common Sense Media. I wish I had more time in the day to screen everything for my girls, but the reality is I don’t. I found Common Sense Media through a friend of mine and it has saved me a lot of time and worry. As their…
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    Oubly.com

  • 7 Creative Save the Date Invitations Ideas

    Reema Marquez
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Invitations to events nowadays can be passed on through social media, thanks to the advent of the new age of technology. However, it is still better to create a more formal type of invitation to announce the date to friends. Save the date cards are a great way to show off your personality and style, while encouraging guests to mark their calendars and be present on your special day. In this article, we will list down our seven favorite creative save the date invitation ideas. 1. Instagram-inspired Postcard If you and your wife or husband-to-be have travelled to beautiful places together,…
  • 6 Creative Themes for a Fun Filled Bridal Shower

    Suzan Hall
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Something that is creative and fun, should be executable and realistic as well. Weddings have so much to plan for — wedding venue , food, dress, theme and so on. Upon that, planning a bridal shower is equally exhausting, but what are we here for? It’s our duty to help your bridesmaids plan an inspirational bridal shower. We’ve gathered a list of fun and creative bridal shower themes that can make your bridal shower a topic of discussion for all. My Favorite Things Whatever your bride loves, let your guests have it too – hearts, desserts, flowers, pink and so on. Hire a…
  • 5 DIY St. Patty’s Day Decorations

    Oubly
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:08 am
    At Modernize we are all about do-it-yourself whenever possible and while decorations for a holiday like St. Patrick’s Day are probably not a priority in your monthly budget, there are plenty of ways to get green and festive without spending much of your precious gold!  Simple Centerpiece Via two twenty one  You probably already have some candles and vases on hand so grab a bag of split peas at the grocery store for $1.50 and create this unique St. Patty’s Day centerpiece.  Lucky Penny Mantle Decoration Via Made by Marzipan  Grab a glue gun and some letters from the craft store (or cut…
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  • I'm The Best

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    I'd been away for almost 2 years. My maternity leave kept getting extended. As a new mom I just didn't want to leave him. But, I wanted to go back part time. I'd been at my job for 2 1/2 years when I left to have my son. I certainly didn't have the most seniority, but I felt confident in my abilities and I was able to complete most tasks with some assurance that I wouldn't be questioned.After almost 2 years of absence I returned to a different workplace, several new employees, and new procedures in place. I felt a little out of place. People who had been new when I left now had as much…
  • {This Moment}

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:20 am
    Today, a Friday ritual from Soulemama. 1 photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. 
  • My Computer is Over There, but I'd Rather Hang Out

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:19 pm
    When you look at the outer layers of people you see things like their Facebook statuses, their appearance, perhaps their houses. The under-layers, the significant stuff is not initially visible. It can be easy to make judgments about people based on these accessible overlays. I don't want to admit it, but I have found myself judging harshly and without a lot of thought given to what might be really going on. Not only have I done this, but it has been done to me. In either position, it doesn't feel good.I can't help but wonder if it is due in part to scrolling. We think we know things about…
 
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    Living on Love and Cents

  • Challenging Stereotypes and Overcoming Failures

    Heather Brummett
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
    This post is brought to you by GoldieBlox and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences, and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them. I only share products that I support and love!  I am what you might call a […] The post Challenging Stereotypes and Overcoming Failures appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • How to Find the Right Running Shoes For Wide Feet

    Heather Brummett
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    Brooks Shoes how to find the right shoes for wide feet The post How to Find the Right Running Shoes For Wide Feet appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
  • Going on a Facebook Diet

    Heather Brummett
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:45 pm
    A couple weeks ago I made a bold statement and broke up with Facebook. I took it off my phone. I vowed to only check it during business hours. I realized I had a serious problem with Facebook. I was on it way to much. It caused me to be jealous, nosey, lonely, and sometimes […] The post Going on a Facebook Diet appeared first on Living on Love and Cents.
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  • Cloth Diaper Giveaway Roundup for 3/27/15 (Plus Linky for All Giveaways)

    Maria Moser
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Cloth Diaper Giveaway Roundup Every Friday, I publish a new cloth diaper giveaway roundup, so you can find and enter giveaways that interest you most! Subscribe to our RSS Feed or subscribe via email. If you’d like me to list your cloth diaper, accessory, baby wearing (etc.) giveaway next week, please complete my giveaway submission […]       
  • I Wish TushMate Newborn AIO Cloth Diapers Were Around 3+ Years Ago!

    Maria Moser
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I received this diaper at no cost. I was not otherwise compensated for this post and all opinions are my own. When I attended the ABC Expo this fall I got a peek at both their Globe print and their newborn AIO. I took both home to photograph and even though I don’t have a […]       
  • Tula & GEN-Y GO Bag Quill Giveaway – Fundraiser for Baby Oliver

    Maria Moser
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Have you been following Baby Oliver’s story? Oliver, born at 25 weeks/1 lb 9 oz, is now 11 weeks old and just broke the 5 lb mark. Doctors are hopeful that he will be able to leave the NICU in a month or so, though he will have frequent doctor visits and potential future surgeries […]       
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    Kinsa Health Bytes

  • 3 Quick Medical Hacks Every Parent Should Know

    Kinsa Team
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:33 am
    You’re home with your kids and then…it happens. Somebody gets hurt, or doesn’t feel good, or some other health-related disaster strikes. If you can’t make it to the doctor or the drugstore fast enough, you may need to make-do with whatever’s lying around the house. These quick medical hacks are perfect if you’re in, Read More
  • Sick Kids: Why It’s So Much Harder on Mom and Dad

    Kinsa Team
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:29 am
    I don’t know about you but I kind of live in fear of one of my kids getting sick. I can pretty much just look at them and know when something is coming on. When I see “the look” my stomach drops. Of course, I hate to see my babies suffer but I always, Read More
  • The Only 4 Family Travel Apps You Need for Spring Break

    Kinsa Team
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    Spring break’s around the corner! Planning a trip can be hard enough without the added stress of finding kid-friendly activities, food choices and the most dreaded of all: keeping their curious minds occupied during the travel process. Lucky for you, our resident parent experts have scoured the web to find the ONLY 4 travel, Read More
 
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  • Sunday flea market

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    If you ever visit Ljubljana, take a leisurely Sunday stroll through the local flea market. You might get your hands on some amazingly cute finds!First off, it may not be the number one thing to visit in Ljubljana if you are travelling with children, but if you want to rest your eyes on the wonderful old-town scenery, a stroll through the Sunday antique flea market will naturally blend into your itinerary - it's happenning right there, at the very heart of Ljubljana:on the renovated Breg embankment area by the Ljubljanica river on Sundays between 8am and 2pmVintage containers…
  • How to Plant Seeds in Eggshells - Start a Mini Garden

    22 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Spring time again. My wishes for a garden have remained - wishes only :) Which doesn't stop us from making plans and getting ready for the planting season on the balcony!If you use eggs for your breakfast, handle the eggshells with a little care and you'll get yourself lovely seed planters - zero cost and ecological! Read on to see how.Read more »
  • Sensory bin ideas - Forest

    18 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Sensory bins represent nearly limitless possibilities for child's sensory development. Mixed with imaginative play, no two sensory bins will have the same life. Have a look what happened to our 'forest sensory bin' :)Read more »
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  • Beach Resorts in Bicol, Palawan, Nueva Vizcaya and Ilocos Norte

    Lanie
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Summer won’t be complete without a visit to the beach. Even for those who live in the city, heading on to the beach even just once during summer had just become a family tradition. Here’s the 3rd part on our series of 18 beach resorts as blogged by the mommy members of MBP. Misibis Bay, Bicol “In Misibis, you’ll have an unlimited choice of things to do- both motorized and non-motorized sports activities plus you get to see the sand, sea, mountains and one of the world’s most beautiful volcanoes from where you are. It would seem like Misibis was placed just right at the heart…
  • Beach Resorts in Zambales, Cebu, Davao, and Pangasinan

    Lanie
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Summer won’t be complete without a visit to the beach. Even for those who live in the city, heading on to the beach even just once during summer had just become a family tradition. After checking out 6 beach resorts visited by the moms, here’s our next listing of beach resorts in the beautiful provinces of Zambales, Cebu, Davo and Pangasinan. Anawangin Cove, Zambales “We stayed there for 2 days and 1 night and from that experience I learned the beauty of camping and getting in touch with nature. Honestly, I feel tranquility during that short stay.” – W0ohlala Crystal…
  • 18 Mommy Recommended Beach Resorts

    Lanie
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Summer won’t be complete without a visit to the beach. Even for those who live in the city, heading on to the beach even just once during summer had just become a family tradition. Here’s a list of 18 beach resorts where the mommy members of Mommy Bloggers Philippines had been to, and they shared their experiences, photos, tips and guides about these beaches. Nothing beats beach reviews written by moms who are the usual travel planners of the family. Just click on each of the photos to head on to what our moms blogged about these beaches. Batangas Acua Verde Beach Resort…
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    Swallow, My Sunshine

  • Lentils I Have Known and Loved

    Debi
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    There has so far been no restrictive diet in our strange, medically-fraught life that did not allow for the consumption of lentils. Green lentils. Brown lentils. Red lentils. We have eaten our weight in lentils over the course of the last nine years. Lentils in stews, lentils in soups. The sound of dried lentils hitting the bottom of a pot, the bottom of a glass measuring cup, the floor: this is the soundtrack that precipitates the lowering of my shoulders from my ears, the loosening of my jaw from a clench, the finish line of a racing mind. We can always eat lentils. I can always make…
  • Practicalities of the Six Food Elimination Diet

    Debi
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    I never wanted to write a recipe blog. Now I feel that I have an obligation to share the practical, actionable things I could do to make tolerable the previously-unthinkable diet my daughter had to endure during the summer and early fall of 2010. As I say that, I am assaulted in my mind by the knowledge that right this moment, mothers are at their stoves faced with the dilemna of how to make a meal out of rice, bananas, and apples — not because they didn’t make it to the store or because they’re low on money, but because those are the only foods their child is able to eat…
  • Delicious Compassion

    Debi
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    Between the beginning of July and the end of September, 2010, our family ate a diet that was vegetarian, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, wheat-free, and nut-free. As part of the treatment protocol for eosinophilic esophagitis, the “six food elimination diet” was supposed to remove the worst potential allergens from my daughter Sammi’s system, hopefully healing her esophagus and giving us the chance to add the offenders back one at a time later until the real culprit was found. The full elimination portion of the diet was just plain awful. While the rest of us could sneak off…
 
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  • Toddler Approved Mini Chicken Pot Pies

    Jackie Cravener
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Harvestland by Perdue. All opinions are 100% mine. I’m always looking for quick and healthy recipes that my two toddlers would love. Today I’m sharing one of my go-to recipes the Mini Cheesy Chicken Pot Pies, they’re so easy to make that the kids can help out in the kitchen and it’s a great way to sneak in those vegetables! Advertise with us Report this ad It’s so important to set good examples for your children at a young age, one of the most important of those is their diet. I try to use all natural meal…
  • Nighttime Diaper Leaking Solutions

    Jackie Cravener
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:19 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Huggies® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. This post brought to you by Huggies®. All opinions here are 100% mine. So your baby’s finally started sleeping through the night but now  you’re dealing with nighttime diaper leaks. Nothing is worse than finding your baby soaked, along with the sheets, pillows, and bumper pads in the crib. After having our second child I’ve learned a few tips that I wanted to share with you to avoid those nighttime leaks, so you can have a happy and dry baby in the morning. Advertise with…
  • Bedwetting Solutions

    Jackie Cravener
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:09 am
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for GoodNites* TRU-FIT*. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating. It wasn’t until recently that I realized just how common bedwetting is. According to a GoodNites® study, 1 in 6 children between the ages of 4-12 in the United States suffer from nocturnal enuresis, that is more commonly known as bedwetting and 43% of parents incorrectly believe that  bedwetting can be “trained” out of a child. It’s something completely frustrating and humiliating for the child to go through, so…
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    Real Mom Life: Mothers, adoption, homeschooling, challenges, encouragement

  • Five Fabulous Finds for Friday

    Christine
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer   Summer is surely coming.  Are you thinking about cooking lighter, healthier fare for the family?  Imagine yourself creating beautiful dishes!  Is it time to start hinting that you might want this for Mother’s Day? Magic Bullet MBR-1701 17-Piece Express Mixing Set  I have one of these and I absolutely love it!  It thoroughly blends fruits and veggies but it’s also great for a plain old powdered protein shake.  This has changed my mornings. Mollie Makes Crochet: 20+ Cute Projects for the Home Plus…
  • Clothes shopping inventory

    Christine
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:33 am
    Are you headed out for summer shopping? Wait!! Before you go, it’s time to clean out the closets and take stock of what’s there. I was blessed to be a full-time mom for many years when my kiddos were little. Going from two incomes to one was a shock and I challenged myself to be as frugal (how frugal is she? she waits for the thrift stores to issue coupons before she shops) as possible so we could be together.  It is a decision I have never regretted. With four children, clothing stacks up!  if you don’t regularly weed through it, it forms mountains on closet floors and…
  • What are your excuses? You have none

    Christine
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:41 pm
      My husband was so moved by this story that he emailed it to me and told me I should blog about it. He found a great story! A blind man and his armless companion plant over 10,000 trees in China What’s your excuse? I’m too old. I’m too young. I don’t have that talent. I’m not pretty enough. I can’t talk in front of people. I don’t have anything to share. There’s nothing I can do. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. There is something we each can do to help, to leave behind some beauty, to pour into someone’s life, to make the world better.
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    The Alchemist's Heart » Alchemy for Moms | The Alchemist's Heart

  • 5 Simple Secrets Turn Your Weakness Into Powerful Strength (Part Two)

    Christy Harvey
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Are you ready to alchemize your world? Here are my promised 5 secret steps to turn your weakness into strength. You probably know by now that I am not the world’s most natural organizer, and that I’ve found ways to successfully work with my 2E tendencies (if you’re reading this, I’ll bet you’ve got some, too!).  It delights me to share my favorite step-by-step ways to turn your COMPOST (feel free to substitute any word you want here!) into GOLD. So turn your attention to one single area of weakness you’d like to transform. Something that drives you…
  • The Art & Science of Creating Sacred Space

    Christy Harvey
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:58 am
    Join me! I am thrilled to be offering one of my favorite alchemy courses at The Heart of Alchemy Academy ~ 30 Days of Creating a Life that Works: The Art & Science of Creating Sacred Space for your Truest Self to Shine is open for enrollment, with classes beginning Tuesday, April 21st.  Make the most of the Spring energy flowing through your life! Here are the magically alchemical details: 30 Days of Creating a Life that Works: The Art & Science of Creating Sacred Space for your Truest Self to Shine Are you exhausted from taking care of everyone else without having time and space…
  • The Alchemist’s Heart Ranked Best of the Best on Alltop!

    Christy Harvey
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    My kids have no idea why I’m jumping up and down, but they’re happily jumping with me. Maybe you will too now that The Alchemist’s Heart and Alchemy for Moms are featured on ALLTOP! You know, the best of the best Alltop?! Alltop is a beautiful resource –  think of it as an easily customizable magazine rack with all the best stories at your fingertips.  You’ll find me there in four categories – Positive Psychology, Moms, Parenting and Mental Health (yes, along with the big guys, like NIMH) – WooHooooo! The Alchemist’s Heart MyAlltop Page Won’t you join…
 
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  • DreamWorks Animation Home is Full of Heart

    Kimberly
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:53 pm
    Last week, my mom called to ask me if I had seen the DreamWorks Animation HOME movie. Obviously she had not been checking up on me on my Facebook account because I had already shared this photo from my friend Adam (DaDa Rocks): My mom asked because she had seen the HOME commercial on television. […] The post DreamWorks Animation Home is Full of Heart appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Spring in NYC 2015 – 15 Fun Things For Families To Do

    Kimberly
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Forget about the snow that is falling today. Spring is here! Besides the allergy “issues”, I love everything else about this season. From the warmer weather to the overall idea of new beginnings, I love this season. I also appreciate the fact that there are so many different fun events for families to do together […] The post Spring in NYC 2015 – 15 Fun Things For Families To Do appeared first on Mom in the City.
  • Wordless Wednesday(Scenes from Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center)

    Kimberly
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center 581 NY-17A Tuxedo Park, NY 10987 (845) 351-1122 The post Wordless Wednesday(Scenes from Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center) appeared first on Mom in the City.
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